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Just a Thought . .

Just a thought . . it’s ok to ask for God for joy!

11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
Psalm 51 NLT

This is quite incredible! David wrote this Psalm after committing adultery with Bathsheba and arranging the death of her husband! Why is it incredible? Just have a look at verse 12 http://biblehub.com/psalms/51-12.htm What David is saying to God is ‘give me joy and then I will obey you, or ‘give me joy to help me obey you’ or ‘give me joy which will help me have a free and willing spirit necessary to my obeying you’. How cheeky can you get? Not only that he also says that this process, Joy – Obedience, will lead to him getting others to follow God’s ways!

Joy – Obedience – Evangelism

David is revered for knowing God’s heart and what worship is all about . . so I think we are fine taking his lead!

If we are struggling in the area of obedience or evangelism, why not try seeking out joy as a first step. In doing so we will find freedom from our struggles to obey as we flow in a new intimacy with a God who wants to deluge us with his love and joy . . from this experience we will have a strong desire to tell others!

Andy

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