Emotional and passionate worship.
Emotional and passionate worship. I looked up these two words, and they can mean the same thing. However, one morning this week I found myself standing before a picture of Jesus, which hangs at the end of my hallway, feeling both emotional then passionate.
Let me explain: Without thinking about the words I was praying I said; Thank you, Jesus, for going to the cross for me, taking my sin so that I could have everlasting life with you. Thank you for believing in my purpose that much, that you would die for it.
Wow! I never thought of that before; Jesus believes in my purpose?! At first, I felt emotion [tears] of what Jesus gave for me [and you]. Why tears? Maybe because I thought of HIS life here on earth. All that HE had endured just to show us how we could live if we choose to believe. Indeed if you merely read the New Testament, you will learn that Jesus was the most loving, non-judgmental person that walked the earth.
But the tears were replaced with this passion [resolved] to do what I believe God inspired me to do- my purpose.
Years ago, I thought that God’s purpose for my life was this precise path, and if I messed up, I would miss out. That was too much pressure for me and often felt as if I failed, and that God wasn’t happy with me.
I wonder, how many other people think as I did.
But as I learned more about Papa God and HIS love for me, I realize that HIS main purpose for my life is to be in a relationship with HIM and bring heaven [His full expression] to earth by carrying HIS presence in all areas of my life. **
I remember when I was first given the scripture in Psalms -delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Truthfully, I instantly thought; yes, all my wishes will come true! As if the Lord was some genie in a bottle. But as I drew closer to the Lord, it wasn’t long that my ‘desires’ changed.
I didn’t want a perfect house with a white picket fence around it. Or a “Fathers Knows Best’ family life as I wanted before. I grew to desire to be closer to God; to walk in Love like Jesus, and to help others find freedom in areas that I had found freedom.
Then over time, I started to have ‘faith-inspired’ ideas, and I believe in my heart that it was planted there by the Holy Spirit. So, I guess I type this all out to remind us all that things are stirring inside us, that we don’t need to be in doubt and ask year after year; “Is this my purpose? Should I step out in this? Is this a part of God’s will?”
Yes, it is your purpose for this moment – such a time as this. Esther 4:14
Be strong and courageous, step out and see what God will do. Joshua 1,
We are called to be the flavor in this world. Mark 9:50
Matthew 22:34-38 TPT
“When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they called a meeting to discuss how to trap Jesus. Then one of them, a religious scholar, posed this question to test him: “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.’ This is the great and supreme commandment…”
1 John 4:10-13 TPT
“This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins. Delightfully loved ones, if he loved us with such tremendous love, then “loving one another” should be our way of life! No one has ever gazed upon the fullness of God’s splendor. But if we love one another, God makes his permanent home in us, and we make our permanent home in him, and his love is brought to its full expression in us. And he has given us his Spirit within us so that we can have the assurance that he lives in us and that we live in him.”