Yes – “a word used to express affirmation, agreement, positive confirmation, or consent.” One of the great truths of the Scriptures is, that God is not an absolute monarch who demands obedience, but God is a loving God that allows us free choice in all matters. God doesn’t want slaves that have to love and obey Him, He wants willing servants who will love and obey Him from their own free will. All through the Bible, the men and women who said “yes” to loving, obeying, and serving God, did so out of their own free will. Whether it was Noah who said, “yes” to building the ark, or Moses who stood at the burning bush and said, “yes” to God, or Mary who said, “yes” to giving birth to the Son of God, or the men who said, “yes” to following the Lord Jesus Christ as the apostles; their choice was made from their own free will. That’s how God wants every believer to follow Him. There is a song that says, “I’ll say yes, Lord yes, to your will and to your way. I’ll say yes, Lord yes, I will trust you and obey. When your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I will agree, and my answer will be yes, Lord, yes.” God is going to ask things from every believer time and time again just as believers ask God for things time and time again. When believers ask God for things, they want God to say yes. Well, even so, when God asks things of believers, He wants them to say yes. And believers who learn to say “yes” to God will have the satisfaction of living a fulfilled, abundant, and joyful life. When God does ask something of a believer, that believer has the choice of saying no, because God doesn’t make us slaves. We have the right to say “no” because He doesn’t make us slaves. But the answer that God wants most and the one that would be pleasing to God is “YES”. (Matthew 4:17-22), “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.”

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