Last week I began a 2-part series to offer hope to the girl pursuing her passion. If you haven’t read that yet, you will want to start there first! You can do that by clicking here!
“A passionate follower of Jesus choosing to live in alignment with the God of the Universe – willing to speak the Gospel and compel those in their path to take a chance on Jesus. That is a terrifying situation for the enemy.”
Friends, pursuing our passion is powerful when we live in the sweet spot of where His calling and our passion meet. It’s because of that power, the enemy finds it terrifying.
So he plots and he plans. He uses old tricks because he’s not very creative. He sticks to lies mostly and uses even those we thought would be our advocates.
And it hurts. It hurts and it feels as though the current pushes against us.
So what we do when it hurts?
I left you with the first and most important powerful weapon we can use against the enemy’s attacks. God’s Word. Truth.
Now I’ll leave you with 3 more powerful weapons to help you hold onto hope!
1. We plant ourselves on the only truth. The Word of God. (find the explanation and Scripture for each of these in Part 1)
?If this is a good work God began, He will continue and finish it.
?We make a difference when we follow His call.
?There is great joy in living out the combination of a passion, calling, and gifting.
?God has uniquely gifted us to do His work here on Earth.
?The support of another is not what I am aiming for. It is the approval of Christ.
2. We intentionally self-check keeping our mindset and actions in alignment with God’s directives.
Balance is difficult. When we are passionate about something, we are drawn into it and the potential to losing ourselves within it is great. The temptation is real and fierce. But when we look up and realign, we can fight temptation and not leave no footholds for the enemy.
God, family, and work. In that order. When we change that order, a sense of imbalance settles into our lives.
If we break down our priorities even more, I think we can do an even better job of keeping ourselves in alignment. I like how Michael Hyatt breaks his priorities down into six groups. Self is just under God. If at first look, it appears a bit selfish, take a moment to think about this. On an airplane we are instructed to place the gas mask on ourselves before placing one on our children. The truth is that if we don’t take care of ourselves, we will do a pretty lousy job of caring for others! You can check out his post here!
?Embracing and letting go.
Sometimes we have to let go of one thing to embrace another. We have a capability to stretch in certain seasons, however, if stretched too thin, we will break.
?Our one and only idol.
Our passions have the potential to become our idol. Is our success or lack of success defining our worth? Has it become a platform on which we crownourselves rather than God? If so, a realignment is necessary.
?The Will of God
Our work must reflect the will of God and be in alignment with the Word of God. Are there any parts of our efforts contradicting either of those statements? Is there a spiritual “sensing” or holy urging to stop? If so, stop. Readjust and get back in alignment.
3. We replace defeating self-talk with victorious truth
Our passions do matter. They make a difference.
Our contributions are unique and not comparable to the contributions of another. Comparison is a trap we can easily fall into. But, our gifting gives us a purpose and a means to point to the Savior. Not the means to replicate another’s way of pointing to Him.
Living our passion is living vulnerably because what we are doing matters to the core of our being. And living vulnerably often leads to pain. A pain that is definitely worth it, but one we must never allow the enemy to fertilize.
AndWhen the defeating self-talk says,
“I’m not capable.”
“Someone else is better at this.”
“I don’t have enough time.”
“I don’t have the correct education or experience.”
We replace it with the victorious truth that says, “I am capable because God equips me to do His will.”
Now may the God of peace — who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. –Hebrews 13:20-21 NLT
Friends, when we find our sweet spot of passion and call, God equips. He prepares us in every possible way.
4. We pray
Boldly. Consistently. With praise, thanksgiving. and faith.
We believe in and praise God in advance for the good work He will do. We pray the scriptures to keep us in alignment with His will. And we do not make our requests in timidity, but rather with bold and audacious faith!
If you are the girl pursuing her passion, but in need of hope, I pray you turn to the Truth Jesus offers. I pray you feel holy confidence to step out in faith, setting fear aside. You may have heard the phrase, “Do it afraid.” Yes, friends, if need be, do it afraid. But more than that, I pray you receive the courage to do it unafraid. Because when God is for you, who can be against you?
And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. –Romans 8:32-33 MSG
So have hope, sweet friend. Stand tall. Stand strong. Pursue your passion.
And do great big things for the Kingdom of God!