How can I live a life pleasing to God? (The Holy Spirit)
We must realize that there is nothing good in ourselves, as the Bible says in Romans 7:18. We are all sold under sin, and we will have this body of sin, this body subject to sin and decay, until the day we die. If you belong to Christ you will receive a glorified body when you are in heaven, a body free from sin (1 Corinthians 15:22-50). To live a life pleasing to God is a supernatural life. We need the glorious Holy Spirit to live a life pleasing to God. The combined power of sin, the world and evil are too strong to overcome in one’s own strength. The day you received Jesus Christ as your Savior and King, the Holy Spirit came to live inside you. God gave Him to you to help, guide, and comfort you; to strengthen you to live a life acceptable to God. In our own strength it is impossible to please God. Without Christ we cannot do anything useful (Read John 15:4,5).
As you might have realized, one cannot see God with the naked eye. The Holy Spirit is invisible. That’s why the Bible says we live by faith and not by sight. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Read Hebrews 11:6). A life that pleases God is a life of trusting Him in everything. God has told us that the future is in his hands and that He knows the end from the beginning: of Him and through Him and to Him are all things (Read Romans 11:33-36). He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and omnipresent. He is a God of goodness, truth, justice and love: he keeps his promises; He has given us many! We must believe them. Because God is trustworthy, we can trust in Him: he has proven his faithfulness over and over again. Because God has revealed Himself in these ways through the centuries, we can trust Him with our future and with our lives. We can trust Him to care for and support us when we go through difficult times and suffering (Read Matthew 6:33). God has made it clear that following Jesus entails going through suffering, tribulation and heartache (Romans 8:31-39). Maybe your own family and friends will not understand you, precisely because you do what is right and follow Jesus Christ. A life that pleases God is one in which you surrender your life, your time, your future, possessions and resources to God. God gave you your life and everything that you own. Surrendering to God means to live your life under the control and guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is a life where you always ask: Lord, what is your will in this? Not my will be done, but Your will. A life pleasing to God is a life that gives up its rights. You will say: God whatever you say, I’ll do; wherever you send, I’ll go; whatever price I have to pay, I’ll pay. Living under the control of the Spirit is not always easy, but by doing so, we please God. Jesus said, “The gate is narrow, and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14 ESV).
To check if you are on this narrow road that leads to heaven, and that you are living a life pleasing to God, you should read the Bible regularly, obediently and with faith. The more you do so, the more you will realize what God’s will is and what he requires of you. To live a life pleasing to God is the path of obedience. It takes endurance and sacrifice to please Him, but it is the only path to lasting joy and happiness. It is like running a marathon: difficult but rewarding. A holy life is a happy life. That is why Jesus was filled with joy above all other people (See Hebrews 1:9; Luke 10:21); Jesus was the happiest person, and still is, because He hated sin and loved righteousness. Because He never sinned, his joy is immeasurable, and He wants to impart that joy to us. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, (referring to his words in the Bible), that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11 ESV). To live a life pleasing to God is a life of paradoxes; it’s full of joy in suffering, of peace in difficulties, of certainty in God in the unknown, and in the immediate future. It is a life filled with the power, love and joy of the Holy Spirit.
Walk in the Spirit and you shall never fulfill the lust of the flesh