Life, Joy, And Pleasures


Psalms 16:11: “You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”


He will show us the path of life: God will not only show us the way to life, but once we have received this life, He will show us the path of life. He will give us direction and guidance for our life showing us how to live this life. He does not leave us to walk this path by ourselves but has come to dwell in us and to help us.

In His presence is fullness of joy: This joy comes forth from our spiritual life we have received in connection with Christ. This joy is superior to a joy that is received in connection with this world. It is a “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). This joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit. If we want joy in our life then we must put forth an effort to dwell in the presence of God.

At His right hand there are pleasures for evermore: These are eternal pleasures and we can begin to enjoy some of them now. These include the pleasure of His presence, answers to prayer, wisdom, knowledge, and strength. God has made it all possible. It is up to us.

In The Ages To Come


Ephesians 2:7: “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”


In the ages to come: This refers to endlessness and eternity; ages without end.

He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us: He will show forth and display for all to see the extraordinary, extreme, riches of His grace as expressed in His kindness toward us. His kindness that He will reveal toward us shall surpass all expectation or imagination. He will demonstrate an abundance of goodness, kindness, and generosity toward us throughout all eternity. It will be through Christ Jesus and will be unending.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God has prepared for them that love Him”
1 Corinthians 2:9

Walk Worthy Of The Lord


Colossians 1:10: “Walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”


Walk worthy of the Lord: Our life is to have worth. It is to be lived in agreement and conformity with Him. He is the measure of worth and the more we become like Him the more worthy we are of Him. This scripture gives us three ways that we can walk worthy of the Lord.
1.  Unto all pleasing: We are to live our life in order to please the Lord and give Him pleasure. Pleasing the Lord involves following His will for our life. We are to be an extension of and fulfillment of His will. Jesus lived His life like this. Over and over He said, “I came not to do My own will but the will of Him that sent Me.” And the Father spoke from heaven saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Being a pleasure to the Lord is to walk in obedience to His word and His will. In so doing we shall walk worthy of Him.
2. Being fruitful in every good work:  Our life is to be productive in every good work. We are a product of the God; “It is He that has made us and not we ourselves” (Psalms 100:3). “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

We are to be productive in good works: Our life is to glorify the Father. “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My disciples” (John 15:8). Jesus gives us the key to being fruitful. “He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
1.  Increasing in the knowledge of God:  We are to be growing into the full knowledge of God. This comes about in two ways. We grow into a fuller knowledge of Him through His word and through personal interaction with Him. As we abide in Him and He abides in us we will grow in our knowledge of Him. As our minds are renewed by the Holy Spirit, our teacher and guide, we will increase in our knowledge of and experience of God.

If we live to please the Lord in everything we do, are fruitful in every good work, and increase in our knowledge of God, then we will walk worthy of the Lord.

There Is Liberty


2 Corinthians 3:17: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”


There is liberty: There is freedom in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
1.  Freedom from the flesh:  “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). The flesh and the Spirit are contrary the one to the other so if we are walking in the Spirit we can’t be walking in the flesh.
2.  Freedom from condemnation:  “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).
3.  Freedom from ignorance: “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).
4.  Freedom from a troubled heart:  The Spirit is the Comforter. He will comfort us.

Be filled with the Spirit: As we are filled with the Spirit we shall be filled with freedom. We can live above the circumstances and walk in victory and peace.

In Everything We Are Enriched


1 Corinthians 1:4-5: “The grace of God is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing you are enriched by Him.”


The grace of God is given by Jesus Christ:
1.  God’s Grace:  The unmerited, undeserved divine assistance of God is given to us. It comes to us as a friendly, loving act of God’s kindness. God’s grace is the channel through which all of His blessings are bestowed upon us. By His grace we are saved and sanctified to a life that is higher and nobler than that of the flesh.
2.  By Jesus Christ:  God’s grace is in Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). If we abide in Christ Jesus then we are partakers of God’s grace. Our relationship with Jesus affects the flow of God’s grace into our heart and life. Maintaining this relationship is by faith and obedience.

That in everything we are enriched by Him: We are made rich through God’s grace and in Jesus Christ with a spiritual, eternal life. The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. We are enriched in everything; in every part of our life and in every day.

Trust In The Lord


Nahum 1:7: “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knows them that trust in Him.”


The Lord is good: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him” (Matthew 7:11).
1.  A strong hold in the day of trouble:  When trouble comes our way, the Lord is our secure refuge and defense. He is our shelter and protection against the evil that comes our way. We are sheltered in the arms of God.
2.  He knows them that trust in Him:  He knows when we are truly trusting in Him. He not only knows when we are trusting in Him but He knows us. He also knows the trouble we might be in. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6), however, He is pleased when we place our faith in Him. He will respond to our situation and our need because God is love. He will not neglect those that trust in Him.

“The Lord is near unto all them that call upon Him,
to all that call upon Him in truth” (Psalms 145:18).
So “Seek the Lord while He may be found,
call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6).

The Person That Is Blessed

Psalms 1:1-3: “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law he meditates day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.”


If we want to be blessed then we must follow the instruction of the Lord. 
What the blessed person does not do: 
1.  Walks not in the counsel of the ungodly: There are ungodly people around who are ready to counsel us in the decisions we need to make, the things we should do and the direction our life should take. We must not live our life according to ideas, advice and recommendations of these people. They don’t have the insight of God’s word nor do they have the mind of Christ and they don’t have the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
2.  Stands not in the way of sinners:  Following the counsel of the ungodly will cause us to stand in the way of sinners. We must not live our life in the way that sinners do. They are guided by the lusts of the flesh the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. They are hindered by the cares, the riches, and the pleasures of this world. “They walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”.
3.  Sits not in the seat of the scornful:  The scornful feel anger and look down on or in a negative way toward others. They see themselves as being better than others. They express these feelings and attitudes towards others in words and actions.

What the blessed person does:
1.  Delights in the law of the Lord:  These find great pleasure in the word of God. They spend a great amount of time in the word of God. They seek counsel from the word of God as to the decisions they should make, the things they should do and the direction of their life. We must live our life according to the word of God and be guided by the Spirit of God. We place our faith in God and walk by faith when we follow God’s word and His Spirit.

The results: The blessed person will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water; having all of their needs met. The blessed person will bring forth fruit and accomplish that for which they are intended. They shall not be hindered and suffer lose. They shall thrive and succeed.

Running The Race


Hebrews 12:2: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”


Life is like race with hurdles: We face obstacles, difficulties, problems, and barriers. The following tells us how to overcome these things and be victorious.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: Jesus is the origin and the maker of our faith. He brings our faith into existence. He is the giver of our faith. He also is the finisher of our faith. He increases our faith as it is needed and He brings it to completion. We must look to Jesus for our help. He is our ever-present help in our time of need.

Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross: He despised the shame but He endured. We can endure, hold up, continue and be victorious because He is with us. The joy was set and prepared before Him. It was His resurrection, ascension, glorification, and sitting down at the right hand of the throne of God. There is a joy that is set before us and we must never forget that. The joy set before us is a new body, our ascension into heaven, a new home, reunion with friends and loved ones, the presence of God to name a few. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). There is more joy set before us than we can imagine so let us run the race with patience.

Our Relationship With God


2 Corinthians 6:16: “You are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”


We are the temple of the living God: A temple is a meeting place of God and man. We are a place of communion and fellowship with God. “Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in us” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

We are His people: We belong to God for we are His. “We are not our own for we have been bought with a price. Therefore we are to glorify God in our body and in our spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

He is our God: He is the all powerful one to and for us. He is all knowledge and wisdom to and for us. He has given Himself for us and to us.

He dwells in us and walks in us: He has come to stay. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will be with us always, even to the end of the world. He is with us when we lie down at night and when we get up in the morning. He is with us as we go our way through each day and when we come back in. He is here for us. Our awareness of Him is up to us. What do you do each day to awaken to and enjoy His presence? Daily spending time with Him in the word of God and in prayer and worship is the key.

Beware


Colossians 2:8: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”


Beware: This comes as a warning. We are to be cautious and take heed.

Lest any spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit: We must be on guard as others try to lead us away from the truth through the wisdom of man and of the world or through their unprofitable deceiving lies and dishonesty.

After the tradition of men: These include man’s interpretations that have been handed down from generation to generation. These consist of beliefs and ways of doing things. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days. These things are a shadow of things to come” (Colossians 2:16-17).

After the rudiments of the world: These are delusive speculations of cults and other religious theories.

And not after Christ: The teachings of Christ and the word of God are to be our one true source of authority for our beliefs and practices. Our intellect, traditions, and experiences must be in agreement with Christ and the word of God or we need to forget them and turn away from them. We are to “try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

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