Exuberance isn’t an extraordinary expression of Christianity. It’s the biblical norm for following Jesus.
Tidy Christianity tends to quench the Holy Spirit. Christianity in the Bible isn’t organized, formalized, or intellectualized.
You don’t work up genuine love for Jesus. When you’re aware of His presence, it spontaneously flows from within. Unfortunately, many people have allowed their inner acoustics to deteriorate until they have difficulty hearing the voice of God.
Don’t settle for less. When the living Jesus causes inner exuberance to erupt like a geyser from within you, you’ll know it! It will also be obvious to those who know you.
Happiness isn’t obsession with self. It’s freedom from self-focus. Like a rope, your emotions can either tie you up, or lift you up. It all depends on how you respond to them. People who aren’t ruled by their desires are inner heroes of freedom and self-control.
Joyless Christianity isn’t biblical. The living Jesus and my ego seldom go in the same direction. When I focus on the living Jesus, I overflow with enjoyment. The Bible calls that: “joy unspeakable and full of glory.” The risen Jesus continually fills me with spontaneous liveliness and joyful enthusiasm.
If you don’t have inner peace, you’re allowing something tormenting to trespass inside you where it doesn’t belong. When God’s light enters a human heart, the hardness of the heart begins to soften, unless the person turns away to darkness.
Without discernment, the willingness to recognize the difference between divine and demonic thoughts, life is a mess.