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Passions- Where Do They Lie?

Psalm 27:4 MSG [4] I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.

What is it to be passionate about something?  It means to have deep desire, fervency, fieriness, or vigor towards something or an activity.

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV [23] Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, [24] knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

What are you passionate about?  We all have some sort of passion and I believe the gifts that God has given us help us to fulfill those passions.  Something that God showed me is that He will provide for me to be participate in my passions, also that my passions should be life giving and not draining.  My passion is that insatiable drive to function in my gifting.  Since I’m functioning within my own gift and not anyone else’s I’m not draining myself.  Both my healthy passion and my gift come from the Lord.

Proverbs 18:16 ASV [16] A man’s gift maketh room for him, And bringeth him before great men.

Having a relationship with the Lord helps us to be successful in our passions.  When I write successful I do not mean necessarily fame or money, not saying that could not come from it, but being successful means, “Did you accomplish your goal and was it worth it?  What was your end result?”  It’s always great to do some introspection and think on your motives as you are pursuing anything you are passionate about.  A prayer that I pray over myself is that God not allow me to twist the things he’s given me into something grotesque and void of Him.  I also ask Him to keep me in the place (physically, mentally and spiritually) that He wants me so that I can be used to make the greatest impact.

Stay humble and teachable.  Stay at the feet of Jesus to keep your passions and desires in check.  God knows the end of a thing so we need to be positioned at His feet to know where to follow, don’t get ahead of Him.

This year we are expecting many things and have many declarations.  Stay close to God, closer than you’ve been.  Make His relationship the most important.  Keep your focus and allow God to fuel your passions.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV [31] So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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