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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" Colossians 1:27
There has been a chant passed down through our family from my dad's days in Bible college, and it never fails to do what it is designed to do. This chant was introduced in dad's life by a potbellied professor, who would make the class stand and chant: "If you act enthusiastic; then you'll be enthusiastic!" They would chant this while pumping their arms first to the left, and then to the right, all the while the professor's belly was bouncing away. No matter what, when you stand and chant it, you will feel more enthusiastic. I would suggest you try this when you are all by yourself and see if you aren't feeling more energetic.
Although the chant will leave you feeling a bit more energized (and a bit more silly), you won’t really be any more enthusiastic. We get our word enthusiastic from the Latin word enthsiasmus, and Greek word enthousiasmos, which means to be possessed by God. En = in and theos = God. The original Greek word means rapture. Enthusiasm was the word used to depict the religious attitude of the Puritans in the seventeenth century. In other words, the Puritans were possessed by God to the extent that others said they were "enthusiastic."
Should we not be enthusiastic? After all, the Scripture says, "And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live," Ezekiel 37:14. Again, "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" John 14:17. Think of that! God in us; that is enthusiasm!
No wonder we are to enthusiastic in our:
Singing – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
Prayer – “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” John 15:4
Witnessing – “For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” Matthew 10:20
Victory – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
Oh the thought! To know that He Who spoke the worlds in space lives in me. No wonder we are to be filled with enthusiasm--we are possessed with God!
Study verses: Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:27; Philemon 1:6; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Peter 3:15