Devotions for Lent–Laughter set the captive free!

When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” (Psa 126:1-2 NKJ)

“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

“I have often read in Scripture of the holy laughter of Abraham, when he fell upon his face and laughed; but I do not know that I ever experienced that laughter till a few evenings ago, when this text came home to me with such sacred power as literally to cause me to laugh . . .” Charles Spurgeon

Several years ago phenomena swept through the US, Canada, and the UK called the Toronto blessing. Preachers and congregations would suddenly break out in uncontrollable laughter.  The internet was filled with preachers, theologians, from puritan, reformed and fundamentalist groups refuting this as the work of the Devil, deception in the church. Yet the Psalmist clearly tells us that laughter can be God’s way of freeing us up, release us from our captivity.  Sometimes Christians can be so stiff and starchy that they attract nobody.

Remember this list? #3, give it a try!

  1. Live like heaven is on earth
  2. Love like you’ve never been hurt.
  3. Laugh like no one is listening.
  4. Sing as if no one can hear
  5. Dance as if no one is watching.
  6. Dream like nothing is impossible.
  7. Play like there are no winners.
  8. Give like you have plenty.
  9. Smile till your face hurts.
  10. Cherish your family and friends each day.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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