• “We profess to be strangers and pilgrims, seeking after a country of our own, yet we settle down in the most un-stranger-like fashion, exactly as if we were quite at home and meant to stay as long as we could.” – Amy Carmichael

Fullness of Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss 04/21/11

Nancy Leigh DeMoss: The Bible calls us to surrender our lives to God, but sometimes we hold back, worried about what we might have to give up.

“Sometimes I feel like if I do what God wants, I won’t have any time for fun.”

Nancy: The problem is, the things we want to hold onto don’t really satisfy.

“I didn’t get anything done today!”

“I’ll give myself to God—as long as I don’t have to give up drinking.”

Nancy: We want freedom to do what we want, but sometimes that just puts us in greater bondage.

“Everyone keeps telling me I have a problem with alcohol.”

Nancy: Nothing can satisfy our hearts like God Himself. Surrendering to Him could mean giving up some of those things that don’t really satisfy. But is that so bad?

As the psalmist said, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Are you working in your own strength for things that don’t really satisfy? Or are you trusting God to give you life’s richest pleasures?

 

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  • “There may be love, understanding love, all around us, and yet we may be needing some word of life in our own soul, something that would do what only the Divine can do. “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” – Amy Carmichael

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And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. — Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV)

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