The series on the Holy Spirit Fire was completed by Brother Richard Akita, who preached about the Passion for God.
He rightfully stated that passion is what drives us. It may be passion for our favorite football team, for food or anything else. God wants to have that passion from us (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Mark 12:29-31), and He made it possible for us to have it (Exodus 36:24-27)
New believers have passion for God, and He gives them success to have something to build their faith on. But some take it for granted and believe it is always going to be like this. It is good to have testimonies to ward off the devil when things get tough (1 Samuel 17:37, Acts 1:8), and to know that the Spirit of God gives us the power to do things we couldn’t do on our own.
There are things that may drain the passion:
– An unbalanced schedule, i.e. being over- or underworked, e.g. do much at work, do nothing at church (Psalms 127:1-2)
– An unused talent – a jig-saw puzzle is only beautiful when every little bit is in place, likewise in the Kingdom of God, everyone must do their part, using the gift God gave them (1 Corinthians 7:7)
– Unconfessed sins
– Unresolved conflict (Job 18:4)
– An unsupportive lifestyle (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
– An unclear purpose (you find your purpose by serving)
– Undernourishment (spiritual)
God is in love with us (Romans 5:5). Check yourself – either you are passionate or lukewarm. We need to love God to have that passion. Someone in love always thinks of and talks about who they are in love with. The devil wants to take it away, therefore we need to protect the passion in us.