Published on June 16, 2008
“ Pleasing the FATHER” By: Sonny Naz/Pastor 15 June 2008
“ Father’s Day comes after the Mother’s Day, so that the bills for Mother’s Day will arrive just in time for Father’s day.”
“ Father’s Day is just like Mother’s Day, only you don’t spend as much on the present.”
God is pleased if we FOLLOW Him. 1. F aith (Hebrews 11:5-6)
“ 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God . 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Heb 11:5-6
God is pleased if we FOLLOW Him. 1. F aith 2. O bey (John 8:25-29)
25 "Who are you?" they asked. "Just what I have been claiming all along," Jesus replied. 26 "I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is reliable, and what I have heard from him I tell the world." 27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him ." John 8:25-29
“… what Jesus did must become the goal of our lives – we should always do what pleases the Father .”
“ 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy.“ 1 Peter 1:13-16
Holiness is about our lifestyle, how we behave. We are holy when we do what God would expect us do and unholy when we disregard the commands of the Scripture.
God is pleased if we FOLLOW Him. 1. F aith 2. O bey 3. L ead for Peace (Rom 14:17-19)
“ 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:17-19
“ No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs - he wants to please his commanding officer .” 2 Timothy 2:4
God is pleased if we FOLLOW Him. 1. F aith 2. O bey 3. L ead for Peace 4. L ove one another (1 John 3:22-24)
21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him . 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3:21-24
God is pleased if we FOLLOW Him. 1. F aith 2. O bey 3. L ead for Peace 4. L ove one another 5. O ffer sacrifices (Heb 13:15-16)
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:15-16
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
God is pleased if we FOLLOW Him. 1. F aith 2. O bey 3. L ead for Peace 4. L ove one another 5. O ffer sacrifices 6. W itness (1 Cor 1:20-25)
20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe . 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. 1 Corinthians 1:20-25
Maybe we can’t always please our earthly fathers. And maybe there are some earthly fathers who aren’t easy to please. But we can each please our heavenly Father.
By remembering this simple acronym, FOLLOW , may we be pleasing to our heavenly Father. Have faith , be obedient , lead to peace , love one another , offer sacrifices to him and bear witness for Him. To all the fathers, “ Happy FOLLOW ing Father’s Day ” and God bless you all.