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Do You Know What God Likes?

In order to get to know someone very well, you have to find out what he or she likes and dislikes. This is true of our relationship with God as well…

Do you really know what God likes?

We speak of “bringing the sacrifice of praise” to the Lord, and this is good. But not every sacrifice is accepted by God! Remember the story of Cain and Abel. Abel brought a sacrifice that was pleasing to God, and God accepted it. Cain, on the other hand, offered a sacrifice that was pleasing to Cain…and God rejected it.

God doesn’t have to accept a sacrifice just because we bring it. Tough, but true. God wants honesty more than he wants praise. In Psalm 51:6, David said, “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts….” When you come to Him, make sure you’re not harboring unconfessed sin in your heart. Of course, if you have not already repented of your sins and been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins as commanded in Acts 2:38, this is a must before your sins will be forgiven. But if you’ve already obeyed this commandment, you’re still responsible for keeping your heart clean before the Lord. Don’t harbor hidden sin in your heart, or your sacrifice will not be acceptable to God.

God prefers obedience over sacrifice. This is made clear in 1 Samuel 15:22: “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” And in another passage, the Apostle James said this: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

    So that brings us back to the question…what does God like? Once again, the Bible has the answer: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

    That’s what God likes! He loves a heart that is broken and humble before Him — a heart that is clean and obedient.

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

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    January 21, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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