Posted by: missionventureministries | July 28, 2014

FREEDOM COMES FROM AN OBEDIENT HEART – Psalm 119:44-45

FREEDOM

I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. Psalms 119:44-45 

Obedience creates freedom while disobedience leads to bondage. When we seek the council of God’s Word we are on our way to a liberating path. On the contrary, when we get off track and go against God’s ways we become ensnared by the ways of the world and loose sight of what is right.

True born again Christians have a desire to obey in order to become like their Master! Christ has not only called us to know the truth, to love, trust and serve Him; He has also called us to obey Him. The biblical theme of salvation can’t be separated from God’s call and command for obedience. While good works do not save us, we are saved for good works. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

The reason for our obedience is our response to God’s gracious action in Christ. The root of our obedience is to please God out of love from the heart in order that God might be glorified in all things. Only a person regener­ated by the Spirit is capable of such obedience. The one who obeys Christ’s commands is the one who truly loves Christ (John 14:21) and in so doing proves to be His disciple.

As we learn to obey God more and more, we are increasingly set free from the power of sin in our lives. God’s love for us is what enables our love for God: We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19); and our love for God enables our obedience to Him. Being controlled by the Spirit “be filled by the Spirit” (Ephesians. 5:18) is essential, if we are going to develop the self-control which enabled us to obey God. Moral freedom — the power to do what we ought — is directly related to obedience: Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32).

The process of learning to obey God is a life long process and the result of this process is that we become conformed to the character and conduct of Jesus Christ. Living an obedient Christian life means being in touch with reality at all times and experiencing the entire blessing associated with it (John 13:17).

When we commit ourselves to obey God, we are allowing Him to make of our lives what He desires us to become.  In so doing we are living up to the potential that God has for us. Therefore, when we have a loving relationship with our Lord, His commandments are never burdensome (1 John 5:3).

Obedience is the starting point and the goal of our Christian life and is what restores us to our original destiny.

  • Obedience is one of the traits of Christian character – 1 John 2:4
  • It is the true test of our love for Christ – John 14:21
  • Obedience is the pathway to blessing – John 13:17
  • Obedience is what it means to love God – 1 John 5:3
  • Obedience is the gateway to Christian freedom – John 8:32-36
  • And the mark of a true Christian disciple – John 8:32
  • Obedience is a great source of Christian joy – John 15:11
  • Obedience is to study God’s Word – James 1:22
  • And is a prerequisite for knowing God’s will – John 7:17

Obedience is more than a specific action; it is commitment to a way of living and is only possible when we submit to the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

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  1. thank you. this is what I need.
    bless you.


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