Obeying God rather than man

(An excerpt from Obeying God rather than man by Geoff Henstock, foreword by John Botten)

Obeying God is a crucial commitment of every disciple of Christ where there is a conflict with the laws, customs or commonly held views of whatever human society in which we find ourselves resident. It is an essential part of loving God “with all our hearts”, which is the first and greatest commandment.

This has always been the case – sin is by definition ignoring, defying or contradicting the commandments of our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a continual conflict between the ways of the world and the ways of God which can never be fully resolved until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the meantime, would-be disciples have to face many challenges to their consciences – challenges which the scriptures tell us will become more and more difficult in the last days.

How can we cope with these challenges?

The best answer is by prayer and careful reading of God’s word, which is why this book uses the examples of the trials faced by servants of God in the past to draw valuable lessons for disciples in the present. These things “were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come”, writes the Apostle Paul to the ecclesia at Corinth. Those men and women we read about in the Bible may have lived in other ages and societies, but were just like us in facing these challenges. How they responded will therefore help us in the challenges we face, so that we too may learn to cope with whatever difficulties our lives may bring and come at last to that joyful time when God’s glory will fill the earth and righteousness prevail.

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Preceding

Today’s thought “I have obeyed” (July 3)

Today’s thought “Those following the policies of the wrong leaders and popular people” (December 08)

Today’s thought: “Search me, O God, and know my heart” (March 18)

Today’s thought “A breach of faith against the LORD” (March 1)

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Additional reading

  1. What is a Christian?
  2. Careful not to have God’s wrath poured out upon us taking on the right attitude
  3. The Nazarene master teacher learning people how they should behave
  4. Imperfect ones to learn from the One Who wants to be our Father
  5. Being in tune with God
  6. Moral Patterns and Moral Decisions
  7. A Living Faith #8 Change

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