The word party, as a noun, means a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment. “Party”, as a verb, means to enjoy oneself at a lively gathering, typically with drinking and music. How these definitions are interpreted can either affect your life in the right way or plunge your life into a deep dark abyss extremely difficult to climb out of.
Vivian was used to going to high school parties. Drinking beer, vine, or whisky shots were the norm. Music boomed on and on as a live D.J. queued the favorite hits. Fast food was often consumed before a party knowing that only junk food would be available to curb any complications after sniffing, smoking, or injecting the substances that were at center stage. Friday nights were a high in her life. Then Saturday morning left her at a low, back to square one, where she’d have to meet herself sober again—once again groping for meaning: “What’s the point of my life, huh?”
Dexter also enjoys partying. He’d meet up with friends and share time eating delicious nutritious meals and being part of the entertainment—singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument. He also got high on a substance that was at center stage. His Fridays were completely packed with joy which strengthened his Saturdays and poured over into his Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until Friday came again. He was always “high” on life knowing fully well who he is and why is here on earth.
There is power behind, inside, and around every action you command your body to do. This invisible energy has the capacity to either build you up or to tear you down. Understanding that words build up thoughts, and thoughts lead to actions, we must look closely at the words which eventually construct how we think about ourselves. Words have power to create or to destroy. What words are you allowing to define who you are?
The stage in life called adolescence is like a storybook drama or screen film oversaturated with emptying words: Am I too fat, too ugly, too skinny, too light, too dark, not smart enough, not athletic enough, . . . (and on and on) to not good enough? When will the teenager rise up and turn off this “music”, this melancholy melody, playing in his mind? Who will stand up and say, “Enough is enough! I’ve got to change the way I allow words to affect me!”
At center-stage, allow these to be the substance you get high on: I am fearfully and wonderfully made. There is no mistake about me. I am unique, special, built with my own set of talents which I am to use to help others and to celebrate the One who made me. I have inner strength, intelligence, and all the right stuff to be successful.
Throw a real party in which you invite only those people who love you no matter what flaws or weaknesses or shortcomings you think you might have. Drink what is purifying to the soul, so that your heart can love all of who you are. Eat that which is enriching to the body. Play merry melodies, happy tunes, that CELEBRATE NEW LIFE. New life is what you obtain after you re-connect with the true Source of Life, humanity’s Creator—through His loving son, Jesus Christ—the Word of God.
Why is Christmas such a joyful party for the world over—Christian and non-Christian alike? For the Christian, Christmas is one big “Happy Birthday, Jesus” as He is remembered for the reason why He came to earth: to save the souls of fallen man. Savior means “rescuer, redeemer, and restorer” of those who are lost, who have fallen out of connection with the Creator (Isaiah 61:1-3). Even the non-Christian feels the atmosphere electrified with this incomprehensible joy and designs dubious ways to celebrate the season with concoctions of “santa and reindeer and elves” or planning visitations to popular tourists’ attractions full of secular (non-Christian) activities that remove all attention from the real meaning of this Holy Day (holiday).
Easter follows mid-year after Christmas to commemorate the fulfillment of Jesus’ birth: that He demonstrated His Father’s (our Creator’s) love for fallen man by dying for humanity, so that those who believe in Him shall not utterly perish, but have everlasting life. There is life after physical death of the human body. Our soul has a destination. Christ Jesus died in our place, so that we may be free. Free from what?
Pastor-Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills, founder of megachurch Lighthouse Chapel International and First Love Church and author of The Art of Leadership, writes: “When I decided not to look for man’s approval, I felt a sense of liberty [freedom]. I was free from men and accountable to the Lord (2006, 345).” When you allow the Word of God to settle in your mind, you become free from the words of men which often stir up confusion, discord, and unbalance (or doubt) over who you truly are and what you are truly meant to become.
Acts 17:30-31 adjures us that Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead. This the meaning of Easter—the death and resurrection of the Man, Jesus Christ—and comes with a choice offered to all humanity: to get re-connected to the Source of Everlasting Life right now, or face a judgment unto eternal torment and death.
Man tries to make God in man’s image, even to the extent of declaring there is no God; but it is rather God who made us in His image. Therefore, God cannot be mocked, manipulated, and made into or out of anything by man. And God still offers us a choice to make. We get reconnected by repentance, a throwing away of all that is ugly, all that is indecent, all that is like “garbage or rubbish” in our lives. After throwing off sin, we start living a New Life, one that submits in humility to God’s way, our Creator’s good and perfect way, or plan, for life. His way is nowhere close to what the human mind can conjure, because He is God of the universe.
Yes, man has God’s intelligence for we are made in His image. But our intelligence is limited to the space we occupy on earth. Even though we may think our intelligence increases with more knowledge we acquire, the truth is, if we have all knowledge about things of the earth and extra-terrestrial matter of the stars and planets, and have not the knowledge of God who made all these things, then our intelligence makes us like empty vessels filled with words that can produce skyscrapers and workable technology, but cannot save the soul from eternal judgement. And it is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
Party today with Jesus, the Christ, the anointed and appointed One, the Man ordained, or chosen to be the sacrifice required for our re-connection to the Creator. In Christ, you get rescued from sin and shame, guilt and blame. In Christ, you get redeemed, chosen for every good work (Ephesians 2:10). In Christ, you get restored, transformed from noone into a precious someone ready to be used by God; and God wants only that which is good for you (Romans 8:28). Make the substance of your life the Word of God, drinking in all that He has to say about you (Ephesians, Chapters 1 and 2); and oh, taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (Psalm 34:8). May the blessings the Lord is going to shower on your life for making this right decision lift you up into singing praise and dancing to the music of worship and adoration for Him with all thanksgiving.
Let’s party! May you find a true Bible-believing and doing family of Christians, in a place of worship, who honor God with their works of faith, including loving you just as you are. Always feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or revelations that come your way. We love you with the love of the Lord—unconditionally!
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