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04/06/2010 – “Obedience As A Master Key” III – Being In The Company of Those Not Knowing How

If believers will be obedient to Jesus, then when they use His Word things should obey them.

 

 

 

TUESDAY IN TRUTH & WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD BIBLE STUDIES
April 6 & 7, 2010

 

Obedience as a Master Key III
(Being in the Company of Those Not Knowing How)
Pastor George M. Matthews, II

 

INTRODUCTION
Your success in life depends on your obedience to God and His Word.

KEY STATEMENTS
A. Your obedience controls the manifestation of the promises of God.
B. God expects you to hear and obey His specific instructions not knowing how.

DEFINITIONS
A. Obedience:
 1. Obedience is the ability to hear; to listen; to pay attention; to do what one is told to do.
 2. Obedience is the willful submission and performance of assigned tasks, statutes or commandments.
 
 3. Hebrews 5:8
  a. You learn obedience from your experiences.
  b. Jesus learned obedience by the things He suffered.
 
 4. I Peter 4:10
  a. Obedience is following the instructions from the Lord regarding the special gifts He has given you.

B. Purpose:
 1. Purpose is the original intent of a thing as defined by the creator.

 2. There are four dimensions of purpose:
  a. How we are created.  This speaks to our capacity; our capacity is based on our purpose.
  b. What is our divine assignment or the God-given desires of accomplishments?
  c. What is our stewardship of these gifts given for the purpose of fulfilling the assignment?
  d. Our position or where/how we are set by God to fulfill our function in the earth realm.

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A. Jeremiah 1:5-10
B. Acts 10:34
C. St. Mark 11:22-23
D. I Kings 17:1-9

•Supportive Text
a. Hebrews 12:9b
b. I Thessalonians 5:23

OBSERVATIONS
Literal Examples of Obedience
1. The winds and the sea obey Jesus. (St. Matthew 8:26-27)
2. Unclean spirits obey Jesus. (St. Mark 1:27)
3. If believers will be obedient to Jesus, then when they use His Word things should obey them. (St. Luke 17:6)

I. Four Basic Requirements for Obedience
 A. You must accept that Jesus is Lord over all. (Philippians 2:11)
  1. The decision you made at salvation was suppose to be the last decision you made.
  2. The rest of the decisions for the rest of your life were supposed to be made by the Lord.
  3. You will only obey Jesus selectively until you crown Him as Lord, until then you will consider Him as optional.
  4. You set the climate for your obedience when you crown Jesus as Lord.

 B. You must be willing to obey God without full understanding of the “hows” (it’s very rare God will give you full disclosure).
  1. A farmer plants seed not fully understanding the process of seed, time and harvest. (St. Mark 4:26-27)
  2. Abraham is called to a place not knowing where. (Hebrews 11:8)
   a. The company of those not knowing “how”.
   1. Joseph did not know how he would be delivered from the prison system. (Genesis 41)
   2. Moses did not know how he would get Israel across the Red Sea. (Exodus 14)
   3. Joshua did not know how the walls of Jericho would fall. (Joshua 6:12 – 21)
   4. Joshua also did not know how the sun would stand still. (Joshua 1:11-13)
   5. Gideon did not know how he would be successful with such a small army. (Judges 7)
   6. David did not know how he would defeat the giant with 5 smooth stones. (I Samuel 17:26 – 58)
   7. Daniel did not know how he would be delivered from the lion’s den. (Daniel 6)
   8. Elijah did not know how he would be sustained during a drought. (I Kings 17)
   9. Samuel did not know how God would take Saul down and anoint David as King of Israel. (I Samuel 15 & 16)
   10. Zechariah did not know how he would rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. (Zechariah 4)
   11. The disciples did not know how Jesus would feed a crowd of 5000. (St. John 6:1 – 13)
   12. Peter did not know how he would pay the temple tax. (St. Matthew 17)
   13. Blind Bartimaeus did not know how his sight would be restored. (St. Mark 10:45 – 52)
   14. The demoniac man did not know how he would be healed of 2000 spirits. (St. Mark 5)
   15. Peter’s mother-in-law did not know how she would be healed of a fever. (St. Matthew 8:13-15)
   16. The man at the pool of Bethesda did not know how he would be made whole. (St. John 5:1-9)
    a. God’s instructions must be obeyed in sequential order.

   17. The man at the temple gate of Beautiful did not know how he would receive strength to walk. (Acts 3)
   18. The man with the withered hand did not know how he would be healed. (St. Mark 3:1-5)
   19. The 10 lepers did not know how they would be healed. (St. Luke 17)
   20. The woman with the issue of blood did not know how she would be loosed from an infirmity of 18 years. (St. Mark 5:34)
   21. The disciples did not know how the storm on the sea would be calmed. (St. Mark 4:38-40)
   22. Peter did not know how the fish would get in his net.  (St. Luke 5:1-7)

 
•Additional Scripture References 
1. Hebrews 5:8
2. I Peter 4:10
3. St. Matthew 8:26-27
4. St. Mark 1:27
5. St. Luke 17:6
6. Philippians 2:11
7. St. Mark 4:26-27
8. Hebrews 11:8
9. Genesis 41
10. Exodus 14
11. Joshua 6:12 – 21
12. Joshua 1:11-13
13. Judges 7
14. I Samuel 17:26 – 58
15. Daniel 6
16. I Kings 17
17. I Samuel 15 & 16
18. Zechariah 4
19. St. John 6:1 – 13
20. St. Matthew 17
21. St. Mark 10:45 – 52
22. St. Mark 5
23. St. Matthew 8:13-15
24. St. John 5:1-9
25. Acts 3
26. St. Mark 3:1-5
27. St. Luke 17
28. St. Mark 5:34
29. St. Mark 4:38-40
30. St. Luke 5:1-7
 

 

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