The Importance of Pleasing God

We are all the same.  There is nobody that is better than anybody else.  Because of that there is nothing that any of us can do that pleases God more than anyone else.  Doesn’t that sound good?  Well, it sounds good but it just AINT Bible.  Now I am not talking about whether or not we are all condemned to death and hell because of our sin, but once we are saved, once we are a child of God, once we are a born again believer of God, we ought to be different from this world.  Once we are saved we ought to live our lives pleasing to God.  I am going to share just a few verses on what the Bible says we can do to please God.

It Pleases the Lord to bless Israel

Numbers 24:1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.

It Pleases the Lord to pray for His children – even if they sin

1 Samuel 12:22-24 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people. Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

It Pleases the Lord to bless our house and generations to come

2 Samuel 7:29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

It Pleases the Lord to receive sacrifice from those whose hearts are his. (Sacrifices did/do not save or please God unless our hearts are right with him)

Psalms 51:16-19 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

It Pleases the Lord to lift our voices in praise to him

Psalms 69:30-31 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

It Pleases the Lord if we magnify the law (His Word)

Isaiah 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

It Pleases the Lord to offer salvation to the world

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; Jesus Christ (clarification added db) he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

It Pleases the Lord to “Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God”

Micah 6:6-8 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

It Pleases the Lord for us to be obedient to his Son

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

It Pleases the Lord when we don’t live in the flesh

Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

It Pleases the Lord when we preach to the saving of the lost

1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Pleases the Lord when we serve according to our calling and not jealous of other’s calling

1 Corinthians 12:17-19 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body?

It Pleases the Lord for children to obey their parents

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

It Pleases the Lord when we speak boldly of the gospel not feaing what man can do unto us

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

It Pleases the Lord for us to walk according to the preaching of the scriptures

1 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.

It Pleases the Lord for us to “Do Good” and share with others

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such `sacrifices God is well pleased.

Pleases the Lord for us to keep his commandments

1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Pleases the Lord for us to have faith

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

It Pleases the Lord to walk in his ways

Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Pleases the Lord for us to have a testimony that we please the Lord

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Do you think it just might be possible for us to please God?  Yea, I not just possible but necessary.  May it be said of us that we had this testimony that we pleased God.  Remember without faith it is impossible to please God.

How to Know Your Heart Condition

Hello my friends,

Some of you have asked, "How did I know I was having a heart attack?"  

This video talks about the events that lead up to me knowing I was having a attack, calling 911 and being transported to Huntsville Memorial Hospital.  It talks about putting our faith in God first instead of transferring to Conroe Regional Medical Center's Heart and Cardio Vascular Department.  How during the events of the 4 days in the hospital and ICU, I had peace about my heart condition.  I would like for you to have that same peace that you know what your heart condition is.

Who's the Greatest

Hey Y’all, it’s been a while but I wanted to share something with you that I read in Luke chapter 9 verses 47 and 48.  Where Jesus took a little child and sat him beside him and told the disciples that he that is least among you is the greatest.  Then a crazy thought came to my head.  Can you see the disciples running to the back of the line and saying, “Look Jesus, I’m the least, I’m the least?”  Then a sobering thought came to mind and it went like this;

To be least in hopes of being great is not great at all, to be humble in hopes of being praised is not true humility. 

Look at Joseph and Naomi in the scriptures.  Naomi, in her pride said, “Look at me how pitiful I am.” While Joseph proclaiming what God had given him in a dream in humility proclaimed “Thus saith the Lord.”

Remember, to be least in hopes of being great is not great at all, to be humble in hopes of being praised is not true humility.  Let us be servants in humility.

Aint Nothing but a Hill of Beans

Well, that aint worth nothing but a hill of beans!!! Would you fight, Hazard your life for a hill of beans?  Most of us would not, but that is exactly what one of David's might men did.  Shammah by name.  The Bible tells us, in II Samuel 23:11 that the Philistines had taken a ground of lentils, "A Hill of Beans." And Shammah valiantly guarded that “hill of beans.”


The Lord wrought a great victory and gave Shammah the victory that day. But, that was just preparing Shammah for a greater vision. You see, one day David and his mighty men were holed up in a cave, and David said, “Oh, that I might have a drink of water from the well at Bethlehem.”  Shammah and two other of his mighty men heard this and they fought their way through the garrison of the Philistines all the way down to the well in Bethlehem, and brought back that drink of water.


Oh, that pleased David so much, but he in humbleness and humility poured it out, praising Shammah, for what they had done. But, most of all God was pleased because Shammah had learned that he could fight for the cause of Christ.  “Aint Nothing but a Hill of Beans.”  But, what is that Hill of Beans preparing you for?

Baby Crying

Baby crying

The scene is familiar. A baby is sleeping.

His mother’s worn out. It’s been a hard day.

A few hours before she was groaning and weeping,

just a child, giving birth in the usual way.

 

The place doesn’t matter, except it’s not cosy

the way that the prettiest Christmas cards say,

with kings humbly kneeling, the stable all rosy,

the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

 

Forget the carol constructed so neatly—

the cattle are lowing, the baby awakes.

Forget the Sundayschool singing so sweetly

that little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

 

The baby is crying. The baby is human

and the baby is God and he cries with the shock.

He cries for the keys to his coming kingdom.

He cries for the devil who first picked the lock.

 

He cries for the mother whose heart will be broken.

He cries for the children that Herod will find.

He cries for the father whose fears are unspoken 

but for ever will trouble his uncertain mind.

 

He cries for food in a land ploughed by famine.

He cries for freedom behind a barred door.

He cries for a judge who will come and examine

the reasons for sin and the causes of war.

 

He cries for the rich, who on hearing him crying 

lean over and say There now, give us a smile!

He cries for the camps full of refugees dying—

his tears are the Congo, the Danube, the Nile.

 

He cries for all pharisees, each of them giving

the reasons why sadly they have to refuse.

He cries out for Lazarus, both dead and living.

He cries for two thousand years of excuse 

 

and our patience is thin as a sliver of glass

as we fear this child’s crying will never die down.

It slithers through time as a snake slips through grass:

he would cry us an ocean in which we would drown

 

except it subsides. The baby is quiet.

The stillness returns to the Judaean night.

Whatever is coming he will not defy it

for he came after all to put everything right.

 

He cries for the strength that he needs to prepare him

to learn obedience in thirty long years.

Good Friday will come. Death will not spare him:

the world will at last be baptised with his tears

 

and his crying at night is his effort to waken

the sleeping and dead whom he came to live through.

He cries to the God who must leave him forsaken.

He cries out to me. He cries out to you.

Written for the carol service at St John’s, West Ealing in 1996. For a carol service for Iraq in 2013 the last line of verse 7 was changed to "his tears are the Tigris, Euphrates and Nile". 

The Star and the Tree

The Lord saw our plight so a star he did light

But the world in return made his son take to flight

But then as he grew he saw through to you

Knowing we had a great debt that was due

In time he would grow and his love he would show

That by his great grace through your faith you would know

He would go up that hill doing his father's will

To shed blood on the cross would our debt he fulfill

It is there that by grace we can look on his face

To find that in heaven is prepared us a place

His desire to save us from sin that enslaved us

Meant on a cruel tree that our shame he'd take for us

So, now then at Christmas a tree stands before us

With a star that will tell us the story of Jesus

Author: David A. Beaty

 

 

Be Careful Who You Throw Away

Video Transcript:

Hey, y'all! Pastor Beaty again. I want to warn you to be careful about who you throw away. Yes, you heard me right. Who do you throw away? In Judges 11 it tells us: "Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah." 

Many of us are familiar with Jephthah and his foolish vow that he would sacrifice to God whatsoever came out of his house to meet him if God gave him the victory in that battle. (Jdg. 11:30-35). We have gleaned from the wisdom of not making foolish vows and also keeping whatever vows we do make.  But before Jephthah’s vows, we learn of the rejection of Jephthah by his own brothers.

Jephthah was the son of an harlot and just like today when somebody is different, we tend to reject them and cast them aside.  Jephthah’s brothers had thrown Jephthah away as worth less than them. But Jephthah was a mighty man of valour, and when his brothers cast him out, the scriptures tell us that certain vain men gathered themselves to him.

As things happen to go, in the process of time, the Ammonites came to fight the children of Israel and Jephthah’s brothers came to fetch him.  The one they had thrown away was now the one they needed.  Oh, that we would be careful about who we reject! It just may be that they are the ones that God will bring the victory through.

Not My Fault

Video Transcript:

Hey y'all out there! Do you know someone who doesn't like to take responsibility for their own actions and their own faults? Or maybe even sometimes that someone is you. Well, let me tell you, you're in good company. I was reading in my devotions in Deuteronomy where Moses told the children of Israel that it was their fault that he was not going to be able to enter into the Promised Land. Now, I sorta remember back in Numbers that God told Moses that he wasn't going to be able to enter into the Promised Land because he disobeyed God, because he smote the rock twice instead of speaking to it. But you know what?  It's human nature to cast off blame. But let's step up and be men and women of integrity and take responsibility for our own actions and our own faults and our own sins, and let's look to God to give us strength and trust him in his judgement.