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Seven Simple Ways to Please the Lord





 
Over the years I have heard numerous new Christians complain about the complexity of the Christian walk. Frustration over trying to "figure out" how to be a good Christian has forced more than one believer to throw up his hands and blow the whole idea off. Like anything profound in life, the key to being able to grasp the concept and actually DO IT lies in the ability to keep things simple. The walk and lifestyle of a Christian does not have to be as complicated as a Calculus class in college. Here is an example of how to keep our Christian walk simple.

Look at Titus 2:11-14:

"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.

Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."

DENYING UNGODLINESS-this simply means to reject, renounce or disown whatever is opposed to God. Whether in our minds, bodies, homes or lifestyles; we should isolate those things which are opposed to God and reject or disown them. If a worldly CD causes your mind to think things contrary to God, then get rid of it. If a certain television show immediately gets you "out of fellowship", quit watching it. The first step in learning the Christian walk is to isolate and eliminate things that are opposed to God.

DENYING WORLDLY LUSTS-this also implies rejecting, renouncing and disowning something; but here it is dealing specifically with worldly lust. Worldly lusts are simply whatever constitutes sinful worldly desires in a believer's life. God has planted within us the desire to please HIM. The world has programmed us desire what it offers. The battle in our minds is one of rejecting worldly desires, which is what the flesh wants, and accepting the desire to please God which is what He wants.

LIVE SOBERLY-although this may appear to be dealing with alcohol, the idea of living soberly is really that of exercising self-restraint or self-control. Of course, if a person did this in respect to alcohol, they would stay sober. There are too many potential pitfalls awaiting believers to allow the mind to become intoxicated or dulled by drugs, alcohol or any other influence which stupefies it. To live soberly is very similar to saying "stay alert".

LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY-to live righteously is not so much in relation to God as it is to behave in a just and right manner before men. To "live right" is the manifestation of "being right" in one's relationship and fellowship with God. By our fruit we are known and others need to see the good fruit of righteousness we produce when we live according to the standard of God's Word. As believers, we strive to think, act and speak that which is right and proper per God's definition.

LIVE GODLY-here is where our "righteous living" in respect to God enters the picture. Just as we strive to "live right" before men; we strive to live in a godly manner to bless God. To live in a godly manner is to be pious, but not religious. There is a dignity about us when we are living in a godly way. The easiest way to think of this is to imagine how Jesus would live if He were here now. It is not so much what Jesus would do as how Jesus would live and think.

LOOKING FOR THE BLESSED HOPE AND GLORIOUS APPEARING-there is no way to endure the pressures and pleasures we are daily bombarded with in this life without keeping our eyes on our "happy hope" or the hope which imparts happiness. This is the motivating factor in being willing to live in an ethical and upright manner, which is what the preceding things were all speaking about. Without the hope of Christ's appearing burning in our heart, we will surely "burn out" and fail in our walk.

ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS-Jesus Christ gave Himself for us so that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify us for Himself a special people. This is the reason we strive to live in a manner pleasing to Him. We are zealous for good works because of all He did for us, not because "we have to". We endeavor to walk uprightly and in a godly manner because we are "special" to Him. He gave His live so we can be a pure bride to Him. That is what this is all about.

If we reject all that is opposed to God and sinful worldly desires; and if we live exercising self-restraint, righteously and in a godly manner we will be zealous for good works. We do all this keenly looking for the coming of our groom to gather us to Him and to be with Him forever more. We do all this so that we can be chaste and pure when He appears. We do all this because we so love Him for all He did for us in giving His life a ransom for our sins.

Jesus Christ has redeemed us from every lawless deed we ever committed in our lives. Every sin we ever committed was totally washed away when we got saved. Now we are to be zealous to please Him through our good works. Not to be saved, but to be able to present ourselves pure and chaste at His appearing. This is our very reason for living.

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Kirk M+ is a retired minister living with his wife and animals in rural eastern Missouri You can find out more about kirk at his profile page .

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Alison Stewart+ (@kiwibird)

  Very well said Blessings2You. Thank you very much for the honesty and clarity of your Blog. A powerful reminder of what we should be about.


T Sia+ (@doulos)

  Another excellent entry Thank you B2Y for making the application of the Word so clear!


Rob Henson (@greybear)

  nottheeditor: My good brother, our pastors sound more like college professors. There is not one thing wrong with having a good quality education. But when it comes to the pulpit the spirit should lead the pastor. We don't preach Spirit inspired sermons anymore, we now present well orchestrated and technically designed series. I often wonder if the Spirit even bothers to show up due to the fact that he no longer is on the program/agenda? Great points in both blog and comments. Blessings, GreyBear


Samantha Shemer (@youaregolden)

  Excellent blog brother! We must honor the Lord with our life. YSIC, -Golden


Virginia Sills (@happytoberestored)

  greybear: nottheeditorMy good brother, our pastors sound more like college professors. There is not one thing wrong with having a good quality education. But when it comes to the pulpit the spirit should lead the pastor.We don't preach Spirit inspired sermons anymore, we now present well orchestrated and technically designed series. I often wonder if the Spirit even bothers to show up due to the fact that he no longer is on the program/agenda?Great points in both blog and comments.Blessings,GreyBear Powerful point GB! Does the Holy Spirit look to see if He is included on the "program" that day? Ouch. And my dear brother b2y, GREAT POST! Thank YOU for listening to the Holy Spirit and keeping Him "penciled in" on your Day Runner. Much Love in Christ! Virginia


Clay Lovell (@clay1diver)

  B2Y, Well said. One thing that I have noticed in some of the churches that I have attended is that there is little to no assistance for the new believer! Some churches have an alter call, there is someone there to pray with you at the time, but then we throw the new believer to the wolves as it were. As a result, many new believers do exactly what you are saying, "This is too hard! I was happier when I wasn't a believer!" and they throw their hands in the air and run away. My Christian walk is like chess. The rules are really kind of simple, but it takes more than a lifetime to master. Clay


Kirk M+ (@blessings2you)

  Clay,
Boy did you hit the nail on the head. Those who need the most personal attention and instruction are many times the ones left out due to the amount of time needed to work with them. BABIES TAKE TIME to raise. The older they get the less time is needed to protect and nurture them and the emphasis switches from protection and nurturing to instruction and teaching.
Thank you
B2Y


Erin Cochran (@throughfaith)

  Great blog ... I"ve found the same to be true in church - no time for personal attention and instruction. But I've also found the opposite to be true as well. Some churches spend so much time on new believers that they have nothing but milk and gruel to feed anyone and more mature Christians are left to themselves. Thanks for the Word.


Rhonda Jones (@blackrose65)

  Nice Blog... It reminds me of a great book I read about life in the Spirit. Unfortunately I forgot the name of it...


Linda Young (@savedbyegrace)

  Great post, Brother. Well, I'm late on this bandwagon, but I wanted to share in a similar vein the verses that I learned on how to please God: Col 1:10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may 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 so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Gracie


Marsha Tyler Ronquist (@kraftykatz)

  I want to add to this that the lack of discipleship of new believers is not a new thing. I was saved at an alter call at the age of 15. But for the next 15 years I floundered around like a fish out of water for lack of leadership. It's not how much education a Pastor has, it is how much heart he or she has for the Spirit. It's how much love they have for people. KraftyKatz drinking tea


Brittany Massey (@bluewings)

  Excellent definitions to each of the steps. These are so easily confused and lost in translation/transliteration that people don't realize that you just have to DO.


Art Schnatterly (@aliveintheword)

  Nice, simple and spot on! Thanks Brother B for another wonderful contribution! Art


Christopher Quek+ (@arisensleeper)

  Excellent Blog Brother! You have blessed many with this!
Arisen


K Reynolds+ (@kreynolds)

  You're right, I think we make things far more complicated than they need to be sometimes. I'm glad I caught this the second time around.

Blessings!

K :princess:



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