Holy Spirit Passion

Passion is the inner spark provided by God’s Holy Spirit that ignites you to your God-given purpose. So open your life to the continual feeling of the Holy Spirit.
“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” — Luke 5:4–5 
Did you know that the definition for passion is “an intense desire or enthusiasm for something”? The word enthusiasm comes from two Greek words: en meaning “in or within,” and heos meaning “God.”
Yes! Passion means “in God.” Sound familiar? Christ in us!
Christ in you! What better understanding of the source of passion could there be than understanding that passion comes from having God’s presence within us?
Christ in you means that you alone do not keep your God-passion alive. Have you ever tried to manufacture passion where it doesn’t exist? It’s similar to a cheerleader trying to whip an apathetic crowd into enthusiasm. If the cheerleader works hard enough — and especially if something exciting happens in the game — she might succeed or she might not. But passion for the purposes of God is not something we manufacture within us under our own power. It is supernatural.
Passion is the inner spark provided by God’s Holy Spirit that ignites you to your God-given purpose.
So open your life to the continual infilling of the Holy Spirit. Do you remember what Jesus told the disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit after the resurrection, just before he ascended into heaven?
I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. – Luke 24:49
That promised gift was the Holy Spirit, and it is the Spirit who clothes us with the power from on high. What a powerful description of the role the Holy Spirit plays in our lives. His passion fills us as he comforts us, teaches us, empowers us, counsels us, convicts us, and intercedes for us. So open up wide. Continually invite God’s Spirit to pour passion into you. He will – and then life will pour abundantly out of you into others, wherever you go. And you will discover a life filled with unstoppable passion, because it will be fueled by God himself.
Paul writes a beautiful invitation to that kind of passionate life.
Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively! — 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 The Message
The wide-open life is about waking up every morning and knowing that you were born for this day.
When I look into the eyes of my husband and children, when I see lives transformed through ministry and love, when I see God multiply what we offer him and make our “not enough” into more than enough, I taste this wide-open, expansive kind of life, and my passion to keep running the race grows.
What keeps our A21 staff at locations around the world going day after day, year after year, even though they must repeatedly face the discouragement and emotional pain of seeing bruised and battered young women trapped in slavery? Passion.
What kept the early Christians hard at work spreading the gospel, even though they saw their fellow believers imprisoned and tortured and knew that they themselves could be thrown into stadiums, where they would be torn to pieces by wild animals before a crowd fired by bloodlust? Passion.
Passion fuels the mother to stay up all night caring for her feverish child. Passion fuels a father to work two jobs to put his kids through college. Passion fuels a woman to care for her elderly, disabled father. Passion fuels a grandmother to set aside her dreams to care for her fatherless grandchildren. Passion drives the human heart to persevere through hardship when nothing else will keep us going.
Jesus’ life on this earth was the ultimate picture of the passionate life. He embraced children, delighted in doing the will of the Father, healed the sick, loved the lost, helped the marginalized, dined with friends and neighbors, and gave His all to run his race. When I see Jesus and His cause, I glimpse the wide-open, spacious life He wants you and me to enjoy.
Today I am more passionate than ever, full of vision, full of faith, full of love, full of hope, full of purpose, full of zeal, and full of dreams, willing to pick up more batons and let go of others as I do the Lord’s work. May the same be true for you. May you know no greater thrill than running your race with your eyes fixed on Jesus. He is so worthy of our all.
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
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Are you filled with passion running your race? What captures your passion? Are you convinced that you were born for this day? Come share with us on our blog! We would love to hear from you about passion! ~ Devotionals Daily
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His Strength is Perfect

The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song. — Isaiah 12:2Bring me all your feelings, even the ones you wish you didn’t have. Fear and anxiety still plague you. Feelings per se are not sinful, but they can be temptations to sin. Blazing missiles of fear fly at you day and night; these attacks from the evil one come at you relentlessly. Use your shield of faith to extinguish those flaming arrows. Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. If you persist, your feelings will eventually fall in line with your faith.

Do not hide from your fear or pretend it isn’t there. Anxiety that you hide in the recesses of your heart will give birth to fear of fear: a monstrous mutation. Bring your anxieties out into the Light of My Presence, where we can deal with them together. Concentrate on trusting Me, and fearfulness will gradually lose its foothold within you.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. —Ephesians 6:16
This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. —1 John 1:5–7
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. —Isaiah 12:2
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Die to the right things

Dying to the right things, and not the wrong things, is essential to a life of faith. — Geri Scazzero in The Emotionally Healthy Woman
God never asks us to die to parts of ourselves that bring life to our souls. ~ Geri & Peter Scazzero
Quit Dying to the Wrong Things

Geri Scazzero, The Emotionally Healthy Woman

Hi, I’m Geri.

A “Good, Loving Christian”?

In my early Christian experience, I learned that a “good and loving Christian” embodied certain qualities. These messages were modeled and encouraged by the Christian subculture in which I was being formed spiritually.
I wanted to be a good, loving Christian no matter the cost. And I mistakenly believed that good, loving Christians were people characterized by five things: they never said no, they had an active social calendar, they juggled many things without complaining, they got things done, and they put others’ needs before their own.
They Never Say No
I did not understand the powerful, biblical principle of limits as a gift from the hand of God.
God places boundaries around every living thing, including human beings. We are not created to be twenty-four-hour-seven-day-a- week machines. Our bodies and minds need sleep and rest. We have limits specific to our age, personality, marital status, children, gifts, education, family of origin, and economic status.
Yet I assumed that if a need crossed my path, then it was God’s will that I should meet it. This was obviously the right thing to do. I felt guilty if I didn’t.
My conversations went something like this:
Friend: “Geri, Can you give me a ride home?”
Geri: “Sure!”(Even though this will take me way out of my way and I am worn out.)
Church Member: “Geri, will you teach this Sunday school class? I was up late last night with my three-year-old and I’m not feeling well.”
Geri: “Sure!” (Even though I too am exhausted by my own small children.)
Pete: “Geri, can we have company for dinner?”
Geri: “Sure!” (Even though I prefer to be by ourselves.)

No matter what the request or need, no matter how depleted or empty I felt, I believed that a good and loving Christian would rarely say no.
They Have an Active Social Calendar
My active social life gave me a false sense of goodness and lovability. I mistakenly thought, “I’m a good Christian person if I have a lot of invitations.” The more social engagements I attended, the better I felt about myself.
Eventually, these invitations became a terrible burden because I felt compelled to say yes to all of them. How many birthday parties, showers, graduations, weddings, luncheons, dinners, and church events can one finite human being attend? Despite my need for solitude, I surrendered my calendar to the social obligations of our church, my large extended family, and our four young girls. It was a recipe for disaster.
They Juggle Many Things without Complaining
I felt this was the real test of my spirituality. Taking another Scripture out of context, I told myself that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength [cf. Philippians 4:13] — and do them without complaining!
Actually, I ended up complaining a lot, but not clearly or directly. I never admitted, “Our lives are overwhelming, and I don’t want to live like this.” Instead, I whined and avoided people I was upset with. I typically complained to a third party instead of going to the person directly.
My juggling acts eventually overwhelmed me. I wanted out but felt powerless to do anything about it. I tried to pass my frustration to someone else, usually Pete. Is it any wonder I slipped in and out of depression?
They Get Things Done
Somehow I picked up the belief that the busier I was, the more spiritual and godly I must be. If I was unselfish and sacrificial with my time, then I must be a loving person. The apostle Paul seemed to get a lot done. So did Jesus. So did most of the so-called mature Christian women I knew at the time. I once had a Christian leader tell me he was going to work as much as possible until he died. “I’ll have plenty of time to rest in heaven,” he remarked. “For now, I’ll work as long and as hard as I can.”
I did get a lot done. The problem was I was also tired, resentful, and angry.
They Put Others’ Needs before Their Own
The guide for my Christian life was summarized in the acronym JOY:
Jesus first
Others second
Yourself third
I had always put others’ needs before my own, whether they were my husband’s or my children’s. I tried, unsuccessfully, to live out my narrow misunderstanding of Paul’s command in Philippians 2:3–4:
In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
The problem was that it wasn’t working. I only grew more miserable as the demands of JOY slowly drained the authentic joy of Christ from my soul.
The Two Tensions
In the early years of my faith, most of my spiritual formation focused primarily on depravity and sin. The good seeds of God hidden beneath my unique person as an image-bearer of God were rarely mentioned. The human heart was considered deceitful only and never to be trusted.
Granted, every part of our being is flawed and disfigured by sin. Nonetheless, because of God’s image in us, goodness also dwells within every human being. That includes the religiously arrogant, criminals, the homeless, you, and me. Henri Nouwen describes it well:
For a very long time I considered low self-esteem to be some kind of virtue. I had been warned so often against pride and conceit that I came to consider it a good thing to deprecate myself. But now I realize that the real sin is to deny God’s first love for me, to ignore my original goodness. Because without claiming that first love and that original goodness for myself, I lose touch with my true self and embark on the destructive search among the wrong people and in the wrong places for what can only be found in the house of my Father.
An unbalanced biblical theology fails to hold these twin tensions together, resulting in all sorts of confusion about dying to the right and to the wrong things.
Dying to the Wrong Things
As a result of these misguided beliefs, I died to the wrong things. I believed that putting others’ needs before my own was what it meant to die to self.
I wrongly died to a host of gifts God was inviting me to receive.
I mistakenly died to my delight and love for the outdoors — hiking, lakes, oceans, mountains. I love camping, yet with the intensity of serving Christ and Pete’s distaste for camping, I died to my love of nature … for seventeen years. While we have one lovely tree in our backyard, it is a long way from the great outdoors! As I routinely declined summer vacations at my parents’ beach house, my soul shriveled and my resentments grew. Even though I live in urban Queens, God never asked me to die to my love for beauty and the outdoors, even though getting there required a lot of work.
I mistakenly died to my need for silence and solitude. Solo parenting in the early years almost killed me. For years we lived next to a major highway and were forced to endure the sound of speeding cars all night long. With the constant noise and all the people coming in and going out of our home, there was little room for the silence and solitude I longed for.
I mistakenly died to my extended family. I missed significant family events because of church. I missed several women’s weekends when my cousins, sisters, and aunts went away together. I missed weddings and other weekend events. I didn’t value myself enough to ask Pete to rearrange his life so I could participate in these events. I mistakenly believed I was missing these events because of my commitment to Christ. Like a martyr, I meekly surrendered to my situation.
I mistakenly died to intentional personal growth. I did not develop my leadership gifts or pursue a graduate degree. I took a backseat, a supporting role — not out of a calling from God, but because of gender-based expectations of church culture and my family of origin.
And finally, Pete and I both mistakenly died to a great marriage. We did not know what we were missing. It takes time — lots of it — to grow and nurture a mature, intimate, mutually satisfying marriage. We received no training on what it meant to cultivate a great marriage, and there were few, if any, models for us to follow. We simply poured ourselves into loving others at the church and squandered the God-given joys of the first eight years of our marriage.

Have you mistakenly died to anything Christ has not asked you to die to? Pete and I regularly use The Prayer of Examen to help us discern if we are dying to the wrong things. We take a few minutes of silence, asking ourselves: “When did I feel most alive this past week? When did I feel the most life draining out of me?”

If we die to the wrong things, ultimately, we end up in disobedience. Dying to the right things, and not the wrong things, is essential to a life of faith.
Dying to the Right Things
God never asks us to die to parts of ourselves that bring life to our souls.
David, for example, was never asked to give up his love for music and writing poetry. As a busy king under enormous pressure, he could easily have not spent time composing psalms. We benefit, to this day, from his decision to keep writing.
But we are to die to the sinful parts of who we are — defensiveness, arrogance, hypocrisy, a judgmental spirit, finding our worth and value apart from him — as well as the more obvious sins such as gossip, lying, stealing, coveting, and so on. David did have to die to his lying, his concern about what others thought, and his placement of trust in his military power rather than God.
For example, I needed to die to defensiveness and social shame, to a critical spirit, to the need to be right, to my fears of vulnerability and weakness, and to people’s approval. For most of my life, the thought of openly admitting my mistakes and vulnerabilities felt worse than death.
I remember crying on our living room couch with Pete as I wrestled with allowing myself to appear weak before others. It was terrifying, like being a trapeze artist flying high above the ground with no net underneath. Then, in the midst of my terror, I heard God’s still, small voice: “Geri, there is a net underneath you. It is the gospel. Christ died for you. You are so loved. You can be weak. You have nothing left to prove.”
The illusions about what it meant to be a good, loving Christian crumbled before me. Now I could begin to die to the right things — my self-protectiveness and fears of rejection. It was like being born again, yet again.

Excerpted with permission from The Emotionally Healthy Woman by Geri & Peter Scazzero, copyright Peter and Geri Scazzero. Published by Zondervan.
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There are endless selfish and wrong things that we must die to in order to love God and love others. But, maybe we’ve lumped several other God-ordained things in the “die to” pile that don’t belong there! What are you dying to today? Dying to the right things, and not the wrong things, is essential to a life of faith. Come join the conversation on our blog! We want to hear from you! ~ Laurie McClure, Faith.Full

 

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Restoring Relationships

God has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. — 2 Corinthians 5:18
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Restoring Broken Fellowship: Getting Along with One Another
by Rick Warren, from Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life

2 Corinthians 5:18
God has restored our relationship with Him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. — 2 Corinthians 5:18 (GWT)

Relationships are always worth restoring. God has given us the ministry of restoring relationships. For this reason a significant amount of the New Testament is devoted to teaching us how to get along with one another.
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if His love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care — then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. — Philippians 2:1-2 (MSG)
Shame on you! Surely there is at least one wise person in your fellowship who can settle a dispute between fellow Christians. — 1 Corinthians 6:5 (TEV)
I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. — 1 Corinthians 1:10 (MSG)
Jesus said, “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” — Matthew 5:9 (NLT)
You are only hurting yourself with your anger. — Job 18:4 (TEV)
God has called us to settle our relationships with each other. — 2 Corinthians 5:18 (MSG)
Here are seven biblical steps to restoring fellowship:
1. Talk to God before talking to the person.
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. — James 4:1-2 (NIV)
2. Always take the initiative.
Jesus said, “If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.” — Matthew 5:23-24 (MSG)
3. Sympathize with their feelings.
Look out for another’s interests, not just for your own. — Philippians 2:4 (TEV)
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. — Proverbs 19:11 (NIV)
Let’s please the other fellow, not ourselves, and do what is for his good. — Romans 15:2 (LB)
Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you. — Ephesians 4:29 (TEV)
4. Confess your part of the conflict.
Jesus said, “First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” — Matthew 7:5 (NLT)
If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. — 1 John 1:8 (MSG)
5. Attack the problem, not the person.
When my thoughts were bitter and my feelings were hurt, I was as stupid as an animal. — Psalm 73:21-22 (TEV)
A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. — Proverbs 15:1 (MSG)
A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is. — Proverbs 16:21 (TEV)
6. Cooperate as much as possible.
Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. — Romans 12:18 (TEV)
You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. — Matthew 5:9 (MSG)
7. Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution.
Work hard at living at peace with others. — 1 Peter 3:11 (NLT)
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” — Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
Christ did not indulge His own feelings… as scripture says: The insults of those who insult you fall on me. — Romans 15:3 (NJB)
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It’s shouldn’t be a surprise to us that Holy Scripture is so devoted to teaching us to be patient with one another, forgiving, gracious, and kind — because it’s not our natural bent. We’re a quarrelsome, disputatious, self-defensive bunch! We have to learn how to get along and practice remaining at peace with one another even with those we love the most. And when we do so, we honor God and display His Love to the world around us! Join the conversation on our blog! We’d love to hear from you about reconciling relationships! ~ Devotionals Daily

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Matthew 6:26

If you have ever moved, you have faced uncertainty. You know the hassle of boxing up all of your belongings and carting them to the new place. But Abram and Sarai had no idea where they were going.
Can you imagine leaving your home not knowing your destination? When God sent Abram and Sarai to Canaan, the wanderers went by faith. They could not see where their new home would be located or if they would like it. But they felt safe moving into the unknown because they trusted God, and they were following His instructions. Homes are important to God. You may never have thought of God as a real estate agent; however, the Bible is filled with references to the importance of territory and land and your home, both here on earth and for eternity.

Though Abram would travel far to reach his new earthly dwelling, his ultimate goal was far greater:
He was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. — Hebrews 11:10
God had promised Abram an eternal home, and he looked forward to living there.
Abram and Sarai spent most of their lives wandering from town to town and living in tents. Actually, this is what you’re doing. Even if it’s built with brick and stone, your home has a shelf life. It’s temporary.
For this world in its present form is passing away. — 1 Corinthians 7:31
When it comes to homes, God has something far better for you than anything you can imagine here on earth.
The home you live in now is temporary. Your permanent home is in heaven. And when moving day comes, unlike Abram and Sarai, you’ll know exactly where you’re going.
From God’s Word…
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. — John 14:3
Their Legacy in Scripture
1. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? — Matthew 6:25-27
What would it be like to “not worry” about your life? God told Abram — who had to tell his wife — to relocate to an unknown place. What do you think could have caused Abram and Sarai to worry? What pressure does moving place on a couple? If you have moved, what was your experience? 
2. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. — Hebrews 11:1-2
Abram lived by faith. When God called him and Sarai to leave their home and move to a foreign land, what specific details did God give them about the future? With nothing but God’s word to direct him, Abram moved. When has God called you or your spouse into unexpected territories? What would it be like to have your spouse tell you that God was calling him or her to do something that would require stretching on your part? 
3. So [Abram] built an altar [in Canaan] to the LORD, who had appeared to him…There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD. — Genesis 12:7-8
How did Abram celebrate his arrival in Canaan, far from anything familiar? What did an altar represent? In what ways do you and your spouse “call on the name of the Lord”? 
Their Legacy of Prayer
Reflect On: Genesis 12:1-9
Praise God: For His sovereign ability to plan and control life and for having a distinct plan for your life.
Offer Thanks: That God’s plan is for your good and His glory, no matter where He leads, and that He is always with you to guide and instruct you.
Confess: Your unbelief in God’s goodness and ability to work on your behalf when you cannot understand your circumstances.
Ask God: To give you the gift of faith that will allow you to trust Him and His word, and to give you a calm willingness to accept where He is leading when doubts arise.
Listen: “Dear children, I have a great and wonderful plan for you — a plan that was established for you long before time began. Walk in My ways and follow My leading. I will be with you always.”
Pray: Father of our lives and future, we know that You have a wonderful and specific plan for us. Whether that means ministering right here in our home or going to the ends of the earth, we want to trust and obey You. Help us to be faithful to Your call, no matter what fears or doubts arise. Strengthen us with Your truth so we may go forward in faith, even into the unknown, and accomplish what You have planned for the future. Amen.
Excerpted with permission from Couples of the Bible by Robert and Bobbie Wolgemuth, copyright Robert D. Wolgemuth and Barbara J. Wolgemuth.

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