Summary: There’s nothing wrong with "pleasure" ... it all depends on where you find it. This message is a study on "pleasure" in light of God’s view of it.
WORDS OF DISTINCTION – “pleasure”
INTRODUCTION: We continue in our series on “Words of Distinction”. We have studied the words “daily”, “adoption”. TONIGHT, we will look at the word “pleasure”.
Is there anything wrong with “pleasure”? NO, of course not. BUT … like anything else, “pleasure” can be made into a SIN. Nobody likes to have “pleasure” more than me. I find “pleasure” in watching football (only THIS YEAR, only 8 out of 13 games!). I find “pleasure” in reading a good book … listening to good music … going to church …
Some people try to find “pleasure” in a bottle or needle … over the internet … the things of the world.
Some people can’t find “pleasure” anywhere … and they want to blame their spouse, children, boss, church, circumstances … anybody but themselves. Do you know anybody like this?
Happiness is a CHOICE. We can blame our unhappiness on everybody and everything else … BUT … if you’re unhappy with YOU, you won’t find much “pleasure” in anything else.
TONIGHT, we’re just going to spend some time in the Scriptures, to find out what the Bible says about “pleasure”. The word “pleasure” or “pleasures” is found 69 times in the Bible (I counted them). When I looked them up, I found that they fit into this basic outline:
WORDS OF DISTINCTION – “Pleasure”
Rev. 4:11 – “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
1 Tim. 6:17 – “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;”
I. WHAT GOD TAKES “pleasure” IN.
II. WHAT GOD DOESN’T TAKE “pleasure” IN.
III. WHAT WE ARE TO TAKE “pleasure” IN.
2.- In infirmities - 2 Cor. 12:10 - “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am strong.”