Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Day 9 - God loves to smile on me

God loves to smile on me

The smile of God on my life should be the goal of my life. Numbers 6 vs. 25 – tells me The Lord make His face shine upon me and be gracious to me. Psalm 119 vs. 135 – make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your decrees. Since pleasing God is the first purpose of my life, then I should make haste to discover how to please Him. Ephesians 5 vs. 10 – urges me to find out what pleases the Lord. Noah was a man who pleased God and so learning from his example will be very fitting. Gen. 6 vs. 8 – But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord. I want to be like Noah – a man who found favour in the sight of God.

Noah had a CLOSE RELATIONSHIP and fellowship with God and because he loved God, God smiled on him. Gen. 6 vs. 9 – Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time and he walked with God. I know I was created to love God – all God wants me to do is use that Love He has given me and Love Him back. Hosea 6 vs. 6 – For I desire mercy, not sacrifice and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offering. Loving God should also be the greatest objective of my life. Matt. 22 vs. 37-38 – Jesus said – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.

Noah pleased God because he TRUSTED God completely. Even when it didn’t make sense. Hebrews 11 vs. 7 – By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By Faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by Faith. I have found that the more I realise God truly loves me; the easier it is to surrender my all to him. Noah could have chosen not to believe or trust what God has told him about the flooding [Gen. 2 vs. 5-6] – because I know what I’ll do if placed in that position – but Noah didn’t complain or make excuses, he just got on with it. All because he trusted God completely. Trusting God means I have absolute Faith that God knows what’s best for me. Psalm 147 vs. 11 – The Lord delights in those who fear Him who put their hope in His unfailing Love. Regardless of the discouragement that would have come the 120 yrs it took for Noah to build his ark he still kept on trusting God. So why shouldn’t God smile on him when he pleased Him so. I have also learnt from the previous studies that trusting God is also an act of worship, and my faith and trust in Him will cause Him to smile on me. Hebrews 11 vs. 6 – And without Faith it is impossible to please God.

Noah pleased God and caused God to smile on him because he OBEYED Him wholeheartedly. Noah followed instructions completely. He followed God’s instruction and specification on building of the ark Gen. 6 vs. 22 – Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Noah obeyed God and acted without delay or procrastination. Knowing me I probably would have rebuked the enemy and pleaded the blood, thinking that the enemy is trying to lead me on a fruitless journey. Or better still pretended I misheard and suggest to wait for the 5th confirmation. And we all know that delayed obedience is disobedience, and only obedience unlocks understanding. But Noah didn't. Psalm 100 vs. 2 – worship the Lord with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs; Psalm 119 vs. 33 – Teach me O Lord to follow your decrees, then I will keep them to the end. John 14 vs. 15 – If you love me you will obey what I command.

Noah pleased God because he PRAISED and THANKED Him continually. God wants me to express my adorations and gratitude to Him Gen. 8 vs. 20 – Noah built an alter to the Lord and taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds he sacrificed burnt offering on it. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus I no longer need to offer animal sacrifice, but I still need to give God sacrifice of Praise [Heb. 13 vs. 15 - ] and thanksgiving [Psalm 116 vs. 17; Psalm 69 vs. 30]. I’ve noticed that when I please God by giving Him an offering of Praise and thanksgiving my heart is filled with unexplainable joy. Psalm 68 vs. 3 – but may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God, may they be happy and joyful.

So like Noah, I can please God by using MY ABILITY. Psalm 37 vs. 23 – If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm. Every human activity [Except sin] can be done for God’s pleasure if I do it with an attitude of praise – all for the glory of God. Therefore my abilities that God gave me can be used to please God. Psalm 33 vs. 15 – He who forms the heart of all who considers everything they do. To know that I will bring enjoyment to God by using what He gave me to use. Even if I were to misuse it, to bear in mind that God loves me regardless. He just wants the best for me. Psalm 103 vs. 4 – He knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Lessons Learnt on Day 9

Therefore I have made up my mind, I am resolute, unwavering, determined to make pleasing God my life’s goal. 2 Corinth. 5 vs. 9 – My life’s goal to please God in any way I can. I have found that when I move my focus to pleasing God, making it my life’s ultimate goal, my focus changes. To completely loose myself to Him, trust and please Him implicitly MY ULTIMATE GOAL. Dear Lord Help me.

81 comments:

mystoriesmytestimonies said...

'To completely loose myself to Him, trust and please Him implicitly MY ULTIMATE GOAL. Dear Lord Help me.'

true true true....just read ur post today ...i will find my book and start again...
God's grace as u discover ur purpose

Naijadude said...

Was the lesson I learnt this day was be completely sold out to Christ? Yea that was it, it has changed my outlook!

I would love to have a discussion on "How do I know about His purpose in my life" I know it talks about it in the book but is it my calling to decipher about His purpose in my life?"

Have a blessed week

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

wow naijadude - gosh I would love to have a discussion concerning it. Let me know when.

Jaycee said...

As per the lesson u learnt from day 9: I remember my pastor talking about "God-pleasers." If your goal in life is to please the One who created you, then who are you not to be BLESSED...

David, Abraham, Jabez...and several others who were blessed were God pleasers...

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

@Jaycee - I totally agree - with you - if we please Him its not in His nature not to bless us - Its like He is so proud and happy with us - instead of that million He was going to give us - he will add more - just becasue of How we've made Him feel. Have a blessed week.

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