DON’T YOU KNOW THAT WHEN YOU OFFER YOURSELVES TO SOMEONE TO OBEY HIM AS SLAVES, YOU ARE SLAVES TO THE ONE WHOM YOU OBEY—WHETHER YOU ARE SLAVES TO SIN, WHICH LEADS TO DEATH, OR TO OBEDIENCE, WHICH LEADS TO RIGHTEOUSNESS?
Have you ever heard someone say, “You are only doing this or that to please God, but God cannot be pleased since He is already pleased”?
It is true that God is already pleased through the Life of His Son, Jesus; however, God wants the Life of His Son to live in YOU as well. God furnished you with the desire to please, so you would allow His Son to please Him through YOUR spirit, YOUR soul, and YOUR body. On the other hand, the father-of-lies has seized your desire to please for his own purpose—to live his oppressing life in you and through you.
BUT NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN AND HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO GOD, THE BENEFIT YOU REAP LEADS TO HOLINESS, AND THE RESULT IS ETERNAL LIFE
In other words, whom you please during this joyous season depends on the spirit that inhabits and controls your life—the Spirit of Jesus…or the spirit of the father-of-lies. Know that if you offer your life to God as His property, bound to Him in servitude, the Lord Jesus will live His Holy Life in you and through you. He will please the Perfect Father through you.
BUT YOU KNOW THAT HE APPEARED SO THAT HE MIGHT TAKE AWAY OUR SINS. AND IN HIM IS NO SIN. NO ONE WHO LIVES IN HIM KEEPS ON SINNING. NO ONE WHO CONTINUES TO SIN HAS EITHER SEEN HIM OR KNOWN HIM
(1 John 3:5-6).
Whom do you live to please—the Perfect Father or the father-of-lies?
To whom have you offered your life as a means to inhabit and control, this Christmas season—the Lord Jesus or the OLD MAN? What benefits do you reap, daily, from your choice?
PRAYER: Perfect Father, I desire to please You, during this holiday season. Therefore, I offer my life to You as a sacrifice, Lord Jesus. Come and live Your holy Life in my mind, heart, and spirit to please the Perfect Father through me.
Maintain an Awareness
I found out that I had an enemy. You do, too. We have had him from the beginning of our lives. His name is the father-of-lies. His native language is…lying!