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During the early days of the Passion Movement, God connected our story to the confession found in Isaiah 26:8, specifically the last phrase, which says, “For your name and renown are the desire of our souls.” The heart of Passion is God’s glory, and God is most glorified in us when we live lives that are fully satisfied in Him. We pray that this scripture journey through Passion’s five core statements and prayers will encourage a posture of gratitude for what He has done and increase expectancy for what He will do in the future.

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10.13.2023

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During the early days of the Passion Movement, God connected our story to the confession found in Isaiah 26:8, specifically the last phrase, which says, “For your name and renown are the desire of our souls.” The heart of Passion is God’s glory, and God is most glorified in us when we live lives that are fully satisfied in Him. We pray that this scripture journey through Passion’s five core statements and prayers will encourage a posture of gratitude for what He has done and increase expectancy for what He will do in the future.

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Willingness to Shine the Gospel to all People


Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

John 17:3


Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 3:20


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. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

Philippians 3:7-10


This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength
    or the rich boast of their riches,
but let the one who boasts boast about this:
    that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23-24


You make known to me the path of life;

    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 16:11


I have seen you in the sanctuary

    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Psalm 63:2-5


Whom have I in heaven but you?

    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

Those who are far from you will perish;
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
    I will tell of all your deeds.

Psalm 73:25-28


everyone who is called by my name,

    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.”

Isaiah 43:7

Devotional

There is a great comfort available to us in the Scriptures. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul reminds us of God’s ultimate and unmatched authority and authorship (Col 1:16-18.) Like a blanket, this reminder that God has always been and will always be should ease our anxiety; the truth that everything and everyone was created through Him reminds us of the deepest of embraces; we have never been accidental or abandoned.

Each of us was intentionally created by God. His hands graciously crafted us into existence so we could know Him and bring Him glory (Is 43:7.) The question of our purpose in life was, mercifully, answered before our first cry.

Amidst a world of changing tides, our heading remains the same because the one who created us calls us, drawing near to those who draw near to Him (Jam 4:8.) Above all of the calamity, God is giving you a clear set of instructions: know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He sent (Jn 17:3.) This is the chief calling of our lives, it is the purpose of our art, the discipline behind our dedication, and the most worthy accomplishment of every exhalation.

What an invitation. Come, and know the God who created you. Knock on his door, and He has promised to answer (Rev 3:20.) There is no pursuit more worthy than this. No achievement holds a candle. The things we once considered paramount are cast aside for the sake of proximity to Jesus, our former stresses and striving washed off like the sweat of a long day as we become like Him (Phil 3:7-10.) What could compare to this? To make knowing and enjoying God the passionate pursuit of our lives?

Prayer

God, give me a singular desire to know you more.

For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:18-22

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives
    and gave gifts to his people.”

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:1-13

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Ephesians 5:25-27

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:41-47

Devotional

The church has never been a building; it has always been a people. Saints and sinners, foreigners and strangers, grafted into the fellowship of the citizenry. We are God’s people. The church has been built on truth, the revelation of a mystery, handed down to us by the apostles with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. In and through Jesus, we make up the dwelling place of God here on Earth by His Spirit living within us. The Church has never been a building; it has always been a people.

And yet…

In today’s world, there is a push to forego this gift from God, to leave behind the Apostles and prophets, the evangelists, pastors, and teachers that Paul lists as gifts to the body given by Christ so that the Church could be built up for the works of service He set before us. Jesus so loves the church that she is often referred to as His Bride, the one he gave himself up for in order to make her Holy, cleansing her by the washing of water through the Word. The Scriptures are full of the early Church’s love for her, of their drawing together under her banner instead of drifting apart over momentary differences. Followers of Jesus sold off property and possessions in order to take care of the least among them. They met daily, breaking bread together with glad and sincere hearts, all the while praising God for His gift of the Church as thousands of new believers flocked to join the great assembly.

The Church is a gift from God, established to bring Him Glory, and it is made up of us. We, the men and women who carry the Spirit of God within us, will never be perfect, we will stumble, and we will fall; but we will always get back up, trusting that the God who called us is faithful to see us through. We will need to extend and receive grace time and time again, and through it all, the Church will endure, bringing Glory to God as we live out our lives in a manner worthy of the Gospel.

Prayer

God, give me a greater love for your Church, the Body of Christ.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

John 17:20-26

Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 34:3

Whoever of you loves life
    and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from telling lies.
Turn from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 34:12-14

    when God’s people live together in unity!

Psalm 133:1

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:12-17

Devotional

Love one another.

It seems so simple, and yet all around us, the world bares out a different reality. Day after day, we are confronted with the result of sin and a broken world. Our feeds are full of anger and bitterness, our hearts and minds under a constant barrage of violence and vitriol. Here among more heartache than we were ever intended to absorb, a light shines in the darkness.

“Righteous Father, though the World does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
John 17:25-26

When all around us seems hopeless, we are not without hope. God the Father sent His Son and His Spirit to see it so. As His chosen people, we are equipped to carry that hope with us to wherever we are called to the Glory of God Himself. Clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, our very way of life harkens light amidst the deepest darkness. We, the ambassadors of reconciliation, have every tool available to us that we could ever need.

And yet.

How often we choose a different path. We wander, we horde, we slander and sully. Our sinful nature causes rifts to appear and division to spread like a weed until, at long last, we no longer stand out for our brightness but for our bickering. We are, at times, a house in slow decay at the hands of negligence.

But God.

In His grace, God has offered us the kind of wisdom that comes from Heaven, wisdom that is pure and peace-loving, wisdom that is concrete, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, wisdom that is impartial and sincere. He has called us peacemakers and set before us a harvest of righteousness. God has not abandoned us, leaving us to our own devices. His heart is still turned towards us.

Prayer

God, give me a desire to lift up your name above all other names.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Romans 10:11-15

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:1-8

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

1 Peter 2:9-12

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

Philippians 2:12-16

Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
John 5:14-15

Devotional

You are the Light of the World.

Why?

Why does God call us into His story? Why does he appoint us as Christ’s Ambassadors? Why does he send his helper, the Holy Spirit, to dwell within us and then call us to travel to the ends of the Earth as his witnesses?

For His Glory.

We who have been reconciled to God were so through Jesus Christ becoming sin on our behalf so that we could become righteousness. This transaction is the greatest act of love in history, and its story demands to be shared. God has chosen the very same reconciled sons and daughters to be the ones to do so. Our calling in life is to shine like a city on a hill so that as the world looks in our direction, they see, experience, and encounter Christ, ultimately turning towards Him in that same eternal reconciliation.

This is why we are commanded to live differently than those around us. It is the reason we work with excellence instead of excuses, it is why we go where the Spirit leads us, and it is why we pay close attention to our actions striving to live lives worthy of the Gospel. We do all of this so that as we shine, Christ gets the Glory. We ring our lives out on behalf of those around us so that they see His kindness and love. We respond to anger and pain with grace and compassion, so those who mock us will find themselves face to face with His mercy. We reflect his Glory into a dark world and, in doing so, call attention to the one who emanates the light.

In all that we do, we do it all for Jesus.

Prayer

God, cause my life to be an unmistakable source of grace and hope to those around me.

    and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Psalm 67

All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.

Psalm 86:9

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21

he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
    to restore the tribes of Jacob
    and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 49:6

“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.”

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Revelation 5:9-14

Matthew 28:18-20

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27

    for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:8-9

Learn to do right; seek justice.
    Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
    plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 1:17

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Worship and Justice have always been two sides of the same coin. They are inextricably linked; where the people of God go, so goes His Spirit and His promptings.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27

All over the world, God is seeking worshippers of all peoples to bring Glory to His name through the praises of their lips and the care of their hands. But how will these people bear witness to Jesus? Where will they first see and hear of His character and His sacrifice? How will the power of God move into their communities and cultures, ultimately conforming them to likeness with Jesus as the least among them are looked after and the destitute defended?

He will call and listen for the ones who respond.

“Here am I, Lord, send me!”

We, the carriers of his name, who God’s face has shone upon, we will be sent as His witnesses to the ends of the Earth. We who carry His Holy Spirit will learn to do right, to seek justice and defend the oppressed; to take up the cause of the fatherless and plead the case of the widow. The servants of God must not bunker down in the safety of our community and wait for His glorious return, for what will our lives have been if we do? No, it is incumbent upon those who speak the name of Jesus with fear and trembling to move out into the world and across it, a light for all, shining in our words and deeds so that every nation, tribe, and people would hear that same name and be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. What will we have been willing to lay down, to surrender, to run to in order to have an impact on the crowded streets of Heaven?

Our chance is here; our Father is calling.

Prayer

God, kindle in me the desire to go anywhere, at any time, at any cost, to do anything to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Scripture References

  • 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
  • Isaiah 6:1-8
  • Romans 10:11-15
  • Matthew 5:13-16
  • 1 Peter 2:9-12
  • Philippians 2:12-16
  • John 5:14-15
  • Colossians 1:16-18
  • Jeremiah 9:23-24
  • John 17:3
  • Revelation 3:20
  • Philippians 3:7-10
  • Psalm 16:11
  • Psalm 63:2-5
  • Psalm 73:25-28
  • Isaiah 43:7
  • Ephesians 3:20-21
  • Ephesians 2:18-22
  • Ephesians 4:1-13
  • Ephesians 5:25-27
  • Hebrews 10:23-25
  • Acts 2:41-47
  • John 13:34-35
  • John 17:20-26
  • 1 Corinthians 3
  • Psalm 34:3
  • Psalm 34:12-14
  • Psalm 133:1
  • Colossians 3:12-17
  • James 3:17-18
  • Psalm 67
  • Psalm 86:9
  • 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
  • Isaiah 49:6
  • Revelation 5:9-14
  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Acts 1:8
  • James 1:27
  • Proverbs 31:8-9
  • Isaiah 1:17
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