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God’s Pleasure

“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph. 5:17-18)

“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” (Ps. 149:4)

“…That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height - to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:17-19)

It is important to realize that your pleasure is God’s pleasure, because you are God’s delight. His goal is your heart… to dwell there and to allow His love to find its deepest root system there! He loves you with an unconditional love and all of His thoughts toward you are good (Jer. 29:11). You can’t live beyond God’s knowledge and you can’t hide from His Presence… He will never leave you and He will always be found waiting for you (Isa. 30:18).

7 Things That Bring Pleasure to God:

1. The Prosperity of His People:

  • (Psalm 35:27) Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. (Amplified Version)

2. Ministers Doing His Will:

  • (Psalm 103:21) Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, all you His hosts, you His ministers who do His pleasure. (Amplified Version)

3. Men and Women that Fear Him:

  • (Psalm 147:11) The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness. (Amplified Version)

4. His People Walking by Faith:

  • (Hebrews 11:1-2) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

5. Giving His Kingdom To His Children:

  • (Luke 12:32) Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom! (Amplified Version)

6. Saints Enjoying God’s Fullness:

  • (Ephesians 1:5) For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [ because it pleased Him and was His kind intent (Amplified Version)
  • (Ephesians 1:9) Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him, (Amplified Version)

7. Giving People The Desires of Their Heart:

  • (Philippians 2:13) [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. (Amplified Version)
  • (2 Thessalonians 1:11) With this in view we constantly pray for you, that our God may deem and count you worthy of [your] calling and [His] every gracious purpose of goodness, and with power may complete in [your] every particular work of faith (faith which is that leaning of the whole human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness). (Amplified Version)

The Father’s Blessing

No greater joy can be experienced than having the Blessing of God in your life. Its the Father’s Blessing that is most needed by every Son or Daughter… natural or spiritual.

Jesus experienced it at His baptism in the Jordan River… “this is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Mt 3:17).

What is this “Blessing”? Its Heaven’s affirming word… I Love You! And it belongs to you and I. All who would receive Him, He has given the authority to become Sons and Daughters (Jn 1:12). You might ask, “So, what are the benefits of the Father’s Blessing?”

The Family Identity: Ephesians 1:3-14

The Apostle Paul describes the Father’s Blessing as “spiritual”, and as resources that are held in “heavenly places”; meaning the blessings go beyond physical or material realities. The Father’s Blessing is a blessing of hope, peace and wholeness… the kind that would accompany an abundant life for all eternity. His offer is far better than just money or health, its a “family identity”. That is not to say that the blessing of God does not include material or physical things. God does provide for our physical needs (Phil. 4:19). But when He meets our needs, it is not merely physical… it is supernatural. It is meant to sustain an awareness of security through a focus on relationship and abiding in His love (Jn. 15:9). The Father grants these blessings “in Christ” and they are expected to be maintained by fellowship and faith. This is a continual theme we see throughout the New Testament. In fact, the writer of Hebrews says, “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6).

So Here are 5 Wonderful Blessings of the Father:

1. We are adopted as sons and daughters (v. 5). Adoption grants non-physically related children all the privileges of a natural born child. We are not God’s children naturally. Our spiritual nature makes us enemies of God. But because of the forgiveness of God and the redemption he gives us through Christ, we become God’s adopted children, part of His family.
2. We have redemption and forgiveness of our trespasses (v. 7). Our past sinful lifestyles made us enemies of God and slaves to sin. God has forgiven the believer of these sins and redeemed us from our sinful captivity.
3. We know the mystery of His will (v. 9). The mystery of his will discussed here is the mystery that God sent Christ in “the fullness of times.” Those who followed God before Christ longed to see and understand the fullness of God’s salvation plan (John 8:56). We have the privilege and blessing of being on this side of Christ, and thus be able to see the details of how God has redeemed us.
4. We have obtained an inheritance (v. 11). Because we are adopted children of God, we are heirs of God’s estate (Rom. 8:17). My children are heirs to my estate. But that really is not much of a source of hope for them, for my estate pretty much consists of a house, a couple of cars, some furniture, and a small amount of savings. But what is God’s estate? What does God own? God owns everything (Ps. 50:10-12)… and we are the heirs to this estate.
5. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit (v. 13). In centuries past, letters were sealed with wax and then stamped with the signet ring of the sender. When someone received a letter with the seal intact, they knew the letter had not been tampered with. Furthermore, the seal assured them that the letter had not been forged. The Holy Spirit seals these blessings, assuring us that we aren’t going to be tampered with and assuring us that these blessings are genuine. The term pledge is like an earnest money agreement. It is a down payment guaranteeing the intention of one party to fulfill the contract. The Holy Spirit is the guarantee, warranty, or pledge that our salvation will lead to the spiritual riches of an abundant life both here in earth and in heaven. Its our inheritance “in Christ”.

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