Obedience

God’s means of delivering us from sin is not by making us stronger and stronger, but by making us weaker and weaker.   Watchman Nee

Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self.    C.S. Lewis

Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.   Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Greatness in the kingdom of God is measured in terms of obedience.   John Stott

He who always waits upon God, is ready whensoever he calls. He is a happy man who so lives that death at all times may find him at leisure to die.   Owen Feltham

Faith and obedience are inescapably related. There is no saving faith in God apart from obedience to God, and there can be no godly obedience without godly faith.   John MacArthur

Holy joy will be oil to the wheels of our obedience.   Matthew Henry

A wife who is 85% faithful to her husband is not faithful at all. There is no such thing as part-time loyalty to Jesus Christ.   Vance Havner

Our Lord told His disciples that love and obedience were organically united. The final test of love is obedience.   A.W. Tozer

The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith. The two are at opposite sides of the same coin.   A.W. Tozer

The man with a cross no longer controls his destiny; he lost control when he picked up his cross. That cross immediately became to him an all-absorbing interest, an overwhelming interference. No matter what he may desire to do, there is but one thing he can do; that is, move on toward the place of crucifixion. A.W. Tozer

What our Lord said about cross-bearing and obedience is not in fine type. It is in bold print on the face of the contract.   Vance Havner

No man more truly loves God than he that is most fearful to offend Him.   Thomas Adams

It is not for me to rise up and go in rebellion against His wishes. If He be a father, let me note His commands, and let me reverentially obey. If He has said “Do this,” let me do it, not because I dread Him, but because I love Him. And if He forbids me to do anything, let me avoid it.   Charles Spurgeon

[Are we] so much in love with Jesus, so utterly enthralled with the transcendent beauties of [our] Savior, so swallowed up in the adequacy of the Son of God in all things that nothing appear[s] so sweet to [us] as obedience to His commands?  Sam Storms

Rest in this – it is His business to lead, command, impel, send, call or whatever you want to call it. It is your business to obey, follow, move, respond, or what have you.   Jim Elliot

The will of God for your life is simply that you submit yourself to Him each day and say, “Father, Your will for today is mine. Your pleasure for today is mine. Your work for today is mine. I trust You to be God. You lead me today and I will follow.”   Kay Arthur

It will not do to say that you have no special call to go to China. With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home.   Hudson Taylor

Sin disabled man to keep God’s law, but it doth not enfranchise or disoblige him that he need not keep it.   William Gurnall

Taking up my “cross” means a life voluntarily surrendered to God.   A.W. Pink

God is looking for willing hearts… God has no favorites. You do not have to be special, but you have to be available.   Winkie Pratney

Let thy child’s first lesson be obedience, and the second may be what thou wilt.
Thomas Fuller

Obey God in all things today ! Drive out the enemy ! Lay the ax to the root of the tree, and the capacity for Jesus Christ will be increased tomorrow.    Alan Redpath

You express love by obedience.   Jack Hyles

He who cannot obey cannot command.   Jack Hyles

All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose he has given them.   Oswald Chambers

But he is unworthy the name of a minister of the gospel of peace, who is unwilling, not only to have his name cast out as evil, but also to die for the truths of the Lord Jesus.   George Whitefield

Maturity starts with the willingness to give oneself.    Elisabeth Elliot

The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.   William Booth

When humans should have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch.   C.S. Lewis

Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live.   C.S. Lewis

Unless he obeys, a man cannot believe.   Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I find that doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.  George MacDonald

The right attitude is this: that I have my own will, yet I will the will of God. Watchman Nee

True spiritual life depends not on probing our feelings and thoughts from dawn to dusk but on “looking off” to the Savior!   Watchman Nee

Follow Him as well for the bitter cup of His passion as for the loaves.   Jeremy Taylor

The history of all the great characters of the Bible is summed up in this one sentence: They acquainted themselves with God, and acquiesced His will in all things.   Richard Cecil

We do not understand and then obey: that is instruction. We obey by faith, and then we understand: that is illumination.   Warren Wiersbe

When you become consumed by God’s call on your life, everything will take on new meaning and significance. You will begin to see every facet of your life – including your pain – as a means through which God can work to bring others to Himself.   Charles Stanley

God is looking for imperfect men and women who have learned to walk in moment-by-moment dependence on the Holy Spirit. Christians who have come to terms with their inadequacies, fears, and failures. Believers who have become discontent with ‘surviving’ and have taken the time to investigate everything God has to offer in this life.   Charles Stanley

Yieldedness is vital in listening to what He has to say.   Charles Stanley

God’s voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamour.   Charles Stanley

What does it mean to glorify God? It does not mean to make Him more glorious. It means to acknowledge His glory, and to value it above all things, and to make it known.    John Piper

Obedience is the only reality. It is faith visible, faith acting, and faith manifest. It is the test of real discipleship among the Lord’s people.   J.C. Ryle

God wants us to love Him more than our Isaac.   Watchman Nee

If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done. God will use anybody if you’re available.    Rick Warren

It is a fact that God wants to destroy every work of our flesh, but He never desires to destroy our personality. He takes no pleasure in transforming us into automata; rather does He delight in having us cooperate with Him.    Watchman Nee

It is altogether doubtful whether any man can be saved who comes to Christ for His help with no intention to obey Him.   A.W. Tozer

Lord, whatever you want, wherever you want it, and whenever you want it, that’s what I want.   Richard Baxter

Joy, not grit, is the hallmark of holy obedience. We need to be light-hearted in what we do to avoid taking ourselves too seriously. It is a cheerful revolt against self and pride.   Richard J. Foster

Just as worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship.   Richard J. Foster

God has no more precious gift to a church or an age than a man who lives as an embodiment of his will, and inspires those around him with the faith of what grace can do.   Andrew Murray

I am a spiritual being… After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ.   Max Lucado

If two angels were to receive at the same moment a commission from God, one to go down and rule earth’s grandest empire, the other to go and sweep the streets of its meanest village, it would be a matter of entire indifference to each which service fell to his lot, the post of ruler or the post of scavenger; for the joy of the angels lies only in obedience to God’s will.   E.M. Bounds

Abide in Me says Jesus. Cling to Me. Stick fast to Me. Live the life of close and intimate communion with Me. Get nearer to Me. Roll every burden on Me. Cast your whole weight on Me. Never let go your hold on Me for a moment. Be, as it were, rooted and planted in Me. Do this and I will never fail you. I will ever abide in you.    J.C. Ryle

We shall know nothing about beauty of walk till we come to compare our walk with the walk of Christ on earth.    G.V. Wigram

If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?   David Livingstone

You cannot obey God without your obedience spilling out in a blessing to all those around you.   Adrian Rogers

God calls all children to be obedient and respectful. Obedience is the act; honor is the attitude.   John MacArthur

He has told us to pray, ‘Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10). And if we have ever prayed that prayer and meant it–even once–we have ourselves shut the door on thousands of things for which we might foolishly ask.   Tom Wells

You must not think that the Lord must work harder to use people in little known places. You must not say, “Well, yes, I guess God could figure out a way to use even me where I am.” “Aim at My glory,” the Lord says, “and I am using you. Aim to please Me, and you are My minister, right where you are, in whatever you are doing!”   Tom Wells

Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.   Jim Elliot

Once we know the Word of God, we have a responsibility to be obedient to it. Joyce Meyer

A ton of prayer will not produce what an ounce of obedience will.   Ed Cole

It is much safer to obey than to rule.   Thomas a Kempis

In vain I have searched the Bible, looking for examples of early believers whose lives were marked by rigidity, predictability, inhibition, dullness, and caution. Fortunately, grim, frowning, joyless saints in Scriptures are conspicuous by their absence. Instead, the examples I find are of adventurous, risk-taking, enthusiastic, and authentic believers whose joy was contagious even in times of full trial. Their vision was broad even when death drew near. Rules were few and changes were welcome. The contrast between then and now is staggering.   Chuck Swindoll

It is Christ who is to be exalted, not our feelings. We will know Him by obedience, not by emotions. Our love will be shown by obedience, not by how good we feel about God at a given moment. “And love means following the commands of God.” “Do you love Me?” Jesus asked Peter. “Feed My lambs.” He was not asking, “How do you feel about Me?” for love is not a feeling. He was asking for action.   Elisabeth Elliot

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