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THINGS THAT DISPLEASE GOD

Rev. Mike Jones

It is a good thing for you and God to “be on the same page”- When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7). Conversely, it is a bad thing when your ways annoy or anger God- They have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched (2 Kings 22:17).

With that in mind, here are 5 things which should be avoided because they displease God

  1. Holding a Grudge: Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. (Proverbs 24:17-18).
  2. Complaining about God’s Plan: And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. (Numbers 11:1).
  3. Continuing in Sin: And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD. (2 Samuel 11:27).
  4. Blocking People’s access to God: But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:14).
  5. Failing to make Faith in God’s pardon and power your foundation: 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).

    ARE YOU ON THE LEVEL WITH GOD?

    And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart [PRIDE], though thou knewest all this [FOREKNOWLEDGE]; But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven {REBELLION]; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; [DESECRATION] and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know [IDOLATRY]: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. (Daniel 5:22-30).

    An Unknown God cannot be trusted, served, or worshipped correctly. Martin Luther said, “Your thoughts of God are too human” and that is exactly the problem today. God is not a feel good friend or a “wink at your badness” grandfather. He is the “God in whose hand thy breath is!” and you insult Him or ignore Him at your own peril (As Belshazzar learned!).

    At the pleasure of God the Red Sea divided and its waters stood up as walls (Exo 14). On another occasion the sun stood still for Joshua (Josh 10); and went backward ten degrees on the dial for Hezekiah (Isa 38:8). To provide for his servant, God made ravens to carry food to Elijah (I Kings 17), to prove His power He made iron to swim on top of the waters (II Kings 6:5), to show His Protection the lions were tamed in Daniel’s lion’s den, and to show His Support for His people the Son of God walked in the fire with the three Hebrews children.

    Here are some things you need to know about God:

    • God acts independently of all outside forces: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (Daniel 4:35).
    • Nothing that man does or invents changes what God determines to do: There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand (Proverbs 19:21).
    • Nothing takes God by surprise: Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world (Acts 15:18).
    • God does not change His mind because something changes. God sees everything from beginning to end at one time: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).
    • Nothing happens that God is not aware of: The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3). What a great joy this should bring to Christians as they recognize that nothing that happens in our life is a surprise to God. What a Warning this should be to sinners as they realized God will judge them.
        1. During biblical times weighing something involved placing the object to be weighed on one side of a scale and known weights on the other side until the scales became level (hence our term for something being right meant it was “on the level”). When God weighs the various components of your life against the principles of the word of God will He find you are “on the level”?

      It is interesting to notice some things in the Bible that God weighs- the wind and waters (Job 28:25) and the dust of the earth and the majesty of the mountains (Isaiah 40:12). It is also revealing to see some of the things about people that God weighs.

      1. What we do- our actions: Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed (1 Sam 2:3). From the very beginning with Adam and Eve we learn that Mankind wishes to have no witness to his sins, no searcher of his heart, and no judge of his deeds. No wonder they fear the words of Psalms 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. We try to cover our sins with fig leaves or excuse them by blaming someone else but none of these things change the fact that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).
      2. Why we do things- our motivation: All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits (Proverbs 16:2). And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. (Acts 8:18-23).
      3. Where we go- our daily walk: The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just (Isaiah 26:7). “Be careful little feet”
      4. How we deal with life situations- our character: Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity (Job 31:6). Choosing to choose God’s way in all of life’s choices
      5. But, most importantly, God weighs our response to who He is: Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting (Daniel 5:27). And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

      Belshazzar made the fatal mistake of believing that he was not totally accountable to God. He forgot that God held his life breath in His hands and HIS PURPOSE IN LIFE WAS TO GLORIFY GOD- We fall short of this glory when we use our time, talent, or treasure without regard to God’s will, work or word.

      We must all stand before God’s “weighed in the balance” scales where we will receive either rewards or rejection. Are you “on the level” with God?