by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday November 29, 2004
The School of Obedience
Welcome to God's School of Obedience. Today and tomorrow we will be sitting in on a class called "Obedience 101". For some of us, there will be new material; for others a good review. In this course we are trying to master the essential elements that are required to have an obedient, God-honoring lifestyle.
TRUST A key requirement for obedience is trusting in God and it is one that God expects from us. (Proverbs 3:5) He knows obedient responses come out of a foundation of trust while most disobedience comes from a lack of it. Therefore, to live obedient lives, we must believe God is who He has revealed Himself to be and accept His plans, methods and timing. We can deepen our trust level by walking in obedience and watching for God's response. Remember God delights to bless our obedience.
WAIT This element seems to challenge us the most. When we do not know what to do, we often make a move, relying on our own understanding, and hope God will approve and bless it. That's not scriptural. God is more than willing to show us what to do. God has given us His Spirit as our teacher because He wants us to know how to proceed. We must wait in an attitude of trust until we do know.
God assumes full responsibility for giving us direction in our life. He desires to reveal the next step to us but we must come to Him with a trusting heart and a willingness to wait until we learn the next step from Him.
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