Key Passage: I Samuel 12:15; Supporting Scriptures: I Samuel 28:18, Deuteronomy 11:28, I Kings 13:21, Jeremiah 12:17, Ephesians 5:6, 2 Thessalonians 1:8, 1 Timothy 1:9, Hebrews 2:2; 2:3
Subject: The Danger of Disobedient:
Disobedience Leads to Sin and Death
The disobedience of Adam brought sin and death into the world. But Christ's perfect obedience restores our fellowship with God, for everyone who believes in him.
1 Corinthians 15:22:
(ESV) Through Obedience We Experience the Blessings of Holy Living only Jesus Christ is perfect, therefore, only he could walk in sinless obedience. But as we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us from within, we grow in holiness.
You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don't give up on me!
II Corinthians 7:1:
The verse above says, "Let us work toward complete holiness." So, we don't learn obedience overnight; it's a lifelong process that we pursue by making it a daily goal.
Obeying God is essential to pleasing Him:
Disobedience sends a message to the Lord, declaring that we know better than He does when it comes to our lives and the circumstances surrounding them.
God loves us and is committed to us. He commands our obedience, not because He is a strict taskmaster, but because He knows the devastating effects disobedience and sin will have on our lives. Satan, however, has another goal in mind. He seeks to tempt believers to disobey God, usually by telling them the Lord's promises cannot be trusted and that we can enjoy life more if we ignore His commands. Remember, disobedience always has fierce repercussions—feelings of guilt, shame, and worthlessness, broken lives, destroyed marriages, and bitter disputes, among them. While sin can never change God's eternal love for His children, it certainly disrupts our fellowship with the Savior and alienates us from His blessings. In times of disobedience, we become spiritually weak and unable to discern right from wrong. We sink deeper into sin's grasp and find it impossible to reverse our sinfulness on our own.
As we apply the following principles to our lives, we will begin to obey God with confidence and joy, knowing that He can be fully trusted to keep all of His promises:
Trust God with your life and all that concerns you:
There is no way to go wrong if you place your hope and trust in God. He created you and He loves you with an eternal love. Therefore, He will always lead you in the very best way possible.
Wait on the Lord for an answer to your problem or situation:
When in doubt, refuse to move ahead unless you know God is leading you.
Meditate on God's Word:
When you saturate your mind with the Word of God, you gain His viewpoint. When a temptation comes, you will know right from wrong and can act accordingly.
Listen to the Holy Spirit:
God continues to speak to His people today. He speaks to us through His Word, the Holy Spirit, and through the words of a pastor or trusted Christian friend. We become sensitive to the Spirit of God by spending time with Him—praying and studying the principles in Scripture.
Be willing to wait or walk away when the way before you is unclear:
If you desire to please God above all others, obedience to Him will require you to remain firm. If you do not sense clear guidance in your situation, ask God to confirm His will to you in His Word. He will never contradict Scripture. His will for your life always lines up perfectly with what the Bible says.
Be willing to endure conflict:
When the nation of Israel entered the Promised Land at God's direction, she had to face strong enemy opposition. God rarely empties our lives of trouble and conflict. If He did, we would not have any reason to depend upon Him. He allows enough difficulty to keep us turned toward Him.
Leave the consequences to God:
Obedience may not be easy—you may receive criticism from others or face fierce obstacles and opposition—but it will always put you in a favorable position before God. He will take care of all that concerns you. Stay on the path of obedience and leave the rest to Him.
Biblical Example of Disobedient to God:
"11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
10 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not.
11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
7 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel.
I Samuel 13:13
13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever.
3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.
Week # 5 Obedient Question: In John 9:1–6 Jesus said He healed a man to show what truth?
Week # 5 Application Question: How does disobedience affect our relationship with God?
Week # 5 Obedience Bible Quiz: True or False Week # 5
1. We cannot profess to be a Christian without obeying Christ.
2. We show obedience to God by keeping His commandments even when they are grievous.
3. Sacrifice is greater than Obedience.
This Week's Prayer:
Father God, God of mercy and truth, we stand before You with a heart of humbleness, and a desire to obey You with all our hearts. Disobedient has played a part in our lives and we ask for forgiveness right now. Please, Holy Spirit, teach us to obey the Almighty God. As we study this lesson show us ways we are not obeying You in Jesus' name. Dear heavenly Father, we want to live godly in Christ Jesus and we ask that You would help us to develop an attitude of obedience to Your will and an increasing trust in Your Word. Help us to grow in grace, and to develop the right godly practice and scripture purpose in life, so that You are lifted up in our hearts and glorified in all we do. May we learn to praise You without ceasing and to develop an attitude of prayerfulness – and help us to be obedient to carry out all that we are called to do as a child of God – so that You increase as we decrease, AMEN.
Week # 5 Memory Verse: Romans 5:19
"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
Weekly Reading Assignments: Week # 5 I Corinthians 15-II Corinthians 6