AND HE WHO SENT ME IS WITH ME. THE FATHER HAS NOT LEFT ME ALONE, FOR I ALWAYS DO THOSE THINGS THAT PLEASE HIM
Notice that the Lord Jesus left you an example: He always did those things that pleased His Father. HIS PURPOSE WAS TO PLEASE HIS FATHER…and He came to live His Life in you, even today, to please the Perfect Father through you.
Be encouraged that you do not have to go find yourself a PURPOSE in this life. You do not have to be anxious, thinking that you do not have a purpose. You HAVE a purpose—TO ALLOW THE LORD JESUS TO PLEASE THE PERFECT FATHER THROUGH YOU, moment-by-moment. When you allow Him to please the Father through you, He will work out all the details of your life so that your whole life will become pleasing to God.
SO THEN THOSE WHO ARE LIVING THE LIFE OF THE FLESH [CATERING TO THE APPETITES AND IMPULSES OF THEIR CARNAL NATURE] CANNOT PLEASE OR SATISFY GOD, OR BE ACCEPTABLE TO HIM
(Romans 8:8 AMP).
If you live the life of the flesh, catering to the impulses of your natural nature, you cannot please the Perfect Father.
BUT YOU ARE NOT LIVING THE LIFE OF THE FLESH, YOU ARE LIVING THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT, IF THE [HOLY] SPIRIT OF GOD [REALLY] DWELLS WITHIN YOU [DIRECTS AND CONTROLS YOU]. BUT IF ANYONE DOES NOT POSSESS THE [HOLY] SPIRIT OF CHRIST, HE IS NONE OF HIS [HE DOES NOT BELONG TO CHRIST, IS NOT TRULY A CHILD OF GOD]
(Romans 8:9 AMP).
However, if you allow the Lord Jesus to live His Life through you—His Life of pleasing the Perfect Father—He will direct and control your life, even today, so your life may become pleasing to the Father as well.
BY MYSELF I CAN DO NOTHING…FOR I SEEK NOT TO PLEASE MYSELF BUT HIM WHO SENT ME
What is there in your life that is not pleasing to the Perfect Father? Is it your negative thoughts…your anxiety…your despair…your anger…your jealousy…your fear…your guilt…your bitterness…your pride? I urge you to submit this part of your life to the Lord Jesus and ask Him to exchange it for His Life in you. When He inhabits this part of your life, He will make sure it becomes pleasing to the Father, as well.
PRAYER: May my purpose be to allow the Lord Jesus to please You through me, Perfect Father, during this Christmas season and forever more.
Maintain an Awareness
Know that your struggle is not against the people or the circumstances in your life, but against the spiritual forces of evil—against the OLD MAN beliefs of abandonment, shame, condemnation, and rejection.