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Passionate Heart

posted Sep 20, 2011, 6:55 PM by Debbie Butler

What a great time to be alive and living for Jesus!! I recently joined a group on Facebook called, “You know you were raised A/G if…..”, and you filled in the blank. People talked about how they were raised and the things they were taught in church. We laughed as we remembered how we were not allowed to wear shorts in P.E. We laughed at the fact that we were not allowed to go anywhere but church when we went on a date. That’s just how we were raised, that’s what we believed the Bible taught. (What started out as a passion to please God in everything, became a doctrine of man.) At first it was pretty funny reminiscing and remembering how we were not allowed to do certain things and how we all went through similar teachings as we grew up. Then I began to hear people talk about how the spirit moved back then and “why doesn’t He move that way now?”. They kept attributing the move of the Spirit to the songs that were sung. Some even said that if we would get back to the old paths and the way things were done, God would move again.

Yes, God moved when people wore long dresses and suits with ties. He moved when we sung the old hymns. The Holy Spirit is also moving today when we sing the new songs. I see the Holy Spirit move when people have on shorts, sleeveless shirts, hats, long hair and I could keep going. The Spirit moves all the time at SpeedWay Christian Fellowship. I even heard of a person who happened to be in the shower, totally nude and the Holy Spirit moved in power upon him and he fell out in the Spirit, while in the tub. God didn’t move in power because of the way people dressed, or the song they sung. The Bible tells us God doesn’t look at the outward appearance. (1 Samuel 16:7)

Could it be that the Holy Spirit is not moving now because people no longer have a passion for God? Maybe He is not moving now because people no longer strive to please Him. God is looking on the heart. He is looking for a people with passionate hearts, that love Him with every part of their being.

I thank God for my Christian heritage, but I don’t want to go back to the way it was. I love what God is doing now. God says, “Behold I do a new thing…” This is not something that is new to God, it’s new to us. We have to move with the Holy Spirit, into the new things God has for us, as He leads. Sometimes we have to give up man made traditions and doctrines and go with God. We need to become passionate about the things of God and we will experience the move of God in a greater measure than even what our fore fathers experienced.

Do you want to see a move of God like on the day of Pentecost, or even like we use to see as young people raised in a A/G environment? Do you want to see things happen like in the book of Acts? Let’s become passionate for God, seeking Him like never before. Let’s abandon all for Him. Let’s get eager to please Him no matter what, and we will see God move in power once again like He did in days gone by.

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