Lesson 25 - Pleasing God

The last verse in yesterday's devo tells us God will transform us so we can test and approve His good, pleasing, and perfect will. God's will means God's purpose and desire. Since God is perfect, His desire for us is also perfect. God desire for us to do the good things that please Him.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. (Ephesians 5: 8-10)

As we devote ourselves to God, He will show us what pleases Him. We find this instruction in the Bible, and His Holy Spirit also confirms it in our hearts. One of the first steps of a child of God is learning what pleases our Father.

... it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.  

           (Phillipians 2: 13)

God works in us to enable us to do the things that please Him, which we were never able to do on our own. But the real miracle is that God actually gives us a heart-felt desire (a will) to please Him! This is one of the main evidences that we have been born again. The desire to please our Father is the trademark of the true Christian, no matter how long they have been a believer.

Point to Ponder:

Romans 3: 10-11 tells us: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.

It is completely unnatural for us as sinful people to seek God and desire to please Him. There is no way we could create this desire within us - oui sin had taken it from us. When we beco,me new creations in Christ, it is God himself who creates this desire within us by the Holy Spirit. Only He can do it.

When you see this desire to please God and do His will forming in you, you know that it didn't come from you! You know ... it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.

This great assurance that you have been born again and are becoming a new creation in Christ!