by David Cawston

A Passionate Challenge
How to be a Passionate Person
David Cawston
Nehemiah 1:1-11


In December 446 B.C. a man named Nehemiah was serving as the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes of Persia. He had been born in the Persia when it was under Babylonian rule.
He had never been to his homeland of Israel nor had ever seen the city of Jerusalem.
One of his brothers came with a report.
He was so moved that he decided to do what he could about the disgrace of his fellow countrymen.

He had a good heart.
He lived in a very Heathen world.
He was well taken care of with a secure job.
He worked in a very godless environment.
He was very comfortable.
He had really little influence as a servant.
Yet he decided to do what he could do!

You find here a man who was a servant transformed before our eyes into a powerful influence of God.
Nothing is ever fully accomplished without passion.
Dan Quale stated about running for presidency. "Fire in your belly"
When I talk about passion it doesn't mean it has to be expressed in the same way by everybody!
But it must be felt in the same way!


1. We allow something precious to become familiar.

After a while, things become just common.

2 Sam 6:3, 6-7
3 They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart
6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled.
7 The LORD's anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God. (NIV)

2. We want acceptance and approval

Passion draws people and it repels people at the same time.

Sometimes when people see someone that is "red hot," they want to run out of the room. And it may be our tendency to turn down the heat of passion in order to seek to be normal ...

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