Enjoying to God's Glory

2016 RightNow Conference

The Christian is called to a life of enjoyment. As sons and daughters of God, our Father delights in us, and we are free to delight in Him. In this 30-minute video from the 2016 RightNow Conference, Trillia Newbell shares five ways we can begin to enjoy God.

Trillia Newbell is the author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves and United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity. Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in Desiring God, True Woman, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition and more. She launched a Christian women's blog-style e-zine, Women of God Magazine where she was the Managing Editor. Trillia speaks at numerous conferences, women's retreats, colleges and seminaries. Trillia is also the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia and her husband, Thern, have two children.

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Trillia told the story of her young son, who freely delights in and enjoys his mom and many other experiences in life. He was not hindered by fear or embarrassment. What a picture of the type of enjoyment and delight we are called to find in God! 

What keeps you from enjoying God? Does fear or embarrassment hinder your delight in God? Where might those road blocks originate?
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The first way Trillia shared that we can enjoy God is through creation. Consider on your own experience. Maybe you have studied the expanse of the stars in the night sky, or stood at the foot of a mountain, or felt overwhelmed while on the ocean. What stunning aspect of nature caused you to pause and reflect on God’s goodness, power, beauty or magnitude?
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How might you begin to build the habit of enjoying God through nature?
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Trillia touched upon another way to enjoy God, through His Word. 

Psalm 119:103 (ESV)

103How sweet are your words to my taste,

sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Psalmist compares God’s Words to the sweetness of honey. Drawing in our physical senses, we learn that Scripture is a sweet source of enjoyment and delight. 

Jeremiah 15:16 (ESV)

16Your words were found, and I ate them,

and your words became to me a joy

and the delight of my heart,

for I am called by your name,

O Lord, God of hosts.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Jeremiah talks about the way God’s words became a joy and a delight. Though our hearts may not yet have acquired a taste for God’s Word, the Lord is able to develop a taste for it within us, as we take in more and more of His Word. 

Is God’s Word currently a delight and a joy for you? In what ways could you begin to acclimate your taste to Scripture, so you can experience more enjoyment in God?
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Trillia mentioned the fact that we may not always feel like delighting in or enjoying God. In our weakness, we are often blind to Him, or unable to feel His presence. 

What are some ways you can develop the discipline of delighting in God, even when you don’t feel like it?
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When you are unable to enjoy God, what are some promises from Scripture to which you could return in order to reorient your heart toward God?
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We are freed to enjoy and delight in our God through creation, through His Word, through the Church, through Jesus, and through the Spirit. What a good God who gives us so many channels of enjoyment! This week, cry out and ask Him to increase your capacity for enjoying and delighting in Him. 

For more information about the RightNow Conference or to find out how to attend next year’s event, visit rightnowconference.org

For more from Trillia Newbell, see her study, Fear and Faith, or visit her website, trillianewbell.com.