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22 September - Learning To Say Yes To Life

This week, I was talking to someone about how important it is to say Yes to life and to God when we believe he is leading us. I don't want to get to the end of my life and look from heaven and see all the things God wanted to surround my life with if only I had said yes rather than no more often and had chosen to be brave instead of fearful.

Saying "yes" means opening ourselves up to the new and different and being vulnerable. It means trusting God and allowing our hearts and minds to expand rather than remain limited in what we know and have experienced so far.

However, saying Yes is harder than one might imagine, and perhaps we are often far more prone to saying "No" to things and second-guessing ourselves than we might like to admit. Yet without saying "Yes", we will settle and keep within our comfort zones and risk living a life less than what God had originally planned for us.

Some people find it easier to say yes to things according to their upbringing, personality type and life experiences. In contrast, others struggle with change, transition, new places, people and any challenges that push them beyond what they have known.

But I've learnt that God loves to open up new things in our lives and wants us to be able to experience all the excitement, colour, creativity, and fullness of life. He is not stagnant or dead but very alive and full of power and might. He looks for those who will say "yes" to Him, for in those, He can show Himself strong.

When we struggle, He promises to lead us gently and guide us into all the good things He has prepared in advance for us. It's learning to trust Him and be prepared to say Yes.

Being a "Yes God" person doesn't mean we won't ever have moments of doubt or thoughts of, "God, what an earth are you doing now", but it does mean we are people who trust Him more than we trust our plans and nice neat, organised lives.

Let's face it, most of the time, we think too small and limited, and that's where God loves to come along and push out the boundaries and limitations we put on ourselves and our futures. When we choose every day to say, "Yes God, here I am, lead me, use me, grow me, "we will experience the full, overflowing, abundant life that Jesus gave us. (John 10:10)

Today, I encourage you to trust God enough to say yes to something new or that you have been prompted to explore. He has good things in mind for you, so put your hand in the hand of the one who created so much for you to enjoy and experience, and say "Yes"!

"Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us." (Ephesians 3:20)

"What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things." (Romans 8:31-32)

"The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]." (John 10:10 AMP)

Prayer: Lord, thank you that all things are possible with you and that you have good things in mind for me. Please help me to be brave enough every day to say "Yes" to you. In Jesus name Amen.

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