APRIL 2020 SPECIAL DIGGING DEEP SERVICE WITH PASTOR J F ODESOLA
Ministering: PASTOR J. F. Odesola
TOPIC: OBEDIENCE AS A KEY
TEXT: ISAIAH 1:18-20,JOB 36:11, PROVERBS 3:5-6.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
The three passages are talking about TRUST, OBEDIENCE, and WILLINGNESS
MEANING OF OBEDIENCE:
It means to comply with or follow commands/instructions. To submit or confirm in action to principle. To agree with someone, with authority.
Obedience is an essential ingredient when walking with God.
Abraham obeyed the call of God - Heb. 11:8.
Obedience is an act of faith. Romans. 1:5.
Obedience is a choice.
There will always be crisis but obedience to the word of God will see you through. Remember the hymn - "Trust and Obey".
ONLY THOSE WHO OBEY WILL ENJOY THE BLESSINGS OF GOD!
Many people are willing but not obedient : Isaiah 1: 19. You must be willing and obedient.
When you obey, you qualify for prosperity Job. 36:11. Obedience is not enough but willingness.
It is a fallacy to say PRAYER IS A MASTER KEY.
Lazarus the beggar died in poverty.
Abraham died as a wealthy man.
There is prosperity in obedience.
To walk in the covenant, you have to follow the principles. If you don't obey principles, you will suffer ridicule.
God's love are unconditional but God's blessings are conditional.
You must serve Him in obedience. Serve Him in His term, not your own terms.
PECULIARITIES OF OBEDIENCE:
1. Obedience is a proof of your love to God.
Obedience is an act of worship. 1Jn. 5:2-3.
2. Obedience is the key to God's blessings.
Every time God wants to bless His people, He gives them instructions, and when they follow it they get blessed. John. 2:1-11,
Luke. 17:12-19; then ten lepers were healed because they obey instruction. You must obey for your miracle to come.
Deuteronomy 28:1-14: You need to be obedient for you to enjoy the blessings.
Verse 15 says the opposite, if you disobey
Doorway to blessing is obedience. The doorway to poverty is disobedience.
3. God rewards obedience: Gen. 22:18; Luke.11:28; James 1:22-25.
4. Obedience to God demonstrates faith.
That is how we can be sure that we know Him. Otherwise, we are liars. John. 2:3-6.
5. Obedience is critical in walking with God.
Obedience and faith is very critical in walking with God.
THE PITFALLS OF OBEDIENCE
1. Partial obedience.1 Sam. 15:3-20.
Partial obedience is disobedience.
Saul obeyed the Lord partially. 1 Sam. 15:22.
2. Adjusted obedience: Many make adjustment to instructions -1 Kings13:2-32
3. Incomplete obedience: Acts 5:1-10
Ananias and Sapphira lie after selling their land
4. Delayed obedience:
Many want God to come to their term, but they don't want to be in His term.
Ex. 22:29: You must not delay your obedience.
REASONS WHY GOD HATE DISOBEDIENCE
1. Disobedience shows misplaced fear.
It puts the fear of man ahead of the fear of God.
2. It shows misplaced pleasure.
3. It shows that you have a spirit of divination.
4. It consults the wisdom of God. It sets more value on the dictates of self instead of God.
THREE POWERS TO DISOBEY
1. Power of Self: You must disobey yourself because it does not want to obey God. It wars against God.
2. The devil: How does the devil do that.?
He introduces fear, doubt in other to stop you from obeying God.
3. Wrong counsel:
Prov.13:20: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Anyone that is not adding to you, are diminishing your life.
Isaiah. 26:3: those that obey God will have peace.
If you obey God, you will have long life, you're protected, you will have gladness, you will have great peace.
If you obey God there is an assurance of salvation, answers to prayers. And if you are willing and obedient, you will eat the fruit of the land. God knows the best for you and you need to obey Him in all things.
Maybe He ask to do something in the
o society or to reach out to somebody and you have not done it, obey God today.
PRAYER: Tell the Lord if you have not born again that He should help you to yield your life an object of sacrifice to Him.
And those of you that God has been speaking to, maybe He asked you to do certain things, do evangelism, to full time, in something in your community and you have not obey, is high time to obey.
FINAL PRAYER: Father in heaven we are grateful even for the people that are giving their lives, may the blood of Jesus cleanse them as they yield to Him today.
May the Lord turn your sorrow to joy, failure to success, frustration to manifestation in Jesus' name.
And everyone who has been born again, but in certain area in their lives, they have not be obedient, give them power Lord to obey, and let the name of the Lord in their lives be glorified, and when we shall all finish our race, count us worthy to reign with you, Father we worship and adore you in Jesus' mighty name we pray.