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Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)
TITLE: My Lesson On Obedience
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Everyone should know what obedience is. It is the act of being obedient. When you think of the word obedience, you might think of obedience training. You might think of a dog trainer offering treats to his pet, teaching it to expect reward for obeying his commands.
We learn obedience in much the same way. We learn from our parents how to obey commands at a very early age in our life. We learn there are rewards for our obedience as well as consequences for our misbehavior.
In our spiritual life, we learn that obedience to God is of the utmost importance if we are to receive His blessings.
Jeremiah, 7:23, (KJV) says, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you that it may be well unto you”.
Throughout scripture, we are told what God will do for us if we obey Him. We are also given examples of what could happen if we choose not to listen. Consistently, we are given examples of how He blessed the people when they obeyed Him. We are also shown the destruction that came upon them when they did not.
Paul said, in Acts, 5:29, (KJV), “We ought to obey God rather than men”. He explained to the high priests and their council how God raised up Jesus from the cross of death and exalted him to be a Priest and Savior.
Why did God do this? One of the reasons He did this is because Jesus showed his obedience to the Father throughout his life. Jesus could have shown obedience to men, but chose obedience to God instead.
Each time we revisit our lessons in obedience, we are given circumstances according to our level of faith, to remind us of God’s promises. According to our level of faith, God will gently nudge us, or bring a circumstance or event into our life, which from certain points of view could be utterly devastating. The outcome of the situation will always depend on whether or not we practiced obedience to what God has taught us in the past.
If we have learned to hear His voice and we practice obedience to what He says to us, the gentle nudge will fill our hearts with a peace that surpasses all understanding and most likely bring a smile to our face and uplift our spirit. If we have been given wisdom and knowledge in obedience from these gently nudges, or reminders, the circumstance or event we face, which could be devastating, ends up being a double circumstance offered to us by God for all persons involved. Where God might be trying to teach obedience to someone else, He might be using us, who have learned obedience, as an example of His presence in those who hearken to his voice and obey him.
Obedience isn’t something we do from fear of punishment. It is something we do because we have learned the reward of obedience. It isn’t something we do out of demand, rather, something we do out of other lessons He has blessed us with learning, all of which come from His most valuable lesson to all of us, which is the lesson of Love.
When we are blessed with the experience of learning how much He truly loves us, we are many times, given more gentle nudges, than devastating circumstances. Once we learn how He loves us, we learn how to love ourselves, which, in turn, teaches us how to love others, which, evolves into learning what obedience really is. It gives us a whole new prospective of the obedience of Christ.
That in turn, clears the way for a much deeper understanding of our Lord and Savior and a more spiritual communion with God.
Learning obedience isn’t a bad thing, as some might think. Being obedient isn’t giving up or giving in. Neither does it make us brain washed as certain others have suggested. Obedience is an accomplished event where one reaches a point in their life when they can say, "I am blessed beyond measure". We can proclaim, "My cup runneth over", and we can know that we have finally reach that place in our life when we cannot only say we have found peace but we truly experience it.
If you want to know more about obedience there is no better place to look than in His Word.
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