Part 1-Spend time in the presence of Jesus.
Acts 4:19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Jeremiah 20:8 So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long. 9 But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.
Both of these passages reference men who had such an active passion for God that no amount of trouble or hardship could keep them from operating in and walking out their passion. I have personally discovered that many times my life is not hindered by the problem before me, but rather the passion to tackle the problem head on.Our lives are much more limited by our passion than our ability.
Take a quick assessment. Is there a time in your life when you were more passionate about the things of God than you are right now? If so, then you need to renew your passion for God. Our passion for God is not something that should be controlled by our feelings, but rather is an indicator of our current connection to God.
When our connection to God gets static our passion begins to wane. This week, I want to focus on how each of us can renew lost passion.
How can I renew my passion?
Step one: Spend regular time with Jesus. In Acts 4, it was said of Peter and John that they “had been with Jesus.” There is no substitute for spending time with Him. It is when we are in His presence through prayer, Bible reading, and reflection that He speaks to us and renews our passion.
Passion is not something we have to muster up, but rather a by-product of spending time with Him. Passion is not something we have to produce, but rather something He pours in as we open up our hearts before Him.
Psalm 39:3 my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
The psalmist knew that spending time with God brought a fire into his life. When we lose our passion, our priority must be to first get back into His presence. As we meditate on Him, His passion returns.
Today’s challenge: Spend some time in the presence of Jesus and let Him renew your passion. Spend some time in His word and meditate on it during your day.