Pleasing God or seeking pleasures?Bro. David Chancellor
6/13/1999 11:00 AM
When Moses was of age, after being given through his growing up years the best that Egypt had to offer, he refused to be called the son of Pharaohs daughter, choosing rather to be affiliated with the people of God. He understood that being an Israelite was important. His early teaching under his own mother's care won out. He chose to suffer with the enslaved Israelites rather than the honors and pleasures of sin for a time as a son of Pharaoh. We as people have to make choices to be God's people, or to follow the pleasures of sin. Moses knew there was a reward coming down the road. He chose to follow after God rather than pleasures. It's a choice between wrong pleasures and God. There will be pleasures and enjoyment in God's way too. The person that chooses the life of sin chooses pleasures over putting God first. We will find pleasures along the way if we keep God first.
2 Timothy 3:1, 4
People can be religious and be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. God should be the foremost thing you're seeking not just "having a good time." Our focus should be finding what God would have and doing that first.
We were at one time on that path, among the pleasure seeking crowd. Now we're looking to please God, and not always seeking pleasure. If there is suffering on the road that God would have you go through, if you are a pleasure seeker, you are subject to not doing it. Things may look to be difficult, but if we settle to go through, it won't be as hard as it seems. People in sin are SERVING pleasures.
2 Thessalonians 2:12
They had pleasure in unrighteousness (things contrary to the things of God). We don't want to look on this as a pleasurable condition - it draws people away from God. Comedians (most of them) are down in the questionable stuff (supposed pleasure). The world can't try to have a good time and keep it clean. We should stay away from questionable/off-color pleasures. These didn't obey the truth. We need to give consideration to what we find pleasure in. If it is not good, it won't draw us closer to God. Be careful not to find pleasure in things that are unrighteous.
2 Peter 2:12, 13
Speaking here of false prophets. If corruption is allowed in our life it will lead us astray and could take others away too. We are a leader inasmuch as we influence others. "...they count it pleasure to riot in the daytime." Where you find pleasure depends on what you count as pleasure. The reason people find pleasure in unrighteousness is because they count it so. What do you count as pleasure? The world would have you believe that they are enjoying sinful pleasures when they really aren't.
2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
The apostle Paul took pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses for Christ's sake, because he could see the power of God in it. He wasn't regretting all that he had gone through. He found pleasure because he saw God working. Be sure you have God first.
God will show us what to do, how to live and where to go. You can't have fullness of joy in sinful pleasures. The sinner will carry guilt and pain from the pleasure. Fullness of joy comes with the things of God. The devil would have you be a pleasure seeker rather than a seeker of God. Put God first.
People don't know much about the excellence of God's lovingkindness. They haven't sought after God and come to know him. Put your trust in God and let him work out your troubles. If you trust, God will abundantly satisfy. For those seeking pleasure there never seems to be enough. You can have a good time in God. Seek God and he'll bring pleasure. There is a reason those seeking after God can have a happy life, without the pleasures of the world. God has the fountain of life. If we abide in God's presence, things can be opened to our understanding that we'll never find otherwise. Is your focus seeking God, or having a good time? Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. You can pursue happiness, but the pursuit of happiness alone won't make you happy. If you follow God and right you'll find happiness and a good life.