Joyce Meyer - Your Spiritual Health
1 Thessalonians 5:23, "And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through, that is, separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God; and may your spirit and your soul and your body be preserved sound and complete and found blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)."
Now, you are a spirit, you have a soul, you live in a body. Like one of the functions of your spirit is your conscience. Your spirit is where you receive revelation. It's where you hear from God. Your soul is your mind, your will, your emotions, all very important parts our being. And then there's your body, the house that you walk around in and all of those are important to God.
I think too often we think he's only interested in our spirit, and the spiritual parts of our lives, and the so-called spiritual activities that we engage in, but actually God is interested in and concerned about every area of your life.
There's nothing about you that God's not interested in. He's interested in everything that concerns you, every single thing. And He wants all of you, every bit of you, to be whole and healthy because really, to be honest, we can one part of us that's doing okay and two or three other areas that all messed up and we're still not gonna enjoy life. Amen?
I mean, you can say, you can feel good physically but if you're still hurting and wounded from things that happened to you in your childhood and you're angry all the time, then you still don't have much of a life.
Now, we can be sound spiritually, maybe we're born again and we're on our way to heaven, but God wants more for you than that. I'm gonna say something that's kind of shocking. I don't think that Jesus came just to get us to heaven. I don't think that's all He came for. Now, I mean that, I guess, is the most important part, but He wants us to enjoy the journey.
He said, "I came that you might have and enjoy your life and have it in abundance to the full until it overflows."
Now, I was in church for a long, long time before I learned anything other than just the spiritual part of life. I learned all the church doctrine. I took instructions in the church. I was born again. I had received Christ as my Savior. I prayed for my sins to be forgiven. I knew I was gonna go to heaven, but every other part of me was a mess.
I looked on the outside like maybe I had it all together, but there was a lot of stuff going on inside that nobody knew about. And the sad thing I think was that I don't remember in those years ever hearing a message about my thoughts. I don't remember ever hearing a message about my emotions.
How many of you can bear witness to that? You went to church for a long, long time maybe and you never heard any of the things that were gonna help you in your practical everyday life. You loved God but you didn't love your life.
And I just want to be very clear tonight for those of you here and those of you that watch this by TV that Jesus came to make us whole, complete. He cares about every area of our body. He cares about how you think. He cares about how you talk. He cares about your finances. He cares about your social life. He wants everything in your life to be good.
And I'm gonna encourage you not to settle for half a package or a quarter of a package. I'm glad, if you're born again and you're on your way to heaven, but I really want you to enjoy the journey. That's part of what I believe the call on my life is. Yes, I love to see people born again. We have lots of people born again but I really like to help the christian who is born again but is still miserable because it's one thing to be a miserable sinner. It's another thing entirely to be a miserable saint. Amen?