BOLD MOVES OF PASSION!

6 03 2013

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Our God is a God of all or nothing at all! God created us with that same ingredient of passion strategically placed deep within our hearts! But it was never meant to stay buried treasure. God longs for us to respond back to him just as he first responds to us. This is why the greatest commandment that the Lord ever gave to us was both relational and rhythmic in its reply! “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” God is saying to us, “I want you to put some muscle into it, put some energy, put some emotion into your relationship with Me.” Jesus is saying, “If you’re going to follow me, you’ve got to go for it and do it with devotion and desire. You’ve got to give it some oomph, some spark, some zip, some enthusiasm and some zest. I want you to learn to live passionately.”

Passion gives you a reason to get up in the morning and spout off with conviction “I’m going to do something with my life today.” Jesus doesn’t just teach us sermonettes so we can stack them along with the rest of our notes lying dormant within our Bibles! Jesus inspires! How have you allowed God to pump you up lately? We don’t need another hot air blower who does nothing more than tickle our itching ears. We need a devout Coach who gets us up off of our behinds and gives us the necessary incentives to press on and gain new ground by marching forward! But to receive inspiration without transformation will only result in nothing more than useless information! If you don’t apply it- then no matter how great you might think it is- it goes unused and so one can easily conclude that it must not that be all that important in the real world. So knowing without going will forever keep you from growing. You can behave properly and do good things but not exactly have your heart right but if you get your heart righted then God can ignite it and what will flow out of you is the real deal! I believe this world is starving for authenticity and genuineness and love that backs up its words with wonders that never cease to amaze!

I was mulling this idea of passion and came up with these words that I pray will encourage you today and will jumpstart you to allow God to give you your own divine directed script. We don’t have forever to get this thing called life right! But we will have forever if we allow God to make life right now! As the Scripture promises us in one of Paul’s greatest benedictions: “Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).” Ephesians 3:20-21 The Amplified Bible

THE SONG YOU GAVE TO SING By Rudy Sheptock
“We’ve traveled so many miles Lord- so many adventures along the way-
It seems like I’ve never needed You- Like I need You today.
The longer I go on this journey- The firmer I grab on to Your hand-
The less that I trust in myself Lord and the more I need You to understand-
That I couldn’t make it without You- You are my only reason to live!
I still wonder how I ever could doubt You- When I look at my life and all that You give!
I want to dance in the streets- I want to play in the rain and tell the world that I can’t stop singing!
I want to run with the wind with the heart of a child and tell the world that I can’t stop singing- The song that You gave just me to sing!

I have no idea what’s ahead Lord- and part of me really doesn’t care-
The guarantee that I have Lord- is wherever we go I know You’ll be there!
So I give it all over again Lord- and make my vows so fresh and brand new-
Because I want to live with such passion- and I want to be sure that I share it with You!
Because I couldn’t make it without You- You are my only reason to live!
I still wonder how I ever could doubt You- When I look at my life and all that You give!
I want to dance in the streets- I want to play in the rain and tell the world that I can’t stop singing!
I want to run with the wind with the heart of a child and tell the world that I can’t stop singing-
The song that You gave just me to sing!”

I close with my own benediction: “May the Spirit of God come alive in you and the vision of Jesus so grip your heart that it stirs your imagination to such the extent that a holy passion and fervent fire will blaze from you and others will warm to the love of God through you- Amen!”


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