Our Purpose Is To Please God
Revelation 4:11: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
1 Thessalonians 2:4: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
1 John 3:22: And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Jesus* function is also to please His Father.
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
John 6:38: For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Isaiah 53:10: Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
You have been created for His pleasure. Are you pleasing Him? Pleasing God is repugnant to our flesh. Pleasing anyone other than ourselves is distasteful to our flesh. In order to please God we must somehow live a life that is above our flesh.
Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:25: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Walking in the Spirit is so far superior to walking in the flesh that we might liken it to flying. I am never so much alive as I am when I am preaching or teaching God*s word or writing a Bible study. I am never so much alive as when I am serving Him. I am never so mired down as when I commit some sin.
Pleasing God produces in us something incomparable, immeasurable and indescribable. It is joy. It is peace. It is satisfaction. It is thrilling. It is freedom. It is security. It is warmth. It is right.
1 Peter 1:8: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
What we get is Christ*s peace. We get peace with God and we get the peace of God.
John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Romans 5:1: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Colossians 3:15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Was God selfish in creating us for His pleasure? Absolutely not! His pleasure is the best thing for us! His pleasure causes the best result for US!
Luke 12:32: Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father*s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
It is His pleasure to GIVE us something. If you love someone it is your good pleasure to give them something good. If you give them something good it is also pleasing to them.
If we could have the good things from God without pleasing Him it would be selfishness on our part. When we seek anything from any source other than God we are selfish. If we have good things from God because we are pleasing Him it is unselfish.
Proverbs 10:22: The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
That kind of rich usually has nothing to do with money.
1 Timothy 6:6: But godliness with contentment is great gain.
2 Timothy 2:4: 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.
Philippians 2:13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
When we seek gifts from some other source they will not be as good. They will not be perfect. Pleasing God is profitable (blessed) for us. Most of the profits (blessings) will come to us in heaven rather than in this life. Many times they seep back to us here on earth as well.
One of the greatest blessings God gave me since I have been saved was a very special night. I had just begun ministering in nursing homes. I had preached 3 or 4 times. It was not going well. The Lord then led me to modify one of those failed messages and preach it a second time in a different nursing home. A wonderful thing happened. At the end of the message three ladies prayed with me to receive Christ as Savior! What joy!
I don*t think I slept a wink that night. I had a wonderful joyful time of fellowship with God the whole night. In spite of the lack of sleep I went through the next day without feeling any tiredness. The joy just continued. It was so wonderful I felt I needed to ask the Lord to let up on it a number of times. I felt I would explode if He didn*t. I was immersed in joy. It came over me like ocean waves. It was in me. It overwhelmed me. The Lord permits me to have little tastes of that joy to this day. I believe heaven will be like that continually.
We all need to be very careful not to attach too much importance to our personal experiences, even when spiritually positive things result. There are only a few Bible passages I can connect to my night of joy.
Matthew 6:10b: . . . Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Perhaps the explanation for my night of joy is that God permitted me to experience a bit of the joy that happens in the presence of the angels of God in heaven over those three ladies that repented.
Luke 15:10: Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Ephesians 1:3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
A positive thing that happened as a result of my night of joy is that I have continued ministering in nursing homes for over 20 years. My night of joy changed me from a foot-dragging discouraged preacher to an eager and committed one. With His help I had pleased God and He gave the pleasure back to me a thousand-fold. Don*t you like that kind of math?
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