“…those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God” (Romans 8:8 NLT).


The apostle Paul wrote that only those under the control of the Holy Spirit are able to think about the things that please God. Without the Spirit, we are left to ourselves and to the control of the sin nature, which the Bible calls the “flesh.” The flesh is always hostile to God. It wants its own way. When the flesh tries to follow God’s law it always fails. For even when it wants to obey, it fails, for it is a slave to sin.
But God has sent Jesus to rescue us from this life of sin and death. For those who have trusted Christ as Lord and Savior have been set free from sin and death. More than that, they have been given the Holy Spirit, so that they are able to live their lives in a way that pleases God. For who has always pleased God? Jesus. As the Father has said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). And those who have the Son living in them by the Spirit are able to live a life that pleases God.
PRAYER: Father, we desire to please You this day with our thoughts, words and deeds. But we know the only way to please You is to walk in the Spirit. For it is depending on the Spirit of Christ within us that pleases You. Therefore, fill us afresh this day with Your Spirit and bring to our attention any place where He is not in control that we might surrender it. We want You to be pleased with us Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.