Summary: How sad is it to lose your passion? This is a 3 part lesson on love, passion and zeal. Are you excited about life? What kills passion?
WHAT ACTION TRIPS YOUR TRIGGER? HAVE WE LOST OUR PASSION? LOVE IS #1…
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com (3 PART LESSON)
TEXT: Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
GET REAL? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT YOUR LIFE? FAMILY? JOB? ARE YOU EXCITED WHEN THEY SAY: LET US GO TO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD? TELL ME WHAT TICKS YOU OFF AND I WILL TELL YOU WHAT MAKES YOU TICK. Have we lost our first love?
*PASSION: strong emotion, zeal, desire, intense enthusiasm, eager interest, enjoyment.
*ZEAL: great energy or enthusiasm of an objective, fervor, eager, deep stirring,
Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Do we really love God? Sure we say God I love you more than words can say. JESUS we are head over hills in love with you. Do we work with our hands or from our heart? Remember when you first accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord? Everything was greener. Everyone was so pretty and wonderful. Then later someone becomes an irritant to you. You still love the lovely, but there is someone that just rubs you the wrong way? YOU LOVE JESUS THE MOST AS THE ONE YOU LOVE THE LEAST? Will you help IGNITE OTHERS’ PASSIONS?
I recently returned to my first pastorate in the mountains of east Kentucky. The snow was laying so beautiful on the mountains. I pastored this little mountain mission 8 ½ years. Back then we never had copy machines, they were spirit fluid duplicators. The lady I was visiting pulled out a copy of a study we taught on love. It was my handwritten notes. I could not believe my eyes. 40 (?) years ago. I asked could I take a picture of the notes.
YOU CAN GIVE AND NOT LOVE. IF YOU WILL LISTEN TO ME: YOU CAN NEVER LOVE WITHOUT GIVING… CHRISTIAN LOVE HAS TO PREFER THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND THOSE AROUND US.
WE CAN GROW A SPIRITUAL CANCER OF SELF-LOVE THAT THINKS MORE HIGHLY OF ME AND OURS THAN WE OUGHT TO THINK. WE FACE AN EXCEEDING GREAT DANGER IN THE MODERN CHURCH. JESUS CLEARLY WARNED US:
Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
I LOVE TO START WITH QUESTIONS: DEFINE LOVE?
HOW WOULD OUR ENEMY GO ABOUT TESTING YOUR PASSION AND LOVE?
HOW CAN WE INCREASE OUR PASSION AND OUR LOVING ABILITY?
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LOVE?
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR LIFE?
HOW DO YOU DAILY SHOW YOUR PASSION AND LOVE?
LOVE IS #1… THERE ARE 10 FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT… WHAT IS NUMBER ONE?
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
WHAT IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT? IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH OUR PASSION.
Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
BEING A CHRISTIAN HINGES ON LOVE… LOVE GIVES, LOVE FORGIVES. WHERE THERE IS PASSION YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE YOURSELF DO ANYTHING. YOU WANT TO DO WHAT YOU CAN.
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
ONE OF THE HARDEST PASSIONS WE FACE IS TO KEEP ALIVE OUR BROTHERLY LOVE.
Hey, you know your brother and his faults and quirks. It is easier to love an orphan in Africa? WE MUST SET A GOAL… TO LOVE THOSE WE KNOW. To know me is to love me might not always be true?
1 John 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.