Hebrews 10:6-7 What Pleases God

 

Man on a river

with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, my God.’ Hebrews 10:6-7

Determining what pleases a god is what a lot of people are trying to do all over the world. People in every religious belief are striving to please their god in whatever way possible.

The majority of people and religions focus on sacrifices to please their god. Several religions will offer animal or food sacrifices, while many will focus on physical sacrifice of self. People will beat themselves or deny themselves of pleasures of food or things in order to attempt to please their god.

While in false religions, where people are worshipping false gods, this is often expected, it also occurs within Christianity. There are many people who are offering sacrifices to attempt to please God. They give up certain things, they get rid of certain things in their attempt. At times this is needed because God has called them to do that sacrifice, but often it is just trying to please God without doing what pleases God.

In the verse today, it is quoting from Psalm 40:6-8 and what Jesus, Himself had also quoted about Himself. God did not really want all of the sacrifices that were prescribed in the Old Testament Law. What He wanted was an obedient heart, a person who would do His will–the very thing Jesus did.

Believers today need to focus on doing God’s will in every area of their lives. There will be times that they must offer a sacrifice, but in order for that sacrifice to mean anything, they must be doing God’s will and desire.

God’s will is for every person to love Him with all of their life and love others also. This means one will do whatever God wants, when He wants and how He wants it done. This means people will strive to be a living example of Jesus to the world.

You are a disciple of Jesus, so you are to live your life just as Jesus did.

Sacrificing your time and money does some good, but to please God focus on doing His will. Find out what God wants you to do and do it with a cheerful heart to the best of your ability. In this way you will please God.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will do what God wants you to do; that your life and heart will please God; that your life will be just like that of Jesus; and that God will be pleased with your thoughts and actions.

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Colossians 1:9-10 Knowledge For A Purpose

 

Boy reading the Bible

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, Philippians 1:9-10

Gaining knowledge is something many people are seeking. Millions of people around the world go to college every year to gain some knowledge in some field in life. They want to do better in life and feel that knowledge will help.

Knowledge can be good, if it is the right knowledge and used in the right way. Knowing how to sin and promote sin, does not do a person any good at all. The reality is that every person has built in knowledge in how to sin and promote it. It is the sinful nature in man that does that. All that knowledge will do is bring death to the person.

There are many who are seeking knowledge of God, they want to know who God is and what He is like. Thousands of people are in bible colleges or in bible studies around the world, just to know more of the bible. They are seeking head knowledge of who God is and what the Bible says.

Paul tells the people of Corinth that he is praying that God will fill them with knowledge through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. However, the purpose is so that they can live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him with bearing good fruit.

There are many believers who can quote many scriptures and every doctrine, yet are not living for God. They cut people down, they lie, they cheat, they steal, and do not make any disciples. They are doing their own thing and not pleasing God by doing what He wants.

You have to seek God to find out what He wants for you. You need to find out what good works He wants you to do each day. How can you live your life in a way that is worthy of what Jesus did on the cross for you?

How can you use the knowledge that God has given you to build His kingdom?

Strive to please God in every way.

I pray today that you will know God’s word and will for your life; that God will show you how to live for Him; that you will bear good fruit for God; and that God will fill you with His wisdom.

October 4, 2018 Verse Of The Day

bible.com/111/gal.1.10.niv

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/gal.1.10.niv

Ephesians 5:8-10 Be A Child Of Light

 

Child of light

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10

Every person is born into sin. Each person has sinned against God and lived in darkness. This darkness is living as the world lives, sinning and promoting sin, with no care or concern for God or others.

The world lives that way because that is who they are and how they live. They are blind to living a true, full life that is rich and abundant.

Believers are to no longer live in the darkness. They have seen the light of God–Jesus. Every believer has been forgiven of all sin and given a new life to live, one that is an abundant life.

Jesus was the perfect example of what is the perfect life. He was good, righteous and true. There was no falsehood or sin in Him at all. Believers are to live in the same way.

In order for a believer to live that way he must find out what pleases God. It is very simple to please God. All one must do is be good to everyone, turn from all sin and be righteous, and speak and do everything in truth. This will make him a child of light, a child of God.

As a child of light, he will seek to do the best for everyone else. The ultimate best is pointing them to salvation in Jesus. He will also turn from every sin and strive to live a holy, perfect life for God. And there will be no falsehood in him at all. Everything you see on the outside surface will reflect what is inside the heart, which in turn will reflect God. This will only occur if he seeks what pleases God and not himself.

Each day you get up, seek to find out what will please God that day and, then, do it. Trust God to guide your life on the best path ever, regardless of what it looks like.

You were brought out of the darkness into the light, don’t go back into the darkness.

As you look at your life, are you a reflection of the light of God–Jesus?

Or does your life reflect the darkness of this world?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live to please God; and that your life will be a reflection of God’s light–Jesus to this world.

Galatians 6:8 Sowing For Eternal Life

 

Corn field

Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

Sowing is the process of planting a seed in order to reap a larger harvest in the future. It is taking something very small and planting it so that it will grow larger and bring in a greater investment.

Farmers are known for sowing seeds to grow various crops. In the business world, people sow money into the business to generate more business and more income. Investors tell people to sow into, put money in, some type of fund to increase their retirement earnings. These are some of the things that people sow into in order to have more later on.

People also sow into other things that are not always the best. They focus their lives on sinful things. They try to please themselves with the things of this world, rather than the things of God. They seek out ways to get immediate pleasure for themselves. Watching and listening to things that are destructive to the spirit. Engaging in sinful activities for a temporary pleasure. Seeking to build themselves up, rather than God’s kingdom.

Living like this will also have a reaping time. It will bring about destruction in the end.

The believer has his focus on sowing the things of God, building His kingdom. This is seen in love, patience, kindness, forgiveness, grace, mercy, and spreading the gospel message. These are things that will last for eternity. They will also reap eternal life.

Instead of focusing on pleasing self, as the world is striving to do, the believer is focused on please God. He is constantly asking how he can please God with what God has placed in his life. He is sowing into the lives of other people and building them up.

As a believer you must look at what your goal is and what you are sowing into. What are you investing into?

If you are focusing on the things of this world, you are sowing into this world only temporary things and bringing about destruction in the end.

If you are focusing on God and His kingdom, you are sowing into His kingdom, which is eternal and will reap an eternal life.

Take what you have, both physical and spiritual, and invest it into God’s kingdom for an eternal reward.

I pray today that God will show you ways to sow into His kingdom; that you will focus on the eternal things of God; that God will show you how to please Him; and that all you do will please God.

2 Corinthians 5:9 What Is Your Goal?

 

setting goals

So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Corinthians 5:9

Goal setting is something that every successful person states is a requirement to do in order to accomplish anything. Setting a goal gives a person something to aim for. Without any goals set, a person will just aim at nothing and will just wander around never really getting anywhere.

One of the most common goals that people are told to make is in investing for a future retirement, setting money aside. Often people who have this goal will begin by setting aside some money on a regular basis. A little here, a little there and it begins to add up. Without a goal, people will spend every penny they have and leave nothing for retirement.

There are an infinite number of goals that a person can make. Some are houses, things, positions, marriage, education, titles, travels, and the list goes on. Those who set and focus on their goals, can usually obtain them, if they put the needed work into it.

While there is nothing necessarily wrong with these goals, the believer should have a different, higher set of goals. Goals to reach the lost, to be more like Jesus, to know God’s word more, to pray more, to minister more, and the list goes on. However, there is one goal that Paul recognized and aimed for that will include all other goals. That goal is to please God.

As a believer sets the goal to please God many things will happen. He will turn away from sin, pray more, be more of a witness, disciple more, encourage more, serve more, worship more and again, the list goes on.

The benefit of pleasing God is that it is an eternal goal with eternal benefits. This goal is with the believer in life and in death. The rest of the goals that this world likes to set are just temporary and will not last forever. Once a person dies, it is over.

Take a look at your own life. What goals are you setting?

There is nothing wrong with setting the temporary goals, but the goal of pleasing God should be number one in your life.

How are you doing at working at pleasing God with your whole life? Are you pleasing Him just on Sunday, or everyday of the week?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your goal will be to please God; that God will give you an eternal perspective on life; and that your life will be one that God will be pleased with.