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Having A Greater Passion
11/7/2011

Having A Greater Passion

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that ones slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Romans 6:14-16 (NKJV)

If someone were to look at your life and make an assessment of what you have a passion for, what do you think they would conclude?  Would it be a passion for sports?  Would it be a passion for work, or money?  Would it be a passion for your family, and friends?  Or would it be first and foremost, a passion for Jesus?  When you think about it, this can be a very revealing question when given proper thought.  

Passion can be described as an intense enthusiasm or the object of enthusiasm.  In short it is what drives our actions much of the time, or in some cases our lack of any action.  For instance, a person could have a passion for lying around and doing nothing, resulting in nothing productive being done in their life, whereas if they had a passion for accomplishing an enormous amount of tasks each day they would probably find themselves being far too busy or even overwhelmed.   

What can we gather from this?  Well, a couple of things actually.  First there must always be balance in everything we do.  Second, we need to have a passion for the right things.  When we find ourselves having an intense enthusiasm for the things of this world we can often find our Christian walk suffering as the things we have a passion for often have a greater place within our heart.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 (NKJV)

Q:    So how can we overcome these intense passions for the things of this world?  

Well, we can overcome them the same way we can overcome our fleshly passion for sin by having a greater passion for God and the things of God.  So we can overcome a passion by having a greater passion for something else. It's kind of like the law of gravity.  Think about how heavy a 747 jetliner is.   The law of gravity says it will be permanently on the ground.  But then the law of motion is applied as the thrust of the large engines is let loose and another greater law overrides the law of gravity, making it ineffective.  This is the way it is when we have a greater passion for the Lord than we do for this world or the pleasures of sin.  

Q:    How can we have a greater passion for the Lord?

I think we can have a passion for our Lord as we spend time with Himgetting to know Him personally.  We do this as we open up His Word and we begin to discover His nature and amazing love for us.  When we meditate upon His many promises to us we will understand just how much He does love us.  Now when temptation comes knocking on our door we can think upon this love and decide not to answer the door.  

I want to encourage you, the next time you find yourself tempted by the enemy, simply say, "Lord, I love you more than I love what I am being tempted by."  Let's have a greater passion for Jesus by giving Him all of our heart.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 6:21 where can we find our heart?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What do you find you are most passionate about?

APPLICATION: Make it a your heart's desire to know your Creator more closely.  

Father, thank You for allowing me to know You personally.  Thank You for giving me the passion to know Your will for my life.  Help me today to see things the way You do so I will not become enamored or distracted with this world.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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