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Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

Experiencing God’s presence and pleasure

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‘In Your presence is fullness of joy.’ Psalm 16:11 NKJV

If you were miserable before you met Jesus, it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that the only place His presence can be enjoyed is in church. No, you can enjoy His presence everywhere. At home, at work, at school, and even in times of suffering and hardship. Everything you do each day, even if it’s a boring chore or something you don’t like doing, can be done for God and with God. Looking at things in this way can transform your life. You can train your mind to be more productive, and you can also train your spirit to be more sensitive to God. You can reach the place where you sense His presence and His pleasure in all that you do. Believing God is present with you won’t help you much if you think He is always upset with you. But when you see yourself as accepted in Christ, you realise that He is not only present with you at all times but pleased with you (see Ephesians 1:6). That will radically change your thinking about God. There are dozens of things pertaining to everyday life, and you can enjoy them all if you just make the decision to do it – getting dressed, going to school or work, organising things, doing chores, cleaning your room, etc. After all, these are the things life is made up of. Joy comes not merely from being entertained but from a decision to be grateful for each moment you are given as a rare and valuable gift from God.

SoulFood: 1 Chron 17:1-20 Heb 11:4 – 12:3 Ps 18:20-29 Pro 4:18

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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