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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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Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. — Matthew 5:11-12 (NKJV)

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