I’m Learning Obedience.
“Though he were a son yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8)
Learning Obedience is the most important lesson in Christ-Likeness. If Jesus learned obedience, we must arm ourselves with the same mind–to learn obedience to the will of God. (The word of God reveals the will of God). Jesus suffered, so that we don’t have to….” He bore all our sins, shame, pride, disobedience and rebellion… And being made perfect he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9)
My mission is to herald the importance of Learning Obedience, to all that God has spoken. “God is not a man that he should lie; hath he said it and shall he not do it, or hath he spoken and shall he not make it good.” (Numbers 23:19).
‘Is there anything too hard for God?” (Genesis:14). The answer is, “Nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 10:27). He’s able to do exceeding and abundantly above all that we can ask or even think.’ (Ephesians 3:20).
Therefore, on every page or post on this site, you will notice a recurring statement–Learning obedience.
“Whatsoever he says to you and I– we must do it.” ( reference John 2:5).
To obey is better than to sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22). We either obey or make sacrifices.
Far too many christians choose sacrificing over learning obedience. But Isaiah the prophet wrote: “Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me?…(Isaiah 1:11). As you continue reading in verses sixteen and seventeen the word says, “Wash you and make you clean,; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to do evil. Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plea for the widow…” Verse nineteen continues “If ye be willing and obedient ye shall eat the Good of the land…”
But David said in Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart...”
Also, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1).
From these verses, we see that God is no longer interested in dead sacrifices but He wants our bodies as living sacrifices. It takes submission on our part to willingly offer ourselves unto God. He is certainly not interested in anything else but our hearts. “If he isn’t Lord of all, he isn’t Lord at all.”
It was in those intense moments, in Gethsemane–with sweat as drops of blood–“Jesus humbled himself and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8). In total surrender he cried, “Father… not my will, but thine be done.”
The Reward: “God highly exalted him, giving him a name which is above every other name… Jesus Christ Is Lord.” (Philippians 2:5-11, KJV).
As children of God, if we follow his example–submitting to the father’s will; we can eliminate much of our suffering. Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me… (Matthew 11:29).
From Genesis to Revelation the central theme of the Bible is…”He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. (Revelation 3:22, KJV).
Are you listening?
“Whatsoever he says unto you…Do It.” (John 2:5).
After over fifty years of walking with the Lord, there’s but one lesson I’m convinced that God wants his children to learn…Obedience.
Psalm 32:8,9, says “Be not as the horses or mules which have no understanding, whose mouth must be held in with bits and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.”
In other words, it’s normal when handling animals to put bits and bridles, in their mouths since they have no understanding but, for us who were created in the image and likeness of God–He expects, nothing less than willing obedience.
Instead, we rebel in disobedience.
There are indeed blessings for obedience and consequences for disobedience. (Deuteronomy 28:1-68, KJV).
In retrospect, I’ve often wondered how much better life would be today, had I been more obedient. As an avid learner, I’m truly grateful for all my blessings, but only a few of my teachers ever emphasized the value of learning obedience. Parents invest hundreds of dollars in obedience training for their dogs and cats but do so little to teach their children obedience to the word of God. I guess you can’t teach what you don’t know.
Therefore, my desire is to pass on to others, all that I’ve learned.
Life has two basic choices:
1. To obey the instructions given, grow-up attend Penn. State… or matriculate to some other institution of higher learning. and become all that you can be for God’s glory.
2. Be disobedient, hard-headed and rebellious and you’ll end up either dying young, living a life of regret or simply doing time at the State’s Penn.
Every correctional facility has one policy–you do as you’re told.
So, you either discipline yourself or someone else will. Don’t let it be the State…
Let’s Learn Obedience.
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