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Text Box: Thinking Rightly—Obey God’s Will!


Text Box: (Matthew 7:21-23 NIV)  Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
(John 5:30 NASB)  I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
(Hebrews 5:8-9 GWT)  Although Jesus was the Son of God, he learned to be obedient through his sufferings.  After he had finished his work, he became the source of eternal salvation for everyone who obeys him.
(1 Peter 4:1-2 NIV)  Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.  As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
(Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV)  Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Text Box: It is apparent from this next warning Jesus gives that we are not to do just any old thing we think would please the Father.  Jesus says many will come to Him on the last day trying to justify themselves by things they have done.  These things may be good and excellent, but they may not be God’s will.  What is the will of the Father?
(John 6:38-40 NIV)  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
Jesus claimed He could do nothing on His own except to do the will of the Father (John 5:30).  He never sought to do anything but the Father’s will.  Jesus had to learn obedience to the Father’s will by suffering in His body (Hebrews 5:7-10; 1 Peter 4:1, 2).
If we are followers of Jesus, then we will be concerned with abiding by God’s will—delivering the Good News to all men and women, making disciples by baptizing them and teaching them to obey all of Jesus’ commands (Matthew 28:19-20).
We are not justified by doing our own bidding or following our own ways (Proverbs 14:12; Proverbs 20:24; Isaiah 55:7), only by submitting to the Heavenly Father’s will (Matthew 12:50; 1 John 2:17).  Obedient followers are disciple’s of Jesus—not by name but by obedience (John 8:31, 32).
Our salvation and promise of everlasting life comes by obeying the Gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17).  The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), which is Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, is obeyed by participating in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection through baptism (Romans 6:2-7). This is the new birth that brings addition and entrance into God’s Kingdom, the Church (John 3:3; 1 Corinthians 12:13).  God’s will encompasses obeying the Gospel (believing and being baptized—Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16), and abiding by Jesus’ teachings and commands, which includes the continual preaching and teaching of this message so that more can become part of the Kingdom of God (John 6:38-40).
Our imperative duty as God’s creation is to fear, trust and obey our Heavenly Father (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Samuel 12:14; Proverbs 14:27; Ecclesiastes 12:13).  We do this by walking In His Footsteps…

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Text Box: Thinking Rightly—Obeying God’s Will!



Read Matthew 7:21-23.  Do you know a lot of people who always say “The Lord this and the Lord that”, or “…Lord willing”, or “If the Lord wills…”?  It seems their conversation is peppered with a lot of references to our Lord and His name.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, unless you are a hypocrite. J Does it make you look like a Christian or sound like one when you say Jesus’ name frequently?  According to Jesus though, what is it that makes you a Christian in His eyes?  How do these people, who claim to know Jesus, try to justify themselves; by believing and obeying the Scriptures, or by believing and following their own convictions of what truth is?  How will Jesus acknowledge you; if you believe what the Scriptures say about Him or if you believe whatever other people say about Him (John 6:40)?  Obeying God rather than men is what justifies you in the Father’s sight.  Read John 7:16-18.  Notice the difference between those who speak and those who work.



Read Zephaniah 3:11-17.  What has the Lord removed from you?  If you believe God has removed your punishment from you, do you have anything to fear?  Read Titus 2:11-14.  What is it that teaches you to be obedient?  What should your motivation be to live an upright and godly life?  Read 1 John 4:17-19.  Why should you look confidently to the Day of Judgement?  If you are not doing the right thing, should you fear (Ecclesiastes 12:13)?  If you are doing the right thing, will you fear?  Can you be made perfect in love when you are given to the sinful nature and its passions and desires?  Is there a difference between obeying because of fear and obeying because of mercy and grace? Which attitude is perfect (mature)?



Obedience to God requires a contrite heart—a heart willing and capable of obeying His commands.  Read Psalm 51: 15-17; Isaiah 57:15; 66:1-4.  What does the Lord not despise?  What are appropriate sacrifices to God, actions or attitudes (Micah 6:6-8)?  If you have the right attitude, will the right actions follow?  A true change of heart always bears good fruit (2 Corinthians 7:10, 11).   Read Proverbs 12:1; 9:8.  What does a good heart love?  How does a wise man respond to rebukes?  How does a fool respond (Proverbs 12:16)?  A contrite heart = moldable personality.   Read Proverbs 13:1; 15:31; 25:12; Ecclesiastes 7:5.  Is a wise man willing to change his ways?  Is the fool willing to change his ways?  Read Romans 1:25-32; 2 Timothy 3:1-9.  What happens when men ignore the truth of God?  Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.  What happens when you adhere and abide in God’s wisdom and knowledge?



Humility and meekness in you is a must to be able to do God’s will in your life.  Read James 3:1-4:17.  Should you boast in your speech or boast in the deeds done through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:27-31; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Galatians 6:14; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:4)?  Where does all such boasting come from (1 John 2:16)?  How can the tongue corrupt your whole person (James 3:6-10)?  How is wisdom and understanding shown in your life (3:13)?  Are you being humble and meek if you hold onto bitterness and boast about it?  If you indeed have godly wisdom, what will you do (3:17, 18)?  Does quarreling and fights show an obedient heart?  What does it show (4:2)?  Don’t be deceived!  Humility is not shown by smooth talk or flattery (Romans 16:17-19; 2 Peter 2:10; Jude 16), only by obedience and meekness in attitude.  Let your faith be known by others through your obedience, not your talk (Romans 16:19).  Remember, you are always before the Lord (Hebrews 4:13)!  Death to self needs to be continual thing in order for obedience to reign in your heart.  Read Ephesians 4:22-32.  Why should you continue to put off your old self?  What will happen if you don’t?  The minute you give a foothold to the devil, you will be proud, unstable and eventually fall (1 Corinthians 10:9-14), even though you may think you are standing firm!   The obedient man does not let bitterness or anger fester in him for more than a day.



Read Hebrews 5:7-10.  What attitude did Jesus have toward the Father?  Was He boastful and arrogant?  Do you see in Jesus an arrogant confidence in Himself (even though He was perfect)?  In Whom did He trust and boast?  Why did God hear His prayers?  Did He become arrogant and bitter in His suffering, or did He become obedient in His suffering?  Read 1 Peter 4:1-3.  What attitude must we have if we are going to be called Jesus’ followers?  Should you suffer for plunging into your sinful desires or should you suffer for NOT following your desires but God’s will?  You’ve spent enough time already living for your desires—be obedient to the Lord’s will!  Read 2 Corinthians 4:5-12.  Who are you preaching about, your things or the things God has done for you?  How will the life of Jesus be revealed in your mortal body?  What has to work in you so that life works in others?  Death to yourself! Galatians 2:20.  Only if Jesus’ suffering and death reigns in you, life will reign in others and Jesus’ life will be evident in your own life.


For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.Matthew 12:50


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