ENTHUSIASM!

“Enthusiasm is contagious – and so is the lack of it.” (John Wesley)

The definition of enthusiasm is “a feeling of excitement.”

I don’t go to sports events (although I did when my children were young). And when parents are cheering for their children, there is much enthusiasm to be seen and heard.

We witness the same thing at adult football games, baseball games, basketball games, and other competitive events.

Sports and entertainment elicits much enthusiasm! Laughing/crying, shouting, clapping, and jumping up and down is not uncommon.

There are many things in life to get excited about – to show much enthusiasm over – births, weddings, graduations, and other milestones.

It is hard to show enthusiasm without an outward expression of excitement! Stillness and silence simply do not go along with enthusiasm.

I am talking about all of this to lead up to our behavior in church. There absolutely are times to be quiet and worshipful. But, there are also times to show enthusiasm!!

Why is it so easy to show enthusiasm at sporting events but not show enthusiasm in church? There are times during praise and worship when I want to SHOUT! What God has done for us; is doing for us; and will do for us is as exciting as someone catching a football!!!! I would say more so!

There are times during the Pastor’s message when I must shout out an “AMEN!” I get EXCITED over God’s promises and faithfulness!

During a lively praise song, I have been known to jump up and down and yes – even dance a little. ūüėÉ (even though I am 66 years old!). There is no age limit on getting excited over the LORD!!

I want to show ENTHUSIASM for my God and for all He is!! I would rather be found guilty of too much enthusiasm than not enough. How about you?

If enthusiasm is contagious, I want to be a carrier and make everybody catch it!

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THRONE ROOM

‚ÄúImmediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.‚ÄĚ
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NASB‬‬

I just discovered the song, Throne Room, recently. The minute I heard it, I was transported in the Spirit to the awesome splendor of being in the Lord’s presence.

I am a worshipper! I may not be the most accomplished singer (even though I’m in the choir at church) but my spirit, soul, and body engages in deep worship that surpasses singing…that surpasses simply saying the “words.”

I am an expressive worshipper! I use that term meaning my body joins in when I sing songs of worship. My hands raise in Adoration to the King of kings; I humbly bow in the majesty of His presence; and sometimes I fall to my knees with face covered when I am faced with the splendor of His presence…

There are times when I see myself dancing before His Throne. This happens often when I am drawn into deep worship. I see myself clothed in a white flowing gown. I see myself dancing in complete abandonment – not having to worry about what others may think. My thoughts are only on Him…and I can feel His attention on me as I pour out my love upon Him through dance.

I am aware that the Throne Room is full of activity with angels and saints – but all of it is dimmed in comparison to the One that holds my attention.

Lord! I am overwhelmed that You see me amidst everything going on! I am overwhelmed that You love me in spite of all my weaknesses and mistakes! I am overwhelmed at the Love that I can feel flowing within me and over me as You receive my dance of worship!

Brothers & Sisters! As you listen to the song of worship below, I encourage you to not only listen – but to enter in! Let go of those things that would hold you back. Pour out your love of our Lord with body, soul, and spirit. He is worthy of our focused, undiluted, worship. May we join together and worship Him in spirit and truth! He is looking for that kind of worship – for those kind of worshippers. (John 4:23)

Are you who He is looking for?

STORM PREPARATIONS

I kept getting notifications on my phone that significant storms/weather were coming to my area.  I could see the flashes of lightning and hear the rumbling of the thunder in the distance.  As I was listening, the thunder got louder as it moved closer.

Past experience has taught me that during storms my electricity has a good chance of going out.  With darkness coming, I began to make my preparations in the event this happened.

As I began my preparations, I heard the Lord speaking:

A SPIRITUAL STORM IS SWIRLING IN THE ATMOSPHERE!  ARE YOU MAKING PREPARATIONS?

I AM CALLING MY WATCHMEN! ¬†I HAVE GIVEN YOU EYES TO SEE AND EARS TO HEAR WHAT’S COMING. ¬†STAY ALERT! ¬†SOUND THE ALARM WHEN THE ENEMY IS DRAWING NEAR TO THE GATES. ¬†CALL FORTH THE ARMY!

I AM CALLING MY WORSHIPPERS!  GO BEFORE THE ARMY WITH SINGING AND DANCING.  SING A NEW SONG!  DANCE A NEW DANCE!  A NEW SOUND IS GOING FORTH THAT WILL BREAK STRONGHOLDS AND BIRTH DESTINIES!  RELEASE THE SOUND!

I AM CALLING MY PROPHETS! ¬†LAY ASIDE YOUR OWN AGENDAS AND TAKE UP MINE. SEE WHAT I SEE AND HEAR MY VOICE. ¬†I AM RELEASING MY PRESENCE IN A GREATER WAY. ¬†SEEK ME…DRAW NEAR TO ME…FEEL MY HEART. ¬†SPEAK FROM THIS HEART CONNECTION YOU HAVE WITH ME.

I AM CALLING MY PEOPLE! ¬†DO NOT REACT TO CIRCUMSTANCES GOING ON AROUND YOU WITH FEAR, ANGER, HATE, AND DIVISIVENESS. ¬†DON’T LET EARTHLY CIRCUMSTANCES DRAG YOU DOWN, BUT LET ME RAISE YOU UP! ¬†RISE UP LIKE ON THE WINGS OF EAGLES AND SPEAK MY WORD OVER EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE. ¬†SPEAK LIFE! SPEAK PEACE! ¬†SPEAK RECONCILIATION! ¬†SPEAK RESTORATION!

A SPIRITUAL STORM IS COMING!  ARE YOU MAKING PREPARATIONS?  DRAW NEAR TO ME, BELOVED.  TAKE MY HAND AND LET US FACE THE STORM TOGETHER.  MAY WE SPEAK TO THE STORM IN ONE VOICE!

STAND UP!  HEAD UP!  EYES FORWARD!  MY BANNER OVER YOU IS LOVE!  ONWARD & UPWARD, MIGHTY WARRIORS OF LOVE!