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Friday, July 22, 2016

Be Set Free and Be Joy-Filled!

                Have you had your Joy Juice today? God will not make you drink it! It’s your choice.

                Though our loving heavenly Father is all-powerful and could MAKE us do whatever He would like, He does not work that way. We are not puppets or robots who can’t think for ourselves.  He gives us choices.  He wants us to choose to love and obey Him. 

                In the book of Exodus we read about the Israelites who had been held captive for years and years in Egypt. When God set them free, He instructed Moses to build a tabernacle so that they could worship Him there. God gave specific instructions about who was to build the temple and how it was to be built.  He wanted only those with sincere hearts toward Him to be a part of this project. 

                God still wants sincere hearts today. But how often we fail Him!  Many times we are preoccupied with unimportant clutter that takes our focus off the One we should be worshipping. Just as God brought the Israelites out of Egypt so that they were free to worship him will all their hearts, He wants to set us free from the things of this world that hold us captive and keep us from worshipping Him single-mindedly and whole-heartedly. 

                Priscilla Shirer warns against the “pharaohs” that may enslave us….the pharaohs of religious boundaries, the need to please, a relationship or even comparing ourselves to one another. We don’t have to be enslaved….Ask God to set you free and fill you with joy.

                John 8:36 gives us a joyful truth: “ So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!”

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