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Romans 8:8

Romans 8:8 (ESV): "8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God."

Pleasing God is not an impossible task but it is a very specific one. God requires that we walk by faith in the Spirit if we want to please Him. Anything done otherwise, no matter good it appears is an abomination to God. Our righteous deeds (in the flesh) are like filthy garments before God (Isa 64:6).

If anyone could have confidence in the flesh it was Paul. He was a Hebrew of Hebrews and a Pharisee of Pharisees. He met all the requirements in the flesh that his culture would deem as righteous. The problem was he was not righteous and no one can be in the flesh. The flesh can yield only one thing, death! Thus Paul said, "put no confidence in the flesh (Phil 3:3)" because no righteousness can be found in the flesh. God is not pleased with fleshly worship of any kind. We trample His courts when we come to Him this way!

Is your aim to please God? If so, know that the only way to do so is by grace, through faith, in Christ alone. God is not looking for works performed by the flesh but fruit that comes from the Spirit. Religious acts apart from the Spirit are not pleasing to God. He is not impressed with outward motion but desires inward devotion that manifests itself outwardly. He wants us to bear the fruit of good works by way of the Spirit alone. Put no confidence in the flesh and you are on your way to pleasing God. Amen?

Father, we thank You that we are created in Christ Jesus for good works (Eph 2:10). May we walk by the Spirit in these and never in the flesh. We desire to please You so help us to know how to do so we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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