With all that goes on in life and with the weight of everyday responsibilities, we easily lose our zeal for the things that God has purposed for us! I am so guilty of this. I become exhausted, I get weary in my well doing, I let procrastination win, I put the needs of others first, or I am even guilty of helping others reach their purpose with such dedication that when the time comes for me to work on mine, I am spent! Nothing but chump change left, then what? If pennies is all I have left then what value of output can I really give?!?!?! I don’t want to grieve God and I don’t want to grieve the Holy Spirit! It is my intimate desire to please Him! Because of these events, it has been a part of my prayer as of late to ask for a zeal that is kept, I want to be enthusiastic about the things, purpose and plans that the Lord has ordained for me! I don’t want to lose my enthusiasm! This has been a prayer of anguish and the Lord heard my cries! As I was riding along in traffic this week listening to Rick Warren on WDCX, I heard a word from the Lord! Got just what I needed! I know this word was just for me because I had been listening to the broadcast for awhile and I can’t remember any of it except what the Lord wanted me to hear! Don’t you just love when that happens? Rick was talking about how to keep an enthusiastic spirit! “The way you stay enthusiastic for a lifetime is found in the word “enthusiasm.” The word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek word en theos. En is the Greek word for the English word “in.” Theos is the Greek word for “God.” So en theosmeans to be “in God. When you get in God, you will be enthusiastic. It’s the kind of enthusiasm that isn’t affected by the economy or the weather or your circumstances. It’s eternal because you are tied to the eternal God. You are in Christ.” Amen! What an on time word! It’s not that I don’t have God in me and this causes me to lose my enthusiasm but I forget to remember that it is his spirit that is within me that will restore my zeal and that will help me maintain the enthusiasm that he requires from me! Bless the Lord!
Lord, I thank you in advance for providing me with extreme enthusiasm. I recognize that it is only you that can restore, renew, and refresh my enthusiasm for the things that you have called me to do. I repent of being anything less than enthusiastic and for ever thinking that it is about me! I want to remain in you so that my enthusiasm is not easily manipulated or altered! You deserve nothing less. Thank you for reminding me and for being faithful even when I lacked enthusiastic faith! I love you Lord! I decree today that from this day forward I will walk enthusiastically eager in my purpose! Amen!
The link to Rick Warren’s blog about this topic is http://purposedriven.com/blogs/dailyhope/