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Is God Pleased with You?

written by Asher Intrater
June 14, 2013

God not only loves us, He likes us. Understanding that He likes us, that we find favor in His eyes, and that He enjoys being with us can demand more faith than believing that He loves us. We think, “God is love, so He must love me. But that doesn’t mean that He is pleased with me or enjoys me.”

The Father twice declared publicly that He loved Yeshua and was “well pleased” with Him: once at Yeshua’s immersion in water, and once at the Mount of Transfiguration.

Matthew 3:17
This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 17:5
This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.

The first example takes place at the very beginning of Yeshua’s “ministry,” before He did any miracles or preached any sermons. The second takes place at the height of Yeshua’s ministry, when He was filled with glory, powe, and authority. These two incidents serve as examples for us, as we follow in His footsteps.

God loves the whole world (John 3:16). But He is not “pleased” with the whole world. Every person has the potential to be pleasing to God, but only becomes pleasing to God when he turns to Him.

We are pleasing to God as His little children, and also pleasing to God as mature partners and co-workers. For example, I take great joy in my little granddaughter and grandson. I also delight in my wife with whom I have shared over thirty years of serving the Lord together. The sense of delight is similar, but of a different quality and depth. 

Yeshua was pleasing to God in a “normal” physical state after having been immersed. He was also pleasing to God in a “glorified” state. So it is true with us. God can enjoy fellowship with us in the normal times of family, friends, and fun. He can also enjoy fellowship with us in times of intense ministry with anointing, fire, and power. We can enjoy Him as well in both “states of matter.” 

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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