GOD’S GOOD PLEASURE

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It seems we spend so much time trying to find out what pleases us we have forgotten about seeing what might be pleasing to God. We try to please our parents, spouse, boss, neighbors and anyone else that may be in our lives, but what about God? Do we even know what is pleasing to him? That’s what I would like to look at for a minute.

Right away we know faith pleases God because Hebrews 11:6 KJV tells us “without faith it is impossible to please him.” Faith may not be pleasing to that boss of yours, but we know according to this verse it is to God. Have you ever noticed how Jesus seemed to get quite a kick out of people who just simply believed in him? He didn’t seem to want an astounding display of fortitude or intelligence, just simple faith.

Romans 12:2 in the NIV tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” So if we make the conscious decision not to go along with the world’s way of thinking, but instead look into God’s ways we can find out what pleases him? So obviously the Word is a key to this transformation; shall we go looking?

When Jesus came to be baptized by John something special took place. John, of course, baptized Jesus, and when he came up out of the water the voice of the Father was heard saying, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” One more piece of the puzzle. God is pleased in his son. In Colossians 1:19 KJV we find that “it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.” The Father was pleased to have his fullness in Christ. Wow! This means all of what God is was poured into his son, Jesus. If all the fullness of God is in Jesus Christ and he is in us by faith doesn’t that mean we have all of the fullness in us?

In the Message Bible-Philippians 2:13 says, “God himself is willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” Did you catch that? God himself is willing and working. It is God who is at work in us! He is the one who will do what is pleasing to him within us. It isn’t anything we do. The only thing we do is have faith, be transformed by having our mind renewed in Christ, in whom God is well pleased, and let him do what only he can do. In conclusion look at Revelation 4:11 KJV. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” I hope you have enjoyed this; It’s been my pleasure.

Written by Louie

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