Thursday, March 3, 2011

Does the Word "Obedience" Set Your Teeth on Edge?

Missy, here. Is it hard for you to be obedient?

I've been taking part in Beth Moore's Bible study, Breaking Free. (It's the second time our ladies group is doing it.) And this week one of the things we're studying is that liberty comes from being obedient to God, surrendering to His authority.

That's always been tough for me. Of course, you might not know it by associating with me online, but I'm the stubborn sort. Trying to do things my own way. Worrying. Doing things I shouldn't. And probably more often, not doing things I feel led to do or know I should do. And mention the word "obedient" to me, and it sets my teeth on edge.

But if we think of being obedient as getting everything right, then we've missed the point. Here's a paragraph from the study that particularly spoke to me:

Obedience does not mean sinlessness but confession and repentance when we sin. Obedience is not arriving at a perpetual state of godliness but perpetually following hard after God. Obedience is not living miserably by a set of laws but inviting the Spirit of God to flow freely through us so the power to be victorious comes from God and not from us. Obedience is learning to love and treasure God's Word and see it as our safety.

From Breaking Free (Updated 2009 Edition), pg. 160
Beth Moore

I love how she says this! I can do this. Obedience isn't something dreadful or limiting. It's what's best for me. And it frees me up to be the person God intends.

What have you always thought about obedience?
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  1. Missy, I did that study last year and loved it. To me, obedience is about getting me out of the way so God can work in and through me to His perfect will. Of course, the hardest part of that is getting out of His way. So often, I think I know better than God. Now if that's not crazy I don't know what is.

  2. I know, Mindy. I do the same. What are we thinking when we do that?!

  3. I love what Beth says about obedience. It actually makes the subject clear to me. I can also stop dreading the subject.

  4. I am so with Mindy. Why can't I get myself out of the way? Who am I to think that I know better than God? Lord, make me humble and help me to move out of Your way!!

  5. Hi Missy:

    "Obedience is a double-edged sword.

    It depends on whose ox is being gorged.

    It’s fine in the marriage ceremony;

    But some women say that’s just baloney".

    Obedience is fine as long as you get to choose what laws you will obey. I don’t follow all the Old Testament dietary laws but the Ten Commandments are just fine.

    We don’t like to admit it but how many of us are ‘pick and choose’ Christians?


  6. Fibro, I really loved what she said, too. It helped me understand it better.

    Yep, Edwina!

    Vince, we talked a little about picking and choosing at Bible study! How some areas we turn over to God and other we don't. I guess the best we can do is pray that God will show us the areas we're still hanging on to.

  7. I did the first Breaking Free, and presently am going through Believing God again. She's such a dynamo! She writes about not letting anyone tell us the Word isn't all for today--don't believe them--believe God! That is how to get our prayers answered, too. Believing, and yes, obeying.

  8. Yes, Margo! She's definitely a dynamo! And really cute. :)

  9. Obedience has to do with faith. You have to have faith He will do what He says He will do--Margo--Believing God! I love that Bible study. I listen to it in my car a lot.

  10. I have this study, given to me by my dil, but I haven't had the chance to do it yet. Thanks for reminding me about it.