by Steve Wagers

Does It Pay to Obey?
Steve N. Wagers
Acts 5:29
November 7, 2004

Sermon Outline
1. Obedience REVEALED!
A. By a Decision!
--a Deliberate Decision
--a Definite Decision
--A Determined Decision
B. In a Duty!
2. Obedience REWARDED!
A. The Spirit of the Lord was Received!
B. The Joy of the Lord was Achieved!
C. The Word of the Lord was Believed!
3. Obedience REFUSED!
A. The Description of It!
B. The Disgrace of It!

1. John Kenneth Galbraith, in his autobiography, "A Life in Our Times," illustrates the devotion of Emily Gloria Wilson, his family's housekeeper. It had been a wearying day, and I asked Emily to hold all telephone calls while I had a nap. Shortly thereafter the phone rang. Lyndon Johnson was calling from the White House. The voice shouted, "Get me Ken Galbraith. This is Lyndon Johnson."

2. The housekeeper replied, "He is sleeping, Mr. President. He said not to disturb him." "Well, wake him up. I want to talk to him." "No, Mr. President. I work for him, not you. He ordered me not to wake him up; and, I'm not going to wake him up. When Mr. Galbraith called President Johnson back, he could scarcely control his pleasure. President Johnson said, "Tell that woman I want her here in the White House."

3. The great missionary, J. Hudson Taylor said:
"God gives his approval, not to those who pray for it, not to those who long for it, and not to those who look for it. He only gives His approval to those who OBEY!"

3. Dr. B. J. Miller once said,
"It is a great deal easier to do what God gives us to do, than to face the responsibility of not doing it."

4. Archibald Rutledge wrote that one day he met a man whose dog had just been killed in a forest fire. Heartbroken, the man explained to Rutledge how it happened. Because he worked out-of-doors, he often took his dog with him. That morning, he left the animal in a clearing and gave him a command to stay and watch his lunch bucket while he went into the forest ...

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