The Benefits of Knowing We Are Enjoyed by God

Do we really believe that God enjoys us? If we cannot answer “yes” confidently to this question we will always live short of what He intended. I will step out and say that if we fully believed God enjoyed us we would cut “passionless Christianity” in half , at least. I know, that’s a pretty huge statement.

For some reason we think it’s easier for God to love us then enjoy us. You would assume the if we knew God loved us He would enjoy us by default. Somehow separated  the two.

Personally, it’s still a bit of a struggle for me. I lean towards seeing myself standing before the Lord, loved- legally. Grateful for justification, redemption, sanctification and all the positive “tion” words found in the Bible. These are vital and I hold them close to my heart.

But our life in God needs to be much more than the legal transaction of our salvation. I have never married a couple who opted to stay at the altar. Yes, they are legally married but marriage is meant to be experienced. And yes they are going to a big wedding event with wedding favour mint tins. Their legal standing frees them up for intimacy.

Isaiah 62:5 “…as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.”

I know many who have grown up being rejected, fearing rejection, not quite making the team, picked last, not promoted, not received – our culture creates it. It has become a learned behavior. But if we come to the Lord we will never be rejected. Better yet, when we understand the truth of His enjoyment of us, our hearts become strong and bold. We become powerful in our identity.

A house increases in value by the simple fact that someone wants it. Value is derived from desirability. Because God desires us we are highly valued and fully enjoyed. There is zero depreciation regarding the value God places on us.

Song of Songs 7:10 “I belong to my lover and His desire is for me”.

Grabbing a hold of this revelation and activating it within our hearts is vital for a One Pursuit Life.

I have listed just a few benefits of knowing we are enjoyed by God. Each benefit is powerful and life-changing in and of itself.

1. When we believe God enjoys us we discover that our lives have extreme value and importance.

We are defined by the One who pursues us. Success is not by our accomplishments but it’s found in the fact that Jesus values and desires us. We are fully known by God and fully enjoyed by Him.

2. When we believe that God enjoys us we dismantle rejection and shame.

Rejection and shame are the two biggest strongholds of the mind. These are shattered and will never again hinder our walk with the Lord.

3. When we believe that God enjoys us we see His correction will not mean rejection.

He corrects us because He desires us. The Lord enjoys us even in our immaturity.

Proverbs 3:12 “For whom the Lord loves, He corrects. Just as a father the son he delights in.”

4. When we believe that God enjoys us we feel as if we are His favorite.

As the Father loves the Son so the Son loves us. This is mind-blowing. God’s love is infinite and impartial. We all can be His favorite. Our longing to be enjoyed is matched by His longing to enjoy us.

John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love.”

I believe that if we begin to declare, “God enjoys me” daily, it will free the heart to seek the Lord more consistently and passionately. So start today. Start now. Go ahead, say it!

Your Turn: How important is the longing to be enjoyed by God in your life and the lives of many in our culture? What are some ramifications of this longing if it goes unmet in our lives?

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  1. Linda Lemos Jun 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Pastor Bro, thanks for sharing the wonders of our God. I’ll share a little testimony with you…A group of us had a chance to learn of God’s desire for us and enjoyment of us in the recent Song of Songs class. As I meditated on it over and over I literally felt a shift happen within me and walls of protection came down that had been up for years and years. God walked me through the mountain of terror I was facing. He asked me to command it to leave and it did. Then in the deeper revelation of God’s love and delight of me I was able to take a big step forward into the ministry He’d been calling me to. Outside of knowing the ravishing love of God, it was as if I was stuck and couldn’t move foward. Greater revelation paved the way to freedom and greater destiny. I love that God desires each one of us and enjoys us beyond measure!

    1. Greg Jun 30, 2011 at 6:47 am

      The revelation of His enjoyment of you was the catalyst for breakthrough into greater depths of ministry by freeing up your heart. This is exactly why I posted this. I know that when grab just this one truth we’ll discover the confidence to fulfill our purpose. I am sure that this is a growing reality in many. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Frank Jun 30, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Like Adam and Eve… when we choose to disobey, the shame tendency is to hide… and implied is the on-set of fear… (not the good kind) that prevents us from believing that God delights in us… our sin tends to diminish or distort our perception of HIM. Right?

    1. Greg Jun 30, 2011 at 7:39 am

      I would agree with this to a degree yet it does not have to be. When Adam and Eve sinned and shame landed, God put a covering over them. Our covering now is Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14; 1 Peter 4:8) and we are admonished to “put on Christ”. His atoning work free’s us to the reality of a deep connection with the Father – without shame! Hebrews 10:19-20 tells us to enter in confidently into the Holy Place. Intimacy is all about having confidence in someone who loves and enjoys us in spite of ourselves, being loyal to the end. The more clarity we get about God’s Father heart, based on Christs finished work, the less distorted our view. Revelation is the key! Hope this helps. 😉

  3. Barbie Jun 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I will be brave and admit that understanding that God “enjoys” me is something new for me. I am still grapsing my brain around the reality of His love for me at times. I believe coming to understand that I am enjoyed by the Father, that He delights in me and takes pleasure in me, is key to walking in freedom in Christ. Thanks PG, great post!

    1. Greg Jul 1, 2011 at 7:58 am

      I am trying to recall over my first 20 years of full-time ministry just how many messages I actually heard (and I have heard a ton) addressing this topic. I really cannot think of one. This message was never a focus. Being enjoyed by God needs to be a significant core value of any church, HOP and/or ministry and taught regularly. Glad we are all on the journey together! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Gina Jul 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    This was a great post- every time I think I got a handle on some of this revelation, I get a little sensitive around the subject again. I despretly need the revelation of each of the four areas you shared, I mean I know it, but it needs to be real again. 🙂 and again, and again…

    1. Greg Jul 5, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Our minds need to be constantly renewed (Roms. 12), with this revelation. I know mine does!

  5. charis Jul 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    i know i am late to the party (very behind in reading blogs) but i just wanted to let you know that i have been thinking about this post all day (i read it this morning). i love your illustrations and i really do think it changes so much about me and my whole heart posture when i realize that He desires and pursues me.

    1. Greg Jul 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

      I think this is a vital topic to be teaching. Yes, it is important to do the work, but if our view of God is not deeply connected to Him enjoying us we will wind up being faithful yet not really enjoy the relationship we have with the Lord. It is possible.


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