Saturday, March 12, 2011

Two Ways We Can Bless God

Jenn here. I used to think, how can I, a mere mortal, bless an almighty, powerful, holy God who is perfect? I have nothing to offer that He doesn't already have or could obtain. I was missing the point of my relationship with Him. And because I had this desire to please Him--to bless Him--my relationship with God was about to change.


I was in the shower one morning complaining about some unsaved family members, or those who were supposed to be Christians, but didn't appear to be living like it. I was hurting for them--burdened for them. Could these individuals not see how they were destroying their lives with their irrational behavior? In my weeping for them, I cried out to God asking, "God You can do anything. Why don't You just make them love and serve You?"

And this soft whisper came to my heart, "Because I don't want to force them to love Me anymore than You do."

These words pierced my heart, not only by what He said, but the tone in How I felt Him speaking to my heart. I wept even more. A significant revelation came over me. God had always been part of my life in some form, but we had a long distant relationship where I thought of Him as a Holy God too great to hang out and socialize with human me. At this moment, God became REAL with feelings, emotions, desires. I thought back to all the biblical stories I'd read where it says God became angry and He grieved, loved, was pleased.

"Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart." (Genesis 6:5-6 NKJV) God has a heart and He gave us a heart like His.

We are made in His image--some of us think it is a physical image, but we are made in His spiritual image. He has real feelings and emotions just like we do, but unlike us He is Holy--Perfect and makes wise decisions regardless of His feelings and emotions. God is the same yesterday, today and forever--regardless of His emotions. Our mortal bodies and thoughts are always being tempted by the evil one. Sometimes we are strong enough to resist and sometimes we are not. God knows this and so He grants us mercy and grace through Christ who paid the price for these sins.

"Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning." (Lamentations 3:22-23)

What does God desire? He desires to be loved by us. That is one way to bless God. When you love someone you want to please them. You're willing to do things for them that you otherwise wouldn't do for anyone else. How do we love and please God? We worship Him, sing praises to Him, and read HISstory in the Bible. He went through a lot of trouble and so many people suffered and sacrificed to write, save and preserve His word so we would have it today.

"You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul." (Deuteronomy 13:3)

When you first meet someone, you get to know them by talking to them. You might ask where they came from, what they do for a living, things about them, what they think about certain issues. The Bible is our conversation with God, as well as prayer and talking to Him. He talks back through dreams, visions, unusual circumstances as a sign, or He might speak directly to your heart and mind, or through a prophet.

Bless God by:
1) Loving Him and showing Him you love Him.
2) Obeying God. Do for Him what you would do for your children or your spouse just because you know it would please Him.

"So Samuel said: `Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.`" (I Samuel 15:22)

7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post, Jenn. And right on target. I've had questions before about how I could possibly love God. The Scriptures you shared are really helpful.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

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  2. Thanks, Missy. I think it's important to remember that God can be grieved and hurt by our actions.

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  3. Beautiful Jenn. It touched me about how you explained God spoke to you. God has been placing a lot of people in my life lately... bringing back people of the past. He's working, but I'm not sure what His plan is. I know that it is good, though. He is always working for good for those who love Him and are called according to his purpose. (one of my favorite scriptures... one that stays with me wherever I am)

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  4. Hi Jennifer:

    When you asked this question:

    “…how can I, a mere mortal, bless an almighty, powerful, holy God who is perfect?"

    it stopped me in my tracks.

    I believe God is perfect, wanting nothing, all powerful, and unchanging.

    I find it hard to apply human emotions to God because doing so would limit Him.

    Yet your experiences are valid and spiritually rewarding. This made me ask: “How does God know of human desires and how does He feel human emotions?”

    I feel the answer is in this Bible passage:

    Matthew 25:40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

    God feels and knows of human experiences, desires, and emotions through us and through our actions towards others. Money given in church is not sent to heaven. It is used to minister to other humans. I think we bless God by doing His work and by blessing others – even unto the least of us.

    Your experiences have made me think deeper on this subject.

    There are many ways to the truth because the truth is true and it is there to find for all who seek it.

    Vince

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  5. That's such a great point, Vince. I totally agree.

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  6. Christy, Sometimes God brings people back into our lives to remind us where we've come from and how much He's accomplished in our lives since then.

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  7. Vince,

    I agree that God knows our emotions and feelings through us. If we abide in Him and He abides in us, we are like one--like marriage--especially since He calls us the bride of Christ.

    I believe He also knows our feelings and emotions through Christ having lived as we do in the flesh. The depth of His love is so deep. We can only scratch the surface in our understanding of it.

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