by Kim Brock
A mis-perception or misunderstanding of God is also that we believe that it is impossible to please Him. I’ll make the statement that in most cases by our own works, it is impossible to please Him.
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
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Hebrews 11: 6 But without faith apart from trust it is impossible to please him well-please : for he that cometh to God Elohim must believe trust that he is (real, reality) , and that he is a rewarder becometh a recompenser of them that diligently seek him.
I used to believe that with everything that I did wrong would come the judgment of God. I had this understanding for many years of my young life and it really sucked. When you think about God being a mean and angry power running the Universe your ideas get warped in all kinds of ways. And about Him being unpleasable, people would tell me “there is nothing you can do to please God” alot of time it was expressed with out any real explanation. Why did he make me if I am not pleasing to Him anyway? What is the point?
I had a conversation with my brother about living for Jesus. And his landlord was telling him that he needs to began a relationship with God. And his reply was that it was not easy. He told me something like, “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do when I get saved, just sit there and not doing anything?” I explained how God doesn’t want to strip us of our personalities it’s that he wants to change our intentions to good. We don’t have to be statues. Just strive to live by His standards through Christ, through faith. He will help us.
Hebrews 11:7-11 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. (8) By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. (9) By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: (10) For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (11) Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
So you see some examples of faith in the hearts of Gods children(babies). And you also see that when they obeyed BY FAITH it was counted as righteousness. God is invisible but we can see Him active in situations, we can feel his presences, we can HEAR Him and some deeper rooted believers can smell His fragrance.
“But without faith”
This is an important portion of the scripture to me because it expresses the requirement needed to please God. He is pleased by our faith and our works combined. If you noticed in the above scriptures Hebrews 11:7-11 every time faith was expressed of someone a work proceeded it. Noah’s faith…the ark. Abraham…moving to a place where he was not familiar with. Sarah….barren women but believed that God was faithful. She had intercourse and got pregnant when biologically (?) it was impossible.
If you do not trust in God how can you do what is required of Him?
God doesn’t put us into harms way. Whenever he asks us to act in faith in Him, he is guiding us to something that will bless and enrich our lives.
Some people will argue “I do trust in my God, my Lord” but when He wants us to do something fear or disobedience paralyzes us and we end up regretting not listening to Him or making a million excuses for it. He wants to enrich our lives.