Hearing and obeying

“But this is what I commanded them, saying, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.” (Jer. 7:23)

Can you see the personal call in this verse?

“and I will be  your God”. Yes, than it says, “and you shall be my people”. Many “yours” make up the “my people”, right?

Then it says, “and walk in all that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.”

Now of course, in this verse, the Lord of hosts (vs.21) is speaking about the children of Israel. He said, “But this is what I commanded them.”

But, for a collective people, or a body of people to be obedient to God, they must first have the individuals that are obedient individually before God, right? Collective obedience is made up of individual obedience.

“Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.” (vs. 24)

The word “obey” here in the Hebrew means, “to hear intelligently”. Hearing and being able to understand what one is hearing is the first step to being obedient. Without either, one cannot fulfill the command to be obedient. This call of obedience to God is for the believer who has been born of the Spirit. Without the first step of the new birth, one cannot “hear intelligently” to be obedient.

For the believer, the “hearing” is a practiced discipline. Jesus over and over said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”. He certainly wasn’t talking about physical ears. He was referring to spiritual hearing. With all the distractions in the world today, it’s not easy to hear. But, hearing we must have if we are to be obedient. If Satan can get us to not “Hear”, than he knows that we will not obey. He is satisfied with no obedience. Why? Then he knows that God’s will, will not be carried out in the earth, individually and collectively.

After hearing, and hearing clearly, which involves getting quiet and alone with God, comes the understanding. And once we understand, we are obligated to fulfill the command of which we understand. By hearing and understanding, then doing (or the acting out) that which we hear and know, then it produces the will of God in our lives.

Doing the word which we hear and understand produces obedience which lends itself to the blessings of God.

Not only doers of the written word, but to be reminded that the Holy Spirit speaks from within, to those who have been born of His Spirit which resides in our hearts. So we should be continually hearing and developing an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as individuals. Of course, it will never contradict the written word.

So in closing, personal obedience to God through his Spirit, produces a “going forward” in living out the will of God in our lives. If each one who has been born of His Spirit, would make this a top priority as individuals before God, then when we come together as a body, the power of the Holy Spirit would fall on all those present.

“to obey is better than sacrifice,”

I want to obey Him, right? There should be no “have to” involved.

Can we say that we want to please our Father?


2 Responses to “Hearing and obeying”

  1. godsloveandlaw Says:

    Yes my dear brother we must listen and obey, amen. We “listen” spiritually by reading the Scriptures carefully. Two of our Lord’s most powerful Scriptures shows us the real deal in “knowing” and “loving” Him. They are found in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep My Commandments.” This shows His clear method of truly loving Him. The word here for “Commandments” is “Entole”. It is used many times in the NT to describe the “10 Commandments”. Most importantly it specifically describes the 4th Commandment as “Entole” (Luke 23:56).

    Then we get to know how to know Him, it is found in 1John 2:3-4, ” “For this is how we know we know Him, if we keep His Commandments, he that says ‘ I know Him’ and does not keep His Commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in Him.”
    Again the same word “Entole” is used here.

    Lastly, we know Jesus was our example of a Christian life. How to live. In John 15:10 He says ” If you keep My Commandments (Entole) you shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father’s Commandments, and abide in His love.” So our Lord kept the Commandments as an example for us. With God’s Holy Spirit it is possible to obey and keep.Then we are “doers” of His word.

    Yes bro, let us listen and obey.

  2. Richard Says:

    Thanks for stopping by my brother!
    I know you always have to bring “law” into everything, but this post is mainly regarding hearing the Spirit and obeying the Spirit within. Yes, it works with the written word, but it can and should work from within us. That is if indeed we have been born of His Spirit. Just like in the time of Jesus, they could not figure out spiritual things because they were all wrapped up in their religious teachings, laws etc. Jesus land-blasted them over and over for it. He purposely did things on their Sabbath because they were so stuck on it. With the Spirit, there is no getting stuck on a few laws. There is only freedom to hear and obey.
    God bless you my brother!

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