Passion: Chasing After God

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, May 1, 2019 IN THE 10:30 am SERVICE.  FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES.  FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

Our Relationship with Christ Should Start, Continue, and Finish with Passion

  • 2 Corinthians 7:9–11 (NKJV)  9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
  • 11 For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

This verse begins by speaking of a progression of salvation experiences that begins with sorrow. 

Godly sorrow produces repentance, and repentance produces salvation, and salvation produces joy. 

More results of salvation include diligence, clearing (exoneration, as in a court of law; related to justification), indignation toward sin, fear of the Lord, extreme desire (or passion), and zeal (determination and exuberance)

One of the markers of salvation is passion.

Passion for the Greatness of Who God Is

  • Isaiah 26:8 (NKJV)  Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O Lord, we have waited for You; The desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You.

The name of God represented His Being.  He was known as Yahweh (I am that I am).  They added compounds to His name to describe Him further (Rohi-Shepherd; Rophe-Healer; Jireh-Provider; Shalom-Peace; Shammah-Present; Nissi-Banner).  He is what His name says.  When you think of all that God is, it should jump-start, ramp up, excite your passion for Who God is!  He should become the “desire of our soul.”

Passion for Healing and Deliverance

  • Matthew 15:25–28 (NKJV)  25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”  26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”  27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”  28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
  • The Syro-Phoenician woman was pleading to Jesus for her daughter’s healing.  She was not a Jew, but came to Jesus anyway.  
  • Jesus had compassion for her, but made it clear that she was not in line for a blessing from a Jewish rabbi or teacher.  He even called her a typical name for a Gentile, a little dog.  
  • She responded with a thought that even the little dogs ate the crumbs under the Master’s table.
  • This powerful expression of faith reflected her deep desire for her daughter’s healing.  
  • Jesus then also responded that her great faith would result in her desire being satisfied.  And her daughter was healed.  

Although some may call it desperation, I believe we should have passion in our prayers, persisting in our pursuit of God for our needs to be met.  When we chase God, we catch God, and God moves mightily!

Passion for the Gifts of God

  • 1 Corinthians 12:27–31 (NKJV)  27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

God’s callings and gifts are precious.

The work of the Lord is to be desired.  It satisfies, it fulfills, it glorifies God!

Passion to be utilized in those gifts is equally important to the answering the call.

Earnestly desire!  Pursue!  Be passionate about the calling and gift of God!!!

Passion for God’s Presence 

  • Psalm 37:3–6 (NKJV)  3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;  Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.  6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Psalm 69:9 (NKJV)  Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.

Think of all the great experiences you have had in God’s presence.

Salvation, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, the Spiritual gifts, being healed.

When you think of the great power and blessing in God’s presence, you should experience an inexpressible passion for dwelling in His presence as often as possible!

Let’s take time today to enter into His presence!

Don’t coming asking for anything but the presence of God.  Come and tarry.  Dwell in His presence and be blessed!

Takeaway Thoughts

  • Every Christian should live for Christ with intense passion
  • We should exhibit:
    • Passion for our God and Creator
    • Passion for the miracles of God
    • Passion for the Gifts and Ministry for God
    • Passion for the Presence of God

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