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January 20, 2022 7:00 am
We know were living in obedience. Listen to Adrian Rogers all true obedience informal reading. You must hear from God in order to obey God that just don't go out doing things just because you want to do them and think that you are living the Christian life.
What God doesn't initiate God doesn't appreciate God is going to tell you what to do and God is never promised to bless any endeavor that he is not commanded welcome to love find pastor, teacher and author Adrian Rogers said obedience is the missing ingredient. So many Christians live being a Christian is joyously the reason we are not filled with joy in the Christian life could be a matter of disobedience in acts chapter 5 Peter and the other apostles have caused quite a stir by teaching about Jesus. The religious authorities are trying to stop a revival that began they command the apostles to stop preaching instead of obeying man. The apostles obeyed God. If you have your Bible turned acts chapter 5 will begin in verse 27 as Adrian Rogers shares part two of the expedients of obedience. Christian railroad runs onto the practice trust and obey the old Tano is the railroad of redemption and so I want you to learn something about obedience and I want to lay three basic things on your heart because I want you to be happy and I want to be victorious and I am reminding you I'm speaking to you. I'm also speaking to myself about a reason that some of us don't obey the Lord and understand this joy in obeying the Lord as we don't trust the Lord and we have difficulty taking command from a stranger that we don't know. You get to know the Lord Jesus Christ and you will learn that his commands are not grievous matter. Some people say that God's will is always done everything God's will is not always done for God's will is always done.
Why did Jesus teach us to pray by kingdom come, thy will be done well there a lot of things that are not the will of God and God will allow you to disobey him and that does not diminish God's sovereignty and all God gives man the power to rebel against him without diminishing God's sovereignty. God has given man a choice.
You can choose to obey our you can choose not to obey God as it why can God not doing you say nothing you be wrong because some things that God cannot do I were talking about here that obedience is a decision to give something to God can be like six things a God can do, because God is omnipotent God can fail can't cannot fail. Ephesians 1 verse 11 says he works all things after the counsel of his own will is impossible for God to fail member to do something else. God can do. God cannot do evil.
Titus one verse two in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world again. God cannot lie God, steel God cannot do evil because he's a holy God onto something else. God cannot do, and I've been building this point. God cannot force loving obedience, God cannot force loving obedience, God cannot make you love him because it is a contradiction in terms force. Love is not love at all. God cannot force somebody to receive a gift God will not force you to obey him. That doesn't mean that God loses his sovereignty. That simply means that there certain things by God's very nature that God cannot do, is not that he cannot do them because he is limited in power is that he cannot do them because of his very nature. Now I'm telling you that you must choose to obey him now. You cannot obey him unless he enables you to obey him. We love him because he first loved us and is God that works in us both to will and to do this. Good pleasure.
Obedience to God is like breathing is breathing a gift of God. Well, you better believe it is because God gives you, lungs, and God gives you where which of his mother. If you want. Obedience is a gift of God in the sense that God gives you the will.
God works in you. But there comes a decision and God is not going to force you to obey him and don't you shrug your shoulders and say what God wanted to happen will happen no, there is different a decision to be practice you must say, I will obey him. These are the compelling reasons for obedience now.
Not only should we look at the reasons for obedience.
We should recognize the requirements for obedience that one of the requirements of obeying God. I want to mention some of them if you would really obey God number one. Your obedience must be informed obedience. It must be informed obedience to obey God. If you don't know what is a God wants you to do now these apostles have had a command from God. Do not chapter 5 begin looking in verse 17 that the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, which is the sect of the Sadducees and were filled with indignation and laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in common prison and I watch verse 19 but the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said go stand and speak in the temple to all the people all the words of this life can be planar. They were told what to know that the reason they were doing it is because I been told to do. All true obedience is informed obedience.
You must hear from God in order to obey God that I just am glad doing things just because you want to do them and think that you are living the Christian life. What God doesn't initiate God doesn't appreciate God is going to tell you what to do and God is never promised to bless any endeavor that he is not commanded. There must be number one informed all obedience, number two, there must be intentional obedience. You see doing right is not merely abstaining from doing wrong is very obvious that these apostles wanted to know the will of the Lord Jesus Christ. I try to present myself to the Lord every morning and say Lord I'm yours to command.
I want to hear from you during your healing evangelist. He said when I wake up in the morning. I say good morning Gen. Jesus. This is private Hill reporting for duty. I like that Gen. Jesus.
This is private Hill ripsaw King duty. He reported for duty as I was not what God wants me to do pages. Maybe your fault, but this verse down Proverbs chapter 8 verses 32 and following now therefore hearken to me, all you children for Blessed are they that keep my ways hear instruction. Be wise and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the post of my doors are you hearing God. Are you reporting for duty. Now here's the third thing. It must be immediate obedience immediate obedience to say they are telling these apostles lesson. We told you not to preach or teach in his name that's very interesting.
Let's just look at it again like in verse 28 bit with us greatly command you, that you should not teach in his name, and behold, you filled Jerusalem with your doctor and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said we ought to obey God rather than man, but God of our fathers raised up Jesus in the saloon hang on the tree him at got exalted. They just said don't do that and doing it. I basically told you not to breach, playing his preaching immediately immediately pays not waiting. He's not thinking about it. He is doing it.
It is immediate obedience now is a something. Procrastination is a form of disobedience.
Procrastination is a form of this obedience be swift. My sold answer him be Cuban my feet.
The best time to do the will of God is when you are aware that God wants it done. Fran understanding can wait, obedience, understanding can wait.
Obedience cannot. Psalm 119 verse 60 I made haste and delayed not to keep thy commandments ours is not the reason why ours is not to make reply. Ours is not to do our die. And when God puts it. Don't you put it?
Immediate obedience number four.
It must be inflexible obedience. Know what I mean by inflexible obedience. I mean, no matter what he calls, no matter what it cost you cannot compromise with obedience.
Now these apostles knew that to obey God could mean dad look back in verse 33, chapter 5, verse 33.
When these men been preaching the Bible says when the authorities heard that they were cut to the heart and took counsel the slave they are preaching with a cloud of a death sentence over their head, inflexible obedience, no matter what nonselective obedience is not obedience at all man with Brian about his notes of what demagogue is always very smart on grid frames. It will show me what he can do so well when I go somewhere all have to say is are you coming with me or not, merely does very smart dogs. That's why some of us we we kinda decide what we want to do and selective obedience is not obedience at all. Next, it must be impassioned obedience. I mean doing the will of God from our heart.
It's obvious that you might as well at told the noonday sun not to shine is to tell these men not to preach and not to share the Lord Jesus Christ because they are full of passion burning blazing emotional passion for the Lord Jesus Christ did have a zeal for God. God forgive our lukewarm, halfhearted and different obedience to serve and serve him with joy. Romans chapter 6 verse 17 he have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered on you.
Now let me go to third and final thing here as we talk and we talk to you about the reasons for obedience and we talk you about the requirements for obedience from this passage. Let me talk to you little bit about the rewards for obedience.
Remember, trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey three things will happen when you begin to obey number one.
The spirit will be received. The spirit will be received look in verse 32. Here's what the apostle said, and we are witnesses of these things and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. We are witnesses of these things and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him. You want spiritual power in your life friend, God is not going to give spiritual power to reverence. Why should God release the anointing, Holy Spirit upon your life.
We are living in obedience, God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey him. The Holy Spirit is there to get his work done.
God cannot trust some people with spiritual power.
I've often use this illustration maybe ever taught a team to drive an automobile MCN I brighten up your prayer life won't somebody drive an automobile.
I was not there but I think I know this much, you most likely showed in the brake pedal before you show them of the accelerator and you most likely showed them the brake pedal for you Dave and the ignition key is that first of all, that's what's up. This thing I and I write that suppose that TJ I am not interested in the brake. Show me how to make it go. I'm not interested in how to make a stop.
I want to go is take the case back to the minute parking is a not ready yet. Now listen, you will never know the release of the spirit, and do you know restraint of the spirit. You will never know the go to you know the know God is the Holy Spirit to those that obey him, and even if you're not around. Why should God through the Holy Spirit, man pushes automobile and the Texaco station offenders a flop and the tires are flat the gas tank has a hole in it. Headlights are broken guy shoves it into the Texaco station man comes out because they don't come out animal business like I do for you is I will fill her up.
He said waffle full.
Why should I do you give the Holy Spirit to those that obey him will have power in your life more tell you is because you living in disobedience.
Now one of the results.
The spirit is received. Number two joy is achieved. Look in verse 41. The Bible says they departed from the presence of the Council rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. You going to be a joyful Christian when you obey the Lord. Disobedient Christians are not joyful Christians is a lot of folks look like the picture of the drivers license. We need some joyful Christians. When will they. The spirit is received. Obey job as a tea pot to something you when we obey the gospel is believed look, if you will. Now in verse 42 and daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ as God giving you a commander share Jesus Christ answer me. Yes, what is the alternative to obeying him is disobedience. What is the result of disobedience. No spiritual power and there is no joy in your life. God is giving you command to do it that if you do it will. God bless. Your obedience will God give you the Holy Spirit and bless what you doing what is going to the next chapter, and in those days when the number of the disciples was multiplied. Listen when you obey him.
The spirit is received. Joy is achieved and the gospel is going.
There are not people in this very room right now, turn the city inside out, upside down and right side up for Jesus Christ is that not true. If we became obedient Christians is where you been gone a while favor when you get home Sunday morning. I mean there are people really call this essay well this is the service know this is not the service. This is a service station the services out there is coming to get you tank filled a little bit you coming to get some instructions are coming to get some encouragement friend, God is called us to rescue the perishing, and care for the dying and snatch them and pity from sin in the grave that we put everyone to lift up the father wanted to tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
And no matter what else you doing if you are not sharing the Lord Jesus Christ. You are not an obedient Christian. I don't care how faithful you to and I don't care how eloquently you teach. I don't care how beautiful you say I don't care how generously you give. I don't care how scrupulously you live. If you not share Jesus Christ living in disobedience and you are guilty of high treason against heavens K restroom that we can all do the same way. We cannot all be preachers but we can all be reaches someway somehow God wants this church to share Jesus Christ with this community that if others are doing a fine way. Glad that Rachel, but we cannot depend upon somebody else. We must say it is our responsibility.
It is our duty. It is our joy is our privilege to do this now let me come to conclusion. I will have some questions.
Again, I would ask has God been speaking to you is, God tell you to do something. Remember that procrastination is a sin is God telling you to give something then do it. How he put a dollar in the plate song with my domain.
When we ascend apart to give his inward pain is cute young everyone that is hate to let go of doing it to. Is there somebody that you need to make restitution with somebody you need to go to essay. I'm sorry. You don't let things build up you let them fester. You knew exactly what you are supposed to do when you're supposed to. As God been laying something on your heart. Some restitution you need to make somebody to need to ask forgiveness is a some deed of kindness that you know you're supposed to do. Why don't you do.
Is there some spiritual thing that you need to fulfill some of you will be baptized as a believer in Jesus Christ. You know what the Bible teaches about believer's baptism, you know exactly what you ought to do what you've never been baptized, for whatever reason. Maybe things inconvenient, maybe don't want to ruin your hairdo may be ongoing for all those people. Whatever. Listen friend to him. The nose of the vendor that not him.
It is what sin is not just say here's the some point in your life where were you are disobeying God. Remember that disobedience is as witchcraft disobedience is as iniquity. Disobedience is as idolatry is not failing to pick up the paper that is the problem.
It is a rebellion against God. That is the problem don't stonewall God trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey, and you can just blow past something I've read of the father the son who living together. The mother and the wife and the family had gone to heaven when a night father the son were settled down the fire in the fireplace was burning out. The father said to his son was a grown boy son, would you put another piece of wood on the fire go outside and get a log and put on the fire sensor data I'm busy I'm doing something I don't want to do that sits on listen, I'm your father living here in my roof is supposed to respect and obey me, son. I'm asking you to put another piece would on the phone voice and all my good.
I'm not going to Ms. Arnesen this time I'm telling you to do it. Another piece of wood on the fire and if you cannot obey me you cannot live under this roof was is that the weight is well all right then I will not live under this roof good by and walked out and slammed the door when out into the cold and left his father's house because you not put up his wooden fire. They stayed on for months and got to thinking I am a fool or sheer fool. My father loves me anything for me. He asked me to do a small thing, and in my pride and arrogance.
I said no and I turn my back on my own dear father, I have defied my father. I have been a fool. I wonder if my father would ever forgive me. He went back home, knocked on the door when his father saw he was there, tears burst into the father's eyes. He said that I was such a fool. I was so full of arrogance and pride and selfishness and self will that if I am so sorry for talking that way to you daddy good you find in your heart to forgive me and receive me back into the house that reached out like a deadwood hugging kiss to his neck and bursting and said, my son, my son will then he said, son, before you sit down, put another piece of wood on the fire, you know, there's no statute of limitations when it comes to obeying God for surveys feel just say what I'm going to will pass trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
And for you if you've never been say that obedience comes with believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible says when he comes again is taking vengeance in flaming fire on those who know not God, and who obey not the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now obey him by giving a hard thing trusting him as your personal Lord and Savior, and you will find the joy of obedience is wonderful and credible is the life that you would choose to live, because he loves you so much and will never ask you to do anything that would harm you or cause you to harm someone.
His commandments, grievance, have you found that to be true in your life.
There's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
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