Christ-centered exuberance is the biblical norm

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.

Photo by Monstera on Pexels.com — Jesus makes you want to dance for joy!

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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