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How to Live God’s Way—Simplified

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Living for the Lord is extremely rewarding, but sometimes it is so difficult to understand what God is doing or to know what He wants us to do!

Two things complicate this: our lack of understanding of God’s character and ways, and our desire to do things our way.

So let me simplify how to live God’s way:

Just try to PLEASE Him in every way!

If that’s the case, we need to find out what pleases Him (Eph 5:10). Below is a list of some of them.

  • Praise, worship, and thanksgiving (Ps 69:30-31; Heb 13:15-16; Eph 5:19-20)
  • Sacrificial living (Rom 12:1; Heb 13:15-16)
  • Sacrificial giving (Phil 4:18)
  • Obedience (1 Jn 3:22-23)
  • Live by faith (Heb 10:38; Heb 11:6)
  • Be controlled by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:8)
  • Truth and integrity (1 Chr 29:17; Pr 20:23)
  • Sincerity of heart and purity of motives (Mt 5:8)
  • Serving God and using our gifts and abilities (Mt 25:14-30)
  • Live a holy pure life (1 Thess 4:1-12)
  • Lead a quiet life (1 Thess 4:1-12)
  • Love each other (1 Thess 4:1-12)
  • Stay away from evil (Eph 5:11)
  • Living a life worthy of the Lord (Col 1:10)
  • Being fruitful in every good work (Col 1:10)
  • Growing in the knowledge of God (Col 1:10)
  • Suffering for doing good and enduring it (1 Pet 2:20)

Jesus always sought to please the Father and always did (Jn 5:30, Jn 8:28-30), and the Father was well pleased with Him (Mat 17:5, Lk 3:22). Therefore, we should also make this our goal (2 Cor 5:9). And as we saw in the previous blog of why God’s way is best , it is for our benefit. 

If we would simply ask the Lord before every action and about every attitude, “Is this pleasing to You, Father?” it would go a long way in accomplishing this goal of pleasing Him.

But how in the world can we get to this mindset of always wanting to please God more than ourselves or others? Here are 3 keys in

 How to live God’s Way—in a manner pleasing to Him

1. Have a compliant heart attitude

We get this submissive attitude by:

  • Renewing our minds through the reading and application of His Word. (Rom 12:2)
  • Humbling ourselves before our rightful King
  • Remembering it’s about a love relationship with our Maker—not about earning a right standing with the Lord, but of being in a right standing with the Lord through Jesus Christ. We want to please the ones we love.
  • Accepting that every sin (i.e. not living God’s way) is displeasing to Him.
  • Repenting when we do sin, thereby restoring our broken fellowship.
  • Reminding ourselves that surrendering our way to God is minuscule in comparison to what Christ did.

2. Increase our awareness of His presence

If you and I are conscious of the fact that Jesus, the One we love, is always with us, we would not hurt His heart as much. Personally, God’s pleasure in me is my biggest motivator to live rightly. See my blogs Sensing God’s Presence and God Moments: Touches of His Presence to help you.

3. God enables

He is the One who teaches (Ps 25:8-9, Jn 16:13-15), directs (Pr 3:5), and empowers us (2 Pet 1:3). We simply cannot live a life pleasing to the Lord on our own!

In times when we’re not sure how to live God’s way, we can go to Him and just ask—He will not turn us away (Jas 1:5). (See my blog series on How to Know God’s Will for specifics) 

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thes 2:16-17)

 

So until next time, my friends, make it your goal to please the Lord. I guarantee you, based on the Word of God, He will help you to do so and be smiling all the while!

 

Scripture taken from New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

5 Reasons Why God’s Way is BEST

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Angela lived her life her way ever since she could remember. Although raised in a Christian home, all she saw were hypocrites—including in the church. Being constantly surrounded by complaining, condemning, and criticizing people, Angela was led to think, “Why do life God’s way if that’s the result?!” Then soon doubts about the existence of God crept in; re-enforced by evolutionary teaching.

But Angela was miserable and didn’t know why. Then through a series of God-orchestrated events, her eyes were opened to the truth of Jesus Christ and chose to follow Him, no matter what that meant.

Although hard at times, she soon discovered that God’s way was indeed the best!

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I’m sure many of you can relate to Angela. Actually that was me.

God has revealed His ways so we can know them , and although He promises to help us follow them, it’s not always easy to comply. We need some motivation as to why it’s worth it. So here are…

5 Reasons Why God’s Way is Best

1. God’s Way is Best because there are astounding rewards both now and in the future for those who live God’s way. And there are horrific consequences for those who do not.

These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe… so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you…. (Deut 6:1-3)

The Bible is replete with verses on the benefits of following God. Here are just a few:

  • Eternal life
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Security in uncertain times (Ps 81:13-14)
  • Wisdom to make the right decisions (Pr 3:6)
  • Sweet fellowship with God and others
  • Deliverance from or sustaining in times of trouble
  • Satisfaction (Ps 63:5, Ps 81:16)
  • Prosperity/success
  • Excitement in life
  • Spiritual growth

In other words, the Abundant Life. If we don’t go God’s way, expect the opposite. (Obviously there are degrees. See my Abundant Life series for more on that.)

Simply put:
When we do things our way we will be discontented; when we do things God’s way we will be blessed and contented. You choose.

2. God’s Way is Best because of His wisdom

Our Lord sees what’s ahead and knows all the ramifications of any path taken, since God is all knowing and all wise. Unlike us He cannot make a mistake.

“The wisdom of God tells us that God will bring about the best possible results, by the best possible means, for the most possible people, for the longest possible time.”1

3. God’s Way is Best because His motive is pure, good and one of love.

This truth is vital to grasp during times of uncertainty as to what God is, or isn’t, doing.

4. God’s Way is Best because our lives will be the most productive eternally speaking.

God always has eternity in mind. Yes, He cares about our present hardship, but “God will not spare present pain at the expense of future results.”2

The eternal destiny of souls is way more important than current comfort. Think about it. Knowing that your cooperation with God and doing life His way will help people get saved from hell or to grow spiritually is worth it! If you don’t think so, that’s a red flag. I challenge you to examine your walk and your profession of faith if that is what you think.

5. God’s Way is Best because it’s the only way God will get the glory due His name.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Rev 4:11)

Next time, my friends, we’ll find out how to live God’s way. Until then think deeply about these reasons why God’s way is best so that you’ll be motivated to follow Him and therefore reap great rewards! 

1 Chip Ingram, God: As He Longs for You to See Him (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004), 128. 

2 David Jeremiah

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Understanding God’s Way Part 2: His Ways are Not Our Ways

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Many think living God’s way is only for the holier than thou types. They don’t believe that they could live that way, or would want to because they think God is a killjoy.

In this series, we’re going to learn the truth that will set us free from such nonsense!

For His ways are NOT our ways!

So what does “God’s way” mean?

In the Bible the Hebrew word, derek is often translated way . It’s figurative for a course of life, or action, undertakings; manner.

Way is the manner in which one acts. And the way we act is an outflow of our character and capabilities. God’s character is flawless and His abilities endless. Ours? Well, you know the answer to that!

Here’s just a few things the Bible says about God’s ways:

  • Holy (Ps 77:13)
  • Just and true (Deut 32:4, Rev 15:3)
  • Righteous (right) (Ps 145:17)
  • Loving and faithful (Ps 25:10)
  • Good (Ps 119:68)
  • Pleasant and filled with peace (Pr 3:17, Rom 12:2b)
  • Wise (Rom 11:33, Pr 2:1-15)
  • Unchangeable (Is 43:13)
  • To be followed but with great rewards (Deut 6, 28)

Our way is basically the opposite of the above. We are self-centered and severely lacking in capabilities next to God. I am talking here about our sinful nature. In and of ourselves there is nothing good (Ps 53:1-3, Rom 7:18).

Now if this was the only truth we would be sorrowful creatures indeed! But as many of you know…

The GOOD news of the Gospel has made a way possible through Jesus to live God’s way.

Without Christ, we might try to live up to God’s rules, only to find that we can’t. His commands seem burdensome to us. But in reality…

God’s commands are boundaries to hedge us in for our joy, not to keep us from our joy!

That’s because through Jesus we can approach God as a loving Father—not as a condemning Judge (Rom 8:1, 14-15).

As we increase our knowledge and understanding of who God is and how He works, we will increasingly want to follow His ways out of our love for Him.

Living God’s way is basically wanting to please God more than ourselves or others because we love Him. That doesn’t mean a life of perfection, but to strive with all our heart to live in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord.

In the Bible the terms upright and righteous are often used to describe one who has a heart after God. And that simply means to live rightly before God. And when we fail, to ask for forgiveness and the power to change (repent) our wrong behavior.

Looking at the Lord with this perspective, prevents us from seeing His commands as burdensome (1 Jn 5:3). But suppose you’re thinking, “What gives God the right to dictate the way we should live?”

Because God is the Creator; we are the created ones.

We have no rights. God is the deserving One who sits on the throne with power, knowledge, wisdom, and authority; the right to do as He pleases (Rev 4:11).

This would be frightening were it not for the fact that God cannot do evil. Remember the supposedly omnipotent alien being, “Q”, from the Star Trek series? He was always causing havoc because He was selfish, immature, and egotistical. I’m so glad that God is not that way!

Although His ways are not our ways, we need not fear for He is good!

We can begin to live according to His ways by aligning our thinking with His thinking. And that will change our character and therefore change our ways to be more like His. And when we don’t understand what God is doing, we can ponder His good character and attributes and surrender our rights to our rightful and most-deserving King.

Next time, my friends, we’ll discover why God’s way is best which will motivate us to live in a manner pleasing to the Lord. Meanwhile, remember that His commands needn’t be burdensome.

10 Tips to Help You GIVE IT UP to God

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Is God asking you to do something that you just don’t want to do? Has He allowed a major difficulty in your life that you just can’t accept? You feel miserable. The issue is ever before you—always on your mind.

There’s a battle of the wills going on—yours versus God’s. That lack of peace and “where is God?” feeling is the Holy Spirit exerting pressure on you to submit to the better way—His.

Why is God’s way better? Because He knows it’s the only way you can:

  • Change and become more like Jesus.
  • Have true freedom and live the abundant life.
  • Resist the devil (Jas 4:7).
  • Produce eternal fruit for His Kingdom.
  • Experience deep intimacy with Him (1 Pet 5:5).

Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. (Job 22:21)

God’s ways are always better because He is all-knowing, wise, good, loves us and has our best interest at heart. As Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth often quotes:

“If we knew what God knew we would want what He wants.”

Once you truly understand His character you won’t mind yielding as much.

Here are 10 tips to help you yield to His way

  1. Remember God is the One really in control.
  2. As a born-again believer, you are not your own but bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 6:20). You have relinquished your rights over to your Redeemer. But take heart—He’s a wonderful and kind Master!
  3. When it’s hard to submit do it as an act of sacrificial love. (Rom 12:1)
  4. Jesus was submissive to His Father.

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. (Hebrews 5:7)

If we want our prayers to be heard, we too must have a reverent submission.

  1. Pray: “Lord, make me willing to be willing.” God will answer that prayer. I know because He has done so for me many times.
  2. Develop an eternal perspective. Don’t love the things of this world (1 Jn 2:15).

“Hold everything [even loved ones] in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”  ~Corrie ten Boom

  1. Understand your utter need of God.

When you know you can’t do anything worthwhile or right without the Lord…

It’ll be easier to concede when you know your desperate need.

  1. Cooperating with God = working together with God.

When you let God be the Driver of your life, He doesn’t throw you out of the car! You get to go along for the thrill ride of your life without crashing or going the wrong way!

  1. Surrender is not a 1-time event that happens when you decide to follow Jesus, but an attitude of humble submission admitting your need of God for salvation and everything else—even your very breath. It begins on your spiritual birthday and continues throughout your walk with Jesus.

“It’s a posture of living in relationship with God ready to hand everything and anything over to God. [It’s responding to those nudges/promptings of God.] It’s learning not to hesitate or hold back but move forward in obedience.”1 Or not move forward when God tells you to wait.

  1. Fighting against God is a losing battle! The sooner you surrender the less miserable you will be. Come to that place of acceptance. You won’t regret it—I promise; better yet He promises!

Be still [cease striving] and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” (Ps 46:10)

 

1Margaret Feinberg

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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