Thank God Almighty, Free To Worship
I wish Grace and Peace to God’s precious people everywhere, especially those with whom we share these monthly articles.
Going into the month of November brings to mind the holiday we celebrate in this month, Thanksgiving. The Bible tells us to be thankful in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18) even though we may find that unbelievable and impossible. Yet we are reminded that in the end of it all, we are the victors. Paul said, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,” and “we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
In addition, the Lord has spoken to this church about being part of His “Risen Army.” We are thereby called to shake off the shackles and distractions of this mortal life and rise up. We are called of God to focus our attention on Him as never before. “Faithfully Focused” has been our underlying theme for the last two years. But today I feel inspired to give God thanks for the privilege of knowing Him and being allowed to pursue His will. O.A.A. is so blessed in that the Lord gives us such direct messages, lessons, and directions. It is not Bishop Wells’ word, it is our Father’s word and will. We should be thankful.
History tells us that in 1620, the first settlers from Europe came to these shores with the purpose of being free to worship God. The people we commonly call the Puritans or the Pilgrims came to worship God apart from the dictates of the Church of England. These people were determined to worship the God of the Bible, according to the Bible. They realized that salvation was not to be found in church rituals, but rather, in worshiping God in spirit and in truth.
On October 3rd, 1789, President George Washington made a proclamation that there would be a day of public Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for His favors bestowed upon this nation. He designated Thursday, November 26th as the day to recognize God’s provisions of liberty and peace. As great as that is, it seems that President Washington missed the primary purpose of the Pilgrims - the freedom of worship.
We should therefore “Rise Up” in praise and thanksgiving for the freedom to glorify God in our worship and in our lifestyles. We are in the end times, and as such, we should be doing our best to prepare our generation for the return of the God called Jesus. I believe what Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” The world around us should see the joy and hope that only comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Let us rise up and be about our Father’s business. Let us worship Him gladly and thankfully. Thank God that we are free to worship, free to love and serve Him, and free to love one another.