Summary: An examination of the reasons for obedience.

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This past week, on Halloween to be exact, an article by Richard Dawkins was printed in the “Times on Line”. The title of the article was “Why there is no God”. In response to this article, I wanted to preach this morning on why I know that I know that I know there is a God. Not only why I know there is a God, but also why I know His name is YAHWEH and how I know Him personally. How many of you could give testimony to that fact this morning?

I would love to preach on that this morning, but I was not led to. Instead, I have been led this morning to ponder the question, “Since there is a God and many people in this country claim to know Him, including the majority of us in this room, then why do so many act as though God does not exist?”

In Psalm 14:1 we read:

>Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.”

We understand and accept that. The Bible tells us that sin, and the prince of the earth has blinded people’s eyes and closed their minds to the truth. Some folks are foolish and try to convince themselves there is no God.

What I cannot understand, however, is why when we believe and know there is a God, and when we claim to know Him, why there are so few who actually live as though He is the Boss in their lives. There are several places in the Bible where God laments that fact.

- Isaiah 1:2-3

> Jeremiah 2:32 Can a young woman forget her jewelry or a bride her wedding sash? Yet My people have forgotten Me for countless days.

> Luke 6:46 Why do you call Me “Lord, Lord,” and don’t do the things I say?

This morning I would like to examine, primarily, one verse and from that verse, point out why it is to your benefit to make Jesus the Boss of your life.

> Proverbs 29:18 Without revelation people run wild, but one who keeps the law will be happy.

Why should you let God be the Boss of your life? Why should God be the Boss of your work, your home, your marriage, your wallet, and your life this coming year?

Some of you probably won’t let God be the Boss of your life, and you aren’t even really interested in knowing why you should. The rest of you, I would like you to pray with me right now, and ask the Lord to open your eyes. Will you do that with me?

- Pray

Why should God be the Boss in your life? Let’s assume for a moment that every one of you is Christians. You already have salvation taken care of. You know your sins are washed away and know for sure that if you were to die right now that you would go to heaven. The why should you let God be the Boss of your life this coming year?

Some of you may remember, shortly after Gladys, Drew and I moved back here, that we had a couple of cows we raised. We also raised cows when we lived in Mississippi. Now, when we got those cows, we worked on the fences. I wanted them to stay exactly where I put them. I didn’t want them to go anywhere. Imagine what would happen if there was no fence there, if I had no way to keep those cows in or control them. I would have some problems, and 4 come to mind immediately.

1. They would be worthless to me – First, if I had no way to control those cows, they would be worthless to me. Those cows in Mississippi, I want you to know that we bought those calves and raised them. We fed them. We nursed them through the winter. We gave them medicine when they needed it. We gave them the vitamins and minerals they needed, but in spite of all of that, if I had no way to constrain them, they would be worthless to me. If I had no way of controlling or catching those cows, they would be no use to me at all.

2. They would never be all they could be – Not only would those cows be worthless to me, but also they would never be all they could have been. They would never be as healthy as they would have been if they stayed within my restraints. I wanted those cows to be as healthy as possible so I balanced their feed with a good mixture of calories and protein. I gave them shots to help them grow and to protect them from disease.

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