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While in the world there are many people who are looking for excuses not to please the Lord, we as Christians, disciples of Jesus, the light of the world, must follow the opposite direction. Why?! Because we love Him. The first step to please the Lord is to have faith. To have faith is to believe in something we are not seeing. And without faith it is impossible to please Him. "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." - Hebrews 11:6 The first act of faith any Christian should do is to repent and accept from the heart the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. --- 1 Corinthians 15:1 And consequently, receive and embrace the Holy Spirit who is given to all believers. "Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." - John 14:23 "Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." - Acts 2:38 "and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again." - 2 Corinthians 5:15 "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." - Matthew 26:28 Then, without this faith, it will be impossible for you to please the Lord. "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God." - Romans 8:7-8 After you did your first act of faith, now your daily relationship with the Lord will require faith as well, as it is written: "Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him." - Hebrews 10:38 1.Prayer Our focus should be in becoming like the Lord Jesus, seeking what we need everyday. In our walk we will find obstacles, traps, and great opportunities to learn as well. Acknowledgment, repentance, and forgiveness of our failures and mistakes, whenever it occurs, this pleases the Lord. "But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”" - Matthew 9:13 Then it is very important to keep praying daily, and whenever needed. "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God." - Romans 8:26-27 But how to pray?! "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words." - Matthew 6:7 2.Watch The enemy will always be there waiting for the first opportunity to get you out of the faith. Because he knows that your faith is powerful and the Lord hears you whenever you call Him. Then to watch against and abstain from every form of evil is very important. Did you see anything evil? Rebuke it in Jesus' name. Do not accept any shadow of evil in your heart. A clean and pure heart is what pleases the Lord. "Abstain from every form of evil." - 1 Thessalonians 5:22 3.Bible reading with the guidance of the Holy Spirit Do not underestimate this one, it is very powerful, the Lord can teach and reveal you amazing things just by reading His Word in faith. Always pray before reading, believing that He will guide you in all truth and reveal what you need according to His will. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." - James 1:5 And believe, and practice whenever possible what you have learned... This pleases the Lord! "But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”" - Luke 11:28 4.Ask, seek, knock This is one of the things many Christians just forget, and it is so powerful because: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." - Matthew 7:7-8 The Lord knows of everything you need, even before you ask Him. "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." - Matthew 6:8 Then why should I ask Him? Because it requires faith to ask, to seek, and to knock... And as you already know: without faith it is impossible to please Him. And the Lord hears and receives your prayers with joy, He likes so much to hear every of your prayers done in faith and love. To ask, to seek, to knock... whenever you need anything... pleases the Lord. And ask what you really need, and what will please the Lord. "You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures." - James 4:3 How do I know if what I am going to ask will please the Lord?! Again: Faith. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. You are now one spirit with the Lord, then you can know what will please Him. "But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him." - 1 Corinthians 6:17 "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." - Galatians 5:25 5.Walk in the Spirit This should be obvious, but many Christians seem to underestimate this one by hearing and obeying the desires of their flesh, or others opinion. What pleases the Lord is to walk in His Spirit daily, 24/7, non-stop. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." - Galatians 5:22-23 To walk in the Spirit, this pleases the Lord. There's nothing good in our flesh, then why should we hear it? "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life." - John 6:63 The flesh is to be burned, not to be heard. Then seek to kill your flesh daily, by the Spirit. "Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." - Galatians 5:19-21 And no one can be happy while practicing those things, they will just bring more problems to your life. For your own benefit: Do not listen to the flesh. It will kill you. "For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live." - Romans 8:13 Then rebuke and burn your flesh daily in Jesus' name. Burn it until its fully carbonized, and then make powder, and crush it, then burn it again! Rebuke the flesh. This pleases the Lord. 6.Do not worry or complain Will worries and complaints fix your problems?! No, not at all. Because if any of these two really solved anything... Then this world would have no problems as it is full of them. To worry is a sign of lack of faith, then your problem start getting bigger when it actually is much smaller. And a new problem begins when you start believing the problem is bigger than the power of the Lord. May the Lord have mercy! "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" - Matthew 6:30 "And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?" - Luke 12:25 Truth is: to worry will not solve my problem, then why should I worry?! And complaints should be avoided completely... It is a sign of rebellion. "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king." - 1 Samuel 15:23 Truth is: to worry or to complain will not solve your problems. They can just make it much worse. If no worries nor complaints will solve my problems, then what should I do?! "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:6-7 7.Love A special attention to this one, as it really deserves... And still so many are lacking. "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." - 1 Corinthians 13:2 Love your brothers and sisters, neighbors, enemies, and friends... And finally: the Lord, your God. Because if you cannot love your brothers and sisters who you are seeing, then how do you want to love the Lord Jesus as you are not seeing Him?! "If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" - 1 John 4:20 And how do you say: I love the Lord. And start complaining and questioning His existence whenever a bad thing happens?! If you really love Him, then please: Just give thanks, and believe things will get better. Because you must know the Lord always wants your best, and not your destruction. Now, go and do likewise: Offer the best to Him. "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:7 8.Perseverance All the things listed above constantly working in our lives, through love. "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love." - Galatians 5:6 With perseverance, hoping the Lord can visit you at any time. Seeking to please Him daily, at easy and hard moments. "Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing." - Matthew 24:46 You love Him, to please Him is your pleasure. "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." - 1 John 5:3-4 "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." - 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Glory to God! Amen.
God Heals at the Gas Station! (Testimony) God loves to work with His children everywhere! Here is a testimony of just that; God working through His faithful servant to heal a man who was clearly in great pain at a GAS STATION of all places! How cool is that?! God is awesome! God bless you all, in Jesus' mighty name!
Yes. I would love Jesus anyway. How about you? My love is unconditional. Or I at least want it to be. I am practising unconditional love. Jesus comes from a place of unconditional love and he is in heaven (and here all over the earth as the Holy Spirit) and in heaven there is only unconditional love. I believe you must come from a place of unconditional love yourself, before you can enter heaven. I don´t think you can enter heaven if you have sin in you. Sin is not allowed in heaven. So I believe you must come from a place of unconditional love in order to enter heaven. How can you become unconditionally loving? By following Jesus. Jesus is the way of truth and unconditional love that leads eternal life in heaven. Follom him. He is the way. "I am the way." - Jesus (John 14:6) Thoughts? EDIT: oh, I noticed this is the "seekers lounge"... Maybe this post doesn´t belong here. Sorry!