In a sermon entitled “Get Your Passion Back,” I talked about how we can lose, but also regain, our spiritual passion, or enthusiasm.  I used an example that you may be able to relate to, if because of Coronavirus you’ve been forced to have meetings on Zoom or other video-conferencing platform:

… chances are you are just not as enthusiastic about those meetings as you once were.  This is understandable.

Maybe it’s like that with your faith; you can think back to times when your spiritual enthusiasm seemed greater than at other times.  What’s that all about?  To get at that, we talked about the root of the word enthusiasm.  It comes from two Greek words, “en” and “theos” meaning “in” and “God.”  In a spiritual sense at least, our enthusiasm comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit – God’s presence in the life of the believer.

Unfortunately the world, our flesh and the devil is always at war with the Spirit in us.  So how do we feed that Spirit in us, and regain our enthusiasm?  On Sunday we explored this by observing King David at various points in his life.  We saw that his enthusiasm for the things of God was strong at some seasons of his life and weak at others.   What we learned is that we maintain our spiritual fervor and enthusiasm best when we:

  • trust God daily
  • walk with God daily
  • worship God daily

but David allowed himself to become complacent, and he took his eyes off his calling and put them on his comfort.  This led him to sin.  But recognizing his failure, he returned to God in repentance saying:

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me… Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” – Psalm 51:10,12 

Friends, all of this is to say that if you find yourself struggling with enthusiasm – there is hope!  Because our Lord Jesus never loses His enthusiasm for youHe is there to re-fresh, re-new, and re-store you.  Turn to Him.

You can learn more about this by viewing Sunday’s sermon HERE.

“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57-58, NLT

Yours in Christ,
– Pastor Augie