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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Thursday, February 20

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” — 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

Freedom Through Enjoying God

You were created to enjoy God. The Westminster shorter catechism says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” David wrote in Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” We were designed to seek enjoyment in God. We were made to delight ourselves in His goodness, His provision, the wonders of His creation, and the simplicity of His unconditional love.

So important — so powerful — is finding enjoyment in God that it has the power to set us free from sin. You see, when we don’t seek enjoyment in God, we will naturally seek it in the world. We can’t live our lives apart from pleasure. We aren’t created to live without happiness, love, passion and joy.

Most of us have been indoctrinated to the idea that we sin because we aren’t controlled enough. We believe that if we could just get rid of a need for pleasure or enjoyment, we’d be free. Self-control is absolutely crucial in experiencing freedom from sin, but we will never be able to rid ourselves of our immense need to enjoy life. We will never stop seeking pleasure because we were made to be satisfied in the riches of God’s love.

Until you establish a daily rhythm of enjoying God, you will never experience true freedom from sin. Until your longing to be fully known and fully loved is satisfied in the wealth of God’s affection for you, you will never stop seeking it elsewhere. Until you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are cared for, thought about, liked and wanted by your Creator, you will never stop trying to satisfy those needs in others.

Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Take time today to taste and see that your Heavenly Father is truly good. Allow Him to fill you with a revelation of His love. Rest in His presence. And as you enjoy God, allow Him to draw you deeper in toward His heart and away from the cares and pursuits of the world.

— Craig Denison, First15

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