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(KJV and NKJV Scripture)

– To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. – Acts 1:3

– Every path begins with passion. – Gainesville, Florida city motto

It was God’s passion and love for man from the very beginning – to sacrifice Jesus on the Cross for our sins.  To put us on our passing and planetary path to eternal peace in heaven; promised to us all before this world ever was (John 3:16, Titus 1:2).  Christ didn’t quit or give up because things got too tough during his time on earth – for he knew the effort was for something greater than himself.

The same goes for Christians.  Steve Jobs said whatever we choose to do – has got to be something we are passionate about, or we will not have the perseverance to see it through (Matthew 10:22).  It has to purposed and persistent – despite problems, despite pain.  It is a blaze of belief which has to be continually stirred up inside; but controlled on our tongues (2 Timothy 1:6, James 3:5-6).

If we are not passionate enough to choose serving God and His Word each day – the only other option is the goods of this world (Joshua 24:15, 1 Corinthians 10:21).  A lack of passion for one thing generally produces passivity.  We start doing things just to pass the time.  This births boredom, apathy, and idleness.  It develops an atmosphere of such.  It is a sin much like Sodom’s (Ezekiel 16:49).

We are neither overly hot or cold about anything – just kind of lukewarm about life … or the Lord in general.  This is an extremely dangerous path to be on for any believer (Matthew 7:13, Revelation 3:15-16).  Any devil-may-care mindset puts us on a crash course with said devil.  Satan is always waiting in the wings to catch us in his web and snares of sin again (1 Timothy 3:7).

A distant or disinterested Christian cannot be passionate – or a disciple.  Just as it was with Paul, Satan is a constant thorn in our side to buffet us (2 Corinthians 12:7).  The devil gives us the daily desire to depart after the world again.  Just as Paul dealt with – just as Demas did (Philippians 1:23, 2 Timothy 4:10).  The first thing we are to be passionate about is repenting (Revelation 3:19).

Otherwise, we’ll just keep repeating the behavior of our old man – no matter how hard we “try” not to (2 Corinthians 5:17).  However, we cannot be truly passionate about anything for God as He planned, unless Christ was placed in our hearts to begin with (John 3:3-7, Romans 5:5, 2 Corinthians 4:6).  If not, we are still trying to follow a passionate path – without such passion within (Ephesians 3:16-20).

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(NKJV and KJV Scripture)

– For our God is a consuming fire. – Hebrews 12:29

– Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God … and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. – Romans 13:2

During a recent trip to a nature preserve, we watched a video about its history.  One scene showed lightning igniting one of the occasional natural fires within park perimeters.  The commentator noted many grasses and plants have become resistant to these blazes over time.  Almost everything appears to be consumed at first – totally burned up.  However, nutrients stored in extensive root systems underground – soon bring forth new growths of the same kind, as before the fire.

There are many similarities between how plants grow in nature – and spiritually (John 15:1-6, for example).  When we are “born again” of the Spirit (John 3:5) – it is a baptism of fire (Matthew 3:11).  Our Father begins burning up all things such as anger, hatred, and unforgiveness – so fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) can start coming forth from the cleared soil in our hearts – once cluttered with the wrong plants.  This doesn’t mean the bad plants are gone for good (Hebrews 12:15).

The gift of God has to be continually stirred up within us and kept ablaze (2 Timothy 1:6).  Root systems in nature can spread far and wide and remain hidden from the naked eye – so can spiritual ones.  Just when we may think the wrong plants – perhaps the cares and worries of this world (Mark 4:19, 1 Peter 5:7) have been burnt and consumed – their nutrients in the root systems of our hearts can start growing again … if the fire of the Spirit is allowed to die out (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

When the Holy Ghost is given – Christ comes to dwell in our hearts by faith.  The power of God starts working within (Ephesians 3:16-20).  We are not to resist this – for we are resisting God (second lead verse).  If we do, we’re still stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears (Acts 7:51).  If we submit ourselves to God and resist the devil – he will flee (James 4:7).  If we stop resisting Satan’s devices – or stay ignorant of them – guess who’ll gain advantage again (2 Corinthians 2:11)?

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