One constant battle I have within my marriage is my husband is always telling me I need to be more social. Well, I am not the social butterfly that my husband has become; in fact, I am totally opposite. I am an introvert, a loner and have some difficulty speaking to people; sometimes I even stutter or freeze up because my brain doesn’t want to move with my mouth. Nevertheless, you know that saying, “Opposites do attract.” However, I often feel that I can never please my husband because I am not the Social Butterfly he wants me to be. The enemy will often lead me down a road of depression, doubt and fear. Doubts my husband should have married someone more like him, he would be better off; a feeling of being an outsider at church, struggling to get into the gate, unsure of myself, scared of what others may think of me but knowing there is a fierce burning desire inside of me to yell out at the world how great God is and share it with everybody. Unfortunately, I let the enemy control my anxiety, fears and doubts and many times the enemy holds me back from sharing. But I have discovered through prayer, trusting God, and learning God’s Word that being a wife is not merely just about pleasing my husband , it’s about pleasing God.
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There are several ways I have discovered to please God through the Word that I think are important for Christians to strive for each and every day.Faith - The first way to please God is through faith. One must have faith in God and believe that God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son, Jesus, and that Jesus died on the cross for all our sins so that we may have everlasting life. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.
Love - The second way to please God is to love God. He is our creator. He gave us life and He loves us. How could anyone not love the creator who created the beauty that is all around us and gave us life? “…to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,” Deuteronomy 11:13
Trust - The third way to please God is to trust in God. Trusting God is such a hard step for many Christians to follow because we live in a world that is all about “me” and with the enemy lurking about it is a constant struggle to depend on God. We want to do everything on our own. We tend to forget that the Father wants us to be dependent upon him. He wants us to let him guide our footsteps, lay everything into his hands and believe he will take care of everything. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
Forgive - The fourth way to please God is to forgive one another. A forgiving spirit is a quality many of us fall short of and something we should all strive to attain; our example is in Jesus and what better role model to follow as he forgave us all and died on the cross for all of us. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
Thanks - The fifth way to please God is to give thanks to God. Something many of us forget is to thank God for the blessings he bestows upon us. Would any of us be where we are today and have the things we have if it were not for God? “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Prayer - The sixth way to please God is to pray. We tend to let the things in and of this world be our excuse as to why we don’t pray. I have to go to work, I have to go to gym, I have to cook dinner, and I have to do this or that. There can be no end, but you would not be able to do any of these tasks or partake in any of them if it were not for our Heavenly Father. Why do we only seek Him in our most dire time of need? We should be seeking Him at all times - telling him we love him and thanking him for all things. “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6
Obey - The seventh way to please God is to obey God. Obeying God should be the heart of our Christian walk. Many of us Christians have fallen and have been disobedient to God. Our goal should be to strive to be Christ-like and to thwart the enemy’s plans and win over sin and temptation so as to serve as witnesses to this world. “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke 11:28
Worship - The eighth way to please God is to worship God and only God, not today’s idols or false gods. “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.” Chronicles 16:9
Knowledge - The ninth way to please God is to grow in the knowledge of His Word. Dedicate daily devotion and reading time. Spend time with him, seek his Words and get to know him. “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1:10
Rejoice - The tenth way to please God is to rejoice in the Lord. The Lord is like a brightly burning candle. If we let the winds of the world blow in, that bright flame will be snuffed out. His light burns brightly in each and every one of us and because of the light we can rejoice in all things of the Lord – for his blessings, rescues, miracles, companionship and for life. “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
Spiritual Gifts - The eleventh way to please God is to exercise our spiritual gifts that He has bestowed upon us. He does not want us to neglect these gifts but to use them to spread and share His Word with others who maybe lost. "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Giving - The final way to please God is by giving. Being generous not only in tithing but also in giving of your time to help someone in need, to help a church out, a friend, or even some non-profit organization.
“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.” Deuteronomy 16:17