A Reclamation Process
God does not have a problem with us experiencing pleasure. However, our earthly pleasures are misguided. When He created Adam and Eve, He placed them in a garden called “Eden”. In its root form, “Eden” means “pleasure and delight”.
Man was originally created to tend God’s Garden of Pleasure and Delight! God wanted man to be fruitful and multiply – to increase God’s pleasure and delight. Mankind was the key component to expanding God’s pleasure and delight.
Did you ever think about the fact that God Himself walked with Adam and Eve in the garden? His pleasure and delight was increased when He could share it with His highest creation.
They walked together every day! God came in physical form to walk and share His pleasure and delight with them. Physical form… it was Jesus! Even then, He was enjoying His inheritance – until the fall of man.
Mankind fell when God’s pleasure was no longer primary in Adam and Eve’s thoughts. Their own pleasure became primary.
Jesus shed his blood, took those lashes, died, rose from the dead, ascended to Heaven – all so He could begin to restore his inheritance – His relationship sharing God’s pleasure and delight with man – with us!
In some respects it is a reclamation process. The process is not over; He is looking to each of us to do our part to restore His inheritance in its fullness.
Now consider this concept – Jesus is sitting in Heaven today, wanting to return for us, but has to wait. He is being retained in Heaven. See for yourself:
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you — even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets”. (Acts 3:19-22) NIV – Empahsis mine.
One of most successful lies of the enemy is that this verse is pointing to the future – deferred hope if you will. Look at verse 19 again, this time from the King James Version:
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19) KJV – Emphasis mine.
When we repent of asking God with impure motives; when we line our purposes up with Jesus’ inheritance; when our focus becomes God’s pleasure and delight – then the presence of the Lord comes. It brings refreshing as we know we are firmly planted in God’s will.
Jesus is waiting
God always intended His presence to be with us today – not at some distant point in the future. He is holding Jesus back until we get this and begin to function in it daily.
Like in the Garden of Eden, God wants to walk with us daily. However, instead of Jesus walking with us today, He sends His precious Holy Spirit.
This is the same Holy Spirit that breathed life into Adam. In the original Hebrew, the words breath and spirit are the same. This also applies in the Greek language.
When God breathed into Adam, He was depositing His Holy Spirit into him. This is what brought life into that old clay shell. It was subsequent to this that Jesus came and walked with him.
When we are born again today, the Holy Spirit of God comes and takes up residence inside us – just like Adam. We are still waiting to walk with Jesus as Adam did.
The irony is that we have that backwards. Jesus is waiting to walk with us. He is waiting for us to walk in the economy of Heaven.
We must begin by looking internally. Why do we pray what we pray? Why do we want something? Are we seeing through God’s eyes? Is this desire burning in God’s heart?
If we can answer, “Yes” to these questions, we will feel His presence and know we are on the right track. We have begun our part of the journey toward Jesus receiving His inheritance.
The wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, understood this principle. While Jesus had not died for our sins yet, Solomon’s main concern was God’s pleasure and delight.
Solomon built a lavish temple for God. Only the best materials, craftsmen, tools, utensils, etc. were used. It was God’s desire at that time. It brought God pleasure and delight.
Consequently, God made sure that there was enough of this elaborate provision for Solomon to have a majestic home of his own – a palace that had no earthly counterpart.
“When we live to tend to God’s pleasure and delight, He takes pleasure and delight in blessing us – and blessing us abundantly” (Eph. 3:20; Jn. 10:10).