Spiritual Obedience

Joseph LephiewABC’s of Spiritual Living, Series, Sermons

SERMON NOTES

If you wondering why I am speaking to you from a video I am about to let you know. It is a great lesson leading into our teaching for this morning.

I have a had the wildest ride of life these past few weeks. It started the 31 of July Wednesday when I was up at night rolled over in pain. The most horrible pain in my stomach. I told God if my son comes thru the doors I will go to the emergency room. In less than 10 minutes my son shows up. Yvonne is yelling take your dad, so I am off to the VA emergency room.

It is not long they discover the problem, my gall bladder is enflamed and I need immediate surgery. They had to get my high blood pressure down because it was so high.

The reason it was so high is I quit taking the medication without the my doctors knowing. Years go by and I am living with uncontrolled high blood pressure.

I DID NOT LISTEN OR DO AS THE DOCTORS PRESCRIBED

Well I have emergency surgery and they get back on medication. I am in a lot of pain but they release me on Friday the 2nd of August. I go home and now I am in recovery and healing from the surgery. Many of you heard. A few days later the 7th Wednesday I decide to take a walk with my parrot PRETTY BIRD. I get about 10 feet into the parking area when my left leg begins to feel tingly and numb and so I panic and begin to try to hurry to get back in the house. I get in but I am kinda dizzy and not seeing well and pretty freaked out.

Yvonne calls 911 they show up and they suggest I get to ER. I was stable up to this point so they let Yvonne just drive me. Back to ER at the VA and this time they are testing me. My blood pressure is so high I am in death range. They VA Doctor who was my angel says we need to get you out of hear to a much more advanced hospital.

She sets it up so here I am being transferred to Barrows Neurological Institute at Saint Joseph’s. They are supposed to be the best around. God is watching out for me even now.I get there to there ER and they begin to run test for hours and hours and more hours. EKG, heart imaging, circulation test, Brain MRIs, spinal mri’s.

They came to the conclusion I had a stroke. A week later from the surgery now I have just had a stroke. A full stroke. They are testing and I am praying, they are pulling blood and I am praising God.

I they checked me out this Friday to be released. They made this statement that they have never released a stoke patient in one day. After all the test they said yes it was a stroke. The only thing was I did not get all the symptoms as most stroke victims.

Most stroke victims become paralyzed on one side, leg and hands and arms. They usually loose the capacity to speak or usually slur in there speech. Usually they have memory loss, can’t think, remember or comprehend things. On and on there is a list of side affects from a stroke.

I had very small and minimal affects. I have to see a Neuroptomologist for my vision but I can see and read. I have a tiny numbness and tingling in my left three small fingers and that is it.I have been worshiping and praising God this whole two weeks. This Friday I get up early and decide to just do a small walk just outside my door. I put on my favorite song by Charlie Wilson “I AM BLESSED” and I walk out and I just stop and look down and around and realize I am standing where I had the stroke. Something came over me. The song is singing.

As this song is playing and I am standing in the place one where a few days prior I had a stroke and the week before emergency gall bladder surgery I become overwhelmed with God’s Love,Grace, Mercy, and Goodness. I break, and can not control my tears, crying and I kept saying, THANK YOU GOD I AM ALIVE, OVER AND OVER AND OVER.

Two major life altering events in the last two weeks in my life. Emergency Gall Bladder surgery, STROKE all in less than 2 weeks. I AM ALIVE.

THERE ARE SOMETHINGS THAT YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OF, BUT THERE ARE SOME WHERE YOU DO BUT WE CHOOSE OTHER CHOICES.

I DID NOT FOLLOW THE GODS OR THE DOCTORS PRESCRIBED ORDERS FOR MY LIFE AND HEALTH. I CHOSE NOT TO OBEY. I CHOSE TO BELIEVE IT WOULD BE OK.

MY LIFE IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN NOW AND IF I WANT TO LIVE I HAVE TO OBEY.

MY DIET IS SO DRASTICALLY CHANGED, I CAN NOT DRIVE TILL MY DOCTORS RELEASE ME, I CAN NOT WORK MUCH, I CAN NOT HAVE STRESS, I HAVE TO SLEEP AND REST A LOT, I HAVE TO TAKE MY MEDICATIONS 3 TIMES A DAY. ON AND ON BECAUSE I CHOSE NOT TO OBEY.

“But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].”
JAMES 1:22 AMP

“But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].”
JAMES 1:25 AMP

“You shall walk [that is, live each and every day] in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long in the land which you will possess.”
DEUTERONOMY 5:33 AMP