PURE LOVE, DEVOTION, AND PASSION FOR GOD

           
                                             SUPERNATURAL,                                                           NATURAL,
                                                    SPIRITUAL                                                                   CARNAL         
                                                      (JESUS)                                                                            (US)

   

                                  Fully Surrendered (Hebrews 5:7)                         Rebellious (Is. 1:19-20, Rom. 8:5-8)
                            Fully Devoted to God (
John 4:34, 5:30)                          Denies Jesus (John 13:36-38)
                                                                                                                    Self-centered, Selfish (
Jer. 17:9-14, Gal. 5:19-21)
                            Fully Obedient (
Heb. 5:8, Luke 22:42)                            Disobedient (Rom. 7:18-8:8)
                            Fully Dependant on God (
John 5:19,30)              Self-dependent (John 15:5, 2 Cor. 3:4-5)
                            Love for God, Others (
I John 3:16, 4:16)           Loves Self, World,...( Gal. 5:20, I John 2:15-17)
     

EXAMPLES OF PURE LOVE / DEVOTION / PASSION FOR GOD

Mary  --  Mark 14:3-9  "she has done a beautiful thing to Me."

David  -- 
Psalm 16:8-11 Psalm 63:3 ; Psalm 86:11 ; Acts 13:22

Joseph --
Genesis 39:6-9

Paul --
Philippians 3:7-112 Corinthians 5:9, 14Galatians 2:20
             Paul's source of grace & power, faith, and love & devotion for God: 
I Timothy 1:12-14
                                 
"Give me an undivided heart."                                                               - Psalm 86:11

"Create in me a pure heart & renew a steadfast spirit in me."               - Psalm 51:10

"Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes from worthless     things (idols); preserve my life according to your word."                     - Psalm 119:36-37


"Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold" (Matt. 24:12)-- This waning of love refers to the dying out of the fire of a holy passion for the Lord Himself and for those for whom He gave His life, the loss of holy enthusiasm in His service and devotion. It refers not to that fleshly enthus-iasm in His service and devotion that shouts and rejoices when the crowd is coming, or works zealously when the brass band is playing and the grandstand is filled with admirers. No! No! It is that enthusiasm that works with a quiet, untiring, unassuming earnestness and steadiness when it must plod on alone unheard and unnoticed except by the Lord-that enthusiasm that is born not of outward encouragement, nor the applause of men, nor by what men call success, nor by the unholy desire for praise, but that which is born of an inward urge implanted by the Holy Spirit, the overflow of the passion of Christ. The waning of this love, said Jesus, will be one of the earmarks of the end-times.        - E.S. Gerig



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