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How to Please God

Posted by undergroundchurch on May 1, 2009

Today’s Biblegateway verse of the day,

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him – Hebrews 11:6

As you may have gathered by now if you have read any of my other posts, you must have a sense that I rarely go in the front door when studying Scriptures.  For example, this passage tells us pretty plainly that you can’t please God without faith.  The front door tells us to spend time talking about faith; after all, Hebrews 11 is the “faith” chapter.  But what fun would that be?

Let’s check out the back door.  Why is this verse here… in this spot.  Look at the prior verse, it’s about a man named Enoch who walked with God to the point of “pleasing” God.

Faith is just the starting point to pleasing God.  Yes, faith is important, but it doesn’t end at just faith.  Faith must develop into something else, something that pleases God.  If it was just the faith alone, there would be more than just Enoch being taken away off this earth because they pleased God, but Enoch’s faith was the path, not the destination. 

Enoch lived faith – Hebrews 1:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Most of us treat faith like a “belief”, something that is personal and separate from this life. We might not intend this to be the case, but we certainly live like it. Let me give you a pretty blunt example.  How many of you have debt?  How many churches have debt? Why? If you take your faith in God to action, you would trust God not a banker.

Faith that pleases is faith the governs.  Look at the list of the people in Hebrews 11.  None of them ever received what they had faith in, but they were “certain” and “sure” it would come – and it did.  Faith is not mere belief;  it is life.

There are other scriptures that talk about how many things brings pleasure to God, all of them start in faith, but have something more to them.

Faith to Integrity

In 1 Chronicles 29:17, we find out that God is please with “integrity”.  This is faith personified.  What is integrity?  It is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.  There are few people you meet truly operating in faith driven integrity.  It’s a tough lifestyle because it is going to cost you your pride and ego.

Saving Faith

God is also pleased when people come to him.  This is a basic act of faith; again, just a starting point.  As pleased as I am with my children, only my children through their actions can “bring” me pleasure.

The Faith of Jesus

He was very pleased with Jesus (Colossians 1:19). Look at the life He led, every thought of faith was expressed through every action he ever performed.  (God was so pleased, that after Jesus rose from the dead, God took him like he took Enoch.)

Worship, Deeds and Ministry

Don’t forget that our praise and worship, good works and sharing with others in need are more expressions faith that pleases God.  You can’t just sit on your hands, you have to be the hands of Jesus if you want to please God. (Hebrews 13:15,16).

Pleasure through Fear

The fear of God is another way we please God (Psalm 147:10-11).  This is not something taught very much, but we must learn to tremble before God.  Yes, we can come boldly to God, but we cannot forget the balance that he is a holy King deserving of every bit of respect that comes from a devoted subject.

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.  But the fear of God comes after the faith in God.  So in a way, fear is the next level of faith. 

This is a healthy fear, not that God loves to make you afraid; on the contrary, God is a peacemaker, but He is also a warrior.  I know it sounds confusing, but the more you pursue God with boldness and trembling, the more you will understand the perfect balance, and you will give more pleasure to God in the process.

Pleasure of the Gospel

Ironically enough, God has pleasure in the way He delievers his good news.  Jesus told us that God was pleased by not giving the gospel to the “wise and learned”, but to the “children” (Matthew 11:25).  Paul says it this way, “he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ” (Ephesians 1:9).


So let me summarize it this way. The way to please God starts with faith.  When you have faith in God, He is pleased with you.  You then begin bringing pleasure to God when your faith is carried out in actions.  As you walk out your faith and increase the level of faith to fear and from fear to trust, you bring more pleasure to God. 

Bringing pleasure to God should be the ultimate goal of the believer in this life.


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