Stirring our passions

Our Wednesday night Bible study has been going through a series on Philippians, listening to a teaching from Matt Chandler. It is an incredible series. Last night was on Philippians 3 and the issue of what stirs our affections. Our hearts were so stirred as we thought of the things that God uses in our lives to stir our deep passions for him.

There are small things in each of us that stir up great affection for Jesus. There are also small things that distract us from our affections. They are rarely “big” things.

The affections that are stirred in each of us are often triggered by a few different things. To then “codify” what stirs our passions or robs our affections is just legalism.

The kind of music that stirs me to sense those deep affections for Christ may be different than the kind of music that stirs those deep affections in someone else.

In the same way, the things that distract me from deep affections (like too much social media) may not have that same effect on someone else.

Legalism would dictate: This is “godly” music. This is the “devil’s” kind of social media.

Each of us have those small things that can stir up the deep passions for Christ. Let those deep passions be stirred once again. Pull out that favorite song. Watch that favorite movie that stirs the emotion.

Do something that stirs that deep affection for Christ once again!

The cry of Paul in Philippians 3 comes from deep passion. Let us be stirred. Let us be moved. 

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

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