I knew I wanted to write about this subject, but I just didn’t feel in the mood. This is interesting to me because I never experience this when getting ready to write a blog. Nonetheless, I must persevere and share what I believe God has put in my heart and mind. As a friend of mine says, “Individuals must learn the art of powering through things”, so, here I go.
This week, I saw the following scripture posted on someone’s Facebook profile, and it struck a chord with me. The verse was from Mark 2:5, and it read, “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
What I liked about this scripture was that sins were forgiven; however, I also see something else being showcased. What struck me was what Jesus did before blessing them with forgiveness of sins, Jesus said that He looked at them and could have seen their faith.
Imagine that Jesus can look at us and see our faith. Faith, one of the most important things a Christian can have and must have. Hebrews 11:6 states. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. Not only is it impossible to please Him without faith, I want to remind everyone that we were created to please Him as can be seen in the following scripture.
Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created”.
Notice, faith is the foundation and starting point for God’s pleasure, and we were built to please. So going forward, let’s talk a little about faith in the context of using it to please.
Consider a man approaching his girlfriend with a large bouquet of flowers. Because of the gift he is about to present to her, her smile will glow and grow the closer he advances. I can just picture it now, seeing her with open arms and heart standing at the ready. Acts like these will allow the woman to fall in love with the man just by the way he serves, due to the fact that he is offering what she wants.
Because of this, I assert that every couple needs to be aware of and comprehend this question regarding their partner. The question being, ” Where does pleasure start for my partner?” In the popular book “The Five Love Languages” the author describes how each of us receives and gives love in the five (5) broad categories. By “love language,” he means, the manner in which you express and serve your loved one that directly and deliberately satisfies them.
The board categories put forward in the book are as follows:
- Words of Affirmation – Receiving unsolicited compliments and words of encouragement.
- Quality Time – you value doing things together and receiving your spouse’s full, undivided attention, including sharing quality conversations and activities.
- Receiving Gifts – you value a gift or gesture that shows you are thought of, cared about, and valued above whatever was sacrificed to bring you the gift.
- Acts of Service – you feel loved when your spouse says, “let me do that for you,” and helps to lighten your load or share your responsibilities, such as cooking a meal or washing the car.
- Physical Touch – you crave attention and love through thoughtful touches, hugs, kisses, back pats, and/ or sexual intercourse.
Now, what would you say if I asked you what your spouse’s love language is? I’m sure some of you immediately know the answer, while others may need to think about it. If you do not know the answer, it is critical that you find out and begin working in this area. For those of you who are aware, I hope you are providing excellent service to your partner.
While there may be individual ambiguity in the previous paragraph regarding pleasing others in love, there should not be. Let me emphasize that love languages for covenant relationships (spousal and spiritual) should be clearly identified and understood. Our God understands this, which is why he told us that without faith it is impossible to please Him . God has clearly told us what His Love Language is! “God’s Love Language is when He is given Faith”, and with faith comes works (serving Him through action), because faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). Faith is the gateway to God’s pleasure; it is through faith that we begin to love our bridegroom (Revelation 19:7) in the way HE wants. Let me repeat that again, “In the way He wants”.
Based on what we just talked about, how are you going to approach God now? I pray that when you approach God, you do so in faith and with the conviction that He is the only real God, the Living God who rules from a throne and has all power to do anything. Keep uppermost in mind, that you must come with faith not only to pray, but also to please.
Choose to come before Him and don’t just consider having faith to ask and get your prayers answered; this is what I call “Receiving Type Faith.” But come before Him with a “Pleasing Type Faith,” a faith that comes to please and give pleasure in works, rather than simply making a request.
Let us serve God by supplying what is essential to Him (Matthew 13:58), just as we would want our spouse or significant other to serve us. Let us approach God with faith and a true belief that He is who He says He is. So, when God sees our faith, He will be well pleased. And if you feel like you don’t have enough faith, reading the Bible is the best way to increase it. (Romans 10:17).
PS: Dane Miller was last seen crying in front of a mirror and asking, “Lord, what quantum and kind of faith do you see in me?”
That’s it, guys, I got through it and wrote the blog. Actually, the structure did not go as planned, and I believe there is more to say on the subject. So, if God allows, I may write a part two next week.
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller – “God is the Author, I am the Pen”
Authored Book – What is the Woman Saying – Lessons from Biblical Women.
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So faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). I needed this scriptural reminder. My faith has really been tested recently and going to the word was a struggle. But when things go bad as they sometimes will, let us remember that Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. Ask him to increase your measure and He will 🙏
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Hello, Leaderspush. The first thing that came to mind when I read your message was this. Why does God put our faith to the test? God puts our faith to the test in order to grown and strengthen it. So, if you say your faith has recently been tested, you can safely rephrase it as “my faith is being matured.” So I would say you are fortunate to be going through a period in which your faith will develop. Because when your faith grows, the following happens.
Romans 5:1 (KJV) 1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
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Thanks for sharing.
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No problem Branker