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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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!

CHURCH!!

‚Ä™The last two Sundays I was out of town. I can’t believe how excited I am to be going to Church tomorrow! I love being in God’s House with God’s people! I love to worship the King of kings and Lord of lords with my Brothers & Sisters!

I am expectant and ready to hear God speak through His chosen vessel – my pastor.

On the way to Church I will be worshipping and praying in my prayer closet – my car – with eyes open and voice proclaiming!

I love You, Lord!!

ARISE CHILDREN & YOUTH!

Yesterday on World Communion Sunday, my pastor felt God’s call to have our children serve communion. It was a powerful time!

We are in a new season of time in the Church! God is raising up mighty men and women of God, mighty girls and boys of God (youth and children), for such a time as this!

Brothers & Sisters in Christ! DO NOT underestimate how powerfully God can use the younger generations for His glory!! May we not impose OUR restrictions and doubt upon what He can accomplish in and through them!

HAVE YOUR WAY, LORD!!

GET READY, CHURCH!

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REVIVAL

“…he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.” ¬†Psalms 104:4 ESV

“Revival as an event will not suffice anymore. ¬†Events come and go, but a people who keep the fire of God burning on the altar of their hearts actually carry this fire within them…wherever they go. ¬†What we define as revival is God’s pattern for normal Christianity.” ~Larry Sparks

REVIVAL! ¬†I, along with others, have been talking about revival…praying for revival…seeking revival. ¬†I love this quote from Larry Sparks. ¬†Revival is not an event that we should seek and then when it has run its course walk away from.

But, revival should be a way of life for us! ¬†We should individually (along with corporately) be seeking revival in our lives. ¬†We should be passionately, wholeheartedly, on fire with our love for almighty God! ¬†We should not accept anything else…anything less.

Fire gives light.   When people are around us do they see the Light of Christ reflected in the things we say and do?

Fire gives warmth. ¬†When people are around us do they feel the warmth of God’s love flowing from us to them? ¬†Do we give off warmth or coldness?

Fire needs to be tended to continue to burn. ¬†What are we doing to “tend” the fire? What are we doing to make sure the fire does not grow cold? ¬†Prayer, Bible Study, and worship are three things that can¬†keep the fire burning bright in our lives. ¬†Also, we need to make sure that we share the fire with others…we don’t keep it to ourselves! ¬†As the fire of God burns brightly within us and as we go out and minister to others…we will find that the fire is continually replenished…and new fires are started when we share our fire! ¬†Hallelujah!

A “cold fire” does not accomplish anything! ¬†It is a marker of once was, but isn’t any good in the present. ¬†O CHURCH! ¬†We need to rekindle our fire! ¬†We need to release a burning passion for the LORD and for His people!!

May we BE His ministers of flaming fire!! ¬†We carry the Fire of God within us! ¬†May we continually sacrifice on the altar of our hearts all those things that would keep us from being who God has called us to be! ¬†It’s time dear saints!! ¬†Allow the Ruah of God, the breath of God – His Holy Spirit – to breathe upon the cold embers of our hearts and revive us to a higher way of life, a deeper love, a greater obedience!

REVIVAL HAS COME!!  MAY WE EMBRACE IT!!

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THE WOMB OF GOD

A couple of weeks ago as I was worshipping in our new early Sunday service, I found myself receiving a vision from God as we sang the words, ‚Äúin you I live and move and breathe‚Ķ”

In the vision, I saw us individually and as the Church represented as a baby in the womb of its mother. When a baby is in the womb, it receives oxygen and nutrients from the placenta into its bloodstream by being connected to the mother by the umbilical cord. The baby is also protected as it is cushioned and floating in the amniotic sac. The amniotic fluid not only helps to cushion the baby from bumps and injury, but it also provides it with fluids that it can breathe and swallow.

Ahhhh, beloved of God!! We receive everything we need to grow and thrive as we are connected to God through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is like that umbilical cord that is intimately connected to the mother. We are intimately connected to Almighty God through the Holy Spirit!

The amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby is like the Living Water that surrounds and is present within us. Just like the amniotic fluid is surrounding the baby and within the baby – so the Holy Spirit surrounds us and is within us.

As I was having this vision, I had such a profound sense of the care and protection of the Lord as we are being molded and shaped into who God has called us to be. We are being transformed more and more into His image as we continue to stay connected to Him in all we say and do. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

As I continued to worship and meditate on this vision…I began to hear in my spirit, “The baby is coming to term!

Brothers and Sisters! The Church is coming to a place of being ready to be ‚Äúbirthed!‚ÄĚ The Lord is bringing His Church to a place of maturity – for us to be able to move and be the mighty loving force that will impact the world for His glory!

And we know that there is pain and discomfort that comes with a birth. And it can be messy. Do not despair or feel overwhelmed as we, the Church, are experiencing the birth pains that come with new life! Have you felt the pull to break out of the same routine and comfort of the past? Have you felt that call that there is something MORE ready to erupt within your life and the life of your Church?

Are you ready for NEW LIFE to be breathed into those places that are starving and hungering for more? Are you ready to be released into GREATER VISION; GREATER POWER, GREATER LOVE?

The last part of active labor is called the transition. TRANSITION in our lives and in the life of the Church is happening now!!

GET READY!!

 

Perfect Church Service

Sometimes we get so caught up in critiquing the service – the worship music; the sermon; and even those attending…that we forget the reason we are there – to worship Almighty God!!

Everything about the church service should lead us into the presence of God…to initiate a face-to-face encounter.

If we walk away from our churches with the “service” filling our thoughts instead of God…something needs to be changed!