Tag Archives: Obedience

Relationslips Week 4 // Non-Compliant

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The medical world has a name for me.  That name?  “Medically Non-Compliant”.   I have a drawerful of half-empty prescription bottles that testify to my non-compliance.  I go to the doctor and tell him my symptoms.  He sends me to a lab to run some tests and then prescribes some treatments.  I go home and … do some of it … or none of it … and then wonder why this condition is lingering on so long…

I’m afraid many of us (myself included) are spiritually non-compliant.

We go to God and tell him our our symptoms.  “God, my __________ [marriage, son, daughter, relationship, finances, hope, life…] is broken.  Seems like I just can’t seem to get better.”

God sends us to His Word to run some tests and prescribe some treatments.  (If you missed church last Sunday, or need a fresh dose of prescribed treatments for your relationships, you can watch Rusty’s message here.)

We receive the prescription, go home, and … don’t follow through.  We all have different reasons.  Disagree with the “diagnosis”.  Don’t think the treatment will work.  Think we can heal it another way.  Figure it can’t really be that bad.  Go looking for a “second opinion”.  We forget.  Or just flat-out don’t want to.

Ultimately, all those reasons come down to one thing – we don’t trust the Physician.  We don’t care enough about His opinion to heed His prescription for a healthy life.  And then, sadly, we blame Him that our __________ [marriage, son, daughter, relationship, finances, hope, life…] hasn’t gotten better.  We accuse Him for our brokenness and deny our own spiritual non-compliance.

What prescription do you need to follow through on today?  Forgive someone who has wronged you?  Show mercy and grace to your child?  Honor your parents?  Trust God with your finances?  Be faithful to your word?  To your spouse?

What is stopping you?

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Life Journal//002 More Thoughts on Obedience

It seems to be everywhere for me this week.  God is reminding me over and over that he wants his people (specifically me) to obey him.  Here is my Life Journal entry from today (9/8/09):

Scripture

I have told you today, but you still have not obeyed the LORD your God in all that he sent me to tell you. — Jeremiah 42:21

(Read the whole chapter here. It is really good.)

Observation

Sometimes even with all the information, people still choose to ignore, disobey, and walk away from God.  These Israelites came to Jeremiah and asked him to pray to God and find out what they should do.  God answers them and is very clear on what he wants them to do.  He is graphic in describing the consequences if they disobey.  He reiterates that bad things will happen if they disobey.  And they still – after asking for his instruction – choose to flat-out disobey God.  (And I’m gonna guess that when the predicted consequences come to pass, the people will find a way to accuse God of abandoning them!)

Application

Obey God.  Do what he says.  He makes it clear what he wants from me.  He tells me what will happen if I don’t.  It is up to me to obey him.

Prayer

God, thank you for being true and faithful.  Your Word is clear in telling me how you want me to live.  You are love and I want to obey you.  Help me to obey fully and completely and always.

What keeps you from obeying God?

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What Hit the Fan

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You know that distinctive sound of an object being thrust into a box fan?  Kind of a really fast repetitive thud?  Yeah – I had the pleasure of hearing that noise a few nights ago as my kids were playing upstairs.  Followed by a gasp.

“What hit the fan?” was my immediate – and a little bit worried – question.  Nathan sheepishly came down the stairs holding his hand.  “What hit the fan?” I asked again.

“I think my finger got in there.”

“You think your finger got in there?”

…..

How many times do we give God those kind of answers?

“I think some unloving words came out of my mouth.”

“I think my temper got lost.”

“I think my eyes looked at those pictures.  Again.”

This Sunday I talked to the Renovate men about obedience.  We looked at John 14.15 – “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”  For followers of God, obedience is not an option.  God is love and we want to obey him.

But Nathan’s experience with the fan teaches us another important lesson: When we disobey God, we hurt ourselves. Are you lying to your employer?  Guess who gets fired when they find out.  Looking at images or movies you shouldn’t be?  Guess whose relationships are going to be destroyed.  Putting control, pleasure, image, wealth…ahead of God?  Guess whose life will be empty, lonely, and filled with fear.

Fortunately Nathan’s finger didn’t suffer any damage this time.  But he certainly learned the lesson we have told him time and time again.  Will you be wise enough to learn that lesson, too.

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” — Jesus

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