The Christian world is changing! There are Christians today who don’t study the Bible to know God because they just rely on the preacher to teach them everything they need to know! Then there are “others” who choose to follow one of the many so-called “Christian” doctrines because the “new” [false] gospel suits their needs so that they don’t have to obey the “Old Testament God”. As the modern-day church continues to blend cordially with a society that supports equality, free-will and even sin, it drifts further from God to please the people. What a dangerous path to travel when Christians lose their drive to follow and obey the only true God!
- Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:.—Matthew 7:13
Somehow, modern-day Christians feel content to “cherry pick” the scriptures and so they accept the ones that please them and disregard the ones that don’t. They totally miss the point of what scripture is and they feel that it’s within their right to choose what they’ll believe. This, however, is what a religious person does; it’s what a wannabee Christian does. But, it is NOT what a Christian does. It is in the Christian’s heart to obey God.
- No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.—Matthew 6:24
A Christian is a person who has come to the Lord because they realize that He is the King of the Earth, the promised Messiah who sacrificed His earthly body as the ultimate offering to take away their sins so they could be free and forgiven and restored—saved from the judgment to come. A Christian is filled with God’s Holy Spirit when they repent and turn from the world to serve Him. A Christian is someone whose heart has been changed from the desire to be part of the world into the joy that fills them because they belong to the Kingdom of God.
A Christian is someone who takes all their instruction from God; who gives all their praises and glory to Him. Christians do not allocate their lives to other people, or depend on an organized church or a rich and famous preacher for approval. A Christian looks only to God for every aspect of their life. And therefore, a Christian follows only God by reading and believing the scriptures.
We know that the scriptures are written by men but they weren’t authored by men; God spoke through His Spirit to every man who produced the scriptures and each of them wrote what God told them to. And so what better way to know God than to read the book that He wrote! [2 Timothy 3:16]
We don’t get to pick which scriptures we’ll follow. We either believe it all or we don’t believe it. And as we study we become convicted of the things we do or don’t do to please God and that’s when we obey Him in those issues. However, those “Christian followers” who haven’t given their heart to God will think they are Christians, and will feel right to choose to ignore the instructions that they don’t want to heed to. They have no reverence, fear or respect for God who wrote the scriptures and that’s because they don’t know Him. Yet, they think they do.
- And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.—Joshua 24:15
When we study the Bible it becomes part of us and we change our lives to please God and we obey Him because we are drawn to Him. We make changes as we grow because the more we study, the more we become convicted of things that are still wrong in our life, and the more we realize that we need to turn from them and obey God. But when we struggle to obey or choose not to obey or don’t care if we obey, it’s because His word is not in our heart; it’s in our mind and our mind needs to be changed.
- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.—Romans 12:2
God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and in that time in history it was still being prophesied that the Messiah would come, and so the Holy Spirit had not yet been given to believers. Back then, they actually had to believe without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but now, believers are filled with His Spirit who convicts us of sin. These commandments are no longer rules that we have to obey; they are written in our heart and we want to obey.
- For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.—Hebrews 8:10
Many Christians continue to live in sin because they either don’t know it’s wrong or don’t want to give it up. They don’t have a relationship with Jesus and don’t study the Bible with a heart to know Him; otherwise, they would know what pleases God and what they should and should not do, and they would want to obey Him. When people don’t obey God’s word simply out of ignorance because their church doesn’t teach it, they can’t use that as an excuse when they face the Lord on Judgment Day. We either love God and obey Him, or we don’t. We’re either saved or not.
False doctrines don’t teach the truth of the Bible—that’s why they’re false. They teach a congenial message that will keep the people coming, the church popular and the leaders prosperous. Obeying God is not necessary to them; following them is what’s important. The devil wants to keep people from knowing the truth so he’s provided a deception where they think they can be “Christians” without having to be committed or obedient to God or having to change their lifestyle.
- For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.—2 Timothy 4:3
When we don’t obey God, we can’t expect to have a close loving relationship with Him, and we can’t expect any blessings from Him. When we disobey Him, all we can expect is to receive punishment. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death, so when we willfully continue to live in sin and disobey God then we have to realize that we will pay the price for our sins when we stand before God and get judged for those sins by the very law that we chose to disobey.
If we disobey our earthly parents we are punished; if we break the laws of the land we are punished; and so if we break God’s laws we will also be punished—only the punishment for sin is eternal and without parole. But we can be sure that we are pleasing God and following His leadership when we give our heart to HIM alone, study the scriptures and do the things that He has told us to do. Then we know that we belong to God’s kingdom because in our love for Him we have chosen to obey Him.
- Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?—Romans 6:16
5 thoughts on “Losing our Drive to Obey God”
You write “A Christian looks only to God for every aspect of their life. And therefore, a Christian follows only God by reading and believing the scriptures.”
We not only should look at God but as Christians, meaning being a follower of Christ, we should look also at Jeshua, Jesus Christ, the one sent by God. Perhaps you have made him also to your god, but according to the Bible, God’s infallible Word, He is the only begotten beloved son of God.
And as you yourself point out we only should keep to Biblical doctrines and keeping to god’s Law which orders us to have only One True God of gods.
Thanks for your comment. If you search the scriptures, you will see that the person of Jesus is referred to as the Son of God because He took on the form of man and was born of a woman, and that Jesus is, in fact, God in the flesh. So there is only one God and He is revealed to us in the Old Testament as Jehovah, and in the New Testament as Jesus.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.—John 1:1
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.—John 1:14
Jesus saith unto him, ‘Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?’—John 14:9
I hope this helps you to see that I believe there is only ONE God, and that He is revealed to us through the person of Christ Jesus.
Thanks for your reply were you in state: ” you will see that the person of Jesus is referred to as the Son of God because He took on the form of man and was born of a woman, and that Jesus is, in fact, God in the flesh” but this coming into the flesh does not at all mean Jesus is God, the opposite it proofs that Jesus is a son of man and a son of God like it is written in the Scriptures and like Jesus confirms he is the son of the one who is greater than him and without Whom he can do nothing.
Jesus (his real name being Jeshua) is an other person that Jehovah from the Old as well from the New Testament. In the Old Testament or Hebrew Books there is also spoken of the Christ. The gospel writer John refers to that old world where God in the beginning of time, long before Abraham was born, that there would come a solution against the fall of man. It is that Word spoken that came to be a reality with the birth of Christ Jesus, who was seen by many. God cannot be seen, according to God His own words. And God does not tell lies, so when He says He is a Spirit, not having flesh or bones and being eternal, no beginning and no end, not able to die or to whom man can do nothing, this are facts you should take in account; By making Jesus in your god you nullify his act because God cannot die and so you give the impression Jesus faked his death, faked his calling unto his heavenly Father, and then the bible does not tell the truth that Jesus was tempted because God cannot be tempted according to His own words. You claiming Jesus to be God and when we then look at his words and Go’s Words makes the Bible a book full of contradictions and lies.
By Jesus God is revealed, with that we do agree, but you should come to believe what Jesus really has done and by his example we do have hope.
With your idea of Jesus being God this makes a very cruel God of Him, because than He could have resolved the problem straight away in the Garden of Eden and than a Loving God would not have us suffering still know and after World war III or Armageddon still another 1000 years, why? Your idea also takes our hope away that a human being can get up from the dead, because then then there was no human being who God has taken out of the dead. He just has done if He was death and three days in hell (what should God have to look for there?).
We hope your believe in One God shall bring you to see that Only One True God, the god of Abraham,Isaac, Jacob, Jesus and his disciples which should also be the God of Christians, those who say they follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Please do look carefully at John 1 and see in which context he wrote his gospel, like the Genesis book of Moses but now the Bereshith or beginning of the New World having God’s Word, His speaking (in the Garden of Eden and His later promises) having fulfilled, by the birth of Jeshua, come alive the promised Messiah.
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