Fervent Week 2: Your Passion
    This has to be my favorite chapter! When I first read this book almost a year ago, my life was seriously lacking passion. I mean, I had passion but for all the wrong things. I complained, mostly in my head, and felt like I was drowning in my everyday life. My spiritual life was dry, dry, dry despite my efforts to revive it again. I looked to my husband, social media, television and my kids to fulfill me and WHEN they didn’t I became disappointed or angry. What was missing? Why was life so hard?
Here’s the thing, the devil is the “father of lies” (John 8:44) as Priscilla points out, and I had been seriously lied to.
“He warps your perceptive on the current events in your life until reality appears much worse and more desperate than it truly is.”
– Priscilla Shirer
Not only does the devil shift and change your perception on reality but he seeks to dim your passion as well. Here was another ‘light bulb’ moment for me. God is the giver of passion! Meaning, I don’t have to conjure that fire in my belly for God because He is the giver of it. I felt so free after receiving that message. I had carried this burden for so long and thought it was up to me to maintain my cutting edge and my passion for God. I am so thankful that I can go to God when I have lost my passion for Him and have faith He will give it right back to me.
Priscilla dives into a story from the bible (2 Kings 6:1-7) that illustrates this perfectly. The story takes place with a man chopping down a tree with hopes of building a meeting place. Elisha was nearby when the man’s axe fell apart and the head of the axe found its way to the bottom of the Jordan River. There are four key components to this story that Priscilla unpacks.
Number 1: Despite the lost axe head, the presence of God was still near. Back in those days, the presence of God came in the form of prophets like Elisha. Notice the presence of God, Elisha being near to the man, was there when the axe was lost. The man lost his cutting edge in the middle of doing God’s work. Priscilla points out “Satan would like to convince you that your lack of passion is an indication that God was either never there at all or has gotten disgusted with you and left.” I thought this was true in my own life but it is a rotten lie!
Number 2: The servant was doing something good when he lost his cutting edge. Often times, we think we are the reason for our cutting edge being lost. The truth is, we can lose our passion in the middle of doing something great for God. The devils aims to dim our passion so that we will stop trying to build things for the kingdom of God.
Number 3: The ax was borrowed. Our cutting edge, passion and faith is a gift from God. We cannot conjure it up on our own. When I lose my passion, I get down on my knees and ask God for it back. I am released from believing that my cutting edge is dependent on my ability or performance.
Number 4: Only a work of God could retrieve the ax head. Elisha was able to resurrect the sunken axe head in the river because God moved in Him and through Him to get the job done. If the man had dropped the axe head in plain view, anyone could have retrieved it and wouldn’t have been a miracle at all. God wants to do for you and through you what we can’t do for ourselves. There is nothing too big or too small for God. If you have lost your cutting edge, go ask for it back! I promise God will resurrect those places in your heart that you thought were dead.
Challenge for the week: Ask for your passion or cutting edge back. Add a little gratitude in your prayer, a little repentance, a little scripture and a lot of expectation!!
“He will come to us like the spring rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)
Below I have included Group Study Questions
A big thank you to my sister Stephanie Corrigan who took this breath taking photograph.
Week 2 Fervent
Strategy #1 Your Passion Group Study Questions
1. Priscilla Shirer says “Passion is what keeps you moving in the direction your best intentions want to go.”
Have you lost your passion? Has your get-up-and go simply gotten-up-and gone?
2. What keeps you going when circumstances are looking grim?
3. Do you believe in the power of prayer? Have you experienced this in your own life?
4. What weakens your passion or your “cutting edge?”
5. Satan is the “Father of Lies” (John 8:44). What are some lies you are led to believe??
6. Priscilla states “Satan would like to convince you that your lack of passion is an indication that God was either never there at all or has gotten disgusted with you and left.” Is it a relief to know passion is a gift from God and not something we can manufacture on our own? If so, why?
7. Do you rely on other people or things to fill the places in your heart that are meant for God to fill?
8. Page 37 ” A prayer that’s seeking passion should not be about manufacturing a better feeling or jostling up a better mood. It’s simply about holding out your open hands- in thanksgiving first, in gratitude for God’s faithfulness and His goodness and His assured, accomplished victory over the enemy. Then asking. Asking for what He already wants to give you.
What do you need to ask God for?
9. “But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness.” (Galatians 5:22)
In Galatians, Paul talks about the Fruit of the Spirit. If Satan is the “Father of Lies,” then everything else (fruits of confusion, fear, guilt, shame, etc) has to be from Him.
Which fruit(s) do you identify most in your life? What fruit do you think God wants you to have?
10. Review the scriptures at the end of the chapter found on pages 35-38.

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