THE PLEASURES OF GOD

Psa. 16:11 ¶ You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Let’s face it, sin is pleasurable. There I said what everyone knows and pretends to not notice. The common approach for a Christian to avoid temptation is self denial. That seldom works for very long. The biblical solution to overcoming temptation is not the denial of pleasure but the pursuit of pleasure, it’s just the pursuit of a different kind of pleasure. Actually it is a greater pleasure that the Bible challenges us to pursue. It’s the pleasure that comes from intimacy with God. Young Jonathan Edwards discovered the Biblical way to overcome the pleasures of sin, he discovered that the pleasure found in God was the way out of the traps that sin lays for our soul. Here is how Edwards describes this truth in his sermon Pleasantness of Religion.

“The most common argument that is used to urge men to godliness is the pleasures of the life to come; but this has not its effect for the sinner [who] is in pursuit of the pleasures of this life. Now, therefore, we urge to you the pleasures of this [life]: therefore you can have nothing to say. The common argument is the profitableness of religion, but alas, the wicked man is not in pursuit of profit; ’tis pleasure he seeks. Now, then, we will fight with them with their own weapons, {for religion does not deny us outward delights and pleasures}. If it be so, that ’tis worth the while to be religious if it were only for the pleasantness of it, then how exceeding great is the reward of the godly. What a reward have they in the world to come; what joys {in another life}. But yet this is not all; no, they have a reward in this life. In the very keeping of God’s commands, there is great reward (Psalms 19:11). The reward they have in hand, besides that which is promised, is well worth all the pains they take, all the troubles they endure. God has not only promised them a great reward, and exceeding great beyond conception; but he has given them a foretaste in this world. And this taste is better than all the pleasures and riches of the wicked.”

Edwards said that the foretaste of the joys of heaven are far superior to the pleasures that this world offers. The foretaste of heaven is the Baptism in the Spirit or the Promise of the Father. If the foretaste is that grand, I can’t even imagine the pleasures associated with the world to come.

4 Replies to “THE PLEASURES OF GOD”

  1. The best blog!!!! This needs to be a poster!! Could not of said it better!!!!!! This is Christianity. A big big amen.

  2. there is an unanswered question that I know I would get asked if I attempted to use this in real life: “What are the pleasures of Religion?” “What does Religion offer that’s better than strip clubs or liquor?”

  3. AWESOME BLOG. Wow, HALLELUJAH, HUGE AMEN!!!!!JOY AND MORE JOY, HALLELUJAH, LET THE FUTURE BEGIN…. GLORIOUS
    GOOD AFTERNOON PASTOR FRANK.
    HAVE AN AWESOME DAY IN OUR KING JESUS, WITH LOVE…

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