Freedom and Passion

A Word to Consider - Freedom and Passion
By Bill NeSmith

     We will continue to address Freedom with a look today into how it relates to Passion or that internal driving force of interest, goal, and individual expression as imparted by our Creator.  No one is ever freer than when they are operating in their God-given passion. Passion is like Faith in that its very existence is an indicator of a possible key direction or of an area requiring attention.  Passion and Faith are to be directed towards God’s intended use but passion can be good or bad, sinful or righteous and surely will define the course of one’s life.   Passion can be a force that both builds and tears down, guides to clarity or leads to destruction.

     Godly passion can lead to freedom as surely as unbridled lust can lead to bondage.  This is because passion operates in much the same way as faith.  Passion, like faith, has a creative nature of itself that can shift the climate or atmosphere that surrounds it.  If you determine the real identity, name and expression of the passion that is within you, you will find yourself as if driven by the wind to a destination only dreamed of which now becomes within reach. Passion is like the prophetic word, it speaks to your potential.    

     Passion is not simply physical, but embraces matters of the heart and motivation to accomplish an outcome.  If you find the passion you will find the energy needed to accomplish its aim.  Mother Teresa was passionate about the needs of the poor in Calcutta, India and around the world.  Through a searching of her soul and spirit at an early age she determined to live her life in response to that passion.   This passion overrode all other physical and emotional passions in her life and the result was that she changed the world around her.

     Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Church,  wrote and spoke on the subject of our ‘Holy Discontent’ and finding that one thing that you could no longer stand for without getting involved: like Popeye, who said, ‘I’ve taken all I can stand and I can’t stand no more’, as he whips out the spinach and saves the day, and like Mother Teresa, it may be helping and standing up for the poor, changing government or business practices, raising a family, coaching little league.  Passion is focus and power and brings clarity to life choices once it is found.    

     Walking out your passion takes patience, perseverance, wisdom and faith that only a relationship with God, His Word and His Spirit can rightfully produce.  Passion will be released to us by Holy Spirit as we develop spiritually to be able to steward it well.  He will not give us anything that we are not yet able to handle.  Passions can change or develop throughout our lives as we ourselves mature but the key thing in all our lives is finding that source of drive, that passion that puts wings to our choices and feet to the results.

     Many miss their true passion because they incorrectly aspire to be like someone else.  They model their ways and miss the very definition of their own identity in the process.  Many seek the approval of others rather than of God first and this can lead them off course.  We are not called to be like other people, we are called to be like Jesus and the person He has made us to be.  Passion is a core definition of a person’s purpose and since all mankind has been created in the image and likeness of God and made for His use and honor (Romans 9), we have a blueprint or job description engraved into our spiritual DNA, if you will.  Lance Wallnau has brought great freedom to people in his ‘Seven Mountain Mandate’ teachings wherein he explains that, as Christians, our purpose quite often is found in the business world rather than in a ministry vocation.  Scripture tells us to stay within the circumstances we were saved (see 1 Cor. 7:20) yet many times we leave our very place of anointing.  Many believe that God gave Jimi Hendrix his gift of music that was tragically altered through misdirected passion.  This was the same case for Lucifer himself who fell as he pridefully sought what belonged to God. (see Isaiah 14:12-14)

     Passion is a neutral word in that it is itself neither moral nor immoral.  It is a force that, when tapped into with good and righteous hands, will lead to an outcome of equal quality.  If used carelessly for selfish gain, fame, or in taking advantage of people and circumstances, passion has the ability to stir one in a gravely treacherous direction with bad or immoral results.  Even though passion is neither moral nor immoral you cannot separate it from its moral moorings.  The moral definition of passion is not defined until one uses it to set the course of one’s life.  Passion is like a weapon or a tool.  It is not the source of error. It is simply a tool in the hand of a determining soul.  Guard the soul and spirit and you will benefit from passion in your life.  Leave the soul and spirit without proper restraint and passion can lead to destruction.

     Passion breathed by God leads to provision.  Sometimes provision is provided in extraordinary ways in order to support the timely demands of the passion or spirit-breathed endeavor.  However, many lose sight of their passion because focus is shifted to acquiring and/or maintaining the provision and the original intent is set aside for a time or even lost.   Many can become enslaved by the provision (and maintaining it) rather than made free in and by the passion itself.

     We must address the spiritual passion as tenaciously as we are directed to address the fleshly or carnal passions.

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.’    (Gal. 5:24)

‘Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.’   (Col. 3:5)

     Passion is a driving force and it should be found, defined, and seen as important simply by reason of its very existence.  Let me use faith to aid in our clarity since, again, faith and passion are so similar in operation.  Hebrews 11:1 from the Bible tells us a great truth.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.   (Hebrews 11:1)

     While writing this article, I had a conversation with a dear friend about faith and it lends perfectly to help make my point here.  Faith is substance.  Faith is not simply belief or trust, it is more than that – it has substance.  It is a thing in and of itself whereas belief and trust are emotions or abilities.  It is enlightening to switch the word ‘faith’ with ‘trust’ in Hebrews chapter 11 as the Complete Jewish Bible does, but faith is much more than simple trust.  Faith is evidence.  As tangible in substance, faith is documentable, quantifiable, manifested evidence.   Evidence shows the proof of a thing.  The very presence of faith in a situation lends to the confidence that something else truly exists.  (The very presence of a Godly directed passion lends substance and evidence to God’s will and timing.)

     To the degree that you have faith in something, the very fact that you will receive what you have faith for is evident in the existence of that faith (Mark 11:24-25; Matt. 21:22).    In the Kingdom economy, we are not yet meant to have that which we have not yet been given the faith to believe for. For instance, most of us do not have the faith to believe for a Lear Jet to travel around the world.  This is primarily due to the fact that this is not normally or frequently needed.  In God, the person that needed a Lear Jet would have the accompanying faith to support the petition and need.  Again, the existence of faith is manifest evidence that something else is tangibly real (the object of our faith).  The existence of the faith is the pre-manifested provision of the Jet for their use.  Most of us do need faith to pay our bills and the supporting amount of faith to believe in or trust God for it is available.  Our faith grows through practice and experience of God’s faithfulness and it is ever increasing as we stay close to God.    

     Freedom is often an elusive quest as it has many facets and our basic human nature longs to be free but can often get sidetracked by our not understanding ourselves and the factors that are important for ultimately finding the freedom that we desire and that God intends us to walk in.

     Passion differs from faith in that faith grows towards God and only changes in its refinement as we learn of God and His promises.  Passions however, change as we grow to understand ourselves, God’s will and the circumstances we find ourselves in at His leading.  Both develop over time, one towards God Himself and one towards God’s purposes in our lives as we understand His leading.

     Passion is similar to faith in that the fact of its very existence is an expression of its directive nature.  It is important to seek or wait for Godly passion. It is our responsibility to search it out.  The results are life changing.

‘It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.’  (Proverbs 25:2)

 

Be Kingly in His Kingdom – Reflect the Nature and Passion of the King!

 

Freedom and Passion