OK, before I get into our word for tonight, I admit, some of my “Midnight Watch Words” are later than midnight. I'm coming clean on this one tonight and posting it as 3 AM (actually 3:52). I also confess I am sometimes “watching” not out of spirituality…but because I stay up late. Tonight it's Ice Cream. Maybe the sugar? But that's just tonight. I don't usually eat ice cream this late. I have other excuses for other nights.
Which reminds me of a quote. Thought of it today: “Self control is the master aptitude.”
Let's move on…
As you know, I strive to deliver usable content in these sessions and I have something GREAT to give you TONIGHT!
You see, I'm down the street from a very large church that constantly knocks charismatics about seeking “spontaneity” or being open to the Spirit. They are “hyper planners.” They delight in saying, “The Spirit of God can give you spontaneous leading the night before the worship service as well as during.” They love planning and have the success to prove it….BUT they will never host a move of God. They're too smart. I fall into the spontaneous camp.
BUT there is a word for this gift of improvisation….”desenrascanço” pronounced: “the-zEn-ros-kan-so.” David engaged this skill when he suddenly acted insane in order to escape from enemies!
“So he disguised his sanity before them, and acted insanely in their hands, and scribbled on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva run down into his beard.” — (1 Sam 21:13)
Paul adopted his knack for “the-zEn-ros-kan-so” when coming up with his defense in front of his peers – he split the house down the middle!
“Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, ‘Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.' ” —— (Acts 23:6)
How much of Jesus' defense was spontaneous? “the-zEn-ros-kan-so” is obvious. Likewise, in Stephen's spontaneity “no man was able to resist the wisdom or the spirit by which he spoke.” Combined with miracles?… De-sen-ros-kan-so!
SO HERE'S TO “THE IMPROVISATION OF HAPHAZARD BUT COMPLETELY SOUND SOLUTIONS OR PLANS AT THE LAST MINUTE”….
and thanks to my son Carl who discovered this word “desenroskanso.”
Then again, de apple “desen” fall far from the tree.