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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)

Pathway for Glory

“The Glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isa 40:5)

Kingdom People are designed to carry the Glory of God and release shifts in the atmosphere where peace is needed. Throughout the Bible we are commanded not to quarrel over words or be divisive. Our affections are to be set on the Holy Spirit, who is referred to as “Comforter”, “Counselor” or “Helper”. We must recognize that the work of the Holy Spirit needs a platform, a pathway to enter. The Holy Spirit must feel welcome if He is to stay active in a person’s life.

Preparing the Way:

In the verse above, we see the central goal of John the Baptist. His ministry was to be a voice crying in the wilderness, “prepare the way of the Lord”. People needed to examine their hearts and repent of their sinful ways, because the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. John was not looking for just any Kingdom or any King. The Lamb of God would be recognized by a very interesting symbol… the ”dove”. God had given a word to John that in His baptism, the Holy Spirit would come like a dove and land upon Him and stay. God was asking John to notice how Glory would come into the world through the peace of Christ. The Lamb of God would serve as an entry point for the “dove” and for Glory to be recognized. That is an important pathway… “a place for the dove to land”. It was the pathway for Glory (Heb 1:1-4).

Looking for Peace:

This is the picture God has shone us through Noah. When the rain had ended and the ark continued to float aimlessly, Noah begins to look for a resting place. Not just any resting place, but a place for a dove to stay. Even as he waited for land to appear; he could not be confident until the dove, having been released from his own hand, found a place to land and stay. Noah was not just looking for land, he was looking for an entry point. A new day was about to begin with a rainbow… and a promise that would promote life.

Kingdom People must look beyond meetings; we are looking for an open heaven, where the dove will have a place to rest… a place that will promote life.

Peace and Glory:

Its important to understand that God’s Glory is a weighty substance that rests in the atmosphere of God’s Peace! When Jesus sent out the 12 disciples He said, “freely you have received now freely give”, yet when they went into a community, they were to look for places to impart peace. If the household was worthy, they were to impart their peace into it, but if not then they were to wipe the dust off their feet and journey to the next house (Mt 10:8-14). Peace seemed to be an atmosphere that could be imparted at the will of the disciples based on how well the house embraced the ministry of the Holy Spirit. And it would be needed, if the ministry was to continue in that region.

Making Glory Visible and Recognizable:

What Jesus was saying is that we must be looking for places where the “dove” will be welcome. Places of peace provide rest for the soul, give access to God’s deliverance and freedom from the oppression of the devil. The dove is the Biblical symbol for Peace provided by the Presence of the Holy Spirit. This is still our urgent mission; not just to win a bunch of people to our point of view, but to bring an atmosphere that unlocks the revelation, that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Peace is Heaven’s influence. The pathway for the Glory of God is a significant point of entry, where God is welcome and the Holy Spirit makes habitation among us (Eph 2:19-22).

5 Disciplines to Welcome the Holy Spirit:
1. Humility: (1 Pet 5:5-7)
2. Praise and Worship: (Psalm 63)
3. Passionate Love: (Eph 3:17-19)
4. Entrance of God’s Word: (Neh 8:1-6)
5. Fellowship of Believers: (Mt 18:19-20)

Hidden Root System

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ- to know this love that surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”   (Eph. 3:17-19)

The concept of living in Christ is so much about abiding in His love (Jn. 15:9). Its allowing our hidden root systems to go down deep into the spiritual soil of God’s affection for us. To know and understand the width, length, height and depth of His affection toward us is to be rooted and established in love.

This rooted-ness must be the basis of our courage, the motivation for our character and the strength of our confidence! 

Understanding A Root System:

We often only see the surface parts of trees, because the really effective roots stretch far beneath the earth. Deep underground there are streams of water that bring an endless supply of nourishment and strength to the tree. This hidden root system is the life and stability of the tree, it’s branches and its future growth and production. Amazingly a tree can live for hundreds of years, because their root systems are constantly tapping into sources of “living water”. The constant and abiding nourishment is hidden, yet essential to everything we see above ground.

Healthy & Strong:

I want to be like a tree, planted by streams of living water (Ps. 1). I want to be established in His love, allowing my roots to go down deep into the richness of His love, bringing health and nourishment to my spirit man. I have seen trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. They are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit (Jer. 17:8).

Abiding in His Love:

When we abide in Christ and allow His love to nourish our souls, we will live abundant and thriving lives and bear much fruit. This is what we should become passionate about, living in the overflow of God’s abundance, bearing good fruit and bringing others into the nourishing love of God. This is what my soul thirsts for!

Rooting Out Bitterness

There are many reasons bitterness takes root in a person’s life; from hurts of the past, to words spoken in the heat of the moment. But no matter how these feelings are set in the heart, the potential damage is enormous. We can miss the grace of God! Bitter roots release defilement in the heart and lead us to miss the grace of God (Heb 12:15). 

Bitterness opens the door to demonic strongholds by poisoning the perceptions of our heart.

 

The Apostle Paul tells us to get rid of these roots, as they work against our ability to be kind toward others and forgive them as part of the Christian lifestyle (Eph 4:30-5:2). His exhortation is that we should “walk in love” and “imitate God as dear children”; recognizing the incredible gift of love God has expressed to us through Jesus Christ, upon the cross.

Jesus said “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Lk 23:34)

We must reject self pity and determine to let go of our hurt toward people even when we could justify our emotional feelings. Notice how Jesus expresses His pain upon the cross… forgiveness! He is not holding on to any perceived unfair treatment; but contends for the Father’s forgiveness on the grounds of ignorance.

 Their ignorance becomes a platform to display the highest ethic held in the Christian Faith, that of sacrificial love.

The most effective way to root out bitterness is to become rooted in love (Eph 3:17-19). Love suffers long and is kind… it does not seek its own… thinks no evil… does not rejoice in iniquity… bears all things… and never fails… this is our spiritual root system (1 Cor 13:4-8). Love is by nature sacrificial and when our hearts are permeated by the love of God we are more than equipped… we are supernatural and free.

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