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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)

Bitter Roots

Bitter Roots Rob Us of Grace

“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Heb 12:15).

What comprises these “bitter roots?” They consist of traumatic experiences of pain, distress, disappointment and brokenness that encourage feelings of bitterness. These feelings may begin in a moment or extend to lengthy seasons in our life, but their impact release root systems that grow and bear fruit. Without good resolution to that trauma, these bitter memories can keep a person continually torn up with pain and emotional scaring.

Roots grow beneath the surface:

Surprising emotional outbursts and difficulty making wise decisions or keeping intimate friendships are signs that bitterness is growing inside like a poisonous root system. As it grows it becomes toxic for both the heart of the person enabling the struggle and those who are in their proximity.

Hurt people, hurt people:

Amazingly, a person can love Jesus and live as a devoted Christian and still have bitter roots of hurt and ugliness controling their emotions, attitudes and behaviors. It was for this very reason, the writer of Hebrews wrote that we “see to it” that we don’t miss out on the grace of God due to some poisoning, toxic bitter root.

The Spirit and the Word offer freedom!

These bitter roots embedded within the soulish mind, for the most part; require assistance from God and deliverance from lies. Yet, when uncovered by the Truth of God’s Word and the powerful ministry of the Holy Spirit;  miracles are achieved in the life of the hurting Christian. Jesus encourages us to abide in the Truth (reality from God’s perspective) and the Truth will set us free (Jn. 8:32).

Let the Word read you.

I encourage folks to read the Word of God carefully; not as a book of rules, but as a loving expression of God’s grace and power… revealing His heart toward us. I like to feel as though the truths of Scripture are “reading” me. Rather than trying to get information, I want transformation by the renewal of my mind and heart. The Holy Spirit trains us how to take a bitter root to Jesus, so that nothing will block our full experience in God’s grace. Freedom is achievable and transformation leads us into fruitful expressions that bring strength internally and pleasure to those who come in contact with us.

Unrealistic Expectations

Awaiting the New

It might take a transformation!

As a pastor, I find getting along with difficult people to be one of my greatest challenges. Learning to deal with them effectively requires me to face my own unrealistic expectations of them and of me.

I often expect Christians to be spiritual rather than carnal. However, through the years I have come to realize that I deal with carnality everyday; so why should other Christians be different than I?

 I have discovered that believers are more likely to be carnal than they are to be spiritual. We must recognize that this has always been true in the Church. After all, most of the books of the New Testament speak to carnality issues, more than any other topic. Had these believers been spiritual, great portions of these books would be missing from our Bible. If I need those portions, then so do most folks in the Congregational setting.

Second, I find myself expecting difficult people, along with every other person in the Church, to love me. Somehow I get the feeling that I am failing in my ministry if I can not earn the love of every person in the Fellowship. This unrealistic expectation creates incredible self-induced pain, because there is no Church where the pastor is loved by everyone. At any given season, 10 to 20 percent of a congregation would prefer to have someone else as their leader. Learning to accept this as normal, frees me from the bondage of  seeking the approval of every person; while my primary aim is to please the Lord Jesus Christ. 

God finally brought me to the place where I realized it would be sufficient for me to live my life rooted in the love of Christ.

 The Apostle Paul’s prayer has become my focus; “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 3:18-19)

Filled with all the fullness of God!

 Learning to break free from unrealistic expectations took a transformation in my thinking. I needed to recognize that the way I thought was robbing me of the fullness I was after in God and could never maintain. Staying filled required consistent visits to the “Throne-room of Heaven”, where I sense the love of Christ revealing the Father’s heart toward me… and in me. With my root system in the heavenly soil of God’s love; there comes a change of focus for me and a freedom to be myself. It also puts a renewable resource in my ”love tank”, so that I can love others more effectively.

Love In Action

Skewed Perceptions

How do you see?

The Bible makes it very clear that the person who withholds forgiveness is not “right” with God. Satan knows that if he can deceive us into harboring anger, bitterness, or grudges toward our fellow Christians, he can actually cause us to fall from the grace of God.

 The Scripture says, “looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (Heb. 12:15).

 Unforgiveness produces a “root system” where prayers go unanswered, peace and joy become impossible and strongholds of deception are allowed to grow without accountability. We usually manifest a critical heart and judgmental attitude; becoming dissatisfied with the people and issues around us. We may blame our unhappiness on a variety of other things, but the problem lies within ourselves.

 We simply are out of fellowship with the Lord.

 Friends, it’s time to wise up and become aware of Satan’s most effective weapon! Many believers still seem to be ignorant of these tactics of the enemy.

 If the devil can move us into a comfortable place out of fellowship with the Holy Spirit, he gains the upper hand on all we see, feel and do.

  We often coddle our offenses and grudges as though they were “pets” to be fed and watered. There is probably nothing else that has been more devastating to the Body of Christ than unforgiveness.

 The root system that develops beneath the surface of our lives deceptively skews our perception of reality!

 No wonder Christ spent so much time on the subject. Jesus taught that loving God and loving one another were the highest ideals of His followers (Lk. 10:27). Loving and forgiving are the most basic standards of Christianity, because forgiveness releases others from their indebtedness to us and reconciles our differences.

 Paul emphasizes the work of reconciliation as the ministry of every follower of Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-20) and the highest trait of spiritual maturity!

 Jesus perfectly identifies the issue, “My Disciples will display… Love In Action!”. (Jn. 13:35) “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”

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