Obedience to God



1. Obeying the Lord:

A. Obedience to God is our duty:

                Eccl.12:13               Keep His commandments: for this is whole duty of man

                Deut.13:4               Walk after the Lord...& keep His commandments, & obey His voice, & serve Him

                Deut.27:9b,10        Thou art the people of God...therefore obey the...Lord

                Jer.11:7   I earnestly protested... saying, Obey My voice

                Jn.2:5      Whatsoever He (Jesus) saith unto you, do it

                (See also Lk.17:10.)

B. Obey wholeheartedly:

                Rom.6:17                Ye have obeyed from the heart that doctrine

                Deut.26:16             The Lord hath commanded thee to do these statutes... keep & do them with all thine heart, & all thy soul

                Psa.119:34              I shall keep Thy law...with my whole heart

                (See also Psa.119:69b)

C. Obey in all things:

                Deut.5:32               Observe to do as the Lord...commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left

                2Ki.22:2  He did that which was right in the sight of the Lord...& turned not aside to the right hand or to the left

                (See also 2Cor.2:9)


2. If you love & know the Lord, you will obey Him:

                Jn.14:15,21             If ye love Me, keep My commandments (See also vs.23)

                1Jn.2:3    We know we know Him, if we keep His commandments

                1Jn.3:24  He that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him

                1Jn.2:4    He that saith, I know Him, & keepeth not His com mandments, is a liar

                2Jn.6a     This is love, that we walk after His commandments


3. Blessings for obeying the Lord:

                Deut.11:26,27        I set before you...a blessing, if ye obey the com mandments of the Lord your God

                Josh.1:8  Meditate therein (the Word)...observe to do all that is written therein: then shalt thou have success

A. Souls are saved:

                Rom.5:19                By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous

                1Tim.4:16b             Heed the doctrine...in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, & them that hear thee

B. Spiritual blessings:

                Exo.19:5  If ye will obey My voice...ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people

                Jer.7:23   Obey My voice, & I will be your God, & ye...My people

                Jn.13:17  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them

                Jn.15:10  If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My Love

                Jn.15:14  Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you

                Acts 5:32               The Holy Ghost...given to them that obey (God)

                1Pet.1:22                Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth

                (See also Jam.1:25)

C. Material blessings:

                Deut.28:2               All these blessings shall come on thee, & overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the Lord

                Deut.32:46,47        Set your hearts unto all the Words...& through this ye shall prolong your days in the land

                Job 36:11                If they obey & serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, & their years in pleasures

                Isa.1:19   If ye be willing & obedient, ye shall eat good of land

                Jer.38:20 Obey...voice of the Lord: so it shall be well unto thee, & thy soul shall live

                Heb.11:8 Abraham, when he was called to go into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed

                (See also Deut.28:1-14; Jer.35:18,19.)

D. Protection:

                Exo.23:22                If thou shalt obey & do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies

                Lev.25:18               Do My statutes...& shall dwell in the land in safety


4. Submission to godly pastors & leaders in the Lord:

A. Exhortations to submit to pastors & spiritual brethren:

                Heb.13:17               Obey them that...rule over you, & submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls

                Heb.13:7 Remember them which have rule...whose faith follow

                1Cor.11:1                Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ

                Phi.3:17  Be followers of me &...them which walk so, as ye have us for an (example)

                (See also 1Cor.16:16; 2Cor.2:9.)

B. Obeying wholeheartedly, "as unto the Lord & not unto men":

                Eph.6:5   Be obedient...in singleness of heart, as unto Christ

                Eph.6:6   Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart

                Col.3:22  Not...menpleasers; singleness of heart, fearing God

                Col.3:23,24             Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, & not unto men...for ye serve Christ

                Phlm.21  I wrote...knowing that thou wilt do more than I say


5. Jesus' example of obedience:

                Lk.22:42  Nevertheless, not My will, but Thine, be done (See also Mat.26:39,42)

                Jn.5:30    I seek not Mine Own will, but the will of the Father

                Jn.14:31  As the Father gave Me commandment, even so I do

                Phi.2:7,8 (Jesus) took upon Him the form of a servant...& became obedient unto death

                Heb.5:8   Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience


6. Yieldedness to God:

A. Let the Lord have His way in your life:

                Job 1:21  Lord gave, &...hath taken away; blessed be the Lord

                Isa.64:8   Lord...we are the clay, & Thou our potter

                Mat.6:10 Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done

                Jn.3:30    He must increase, but I must decrease

                Rom.12:1                Present your bodies a living sacrifice...unto God

                Jam.4:7   Submit yourselves therefore to God

                (See also Mat.26:39; Lk.1:38; Rom.6:13,16.)

B. Submit your plans to God:

                Heb.6:3   This will we do, if God permit

                Jam.4:15 Ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall do this

C. Obeying God even when it hurts:

                Gen.22:2,12            Take thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, & offer him for a burnt offering (See also Heb.11:17-19)

                Jer.42:6   Whether it be good, or whether it be evil [hard to do] we will obey the voice of the Lord our God

                Mat.26:38-54         [Jesus agonised in prayer, knowing the cost, but then yielded to God's will.--See also Lk.22:44; Jn.18:11.]

D. Yield to God & pray for His leading:

                Psa.27:11                Teach me Thy way, O Lord, & lead me in a plain path

                Psa.139:23,24         Search me, O God, & know my heart...know my thoughts: & lead me in the way everlasting

                Psa.143:10              Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: lead me

E. Yielding to God spares you from judgments:

                2Chr.30:8                Yield yourselves unto the Lord...that His wrath may turn away from you

                Mat.21:44               Whosoever shall fall on this Stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him


7. Obeying God rather than ungodly men:

                Acts 4:13-20          Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you (Pharisees) more than unto God, judge ye

                Acts 5:29               We ought to obey God rather than men

                (See also 1Sam.22:17; 1Ki.18:3,13; Ezra 4:21; 5:1-5; Dan.3:1-25; 6:1-13; Heb.11:23.)


8. Disobedience to God--how the Lord views it:

                1Sam.15:23             Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, & stubbornness is as iniquity & idolatry

                Mat.7:26,27            Heareth these sayings of Mine, & doeth them not...a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand

                Jam.1:23,24            A hearer of the Word, & not a doer, is like a man beholding his face...& straightway forgetteth


9. Various categories of disobedience:

A. Merely "agreeing" is not enough:

                Ezk.33:30-33           They sit before thee as My people & they hear thy words, but they will do them not

                Mat.21:28-31b       He answered & said, "I go, sir": & went not

                Mat.23:2,3              Do not after their works: for they say, & do not

                Lk.6:46    Why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, & do not the things I say?

                Tit.1:16   They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being...disobedient

                (See also Jer.42:1-22; 43:1-4.)

B. "Good works" not a substitute for obedience:

                1Sam.15:22             Hath the Lord as great delight in... sacrifices, as in obeying? To obey is better than sacrifice

                Jer.7:22,23              I spake not...concerning sacrifices. But this thing commanded I them, Obey My voice

                Mat.7:22,23            Have we not...in Thy name done many wonderful works? Depart from Me (Jesus), ye that work iniquity

                Lk.11:42  Ye tithe...& pass over judgment & love. These ought ye to have done, & not to leave the other undone

C. Half-hearted obedience:

                2Chr.25:2                He did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart

                Jer.3:10   (She) hath not turned unto Me with her whole heart, but feignedly

                Acts 5:1-11            [Ananias & Sapphira pretended to give all, but kept back part of the money from the sale of their land]


10. Reasons for disobedience:

A. Being deceived:

                Gen.3:13 [Eve said:], "The serpent beguiled me, & I did eat"       (See also 2Cor.11:3)

                1Ki.13:1-26             [The young prophet was deceived by the old prophet & disobeyed the Lord's original instructions]

                Gal.3:1    Who bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth?

                Gal.5:7    Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

B. Having a "better idea":

                1Sam.15:2-15         Thus saith the Lord, "Utterly destroy all they have!" (Saul) spared the best...to sacrifice to the Lord

                Pro.3:5,6 Lean not unto thine own understanding

                Act 21:4,10-14       [Paul was warned by the Spirit to not go to Jerusalem, but his heart was set on it]

C. Lack of love for others:

                Jon.1:1-3; 4:2         [Jonah disobeyed & fled from God, knowing God would be merciful to the Ninevites, his enemies]

                1Jn.3:16,17             Whoso hath this world's good [& doesn't help a needy brother], how dwelleth the love of God in him?

D. Fear of man:

                1Sam.15:24             I transgressed the commandment of the Lord...because I feared the people, & obeyed their voice

                Pro.29:25                The fear of man bringeth a snare

                Jer.38:17-20            [Zedekiah disobeyed God out of fear of his opponents]

                Jn.12:42,43             Many believed on Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him

E. Lack of faith in the Word:

                Gen.3:1-6                [Eve believed the devil's lies & doubted God's Word]

                Gen.19:14               [Lot's sons-in-law thought his warning to flee Sodom was merely a joke]

                Num.20:7-12          [Moses hit the rock twice instead of speaking to it]

                1Sam.13:8-14         [Saul, doubting that Samuel would come, sinned by impatiently offering the sacrifice himself]

                1Pet.2:7,8               Them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient

                2Thes.2:12             Believed not the truth, but had pleasure in (sin)

F. Being distracted by less important things:

                1Ki.20:39,40           "Keep this man." As thy servant was busy here & there, he was gone

                Lk.14:15-24            [The Lord invited men to His supper, but they all made excuses, saying they had other things to do]

G. For material gain:

                1Ki.20:29-34,          [Captured king promised king Ahab cities & markets, so

                42            Ahab let him go, instead of slaying him]

                2Ki.5:14-16,            [Elisha refused to receive any reward, but his servant,

                20-27       Gehazi, disobeyed & accepted it & was judged]

H. Pride:

                2Chr.26:14-20        [King Uzziah, lifted up in pride, broke the law]

                3Jn.9,10  [An exalted pastor refused to obey the apostle John]

I. Allowing disobedience to become a habit:

                Jer.22:21 This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not My voice

                Jer.3:25   From our youth even unto this day, (we) have not obeyed the Lord (See also Eccl.8:11)


11. How to relate to the disobedient:

A. Use the Word to teach & warn them:

                Ezk.2:3-7 Speak My Words unto them...they are most rebellious

                Ezk.3:17,18             Hear the Word...& give them warning from Me

B. Win them with your example, not just your words:

                1Cor.9:19                I made myself servant to all, that I might [win them]

                2Tim.2:24-26          Servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle... patient...instructing...to acknowledging of the truth

                1Pet.3:1-4               That, if any obey not the Word, they may without the Word be won by the [way of life]

                (See also Jam.5:19,20.)

C. Try to get them to change:

                Lk.1:17    Turn the...disobedient to the wisdom of the just

D. Keep an eye on them:

                Pro.29:15                A child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame

E. Do not keep company with them:

                Eph.5:11 Have no fellowship with [them], but rather reprove them

                2Thes.3:6               Withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, & not after the (instructions)

                2Thes.3:14             If any man obey not our word...have no company with him

                1Tim.6:3-5              If any man...consent not...from such withdraw thyself

F. If the offence isn't serious, don't give up on them:

                2Thes.3:14,15        If any man obey not our word by this epistle...count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother


12. God's punishments for disobedience:

                Deut.11:26,28        I set before you...a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord (See also Jer.11:3)

                Josh.5:6  (They) walked 40 years in the wilderness, till all the people...were consumed, because they obeyed not

                Judg.2:2,3              Ye have not obeyed...I will not drive (enemies) out

                1Sam.12:15             If ye will not obey...the Lord (will) be against you

                1Sam.15:23b          Because thou hast rejected the Word of the Lord, He hath also rejected thee from being king

                1Ki.13:all                [Young prophet disobeyed God by heeding the old prophet, & was slain by a lion]

                Psa.68:6  The rebellious dwell in a dry land

                Isa.1:20   If ye refuse & rebel, ye shall be devoured with sword

                Jer.3:25   Confusion covereth us: for we have...not obeyed

                Jer.18:10 If (they) obey not...then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them

                Dan.9:11 (Did) not obey Thy voice; therefore curse is poured

                Dan.9:14 The Lord watched upon the evil, & brought it upon us: for we obeyed not His voice

                Mat.7:26,27            Every one that heareth (My) sayings & doeth not...foolish...house on sand...great was the fall of it

                Lk.12:47  (He) which knew his Lord's will, & [did not] according to His will, shall be beaten with many stripes

                (See also Gen.3:6,16-19; Deut.28:15-67; Jer.9:13-16; 12:17; 32:23; Eph.5:6.)


13. Obedience is building on a sure foundation:

                Mat.7:24,25            Whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, & doeth them ...wise man, which built his house upon a rock

                1Cor.3:11-14          [Jesus is the foundation; build with gold of obedience not with wood, hay & stubble of disobedience]

                1Cor.15:58              Be steadfast, unmoveable...in the work of the Lord



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