Enjoying The LordHebrews 12:11: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
The chastisement of the Lord and the persecution of the saints are important Bible themes and enjoying the Lord is another one. Keeping people from enjoying the Lord is one of Satan*s dirtiest tricks. We are going to enjoy the Lord in Heaven and ought to get started doing that here and now.
About the first things I learned after I received Jesus were that God really does love me and really does have MY best interests at heart. And I have to learn those things over and over. Most people think it is impossible to enjoy the Lord. They think that He is some celestial meanie sitting on a cloud waiting to hammer them. The Bible says that He is good and that He loves us. If we really believe that He is good and that He loves us, we CAN enjoy Him.
If we really believe that He is good and that He loves us, we will trust Him and we will receive His Son. If we really believe that He is good and that He loves us, we can learn that when we get out of His will, we get out of the benefits of His love.Jude 1:21: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Getting out of the benefits of His love can feel a lot like getting beat up. It is inevitable that when we get out of His will we are going to feel like we are getting beat up. We do that to ourselves. The chastisement comes from God, the persecution comes from Satan (within God*s limits) but we cause the lack of enjoyment ourselves. In between the chastisement and the persecution we CAN enjoy the Lord. Sometimes we can even enjoy Him DURING the chastisement and the persecution.Matthew 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
When we are wise enough to keep ourselves in the love of God we don*t get beat up nearly so much and we CAN enjoy Him.Job 22:23, 26: If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. . . . 26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
Psalms 16:11: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.Psalms 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Isaiah 58:13-14: If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.Isaiah 61:10: I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Acts 3:19: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
If you have not learned to enjoy the Lord at least a little bit, what causes that enjoyment and what puts a stop to it, I feel sorry for you.