Monday, October 31, 2011

How to Please God

Part 2

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

How do we please the God who exists? It begins by believing what He has said about Himself. It begins by having faith in what God, Himself, has said.

God is the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. He will also create a new heaven and a new earth in the future.

God is Eternal; that means He has no beginning and no end.

God is Everywhere (omnipresent); that means He is everywhere at the same time.

God is all-wise (omniscient); that means He thinks about all things at all times from all points of view, with all knowledge, at infinite speed, without forgetting or making any mistakes, while keeping everything in perfect context. It also means He knows the future in the same detail.

God is all-powerful (omnipotent); that means He can do anything He desires to do. There is no limit to his ability.

God does not ever change (immutable); that means His plans and character are so set in wisdom and rightness that He never has need of improvement or growth.

God is just; that means that He has decided what truth is, that He has decided what is good and evil, that He has decided what is most important, and that He cannot be counseled or corrected by anyone. It also means that God will judge what is wrong and that the consequences toward wrong-doing will be just.

God is also love; that means that 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 describes God perfectly.

God is a real person, and He is Spirit.  That means that He predates, far exceeds, and outlasts the physical world. It also means that He is involved throughout the world today, in the past, and in the future.

Does the above description accurately represent the God you want to draw near to? Is this the God you want to please?

The One True God is Holy; that means He is very different from us and far above and beyond us. God is infinite in all His qualities. It is remarkable that no one, ever, got into trouble with God by exaggerating His virtues or power or majesty. God is a real being (person) that is so great as to be far beyond our ability to exaggerate. He is worthy of worship.

Do you have faith that such a God exists? Do you have assurance and conviction that such a God exists? Is this the God you want to please?

The Infinite God became a man also. His name is Jesus Christ. Was Jesus 100% man? Yes. But He didn’t stop being God. He is both God and man. Jesus Christ is the Infinite God who became man ‘also’. He is not the god who became a man ‘instead’ of remaining god.

Want to know more about Jesus Christ? Read the histories of His life that are in God’s Word; Matthew and John are a great place to start.

Do you want to Please God? Do you, a tiny finite person; want to please the Infinite God without having faith that He exists? How can you have faith that He exists if you don’t know who He is?

Would you approach King Kong without the awareness that there may be consequences? How much more should we be aware of the consequences as we seek the Infinite God? He has made it known many times that He will judge the inhabitants of the earth. He welcomes and accepts those who seek Him before He calls them to account for their lives on the day of judgment. He may be found on His terms. You can only seek Him and find Him on His terms. His terms; not mine, not yours. The reward is Eternal Life, and it is much more than immortality!

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me.”  John 14:6

Friday, October 28, 2011

How to Please God

Part 1

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

Without ‘faith’ it is impossible to please Him. With ‘faith’ it is possible to please Him. What is this ‘faith’?

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

The ‘faith’ spoken of here is an ‘assurance’ and a ‘conviction’. Now everyone has such faith, period! Let me give you an example. Will you sit down on a chair? If so, then you have ‘faith’ that the chair will not collapse under you. You trust the chair. You have an ‘assurance’ that the chair will hold your weight. You have a ‘conviction’ that the chair will not collapse under you. If you did not have such ‘faith’ in the chair, you would not sit on it. You HAVE ‘faith’; it is just ‘faith’ IN the chair.

Understand, then, that the Bible is talking about ‘faith’, ‘assurance’, and ‘conviction’ in God. It is ‘faith’ IN something, specifically, ‘faith’ in God. It is a ‘faith’ that results in confident action. If you have ‘faith’ in something, or someone, you rely on the object you have ‘faith’ in.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him. Hebrews 11:6a

How do you develop faith in God? Begin by asking Him for such faith. You have His attention all the time. There is a true sense in which faith is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8, John 6:65). Ask Him now. Why not?

Hebrews chapter 11 refers to many people of ‘faith’ who were commended for their faith in God (Hebrews 11:2). If you will review their lives by reading about them in the Bible, you will see that they had ‘faith’ in what God said to them. They received God’s words and had faith, assurance, conviction, in what God told them. They followed what God told them to do. They set their whole lives in the hands of God, for they had faith that God would not collapse under them. The Bible is filled with true history about such people.

We have a Bible that is considered to be God’s words to humanity. They are considered to be Holy Scripture (writing), and as accurate as if God breathed out the words Himself. When you say something, you do so by ‘breathing out’ your words. God considers the Scripture to be His words ‘breathed out’ to you. That is why the Bible is considered the Words of God.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16, 17

Take God’s words to heart. Put your faith in what He has said. With assurance and conviction, do what He says you should do. It will please God if you are ‘competent’ and ‘equipped for every good work. This will become a massive part of your relationship with God. He will reveal Himself to you. You will know Him better and better as the years turn into decades. You will come to treasure what He says (Psalm 119:1-176).

When you take God’s words to heart and do them, many questions will arise in your mind. Get answers, for they are available to those who seek Him. Having questions and seeking Him for answers is another massive part of your relationship with God.

If you don’t think seeking God is worth very much; He will notice. He will not be pleased, for you have no faith in your Creator. Consider: If you spent a lot of time and effort telling someone the truth about a life-and-death matter; and they ignore you or don’t believe you, would you be ‘pleased’? Of course not. If you go out of your way (at personal sacrifice) to tell someone the truth about their life; and they are apathetic or consider your words to be untrue, you write them off. Frankly, it is the same with God.

When you are ready to seek Him, He will begin rewarding you. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases toward those who have faith in Him.

The God who calls to us is an Infinite God. He is worthy of our worship. His ways are vast and marvelous and amazing. He is the most remarkable and interesting person you can ever meet.

About 2,000 years ago He became man also. Read what God says about Jesus Christ in the Bible. You can find these real histories in Matthew and John.

I will be posting more about ‘How to Please God’ in the coming weeks. If you can’t wait, then contact me now.