Tip #15: Know that God is Pleased with You

This is, perhaps, the most important tip of all. A difficult one to understand and believe, but if we allow its truth to sink deep down into our hearts, it is a game-changer.

Know that God is incredibly pleased with you.

That’s right! He is not looking down with scowl on His face and disappointment in His heart. He gazes on you and me with incredible love. “But, how is this true?” you ask. I’ve asked the same question.

How can God look down on me with full acceptance after I stayed up too late, my attention on the worthless? How can He excuse my laziness and selfishness which led me to miss my time with Him? How can He accept my very feeble, inconsistant, and distracted efforts to give Him the ‘firstfruits’ of my days?

He can — and He does — accept, love, and rejoice over me because of Christ

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 ESV

Christ has already been perfectly obedient for me. God is not looking at me, going “Why can’t you get up earlier?” or “Why did you waste so much time on Facebook last night? Am I not worth your attention?” He is not disappointed when I wake up late. 15 Know your position.007 My mind has a hard time wrapping its tiny little neurons around this incredible truth. How can God NOT be disappointed in me? How can He NOT see my glaring failures? Though my mind is slow, my heart knows this truth. I have experienced the life-changing encounter with Grace and will never be the same. I pray that you have, too.

If you’re not sure…

If you are wondering how I can say these things with such confidence, maybe you need to accept Grace, too? Reality is, without Christ, you and I stand condemned. But through the sacrifice of Christ, and by His righteous life, we have been given a great gift of acceptance with the Father of all. This gift of salvation is available to all, and is all because of Grace.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)

All you have to do is have faith. Believe that Jesus did live this perfect life — the one that you and I could never live. Know that you are a desperate sinner — one who needs His righteousness so desperately. Then walk forward in obedient living. Obedience is not what saves us, it is the proof of your salvation. If you have made this declaration of need for Jesus, and have walked forward in faith — today or twenty years ago — there is no condemnation. Rejoice! Our Father in heaven is looking now at you and me — right now — and He is smiling.   Do you have a hard time grasping this truth? How does knowing that God is already pleased with you change your HelloMornings efforts?

Screen Shot 2013-01-21 at 10.51.25 PM


  • Kay Baker says:

    That saying “we’re a work in progress” seems so trite and overused. But isn’t it true, even for we “holy christians”? But then there’s grace, that “fill-in-the-gaps” gift that makes me what I’m struggling to be…the way He sees me!

  • erik says:

    I have been starved of this truth for far too long, “God accepted Abel and his offering.” And the sacrifice was a foreshadow of Christ. Thanks for the post!

  • Elizabeth Bagnol says:

    Wow, my comment in Tip 14 is similar: When I think about the pure joy of craving to be with my Savior and linger in His loving presence in the morning, it shifts my perspective to knowing that He is always waiting there for me, no matter how long it takes to get my morning habit shifted into gear. Like my children, it took a few steps for one to walk, and the other, I just lost count, but either way I was always there excited to catch them. I imagine the Lord is just so excited to catch us with open arms by shear fact we are taking steps. This gives me perspective when life happens, sickness, kids up in the middle of the night, irresponsibly staying up too late, whatever, He is there eternally loving us through our imperfection to our perfection in Christ.

  • Theresa says:

    HI There

    I read your 15 tips as a way to get into the Hello Mornings starting on Monday, and I am thankful for the tips and I have already started to implement them. This last one however I think is the hardest for me, I think I am confused because I have been taught so many different lessons regarding being saved by grace vs having to retain that salvation by doing works / or not sinning; It leaves me confused.
    I know in my heart that what you say is true especially: ‘Obedience is not what saves us, it is the proof of your salvation.’
    But after a year of being in a group where the teaching is different, that God is a jealous God who is displeased when you make the wrong choices and disobey, it is hard to come to terms with what is right and what is wrong.
    Can you give me any advice on this, maybe point me in the right direction Theology-wise? or something.
    The group I am referring to is Weighdown with Gwen Shamblin.

  • Becky Jones says:

    Enjoy your time on your blog and today was a real gem. Thanks and God bless you and your family.

  • It’s so easy for me to forget this, Katie. Thank you for the reminder: He is pleased with me!


  • Carrie says:

    thank you for this reminder. I have been struggling with physical illness and depression since I started the hello mornings challenge, and I have been feeling very down on myself–I’m undisciplined, blah blah. This also is speaking to me on regarding another situation in my life…I have lost a friendship over something so dumb. A friend that I really looked up to, and now she won’t talk to me. I am thankful that God is still pleased with me, even tho my friend is not. Thanks for this timely post.

  • VELIA says:

    All I can say is AWESOME, WONDERFUL message. Thank you. I really needed this reminder.

  • Vicki says:

    God is so good. Seriously, this morning I tweeted to my HelloMornings group asking for prayer for distraction. I was/am feeling so discouraged that I have let myself be so easily distracted my meaningless things and not spending the time I feel I should be praying, reading my Bible, etc. This is so encouraging and such a reminder that it isn’t our works, it is Jesus. Thank you!

  • Christy says:

    Amen and amen! That’s so reassuring.

  • Sarah says:

    Amen! I forget this so quickly. Thanks for the reminder.

Leave a Reply