Is God Pleased With You?
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
August 24, 2014
Central Passage
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Fourth Sunday Service

Commentary Data Source:

                "Paul in Chapter 4 writes on several subjects which address areas where believers could have trouble.   New Christians are seen as babies in Christ. New Christians are saved and born again and have a new spiritual nature and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 Thess. 4:8)

         But a Christian still has the old carnal nature also that is still active.   The old or carnal nature still gives us the desire to sin and the new or old Christian who has not grown in the Lord does not have the maturity and experience of living in Christ Jesus.

         In this they show they are immature and more subject to fail in their spiritual life than an more mature Christian. Immaturity is not an excuse to failure.   New Christians can chose to do right and obey God from day one. If they do that, they will grow up in the Lord very fast and reap the blessing of God.   The opposite is also true as well. If the new believer lags back and lets the old nature control him/her they will grow slowly.

         The key for the new believer or one who is still immature after being saved a long time is to learn God's word and obey the principles and instructions God give us.   This is why pastors urge their congregation to read God's word, to attend all the study meetings of their church so they can learn.

         It has been my experience that the ones who are faithful in their prayer life, personal Bible study and faithful in attending the meetings of their church handle the problems of life much better.   It is not a fast rule, but most times they will have few spiritual problems because they are able to handle them before they grow into worse problems.

         Believers should live a life that is pleasing to God which is the key to spiritual growth. ​  You will never learn the ABCs of Christian life and pleasing God without learning God's word.   God's word is our instruction which help us to live the best life possible."

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