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Summary: Well, how’s your level of passion for Jesus as we start 2008? Is your passion for Jesus still burning strong? Are you being truthful if you said “yes”?

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Well, how’s your level of passion for Jesus as we start 2008? Is your passion for Jesus still burning strong? Are you being truthful if you said “yes”?

A young man was sent to Spain by his company to work in a new electronics plant. It was a 2 year assignment that he had accepted because it would enable him to earn enough to marry his long-time girlfriend. They wrote to each other every week, but as the lonely weeks went by, she wrote expressing doubts that he was being true to her, thinking that he was going to give into a European beauty.

The young man wrote back, declaring with great passion that he was not paying attention to the local girls. He wrote,“I admit, that sometimes I’m tempted, but I fight it. I’m keeping myself for you.”

In the next mail, the young man received a package. It contained a note from his girl and a harmonica. She wrote, “I’m sending this to you, so you can learn to play it and have something to take your mind off the girls.”

The man replied, “Thanks for the harmonica. I’m practicing it every night while I only think of you.”

At the end of his 2 year, the man was transferred back to company headquarters. He took the first plane to Tennessee to be reunited with his girl. Her whole family was with her, but as he rushed forward to embrace her, she said, “Just hold on there a minute, Billy, before any serious kissing and hugging, let me hear you play the harmonica!”

Aren’t you glad that God is always passionate about His relationship with each of us? Let me ask...Have you ever thought of God as being passionate about you?

Exodus 34:14 “You must worship only the Lord, for He…is passionate about His relationship with you.” NLT

What is passion? Webster’s Dictionary says its, “A great devotion and intense conviction which fuels or motivates toward compelling action.”

2 Timothy 1:6 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you...”

“Stir up” = fan into a flame

KEY: Notice that Timothy didn’t need a new gift, but rather re-ignite the one he already had!

Paul was telling Timothy to get out of his muck and mire and return to his might as a child of God!! A roaring fire will only continue if you stir the wood and coals already on fire! Does your spiritual fire need to be stirred up?

The apostle Paul’s passion was threatened at times but he refused to let any circumstance, challenge or crisis beat it out of him!

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure…In our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God…On him we have set our hope…”

The great evangelist John Wesley understood the pressures of life. While he was a small man, he weighed only 120 pounds. Samuel Johnson said of him, “He is always driven by God in an intense desire to obey him…”

He died when he was 90 years old and he still filled passion for God. He virtually lived in the saddle, on horseback, driven to serve his Savior.

The story is told of General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, and the day Queen Victoria of England asked to meet with him. Because she had heard so many favorable things about his work in the community, she asked him for the secret of his success.

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Melvin Howton

commented on Feb 1, 2008

Wow! Great sermon! I am studying/researching for sermon ideas to help me with a message I will be preaching on the last Sunday of Feb, 08. It is the last message in a series of winter revival meetings at our church. The theme of the series of meetings is "Christian Committment". This sermon gets at the heart of why we see so little committment in our churches today. Listen to this will light your fire. Thanks Bro. Dave!

Robert Heller

commented on Sep 9, 2008

My church has been working our way thru the Book of Mark. But some how i just felt they were not connecting. Maybe this sermon idea will get a fire started.

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