Available on CD: Our Ambition Is To Please The Father, by Gary Hargrave, Portuguese translation by Silas Esteves. This message was spoken at Mt. Zion, Niterói, Brazil on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
Our Ambition Is To Please The Father
The drive and force behind the life of Christ was His motivation to live in His relationship with the Father and to love the Father with all of His heart, mind, soul, and strength. The Father’s responses to the motivation of Jesus show us that when the Father is well-pleased with us, certain things transpire and our walk with God changes. When we please the Father, it becomes our delight. For Christ, His walk with God was His delight (Psalm 104:33-34). The delight that Jesus had with the Father is imparted to us; it is a gift He gives us as He is pleased with us. Another thing that happens is the Father feeds us and becomes our strength (John 4:31-34). God provides to those who are His delight. As it was with Christ, we are sustained and refreshed by a food that we do not understand. Not only does He give us food that no one knows about, He gives us His Spirit (Isaiah 42:1). The Father gave Jesus the Spirit and He received it without measure–because that is how pleased God was with His Son. God answers our prayer (1 John 3:21-22). Whatever we ask, we receive because we are pleasing to Him. When we have the same motivation as Christ, we will receive whatever we ask. When we please Him, we find ourselves caught up into the Father’s presence. Being in His presence is a direct result of pleasing Him (Hebrews 11:5). God is the creator of all things. All things are made by Him yet He is ready to give them to the one who is pleasing. Imagine God handing you all creation! Everything He has made and done through His power and outstretched arm, He gives to the one who is pleasing in His sight (Jeremiah 27:5; John 3:35). Lay hold of the ambition that motivated Christ. Let our pleasing the Father open the windows of heaven until we live in the realm of His presence. Lord, let us begin to move in the authority of sons in Your Kingdom.