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God’s providence

Joyce Meyer (8)

You know what my decision was? He’s not ever going to stop loving sports and no matter what I do, I’m not going to make him stop liking them, so I need to get a life.

My point is I spent years getting mad about it. It never changed anything. It never stopped him. It never altered it. I was the one who was miserable and he kept doing what he wanted to. That is not freedom; that is bondage. Freedom is when you can say: you know what? I have been around this mountain 200 times, and I don’t think that I want to keep making this trip all my life so I’m going to change. I’m not going to wait for everybody else to change. I’m going to change!

I believe that the price of true freedom is obedience to god.  It’s god’s will that we live free. That doesn’t mean that we’re free to sin or free to be selfish, but it means that we’re free to walk in obedience to god and in his blessings, free to not be so easily offended, free to not be selfish and self-centered, free to be ourselves and who we really are.

I want you to look at the scripture Ecclesiastes 12:13:  all has been heard;… The end of the matter is: — you have to realize that Solomon is writing this after trying everything humanly possible in his life to be happy. — all has been heard; the end of the matter is: fear God [revere and worship him, knowing that he is] and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, — god’s providence means that he is, so the whole reason why god is, is to teach us what to do, to give us the ability to do it but he still gives us the choice — obedience is the root of all character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole duty for every man.

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