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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

God's Open Door to Joy

      Have you had your Joy Juice today?  It's never the wrong direction if you are headed toward God's open door to joy!

     Do you ever feel as if you've taken a wrong turn in life...gone through the wrong door, so to speak?  God is such an awesome, forgiving God that He can use even a "wrong door" to shape a right heart (John Ortberg). God truly wants what is best for us and He can use an unwise choice to teach us, mold us, refine us and polish us into a person more like Him.

     If we realize that God is in the 'open door' business, then we will 'see' Him with new understanding. And we will approach these open doors with a different view.  Our confidence will not be so much in ourselves, but in God and His plan for our lives.  Instead of living in fear of failure, we can look for the opportunities/doors that open toward God and His very presence.

     We all have made unwise choices in our past.  But rather than sulking and beating ourselves up--
living in the shadow of the "wrong door"--we should, instead, focus our thoughts and heart on dwelling in the shelter and the shadow of the Almighty God. Psalm 91:1 says it beautifully:

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty." 

      Even when we choose the wrong door, God desires to redirect and show us His way to joy!

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