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Increasing Passion for God

#1 -- Personal Time With God.

  • "If God is going to light a church on fire, He will do it through people who are on fire…and we can’t be on fire if we’re not drawing close to Him on a daily basis." ~ Perry Noble
  • To infuse your passion with God’s power, daily surrender your heart’s attention & affection to God… acknowledging God’s authority over your life.
  • "Any day not surrendered to the authority of the Holy Spirit will automatically be lived in the flesh." ~ Beth Moore
  • Peter got out of the boat because He was sure He heard the Master say, “Come.”  (Matthew 14:27-29)

#2 -- Celebrate what God is Doing.

  • Listen and celebrate the spiritual stories and milestones of those around you to fuel passion.
  • Surround yourself with music, books, podcasts, and other media that focus on life change.
  • Share your victories and defeats with others, then pray over them. ~ 1 Peter 5:7 / James 5:16

#3 -- Serve Others

  • Mark 10:45, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many."
  • Dr. Karl Menninger was asked, “What would you advise a person to do if he felt a nervous breakdown coming on?” Most people expected him to say, “Consult a psychiatrist” because that was his profession. [Instead]… Menninger replied, “Lock up your house, go to the older side of town, find someone in need, and do something to help that person.” Most people who focus all their attention on themselves do so because they feel that they’re missing something in their lives… “Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.”

#4 -- Don't Take Yourself So Serious

  • Keep a sense of humor.
  • Let down your guard and really worship as if you were the only one in the room.
  • Do your BEST and then fully rely on Christ.  His power is greater than any persuasive word, program, or performance! ~  1 Corinthians 2:4-5
  • It's not about us.  God has greater plans for ministry than we do. ~ Ephesians 3:20

#5 -- Rattle the Cage

  • Sometime we need to make changes to breed a fresh perspective.  John Maxwell said, “if you always do what you’ve always done then you’ll always get what you’ve always got!”
  • Think through how someone else would approach the same situation.  Ask them for help if you can.
  • Tell someone when you have a "passion leak" instead of waiting until the next time you are asked.

What are some other ways to increase your passion for God?

4 comments (Add your own)

1 Rebecca Abel - Sat, April 2, 2011 @ 7:50 PM

1) Scripture Memory! Whatever you're struggling with, find a verse to help you deal with and conquer what Satan is trying to bring you down with. God's Word overcomes all issues. So, after you find a verse, and you're struggling, repeat it over and over out loud, and HIS power will win!

2) Prayer night - it helps a lot talking to and praying with like minds.

3) "This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!" - Psalm 118:24. Josh recently lost a friend to cancer - it has really made me try very hard to treat each day here as a gift, and as my wonderful husband and my friends as gifts too.
2 melissa reynolds - Sat, April 2, 2011 @ 9:09 PM

1. take time to notice the "divine interventions" no matter how little they may seem. I believe that God puts people and situations in our path for specific reasons and its up to us to respond.

2. i agree with the "dont take yourself too seriously" .... thats a struggle of mine - being afraid of letting go once in awhile for fear that things will fall apart... who am i kidding anyway?? nothing is under my control - He has my back and i need to let Him steer :)
3 Joshua Abel - Tue, April 5, 2011 @ 9:39 AM

EVERYONE...hard to believe, but EVERYONE on this earth was uniquely created, uniquely formed, uniquely shaped by the Master's hands... from the INSIDE OUT!


"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;..."

"Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;"... THAT'S DNA and RNA PEOPLE!..."And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them."

- Psalm 139:13-16


Therefore, if we are this incredibly unique and precious to God, let us GO AFTER those things we were constructed by God to do for God! If we simply do what we were created to do, our passions for the living God will be intensified beyond our wildest imagination! But don't take my word for it...listen to what the Scripture tells us!

"For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly:..."

- Romans 12:4-6
4 Sevren Perez - Thu, April 14, 2011 @ 12:37 AM

Id like to think that the world is devided into two parts,the physical and the spiritual. I try to walk through out my day focused on the spiritual side. Everytime i feel my flesh taking over i bow my head and give my sins to the lord and ask for forgivness. "if im not driving" I make time to read the bible, and pray outside outloud. Im sure the neibors think im crazy, but i feel better talking to the lord feeling the wind looking at the moon and stars. I am very thankful to have given my life to christ. And im thankful to have all the support of North Shore Family. God bless all of you. Im very greatful for all of your support. LORD BLESS NORTH SHORE FAMILY FOR ALL THAT THEVE DONE FOR ME. LIFT THEM UP, HEAL THEM FROM WHAT EVERY PAIN THEY GO THROUGH. PROTECT THEM AND GIVE THEM STRENGHT. FOR THEY NEVER STUCK THEIR NOSES AT ME OR TURNED THEIR BACKS. IM THANKFULL THAT YOU PLACED THEM IN MY LIFE. THERE BUILDING A BEAUTIFUL CHURCH FOR YOU IN MY EYES. ALL THIS I ASK IN YOUR SONS JESUS CHRIST NAME I PRAY. AMEN

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