Do Faith, It Pleases


“How many of you think God is really pleased with you?” In the natural a person can choose to love you because of his or her own goodness, but to be pleased with you, they actually have to like your performance. Right?

With God, no one could ever be pleasing to Him based on performance. His standard is perfection, and no goodness on our part can ever compensate for our sins. We may please man with our actions, but “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).

Once one becomes more thoroughly aware of the exceeding sinfulness of sin within himself it calls up the question, “What must one do?” Notice the word “do.” Does this not indicate activity of some kind? In other words, are we willing to expend some measure of energy—work—to begin stopping actions of sin in our lives?
The way we receive the forgiveness that’s available through Jesus’ blood is by faith (Rom. 10:9-17). When we put our faith in Jesus as our Savior, we are pleasing God. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him.”

Faith comes from the heart (Rom. 10:10), and God looks on the heart — not the actions.

It’s our hearts that really concern God, and faith in Him (trust, reliance) is what He is searching the heart for.

A person whose actions are not right but who trusts the Lord is more pleasing to God than an individual who is doing the right things but has no faith in God. It’s not a case of those who act the best will get accepted, and those who act the worst get rejected. That would put some of the followers of other religions ahead of many Christians, but that is not what the Bible teaches.

This is exactly the point Paul is making in Romans 11:6: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” The amplified says it this way “6But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless].” It’s one way or the other but it cannot be a combination of the two. We’re either saved by God’s grace through what Jesus did for us, or we’re saved by what we do without Jesus, but not a combination of the two.
If God used performance as the basis of whether or not He was pleased with us, no one would ever pass the test. “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” (Ps. 130:3).

Satan used to accuse me and say, “What makes you think God will use you?” The truth is that none of us are perfect. We don’t deserve the blessings of God. We must put our faith in Jesus. It’s hard for some people to accept this. It has been ingrained in us that if we aren’t holy, God won’t bless us. When God looks at you, He doesn’t see your goodness — He sees Jesus. If he saw us we would all be doomed.

If you’re walking in faith, God is pleased with you even though your actions don’t measure up. The worst sin is self-righteousness. The attitude that God owes it to you because you’ve been good is erroneous. When it comes to God, your performance can’t earn you anything. Because you have, do and will sin, you need a savior. It is your faith in the FINISHED work of Jesus that will grant you access to God.

I’m not advocating sin. Your actions are important. Your holiness is important because it changes your heart toward God but it does not change God’s heart toward you.

The actions and consequences of sin will hurt you. Even though God will love you just as much, you won’t love God as much. It will harden your heart toward God. If you constantly live in sin and never feed yourself spiritually, it will kill you. I am not saying you should ignore your actions. You will never do everything perfectly, but don’t let it keep you from receiving the blessings of God.

Look at Peter during the time of Jesus’ crucifixion. He denied the Lord three times. He cursed and blasphemed God, and yet Jesus prayed that his faith wouldn’t fail. Jesus’ prayers were always answered. Peter’s actions failed, but not his faith. He was restored to God and went on to become a pillar of the church.

Some of you may be thinking, this is great — I can live like the devil and still get what I want from God.” If you think that, I would ask are you truly born again, because a True Believer wants to please God. This word is for Believer’s who have a desire to serve God and live by FAITH in His completed work.

HH&MC


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all.

Joy to the WORLD, the Lord has come, let earth receive her KING! For unto us a son was born, a Son was given. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) – “ For to us a child is born,to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

He is our Wonderful Counselor – Wonderful (extraordinary, hard to understand thing), Counselor (to advise, consult, give counsel, purpose, devise, plan). The name “Counselor” speaks of His wisdom (Omniscient-ALL KNOWING). Do you know when wisdom is worthless? It is when it is not available and when it cannot be applied to your Life. But with Jesus it is available and can be applied to your life. As the Wonderful Counselor, God Became Available to us. He became a personal God. As Wonderful Counselor, Jesus came with an assurance of hope in a world that sometimes seems hopeless; Jesus brought hope to those who had no hope. No situation or problem is too difficult for Him to solve. With that truth surely He has brought JOY to the world.

I declare upon every readers life the prosperity of His WONDERFUL Counsel, Joy, Peace and prosperity, as we begin our exit of 2014 and the entry into the awesome prospects that await you in 2015. I speak a blessing over your health, finance, families and life. No matter your nationality, race, creed or color or religion leanings, He THE wonderful counselor is available to you. For some 2015 is going to be LIFE CHANGING as you begin to walk in His counsel.

Be Blessed and God Bless the WORLD and cause us your children to be a blessing!!

OUCH!!!!


Ok, I have a secret that I’m only sharing with you. Do not tell anyone but about a year ago I was getting ready for work and I was fixing some sausage and egg for breakfast. However the sausage was frozen and in my haste and my foolishness I tried to pry the frozen sausage patties lose from one another with a steak knife. I know, I know in my mind I knew it was wrong. As I was holding the sausage in one hand and the steak knife in the other something inside said I would not do that if I were you and I am you. But being impatient I continued to apply pressure thinking that if I pushed just enough the two frozen patties would pry loose. Apparently they were looser than what I thought and the knife went through the patties and the knife continued and went through the palm of my hand just below the knuckles. Needless to say there was a lot of pain, a lot of blood and I was like STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. I drove the knife about a quarter inch deep in my palm and as I pulled it out there was blood all over the place. My wife, who is a nurse, came out of our bedroom, saw the situation and tried to stop the bleeding. But realizing that it was deeper and more serious then we could handle at home, we went to the emergency room. I had it cleaned, got stitches and went home with my hand wrapped in a bandage. I went to work that day as if nothing happened and continued on with my life. The pain was extreme at the point of entry but I also noticed numbness in one of my fingers. As time went on, the numbness continued. In fact it even got worse while the point of entry of where the knife went through my palm seem to get better.

Fast forward a couple months you cannot even tell that I have injured my hand however pain has continued to be recognized in my finger. So much to the point that at one time it was almost useless. I just kind of held it out-of-the-way. I am a musician and I didn’t use my finger as I normally would do. In fact anything that required usage of the left hand, I did not use that finger. It just stood out with tingling and pain shooting to the very fingertips. Even if I touch something my finger registered pain and caused me to react differently than I normally would with my left hand. I later learned there was damage in my palm that severed the nerve casing and the nerve that was directly connected to this particular finger. Yet the point of injury was not the point of pain.

Today, almost a year later, there is numbness and occasional pain; even to the point of just trimming my fingernail feel very uncomfortable.

My point in saying all this is life sometimes causes us pain but most times it is not the point of injury. Case in point, I know people who have been molested as children but yet today 30, 40, 50 years later, the pain of that injury is still being felt and recognize and causing impotency and causing abnormal decisions to be made because of the healing that still needs to be done. Yes, they can say well this happened to me as a child and I’m over it but every inclination whether that is promiscuous behavior, drugs alcohol, untethered shopping and spending, overeating, anger, depression, or unhealthy relationships’ could have been initiated by the injury. Yet we live our lives in pain, numbness and out of balance. We all have been injured in someway another maybe not as drastic as the scenario I just proposed. Maybe it’s feeling like you have never been respected and made to feel inadequate. So now you are very touchy and the least little thing can set you off. Almost everyone and I mean everyone has a hot button and you wonder where that comes from.

Our point and our time of injury is not a problem for God to bring healing. He is not limited by time. He is God yesterday today and forever. He is not subject to time, space or matter and he can speak to your past your future and your today at the same time. He desires for us that we might have life abundantly and that we might live and enjoy the fullness of life. However, sometimes we have to address the point of injury. Do not be afraid because it is only for your good as you move forward in life. Is this an easy process? No. Is it a quick process? No, but it is and can be a steady process.

I forcibly now make myself use the finger that registers pain because I recognize that the finger was never injured the palm of my hand received the injury. So I must overlook and must break through and continue to press through the numbness and the pain of the finger to where the usage of it becomes a normal part of my life. When I play the keyboard I am not having the finger in the air but I’m using that finger to help bring beautiful melody and music to those who would hear. The same applies for you and life. Press through the numbness, press through the un-comfortableness so that you might bring forth what you have been called to do. Do not let the things of the past influence your present and future. No it’s not easy but with the help of the Father and with determination you can be successful. While the point of injury is different than the point of pain through it all you can obtain the wholeness the completeness the victory and the purpose of your life’s calling.