Learning to Please God

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer 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.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)

January 16 – Learning to Please God

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.

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

Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud.  It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.

"Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?  Or am I trying to please men?  If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ."  Galatians 1:10

One of the biggest transformations that needs to occur in our hearts is the shift from living to please ourselves and others to living to please God.  Most of us are completely unaware that our thoughts drive our behavior.  We often overeat to meet our emotional needs, not our hunger needs.  We want to be accepted by our friends so we do things that we know are wrong.  We want to look spiritual at church so we use the right words and carry our Bibles, even though the rest of the week God sits on the shelf.  If we want this change, we need to first make the decision that we want to live to please God.  Next, we need to realize that it is a process.  You won’t change overnight.  The more you set your mind on pleasing God, the more transformation you will see.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

Make the decision to please God in everything you do.

Ask God to examine your heart.  When He shows you an area which displeases God, confess it.  Then think about what you could have done in that situation that would have been pleasing to God.

Ask God’s Spirit, who is in you, to help you live a life that is pleasing to God.

Father, I am so grateful that You can change my life.  Forgive me for living to please myself and others instead of living to please You.  Help me to continue to put Your Word in my mind and then use it to direct my life.  I want to learn to live a life that is pleasing to You.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted."  Proverbs 29:25

"But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts."  1 Thessalonians 2:4  

"But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”  Acts 5:29  

"So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him."  2 Corinthians 5:9  

 

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