It is such a blessing to be able to share a part of your day with you! I am so honored that you would take the time to read these postings, and I pray that you will be blessed beyond measure at the simplicity of the Word and its message.
Have you ever desired to be whole? I mean REALLY REALLY whole. God’s kind of wholeness- nothing missing and nothing broken? Imagine with me complete healing, complete peace-of-mind, financial control and prosperity, and blessed relationships… doesn’t that sound like heaven on earth?
When we started Wholehearted Ministries- it was by the unction of the Holy Ghost and on the revelation that “We have been made whole by the blood and in the name of Jesus.” PERIOD.
Jeff and I consistently preach and teach that as you have accepted Christ… YOU HAVE BEEN MADE SPIRITUALLY COMPLETE! The righteousness of God!
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor 5:21
Woohoo! That is cause to celebrate! BUT… What happens after salvation? We as human beings are creatures of habit and even though you have been made complete and new in Christ and in spirit, well how can we get that wholeness OUT and REAL in our city? How does spiritual wholeness make itself manifest in the natural? Today’s study is an attempt at revealing to you just how to begin walking BOTH in spirit… AND in truth.
Let us Begin By Rejoicing!2011 is a year to REJOICE! No more fuddy-duddy, bored-out, plain Jane passages and sermons! It is time to CELEBRATE God ALL day EVERYDAY!! It is a time in History to REJOICE IN THE LORD regardless of circumstances and situations. No money? NO PROBLEM… No health? NO PROBLEM! Why? How? It is simple really- The MORE you praise God, the CLOSER you come to God, The closer you come to God, The more Godly you become. The more Godly you become… the less dependent on the world you will be! Rejoicing in the midst of trial and circumstances PROVES to yourself and to others- that you in fact are a SPIRITUAL being after all! God centered, Holy Spirit inspired and FULL of the power of God from within… the power that sees and gets results!
DAY 3: Phil 4:4-7 KJV & MSG Parallel…
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Message Version:
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
As soon as we put God first place in our lives and quit worrying and start praying in CONSTANT communication with Him, we start to see things in a new light. Have you ever felt lost and hopeless, called a friend, explained the situation… and then felt MUCH MUCH better? GOD is better than a friend! He is ALWAYS available, ALWAYS present, ALWAYS listening, ALWAYS there… all you have to do is BEGIN talking!
THIS MSG SCRIPTURE AT A GLANCE:
- REVEL in the Lord! How AWESOME is He? Look at something as big as the Cedar and the Mountains to as small as the dragonfly and the microbe… the Lord is AWESOME!
- Make peace with others, entice them to the message of Christ.
- CHRIST is COMING- NO ONE knows the day or the hour!
- DON’T worry… PRAY!
- Communicate with God regularly. Tell Him what is on your heart, let these concerns you have be cause for conversation!
- As you communicate with God regularly, you will begin to feel WHOLE- everything will begin to become clear to you.
- God’s wholeness WILL settle you down. Whatever you are going through.
- With CHRIST as the center of your life… there will be no room for worry. If you are worrying-you have lost focus on Christ.
A PRAYER IN CLOSING:
Father God, give us this understanding and feeling of completed wholeness. You have showed us in Your Word that wholeness comes from consistent and regular communication with You. Father, we desire Lord for YOU to be the center of our lives, and nothing else. FILL us to overflowing Father- enable us to see ALL the glasses in this world as half full- GIVE US a warrior’s heart, a STRONG back, and a peaceful spirit. Purge from us ALL sources of worry. Money is not a problem for us- our bad spending habits were. Health is not a problem for us-our negative thoughts, poor eating and miserable worried demeanor was the source of our ailments. Peace of mind is not a problem for us-our self-focused, seeking pleasure above Your Word and Your kind of peace had brought-us-to-the-brink. Thank You Lord for showing us the error’s of our ways… WE ARE FREE! WE ARE WHOLE IN YOU! THANK YOU THANK YOU! In Your Son Jesus’ name… AMEN!