Friday, April 28, 2006

Acts 13:44, 48

"And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord:"

These Gentiles had passion to hear God's Word. They actually glorified the Word. I imagine we could all use some of that passion on Sundays as we head to hear the Word preached.

Acts 12:5

"Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the hcurch unto God for him."

Do I have this kind of passion for prayer? That I would pray for my brother or sister without ceasing?

Acts 11:28-30

"...there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to passin the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul."

I love the word "determined" in this text. The disciples were determined to help in any way they could, and they did. Reminds me of how we get together to help victims of national disasters. We really should have a passion, a burning determination to help others in need.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Acts 8:29, 30a

"Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join yourself to this chariot. And Philip ran there unto him..."

Philip was passionate about listening to the voice of the Spirit of God. He said "go there", and Philip RAN there! He didn't wait around to make sure, or second-guess himself, or slowly stroll that direction, making several stops along the way--no he ran straight there, and we know a soul was saved because of it.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Acts 6:8,10; 7:59-60

"And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke. ... And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep."

Talk about living with passion. Stephen is a wonderful example of that to us.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Acts 4:13,19-20,33

"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all."

They were passionate about speaking the Gospel of Jesus.

Acts 2:41-47

"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about 3000 souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continung daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

The early church seemed to have a great deal of passion! They served God with "gladness and singleness of heart." What a challenge to us today!

Wow... It has been way too long since I've updated this. I'm not going to lie. Things have been going on in my life that have caused me to take my focus away from living with passion. I intend to get that focus back in place, and not give the devil any more victories in this area. Thanks for reading.