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And what keeps you from having that constant passion for the Lord
An unbalanced schedule
That means if you’re overworked or you are under worked you’re going to lose your passion for life and lose your passion for God. Life is a series of seasons, the Bible says. There’s a season for everything. And there’s a rhythm to life. You need both in your life — both input and output. You need both rest and work. And too much of either will cause you to lose your passion. Too much work will cause you to lose your passion. Too much nothing — boredom — will cause you to lose your passion too, if you’re not working enough.
What’s the antidote for that? 1 Timothy 4:7 “Take the time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit.”
How do you do that? One word. Balance. We all know to be physically fit you have to have a balanced diet. And to be spiritually fit you have to have a balance of God’s five purposes for your life in your life. You need to have time to worship with God private and corporate. You need to have times when you are fellowshipping with other believers. You need to have times when you’re reading God’s word and growing as a Christian. You need to have times of ministry — service — where you’re giving out and using your abilities. And you need times of where you’re sharing your faith with others.
2. An unused talent
An unused talent will cause you to lose your passion for life and your passion for God. 1 Peter 4:10 says “Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gifts well.” Notice God gives you certain talents, abilities, personality, gifts — the shape that He’s given you — and those gifts, those talents that you’ve been given are not for your benefit. They’re for the benefit of other people. My gifts are for your benefit. Your gifts are for my benefit. You are to use those gifts in the service of other people. God has given you a special role in this world. He wants you to make a contribution with your life. God says, I have given you these gifts and talents.
If you don’t use your talents you’re going to lose your passion. God did not give you special abilities just to sit on them and do nothing with them. God says I want you to use it or you’re going to lose it.
1 Corinthians 7 “Each one should live his life with the gifts that the Lord has given him.” God gave you gifts and abilities and talents to use.
3. An unconfessed sin
This is a big one. Few things rob us of joy, rob your confidence, rob your passion, more quickly than guilt. Here’s how it works with guilt, the sin in our lives. We don’t walk around thinking, “I have a sin in my life. I am a guilty person.” No, we rationalize it consciously. Consciously we think, “It’s ok. Everybody’s doing it. It’s no big deal.” But subconsciously it gnaws at us. Subconsciously whenever it gets quiet that guilt pops into your mind.
1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins He [God] can be trusted to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That’s His promise. To confess just means you agree with God. You just say, “God, I agree with You. It’s a sin. What I did was wrong. I agree with You. And I want to begin to live the kind of way You want me to live. Would You free me from this guilt?”
4. An unresolved conflict
Conflict just drains the passion right out of you. Do you ever start a day and it’s going to be a great day — you know it. You just fly out of bed. You’re awake from the moment you get up. You’re ready for the day — shower, breakfast — you’re ready. You’re on the way out the door and you have a fight with your husband or your wife. All the zip goes out of your doo-dah. It’s like the air going out of a tire when the conflict comes. That’s what conflict does to us. It takes all the passion out of our lives. Your attitude all of a sudden just goes flat.
These next verses talk about them. Job 5:2 “Resentment destroys the fool and jealousy kills the simple.” Passion killing emotions.
Job 18:4 “You are only hurting yourself with your anger.” Anger only hurts you.
If you want the passion to be restored in your heart, in your life, you have to forgive. You have to let it go.
5. An unsupported lifestyle
Sometimes you lose passion for God because you’re not spending time around other people who have a passion for God. You’re not spending time around other Christians. You’re not getting any fellowship. I love this incredibly practical verse in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, just common sense from the Bible. “Two are better than one… because if one falls down his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” We need each other. We all fall sometimes. We all stumble at times. So we all need people to help us up in our lives. Other Christians help keep our passion for Jesus stirred up.
Hebrews 10:24-25 “Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let’s not give up meeting together and let us encourage one another.”
6. An unclear purpose
When you forget the purpose of your life – the call of God on your life – that is a sure way to kill your passion for life and for God. If you don’t know the purpose for life, why bother? Why get up in the morning? Why put forth the effort? Why get out of bed? Life without purpose is activity without direction. It’s motion without meaning. Life without purpose is trivial, petty, and pointless.
Nothing matters more than knowing and living the purpose, the reason, that God put you on earth to fulfill. Nothing else can compensate for not living out that call and purpose. Not fame, not wealth, not success, not pleasure. Nothing can compensate for life without meaning. So whenever your purpose gets unclear and you tend to forget why we’re here in the first place you’re going to lose your passion.
An unclear purpose will kill your passion.
7. An undernourished spirit
Every day you face all kinds of circumstances that conspire to shrink your spirit and shrivel your heart. You’re going to get up tomorrow morning. You’re going to have distractions and disappointments. You’re going to have conflicts and you’re going to have changes and challenges. You’re going to have problems and pressures. You’re going to have frustrations and fears and failures and fatigue. All of these things fall in on you to shrivel your heart and shrink your spirit. So you must intentionally nourish your spirit. If you don’t do it nobody else is going to do it for you. Nobody else is going to nourish your spirit. So if you don’t take the time and trouble to do it, it’s going to shrivel up.
Exodus 31:14 “You must worship only the Lord, for He is a God who is passionate about His relationship with you.” Did you know that? Did you know that God is passionate about you? He’s got going, “Oh, yeah, another one of My creations… next!” No, He is passionate about you. He made you to love you. You were created as an object of His love. The more you understand how God is passionate about you, the more passionate you’re going to get about God. When you forget how much God loves you, you start blowing Him off and going, “Forget it! I’ve got other things. There’s a good movie on TV tonight.”
Seven passion killers…
1> An unbalanced schedule
2> An unused talent
3> An unconfessed sin
4> An unresolved conflict
5> An unsupported lifestyle
6> An unclear purpose
7> An undernourished spirit