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Today we are going to learn about ENTHUSIASM from a perspective you may not have thought of before, Spiritual ENTHUSIASM.
There are two different types of people in the world.
There are those who let their environments influence their enthusiasm.
There are those who let their enthusiasm influence their environments.
Enthusiasm comes from two Greek words, en and theos.
En means in. Theos means God. En theos, the root of enthusiasm, literally means “IN GOD” or it means, “FILLED WITH GOD.”
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labor in the LORD is not in vain.”
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” (NJKV)
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (NIV)
Enthusiasm is not so much a product of the environment as much as it is a posture of our hearts.
Let’s look at the en theos or enthusiasm of King David.
“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
There are three reason David was so confident in his spiritual enthusiasm.
- David trusted
- David walked with God daily.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
- David worshiped God daily.
2 Samuel 6:16
Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
Tragically, this didn’t last forever in David’s life.
- As a kid, with enthusiasm, David ran into the battle to serve God.
- As a king, with apathy, David walked on the roof to serve his comfort.
How did a man with so much enthusiasm as a kid, lose it as a king? David took his eyes off his calling and he put it on his comfort.
Which of these two categories best represents you?
- Are you charging into the spiritual battle with enthusiasm? En theos? Filled with God?
- Have you slipped into a place where life is more about you?
“Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works.”
What do you do? Jesus said you go back, and you do what you used to do.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.”
There are those who let their environment dictate their enthusiasm, and there are those who let their enthusiasm dictate their environment.
This lesson is titled, I’M CONFIDENT!
Are you living the life that God created you to live?
It’s tragic when we don’t even attempt something for God because we don’t have the confidence.
I. We don’t need self-confidence. We need to cultivate God confidence.
1 Corinthians 10:12
“Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” NKJV
1 Corinthians 10:12
“Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.” MSG
II. Why shouldn’t we be self-confident?
A. The Bible says the heart is deceitful above all things.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (NKJV)
B. The Bible says our flesh is weak.
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (NKJV)
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (NKJV)
III. Three different Biblical truths to help us cultivate a God confidence.
A. I’m confident because, God is always for me.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (NKJV)
We don’t live for His approval. We can live from His approval.
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (NKJV)
We are living from the posture of one who is already pleased with us.
“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings for you.”
B. I’m confident because, God always helps me.
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.
“So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (NKJV)
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (NKJV)
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.” (NKJV)
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (NKJV)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (NKJV)
C. I’m confident because, God is still working in me.
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”; (NKJV)
God is for you, because God is helping you, and because God is not finished with you yet.
THE CALL IS FOR YOU
Live Your Calling: What On Earth Am I Here For?
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
The Bible says you have been called according to His purpose.
“Those that God predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.”
The Greek word Kaleo, means, God is calling you.
“My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God called you.”
When you understand your calling, it gives you incredible hope.
1. My calling is a gift from God!
Galatians chapter 1 says this, “God, by His grace through Christ, has called you to become His people.”
Grace is the fact that God knows every dumb mistake you’re going to make in life and He still chose to create you.
2 Timothy 1:9 says “He has saved us and called us [they go together] to a holy life – not because of anything we’ve done but because of His own purpose and grace.” His purpose and His grace.
2. I am called for God’s purpose!
God’s calling is about His plan for my life, not my plan. His dream for my life, not my dream and His purpose for my life, not my purpose.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
You’re not junk because God doesn’t create junk, Jesus didn’t die for junk and the Holy Spirit doesn’t live in junk.
You are a masterpiece. You’re God’s masterpiece, but it only shows when you fulfill your calling.
3. God chose my calling before I was born!
“It pleased God in His kindness to choose me and call me even before I was born! What undeserved mercy!”
Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.”
The Bible says God uniquely shaped you. You were a custom-made baby. You’re a prescription baby.
Isaiah 44:2 “I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born!”
My sins and my mistakes don’t change my call.
1 Timothy 1
“By calling me into His service, Jesus has judged me trustworthy, even though I used to be a blasphemer and a persecutor and contemptuous. Mercy, however, was shown me, because while I lacked faith, I acted in ignorance.”
God never wastes anything, and He fits it all into His plan.
The sins of other people against you don’t change your calling.
God has a calling and a purpose for your life!
Live Your Calling: What On Earth Am I Here For?