14 August 2011
- Every person who
is Born Again has a God given purpose for their life.
- God has designed
us for relationship and to be productive (Eph.2:10).
- 1 Cor.9:24-26 “Run
in such a way you may obtain it”.
- “Obtain” = to
find something you longed for in life and take hold of it.
- Paul had his
eyes fixed on an eternal prize – a reward to be won for eternity.
- Paul had focus,
determination, and resolve to win whatever the cost (Act.20:24).
- Fulfilling God’s
course for your life has external consequences and benefits.
- One of the
greatest Dream Thieves is loss of passion – fire – zeal –
2. Loss of Passion
is a Spiritual Issue
(a) Warning to
Heb.6:12 “Be not slothful,
but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises”.
- Slothful =
slow, sluggish, dull.
speed and momentum, lost passion.
burned bright but now dim, just a glow.
Once passionate, felt deeply, wholehearted commitment – now lost zeal.
longer care, no longer pursue.
- Remedy =
Find people to stir your faith and passion again. Imitate = copy, not
person but their faith and their endurance.
(b) Warning to Romans
slothful in business, but fervent in spirit serving the Lord”.
- Laziness =
character problem, unwilling to apply self mentally, physically.
“Desire of lazy man kills him, his hands refuse to labour”.
- Prov.22:13 “Lazy
man says there is a lion outside, I shall be slain in the streets”.
- Slothfulness =
spiritual issue, motivation is dull, person passive.
- Fervent =
NT2204 = to be boiling, to be hot, zealous, passionate.
- Remedy for
slothfulness – passionate in spirit actively serving the Lord.
3. The Church that
Lost its Passion
of the Holy Spirit to the church at Laodicea.
(a) Revelation of
- Amen = steady,
reliable, unchangeable in purpose.
- Faithful and True
= remained true to assignment; Lion of Tribe of Judah.
- Beginning = we are
the creation of God – Hi is the example.
(b) Counsel of Jesus
- Neither hot nor
cold – lukewarm, loss of passion, look OK but fire gone.
- Counsel of
the Lord is sure = direction what to do about loss of fire!
- Buy of Me =
(i) What need is spiritual and obtained only from Jesus.
is a price – cost you – repentance, change.
(c) What need
tried in fire = Faith; fresh dependency on the Lord, need Him.
Raiment = Purity; white = brilliant, light, dazzling.
- Eye Salve = Fresh
Revelation - need Holy Spirit to open eyes to see
- remove hurts, disappointments,
- restore vision and purpose.
Passion in the Soul
prayer in time of distress – how restored passion.
- Enemy has
persecuted my soul, he has crushed my life to the ground, he
has made me dwell in darkness … my spirit is overwhelmed,
heart within me is desolate.
- Persecute = OT7291
= to pursue an enemy to overtake and defeat him.
- Overwhelmed =
OT5848 = to clothe, cover, envelop, become feeble. David’s spirit had been
overwhelmed and lost its fire and passion.
- Desolate =
OT8074 = to be deserted, appalled, numbed and awestruck.
Response to Restore Passion
(i) He renewed
His thought life with Word of God.
- He challenged
the overwhelming negativity in his soul.
- Remember – Meditate
– Muse = deliberate focusing mind on the past experiences with God,
breakthroughs, promises and dreams.
- You must face
the thoughts that invade your mind.
(ii) He consciously stirred
faith and prayed!
- We have powerful
gift of tongues to stir and energise spirit.
- What David
V8 = Fresh
encounter with love of God – affirmed trust.
Sought direction how to respond to circumstances.
Sought direction and alignment with the Will of God – affirmed nature of
Sought fresh impartation of life – renew vision and hope.
V11 = Sought
- David was
able to arise out of place of pain and passivity.
- What is your condition?
- What will you do
to restore passion?