Purpose Driven Life (part 5)

PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE (Part 5)

You Were Created For God’s Pleasure

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)     INTRODUCTION – IN Revelation 4:11 (NLT) IT SAYS,  “YOU CREATED EVERYTHING, AND IT IS FOR YOUR PLEASURE THAT THEY EXIST AND WERE CREATED.  PSALM 149:4A “THE LORD TAKES PLEASURE IN HIS PEOPLE.”  THE MOMENT YOU WERE BORN INTO THE WORLD, GOD WAS THERE AS AN UNSEEN WITNESS AND YOUR ARRIVAL INTO THE WORLD GAVE HIM GREAT PLEASURE.  GOD DID NOT NEED TO CREATE YOU BUT HE CHOSE TO CREATE YOU FOR HIS PLEASURE AND HIS ENJOYMENT.  IF YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND THIS TRUTH YOU SHOULD AGAIN FEEL INSIGNIFICANT, UNLOVED OR MARGINALIZED.  YOU ARE THAT IMPORTANT TO GOD AND HE IS PREPARING A PLACE FOR YOU TO LIVE WITH HIM FOR ETERNITY, IF YOU ARE ONE OF HIS. THE BIBLE SAYS, “BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE GOD HAD ALREADY DECIDED THAT THROUGH JESUS CHRIST HE WOULD MAKE US HIS CHILDREN  – THIS WAS HIS PLEASURE AND HIS PURPOSE. Eph 1:5 (TEV) ONE OF THE GREATEST GIFTS GOD HAS GIVEN US AS HUMAN BEINGS IS THE ABILITY TO FEEL PLEASURE.  HE WIRED YOU WITH FIVE SENSES AND YOUR EMOTIONS SO THAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE PLEASURE.  HE WANTS YOU TO ENJOY LIFE YOUR LIFE, NOT JUST ENDURE IT.

II)    BRINGING PLEASURE TO GOD IS CALLED “WORSHIP”.

A)   THE BIBLE SAYS, “THE LORD IS PLEASED ONLY WITH THOSE WHO WORSHIP HIM AND TRUST HIS LOVE.” PS 147:11 (CEV)

B)   ANTHROPOLOGISTS HAVE NOTED THAT WORSHIIP IS A UNIVERSAL URGE.  IT IS HARD WIRED INTO THE VERY FIBER OF OUR NATURE BY GOD.

C)   THE REASON THAT GOD MADE US THIS WAY IS THAT HE DESIRES WORSHIPERS.  JESUS SAID, “THE FATHER SEEKS WORSHIPERS.” JOHN 4:23 Joh 4:23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (NIV)

D)   WE NEED TO EXPAND OUR CONCEPT OF WORSHIP.   WHEN WORSHIP IS MENTIONED, YOU MAY THINK OF CHURCH SERVICES WITH SINGING, PRAYING OR LISTENING TO A SERMON, OR YOU MAY THINK OF CEREMONIES, CANDLES, AND COMMUNION, OR YOU MAY THINK OF HEALING, MIRACLES AND ECSTATIC EXPERIENCES.

E)   WORSHIP CAN INCLUDE ALL OF THESE BUT IT IS FAR MORE.  WORSHIP IS A LIFESTYLE.

F)    WORSHIP IS FAR MORE THAN MUSIC.  EVERY PART OF A CHURCH SERVICE SHOULD BE AN ACT OF WORSHIP:  PRAYING, SCRIPTURE READING, SINGING, CONFESSION, LISTENING TO A SERMON, GIVING AN OFFERING, RECEIVING COMMUNION OR BEING BAPTIZED.

G)   WORSHIP IS CERTAINLY NOT A STYLE OF MUSIC.  IT CAN BE FAST, SLOW, LOUD OR SOFT, OLD OR NEW.  IT IS WORSHIP IF IT IS OFFERED TO GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.  THERE IS NO BIBLICAL STYLE OF MUSIC.  MANY OF OUR MODERN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WERE AROUND WHEN THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN.

III)   WORSHIP IS NOT FOR YOUR BENEFIT (BUT IT DOES BENEFIT YOU).

A)   WE DON’T WORSHIP TO PLEASE OURSELVES BUT TO BRING GLORY AND PLEASURE TO OUR CREATOR.

B)   IN ISAIAH 29 GOD COMPLAINS ABOUT WORSHIP THAT IS HALF-HEARTED AND HYPOCRITICAL.  THE PEOPLE WERE OFFERING GOD STALE PRAYERS, INSINCERE PRAISE, EMPTY WORDS AND RITUALS WITHOUT EVER THINKING ABOUT THE MEANING.  “THESE PEOPLE COME NEAR TO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH AND HONOR ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEARTS ARE FAR FROM ME.  THEIR WORSHIP OF ME IS MADE UP OF ONLY OF RULES TAUGHT BY MEN.” ISAIAH 29:13 (NIV)

IV)  WORSHIP IS NOT PART OF YOUR LIFE – IT IS YOUR LIFE.

A)   WORSHIP IS NOT JUST FOR CHURCH SERVICES.  WE ARE TOLD TO “WORSHIP HIM CONTINUALLY” PS 105:4 (TEV) AND “TO PRAISE HIM FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET”. PS 113:3 (LB)

B)   PRAISE THE FIRST THING YOU DO EACH MORNING AND THE LAST THING YOU DO AT NIGHT.  DAVID SAID, “I WILL THANK THE LORD AT ALL TIMES.  MY MOUTH WILL ALWAYS PRAISE HIM.” PS 34:1 (GWT)

C)   EVERY ACTIVITY CAN BE TRANSFORMED INTO AN ACT O WORSHIP WHEN YOU DO IT FOR THE PRAISE, GLORY, AND PLEASURE OF GOD.

D)   THE BIBLE SAYS “SO WHETHER YOU EAT OR DRINK OR WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.” 1 COR 10:31 (NIV)

E)   THE BIBLE ALSO SAYS, “WHATEVER YOU DO, WORK AT IT WITH ALL YOU HEART, AS WORKING FOR THE LORD, NOT FOR MEN.” COL 3:23 (NIV)

F)    THE MESSAGE PARAPHRASE OF THIS VERSE IS, “TAKE YOU EVERYDAY, ORDINARY LIFE – YOUR SLEEPING, EATING, GOING-TO-WORK, AND WALKING-AROUND LIFE –AND PLACE IT BEFORE GOD AS AN OFFERING.” ROM 12:1 (MSG)

G)   WORK BECOMES WORSHIP WHEN YOU DEDICATE IT TO GOD AND PERFORM IT WITH AN AWARENESS OF HIS PRESENCE.

V)   CONCLUSION – PSALM 149:4A (TEV) SAYS “THE LORD TAKES PLEASURE IN HIS PEOPLE.”   DO WE BELIEVE THIS?  I HOPE SO!  SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE A WRONG CONCEPT OF GOD.   THEY THINK THAT GOD WANTS THEIR LIFE TO ONE OF DRUDGERY   HE WANTS TO TAKE ALL THE “FUN” OUT OF LIFE – THAT HE IS BORING.  OUR HUMAN SEXUALITY CAN BE A GREAT SOURCE OF PLEASURE, BUT IT CAN BE ONE OF THE GREATEST SOURCES OF PAIN WHEN IT IS PERVERTED AND ABUSED.    THE GOD WE SERVE IS THE GOD THAT CREATED THIS BEAUTIFUL PLANET AND ALL THE DIVERSITY AND BEAUTY FOR OUR ENJOYMENT. GOD WANTS YOU TO ENJOY LIFE, AND TO BRING PLEASURE TO HIM BY WORSHIPING HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.

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