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(This is one of my College assignments that I did at the Nehemiah Bible College in Jeffreys Bay, during 2001. I trust that this will bless you also)
1. Out of your Own Heart, give your definition of OBEDIENCE
Spirit filled Bible Truth in Action – Steps to Faithful Obedience
Faith believes what God says and acts in line with His Word. Faith allows the believer to enter the rest into which God has called All His people. It acknowledges the completed work of salvation, while faithfully obeying every instruction from God.
Hebrews 5: 8 “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” NKJV
The Secret of true obedience is the clear and close personal relationship to the Father. He expects every child of His to yield to Him Wholeheartedly, day by day and All Day Long.
Jesus is Lord!
This demands a declaration of absolute obedience and the surrender of the whole being:
- To be
- Speak and
Every moment, the things that are according to the Will of God and the Well pleasing God. This is the definition given to us by God, which He expects us to live by. This is the obedience that I would like to come out of my heart and I ask the Lord to help me to live day by day in his obedience. Sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail.
OBEDIENCE IS ALL INCLUSIVE:
- If we love we will obey
- If we have Faith we will obey
- If we have Humility we will obey
Obedience gives us Access to the Life of and The Favor of God. The attitude of submission to the will of God will determine whether God Will call us and appoint us or not. Servanthood is the pathway to Greatness and promotion by God. The mark of servanthood is obedience.
Rev 22:14 “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” NKJV
- Obedience leads to Eternal Salvation
- Adam introduced Disobedience
- Jesus introduced Obedience
The Lord Jesus Restored obedience to its rightful place. The singleness of purpose is obedience. Blessings are released when you obey the Lord. Obedience is born of Love and inspired by Love.
John 14:15-17, 21, 23 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever; “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you … “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” … Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” NKJV
Obedience releases the Holy Spirit, the Love that the Father gives and the indwelling presence of the Lord Jesus.
These are the three ingredients we need:
- A loving Heart
- Making possible the grace of God
- Abiding in God’s love
Acts 5:32 “And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” NKJV
Romans 1:5 “Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,” NKJV
Romans 16:26 “but now has been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures has been made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith;” NKJV
In Romans we see that the obedience of Christ makes us righteous – we become servants of obedience unto righteousness.
1 John 2:4 “He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” NKJV
We need some serious re-thinking and some dedicated commitment to a lifestyle of obedience.
The Threefold objective:
- As our example to show us what obedience is
- As our surety by His obedience to fulfill all righteousness
- As our Head to prepare a new and obedient nature to impart
The life of obedience the Jesus lived had a threefold objective.
The greatest act of obedience on our part is to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus. This is a commitment to everything that Jesus said and did so that our life is hid in Christ. Our obedience depends on our knowledge and participation of the obedience of Christ.
Out of my heart, I believe, “The more we understand of the righteousness of Christ in the Power of the Holy Spirit, the more intense will be our desire to share in obedience.”
The morning watch gives us the inner resolve and fortification for obedience. This is where we develop a love for God. The definition of “The Morning Watch” – This is the first waking hour of the day which is the first fruit of the day made holy and thus making the whole day holy. We start the day in the presence of God, and our minds set on the Lord. This sets the pace for the day.
- The blessing and power of God is secured
- The assurance of God’s power for victory over temptation is there
- The mercies of the Lord are renewed to us every morning
- The bond we have with the Lord is established every day
- The desire to fellowship with God, is the reason we were created in the image and likeness of God
Matt 6:6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” NKJV
God the Father wants us to come in and shut the door, he wants to see us privately and intimately. This includes the Word of God, which is made alive by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit makes the Word alive – which brings faith and leads us into obedience. We must learn to read the Word honestly, giving your self up to do it, at once, quickly and quietly. Now God’s grace is available and God’s enablement is there.
Colossians 1:9 “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” NKJV
- There is no spiritual power for the knowledge of His will.
- There cannot be confidence, boldness or liberty.
- There is no capacity to see, claim or hold the blessing of God.
My Definition of obedience is:
The secret of true obedience is a close personal intimate relationship with the Father, yielding to him wholeheartedly day by day, all day long.
Jesus is Lord! This declaration demands absolute obedience and the surrender of the whole being, to be, think, speak and do every moment the will of God and well pleasing to God.
Obedience gives us access to the life of and the favor of God, to have an attitude of submission.
The singleness of purpose is obedience.
Obedience is born of Love and inspired by love – a loving heart making possible the grace of God abiding in God’s love.
Obedience of Christ makes us righteous – we become servants of obedience unto righteousness.
We need to be dedicated and committed to a lifestyle of obedience.
The greatest act of obedience is to believe in the name of Jesus.
Our obedience depends on our knowledge and participation of obedience to Christ.
We must start the day in the presence of God; our minds set on the Lord and the Word of God.
Obedience in reading the Word releases God’s grace, which becomes available and God’s enablement is there.
Obedience releases the Holy Spirit, the love that the Father gives and the indwelling presence of the Lord Jesus.
Lord please release your obedience in me!
Without fellowship there cannot be a life of obedience! Every morning in the morning watch we renew our commitment to obedience.
2. DISCUSS THE VARIOUS STAGES OF CHRIST’S OBEDIENCE
Before Jesus was manifest in the flesh He, co-eternally existed with God His Father in a totally free and unlimited environment.
Philippians 2:8-9 “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,” NKJV
Through the new birth we became a new creation, by sending Jesus Christ in the likeness of sinful flesh God condemned sin in the flesh.
John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” NKJV
For the Lord Jesus, obedience to God the Father was the Spirit of His whole life.
Obedience was a life principal to Jesus. He lived to carry out God’s will, it was not on single act but a lifestyle.
The principal of the Kingdom is either good or bad. God or Satan. The new birth is the power of Christ in us. Christ in us creates the will and desires to please the Father. This should be our life’s goal. We do not live to get blessed – we live to obey God.
Psalm 40:8 “I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.” NKJV
Obedience to Jesus was a joy. Obedience leads us into doing the will of the Father, which brings a hunger within to please him daily. Once we have tasted the fruit of obedience we will become addicted. We experience emptiness when we are not in the will of God. Obedience should become as natural to us as our daily meals.
Psalm 40:6,8 “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. … I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.” NKJV
Jesus’ obedience led to waiting on God, that He would reveal his will day by day. When obedience becomes a passion our ears will be opened by the Spirit to wait for his instructions.
Philippians 2:8 “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” NKJV
Jesus died for our sins and disobedience to the point of being separated from His Father. He was ready to go all the way. The importance of the Word of God in our lives determines the degree to which we surrender to God. Jesus’ obedience was from deep humility.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” NKJV
Jesus obedience was of faith. Surrendering all to Gods’ will, will lead us to unreserved bestowment of Gods’ power working within us.
Ezekiel 30:6-9 “Thus says the LORD: “Those who uphold Egypt shall fall, And the pride of her power shall come down. From Migdol to Syene Those within her shall fall by the sword,” Says the Lord GOD. “They shall be desolate in the midst of the desolate countries, And her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste.
Then they will know that I am the LORD, When I have set a fire in Egypt And all her helpers are destroyed. On that day messengers shall go forth from Me in ships To make the careless Ethiopians afraid, And great anguish shall come upon them, As on the day of Egypt; For indeed it is coming!” NKJV
In conclusion of the various stages of Jesus obedience, His Word living in us unites us to God. The more His words fill our thoughts, the more submitted we are. We unreservedly surrender to the reality of His Word.