Created for a Purpose
By David J. Stewart
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.”
The Bible teaches that everything was created for one sole purpose, that is, to please the Lord Jesus Christ. Every human being was created to please the Lord Jesus. That is our purpose for being created.
With that in mind let me ask you a question... Are you living a life pleasing to the Lord? Let's be clear here, the Lord Jesus is God almighty. The Godhead (Romans 1:20; Acts 17:29; Colossians 2:9; King James Bible) became incarnate (flesh). John 1:1-3,14, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” The Godhead was made flesh in the man Christ Jesus, Who is the Word of God.
The Word of God teaches that all things were created for the Lord's pleasure. Are we pleasing God in our thoughts, action, lives, goals, and pursuits in life? Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. The Lord is pleased by one's faith. What is faith? Faith is trusting God enough to obey the Bible. Faith is obeying the Gospel to get saved. We obey the good news of Christ crucified, buried, and risen by believing on Jesus' name for the forgiveness of sins. 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9 speak of obeying the Gospel. Have you obeyed the Gospel? Have you been born-again? Have you set aside all self-righteousness and trusted solely upon the righteousness of Jesus Christ instead? 2nd Corinthians 5:21, “For he [God the father] hath made him [God the Son] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Abortion is NOT pleasing to the Lord. Homosexuality is NOT pleasing to the Lord. Divorce is NOT pleasing to the Lord. If we are to please the Lord Jesus, then we must obey Him (John 14:15; 15:14). Most people are selfish are couldn't care less about pleasing the Lord. Jesus Christ means absolutely NOTHING to most people. This wicked world is so hellbent on committing sin, glorifying evil, and making money from committing sin. Abortion does not stop a pregnancy, it just leaves a mother with a dead baby.
I can't believe how crooked and dishonest everything is becoming these days. I rented a car while out of town and the woman who rented me the car lied. She said the bill would only total $306, but then billed me $400 when I returned the car. They had added a bunch of hidden expenses at the end. That is crooked and deceitfully dishonest, very unethical. Business is like this everywhere these days. People are so rotten and greedy. They lie to you to get your business and then take advantage of you if they think they'll never see you again. Rent car places are notorious for cheating people because of this fact. Hotels are the same. If you find a hotel in Hawaii for $169 a night, you'll end up paying $225 per night after they add all the hidden costs later. Of course, they tell you in the FINE PRINT that you'll be charged all these fees and expenses. It is crooked and deceitful way of doing business. Why don't they just tell the prospective customer upfront what they charge? It's because businesses have learned masterfully how to manipulate the frail and weak human mind. The Lord is not pleased when people cheat and take advantage of others. I would not work at a hotel or a rent car company for this very reason.
I could not be a bartender, even in a recession. I won't be responsible for someone's death, a battered family member, or a car accident. Alcohol is liquid devil. You can't take two drinks if you don't take the first. The Lord is not pleased with booze and wild partying that Americans do, irresponsibly and reckless fornicating, conceiving unwanted children, and then murdering them by an abortion. God hates liquor! Every house of sin in the world sells booze. Don't you tell me that Jesus made hard liquor. The naturally fermented wine in the Bible was very weak, and you would have had to tarry long at the wine, drinking a gallon, before you could get drunk. That is not true today, where factory manufactured booze is highly intoxicating. Don't be a fool, stay away from beer! You weren't created to booze, party, and live in sin.
The Lord hates all the thievery on Wall Street, and in Washington D.C., and in the housing market. The entire housing market falls under the umbrella of the banks, specifically the federal Reserve System. They are crooks, Banksters, who have deliberately cheated tens-of-millions of Americans out of their homes. They lured all these people into the ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage) program, knowing that they were going to pull the carpet out from under everyone's feet, forcing most of them into foreclosure. What a bunch of criminals! Hell will be hot enough for these sinister monsters!
God hates idolatry. You are NOT pleasing the Lord if you go before a Catholic priest and say, “Bless me father, for I have sinned.” If you have ever said those words to a priest at any time in your life, then you need to ask God to forgive you for trusting a sinful human being to forgive your sins instead of the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus. No priest can absolve your sins. Catholics are liars. They deny worshipping Mary, while the Vatican plainly teaches that Mary will save those who recite the Rosary. Jesus Christ created us to please Him, not to worship graven images and patron saints. Worship Jesus!!!
The Lord is pleased when we live righteously with His help. Don't expect God to bless you if you live in deliberate sin. We are all sinners, and will falter regularly; but we ought not plan on doing wickedness. Our hearts ought to be clean, as was David's prayer for a clean heart in Psalm 51:10. Give me a clean heart oh God! You can live right if you love Jesus enough to do so. If you say you love Jesus, but go and commit deliberate sins, you are a liar. John 14:15 calls you a liar!
A man once told me that he had a problem with the sin of lust. I told him to search the Scriptures as Jesus commanded in John 5:39 and find as many Scriptures as he could concerning sexual sins and lust. I told him to memorize many of those Bible verses and think of Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” I told him to quote those Scriptures whenever he was tempted. This is how to Biblically deal with temptations. When Jesus was tempted by the Devil in Matthew 4:1-10, He quoted the Bible each time to overcome the temptation. Also notice that Satan perverted the meaning of the Scriptures each time in an attempt to get Jesus to sin. People will pervert the Bible in an ugly attempt to get you to sin—to divorce, to get drunk, to commit adultery, to do all manner of evil.
The guy doesn't care and won't even do what I told him. He was too lazy to read his Bible, so I advised him to listen to the Bible instead. You can listen for free on the internet, but it's best to buy the disks so you don't have to keep clicking on a new chapter. He did that for about a week, and then quit. He is as immoral as can be, cheating on God and living a lifestyle of adultery. I certainly DON'T condemn him, God forbid; but the fact of the matter is that he doesn't love Jesus. At times all of us didn't love Jesus the way we should have, but no one has an excuse not to live righteously. If you condemn others for their sins, God will judge you. If you commit sin, God will judge you. We ought to worry about our self alone. What is condemning? Preaching is NOT condemning. The Bible already condemns all humanity for their sins. The Bible points the finger at all of us as being guilty sinners (Romans 3:19-20). Condemning is when we point our finger at another person, viewing them as being a bigger sinner than our self. James 2:10 says we are all rotten sinners.
I could go on and on about the things that please and displease God. That's why God gave us the Bible. Thank God for His Word. Have you ever stopped to thank God for the Bible? Have you ever really thought about how fortunate and blessed we are to possess God's inspired Words, that guide us and teach us? What a privilege it is to be able to study the mind of God and learn exactly what pleases and displeases God? What if we were left to figure it out on our own, never knowing if we were doing things right the way God wants. Praise God, we have the King James Bible to tell us exactly what God expects, desires, and wants from us.
The Bible contains well over 5,000 PROMISES from God. What a blessing! God has made so many PROMISES to us, and I type the word “promises” in bold letters for a reason, i.e., to emphasize that the Bible is a precious Book of PROMISES from God. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2nd Corinthians 5:7). Faith is resting in the PROMISES of God, doing as God commands and leaving the rest in His hands (Proverb 3:5-7). God knows what He is doing my friend, I assure you with all confidence. What an awesome Savior!!!
You and I were created for one purpose, and that is to please God in every way. How are we doing? From the time we wake up until the time we sleep, and even as we awake in the night, we ought to continually be asking ourselves, “Am I pleasing God?” If you would live by this question it would change your life. If you would live by Revelation 4:11, continually remembering that you were created to please Jesus Christ, it would transform your life completely.
Can you honestly say that you are pleasing the Lord by going to a nightclub and dancing to the Devil's music? No, you cannot. Can you honestly say that you are pleasing the Lord to walk out on your crying spouse who is begging for forgiveness, and then you file for divorce? Jesus taught in Matthew 18:22 to forgive 70 times 7. In divorce, a person refuses to forgive at all. To forgive after the divorce is no forgiveness at all, because you have avenged yourself, taking judgment upon your spouse instead of allowing God to be the only Judge.
The marriage license has become a lethal weapon in the United States and across America, being used by feminist women to destroy their husbands. It is the height of wickedness. Divorce is always a sin. God never leaves nor abandons us (Hebrews 13:5). If we are to have the mind of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:4-5), then we ought never even to think about divorce. Shame on those who file for divorce!
Pleasing God can be boiled down to 2 commandments:
1) Love God with all one's heart and mind.
2) Love thy neighbor as thyself.
This means many things, deciding one's entire philosophy on life, affecting the way we treat each other, and how our time and resources are spent day-by-day. Those people who are selfish and do not care about the Lord are sinning against God, wasting their lives, laying up judgment against themselves for Judgment Day (Hebrews 9:27). Nothing else matters in this earthly life unless it centers around the precious Lord Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:7; Revelation 19:10).
The Bible speaks of the PROMISE of eternal life which is found only by faith in Jesus Christ...
2nd Timothy 1:1, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to THE PROMISE OF LIFE which is in Christ Jesus,
God saved us for His own purpose and by His wondrous merciful grace...
2nd Timothy 1:9, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
That purpose is to please the Lord Jesus Christ. The unsaved reject Christ and couldn't care less about pleasing the Lord. They are wicked and reserved unto the day of judgment. God taketh the wise in their own carnal wisdom that blinds their minds from seeing the truth of Jesus Christ. Satan blinds men's minds with worldly philosophies, false religions, and the rudiments (foundational principles, like Evolution) of this sinful world. Men in their arrogancy and sinful pride have become total fools, deliberately rejecting the knowledge of God.
Oh listen friend, you and I were created for a purpose. I certainly hope that you will not choose to go to Hell, forever forfeiting the purpose for which you were created. No matter how hellish you may think this earthly life is, I assure you that this is not anything like Hell. For in the real place called Hell there will be tormentuous flames, the screams of agony and the damned, there will be the stench of burning bodies and the smoke of their burning will ascend up forever according to Revelation 14:11, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
Hell was created for the Devil and his angels (demons). If you go to Hell, it will be no one's fault but your own. God is giving you every opportunity to believe and be saved. And the best part is that it's all free to us, paid for by Jesus' precious, literal blood sacrifice (1st Peter 1:18-19; 1st John 1:7; Revelation 1:5; Revelation 7:14).
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