The Pleasing Of God II : The Fruit Of Lips And Doing Good
"15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."
Last time we learned about The Pleasing Of God I : sanctification and witnessing.
How do we please God? What are our God pleasing to? What is the will of God?
This is the will of God, your sanctification: abstain from sexual immorality... you know how to control your own body...
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;
1 Thesalonians 2:4
"but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.“
Do you love me? Feed my lamb...
sanctification (holiness) : control our own body...witnessing: We have been approved...
Today we are going to learn about the fruit of lips and doing good...
What will you do with your lips? And what will you do with your body?
How to please God this year III, the fruit of lips
"Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name."
"What does it mean to offer up a sacrifice of praise?"
The terms "sacrifice" and "praise" might seem to be opposites.
Sacrifice is offering something at great cost.
Praise is our response to some action that benefits us.
We praise our dogs for bringing back the ball and people for a job well done.
We praise God from the same motivation.
When He has blessed us, helped us, and protected us, we feel generous toward Him.
We can sing, worship, and talk about how good He is because we can see it.
That kind of praise does not cost us anything. It is not a sacrifice.
But there are those times when God seems very far away, and praise is the last thing to come out from our hearts.
There are the times when we can't see His goodness, and circumstances scream that He has forgotten us.
To praise God in those times requires personal sacrifice.
It takes an act of the will to lay our all on the altar before a God we don't understand.
When we bring a "sacrifice of praise," we choose to believe that, even though life is not going as we think it should, God is still good and can be trusted.
When we choose to praise God in spite of the storms, He is honored, and our faith grows deeper.
V. 15 says that this sacrifice is to be offered "continually."
Our praise of God is not to be based on our opinion of His working.
The sacrifice of praise comes out continually from the heart in good times and bad times, regardless of circumstances.
The "sacrifice of praise" comes from a humble heart that has been purified by fire.
29 But I am afflicted and in pain; let your salvation, O God, set me on high!
30 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
31 This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs.
Have you been in a hard trial? Had you ever been in severe trial?
What was your attitude towards God then?
The psalmist is in affliction and pain. v 29 "I am afflicted and in pain."
What does please God in the midst of distress?
v. 30 "I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving."
This is the best attitude to take in the midst of trial.
But we have no ability for that but the ability to do this is God given.
And only God Himself can give us the courage to stand steadfast in the face of great trial and still praise Him.
In scripture this is called a ‘song in the night.’
Song in the night is more pleasing to God than an ox or a bull.
Song in the night is more pleasing to God than how much money you offer.
It is to please to God for you to decide to still praise God even when you are in the trial.
Thessalonians 5:16-18 say,
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
When we rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, God is pleased, and our lives will be blessed. This is the fruit of the lips.
Let's start this new year with a new mind and a new attitude. with faith, hope and love.
Would you live with gratitudes, joy and in prayer?
Or Will you live complaining, grumbling and worrying?
I will show you what is happening to you and your family when you are giving thanks and rejoicing and praying.
Dr. Masaru Emoto, the Japanese scientist, studied the scientific evidence of how the molecular structure in water transforms when it is exposed to human words, thoughts, sounds and intentions.
In his book "The Hidden Messages in Water" Dr. Emoto demonstrated how physical molecular formations in the water are changed when water is exposed to loving, benevolent, and compassionate (positive) human words and when water is exposed to evil and negative human words.
When he said to water love, peace, thanksgiving and positive words, physical molecular formations in the water is changed into pleasing molecular formations.
beautiful...healthy... hexagonal water....Hexagonal water is good for our health.
And water exposed to evil, cursing and negative words results in disconnected, disfigured, and “unpleasant” physical molecular formations. ugly...unhealthy...
His research also showed us how polluted and toxic water, when exposed to to prayer can be altered and restored to beautifully formed geometric crystals found in clean, healthy water.
Dr. Emoto also studied how sound affects water.
Certain types of sound, like classical music, gospel song, asian calm music, generate beautiful crystalline patterns, while heavy metal music, generate ugly and distorted crystalline formations.
His work has us question, if water is affected by the words, what about human beings, who are made of mostly water?
What is the percentage of water in our body constituents? It is 64%
Our body is composed of absolutely plenty of water.
I can say that you are water and I am water. Let's say something good to water.
Let's say "I love you, thank you... Good morning in the morning. You are nice...good job...you are today beautiful..."
When someone hate you, say to him: "I love you."
When somebody curse you, say to her: "God bless you."
The good words give us comfort and power.
We can speak the words of blessing or we can speak the words of cursing.
Deep wounds in our hearts are mostly hurt by the words of others.
When I am looking back on last year, there are many regrettable things.
They are most the mistakes of my lips. This year I want to bear the fruit of the lips.
The sound affects even the plants.
In 1973, a woman named Dorothy Retallack published a small book called "The Sound of Music and Plants".
Her book detailed experiments that she had been conducting at the Colorado Woman’s College in Denver using the school’s three Biotronic Control Chambers.
Mrs. Retallack placed plants in each chamber and she played particular styles of music.
She watched the plants and recorded their progress daily.
She was astounded at what she discovered.
Her first experiment was to simply play a constant tone.
In the first of the three chambers, she played a steady tone continuously for eight hours.
In the second, she played the tone for three hours intermittently.
And in the third chamber she played no tone at all.
The plants in the first chamber died within fourteen days.
The plants in the second chamber grew abundantly and were extremely healthy, even more so than the plants in the third chamber.
This outcome was very similar to the results that were obtained from experiments performed by the Muzak Corporation in the early 1940s to determine the effect of "background music" on factory workers.
When music was played continuously, the workers were more fatigued and less productive.
When played for several hours only, several times a day, the workers were more productive, and more alert and attentive than when no music was played.
For her next experiment, Mrs. Retallack used two chambers and fresh plants.
She placed radios in each chamber.
In one chamber, the radio was tuned to a local rock station, and in the other the radio played a station that featured soothing music.
Only three hours of music was played in each chamber.
On the fifth day, she began noticing drastic changes.
In the chamber with the soothing music, the plants were growing healthily and their stems were starting to bend towards the radio.
In the rock chamber, half the plants had small leaves and had grown gangly.
After two weeks, the plants in the soothing-music chamber were uniform in size, lush and green, and were leaning between 15 and 20 degrees toward the radio.
The plants in the rock chamber had grown extremely tall and were drooping, the blooms had faded and the stems were bending away from the radio.
On the sixteenth day, all but a few plants in the rock chamber were in the last stages of dying.
In the other chamber, the plants were alive, beautiful, and growing abundantly.
Let's pray without ceasing. Let's praising God and others....Let's rejoice... Let's say "Thank you." Let's bless others.... Let's love one another....
Remember one thing:
Most of You and I are water....Therefore, if we say bad things, you are rotten and I am rotten.
But if you say good things, you are getting alive...I am getting alive...
And the fourth thing to please God: Do good...
"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."
Christians are commanded to do good for others in many verses.
This is never presented as a means to obtain salvation, or to earn redemption from God.
Good works are not what justifies us before God.
But doing good is the natural, expected outcome of the relationship with God.
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.“
What does Jesus mean by light? Jesus also calls Himself "the light of the world."
The light in us is His light, the indwelling Christ, the Holy Spirit within us.
The apostle Paul speaks of "the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:4). We have that light shining through our lives.
And our actions have to reflect the nature of Christ—His love, compassion, and forgiveness.
His light shines through our attitudes, words, and deeds.
When people see that our lives have been changed so that we have Jesus' values and see the power of God at work in us, they will agree that we do have a great Savior.
When they see redeemed people, they are more inclined to believe that we have a Redeemer. The Christlike life is the platform on which individual testimony becomes convincing.
The inward attitudes (faith, our heart desire, reverence for God, humble and real) are the most important for without these the outward changes (sanctification, witnessing, praise in trials, our doing good) are merely religion and cannot be pleasing to God.
And the inward heart attitudes(faith, hope, fear of God) must not be separated from our outward life.