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Summary: From a series in the book of Mark...This sermon is a look at the importance of obedience to the Lord AFTER He answers our prayers

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"Obedience Must Follow the Experience"

Mark 1:40-45

This morning, we will break this passage down in four sections:

1. The CRY FOR AN EXPERIENCE

2. A COMPASSIONATE DELIVERANCE

3. A COMMAND FOR OBEDIENCE

4. The CALAMITY OF DISOBEDINCE

First, let?s take a look at the central character in this passage by looking at the:

I. CRY FOR AN EXPERIENCE {vs 40}

* This man had:

1. A Deep Hurt

* Leprosy was a hopeless situation

2. A Determined Heart

* He approached Jesus and begged from Him

3. A Dynamic Humility

* There was nothing arrogant in this man?s request...he was very humble

4. A Desperate Honesty

* Look at the verse again...his request was based on the condition of Jesus? willingness

* Somehow, he was resolved in knowing that Jesus? will was best for him

Now let?s look at Jesus by noticing a:

II. COMPASSIONATE DELIVERANCE {vs 41, 42}

* Jesus had a:

1. Supernatural Love

* Jesus will love the “unlovable”

2. Supernatural Touch

* Jesus will touch the “untouchable”

3.Supernatural Answer

* Jesus will do the “impossible”

Following this miracle, Jesus gave a

III. COMMAND FOR OBEDIENCE {vs 43, 44}

* This command was:

1. Against common sense

* The ?natural? thing for this man to do would be to tell everyone about this miracle

2. According to the Scripture

* The command Jesus gave the man actually came from the Old Testament law.

* Jesus will always steer us to act according to what His Word says

Unfortunately, this man acted contrary to what Jesus said and we are shown the:

IV. CALAMITY OF DISOBEDIENCE {vs 45}

* What happens when we choose to do things ?our? way and not the Lord?s?

1. Hindrance

* Jesus’ movement was limited

2. Hardship

* Finding Jesus was more difficult

* But, keep in mind that there is still:

3. Hope

* Jesus is greater than your mistakes

CONCLUSION/RESPONSE TIME

This morning:

* Do you need an experience from the Lord?

* Have you followed your past experiences with disobedience?

* Approach the Lord today and allow Him to touch you again!

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