Obedience and Humility

In a previous letter we discussed how disobedience and omission can become a hindrance to the miracle working power of God within our life. To better understand disobedience and omission let’s take a look at Obedience and its relationship to God and man.

Obedience keeps our relationship with God open and free.

  • Genesis 3:1-24, NIV – 10-11: He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” They had disobeyed God.
  • John 15:10-11 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 be full.

Here are 9 Points concerning the importance of Obedience, Humility and Love:

1. Obeying God, even when we don’t understand, is true freedom. 1 Chronicles 15:11-29, TLB – V 13: The Lord destroyed us before because we handled the matter improperly-you were not carrying it. Luke 11:28 He replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” James 1:25,- But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law-the law that sets you free-and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

2. Freedom to obey comes through God’s grace and faith in Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1-21, TLB – V 20: The Ten Commandments were given so that all could see the extent of their failure to obey God’s laws. “But the more we see our sinfulness, the more we see God’s abounding grace forgiving us.”

3. Obedience to God is pleasing to him. Joshua 1:1-18, TLB – V 8: Constantly remind the people about these laws, and you yourself must think about them every day and every night so that you will be sure to obey all of them. For only then will you succeed.

Romans 2:13 “For it is not merely knowing the law that brings God’s approval. Those who obey the law will be declared right in God’s sight.” Obedience will follow those who are in Christ Jesus for you will love God and desire to obey Him.

4. Obedience to God often leads to peace. 2 Chronicles 14:1-15, TLB – V 1-2: King Abijah was buried in Jerusalem. Then his son Asa became the new king of Judah, and there was peace in the land for the first ten years of his reign, for Asa was careful to obey the Lord his God.

5. Obedience challenges us? …to go beyond mere understanding; to go beyond mere outward conformity and to act out of love for God.

Matthew 5:17-20, TLB – V 19: And so if anyone breaks the least commandment, and teaches others to, he shall be the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But those who teach God’s laws and obey them shall be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

6. Humility is good training in obedience. Titus 3:1-2 Remind your people to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not speak evil of anyone, and they must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.

  • Humility is the proper attitude before God – a reverence to the almighty. Proverbs 22:4, NLT- True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life. Joshua 7:1-26, NIV – V6: Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell face down to the ground before the ark of the LORD, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.
  • Humility keeps us from depending on our own strengths. James 4:10, NLT-When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.
  • Humility makes our prayers direct and honest, God speaks, we obey! 2 Kings 5:1-19, TLB – V 13: But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!”
  • Humility clarifies our dependence on God.
  • Humility challenges our pride. Psalm 8:1-9, NIV – VERSE 3-4: When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? Proverbs 11:2 Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
  • Humility increases our appreciation for God. Luke 14:1-14, TLB – VERSE 11: For everyone who tries to honor himself shall be humbled; and he who humbles himself shall be honored.
  • Humility is essential for service to others. Philippians 2:3, NLT – Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.

7. Pride lures us into living independently of God. Mark 6:1-12, TLB – VERSE 5: And because of their unbelief he couldn’t do any mighty miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. Psalm 10:1-18, TLB – V. 11: “God isn’t watching,” they say to themselves; “he’ll never know!” (God sees everything…in public and private)

a. Serving others is a distinguishing mark of Christians in the world. Matthew 20:20-34, TLB – VERSE 26: But Jesus called them together and said, “Among the heathen, kings are tyrants and each minor official lords it over those beneath him. But among you it is quite different. Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must be your servant.” 1 Peter 4:11- Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen.

b. Serving others is real leadership. Romans 7:1-6,TLB –V.6: But now you need no longer worry about the Jewish laws and customs because you “died” while in their captivity, and now you can really serve God; not in the old way, mechanically obeying a set of rules, but in the new way, [with all of your hearts and minds]. Colossians 3:23-24- Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.

8. LOVING GOD requires obedience. a. God’s love is sacrificial. John 3:1-21, NIV – VERSE 16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

b. God’s love is inexhaustible. Psalm 136:1-26, NIV – VERSE 1: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.

c. Love is more important than spiritual gifts. In other words, spiritual gifts are important but love must be in everything and before everything, yes, our reason for everything we do. 1 Corinthians 13:13- There are three things that will endure-faith, hope, and love- and the greatest of these is love.

d. Love is a choice. Love chooses forgiveness rather than revenge. Matthew 5:38-48, TLB – VERSE 43: There is a saying, “Love your friends and hate your enemies.” But I say: Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

e. Loving God is the greatest human act. Mark 12:28-34, NLT V. 29-31: Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

f. Loving God means serving him. John 21:15-25, TLB– v.17: Once more he asked him, “Simon, son of John, are you even my friend?” Peter was grieved at the way Jesus asked the question this third time. “Lord, you know my heart; you know I am,” he said. Jesus said, “Then feed my little sheep.”

g. Loving God requires everything we have and are, and do. Revelation 2:1-7, TLB – v.5: Yet there is one thing wrong; you don’t love me as at first! Think about those times of your first love (how different now!) and turn back to me again and work as you did before; or else I will come and remove your candlestick from its place among the churches.

9. Believing God’s Word will lead to obeying God’s Word. It takes faith to believe and by faith we receive. James 1:19-27, TLB – v.22: And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. So don’t fool yourselves.

Always remember, applying God’s Word must always follow “hearing/reading God’s Word.

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.

Seven verbs call us to action and tell us what is involved in gaining wisdom:

  • “accept,”
  • “store up,”
  • “turning your ear,”
  • “applying,”
  • “call out,”
  • “cry aloud,” and
  • “search”.
  • Deuteronomy 5:29, NKJV – Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!
  • John 15:10,NLT When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love.

TODAY God is calling people: who are walking in love and obedient in all His ways, to act on HIS Word and by faith believe those things that are not, as though they are; according to His Word – His will! The favor of God is with those who obey. Obedience and Humility is a must in the Christian life – God’s will for mankind.

Love in Christ Jesus,
Paul Lundmark

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