Jesus' pathway to the cross is known as "Passion of Christ." It was a path of sorrow, suffering and loneliness that began in eternity, led through the streets of Jerusalem and ended at Calvary also called Golgotha. He did this to accomplish God's will and bring many to salvation. 

While ministering to a group of women several years ago, the Lord revealed to me that we are His passion.  The joy set before Him was knowing that we would have abundant life. "The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." John 10:10

He endured much for our sakes that we might walk in newness of life that belongs to His children.  For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives." Romans 6:4 A rich and satisfying life evidenced by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Sin no longer has dominion over us. 

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Sadly, at different times in our spiritual journey we may develop an apathy towards the things of God. Apathy is defined as a lack of feeling or emotion.  A lack of interest or concern.   It is dullness of heart that affects the way that you look at life. 

Spiritual apathy, coldness, or indifference can affect even the most sincere Christian at one time or another. Feelings of apathy or disinterest can sometimes replace the fervor we once felt for the things of God. Spiritual apathy can be a subtle disinterest in God and the things of God. A dullness of hearing when it comes to reading the Word of God. A sluggish, lethargic feeling toward spiritual things. Overcoming such apathy is necessary for continuing our walk with God. 

How do we recognize spiritual apathy in our own lives?

When we recognize we have become spiritually apathetic we need to ask ourselves,  “What caused me to lose my love and passion for the Lord?” Are you reluctant to gather with other believers? Look for reasons to miss church, Bible Study or prayer meetings? 

What is the solution?  There is no simple answer, but first we must make the decision to make room for spending time in His presence. One best way of getting out of spiritual sluggishness is to feed yourself on God’s Word.  Read it, memorize it, dwell on it, pray over it and you will get positive results. The Word of God is alive and injects new life in us. Hebrews 4:12

We must also guard what we allow to enter into our spiritual or sacred space, whether its carnal relationships, television programming or something else, and remove those things that could become a substitute for our spending time in the Word and in prayer. Unless we develop a disciplined pattern of life we will remain spiritually sluggish.

David had his faults, but he maintained a hunger for God. In Psalm 42 he cries out to the Lord, "As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Psalm 42:1-2

Jesus' word to the church of Ephesus was to  rememberrepent, and renew. "But I have this complaint against you. You don't love me or each other as you did at first! Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. Revelation 2:4-5

This new year, make it a priority to ignite your passion for spiritual things. Ignite your passion for God, His Word, prayer, worship and sharing the gospel message.

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"...For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

Read: Psalm 119:56-119

Blessings!

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green