Finding Ways To Please The Lord!

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. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. Ephesians 5:8-10, 13 NIV

How long O Lord, how long will You continue to tolerate our attempts to please man more than pleasing You?

This letter written to the church at Ephesus was not written to unbelievers, but to Believers who once walked in the deeds of darkness, but should now walk in the light–making sure all of their deeds are illuminated by the motivation to please The Lord!

When I listen to people who claim to be Christians, but the words falling from their mouth sound like the words of the world and the things they do are no different than those in the world--those who have never been exposed to God’s Truth, I have to wonder–do they really know Jesus Christ?

If there is no difference between the Believer and the unbeliever–how is anyone supposed to tell us apart? Jesus told we’d be known by our love for one another–but I see little evidence of that love among those who profess to know Christ. If Believers cannot tell the difference between other Believers and those in the world, what a sad commentary that makes on society and even sadder commentary about the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.

He didn’t hang on that cross for those of us who say we believe to act like the rest of the world–cussing, deceiving, manipulating others, creating havoc and chaos every where they go. He hung on that cross–demonstrating His love for us and His desire for us to spend eternity with Him. We are to be examples to the world, not pawns in the hands of the enemy to act like the world.

Everything we do and say–should model what He did and said. We should be compassionate, kind, and loving, teaching His truths to all who will receive it. And for those who choose not to receive it, we shake the dust off our feet, smile and keep going. We take care of the poor and the needy and defend the rights of the vulnerable. We stand tall, loudly and proudly proclaiming the love of God, refusing to back down or back away from living His Truth. And when we are in doubt–about what to do about anything–we seek Him through His Word or Holy Spirit guidance so we’ll know what we do–pleases Him, whether it pleases man or not. 

Is there anybody out there who wants to please God more than man (or government)? I wonder if we have to courage to defy man’s dictates in order to please God in obeying Him. In this country, no one should be afraid to defy a corrupt and godless government, but people are and I’m inclined to believe it is because they care more about what people think of them, than God. And those same people will only have the lake of fire as their eternal resting place.

Help us today, Lord, to find ways to please You!

 

The World’s Inability!

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” (John 14:16,17 NLT)

Just before Jesus made this promise to His disciples, He declared, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

Since He said, “if” we know that He considered the fact that many would not love him and certainly would not keep His commandments. Interesting thing about “if, then” propositions–if  one accepts the truth of one aspect, then the truth must be understood of the other. If we don’t keep His commandments, then we are saying, we don’t love Him.

The world–those who do not believe–doesn’t have a chance at understanding this proposition because it refuses to accept God as the sovereign ruler in the lives of Believers. In essence–their ignorance stems from their inability to accept what we as Believers know to be truth. The truth we know, however, can only be understood within the parameters of being in relationship with God and accepting all Holy Spirit reveals to us.

Jesus, our Advocate–promises another advocate after He leaves. Understandably, one person–confined by a flesh and skeletal frame–could not be in every place at one time; but His spirit–Holy Spirit–unencumbered by the human framework, can certainly be in every place at the same time when we receive the promise and allow Him to live within each of us.

This then, is the problem for the world–it will not accept the Truths in the Bible, nor will it accept the understanding that we, who believe are not hindered by finite truths–those limited by the human mind–but we have access to Holy Spirit who can and does reveal to us things we did not study or research–because with Holy Spirit–we have the mind of Christ–who knows all things and no human in the world can say the same.

While the world rebels against God’s truths, we have no need to defend our beliefs or attack others for their lack of knowing. If they choose to “do a re-make” of what God has said, they will reap the consequences of their actions. All we need to do is simply remind them, “We agree with God because we have the mind of Christ” smile, and keep going, shaking the dust from our feet, if they are not willing to receive what we have to say.

Let’s share The Word, love and embrace those who receive, pray for those who won’t, shake the dust from our feet or fingers, and keep it moving. Holy Spirit within us is more than the world against us! He won’t be stopped as long as we are willing to live according to the terms of His Love–to love unconditionally!