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Trust and Obey Article 20

February 9, 2018

Reverence by King David to our God                                           Article 20, February 9  2018

Blessed art thou, O Lord God of Israel our father for ever and ever. You O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and majesty, indeed everything that is in the heaven and the earth; This is your dominion, O Lord, You do exalt yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you do rule over all, and in your hand is power and might; and it lies in your hand to make great, and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name. But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from you, this from your hand, and we give this back to you. I Chronicles 29:10-14 What David is talking about here is giving back to God all the gold and silver of his that he had accumulated over the years he was king, and the donations from the people to build the temple.

What are two actions that Christ says we can do in our lives that will make a difference.
Trust Him and Obey Him

There is a song that most of us have sung, it is, “Trust and Obey”. The words fits this article and they are very true.

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His word, what glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.

2.Not a shadow can raise, not a cloud in the skies, but His smile quickly drives it away; not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh nor a tear, can abide while we trust and obey.

3.Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil He doth richly repay; not a grief not a loss, not a frown or a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey.                                                                                                                                                                            4.But we never can prove the delights of His love until all on the altar we lay; for the favor He shows and bestows are for them who will trust and obey.                                                                                                                                                                                   5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet, or we’ll walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do, where He sends us we will go, never fear, only trust and obey.

TRUST
In the Old Testament, it is meant for us to see how God worked in the lives of His people Israel. Once they left Egypt God made it a It is in the Bible for us to see how God communicated with man and how man talked and worked with God. It is written also to show who would not follow God or trust Him in their lives personally or corporately when it comes to the beginning of Israel in Egypt. For many years I believed that because His people had lived in Egypt for 400 years and was used to that culture, and ways of life it would only be natural for them to follow the Egyptian gods even after seeing the miracles that God had performed. After years of reading my Bible, that is the exact reason for God’s miracles for Israel. He wanted to show them the power and might He would bring to bear on their enemies to trust Him. Therefore the amazing miracles shown to the people of Israel, and to all the people and nations that Israel came across. They were not afraid of Israel, but the God of Israel, because they heard the news of how many nations they had displaced because of God, not Israel. It is willful disobedience of God and not wanting Him to rule and guide them and be their savior and protector.  And all the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it , they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die. And Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain within you, so that you may not sin.  (Exodus 20:18-20)
Israel was given two alternatives. Salvation for obedience. Disobedience would lead to captivity. This did happen to the 10 northern tribes of Israel some 860 years after they had left Egypt. This is why we should take note of this next verse.  “Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, the Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth”. Ex. 34:6

Truth brings compassion for people, truth shows no malice of intent, and truth is kindness to all people. That is the intent of God and His nature. God in giving you a life and time to come to a saving faith is long-suffering, 60, 70, 80 years is a long time for you to find God, in His love, He reveals himself to you. God will always deal with you in truth, and never a lie to you. When He disciplines you, it is for you to learn His truth and ways. He wants to break us of bad habits, language, deeds, lies and deceit. God does not break us of our bad habits, He lets us go until it gets so bad that the only thing we can do is turn to Him for help in correcting the problems we have created for ourselves. We can look at it this way, God did not break us, we broke ourselves. Then, Jesus is there to help pick us up. I always walked right by you without a thought of what I was doing. You were waiting for me to come to an end of myself, and start looking for you. All of this has do with us not trusting in Christ. Thinking that we do not need any help or anyone to tell us what we need to do.   For our hope rejoices in His holy name. (Psalm 33:21) “May Thy lovingkindness also come to me, O Lord,Thy salvation according to Thy Word: So I shall have a answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Thy Word. (Psalm 119:41-42)

In order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My Soul is well pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall proclaim justice to the gentiles, He will not quarrel, nor cry out; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A battered reed He will not break off, and a smoldering wick He will not put out, until He leads Justice to victory. And in His name the gentiles will hope.” (Matthew 12:17-21)
After you have known God and Christ after reading His Word, He will talk to us the exact same way in which you read His Word. He speaks only truth, He will always do what is best for us, not necessarily what we want. He will discipline you, but what father does not discipline his children. It is not to demean or make us feel bad for doing wrong, but a nudge to do better next time. If Christ asked men to forgive 490 times, how many times do you think He will forgive you. He said there is no limit to His love. That is how He disciplines you, through His love. It is called TRUST, trust in each other for me to never bring a reproach upon the other, that is how much we mean to Him. Also wrapped up in His trust is His promises to those who have taken Christ as their Savior. We trust Him to give us the promises at the exact time that we need each one.

Obey

What do you see in the the word Obey? What do you think when you see the word obey? And how do you think that Christ meant for you to read the word obey? Remember He will work with each one of us to come to what it should mean to each one of us. The Ten Commandments is a good place to start with the word obey. Those are commands that do not ask us to go deeper. We know the consequences of murder, lying, stealing etc. External obeys are Ten commandments that we know that are wrong. Internal obeys makes us look inside of ourselves to see if we are emulating Christ, in word and deed. Christ’s word goes much deeper and more personal than one thinks. The new testament shows us the depth of Obey. In John 12:49-50 Jesus says, “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me, has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak as the Father has told me. Notice, it is not commandments, but commandment, 1 only. That commandment is to tell the people about eternal life through faith. It is our walk that will show who we belong to and our testimony. When Christ wants us to learn about Obey, that would change our walk and lives for Christ. Lets go back to the trial when Christ was before Pilot. Jesus did not answer any of Pilots questions, but responded to one by saying”it is as you say.” In Mark 15:15 there are two words in that verse, Jesus scourge.” It is thought that the Romans put more than 39 lashes with the whip on His back. In any sense of the word, His back was laid open, and bloody, the pain He endured was not over, now they took a crown of thorns and pushed them on His head several times. Now His head was bleeding also. Then they put a robe on Him, over the open wounds. Then they sent Him back to Pilot to be given to the Jews for crucifixion. It was a Roman custom to make the accused to carry the top cross to the place of crucifixion. The cross piece of the cross that weighed between 50 to 75 lbs. He was so weak that He could not carry this cross member, Simon of Syrene was given the task of carrying Christ’s cross. When He got to the Hill, his body was laid on the cross and then nailed His hands and feet to the cross. In Isaiah 42:2-3 it say’s, He will not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.” In all that pain it would be natural to cry out in pain. but He didn’t, He was obeying God the Father as part of His message through humiliation, death, and resurrection as the example for believers will know what Jesus truly did pay the debt for my sin.

What were some of Jesus’s actions that we can learn the ultimate lesson of Obey and do it like Christ. “Let there be no retaliation for the wrong that is done to you. We live in an age that it is acceptable to retaliate in some manner when something is done to you.” Matthew 5:39-42, But Jesus said, “But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil, but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. And whoever shall force you to go one mile, go with him two.” “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1) “This you know, me beloved, brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” (James1:19,21)
If Jesus is consistent with the Matthew 5:39 verse where we do see Him practicing the idea of non retaliation. Matthew 26:64-68 Jesus was before the High priest before Pilot. He was asking Jesus questions and Jesus responded and said my teaching was done in the Temple, or in public. Jesus said “hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” This is when the High Priest tore his cloths, and said that He has blasphemed, and said we have not need of further witnesses. Another said He is deserving of death. Then the people around the high priest spit on Jesus face, beat Him with fists, and others slapped Him. Jesus did not retaliate. Companion verses, John 18:22-23. Do not be overcome by evil, but over come evil with good.        Romans 12:21

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed, and do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and respect; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better, if you should will it so, that you suffer for doing right rather than doing what is wrong. I Peter 3:14-15

What is the point of obey. ALWAYS DO MORE THAN REQUIRED TO DEFEAT EVIL IN YOUR LIFE.

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, we see Jesus healing people that came to Him or that other people brought to Him. He healed them all. (Luke 4:40) Jesus answered and said, “this voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes. Now judgment is upon the world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out, and I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself. John 12:31-32 Acts 5:29, 32 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, we must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you have put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses. Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness? (Romans 6:16) And having been made perfect, (by His scourging, death, and resurrection) He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation. (Hebrews 5:9) For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (I Peter 4:17)

Another word that we can put with obey is contentment. When we obey, we are obeying the wishes of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In obeying and knowing that we are doing what He wants us to do, this brings contentment to our lives. Many things happen to us in the course of our lives. No one is exempt from sickness, deceases, famine, torture, ridicule, and anything else one can think of. What Christ wants from Christians is how we respond to adversity. He wants us to rely on Him for the help that we need just to get us through the day. I have a friend with cancer. He has had cancer about 8 years, and he told me one day that when this news came to him, Jesus talked to him and said this can be an adventure or a pity party. He has looked at it as an adventure and is happy that he is still here. In this adventure you will have ups and downs, good and bad days, but I will be with you every step of the way. Only look to me, trust me, that the doctors are doing the right thing. I am your rock. What a love story in Christ, trusting and obeying. This man has taken obedience to heart. I read in a book, I do not remember who wrote it, This person said “Sometimes God calms the storm, sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His children.
Praise the Lord Jesus

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, say the Lord. (Romans 12:19) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ , and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. (Romans 12:21

He that knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin.   James 4:17

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