How Can We Develop an Intimate Relationship with God that Pleases Him and Blesses Our Life?: A Devotional
Is it possible to please God?
In this life you can't always please people... but it most certainly is possible to live your life in such a way that you can actually please God.
We were created originally for relationship with God ... to know Him; to love Him; to relate intimately with Him.
Revelation 4:11 says, '... and for his pleasure they (all things) were created.
When you love someone, when you're in close relationship with someone, you naturally want to please them, and because of your relationship, you have the capacity to please them.
For example - children naturally want to please and have the approval of their parents. A husband and wife would naturally want to please each other and have their partner blessed and happy by their love and their actions.
To Please means - to act for the pleasure or satisfaction of another; to do what seems good to do; to delight, bless, make happy.
As precious, loved and chosen children of God, our desire also would be to live our lives in such a way as to please, delight and bring pleasure to our Heavenly Father ... just cause we love Him and it pleases us to.
You Can Please God
See, God loves everyone and wants everyone to come into a close relationship with Him ... but ... He is not automatically pleased with everyone. As parents, we love our children - but we're not always pleased with their behaviour at times.
For example -
God wasn't pleased with King Saul when he disobeyed Him and He eventually withdrew His Spirit from Saul - 1 Samuel 15:10
In Jesus' parable of the talents, the Master wasn't pleased with the fearful lazy servant who did nothing with his talent - Matthew 25:26
However, the other two servants received a 'well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Master' - Matthew 25:23
God was very pleased with Jesus, and at His baptism said, 'You are my Son whom I love; with whom I am well pleased' - Luke 3:21
So, you can please God. That's an incredible thought - but it is totally true.
You can live your life in such a way that you actually bring pleasure to God and you make His Name great in the earth.
So, how can you and I make sure that we live our lives to please God?
FAITH in God is the beginning point of pleasing Him.
God is pleased when we trust Him. Out of ourselves, that is, our 'old nature' it's impossible to please God. However, as we humble ourselves and put our trust in God, He is very pleased.
Abraham pleased God. Romans 4:3 says, '...Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.'
Enoch trusted God and was taken up to be with God. Hebrews 11:4,5 says, '...before he was taken up, he (Enoch) was approved as pleasing God...'
Hebrews 11 continues ... 'So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him (God), must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.'
As parents we're pleased when our kids trust us rather than thinking they know better all the time.
Proverbs 3:5 says that God is pleased when we trust, that is, lean on and are confident in Him with all our heart and mind, and when we don't rely on our own insight or understanding, but rather (v.6) 'in all our ways know, recognise and acknowledge Him', and then He will direct and make straight and plain our paths.
Living a life of Worship pleases God.
God is pleased when we express our love and praise of Him. Hebrews 12:28 says, 'Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be destroyed, let us be thankful and please God by worshipping Him with holy fear and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.'
God wants us to know Him intimately, and our relationship is developed and we get to know Him better through His Word, talking with Him in prayer, and in worship - in time with God, exploring the vastness of who He is.
Some words from a song I wrote express this -
'In the quietness alone, you call to my heart
Speaking words of love, you draw me apart
To receive from you the life you impart
How I long for you my Lord'
In times of worship and intimacy with God come understanding, direction and vision. We can freely express our heart to God. We draw near to Him and He draws near and 'inhabits' - is present, in our praise. It does your heart good to worship and it actually blesses God and pleases Him.
God desires the whole of our lives to be worship to Him - not just bits and pieces and formal worship times in church. Giving is worship. Serving is worship. Work is worship. Creativity is worship. Enjoying life and loving people is worship - which pleases God.
God is pleased when we live by His guidelines.
The Bible is the handbook on how to live to please God and in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Paul shares several things about living a life that is pleasing to God - and these things will also bless our lives and the lives of those around us.
For example - Paul exhorts us to live sexually pure lives (v.3-8); to love brothers and sisters in the church (v. 9-10); to live a quiet life and work hard to be financially independent so we can be a help to others; to obey and keep His commands such as Psalm 34:12-14 - watching our words; doing good; seeking peace; living humbly and being willing to learn.
Proverbs 3:4 says that if we live our life to please God, we'll find favour, good understanding and high esteem in the sight of both God and man.
The Attitude of a Willing Heart pleases God.
Psalm 100:2 says, 'Serve the Lord with gladness.'
Romans 8:17-18 says, 'For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and other people will approve of you too.
Living a life of Fruitfulness and Blessing pleases God.
God is pleased when we flourish. He takes delight in the prosperity of His children.
Back in Genesis God was pleased with His creation and His intention was for 'man' to be fruitful. It is in our DNA (God's image, His imprint on man) to flourish, be fruitful and increase.
John 15:1-11 and v. 16 tells us that God is honoured, glorified and pleased when we are fruitful and increase.
Living a Life that Pleases God is a Great Protection over your Life.
If we concentrate on pleasing God, relating to Him and doing what He says, then we will be able to not only break free of sin and restrictions and bondages, but more importantly, live a life of absolute freedom.
Galatians 5:15 says, '... live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the old sinful nature.'
Psalm 25:12-15 speaks of the man who loves God and wants to please Him. It says, '... God will instruct him in the way chosen for him, He will spend his days in prosperity ... the Lord confides in him ... his eyes are ever on the Lord for only the Lord will release his from snares and traps.
It is more than possible for you and I to live in such a way that we please our Heavenly Father. God desires to bless you for he delights in you. He longs to lavish His grace and favour upon you. There is a way to live that positions us well to please God and receive His blessing on our life and to enjoy close relationship with him now and forever.
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