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
“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, 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
“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?”
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
“‘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.”
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
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.
“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