40 Days of Joy - The Joy of Pleasing God - Day 18

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

Begin your time with God in prayer:

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart: 

Colossians 1:9-12 - 9For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 

What are we to be filled with (vs. 9)?

For what purpose are we to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will (vs. 10; keyword – so that )?

What four things are pleasing to God?

Vs. 10

Vs. 10

Vs. 11

Vs. 12

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • Set your goal to please the Lord today.

  • Make a list of at least three things for which you can joyously give thanks.

  • Ask God to strengthen you with His power as you live for Him today.

  • Commit to continue to grow in the knowledge of God.

Father, my heart’s desire is to please You today. Thank you for forgiving my sin so that I can experience the joy of Your presence. Help me to walk worthy of You today. I am so thankful that You have set me free from sin and death and have given me eternal life in Your Son. Amen. 

Related verses to meditate on:

Galatians 1:10 - For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Matthew 25:23 - His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'

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