Jumpin’ for Joy   Leave a comment

“…the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 1:41, NIV)

I used to play basketball.  I wasn’t that bad of a player on offense; I could shoot the rock, especially from the free throw line (over 80% average).  Actually, defense was my specialty.  I was sometimes given the assignment of guarding the other teams best player.  Not an easy task, but a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed.

My only problem was that I wasn’t the tallest person around.  Whenever my opponent was taller than me, I had to take care of keeping myself in position defensively, because some of these dudes could just reach over my head and grab the rebounds from me.  I had to go back to the drawing board, hit the weights, and learn how to jump as high as my legs could possibly push me.  Once I mastered the ability to jump (with good timing), I became an even better defensive player.

There are times in the Christian life when we feel like all we are doing is playing defense.  We’re under attack from the evil one on all sides; things are not right at home, work, school or play.  Maybe there is tension in a relationship, or financial struggles, and so on.  Our faith can falter, our loyalty to the Lord be tested.  We’re on defense.

Two things to do when this happens:

1.  Hit the weights.  The weights that strengthen your legs are prayer and Bible study.  There’s nothing that can energize you more than one-on-one time with the Lord.  Openly communicate with Him and allow Him the same opportunity to communicate with you.

2.  Jump for joy.  Think back to some of the really special times when God has blessed you.  Remember your salvation experience.  Remember a time when His presence was so real and relevant that you had no doubt of His being right there by your side.

John the Baptist knew this feeling even before birth.  Mary walked in, Elizabeth heard the greeting, and John jumped for joy.  Even Elizabeth benefited from this experience as it filled her with God’s Holy Spirit.  If we hold to the fact that the Lord never leaves us or forsakes us, then lets start jumping more.  Let’s build up our legs, and celebrate His presence within us.

Ready?  Jump!    

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