Giving God Pleasure
Giving God pleasure does not sound like something we mortals will ever be able to do. It is certainly not the goal of unbelievers. But giving God pleasure ought to be the aim of every believer because it is the purpose for which He created us.
Revelation 4:11: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.Colossians 1:16: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Created for Him. That can sound selfish to the carnal mind, but He also wants to give us pleasure. His desire for pleasure is not one-sided.1 Timothy 6:17: Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
His having pleasure and our having pleasure may seem unrelated but they are inseparable. When we please Him He pleases us too. That is the way it will be in Heaven. We are created in such a fashion that pleasing God brings the most pleasure to us and displeasing Him wrecks our opportunity to enjoy anything for very long. Sin does not please God. In fact, He hates it. It comes between Him and us. It prevents His pleasure and ours.Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Many individuals foolishly settle for short-term enjoyment rather than eternal enjoyment. Moses was wise.Hebrews 11:24-26: By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh*s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
So what does God enjoy? He enjoys saving people, He enjoys giving and He enjoys the people He has saved.Luke 12:32: Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father*s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Psalms 147:11: The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.Psalms 149:4: For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Ephesians 1:5: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,Ephesians 1:9: Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Philippians 2:13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.2 Thessalonians 1:11: Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
To use a rather worldly expression: What*s in it for us? More than we can imagine.Ephesians 3:20: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 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 36:8: They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.1 Corinthians 2:9: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Luke 23:43: And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, . . .
This article barely scratches the surface of the joys God gives and will give to those that please Him. No one can give pleasure like God can.
2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and ALL (capital letters mine) that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
If you have never suffered some form of persecution, you have never wanted to live godly in Christ Jesus. Persecution is the proof that Christians do want to live the way He wants them to live.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.
The blessings of God do not stop when Christians are persecuted. There is a marked contrast between persecution and blessings so that we can see the blessings better. We recognize that the persecution is temporary and the blessings are eternal. I am thankful that the persecution I have suffered has been verbal rather than physical. And if it ever reaches the level of physical persecution, God will give grace, right on time, not a moment too early and not a moment too late.Hebrews 4:16: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
When we are overwhelmed in this world, we can still enjoy God*s love and His promises.Romans 8:35-39: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:18: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.