By Jason Clark
“This is my Son, whom I love, with Him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). This is the message the Father spoke over Jesus that launched Him into public ministry. If you think about it, Jesus got a “well pleased” before He did any of the miracles He was famous for.
Discovering our Fathers pleasure is the most empowering thing a Christian will ever do. The opposite is true, believing Father God is angry or displeased will lead to an insecure and survivalist faith walk.
Here are five signs you may be serving an “Angry Displeased God.”
1) You feel shame or condemnation when your devotional life is inconsistent.
Feelings of shame or condemnation are often the evidence that you believe God’s opinion of you is determined by how much you have pursued Him or obeyed Him, or loved Him…
First, God never uses shame or condemnation – those feelings come from elsewhere…
Second, you get no say in how God feels about you. God is love and His heart toward you is perfectly displayed in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son.
Third, “we love because He first loved” (1st John 4:19). Your devotional life is always meant to be a response to your revelation of His love and good pleasure.
2) When you pray for someone, you use the phrase “If its Your will…”
When you are not convinced in your Heavenly Father’s pleasure, you believe life’s hardships may have been sent by God to discipline or to teach a person how to be more kind, or patient, or giving or… When you serve an “Angry Displeased God,” you are forced to pray cautious insecure and even desperate prayers for others and for yourself.
God’s will isn’t a mystery, Jesus told us how to pray and it started with – “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10).
Jesus also told us in Luke 12:32, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for the Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom.”
Therefore, anything that is in the Kingdom of heaven can be prayed to earth with confident faith.
3) You believe the scripture “take up your cross and follow me” is an invitation to suffer for God.
When you serve a “Angry Displeased God,” you often find your focus primarily on the pain and death of the cross – as though suffering equates with holiness and a Godly life.
While the verse in Matthew 16, “take up your cross and follow me” is certainly an invitation to follow Jesus in every way, pain and death were never the objective of the cross – resurrection life was always the destination. “For the joy set before Him he endured the cross…” (Heb 12:2).
“Take up your cross” is not a celebration of suffering with Jesus; it’s an invitation to live in the power of the resurrection.
Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters of the King and establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children. Jason’s new book Prone To Love is available now.