Thank you, John. That verse would sometimes make me feel guilty, but in this context I can use it to remind myself that I can rise above guilt too as that is not what the Lord wants for me - & His power in me will help me do that.
Yes thank you John that really resonated with what happened to me during the week. Circumstances were conspiring against me practically and physically to the point where I was plain fed up and in danger of descending into self pity, however I knew deep down that it was my choice whether I actually arrived at self pity or not. I was aware that 'the eyes of my heart could be enlightened ... that there was incomparably great power available to me' (Ephesians 1 18, 19)
that it was actually my choice whether to ask for that power, I could do something about the downward pull of the way I was feeling, I didn't need to be a victim of freefall. Once having decided, and asked for help, God was able to do the rest in his own inimitable, personal way, and restore my walk and sense of joy in him. I like to think too that the heavenly host rejoices with him, when one of his children reaches out and receives what he is so eager to give them.
Thank you for talk on Ephesians 5:10 (February 12th) especially for emphasising the 'finding out' what pleases the Lord and that it could be what we would find uncomfortable or the most uncomfortable. I have a feeling that although our head may object, in the long run it will bring the most delight to our heart, could even be what the Lord specially designed us for. And by saying 'yes' I really want what will please you we are saying 'yes' to the first of Jesus' commandments to love the Lord with all our heart, mind and strength (Deut 5:6) What could be a more delightful discovery.
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