Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bible Study: The School of Obedient: Week # 8

"OBEDIENT 101"

 
 

Key PassageGenesis 2:15-16; Supporting Scriptures: 1 Samuel 12:15; John 14:15; John 14: 21; John 14:23-24; Ephesians 6:1-3; I Kings 8:61

Subject:          Submitted to His Will:

Luke 11:28

The Lord's simple requests often serve as stepping-stones to life's most wonderful blessings. Simon Peter illustrates what can happen when we say yes to God.

One day a large crowd pressed around Jesus while He preached (Luke 5:1-11). The Lord wanted to use Peter's boat as a floating platform from which to address the multitude, so He asked the future apostle to push the vessel out a little way from shore (v. 3)—not in itself a particularly remarkable request. But Peter's compliance to His request paved the way for a life-changing blessing. From his example, we also learn how essential it is to obey God in even the smallest matters.

 

The noisy crowd received the first blessing of Peter's obedience; the people could now clearly hear Jesus' words. At the conclusion of the lesson, the Lord said to Peter, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch" (5:4)—a second opportunity to say yes or no. But this time, Peter may have felt tempted to decline. After all, he was a seasoned fisherman. He had worked the entire night for a catch but had returned empty-handed. Now this young teacher—a carpenter, by the way, not a fisherman—was asking him to go fishing again?

"Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets" (Luke 5:5).

Peter's reply demonstrates the beginning of a lifetime of faith in God. He said, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets" (5:5, emphasis added). The soon-to-be disciple chose to obey the Lord and to leave the consequences of his decision to Him.

But notice what happened as a result of Peter's obedience—Jesus demonstrated His power and sovereignty. Peter and his partners may have started the day off thinking their efforts had yielded nothing. But they ended it in complete amazement because they pulled in not one but two overflowing boatloads of fish (5:7). Saying yes to the Lord's request resulted in a miracle that transformed not only one fisherman's life but the lives of the entire group.

Consider four reasons why obedience is critical to the successful Christian life:

1). Obeying God in small matters is an essential step in receiving God's greatest blessings.

Suppose Peter had said, "Look, I'm busy cleaning my nets right now. I can't help You because I'm going fishing again tonight." Or he could have said, "Why don't You ask to use that other boat, over there?" Or, "I've already been fishing today; it would be a waste of time to go again." If Peter had said anything other than yes, he would have missed the greatest fishing experience of his life. But because of Peter's obedience, the Lord arranged a miracle that he would never forget. Often, God's greatest blessings come as a result of our willingness to do something that appears very insignificant. So ask yourself, "Has God been challenging me to do something seemingly unimportant that I have not yet made an effort to accomplish? Is there anything I have rationalized by saying, 'It's too difficult,' 'I don't want to,' or 'I have to pray about it first'"?

2). Our obedience always benefits others.

Think of how many people were blessed by Peter's obedience. Not only could the crowd see the Lord and hear His lesson, but Jesus Himself also benefited—preaching from the boat enabled him to sit down in comfort while He spoke (5:3). Then, of course, Peter's friends had a very profitable day—they took in two vessels so full of fish that both began to sink. More importantly, they had the opportunity to witness the Lord's supernatural provision.

3). God's call to obedience always demands our response.

God often rewards others—in particular, those closest to us—as a result of our obedience. For example, when a father obeys the Lord, his entire family reaps the reward of God's blessings. Likewise, a child's obedience will bless his or her parents. This does not mean that those who choose to disobey the Lord will escape His discipline because of someone else's godly walk. His call to obedience always demands our response. However, when we live obedient lives, those who know and love us will sense the peace and joy He has given us. Instead of conflict, there will be contentment—and that is just one part of experiencing God's goodness.

4). When we obey God, we will never be disappointed.

Peter no doubt assumed that Jesus' fishing instructions would amount to a waste of time. But when he complied with the Lord's simple request, Christ brought about a miracle that gripped the disciple with amazement. Jesus turned an empty boat into a full one. We, like Peter, must recognize that obeying God is always the wisest course of action. He can also take our emptiness—whether related to finances, relationships, or career—and change it into something splendid.

Perhaps you have hesitated to obey God because you fear the consequences of your decision. But the Lord's command is for you to fear Him above all else. The same sovereign, omnipotent God who keeps your heart beating and the planets orbiting is more than able to handle the results of your obedience. When He tells you to do something and you know without a doubt it is His will, then you need to obey based solely on who is doing the talking.

When you choose to obey the Lord, He will bless you. This is because obedience always leads to blessing. I have always told people who say they do not understand why God is asking them to do a certain thing that if they will obey Him, He will reward them with a sense of peace and joy that compares to nothing this world has to offer. Therefore, set a goal to obey the Lord and watch Him work in your life. Obedience "And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:15-17

Is there a difference between obedient and submissive?

As with many English words or expressions, the difference in meaning between obey and submit is in the usage even though their dictionary meanings are similar. Submit usually means that someone does what they are ordered to do because they are up against a superior force, law, social custom etc.  The foreign army has just marched into town and demands that all men over 18 report for forced labor; and in face of that military force the men submit. You would be correct in saying that they obey, but the better word would be submit. Obey needs no superior force. It means that someone does something because if they don't, they will be punished; or it means that there is a social custom or rule which requires that you obey. You cannot have more than one wife in the USA because if you take on more than one you could be charged with a crime. Or, if you take an extra spouse your church congregation will shun you and vote you out of church membership.

Submit:

1. To yield or surrender (oneself) to the will or authority of another.

2. To subject to a condition or process: submit a tissue sample to testing.

3. To present (something) to the consideration or judgment of another: We submitted ourideas to our supervisor. See Synonyms at propose.

4. To offer as a proposition or contention: I submit that the terms are entirelyunreasonable.

Verb:

1. To accept or give in to the authority, power, or will of another. See Synonyms at yield.

2. To allow oneself to be subjected to something: submit to an interview; submit to drugtesting.

Obey:

1. To carry out or fulfill the command, order, or instruction of.

2. To carry out or comply with (a command, for example).

To behave obediently.

1. to comply with the wishes, instructions, or commands of.

2. to comply with or follow: to obey orders.

3. to respond readily to: The car obeys my slightest touch on the steering wheel.

4. to submit or conform to: to obey the law of gravity.

5. to be obedient.

Week # 8:   Obedient Question:                    Read the account in (Mark 14:32-42, also Luke 22:39; John 18:1). Ask yourself, do you sleep when you should be praying?

 

Week # 8:   Application Question:    What did you learn in this lesson on obedient that you have applied to your life?

             

Week # 8: Bottom of FormBottom of Form   Obedience Bible Quiz:    True or False  Week # 8

1. It is good practice to associate with the disobedient to win them.

2. We will obey sin if we allow it to remain in our life.

3. Submitted to our inner strength is the first step in resisting Satan.

4. Through Adam's disobedience we were all made sinners.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, my God, when we are afraid of failure, give us the courage to obey You anyway, and in all our ways. Remind us that with You by our side, we really have nothing to fear, but just need to obey You. Today, Lord, we will live courageously as we place our faith in You. We desire to be committed to You in all our way as well; Holy Spirit of God, take Your place in our lives, so we can be obedient and courageous to live a holy life unto You. Help us to hear Your direction for our life in the quiet moments of each day. Let everything that we do and say be in Your perfect will. Thank You for this study of obedient, we desire not only to study it, but to live it each and every day of our life. Help us to pray when we are prompt by the Holy Spirit, and help us to apply these principles to our life in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

Memory Verse:           Luke 2:44-51

"But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart."

 

Weekly Reading Assignments:           Ephesians 2-Philippians 4

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