Trust And Obey (3 Of 15) by James Merritt

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Trust and Obey
James Merritt
I John 2:3-11

INTRODUCTION

1. THERE ARE 3 KINDS OF PEOPLE THAT YOU PREACH TO IN PRACTICALLY ANY AUDIENCE THE FIRST GROUP OF PEOPLE ARE MADE UP OF THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR AND LORD. THE SECOND GROUP ARE PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE LORD BUT THEY ARE NOT SURE THAT THEY KNOW THE LORD, THEY KNOW THE LORD BUT THEY DO NOT KNOW THAT THEY KNOW THE LORD, THEN THE THIRD GROUP IS MADE UP OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO NOT ONLY KNOW THE LORD BUT THEY KNOW THAT THEY KNOW THE LORD. THEY ARE NOT ONLY GOING TO HEAVEN, THEY ARE ENJOYING THE TRIP.

2. JOHN IS GIVING A TEST AND HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS:

WHAT IS THE ONE TRUE TEST THAT DETERMINES WHETHER A MAN S FAITH IS REAL OR NOT?

WHAT IS THE ONE WORD THAT DETERMINES WHETHER YOU ARE A MERE PROFESSOR OF SALVATION OR A POSSESSOR OF SALVATION?

WHAT IS THE GREATEST SINGLE THING THAT GOD DESIRES FROM HIS CHILDREN?

3. THESE ARE THE 3 QUESTIONS ON THE TEST. BUT THEY EACH HAVE ONLY 1 ANSWER AND THEY ALL HAVE THE SAME ANSWER. THEY ALL CAN BE ANSWERED IN I WORD. THE MAGIC WORD WITH GOD IS OBEDIENCE.

.4. NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE GIVING TO GOD. REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR GOD, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE GOING FOR -GOD. NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU ARE BELIEVING GOD, IF YOU ARE NOT LIVING IN TOTAL OBEDIENCE TO GOD, IT IS NOT ENOUGH. 2

D. THE BOTTOM LINE WITH GOD IS OBEDIENCE JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:15, "IF YOU LOVE ME, YOU WILL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS. IT IS NOT ENOUGH JUST TO SAY YOU- LOVE JESUS. IT IS NOT ENOUGH JUST TO BELIEVE IN JESUS, THE BOTTOM LINE WITH GOD IS OBEDIENCE.

TRUST AND OBEY FOR THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO BE HAPPY IN JESUS BUT TO TRUST AND OBEY.

6. EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF YOUR CHRISTIAN LIFE HINGES ON YOUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD. IF YOU ONLY KNEW HOW CRUCIAL OBEDIENCE IS TO YOUR SPIRITUAL HAPPINESS. HOW INDISPENSABLE IT IS TO YOUR SPIRITUAL HEALTH. HOW NECESSARY IT IS TO YOUR SPIRITUAL HOLINESS. [HOW URGENT IT IS FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL HELPFULNESS. NOTICE JUST HOW IMPORTANT OBEDIENCE TO ...


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