Obedience

Deuteronomy 8:6 – Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.

We are, by nature, disobedient. Our bent is towards independence and individuality. Our brokenness as a result of original sin has created a tendency in us to go our own way and to disobey the authority of God. Think for a moment about raising kids:  do we have to teach them to lie or teach them to tell the truth? Do we have to teach them to follow the rules or break them? Our bent is inherently sinful, isn’t it?

In sexual sin, we are allowing ourselves to be controlled by the sin nature. We are outwardly defiant. We are looking our father in the face and saying, ” I know you think you know what is best for my life and my sexuality, but I don’t trust you. I trust ME.” We become very skilled at ignoring God’s commands, rationalizing why we don’t or shouldn’t follow them, then behaving in a way that thumbs our nose at Him. We all know, by experience, that repetitive disobedience makes each subsequent defiance a little easier.
It is important to know that the reverse is true too! The more we choose into obedience and revering God, the easier it becomes to obey His commands. The less you act out sexually the easier it will become to avoid acting out sexually. Obedience, we must remember, is not about avoiding some bad behavior for the sake of good behavior. Obedience is a response to the love of a Father God who deeply cares about his kids. We’ll be more likely to obey when we begin to accept that God’s commands aren’t to kill our fun or simply make us uncomfortable, but are instead to bolster our joy. Obedience isn’t about what we do so much as it’s a response to who God is and how much He loves us.

Specifically, how might God be calling you to obedience with sexual sin? Remember, “just stop it” is not a satisfactory answer. Perhaps He is asking you to filter your internet, delete an app on your phone, tell your wife the truth or call it off with your mistress. I hope you’ll choose into joy and respond to His loving request.

3 thoughts on “Obedience

  1. It’s sounds good ,in principle
    Just stop
    It doesn’t work!!!!
    Yes, we have a sin nature
    You can’t reform man by trying to control his behavior
    For a week or so you do , but
    Eventually fall
    You need to get a new nature
    One that changes your inter
    Man
    Then with that new nature, you can renew your mind and
    Get free

    How do you get that new nature?
    Only one way
    As Jesus said, you must be born again
    If you want to have a chance
    You need first become the temple of the Holy Spirit

    Only one answer

  2. Dave, you are ablsolutely right that there is only being one way to become a “New Creature in Christ” with a new nature which then gives us the ability through the power of the Holy Spirit to renew our minds.
    Additionally I think it’s important for us to recognize that God created us in three parts, Body, Soul, and Spirit. (1st Thess 5:23). My personal belief is that when I accepted Christ I became a “New Creature in Christ”. However, when I stepped over the starting line of my Christian walk after accepting salvation, God did not let me drop the suitcase of emotional baggage I had in each hand (and I think the reason is that thats what sanctification is all about). OK so what’s the point? The point is that I realize my addiction affects me in all three of the areas God created me in. There is a body (bioligical), soul ( the soul consists of my mind, will, and EMOTIONS), and Spiritual component to my addiction. I have prayed and prayed that God would heal me and remove this prison of addiction from me. I have memorized scripture. For whatever reason, God chose not to miracalously remove the temptation. And it didn’t stop me from acting out when the catalist of my addiction showed up. I would stop acting out for long periods of time, which would at least temporarialy heal the biolgical redrawals. But it was not until I was forced and willing to deal with the shame and other emotional baggage in my life (emotions- those aspects of our lives that us “manly men- wanbe Rambos” don’t want to address becasue we’re too embarrassed and afraid to admit. I used to seriously say that “if the Army wanted me to have emotions they would have issued them to me). I used to tell my wife in an angry voice after one of her rants (and why was she ranting? because she loved me so much that she was desperate for me to return to her and her alone and be the life partner that she signed up for), I’m just not as emotional as you are! One day she turned to me and said, “Oh yea that’s right, you’re just totally led my your emotions”. And she was absolutely right. It was my shame, insecurites, and anger that were the catalyists for my acting out. Unfortunately it’s taken me years to finally realize the truth of her wisdom and finally learn how to arrest the catylist of the addiction. And now I pray that the Lord will give me the grace to continue to be faithful to Him by continueing to “renew my mind”.
    Just saying.

  3. I have been a believer for 40 years and I have been fighting this battle for 40 years. Spritual answers ring hollow for me. I have recently discovered that compulsive behavior is my problem. I attended the EMB last year and it was tremendous but it was 1 step on the journey to wholeness. I know you have been there Jason and I listen to you.

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