Category Archives: Obedience

Obey the Gospel — Now!

Before you die! You could die at any time. Be prepared. Be a faithful and dedicated child of God. The Bible declares, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). There is a horrible price to pay for the person who dies outside of Christ.

Before you can’t! A person can live in sin and then suffer in a terrible accident or suffer from a stroke or other disease and be rendered unable to make decisions such as obeying the gospel or being restored to faithfulness. There is a high price to pay for delay in obeying God.

Before you become hard of heart! The Bible declares, “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2). When a person continues to delay in doing right, he will eventually lose sensitivity to the word of God. When a person goes beyond feeling it is impossible to reach him. Again, there is a high price to pay for delay in obeying God.

Before you lead others to sin! Every person influences others. No one will go to heaven alone and no one will go to hell alone. We will take others with us to eternity. By our delay in obeying God we are leaving a terrible example for others to follow. You may not even know of those who are being influenced by your example and thus are being led away from God. The Bible says, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9). You are the “little leaven” that will influence the “whole lump.” What kind of example are you? Again, there is a high price to pay for delay in obeying God.

Before Jesus comes! The Lord declared, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 25:13). We do not know the time when the Lord is going to return. However, we do know that he is coming again someday. Thus, we must always be prepared. When you delay in obeying God you are endangering your soul for the Lord could come today and if he did you would be unprepared and thus lost. There is a high price for delay in obeying God. Obey today! — By Allen Ashlock

Do You Have What It Takes To Trust In The Lord?

Luke 18:31-19:27

On a road outside Jericho, Jesus showed what it takes to trust in Him.  He was surrounded by a crowd anxious onlookers.  But the Lord was looking for two special people to set the stage for an enlightening parable about trust.

To Trust in The Lord — It Takes Faith (Luke 18:35-43)

  1. It takes faith to accept your true condition (Rom 3:11-12)
  2. It takes faith to search for a true cure (Rom 10:8-13; 1:16; Acts 2:37-38)
  3. It takes faith to accept the true Savior (Luke 7:22; Acts 4:11-12)

To Trust in the Lord — It Takes Repentance (Luke 19:1-10)

  1. It takes repentance from pride
  2. It takes repentance from greed

To Trust in the Lord — It Takes Obedience (Luke 19:11-27)

  1. It takes obedience to His commands
  2. It means to be entrusted with the gospel
  3. It means to go to work with His word

Are you ready to do His business until He comes back?

Saved Like Naaman

Naaman had a serious need that he could not take care of himself (2 Kings 5:10-14). He was a leper. Leprosy was a terrible disease that had dreadful effects. Surely if Naaman could have relieved himself of this problem he would have done it.

He heard some good news! His wife’s Hebrew maid told them of a prophet in Israel that could help. So off he went to seek help from the Israelites of all people, the enemy. After a brief interlude with the King of Israel, a messenger was sent from one of God’s prophets, telling Naaman: “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean” (2 Kings 5:10). God was the only one who could take care of his need.

Sadly, this leper was at first unwilling to put away his pride and just submit to the clear instructions that had been given him. Looking to his own wisdom, he questioned why it had to be done that way (v. 11). He wondered why “water” would have to be part of the plan. If he did have to wash in water, why would it have to be the waters of the Jordan River?

Eventually, Naaman was persuaded to be humble enough to submit to the very simple instructions that had been given through the messenger of God (v. 13). “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean” (v. 14).

Naaman was saved by grace through faith. Grace is “unmerited favor.” No one of sound mind would conclude that this leper “merited” his cleansing by performing a good work about which he could boast. His cleansing was not of himself (didn’t come from his own power). It was the gift of God. This, no one can doubt.

The case of the sinner:

We have a serious need that we cannot take care of by ourselves. We are sinners. Sin is likened in Scripture to a terrible disease and it has dreadful effects (Psalms 38; Matthew 9:11-12). Surely, if we could relieve ourselves of this problem we would do it.

We’ve heard the gospel (“good news”)!  A messenger (Ananias) was sent from one of God’s men telling Saul of Tarsus: “Go and wash!” Acts 22:16 says, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” God is the only one (through the blood of Jesus) who can provide for our need.

Sadly, some are unwilling to put away their pride and just submit to the clear instructions. Looking to their own wisdom, they question why it has to be done that way. They wonder why water would have to be part of the plan.

Others are humble enough to submit to the very simple instructions that have been given through the messengers of God. What was Saul’s response when he was instructed to “arise and be baptized, and wash…”? “He arose and was baptized” (Acts 9:18).

Sinners are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). No one of sound mind would conclude that this sinner (Saul) merited his cleansing by performing a good work about which he could boast. His cleansing was not himself (of his own power). It was the gift of God. This, no one should doubt.

By Mike Pittman

“At Your Word, Lord”

Luke 5:1-11. Is there ever a time when you just want to give-up on something? Are there things we should never give up on? Yes! and Yes! Why should we continue doing right things, scriptural things, that don’t seem to have an effect or make a difference, a change?

I. Text

A. END of a work day (Luke 5:1-2)
B. CALL of the Lord (Luke 5:3-4)
C. PLEA of a tired fisherman (Luke 5:5)
D. COMPLIANCE of a disciple (Luke 5:5)

II. Background

A. ACQUAINTANCE: Jesus and Peter (Luke 4:31-44; John 1:35-42)
1. Peter knew Jesus by observation!
B. COOPERATION: Jesus and Peter (Luke 5:3-7)

III. Example

A. ACQUAINTANCE: God and Israel (Exo 3:13-14; cf. Exo 6:7; 7:17; 16:12)
1. Israel knew God by observation!
B. COOPERATION: God and Israel (Exo 5-15)

IV. Application

A. Knowing Christ precedes following Him (John 6:66-69)
B. Effectiveness may require a shift of emphasis (Luke 5:4)
C. We have a faithful Creator (1 Pet 4:17-19; cf. 1 Cor 1:9; Eph 3:18-21)
D. We have a fruitful endeavor (Luke 5:6-7; cf. Heb 11:13; Gal 6:9; 1 Cor 15:58; Luke 8:15)

The return on our efforts to serve the Lord, even as we give Him our all,
will be out of proportion with what has been invested!
(Rom 8:18; 2 Cor 4:17)

Incentive for a new year’s service to Jesus Christ and His church!

Voice Commands

Technology has certainly come a long way over the years.  Some experts believe that computer keyboards will become obsolete in the near future as more and more functions become voice-activated.  Instead of typing a letter, we will just speak the words that will be printed off or sent as an e-mail.  Some companies have already developed software that does not require much traditional typing.  It is thought that devices will so permeate daily life that instead of pressing buttons and turning dials, we will just speak instructions to everything from the television to the toaster.  When we speak it’ll be done.

A device that is designed to accept a voice command only does so because it is programmed that way.  It is interesting to consider that God could have made us this way.  Instead, however, He gave us the choice of whether or not we will listen and obey.  He gave us a mind to think and a will that is able to choose.

James urged us to obey God every time He speaks to us through His Word.  He wrote: “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).  Self-deception comes when we listen to God’s Word without doing what it says.  We quickly forget what the Lord shows us about ourselves and wander along our way unchanged.  It is easy for us to forget that our own way leads to death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25) but God’s way is higher and better than our own (Isaiah 55:8-9).

It is natural to want God to hear and answer us, but the greater issue is whether we listen and respond to Him.  Does God have our attention today?  Are we choosing to listen to His voice or are we too caught up in our own?

— By Shane Williams