• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Let Us Be Ready To Say So

I was so blessed to go into church last Sunday. The excitement could be felt as people walked in, during the service and after the service. While some of us were glad to be out of the heat, some were glad to be with others in our church building, some felt it was a little more “normal” and some were just excited to worship! Those who were watching live said the excitement was portrayed on screen.

Even though I had to sing with a mask on I was singing in my church and could hear others worshiping and it was awesome! Hearing the words of “The Lord Bless You And Keep You” ringing out was so wonderful. “The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make His face to shine upon you...and give you peace.” We were also reminded when we sang “Way Maker” that God is always working even when we don't see it and even when we don't feel it. “Way maker, Miracle worker, Promise keeper, Light in the darkness. My God, That is who you are!” After a sermon about spiritual warfare reminding us that God is great, God is able and God is good, we felt His peace cover us! The peace that only comes from Him. Philippians 4: 7, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." And He is in charge!

So what do we do during a global pandemic, an economic downturn, murder hornets, riots, political divisions, racial tension, dust storms, hurricanes and an earthquake? We put on the full armor of God! Ephesians 6: 10-13, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

I am always impressed by our devotional during staff meetings. Before the meeting, my pastor has a devotional and sometimes we worship. His devotion is whatever has been laid on his heart and seems to be on point! The devotions help me stay focused, see another perspective, see life with hope and joy which all help me write! Through God’s Word, he encourages the staff. The other morning we sang a simple song with these words. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. (everyone loudly says, “so”) Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. (everyone loudly says, “so”) I’m redeemed, I’m redeemed, Praise the Lord!” If we have been “saved”, accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior then we are redeemed. We have been paid for by the blood of Jesus and we should be saying so! We should be shouting, “SO”!

During this spiritual battle we need to be saying so! We are told we cannot sit on the fence or be lukewarm. Revelation 3: 16, “So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” We are told in both Matthew 12: 30 and Luke 11: 23, "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” God says we have to make a choice. Satan does not care if we join him, he just does not want us to join God. He likes it when we do not take a side because that is his win! He does not care about anybody and scripture tells us that. John 10: 10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” God has come to give us life, a full and abundant life. We can trust Him! If we are for God, let us be ready to say so!


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