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“Don’t Just Know God-Obey God”Categories: from the minister's desk
We are preparing ourselves for the Lord, His work and Heaven. “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” What else is more important in this life than to be prepared for the next life? Though many may not believe that there is a next life, that does not may it true. God said there is, and the scripture says, “For what if some did not believe, shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true and every man a liar.” Rom.3:3-4 We do not compare ourselves to the world, nor do we “compare ourselves with some that commend themselves; but they measure themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.” 2Cor.10:12 We only seek to give unto you what thus says the Lord.
“To obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen is better than the fat of rams.” 1Sam.15:22 It’s not what you know but what you do with what you know! “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Eccl.12:13 Don’t just know God-Obey God.
Like Moses, many of us were minding our own business when something or someone came into our lives, causing us to pay attention to something we’ve been ignoring or was ignorant of and we haven’t been the same since! With Moses, it started with him, seeing an Egyptian killing a Hebrew, which he was also. (Ex.2:11) With us it may have been someone’s door-knocking or talking to us at work or some other place about God and the Church and we haven’t been the same since! But now that we know God and have committed ourselves to Him, we must be about doing God’s work! We must obey God.
Ex.7:1-5… God said, I have made you special to Pharaoh and I have given you someone to help you do my work! I’ll tell you all I want you to say and do and Aaron will tell it to Pharaoh. I will perform many signs and wonders to Pharaoh and all of Egypt that they may know that “I am the LORD.”
Jesus says to us, “You are the salt of the earth; …You are the light of the world..., let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Mt.5:13-16 “My Father will send the Holy Spirit unto you to abide with you, comfort, teach, help and guide you in all things.” Jo.14:26 We have helped to know and do the will of God. But we must obey and do all of God’s word.
Don’t use or allow age to hinder you from doing God’s will. Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them. Age did not stop them. Moses was 80 and Aaron was 83 years old when they confronted Pharaoh. Ex.7:6-7
God told them what to do, when to do it and what would happen. They did it and was challenged by sorcery, but God’s power prevailed! 8-12 You know that God is real, God is just. God is a jealous God. We can’t serve Satan and expect to live with God. We must come to know God and obey God.
Rom.6:16-18 says, “Know ye not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey;… but thank God that you were servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered unto you. Being made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.” Now we must continue in the doctrine of Christ until God calls us out of this world.
Looking at Moses life, don’t make the mistakes he made, mainly letting people come between you and God. Moses was called “a friend of God.” God loved Moses. Moses knew God and the power of God. But somebody or something got to him over time and he disobeyed God and did not make it into the Promised Land with the people he led for 40years. You and I could easily lose our place in Heaven by letting other people get to us, causing us to disobey God. You know what some of that looks like; not worshipping, not engaging in ministry, not fellowshipping one with another, not loving one another, going to other places rather than bible classes, etc.
Paul posed this question to the Saints in Galatia; “You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth? Gal.5:7 We must be careful not to let others hinder us from doing what we know to do in Christ. That will not be an accepted excuse. James made it plain; “To him that knows to do good and do it not, to him it is sin.” Jas.4:17 We are seeking to know the Lord, trust in His Holy Word and do as He commands.
Church, let’s prepare ourselves for the Lord, let’s do the will of the Father that we may not only get to see Heaven, but be with them eternally in Heaven. Don’t Just Know God-Obey God.