The result of Transformation #2

The result of Transformation #2

(God can use you mightily. But you must be willing to follow His leading.

It’s called OBEDIENCE)

By Pastor George Lehman

 

1 Samuel 15:22-23 (Amp) – Samuel said, Has the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim (household good luck images).  Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.

 

1 Samuel 15:20-21 (Amp) – 20Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have completely destroyed the Amalekites. 21But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things [that were] to be totally destroyed to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”

 

Obedience is not Optional.  Obedience was the 1st key step you took when you became a born-again child of God.

It’s not an either/or situation.

 

Philippians 2:12 (LB) – Dearest friends, when I was there with you, you were always so careful to follow my instructions.  And now that I am away you must be even more careful to do the good things that result from being saved, obeying God with deep reverence, shrinking back from all that might displease him. (Disobedience displeases God)

 

Because we grow up in a world full of options, everything is optional, It’s all about my likes and dislikes, my comfort and conveniences.

The dictionary says OPTION is:

The act of choosing; the freedom to choose; open to choice.

If you’ve studied and qualified, your career options may be more numerous than they would otherwise be; when you go and buy a bike, you have a wide range of options to choose from; you have various options to buy the clothes you want to buy and wear; options what house to live in; options what you will eat.  Life is full of choices (options) everyday.

 

We tend to treat God this way too!! If we are obedient or if not, it doesn’t really matter, I mean it’s my (OPTION) choice.

Our obedience to God can never be optional (open to free choice); an either/or situation. All or Nothing!

Partial obedience is disobedience.

Someone asked Dr. Cho (pastors the largest church in the world – over 1 million), “what is the key to your great success?”  His reply was very simple,

“I pray and obey”.

 

Story of Alexander the Great:

A few centuries before Christ, a man named Alexander conquered almost all of the known world using military strength, cleverness and a bit of diplomacy.

The story is told that Alexander and a small company of soldiers approached a strongly fortified walled city.  Alexander, standing outside the walls, raised his voice and demanded to see the king.  When the king arrived, Alexander insisted that the king surrender the city and its inhabitants to Alexander and his little band of fighting men.

 

The king laughed, “Why should I surrender to you?  You can’t do us any harm!”  But Alexander offered to give the king a demonstration.  He ordered his men to line up single file and start marching.   He marched them straight toward a sheer cliff.  The townspeople gathered on the wall and watched in shocked silence as, one by one, Alexander’s soldiers marched without hesitation right off the cliff to their deaths!  After ten soldiers died, Alexander ordered the rest of the men to return to his side.  The townspeople and the king immediately surrendered to Alexander the Great.

They realized that if a few men were actually willing to commit suicide at the command of this dynamic leader, then nothing could stop his eventual victory.

 

The real question here is:

Are you really willing to be as obedient to the ruler of the universe, Jesus Christ, as those soldiers were to Alexander?

Are you as dedicated, obedient, and committed? These are the birth cannels through which Transformation flows

Think how much power Christ could have in our area of influence with just a portion of such commitment and obedience.

There are certain things in us that must come out.

The result of transformation is continuous “obedience”.  Obedience is putting into action that which God requires.  AND IT’S NOT OPTIONAL

So many Christians think, “If I’m obedient and do good in one area, then God will overlook my disobedience and sin in another area”.

When God’s word says something, that’s exactly what He means.

 

Psalm 40:6 (Amp) – Sacrifice and offering You do not desire, nor have You delight in them; You have given me the capacity to hear* and obey [Your law, a more valuable service than] burnt offerings and sin offerings [which] You do not require.

* Ignorance will be no excuse one day.

 

What is the kinds of Sacrifice we offer:  You can come to church, sing songs, wear CMA colours, go to rallies and jols, even have a leadership position; you can give tithes and offerings; you can do all the works that Christians should do.

All this is possible without obedience because obedience is allowing genuine Transformation in the heart.  Sacrifice without obedience is a painful waste of time.

 

James 1:22 (NIV) – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what is says. (Many think because I heard it, I’m ok)

Job 36:11-12 (Amp) – If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness and joy.  But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword [of God’s destructive judgments], and they shall die in ignorance of true knowledge. (Obedience brings true knowledge)

 

Clearly God wants to change you and mould you into the image of His Son, Jesus.  The only way to do this is if you are willing to allow Him.

 

Here are some truths about obedience:

 

#1 Obedience brings forth a desire for self-examination, which produces transformation

You know when you are walking in obedience because you will have a passionate desire to do painful self-inspection all the time and be willing to change or be transformed.

 

Psalm 139:23 (Amp) – Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!

 

This wasn’t just good talk to impress God.  David’s desire is that disobedience wasn’t hindering God’s work in His life.

Most of us don’t like self-examination, do we?  Self-examination creates Transformation (change)

 

Isaac Newton – First law of motion –

“Everything continues in a state of rest unless it is compelled to change by forces impressed upon it.”

Some people will change when they see the light.  Others change only when they feel the heat.

 

#2  Obedience brings forth blessings.

Every promise in God’s word comes with a condition = obedience.

 

1 John 3:22 (Amp) – And we receive from Him whatever we ask, because we [watchfully] OBEY His orders [observe His suggestions and injunctions*, follow His plan for us] and [habitually] practice what is pleasing to Him. 

*Injunction = authoritive order

 

Deuteronomy 12:28 (Amp) – Be watchful and OBEY all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.

 

Blessings come when we commit to do it God’s way, not our way.

 

Leviticus 26:3-13 (LB) – If you obey all of my commandments, I will give you regular rains, and the land will yield bumper crops, and the trees will be loaded with fruit long after the normal time! And grapes will still be ripening when sowing time comes again.  You shall eat your fill, and live safely in the land, For I will give you peace, and you will go to sleep without fear.  I will chase away the dangerous animals.  You will chase your enemies; they will die beneath your swords.  Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you, then thousand!  You will defeat all of your enemies.  I will look after you, and multiply you, and fulfill my covenant with you.  You will have such a surplus of crops that you won’t know what to do with them when the new harvest is ready!  And I will live among you, and not despise you.  I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be my people.  For I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, with the intention that you be slaves no longer; I have broken your chains and will make you walk with dignity.

 

Are you positioned for blessing?  If not, you’re settling for second best.

 

#3  Disobedience brings forth consequences.

 

Do yourself a favour, go read Leviticus 26:14-28 &
Deuteronomy 28:15-68.  See the price of disobedience grow. 53 verses are curses.

 

Revelations 3:3 (Amp) – So call to mind the lessons you received and heard; continually lay them to heart and OBEY them, and repent(change/transform).  In case you will not rouse yourselves and keep awake and watch, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not know or suspect at what hour I will come.

 

What price are you willing to pay for disobedience?

 

The result of transformation comes from obedience,

and obedience is NOT OPTIONAL.