Posted by: theedwardsfam | April 15, 2008

Words are cheap, actions are expensive!

This was the main point for youth group Sunday night.
I have been studying and teaching about the fear of God in youth group the last couple weeks and have seen over and over again in the Scriptures that a person who fears God will obey God and a person who doesn’t fear God won’t obey God.

John 14:23-24 “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word……He who does not love Me does not keep My words…”

1 John 2:3 “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.”

If you believe in Jesus and have repented of your sin then the results of the transformation that comes when you are filled with the Holy Spirit should be evident! But how?

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

If you surrender your life to Jesus and live your life as a sacrifice to God then the results will be evident to the people around you. You will be different. Jesus was different!

If you decide to live your life how you want to live it then you will look like the rest of the world and people will not see the transforming power of God in you!

I want to be known as someone who is different, different because of Jesus and what He did for me. But it comes with a cost……”If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matt 16:24-25)

I want to be known as someone who follows Jesus but that means that I must obey His commandments instead of doing the things which I and the rest of the world want to do because our flesh is weak. (Matt 26:41)

Some people (including me) think that keeping God’s commandments is hard and a weight not worth carrying……but there is no greater joy than to walk in the Spirit and obey God’s commandments. (3 John 1:4) God’s “commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3)because God has given us the power and ability to do what is right by filling us with His Spirit (Romans 8:9-11).

The weight of sin and guilt is immeasurably heavier than doing what is right.

I used the example of driving 75 mph on the freeway instead of the speed limit of 65 mph. When I have driven that fast I have constantly been looking all around to see if there is a policeman somewhere that might catch me. If I only drove 65 then I wouldn’t have to be worried because I would be doing what is right and not fearing the consequences of driving over the speed limit.

When we do what is right we don’t have to worry about the consequences because God is pleased and glorified by our actions. We may get made fun of by some friends for not doing certain things (drinking alcohol, doing drugs, sex outside of marriage, using foul language, etc) but God is pleased when we obey Him and THAT is what matters most!

The consequences of disobeying God are far greater than the consequences of following Him and living as Jesus lived while He was on this earth!

It isn’t enough to say that you believe in God (James 2:19). If you say you believe in Jesus then your actions should be an exact replica of who you say you believe in.

1 John 3:18 “let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

Actions speak louder than words! I wonder where that person who said that phrase got that idea from……maybe he or she read their Bible and came across 1 John 3:18. God said it. Don’t just say something……..DO IT!

James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

If you say that you are a Christian then your actions should tell people that you are a Christian!

James 1:22 “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”

The pattern of your life should be one of obedience and Christ-likeness!

PS. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

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  1. So do you still drive 75 on the freeway then? ;)Hahah… Jeremy, I like reading your blog and seeing how you have grown up. Crazy how it happens, isn’t it (growing up, I mean… for goodness sake, you’re married! That in and of itself is crazy!)?Hope you and Jenny are doing well :)


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