THE LIVING WORD TRASCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 9-22-13

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S PEOPLE ARE OBEDIENT.”

WELCOME

HERE WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN ON A WONDROUS LORD'S DAY MORNING. PRIVILEGED TO SERVE OUR GOD IN SONGS OF PRAISE AND THROUGH THE STUDY OF HIS WORD. WE WELCOME YOU TO THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD.

I HOPE EACH OF YOU HAD A GREAT WEEK AND I HOPE YOU ARE READY TODAY TO THINK ON THINGS ABOVE, AND TO GIVE FULL ATTENTION TO OUR CREATOR WHO HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR ALL OF US. IN FACT, THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN BY TALKING TO OUR GOD IN PRAYER. WON'T YOU BOW WITH ME AT THIS TIME BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD.

PRAYER: DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE THE OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND FATHER HELP US THIS DAY TO ALWAYS FOCUS ON YOU AND YOUR WORD THAT WE MIGHT NOT ONLY KNOW YOU FATHER BUT KNOW YOUR WILL AND ALWAYS OBEYED THOSE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE ASKED. FATHER IN THE END GIVE US THAT GREAT REWARD THAT MANSION IN PARADISE THAT WE MIGHT LIVE FOREVER WITH YOU. ALL THESE THINGS POSSIBLE ONLY THROUGH YOUR SON, JESUS CHRIST AND HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN

AT THIS TIME WE WANT TO GET STARTED BY SINGING OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. WON'T YOU ALL JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE LIFT UP OUR VOICES TOGETHER, IN THE HYMN, "WE PRAISE THEE O GOD."

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU STARTED COMPLAINING ABOUT SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WAS THE REASON THAT YOU GOT DEPRESSED? WAS IT CONCERNING YOUR JOB OR SCHOOL? POSSIBLY IT WAS FROM PROBLEMS IN RELATIONSHIPS, BETWEEN LOVED ONES, FAMILY OR FRIENDS. OR MAYBE IT WAS DUE TO POOR HEALTH OR PROBLEMS WITH SICKNESS. WHATEVER THE REASON IS, WE ALWAYS SEEM TO GET DOWN ABOUT SOMETHING.

I WANTED TO REMIND YOU OF WHAT THE LORD TOLD PAUL WHEN HE WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS "THORN IN THE FLESH." IN 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9, JESUS SAID, "MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, FOR MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS." YOU SEE PAUL HAD TO BE REMINDED THAT THINGS DON'T ALWAYS GO OUR WAY OR HOW WE THINK THEY SHOULD. IN FACT, IF YOU LOOK AT A FEW EARLIER VERSES IN THE TEXT, PAUL CLEARLY REALIZES THAT IT IS OUR INFIRMITIES AND PROBLEMS THAT KEEP US FROM BECOMING PUFFED UP OR BOASTFUL IN THE LORD. IN VERSE 7, PAUL SAID, "AND LEST I SHOULD BE EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE BY THE ABUNDANCE OF THE REVELATIONS, A THORN IN THE FLESH WAS GIVEN TO ME, A MESSENGER OF SATAN TO BUFFET ME, LEST I BE EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE."

WHEN WE ARE CHRISTIANS AND LABORERS OF GOD, ONE OF OUR BIGGEST TEMPTATIONS IS TO BECOME ARROGANT, BECAUSE OF THE BLESSINGS AND PROMISES IN JESUS CHRIST. SOMETIMES IT IS THE TRIALS AND PROBLEMS OF LIFE THAT BRING US BACK TO REALITY SO THAT WE CAN REALIZE THAT WITHOUT GOD, WE ARE REALLY NOTHING. FOR THIS REASON PAUL WENT ON TO SAY IN THE LATTER PART OF VERSE 9, "THEREFORE MOST GLADLY I WILL RATHER BOAST IN MY INFIRMITIES, THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST MAY REST UPON ME." FURTHERMORE, IN VERSE 10, HE GOES ON TO SAY, "THEREFORE I TAKE PLEASURE IN INFIRMITIES, IN REPROACHES, IN NEEDS, IN PERSECUTIONS, IN DISTRESSES, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE. FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG."

WHERE DOES OUR STRENGTH COME FROM? ARE WE ABLE TO BE LIKE PAUL AND ACCEPT WHERE WE ARE AND WHAT WE HAVE TODAY? LOOK AROUND YOU IN THIS WORLD, EVERYONE SUFFERS DUE TO THE THINGS OF THE FLESH. THUS WE MUST ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND THAT NO MATTER HOW BAD IT SEEMS TO GET WE CAN ALWAYS LOOK NEXT DOOR OR ACROSS THE STREET AND FIND THOSE WHO ARE IN MUCH WORSE SHAPE! INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING, WON'T YOU COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS, AND NAME THEM ONE BY ONE? WE CAN ONLY HAVE THIS ATTITUDE WITH CHRIST!

IN OUR STUDY THIS MORNING WE WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON OUR SERIES ENTITLED, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY DEALS WITH THE FACT THAT, "GOD'S PEOPLE ARE OBEDIENT!" SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US AND IN A FEW MINUTES OUR GUEST SPEAKER WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY OF THE MORNING.

AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER OF THE DAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US ONCE AGAIN. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. WE THANK HIM FOR JOINING US TODAY AND FOR LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD'S WORD. NOW, LET'S JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THE SONG, íWHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS!

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

LIKE TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. AS YOU WELL KNOW YOU WHO VIEW THIS PROGRAM EVERY SUNDAY THAT WE HAVE OUR DESIRE TO PREACH FORTH THE WORD OF GOD AND ITS SIMPLICITY AND ITS TRUTH. IT IS OUR DESIRE THAT WE GO THROUGH THE BIBLE IN SUCH A WAY AND WE STUDY THE BIBLE SUCH A WAY THAT WHEN WE VIEW THE SCRIPTURE WE CAN KNOW WHAT GOD'S WILL IS FOR US. AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US THIS MORNING. AND FOR YOUR STUDY THIS MORNING AND FOR MY STUDY. I LIKE TO CONTINUE IN THE THEME THAT IS PRESENTLY BEING OFFERED THROUGHOUT THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AND THAT IS THAT WE ARE A PECULIAR PEOPLE AS GOD'S CHILDREN. FIRST PETER 2:9, THE SCRIPTURE SAYS AND SAYS CLEARLY THAT WE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, WE ARE A HOLY NATION, WE ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, AND WE ARE A PEOPLE OF GOD'S OWN POSSESSION OR AS ONE VERSION SAYS A PECULIAR PEOPLE THAT WE MIGHT DO WHAT THAT WE MIGHT SHOW FOR THE EXCELLENCIES OF HIM WHO HAS CALLED US OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT. AS CHRISTIANS WE HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT AND IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SHOW FORTH WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THAT IS OUR SALVATION AND SHOW FORTH THE GOD IN THE LORD JESUS IN OUR LIVES.

THIS IS THE CHRISTIAN'S RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THIS ONE MOST UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF OBEDIENCE AND IF ONE IS IN CHRIST, THAT PERSON HAS MADE THAT DECISION AND DOES UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF OBEDIENCE, BUT FOR YOU WHO ARE OUTSIDE OF CHRIST AND YOU WHO ARE IN CHRIST. MAYBE YOU HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS AND YOU ARE A NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN BUT DO NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS SUBJECT OF OBEDIENCE. SO LET'S CONSIDER FOR JUST A FEW MOMENTS THIS MORNING, THE SUBJECT OF OBEDIENCE FOR A CHRISTIAN AND FOR THOSE WHO SEEK TO BECOME CHRISTIANS. WELL THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR IN THAT GOD EXPECTS THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIM TO BE OBEDIENT. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT IN TODAY'S SOCIETY FOR PEOPLE TO GRASP THIS CONCEPT. FOR WE SEE THAT IN MANY CASES AS WERE OUT IN THE MARKETPLACE AND WERE GOING AROUND WE EAT IN THE RESTAURANTS WE SEE IN OUR ASSOCIATION WITH OTHER PEOPLE THAT PEOPLE DO NOT RESPECT THIS PRINCIPLE OF OBEDIENCE EVEN SMALL CHILDREN DO NOT OBEY THEIR PARENTS. WHEN THE LORD SAID CHILDREN, OBEY YOUR PARENTS IN THE LORD, EVEN WIVES DO NOT SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO THEIR HUSBANDS. WHEN PAUL SAYS IN THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS THAT THEY OUGHT TO OBEY THEIR HUSBANDS, BUT YET WE SEE THAT THERE IS A GENERAL DISRESPECT, EVEN TOWARDS PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS, AS IT WOULD RELATE TO THE CHURCH THAT IS THE CHURCH FOLLOWS GOD'S PRINCIPAL AND DEMANDS THAT CHRISTIANS LIVE AS CHRISTIANS OUGHT TO LIVE. YET CHRISTIANS FAILED TO OBEY GOD IS THIS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD. CERTAINLY NOT GOD HAS ALWAYS EXPECTED HIS CHILDREN OR HIS CREATION TO OBEY HIM. IN FACT, IN A VERY FIRST CHAPTER OF THE BIBLE. THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD CHAPTERS OF THE BIBLE, THE STORY IS TOLD TO US ABOUT THE CREATION OF ALL MANKIND AND GOD MADE A GARDEN. IT WAS CALLED THE GARDEN OF EDEN. IF YOU'VE READ YOUR BIBLE YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. AND HE PLACED ALL TYPES OF TREES IN THAT GARDEN THAT WOULD BEAR FRUIT AND OTHER THINGS THAT COULD BE EATEN BY ADAM AND EVE BUT HE SAID THERE IS ONE TREE I'M PLACING IN THE GARDEN THAT YOU SHOULD NOT EAT OF AND THAT IS THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. IN THE DAY THAT YOU EAT THEREOF YE SHALL SURELY DIE. THAT'S GENESIS 2:16 GOD EXPECTED ADAM AND EVE TO BE OBEDIENT TO HIS WORDS, WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED EVE FIRST PARTOOK OF THE FRUIT BECAUSE OF THE TEMPTATION OF SATAN AND THEN GAVE IT TO THE MAN AND HE ATE ALSO. SO THEY DISOBEYED GOD'S WORD AND BECAUSE OF THAT THEY WERE PUNISHED. THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THROUGHOUT THEIR HISTORY WERE ALWAYS IN MANY WAYS OBEDIENT TO GOD'S WILL. IT WAS SAMUEL, WHO MADE THE STATEMENT IN FIRST SAMUEL CHAPTER 15: 22 WHEN THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WERE FOR SAKE IN THE WAYS OF GOD AND NOT SACRIFICING UNTO GOD, AS THEY SHOULD SACRIFICE BUT SOMETIMES THEY WERE NOT SACRIFICING PROPERLY BECAUSE THE HEART WAS NOT IN IT, BASICALLY AND IT WAS SAMUEL, WHO TOLD THEM TO BEHOLD TOO OBEY IS TO BETTER TO SACRIFICE AND TO HEARKEN THE FATTED RAM SAVED, WERE NOT OBEDIENT TO GOD AND SACRIFICES HE WANTS US TO SACRIFICE THEN ARE SACRIFICE OUR WORSHIP OUR LIFE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO HIM. GOD'S PEOPLE HAD ALWAYS BEEN CONFRONTED WITH THE DECISION AS TO WHETHER THEY WILL STAND AND WHAT THEY WILL PRACTICE AS IT RELATES TO GOD'S WILL. THEY THROUGHOUT EVERY GENERATION AND WE THROUGHOUT THIS GENERATION HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE THAT DECISION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE WILL OBEY OR DISOBEY GOD. BUT IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT IN OUR CHRISTIAN HOME AND THE WAY THE WE LIVE IN OUR WORSHIP AND ARE DOCTORATE AND AS TO MORALITY AND TO FELLOWSHIP AND THE GOVERNMENT IN EVERY PHASE OF OUR LIVES THAT WE UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD'S WILL IS AS IT RELATES TO OUR OBEDIENCE. WE MUST UNDERSTAND HIS WILL AND WE MUST OBEY HIS WILL IN EVERY FACET OF OUR LIVES.

NOW GOD HAS ALWAYS EXPECTED THOSE OF THIS WORLD TO OBEY HIM AND HE IS ALWAYS REJECTED AND PUNISH THOSE WHO DID NOT OBEY. REMEMBER IN THE WILDERNESS THAT IT WAS JOSHUA AND GOD CONFIRMED TO JOSHUA THE REASON FOR THE WILDERNESS WANDERINGS IS BECAUSE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WERE NOT WILLING TO TRUST IN GOD AND TO OBEY HIS WILL. THEREFORE, THEY WANDERED IN THE WILDERNESS FOR 40 YEARS IN JOSHUA FIVE VERSE SIX JOSHUA GAVE THE REASON FOR THEIR WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS IS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT OBEY THE VOICE OF THE LORD. DURING THE PEROID OF THE JUDGES, ONE JUDGE AFTER ANOTHER WAS SENT BECAUSE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WOULD CRY OUT TO GOD TO INTERVENE IN THEIR PERSECUTION FROM OTHER NATIONS. THEY WERE GIVEN OVER TO CAPTIVITY OF OTHER NATIONS BECAUSE OF THEIR DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD'S WILL. THEN UNDER GREAT STRIFE AND PERSECUTION IN THOSE OTHER NATIONS THEY WOULD DESIRE TO REPENT AND TURN BACK TO GOD AND GOD WOULD DELIVER THEM BY THE HANDS OF THE JUDGE THEY WILL REMAIN FAITHFUL FOR A SHORT TIME, THEN FALL RIGHT BACK INTO THE SAME OLD PATTERN. GOD ALWAYS EXPECTED THEM TO OBEY HIM AND WHEN THEY DID NOT OBEY HIM. THEY WERE PUNISHED. UNDER THE RULE OF THE KINGS THE SAME THING HAPPENED. JEREMIAH PROPHESIED AND SPOKE TO ISRAEL, SAYING THAT HER UNFAITHFULNESS WAS DUE TO HER LACK OF OBEDIENCE TO THE WILL OF GOD, SO WE SEE CLEARLY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, AS WELL AS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IN ROMANS CHAPTER 2:5-8 IT WAS BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE THAT THE JEWS AND THAT ALL PEOPLE WERE NOT ABLE TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM BECAUSE THEY DID NOT DESIRE TO FOLLOW GOD'S WILL. THE WARNING WAS GIVEN BY PAUL TO THE CHURCH AS THESSALONICA IN 2THESSALONIANS 1:7-9, “TO YOU WHO ARE TROUBLED REST WITH US WHEN THE LORD JESUS SHALL COME WITH HIS FLAMING FIRE IN HIS MIGHTY ANGELS TAKING VENGEANCE ON THOSE WHO OBEYED NOT GOD OR WHO KNOW NOT GOD AND OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.” SO SOMEDAY GOD IS GOING TO COME AND HE'S GOING TO PUNISH THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DISOBEDIENT TO HIS WILL, WHETHER THEY ARE CHRISTIAN OR NON-CHRISTIAN. BUT GOD HAS ALWAYS APPROVED THOSE WHO HAVE OBEYED HIS WILL AND HE HAS KEPT THE AND HE HAS SUPPLIED THERE NEEDS THEY HAVE RECEIVED MANY BLESSINGS FROM GOD NOAH OBEYED THE VOICE OF GOD. YOU KNOW THE STORY IN GENESIS CHAPTER 6 HE, HIS WIFE, HIS THREE SONS AND THEIR WIVES ALL OBEYED THE VOICE OF GOD AND THEY WERE SAVED FROM THE FLOOD BY BUILDING THE ARK AND GETTING INTO THAT ARK IN SO GOD SAVED THEM BECAUSE OF THEIR OBEDIENCE, BUT HE DID NOT SAVE THE MYRIADS OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO LIVED ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH THAT TIME BECAUSE EVERY THOUGHT AND IMAGINATION OF THEIR HEART WAS ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY. WHY WAS ABRAHAM BLESS BECAUSE HE BELIEVED IN GOD AND BECAUSE OF THAT, IT WAS GOD WHO TOLD HIM THAT THROUGH YOUR SEED ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH WOULD BE BLESSED (10:03)

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, WHEN PETER AND THE OTHER APOSTLES, ESPECIALLY PETER IN THAT GREAT SERMON IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 HE POINTED OUT TO THE JEWS THIS. HE SAID THIS SAME JESUS, WHOM YOU CRUCIFIED IS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST AND THEY CRIED OUT AND THEY WERE PRICKED IN THEIR HEARTS BECAUSE THEY REALIZE THAT THEY HAD BEEN A PART OF THE CRUCIFIXION OF THE SON OF GOD, THE MESSIAH, THE ANOINTED ONE WHO HAD BEEN SENT BY GOD, AND THEY CRIED OUT WHAT SHALL WE DO? AND IT WAS PETER WHO TOLD THEM IN ACTS CHAPTER 2:38, “REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSIONS OF YOUR SINS, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” SO THE PEOPLE ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST HAD TO OBEY THE HAD TO OBEY GOD TO WHAT? TO BE ABLE TO CONSIDER THAT THEY WOULD BE SAVED FROM THEIR SINS IT WAS PAUL WHO TAUGHT THAT THE GOSPEL WAS TO BE PREACHED TO ALL NATIONS FOR WHAT REASON? SO THAT THEY WOULD BE OBEDIENT TO THE FAITH YOU CAN FIND THAT IN ROMANS CHAPTER 1:5 AND AT THE END OF ROMANS IN ROMANS CHAPTER 16 YOU CAN SEE THAT VERY SAME STATEMENT THAT THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL WAS TO BE MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS FOR THE OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH. SO ONE MOST OBEY THE FAITH. WE CAN JUST CONSENT TO THE FAITH OR BELIEVE THAT THE FAITH WAS DELIVERED TO JESUS CHRIST BUT JESUS CHRIST DEMANDS THAT WE OBEY THE TRUTH. I WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO SOME OF THE PRINCIPLES THAT ARE TAUGHT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT CONCERNING GOD'S DIRECTIVES IN OUR OBEDIENCE. REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAYS IN MATTHEW 7:21-23, “NOT EVERY ONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME, LORD, LORD, SHALL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. FOR MANY SHALL SAYING ON THAT DAY LORD, HAVE WE NOT PROPHESY IN YOUR NAME AND YOUR NAME CAST OUT DEVILS AND IN YOUR NAME AND MANY WONDROUS WORLD WORKS THE NOW SAYING TO THEM APART FROM ME YOU WORKERS OF INIQUITY, I NEVER KNEW YOU.” NOW, WHO IS GOING TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN? JESUS SAID THOSE WHO DO THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. THE SAME JESUS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR SAID IN LUKE 6: 36. WHY CALL ME LORD, LORD, THAT IS MASTER. WHY DO YOU CALL ME MASTER AND FAILED TO DO THE THINGS WHICH I TELL YOU AND SO THE PRACTICE IS AMONG THOSE WHO EVEN CLAIM TO BE JESUS CHRIST THAT THE VERY WORDS THAT COME THAT WILL COME OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF JESUS. THEY WILL DENY THAT THEY NEED TO OBEY IT. OBEDIENCE IS SOMETHING THAT MUST COME FROM THE HEART. WE HAVE OBEYED FROM OUR HEART THAT FORMAL DOCTRINE WHICH HAS BEEN TO DELIVERED UNTO US. ROMANS CHAPTER 6:17 GOD REQUIRES OUR OBEDIENCE BE THROUGHOUT OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE. WHY IS IT THAT JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:15, “IF YE LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.” IF HE DOES NOT EXPECT US TO DO HIS WILL. WHY WOULD WE WANT TO SEE TO BE A PART OF JESUS, AND THEN ON THE OTHER HAND, SAY IT'S NOT IMPORTANT THAT WE PRACTICE WHAT JESUS HAS TOLD US TO DO. IT WAS JOHN WHO SAID IN JOHN 5:3 THAT WE SHOW OUR LOVE BY KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS AND WE SEE IN EVERY CASE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 THAT GREAT CHAPTER ON FAITH. WE CAN SEE IN EVERY CASE THOSE PEOPLE WERE SAVED. THOSE PEOPLE ENDURE ALL TYPES OF THINGS AND THEY WERE AS SUCH THEY WERE ABLE TO INHERIT THEIR ETERNAL HOME BECAUSE FAITH RESULTED IN THEIR OBEDIENCE. WITHOUT THEIR OBEDIENCE, THERE'S NO WAY THAT THEY WOULD'VE EVER BEEN ABLE TO HAVE BEEN SAVED. WE MUST DO WHAT GOD HAS ASKED US TO DO IN ORDER THAT WE BE SAVED. LISTEN TO THESE WORDS AND REVELATION 22:14 WHERE JESUS HIMSELF SAID, “BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, THAT THEY MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE YOU MAY ENTER IN THROUGH THE GATES INTO THE CITY.” AS IN PETER AND JOHN AND EVIDENTLY THE OTHER APOSTLES, SOME OF THEM HEARD THE PHARISEES AND THE SADDUCEES THE SANHEDRIN AS THEY WERE SEEKING TO PUNISH THEM AND EVEN KILL THEM IN ACTS 5 BECAUSE OF THEIR PREACHING TO THE PEOPLE. PETER AND JOHN ANSWERED THEM AND SAID THIS AFTER THEY WERE BEING WARNED NOT TO PREACH AND TEACH JESUS THEY SAID WHATEVER YOU DO IS YOUR BUSINESS BUT WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MAN.

SO THE DECISION IS OURS, MY FRIEND. DO WE WANT TO OBEY GOD AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SAVED OR DO WE WANT TO OBEY MAN? IT IS GOD HIMSELF THAT WE CAN SEE AMPLY, SHOWS TO US IN HIS HOLY WORD THAT HE IS ALWAYS EXPECTED THOSE WHO LOVE HIM, TO OBEY HIS VOICE. SO WE MUST DILIGENTLY SEEK WHAT HIS WILL IS FOR US AS WE DO EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AND EVERY TIME WE MEET IN THE LORD CHURCH AT KANSAS EXPRESSWAY TO DOING WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO TO SEEK TO DO HIS WILL AND TO STRIVE IN EVERY WAY TO DO HIS WILL. THIS IS NECESSARY IF WE TRULY SEEK GOD AND DESIRE TO BE SAVED IN THE HEREAFTER.

CLOSING COMMENTS

WHAT A WONDROUS TIME WE HAVE HAD TOGETHER IN PARTICIPATING IN THE THINGS OF GOD. I HOPE WE ALL HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED THROUGH OUR TIME SPENT TOGETHER. PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS SERVICE OF GOD.

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MAY WE EACH REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF REMAINING OBEDIENT TO ALL THAT GOD COMMANDS IN HIS WORD. FOR ONLY THE FAITHFUL WILL RECEIVE THE REWARD OF ETERNAL LIFE IN THE END. EVEN JESUS SAID, "BE FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH AND I WILL GIVE YOU A CROWN OF LIFE."