Dellas Linaman - Obedience - Santee I Convention, California - 1982

This thing of obedience, there is no substitute for it!

Hebrews 5:8-9 and 13:13, Hebrews 6:1-3, how do we go on to perfection? By obedience!! Perfect means complete. How can you lack anything if you are obedient to God’s will? It says, "This will we do if God permit." Story of an older mom and pop who were sitting in their chairs one day talking to one another. The mom says to pop, "Some day one of us is going to pass on and the other is going to be left alone."  "Oh, mom, let's not talk about that." The mom replied, "Well, when it happens, I’m going to move to California!" It’s so easy for us to make plans for the future instead of for the present.

Hebrews 13:10, they were feeding off the altar when they were getting something regarding Christ. Feed on the altar and get a spirit of service. We have an altar to feed off of that those who serve the flesh have no right to feed off of.

John 6:27, "Labour for the meat which does not perish." Meat off the altar. It’s the doing. How do we find rest? How do we get healthy spiritually? It’s in the doing! If we find ourselves missing something, it’s possible it could be traced right down the line to simple disobedience. God wants our growth to continue. God doesn’t want us to be stunted in our growth. Sometimes people can be spiritually sick so long that with any little bit of improvement they think they are doing great!

It’s going on to perfection. "You have need that one teach you again." It's still the spirit of God’s servants to teach again. There is not much going on or growing on without this foundation. Sometimes people take steps of disobedience outside the will of God and they think they can come back anytime. Foolish thinking!! Repentance is just not thinking we are going to change but it’s God granting that repentance. This thing of repenting is our life line. There was this drunkard that was so pitiful and others wanted to help him and he said through tears, "But you’ve got to want to change." That’s right! This thing that is to be perfected is our spirit.

Hebrews 12:23, "Spirits of just me made perfect."  Jesus had that perfect spirit in all things. There is nothing quite so vital as our spirit. Even in our mistakes we can have a perfect spirit. "I’m sorry. Please forgive. I need your help."

Luke 17, our faith can be increased. It can grow. Faith can grow through obedience. Jesus said, "I command you to love one another." It's not difficult to love those who love us, but love our enemies! Loving someone who is difficult is going to bring us to our knees and we are going to get help. Sometimes it's obedience to His commanding us to love someone that will bridge the gap that otherwise can well be a disaster!

Luke 8:14, "and that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit unto perfection." We want to go on to perfection this, too. Sometimes we know what is to be done and we are aware of these things, but what's the matter?! It just could be this, there are weeds growing there and you bring no fruit unto perfection. There are cares of life. Weeds show up before the harvest and the thing to do is deal with them, by the roots! Pull them out!!

I Timothy 6:6-9, "Godliness with contentment is great gain, (etc.)" Verse 17, "trust not in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all thing to enjoy." Contentment and enjoyment are two things God intended for His people to have and if we don't have them, we are missing something. True contentment comes with God in this life. Life more abundantly!

II Corinthians 12:9, "My strength is made perfect in weakness." I am glad for what we heard about Gethsemane this morning. Where did the strength come from? "Not My will but Thine be done." Perfect strength! My weakness is far more useful to God than my strength. Sometimes we feel like we'll get in the border of this thing, just into the edge. One boy who had made his choice, made some wrong choices and wrong friends and later, he said, "I never intended on going out so far." Get into this as far as you can and there is no other way than through.

James 1:4, "Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." Another vital thing, PATIENCE!! Here again we can look to Jesus. He endured. Patience is endurance. Just keep on keeping on enduring and you’ll know about patience. When you are sweating and toiling and see no results and you continue sweating and toiling, then you know Patience. There are no borders to patience. If for any reason we think we are approaching the borders of our endurance and for some reason we feel we can't go on any longer, take a look at Calvary. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR TURNING BACK!!!!!