Titus 1:16….They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. A decision to tell a little white lie is very costly because it leads to sin and usually the next step, which is deception. He grew up by the lake, and he understood the components of a productive fishing business-or at least he thought he did. We have driven our car for almost 10 years; it is time to get another one. And today we go one step further and say that obedience to God makes that God-glorifying hope visible and proves that it is real in our lives. I doubt that many of us would consider some of the minor decisions we make each day and wonder whether they contain some hint or clue to the future. Thus Calvin thought of the obedience of Christ as His merit and insisted that His reconciling and sanctifying work in human nature was carried out throughout His life on earth. As his disciples, we … 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him NIV Jesus is our model for obedience, even when obedience means suffering. We need to consider only one issue: Is this God’s will for my life? The Bible Calls Us. I imagine the crowd was quite large. In times of disobedience, we lean on our own desires for direction. His ministry was growing; word had spread about how He had healed those who were sick with various diseases (Luke 4:40). 99 f). Only do as I say, and all will be well. . In all your ways acknowledge Him, . Obedience To God Is ALWAYS IMPORTANT 2. But Jesus showed up with a crowd of people, and the next thing Peter knew, his boat had become the Savior’s stage. A doing according to God's will, out of a regard to God, does not alone constitute obedience. We can’t dismiss the fact that he was a seasoned fisherman. Step Three: Peter listened to Jesus’ request. God never intended for us to be harassed about the decisions we make each day. The bottom line is that there is never a time when it is OK to disobey God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. I’m so appreciative of the choice of song that the Nichol sisters made because that whole idea of loving the Lord Jesus Christ is really on my heart today. The interest rates are low; therefore, it must be the right time to purchase a house. Luke told us that once the nets were down, they began to fill with fish to a point of breaking. There are certain rules that we have to obey. If you do not like authority, then you are going to rebel against it. You may ask, “What motivated him to do this? A young Rabbi, whom they were sure knew nothing about fishing, was telling Peter-the master, the ace, the CEO of the shoreline-what to do. That was OK. Obedience looks different when He is asking us to do something that personally costs us more than we think we can afford. Moses was able to see the land of Promise, but was not able to enter it because of his disobedience act against God. And satisfy your desire in scorched places, Solomon admonished us to “catch the foxes.” He went on to explain that it is the “little foxes that are ruining the vineyards” (Song of Solomon 2:15). All governments have been placed in power by God. And this grateful obedience proves the secret of comfort and success. It is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Ps 40:7 (MT 8) (cf. On more than several occasions, I have spoken to large groups of people and watched as they began to move forward. He could say, “Yes, You can use my boat while I finish doing what I’m doing.” It was not a difficult decision, but he had to agree to it. Romans 1:5…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. © 2019 Preaching.com. The enemy is very keen. Here is one truth on which you can stake your life: if Jesus asks you to do something, you know without a doubt that a blessing will follow. Once He has made this clear and after you have made the decision to obey Him, the feelings of worry stop, the fretting ends, and the chatter of “what if” fades. The way He operated in Peter’s life is the same way He will operate in your life. Even though God’s command is sometimes difficult, or doesn’t make sense from our human perspective, obedience will always bring blessing, joy, and peace. James 2:10. Mt 3:15). Then Moses said, "This is what the LORD has commanded you to do, so that the glory of the LORD may appear to you." NIV. 1. By then the conflict is threatening to spiral out of control. Being obedient does not mean that we will never face difficult decisions. . III. Peter was faced with a life-changing decision (see Luke 5). you will not lead them into the land.”. He always has a plan, and that plan reflects His ways. Sermon Audios on Obedience to God. Jeremiah 7:23…. One day, every knee will bow in acknowledgement of God's supreme rule and reign over all. We want God to come into our lives and do what we want him to do. — Due weight must be given to Ro 5:19, "As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous," and to Heb 9:14, "who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God." Christian Doctrine of Reconciliation, pp. He struggled greatly to overcome temptation from outside (cf. Jeremiah 7:23 . It just tells us one thing: he obeyed the Lord and stated, “Master, … I will do as You say and let down the nets.”. Step One was accomplished. God Delights in Obedience (Luke 5:1-11) I can imagine that silence fell on those who were on the shore as they watched Peter release the anchor, raise his sails, and turn his rudder toward deep water. God desires obedience motivated not by fear but by love and trust. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NAME (O COME LET US ADORE HIM), Assured Because of Your Love of the Father (4 of 5), Pastor of Discipleship and Administration, Worship Leader / Director of Worship Ministries (#414111), CCPA – Do not sell my personal information. NIV. In the cross the obedience seems to be as important as the event; as P. T. Forsyth pointed out, what matters in it is not simply the "depth of agony" but also the "height of surrender" (p. 193). Only God’s rewards are eternal. We should obey Him regardless of what we think or how we feel. Disobedience is sin and leads to separation from God. You may not be standing on a shoreline cleaning a bunch of nets, but without a doubt there will be a time when He will come to you and say, “Move your boat out into deep water, and let down your nets for a catch.” It is His affirmation that in Himself "there is no purpose of self; no element of self-will; no possibility, even for a moment, of the imagination of separateness" (Moberly, pp. Obedience is different, however. He knew the waters like we know the backs of our hands. The Westminster Confession of Faith (cf. . They have short emotional fuses and are tired. Our lives will only be full and complete as we fulfill the will of God for our lives. Or do you find that there are times when you struggle to do what you know is right and in keeping with His principles? Often the smaller decisions bring about the biggest consequences. Lay it on His altar and allow Him to restore you. But this rarely happens because most of us are very reserved and will not freely expose what we are feeling and thinking until much later. You may falsely believe that something perceived as being insignificant is much easier to disguise. Putting our trust in God for salvation through Christ is equivalent to obeying his message of good news. The sermon outline is now available in multiple formats. THE EXPEDIENCE OF OBEDIENCE: What's the secret of living supernaturally? By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. This does not mean that we ought to neither follower the government nor spiritual leaders when what they are doing is contrary to God’s word. However, in this sermon by Charles Stanley, obedience is defined in the every day nature of choices to trust God or not. His death is significant as a deliberate act of "laying down" His life (Jn 10:17). Don’t be tempted to think that Peter did not have a choice. Someone reading this may think, My father was so demanding that I just want to say no to authority no matter what is involved. Jesus had been preaching along the shore of the lake of Gennesaret (the Sea of Galilee). 98 f) suggested that the cancellation of the past should be attributed to the offering of atonement, and the sanctification of the present to the offering of obedience (cf. No one went fishing then. His Inward Obedience. His boat was about to sink, and he did not know what he would do. He left the shoreline wondering what would happen next. What would you have said? III. . The Place of Obedience in the Atonement. But far too often when we hear the word disobedience, we think of a sexual sin or some habit that is just dead wrong. Thus in Christ's career and response to God an "active" and a "passive" obedience can be distinguished, as classical Protestant theology frequently does. 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