In his excellent book, “Growing Up God's Way,” John A
In his excellent book, “Growing Up God's Way,” John A. Stormer has these things to say: “'Obey' is the most important single word in the Bible. Being obedient is the key to receiving all of God's blessings. To be saved from sin and hell, a person must obey God's command . . . Acts 16:31. There are a multitude of other material and spiritual blessings for those who obey God.”
This current age is characterized by rebellion. Rebellion and disobedience come directly from man's sinful nature. See: 2 Timothy 3:2 and Romans 5:19a. We see rebellion in the home, rebellion in society, rebellion in our churches – all stemming from a basic rebellious attitude toward God.
, rebellion, brutal crimes, and atrocities are on the rise. TIME magazine published an article entitled “Our Violent Kids” with this stunning headline, A rise in brutal crimes by the young shakes the soul of society! As a nation we have become adept at producing delinquent, disobedient citizens. Now, as never before, we need to seriously concern ourselves with the subject of OBEDIENCE. Defiance
I. OBEDIENCE DEFINED
John A. Stormer gives the following explanation of obedience:
“Obedience is doing what those in authority request or want. It is the opposite of 'doing your own thing.' True obedience involves doing what an authority wants immediately, respectfully, joyfully, and completely. Obedience requires the submission of the will of the individual to those in charge. True obedience ultimately stems from submission to God.”
II. GOD'S ATTITUDE REGARDING OBEDIENCE
A. Look up: 1 Samuel 15:22
What does God say is better than sacrifice?
To __ __ __ __
B. Look up: Acts
How did the Lord describe David, the son of Jesse?
“A M __ __ after M __ __ __ own H __ __ __ __.”
C. Why did the Lord describe King David this way in Acts 13:22b?
III. GOD'S ATTITUDE REGARDING DISOBEDIENCE
A. Look up: 1 Samuel 15:23
What does God say rebellion is like? The sin of
W__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
B. Look up: Deuteronomy 21:18-21
What was the penalty under the Mosaic Law for hard-hearted, unrepentant rebellion in boys?
IV. THE SOURCE OF TRUE OBEDIENCE
A. Look up: John 14:15
“If ye L__ __ __ me, K__ __ __ my commandments.”
B. Look up: John 14:23a
“If a man L__ __ __ me, he will K__ __ __ my
W__ __ __ __.”
C. Look up: 1 John 5:3b
“His commandments are not G__ __ __ __ __ __ __ .”
D. Look up: 1 John 4:19
“We love him, because he F__ __ __ __ L__ __ __ __
V. PROMISES AND BLESSINGS RELATING TO OBEDIENCE
A. Look up: 1 John 3:22
What does God promise when we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight? ________________________
B. According to John 15:10, where does an obedient Christian abide? ___________________________
C. Look up: Matthew 6:31-33
What three things does God promise to take care of for us when we put Him first?
D. According to John 15:14, what does obedience make us? _________________________________
E. According to 1 John 2:5, what is perfected in our lives when we keep God's Word? ______________
F. Look up: James 1:22
If we hear the Word of God and yet do nothing about it, what is the result? ___________________
What does James 4:17 call this? _______________
G. According to Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus compares the life of an obedient person to what?
VI. THE RIGHT ATTITUDE IN OBEDIENCE
It is against human (sinful) nature to obey. Obedience comes as a result of training, and attitude is most important here.
A. Look up: Psalms 40:8
Obedience ought to be a D__ __ __ __ __ __ .
1. Doing what you are told.
2. Doing it when you are told.
3. Doing it with the right attitude.
B. Obedience is to be with the whole H__ __ __ __ and S__ __ __ (Deuteronomy 26:16).
C. Obedience requires us to be S__ __ __ __ __ and very C__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
D. When obeying the Lord, we need to make
H__ __ __ __ and not D__ __ __ __
E. What should our attitude be when God's Word seems to contradict our own judgment (Luke 5:4-7)? ______________________________________
F. According to Matthew 21:28-31, are good intentions alone sufficient for obedience? ______
VII. AREAS OF GOD-DIRECTED OBEDIENCE
Every Christian should recognize “GOD'S CHAIN OF COMMAND.” What does this mean? – not every action required of us is commanded directly from the Lord; rather God has placed others over us in various segments of life, who will be used by Him to accomplish His perfect will in us. We are to submit to these authorities as unto the Lord. An example of this “chain of command” in relation to marriage is given in 1 Corinthians 11:3. A man who truly loves God will bow in submission to Jesus Christ. A wife who truly loves God will never “run” her husband, but lovingly submit to his leadership as unto the Lord.
God the Father
God the Son
Note: This chain of authority with regards to the family has nothing to do with equality, value, or worth. It is a functional arrangement and is for the orderliness of society. Even Jesus Christ modeled submission.
A. The Lord Jesus Christ Was An Obedient Son.
1. He was obedient to God the Father's W__ __ __ (John ,39).
2. He was not in any way unequal with the Father, declaring “I and my Father are __ __ __” (John ).
3. According to Philippians 2:5-8, Jesus was obedient unto D__ __ __ __ .
4. As a child, Jesus submitted to His earthly mother and Joseph. See: Luke 2:51.
B. Five Areas Of Authority Requiring Christian Obedience
1. In marriage
The __ __ __ __ is to submit to the
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ . Read: Ephesians 5:22; Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1-6.
2. In the home
C__ __ __ __ __ __ __ are to obey their
P__ __ __ __ __ __. Read: Ephesians 6:1; Colossians 3:20.
3. In the workplace
S__ __ __ __ __ __ __ are to be obedient to their M__ __ __ __ __ __ . See: Ephesians 6:5-7; Colossians 3:22.
4. In society
Every citizen is to be S__ __ __ __ __ __ to the higher powers. See: Romans 13:1-7
5. In our church
Each member is to S__ __ __ __ __ to those that have the rule over them. See: Hebrews 13:7,17.
In each of these areas God expects you to obey those in authority just as you would (and with the same attitude) obey Him. Yet, it is in each of these areas we find rebellion today – husbands who won’t follow God; wives who won’t follow husbands; children who won’t
obey parents; militant unions; anarchists; and church members who resist spiritual leadership.
Don’t allow rebellion to germinate in your heart. We already know God’s opinion of it – it is “as the sin of witchcraft.” If the one in authority is failing to give responsible leadership, God will deal with him. Leave these things to God and don't attempt to rectify the situation by usurping the authority. That's wrong too! However, a leader can be led to the Lord by those in his charge. Read 1 Peter 3:1-7; in this passage the leader is the husband and the wife is told how she can win him to Christ. How? – not by taking over and running the home, but by the ornament of submission (that is, a meek and quiet spirit).
THE APPOINTED AUTHORITY OVER MY LIFE
If you are disobedient, you view authority as denying, requiring, restrictive, and taking away your freedom, which will result in resentment. If you are obedient, you view authority as loving, caring, protective, and wise, which will result in contentment.
VIII. MY OBEDIENCE
Look up the three texts and jot down some principles regarding your responsibility to authority.
1 Peter 2:11-17
Obedience is a heart problem and not a head problem. Read these pertinent thoughts by Oswald Chambers in his devotional My Utmost for His Highest.
THE WAY TO KNOW
(John 7:17) “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine….”
The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience. If things are dark to me, then I may be sure there is something I will not do. Intellectual darkness comes through ignorance; spiritual darkness comes because of something I do not intend to obey. No man ever receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test over it. We disobey and then wonder why we don’t go on spiritually. “If when you come to the altar,” said Jesus, “there you remember your brother has ought against you . . . don’t say another word to Me, but first go and put that thing right.” The teaching of Jesus hits us where we live. We cannot stand as humbugs before Him for one second. He educates us down to the scruple. The Spirit of God unearths the spirit of self vindication; He makes us sensitive to things we never thought of before. When Jesus brings a thing home by His Word, don’t shirk it. If you do, you will become a religious humbug. Watch the things you shrug your shoulders over, and you will know why you do not go on spiritually. First go – at the risk of being thought fanatical you must obey what God tells you.