John 9 Lesson

Obeying God And Acting On Our Faith

Jesus said:

  • “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it .” – Luke 11:28.

This message identifies two things that we can do to be blessed:

  1. Hear God’s word,
  2. Apply it.

In John Chapter 9, we read the story of the blind man healed by Jesus. Jesus told His disciples that this man was blind so that:

  • “The works of God might be displayed in him.” – John 9:3.

John writes that Jesus spat on the ground and then made clay out of the spittle. He applied the clay to the blind man’s eyes and instructed him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. 

What happens next is something we can all learn from. The blind man did exactly as Jesus said, and his sight was restored.

This is a perfect example of somebody who obeyed and was blessed. Jesus told Him what to do, and He did it. It really is that simple. If we want to be blessed, we need to obey God.

Today’s lesson is broken into two parts:

  1. Hearing God’s commandments,
  2. Obeying them.

HEARING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS

How do we hear God’s commandments? By reading the Bible!

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he wrote:

  • “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. ” - 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

In his letter to the Romans, Paul wrote:

  • “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

The more we read the Bible, the stronger our faith becomes, and the better we understand what we are commanded to do.  

OBEYING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS

We can memorize the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but if we do not act on what we have learned, our faith is useless.

Consider the following scripture:

  • What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. - James 2:14-17.

This is a powerful scripture that is worth reading and rereading to make sure we understand it, and can properly apply it.

Every day we have opportunities to act on our faith. We may notice that somebody is having a bad day and offer them words of encouragement. Or maybe we are asked to give somebody advice, and we quote a scripture.

The ways that we can act on our faith are seemingly limitless. James writes about providing clothing and food to those that are naked and hungry. If we have been blessed with the ability to help those in need, we should! Jesus illustrates this point when He says:

  • “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ ” - Mathew 25:34-40.

There are many ways that we can act on our faith. Whatever talents we have, we are to put them to work for the Lord. And if we have been blessed with an abundance, we need to provide for those less fortunate.

  • If somebody is hungry, we can feed them.

  • If they are thirsty, we can get them something to drink.

  • If they need clothing, we can clothe them.

CONCLUSION

The story of the blind man that was healed by Jesus is a powerful example of somebody that obeyed God and was blessed.

As we live our lives, God wants us to grow our faith by studying the Bible. Once we understand God’s commands, we are to act on what we have learned.  If we do not act on our faith, our faith is dead and of no use to God.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture taken from Paul’s letter to the Galatians:

  • “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” – Galatians 6:9-10.

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Does anybody have a testimony they would be willing to share about a time when they obeyed God's commandments and were blessed?

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Does anybody have a testimony they would be willing to share about a time when they obeyed God's commandments and were blessed?

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John

I think it takes work to try and stay positive. Almost like a muscle. If we haven't "worked" on being positive much, it is harder for us to do it. But if we get in the habit of looking for the positives in life, we will do it more and more.

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