Enthusiasm

I mentioned briefly in my last post about being over enthusiastic when trying to do things for God. In his book “A Plain Account of Christian Perfection” John Wesley states the following:

“Beware of that daughter of pride, enthusiasm. O keep at the utmost distance from it! Give no place to a heated imagination. Do not hastily ascribe things to God. Do not easily suppose dreams, voices, impressions, visions, or revelations to be from God. They may be from Him. They may be from nature. They may be from the devil. Therefore, ‘believe not every spirit, but try spirits whether they be of God.’ Try all things by the written word, and let all bow down before it. You are in danger of enthusiasm every hour, if you depart ever so little from Scripture; yea, or from the plain, literal meaning of any text, taken in connection with the context. And so you are, if you despise or lightly esteem reason, knowledge, or human learning; every one of which is an excellent gift of God, and may serve the noblest purposes.”

Let us all be ready and willing to do things for God, but not foolishly. Jumping in with both feet can oftentimes end with falling on your bottom. Be prayerful and careful before committing yourself to doing anything. When things fall through, it can be very discouraging not only for us, but for other believers as well. So it is imperative that we make sure we are doing what God wants us to do, not what we think we should do.

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