Walk To Please God
Deuteronomy 6:25 and it shall be our righteousness if we observe to do all these Commandments before the Lord our God as he has commanded us. We have a good chance or occasion to act to the circumstances presented to move in a favorable position toward God by fulfilling his purpose to advance ourselves in his kingdom by doing the right things, walking upright, work righteously, speak the truth and not backbite. Jeremiah 8:20 says the harvest is past the summer is ended and we are not saved.
What are we doing with the opportunities we have been given. We can do the right things. We have the opportunity to walk upright. In Jeremiahís day the people missed the opportunity to know God in a significant way. But now that Jesus has come; whatís our excuse. There is no more excuse to sin (Romans 1:20).We miss the opportunity now, the chance to accept salvation afforded us by Christ. The time has come when man will not hear God or us. Jesus said in Matthew 10:14 and whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. Take the time in our walk to loose what comes to bind us up where we canít properly walk this walk.
We have the opportunity to do right; to them that know to do right and do not; it is sin. We are to walk to please God. I Thessalonians 4:1 furthermore then we beseech you, brethren and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. We are to be sanctified as we walk this walk of Christ. II Thessalonians 2:13 God has from the beginning chosen us to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. Paul said we should walk worthy of God in II Thessalonians 2:12 who have called us unto his kingdom and glory.
I Thessalonians 3:8 for now we live, if we stand fast in the Lord. In our walk we please God through our steadfast endurance.
This is the Will of God, even our sanctification that we should abstain from fornication and possess our vessel in sanctification and honor (I Thessalonians 4: 3-4). Our lives are an open book; we are exposed every day but how much of that exposure is about us? How much of it is about God? If whatís being exposed of our lives is more about us than God; flesh dominates. Likewise if more of our life is about God then the Spirit dominates.
What we go through and how we come out of it matters much to God. The tests and trial of our faith works patience in us, patience experience and experience hope. Our experiences are to be made known. They are written on the table of our hearts. We remember experiences as if it were just yesterday. We remember what God has said ten or twenty years ago today as if it were yesterday. We must walk to please God. We canít always explain why some things be the way they are but we walk with all our trust in God any way. When we feel that life is unfair we still have to continue to walk with God.
When we walk to please God we are very careful not to hurt the heart of God. We are mindful of thou shall not of all the Commandments because we want God to be pleased. As we walk to please God we hear a different heartbeat in us. Itís the heartbeat of Christ; Christ in us the hope of Glory. The heart of Christ, the heart of God, the Holy Spirit ruling and reigning in our heart will keep us pleasing God.
The Disciples was walking with Jesus in the flesh but we walk with Him by faith. We know that in him we live, move and have our being. Because Christ lives on the inside of man we can be in Him and walk with Him. Jesus is the Word lived. He now lives in us and through us his Word is manifest life in us; life in Christ, the Light of the world, the Truth, the Hope of Glory.
At the day of Pentecost Jesus came on the inside of man, we no longer linger around Him or with Him as the disciples did. He is the Truth and the life, no man come to the Father except by Him. He is the hope of Glory for man. All that receive Him and choose to live godly in this life and endure to the end shall be saved. We have a promise of eternal life in Heaven where Jesus went to prepare a place for us that where He is we will be also. He has given us a new heartbeat to walk by. When we walk by His beat we are planted, rooted, and established in Godís Will.
Christ will be our very step when we accept Him after hearing the Word; accepting it as Truth, believing it as Gospel Truth and confessing it as it is. We believe and confess that Christ is Jesus come down in the flesh. We can walk this walk of Christ if we remember God wants the Word planted in our hearts. As we ingest it daily it will take root and grow in us. It will push out the weeds and entrapments sin brings and produces righteousness. Once the righteous seed is planted it will produce righteous fruit unto eternal life that can only come now by receiving Christ in the fullness; the Word when we hear it, believe what it says, confess it as truth and develop a heartfelt relationship between the planted Word and who He is and receive the more of Him that his Spirit comes not just on us but in us to dwell (live).
As we walk this walk of faith we must develop a passion of souls. Passionate means we have or show strong feelings for, intense vehement emotion for; a violent emotion for, a possessive rage that is deep and sincerely felt. It is a fury or glowing feeling of eagerness, enthusiasm, and devotion. This feeling is of fever pitch level; fervent with a burning desire. We have an intensely devotion or earnest desire to win the lost at any cost. As we walk in Christ we have the same desires he had for mankind. We must be keen in our desire where we are anxious to do the work. We must have an interest and a spirited readiness to achieve the call to win souls to the Lord. There should be an; anxiousness in our walk to bring someone else along.
We are to be supernaturally inspired; in other words we should possess an ecstasy for souls. How can we then that walk in Christ; walk and not take someone else with us? Jesus took all of us to the Cross with Him before we were born in the world. As He walked in the earth he took steps to assure that we would have the opportunity to come to Him and learn to walk to please the Father as He did. Jesus walked with an intense eager interest or zeal to give us reason to please God. If He was here in the flesh He would tell us just how much he loves us. We should walk to see someone give God their lives as much as God has shown us his love. We should desire what God desires. We need another heartbeat in this walk that we please God. We need Godís heartbeat as we walk the walk and talk the talk.
If we continue to walk with God and please Him we will be in the right place at the right time to be used of God. Have we ever wondered why something happened to our hurt? Have we ever wondered why God allowed things to be? Itís always that God get the Glory! Itís because God wants to be there for some one else. God wants to use us to be a blessing to someone that needs his help.
As we walked and walked not knowing how far we had to walk did we ever think about how Jesus walked and walked? We as a people donít want to physically walk anywhere anymore. We are a lazy people because of the convenience of a ride. This walk we are talking about though with God requires that we go alone. No one in this earth can provide a ride for the walk we must take in Christ. In this way we may get tired and some things may stun us but we must carry on that we please God. In this way we may get hurt. We may have some disappointments and the enemy may seem to have the upper hand but God will show up. We have to be entirely for God!
If we are not entire, whole, complete, totally sold out to Christ itís entirely not Godís fault. If we are not totally sold out to winning souls, itís entirely not God we want to please in our walk. If we are not in agreement with God in our Christian walk then we are not saved. In our walk we must sanctify ourselves and be Holy for God is Holy; entirely. If God was not wholly, completely, and totally Holy, He would not have said He is. We canít say we are Holy and love any kind of way in our walk to please God. In this walk we must be sold out for God for God will not accept us half way or partially his. He wants all of us; mind, will and emotions.
When we walk to please God the Devil comes in all kinds of forms and we need to be mindful of his devices. Can we be enticed off course? Well itís not entirely God; but a decision we must make. If sinners entice us away from God rather than we draw them to the Word that will save them, we are not well rounded in the Word. This is entirely not God. Colossians 2:4 Paul said not to be carried off with enticing words. James 1:14 says we are enticed and drawn away of our own lust. In this walk to please God we must know what God loves and stay with it. What he hates, we too must also hate. In Jesusí walk to please His Father Satan too tried to entice him from God. In Luke 4:5-9 three times Satan tried to entice Jesus but each time Jesus told him ďSatan it is writtenĒ. In this walk our power to endure temptation is to rely on what the Word has already said concerning the temptation.
Satan already knew who Jesus was! He just didnít one day realize that Jesus was wholly, entire and complete as a man in the flesh as he was in the spiritual. He was weak and tires as a man in the flesh after the forty day sacrificial fast he had just come out of. Fasting and praying is vital in our walk to please God. How could Satan give Jesus what already belonged to Him? How could he give him power that he didnít have? Satan is powerless in comparison to God who is all powerful? In our walk to please God all glory belongs to God.
In our walk to please God we have the Ten Commandments to guide our walk. The Ten Commandments are wonderfully comprehended. Yet though great, they have their limitations. Their brevity (the quality of being brief, shortness of time, the quality of being precise, free of superfluous words, concise in a polished smooth way) forbids exhaustiveness (leaving nothing out, thorough, covering every possible detail). The omit mandates touching on many points; example includes conspiracy, bribery, rape, arson, libel, fraud, drunkenness, slavery, obscenity, and lying as such; kidnapping, breach of contract, and the like; but their greatest lack is power. They were designed to impart a clearer knowledge of sin in Israel as citizens of the theocracy and they did; their chief sanctions being fear, the fear of a Holy Sovereign according to Exodus 20:20.
As then and is now different opinions prevail as to the classification of the Ten Commandments; religious and ethical, sacred and Civil. Some has divided them into: 1-4 duties to God, 5-10 duties to men. Filial duties were allied to religious rather than ethical obligations according to the antique mode of thought. Some divide them into 1-5 precepts of piety and 6-10 laws of probity.
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me- Exodus 20:3 teaches the object of worship. God alone the supremely solitary sovereign and we are to declare Jehovah as the only true and living God. It is God that brings us out of bondage, we have a revelation knowledge of who He is; there is no doubt. It teaches the object of worship, unity of the Godhead, forbids plurality of gods and polytheism.
2. Thou shall not make unto thee a graven image- Exodus 20:4-6 teaches us how to worship, the mode of worship, the spirituality of the Godhead and forbids images. It denounces all material helps.
Ahab violated the first in his walk by worshipping Baal which displeased God. Aaron and Jeroboam in their walk displeased God when they violated the second when they set up calves for Israel to worship.
3. Thou shall not take the name of Jehovah thy God in vain- Exodus 20:7 teaches the Spirit of worship; namely that of reverence and awe. It says we are to reverence deity which even today is rare with many. There are few that go to Church to worship. This Commandment forbids perjury and blasphemy. Donít look in Godís face and expect Him to confirm us in a lie.
4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy-Exodus 20:8-11 Six days are we to labor and do our work. The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. This Commandment bids us as it did Israel then to remember something; hence the Sabbath must have been an institution already in existence when Moses lived (Exodus 16:23-30). The Hebrews required that one day in seven shall be set apart for worship; to do honor to Jehovah and to be kept sacred to Him. It prescribes both rest and labor. We are to rest that we may pray. We must cultivate our souls.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother-Exodus 20:12 This Commandment is for children and teaches obedience and reverence to those who sired them. According to the ancients, parents stand to their children in the place of God Himself. This command enjoins a childís duty to God; disobedience being no only a sin against man but against God also. To the Hebrews filial love and obedience are a duty of religion The law therefore was but a recognition of a childís obligation to legitimate authority. For insubordination in the home lead to insubordination in the state and obedience in the home is the best guarantee of national stability.
6. Thou shall not kill-Exodus 20:13 this Commandment defines our duties to man. It is a criminal statute of the race. It was to protect the rights of mankind.. It teaches the sacredness of life, a right. Our hands are not to drip with human blood. This command gave a new conception of the sacredness of human life. By it life was made safe.
7. Thou shall not commit adultery-Exodus 20:14 this Commandment defines a right created by the contract of marriage. It was to protect the relations of the sexes and flung a rampart about the home. God here declares by obvious implication the sanctity and inviolability of marriage and protects true love. Marriage is made safe, the most tender of relationships. For marriage lies at the basis of all social arrangements, indeed, a society, property, ethics, state and home. This command made life safe, decorated, and it is by mutual choice. This commandment is the divine climax, denouncing all selfish sexual relationships, and establishing morality among man.
8. Thou shall not steal-Exodus 20:15 this Commandment defines a right, teaching the sacredness of property. The right to property is an acquired right. The air alone is free! Labor is the foundation of property. If I labor I ought to enjoy the fruits of my labor, if I do not labor and can; I ought to forfeit what property I have. II Thessalonians 3:10` if a man doesnít work he ought not to eat. This commandment is violated in a variety of ways, through violence and fraud. Also through willful damage and cupidity, through greed and profiteering, peculation, ingenuity, false advertising, monopoly, private understanding as to the mode of carrying on business, trusts, refusal to pay oneís legitimate taxes and the like.
9. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor-Exodus 20:16 This Commandment teaches the sacredness of character. It tells us that we must not injure a neighborís good name. It may have been directed against perjury and untruthfulness when of the witness stand; but it goes far beyond this technical use of truthfulness. This Commandment teaches that untruthfulness is a crime against man because it robs an innocent man of his character. The virtue of veracity is difficult to learn. Untruthfulness is a weakness in the whole race. Deceit is the natural weapon of the weak. This Commandment explicitly warns us as we sit in the court of public opinion every day in a variety of ways by our silence as well as by our words we may injure the honor and reputation of our fellow man by repeating something not strictly true or by telling something which though true is no business of ours; or by dwelling upon some simple fact unduly; and of course through tale bearing, gossiping, scandalizing, exaggeration and the like; especially through malice and uncharitableness, whether spoken of or to another. We are not to talk unkindly about our neighbor or estimate them.
10. Thou shall not covet-Exodus 20:17 this is the climax of the entire Decalogue; it is the tenth length in a complete fence of law. This Commandment is a law of motive and therefore, the most remarkable of all. It legislates against evil desire and therefore penetrates the heart. It speaks not to the citizen but to the man. In origin it could therefore proceed from no one but a divine sovereign. It forbids the illicit longing which never fulfills itself in a criminal deed. This Commandment hints of deeper spiritual principles underlying the others. It tells us that a chaste man does not even desire another manís wife and it assures us that illicit conduct always has it roots in illicit desires. It completes the circle of the Law which began with precepts against polytheism and idolatry and ends with a prohibition against coveting; for covetousness is idolatry.
In our walk to please God we must learn to keep all of Godís Commandments that we keep walking upright before Him. They give permanent value to life and are the foundation of all morality. God is one God, He is Spirit and all manís oath is to Him. The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. Children obey your parents in the Lord. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer and in turn murders our soul. Man or woman is not to look upon another to lusts after them for itís a sin in the heart. In our walk we please God when we seek our own good which is after God. We lay aside all falsehood, speak truth, and donít covet..
We want to walk to please God. In pleasing God we lift up his standard and keep his Law. We are on the radar. I Thessalonians 5:22 abstain from all appearance of evil. We have to be careful about how we put ourselves out on the radar as Christians. We are more scrutinized than the next person. We have to watch our desires; let not our good be evil spoken of. All that God created in earth was marred by the Devil. He still tries to mar our walk that we not please God.
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