Serve the Lord with Obedience

Jeff Addison
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Introduction: As you can see our title this morning is “Serve the Lord with Obedience” Now if the title was just “Serve the Lord” without the word Obedience in there many would feel perhaps a little more open to direction of the sermon. For the word obedience isn't always received with willingness and open arms. Obedience implies an act to which many are not comfortable in doing. Obedience means, an act of submitting to the restraint or command of an authority; compliance with the demands or requests of someone or something over us.
Now when it comes to obedience to the Lord the general word in both the Hebrew and Greek refer to hearing or hearkening to a superior authority.

To obey or not to obey the Lord God—this has been and is the crucial question for every human being. Obedience as opposed to disobedience is a life-and-death issue. God has given humankind the innate power of choice: the choice of obedience leads to God’s promised blessing of life; the choice of disobedience leads to curse, judgment, and death.

Obedience to the Gospel is what makes a person a true servant of the Lord. So if you consider yourself a servant of the Lord you are to obey the Lord…and with that said lets begin by asking this question...

What Does the Lord Require of You?

Deuteronomy 10:12–13 NKJV
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?
Fear the Lord your God
Define “Fear” in respect toward God.

FEAR Natural emotional response to a perceived threat to one’s security or general welfare. It ranges in degree of intensity from a sense of anxiety or worry to one of utter terror.

The fear of the Lord in the OT means to be in “awe of God” He is holy, righteous, all powerful, to fear God doesn't mean we are are to have a phobia that leads us to not want to approach Him to hold Him in High regard, in reverence.
The fear of the Lord is an inducement to obedience and service: to fear God is to do his will.
To fear God is to know Him and to know Him is to fear Him.
However, fear of God also produces fear of wrath and judgment in those who do not know him or who refuse to serve him.
So then, there are two sides of the fear of the Lord - that which produces awe, reverence, and obedience, and that which cause on e to cower in dread and terror in anticipation of his displeasure.
The proper fear of the Lord leads to wisdom.

Fear of God also lies at the heart of successful living in the world. Wisdom literature makes it clear that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, a fear equated with the “knowledge of the Holy One” (Prov. 9:10; cf. 1:7; Ps. 111:10).

Proverbs 9:10 NKJV
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Walk in ALL His ways
The verb “walk” in its literal sense of going along or moving about on foot at a moderate pace is found numerous times in the Gospels. However, this same verb is more often used through out the OT and epistles of the NT in a metaphorical way. In this sense it means to follow a certain course of life or to conduct onself in a certain way. In fact, “to walk” can be translated, in a hebraistic way, “to live.” So here where God is saying “to walk in all his ways” means to live your life in God’s way.
Love the Lord
Luke 10:27 NKJV
So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
1 John 4:7–11 NKJV
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Serve the Lord with ALL your heart and soul
Colossians 3:23–24 NKJV
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Keep the commandments of the Lord
John 21:15 NKJV
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
Love is the catalyst to doing the commands of God.
John 14:15 NKJV
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.
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