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By Dr. Charles Stanley)

Prayer:

Glory be to God! God You are awesome! Your Word tells me to worship You, and I am right now because I love You. Lord, You are worthy to be praise because You alone are above all things. Thank You that You promise to be with us wherever we go. Help us to have courage when the task that You have set before us seems too big or too difficult. We desire to obey You always. Bless us to learn from this study for Your glory. Lord, we choose to follow You whatever You lead us. Our future is in Your hand. AMEN

Subject Lesson: Obedience.

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Moses told the nation of Israel, “If you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I commanded you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth” (Deut. 28:1). In a similar way, we walk on a higher level than the world when we live in obedience to God. It’s not a matter of looking down on others but choosing to live by God’s standards rather than following the world’s lifestyle.

Why is obedience to God important?
Obedience to God proves our love for Him (1 John 5:2-3), demonstrates our faithfulness to Him (1 John 2:3-6), glorifies Him in the world (1 Peter 2:12), and opens avenues of blessing for us (John 13:17).

Faith is necessary to please God (Hebrews 11:6), and if our faith is genuine and true, we will live a lifestyle characterized by righteousness, modeling the example set for us by Jesus Christ. We obey His commands, not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love Him. We are enabled to obey because, once we believe in Christ and are saved, we are remade. We are not the same people we once were. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

When we obey the Lord, we can live a life of joy, without shame, rooted deeply in the Lord and confident in our eternal hope. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Our obedience is actually part of our assurance that we truly know God (1 John 2:3).

When God’s children obey their Heavenly Father, He is glorified. Jesus told us that the plan is for others to “see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Of course, performing “good deeds” requires obedience to the One who calls us to good deeds. A Christian’s testimony of holiness is a strong witness that God is at work in the world.

“Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him” (Psalm 128:1). The Bible often tells us that God blesses and rewards obedience. James 1:22-25 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. . . . Whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” See also Psalm 119:1-2.

God is gracious. If we haven’t been living for Him, if we haven’t been following His commandments, if we’ve been living in and for the world, we can be transformed by the blood of Jesus Christ. We can ask God for forgiveness, and He will give it. And He will choose to forget the sin, just as if we had never committed it in the first place. God is glorified when He extends forgiveness, because it is written, “I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds. . . . Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:16-17).

Obedience in the Life of the Believer:

The first lesson on obedience is found in the very beginning of the Bible.

Adam and Eve lived in a perfect environment surrounded with beauty and abundance; and when the Lord placed them in the garden, He gave only one prohibition: “From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17). If they had obeyed Him, they would have continued to live in the midst of all His blessings; but since they disobeyed, they suffered the consequences of violating His command.

This same principle of obedience still applies to us today. Blessings come with obedience, but disobedience brings problems, heartaches, and burdens.

Obedience is the first lesson we should teach in the home.

Ephesians 6:1 says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” The pattern that the Lord established in the home flows from the order He instituted in the Garden of Eden. Just as almighty God is our authority and we are to obey Him, so children are to honor and obey their parents. Our obedience to the Lord includes faithfully teaching our children to obey us. If we submit to God’s authority as we raise our children, they too will learn to follow the Lord. However, if we tell them to obey us, but we ourselves neglect God’s commands, they will see the inconsistency and experience internal conflict, confusion, frustration, and ultimately disobedience.

Obedience starts in the morning.

Each day should begin with prayer asking God for a sensitive spirit. We need His help to rightly interact with people and deal with the circumstances we encounter. When we begin the morning with a sincere desire to obey the Lord, we’ll be reminded to continually turn to Him for guidance and strength throughout the day.

An obedient life is not one of perfection.

We won’t always make the right choices and do what God wants, but a godly person who desires to obey will immediately feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit. When we are filled and controlled by the Spirit, our first response to sin will be confession and repentance. And if we’ve offended someone else, we will quickly go to that person and ask forgiveness. But if we delay, thinking, “I’ll take care of this tomorrow,” we may end up putting it off for weeks, months, or even years. And that is disobedience.

The opposite of obedience is rebellion.

Since God is our ultimate authority, any time we choose not to heed His commands, we are rebelling against Him. Then we wonder why we’re experiencing trouble and conflicts. Samuel told God’s people, “If you will not listen to the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the command of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you, as it was against your fathers” (1 Sam. 12:15). This is a valuable lesson that we need to pass down to our children. Sometimes the anger and conflicts in the home are the result of parents not following the Lord, and children not obeying their parents.

Obedience is doing what God says, how he says, and when He says to do it.

Oftentimes we’d prefer to redefine these terms, but the elimination of any one of them results in disobedience. Partial obedience is still rebellion against the Lord. For example, suppose we believe that God wants us to give a certain portion of our income to Him, but instead of giving Him the full amount, we decide to give less. Or maybe He calls us into ministry, missions, or some other area of service, but we delay or alter our response to the call. Instead of becoming a missionary, we decide to focus on becoming financially successful so we can give more money to the Lord’s work. Or maybe we sidestep God’s clear call to preach the gospel and opt to teach Sunday school instead. Anytime we dictate the terms of our obedience, we are not doing what the Lord has told us to do. We may think that offering an alternate form of obedience ought to please Him, but it won’t. Because God loves us, He wants us to follow His commands so we can receive the blessings that follow. This is the only way to spare us from the negative consequences that inevitably come with disobedience.

Obedience is the proof of our love for Christ.

Three times in the fourteenth chapter of John, Jesus equates loving Him with obedience (vv. 15, 21, 23). Many of us claim to love Christ, yet we’d have to admit that our actions don’t always support our assertion. Our love for Him should motivate and prompt us to keep His Word and please Him in all we do.

Obedience is not only the will of God, but it’s the best way to live.

The Lord gave us His commandments for our own good. Any time we try to manipulate or maneuver around them, we are settling for second best. We can never improve on what God has said. Like a loving Father, He protects us by giving us rules to guide our lives. And if we go astray, He provides stinging consequences, which motivate us to return to the path of obedience. When we follow the Lord’s instructions, they influence every area of our lives. Each day as we encounter various situations, we’ll ask ourselves, “What has God said about this?” For instance, if someone wrongs us at work, we’ll remember that Jesus said to forgive others. Although we may not be able to quote a verse, we’ll know what’s right and wrong. Furthermore, we have the Holy Spirit living within us who prompts us to do what’s right. And if we sin, He convicts us with deep sorrow over our disobedience so we will repent and change. In our own strength, we can’t overcome our sins, but the Spirit gives us the power to develop godly attitudes, actions, and habits.

What is our motivation for obedience?

A reverence for who God is.

He deserves our obedience because He is our holy, sovereign Lord who gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross so we could be forgiven.

A desire to please Him:
If we revere and love Him, we won’t want to displease Him in any area of our lives. Furthermore, disobedience never gives us what we truly want—peace, joy, and happiness. Even if the path of obedience is painful, it is still the best option.

Obedience always brings blessings!

Week #4

Questions:

1). Think about a time you fully obeyed the Lord in a difficult situation. How did God work in your life?
2). Now consider an occasion when you either disobeyed or partially obeyed. What consequences resulted? How did it affect you?
3). Give a scripture on obedience, and explain it.
4). Why should we teach our children obedience?
5). When do obedience starts?
6). When we are filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit, what is our first response to sin?
7). What is the opposite of obedience?
8). When we obey God, we are doing what?
9). What is the proof of our love for Christ?
10). What is our motivation for obedience?

Weekly Stay Focus:

Weekly Life Principle:

Weekly Prayer Focus:

Closing Prayer:

Weekly reading assignments: (Hebrews 7-8)


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Week #4 Questions/Answers:

1). Think about a time you fully obeyed the Lord in a difficult situation. How did God work in your life?

Wow! God has blessed me over and over and over again these last few days. I thought I was not going to be able to keep my job due to age, but things are working out good, and I am trusting God to continue to work on me and my patient’s behalf. Things get so difficult at times, but God always move and give me peace and them understanding. It’s a blessing!

2). Now consider an occasion when you either disobeyed or partially obeyed. What consequences resulted? How did it affect you?
Oh my, I hate it when I know I have disobeyed God because of fear; I hate it because I then see why I go through some hard things I don’t even have to go through; there are consequences for not obeying God.
3). Give a scripture on obedience, and explain it.

Joshua 1:2, 1:10-11 says that Joshua obeyed God when He told him to go over this Jordan and take the people to the Promised Land; Joshua obey again in chapter 5 and 6 and they came to Jericho and conquered that land with God’s help.
4). Why should we teach our children obedience?

Ephesians 6:1 says “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” When we teach our children to be obedient we are doing what is right according to God’s Word. Bring your children up in this way, because if we submit to God’s authority as we raise our children, they too will learn to follow the Lord.
5). When do obedience starts?

When we begin the morning with a sincere desire to obey the Lord, we’ll be reminded to continually turn to Him for guidance and strength throughout the day.
6). When we are filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit, what is our first response to sin?

Our first response to sin will be confession and repentance.
7). What is the opposite of obedience?

Since God is our ultimate authority, any time we choose not to heed His commands, we are rebelling against Him. Rebellion is the opposite of obedience.
8). When we obey God, we are doing what?

Obedience is doing what God says, how He say, and when He says to do it; following His instructions.
9). What is the proof of our love for Christ?

Obedience is the proof of our love for Christ Jesus our Lord. Our love for Him should motivate and prompt us to keep His Word and please Him in all we do.
10). What is our motivation for obedience?

Our motivation for obedience should be our reverence for Who He is. He deserves our obedience because He is our holy, sovereign Lord Who gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross so we could be forgiven. Celebrate Passion Week to honor Him!


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Weekly Stay Focus: Strengthening Your Roots

When you are obedience you are strengthening your roots. Colossians 2:6-7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Even though you don’t always see progress in your walk with God, you can be sure that your roots are going down deep. Beneath the soil, God tends your faith, the longer you walk with Him, and be obedient, the deeper His hold on you. You came to Him with nothing and simply surrendered to His love. And that is all it takes, just a willingness to keep walking with Him and trusting that He’s strengthening your roots beneath you. Obey the Lord as you trust Him in all things.


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Weekly Life Principle: Obedience/(Life Principle #2)

Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.

As we grow in our walk with the Lord, obedience becomes a cornerstone to intimacy with Him. When He calls us to obey Him, He isn’t telling us what to do merely to exert control over us-He’s setting a framework of goodness around our lives that also forms a hedge of protection from evil.

When we obey God, we choose to follow Him rather than go our own way. Obedience ushers us into the blessing of His life-giving presence-and aligns us with the goodness of His kingdom plans further down the road. That’s why He asks us to obey and trust Him with everything that comes next.

When you believe God loves you perfectly and that He is absolutely worthy of your trust, you don’t have to worry about the future. You can face any uncertainly with total confidence and joy. Obedience, then, is an act of secure love.


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Weekly Prayer Focus: Speak Lord Jesus

Come to Me, and rest in My presence. As you ponder the majestic mystery of the incarnation, relax in My everlasting arms. I am the only Person who was ever sired by the Holy Spirit. This is beyond your understanding. Instead of trying to comprehend My incarnation intellectually, learn from the example of the wise men. They followed the leading of a spectacular star; then fell down in humble worship when they found Me.

Praise and worship are the best responses to the wonder of My Being. Sing praises to My holy Name. Gaze at Me in silent adoration. Look for a star of guidance in your own life, and be willing to follow wherever I lead. I am the Light from on high that dawns upon you, to guide your feet into the way of Peace. If you are obedience to My voice, then will you be safe.

Read: Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Matthew 2:9-11; Luke 1:-78-79


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Week # 4 Devotional Sharing:

The Requirements of Obedience

Key Passage: Psalms 32:8-11

Supporting Scriptures: Joshua 1:9 | Joshua 6:1-20 | Psalms 119:105 | Proverbs 3:5-8 | Isaiah 64:4 | John 16:13| Acts 5:28-29 | Acts 16:5-10

Summary:

We all need guidance now and then, but whom are we allowing to influence us?

There are many strange voices in the world clamoring for our attention and offering to help us with whatever concerns us. However, all these voices could lead us astray. The only one who can give us perfect guidance is our heavenly Father. But to receive His instructions, we must listen, trust, and obey Him.

Sermon Points:

Obedience can be defined as doing what God says, how he says, and when He says to do it.
All three of these aspects are required, or it’s disobedience. To intentionally ignore what the Lord says and do what we desire in the way we want and according to our time schedule is outright rebellion. In essence we are telling Him that our way is better, and we want control of our lives. Now, we might try to excuse our deliberate disobedience by claiming it was just a mistake, but in reality, we are rebelling against almighty God.
Life at its best is only found in obedience to the Lord. He created us, loves us, and knows exactly how we should live and what we should do. Therefore, to turn our backs on His plans for our lives is equivalent to rejecting the best He could possibly give us. The wisest thing we can do is to submit to the Lord and learn what is required to live in obedience to Him.
Obedience requires that we . . . “not lean on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5).
Meditate upon God’s Word. Since the Bible is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, we need to carefully consider what it says so we won’t stumble or lose our way in life (Ps. 119:105). Meditation includes reading the Word, thinking about it, and asking God questions regarding its meaning and application. The world constantly bombards us with messages designed to lead us astray, but when we make the Scriptures a vital part of each day, our hearts and minds are protected and tuned in to the Lord so we can discern His guidance.
Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. God has given us the awesome gift of His Spirit who lives within us. He’s the one who convicted us of sin and opened our hearts to accept Jesus’ wonderful offer of salvation. Now one of His jobs is to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). When we read the Bible, He helps us interpret it. Then throughout the day, He reminds us of those truths or convicts us if we sin. No one can live the Christian life without Him. Only as we listen to the Spirit will we become Christlike and accomplish what God desires.
Be sensitive to God’s timing.Whatever the Lord tells us to do is to be done according to His time schedule, not ours. Isaiah 64:4 says that the Lord acts in behalf of those who wait for Him. If we’re consistently listening to God through His Word and His Spirit, over a period of time, He will train us to discern not only what He’s saying, but when He wants us to act. Since God is omniscient, He knows the perfect timing for every situation. If we get ahead of Him or lag behind, we’ll miss what He had in mind. To help us, He’s given us an internal timer in the person of the Holy Spirit. When we’re sensitive to His voice, He shows us when to move ahead.
Walk where the way is not always clear. Obedience would be much easier if we knew exactly where we’re going, but sometimes God calls us to step out in faith when the way is not clear. When doubts arise, we should remember that the sovereign God of the universe gave us the assignment. Proverbs 3:5 reminds us to trust in Him and not in our own limited understanding. If He chose the path, He will reveal the way as we move forward in obedience.
Follow God’s instruction even if it seems unreasonable. The Lord might ask us to do something which seems illogical or beyond our ability. Even if we feel unqualified, afraid, and resistant, instead of making excuses or denying that God could have possibly said that, we should be like Joshua. When the Lord told him to conquer Jericho by marching around it seven times, he must have thought it was the strangest battle plan ever devised. But God knew exactly what He was doing and secured the victory through Joshua’s trusting obedience. We can never put the Lord in a box by confining Him to what seems reasonable to us.
Have courage. When God called Joshua to accomplish the gigantic task of leading the Israelites, He told him, “Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (v. 1:9). And the same is true for us today. Courage is essential for obedience in the Christian life. If we’re afraid of the challenges God places before us, we need to keep listening to Him and move ahead believing that He will be with us every step of the way.
Accept conflict. Sometimes obedience to the Lord results in conflict with others. This is what happened to Peter and the apostles when they were preaching about Jesus in Jerusalem. When they were confronted by the Council, they replied, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). If we stop doing what God says every time someone objects, we’ll never fulfill His will.
Be willing to be corrected by God.There may be times when the Lord alters our course. During Paul’s second missionary journey, he was redirected several times until he finally perceived where God wanted him to go (Acts. 16:6-10). We should always hold our plans loosely so the Holy Spirit has our cooperation when He wants to change them.
Our responsibility is to obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.
Since the Lord has promised to guide us, we have nothing to fear if we’re following His leadership. He is sovereign over everything and controls all the consequences. There is nothing He cannot handle or will not provide for us if we’ll listen, trust, and obey Him.
Response Personally:
Think of a time you disobeyed the Lord by either not doing what He said, not doing it the way He desired, or doing it at the wrong time. What happened as a result? What lessons did you learn?
Have you ever sensed the Lord calling you to something that seemed unreasonable? How did you respond? Looking back, what have been the results of your choice to either obey or disobey?
Look at the list of requirements for obedience. Which ones have you done or experienced? Which ones do you need to work on?


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Closing Prayer:

Jesus, my Lord and Savior, help us to become obedient and be like a child so we might enter into You Kingdom. As we study these lessons help us to be obedient to Your Word we study in these lessons. Jesus, come what may, help us to never leave Your love. Give us the child-like trust to keep ourselves in Your love. Obedience is better than all sacrifices as we read in Your Word. Father, we are praying for all Prayer Warriors, and others in our circle of family or friends to choose to live in obedience to the Word...Help them be those who faithfully obey You. May they/we desire to obey You and what You ask of us in Your Word as an expression of our love for Jesus. Your Word says we are slaves to what we obey, so I ask You to help them/me become slaves to obedience, the obedience that leads to right living and holiness. (Deuteronomy 28:11a; John 14:15; Romans 6:16, 18, 19b) Open our eyes to see the wonderful truths of the Bible, and teach us to choose the way of truth, setting our hearts to live as You say we should live. May we be eager to learn what You want us to do, for You have set our hearts free! (Psalm 119:18, 30, 32) Teach us to follow Your commands; help us to understand them. Give us the desire to obey You with all our hearts. Take away our foolish desires. (Psalm 119:33–34, 37) May we love You and follow Your commands, for they’ll not too difficult. In every weakness, Christ, who was obedient even to death, is their strength! And You are faithful to bring us through every temptation;(1 John 5:2; Philippians 4:13; 2:8b; 1 Corinthians 10:13). In Jesus' name we pray, amen.


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