During the month of August, the topic for The War Room Prayer Line was the anatomy of obedience. We broke down each letter of the word to identify what is necessary to walk in obedience. This is not an exhaustive list, but it is definitely a good start. Here’s a recap of the study.
Obedience is defined as the act of obeying or dutiful, submissive compliance. The Hebrew word for obey is shama, which means to hear or listen with reverence and obedient assent. We see by this definition that obedience requires reverence and respect. It requires a willingness to not only hear, but to listen with the intent of responding with the corresponding action. I’m sure like me you can recall in your younger days responding with an “okay” to being told to clean your room or wash the dishes, but often times there was no corresponding action to that response, until being told again, and usually this meant with some form of punishment. Although we eventually cleaned the room or washed the dishes, we find that delayed obedience is simply disobedience. As believers, we have to get to the place where we operate like Abraham. As soon as God told him to leave his country and go to a place that he would show him, Abraham packed up and moved (see Genesis 12:1-5). He had no idea where he was going, but he moved at the word of God. We have to get to the point that even when it doesn’t make sense and even when we don’t have all the answers, because of our reverence for God we will immediately obey. The Greek word is hupakoe, which means submission to what is heard. This is the example that Abraham gives us. He heard the instruction and he submitted to it. Jesus is our ultimate example, as he humbled himself and was obedient unto death on the cross (see Philipp;ians 2:8). What things do you need to put to death that are hindering you from walking in obedience?
What is required to walk in obedience?
1. Open to the voice of God. We must be willing and have a desire to hear the voice of God (see Matthew 5:6, 1 Samuel 3:9-10).
2. Believe what you hear even without seeing or knowing the end result (2 Corinthians 5:7, Genesis 12:1-5).
3. Every day submission to God (1 Samuel 15:22-23, Ephesians 5:22-24, Colossian 3:13-25).
4. Diligent study of the word (2 Timothy 2:15, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 11:6, James 1:22)
5. Irrigate your heart. The heart is the seat of our emotions, so we must ensure it is washed with the water of the word (Ephesians 5:22-24, Deuteronomy 32:46, Proverbs 4:23) https://fccdl.in/jrQHJhvhQT
6. Endure (Galatians 6:9)
7. No turning back (Numbers 13:30-14:9, Genesis 19:15-26, Luke 9:57-62, Philippians 3:10-16).
8. Consistent and never ceasing time in prayer (Matthew 18:19, Amos 3:3, Mark 11:22-24, Isaiah 53:1, Ezekiel 24:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, James 5:16, 2 Timothy 1:3).
9. Expectation (Mark 11:22-24, John 2:1-11, Psalm 9:18, 39:7, 62:5, Proverbs 23:18, 24:14, Lamentations 3:21, 2 Corinthians 1:10)
If you were unable to listen to the calls, below are the links to the recordings:
Week 1 covers the letters O and B: https://fccdl.in/uhmzDd3nD4
Week 2 covers the letters E and D: https://fccdl.in/ZHyITATYKl
Week 3 covers the letters I and E: https://fccdl.in/jrQHJhvhQT or https://www.facebook.com/video/embed/async/dialog/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Frobin.evans.165%2Fvideos%2F2050662771612505%2F
Week 4 covers the letters N, C and E: https://fccdl.in/78Pvx45LXC
I encourage you to listen to the teachings to get an in depth study of walking in obedience. Walking in obedience is a journey that we have to take one step at a time. I pray this study blesses and encourages you. Until next time, remember be blessed, but first comes obedience.