My husband and I have been watching some of the old Billy Graham ministry programs. Wow! He preaches straight from the heart and lead by the Spirit. No holding back from this man.
As I watched the telecast, one thing stood out for me. The people who had made a decision for Christ were RUNNING to the altar. When is the last time you’ve seen or felt that kind of Passion for anything? Especially the Lord!
“Ezra opened the book in sight of all the people, for he was standing above them; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.” Nehemiah 8:5
Have you ever been to a church service and felt the Holy Spirit prompting you to stand; either for the scripture reading or a song?
I have, especially with music. It’s my worship! Some songs you just can’t sing sitting down!!
It was the same way for the people in the book of Ezra. They were honoring the word because they knew the Word had power to change peoples lives!!
I enjoy teaching God’s word, but I also take it very seriously. It’s not something to be taken lightly. I stive to show tremendous respect, joy and love for the word of God. I’ve seen the power behind it. I’ve experienced the valley’s and mountaintops, but through it all God’s word has been my guide.
If you have never experienced the tranforming power of God’s Holy Word, I encourage you to give it a try. You’ll see why it deserves our honor and respect! ~Debra
Have you read the book or watched the movie The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg? It tells the story of a young boy who’s near the age where he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.
On Christmas Eve he is awakened by a train that has pulled up in his front yard. The conductor steps out and tells him to get aboard. He gets on the train to find other pajama clad children questioning just like him.
The train stops in a magical city which turns out to be the North Pole. Santa appears and hands out gifts. The little boy receives and silver bell from Santa’s reindeer harness. One catch…he has to believe in order to hear the bell. Santa takes off on his rounds and the children load back up on the train for their trip home. The boy reaches in his pocket for his bell realizing it has fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.
He wakes Christmas morn with all the packages under the tree but his eye catches a small box. Inside is the bell and a note from Santa telling him to fix the hole in his pocket.
The last line of the book reads…“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them.”
You must believe for the spirit to work!
Scripture tell us “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” (I Thessalonians 2:13, NIV)
Hmmm, you have to believe before the word of God can be at work inyou. Maybe you are a non believer and don’t understand the ways of God or maybe you are like Santa’s friends and believed at one time but His voice has been silent.