[SW209] 11/20/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
“Easy To Obey”
If Jesus Christ’s yoke is easy and His burden is light, how can it be hard to obey? Thank God! It is easy to obey!
I revere and honor God’s word, and handle it as carefully as I can, so as not to miss any of its life-changing truths.
Text: Matthew 11:28-30
It is easy to obey. How do I know? Jesus tells me.
Take My yoke upon you
Learn from Me
What does it mean to take His yoke upon you?
Couple yourself with Him, so where He goes, you go
What will you become when you learn from Him?
Humble of heart (a lowly position)
What will the result be?
He says His yoke is easy (pleasant, comfortable) and His burden is light (easy).
If it is comfortable and easy, it cannot be hard to obey Him.
He will give you rest, re-creation!
John 12:24-26 — If you are serving Me, you must follow (obey) Me. What is the context? You give up your life and gain His. You follow (obey) Him and you die and He lives in you. That’s how you serve Him.
John 14:15-16 — If you love Me you will obey Me . . .
You can’t obey Him if you don’t love Him.
Love is not just saying, “Oh, I love you Jesus,” and then going out and living like the devil.
This word for love here is “agapeo,” the verb for “agape,” and that is God’s actual love, the same love the Father has for the Son.
When Jesus speaks here, He speaks of the future. They don’t have that kind of love in their hearts yet. It is prophetic — promises to come at Pentecost. Have you had a personal Pentecost? Then you will find it easy to obey because you will love Him with His love.
The disciples will obey Him in the one thing He asks before He ascends to heaven. They will stay in the city until they are clothed with power from on high, until they are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.
And then, having received agape in their hearts when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit, they will find it easy to obey.
They will find rest for their souls, re-creation, they will find the sabbatismos of Hebrews 4:10-11 — “For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.”
Ananias and Sapphira did not have that love in their hearts, though they were part of the newborn church. They lied and died.
But look at all of those who dwelled together in unity, in the Book of Acts! It was because God’s actual love was in their hearts. Compare the disciples in the gospels to the disciples in the Book of Acts, after God’s love was poured out in their hearts. They obeyed, and it was not hard. It was easy!
Psalm 119:32 is prophetic. God will enlarge your heart when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. Then you will run in the ways of His commandments — not walk, not hesitate — RUN!
So why, beloved, do you find it hard to obey?
Because you do not believe the words of Jesus Christ. How can you ask Him to change your heart if you don’t believe what He says?
But His yoke is easy, His burden is easy. You cannot deny the words of Jesus.
Do you look at fallen church leaders and say, “See? They did not obey, so neither can I.” But Jesus says it is easy to obey.
Why did the fallen ones disobey? Because they never stayed in the city (Luke 24:49). He never knew them (Matthew 7:22-23), so they were lawless and disobedient. They never took His yoke upon them.
If you will cease from your unbelief, He will cause you to rest. Enter His rest. Be re-created. Let Him do in your heart that which seems impossible — fill it with His love and power! Then it will be easy to obey!