How many times do you know what you should do, but you don’t do it? Have you ever found yourself bargaining with God? Saying, “God, I know you said do this, but what if I just do a part of it? How about the heart of the issue. The particulars you told me don’t really matter, right?”
King Saul was known for partial obedience. This saddened God and made him regret choosing Saul as King. Saul lost his kingdom because he consistently choose to partially obey God. Through Saul we learn that partial obedience is still disobedience. How often are you partially obedient to what you know God desires of you?
Jesus gives grace and his blood covers a multitude of sin and even in our disobedience we find God’s mercy. Obedience isn’t about getting points for completing a task, it’s a heart issue that reveals our love for and submission to God. Doing what God commands in the wrong attitude is still disobedience. God wants everything, but we often want to keep some control. The irony is that keeping partial control leads only to harm for us. We don’t want to submit to God even though it’s for our best interest. God loves you and his call to obedience is a call of love for you.
Listen as Sherry provides deep insight why obedience to God is so important.
Scripture references:1 Samuel 15; Galatians 5:22-26
As you grow in a relationship with Jesus you will begin to recognize when God speaks to you. This is not an audible manner like we read about in some stories of the Bible, rather it is often an idea, an impression, or something like a strong urging from within that causes you to stop and consider something that you know must be from God. In the book of James, James wrote that every good and perfect thing comes from above. Jesus said that the Devil comes to steal, kill and destroy and that the demonic realm will never urge anyone to do something that is clearly revealed as good and right in God’s word as presented in the Scriptures. Jesus also said that after he ascended to Heaven, he would send the Holy Spirit to remind us of all the things Jesus taught. There’s an expectation that God the Holy Spirit will communicate with Christians as we grow in Christian maturity and that these communications will never oppose or violate what God has already revealed. Learning to hear the Holy Spirit speak to you is a practice of learning what God has already said and learning to discern your own earthly desires from heavenly ones (desires that God says are good to have).
In an extra Sunday morning message, Sherry shared a recent encounter with the Holy Spirit and talked about how she responded to what the Spirit prompted.