"Wherefore we labor (or, endeavor) that .... we may be accepted of Him."
2 Corinthians 5:9

© 1976, 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew

I.    It is not in the offering of a sacrifice that God today finds pleasure, but in the
      goodness of those things which proceed from the hearts of His people.

              Psalms 40:6; 69:30, 31
              Micah 6:6-8
              Mark 12:33, 34
              Hebrews 10:6, 8

II.   In all things, it is the life of Jesus that remains our pattern for perfection (or, maturity).

              Mark 8:34 ("Come ... follow Me ...")
              1 Peter 2:21
              1 John 2:6

       A.   The life of Jesus was declared "pleasing" in the sight of God by the Father Himself.

                    Matthew 3:7; 17:5

       B.   Likewise, Enoch (among others) also "had this testimony, that he pleased God."

                    Hebrews 11:5 (See also Genesis 5:22-24.)

       C.   We must seek to please not man but God.

                    John 5:41, 44
                   Ephesians 6:6
                   Colossians 3:22

      D.    It is by the working of the Holy Spirit, not our own efforts, that our
              lives are made "well-pleasing in His sight."

                   Philippians 2:13
                   Hebrews 13:21

III.  What pleases God?

        A.   A humble heart.

                    Psalms 51:16, 17
                    Micah 6:6-8

        B.   Obedience; righteousness.

                    1 Samuel 15:22
                    Deuteronomy 10:12, 13
                    Psalms 4:5; 51:19
                    Malachi 3:3, 4

       C.   Faith.

                    John 6:28, 29
                    Hebrews 11:6

       D.   Thanksgiving and praise.

                    Psalms 27:6; 50:14; 69:30, 31; 107:22; 116:17; 119:108
                    Jeremiah 17:26; 33:11
                    Hosea 14:2
                    Jonah 2:9
                    Hebrews 13:15

      E.   The knowledge of God.

                    Hosea 6:6 (Matthew 9:13; 12:7)
                    Colossians 1:10

      F.   Love toward God; the fear of the Lord.

                    Deuteronomy 10:12, 13
                    Psalms 147:11

       G.   Holiness (separation unto Him).

                    Romans 8:8; 12:12
                    2 Timothy 2:4

       H.   A surrendered life.

                   Luke 22:42 (Mark 14:36)
                   John 8:29
                   Hebrews 10:6, 7 (Psalms 40:6-8)

       I.   Justice; doing good.

                    Proverbs 21:3
                    Micah 6:6-8
                    Hebrews 13:16

       J.   Patience.

                    1 Peter 2:19, 20

IV.   Pleasing God involves more than the avoidance of "serious sin."
        Failure to abide by some of the most basic principles of the kingdom
        will grieve the Spirit of God.

       A.   Lack of endurance.

                    1 Corinthians 10:5
                    Hebrews 10:38

       B.   Unbelief.

                    Hebrews 11:6

V.   It is not merely in the things we do that God takes delight (see Section
       I-2 above), but in us His people (Isaiah 62:4, 5, margin). It was for His
       pleasure that we were created (Psalms 149:4a; Revelation 4:11).

Copyright © 1976, 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew

This material is solely for personal use and is not to be posted publicly on other web pages. Diane S. Dew holds exclusive rights to publicly post these messsages on this web page. You are free to download, copy, print and distribute one copy of this material for your own personal use, so long as you do not post it on a different Internet site. You may, however, link this site to reference these messages.

This file is the sole property of Diane S. Dew. It may not be altered or edited in any way. One copy of this study may be reproduced only in its entirety for your own personal use, without charge. Permission for any other use must be obtained, in writing, from the author: Diane S. Dew, PO Box 340945, Milwaukee, WI 53234.

Don't wear out your printer. Order a printed, bound set of these studies, available AT COST!

Complete, printed and bound copies of these studies (75 topics, 600+ pages)
may be obtained, at cost, from:

Diane S. Dew, PO Box 340945, Milwaukee, WI 53234


||  Pro-life Perspective  ||  Bible Studies  ||  The Prayer Place ||  Poems ||
||  'Comfort Ye My People'  ||  Apologetics  ||  Chat Rooms  ||  Testimonies  ||
||  Devotional Articles  ||  Articles on Political & Social Issues  ||  Fav Links  ||
Music Links  ||  Bible Q&A  ||  Seniors' Section  ||  Kids' Site  ||  Humor ||

© Copyright 1998 Diane S. Dew
All Rights Reserved

Diane Dew  o  PO Box 340945  o  Milw WI 53234