Pastor Blogs & Thoughts
Today, we must be careful about walking in our faith. We need to be cautious of having a 'cool' faith instead of a faith with tears, awe, gratefulness, and a heart that burns for our Lord and Savior. It is time we address our complacency with the world and be more alert of Satan's way of sowing doubt and casualness to our faith. It's time that our hearts burn toward the Christ Who saved us and gave Himself for us. Where are our tears and our praise for the sacrifice of the One Who has loved us?
I am beginning a new series that is entitled "Renewing Our Passion" because I see a passion for the Lord as I turn through the pages of the Bible. I see Jesus weep for the city of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). I see Jesus weep at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:35). I see Jesus weep in the garden of Gethsemane with fierce passion. I see Jesus interceding and praying for us (Hebrews 5:7). I see the Apostle Paul reminding the church at Ephesus for three years, day and night, house to house, to plead for repentance toward God, and for faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, with many tears (Acts 20:20-21,31). And the story ends: "And they knelt down and prayed, and they fell on Paul's neck, deeply moved in the faith, and wept (Acts 20:36-37). I see the Apostle Paul writing a letter to the church, saying, "Being mindful of thy tears" (2 Timothy 2:1:4). I wonder if we see any tears over our sins, or any weeping over the lost today. Why don't we show any passion? These scriptures show that our New Testament faith is a passionate faith. Our faith has heart, soul, and tears in it! Our faith is a heartfelt faith. And I believe it's time we returned to that passion. It's time we burn in our hearts toward the Christ Who saved us and gave Himself for us. Its time for renewal of faith, where there are tears, praise, and raised hands that show our inward and outward passion for the One Who died and rose again to save us and give us this precious hope that we have. Are you ready for your heart to burn again for the Lord?
32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Luke 24:32 (NIV)
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Renewing Our Passion