Tag: Obey

Be Doers of the Word

Are you a church-goer or are you a disciple of Christ? Are you just a hearer of the word or are you a doer of the word of God? Are you a “Christian” by name only or are you a true Christian by action? Do you talk the talk or do you walk the talk?

Luke 6:46 NKJV
But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and NOT DO the things WHICH I SAY?

When Jesus spoke to the multitudes in Luke 6:46 Jesus was basically asking the crowd why they called Him Lord or Master or Teacher but yet they did not obey Him.
Therefore if Jesus is our Lord, then we ought to believe and obey the things which He says. We must acknowledge His Lordship not ONLY by hearing His word – but also by DOING / OBEYING the things our Lord says.

LORD is defined as: one who has authority, control or power over others

When you call Jesus your “Lord” during prayer or worship or a church service – do you really mean it?
Does Jesus have authority and control in ALL areas of your life? Or are there various areas and habits in your life where you will not listen to God and allow Him to have authority over?
Because if Jesus is your LORD and Saviour, then it means that you have given Him authority and control over every area of your life?

Luke 6:47-48 NKJV
Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock…

Jesus is your ROCK & FOUNDATION and whatever you hear and do, must be based on what the Lord Jesus has taught you. Jesus said “I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE…” – therefore Jesus is everything you need.

James 1:22 NKJV
But BE DOERS of the word, and NOT hearers ONLY, DECEIVING YOURSELVES.

Therefore when you read the word and listen to it but yet you DO NOT obey the word of God, James says that you DECEIVE yourself. You do not deceive others – but you deceive yourself. You do not deceive God – but you deceive yourself.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OBEY THE WORD OF GOD?

James 1:25 NKJV
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, THIS ONE WILL BE BLESSED IN WHAT HE DOES.

Being a doer of the word of God will bring BLESSING in all you do. As long as your heart is in the right place and you have a desire to put into action the words and works of the Lord, God will be right next to you to ensure that you succeed in what you do.

Now you need to also understand that even when you are obedient to God’s word, tests and trials can still come your way. But this does not mean that God is not with you, because if your relationship with God is built on the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ and His teachings, then you will be able to withstand the challenges of life through Christ.

Luke 6:48 NKJV
…And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.

So when your Christian walk is built on Christ through obeying His word, He will give you the strength to withstand the storms of life.

 

Our Father … Your Will Be Done

Luke 11:2 NKJV
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven …Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Whenever we come to God in prayer, whose will are you seeking to be implemented? Your will? Or God’s will?
Whenever we pray we must remember that God is the leader and we are His followers; God is in command and we are to obey Him; God is our Father and we are His children.
We must remember that we cannot force God to perform our will. Rather it is us who must follow and perform the will of God because He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep.

Therefore Jesus taught us to pray “Our Father in heaven …Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” because He wants us to remember that when we pray we are to desire, require and perform the will and plans of God into existence by our prayers.
The issues we pray about must be according to the plans and purpose that God has for a situation and for our lives.

Mark 14:36 NKJV
And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

Before Jesus was about to be crucified, He was already feeling the immense pressure, the burden, the responsibility and the unimaginable pain that would come with being crucified for the sins of the world. Being in the form of a man, Jesus could have succumb to the fleshly temptation and the negative emotions which were swaying Him to avoid crucifixion, but Jesus always knew that the Father’s will and plans takes precedence therefore Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane saying “…not what I will, but what You will”.
Therefore we need to take the example of Jesus in prayer. We must pray not our own will, but the will of the Father. We need to pray and perform the will and plans of God in our life.

Sometimes praying God’s will may not be emotionally terrific, for example praying for your enemies (because Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies), but we must trust God that He knows what is best for our lives and that whatever God has planned – His plans are always turn out to be good and best.

TODAY. Pray the will of God.