Bible to listen for God’s command? When you came to church this morning, did you
come to listen for what God wants you to do?
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourself. Do what it says.”
If we hear the words of Jesus and say, “Yes, that is the truth. It is good. I agreewith God,” but then we live a different way, we are deceiving ourselves. We are living a
e says that this is called cognitive dissonance. We shouldn’t be this type of Christian. It’s not good for anyone, especially ourselves.Don’t come to God just to fulfill a religious ritual. God’s serious about you … get
serious with Him! What would happen if you made a real effort to obey God completely,in every aspect of your life? Are you willing to try? Have you considered it? Why notgive it a try?
Let’s take God at His word.
He promises that we will experience life tothe full, that He will send His Holy Spirit so that we live in power and love, and that wewill receive 100 times more than whatever we have had to give up. God promises not toshortchange us.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Many people who are not Christians look down on those who believe because we
believe with our mouth and head, but not really with our whole heart. We don’t put the
words of Jesus into practice.
It’s true … Jesus does call us to a radically different way
of living. His standard is
indeed high, but it’s not impossible to live according to Jesus’ words. It starts with very
simply obedience to what the Holy Spirit reveals to you, moment by moment. Step bystep, the Holy Spirit will lead you to know what you should do. As you get out of theservice, as you spend time with your family this evening, as you go to work or schooltomorrow
—ask the Holy Spirit living inside you, “What now, Lord?” And when He tells
you something, just obey. Be like Nike and just do it.
You see, you don’t need to dress inwhite robes and speak with “thees” and “thous” to obey Jesus, but simply do what Hereveals to you. He won’t reveal everything at once, but just what you need to do one step
at a time.Maybe you are sleeping with your boyfriend or girlfriend. You may intend to get
married but you’re not now. Stop it! Maybe the Holy Spirit is telling you to set aside your
full tithe, or to stop cheating your employer or the government. Make a decision to obey!We cannot substitute obedie
nce for sacrifice, and we can’t simply agree but not do it. For
our Christianity to work, we need to put it into practice.
When we do things, it shouldn’t be because the pastor wants you to or your friends do, but just because God told you so and you’re doing what He said. Let’s say ittogether, “OK, God. I will obey. Show me that obedience is worth it.”
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus gives very important reason why obedience is worth it.He says that the rain
fall, the streams
rise, and the winds
blow. If we walk inobedience, we will be safe, standing on a firm foundation. But if we do not have the habitof obedience, then we will face disaster, complete ruin. There are two senses here.First, obedience to God is a safe way of living here on this earth. It is aninvestment that will pay increasing dividends. For example, if you are diligent and