Veritas

A variety of viewpoints are presented from our religious, political, and economic spectrums, but only the absolute truth of the gospel of Christ has the message that ultimately answers the most pressing questions and serious concerns of the human soul. The book is concerned with encouraging and helping church leaders bring spiritual renewal to their people through the biblical gospel.

Pleasing God

One of the great blessings of following Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is pleasing Him on a daily basis. The following are several excellent verses on pleasing the Lord. Enjoy!

"Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God" (Romans 8:8). Let us be controlled by the power and grace of the Holy Spirit. Do not submit to the power of the flesh. 

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:1-2). Following God's will is so much better than following the desires and aspirations of our sinful hearts. 

"So we make it our gaol to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it" (2 Corinthians 5:9). How much time and effort on a daily basis do you put into pleasing the Lord. May the Lord move hearts and minds to "find out what pleases the Lord" (Ephesians 5:10).

"Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more" (1 Thessalonians 4:1). Pleasing the Lord is not a one time process, but every day for the rest of our lives. May his love and mercy uphold us.

"The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him" (John 8:29). Jesus was obedient to the Father and always practiced pleasing the Father. May we become daily practitioners of pleasing the Lord who sets us free from sin and death.

"May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (Hebrews 13:20-21). What a beautiful prayer!

"Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him" (1 John 3:21-22). Let it be said that we are pleasing to God and are obedient sons and daughters of the Most High. May he be glorified in our lives!

 

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