The Desire to Please God

Do you desire to please God, or do you desire that God pleases you? Give my friend a desire to please God, I found myself praying recently. What an odd prayer for someone like me. At least it’s an unusual prayer for someone like the woman I used to be. But I have been blessed with such a transformation in my heart and life by the renewing of my mind through study of God’s Word and application of it to my life that I have found that above all else I have a desire to love God and to please God. What a long way I have traveled to get here. For if I am perfectly honest with myself and others, and honest I shall be, I used to think the purpose of God was to please me.

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Sad, yes. Tragic, yes. And undeniably true. I was clearly under false, entirely irreverent, fleshly, ultimately fatal, false teaching. I have since repented – thanks to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the day by day washing and purging of my mind from impurities by study of God’s Word. We are on the earth above all else to love the Lord with all our hearts and our neighbors as ourselves. If we truly love the Lord, we will study His Word and learn to walk in His ways rather than our own. And if we truly love Him and study His Word and walk in His ways, our lives will bear fruit of our love for Him for we shall abide in Him rather than in the things of this world.

Does your life bear the fruit of abiding in the Lord? Does your life show forth that you are a student of His Word? Do you sit at the feet of the Lord regularly to study His Word and seek His face? Does your life show forth your desire to please Him? Or do you, as I once did, believe God’s purpose is to please you? If you are under the false teaching I was, I implore you to fall to your knees in repentance, to open the Bible and to seek His face, and to rise from your knees with your heart and life committed to living to love and to reverence and to please our Creator, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, God almighty!

Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Joh 15:10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 

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