My heart rejoices for the opportunity to come alongside the Pastor and Congregation of Evangel Temple in Toronto, Canada. This weekend they are breaking their Twenty-One Day Daniel Fast and I am invited to speak for this joyous occasion.
Currently I sense God speaking to my soul, “Whatever it takes.” This message is intended to assist in becoming “Whatever it takes” people by lifting the veil that we allow around our hearts. As we experience God’s glory and lift the veil from around our self, God begins to re-member us.
Whatever It Takes: Bringing my whole self to my whole life and ministry.
How much of you do you bring to the building of your life?
• Your career?
• Your health?
• Your parenting?
• Your marriage?
• Your ministry?
I call you to bring your whole self to your whole life and ministry.
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all of your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“Bless the Lord, oh my soul: and all that is within me bless his holy name.” Psalm 103:1
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5
I long to bring my whole self to my whole life and ministry, but my “all” gets divided.
• Part of my heart honors self and the other part honors self-denial.
• Part of my heart protects self and the other part gives my self to others.
• Part of my heart is in yesterday, part in today, and part in tomorrow
• Part of my heart is my will and the other part is Thy will.
Maybe I am guilty of the sin of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:2, “He kept back some for himself.”
To become a “whatever it takes” Jesus follower, I must allow God to create in me an undivided heart.
On the hard drive of our lives, God runs his defragment program.
Jesus said, “As often as you do this, remember me.”
When I remember, God re-members me.
For me, re-membering happens in an experience with the Glory of God.
My most difficult step has been to lift the veil I allow around my heart.
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
The journey goes something like this:
1. God re-members me in His glory.
2. I can now honestly commit to “whatever it takes.”
3. I can bring my whole self to my life and ministry.
In response to our time together today:
1. Are you willing to become a “Whatever It Takes” Jesus follower?
2. Are you willing to bring your whole self to your whole life and ministry?
3. If yes, let’s start the process of lifting the veil before the Lord.