Pleasure: Our Commanded Blessing
By Margaret D. Mitchell
1 Thessalonians 5:16 TPT says, “Let pleasure be your continuous feast.”
1 Peter 1:8-9 TPT say, “…by way of believing in him you might be saturated with an ecstatic pleasure, indescribably elegant and immersed in glory. For you might be reaping the harvest of your religion—the total salvation promised you—your souls’ victory!”
Based on the Tyndale Bible Dictionary, there are two distinct sorts of pleasure: One is a sense, which is not commanded. The opposite is an motion, which is commanded.
With regard to pleasure being a sense, this dictionary says, “Pleasure is a sense known as forth by well-being, success, or luck. An individual routinely experiences it due to sure favorable circumstances. It can’t be commanded” (Ps 137:1-6).
With regard to pleasure being an motion, this similar dictionary says, “There’s a pleasure that Scripture instructions. That pleasure is motion that may be engaged in no matter how the particular person feels. Pleasure in hostile circumstances is feasible solely as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, who’s current in each Christian” (Mt 5:11-12, Phil 4:4, 1 Thes 5:16, Jas 1:2).
Galatians 5:22 TPT affirms this by saying, “However the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit inside you is divine love in all its different expressions: pleasure that overflows, peace that subdues, persistence that endures, kindness in motion, a life filled with advantage, religion that prevails, gentleness of coronary heart, and energy of spirit. By no means set the regulation above these qualities, for they’re meant to be limitless.”
Limitless, overflowing pleasure, like all of the fruit of the Spirit, is an expression of the love and victory we’ve got in Christ (Ps 21:1).
So this divine victory, expressed as pleasure, is what we’ve got within us—sealed in our spirit as believers. And, it might overflow as we rejoice in The Lord, no matter circumstance.
God tremendously honors our intentional option to rejoice in Him, regardless of enemy resistance.
Romans 5:2 says, “…as we carry on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory,” “unbelievable pleasure bursts forth inside us.”
Proverbs 28:12 TPT tells us, “The triumphant pleasure of God’s lovers releases nice glory…”
Rejoicing in The Lord honors God, which invitations Him to pour out His Spirit, not solely by way of us like a fountain, but in addition upon us from Heaven above.
I’ve skilled this many instances throughout reward and worship classes, particularly when my coronary heart’s cry has been determined.
There’s nothing extra overwhelmingly satisfying, joyful and highly effective than the tangible, superb Presence of Almighty God, the place all of His fruit is expressed as love.
Psalm 84:10 TPT says, “For simply sooner or later of intimacy with you is sort of a thousand days of pleasure rolled into one!…”
For those who’ve by no means skilled this degree of intimate pleasure, I invite you to attempt:
Play some worship music.
Worship God for an hour, focusing solely on Him.
Then, see what occurs.
A breaking by way of of enemy resistance right into a heavenly realm happens.
In God’s Glory-Presence, much more breakthrough happens (Ps 35:9, 51:12, 145:7)!
Peace, revelation and therapeutic happens as the ability of God is launched.
So, when you want a elevate from no matter is weighing you down, rejoice in The Lord.
Pleasure is our energy.
We all know this from Nehemiah 8:10 AMPC, which instructions us to, “…be not grieved and depressed, for the enjoyment of the Lord is your energy and stronghold.”
Associates, we’ve got a call to make to stay on the aspect of victory by deliberately selecting to rejoice in The Lord with gladness, it doesn’t matter what our circumstances or how we really feel.
Romans 12:12 TPT encourages us to let our “hope burst forth inside you, releasing a continuous pleasure. Don’t surrender in a time of bother, however commune with God always.”
Pleasure is a mighty weapon—as an escape from enemy traps (Pr 29:6 TPT) and a protecting masking that the enemy can’t enter into (Ps 5:11-12 TPT)!
Associates, we’ve got a lot to be joyful for, starting with our salvation. God has seated us in highly effective victory. He has the ultimate Phrase over our circumstances after we belief and obey Him (Ps 28:7, 119:2, 14; Pr eight:32).
Psalm 119:56 TPT reveals, “All this pleasure is mine as I comply with your methods!”
Associates, my prayer for you is that this…
Lord, Thank You for revealing to us “the pathways to life” and for filling us with “euphoria” (Acts 2:28 TPT)!
“…Let all of them be glad, those that flip apart to cover themselves in you. Might they hold shouting for pleasure eternally! Overshadow them in your presence as they sing and rejoice. Then each lover of your identify will burst forth with countless pleasure. Lord, how splendidly you bless the righteous. Your favor wraps round each and covers them beneath your cover of kindness and pleasure” (Ps 5:11-12 TPT)
Lord, Might Your energy be our “track of pleasure. At each dawn,” might the “lyrics of” Your “love fill the air!” Might You turn into our “glory-fortress, a stronghold in” our “day of misery” (Ps 59:16 TPT).
Lord, Might Your victory heap blessing after blessing upon us as we rejoice earlier than Your face (Ps 21:6). And, might Your Phrases of knowledge carry us pleasure…for Kingdom functions (Pr eight:34).
In Jesus’ Mighty Title.
“Now might God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable pleasure and excellent peace as you belief in him. And should the ability of the Holy Spirit frequently encompass your life along with his super-abundance till you radiate with hope!” (Ro 15:13 TPT)!
“Go ahead–sing your brand-new track to the Lord! He’s well-known for his miracles and marvels, for he’s victorious by way of his mighty energy and holy energy” (Ps 98:1 TPT).
To God be the glory!
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founding father of God’s Love at Work, a market outreach purposed to share God’s best energy supply – the love of Christ. This devotional was tailored from Margaret’s forthcoming guide, Enduring Grace. All rights reserved.