Obedience (Part 1 of 3)
A relationship with God isn’t complicated. You don't have to dig a hole 1000-feet deep with a teaspoon. You don’t have to climb a ladder 49 miles into the atmosphere to stay on His good side. You need to know what He has said, believe it, and do it.
Rule #1 of the Christian life is that God’s will takes priority over yours and everyone else’s. Sometimes you’ll hate that rule! It will take a while to adjust to it. Don’t try to rationalize your way around it. Your situation isn’t special. Rule #1 has no loopholes. You can’t appeal it to a higher authority.
Rule #1 challenges your willful desire to be in charge. To obey God, you must die to your own agenda (Luke 9:23). That’s not hard until you want to go shopping or fishing or whatever, and God wants you to do something else.
God has chosen you and all other believers for obedience to Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:2). Peter describes the righteous as obedient children (1 Peter 1:14). Believing children are obedient children. True repentance produces obedience. That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, NIV “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Whomever you obey defines who your father is. It’s either God or Satan (John 8:31–47). Everyone is a slave. Many are tragically deceived. They think they’re in charge of their own life. Actually, they’re marching in lockstep with millions of others to the beat of Satan’s drums. You serve either sin or obedience (Romans 6:16). Those who believe in Jesus as Forgiver and Leader show it by their obedience. Belief and obedience are forever connected.
Sometimes in Scripture we find the word obedience when we’d expect the word belief. Hebrews 5:8–9 (NIV) speak of Jesus: “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” John 3:36 (NIV) says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them.” The Greek word translated in the NIV as “rejects” means, one who is not subject to, is being stubborn toward, resists, or disobeys the Son. Belief and obedience are forever connected as are unbelief and disobedience.1 #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #obedience
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