• “If we do anything to further the kingdom of God, we may expect to find what Christ found on that road – abuse, indifference, injustice, misunderstanding, trouble of some kind. Take it. Why not? To that you were called. If we think of the glorious fact that we are on the same path with Jesus, we might see a rainbow.” – Elisabeth Elliot

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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