Burning Hearts

Christians

who do not burn for the Word of God rarely burn for the God of the Word!

Believe it or not – I am not lying – until I was born again in April 1980 I had never read a book, unless it was like, “See Spot Run” or something deep like that.

I was 23 years old when I got saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit. My wife Donna, who I began chasing when I was 14 and she was 13, read all the books I was expected and required to read to do book reports in Junior High and High School.

I am  blessed beyond description in that one of the earliest signs proving I was born again was a voracious appetite for God’s Word. Hunger for the Word of God burned within me and burns inside of me today.

I literally consumed God’s Word daily and it very quickly began to consume me. I grew very fast because I was not only reading and studying it, I was meditating on and memorizing it.

To be brutally honest, I have a very hard time with people who claim to be saved but who are not that into the Scripture!

I am reminded of this verse from Luke chapter 24 verse 32 in The Passion Translation, “Stunned, they looked at each other and said, ‘Why didn’t we recognize it was Him? Didn’t our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion while we walked beside Him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!'”

Have you walked beside Jesus and never really recognized Him?

It is possible!

Jesus said to Philip, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip?” How tragic to be in Jesus’ presence but never move close enough to really know Him.

Does your heart really burn for the Word of God?

Do you burn for the God of the Word?

Could it be that a lot of God’s people do not recognize the God of the Word because they do not immerse themselves in the Word of God?

Jeremiah said God’s Word in his heart was like a burning fire shut up in his bones, and he could not contain it.

If you can contain God in your life then it is fair to doubt His Word is in your heart, much less burning like a fire in your heart.

We know from Scripture Jesus is the eternal Word of God who was with God the Father and Holy Spirit from [before] the beginning. The Word of God is God the Word!

We also know from Scripture Jesus burned for God. After Jesus cleansed the temple the first time, His disciples remembered the text that said, “Zeal for God’s house consumed Him.”

‘Zeal’ comes from a root word meaning to boil hot, to be exceedingly fervent.

‘Consumed’ means to devour, to eat up, to eat up a book, to consume by fire.

This burning required Jesus to upend the status quo among those who claimed to be worshipers of God.

Hearts that burn for God are not hesitant when it comes to honoring God, regardless of whose feelings get hurt in the process!

Burn in me, Jesus!
Consume me, Jesus!

My prayer for you is that you will burn like never before for the God of the Word so the Word of God will burn in and through you!

Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity, and purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
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kdrury@revolutionmovement.org

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The Way!

Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Jesus is the way to what?

To the truth! Jesus perfectly revealed who the Father really is.

To the life! Jesus perfectly revealed how to live the life the Father wills for us to live.

To the Father! Jesus perfectly revealed the only way to a right relationship with His Father.

This reveals a tremendous amount of vital information most of which I will not cover in this blog. Please consider:

His Father said, “This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased!” This was said before Jesus launched Christianity, and after His water and Spirit baptism. Before those two pivotal events in Jesus’ life He lived a life of submission to His Father by being submitted to his earthly father and his mother.

“51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Jesus “kept increasing in favor with God.” You read that right! Jesus, from His conception to His public affirmation, and right on through to the Cross kept increasing in favor with His Father.

Jesus demonstrated for thirty years a surrendered life to God’s will, enduring much hardship.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

What He endured prepared Him for the arduous task of dying for the world, which was the main mission He was assigned.

He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Do you see how Jesus humbled Himself? “By becoming obedient.” This was an ongoing process, not by a one time act. Jesus remained in right relationship with His Father throughout His entire life by continually oebying Him.

“I am the way” also means claiming to be a Christian must go beyond saying what we believe to showing others what we believe. Jesus went beyond saying He loved and was rightly related to His Father. He demonstrated it daily in every area of His life.

You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

To shudder means – to stand up straight; to tremble; to be struck with extreme fear.

Does your belief in God cause you to shudder? If not, your belief has not yet reached the level of devils.

“I am the way” also means those of us who say we believe in Jesus must lead others to a right relationship with Jesus, who leads us to His Father.

Paul said this, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.” The NAS and NKJ translate this verse this way, “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.”

We can interpret this verse several ways:

  • If you follow me I will lead you to Christ
    • This is authentic Christian discipleship
    • Paul forsook all to follow Christ just like Christ forsook heaven to come to earth so that mankind could forsake earth to gain heaven
      • “7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.”
  • If you imitate my life your life will look like Christ because my life is like His
    • Not that Paul was a perfect man but Paul perfected his passion to live like Christ on purpose in fulfilling his assigned mission from God
      • “King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision.”

In the Book of Acts Christianity is called “the Way” six times, “the way[s] of the Lord[God]” three times, and “the way of salvation” one time. That makes perfect sense to me since Christianity if about the life and ministry of the One who called Himself, “the Way!”

Who are you following and where are they really leading you?

Who are you leading and where are you really leading them?

Are you in His Way or are you in His way?

Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity and purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary

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