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Lesson 7: May 12-18

‘For Thy pleasure’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are, and were created.’  Revelation 4:11.

LESSON AIM:  To show that we were created for His pleasure and, if we are giving glory to God, we are fulfilling the purpose of our creation.

 

Introduction

 

‘Let come what would, I determined to please God, and live as one who expected the Saviour to come and reward the faithful. I felt like a little child coming to God as to my Father, and asking Him what He would have me to do. Then, as my duty was made plain to me, it was my greatest happiness to perform it. Peculiar trials sometimes beset me. Those older in experience than myself endeavoured to hold me back and cool the ardour of my faith; but with the smiles of Jesus brightening my life, and the love of God in my heart, I went on my way with a joyful spirit.’ Christian Experience and Teaching, page 34.

 

‘No pleasure in fools’

 

1. Whom did God say give Him no pleasure? Ecclesiastes 5:4-5.

NOTE: ‘When the heart is stirred by the influence of the Holy Spirit, and a vow is made to give a certain amount, the one who vows has no longer any right to the consecrated portion. Promises of this kind made to men would be looked upon as binding; are those not more binding that are made to God? Are promises tried in the court of conscience less binding than written agreements of men?’ Christian Service, page 318.

‘When divine light is shining into the heart with unusual clearness and power, habitual selfishness relaxes its grasp, and there is a disposition to give to the cause of God. But none need think that they will be allowed to fulfil the promises then made, without a protest on the part of Satan. He is not pleased to see the Redeemer’s kingdom on earth built up. He suggests that the pledge made was too much, that it may cripple them in their efforts to acquire property or gratify the desires of their families.’  Acts of the Apostles, page 74.

 

2. How do fools speak and act?  Psalms 14:1.

NOTE: ‘One of the “priests” of the new order said: “God, if You exist, avenge Your injured name. I bid You defiance! You remain silent; You dare not launch Your thunders. Who after this will believe in Your existence?” What an echo is this of Pharaoh’s demand: “Who is Jehovah, that I should obey his voice?” “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” And the Lord declares, “Their folly shall be manifest unto all.” Psalm 14:1.’ From Here to Forever, page 171.

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