TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, May 02, 2019:
To comply with the wishes, instructions or commands of; to follow orders; to submit to authority.
The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and we will obey His voice.”
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
When did you last hear a sermon on obedience? It is not often that a minister will speak on this subject because it does not draw large crowds because it sounds too much like following orders or submitting to laws or commandments. People in today’s culture do not want to hear this. Many feel today that Jesus came to set us free from all this obedience stuff.
In Romans 8:2-4 we are told that Jesus came to set us free from the law of sin and death so that the requirement of the law might be met in us.
The law exposes our sin but it cannot set us free from the penalty that we must pay for our sins which is death. The requirement of the law of sin and death can only be met by living a righteous life, but no one lives a life without sin. Only Jesus has lived a sinless righteous life.
Romans 8:3-4 says that God did what the law could not do. God sent His own son to fulfill the righteous requirement of the law. God sacrificed His own Son who is without sin to pay the penalty for our sin. What the written law could not do, the Holy Spirit does. The Holy Spirit writes the law of God in our hearts and gives us the power to obey it.
Oswald Chambers in his book Still Higher for His Highest, says “true liberty is the ability earned by practice to do the right thing. Doing the right thing is obedience.”
The Israelites heard time after time in a thundering way about obedience and they responded so often by rebellion and suffered severe consequences. Through Moses God instructed the Israelites that if they would obey Him, He would bless them.
We read in Deuteronomy 28:1-3 Moses instruction concerning obedience: “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands that I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.”
OBEDIENCE BRINGS GOD’S BLESSINGS!
Jesus had a great deal to say about obedience and His words were powerful because they came from an obedient and sinless life. In John 6:38 He tells us that He came down from heaven to do the will of God, the Father. Jesus admonishes us to be like Him. “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter (Matthew 7:21).
When we obey our Lord and do God’s will, doors of blessing will open in front of us, and we will have an abundant life as never before.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I John 1:5.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
Help me to fully obey You and carefully follow Your laws so that I can have all the blessings You have for me. May my life through my words and deeds exemplify the importance of obedience in one’s life.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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