Obedience, It Sets The Captives Free!

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:57-66
S.O.A.P. Reading: Luke 1:63-64

Scripture:
He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God.


Observation:
Zachariah’s obedience to God was his ticket to freedom. As soon as he obeyed he was able to speak and how did he use that ability? To praise God!

Application:
We can often feel like we are prisoners. The things that hold us captive can be so many things. Zechariah was held captive by his distrust of God. You may be held captive by a sin, distrust, illness, sadness, worry, etc… But the key that will set you free is obedience. The act of obeying; submissive compliance. Simply just saying yes to God!

There is a unique link between trust and obedience. In fact you could make a good case that they are interchangeable. In order to “submissively comply” or obey, you must first trust that God’s will for your life is perfect. The evidence of that trust is then obedience to that will. Combine the two and you get belief. Because you believe that God is truth and that his will is perfect you trust him and obey him. 

So do you BELIEVE? Are you in this with both feet like Mary? or Are you holding yourself captive by fear and doubt like Zechariah? Submit yourself, commit yourself, today!

Prayer:
Lord, thank you that you are a trustworthy God that never fails us. Thank you for your word of truth that we can learn and grow within you. Help us to trust and obey. Help us not to hold ourselves captive by worry, doubt and fear. Help us to submit to your good and perfect will. Amen

Trust and Obey


3 thoughts on “Obedience, It Sets The Captives Free!

  1. Today I was struck with the phrase “Stick To the Plan”. This has been a theme for me lately. The enemy loves to rationalize with us and use “concrete logical” reasons why we should not do what God says. “But there is nobody in our family with that name” they said to Elizabeth. I love that you said ” obedience to God”. I heard somewhere Zach couldn’t hear as well as speak. That would have been a blessing, because he didn’t have to listen to people speak doubt to him about The Plan!

  2. Thanks Lana for the insights. Yes I do think that it would be a blessing if Zach didnt have to listen to all the negative comments. I also think that is true today in our lives also. We can often find ourselves surrounded by negative people or even those who listen to our sob stories and feed into our self pity. Staying positive and sticking to the plan is always the way to go!

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