Synonymous With "to Obey"
Opening Scripture and Introduction
Yochanan (John) 15:1-11 ...
Here are some words or phrases that are synonymous with the word/phrase " to obey" ...
be ruled by
do as one says
do one's duty
do what is expected
stay the course
to be clean
to be convinced to
to be persuaded to
to listen to
to be receptive to
We listen to the direction of YeHoVaH through His Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). Reread Yochanan (John) 15:1-11 [above], also Yochanan (John) 10:27 says, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." We are persuaded to or convinced to listen to the voice of Yeshua as He tells us to guard or keep the commands of YeHoVaH by abiding in or staying in Ruach HaKodesh.
We are receptive to obedience because we believe and have faith. Romiyim (Romans) 1:5 says, "Through whom we have received favor and office of the emissary for belief-obedience among all the nations on behalf of HIs Name." Our receiving and obeying is His activity.
This is not a legalistic obedience, Yeshua was never legalistic in His obedience; but, it is obedience nonetheless. Read again Yochanan (John) 15:1-11 [above].
If you are a Believer and Follower of Yeshua, you are free to obey, meaning, you are not slaves to sin. It is in obedience that we are the most free, meaning, we are free to be human beings as YeHoVaH intended us to be.
To be Torah observant is not to live daily as though we were praying to or prey of sin, it is being receptive of what YeHoVaH, who gave us His Torah, wants us to be, it is following the voice of the Great Shepherd, who is the Living Torah, and it is allowing Ruach HaKodesh to take up residence within us so that we have that great help that we need in every time of need.
Closing and Supporting Scripture
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 11:1--"And you shall love YeHoVaH your Elohim and guard His charge: even His laws, and HIs right-rulings, and HIs commands, always."
Yochanan (John) 14:15--"If you love Me, you shall guard My commands."
Luqas (Luke) 11:28--"But He said, 'Blessed rather are those hearing the Word of Elohim and watching over it!'"
Qorintiyim Bet (2 Corinthians) 10:5--"Overthrowing reasonings and every high matter that exalts itself against the knoweldge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to ha-Meshiach."
Ya'aqov (James) 1:25--"But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of the work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah."
Kepha Aleph (1 Peter) 1:14--"As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance."
Yochanan Bet (2 John) 1:6--"And this is the love, that we walk acording to His commands. This is the command, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it."
Hazon (Revelation) 14:12--"Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones, here are those guarding the commands of Elohim and the belief of Yeshua."