“Do as you are told”

“Do as you are told.”

“You have no idea what God can set in motion, through one single act of Obedience.”

Question: Can anybody testify to this true statement?

 

Well, it is true church…

Many of you got saved, baptized, lives turned around; many marriages were restored, and many wayward (difficult to control) children turned back to God, through one single act of obedience!

Genesis 2:16-17(Amp) – 16And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely (unconditionally) eat [the fruit] from every tree of the garden; 17but [only] from the tree of knowledge (recognition) of good and evil you shall not eat, otherwise on the day that you eat from it, you shall most certainly die [because of your disobedience].

This portion of scripture is God’s 1st commandment to Adam and mankind, to obedience. So after reading these verses we can safely say that, obedience to God and His commandments will lead to eternal life.

But disobedience (or even partial obedience) is sin and the wages of sin is still death!

Spiritual death in the sense that you will be forever separated from God.

So tonight I would like us all (including me) to realize that:

Encountering God is one aspect of a Christians life
Learning about God another
But being obedient to God should be a priority in your life

Amen

For when I say that I love God, I will humbly and joyfully submit (to come under) to God and obey His commandments and instructions.

Yes church…

Please allow me to share a few scriptures with you to emphasize the call to obedience. (there are many but will only touch on a few)

Deuteronomy 10:12 (Amp) – “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear [and worship] the Lord your God [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect, to walk [that is, to live each and every day] in all His ways and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul [your choices, your thoughts, your whole being].”

This portion of scripture gives us 4 distinct instructions, but the bottom line is this: “If you love me, you will obey Me.”

It is important church, that we realize that obedience to God is the key to many blessings in this life.

Deuteronomy 7:12-13 (Msg) – 12-13And this is what will happen: When you, on your part, will obey these directives, keeping and following them, God, on his part, will keep the covenant of loyal love that he made with your ancestors: He will love you; He will bless you, He will increase you.

Deuteronomy 4:40 (NIV) – Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time.

Job 36:11 (NIV) – If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.  

So after reading these promises of God from the Word of God, we can safely say that a person who walks in obedience walks under the anointing and protection of the Most Hight God.

You walk a path of assurance and safety and that is why David as a shepherd boy could say this in:

1 Samuel 17:37 (Amp) – David said, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.”

David said with confident assurance, with tenacity and boldness, with fearlessness and faith that his God will give him the victory!

Even as we read in Psalm 23:4 (Amp) – “Even though I walk through the [sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.”

David could say this, because he walked under the anointing and protection of God as a result of his obedience to God! Amen?

So would you then agree with me that it was (indirectly) obedience that killed Goliath?

It was obedience that won the battle of Jericho, Israel’s obedience parted the red sea… both Noah and Rahab’s families were saved through their obedience. God can and will safe yours through your obedience.

St Teresa of Avila who lived in the 1500’s said this about obedience:

“I know the power of obedience has of making easy, that which seems impossible.”

Wat vir die mens ontmoontlik is, word moontlik gemaak deur gehoorsaamheid aan God.

 

Please allow me to share a few pointers with you in the areas of your life, where you should be obedient to God.

You must be obedient with your heart, not only your lips! (Amen / Eina)

This simply means that we should give ear to and follow

Matthew 22:37 (NIV) – Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  (above everything and anybody!)

God 1st, then my wife and family!

I can promise you church that your life will take a turn for the good if we get this one right and make it a priority!

 

You must be obedient with your will (inclination)

But in order for us to do this, we must dedicate (consecrate, set ourselves apart) for God.

For if we are not 100% committed to God, we’re not obeying God with our will and the inclination of our hearts will be turned away from God

 

   3.You must obey God with your mind

 

This simply means that I will make wise decisions (with a clear and sober mind) based on the Word of God… and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

But: In order for us to make decisions based on the Word of God we need to know the word of God, amen?

 

John 1:1 (NIV) – “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”

So if you wanna be up close and personal with God get into the Word, amen?

Not only will this help to renew your mind (Romans 12:2) but it will also teach you valuable Christian values and principles. Amen?

 

4.You must be obedient with your body.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) – 19Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20You were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.

Take good care of it, so that you will be able to offer it to God as a living sacrifice, pure, holy, and pleasing unto Him.

Please take note church, that we must and should be obedient to God in every aspect and all areas of our lives.

For this is was and will always be God’s will for our lives; to be obedient and to conform to the image of His Son who was obedient even to death on the cross.

I can assure you tonight church that the road of disobedience is a road away from God and only leads to death and destruction,

BUT

the path of obedience is a path of righteousness (to be in good standing with God) that will lead to eternal life for those who love God!

I would like to remind you church that our obedience to God should not be a temporary one, but we should walk in “habitual obedience” before God. Amen?

So if you are conscious of areas of disobedience in your life and that you are not completely obedient to God…

My question (in conclusion) is simply this tonight church:

What is it, that’s preventing you from total obedience and following God whole-heartedly?

So if you’re in a place of loneliness, weakness, defeat, sin and disobedience… can I just say that God allows U-turns!

And my challenge to all tonight is simply this:

“Why don’t you make that U-turn?”

For you have no idea what God can set in motion through one single act of obedience.

 

Come let us pray – Amen!