OBEDIENCE – do you think it is too difficult?

Deuteronomy 30:
11 “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach. 12 It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ 13 It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ 14 No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it. (New Living Translation)
God had called us to obey His commandments, while reminding us that His laws are not too difficult to follow.

Have you ever said you would obey God if you knew what He wanted? Have you ever complained that obedience is too difficult for a mere human?

These are unacceptable excuses.

God’s laws are written in the Bible and are clearly evident in the world around us. Obeying them is reasonable, sensible, and beneficial. The most difficult part of obeying God’s laws is simply deciding to do so.


OBEDIENCE – relationship to success, resolves uncertainity

Joshua 1:
7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. (New Living Translation)
As the book of Joshua opens, the Israelites are camped along the east bank of the Jordan River at the very edge of the Promised Land.

Thirty-nine years earlier (after spending a a year at Mount Sinai receiving God’s law), the Israelites had an opportunity to enter the Promised Land, but they failed to trust God. As a result, God did not allow them to enter the land, but made them wander in the wilderness until the disobedient generation had all died.

During their wilderness wanderings, the Israelites obeyed God’s laws. They also taught the new generation to obey God’s laws so that they might enter the Promised Land. As the children grew, they were often reminded that faith and obedience to God brought victory, while unbelief and disobedience brought tragedy. When the last of the older generation had died and the new generation had become adults, the Israelites prepared to cross the river and claim the long-awaited Promised Land.

OBEDIENCE – take the first step to

Blog Entry Feb 9, ’08 1:45 AM
by erick101403 for everyone
Joshua 3:
13 The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.”
14 So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. (New Living Translation)

The Israelites were eager to enter the Promised Land, conquer nations, and live peacefully. But first they had to cross the flood-level waters of the Jordan River. God gave them specific instructions: in order to cross, they had to step in the water.

What if they had been afraid to take the first step?

Often God provides no solution to our problems until we trust him and move ahead with what we know we should do. What are the rivers, or obstacles, in your life?

In obedience to God, take that first step in the water.

OBEDIENCE – helps us accomplish more

Numbers 2:
34 So the people of Israel did everything as the Lord had commanded Moses. Each clan and family set up camp and marched under their banners exactly as the Lord had instructed them. (New Living Translation)
This must have been one of the biggest camp sites the world has ever seen! It would have taken about twelve square miles to set up tents for just the 600,000 fighting men–not to mention the women and children.

Moses must have had a difficult time managing such a group.

In the early stages of the journey and at Mount Sinai, the people were both obedient to God and Moses. Everything went smoothly. But when the people left Mount Sinai, they suddenly began to complain, grumble, and disobey.

Soon problems erupted, and Moses could no longer effectively manage the Isaraelites.

The books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers present a striking contrast between how much we can accomplish when we obey God and how little we can accomplish when we don’t.

OBEDIENCE – important aspect of spiritual growth

Deuteronomy 5:
Moses called all the people of Israel together and said, “Listen carefully, Israel. Hear the decrees and regulations I am giving you today, so you may learn them and obey them! (New Living Translation)
The people had entered into a covenant with God, Moses commanded them to listen, learn, and obey.

Christians have also entered into a covenant with God (through Jesus Christ) and should be sensitive to what God expects. Moses’ threefold command to the Israelites is excellent advice for all God’s followers.

1. Listening is absorbing and accepting the information we read and hear about God.2. Learning is understanding its meaning and implications.

3. Obeying is putting into action all we have learned and understood.
All three parts are essential to a growing relationship with God.

OBEDIENCE – gives you a good reputation

Deuteronomy 4:
6 Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and intelligence among the surrounding nations. When they hear all these decrees, they will exclaim, ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’ (New Living Translation)
Some people work hard to make others think they are smart. The books they carry and the facts they quote are impressive. But Moses said that a reputation for wisdom comes by obeying God’s Word.

This may not be the easiest or most glamourous way to earn a reputation, but it is the most authentic.

Do you fall into the trap of trying to makes others think you are intelligent because of what you know or pretend you know? Obeying God’s Word will give a far greater reputation, because it’s not just what you know, but what you do that counts.

OBEDIENCE – causes God to fight for us

Deuteronomy 2:
21 They were also as strong and numerous and tall as the Anakites. But the Lord destroyed them so the Ammonites could occupy their land.
22 He had done the same for the descendants of Esau who lived in Seir, for he destroyed the Horites so they could settle there in their place. The descendants of Esau live there to this day. (New Living Translation)