The Spirit Descending

Do you want to please God? Have you made an effort to do so? Do you feel as though you constantly fall short? Have you considered what Jesus did to please the Father? Are you willing to follow in His footsteps?

Pleasing God can seem to be elusive. We are being bombarded by Satan to believe we cannot please God. He continually tells us we are not good enough…and we listen to him. Even preachers may send the wrong message. But we can please God.

What did Jesus do to please God? He obeyed. It really is that simple. He did what the Father desired Him to do. Jesus went to John to be baptized, not because He needed to, but because He knew it was what the Father wanted Him to do.

We often fail to see the simplicity of obedience. We make it complicated. We get confused by the messages we receive from our culture as they conflict with God’s Word. We misinterpret God’s Word as we use filters we have learned from history and tradition.

God desires us to see His Word with new eyes. Let go of our preconceptions. Open our hearts, open our ears to hear what God is saying. But don’t make the mistake of hearing only what we want to hear. Obeying God, just as Jesus did, is only difficult as we allow our own desires to get in the way. Perhaps we need to become like little children just as Jesus said in Matthew 18:3.

I pray we all choose to obey God. I pray we follow Jesus’ example. I pray each one of us will choose to be like a little child following the commands of the Father. Choose to please God. Obey his commands. Do as he wants you to do. Follow Jesus’ example. 

Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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