Shut gate and bars! Love, obedience, and freedom! (Object lesson #5)

See introduction from part 1 for clarity.

Let us continue with our next object lesson. 

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Shut gate and bars: (Object lesson)

A shut gate and bars does not necessarily mean “no freedom” but it could mean protection.

Understand the meaning of "No" is highly important.

The answer of “No” can mean protection.

Consider the following accounts. Read prayerfully and carefully.

1 Samuel 8:1-10
8:1 In his old age, Samuel retired and appointed his sons as judges in his place. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba; 3 but they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and were very corrupt in the administration of justice. 4 Finally the leaders of Israel met in Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. 5 They told him that since his retirement things hadn't been the same, for his sons were not good men. "Give us a king like all the other nations have," they pleaded. 6 Samuel was terribly upset and went to the Lord for advice. 7 "Do as they say," the Lord replied, "for I am the one they are rejecting, not you-they don't want me to be their king any longer. 8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually forsaken me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. 9 Do as they ask, but warn them about what it will be like to have a king!" 10 So Samuel told the people what the Lord had said: TLB

1 Samuel 8:19-22
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel's warning. "Even so, we still want a king," they said, 20 "for we want to be like the nations around us. He will govern us and lead us to battle." 21 So Samuel told the Lord what the people had said, 22 and the Lord replied again, "Then do as they say and give them a king." So Samuel agreed and sent the men home again. TLB

1 Samuel 9:17 (God choose Saul)
17 So when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said to him, "There he is, the man of whom I spoke to you. This one shall reign over My people." NKJV

Valuable character quality to consider.

Obedience vs. Willfulness
“Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely appointed authority.” *(IBLP)

1. Willfulness removes the gate and bars of protection.
2. Obedience will manifest freedom and prevent being policed, monitored, or supervised.
3. Sometimes the answer is no. If the answer is no, see things from God's perspective with no complaining.

If we insist on our own way we are not walking in love. Walking in the God kind of love is another key to manifest the victory of Jesus. The following portion of God's word is just one example to seriously think about.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (AMP) 
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 
5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

Summary and suggested applications:

1. Understand the meaning of no.

2. Know when God shuts the door and be patient, obedient ,seeking His guidance.

3. Do not insist on our own way.

4. Be generous with a cheerful heart. 

5. Avoid accepting bribes.

6. Operate with justice in administration. 

7. Maintain a good reputation. 

8. Accept the Lord’s counsel.

9. Continue to follow the Lord.

Related information. (If desired)

Click here. Self-control vs. Self-indulgence. Keep the walls of protection up.

Click here. Object lesson #6

*Used with permission from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.