Without Faith It Is Impossible To Please God (2)

Philippians Chapter 3, Romans 8:8

"... 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.


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