Pain Produces Passion

I used to run home from school to watch re-runs of old cartoons. One of the cartoons I loved to watch was Popeye. Popeye was a skinny sailor man who always stood up for his girl, Olive Oyl. To be honest, I am not sure what he saw in her; she was not that attractive. Who knows! Maybe he had a vision. The other character in this cartoon was Brutus, the burly guy who tormented Popeye and attempted to steal Olive Oyl away. Then Popeye would reach his boiling point. His face would get red, steam would come out of his ears, and he would say, “That’s all I can standz, and I can’t standz no more!” Then he would pop open a can of spinach, grow big muscles, and pummel Brutus. That is a picture of passion.

When you can’t stand the present, you will have passion to do something about it. Moses was born during a time when nothing ever changed except to get worse. His people had been in slavery over 400 years, and they could not imagine anything else. No one had a vision for the future of Israel. Moses did not even have a vision for his own future. Then one day, something rose up inside him that instigated change. He could not stand it anymore.

One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. ~ Exodus 2: 11-12 (NIV)

Moses was born to be a deliverer, even though he did not know it. In fact, he didn’t even know if he was an Egyptian or an Israelite. He did not have the identity or authority to match his passion, but his passion eventually led him to the place where he developed identity and authority. He had to flee for his life, but when he returned, he came back with a new identity, a rod of authority, and vision for a nation. Passion will lead you to vision.

When something bothers you, it may be something you are called to change. Passion will bring you to the boiling point in which you will move past the place of human strength into the supernatural. Prophetic people must be passionate.

I have a passion to see people move into the future God intends for them. I do not like it when they are stuck. Different gifts have different passions.

An apostle is passionate about transformation. A pastor is passionate for community. A teacher is passionate about maturity. An evangelist is passionate about souls. A prophet is passionate about destiny. The destiny of individuals, cities, and nations stirs a passion in prophets. When you find what you are passionate about, you will move past your limitations. It will lead you to your identity and will release great authority.

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