The word enjoy means to experience, delight in, get pleasure from, or take pleasure in. When you enjoy being with your best friend, you are not concerned with performance, achievements, or producing anything. Quite the opposite; the enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction are in your friendship and journey together.
So should it be with our Lord, Jesus Christ. When you enjoy The Lord, you should not be concerned with your performance, achievements, or producing anything. Quite the opposite; the enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction are in your friendship and journey together.
Abraham and Sarah
“Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12) Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”(Genesis 18: 11 & 12)
Notice, Sarah did not say, “How can I conceive a son at this age? No, she said, “… After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” (bolding mine)
As adults, we are aware of how children are conceived. This coming together of a husband and wife should be enjoyable, pleasurable, and satisfying. But, apparently, Abraham, being about ten years older than Sarah, was past the age of being enjoyable, pleasuring, or satisfying to her.
We have all heard stories of a couple that desperately desired to have children, but had difficulty in conceiving so; they decided to seek out a doctor to get help. Often they go on a regimented schedule to come together. Then, before long, the couple began to feel like what was supposed to be an enjoyable, pleasurable, and satisfying experience became a chore or duty. Then they decided to stop performing. And instead enjoy, take pleasure in, and be satisfied with one another. They again began to enjoy their relationship and marriage. As a consequence, they miraculously conceived and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl or boy.
Do You Often Feel Obligated?
Remember when you first got saved? In all probability, you found yourself in a relationship with your new Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ that brought you joy, strength, faith, unspeakable pleasure, and satisfaction. Regrettably, for all too many, as time passes by, life and the circumstances of life begin to sneak in. Consequently, before he or she knows it, their relationship with The Lord starts to lose some of its enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction. As a result, before too long, the time that was spent with The Lord began to feel like a chore or a duty. Then, sadly, he or she begins to feel like it is their duty, their chore, their obligation, to try and please The Lord.
Some examples of obligation and duty may be:
- I have to pray _________ (however long) a day.
- I have to read _________ Chapters of His Word a day.
- I am tired of praying the same thing day after day.
- Praying wears me out.
- I have to Worship
- I have to do this or that so The Lord will be pleased with me
- I have to feel this way or that way, or I will be displeasing to The Lord.
and so on...
You get my point. That person settles in and accepts the hopelessness and depression that is trying to overcome them. He or she may be feeling or saying things like, “What is wrong with me? Lord, if You will only tell me, I will do whatever You say.” Perhaps he or she may even wonder if they will make it to Heaven. ???
I encourage you, just as the couple I mentioned earlier did, give up feeling like you are obligated to perform a chore or duty. Choose and determine in your heart to enjoy and take pleasure in your relationship with The Lord, Jesus Christ. When you do, just as Sarah experienced, you will find that life has become enjoyable, pleasurable, and satisfying. And you will again desire and long for what had become a chore or duty.
Father's Favor, His Preferential Treatment
If you have ever flown first class in an airplane, you have experienced the cabin crew giving you first-class treatment. The Steward or Stewardess will ask if you would like a magazine to read, and if so which one. They give you a blanket if you are cold. You eat the best food. They are careful to ask you, “Is everything okay? Is there anything you would like?” You are given preferential treatment compared to those who are traveling in economy class.
In the Scriptures, God’s Grace is defined as “Undeserved, Unearned and Unmerited Favor.” Favor is, “Preferential Treatment”! Today, Father would Love for you to know that you have His Favor, His Preferential Treatment on you. He would Love for you to know that He gives you Preferential Treatment which you do not deserve. And He would Love for you to depend on and take full advantage of His Favor, His Unmerited Favor, His Preferential Treatment in your life.
Your Father’s desire is for you to know that His Favor, His Preferential Treatment in your life can be increased. You can experience more of His Favor and His Preferential Treatment every day. How? His Word says, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2) God’s Grace Favor and Preferential Treatment) is “multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” This means the more you behold Jesus and His Unconditional Love for you, the more you believe and confess that Father’s Favor, His Preferential Treatment is on you, the more you will see His Favor and Preferential Treatment at work for you.
Let me give you examples. If you are a remodeling contractor, a plumber, or a lawyer, you will find people favoring you, and you will have more customers than you can handle. If you are a businessman, you will find people that will do business with you because they like you, your honesty and integrity, and they feel good about you. It does not matter what your occupation is. You will have more business than you can handle and it won’t be long, and you will need to plan for expansion! Then, when people wonder and ask, “What is happening?” you can tell them, “It is The Favor, the Preferential Treatment of God, my Heavenly Father, multiplied all over me!” And it is all undeserved, unearned and unmerited!
It is so much easier for us to believe that we must do something or perform in some way to receive anything from God, our Father. I used to walk around feeling disqualified and unworthy. And sadly, most of the people I know are living their lives feeling the same way, feeling disqualified and unworthy. How sad for our Father that Loves us Unconditionally. He made every Provision for His beloved children that He possibly can. Jesus Christ, His Son, paid the price in full on The Cross at Calvary and was Resurrected from the grave TOTALLY VICTORIOUS so that we can live our lives as He Is. “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17 bolding mine)
The only qualification for us to receive Father’s Favor, His Preferential Treatment, His Total Provision in every area of our lives, is to believe, wholly trust, rest in Him, and become established by His Grace as we receive His Unconditional Love for us.
The Faith Of Abraham
“For this reason it is by faith, that it might be in accordance with grace, in order that the promise may be certain to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all” (Romans 4:16)
Like a password gives you access to your bank account, so faith enables you to walk in God’s Unmerited Favor, His Preferential Treatment. Now, faith has nothing to do with what you do or what you can do. Faith is unquestionably believing, trusting, and declaring what Father has done and is doing for you.
When you believe that Father’s Favor, His Preferential Treatment, is on you because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on The Cross at Calvary, His Promises of Provision, Healing, and Restoration become dependable and certain to you. They are not just dependable and certain because you are, “… of the faith of Abraham...”
Ruth was a Gentile widow who put her faith in God’s Grace. She believed and declared that God’s Favor would lead her to the right field in which to glean, where she would find favor in the owner’s sight. “So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor…” (Ruth 2:2) Because she depended on God’s Unmerited Favor, His Preferential Treatment, God not only placed her in wealthy Boaz’s field, but also in the genealogy of Jesus! “Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse.” (Matthew 1:5)
Ruth’s faith in God’s Favor opened up a whole new world for her. She went from poverty to supply, widowhood to marriage, and from being childless to having a family. She also became a respected member of the community. “So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14) Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! 15) “And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” (Ruth 4:13–15)
If Ruth, a Gentile who lived under The Old Covenant of The Law, enjoyed God’s Favor and His Preferential Treatment, how much more will we, who are under The New Covenant of Grace enjoy the Blessings that the Unmerited Favor and Preferential Treatment of Father brings to us! In fact, because Father sees us in His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ today, we enjoy the same Favor and Preferential Treatment that Jesus has! “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5) having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6) to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:3–6)
When you believe that you have the same Favor, the same Preferential Treatment that Jesus Christ has, a whole new world will open up to you — a world where all of Father’s Promises are “Yes” and “Amen” in Jesus Christ our Lord! “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NAS)
Be aware that all attributes of The Most High God are capitalized out of love, respect, and reverence for The Trinity. Also, be aware that the name satan, related names, and attributes are not capitalized. I choose not to acknowledge or exemplify him even to the point of going against grammatical rules.