Obedience

To be obedient to God requires us to put aside the desires of our flesh for a higher cause.

A few days ago, the Holy Ghost led me to begin writing again. There is always that part of our brain, however, that questions whether or not our thoughts are inspired by God. I can’t be the only one that feels that way, right?

Sometimes, in not so subtle ways, the Lord confirms his nudging.

I can home from the coffee shop on New Year’s Day and immediately grabbed my computer. I opened it up to my old WordPress account and began making a new blog. After coming up with a catchy name (which I am still proud of) I began to write. I wrote about what I am passionate about, not work, not my life problems, but God. After putting the final touches on my initial posting, I looked at my wife from across the room and asked her, “What are you doing?” Her computer sat open on her lap. She reminded me of an idea that we had about a year ago for a book and said that she felt that the Lord was calling her to write. She said that she had found her old blog and was starting to write.

Weird.

I simply said, “No way!” and turned my computer around so that she could see the open WordPress page on my computer.

Sometimes, in not so subtle ways, the Lord confirms his nudging.

When we are obedient to the Lord, He does great things through us. Take a moment and let’s look at one of the longest  acts of obedience recorded in the Bible; the story of Noah. Naturally, turn to the book of… Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.” 

Too often we wait for the Lord to confirm the things that the Holy Ghost is telling us. Noah, however, when he was warned about things not yet seen, didn’t hesitate. Things not yet seen… how crazy is that?

Most theologians agree that Noah worked for approximately 120 years to build the ark. Many of  us cannot remain obedient for a month… a week… a day…Can you image devoting a major portion of your life to answering God’s calling?

For many, we think about all of the things that we would like to accomplish in your lives. Are we willing to give those things up? Are we willing to be obedient to God?

One of the hardest teaching’s of Jesus for me to accept is Luke 9:62. “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Do you have a tendency to look back?

The Christian life is a free life. “So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed!” Through the blood of Jesus Christ, we have been set free from the things of this world. To be obedient to God requires us to put aside the desires of our flesh for a higher cause. Imagine what God can do with our lives if we get out of the way.

I encourage you to pray – What is causing you to look back? What is keeping you from being fully obedient to God?

Make this the day that you choose to be obedient.

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Obedience

  1. FAITH WITHOUT OBEDIENCE?-BY STEVE FINNELL

    Can faith without obedience result in a positive result? Is it possible to be saved by faith alone. Jesus said he who believes and is baptized will be saved.(Mark 16:16)

    Faith without obedience?

    Could Simon Peter have filled his nets with fish by faith alone or was obedience required?(Luke 5:1-9) …….5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”…..9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;)NKJV.

    Simon caught fish by faith plus obedience. Simon’s obedience was not a good work. It was not keeping the Law of Moses.

    A blind man healed by Jesus. Was he healed by faith only?(John 9:1-11…..11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”)NKJV

    The blind man receive sight because of faith plus obedience. The blind man did not do a good work nor was he keeping the Law of Moses.

    Was the temple tax paid by faith alone? (Matthew 17:24-27……27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”) NKJV.

    Money for the tax was acquired by faith plus obedience. Peter was not doing a good work nor was he obeying the Law of Moses.

    Were the lepers healed by faith only? (Luke 17:11-19…13 And they lifted up their voices and said , “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us !” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priest.” And so it was that they went, they were cleansed……)NKJV.

    The lepers were healed by faith plus obedience. The lepers were not performing good works nor were they keeping the Law of Moses.

    Obeying Jesus by being baptized in water, in order to have sins forgiven, is not a good work nor is it obeying the Law of Moses.

    JESUS NEVER TAUGHT THAT MEN WOULD BE SAVED WITHOUT WATER BAPTISM UNDER THE NEW COVENANT. SAVED BY FAITH ALONE IS A MAN-MADE DOCTRINE!

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

    Like

    • Steve,
      Thank you so much for reading. I agree with your post entirely! Great examples of the fact that faith and obedience to God go hand and hand. Eph 2:8-9 says, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

      Because we are filled with the Holy Spirit, our lives should be radically different after we are saved. The product of that should be good works, works that further the Kingdom of God. Another byproduct of salvation is obedience to God. Because the Spirit is in us, we should be motivated to do what the Spirit leads us. If we are not following God, and obeying His commands, we need to reevaluate the status of our hearts.

      Like

  2. Pingback: #FirstWorldProblems | The Caffeinated Theologian

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s