It hath pleased the Lord : 4 theunfetteredpreacher

To please the Lord, should be our goal, and maybe we could aim higher still. We can be a delight.

Proverbs 15:8

“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.”

The Lord, delights in the prayers of the Upright, the Righteous.

A Prayer that is not just crying out for help, but a prayer of Worship, Praise, and Submission to His Will, recognizing Who He is, what He does, and what He expects from us.

Proverbs 12:22

“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.”

Proverbs 11:20

“They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.”

Proverbs 11:1

“A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.”

The Lord delights in us as we deal justly, righteously, in good faith.

In business, He expects us to make a fair profit, not to cheat or overcharge.

To do our best, in quality and quantity, to be good Witnesses of His Love and Grace.

Psalm 18:19

“He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.”

2 Samuel 22: 20.

“He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Numbers 14:8

“If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.”

The promises of God are Yes and Amen, the Promised Land is here for any who will enter.

He is waiting for us to enter in, and do the Work of the Ministry.

He will deliver us and reward us according to our Walk with Him, our attitude, and actions.

According to how well we Walk with Him, taking up His Yoke.

Psalm 37:23-24

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

He delights in us as we Walk in His Ways, if we stumble off the path, He holds us in His hand.

He sometimes needs to get our attention.

Proverbs 3:12

“For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”

At times we need to help our children to stay on the straight and narrow, the Lord needs to help us also.

Proverbs 3:11

“My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:”

Hebrews 12:5

“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:”

At times we need to be reminded, who we are, and what we have done. Like David, we do not always recognize our sin.

When we do, we need to repent.

Psalm 51:15-17

“O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

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.

See also Psalms 51:10-13 (Often my prayer)

1 Samuel 15:22

“And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

To obey is better than sacrifice…..

It isn’t hard to please or even delight our God.

This verse is a song, that sums up our Walk with Christ.

Micah 6: 8.

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?

If we take it one step at a time, the Lord will smile upon us, give us Peace and Rest. Wisdom and Grace to become the True Servants, He has called us to be.

Amen

He that saith, unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; theunfetteredpreacher

Proverbs 24:24-25

He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.”

Once upon a time, we had righteous leaders in Washington.

Our Country grew and prospered.

Our leaders were righteous, not because they were good, but because they believed in, and stood for Godly principles.

They sinned and failed morally, but the knew the road to Redemption.

We have gone, through a time, (16 of the last 25 plus years). Where immoral people have lead our land, and we can see the results.

God is taken from our schools, court houses, public meetings, sports….

There are those who celebrate this, as progress, a good thing.

What have we wrought?

School shootings, Gay marriage, Christian businesses, fined, even closed down, for not bowing down, to the left.

Just for standing firm, in their faith.

We must stand fast, and rebuke this Godless course, we are on.

We now have a leader, a regular guy, ( not a politician), who stands up for us, the people who are ignored and dumped on regularly.

Is he a Godly man, NO, but he might be a blameless, forgiven man.

He might be, just the man, to rebuke those who call evil, good, wrong, right, sin, a virtue.

The man we need for this time.

It isn’t a shooting war yet, but the left seems determined to make it one. Are you ready to stand fast, defend your God, Country and Children?

I hope so. Not until then, will they be rebuked and we receive the blessings of God. Amen

It hath pleased the Lord: 3 theunfetteredpreacher

Revelation 4: 11.

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.

The Universe’s and all that is in them, including ‘we the people,’ were created for God’s Pleasure.

We find Jesus, as a man, doing God’s will, Pleasing Him.

So how do we Please Him?

■ By Speaking, Preaching, Sharing the Gospel. (1 Thessalonians 2:4)

■ Do good and to communicate, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (Hebrews 13:16)

■ The Sacrifices, of Reverence and Awe come from an appreciation of who God is. Acceptable worship combines these motives. (Hebrews 12:28,29)

■ Visiting widows and orphans, Sacrifices of words must be accompanied by deeds of love toward others. (James 1:27)

■ Helping others Financially (Philippians 4:18)

■ That we present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)

■ Enoch, pleased God. He believed that God IS. (Hebrews 11:5,6)

■ It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21)

All these things Please God. When God is Pleased, we receive a promice.

Proverbs 16:7

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

When we do not please God, by not believing on His Word, or Trusting in His Protection. We may die in the wilderness. (1 Corinthians 10:5)

It is easier to question God, than to believe Him. We gladly except the Promise of Salvation, we feel the weight of Sin and Shame leave us as we are Filled with Christ.

We fail, by not following up, by sacrificing our wants and desires, in study and prayer, accepting God’s way, by Walking With Him.

Matthew 5: 6.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

To Please God, to be truly Righteous, we must Hunger and Thirst for More of Him.

Set our faces, like flint, to love, Worship and obey Jesus, as He leads and guide’s us by the Holy Spirit.

Saints, learn to set your hearts, to Pleasing God. You believe and you are blessed now.

Walk with Him, and receive His Blessings, a new.

Amen

It hath pleased the Lord: 2 theunfetteredpreacher

Revelation 4: 11.

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.

It has pleased the Lord, to Create all that is physical, by the Power of His Word. (He is Spirit).

Jesus is the Word, He pleases the Father. Shouldn’t we?

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Mt 3:17, 17:5. Mk 1:11, 9:7 Lkba 3:22, 9:35, 20:13.

People heard this at His Baptism, and at the Transfiguration. Jesus made a point of telling us that He was doing the Fathers will.

John 5:30
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

John 6:39
And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”

Jesus, was born of the Seed of Abraham and David, He was a man. Not a man/God, but a man.

He suffered the same temptations and trials that we all suffer, but did not sin.

He was a man after God’s own heart, a friend of God.

Luke 2:40
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Strong in Spirit, Filled with Wisdom, the Grace of God was Upon Him.

This is what made Him different from you or I, as He grew, His desire was to serve and please the Father, He studied and proved Himself at the age of 12.

At 30, He was ready to begin His mission.

I heard a story about Mozart.

In his latter years a man came and asked, “How do I write a symphony?

Mozart encouraged him to start smaller, to write a symphony is no easy thing.

The man said: “But you wrote your first at 9 year’s old.”

Mozart replied: “Yes, but I didn’t have to ask how.”

So be it known, some men are able to do the extraordinary.

Jesus, even as a child, was strong in Spirit, filled with Wisdom, and the Grace of God was Upon Him. Yet, He was just a man, a child, who loved God.

He did no Miracles till He received the Holy Spirit and Power, at His Baptism.

His obedience as a man is what pleased God. He showed us, that we could be obedient also.

We just need to seek the Spirit, He will give us Wisdom, and we will recognize His Grace. (Salvation, Justification, Righteousness and Sanctification).

We must; Know His Word, Speak His Word, Believe His Word, and Walk in His Word.

If we care to Please our God. Amen

It hath pleased the Lord: 1 theunfetteredpreacher

Have you ever considered what pleases God? Most of my life, I only cared about making myself happy.

My prayers, actions and plans, were about me. (Sometimes, Bette, my wife or Celeste, our daughter). Not often,… mostly me.

I considered, how will that affect me? What should I do? Come on, I need you to do this.

Wow, it hurts to read the truth. But, we all are a little self absorbed. It might be golf, tennis, watching sports, some even play sports.

I love to play piano and sing, study the Word, Preach and Teach. I also love to create my own little worlds.

As a kid, my cousin Jim, (He’s no longer Jimmy, as I am no longer Billy). Played army, or Man from Uncle, more than catch, or other games. We were in our own world.

My Dad, made me an HO, Model Train layout. Nothing fancy, but it was fun.

When my folks moved to Florida, they sold all my old stuff. I had not taken it with me when I left home, years before, so I guess it was fair game.

I considered it lost.

Got married, moved to NC, lived in a 12×54 foot trailer, with a 5’3″ baby grand taking up a lot of living room space.

Year’s passed, when I discovered N Scale Model Trains. I wanted one. Where would I put it? Bette said, “Why not on the piano?”

Wonderful idea, I went a step further,… I put the layout, in the piano. (On top of the harp).

Why did I do this? I took great pleasure, creating my own little kingdom, something I could control.

For the same reason, God created the Universe, the planet’s, trees, seas, fish and Us.

For His pleasure.

Then He gave us Freewill. What was He thinking. lol… He had a plan.

He wants us to please Him. Our choice, will you, please Him?

Revelation 4: 11.

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.

I wonder? Stay tuned.