There is a dangerous error which concerns the traditions of discipline practiced within popular Christianity and within many other religions of the world.
This teaching promotes a false basis for how we approach and commune with God. And for how we may please God.
How to Please God
It is presumed by many religious people that God is pleased by our self-administered pain. That this is what He wants. Or that this is how He determines if we love Him enough.
By how well we can overcome our own will. And how determined we are to produce good works in our lives. So that we might be good enough for Him.
However, whenever you or I are taking our spiritual inventory. When we are calculating how much pain, sacrifice, denial, discipline or whatever other spiritual gymnastics we presume are necessary. When we are seeking to gather up enough goodness in order to cause the Lord to cleanse us, forgive us, heal us, help us, or accept us, we must remember, that this has already been done.
The Lord Jesus has already finished what is necessary.
The Lord has already accomplished for us the very thing we are seeking to do for God.
It is Finished!
This is why the gospel is so amazing!
Because we are fully accepted by the Lord, and sanctified, by the will of His Son.
We have this acceptance by God through faith.
This is about our faith, our belief, and our resting upon a fact. Specifically, that the will of Jesus Christ has accomplished and finished the Father’s work.
We cannot and must not try to add to this!
Seeking His Pleasure
Do you seek to satisfy God?
Here is how God is satisfied:
“Yet is pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:” (Hebrews 53:10-12)
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit worked in perfect union and perfect agreement to provide salvation to every soul. But this wondrous salvation and acceptance before the Lord is only given when a person places their confidence in the finished work of Christ.
Upon Him and His finished work alone, we must rest. And upon Him and Him alone we must be satisfied.
Not to seek anything within ourselves. And not to seek anything from any other.
To rest in Christ and Him alone.
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