“Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18.18 NASB).
One afternoon, I found myself driving solo in my car, which is rare for a mommy of three young kids. When I’m alone, my thoughts tend to consume me and I’ll begin to talk to myself. I started thinking about God and how much He loves me. He gave me free-will which corrupted His beautiful design, so He poured His perfect Spirit into flesh and died for me on a cross.
Jesus redeemed my imperfections, and the Holy Spirit encourages me to continue using my God-breathed imagination within the limitless possibilities of my free-will to give glory to God. My sins are covered by the blood of Jesus, and all God sees is the beautiful fulfillment of my purpose. I know I will make mistakes, but I claim grace and walk boldly to His Throne of Mercy (Hebrews 4.16). My confidence and security rest in God’s faithfulness alone, and I eagerly hunger for all of His promises found in His Word, the Bible.
As I contemplated how blessed I truly am to be an adored daughter of the King of the Universe, I couldn’t help but yell out my praise and honor to Him. I screamed my adorations so loudly that I was glad that all the windows were tightly rolled up. My boisterous proclamations gushed into the air; and peace, joy and love overwhelmed me. My faith no longer felt uncomfortable or weird because I firmly believe I have found the Truth to all life – we are a beautiful creation beloved by our Creator!
As I yelled out my praise, an image of heaven flashed in my mind. I could see myself kneeling at the Throne of Glory. I was surrounded by others also shouting and worshipping God. The glory of God surrounded us, and the desire to give Him honor and praise became automatic. But there was something special about my praise – all the times I shouted Glory to God by faith on earth echoed in my voice. Every verbal belief I let loose on earth followed me into heaven. In heaven, I no longer needed faith to see God’s glory, but all the proclamations of faith I shouted because of my choice to believe gave emphasis, weight and power to my eternal expression.
We all have free-will. Jesus died to give it to us. Though there is much good we can do with it, we must never forget to praise our God by faith. We were created to worship. We can choose to worship many things; but only when we worship our Creator, will we find our true joy (Psalm 43.4 NLT). So let us let loose our worship by faith on earth, so that eternity will echo with our praises of glorious belief!
“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1.8-9 NLT).