This morning Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert wrapped up our series on the fear of the Lord. Throughout our series, we have defined the fear of the Lord as living in awe, respect and love of God so that we joyfully obey Him in all things. We also learned that we are blessed when we have a balance of both the fear of God and the love of God. Today, we talked about joyful obedience.
THERE IS NO ADMONITION FROM GOD THAT ISN’T FOR OUR GOOD.
When we have a righteous fear of the Lord, His commands are not burdensome but a joy. God’s desire for us is to experience unity, joy and adventure with Him. Joy is different than happiness because happiness is contingent on our circumstances. Joy is a deep sense of contentment and satisfaction, regardless of circumstances. When we abide in Jesus and obey Him, we have joy.
THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES US THE POWER TO DO THE WILL OF GOD.
The Lord will never ask us to do anything impossible. He will always give us the grace and strength to do the things He asks us to do. It’s in that place of surrender and obedience that we find the adventure and joy God intended for us.
THE GREATEST ACT OF JOYFUL OBEDIENCE IS FORGIVENESS.
When we choose to forgive someone that hurt us, we are obeying the command to forgive just as Jesus forgave us. Forgiveness is central to the gospel. We nullify the grace of God when we are unwilling to forgive. We are al accountable to God, and when we choose release and forgive someone, regardless of what they have done to us, we find freedom. We also give someone else the opportunity to find freedom. For more on what it looks like to choose forgiveness even when it’s hard, check out this past message from Jimmy.
Two hurdles that keep us from joyful obedience are –
- Misunderstanding of God’s character // If we don’t believe God is who He says He is, we are hesitant to obey. We have to believe that God is good, faithful and so worth trusting. Ask God to reveal more of His character to you this week, He’s faithful to meet you.
- Democracy and negotiation // God gives each of us free will. He will never make us do something. However, until we surrender our will to the will of God, we will never experience the fullness that God has for us. We need to trust that God’s way is so much better than ours.
When we live with an awe, respect and love of God, we will joyfully obey Him because we can be confident that His ways are for our best!
By Destiny Gonzalez – Assistant Communications Director