THE PLEASURE OF THE LORD
It is the pleasure of the Lord, that man do and fulfil His will for creation.
A. Instruments that brings pleasure to God:
The greatest and most important is Man. Materials will be useless without the Man. God is constantly looking for a Man (Eze 22:30) as a usable vessel (2 Tim 2:20-21) that will bring pleasure to Him
B. God’s expectations for any man he uses are:
Bringing pleasure to God start from when we are available for His use (2 Cor 8:5) as God only uses the available to accomplish his plans (John 6:9-14). Availability are the key issues in presenting ourselves as living sacrifice (Rom 12:1-2); Where are thou? (Gen 3:9); and Whom shall I send? (Isa 6:9).
God’s move and his work progresses when men are available (Matt 4:18-22, Act 6:3-7, Exo 18:25-27).
Law of multiplicity (John 6:9-14), and increase (2 Kings 4:1-7) only thrives on the principle of availability. Transference of grace, power and spirit works on law of availability (2 Kings 2: 12-13, Num 11:16-30, Act 6:6)
Do not despise the available either Men (1 Sam 16:10-11) or Materials (Matt 25:18), God turns the despised, but available into glory (Psl 118:22). Using the available, brings pleasure to God and blessings to us (2 Kings 4:1-7, 1 Kings 17:8-16)
- Right Heart
Condition of the heart of those available is germane to bringing pleasure to the Lord. God tries the reins of the heart (and not the physical – 1 Sam 16:7) to know if our venison will be pleasurable to Him or not (Jere 17:10, 2 Chro 25:2). David, a man after God’s own heart (Act 13:22) constantly desires a right heart before the Lord (Psl 51:10). Right heart must be free from offenses, sincere, tender, obedience, trustworthy, and honest
God’s pleasure is that we prefer no other to Him even as He demands our absolute allegiance and trust to Him. God wanted a commitment from Israelite through Moses to use their freedom to serve him (Exo 3:12). Commitment is not holding back anything from the Lord, it endears us to God’s heart, triggers eternal blessings (Gen 22:15-18, 2 Sam 7), and it is force behind vows and pledges (Judges 11:30-40, 1 Sam 1:10-11,24-28)
Our commitment must be willing (1 Chro 29:5), purpose driven (Act 11:23), in love, and sacrificial.
Pastor Reuben Adeleye
RCCG Jesus House For All Nations