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What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 6:11pm On Sep 22, 2016
Scripture exhorts us to “find out what pleases the Lord” (Eph 5:10). Do you know what pleases the Lord? You do! You are his dearly-loved child and your heavenly Father is thrilled to bits with you.

You need to know this otherwise you will spend your life trying to earn what you already have. You’ll fall prey to those who say, “You need to improve yourself to please the Lord.” Or “You need to clean yourself up before God will be pleased with you.” Such messages will distract you from God’s grace. They will draw your attention to your sin instead of his Son. They will cause you to fall from grace into dead works.

This is no small issue. The following extract, which comes from pages 82-84 of The Hyper-Grace Gospel, reveals a huge division in the church as to what pleases the Lord . While some, like me, preach unconditional love and say things like “It’s impossible for you to disappoint God ,” others, like Dr. Michael Brown, worry that we can displease the Lord and become unpleasing to him.

When God looks at you, does He love what He sees?

Is God always pleased when He looks at us? Is He ever disappointed with us? These are the sorts of questions that divide those who preach radical grace from those who oppose it.

Hyper-grace preacher: “We are totally pleasing in our Father’s sight.”

Dr. Brown: “It is absolutely false to claim that when God looks at us, He always ‘loves what He sees.’” (page 112)
The difference is the hyper-grace preacher is talking about
you, while Dr. Brown is talking about the things that you do .
“Paul, isn’t this just splitting hairs?” No. It’s the difference between life and death! It’s the reason why so many believers are messed up, worn out, and confused.

The issue here is identity. The relevant question is, Who am I? Your answer to this question will shape your life. For instance, if you define yourself by what you do, then your identity will only be as secure as your behavior. You’ll think, “If I do good, God will smile at me, but if I don’t, He won’t.”

This is an inferior way to live. You are not what you do and your value to God is not defined by your productivity or performance. You may be a pastor or a professor or a prostitute or a pill-popping prodigal but that is not who you really are. You are much more than that. You are a beloved child of the Most High God. This is the stunning revelation of the gospel.

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17, NKJV)

Before Jesus had done a blessed thing—before He had preached the gospel or healed the sick or raised the dead—He received the loving affirmation and pleasure of His Father. How God relates to Jesus is how He relates to you. He loves you without any regard for your behavior. Your good deeds don’t make Him love you more, and your bad deeds don’t make Him love you less.

Identity vs behavior

This issue of identity is so important, that I wrote a whole book about it. I wrote The Gospel in Ten Words so that you might know that your Father loves you 100 percent and is thoroughly pleased with you. He never changes His mind. Just as your behavior does not alter the sunlight falling on the earth, your behavior cannot alter the white-hot love of your Father for you. This is the gospel that Jesus preached:
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (John 15:9)

The danger is not that God will change His unchangeable mind and start hating you. The danger is that you won’t remain in His love . If you’re constantly hearing that God’s approval of you goes up and down like the stock market you may begin to doubt His goodness. You may think, “I did good today, He loves me,” or “I did bad today, He loves me not.” You’ll become an insecure and unstable believer.

It is critically important that you draw a big fat line between
who you are (your Father’s dearly loved child) and what you do . Dr. Brown appears not to make this distinction for he says “our heavenly Father … does not always take enormous pleasure in us” (page 120). This is not true. He may not take enormous pleasure in your choices, but you He loves.

You only need to look at your own children to know this is true. I look at my kids with 100 percent, undiluted pleasure. My kids are the greatest kids on earth. I almost feel embarrassed that God gave me such great kids because the rest of you are missing out. Does this mean I am 100 percent happy with the choices my children make? Not at all. Was I pleased yesterday when my young son disobeyed his mother’s command and ran onto the road? No, I was very displeased with his behavior . But with him I am and always will be well-pleased.

How is this not obvious to every father?
As much as we love and appreciate our own kids, God loves us even more—much, much more. He’s not coming second in any Father of the Year competition.

https://escapetoreality.org/2014/10/22/what-pleases-the-lord/

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Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by Jeel: 7:07pm On Sep 22, 2016
Spot on!
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 12:03pm On Sep 23, 2016
Jeel:
Spot on!
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 10:24am On Sep 24, 2016
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Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 6:09am On Sep 25, 2016
jiggaz:
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Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by crystalzoe: 7:07am On Oct 03, 2016
I love Paul's write ups. I discovered his blog some three years ago and I realised my whole Christian life had been a lie. I'm now more secure in my relationship with the Lord. I understand, more than ever, my place in Christ. Nobody can take that from me ever again. God bless u op for bringing this truth to Nairaland.

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Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by Zackpraise(m): 7:44am On Oct 03, 2016
Am bless...God is truely a Loving Father

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Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by Zackpraise(m): 7:45am On Oct 03, 2016
Thanks OP
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 11:20am On Oct 03, 2016
crystalzoe:
I love Paul's write ups. I discovered his blog some three years ago and I realised my whole Christian life had been a lie. I'm now more secure in my relationship with the Lord. I understand, more than ever, my place in Christ. Nobody can take that from me ever again. God bless u op for bringing this truth to Nairaland.
Amen and Bless you too ..... am Happy for you... God is really using Paul mightily in the area of Grace..
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 11:23am On Oct 03, 2016
Zackpraise:
Thanks OP
You welcome my bro...
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 12:09pm On Oct 09, 2016
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Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 6:52am On Oct 27, 2016
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Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 7:52am On Dec 23, 2016
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Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 10:10pm On Aug 20, 2018
Thank you Lord Jesus!!
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 8:41pm On Aug 22, 2018
Thank you Lord Jesus
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by Nobody: 8:43pm On Aug 22, 2018
jiggaz you have really bless souls, God bless you.
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 8:51pm On Aug 22, 2018
solite3:
jiggaz you have really bless souls, God bless you.
Thanx alot my brother... This really means alot to me.
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by bloodofthelamb(m): 9:59pm On Aug 22, 2018
solite3:
jiggaz you have really bless souls, God bless you.

Seconded! Christ is using in this forum. Don't ever loose guard for the LORD is your strength!
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 5:14am On Aug 23, 2018
bloodofthelamb:


Seconded! Christ is using in this forum. Don't ever loose guard for the LORD is your strength!
Thank you my bro... I am humbled....
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 11:05pm On Aug 23, 2018
Yes Lord
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 2:46pm On Sep 09, 2018
Lord Jesus my altogether lovely One!!
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 5:39am On Sep 10, 2018
Coool
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 8:13pm On Sep 10, 2018
Thank you Lord
Re: What Pleases The Lord? - Paul Ellis by jiggaz(m): 6:02am On Sep 11, 2018
Npw

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