OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN
Obedience is willing to do something that you have been told to do by someone in authority.
Obedience to Jesus is complete submission to Christ and doing anything that the Lord Jesus Christ has commissioned us to do in the bible.
The word of God instructs every Christian to obey God. A lot of people are deceiving other people that God is vain love and He will not punish the disobedient.
Do not listen to those lies; God requires total obedience from His children.
God does not necessarily reward those who are brilliant, but those who are obedient to his word. God requires us to carry out instructions that He has given us.
If you obey God you get blessings from God; but if you choose to disobey God you face God's wrath rather than blessings. God has two emotions that is love and wrath.
Obeying God shows how much you love and honour God. On the contrary, disobedience to God’s laws shows how much you despise Him.
Obeying God comes at a price because we are in the world. The Lord Jesus Christ told us not to love the world or the things of the world because anyone who loves the world the love of the father is not in him.
Obeying God can cause us to lose relationships that we have with our families, our relatives, our bosses, our workmates, our church mates and people who are around us.
The world cannot love you if you are in total obedience to God. The word of God tells us that everyone who does evil hates the light and cannot come to the light lest his deeds be reproved.
Total obedience to God can also cause us to be jailed.
The devil through his agents can make laws that contradict the word of God, and when true Christians preach the truth, they might end up being jailed, persecuted or killed for their faith.
God expects us to obey Him to the death. Obedience to God attracts intimidation, persecutions, slander, reproaches, name calling and hatred from wicked people.
If you have to follow Jesus and you are seeking to inherit eternal life, you have to consider the cost of being a follower of Jesus Christ.
Jesus told us that if anyone chooses to follow Him, He or she must pick up his cross and follow Him.
Obedience to God entails walking in the narrow path which leads to eternal life and most people have not been able to walk in this narrow road up to date.
In the bible, we see perfect examples of people who obeyed God to the death. We have John the Baptist who was beheaded for rebuking Herod for taking Herodias, Philips wife.
We have Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who were willing to be thrown into a furnace of fire instead of worshiping false gods.
We have Daniel who was willing to be thrown into the den of lions but in the long run preserve his relationship with God.
We as modern day Christians are required to keep the fire burning.
When the government legalizes prostitution, gay marriages, pornography which includes public nakedness, abortion and laws which go against the teaching of the bible, we as Christians should stand firm in our faith and oppose such practices.
Obedience to Jesus Christ also has a lot of benefits and the most significant benefit is receiving eternal life after we depart from planet earth.
The persecutions that true Christians receive as a result of their obedience to God cannot be compared to the glory that Christians will receive in the afterlife.
The bible teaches that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our lord.
The bible goes on to tell us that it has never appeared in the heart of man what God has prepared to those who love Him. Our love towards God can be shown by our obedience to God.
All that will obey God in deed and truth shall suffer persecution. We have a lot of lukewarm Christians who obey God by their lips but their hearts is far from Him because they do not obey God by their deeds.
The word of God tells us that they profess to know God but in works they deny Him. Obey God in each and every aspect of your life.
Your dressing, your meal, your walking, your speech, what you are watching, what you are listing to and anything else that you are involved in, should show obedience to God.
If you have been living in disobedience towards God’s laws, it is time to repent and start obeying the word of God because Jesus has promised to wipe out those who refuse to obey the gospel.
Repent and believe the Gospel. Only by obeying God in deed and word will we be recognized as children of the most high God.
Act 5:25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
Act 5:26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.
Act 5:27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
Act 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
Act 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Act 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
Act 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Act 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Act 5:33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.
Obey God Rather Than Men.
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2. Slander is a sin.
3. Saints shall suffer persecution
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