Tag Archive | obedience to god

Genesis 6:22 ” Noah did everything just as God commanded him.”

When God told Noah to build an ark,  Noah must have thought to himself, “What’s an ark?”.  And even though God gave him explicit, precise and detailed instructions on the assembly of said ark, (verses 14-21)…to Noah it surely would have seemed like just an impossible dream.  But it says despite not knowing exactly how he was going about it…Noah did everything just as God commanded.  Now likely God hasn’t called you to build a 450′ x 75′ x 45′ boat in your back yard…but there’s probably something He is calling you into right now…and you’re resisting,  because to you it’s an impossibility…but to God nothing is impossible.  For God will always go before you, giving you precise and detailed instructions… just like He gave Noah.

Philippians 2:5 ” Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

Jesus wasn’t cocky or arrogant.  Nor was He condescending, even though He had every right to act in this manner.  Just imagine, God came down from heaven and willingly became nothing.  He humbled Himself to the lowest of social status…a slave or servant, as an example for us to follow.  Servant-hood is probably one of the hardest things to do and do well.  Our selfish human nature would rather be waited on, rather than wait on others.  And the whole humility and obedience thing is in direct contradiction with everything the world tells us to do.  But it all starts with our attitude as the verse says.  For we can bring under submission our bad attitudes and then take on the role of servant for His glory.  We can extend His grace and mercy with genuine love and concern if we become humble and obedient… with Jesus as our guide.

Jonah 3:1 ” Then the Word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time; ‘Go!’ “

The first time Jonah heard God say, “Go!”…He ran in the opposite direction.  So surprisingly, when  Jonah head God say, “Go!” this time, he obeyed.  So what changed?  Not God.  His command was simple, straight forward, and didn’t waver in what He wanted Jonah to do.  Nor was it the people of Nineveh who God wanted Jonah to warn.  They remained a perishing and lost people of the Assyrian capital.  No, the only thing that had changed was Jonah’s heart.  In the belly of that great fish, Jonah had received a second chance…and with it then came an attitude adjustment on Jonah’s part.  For our God is the God of second chances…from Jonah, to the Ninevites, to us… the Lord gives all of us second chances to change.

I John 2:3 ” We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.”

Our walk with the Lord is a process…a long, sometimes difficult passage, from what we once were, to what we are becoming.  But what happens many times,  we end up feeling stuck in the middle of our old and new self.  So that’s when it’s time to take inventory.  Turn around and take a critical view of your old self…not a pretty picture, right?  Now, ponder where your life is today with the Lord’s help.  It’s nothing short of a miracle in how you have grown in the knowledge of God…and with that knowledge, how you have been changed.  None of us will every be able to say, “I’ve arrived!”  when it comes to the full knowledge of God…but as long as we continually strive for more of Him in our lives…we’ll be making headway.

Galatians 5:25 ” Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

I’ve heard them called shoulder taps, or God moments.  It’s when the Holy Spirit impresses on your spirit to speak or do something for someone…sometimes a complete stranger.  It’s when that still small voice tells you to perform a kind act, or speak words of encouragement into a person’s life.  It may not be profound…it may only take a minute of your time…but know that this interaction is divinely arranged…and requires your obedience without hesitation.  These shoulder taps are a way that God manifests His love to a lonely and lost world…and what He asks of us is to just hear and obey.  So, step out in faith when the Holy Spirit urges you…for you never know the impact you may have on someone’s life.

Acts 8:26 “Now an angel of the Lord said to Phillip, ‘Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ “

Following this divine prompting, Phillip met up with the Ethiopian eunuch traveling home on this desert road and gave him the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  God orchestrates divine appointments all the time for us…all we need to do is be obedient.  But so many times we hesitate out of fear and doubt…or because our pride says, “I’m far too important to go down some barren desert road for the Lord…I want to go places where I can be seen and honored!”   God said, “Go!” and Phillip didn’t question but rather obeyed…and a life was changed for eternity.

II Chronicles 31: 20-21 ” This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s Temple and in obedience to the Law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.”

King Hezekiah sought God’s ultimate plan and purpose in his life.  He did what was right in the sight of the Lord and followed His Word carefully.  It says that he sought the Lord wholeheartedly in all he did…and in doing so, he blessed many and in turn was greatly blessed by God.