Enthusiasm – Pastor George LehmanEnthusiasm – Pastor George Lehman
ENTHUSIASM is one of the most powerful engines that motivates a Christian. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. It's faith in Jesus and enthusiasm for Jesus that makes your life worth living. How enthusiastic are about Jesus?
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When actions and words agree – the message is loud and clear
Titus 2:14 (Amp) – Who [willingly] gave Himself [to be crucified] on our behalf to redeem us and purchase our freedom from all wickedness, and to purify for Himself a chosen and very special people to be His own possession, who are enthusiastic for doing what is good.
The oxford dictionary places this word in the margin for Enthusiasm:
ENTHEOS: Inspired by God (Inspired means – with Breath)
When God breathed in our lives = we most naturally are filled with enthusiasm. (Watch a newly radically saved person)
The oxford dictionary say’s it means: Intensity of feeling, Great eagerness, in other words you can’t keep it in.
Jeremiah 20:9 (NLT) – But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in His name, His word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!
Believe me it shows when you have it, and when you don’t
Enthusiasm is the excitement of the Spirit
It’s a supernatural attitude of the heart.
One of the obvious signs is Joy: David asks God to “restore his joy in Ps.51: 12
Joy and Enthusiasm cannot be separated.
This is the same David who danced enthusiastically in his underpants before God and the nation.
Ask yourself these questions:
Does your enthusiasm for Jesus encourage other people to want what you have?
What kind of world would this be if everyone was just like you?
Would you want people to live for Jesus the way you do?
Be very honest with yourself on a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your Enthusiasm?
Enthusiasm was the very characteristic of Jesus life.
Wherever Jesus moved He affected people positively, do you?
Mark 2:2 (NLT) – Soon the house where He was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While He was preaching God’s word to them.
Mark 5:24 (NLT) – Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around Him.
Enthusiasm is an energy giver its never and energy taker.
Enthusiasm will always draw people to Jesus.
Galatians 4:18 – It is fine to be enthusiastic provided the purpose is good and to be so always and not just when I am with you
It’s not to be “An die brand” (on fire)in the church only.
Its to go out of this building:
Into your home
Into your school and workplace
Into your neighborhood
Into your social life your sport every part of who you are and where you may find yourself.
As a child of God there should be something different about you!!!
If there is not something unique and different in your life you should re-evaluate yourself
Both Enthusiasm and Pessimism are contagious.
The Question is: How much of each do you spread?
They say a person who finds the negative seldom finds anything else.
Some people always find the bad in a situation
Negatives are developed in the dark room.
Do you know people like that?
Are you that kind of person? Think about it!
How many successful Enthusiastic complainers do you know? (Absolutely none)
Paul wrote Philippians 2:14 in everything you do stay away from complaining and arguing.
To many the cup is half empty, instead of the cup is half full
These kinds of people look at what they have lost, instead of what they have left.
An Enthusiastic person: Good morning, Lord; the pessimist: Good Lord its morning.
If life hands you a bag of lemons make lemonade
It’s a proven fact that 68% of people do not go back to buy at certain shops because of the attitude of the staff
We are ambassadors for Christ, will people want to come to your church?
You see an enthusiastic child of God is someone who does things before they have to be asked to do it. Enthusiasm is contagious you can never remain neutral in the presence of an enthusiastic person
Ephesians 5:10 (Amp) – Trying to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him.]
Don’t you think an enthusiastic Christian bubbling over; witnessing; always positive, pleases the Father when He looks at your life.
Right now, as you sit there, what’s coming out of your life, is a direct reflection of who and what you are and what you believe to be true.
The devil (die vark oor) hates an enthusiastic Christian.
Here is a challenge for every one of us for the next week then we must report back how it went at home cells.
This is the challenge
Stop all negative talk – It destroys enthusiasm
Stop saying anything bad about anything or anyone.
Make a decision to look for ways to help others and to invest in them – It will boost your enthusiasm
Let us consider our enthusiasm for Jesus a new, our joy, and our attitude. (Seek God)
Create opportunities to be enthusiastic.
If you know you haven’t been very enthusiastic, make it a point to pray until you experience the touch of the fire of the anointing of the enthusiastic Holy Ghost it’s the very breath of the Father in you start to act like it’s real.
Decide to rid yourself of that 5Bar pumped up face and stop looking like you suck lemons.