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Summary: When you grow weary of your responsibilities, remember God has planted you in a certain place.

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Is There A H.E.R.O. In The House? Series 4 of 4

Obedience: Putting the D-I-E In Obedience

February 22, 2009 Chester FBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson

Introduction:

A In the 11th Century, King Henry III of Bavaria was fed up the set up of being King.

1 He applied to be a contemplative at the local monastery, via Prior Richard.

a The King told the Prior of his struggle, personal battles.

b The Prior said, “My King, do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be difficult for you because you have been a King.

c King Henry respond, “Yes, I understand. I will live the rest of my life being obedient to you as Christ leads you.”

aa Then I’ll tell you what to do. Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place God has placed you.”

bb When the King died, it was written of him, “The King learned to rule by being obedient.”

2 When you grow weary of your roles/responsibilities, remember God has planted you in a certain place.

a Accountant, prison guard, mom, dad, STA, teacher, line worker, clerk, student, small business owner, retired . . .God expects you be faithful where He has put you.

b Today, let’s learn how to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives by being obedient.

3 Over the last three weeks we have learned about . . .

a Humility: Everything you have in the natural/spiritual is from God. God sees you as a child in need.

b Endurance: Length and Lesson of our days. Time is our friend.

c Repentance: Not just for Sundays (life style/attitude), not just for other people. Also how by repenting, you can turn a generational curse into a generational blessing.

B I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 1 Cor 15:31

1 You can’t spell the “Obedience” without putting d-i-e right in the middle of it.

a Like the Apostle Paul, we must “die daily.”

b Today, we’ll learn exactly what it means to put the DIE in obedience.

2 I believe Satan cannot break down the heart that has an undivided, loving commitment to God.

a I believe the devil knows that when a heart that obedient to God, he’s going to be frustrated/tormented in his efforts to conquer our lives.

b Why? Because we’re already dead!

T.S.: Let’s look at how we can put the d-i-e in obedience.

I We must have the right size of obedience. (Believe it or not, it’s child size.)

A Christians are called “children of obedience.”

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children (Lit. Children of obedience), do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY." 1 Peter 1:13-16

1 In life we typically come under 5 principle authorities:

a Kids: Parents (Col. 3.20: Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.)

b Students: Teachers (Prov. 5.12,13)


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