When Passion And Discipline Collide

Passion is a heartfelt desire that causes an emotional response in us as well as in people. This passion is how the presence of God’s Holy Spirit is fruitfully multiplied or the presence of the enemy’s spirit is fruitfully multiplied (Genesis 3). This kind of desire awakens the emotions within the hearts of people who are positioned in its path, causing an emotional response of obedience that attracts favor or an emotional response of disobedience that attracts disfavor.

Where we choose to focus our passion is where we will manifest results because our focus strengthens our discipline. The more we focus on the passions of our heart, the more we discipline our emotions to birth the desires of the heart. This is a principle that holds true to desires that are holy or desires that are deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).

Whatever we pursue first becomes our heart’s passion and therefore our life’s focus that forms our mind, spirit, soul and body. Our focus trains the vision of our mind, spirit, soul and body to become one as the vision unveils our chosen destiny (Mark 12:29). Whether that destiny is one with God’s will for our life or that destiny is the enemy’s will for our life, our focus determines our destiny that is the result of our chosen path.

As believers, the word of God tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to us (Matthew 6:33). God desires that we seek Him first so that His kingdom and right way of living will become our passionate desire, protecting us from issues that are associated with an unfavorable favorable destiny (Proverbs 4:23). Our passionate pursuit of God, births the desires of the kingdom of God within the earth as it is in heaven. This is the principle of attracting whatever God wants to add to our lives. This is the compensation of the blessing which is the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23).

The word of God tells us in Psalms 37:5:

Delight yourself also in the LordAnd He shall give you the desires of your heart.

The desires of a heart that has been transformed by passionate desire colliding with discipline births favorable destiny. Destiny is always divine and therefore always supernaturally blessed or supernaturally cursed because of the presence of death or the presence of eternal life (Romans 6:23). When we take pleasure in God’s presence, He is perfecting the passion of Christ in us to form our thoughts, words, emotions and actions in the image and likeness of His character. When our character is one with the character of God, He can trust us with the glory of His kingdom that is richly full of His grace and truth (John 1:14).

Making God our first priority in our passion will sharpen our focus that strengthens our discipline and increases us in stature, wisdom and favor with God and mankind (Luke 2:52). This increase is not earned but gifted to us because it is the results of our passion becoming one with our discipline. This attracts all things to us as a result of not only passionately putting God’s kingdom and righteousness first; but intentionally making it our life’s focus, as it strengthens us in power, love and a sound mind. We have the authority exercised in our free will to allowed ourselves to inherit the gift of eternal life that can only be released through passionately focusing on the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5).

Photo Inspiration:

Congratulations to newly married  Tasha Cobbs Leonard. Her single , “Fill Me Up” ignites her passionate desire to overflow with the presence of God. As believers when we overflow with the presence of God, we are positioned to become one with the living and powerful word of God. Tasha story is a testament of how God uses us when we overflow with passionate desire for His presence. The overflow is where He can bless us while using us to be His blessing to a perishing world who needs to encounter the gift of eternal life.

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