The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...
"To Please God"
"This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased… I do always those things that please Him" (Matthew 3:17; John 8:29).
The Lord Jesus Christ obeys His Father as a matter of loving devotion, seeking to bring pleasure to His Father's heart. He succeeds perfectly, and lives in born again believers to lead us to consistently and increasingly please God.
"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" (I Thessalonians 4:1).
Pleasing God involves the character, nature, and way of the Lord Jesus being revealed in us. This results in our desire to please our Heavenly Father. Indeed, a prime indicator that we genuinely know Him involves the sincere desire, wrought in us by the Holy Spirit, to bring pleasure to His wonderful heart. "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13). We certainly do not always do so, and our experience of devotion can ebb and flow based on our response to His working in our hearts. Deeply within every believer, however, is the Christ-infused desire to please God, even to the degree of delight. "I delight in the law of God after the inward man" (Romans 7:22).
The Savior's presence in our hearts elicits real desire in us to bring emotional pleasure to God. Grace leads to such devotion, the freely given gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit who works to form the Savior's sensibilities in us. Pleasing God therefore begins with God, a truth that itself fosters genuine devotion to the blessed possibility. What a wonder, that finite beings such as ourselves, inhabited by the Spirit of Christ, can please an infinite God. This being true, let us set forth anew and afresh in this day to bless the Heart that so blesses ours.
"The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."