As I open this letter in regards to the “Importance of Obedience” may I say that a life of answered prayer, is that of living a life of obedience. What is obedience? Obedience is the submission of one’s own will to the will of another in obedience to, according to the instructions or ruling of.
- Living in obedience to God’s Word is that of submitting one’s will, not resisting.
- Living in obedience also brings about God’s favor.
If you love God you will obey God! When man seeks God, God brings to man understanding of the truth of HIS divine wisdom and knowledge. This understanding of truth revealed by the Holy Spirit teaches us to walk in obedience. God says in the Bible, “for the lack of knowledge my people perish.” This knowledge comes from seeking God, turning to God, asking God through prayer and Bible (reading/ study) for wisdom, knowledge and understanding and then applying that knowledge; obediently.
God looks for those who seek Him…Real understanding is acquired through seeking God. Psalm 14:2 (NLT) The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if there is even one with real understanding, one who seeks for God. Are you SEEKING GOD?
In order to show the IMPORTANCE OF OBEDIENCE taught in the Bible, I will be sharing many scriptures on this subject, from God’s Word in this letter. The truth (the Word) brings understanding through obeying the Word and asking in prayer.
God says to seek Him, ask Him as we read in these next few scriptures.
- Ephesians 3:4 (NLT) As you read what I have written; you will understand what I know about this plan regarding Christ.
- Psalm 119:34-37 (NLT) Give me understanding and I will obey your law; I will put it into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Give me an eagerness for your decrees; do not inflict me with love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.
- Psalm 119:104-106 (NLT) Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise again: I will obey your wonderful laws.
- Colossians 1:9 (NLT) So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. The wisdom of God is to love and obey Jesus “the Word”.
Let’s take a look at what Jesus has to say about obedience.
- Matthew 22:37 (NLT) Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’
- Matthew 7:21 (NLT) “Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’ but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.
- Matthew 7:24 – 25 (NLT) “Anyone who listens to my teaching and obey me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock.
- John 8:31 – 32 (NLT) Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Understanding is gained by departing or turning from evil.
- Job 28:27-28 (NLT) Then, when he had done all this, he saw wisdom and measured it. He established it and examined it thoroughly. And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘the fear of the LORD is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’
- Hebrews 6:1 (NLT) So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start all over again with the importance of turning away from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.
True repentance from the heart, calls for turning from that which is not right; confessing sin to God; and placing your faith in Jesus Christ, which is vital in following the life of obedience.
Gods’ will for our life must start right here. True repentance.
- Be sorry you’ve sinned against God and man.
- Confess (call sin by its name – hate it – turn from it.)
- Be willing to straighten things out with God and man.
- KEEP FILLED with God’s Spirit, daily; obedient thru praying, reading the Word, praise and worship.
With true repentance from the heart, your life begins to change; for your heart and mind becomes ONE in Christ, as a believer. Jeremiah 32:39 And I will give them one heart and mind to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants.
The opposite of obedience is disobedience; that of NOT following after Godly ways, but following after worldly ways; self-desires through pride, greed, and following after the pleasures of this life. Disobedience to Gods law is an act that violates or transgresses the religious or moral law of God or the way of righteousness; rebellion of God’s laws; perversion of the heart. We are all born into sin and we all must turn from sin.
How do we obey? Obedience starts in the MIND, the heart. THE MIND is the part of humans that engages in conscious thinking, feeling, and decision-making; in the Bible, the mind and the heart is related.
What is conceived in the mind is exercised in the brain. The brain initiates the action. Once the thought goes to the brain the action follows to your heart. The Christian must choose to set his mind on Godly things; those things that are pure, holy and good.
Even when you’re looking at those impossible situations in your life you must not waiver. Set your mind on the Word of God. Stand strong, firm, relying and trusting God…use (apply) the faith that you have, stay busy…not in doubt and unbelief but in giving praise and glory to God thru and in all situations.
Again I say, DO NOT WAIVER! James 1:5-7 (NLT) sums up this very thought…
“If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” This will require a life of obedience; living within the guidelines of God’s Word, (the Bible).
Obedience to the law in itself cannot lead us into living a Christian life. Living the Christian life WILL TAKE LIVING IN CHRIST; believing and receiving the Good-News of the Gospel being applied into your everyday life. It is only through the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ in which you can be saved. Jesus Christ died that you may have life and life more abundantly. This life in Christ is that of placing your complete trust in Him. This will take a life of obedience; changing your mind and attitude, dwelling on Godly thoughts.
Prayerful living is a life of reading, meditating and applying His Word in your everyday living. The Holy Spirit will take up residence in the life of the believer.
Let’s look how obedience correlates with that of being in right standing with God. Obedience keeps our relationship with God open and free.
- John 15:10-11 (NLT) When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love. I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
Those who trust and obey God’s Word will live under the obedience of His Word. Applying the truth of His Word is the very training ground which will lead you into living a life of obedience. God has given all of us a will of choice. His Word and Spirit will guide us into all truth.
Won’t you invite Jesus to be close to you?
- John 7:37 – 38 (NLT) “… If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.”
- Matthew 11:28 – 30 (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
- John 14:21 (NLT) Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal myself to each one of them.”
Yes, believing God’s Word will lead to obeying God’s Word.
- James 1:19-27, TLB- VERSE 22: And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. So don’t fool yourselves.
- Proverbs 2:1-4 “My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure.”
In order to choose life, man MUST OBEY God and remain in right standing with the Father. There is ONLY one way to keep our relationship with the Father and that is through DAILY Prayer (communication) with God, meditation reading and studying His Word (the Bible).
Praying is not an option, it is a command. Praying takes faith, a faith that believes as stated in:
- 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
So we can say it is through obedience that we can stay in right standing with God but it takes prayer (that of asking) and faith (that of believing) as we read the Word of God; to walk in continual obedience to God, LIVING A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE.
Love in Christ Jesus,