A New Teaching Article
I want to talk to you about wholeness, but before I do I'm going to start with the home. This month, we are revolving our discussions around “home improvement.” Almost all of our issues got started somewhere in the home. Home life impacts each person functioning within it. Each person living in the family unit is interdependent with and connected to every other person. The relationships, finances, career, heath, and ministry of each person in the family unit affects every other person in a specific way, depending on their perspective and role. The difference between healthy and handicapped is found in the home! If anyone is fragmented or has need for restoration, it came ultimately from something in the home. God wants to see His people restored. He wants to see His people attain and continually be building upon wholeness in every area, including relationships, finances, career, health, and ministry.
Unprecedented levels of busyness in every household, uncertain financial markets, increased single parent households and a marked shift in culture away from the home all contribute to the members of the family unit being scattered and disconnected. The home is under attack like never before. Families are occupied, busy, and most don’t get enough sleep or proper nutrition. The devil knows that if he can distract you with busyness and overwhelm you with stress, you will never even see the needs of the person sitting right next to you on the couch and laying right next to you in the bed – your family. Your life can pass you right on by without you realizing it. We cannot let this happen!
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
Our ingrained patterns come from “training” in our home life early on. This can work for us or against us. Many of us came from wonderful homes and loving parents who showed us the proper way to live a successful, godly life – setting functional, positive patterns of living daily life. Many of us also came from broken homes and parents who desperately loved us, but could not provide basic needs for us, so we survived in the only ways we knew how - setting dysfunctional patterns of existence.
If you are a born again believer who is led by the Holy Spirit, one way to recognize a dysfunctional pattern is when we do what God wants us to do, but it feels wrong in our emotions. An example of this could be when we eliminate a toxic relationship from our lives because we know God is calling us to, but it feels wrong. Healthy people do not nurture toxic relationships. If severing a toxic relationship feels wrong to you, a dysfunctional pattern is at work in your life - and that pattern has its roots in the home. God wants to reveal this dynamic to you and re-train you in wholeness. God does not want you to perpetuate any dysfunctional cycles in your home. He wants wholeness for you!
Healthy people do not nurture toxic relationships. If severing a toxic relationship feels wrong to you, a dysfunctional pattern is at work in your life - and that pattern has its roots in the home... God does not want you to perpetuate any dysfunctional cycles in your home. He wants wholeness for you!
Relationships in the home impact every person in the family unit in an interconnected way. We were created by God for relationship with Him and with each other. As children, we get the nurturing and nourishment we need from relationships. As we grow, the same holds true, but we take on careers, manage finances, become involved in more relationships, and take care of our bodies in a certain way. We have to find a way to balance the demands placed upon us in a healthy way. We have to work on home improvement.
Each one of us also has our own “ministry,” whether we preach in a pulpit or not. God wants us to be whole in our functioning in all of those areas - relationships, finances, career, health, and ministry. Jesus Christ came that we may have life, and life more abundantly. Jesus Christ became a curse for us, that the blessing of Abraham may come upon us. Jesus Christ made Himself poor, that we may become rich. It’s time that the body of Christ stood up and received the things that Christ died to obtain for us!
Please stay tuned as we do “home improvement” this month! We are going to be talking about the interconnected, functional areas of home life, and how they impact people within it. We are pursuing complete restoration to wholeness –a state of being in which nothing is missing and nothing is broken. God wants you to pursue complete wholeness in your relationships, finances, career, ministry and health – and He has it for you! Come and be with us this month as we pursue His wholeness!
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