This past week I started a Bible study that I have been wanted to do for a while now. Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. She is the author of the study The Armor of God and she also plays Elizabeth Jordan in the movie War Room. She has done much much more than this but I can sum my feelings up about her like this; I would love to sit down and drink a cup of coffee with her, legs crossed, shoes off and just glean a snip of the godly wisdom and strength of which she has been blessed.
Fervent. “A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer”. This study isnt a typical Bible study we arent focusing on a verse or a chapter or a story with in the Bible. Instead we are focusing on an activity or a call with action with in the pages of God’s Word. Its about praying prayers that are specific to out lives. Its about learning to pray Gods promises over our lives in a way that targets the schemes of the enemy and gives us confidence as we lay our requests at His feet. There are some of the things the Bible says about prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 say “pray without ceasing” (NKJV), 1 John 5:15 says “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us”, Ephesians 1:18 “pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” , Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Fervently. All of the ways that the Bible tells us to pray can be summed up in one work fervent, meaning having or displaying a passionate intensity.
Each chapter Priscilla breaks down different areas in out life that the enemy seeks to cause as much chaos as possible to make sure that the very last thing that we are doing is praying much less fervently. The first chapter is on Passion. I have to admit this one hit home to me. Its one of those times when I could sense God timing on a situation.
What is passion? a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept. (according to Mr Webster) for the sake of this post lets think of passion as your cutting edge. The energy that powers you through this life excited and committed to things of God and your desire to complete the tasks that he has uniquely design for you. Here is what Priscilla had to say “Fervent prayer is fueled by passion” “Passion is the fuel in the engine of your purpose. So to know our purpose we must have the passion to come to God fervently in prayer!
Making passion one of the most dangerous weapons against the plots and plans the of the enemy. He seeks to dull our passion for each thing that God has put on our path to complete in His name. If our passion is dulled and we are too distracted with the chaos he seeks to create in our lives than we will never reach out full potential in Christ. Here is what I have been struggling with and here is what God showed me through these sweet pages written by a godly women I am convinced so that I could read them and in return share them with you.
How can we tell, as Believers the difference between loosing passion for something God has called you to do (by allowing ourselves to be effected by the schemes of Satan) OR is God emotionally preparing you to move on in a particular situation?
Here is what I learned. When trying to decide between the two the answer lies in the concept of Convicting or Condemning. What is the difference?
Convicting is for the purpose of restoration. It points out a wrong doing but still manages to life us up and point us to the grace and the mercy of Christ.
Condemning is for the purpose of destroying and humiliation. Its is mean to burden with guilt and discouragement. It focusing on you and your past failures and your future inevitable failures .
If you are seeking Gods will in a situation in your life because you have lost passion for something that previously gave you joy and you felt like was a path God was leading you doen
- Do you have constructive reasons for moving on? Or do you feel guilt? Do you feel like Christ is moving you to something new? or do you feel a sense of humiliation and discouragement?
- Do you have a “something else” you feel God prompting you to? or little ideas here or there He is telling you not to necessarily move on but to but them up on a shelf so to not forget? or do you feel like there is nothing left for you once you move on?
- Do you have others around you building you up and encouraging you through your journey? or do you have people around you seeming to attack you and discourage you from what you feel God is calling you to?
There are no wrong or right answers to these questions but through asking myself these same questions I was able to organize my thoughts about what God was telling me and what the enemy was trying so convince me. We must remember the words Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not a God if disorder but of peace”. You might , very well not know the next step but one thing will be for certain God will lead you to peace NOT confusion!!
I have unfortunately very recently been more than confused. The problem with confusion is it has a way of staying your feet. For me it started out in the things of my walk with Christ and then before you knew it it began to spill out and over into my everyday decisions and tasks. I was unproductive, falling behind on household tasks and became frustrated to the point of my poor kiddos catching the wrath here and there.
While your answering these question and focusing on Gods words remember this from John 10:27 ” My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (NKJV) Which means we have to come to a place where we are confident that we in fact are capable of hearing Gods voice and then we must quiet out minds long enough to do so!
Before I started this study I actually wrote a post on Hearing God Voice with Our Eyes. Truthfully this is where I started when I couldnt get my mind to quiet. I because looking for bits and pieces of what I felt confident God was telling me. Ignoring the things that made me feel anything less than a beloved child of God!!
The truth is is that Im still on this journey. Everyday we must be on guard and fill our minds with the things of God. I challenge you to write down three verses that speak to you and something that you are struggling with. Keep these verses with you on a slip of paper or on the screen saver on your phone. Keep His word with you until you can imprint them on your heart and gain the confidence that He wants you to have in His love for you!!
Im blogging through this journey with a sweet friend of mine Stephanie Miller from Butterfly Beginnings you can click HERE to check out her week one post where she talks about illusory correlations. She talks about when we get bombarded with the events of life the enemy has away of encouraging us to connect events and drawing conclusions from on disappointing event and allowing it to discourage us in a totally separate area of life!
Have a great week!!