INTENTIONAL TIMEOUT

INTENTIONAL TIMEOUT

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Timeout – “time for rest or recreation away from one’s usual work or studies.”

(www.en.oxforddictionaries.com)

 

Intentional timeout allows…

your body to rest

your mind to de-clutter

your spirit to breathe

 

Intentional timeout allows…

noise to be minimized

relationships to be re-evaluated

priorities to be re-set

 

Intentional timeout allows…

goals to be re-formulated

boundaries to be re-calibrated

purpose to be re-assessed

 

Intentional timeout allows…

your inner ear to open

your focus to sharpen

better alignment with God’s will

 

Take some intentional time out 

Selah!

 

“Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.”

(MARK 6:31 – NLT)

 

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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YOUR BODY – HIS TEMPLE – HEALTHY & FIT OR SICK & RUN DOWN

YOUR BODY – HIS TEMPLE
HEALTHY & FIT OR SICK & RUN DOWN

YOUR BODY IS HIS TEMPLE

You just received a call from Jesus and He said He is coming to live in your house.  After hanging up, you get another call from a millionaire who will give you  whatever type of house you want to accommodate Jesus.

 

What type of house would you choose?

Whatever the design, size or location of the house you choose, I am pretty certain that you would at the least make sure it has a firm foundation, strong walls, a good roof and doors, no plumbing or electrical issues, adequate ventilation and lighting and be clean and secure.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 

You were bought with a price [purchased with a [a]preciousness and paid for, [b]made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.” (Amplified Bible)

I Corinthians 6:19 clearly tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that He lives in us.

I have a question?

Knowing this, why are so many of us Believers/Kingdom Citizens/Christians so careless about His accommodations, neglecting the well-being of our bodies and taking our health for granted?

If Jesus were to manifest in the natural realm and come to live in your house, wouldn’t you make sure that your house is in the best state that you could make it?………of course you would!

So then, if you are not doing so, why is it that you do not do the same for your body which His Spirit dwells in?

Why are you not keeping it in the best state you can?

Really, think about it. 

Why is it okay in your mind to “fix up” a physical structure to the best standard possible to accommodate Jesus but not extend that same concern, zeal and determination to “fix up” your body that His Spirit actually dwells in?

I believe there is something wrong with that picture!

Saints, it is time for us in the Body of Christ to stop playing around and be more vigilant about our health and physical well-being.

There are far too many of us who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in run down, overweight, temples infested with lifestyle diseases and/or conditions that we can take measures to improve or eliminate, but refuse to do so.

Now please note that I am not addressing persons who practice healthy living and good temple maintenance and are still smitten with some disease or medical or physical condition, nor am I addressing those who are born with certain illnesses or medical conditions or who develop certain illnesses or medical conditions that are beyond their control.

I am addressing persons in the Kingdom who simply have a lackadaisical attitude toward the state of their bodies and the preservation of their health and who know they can and ought to take better care of themselves but won’t make the effort to do so.

When we allow ourselves to be in such a state, what do you think we are showing the world/unbelievers?

What kind of message are they receiving when they see Christians who claim to have a personal relationship with this mighty, wise, all-knowing God and to have His actual Spirit dwelling in them afflicted with preventable diseases and/or medical conditions simply because of poor lifestyle choices and a lack of discipline in their lives?

Believe you me it is not a good message and I have heard many, many negative comments by unbelievers in this regard. These actions on our part bring great reproach to the Name of Christ and the Kingdom of God……………..Saints this is serious stuff!

Listen, you and I only get one body on this earth for the Lord to work in and through and as Kingdom Ambassadors, we need to be good stewards of it and do all that we can to make sure that it is healthy and fit.

Let’s face it, when we are physically run down or sick, we are not much good to ourselves yet alone to anyone else and God not only needs spiritually and mentally fit soldiers in His end-time army, but physically fit ones as well.

So, what is it that you need to do to improve your health and physical well-being? What is it that you need to do to renovate and upgrade your temple?

  • Eat a more healthy and balanced diet?
  • Increase the amount of water you drink to make sure you get 6-8 glasses per day?
  • Begin and maintain a regular exercise program?
  • Get 6-8 hours of sleep each night?
  • Carve out some time for relaxation?
  • Spend more time meditating in the presence of the Lord?
  • Spend more time reading His Word which according to Proverbs 4:22 is life and health to our flesh?
  • Pray more, which is proven to lower levels of stress in a person’s body?
  • Go to your doctor and get that physical that you have put off for far too long and you know it?
  • Stop practicing a sexual sin, it is a sin against your body?

If you don’t know, ask the Lord. Ask Him to show you the lifestyle adjustments you need to make to help you to improve your overall state of health and physical well-being and thereby improve the state of your body, the dwelling place of His Holy Spirit.

I have an aunt who is a Spirit-filled medical physician and on many occasions she has said to me that it grieves her spirit to see so many of God’s people sick and even die, simply because of their lifestyle choices and lack of discipline when it comes to eating and taking care of their bodies.

Saints, it’s time to wake up and close this open door that the enemy uses to attack our bodies, God’s temple.

If you know that the Spirit of the Lord is speaking to you through this post, please do not harden your heart to His voice. Instead repent and by His grace take action and let today be the day of new beginnings in this area of your life and walk with the Lord.

God bless you and be encouraged!

Kim

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HOW ARE YOU DOING KINGDOM AMBASSADOR? – A SPIRITUAL CHECK-UP

HOW ARE YOU DOING KINGDOM AMBASSADOR? – A SPIRITUAL CHECK-UP

Sometimes we get so caught up and busy with life that we neglect to take the time to give ourselves a spiritual check-up.

We go from day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month, and year-to-year, living and somehow neglect to take the time to slow down, step back and evaluate where we are in our spiritual walk and witness as Kingdom Ambassadors and Believers in Jesus Christ.

The following is a spiritual check up which covers some key areas in our lives, but is by no means all-encompassing.

Take some time to prayerfully review the questions under each section and to ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you are in each area in light of your responsibilities as a Kingdom Ambassador.

Speech

  • Ambassador how are you representing the Kingdom of God relative to your speech?
  • If someone who knows you were to describe your speech, what would they say?
  • Would your speech be characterized as truthful, pure, kind, encouraging, wise, positive, loving, harsh, negative, gossipy, critical, judgmental, slanderous, or foolish?
  • Is the nature of your speech a help or a hindrance to the call on your life as a minister of reconciliation and an Ambassador of Christ?

Dress/Clothing

  • Ambassador, how are you representing the Kingdom of God relative to your clothing?
  • Does the message that your clothing sends out conflict with or support what you believe?
  • Does the message that your clothing sends out compliment or contradict your identity as a Kingdom Ambassador?
  • Does the message that your clothing is sends out help or hinder your witness for Christ and your Kingdom assignment?
  • Is your clothing modest?

Character

  • Ambassador how are you representing the Kingdom of God relative to your character?
  • What type of character do you regularly display?
  • Are you stable in your conduct, or do you change according to the situation you are in, or to the people you are around?
  • Are you a spiritual chameleon, i.e., when around church, spiritual talk and spiritual behavior; when around the world, worldly talk, and worldly behavior?
  • Are the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – Galatians 5:22) evident in your life?
  • What kinds of activities do you engage in when other Believers are not around?
  • What kinds of activities do you engage in when no one is around?
  • What kinds of thoughts dominate your mind?

Finances

  • Ambassador, how are you representing the Kingdom of God relative to your finances?
  • Are you walking in a manner worthy of a Kingdom Ambassador when it comes to your finances?
  • Do you tithe and cheerfully and regularly give offering?
  • Do you give to others of your money and/or material possessions as the Lord instructs?
  • Do you manage your debts responsibly?
  • When in a financial crisis, are you open and honest about your situation with those to whom you owe money, or do you duck and dodge, make empty promises or write bad checks that you know will bounce just to get people off of your back?

Work Life

  • Ambassador, how are you representing the Kingdom of God as an employee, employer, businessman/woman, and/or co-worker?
  • What is your reputation in your place of employment?
  • Are you diligent or a slacker?
  • Is your work done with excellence or half-way?
  • Do you work as unto the Lord, recognizing that your reward and promotion are from Him or do does your diligence fluctuate according to whether you have the relationship you want with your boss or company?
  • Do you respect those in authority over you?
  • Are you a peace-maker or trouble-maker?
  • Do you treat your employees fairly, pay them fairly, obey the labor laws etc?
  • Do you walk in love at work, even toward your enemies?

Home Life

  • Ambassador, how are you representing the Kingdom of God in your home and around your family?
  • When at home, are you walking in a manner worthy of your ambassadorial appointment?
  • Are you endeavoring to reflect the Word in your role as a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter etc?
  • Are you walking in love toward your family, or abusing and taking them for granted?

Care of Your Body/God’s Temple

  • Ambassador, how are you representing the Kingdom of God relative to your body?
  • Do you honor your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit?
  • Do you live in a manner that acknowledges that you are not your own, but have been bought with a price, the precious blood of Jesus?
  • Do you eat healthily as a preventative measure against sickness and disease?
  • Is your diet generally characterized by healthy foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, etc. or by unhealthy foods such as greasy food, sugary food, processed food, junk food and fast food?
  • Do you habitually overeat, i.e., practice gluttony?
  • Do you exercise, drink water, get enough rest?
  • Do you honor your body sexually or engage in sexual immorality?

Intimacy With God

  • Ambassador, how is your personal relationship with God?
  • Do you spend sufficient time in prayer, or is God calling you to spend more?
  • Do you spend sufficient time in God’s presence, or is God calling you to spend more?
  • Do you spend sufficient time reading and studying the Word, or is God calling you to spend more?
  • Do you spend sufficient in private praise and worship, or is God calling you to spend more?
  • Do you assemble with other Brethren sufficiently for worship, edification and fellowship, or is God calling you to do so more?
  • Are you a doer of the Word, endeavoring to apply the Word in your daily life, or a hearer only?
  • Do you try to hear from God daily and then do what He tells you, or do you pretty much guide your own life by what you, think, feel, or want or by what is most convenient for you, or most popular in society?

Now that you have completed this exercise, I am sure that like me and everyone else who has completed it, the Holy Spirit has shown you some areas in your walk that are in need of further development.

Do not despair, but be encouraged.

Be encouraged to repent where necessary and to by God’s grace purpose anew in your heart to work with God and allow Him to continue the process of change in your life so that you can become the Kingdom Ambassador that He wants you to be and effectively complete the Kingdom assignment that He desires for you to complete.

Shalom!

Kim

“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”

(Philippians 1:6 – Amplified Bible)

 

“ For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

(Philippians 2:13 – NLT)

 

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 3:12-14 – NIV)

 

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

(Philippians 4:13 – KJV)