Mark 11:9 Excited For Arrival

Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our Father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Mark 11:9

When a famous person is arriving in town, everyone gets excited. They roll out the red carpet and line the streets to see the person arrive. Flags are flown and people are talking about it.

The excitement goes even higher when the person is there to help them and make life better. Praises and honor are given to the person in their excitement.

As Jesus came riding into Jerusalem, the people lined the road before and after Him. They shouted praises to Him and about Him in their excitement. They expected great things.

Although He does not physically come riding in on a donkey, Jesus still loves to make an appearance in the lives of people. He now sends His Holy Spirit in to touch and change the lives of people. The Holy Spirit is there to help the believer overcome the world.

However, there are some people who are not excited about God showing up. Sadly this includes some in the church. Upon seeing God showing up, they know that there will be changes needed to be made.

The Pharisees did not like it when Jesus arrived. God’s presence shines light upon sin. It meant change.

Every believer should be excited when God shows up, whether in a church service or somewhere else. He should be welcomed. Praise should be raised up, because God is there to bring about life and to make changes for the better.

In the presence of God, the cares of this world should take a back seat. Praise, honor and worship should take priority in God’s presence.

God wants to work in your life. He wants to be an ever-present presence in your life.

Allow yourself to stop what you are doing and roll out the red carpet for God to enter into your life. Be aware of when God is showing up to make a change.

Do not fear God’s presence, but embrace it, knowing He loves you and wants to be with you. God is desiring a relationship with you and is riding in on a colt to meet with you.

Are you excited about His presence? Or do you dread His arrival?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will welcome God’s presence in your life; that you will give great praise to God; and that you will allow God to change your life.

Daniel 4:2 Excited To Talk

Excited boy

It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. Daniel 4:2 

When something great happens in the life of a person, he is excited to talk about it. He will begin to tell everyone and anyone about what has happened. He does not care what others think about it.

People are very quick to talk about getting a new car, a new job position, a new house, a new child or grandchild, and the list goes on as to what they want to talk about. They will also talk about the latest events in the news or the latest sports game.

The passion and excitement about what is talked about can run high. Some will agree, while others may disagree with what is said.

King Nebuchadnezzar was excited to talk about what God had been doing in his life.

Every believer has a story to tell about what God has done in his life. Many believers act as if there is nothing exciting that has ever occurred in their lives. They do not see any miraculous workings of God in their lives. Yet, they do have miracles in their life.

Just being forgiven and saved is a miraculous story itself. However, there is also the miraculous work of provision of food, clothing, housing, and more in each person’s life. The daily life of being able to breathe and live is a miracle in itself. God’s amazing provision for places of worship and other believers to worship with is something to be talked about.

Along with all of these, there are the miracles of overcoming sin and temptations that occur on a regular basis. Many also experience miracles of healings and recovery.

When the believer thinks about it, he has many things that God has done in his life to talk about.

Take a moment to take note of all the things great and small that God has done in your life. The blessings are as numerous as the sands on a beach.

Now go out and tell others about those things. Be bold to stand up and talk about God and what He is doing in your life. Be willing to boldly talk about what God has already done in your life.

The world needs to hear your story about God. Do not be afraid of the world, but let them know.

I pray today that you will see the work God has done in and through you; that you will see all the miracles God is performing around you; that you will talk about what God has done and is doing; and that many will come to know Jesus because of your testimony about God. 

Ezekiel 39:8 It Will Happen

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It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of. Ezekiel 39:8 

When something big to occur is in the works, people will talk about it coming and promote it. Months before a big movie is to be released, there are trailers being released to pump it up. Days are counted down to its release. Millions of people get excited about it happening, because they know it will happen. There is a high level of expectation.

It is common to see things being promoted that will happen in the future. Some things are a year away, while others things are within months. Either way excitement is drum up to get everyone ready to be a part of the new event.

God was preparing to bring judgement upon the nations. Although it had not yet occurred, God was telling the people it is coming, pumping them up to be ready for it.

There are yet prophecies of what God has promised in the Bible that are yet to come. Yet, they are coming.

At some day in the future Jesus will come again as He had promised. At that coming, there will be judgement upon all people for what they did or did not do. That day will be unlike any other day in all of history, because it will effect and change the entire world with everyone in it.

Knowing this, believers need to be telling and warning people of what is to come. They need to know that they can escape the harsh judgement of God against them by repenting and believing in Jesus.

For the believer, the return of Jesus will be the greatest thing that could ever possibly happen. For the unbeliever it will be the greatest horror that could happen.

It is coming! It will surely take place as God has promised.

You know that Jesus is returning as a believer. With that knowledge, first, live for God with all of your life. Second, let people know about what God is going to do. Give the world the warning of what God will do to those who do not obey and follow Him.

Do not allow doubt creep in and remove the excitement of the coming return of Jesus to leave you. Stay excited and looking forward to it. As you wait, let others know and build His kingdom. It will surely take place.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you look forward to the return of Jesus; that you will be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet; and that you will live your whole life for God. 

Proverbs 22:5 Stay Far Away

Motorcycle jump

In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them. Proverbs 22:5 

Daredevils love to live life on the edge. They want to get as close to something dangerous as possible, without going over the edge. Doing something like this gives a person a adrenalin rush of great excitement.

Doing an action like this may produce excitement, but it may also cause one to slip up and get injured or killed. The dangers are real, yet, some will go forward anyways.

Most people claim that they do not like to push themselves into danger. They claim that they will stay away from the edge of the cliff, rather then step into the danger zone.

However, the reality is that the majority of people purposefully walk into the danger zone and get injured. They willingly walk off the cliff.

Solomon knows that the wicked are on a path that is full of snares and pitfalls, that is dangerous. Those who are wise and want to live will stay far away from that path.

The danger that the world purposefully walks into is sin and sinful acts. Every act that is sinful is done and is promoted to be done by others. This can be expected of those who do not follow God.

There are many in the church, those who are believers in Jesus, who will try to walk up as close to the edge of sin and try not to get burned or destroyed. They want to walk as close to the path of sin as possible.

Doing things like this is asking to be destroyed. It is endangering one’s life. When one is close to the edge it is easy to fall over the edge into sin.

Desiring to have real life will cause one to stay as far from the edge of sin as possible.

In your life there will be and are temptations for you to step into sin. How you live your life will determine how close to that sin you will get.

As a believer, you must flee from the temptation to sin. Get as far away from the edge of sin to lower the amount of temptation that will come upon you. If you walk close to edge, you will have a greater chance of falling into that sinful way of living.

Run the path God has for you and flee the path of the wicked.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to see the pitfalls of the world; that you will run after God; that you will walk the path God has for you; that God will help you flee from all sin; and that God will preserve your life for His righteousness. 

Psalm 134:2 Show Your Excitement

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Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. Psalm 134:2 

At football games people get excited when their team makes a touchdown score. They will jump up and shout loudly with excitement. As they are shouting and raising their hands in triumph, they do not care who sees or hears them. This is done for something that they did not directly have any part in. The team members usually don’t even know their name, unless it is a small high school team.

People will also raise their hands and shout with excitement at a concert with their favorite singer or band performing. They will do things that are a bit crazy and don’t care who sees them. The things done are things that should not be done in a workplace or in regular public, but people don’t care.

The author of this psalm is telling the people to lift up their hands and praise God in the sanctuary. This was not even in the normal public places, but in the place where praising God is expected.

In many churches one can hear some great worship music being played. While the music is playing people are sitting and singing, but that is all. The majority do not raise their hands in praise to God. There is a good number in the front of the sanctuary that may do it and a few scattered around the rest, but most won’t do it.

Many people will say that it is just not their style. Yet, some of these same people are the ones who jump and shout at their football team scoring.

Every believer has something greater than a football team scoring to shout about. God has done things of greater value than anything temporary on this earth. He has given forgiveness of sins and eternal life. That is something worth jumping and shouting about.

As you think about what God has done for you, how does it make you feel? This should be the greatest news of all time. It should make you want to jump and shout, praising God with all your might.

Each day you live on this earth, God is forgiving you of your sins. He is constantly working with you to make you more like Jesus. This is of eternal consequence and value, not just something temporary.

Give God praise for what He has done and is doing in your life. Do not be ashamed to raise your hands and voice in praise to the eternal, loving Almighty God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will not be ashamed to praise God openly; and that you will give God praise everywhere you go.