With My Whole Heart

“It’s ok to not be ok, but we won’t stay that way.” I heard this for the first time well over a decade ago when we first started attending Opendoor Church. Up until then, I believed quite the opposite. Maybe you feel that way right now. In a world of highlight reels and obsession with perfection, it often feels like we have to have it all together. In reality, we all have areas of struggle.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

Read that again. God says to us, “my power is made perfect in weakness.” When we are weak, He is strong. It is in our times of weakness that we rely on God’s strength so much more. Often when we feel like things are going well, we begin to think we can do it on our own; but without Christ, we can do nothing. 

Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing emotional health in our services. It’s an important subject but can often be uncomfortable for many. Emotions tend to be a very personal thing; but salvation and the Christian life involve much more than just feelings. To discover the joy and peace that comes from a relationship with God, we must allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ - Mark 12:30

God commanded us to love the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. The world tells us to love what it has to offer. When we divide our affections, we will always feel unsettled. 

JOURNAL: Is your heart divided between God and the world? Do you try to comfort yourself with material things? Do you look for happiness in something other than Jesus? 

We must commit to loving God with every single part of our being and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives and give us the joy and peace we are searching for. 

ACTIVATION: Throughout this message series, commit to loving God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Open your heart to what the Holy Spirit wants to speak to you.

PRAYER: God, I commit to loving you with all of my being, in good times and bad. Over the next few weeks, as we study emotional health, reveal to me through the Holy Spirit what you would have me to learn and help me to apply it to my life so that I may have the peace and comfort that only you can offer. Amen

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