COME — GO — SIT — WALK — RUN — LIE-DOWN — LOOK.
Whenever these seven words are spoken, they are usually commands given in “Obedience-Training” for dogs. While this may be of keen interest to the millions of pet lovers; I would like to redirect our attention to obedience training for humans.
These are the same basic commands written in the Bible for human beings. If our pets can learn obedience. Certainly we should have no problem obeying the word of God. But…we have major issues.
Judge for yourselves…Which is more important…Humans obeying God or… Dogs obeying humans?
We desire to have an animal obey us because we show affection and we feed them. We want to keep the house clean, so we train the dog to go outside to use the bathroom. Likewise, we ought to keep our bodies (his dwelling place) clean from the ugly stain of sin–but we refuse to obey God–in spite of his Amazing Grace and matchless love.
I’m befuddled by people, who would rather show affections to animals than another human being. ( “Queen Of Mean” “Helmsley’s Dog Gets $12 Million in Will.”)
However, the Bible says, train up a child in the way that he should go and when he’s old he wouldn’t depart from it. Proverbs (22:6,KJV).
But, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is an interesting narrative when considering the influence, the community can have on the child. The school, the sports team, the church, the elderly, and the many social groups. All of these structures contribute to a child’s obedience training.
But so very often, as in so many other areas of life, we neglect the important, dealing with waves of the urgent.
How often, we quickly tear open the package–totally disregarding the Instruction manual, and jump right into operation. It’s only when we run into problems, that we consult the manufacturer’s instructions.
Every manufactured item comes with a set of specific instructions for proper assembly and usage. A yellow or red tag may read as follows… WARNING: Read all instructions carefully before use. Failure to do so may result in damage to the product and possibly cause injury to the user.
The point is, like every other product, we were created by God for a specific purpose. The Bible is our manual for assembly and effective operation. To ignore God’s warnings is as foolish as attempting to assemble furniture without the instruction guide.
Similarly, to build a house without a set of blueprints–every worker will do whatever he thinks is best. Can you imagine the confusion? Moreover, this house will never be completed, because there’ll always be someone with a different idea of how and what should be done.
So, let’s take the guesswork out of life and revisit the creator’s blueprint and manual for operation—The Bible.
The truth is, if we have difficulty obeying God, (our maker) then it’s obvious–we would always have problems obeying man.
It’s indeed much easier to train an animal than to discipline humans. The Bible says that which is born of the flesh is flesh—the works of the flesh include rebellion, stubbornness, and disobedience. But that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit and the fruit of the spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, meekness, Gentleness, longsuffering, Faith, Temperance, Goodness, all these are born out of a spirit of obedience to God.
Hence the bible says “You Must Be Born Again.”
Here are 35 Basic Bible Commands in “Obedience Training” for Humans.
1. COME: Come unto me, all ye that are labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28. KJV).
2. GO: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19, KJV).
3. Follow Me: Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19, KJV)
4. Follow me: Take up your Cross and follow me. (Matthew 10:38).
5. Walk: Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the Lust of the Flesh (Galatians 5:16)
6. Run: Run with patience the race set before you …Hebrews 12:1
7. Stand: Stand fast therefore in the Liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free. Galatians 5:1
8. Sit: Don’t sit in the seat of the scornful Psalm 1:1
9. Look: looking unto Jesus…Hebrews 12:2
10.Lie Down: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures… Psalm 23:2.
11. Give: Give and it shall be given back to you. Luke 6:38
12. Love: Love the Lord thy God…Matthew 22:37
13. Ask: Ask and it shall be given…Luke 11:9
14. Seek: Seek and ye shall find… Luke 11:9
15. Seek: But seek ye first the Kingdom…Matthew 6:33
16. Knock: knock and the door shall be opened unto you. Luke 11:9
17. Weep: Weep with them that weep…Romans 12:15
18. Sing: Sing unto the Lord a new song. Psalm 96:1
19. Call: Call unto me and I will answer thee. Jeremiah 33:3
20. Trust: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart. Proverbs 3:5
21. Pray: Men ought always to pray. Luke 18:1
22. Serve: Serve the Lord with Gladness. Psalm 100:2
23. Rejoice: Rejoice with them that rejoice. Romans 12:15
24. Forgive: Forgive, those who trespass against you. Matthew 6:14
25. Give Thanks. O Give thanks unto the Lord. Psalm 118:1.
26. Put On. Put On, the Whole Armor of God. Ephesians 6:11
27. Cast Off. Cast off the works of darkness. Romans 13:12
28. Fear Not: (Fear Not). Matthew 1:20.
29. Fear Not: (Fear Not). Luke 8:50.
30. ONLY Believe. Only Believe. Luke 8:50.
31. Be confident: Being confident of this very thing…Philippians 1:6
32. Speak: Speak the word only. Matthew 8:8.
33. You Must Be Born Again: John 3:7
34. Repent and be Baptized: Acts 2:38
35. Go: Go and Sin No More. John 8:11.
In this modern era, parental guidance is directed more towards the pet than the children. There’s much debate about children making their own decisions as the new parenting style. Less parental control is the new focus. Dogs, cats, and other comfort animals have now replaced children in the family.
Here Are 25 Advance Bible Commands in Obedience Training for Humans:
1. Forgive. Matthew 6:15.
2. Pray Without Ceasing. (Thessalonians 5:17).
3. Mortify Therefore Your Members Which Are Upon the Earth. Colossians 3:5
4. Set Your Affections on Things Above…Colossians 3:2.
5. Die-Daily. 1 Corinthians 15:31.
6. Love Your Enemies. Matthew 5:44.
7. Observe and Do. Deuteronomy 28:1.
8. Let Us Therefore Fear. Hebrews 4:1.
9. Come Boldly, Unto the Throne of Grace. Hebrews 4:16.
10. Rejoice in, the Lord Always and again I Say Rejoice. Philippians 4:4.
11. Trust in, The Lord With All Thine Heart… Proverbs 3:5.
12. In Everything Give Thanks. I Thessalonians 5:18.
13. Walk by faith and Not by Sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7.
14. Be Strong in The Lord, and in The Power Of His Might. Ephesians 6:10.
15. Be Strong and Very Courageous. Joshua 1:7.
16. Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross Daily and Follow…Luke 9:23.
17. Present Your Bodies A Living Sacrifice… Romans 12:1.
18. Harken Diligently Unto The Voice… Deuteronomy 28:1.
19. Whatsoever he Says to you, do it. John 2:5.
20. Rest in The Lord and Wait Patiently For Him. Psalm 37:7.
21. Study to be Quiet and Mind Your Own Business. 1 Thessalonians 4:11.
22. Study to Show Thyself Approved unto God. 2 Timothy 2:15.
23. Feed the Flock Over Which the Holy Ghost Hath Made You Overseer. Acts 20:28.
24. Cast Out the bondwoman and Her Son. Galatians 4:30.
Behold to obey is better than to sacrifice. Our obedience is an act of worship to God. In that, we acknowledge his Sovereign Lordship over our lives. God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship in Spirit and in Truth. John 4:24.
25. O Come, Let Us Worship and Bow Down, let Us Kneel Before The Lord Our Maker. (Psalm 95:6, KJV)