Tuesday, December 2, 2008

"Walk With God"


God smiles when we love him supremely. God made you to love you to love you and he longs for you to love him back. God deeply loves you and desires your love in return. He longs for you to know him and spend time with him. This is wy learning to love God and be loved by him should be the greatest objective of your life.

When we trust God completely, he smiles at us. Trusting God completely means having faith that he knows what is best for your life. You expect him to keep his promises, help you with problems, and do the impossible when necessary. Trusting is an act of worship. Just as parents are pleased wen children trust their love and wisdom, your faith makes God happy.

Obeying God wholeheartedly makes him smiles. God does not owe you an explanation or reason for everything he asks you to do. Understandng can wait but obedience cannot. Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions. In fact, you will never understand some commands until you obey them first. Obedience unlocks understanding. Any kind of obedience is also an act of worship.

God smiles when we praise and thank him continually. Few things feel better than receiving heartfelt praise and appreciation from someone else. He smiles when we express our adoration and gratitude to him. We praise God for who he is and we thank God for what he has done. When we give God enjoyment, our own hearts are filled with joy. We enjoy what God has done for us and when we express that enoyment to God, it brings him joy - but it also increases our joy.

God gives us abilities to use and it makes him smiles. Every human activity, except sin, can be done for God's pleasure if you do it with an attitude of praise. You do not bring glory or pleasure to God by hiding your abilities or by trying to be someone else. You only bring him enjoyment by being you.

Anytime you reject any part of yourself, you are rejecting God's wisdom and sovereignty in creating you. God also gains pleasure in watching you enjoy his creation. He gave you eyes to enjoy beauty, ears to enjoy sounds, your nose and taste buds to enjoy smells and tastes and the nerves under your skin to enjoy touch. Every act of enjoyment becomes an act of worship when you thank God for it.

Verse to Remember: "Rather the Lord takes pleasure in the devout, those who await his faithful care." Psalm 147:11

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