Jesus showed that love and obedience go hand in hand. He said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.”
There is a belief system out there that subtly encourages and entices us to disobey and disregard God and His commandments. It’s called secular humanism.
According to their website, secular humanists “find insufficient evidence for the claim that some divine purpose exists for the universe. They reject the idea that God has intervened miraculously in history or revealed himself to a chosen few or that he can save or redeem sinners. They believe that men and women are free and are responsible for their own destinies and that they cannot look toward some transcendent Being for salvation.”
Unfortunately, secular humanism has infiltrated the church. Today God’s Word is often treated like a buffet dinner. Many feel that they can choose what they want (blessings and prosperity), and leave out what you don’t want (tribulation and suffering). But obedience is a command of God, not a suggestion. God expects us to obey because He loves us and knows what’s best for us. He knows His plans and He also knows the enemy’s plans and strategies.
How do people disregard and disobey God?
- Compromise – partial obedience. God calls partial obedience rebellion. He says it’s as bad as witchcraft.
- Rationalizing – why it’s ok for you not to obey. Some people reject God’s commands, rationalizing that a loving God wouldn’t punish people for disobeying Him by sending them to hell
- Having your own opinion. The western world is dominated by democracies – governments where the people have a say. But God’s Kingdom is a theocracy – He rules.
- Anger – outright refusal. Jonah refused to obey God’s command to go to Nineveh, because he was angry with them.
- Rejection of the person who delivers the word. Jesus was rejected because many saw Him just as Mary’s son
What are the Consequences of Disobedience
- Judgment from the Father. John 12:47-48
- A ruined life. Luke 6: 49 - But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
- The wrath of God. Eph.5: 3-6
- Lack of intimacy with God
- Engaging in greater disobedience which leads to even greater bondage to satan
- Loss of the blessings and promises of God
- Loss of eternal life. 2 Thess 1:8-9
Some People who disobeyed God
- Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. They were cast out of Eden and suffered spiritual and physical death
- Lot’s wife disobeyed God’s command not to look back. She turned into a pillar of salt
- Jonah refused to go to Nineveh, and ended up in the belly of a great fish
- King Saul disobeyed God's command to kill all the Amalekites. He lost the throne as king of Israel and went crazy
- It shows that we love Him and want to please Him
- To be a vessel of honor
- To be effective in the work of the Kingdom by setting an example for the next generation. We have disobedient children because we sometimes set an example of disobedience by our own actions
- Obedience to God ensures our effectiveness in spiritual warfare. Disobedience can’t expel disobedience; rebellion can’t expel rebellion
What are the Rewards of Obedience
- Success – Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
- Good health – Prov. 4:20-22 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
- The indwelling and empowering of the Holy Spirit – John 14:15-16. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
- The indwelling of the Father and Jesus – John 14:23. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
- Long life – Prov 10:27. The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
- Eternal Life – John 5:24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
- Joy – John 15:10-11. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
- Deuteronomy 28 – Blessings wherever you go; your children blessed; your business dealings; your investments; your travel on the roads or by air; protection and victory during the enemy’s attack
- Abraham obeyed God. He left everything familiar to him - his home and family. But he became the father of many nations, and the father of faith.
- Moses obeyed God. He rejected the Egyptian lifestyle, choosing instead to follow God's directives to challenge Pharaoh. He became the deliverer of the Israelites, and was known as God's friend.
- Joshua obeyed God. He refused to side with the 10 spies who brought back a bad report about Canaan. He obeyed when God told him to go in to the Promised Land. As a result he received not only the Promised Land and all God's promises.
- Mary obeyed God. It wasn't easy or convenient for her. Obedience is seldom convenient. However, she became the mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
- Jesus obeyed the Father, even unto death on the Cross, and gained salvation for all mankind. As a result all authority was given to Him
I pray that when God gives a command, we will hasten to obey!