Galatians 1:10 (KJV) “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

Last week, we discussed…

I stated earlier, “God gives the faith to respond, receive, recover, renew, and restore WITH His Revelation!” Thus, we have…

Romans 10:17 (KJV) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Emphasis Added).

Once again, we are talking about “Living to Please God” by being “Selfless.” Since ALL of us were conceived and born in sin, we were born to be selfish. All sin is a result of placing ourselves and our desires above God and His desires. Very few sins, if any, are committed without the desire to bring pleasure to ourselves!

Once our spiritual “eyes” are opened, we have the ability to make a “choice” between pleasing God or ourselves. BUT, since we practiced pleasing ourselves so long, it seems practically impossible to believe that we can live a life that is pleasing to God on a continual basis. Truly, it is more difficult to believe this since so many pastors and teachers emphasize the inability to live a “perfect” life in this world.

BUT – God…

We must acknowledge that God did NOT create humans with a sinful, selfish nature. Because He created us in His image and after His likeness, our first parents were created in holiness and wholeness. As such, they were originally “givers” to mirror the character of God, the Giver of Life! They were not selfish as they attended to the care of the Garden of Eden, gave names to all animals, and manifested God’s love to creation and one another. BUT, sin entered in the moment Adam and Eve traded their selflessness for selfishness, their separation for self-satisfaction, and their sinlessness for self-supremacy. In doing this, they passed these characteristics unto us! BUT – God…

Remember, “Selflessness” pleases God by the evidence of “Faith!” Since we have a sinful nature that God sent His Son to deliver us from, we must exercise faith to be delivered, AND we must exercise faith so the transformed life/nature may be made manifest.

To ensure you that I am not drawing the “Faith” issue out of context or with some extraordinary principle that will add a “Pharisaical Impossibility or Implausibility” upon any of us, let us consider…

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) “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” (Emphasis Added).

If we gathered a group of random people together to play a word association game, and we gave instructions to name the opposite of the word they were given, if we gave the word “sin” to them, I believe the following would be the top three responses…

  • Holiness
  • Obedience
  • Purity

While all three responses are excellent, the opposite of “sin” is “FAITH!” You see, for me to have faith, and exercise it, I must believe in something, or Someone, greater than I. the Serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety by suggesting that her faith in God was misguided. She entertained Satan’s suggestion that God didn’t really have her best interests at heart; therefore, she transferred from having faith in God to having faith in herself. Thus, sin was conceived in her heart and she expressed her faith through eating the forbidden fruit instead of trusting God’s Love.

So, in response to our disobedience, the Holy Spirit overshadows our sinful hearts, reveals our need of salvation and the Savior, and prompts us to accept His Free Gift of Eternal Life. His Word speaks into our spirit and resides within us! Praise the Lord!

BUT, do we take God at His Word that He can, does, and will transform us?!

Jesus made a piercing statement concerning faith…

Mark 11:22 (KJV) “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God” (Emphasis Added).

We testify that we have faith in God; but Jesus was speaking more poignantly than that – He meant, “HAVE the Faith of God!” In other words, He was telling us that we can have the same kind of faith that God has. It makes sense as we consider He created us in His Image and after His Likeness!

Consider the following Scriptures…

Genesis 1:1-2 (KJV) “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Emphasis Added).

It’s apparent from these Scriptures that our earth was in a chaotic state until God brought order to it. It required the Spirit of God to brood over the face of the earth (water covered the entire earth prior to God calling forth the land) much like a “Hen will gather her chicks under her wings.” It ALWAYS requires the Holy Spirit to “brood” over creation for it (us) to be formed!

BUT, “light” did NOT appear until God spoke…

Genesis 1:3 (KJV) “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

God does the same thing to deliver us out of our lost, chaotic state…

2 Corinthians 4:6 (KJV) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

We must have the faith of God to believe His Word will transform us!!! Apostle Paul exhorted the believers in Thessalonica to practice “Living to Please God” by exhibiting faith that mirrors the humility of Jesus Christ. In this “humility,” they were to manifest “Selflessness.”

1 Thessalonians 4:1 (KJV) “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” (Emphasis Added).

“Selflessness” is manifested through “Faith” as I accept who God says I am and act accordingly. Regardless of those who say I cannot manifest a holy life because this world is “fallen,” God says I am a “New Creation;” therefore, as I exercise my faith in Him to transform me, submit to His Will for my life, and keep my eyes on Jesus, I shall fulfill Christ’s command…

Luke 9:23 (KJV) “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Emphasis Added).

“I know that I have to move from speaking about Jesus to letting him speak within me, from thinking about Jesus to letting him think within me, from acting for and with Jesus to letting him act through me. I know the only way for me to see the world is to see it through his eyes.” — Henri J. Nouwen