Your entire being - spirit, soul and body - is very valuable to God and plays an important part in His plan. He has entrusted you with the responsibility of maintaining each part. But there are times in our life when what we can do isn't enough, and we have to trust God to do what only He can do.
Maybe you need a physical healing, l Or maybe you need to be healed mentally or emotionally, Whatever it is, God's Word assures us that He wants you and me to experience health in every part of our being.
When you and I are sick or unhealthy in any way, it keeps us from doing the things God has called us to do and from enjoying the life He has given us. God has a great future planned for you, and being healthy - body, soul and spirit - is an important part of being ready to do whatever He asks of you! Pray for His healing power today.
This is a bit lengthy but it's worth taking the time to read. Enjoy!
The land is 'full' of human resources - like worldly wisdom, wealth and power. This combination is a classic setup for a chain reaction: those same assets that produce arrogance in us also lead to our failure to trust in God (see Dt 17:14-17). In the words of Quaker writer and founder the colony of Pennsylvania William Penn (1644-1718), 'We are very apt to be full of our selves, instead of Him that made what we so much value; and, but for whom we can have no Reason to value our selves. For we have nothing that we can call our own; no, not our selves: For we are all but Tenants, and at Will too, of the great Lord of our selves, and the rest of this great Farm, the World that we live upon.'
Pastor and author Gordon MacDonald comments on Proverbs 11:4 ('Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath'): 'The day of wrath can refer to that dreaded moment when a city falls to invaders, or it can refer to the coming day when God causes history to cease and judges all of humanity. In either case, wealth held closely and jealously becomes a burden rather than a convenience. The point is simple: Wealth is best held loosely and placed beneath wisdom and righteousness on the priority list.'
As we all know only too well, the quest to extricate ourselves from financial idolatry in a consumer-driven society is anything but simple. Sociologist Robert Wuthnow describes the following scenarios:
The sense that materialism has gotten out-of-hand is magnified by the pressures facing middle-class American families. Home entertainment centers and camcorders can perhaps be passed by, albeit not without the suspicion that one is needlessly denying oneself (and one's children) the small perks that everyone else in the neighborhood is enjoying already. But other material temptations are much more difficult to withstand. High mortgage payments and property taxes may strap the family budget but seem inescapable, not because the amenities of suburban living are so marvelous, but because the public schools anywhere else are in disarray (if not downright dangerous). A new car that costs fifteen times what a new car cost a generation ago is likely to seem equally essential, not so much for the luxurious pleasure of cruising along exotic costal highways, but because an older, inexpensive car turns out to be an even worse bargain, given the fact that the local repair-service franchise not only changes ten times the minimum wage for semiskilled labor but also cheats on repair bills and replaces parts unnecessarily. By the same token, frozen dinners, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, and an illegal immigrant hired to clean the house and take one's cat to the vet would have seemed like the epitome of materialism in another time, but now provide the only means available for two-career couples to work hard enough at their jobs to earn the salaries they need to pay for these labor-saving amenities.
It seems like we are pressured from all sides in this debate. However, the task is not insurmountable. We can moderate our living standard and avoid attitudes that run counter to God's clearly defined will though thoughtful, Spirit-led choices.
When we seek first the kingdom of God, everything else we need comes to us as a bonus (see Lk 12:31). The pursuit of wisdom has a similar result. When we seek wisdom wholeheartedly, spiritual and material prosperity are natural side effects. The story of Solomon is a good example. He asked God for wisdom, and in addition God granted him wealth and prosperity (see 1Ki 3:1-15).Christian stewardship in its deepest sense is impossible apart from the surrender of man to God in Christ. But when Paul cries out, '[You are of Christ, and Christ is of God],' he goes on to say, '[So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.]' The Christian is Christ's. He must think of himself as Christ's man, as Christ's servant. The Christian is a steward of the great revelation which God has given Christ. The stewardship of the gospel is committed unto him. He shares with other Christians the responsibility of giving the gospel to others. It is required of stewards that a man be found faithful. The Christian must so live that he discharges faithfully the obligations that are laid upon him as a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God!
Any true understanding of stewardship must also involve the stewardship of abilities. If a man has yielded his life to Christ, it follows that the abilities that he has should be laid on the altar of the service of God. Men vary very widely in their abilities. There are some who have one talent and there are some who have ten talents. God does not demand of any man the rendering of an account for the abilities he does not have. But Jesus does lay down the principle that what God expects of us is in proportion to that which He has given us!
The stewardship of possessions must be seen against the background of man's response to the love of God in Christ! The stewardship of possessions must be seen in the setting of the stewardship of all of life.
Today started with prayer at The Fathers House which was amazing. We started with reading Psalms 24:1-10 which reminded me of a song we used to sing. "Who is the King of Glory, the Lord God Strong and Mighty, Who is the King of Glory, the Lord God Mighty in Battle." A reminder that he created the earth and all that is in it, It is all his!
During these next 21 days please right down your prayer/expectations so you can reflect on it at the end. A fast is not just something to do because others are doing it, although it's great to be on one accord we also have to fast with expectation, we need to Spend time praying for God to Speak to us and give us strength and clarity during this journey.
If you need a deeper understanding of what it means to fast please check out my church's resources on fasting by clicking here.
Have a great Day!
I will start my 504 Journey tomorrow. Please join me and download The Fathers House "my Church's: 21 day reading plan.
I look forward to sharing my journey and having healthy dialog with others who are desiring to grow in the Lord as well!