Thursday, August 31, 2017

Life On Purpose - What Makes God Smile?

Numbers 6:25  “May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.”

Psalm 119:135  “Smile on me, your servant; teach me the right way to live.”

The SMILE of God is the goal of life.  Last week we learned that we are built to bring God pleasure--since bringing God pleasure and making Him smile is the crux of what life is about, it would seem pretty importand for us to learn how to do it, right?

Ephesians 5:10 “Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.”

NOAH helps us see how to make God smile.  Noah lived in a broken world where every inclination of people’s hears was only evil all the time.  So much so that God decided to destroy Humanity by flood.  “But Noah was a pleasure to the Lord” (Genesis 6:8, LB).

Because Noah made God smile---you and I are alive today!

NOAH teaches us the 5 acts that make God smile
1 God smiles when we love Him supremely   Noah loved God even when no one else did.  Jesus taught us that the greastest command of all is to Love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength!

Genesis 6:9   “Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.”

2 God smiles when we trust Him completely… Even when it doesn’t make sense—like being asked to build a boat in the middle of a desert.  Even when it takes 120 years to build it and everyone thinks your nuts!  There is no record of Noah complaining or wavering in his obedience.

Hebrews 11:6 Without Faith it is impossible to please God…

3 God smiles when we obey Him whole-heartedly…

Gen. 6:22 So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.

4 God smiles when we praise and thank Him…  God smiles when we recognizing Him as our Father, our God and as the source of every good gift in our lives.

Genesis 8:20  Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose.

5 God smiles when we use our abilities.  We can bring glory and pleasure to God and make Him smile with every activity in life, except sin.  God loves to watch us live joyful and productive lives.

Genesis 9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.