What does obedience to God look like? No two people will have the same answer, because we are all different levels in our spiritual maturity. The book of Acts lays out what Paul’s obedience looked like, and the correlation it had on his love, and faith in God.
And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritence among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32)
(Acts 16:9-19) After he had seen the vision, we immediately made efforts to Go to Macedonia, concluding God called us to evangelize them.
Obedience is being Alert, and Spirit lead;
The Lord directed their steps that ultimately lead Paul and the apostles to a place that would launch them into his missionary journey. Had he not been obedient, There would not have been any testimony to the saving grace of the Lord, because thirteen of the twenty seven books in the New Testament would not have been written.
By “DEVINE APPOINTMENT” A meeting that can only be orchestrated by God, designed to lead others to Christ. Devine Appointments involve Three Elements: Spirit” The Spirit of the Lord must be present to bring the parties into communion, and convict the hearts. “Seeker” The one(s) seeking comfort, and restoration, and the “Servant” The obedient believer ready to respond.
“The eunuch” (The court official in-charge of the treasury for Candace Queen of the Ethiopians) Phillip had been tapped by the Holy Spirt to head out on the road, Not knowing what to expect, he set out anyway. He encounters the eunuch on his chariot reading from the book of Isaiah. He was returning from Jerusalem, where he went to pray. He had no clue what he was reading, but he intently searched the scriptures (Acts 8:30-31) When Phillip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said” Do you understand what you’re reading?” 31 “How can I” he said, “unless someone guides me? So he invited Phillip to come up and sit with him.
Obedience is UNDERSTANDING GOD’S CHARACTER Making Provisions, Answering Prayers; *”Pray to God, He will answer your prayer” Yes, But He is not the ice cream man. You can’t go to Him and give Him money, and expect Him to give you any flavor you want. Rather, “Do as I say’ and I will supply your needs” “I guarantee you will have WHAT YOU NEED to complete your assignment
(Acts 16:14) A woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from Thyatira, who worshipped God was listening. The Lord opened her heart ti listen to pay attention to what was spoken by Paul. Lydia was instrumental in the advancement of the gospel because she provided shelter, and meals for Paul so he could continue to do his mission-Her hospitality lead others to the Lord.
Obedience is Uncomfortable, and Uneasy,
Obedience is a conviction of the spirit. It CAUSES US TO MOVE out of our comfort zone: (Joshua 3:3) and when they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of Yahweh your God, and the priest the Levites bearing it, then you shall move from your place and follow it
Secondly, obedience is DISRUPTIVE because the THE TRUTH IS PAINFUL. Change is not readily accepted by the world (Acts 16:16) Once, as we were on our way to prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit of prediction who made a large profit for her owners fortune-telling…Paul and the apostles were beaten, and jailed for bringing an end to these mens (albeit weird) lively-hood.
Obedience is HAVING FAITH that God has your situation under control (Acts 16: 26,28,30-31) 26 Suddenly there was an earthquake and the foundations of the jail were shaken, immediately all the doors were opened, and everyones chains came loose. 28 But Paul called out, “Don’t harm yourself, because we are all here!” [30-31] 30 Then he escorted them out and said, “Sirs, What must I do to be saved? So they said, ” Believe in the Lord and you will be saved-you and your household will be saved.
Because of their moral convictions, they didn’t take advantage of a bad situation, No, They knew without question that the Lord was in charge in their circumstance, and He would bring their work to completion (Philippians 1:6) By faith, the jailer submitted to the saving grace of the Lord, and lead his family, along with others to be saved.