God is Looking For Obedience
- Date: May 12, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. ” (Isaiah 30:21)
- From Put On Christ
We've talked about this independent spirit so much over the last ten years. Can I ask you a question? How many independent thoughts and actions do you take on a daily basis? I'm not trying to get us to paralyze ourselves in having to analyze everything. I just want us to look and say, how many independent decisions do I make? How many times do we go through a day and just absolutely not even consider God in our lives? This coal was taken and put upon your lips and it purged you. Are we hearing clearly that voice of the Spirit, "This is the way, walk ye in it" (Isaiah 30:21)? How independent are our lives of God's Word? Oh, we're very religious when it comes to witnessing or to coming to church. But is that all God wants out of your life? God is not interested in your performance; He's interested in your obedience to His goodness, to His sovereignty. So with this in mind, we want to look at a couple of different things. But I want you to understand as we go into this, whichever the least of these sins that might be is rebellion against God's sovereign authority and it must be justly punished! The severity of God, the justice of God, every offense must be punished. So we see the dilemma that man is in and we understand, of course, the redemptive work and how God sought us first.
As we go through some very familiar Scriptures, I want us to come back to, "Yes, we've trusted in Jesus. He's been made sin with our sin, and we've been made righteous with His righteousness." That's our legal position, as we've been studying, but how independent are our lives? We've got this legal position that we're in, and, because of that, we really seem to believe that we can operate a large part of our lives independently. Many of us-listen! Many of us would gladly make huge specific sacrifices-now stop and think with me for a minute whatever that might be-it might be giving a huge offering. It might be sacrificing pleasures. Many of us would very easily make a great sacrifice if we could maintain the actual oversight of many of the other little things in our lives, just to be able to control these other things. Think about it. That's what's in man. Everything that is in us from Adam is to find places of independence where we could have a little bit of ownership and not be absolutely in debt to God. So let's go on just a little bit and see, then, what the answer was for this problem. Hebrews, Chapter 9, verse 22, says, "…and without shedding of blood is no remission [of sin]." So we see, then, God manifesting on our part the sacrifice that needed to be made. We see that it's by His blood that He has forgiven us all of our sins, Colossians 2:13 says.
We see the expressed heart of God in this passage in 2 Corinthians 5, verse 21, "For he [God] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us…" What a statement! Now for our sakes, for you specifically, God made Jesus to be sin for us "…who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." So there is this need for us to begin to live and move and have our being in Him. We talked about the phrase last time. This phrase "in Him," or some variation of it, is used 150 times in the Pauline writings. And this call is for us to be able now to begin to live our lives absolutely dependent upon Him. Without Him we can do nothing, and seemingly we're so comfortable moving in our own strength and our own wisdom. We make decisions. I'll just give you illustration that's practical. It's something that we can all relate to. Don't take this as a rebuke-or you can if you want-but I'm using this as an illustration. This past weekend was a holiday weekend and we had a bunch of folks in Africa on the missions trip. Sunday morning we could have thrown a cat through here and not hit anybody. Did anybody stop to think that we have our missions team in Africa, and maybe I'd be needed at home? Did it enter anybody's mind that the body of Christ is gathering and I'm a member there that brings edification and life? Did anybody pray about it? Did anybody ask Father, "Lord, here are my plans. I'm going to go here. I'm going to go there, whatever." Don't trivialize what I'm sharing here. It's not just about missing a service; it's about not living in Him. If you're not asking God about those things, then how much of your life are you in charge of? Why are we here?