Episode #7: Obedience to Christ
Man assaulted firefighters and refused to leave his home.
John 14:15 - "If you love me, keep my commandments."
For so many, obedience to Christ seems harsh and oppressive. Why is God so restrictive? Why is He so controlling? Why can’t I live the way I want to live?
We must understand that just like the firefighter in our story, God doesn’t call us to obedience to be harsh, mean, rude, or oppressive. He is a good Father who loves his children. His commands are meant for our good and for our protection.
Obedience is essential for a follower of Jesus for several reasons:
It brings honor and glory to God
It proves our love for Him
It demonstrates our faithfulness to God
Opens the door for God to bless us
Questions: What has God been speaking to your heart? In what areas is he calling you to greater obedience? Where have you been resistant to obey?
1 John 5:3 - "this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome."
Quote: “We can feel strongly about obedience and not be obedient. We can feel that it’s right to be obedient and not obey. We can feel confident that obedience is the path to blessing and usefulness and joy and still not obey.” - John MacArthur
Psalm 128:1 - "Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him."
- Why do we struggle with obedience to God?
- How does obedience open the door for God's blessings?
- In which area of your life is God calling you to greater obedience?
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