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Can Christians Stop Sinning – Pleasing God

1 Thessalonians 4:1

“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.”


Reflection:

Christian, is God pleased with you?


You know that your sins are forgiven. You know that you will go to heaven. God is pleased with you in that sense. However, you might still wonder and think, “Is God actually pleased with anything about me today? Does it matter what I do?”


Absolutely! God “urges you in the Lord Jesus to walk and to please God…just as you are doing.” It is not just the case that God will be pleased with you when you are in heaven but, in the meantime, while you still wrestle against temptation, you are doomed to fail and God is constantly displeased. Christian, God has given to you a new heart that now desires to glorify Him. You have been brought from death to life. You have the Holy Spirit of God who helps you walk in a way that pleases God today.


Do not go through your day wondering fearfully, just trying not to sin and crossing your fingers, hoping that your not sinning counts as good works. Fill your heart with adoration for Jesus Christ! Run to Him! Delight yourself in the Lord and you will find that He will carry you through the day in ways where you are so busy rejoicing in Him and delighting in Him that, through His Spirit, He has certainly used you to walk in a way that God Himself says is pleasing unto Him.


In Christ,


Pastor Yonkman

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