As I was typing this, I saw a vision of fireworks! On the Fourth of July, many people go with their families to watch fantastic displays of fireworks celebrating our freedom as a nation.
I believe the vision I had was reminding us that we, as God’s people, can celebrate our spiritual “Independence Day!” We are now free from the penalty of death for sin….Jesus paid the price!! We have been given eternal life!
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Beloved of God!! Are you walking free in Christ Jesus? Jesus is our Great Deliverer!! He has delivered us from the bondage of evil! He has delivered us from the power of sin! If there is anything today that has you in bondage…let today be your DAY OF FREEDOM!!!
I see great displays of the FIREWORKS of God all over the earth!!! HALLELUJAH!!
We will see great displays of His Power in the coming days!!
LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN!!!!
[First posted in 2011…still true today!]
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ~Matthew 5:16
May we reflect the Light of Christ today and every day! Mary carried the physical Jesus and gave Him birth into the world. We carry the spiritual Jesus -Christ in us, the hope of glory. ~Colossians 1:27
Lord, may we join You in releasing Your presence, Your power, Your mercy, and Your love everywhere we go!
We honor and celebrate YOU, Jesus, on this day and every day of the year! HALLELUJAH!!
I celebrate Your physical birth upon this earth so many years ago.
I celebrate Your life – showing us by example and teaching how to live.
I celebrate Your willingness to lay down Your life for us.
I celebrate Your resurrection and Your spiritual life being lived out in and through us.
I celebrate You in us – the hope of glory.
“Enthusiasm is contagious – and so is the lack of it.” (John Wesley)
The definition of enthusiasm is “a feeling of excitement.”
I don’t go to sports events (although I did when my children were young). And when parents are cheering for their children, there is much enthusiasm to be seen and heard.
We witness the same thing at adult football games, baseball games, basketball games, and other competitive events.
Sports and entertainment elicits much enthusiasm! Laughing/crying, shouting, clapping, and jumping up and down is not uncommon.
There are many things in life to get excited about – to show much enthusiasm over – births, weddings, graduations, and other milestones.
It is hard to show enthusiasm without an outward expression of excitement! Stillness and silence simply do not go along with enthusiasm.
I am talking about all of this to lead up to our behavior in church. There absolutely are times to be quiet and worshipful. But, there are also times to show enthusiasm!!
Why is it so easy to show enthusiasm at sporting events but not show enthusiasm in church? There are times during praise and worship when I want to SHOUT! What God has done for us; is doing for us; and will do for us is as exciting as someone catching a football!!!! I would say more so!
There are times during the Pastor’s message when I must shout out an “AMEN!” I get EXCITED over God’s promises and faithfulness!
During a lively praise song, I have been known to jump up and down and yes – even dance a little. 😃 (even though I am 66 years old!). There is no age limit on getting excited over the LORD!!
I want to show ENTHUSIASM for my God and for all He is!! I would rather be found guilty of too much enthusiasm than not enough. How about you?
If enthusiasm is contagious, I want to be a carrier and make everybody catch it!
ONE NATION UNDER GOD!
Lord, may Your FIRE WORK in and through Your people for this nation and for the world!
May YOUR GLORY light up the sky and light up our lives!
May we walk in FREEDOM and declare Your mighty name in all the earth!
May we celebrate YOU this day – our Savior, our Lord – our VICTORY!