A Journey For Passion

Well I have been reading Benny Perez’s book “Pacesetters”, and I came across a chapter on passion and instead of writing some of it and then saying what I think I decided to just right a good outline of what he said and leave it for God to show you instead of me. All the stuff below is word for word excerpts from his book so enjoy.

Excerpts From Pacesetters

Saul was a passive man who changed into a man of passion when re realized that there was a cause to fight for that was greater than himself. We to have a great cause, a modern-day crusade, for which we must fight:

-our friends and families,
-our communities,
-our country,
-the next generation,
-our own lives.

a passion for God is birthed out of a relationship with Him. I’m not talking about an emotional attachment, but a full fledged relationship which motivates you to follow hard after God. The key to getting passion once the relationship has been established is to ask God to give you passion:

-passion for the lost,
-passion to live a pure life,
-passion for his Word,
-passion to pray,
-passion to worship.

Maybe you have never had any really passion for God and so have never really experienced victory in these disciplines. Perhaps you once a had a fiery passion for the Lord, but that passion has been drowned in a see of passivity. Or possible you have lost your way and desire to be restored to the Lord in a passionate relationship. Whatever the case, we’re going to examine the life of a man who had a passion for God, lost it, and regained it: The prophet Elijah.

Whenever there has been a victory for the forces of light, expect a violent reaction from the power of darkness. it’s kinda like throwing a rock at a bee hive; the bees find it irritating and they fly around in a frenzy stinging anything in their way.

Fear that is placed in our heart by the enemy will rob us of our passion for God.

When the enemy raises the stakes, we must raise the standard!

1. We must read the word of God everyday. If we are not consuming the Word of God everyday, just like we eat a meal, then we will become weak in our passion for God.

If you are looking for passion you will never discover it until you determine that you will feed daily on the Word of God.

2. We must take time to rest.

If we don’t take care of our bodies we are gonna keep on going and going for God and eventually we are going to burn out. So we need time of rest and restoration or we are going to burn out.

3. We must go to the presence of God.
Elijah’s journey of 40 days allowed the Lord time to deal with the fears that Elijah was carrying. God knew that at the end of the journey, Elijah’s passion would be restored and he would transit from a fearful man to a greater man of passion than ever before.

We must maintain a sense of urgency which will drive us to the presence of God.

A loaded question

“And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” 1 Kings 19:9

In our moment of crises it sometimes takes someone we love and who loves us to ask the hard questions and help us regain our perspective. God will often allow us to sink into depths of despair or self-pity before He intervenes. The reason for this is that until we come to the end of ourselves and realize that we do not have the answer, He can’t really help us.

A Loaded Answer

Elijah’s response is from the heart–and that’s the problem! His answer is filtered through the heart of man and not the heart of God. Let’s read:

“So he (Elijah) said, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take me life'” 1 kinds 19:10

The response is one of frustration and self-pit and follows a typically human attitude anchored in pride:

Defensive: I have been doing a great job for you, Lord!
Judgmental: Everyone else is doing a sorry job for you, Lord!

Three simple steps can help us to recover our passion for the Lord and become on fire for Him once again:

1. Faith in God to lead us in triumph.
2. Trust in God to keep us from harm.
3. Love for God which motivates our ministry.

Realize there are other people on fire for God.

Passion for God is born out of relationship with God, Remember, passion without relationship is emotion; relationship without passion is religion.
Let’s go after the real thing! ~ Benny Perez

Well I hope you enjoyed all of that as much as I did. I refrained myself from using my input cause Benny did such a good job and I didn’t want to mess it up. But if you want to discuss it at all that’s what comments are for so comment and I will comment back and we can discuss this.
Much Love ~ Jeremy

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2 Responses

  1. I like what you wrote about passion that when we need to recover we need faith,trust,and love..
    What do you think about it?
    Love
    Haley

  2. Looking for someone to share with. I feel some like Elijah but more like Solomon/Ecclesiastes (last Verses). In the days/weeks after being born again, prayed to God for His wisdom and His knowledge. Little did I know it would be such a heavy burden on my shoulders and eventually lead me into state of depression (about 15 months ago). I can feel myself spiraling that way again. Have lost faith in American churches who have strayed away from saving souls. Can find no refuge. Have withdrawn from last church my wife and I attended because I could not understand why we were evangelizing to the congregation and not to those outside the church. I now see that our churches have become “mission fields” as many attend church but are not born again. I was Googling looking for guidance and came upon your website. Thanks for letting me say my peace. Ray

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