Posts Tagged ‘Obedience

26
Sep
18

Skin Deep Righteousness

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus takes the Law of Moses and He expounds on it. It can be easy to fall into a trap of skin deep righteousness. This trap says that you’re on the right track because you look spiritual on the outside, but in reality are far from God in your heart. Jesus said:

Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:19-20 (NIV)

The Pharisees looked really good because they put on an outward religious show. They thought that they were better than everyone else because they outwardly obeyed the Law to the nth degree. Inwardly, though, they were far from God because they didn’t obey God because they loved Him. They loved the applause of people. Do a heart check today. Do you obey God because you love Him or because you want to impress people with how spiritual you appear?
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12
Jul
18

Learning To Obey

Jesus was fully obedient to the will of God the Father. He went to the cross and suffered and died for the sins of humanity. God raised Him from the dead and exalted Him to the highest place. Jesus is our example of humility, service and obedience. The apostle Paul then wrote:

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. – Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, it is with fear and trembling that we humbly learn to look like Jesus in the way that we love, serve and forgive people. We tremble before the exalted King of kings because He is Jesus and He is Lord. God is working in us and through us to accomplish His will. He is able to use flawed human beings to do mighty things for His Kingdom. Let us learn to obey like Jesus so that God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven.
24
Jun
18

Obeying God Even If It May Cost You Dearly

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Genesis 22:1-19.

11
May
18

But I’m A Good Person

Paul said that the mind that is controlled by the flesh does not and cannot submit to God’s law. Then he says this:

Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. – Romans 8:8 (NIV)

There is a correlation between obeying God and pleasing God. If you do not obey God, you cannot please God. Someone may protest and say, “But I’m a good person.” You might be someone who doesn’t cheat on your spouse or on your taxes. You may not steal anything or you haven’t killed anyone. Good for you! You’re living a moral life. But have you lied to anyone? Have you ever disobeyed God’s law in any way? Then, according to God, you’re a sinner and without surrendering your life to Jesus, you’re in the realm of the flesh. You are still controlled by the flesh and you cannot please God. You just can’t. But there is good news! We’ll get to that next.
12
Dec
17

The Stumbling Stone

Peter, in talking about the Cornerstone of our faith, Jesus Christ, says that those of us who believe in Jesus find Him to be precious. Those who do not believe in Him find themselves stumbling over Him. Peter writes:

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
8 and,
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. – 1 Peter 2:7-8 (NIV)

Those who love Jesus find hope, joy, peace and love in Him. We love to worship and obey Him. Those who reject Jesus end up tripping over Him on their way to destruction. One of the important things we can do as followers of Jesus is to show the world who He really is. We do this by striving to look more like Him in the way that we love, serve and forgive others in His name. When people see Jesus in us, they’ll want to follow Him too.
31
Aug
17

Surrendering To Live

Do you want to live forever? You’ve got to seek after and do the will of God. The Apostle John said:

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. – 1 John 2:17 (NIV)

The things of this world that John talked about – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life – will all pass away. Every material thing in this world that you could possibly want will not last. These things are only temporary. Doing the will of God – loving Him and loving people and sharing the good news about Jesus with the world – is an eternal matter. It’s about more than saying, “I believe” at some point in your life. It’s about surrendering your life to Jesus in every way. We’ll never be very good at it, but that doesn’t mean we should throw in the towel. Every day is a new opportunity to take up your cross and follow Jesus in total surrender.
24
Aug
17

Complete Love

How do you know that you really love God? I mean really love God. It is when we obey His Word.

But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. – 1 John 2:5-6 (NIV)

To know and love God is to obey Him. As John says, this is how we know that we are abiding in Him. Our obedience to His word will increase and our sinfulness will decrease. Will we ever be sinless? Hardly. But our lives will be characterized less by sin and more by obedience to God’s Word. We will look more like Jesus in the way that we love, serve and forgive others. That’s what Jesus did and what we need to be doing, too. Not as a way of earning God’s favor, but as a grateful response to the favor and grace He’s already given to us.



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