Complying or Conforming?
By Norman Watson
In our last Today’s Bible Teaching we learned what it means to be obedient and to not compromise. In Today’s Bible Teaching we will learn about complying or conforming,
1 Peter 1:14 says “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance.” And Romans 12:2 says “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. “when we combine 1 Peter 1:14 and Romans 12:2 this teachinJeremiah 18:1-6g is telling us as true and sincere “obedient children” to not be pushed in the worlds mold or to live according to the pattern of the world but to be transformed from the inside by the Holy Spirit and conform to the image of Jesus and comply with the Word of God.
To be transformed is best seen in Jeremiah 18:1-6 (TLV) “The word came to Jeremiah from Adonai, saying: 2 “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was making a work on the wheels. 4 Whenever the pot that he was making from the clay became flawed in the hand of the potter, he remade it into another pot, as it pleased the potter to make. 5 Then the word of Adonai came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares Adonai. “Behold, as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.” Now reread Jeremiah 18:1-6 and replace the word “O house of Israel” with your name. Then ask yourself am I being transformed by the Master Potter or am I being conformed by the world?
I WILL NOT FORGET
Written by Nicolae Moldoveanu
(Translated by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Fionan de Barra)
Nicolae Moldoveanu is one of Romania’s most prolific hymn writers. More than 300 of his 6,000 hymns* were written during his detention in Communist prisons for his Christian faith. Richard Wurmbrand, one of Nicolae’s fellow prisoners, praised him as one of the greatest saints he met in prison. This song is featured in the 2018 film Tortured for Christ.
Jesus, Lord, O help me always to remember
How your miracle delivered me from pain
How your love has freed my captive heart forever
By your grace you’ve always been my one defender
I was dead and then you gave me life again
Yes, you gave me life again
And I won’t forget the torment and the sadness
I was helpless so I called upon your name
And you answered me with mercy’s tender kindness
Shone your hope to take away my sorrow’s darkness
And the light upon your face now shines on me
Yes, forever shines on me
Now my soul will sing of your eternal spring time
No more clouds and no more sorrows in my heart
With the sacrifice of praise I kneel before you
With the prayer of thankfulness I will adore you
Jesus, Lord, you are the treasure of my life
Yes, the treasure of my life
TODAY’S WORD “Comply”
(By Ken & Dottie Phillips thehungersolution.org)
To act or be in compliance with requests, demands, requirements or conditions.
The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people to SHOUT for the Lord has given you the city. Joshua 6:16.
When the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so, every man charged straight in, and they took the city. Joshua 6:20.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In everyday life every one of us faces situations where we need to comply with a rule. It may be a child in the home complying with a responsibility given by a parent. It may be at work where a boss asks you to comply with a policy.
It can be very dangerous not to comply with rules. Just think of how dangerous it would be to drive a car if there were no rules.
In the scriptures God gives us examples as to how He wants us to comply with His will. One such example is from the adventures of the Children of Israel in their battle to conquer the Promised Land. The Israelites had a difficult time complying with God’s will. From the time God delivered them out of Egypt and freed them from Pharaoh’s rule they were a real challenge for Moses because they would not comply with God’s will for them.
After crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land, Israel had set up camp at Gilgal which was about two miles north of the city of Jericho. Jericho was so well fortified that the Canaanites were sure that their city was invincible. It was situated on a hill and surrounded by a double ring of walls. The outer wall was six feet thick and the inner wall was twelve feet thick. Humanly speaking the fortification of these walls was impenetrable. God had pre-determined that Jericho would fall to the Children of Israel but it would be by His plan and under His direction.
God sent a messenger to Joshua to tell him that God would deliver Jericho completely into Joshua’s hands if Joshua and the Children of Israel would comply with what God wanted done. Joshua and his army were to march around the city of Jericho one time a day for six days. They were to be led by seven priests blowing trumpets made of ram’s horns and followed by the Ark of the Covenant.
On the seventh day they were to march around Jericho seven times and on the seventh time when Joshua gave the command all the people were to shout. The loud shout in unison expressed an expectation of God’s action to fulfill His guaranteed promise.
Joshua complied and the people complied and the walls of the city collapsed and the Israelites were able to charge right into the city and take control of it.
Obedience to God and compliance to His laws always brings blessings. In Deuteronomy 28:2 it reads, “All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you will obey the Lord your God.”
For us today when we read the Bible daily and communicate to God through prayer, God will make it clear to us His direction for us in life. You may not hear His voice but the still small voice within you — your conscience — will make you aware of sin in your life that stands between you and God. It was disobedience that stood between the Israelites and the fulfilling of God’s promise to them. You may be fighting spiritual battles in your life but if you comply with God’s commandments, He will give you victory.
Yes, that still small voice within you is your conscience. You know what is right and wrong and when you ask God, read the Bible and pray, the Holy Spirit is able to work in your life and direct you away from sin and into compliance with God’s law.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Help me daily to listen to that still small voice that You use to help me to comply with Your will in my life. As I read Your Word lead me to passages of scripture that will direct me down the straight and narrow road of righteousness (right living) that will bring honor to Your Holy name.