Obedience to God is one of the most important things a person that wants to follow God should recall.
“Obedience to God is far better than sacrifice.” We simplify the words that are found in 1 Samuel 15:22 when we say that.
God’s people will be blessed if they learn what it means to obey him in all things.
Disobedience to God brings sorrow.
There may be times when a person feels pain because they have to do the right thing rather than follow the ways of the world. This type of pain is temporary.
Once the believer knows they are doing what God wants them to do it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say about it.
An immature Christian may not fully understand what it means when we say that is it better to obey God than to give sacrifices but those who have made a decision to obey God no matter what anyone else does understands it well.
Anyone can give a bit of money to a righteous cause but everyone does not follow God in all things.
I know of a Christian woman that was married to a man who once appeared to be a Christian man. She later realized she had not been walking close enough to the Lord during that time in her life. The Lord does not want His people to be unequally yoked. Men and Women of God need to be very careful to make sure the person they marry is truly a servant of the Lord or they will surely suffer much anguish because of being connected too closely with a person that does not follow God. Take heed to recall that just because a person says they are a Christian does not mean that person fully walks with God.
The woman found out during the marriage that the man she married was a Christ pretender or a wolf that wears the clothing of sheep. A time came when she heard that fraudulent man admit that he had committed an awful crime. He confessed the crime to her and said he wanted to do what was right. She found out that he only said those words saying he wanted to do what is right to try to keep her from leaving him. She could not continue to live with a man that wanted her to join him in covering up the truth about the crime he committed. A person that walks with the Lord knows it is wrong to take part in covering up serious crimes. If she stayed with the man she had learned that the man would always want to control her and have her cover up things he said and did that were wrong. A true person of God cannot follow the devil by living in darkness.
She sought counseling from Godly pastors. Each pastor she talked with told her it was right and good for her to leave the man. No Godly person encouraged her to stay with a man that had threatened to harm her. He was a man that proved to her that he was one that constantly lived a lie. If he had chosen to turn away from his evil then there was a possibility they could have remained together but she had to accept the truth that he had chosen to walk on a very evil path.
She felt as though the Lord opened her eyes to the truth about the man’s evil ways. She also came to acknowledge the fact that she needed to seek God’s forgiveness because she had not been walking close enough to God to recognize the trap she had fallen into. The enemy seeks to devour. We know that is true. Still the woman had to acknowledge her sin and she had to walk away from the bad situation she had gotten herself into before things got worse. The man she married was so evil she began to realize that he constantly tried to make her second guess things she was seeing and hearing. The truth that was always being exposed to her. God was using the situation to work together for good. The good Lord continuously exposed the ugly things to her to help her. God was on her side. The evil man consistently told lies. He had threatened to harm her in several ways. She also found that her sanity was at risk because living with a man that is unstable in all his ways brings forth lots of confusion.
In order to have peace she had to go. In order to feel safe again she had to divorce the man praying he would stay away from her and that she would be wise enough to stay away from him. Once she got her eyes on the Lord the task became easier for her. It was right and good to get away from the man that she was not equally yoked with. Those two people were not walking on the same path.
It has been said that liars continually have problems because of the lies they’ve told. I’ve heard some people say that the liars tell so many lies that it’s hard for them to recall all the lies they’ve told. Apparently they just keep telling one lie after another. That must be an awful way to exist.
Can you imagine how painful it would be for a wife to hear her husband say that he committed an awful crime? I believe it is the same kind of pain a person would feel when they find out their parent or another family member did something awful.
It’s wonderful that we know God will forgive people that have not committed the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. We know that any sinner can repent and turn from their wicked ways.
What do you do when a close family member or a very close friend chooses to continue to do what is wrong rather than repent turning away from their sin?
These are the type of situations that cause a Christian to see their need to sincerely call on God asking for God’s wisdom and direction.
I am sure that God’s Word gives clear answers on the subject.
Acts 5 reminds us that “We must obey God rather than men.” The men of God who were told to stop telling the truth about Jesus knew that they must obey God rather than men. The apostles were persecuted, placed in jail, and they were instructed to stop telling the truth. The angel of the Lord told the apostles to share the gospel story. We know that those apostles obeyed God rather than the voice of men.
I believe the apostles knew that they would possibly face more persecution if they did what they knew was right but that didn’t stop them from obeying God.
Those men of God clearly showed us how we are supposed to live our lives.
Ephesians 5:11 tells us this: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Those words come from the KJV version of the Bible.
I met more than one minister that failed to preach the truth from the pulpit. Some of the people who claim to follow God are not being obedient to the Lord.
Are you going to obey the Lord or follow the world?
Will you be one of the chosen few?
Ministers have shared a few things with me throughout the years. One minister told me that he felt as though the money put in the offering plate was a way he had of knowing that his work for the Lord was appreciated. Another minister told me that we can’t be led by wealth or traditions for we must be led by God. You can follow the money or follow God. Which one will you choose?
Here are some Scriptures that may help you know which one to follow:
Matthew 6:24 (KJV),
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
Luke 16:13 (KJV),
“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
& words from 1 Timothy 3 (KJV) give us some good things to recall for those who care to be servants of the Lord, bishops, deacons, or elders. This version speaks about bishops and deacons. I believe any person that truly wants to serve the Lord would do well to read and obey the Lord concerning these things. Verses 3 & 8 also speak against following the way of a greedy person.
1 Timothy 3 (KJV),
“This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
Here are some other passages a Christian may want to study if they need help seeing that God wants you to expose evil deeds and to take a stand for righteous living. There are many people who will stand against you if you stand up for what is right. It can and will be difficult to take a stand for holiness. Those who are walking in darkness hate the light.
James 5:20, 1 Corinthians 6:2,1 Corinthians 10:20-21, Psalm 94:16, Titus 1:10-13, Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-17, Ezekiel 3:18-19, Isaiah 5:20,
James 4:4, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
1 John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
John 3:20, John 4: 1, Matthew 7:21-23
You will find many examples in the Word of God that prove that those who truly follow God say and do what they know is right rather than following the ways of mankind.
The choice is yours whether you will be the person that fully obeys God or you will choose to follow satan. Those who do their own thing are following satan because the enemy of God tells a person to do their own thing rather than to do the things of the Lord.
We find some lovely words in the book of James. James tells us how we can receive wisdom from God. The passages also remind us that God’s people should expect to receive that wisdom if they ask for it in faith. We also find these words from Chapter 3 of James: “Wisdom that comes from above is not self serving, bitter, envious, or full of strife. Ungodly words and thoughts bring forth confusion and evil. Wisdom that does come from above is first pure, peaceable, gentle, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
I’ll end this writing with words from Matthew 6:33 (KJV),
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”