Obedience before Sacrifice

If you wait to get the reward first before you obey God, you will never really obey God. Obedience is difficult, but it’s better than sacrifice.

Most men think that it is clever to raise up and save up a sacrifice before they obey God, but it just turns them into clever fools. God always rejects that offering.

I know so many men who obey God first, then they get a new level of blessing and promotion later.

CONFUSED AUTHORITIES!?

CONFUSED AUTHORITIES

What does “obey” really mean?

Obey in Hebrews 13:17
Greek Word Peitho : be persuaded
(Ministry)

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Obey in 1 Peter 3:6
Greek word – Hoopakouo: be commanded
(Family)

1 Peter 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

Call husband Lord: ruler
1 Peter 3:6
(Family)

Pastors don’t be Lords, be examples
1 Peter 5:3
(Ministry)

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.

As you can see by the slightest dig into those scriptures, the word “obey” means different things depending on if it’s in the context of family or church.

Beyond that, government and business also have different rules of engagement.

Different Spheres of Authority Exercise Authority in Different Ways

Family Authority is exercised by headship and commanding.

Spiritual Authority is exercised by preaching and by persuasion.

Government authority is exercised by taxes and by the sword (weaponry) against criminals. (Romans 13:4-7)

Business activity is governed by government with rules of fair exchange, honesty, and covenant keeping.

Beware of people that try to mix the authority applications in different spheres.

Matthew 20

25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Matthew 23

8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

No preacher is your Daddy (Matthew 23:9). Their job is to persuade by preaching the Word, your job is to be persuaded by truth and submit to truth. Your families blessing comes from your obedience to God and commanding your family, not from sitting in the right pews.

No government runs your family. Your job is to obey the laws unless they violate Gods law. Their job is to manage their infrastructure and punish criminals, not supply your every need.

No pastor influences government with guns or politics- only by preaching and persuasion and prayer. You can’t save a nation by carnal warfare any more than you could save a soul by sticking them up and forcing them to repeat a sinners prayer.

No government has the right to limit anything a preacher talks about.

I could go on and on but I’ll finish up by saying this: God is the final authority over all the different spheres of authority. Everyone will have to reckon with HIM on how they used their authority.

Hell is just as real as your Rebellion against God is

Constant Rebellion against the Word and the Spirit of God thru communication or through your conscience leads to eternal Hell.

Hell is just as real as your rebellion is.

Acts 24:16
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and tow

Kingdom Life in a Nutshell

Forgiveness from Jesus is for your past, obedience to Jesus is for your future.

Your repentance from hearing the Words of Jesus is for right now.

What’s the key to transitioning from the past into a kingdom future? What do I do now to change the past into the future? The missing link for most people is:

Repentance:
1. Hearing the Word of God and turning your heart to His
2. Changing your mind and actions according to the Word of God.
3. Bringing results of change according to the word of God, aka the fruits of repentance.

Real Boldness, Real Fearless Leaders

Baby boy Christians always confuse their testosterone with the Holy Ghost.

Mature Christian men realize that their boldness is for self-sacrificing leadership in obedience, not carnal power or aggressive achievements in pride.

Real Boldness, Real Fearless Leaders:

Acts 15
26 men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 12
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Where are the real men?

Here’s a SHOCKER to 95% of the American church

Here’s a SHOCKER to 95% of the American church:

The main goal of the church is NOT evangelism.

The main goal of the church is to worship, glorify, lift up, and OBEY Jesus Christ in all things.

Evangelism is what happens easily, gracefully, and powerfully when the main goal of Love and Obedience to Jesus Christ is accomplished consistently.

Acts 2

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

If you don’t accomplish goal #1, you end up doing this:

Matthew 23
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

There is a big difference between laboring in sin to attract people, and then mentioning Christ at the end, versus laboring to glorify Christ and then presenting forgiveness of sin.

John 12
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

2 Corinthians 4
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Great Peace Comes with a Love for the Word

Great Peace Comes with a Love for the Word of God

Psalm 119:165
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

When you Love God’s word, you have a great peace, and nothing can offend you. This means that nothing can cause you stumble or stray away from God’s path of obedience to His Word.

Why?

– Because you love God’s word more than you love money.

– Because you love God’s word more than you love power.

– Because you love God’s word more than you love praise from men.

– Because you love God’s word more than you love pride.

– Also, when you love God’s word you can see lies, sin and iniquity much more clearly, and avoid them.

When you love God’s word you will have great peace and you will never be offended – even in the midst of temptations, lies, distractions, and tribulations – because your focus is on something totally different than those things that the enemy throws your way. Your focus is on your love for the word of God that you love.

When you stay on the path of peace and obedience, you can expect great rewards from God.