Unable to Please God, But…..

We are told that God loves us. He does, beyond human measure! However, we are unable to please Him unless we know what is required. Hebrews 11:6 gives us one of the requirements. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.” The verse goes on to say, “….for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Thus, faith believes in the existence of God and if we give ourselves to seeking Him, He will reward us by revealing Himself to us. (He will do that by giving us understanding in and from His Word). Once we understand that Christ died for us and took the punishment due us for our sin(s), and receive Him as our Lord and Savior, faith becomes the channel through which His saving grace gives us new (Spiritual) birth. Then we begin a life-long journey of being weaned from sin(s) and becoming holy in experience. (Once again, it’s the Scriptures, energized by the Holy Spirit, that sets us apart from the world’s ways and to God’s ways). Our old sinful nature, what the Bible calls the “flesh” is displeasing to God. Romans 8:8 tells us, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Verse 9 adds, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” So let’s pull it together: We are taken out of the “flesh, placed in the Spirit and the Spirit is placed in us to purge out the remaining vestiges of the “flesh,” left over from when we were in the “flesh.”

Paul, after reminding Timothy that we are to be disciplined soldiers of Christ, admonishes Timothy (and us) that, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him Who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (II Timothy 2:4). In the hymn, “I Would Be Like Jesus,” James Rowe gives us insights into a life that pleases God. He wrote, “Earthly pleasures vainly call me-I would be like Jesus; nothing worldly shall enthrall me-I would be like Jesus: be like Jesus-this my song-in the home and in the throng; be like Jesus all day long! I would be like Jesus.” Selah! The more that we become like Jesus, the more pleasing we will be to God!   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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