God is in a Good Mood
"Jesus, save me!"
I cried haplessly to the Lord to stop making me laugh. Now, this was a
very foolish thing because why would I ask the person instigating the
whole laughing affair to save me from laughing my head off? It's like
crying out to your father to stop tickling you when he is grinning in
delight. I laughed so long and hard that my back and stomach started to
ache. I couldn't stop. The senior pastor's wife and another pastor only
stoked the flames more by praying for me while they laughed
uncontrollably, too. They carry a kolohe (rascal) anointing.
I thought about last night's mid-week service, I realized God melded
the Word and the Spirit into one complete package. We shared from the
pulpit about the importance of delighting in the Lord from Psalm 37:4.
We shared that delighting carries the power to enjoy, to pamper, and to
restore. I felt all three as I rolled off the chairs and laughed my head
off under last night's anointing.
laughing and they could give you their testimony, but this was what
happened in my heart as God swept me into experiencing Psalm 37:4 in a
got closer to my fellow brothers and sisters. It brought me back to my
post Christian days when my wrestling buddies and I would get completely
inebriated with beer after a tournament. Friendships were forged during
that time. All decorum would go out the window. We just laughed, cried,
and sang out of tune. Under that spirit, a bond was created. We are
still close today.
understand me, I am not promoting getting drunk with alcohol. I am
promoting realness. The unity with my high school friends, as debauched
and intoxicating as it was, lasts till today. If I see them on the
street, we naturally click into friendship. It's like the years didn't
do anything to our bond.
I felt the
same thing happening with my spiritually inebriated friends last night.
All properness went out the window and uproarious laughter took control.
I believe God created a deeper bond with us last night. Ephesians 2:21
states, "in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing
into a holy temple in the Lord." The Spirit of God was building us all
into a holy temple in the Lord. He was fitting us together, bonding us
as one, erecting a church.
an authenticity with the whole experience. It felt right. We've all been
in fake church meetings or conferences that promoted false unity – but
the Holy Spirit doesn't do fake. He drops down on or ambushes people
and gets them all drunk in the Spirit. He's not proper, but very
rascally. He makes a party to promote unity. This makes complete sense.
On the day
of Pentecost, the witnesses thought the disciples were all drunk. Acts
2:13 states, "But others were mocking and saying, 'They are full of
sweet wine' ". For those familiar with wines, we all know sweet wine is a
liquor or a dessert wine. It usually contains more alcohol, about 30 to
40 percent alcohol. The disciples looked and were plastered, not by
wine, but by the sweet wine of God’s Spirit. God created drinking
buddies at the inception of the church. He needed to create a strong
bond of unity for the rigors ahead. He did it Holy Spirit style.
God healed my heart. Under the anointing, my heart was ready to explode.
The laughter seeped into the different crevices and caverns of my inner
person and started to do a work. How do I know? I feel different today.
I feel lighter. I feel more joy. I feel more whole. As I shared
earlier, to delight in the Lord is to come under the restorative power
of the Lord. He restored in a natural, fun, deep, and real way. He did
this with me last night. The shalom (peace, wholeness, health) of God
fell and I will never be the same.
God deepened courage. Psalm 2:4, 37:13, and 59:8 all talk about God
laughing at his enemies. There is nothing more disconcerting to a foe
than laughter. It's the sign of complete confidence, peace, and strength
in your abilities. It causes our enemies to fidget in uncertainty while
it builds faith in us. As I looked at the crazy and turbulent world, my
heart began to worry a little. "What will happen to my family? Will I
be able to provide for wife and child?" As God released his refreshment
last night, those fears disappeared. I bonded with god’s confidence. He
will make a way. He will provide and even prosper those who trust in Him
(Phil 4:19, Eph 3:20). He caused me to laugh at the surging waves and
darkening skies. Dark and light are alike to him.
poured out joy. This goes without any further explanation than this: in
his presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). It is the best
form of strength (Neh 8:10). Enough said.
As you read this article, some of you may be saying, "Oh no, John has gone the way of Kathryn Kuhlman and Rodney Howard-Browne. John has become a heretic. John has lost it." I don't know about Rodney Howard Browne or the others – I don't care – but I do know this: I was blind but now I see. Yes, I have lost it. I have lost fear, worry, anger, insecurity, hopelessness, and a host of other things in a deeper way. I have not arrived at complete perfection, but who cares. I am enjoying the journey with my new drinking buddies. I like God's sweet wine. We serve a laughing God! Draw near and laugh, too.