Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

His Pleasure

Revelation 4:10 “The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne,  and worship Him that liveth forever and ever,  and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,”

The glory of having a crown in that day,  will be able to cast it at the feet of Jesus.

He deserves all the honor:  for He created us,  saved us,  sustained us, and brought us to the place of all joy;  heaven and His Presence forever.

This crown is truly our own;  we have “earned” it as a reward for our devotion to the Lord Jesus.   We could walk around heaven with it on, if we wanted to.

[There are three crowns spoken of in scripture:  the crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8) to them that love His appearing;   the crown of life (James 1:12) to them that love Him;  and the crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4) by feeding the flock of God, by being examples to the flock.]

But the real glory of having a crown;  is to cast it down at His feet.  

(I had a dream once.  That I had died,  and went to heaven.   I was in, what could be called a waiting room, for my turn to go in and stand before the Lord Jesus.  

At first I was overjoyed just to be there.  After all my failures,  I was glad I had made it.

But then,  I thought,  what do I have to give to Him,  Who gave so much for me?

And I felt a consuming sadness that I was empty-handed.        Nothing to give Jesus:  it was a terrible feeling.

When I woke up,  I could still feel it.)

He has shown me this verse, I read it everyday:

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy,  O Lord,  to receive glory and honor and power:  for Thou hast created all things,  and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.”

He created all things: By His Almighty Power He made something out of nothing.

And for Thy pleasure they are , and were created.  “Pleasure” here means determination.

If, indeed, we exist for His Pleasure/Determination,  what is His Pleasure where we are concerned?

It is to be reconciled to Him in all things. 

2 Corinthians 5:19-20 “To wit,  that God was in Christ,  reconciling the world unto Himself,  not imputing their trespasses unto them,  and have committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

                                         Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,  as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead,  be ye reconciled to God.”

This is to put first things first.   And it is in today’s situation that this must be done.  We can not wait for “better” opportunities,  or a “more convenient season”.

“Lord, I am here now, by Your pleasure;   In this set of circumstances.      May I adjust to them,  seek Your will in them,  and see Your will brought to pass in me, by them.”

I had a friend who worked with a person who was over her.   That person “disliked” her.   And my friend did not really like this person either.   

The work almost became intolerable.

But praying about it (she gave a testimony in church about this),  my friend knew that she was working with this person for a reason.

“It is your attitude.”  The Lord told her plainly.  “And when it changes,  then I will make the circumstances change.”

This person was really bossy to everyone;  almost nasty.  

But praying for help, my friend worked at letting this person deal with people their way.  

And when my friend’s attitude changed,  she saw this person in a new light:  God’s light.     And came to respect the person.

We are created for a purpose.   Saved for a purpose.   Guided into that purpose,  which is His Pleasure/Determination.

Will we be reconciled to Him, and our purpose?

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