I grew up Pentecostal where it’s a no holds bar experience in the presence of God. I’ve pretty much seen it all with worship, and the different expressions of it. We will dance in the spirit without caring who sees us, jump for joy, expressing outwardly what we are experiencing on the inside. It’s an inner zeal that cannot be contained. For others who may not have had a spiritual upbringing however, the above might seem a bit strange. People are skeptical and sometimes afraid of what they don’t understand, and understandably so. But rather than being dismissive, I implore you to seek clarity.
Because I grew up in the church, the various moves of the spirit are not foreign to me, but it may be to others. I’ve heard all sorts of criticism from those who are not familiar with the move of God. I’ve even had close friends voice their discomfort about it. So, like everything else to be discussed about God, we have to take it to his Word. Scripture says: “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…” (1 Corinthians 1:27). In the Bible, there are a number of cases where Jesus healed using unconventional ways to do so. Sometimes he spoke a word which was simple enough, and other times he chose to go another route. For example, when he spit on the ground to make clay so a blind man could receive his sight, and when he told a leper to dip in dirty water 7 times to restore his skin back to normal. To us [“man”], that’s a little odd, but to God? No big deal. “The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him…” (1 Corinthians 2:14). And that’s ok. If we need understanding we can just ask. But as long as we know its God, there’s no need to be afraid.
Of course for every original, there’s a counterfeit. So it’s important to know what is the spirit of God, from what isn’t (1 John 4:1). But also know that just like everyone else who has that one thing that excites them to the core, be it music, sports, or a favorite celebrity, we feel that enthusiasm about God. And the same way you are triggered to express your excitement for the above, we are fired up to express our excitement for God.
Written by: Lady M.