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How to be Free From Fear of Doing the Wrong Thing; Disobedience Might Not Be What You Think It Is

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Published on Jul 25, 2013

http://basrijksen.com/ - When you ask the average Christian what disobedience is, they usually say it's either doing what God told us not to do (you shall not steal, lie, envy, etc.) or not doing what God told us to do (love your neighbour, renew your mind, take care of widows, etc.).

However, this thinking is based on an Old Covenant mindset (religious). To say that disobedience is either the bad you do or the good you fail to do is based on relating to God through the Old Covenant Law.

The logic goes, if you do the "You shall not's," you're disobedient. You're also labelled disobedient if you don't do the "You shall's,". And this simply is not true because the New Covenant believer does not relate (or is not suppose to relate) to God based on their obedience or lack thereof but based on Jesus' perfect obedience, which is imputed unto us as a free gift.

So for the New Covenant believer "disobedience" cannot be defined by the measure of how well or bad they keep the commandments.

The Biblical definition of disobedience is not: doing what God told us not to do (you hall not) or not doing what God told us to do (you shall). This is OC (religious) thinking.

The truth is that being disobedient means not to believe in Jesus. (see Eph. 2:1-2 and 2 Pet 2:7-8 where Paul and Peter contrast believers (sons of obedience) vs. unbelievers (sons of disobedience))

The moment you were born again, Jesus' obedience was imputed unto to you as a free gift; making you a 100% obedient son to God. Consequently, God sees you as though you were always perfectly obedient to Him, all the time!

Sure, on the outside we may mess up once in a while, but God doesn't calls us disobedient. (don't say, "well, I am just disobedient"). Rather, the Bible calls our messing up as "the works of the flesh" (Gal. 5:19-21).

To be saved means to be obedient.

You are a son of perfect obedience before the Father because of Christ's obedience. In other words, your heavenly Father does not see you as disobedient, ever! The challenge is to renew our minds, looking through our Father's eyes, so that we stop relating to God based on what we do or don't do, and that we start to live from who we are.

Are you saying that my obedience doesn't matter?" Of course it matters! Obeying God will keep you from getting hurt by dumb choices.

But we don't obey to earn his love (we already have it) or his forgiveness (in Christ, it's already ours). Rather, we obey our heavenly Father because we love and trust Him and we know that he wants the very best for us Obedience is not keeping a set of rules, but a trust-relationship. When you know the love of God you will trust and obey him naturally. 

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