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Proverbs 16:7

King James Version (KJV)

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

For a person to please the Lord they need to have faith. (Hebrews 11:6) Reverence pleases the Lord. (Proverbs 1:7) Living right before the Lord pleases Him. (Romans 6:13)

Staying obedient to the Lord and His calling on your life will please the Lord. I am talking about pleasing the Lord in everything you do. How many of you want to please the Lord? Is it your life mission to please the Lord? Do you want your enemies to be at peace with you? Pleasing the Lord is more than just obedience. God is wanting someone who desires to live to please Him. Most of us have a mission statement for our own life. We have places we want to visit and things we want to do. The only problem with our own mission statement is… It’s about ME, ME, ME. When the inward focus is moved to focus on God other than ourselves we will cause pleasure to come. The Lord is our Creator and our number one priority is to please Him. Why? Because He is the one who takes care of you. When you give Him your best He always blesses you. When you focus on Him you will please the Lord. Why? Because you will not have time to do your own thing.

When I was a young teenager all I wanted to do was please everyone else and be popular. So I went to great extremes to become popular. I never became popular, no matter what I did. It seemed like in all my trying all I received was more heartache and pain. As I became a young adult I continued to try to please everyone, only to keep failing. As I have gotten older I am at a place and saying it does not matter if I please anyone because I am not looking to fulfill me. As a Pastor today I am looking only to please one person in my life… God. I am not saying I don’t please my wife or children but they are not the first ones I want to please. My focus is about the Lord and His ways.

Dreams and goals are good and I believe the Lord wants you to fulfill them. However I know that the Lord wants you to make Him your first priority over everything else. Living righteous before the Lord will please Him. However to live righteous a person must have faith in the Lord and trust in His Word. Knowing what the Lord wants is the first step to pleasing Him. Trying to please man will only bring you heartache and pain. When you please the Lord you will also please those around you. Why? Because you’re making the Lord first.

What should a man’s ways be according to this scripture? Living faithfully, holy, righteous, sanctified, delivered and sold out to the Lord. These things please the Lord. So if you want to bring pleasure to someone live right before God and you will please Him. Make your life goal to please the Lord. Make your life mission to please the Lord. Pleasing the Lord is a choice we make. If you want to please someone without the headache and heartache please God because He always rewards. Diligently seek Him and your reward will be visible for everyone to see. Why? Because God rewards in the open.

Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: Proverbs 16:1-9

1 Timothy 1:5

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Whereas the object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere (unfeigned) faith.

Real love and real purpose is what most people in the world are looking for. People want genuineness. The word love is said often without purpose and sincerity. Just because you’re Christian does not mean that you are full of love. I have heard many people say I love you, yet I don’t see it in their actions. Why? Because the love they speak is not of purpose.

Purpose in the Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is defined as that which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished; the end or aim to which the view is directed in any plan, measure or exertion. Intention.

Let me define purpose this way. Purpose is something that a person sets out to fulfill. It is intentional and it comes at great price.

Love is not just something we say but something that we intentionally do. Love is not to be thrown around like words. Love is an action not a feeling. Feelings are temporal and love is not. Real love has a real purpose. Real love is the demonstration of Jesus on the cross for your sins and for your life in eternity. Real love is when you can forgive regardless of what someone has done to you. Real love is not talked about, it’s given with no strings attached. Real love is not about you but about the one who is love. 1 John 4:8 Amplified Bible (AMP) He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. God loves you and His love came with real purpose. God’s purpose was and is that all humans would be saved. His love for humankind is so great that He willingly gave us Jesus His only Son. That is real love!

Real love comes at a great price. Real love says, “If you hurt me I will still love you.” Real love says, “I forgive and I choose to forget your sin against me.” How is that possible? Scripture says in Hebrews 8:12 (KJV) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. God, being merciful, is forgiving and not remembering your sin. This is not just mercy but real love with real purpose. God’s purpose for you is to love like Him.

For you to love like God, you will need to know God. How do you do that? Talk to God like you would talk to your friends. Give God your time. For you to love sincerely you will need to purpose in your heart to truly forgive.

Scripture Study: 1 Timothy 1:3-6

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Psalm 84:5

King James Version (KJV)

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

You’re not alone in this life. God the Father is with you always. You’re strength is in the Lord. Through life’s pains and struggles, look to the One who can relieve you of it all. God loves you so much. Sometimes you just need to be reminded that God is always with you. Put your life into His hands and He will show you how much He loves you. Don’t rely on yourself but look to God who is the Author and Finisher of your faith. He will not leave you or forsake you. God is with you always.

If you feel alone, call out to God and He will answer. You can’t rely on your friends and family to keep you strong. You need to look to the One who is always strong. God is your source. Man can help, but man cannot get you through the tough things in life. God can get you through tough and rough times. God always responds.

The Psalmist writes that a blessed man is the one whose strength is in the Lord. He is also talking about the man who trusts in the Lord. The man who relies on the Lord. The man who knows the Lord. If your strength is in man you will fail. Why? Because man has limited strength in himself. If you rely on God you will receive the unlimited strength. The unlimited reliability. The unlimited love. The unlimited power. The unlimited fatherhood. God is waiting on you to rely on Him. Remember… You’re not alone.

Scripture Study: Psalms 84

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1 Thessalonians 5:24

King James Version (KJV)

24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

God is so very faithful. Your calling was not made up by you. Your calling did not come because of what someone prophesied. Your calling was ordained before you were conceived. Your calling was placed upon you the moment you were conceived in your mother’s womb. Your calling is a heavenly calling from God the Father. The prophecy you received about your calling is God waking you up to recognize what your calling is. Everyone has a calling. But not everyone knows their calling or even seeks God about their calling. Your calling has blueprints, directions and instructions of what you’re supposed to do. Your calling has a map of people you’re supposed to influence. The Bible says your calling is without repentance. Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Don’t waste time talking about your past. Talk about your calling! Walking in the call on your life will help you bless others. It will help you move forward.

God is faithful who called you. Because God is faithful, He will help you to walk out this calling on your life. Don’t wait for God to make some moves. Start out on your journey and God will instruct and guide you. Why? Because He desires to bless others. How does God do that? He does that through you. Make yourself available to your Pastors. Start participating in church and watch what God will do. Ask to help somewhere in your church. Helping is the grounds for training. Helping in your church will open opportunities to bless others.
The call on someone’s life is not about just receiving the blessings. It’s about meeting the needs of hurting humanity. The world is in need of a Savior, Jesus. Jesus is the Savior for the world. There will never be another Savior. His calling was to teach, preach, die, rise, release, defeat sin, ascend and come back again for His people. What an awesome calling! He fulfilled it and God helped Him the whole way. When you decide to receive your calling you will begin to fulfill what God ordained before you were born. When you surrender to the call of God on your life the blessings will start to overflow and overtake you. You will not have to look for the blessings because you will be living in them. Remember… It is not you who has orchestrated the call. God who is faithful orchestrated it all and He will also do it. Make yourself available!
P.S. Remember this is Pastors appreciation month. Encourage your Pastors this month. After all they encourage you month after month.
Scripture Study: 1 Thessalonians 5:11-26
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1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

Common English Bible (CEB)

God’s will is that your lives are dedicated to him.[a] This means that you stay away from sexual immorality and learn how to control your own body in a pure[b] and respectable way.

God desires His children to live dedicated to Him. He does not want us dedicated to worldly things and its vices. As we see here in these two verses we see the words sexual immorality and control your own body. For a married couple you would think this would not apply to them but that is far from the truth. Even married couples need to keep themselves from sexual immorality. Sexual immorality will corrupt the marriage bed and will open up the marriage for opportunities of committing adultery and other sexual things.

Your eyes are the light of your body. We can find this in the following scripture: Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.What I am telling you is that sex is not the only way to commit an act of sexual immorality. Your eyes which are the light of your body can be used to commit sexual immorality.

Paul tells the us that we are to keep our own body pure and respectable. Your eyes can get you into a lot of trouble. I also know the rest of your members can get you into trouble if you start to entertain the ideas. Paul does not say just one body part, but talks about the entire body. Why? Because he knew that if one member is out-of-place the whole body will end up disjointed.

You can control your own body, but it’s a choice you will have to make every day. Sexual immorality is lurking out there and it is like a prostitute looking to lay down with someone. It will only give you a temporary time of fun. The end results will be misery and disgust. There is so many ads today that are sexual and can draw a person out of living a life dedicated to God. You can protect your dedicated life to God by continually meditating on Bible scriptures.

I used this topic of prostituting yourself because people are doing this by submitting their eyes, ears, mind and heart to junk on television, movies and radio. I know it’s hard to avoid these things but I want you to look at what you think is okay. Whatever you think is okay, your children will go further with. I am not perfect but I am finding myself being more cautious of what I watch and hear. Why? Because the world is the pimp who is showing goods that cause havoc to someones life.

It’s easy to say no and to walk away. It’s easy to be dedicated to God. Why? Because He fulfills everything I have need of. When you decide to be dedicated to something you always give your best and give your all. You can’t give your best to two things at the same time, its impossible. Make a decision. Who do you want to give your time and best too. You can give your best to the world and all of its facets or to God who will give you everything you need.

Sexual immorality will destroy a marriage and a person who is not married. Sexual immorality can get you into things you thought you would never do. Be cautious and keep your eyes on the Lord.

Scripture Study: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5

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Colossians 3:1-2

The Message (MSG)

1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Temporary things will give you temporary happiness which is a temporal emotion. Temporary in the New Oxford American Dictionary means lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent. Temporal things tend to cause many believers to be like a roller coaster. People are up then down. They go real fast but stop abruptly. If you set your mind and life on temporal things then you will always be making changes to get the same result. With your mind and your will in pursuit of eternal things you will always have a guarantee. People today are looking for a guarantee on temporal things. The way that I define temporal things is… Subject to change!

For example… You have a candy bar. It satisfies you for just a moment. After 30 minutes or so you find yourself wanting something more or even another candy bar. Why? Because it is temporal. It is meant to give immediate satisfaction but it always has you coming back for more.

Eternal in the New Oxford American Dictionary means lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning. What a powerful definition. This blesses me because the Bible says in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes on him shall not perish but have eternal life. Eternal means forever. This is like eating a candy bar one time and never having to eat another because the craving has been permanently satisfied. Being a human we often still feel unsatisfied. Why? Because of temporal cravings for worldly things. We want the hottest and greatest things that come out. We try to keep up with the Jones’ only to crave more. We are temporarily satisfied.

Put your mind on eternal things. Pursue eternal things that Jesus presides over. Looking at the things in front of you will always have you in the here and now.

I will close with this in mind. Too often people get moved by what they hear and what they see. These things on the Earth are temporal and not eternal. If you pick your head up and look to God the Father, He will set you on eternal things and the things of this Earth will not move you. Be moved by the presence of God and not the temporal things.

Scripture Study: Colossians 3:1-10

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2 Corinthians 11:30

King James Version (KJV)

30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.

As I listen to people talk, I hear people glorifying their problem and what has happened to them instead of glorifying God. As Paul the Apostle said in this scripture that if he is going to glory, he will glory in the things that concern his infirmities. This means that he was not going to glorify the problem. Paul was often at death’s door. He was in prison many times. Yet he did not find it great to talk about his prison time or all the problems that came with it. Paul constantly talked about the goodness of God and the church. What I want you to know is too many times we glorify the problem instead of the great things that God has done. God did not bring these infirmities on Paul. People will be people. It is people who have come after Paul and caused some big problems. Yet in midst of dealing with nasty people and the problems they have caused, Paul glorified God.

The lesson here is what you give place to or glorify will determine who you love the most. Some people glorify sickness and the author of sickness. Some glorify their troubles more than they glorify the King of Kings. Testify about God’s goodness and faithfulness and watch your situation turn around. Paul’s situations constantly turned around. He knew that God would not forsake him. He knew God loved him.

God loves you and desires for you to glorify Him and not your problem. It is easy to talk about and even comfort your problems and infirmities. Talking about God’s goodness and faithfulness is easier. It’s better! Don’t give your infirmity higher praise. Don’t glorify your problem. Give God your praise! Give God all the Glory. Testify of His goodness. Testify of His faithfulness that got you through the problem or whatever you have gone through or are going through. Praise the King of Kings! Give Glory to the Lord of Lords!

Scripture Study: 2 Corinthians 11:23-30

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