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04/28/2010 – “Ingredients of Our Obedience” II – Training the Human Spirit to Obey

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES

Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment

Tuesday in the Truth
April 27, 2010

Ingredients of our Obedience II
(Training the Human Spirit to Obey)

Wednesday in the Word
April 28, 2010

Ingredients of our Obedience II
(Training the Human Spirit to Obey)

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A. Jeremiah 1:5-10
B. St. Mark 11:22-23
• Supportive Texts
a. Acts 10:34
b. Hebrews 12:9
c. Galatians 3:13-14
d. II Peter 1:3-4
e. Romans 10:17
f. Genesis 17
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I. Training Your Human Spirit to Obey
A. I Thessalonians 5:23
1. The objective of our Christianity is to train our human spirits (souls) to obey.
2. Speaking to the “mountain” in St. Mark 11:23 is an example of training your spirit to obey.
3. Obedience to God is saying what God has said about you.  Failure to speak to the “mountain” is disobedience.
B. Obeying the Principles of Faith to See the Manifold Blessings of God in Your Life
1. Deuteronomy 28:1-14
a. There are blessings associated with obedience.
b. Several indicators of the blessing: exaltation, health, “reproductiveness” (every area of the believer’s life is productive), prosperity, victory (I John 5:4) and favor.
2. Faith needs fertile ground to grow.  The Word of God should settle you and eliminate unnecessary drama.
3. Obedience to the principles of faith is necessary to see the promises of God manifest in your life.
4. Speaking to your “mountains” is a principle.
5. When you disobey the rules of faith by not speaking to your “mountains” the Word of God, you are imposing the curse.  In other words, “self imposed” curses come as a result of not speaking the word.
C. Faith Brings our “Mountains” to an End
1. II Corinthians 4:17
a. Our understanding and application of faith determines the span of our “moment”.
2. St. John 5:1-8
a. Miracles come by seasons; the just live by faith.
b. The “pool” represents the miracles; Jesus represents the power of faith, which you can receive at any time.
c. The length of time of the infirmed man (38 years) arrested Jesus’ attention.  (verse 5)
d. Jesus uses this man as an example of faith; our faith and the development thereof is individual.
e. Faith is designed to reduce your long list of “mountains” to a short list.
f. For example, Abraham uses his faith to reduce the long list of “why nots” to one word from God – “I have made thee”.  (Romans 4)
g. Faith is your servant. (St. Luke 17)
D. Disobedience Qualifies You for the Curse
1. Proverbs 26:1-2
a. Every curse has to have a cause and the root cause of a curse is disobedience.
2. Deuteronomy 28:15-68
a. Several indicators of a curse and the usage of wrong speech (speaking about the “mountain” rather than speaking to the “mountain”):
1. Mental or emotional breakdowns on a regular basis
a. “This is driving me crazy.”
b. “I just can’t take this anymore.”
c. “It makes me so mad every time I think about …”
2. Repeated or chronic sickness particularly if it is hereditary
a. “Whenever there is any kind of bug, I catch it.”
b. “I am sick and tired.”
c. “It runs in my family, I guess I am next.”
3. The tendency of miscarriage or related female problems
a. “I don’t think I will ever get pregnant.”
b. “I know I will lose this one.  I lost the last one.”
4. Continuous financial insufficiencies
a. “I can never make ends meet.”
b. “My parents never had enough.  I suppose am I bound to be just like them.”
c. “I hate rich people; they always get exactly what they want.  It never happens to me.”
d. “I can’t afford to tithe.  “I can’t afford to give like them other people at New Life.”
5. A breakdown of marriage and family
a. “They always said my husband or wife would leave me.”
b. “My horoscope said I would end up without my spouse.”
c. “My family always fight like cats and dogs, that just how we do.”
6. Being accident prone
a. “This kind of thing always happens to me.”
b. “I knew there was trouble coming.  I am such a clumsy person.”
7. A history of suicide, unnatural and untimely deaths
a. “What’s the use in living?”
b. “Over my dead body.”
8. God’s “disfavor”
9. Failures
10. Psychological oppression/depression
11. Defeat
12. Worry
13. Humiliation
b.     In St. John 11, Jesus teaches us not to agree with the circumstances.
1. To see the miraculous, we must change how we speak.
II. Ingredients of our Obedience
A. Our obedience is to be extensive and endless. (Psalm 106:3)
B.    The Word of God is the mirror of our obedience. (James 1:25)
C.    Our obedience is to encompass and embrace all our heart.  In other words, we must “want to”.  Knowledge alone is not enough.  (Deuteronomy 26:16)
D.   As believers, obedience is to be our #1 priority.  (Acts 5:29)

• Additional Scripture References
1. I Thessalonians 5:23
2. Deuteronomy 28:1-14
3. I John 5:4
4. II Corinthians 4:17
5. St. John 5:1-8
6. Romans 4
7. St. Luke 17
8. Proverbs 26:1-2
9. Deuteronomy 28:15-68
10. St. John 11
11. Psalm 106:3
12. James 1:25
13. Deuteronomy 26:16
14. Acts 5:29

 

 

 

 

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