Obedience the Key to Joy and Blessing

OBEDIENCE THE KEY TO JOY AND BLESSING

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

INTRODUCTION: PENTECOSTAL PEOPLE TEND TO PLACE GREAT EMPHASIS ON THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT, IN PARTICULAR THE GIFTS OF PROPHECY, THE GIFTS OF HEALING AND MIRACLES AND SPEAKING IN TONGUES AND THAT IS AND GOOD AND APPROPRIATE, BUT IN DOING SO WE DARE NOT FORGET THE BASICS OF OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST AND GOD’S WORD.

JESUS LEARNED OBEDIENCE THROUGH SUFFERING, SO DO WE

Heb 5:7-10: Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him NIV

OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE (SACRIFICE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR OBEDIENCE)

1 Sam 15:22-23: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. NIV

GENUINE FAITH IN GOD RESULTS IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD

Rom 1:4-5: Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. NIV

OBEDIENCE BRINGS GOD’S BLESSING (IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT)

Deut 26:16-19: You have declared this day that the LORD is your God and that you will walk in his ways, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws, and that you will obey him. 18 And the LORD has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. NIV

Ex 34:11-12: Obey what I command you today. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. NIV

Ex 15:26: He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” NIV

Deut 12:28: 28 Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God. NIV

GENUINE LOVE FOR GOD WILL PRODUCE OBEDIENCE

John 14:15-17: “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- 17 the Spirit of truth. NIV

John 15:9-11: Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands , you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. NIV

1 John 2:3-6: We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands . 4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. NIV

1 John 3:21-24:  Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. NIV

1 John 5:2-5: This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. and his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. NIV

IT IS OUR CHOICE BUT WE LIVE WITH THE CONSEQUENCES

Deut 30:19-20: This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. NIV

Rom 2:7-11: To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism. NIV

 

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