You Have A Right To Shout!
Each of us comes to the Lord damaged. So He begins a renovation programme to repair our thoughts about Him, about others, and about ourselves. While you may look good on the outside, there’s a constant hammering and sawing going on inside, as the Holy Spirit works to meet a deadline and make us an ‘instrument for noble purposes.’ (2 Timothy 2:21 NIV)
And one of the tools He uses is ‘the foolishness of preaching.’ (1 Corinthians 1:21 KJV) Whatever you do, never lose your appetite for Bible preaching: ‘Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.’ (Romans 10:17 NIV) Non-Christians can’t understand how the preached Word of God can transform even the most dysfunctional people into productive members of society. And most of the time God does all this while maintaining a veil of secrecy that protects our reputation and public perception. How gracious!
Can you imagine how shocked people would be if they really knew the shape we were in when God found us? Only His power could have forced open the trap that had captured our minds and set us free to live again. David declared, ‘He sent out His word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. Let them praise the Lord for His great love and for the wonderful things He has done.’ (Psalm 107:20–21 NLT)
Notice what did it—His Word! That’s what provides cleansing for our shame, makes us righteous, and gives us a roadmap to our destiny. Because of Him, you matter. Because of Him, you have nothing to fear. If anybody has a right to shout for joy today—it’s you!