It’s Impossible

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And without faith it is impossible to please him.

Hebrews 11:6


Many people do a lot of things to please God. They will go to church every Sunday. They will make prayers of intercession for all kinds of people and situations. They will give their money, time, and energy for the cause of the kingdom. They will serve others in the church and community. Yet, if any of these good things are done without faith—it doesn’t please God. Without faith it’s impossible for any of us to please the Lord. There are 3 steps we can take towards pleasing God:

Step #1) Draw near to God (James 4:8)
Drawing near to God means that we make Him first and foremost in our hearts and minds every single day. We draw near to Him because in Him we find peace when we are hurting, love when we are rejected, and hope when we feel despair. In His presence, we are strengthened and renewed in our faith to move forward.

Step #2) Believe that God exists (Psalms 14:1)
This isn’t just believing there’s a God—even the demons believe in God and are scared witless. (James 2:19) This the believing that God is real in our lives—that He is aware of who we are, of our triumphs and defeats, of our prayers and intercessions, etc. It’s believing everything the Bible says about God.

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Step #3) Believe that He rewards those who seek after Him (Matthew 6:4, 6, 18; 10:42)
There are rewards in following after God in this lifetime and the next one. He is a good heavenly Father who longs to bless His children in abundance. His rewards are more than just material things, rather His rewards bring spiritual, emotional, and mental blessings as well.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I long to please You with my life and the decisions I make every day. Help me to draw near to You, believe in You and trust that You will bring rewards in my life. Amen.

In His Service,

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