Last week, we talked about letting go of our baggage and burdens, so we can live freely. Today we are talking about letting go of one more thing…our sin.
We all have pet sins, that feel good, but we know they are not good for us. If we will let go of our sin and obey God in these areas, God will give us greater joy than that sin –we are holding on to, can ever give us.
If you are aching to live a life that is more free, join me as we discuss the importance of remembering: the Bible is not a buffet and why picking and choosing is not okay.
In chapter 15 of our reading, Saul felt so little remorse for his disobedience to God, that he actually set up a monument to himself in Israel, for his victory. No other leader in Israel had ever done this!
Can you imagine the level of pride this must have taken? He was so self-deceived that he did not even give God the glory for their win!
As a result of Saul’s pride and lack of repentance, Saul’s crown was taken from him but rather than repenting, instead – Saul was only worried about how he appeared to the people. After his crown was removed, Saul said to Samuel:
“But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel.” (v.30)
Saul cared more about what people thought of him, than what God thought of him.
Friends, it is more important that you heed the small voice of God and repent of your sin and walk in obedience, than you go sacrifice big sums of money, or go on a missions trip – for Jesus. These might make you look good to people but God knows our heart.
“To obey is better than sacrifice.” (v. ?)
As believers, we are tempted to substitute religious works for obedience.
There is no service we can substitute for obeying God.
EM Bounds writes:
“Unquestionably obedience is a high virtue, a soldier quality. To obey belongs, preeminently, to the soldier. It is his first and last lesson, and he must learn how to practice it all the time, without question uncomplainingly.”
Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
The Bible is not a buffet – picking and choosing is not okay.
Let’s live free.
Walk with the King,
After watching the video, is there something God is asking you to do – or not do – that you need to lay down in obedience God?