Planned for God’s Pleasure

Notes Taken from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

You were planned for God’s pleasure. God did not need to create you, but he chose to you create you for his own enjoyment. You exist for his benefit, his glory, his purpose, and his delight.

Bringing enjoyment to God, living for his pleasure, is the first purpose for our lives. When you fully understand this truth, you will never again have a problem with feeling insignificant. If you are that important to God, and he considers you valuable enough to keep with him for eternity, what greater significance could you have?

One of the greatest gifts God has given you is the ability to enjoy pleasure. He wired you with five senses and emotions so you can experience it. He wants you to enjoy life, not just endure it.

We often forget that God has emotions too. God grieves, gets jealous and angry, and feels compassion, pity, sorrow, and sympathy as well as happiness, gladness, and satisfaction. God loves, delights, gets pleasure, rejoices, enjoys, and laughs!

Bringing pleasure to God is called “worship”. Anything that you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. If we fail to worship God, we always find a substitute, even if it ends up being ourselves.

Worship is far more than music. Every part of a church service is worship; praying, scripture reading, singing, confession, silence, being still, listening to a sermon, taking notes, giving an offering, baptism, communion, signing a commitment card, and even greeting other worshipers. If it is offered to God in spirit and truth, it is an act of worship. The music style you like best says more about you-your background and personality-than it does about God. There is no such thing as “Christian” music; there are only Christian lyrics. It is the words that make a song sacred, not the tune. There are no spiritual tunes. If a song was played for you without any words, you would have no way of knowing if it were a “Christian” song.

Worship is not for your benefit. We worship for God’s benefit. When we worship , our goal is to bring pleasure to God, not ourselves. Worship isn’t for you. It is for God. Of course, most “worship” services also include elements of fellowship, edification, and evangelism, and there are benefits to worship, but we don’t worship to please ourselves. In Isaiah 29, God complains about worship that is half-hearted and hypocritical. The people were offering God stale prayers, insincere praise, empty words, and man-made rituals without even thinking about the meaning. God’s heart is not touched by tradition in worship, but by passion and commitment.

Worship is not a part of your life; it is your life. We are told to “worship him continually” and to “praise him from sunrise to sunset”. In the Bible people praised God at work, in jail, at home, in battle, and even in bed. Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close  them at night. How is it possible to do everything to the glory of God? By doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus and by carrying on a continual conversation with him while you do it. This is the secret to a lifestyle of worship-doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus.

All LOVE,

Muah!

lips

About Joí Iman

I am a Southern Belle from Birmingham, AL. I am certainly BLESSED AND FABulous! I command attention without demanding it. I have an air of confidence, finesse, style, and originality. Each day that I am Blessed to see another day, I make it priority to be a Blessing to as many people as I can. I enjoy life and make it a point to have a good laugh daily...Im usually weak. Every day is a learning experience so enjoy the moments even when they dont feel or look good! If you are wise, you will find meaning! I am a business woman. I am passionate about Youth, Black Studies and Fashion, particularly shoes! My passions are visible each day that I am Blessed to see another day! I am embracing one of the greatest points of my life and trying to love every minute of this great adventure. :-) My professional career has included me working with children. While helping children and families is dear to my heart, It is my desire to pursue my other passion, Fashion! My Plans are not always in line with God's Plan sooo I am looking forward to what is to come for Joí Iman. I just need the perfect timing and an opportunity! This site is dedicated to strong and confident individuals who have a love for Well-Being, Fashion, Beauty, and Hair in whatever form. I am interested in who my followers are and how I may be a blessing! This is OUR Journey and I am pleased to share it with you! I want you to become the BEST you can be while embracing and maintaining an air of confidence, style, and originality! I'd love to hear from you ANYTIME...Joiimanllc@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @JoiIman. All LOVE, Muah!
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