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

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