Empowered To Please God

EMPOWERED TO PLEASE GOD
 
Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittal, sayings, Arise go to Nineveh that great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness is come up before me.(Jonah 1:1)
 
In our last discourse we emphasized the need to have the word of God to live by. I emphatically stated that it is the word of God that inspires a man towards the discovery of his purpose in life.
 
Let's take another step further to look at the meaning of the name, Jonah or yonah (in Hebrew). For a meaning of the name Jonah, all consulted sources go with the word, Dove, but it also means Vexer, someone who does wrong, a wrongdoer.
 
The two words are symbolical and come with a message for today.
 
As children of God we do wrong things, sometimes we make God angry and even make others too. Sometimes in this state, we are convinced that we do not deserve God's love and mercies. On occasions when we judge ourselves fair, we soon realize that before him "our righteousness is like filthy garments". Despite all of these, His mercies abides still. He saved us from our sins and pours His grace upon us. We certainly need to quit doing wrong.
 
In the Old Testament the dove represent a symbol of purification. According to the Law of Moses those who cannot afford a lamb were allowed to offer two doves for purification. (Lev.5:7). The dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. It is the symbol of empowerment to do the impossible.
 
God no doubt catches on our weaknesses to bring out the best in us by bringing us to the saving knowledge of the truth, through a deep conviction by the Holy Spirit.
 
The greatest pursuit of every child of God is to please the father, the Holy Spirit (the dove) is given to help our human frailty, so that we become well pleasing to God.
 
The Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy resident in Him, made pleasing His heavenly father the object of His focus. He said" And he that sent me is with me: the father hath not left me alone ; for I do those things that always please Him". (John 8:29)
 
When we make God the object of our love and submit to the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us we will truly leave to please Him. Then we can certainly be sure that the world will come under our feet. Joshua made a choice when he said "as for me and my house we will serve the lord.(Joshua 24:15b)
 
Prayer: Let my life be a full expression of your grace.
 
Memory Verse: It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.