Are We Pleasing God
   
   Are We Pleasing God

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"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:"   (Prov. 17:22)
"... the joy of the LORD is your strength."   (Neh. 8:10)


1 Thess. 4:1, “Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.”

Gal. 1:10, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

Introduction:

A. Pleasing God is a Christian Duty.

1 Thess. 4:1, “Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.”

B. Blessing God should be the Aim of Every Christian.

1 Thess. 2:4, “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.”

C. You Please God by Doing Good.

Heb. 13:16, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

D. Enochis an Example of a man Pleasing God.

Heb. 11:5, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

E. Pleasing God was a Characteristic of Jesus.

Matt. 3:17, “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

I. Those Who Are Not Pleasing God.

A. They that Live Only For Themselves are not pleasing God.

Rom. 15:1-3, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. 3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.”

B. They that only seek to Please Men, are not pleasing God.

Gal. 1:10, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

C. They that are In The Flesh cannot please God.

Rom. 8:8-9, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

D. They that have No Faith cannot Please God.

Heb. 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

II. Those Who Are Pleasing God.

A. Those who Ask Right Things from God.

1 Kings 3:9-10, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?  10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.”

B. Those who are Separated for God.

2 Tim. 2:4, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

C. Those who are Wholly Yielded to God.

Heb. 13:20-21, “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

D. Those who Walk with God.

Heb. 11:5, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

E. Those who Praise God.

Psa. 69:30-31, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.”

Conclusion:

A. If you are Saved, you can --- Praise God --- Magnify Him with Thanksgiving.

B. Are You Saved?




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