Sermon No: 124499-Pleasing the Lord



SERMON TOPIC: Pleasing the Lord

Speaker: Ken Paynter

Language: ENGLISH

Date: 5 December 2021

Topic Groups: CHRISTIAN LIVING

Sermon synopsis: Hebrews 11:5. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken, he was commended as having pleased God.

Pleasing the Lord.

Hebrews 11:5. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken, he was commended as having pleased God.

Pleasing God is the purpose for which we have been created.

Revelation 4:11 KJV Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

What is your Goal in life?

2 Corinthians 5:9-10.

So, we make it our goal to please him,  whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Matthew 25:23.

Matthew 25:23.

His master replied, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!

Someone has quite rightly said that the Lord is not going to say “WELL DONE” if we have not done well.

Pleasing God doesn’t just happen, we need to be intentional about it.

Being able to please God is something that only God can equip us to do.

Philippians 2:13 ESV

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Romans 8:8 ESV

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 8:1-9.

Romans 8:1-9.

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering and so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 

Romans 8:1-9.

Romans 8:1-9.

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 

Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you and if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

A life lived in the flesh cannot please God.

Psalm 147:10-11 ESV

His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,

but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Jeremiah 17:5. Thus says the Lord: Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.

Living a life that is pleasing to God requires discernment.

Ephesians 5:8-10 ESV

For at one time, you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true) and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

For discernment as to what is pleasing to God, we have His Word to guide us.

The example of Jesus.

Matthew 17:5.

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said,

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him”!

Jesus pleased the Father by doing His will.

John 8:29.

And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.

John 17:4.

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.

John 5:30 ESV

I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

Even as He faced the cross, Jesus chose the will of the Father over His own.

“Not my will but thy will be done”.

Pleasing the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12.

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, 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. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.  

Pleasing the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12.

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. 

The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12.

Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,  and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life:

You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Pleasing the Lord requires Faith.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Pleasing the Lord requires a life of separation.

2 Timothy 2:4 ESV

No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

Pleasing the Lord requires us to walk in Holiness.

Hebrews 12:14.

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:7.

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.  

Our “Reasonable Service”.

Romans 12v1-3.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your true and proper worship. 

The Lord delights in “Obedience”.

1 Samuel 15:22.

Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to heed than the fat of rams.

Proverbs 15:8.

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

The Lord delights in “Obedience”.

You can’t lose something through disobedience and think you can get it back through prayer and fasting! You’ll have to repent first and obey. You can’t bribe God with prayer and fasting!

Isaiah 1:11 NKJV

To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me? Says the LORD. I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats.

The Lord delights in “Obedience”.

Amos 5:22-25 ESV

Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them.

Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps, I will not listen.

David understood this in his prayer of repentance.

Psalm 51:16.

For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.

Pleasing the Lord will at times lead to persecution.

John 12:42-43.

Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

Pleasing the Lord requires us to bear up under unjust suffering.

1 Peter 2:19 NLT

For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment.

Preaching the Gospel pleases God.

1 Thessalonians 2:2-4.

We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 

For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.  We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

Preaching the Gospel pleases God.

Galatians 1:10 ESV

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man?

If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

From Joni & Friends blog.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and I love the way God blesses us ad I often say it, “I am the most blessed quadriplegic in the world you’ll ever meet.”

Sure, I battle cancer, and I live in a wheelchair, and I’ve got pain in my hip and my back, and I got breathing problems, but I am so, so happy!

The Lord Jesus fills my heart with His joy even with all these afflictions, and through all the trials, I find Him to be ecstasy beyond compare. 

Do you spread the Gospel message?

Joni.

And I’m just so blessed to know Him, to be saved, to be part of His family. I am blessed to have escaped hell, and I have a home in heaven. 

I have the blessing of friends, a mission to accomplish, and the strength to get up in the morning and face the day.

I am one blessed woman. And that’s what I love about the God of the Bible.

Do you have a “Mission”?

Joni.

He loves to bless me. And you, too. 

God does not bless us begrudgingly. God’s eager to bless us. He does not wait for us to come to Him. He seeks us out, because He finds great joy in doing us good. God is not waiting for us; no, He is pursuing us.

 In fact, scholars say that’s the literal translation of Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall pursue me all the days of my life.”

Joni.

God loves to show mercy. He is not hesitant, indecisive, tentative in His desire to do good to His people. He enjoys doing you good and showing you mercy. And even when He does discipline us, He does it in kindness with our good in mind. 

I love the way John Piper says that even when it comes to this broken world, God’s anger, he says, “… must be released by a stiff safety lock, ah … but His mercy has a hair trigger. It’s what God meant when He came down on Mount Sinai and said to Moses, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love.’” God said that in Exodus 34, and He’s still saying it. He says the same in Jeremiah 9:24,

“I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” Oh, friend, He delights in showing you, His love.

The kind of life that pleases God.

Micah 6:8. NKJV

He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Pleasing the Lord requires bearing Fruit.

Colossians 1:9-12

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might.

Consideration for others is pleasing to God.

Romans 14:12-18.

Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.  Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 

I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 

If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Therefore, do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil.  

Consideration for others is pleasing to God.

Romans 14:12-18 (continued)

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.  Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 15:1-3.

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself.

Giving pleases God.

Hebrews 13:16.

Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Philippians 4:18.

I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.

Acts 10:3-5.

Acts 10:3-5.

One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, Cornelius!  Cornelius stared at him in fear. What is it, Lord? he asked.

The angel answered, Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.

Pleasing the Lord.

Colossians 3:20.

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Pleasing the Lord leads to Peace.

Proverbs 16:7 ESV

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

Pleasing the Lord leads to answered prayer.

1 John 3:22.

And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

Being able to please God is something that only God can equip us to do.

Hebrews 13:20-21.

Now 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.




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