DEFINITION:  Disobedience is refusing to follow instructions and to comply with rules or regulations.  Biblically, disobedience is refusing to obey God, the commands in His Word, and leaders who have God-given authority over you.


    Disobedience is sin.  Biblical, disobedience is not “exercising your right to choose” or  “freedom of choice”. It is sin.  Obedience is the opposite of disobedience.  Obedience is acceptance and submission to the authority of God and His Word.

    God expects obedience.  Your entire relationship with Him is based on obedience, beginning with your obedience in accepting Jesus as Savior (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).

    Disobedience will prevent you from taking possession of the promises of God.  It kept an entire nation out of their promised land. When Israel disobeyed God, they were sent back into the wilderness to wander for forty years (Nehemiah 9:17).

    Disobedience includes sins of commission–things you should have done and did not do–and sins of commission–sinful acts you committed contrary to God’s Word.

    You are required to obey authorities.  It is a command:   “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority” (Hebrews 13:17).

    Strategies of Satan that will lead you into disobedience.

    -He causes you to doubt God and His Word.

    -He tempts you to murmur against God.

    -He causes you to turn away from God.

    -He causes you to reject God’s voice and His Word.

    -He causes you to no longer fear God.

    -He causes you to fear man more than you fear God.

    -He causes you to reject  God’s will and follow your own plan.

    -He deceives you into compromising.


    Repent of your disobedience.  Disobedience is sin, and as with any sin you must confess it and ask forgiveness from God.

    Determine you will obey God.  You have the power to obey God.  Sin no longer has dominion over you: “For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy].” (Romans 6:14 AMP)

    Practice obedience in routine decisions.   Then you will develop the habit of obeying and will not fail to obey God in the big decisions of life.


    Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! (Deuteronomy 5:29)

    See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse–the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today;  the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)

    It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. (Deuteronomy 13:4)

    This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live  and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life… (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

    Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.  (Joshua 1:8-9)

    If you fear the Lord and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God–good!  But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your fathers.  (1 Samuel 12:14-15)

    But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.”(1 Samuel 15:22-23)

    Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. (Psalm 119:1)

    Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed. (Psalm 119:136)

    I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey your word. (Psalm 119:158)

    I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. (Psalm 119:167)

    He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die. (Proverbs 19:16)

    If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land;  but if you resist and rebel,>you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.  (Isaiah 1:19)

    Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you. (Jeremiah 7:23)

    Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God.(Jeremiah 11:4)

    See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart instead of obeying me. (Jeremiah 16:12)

    Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’  Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.   (Matthew 7:21-24)

    Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  (Luke 6:46)

    If you love me, you will obey what I command.  (John 14:15)

    Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.  He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”(John 14:23-24)

    If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. (John 15:10)

    We must obey God rather than men! (Acts 5:29)

    For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.  (Romans 5:19)

    Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.  For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.  (Romans 6:12-14)

    Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.  (Romans 6:16-18)

    We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10:5-6)

    You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? (Galatians 5:7)

    Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.  (Ephesians 5:6-7)

    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother”-which is the first commandment with a promise “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”   (Ephesians 6:1-3)

    Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.  (Colossians 3:20)

    Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving  (Colossians 3:22-24)

    Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,  to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. (Titus 3:1-2)

    Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.  (Hebrews 13:17)

    Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

    But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:23-25)

    We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. (1 John 2:3)

    This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:5-6)

    Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. (1 John 3:24)

    This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. (1 John 5:2-4)

    Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:9)

    Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. (Revelation 3:3)

    (See “Sin”, “Submission”,  and “Authority” in this database.)

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