your passion for God
A great deception incarcerates the modern- day woman. She lives a limited life but doesn’t know it. She actually believes her full-on sprint through each day is a mark of success.
Notice how God contrasts His view and man’s belief concerning success: “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3:17).
Deception. You and I are susceptible and it’s always a gradual descent. Pastor Jim Rodriguez shared his thoughts on the ploy of busyness and the deception that occurs in the modern lifestyle of men and women alike:
1. Christians assimilate to a lifestyle of hurriedness.
2. God becomes marginalized.
3. Relationship with God deteriorates.
4. Christians become more vulnerable to adopting secular mindsets.
Sadly, when we find ourselves blending perfectly with our world, the records of the Spirit-filled believers throughout Scripture read more like a history story than a model for modern-day realities of God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Let’s face it: we don’t have time for God. We give Him a one to three- hour slot of our precious downtime each week, but we’re not actually seeking to know Him intimately as we do our spouse. God becomes marginalized; the relationship diminishes. We look like the world yet carry a title, “Christian.”
How can I change my condition? Where do I begin if I want to ignite a passion, you ask?
You can wait for tragedies to strike and each time run into the arms of your heavenly Father and cling to Him like never before. Be wary, though, because this cycle is like the moon’s phases. You find yourself waxing then waning in devotion and eventually tire of the inconsistency.
You can begin to seek the Lord daily through fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14). Prior to His death and resurrection, Jesus took time to prepare the disciples for His departure and their soon-coming lifestyle of abiding in the Spirit’s presence.
Read John chapters 14-16 and know for yourself the believer’s normal experience when walking in step with the Holy Spirit. Jesus clearly states the evidences of the Spirit-led life: joy, peace and producing eternal fruit.
Know that before Jesus ascended to the Father in heaven He told those gathered to wait in Jerusalem for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). Wait is not a pleasant word in our hurried society, but to ignite a passion we must wait with expectation that God fulfills His promises. Think of the camper seeking to start a fire with flint. He works himself to a sweat as he strikes that stone with patience knowing that a spark will happen. Likewise, we expect God to fulfill His promise of igniting a Holy Spirit fire in us.
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! (Luke 11:13)
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us- whatever we ask- we know that we have what we asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
Dear friend, I don’t want you to live a powerless life full of frenzy and self-dependency. In that state, it’s not only your own relationship with the Father that suffers, but your effectiveness in investing your life in others and making disciples also suffers. Remember, that is why you live- to bring God pleasure. Do this more and more! Increase His pleasure by being used of the Holy Spirit to turn more hearts to their Creator and Lover of their souls.
I want you living in truth. Jesus’ realities are your realities- they should be, because “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).