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GUIDANCE

LAUREN ANKENMAN

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

There is nothing more beautiful than the sounds of praises to God filling a room full of nothing but people who are full of his spirit. I remember sitting in silence on a hill overlooking a village in Mexico one summer. Out from the walls of a tiny home came the sound of more than a dozen voices singing praises to the Lord! Their songs echoed off the hills and I could sense the joy they found in the presence of their King! They were not worshipping Him with flashy stage lights or beautiful instruments; they simply wanted to praise Him because they were filled with joy and freedom from being in His presence.

I smile when I think about that moment because I am reminded of how joy is not found in earthly belongings or personal achievement. True, everlasting joy is found in the presence of the God who is able to set us free from all the darkness that tangles us up and holds us back. God desires for us to be able to walk in freedom; that is part of the reason why he tells us to come close to him. He knows how to get us out of our messes and provide all that we need. He is a good, good God!

When we experience His freedom, joy replaces whatever it is that was holding us back. The house full of people were singing praises to God because they were surrounded by His presence. They were not caught up in their temporary belongings or problems; they were free and they were joyful! No matter where you are or what you have, there is freedom that awaits you in the presence of the God of all joy!

QUESTION 1. What areas of your life do you need to let go of in order to experience true joy and freedom?
QUESTION 2. How are you seeking the presence of the Lord today? What is your response to time spent with Him?
CHALLENGE: Give God all the things in your life that are taking up room that God created to be occupied by joy and freedom. Thank Him for His presence that never leaves and offers you all that you need!