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“Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You,” by James G. Friesen, E. James Wilder, Anne M. Bierling, Rick Koepcke and Maribeth Poole. Copyright 2013, Shepherd’s House.
We are all broken people, living in a sinful world. [Tweet that!]
This book introduces The Life Model* as a unifying approach to ministries of substance abuse recovery, counseling, pastoral care, prayer ministry, inner healing, body life and health. The Life Model is a combination of healthy spirituality, intellectual insight, a need for community and friendship to help us become transformed.
The authors focus on getting past what is in the past, how to be authentic and willing to acknowledge how things really are so God will help us discover how to be life-giving people.
People need God to recover. God’s work includes all the redemptive areas: salvation, sanctification, deliverance, and healing. It is our responsibility to mature in Him.
The Heart Jesus Gave You
When we are living from the heart Jesus gave us, we are being the person He specifically designed. There is an inner directive that, if governed by the Spirit of God, keeps us on a path that is spiritually attuned to who we are and how God is leading. When God is there, we experience the freedom and power to be the persons He created us to be.
A central theme in Christianity is that God works good in all things for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Wholeness comes as we let Him lead us through the storms in life.
I recommend this book for anyone who is struggling to get beyond the suffering and pain of your past. Ask God to come into your life and heal your pain and give you hope.
Consider this verse:
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
Heavenly Father, to the reader today give grace and love. Let them feel the Hope that is theirs if they believe in You. Point them to you Lord, draw them in. This is my prayer today.