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Today we continue with our monthly theme “LEARNING OBEDIENCE” in the context of “BREAK CAMP AND ADVANCE” as we reflect on our second series topic “EMBRACING THE ATTITUDE OF OBEDIENCE”.
Jesus left His Heavenly status and came down to earth to live and die as a man. He humbled himself and became obedient unto the Father, even to the point of death. When we embrace an attitude of humility and obedience towards God, we are sure to reap great rewards. And that is why God has highly exalted Jesus Christ as Lord, and given Him the Name that is above every other name. (Hebrews 10:5-7, Isaiah 1:19).
At the very center of this word is a smaller but more powerful word, "die". At the heart of obedience is dying to ourselves. Laying down our desires, passions, pursuits, and aspirations to pick up the Cross of Jesus Christ and chasing after Him is the foundation of obedience. A love for Jesus brings about a desire to follow the commands He has set in place for us to follow. Obedience to God requires dying to self and embracing what He has for us. Obedience is not a single action. It's a continued attitude. Walking in obedience includes listening to what God says to you. It could be something small like Him telling you to encourage someone or it could be something like Him saying to you to share the gospel with a person you've never met before. Obedience in the small things leads to being tasked with bigger things (Luke 16; 10).
Rick warren in his book “obedience an act of worship”, says that God smiles when we obey him wholeheartedly. That means doing whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation. You don't procrastinate and say, “I'll pray about it.” You do it without delay. Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience. God doesn't owe you an explanation or reason for everything he asks you to do. Understanding can wait, but obedience can't. Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions. In fact, you will never understand some commands until you obey them first.
Many people are addicted to their own way of thinking and doing things. They believe in their right to individuality and personal opinion. They have exalted the god of self and are committed to worshipping it daily. However, this should not be the case with the children of God. The Word of God is our guideline and the right attitude is that of submission and obedience to God and His Word. If we approach the things of God with an attitude of arrogance or a sense of entitlement, we will not grow up spiritually, for God resists the proud but gives Grace to the humble. A humble person is 'willing and obedient'. He is teachable and embraces correction. When we humble ourselves before God, He will lift us up (James 4:6-10).

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