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There’s a saying that it’s better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. I strongly disagree. Although taking initiative and being proactive have their place, the general order of things in the Kingdom of God begins with inquiring of the Lord- ASKING FIRST. I believe that many of the issues that we face have been because we failed to ask Father God FIRST! Some challenges and struggles could have been avoided altogether. Do any come to mind? I’m thinking of a few right now!

My very busy 3-year old is learning restraint and order. The house rules include asking first before doing certain things. It’s a daily boot-camp to drill this into my child. And as she is also learning, when you don’t ask first, there are consequences. In Joshua 9, the Israelites and Joshua made a decision where they failed to ASK FIRST. The Gibeonites, their enemies, heard the report that the Israelites were taking everyone down and they didn’t want to be next. So they devised a deceptive ploy to get the Israelites to be their allies. They pretended to be from a far away place (when in fact they only lived 3 days away), lowly and helpless.

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