When Passions Collide

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.— Proverbs 3:5-6

Eventually, every man comes to a place where he realizes that his passions drive every decision he makes in this life. His passions drive the things he buys, the career he pursues, the people with whom he spends time, and the person he will eventually marry. And at some point, this man will come to discover that his passions focus on one thing — what he wants. What he wants over what anyone else wants. But this will put him at odds with other people. And now, he must choose if he is going to pursue what he wants or what someone else wants. But while this question may bring pause to his passions for a moment and force him to recognize another's passions, it's not the biggest contest of passions that a man will encounter.

The greatest contest is when a man discovers that his passions are in contest with God's passions. And this is a no-win situation because God's passions win every time. Thus we meet with the truth that Solomon is trying to teach his son here.

This is what he is saying to his son:

Son, your passions are wild. They wildly consume you. So much so that they will convince you to lean on your own understanding. Every day you will encounter moments where you will justify your course of action because of your passions. At this moment, son, do not trust your passions or lean on your understanding. Instead, trust in the Lord. Set your passions aside. Confess them to God. And then let his passion consume your passion. As you acknowledge him this way, God will give you success. And here is what is so cool, when his passions become your passions, you function at your best. You function the way God designed you to function and thus, he makes the way for you.

Gentlemen. What passion do you need to give to God today? What passion does he need to consume? Give it to him. And if you dare, share it in the comments below. May your comment become a small sacrifice to a God. He wants to renew your passions, give you a new understanding, and make a new way for you.

ASK THIS: What passion do you need to give to God today?

DO THIS: Confess it below and sacrifice it to God.

PRAY THIS: God, take my selfish passions and give me new ones fully aligned with your will.

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When Passions Collide

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37 thoughts on “When Passions Collide

  1. Phil M. says:

    My passion I need to give to God are my earthly, fleshly passion of lust. Seeing women as God created them, in his image. They’re daughters of our Creator.

    Also, my passion for golf. I know it’s okay to enjoy things like this. But I have to keep myself in check and constantly ask who or what is sitting on the throne of my heart. In the past, I’ve allowed it to become an idol and take God’s place as #1.

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  2. Dennis James says:

    To move our ministry forward in 2022. To be able to make a huge impact on mental illness in the church. God’s will , not mine.

  3. Randy Lintz says:

    I woke up this morning with that verse in my head because I am on a criminal jury and we start our deliberation today. I asked for His wisdom for me and the other jury members to make the right decision. Tha k you for confirming His Word to me today.

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  4. Tracy R says:

    Lately I have not felt passionate about anything. Depression I guess. I go through this periodically. Intellectually it doesn’t make any sense because I know I am a very blessed man. Therefore the passion I need to conquer, I believe, is my passion for self loathing. God help me.

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    • Tj says:

      Tracy –
      Your response resonated with me as I too am Blessed beyond belief, yet I feel as you do, depressed at times. Lord Jesus send your spirit upon Tracy and lift him from his depression

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  5. Erick Eschenbach says:

    My passion is when obstacles are removed whether it would be anxiety, confusion, doubt, uncertainty and replacing it with a victory embraced with mindfulness.

  6. Byron says:

    Seeking answers in this life. Questioning everything. Not TRULY trusting God is in Control. Digging for answers to what is going on in this world and why, to the point it consumes me. And every time I go down those rabbit holes it shows how I don’t trust God is in control. God forgive me, help me to seek you and your passions. Let you take care of everything else and help others to see Jesus in me.

  7. Millard Marlowe says:

    The Passion that consumes me music. I spend hundreds very year buying more music. I already own thousands of CD’ , LP’s and Evan cassette tapes. Lately I have been buying tons of Christian music, especially 70’s to early 90’s artist I never heard, before internet. Mainstream radio does not play. I know I can listen to most of it for fee. but I always have to own the hard copy if I like the music. I told myself that I was not going to buy any the first 3 or 4 months of 2022, but I clicked buy on 2 used CD 1/5/22. I know I must Pray harder.

  8. Bill McAllister says:

    Wow, what great insight, as I grow in age (maturity) I desire God’s passions more for my life. However, making it a daily action in thought word and deed is difficult. May God help me to seek His Face and not just his hands.

  9. Eric says:

    My passion is to please everyone. I hate seeing people be upset. Sometimes this comes with a hefty price of people walking all over me. Then I resort to jokes for a smoke screen which creates walls. I want to have serious conversations, but because of my gift of humor, no one takes me seriously.

    Lord, take my life and let it be a sacrifice.

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  10. David J says:

    I’m 100% in agreement with Justin. I also need to let go of my passion to always “be right” and have the upper hand in a conversation. He is correct that there is not a lot of Godly love involved in this mindset. Lord, take it from me.

     

  11. Justin says:

    I need to let go of my passion to always “be right” and have the upper hand in a conversation. Not a lot of Godly love involved in this mindset. Lord, take it from me…

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  12. Cory D says:

    I will turn my passion away from me to let God’s light shine through me for others to see His glory.

  13. Bill says:

    Retirement is my passion. I am nearing it and I am mentally and physically ready , but maybe not spiritually. God please keep pruning me i pray 🙏.

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  14. gary says:

    The easiest way for people to come to God is through your life lived in the light. Your life lived in the light and just solid Jesus. Ephesians 5:16-21 (NASB) says, “So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, in which there is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your hearts to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father, and subject yourselves to one another in the fear of Christ.” My prayer today is that we all can be thankful for each other and the sacrifice Jesus made for us all giving thanks to our Father in Heaven for everything.

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  15. MJ says:

    The passion to impress others, please others, win their approval, etc. Both personally and in business. Instead I need to be more grateful and more content and choose my own goals and focus apart from what might please or impress others and humbly pursue those goals as God allows and leads.

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    • Steve says:

      MJ – I share this same negative passion and I join you in prayer that we both are able to fully release it to God.

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    • Jack Dellinger says:

      I lived this way for many years. A few years back got involved with a ministry that helped me see who God wants me to be. Life is much simpler now and I find when I please God most people are OK with me. Yeah, I still mess it up from time to time, but rather than self-loathe I repent and get back on track.

      Keep digging to find out who/what God wants you to be.

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  16. DMA says:

    Lust. My flesh screams for fulfillment. It distorts how and when I pursue my wife, and how I view women. It’s a battle I want to lose as it rages on longer because at least I know it’s going to ‘feel good’ and give me a temporary respite from having to fight. This one is hard.

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    • Tom says:

      Amen to that brother… lust is the passion that can turn me sideways when I least expect it. God, mend our wandering hearts.

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    • Trent says:

      Amen. I admire your courage to present such a delicate issue for prayer and help. I know all struggles are common to man, but I think this one hits hard with alot of us. And as I mentioned it is one that is hard to ask for help with. God bless your efforts and the admirable desire you have to live more right wise. Thank you for your example to the rest of us to put pride and shame aside and go after the prayer and help we need! Lord fix this man’s eyes and heart on You and may he feel your joy and blessing of his efforts.

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