"... they that are in the flesh cannot please God."
God's Word says, "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it
is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they
that are in the flesh cannot please God" (Rom 8:7-8) and "Beware of
dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the
circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ
Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh" (Phil 3:2-3). The spiritual
meaning of circumcision is to put off our sinful nature. "In whom also
ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting
off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ"
(Col 2:11). Hence, do we still have any confidence in the flesh? We
shall never please God by so doing. For example, if I have confidence
in my ability and fail to humbly seek the Holy Spirit and His
anointing, my preaching cannot please God at all.
Many are serving the Lord but still having confidence in the flesh.
They fail to give all glory to God alone, so they can never please God.
Many churches have much confidence in the flesh. They just invite
popular and eloquent speakers but fail to check their faith in God and
in God's Word, their doctrines and their beliefs. They even proudly
bring worldly entertainment into their worship with a popular band,
popular pianists or popular singers! Is the holy and righteous God
pleased with them? Absolutely not! Let us be not deceived, "they that
are in the flesh cannot please God" (Rom 8:8). If we fail to take up
our cross and deny ourselves and our self-will, we can never please
God, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot
be my disciple" (Luke 14:27). If we fail to humbly submit to the Holy
Spirit and His guidance through God's Word, we can never please our
holy and righteous God. If we are still living after the flesh (our old
nature) and just listening to, watching, speaking, reading and doing
whatever we like or going wherever we like regardless of God's will and
Word, we can never please God.
THOUGHT: Do I have confidence in God alone or in the flesh?
PRAYER: Lord, help me to put my confidence in Thee alone.