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The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12.8-10, “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

So, as it was taught on Wednesday, going the extra mile with the Lord means not only to tolerate the situations that highlight your weaknesses so that you may overcome them and practise mastery of sin, you should also delight that His grace is sufficient for you, and that in your weaknesses His power is made perfect. It was taught, “Learning to delight in weaknesses so that God’s power can be made perfect in you is the first step for all overcomers.”[1]

As it was said, so it must be revealed what delight is. For if we do not understand what delight is, how can we delight in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties, as Paul said he did? If what is valuable in the eyes of men is detestable to the eyes of God, then what is delightful in the eyes of men must be abominable in the eyes of God.

The Lord said that men delighted in sacred oaks[2]– which are the idol worship of men in the church and the false gods the world runs after; that we delight in our own ways and our abominations[3]– which are the doctrines and traditions of the church and the lies of the world; and that we delight in the Lord’s sanctuary, the stronghold in which the church takes pride, the delight of its eyes and the object of its affection.

The stronghold of the church is its reputation of being alive that has drawn and attracted the bodies and souls of men- the delight of its eyes is the richness it thinks it has and that it does not need a thing, and the object of its affection is Satan’s so-called deep secrets, which have the appearance of wisdom, just like Satan masquerades as an angel of light. But what sort of secrets are they really when they have come from the father of lies? Aren’t they just lies?

The church does not have the ability to tell the difference betweens lies that come in the guise of wisdom and the truth, because it does not obey the command to listen to Jesus at the standard to which it is called. They think that wine mixed with gall is the real drink, and the water that had been changed into good wine is suitable for washing of the feet only.

Yet what does our Lord delight in? “Let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on Earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord in Jeremiah 9.24. How different we are from the Lord! And isn’t that difference in itself a sin? For we can look at sin the way the church has been teaching us to look at sin- for out of men’s hearts does come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.[4]

But if we think about it, sin is really about our state of “un-oneness” with God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they sinned because by their disobedience to the Lord’s command, they declared their “un-oneness” with God. When Israel refused to come close to the Lord, and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die,”[5] the Lord gave them hundreds of commands so that by their obedience to His laws and commands, they may remain one with Him, even if they chose to stay far away in distant worship. Such is the danger of distant worship, we can lead ourselves astray so easily because we will be unable to discern the truth and our hearts will not be earnest to repent.

And Jesus. Jesus has given us the glory that the Father gave Him, so that we may be one as They are One. The Father told us to listen to Jesus, and by our listening to Jesus, which includes our practice of His words and listening to the Holy Spirit, we are obeying the Father’s command and we declare ourselves one with the Lord. This is like the outward sign of circumcision and the Sabbath.

But how can the glory that Jesus gave us be glorified again and again unless we listen to Him at the standard to which we have been called? How can we be in Them so that the world may believe that the Father had sent Jesus, if we do not listen to Jesus at the standard to which we have been called? That is why Jesus was God’s sin offering for the world and He became sin, but He is not a sinner and did not sin, because He is One with the Father and the Holy Spirit at all times.

Sin is not about this thing you said or that thing you did. It is the whole package. Sin is our state of “un-oneness” with the Lord, the Lord and the Lord. Sure, we overcome one thing at a time, our pride, our envy, our greed and so on, through each situation that is brought about or each event that the Lord allows to happen in our lives. But take a step back and look at the mountain itself.

It is the mountain of “un-oneness” with the Lord, the Lord and the Lord that we must flatten because it stands in the Way of Holiness. How can we move this mountain of sin unless we have a mustard seed of faith in Jesus and in God? And it is NOT that we lack that prerequisite mustard seed of faith, because by and large, the church does have faith and probably asks the same request the disciples did to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” But the question is, do we apply our faith in constant daily practice of Jesus’ words to prove His words true, and delight in all successes and failures?

Because, back to delight- the delight of this age and in the age to come is simply this: the acknowledgement by the world that Jesus loves the Father and that He does exactly what the Father has commanded Him.

Is it possible for the WHOLE WORLD- ALL PEOPLE- to acknowledge that Jesus loves the Father and that He does exactly what the Father commanded Him? Of course it is! And I don’t even have to look at Scripture and quote, with God all things are possible.

Didn’t the world once think the world was flat? Doesn’t the whole world now acknowledge that the world is not flat, but in fact is round? Shouldn’t anyone who says otherwise stand corrected or be ridiculed?

So how is the world going to learn about this? It starts with you and with your testimony and it starts again when Jesus comes back to reign. I do not know all the details but I know this. The acknowledgement of the world that Jesus loves the Father and that He does exactly what the Father has commanded Him is not enough. It’s not a complete sentence.

The delight of this age and in the age to come must be the acknowledgement of the world that Jesus loves the Father and that He does exactly what the Father has commanded Him, BECAUSE GOD THE FATHER IS GOOD AND HE IS RIGHTEOUS. Can you imagine living in a world where all acknowledge that the Father is good and righteous, as surely as they acknowledge that the sky is blue?

This is not even a matter of the extra mile, or Jesus’ opinion about the Father. It is the truth and the world must learn that the Father is good and He is righteous, and that is why Jesus loves Him and does exactly what the Father commanded Him. He laid down His life and took it up again. Jesus committed Himself to His Father’s will and committed His Spirit into the Father’s hands.

So when Paul said that he delighted in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties, and when he was weak, then he was strong, do not judge his words by mere appearances but make a right judgment as to what delight in the eyes of the Lord might be. Delight to the world is the joy that is brought about by things or persons you love. But it is more than that to the Lord because in all things, always, always, always remember that God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are consumed with jealousy for Each Other. And to be one with Them even in Their delights, is to delight in the way They are jealous for One Another and understand that glory for One Another comes first.

Delighting in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties will be difficult if you apply the world’s understanding to delight. But delight in the eyes of the Lord, the Lord and the Lord in this age and in the age to come is the acknowledgement that the Father is good and He is righteous, and that is why Jesus loves Him and He does exactly what the Father commanded Him.

Therefore, our delight in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties must be our acknowledgement that the Father is good and He is righteous, no matter what is happening to us and to the people we love and to the world around us, for distress unequalled since the beginning of the world will come. And how can you find delight in all this, unless you firmly believe and know and understand that GOD IS JUSTICE?

This is true delight to those who profess to love God and trust in God, and that is why the power of delight, being a power of the age to come, and the understanding of the power and its application, has been given to us NOW so that we may overcome. I thank the Lord that the closer we listen, the more understanding will be given to us.[6]

For if we fight to overcome but have not delight in our hearts, we will easily fall away because the spirit is willing but the body is weak. Look to Jesus: even when He was nailed on the cross and having insults heaped on Him from those who will one day benefit from the salvation that comes in His Name, He was still delighting in the mercy of His Father because He said, “Father, forgive them for they do not what they are doing.” That is Jesus’ delight in the Father that the Father is good.

We will experience troubles, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, dangers, sword, weaknesses, insults and difficulties for they will come. Jesus said so. They will come into our lives and they will come into the world- how we react to it is our choice. Our love can go cold, we can deny knowing Jesus, we can fall away, OR, we can find delight in the darkest situations and find that pearl of great value as the merchant did in the field. And even if that pearl is the size of a mustard seed, you will hold on to that pearl because you truly believe with all your heart that the Father is GOOD and RIGHTEOUS. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. When your delight is in the truth that the Father is good and righteous, and when your delight has become your treasure, it is not even a matter of choice that you want to defend that treasure with your life and your resurrection.

There is no choice if you firmly believe in what you believe in, for then you must live it, otherwise you are a hypocrite.

There is no choice if you have lost your head for your testimony for Jesus and of the word of God.

There is no choice if you who just want Jesus to be back.

There is no choice if you just want to see Jesus’ face when He is crowned KING.

There is no choice if you just want to see the face of a proud Father when He presents His Son’s bride to Him.

There is no choice if you long for the day when everything is made NEW.

There is no choice if you want to see Death locked away for all eternity.

There is no choice if you just want to be with Jesus.

There is no choice but to think, say, do and be the exact way the Father desires, because His ways alone are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His words are eternal and only the stature of Jesus has the Father placed His seal of approval on.

Did Jesus have a choice? In fact He did for He too had freewill. But did He really have a choice if He wanted to glorify the Father in the exact way They agreed on and wanted? No. The choice was so narrow it was but one.

There will be no choice if you have committed your life into the hands of the Father and your spirit into the hands of the Holy Spirit.

But you do have a choice in this: For you can be bitter and doubt God when persecution and hardship come upon you, or you can delight in your acknowledgement that the Father is good and righteous, and love Him and do what He commands you- come what may.

Praise be to God. Blessed is the Lord when we delight in the fear of the Lord and find great delight in His commands.


 

[1] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2007/03.01.2007_BookOfHisGraceI.pdf

[2] Isaiah 1.29

[3] Isaiah 66.3

[4] Mark 7.21

[5] Exodus 20.19

[6] Mark 4.24 [NLT]

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