It is my hope and prayer that you have made yourself a “War Binder” this month and spent quality time with the Lord. I hope you’ve met, cried, prayed, rejoiced, and are beginning to see God move in your life and in the lives of those around you. If you haven’t spent as much time as you think you should don’t beat yourself up. Let’s get going, recommit and get back on this horse.
- Let’s talk about some Passion:
Passion is that driving fuel- getting a serious case of determined tunnel vision. Passion is what makes you stay up late, push your limits, take one more load, and push a little further.
Passion is that thing that you say- I want to do_____________. But, uhg, I have to do the dishes, laundry. Your passion is that thing you want to do!
We lightly went over this last lesson. What are some passions? For everyone this is different. For myself, I‘ve been known to pull all niters sewing or writing. I love to pressure can food like peas, green beans, pinto beans, pickles, meat, chili, stew, butter, milk- you name it I’ve tried it. I tried to can everything in my house one time. I’ve had different seasons of my life that I have been passionate about different things. Some people are into exercise, cooking, home décor, fashion, or a whole host of things.
What are somethings you feel passionate about?
Do you remember the day you got saved? I’d love for you to share your testimony. Hearing the testimony of others is not only a blessing but encouraging also. If you want to know more on how to get saved check out Terminal for Sorting Souls.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalm 51:12
When I asked Jesus to come into my heart and forgive me of my sin I felt such Joy, freedom, whole, clean, newness. I was ready to serve, willing to serve, and wanting to serve. I had a new Passion. That is what we wanna get back. My testimony is HERE!
Fervent prayer is fueled by the same passion. That’s the stuff we want to tap into to fuel our prayer life.
What happens when you if you Lose that Passion? Have you lost your salvation? NO
“If I were your enemy, I’d seek to dim your passion, dull your interest in spiritual things, dampen you belief in God’s ability and His personal concern for you, and convince you that the hope you’ve lost is never coming back—-and was probably just a lie to begin with.” (Shirer pg. 25)
What are somethings that cause our prayer lives to falter?
We ask over and over for something from God-
Unconsciously blame God for something bad that happened in our life.
We feel like God isn’t listening-
Your blessing turned into an overloaded curse- now an enormous responsibility – loss of time, money, resources.
Because we didn’t receive the answer we wanted.
Just don’t feel like it.
A person wasn’t healed or passed away anyway.
It doesn’t matter it will be just as it is.
His time isn’t our time- we want a McDonald’s type reply- we got impatient
We lack the faith needed.
Guess what, the enemy doesn’t want us to have passion- he’s happy with us being unhappy, melancholy, comfortable, discontented, and uninterested. Anything that keeps us occupied with what going on around us physically. So, we have to change this!
- How about if we profile the enemy- get his number so we can recognize his schemes when we see them. He’s already profiled us- we are simply doing a little reconnaissance.
Take a sheet of paper, look up some attributes of the enemy, and write them down. Use the bible and see what God has to say about his ways. They aren’t positive. He’s got you pegged it’s time to take some notes and fight back. Here is some to get you started.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8)
Satan is not God Revelation 19 & 20
A trickster with schemes Ephesians 6:11
We wrestle against him/he’s at war with us Ephesians 6:12
A full time accuser Revelation 12:10
The father of lies John 8:44
Put the beginning of this list in your war binder and add to the list when we discover more of his characteristics. Let’s look at the last two- he is a full time accuser of the brethren and the father of lies.
Instead of him convicting you for the purpose of restoration – Satan condemns for humiliation. He will bring up old sin from the past to make you feel unworthy, unloved, and unforgiven. Satan makes it all about you. I’m not good enough, I did something wrong, I don’t attend services enough; maybe you don’t tithe enough.
If God brings up sin it is for restoration, forgiveness, and a newness of life. He wants you to ask for forgiveness and deal with it so you can be healthy in the soul. God wants you to move forward in life. Not dragging around in beaten down despair.
The enemy wants to condemn you… the Bible says, that Jesus came not to condemn the world- but that the world through him might be saved.
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
Condemnation: (Guilt laden discouragement) The act of condemning; the judicial act of declaring one guilty, and dooming him to punishment. Satan is condemning- his purpose is destruction and humiliation.
Conviction: (often painful pointing out wrongdoing) The act of convincing, or compelling one to admit the truth of a charge; the act of convincing of sin or sinfulness; the state of being convinced or convicted by conscience; the state of being sensible of guilt; as, the convictions of a sinner may be temporary, or lasting and efficacious. By conviction, a sinner is brought to repentance. Men often sin against the conviction of their own consciences. God convicts but is loving and redemptive.
Turn to 2 Kings 6:1-7. Read this passage and let’s do some application.
- Who was in charge/or in authority of this project? Elisha
Who is in charge over my life? God
- Where was Elisha? Right there the whole time.
Where is God? Right with you the all the time
- What did Elisha witness? He saw their hardworking, honest labor, effort
What does God see? Your struggles, pain, work, toil, devotion, sincerity,
- How did the man loose the cutting edge? By working, in mid swing, being productive- working for and with others.
Can Christians lose their cutting edge right in the middle of serving God? YES
- What would Satan have you believe if you were the man who lost the ax head? It’s useless, God isn’t watching, we were serving Him and look what happened, he’s not listening, he’s unaware or disinterested.
In the ministry it’s quite common to see a need and then step up to the need. The response is low and you feel down/loss of passion. You feel like God didn’t see your effort. In your mind it was a failure. You must have done something wrong. Sadly most decided never to put themselves out there again for failure. These are plays right out of the enemies play book. He wants you discouraged and thinking it’s all about you. We just can’t see the bigger picture and forces at work.
- Would he have lost the ax if he’d been sitting around? No- he wouldn’t off even borrowed it. He was doing good, serving the prophet, living an example. Satan only attacks people that are serving, trying, and influencing others around them for God’s glory. Just because you are serving God doesn’t mean that you can’t or won’t lose your cutting edge.
- How did he acquire the ax? He asked for it- it was borrowed or lent to him. Our passion comes from God. We feel a lul in servitude Satan would have us think that it’s our fault. That we are responsible- that we’ve done something to deserve this.
Once I went to pay a visit to a friend. I had my son with me and the father and grandfather were out chopping wood. My son loves to chop always has loved to cut down trees. He went out to find the men while I visited with the lady. He asked if he could help and they lent him an ax to use. He was getting to be a big boy and was quite robust for his age. Taking the upswing of the ax and then down on the wood the unthinkable happened. It was the first blow the ax handle broke. – It belonged to the grandfather and he was quite angry. My son felt such guilt- but what had he done wrong? He was using the ax just the way it was intended. He was working, helping, trying, and it fell apart in his hands.
- What if the servant hadn’t of gone to Elisha for help? He would have been running away and could have been lost forever.
Only God could get the ax back out of the water. Only he can recover the passion in your soul. If the ax had been on the ground anyone could have recovered it. But it was in the murky deeps of the water. Only a miracle could retrieve it. God is the only one who can restore your passion in prayer- like the joy of your salvation.
Our prayer goal is to recover and maintain our passion for prayer to regain and sustain our cutting edge to develop a passion strategy.
Don’t look to me to restore your prayer life passions- it won’t happen I will fail you- I can’t swim. 🙂 You have to go to God- The only one who can restore your passion.
The 1st step is to be obedient: show up at your appointed prayer time- whether you want to or not. Praying is an outward and upward reaching to God- like a totter reaching to their daddy.
In our class we made these braided book markers for our war binders. To help us remember how we out to pray.
The ring at the top symbolizes God; he has no beginning or end. He holds it all together.
Three fabrics- This is how we are gonna get our JOY of our salvation. The green fabric represents Jesus, the white represents others, and the yellow represents you or Me.
We want to develop a passion in prayer by weaving Jesus with us and those around us. We need reminding that we not only need to pray for ourselves but others just as much. On the pale fabric we used a marker and wrote the names of others that I am going to pray for.
I just cut and ripped the strips and they are stringy and messy. Remember that, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood. (Ephesians 6:14) Life is messy sometimes especially around us with those we love the most. Weaving us three together makes us strong – use this as a book mark in your binder- so when you see it – it will be a visual reminder of – how to keep your joy- is through prayer!
Show up even if you don’t wanna and begin to pray. You will grow from mundane asking to specific prayer. You will be formulating personalized attacks against the enemy at the center of his game. God knows us women have to work- if you can give him a piece of your day- and take him in the “to go” version – for the rest of the day. We want our prayer life to stay sharp with a cutting edge.
Make your own personal Passion prayer strategy! Where do you need God to help you -?
Write scriptures from beginning of Fervent through page 38.
Read Strategy 2 on page 39.
See ya next MONTH.