Disscussion Board: November 2012 Topic

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RE: What's sitting on your passion?
Jazzie B.
August 31, 2008 at 5:24 PM
Hey everybody ,

I Know that this board was from last year, but what I honesty believe is what keeping me from my passion is the approval of others, and harsh self-judgement.

I Know that God has place many wonderful gifts on the inside of me but i'm scared that if I really live for God many of my peers wither School, church or in general will not like me or call me a nerdy jesus freak."

now that I'm 20 years old, my beliefs are a little different but, i still struggle with them from time to time. when thoughs thoughts come back up i read philippians 4:8 to help me. I also spend time in prayer to God being totally honesty with him on how i'm feeling. This gives me the strength to focus and carry on. "Knowing that God Loves me the way i am"!!!! I don't have to change my life for anyone but Jesus christ.

Also, I realize that God have place loving people in my life such as my family, close and true friends and my TLCC family. instead of complaining about my life to give hime thanks for the loving people i do have.


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Tamia Peterson
May 29, 2007 at 2:21 PM
What use to sit on my passion was hurt. For so long I've allowed my past issues to defeat me. I let the things in my past sit me down. I kept praying and wondering why I was going through the things that I did. God reminded me that what I was going through wasn't for me. It was for someone else that would cross my path, and that I was to gain strength from it all. I kept this mask on and I wouldn't allow anyone to get close to me because I was afraid I would get hurt again. I had to get to a place in my life where I wanted be free. I prayed and I thought I left it all at the altar but I really didn't. Those issues continued to come back up and I felt defeated. I love to dance and I felt that I couldn't continue to go and minister before God's people the way I was. I began to ask God to deal with me. Now I can say that I'm FREE from my past. My past is just a reminder of what the old Tamia was and my future is a reminder of the mighty woman of God that I am and will be. I'm able to go before God's people ready to minister like never before. I thank God for taking me to another level in Him. I'd like to thank my Pastors because they saw something in me that I didn't see in myself.
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songbirdav
May 25, 2007 at 10:40 AM
I'm beening very honest when i say that i have let what others thought in the past that has kept me from my passion.The fear of being not able to live up to some others expectation, and wanting them to validate everything i did felt like it was right,and the lack of confidence in my judgements and myself. I'm opening up myself because i have been one to just let things go and not speak up for my well being no matter who it was if it was family members or friends. This question took me out of my comfort zone , because it is not about pleasing others, it's about GOD,and i've learned that with much prayer All things are possible with God.I'm striving everyday to reach that place in God and i know the i will.My passion is singing andi know that God has blessed me with this voice . I would like to someday record , but it is a process ,God is still working on me, and the more he removes what is not like him ,meaning fear and doubt in myself ,he will answer my prayer, because i know that GOD has called me to be a Psalmist,and i know just having the FAITH in him makes all the differance,for as it is written in Heb.11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. Very Thankful and Blessed Audrey Vernon
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pastorbrenda
May 23, 2007 at 2:59 PM
Be Encouraged!

I am so elated that our membership is taking the time to reflect and the opportunity to write about our discussion, "what is sitting on your passion." It is such a blessing to read your posts. This is one way for me to find out if what we are teaching is making a difference. And it is! How can I tell? The understanding of the word "passion" and the identification of what is holding you back, comes from the ability and courage to look at yourself, face your area(s)of weaknesses, and the spirit that is operating behind the weakness. Which sometimes is very hard to do. It takes discernment and strength to confront those areas that are sensitive to us. As I continue to read your post it is such a blessing for me to see how you are submitting and humbling yourselves to the Holy Spirit so that He can reveal to you what areas you need to work in. First there is submission, then discernment, identification, courage, confrontation, conquering, and last, TRIUMPH! You all are on the right road to defeating and taking back EVERYTHING that the enemy has tried to steal from you. It is Jesus Christ who causes us to triumph over every evil work of the enemy. You all have really touched me and I salute you as you continue your journey to fulfill the purpose that God already has for you. We are the KING'S KIDS. Remember, Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end(KJV). In Ephesians 1:11 "It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living"(The Message Bible). Proverbs 19:21 "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails (KJV). I say to you that, you are appointed, anointed, powerful, and purpose driven.
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sevelle
May 23, 2007 at 12:34 PM
TRUTHFULLY SPEAKING, I AM SITTING ON MY PASSION DUE TO FEAR AND LACK OF CONFIDENCE IN SOME AREAS THAT I MAY BE SUCCESSFUL. IT'S RATHER STRANGE THAT I FEAR THE THINGS THAT GOD HAS CALLED ME TO DO BUT AS I AM TRYING TO SURVIVE IN THE WORLD, I HAVE A SENSE OF BOLDNESS THAT ESCAPES ME. IN SO MANY MATTERS DEALING WITH FINANCES, NEGOTIATING REAL ESTATE DEALS, MY REAL ESTATE PROPERTY, I DO NOT TAKE "NO" FOR AN ANSWER AND WILL STAND AND FIGHT UNTIL THE VERY END. HOWEVER, WHEN IT COMES TO FULFILLING THAT OF MY PASSION, I FEEL THAT I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN MY LEVEL OF SUCCESS ONCE I ATTAIN IT BECAUSE OF THE DEMANDS THAT WILL NEED TO BE MET. BUT, SINCE I HAVE BEEN AT TLCC I HAVE BEEN ASKING GOD TO REVEAL MY HINDRANCES AND FEARS TO ME, AND, I AM PRAYING THAT HE REMOVES THEM FROM ME, ALONG WITH THE NOTION THAT NO ONE ELSE IN MY IMMEDIATE CIRCLE OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAS NOT DONE WHAT I HAVE A PASSION TO DO AND WILL NOT SUPPORT ME. I WANT TO REST TOTALLY IN GOD FOR WHERE IS TAKING ME AND WHAT HE HAS CALLED ME TO DO FOR THE SAKE OF HIS PEOPLE. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I AM ASKING GOD TO INCREASE MY FAITH TO ENDEAVOR INTO AN UNFAMILIAR PLACE WITH TOTAL TRUST IN HIM NO MATTER HOW IMPOSSIBLE IT MAY SEEM. MIN. SHAKITA C.
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WHOLE
May 21, 2007 at 8:47 PM
Lack of confidence is (was) sitting on my passion. The fear of how others would percieve what I had to offer made me lack confidence in myself. I had to go down on my knees and ask God to strenghten me in this area. God immediately reminded me that he has not given us the spirit of fear. I can do all things through Christ that strenghtens me. Knowing this,I can now step out BOLDLY IN FAITH AND KNOW THAT HE IS EVER WITH ME! I AM A CONFIDENT PERSON WHO KNOWS THAT THERE IS NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE! In realizing this I must give graditude and honor to my spiritual parents who birthed me out to be the "TRIUPHANT WARRIOR" that I am now! Thank you both and much LOVE to you. Valeria
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RE:What's sitting on your passion?
edixon812
May 19, 2007 at 9:49 PM
My respond to the Question of "What is sitting on my Passion" is two-fold.

Sometimes it is the fear of stepping out of the familiar position, that family, others and myself are accustomed to.

Also, "Sitting on my Passion" is the lack of relationship with my family, and the loss of others individuals that were in my life.

However,the most honest answer to the question of "What is sitting on my Passion" is ME !

IT has taken me more than fifty years of seeking, and truly seeking to understand that from the very begining GOD had, and has a plan for my life.

Learning to continuously submitt to GOD guiding my steps,to listen, and obey when the HOLY SPIRIT speaks to my heart.

This is one of my favorite poems: by Marianne Williamson:

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are we not to be?

You are a child of GOD Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people want feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us, it is in everyone. As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.


..."All my springs are in you". (Psalm 87:7)

Thanks to each of You for Your time,and talent, and being a Blessing to the Body of CHRIST !!

All things are in Divine Order..

Eddie Mae Dixon
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Re: Debra's Response
mishwatson
May 19, 2007 at 10:29 AM
Debra,

That was beautifully put. I enjoyed reading your response and it felt uncomfortable for me too, but the confession brought forth a release. Thank you for the words of encouragement in your response. It was awesome. Everybody has a song to sing, and a melody to sing, but we must take a stand and acknowledge what God has done in our lives. Great job in breaking the silence of Fear, so the whole world can hear.

Love,
Michella Watson
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dricha
May 18, 2007 at 2:56 PM
Pastor Brenda, thank you for clarification of the topic question. In response to "What is sitting on your passion?", I guess I would have to say FEAR - fear of the unknown, journeying down a path of which I have never been. Fear of failure or incompetency (boy, do I feel exposed right now!) It feels so much safer and easier to remain in my place of comfort, even to my detriment. However, it is during these fearful times that I am reminded that GOD is in control and that if He has led me to this path I can rest assured that He will give me the grace to complete the task at hand.

So far, many of the things that I have desired and perceived to be impossible to do is being fulfilled in my life and with each milestone I strongly sense the Holy Spirit prompting me to stretch myself further and dream bigger dreams. During my apprehensiveness, He quickly brings to my remembrance previous successes He has enabled me to accomplish. It is this reassurance that brings about a sense of calm and prompts me to step out on faith and move forward. Today, because of the teachings of you and Pastor Hobbs, I now understand it is not about me! Any and all successes in my life is to better equip me for the purposes that God has planned for my life. This knowledge has helped to diminish much of the fear of moving forward in the things I believe God has called me to do.

Yes, I am sometimes still fearful in moving forward in the things of God but I am relieved and comforted in the knowledge that I am a work in progress and that the Holy Spirit is continually working to perfect the good thing that God has begun in my life and will see it through until completion,so that He will get Glory from my life. Hallelujah! Today, I refuse to beat myself up over past failures and shortcomings but choose rather to get back up and try it again.

Pastor Brenda, again, thank you and your staff for providing an outlet for the congregation to interact with one another on-line. I eagerly await the time when the Women's Ministry will take advantage of this tool to address issues, give advice, and offer comments as we get to know one another better. Keep up the good work.

P.S. Please don't hesitate to call if you need my assistance.

Gratefully,

Debra Richardson
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RE:What's sitting on your passion?
mishwatson
May 16, 2007 at 9:28 PM
Sorry - I accidently published my topic too soon. I'd like to continue....

What's sitting on my passion?

To answer this question one must understand what "PASSION" means.

PASSION is Pascho or pronounced as pas'-kho in the greek
Patho, or pronounced as path'-o and
Pentho, or pronounced as pen'-tho, used only in certain tenses
for it: a primary verb; to experience a sensation or
impression (usually painful) - suffer.
Pascho- "to suffer" - of the "sufferings of Christ at the hands
of men ex. Matt. 16; 21.

I too was confused about this question, but it triggered a desire to examine myself more deeply.

Since I am the first participate in answering this question, I feel slightly vulnerable. However, not being vulnerable, I would say is one of many obstacles that tend to hinder the flow of God's purpose/passion in my life. The fear of being vulnerable or sticking my head out on the line can be a lonely task.

But Jesus was vulnerable everyday of his ministry, while trying to mend the relationship of man and God. David was vulerable to the giant and Joshua while taking possession of the lands from the many Kingdoms.

Being vulnerable can make you suffer unwanted physical and emotional pain. But I have to realize that it is my call to suffer which means "passion." When I accepted Christ the enemy was after me and still is.

Look at it this way, when we want something so badly we suffer the effects of pursuing that drive (spiritually or worldly)and we become vulnerable. Worrying about being vulnerable only highlights the fact that I am Human, just as Jesus was and every man that walked this earth.

Lastly, I can overcome the fear of being vulnerable, the faces of man, and any other obstacle that I face in life. I hope this is a testimony to someone else, because I intend on becoming free of these hinderances and running with the passion of Christ.

Love you all and Thank you for reading my response.

God Bless You.
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