What God Requires

First, let us define the word require: “To demand; to ask, as of right and by authority” [Webster’s].

There are still some “religious” people that think pleasing God means only we accept His love and/or accept Jesus into your heart. Some also believe that since we serve a loving God (1John 4:8, 16), no one will be condemned to hell. There are so many scriptures that prove those beliefs wrong that it would take days, if not months, of study to cover them all. This study will therefore focus on one aspect of that study; what God requires. Continue reading

#commandments, #obedience

Please test your servants: Daniel 1.11-12

“Daniel then spoke to the warden whom the overseer of the court officials had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: ‘Please test your servants for ten days by providing us with some vegetables to eat and water to drink.'”

Daniel 1.11-12

Even in captivity Daniel sought to obey God’s law. The king’s overseer refused his request not to defile himself with the royal food. So he used his wisdom to propose a test to the warden.

Difficult situations do not keep us from the requirement of obedience. Those who seek to obey God at every moment will find his favor.

#votd #Daniel #wisdom #obedience

Pleasure day and night: Psalm 1.2

“Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the LORD’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night.”

Psalm 1.2

In this introductory psalm, this verse serves as the summary of the righteous person who serves the Lord. The wicked follow their own plans, thoughts, and ways, v. 1.

Few are they who can be described by the verse above. Can I? If I don’t fit here, then Psa 1.1 is where I belong.

#votd #righteousness #obedience #Psalms

What does the Bible say about faith and obedience

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Jesus said, “If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sin” (John 8:24).

“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice” (I Samuel 15:22).

The Lord will take “vengeance on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8). Continue reading

#bible-study, #faith, #obedience

As instructed: 2 Kings 5.14 VOTD

“So he went down and dipped in the Jordan seven times, as the prophet had instructed. His skin became as smooth as a young child’s and he was healed.”

2 Kings 5.14

Naaman, the Syrian army commander, first balked at the prophet Elias’s command. Only when he decided to obey was he healed of his disease.

Just as there is power in prayer for the Christian because God answers, there is power in obedience for the sinner because God forgives. When at some moment of obedience in your life did you see God’s power?

#obedience #power #VOTD

Offer right sacrifices: Psalm 4.5 VOTD

“Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.”

Psalm 4.5 ESV

David gives this counsel to the wicked, who have no regard for God. It was what he did. He obeyed the Lord and trusted in him to care for his life and future.

How does this principle apply today? Is it more important to remember in times of persecution?

#obedience #trust #VOTD

How can we be saved? Isaiah 64.5 VOTD

“You assist those who delight in doing what is right, who observe your commandments. Look, you were angry because we violated them continually. How then can we be saved?”

Isaiah 64.5

Israel was repeatedly disobedient, and for that God punished them. The first step in repentance is realizing that the holy God blesses the obedient.

What a wonderful question! Let everyone ask it. What other spiritual questions ought we to ask?

#salvation #obedience #VOTD

Listen to me: Exodus 19.4-6 VOTD

“‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt and how I lifted you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. And now, if you will diligently listen to me and keep my covenant, then you will be my special possession out of all the nations, for all the earth is mine, and you will be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you will speak to the Israelites.”

Exodus 19.4-6

The if-then statement defines the conditions of being God’s special people. Keeping the covenant meant obeying God’s commandments. Since all the earth is God’s, he chose Israel to represent him in the world.

This condition continues to hold true for the church, which is God’s people today representing his kingdom in the world. Recall a New Testament text about obedience and its place in God’s plan today.

#obedience #Exodus #VOTD

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9-28-2017 Salvation Is Not Miraculous

Salvation is not a miraculous act of the Holy Spirit upon a sinner’s heart. After Jesus was raised from the dead, He stated: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). No one can be saved without hearing and obeying what Jesus said. Saul of Tarsus was making “havoc of the church” of Christ (Acts 8:3 NKJV) when Jesus appeared to him and said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4 NKJV). Saul asked, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Jesus told him to “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6 NKJV). Jesus did not tell Saul what to do. Saul was not saved on the Damascus road. Saul had to believe, and be baptized to be saved! And so must you.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#miracle, #obedience, #salvation

Your life: Deuteronomy 32.45-47 VOTD

“When Moses finished giving these teachings to the people, he said to them, ‘You must be sure to pay attention to all the commands I tell you today. And you must tell your children to obey completely the commands in this Law. Don’t think these teachings are not important. They are your life! Through these teachings you will live a long time in the land across the Jordan River that you are ready to take.'”

These were some of Moses’ last words to the people of Israel. He emphasized the importance of keeping God’s commandments. They meant life to Israel.

Jesus said the same thing in John 12.48-50 to his followers. We shouldn’t think that grace cancels obedience. How do people today diminish the importance of God’s commands?

#obedience #commandments #VOTD

Plowing and harvest: Exodus 34.21 VOTD

“On six days you may labor, but on the seventh day you must rest; even at the time of plowing and of harvest you are to rest.”

Exodus 34.21

God provided no exceptions to the observance of the sabbath. No special circumstances, such as plowing or harvest, gave the Israelites the possibility of opting out of this weekly rest.

Faithfulness to God’s commands does not permit the saints to judge when they may be disregarded. What commands do people today tend to set up exceptions or special circumstances for?

#sabbath #obedience #VOTD

Never death: John 8.51 VOTD

“I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death.”

John 8.51

The Jews could not accept this claim of Jesus’, because they were disobedient to God’s will and did not belong to God, v. 47. They rightly understood that such a promise could only come from one who was greater than Abraham.

The condition that Jesus sets down is also rejected by many religious people today. They refuse to obey God in order to escape eternal death. But the Lord’s emphatic introduction calls attention to his statement, that cannot be dismissed nor twisted.

#obedience #truth #death #VOTD

Less or more: Numbers 22.18 VOTD

“Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, ‘Even if Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I could not transgress the commandment of the Lord my God to do less or more.'”

Numbers 22.18

Balaam understood well his limits, but he wound up going with Balak, perhaps in hope of finding a way to receive the king’s riches.

In the restriction of God’s command is the freedom to reject wrong motivations.

#commandment #obedience #VOTD

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7-3-2017 The Gospel Guides

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you” (Psalm 32:8-9 NKJV). David clearly states God’s instruction should guide one without being forced to obey. Jesus said things proceeding “out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man” (Matthew 15:18 NKJV). True, evil begins in a heart, but so, also does obedience. Paul “preached to you the gospel of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:9 NKJV), and “you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered” (Romans 6:17 NKJV). “And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV). Don’t be forced to be baptized.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #forced, #obedience

Reveal myself: John 14.21 VOTD

“The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.”

John 14.21

In Jesus’ last discourse to the Twelve, before his death, he spoke of great things, such as love and obedience.

In what sense are God’s love and Christ’s love dependent upon obedience to his commands?

#love #obedience #VOTD