How to discover the joy of a relationship with God

By: Chance Densmore

A few years ago a country music group called Diamond Rio put out a song call, ‘I will start all over again.’ In the lyrics they sing:

I’m through with the struggle and tired of the trouble it’s high time I left it behind. I’ve walked the mean streets just counting my heartbeats, it’s easy to lose your mind.
I’ll break the chains that bind me for my soul is deep and wide.
Oh give me one golden day and I won’t care where I’ve been.
Oh let this world slip away. And I’ll start all over again. I will start all over again.”
— Diamond Rio
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Someone can have a close relationship with God in the past, but at one time they just walk away and that’s easy to do. You start playing in the world and you think you’re happy and content but in the back of your mind there’s this unsettling feeling that is nagging at you. After many years being away from any relationship God you end up miserable.

You think there's no way God wants you back because of the life you had. Satan uses that guilt trip against you to keep you away because he doesn't want you to have a relationship with God and wants to destroy it.

In the book of Luke, Jesus gives the story of the son that left, went astray and ended up miserable. In Luke 15:21 Jesus says, “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ The father was so overwhelmed joy the son wanted to come back after walking away that he declared a celebration.

For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate
— Luke 15:24

You can start all over again because he loves you and forgives you, and believe it or not God wants you back like the lost child that's found. God and His infinite glory wants you back

So you can rediscover the joy of a relationship with God and start all over again

 “But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ” - Luke 15:21

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