January 7, 2014

Power Follows Passion

“The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

Remember the blind man, Bartimaeus, who cried out to Jesus amidst the rebuke of the crowd? Remember the woman with the issue of blood, who risked everything by pressing through that crowd of people to just touch the Lord’s robe? Remember Mary, anointing the feet of Jesus? She didn’t care what the others thought of her when she came to the place where Jesus was eating. She knelt at his feet, broke open a vial of expensive fragrant oil, and lavishly poured out her worship over Him. She used her own hair to wipe excess oil from His feet.

Are you at that place in your life? Ready to press through no matter what? Willing to cry out to Jesus amidst adversity? Too often we become comfortable where we are, satisfied with what we have and we stop seeking more of Him. We are quick to turn to Jesus in a crisis but quick to slip back into our comfort zones when the crisis is over.

The fact is we need to be as passionate about our Savior when we’re up as when we’re down and when we have need as when we give. I believe with all of my heart that God is looking for people who will not lose their passion—people He can bless in abundance and the more He blesses them the more hungry, the more passionate they will become and the more Kingdom power will be released as a result.

Fasting can ignite that kind of passion in you. Move you into a deeper relationship with Him. One where you are more sensitive to His Spirit and more attuned to His voice.

It is amazing to me that everything Jesus endured through His trial, through His beating, through His crucifixion—is called His passion. Power follows passion! Where there is hunger, there is passion. Where there is passion there is power. Whenever we see the release of power in the Bible, it follows someone not caring what others thought.

The Fasting Edge