For it has been given to you on Christ’s behalf not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him…1 Peter 4:13-14
as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah rejoice, so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory. If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you...
Enemies of Passion
Let me offer you three common causes of fatigue in the life of both Church and believers:
1. Compromise fatigue: This is where we face the pressures to fit in, be accepted, to not make waves, to be silent when we should speak up, to be more like the world than like Christ. Ultimately it leads to us giving in, which in turns leads to spiritual fatigue.
Passionate People are Fully Surrendered to God in Prayer & Praise.
Acts 16: 25
Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.
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Passionate People are Fueled by God’s Power.
Acts 16:26Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”
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Acts 16:Passionate People are Focused on God’s Purposes.
30Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” 32And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. 33Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized...