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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)

Continuous Praise

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long.” (Psalm 71:8)

If your mouth is full of praise, then your life will be clothed in glory as well!

When you continually praise and worship the Lord from the heart, you will find it difficult to be critical and negative. Praise and thanksgiving transform the human reality by negotiating the atmosphere around us. There is spirit; realms of dominion, that when we set our hearts upon God, surround and cover us in Glory. Should we not prefer this atmosphere than all others?

The Spirit-filled life is a praise-filled life! The Scripture says, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:18-20)

Praise releases the life of God into your present reality, into your relationships and into your destiny. Praise releases the benefits of the New Covenant to you. Have you any need? Praise releases God’s victory into your situations and circumstances. Praise puts the angels to work!

When you’re in the midst of a test or trial… and heaviness and sorrow try to overtake you, remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Neh. 8:10).

Put off the spirit of heaviness by putting on the garment of praise and you’ll walk in victory all of your days… beginning today! (Isa. 61:3).

Mouth Full of Praise

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long.” (Psalm 71:8)

If your mouth is full of praise, then your life will be clothed in glory as well!

When you continually praise and worship the Lord from the heart, you will find it difficult to be critical and negative. Praise and thanksgiving transform the human reality by negotiating the atmosphere around us. There is spirit; realms of dominion, that when we set our hearts upon God, surround and cover us in Glory. Should we not prefer this atmosphere than all others?

The Spirit-filled life is a praise-filled life! The Scripture says, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:18-20)

Praise releases the life of God into your present reality, into your relationships and into your destiny. Praise releases the benefits of the New Covenant to you. Have you any need? Praise releases God’s victory into your situations and circumstances. Praise puts the angels to work!

When you’re in the midst of a test or trial, and heaviness and sorrow try to overtake you, remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Neh. 8:10).

Put off the spirit of heaviness by putting on the garment of praise and you’ll walk in victory all of your days… beginning today! (Isa. 61:3).

The Nazarite

The Law of the Nazarites:  “Now this [is] the law of the Nazarite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting.” (Num. 6:13)

Among God’s people of ancient Israel there have been various revival movements which were God’s remedy against apostasy and His call for return. God raised up such movements like the Priesthood, the Levites and the Nazarites for the task of reviving a culture that had lost its way into the Glory of God.

The Nazarite’s 3-fold Vow of Separation:

  • He was to separate himself from wine and strong drink and drink no vinegar or juice of the grape. (Num. 6:3)
  • All the days of his separation, no razor was to be used on his head. (Num. 6:5)
  • All the days that he separated himself to the Lord, he was not to go near a dead body. (Num. 6:6)

Separation and Consecration:

When it says that the Nazarite took a vow to separate himself unto God, it became his consecrated response to an invitation from God. He was saying, “I am not going to allow any influence, but that of God upon my life”. He was not to drink wine, cut his hair nor touch dead things throughout the time of his consecration. Even if a family member died he was not to go or he would become unclean. What an amazing sacrifice, what a commitment unto God.

God was saying… “avoid anything that will pollute”.

We, as the Church are not to touch things that bring death to our walk with God. Things of this world have the potential to pollute our soul, crush our prayer life and destroy our testimony (1 Jn 2:15-17). The Apostle John warns us of the danger of loving the world and allowing its influence to draw us into its clutches. Things which you watch, speak and hear, have an influence upon our spiritual lives. The Old Testament Nazarite would say, ”I shall not touch any dead thing”. Notice the reason for this commitment was that by separation there would be access to the tent of meeting.

Standing at the Door:

There is something about this “tabernacle of meeting” that we must come to understand. You see, the offer is being given to the consecrated heart. This was no ordinary meeting place… this was the place where God by His Glory would tabernacle or meet with man. Were we to read on in this passage we would see a process of sacrifices that would be given by the Nazarite dealing with issues of sin, peace and restoration. And with each sacrifice, burdens would be lifted and revival would come to the heart of God’s servant. In the end of the meeting would come “The Blessing”. God gives Moses the pattern for how this Blessing would be spoken over the person standing inside the door of the tabernacle… and it sounded like this:

“The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you!
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you
And give you peace!”
 

With the Blessing came the Name… “So they (Aaron and his sons) shall put My Name on the children of Israel and I will bless them.” (Num. 6:27)

I Will Bless Them!

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). On the day of Pentecost, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and some of the people began to mock the disciples saying they were filled with new wine (Acts 2:13). In other words, they were under a strong influence of God’s Blessing - the Holy Spirit! Yet this incredible experience came following many days of prayer and waiting in an upper room, in unity and in one place… a “tabernacle of meeting”.

We often want the Blessing, without the meeting! Can a Christian really call himself a follower without a consecrated life? Really?

Jesus said “many will call Me Lord, Lord… and say did we not prophesy, drive out demons and do miracles in Your Name?… Then I will tell them plainly - I never knew you.” (Mt. 7:21-23)   

Is He Knowing Us?

It is not my goal to promote a “works based” pathway to salvation, but I am concerned about our consecration. We are called to walk in the light of God’s Kingdom influence. Jesus has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us, or moved us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love. Our destiny is to live inside the doorway of the “tabernacle of meeting”, enjoying the River of Spiritual Life flowing from within… by the Holy Spirit. Yet it is by our consecration, that a lifestyle gives access and opens for us the wells of salvation (Isa. 12:2). It makes us deeply sensitive to the flow of heaven’s resources.

Governed by Consecration:

These principles governed the life of the Nazarite. Why did people take such a vow? To be governed by what it released inside of them! We are told that it was unto the Lord (Num. 6:1) not to a man or a religious form. It was an invitation to those hungering for God, those who desired His Manifest Presence and desperate for fellowship, communion and revival. And can I add… they received God’s Name and His Blessing!

Nazarites serve as a picture of recovery, restoration and revival to all of God’s people. Could it be that our time has come? And what would it cost us?

Singing Is A Kingdom Principle

My wife and I are avid worship lovers. Our hearts can be lifted into new places; almost instantly when we come into the atmosphere where the sound of worship releases the glory of God. I’m not talking just about songs though, because what I have found is that singing is a Kingdom principle.

Something is released through singing.

 The activity of singing gives the heart its voice; a voice that draws God’s Presence like a beautiful color draws our eye. The key to this principle is that singing engages our emotion… the stuff that connects us to risk, trust, belief, and commitment. The sound of the heart compels us like no other activity and that is why there is an entire book of the Bible given completely to this Kingdom reality. Just look at these expressions:

  • Psalm 147:1 “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and praise is beautiful.”
  • Psalm 147:7 “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving, sing praise on the harp to our God.”
  • Psalm 149:1 “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of the saints.”
  • Psalm 149:5-6 “Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two edged sword in their hand.”

Something gets engaged through singing.

 ”Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another, with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Col 3:16) This verse connects the Word of Christ as it richly dwells within us, with the activity of singing. Thus, singing is shown here as a God given bridge into His Word and His Truth.

Something is maintained through singing.

 Consider what Paul says; “Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph 5:17-20) These verses connect being filled with the Holy Spirit and singing songs, hymns and spiritual songs. This is clearly seen in the King James where translators more accurately place a semi-colon (rather than a period) between verses 18 and 19 making them one continuous thought. In other words, Ephesians is telling us that our singing (speaking) is the result or overflow of the filling of the Holy Spirit.

 Without question the Kingdom of Heaven is established by the Holy Spirit at work within human souls here upon the Earth. The Holy Spirit’s access to those things which rule us is through our emotional center… our soul. Our soul is able through singing to release and establish those things which define our behavior and our allegiances. God is not interested in our worship simply because He deserves it; but because it establishes the platform for His dominion upon the Earth. Singing is a Kingdom principle and we should sing and make melody in our hearts as often as we feel challenges to God’s dominion in our lives.

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