Wholehearted – Michael Geerling [21/10/2018 AM]
Pastor Michael Geerling from New Life Chapel Albury/Wodonga
God has designed you to live wholeheartedly
Michael began his ministry by praying for Josh & Tony from the worship team. He prophesied that they would become a strong team for the Church and to lead the Church into knowing God in a deeper way.
He also prayed for Kerrin and Tegan saying that they were God’s chosen ones for this Church in this season.
Michael and his wife Kirstin are Pastors of New Life Chapel in Albury/Wodonga.
Matthew 22:37 (NKJV)
37 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Luke 4:18 (NKJV)
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
- Everything we do matters in the world of God.
- Michael studied at La Trobe University here in Bendigo and was saved in a Connect Group that he attended in Maiden Gully.
- He feels a very real part of this Church family and the Kingdom of God.
- God has designed you to live wholehearted lives.
- If your heart is broken, it is hard to love others.
- Our walk with God depends on being wholehearted.
- 1989 Michael’s brother left home and Michael was broken hearted.
- He had a crush on a girl when he was 16 but she broke his heart when she rejected his offer to ‘hang out’ together.
- We can adapt our lives to live broken hearted, but we cannot reach out to others. Therefore we need to seek help from God to heal our broken heart.
- Find healing in Him so that you can live wholeheartedly – come to a place of healing.
- A bleeding heart is very messy. We need to be open and honest with God. Not half-hearted.
- Stepping out of your comfort zone can break your heart, but God doesn’t want us to live like that because it affects our relationship with others.
- Jesus went ALL the way to the cross for us wholeheartedly.
- God can alter the history of your life. It will be greater than before.
- Michael experienced things in his life that broke his heart, including sexual abuse and bad relationships.
- God’s intent is for all of us to worship Him with a whole heart.
- We need to be soft hearted, but with a thick skin. Not thin skinned and reacting to everything that bothers us.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Luke 6:45 (AMP)
‘for his mouth speaks from the overflow of his heart.’
- Protect and nurture your heart. God brings healing to your mistrust, broken dreams and unrealized potential.
- He will bring healing and wholeness.
- The very nature of God is to bring healing and wholeness to every heart and mind, including the will and emotions.
3 John 2 (NIV)
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
John 10:10 (NIV)
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
- Seek prosperity of your soul (heart), overflowing with the Spirit of God.
- Michael had a relative whose body showed signs of heart attack, but when tests were done she was found to be suffering from broken heart syndrome.
- (Broken heart syndrome is also called Takotusubo cardiomyopathy and stress-induced cardiomyopathy, meaning that stress has caused dysfunction or failure of the heart muscle).
- We need be aware of the potential for harm to our bodies and to change the settings of our life to prevent the broken heart syndrome, or a heart attack.
- It is essential to understand that you can have good faith but have a broken heart.
- Let God take you on a process to make your soul well.
- Jesus had an unwell soul!
Matthew 26:38 (NKJV)
38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
27 “Now my soul is troubled…”
- Jesus displayed symptoms of a broken heart – He sweat drops of blood.
- Other symptom include – injury, sin, fear, anxiety, selfishness, lack of rest and the need to keeping doing something.
- But God says:
Matthew 6:26 (NIV)
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
1 Pet 2:11 (NIV)
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
- When you participate in things that you shouldn’t be a part of, you injure your soul.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
- Being self focused brings an unwell soul.
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
- God has given us the ability to dream and we need to nurture this to enable us to overcome the enemy.
Psalm 126:1-2 (NKJV)
When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
- Zion means the people of God – powerful sons and daughters – joyful and wholehearted.
- In Acts 2 there is the promise of the Holy Spirit and people can dream dreams.
- We can experience the fullness of God when we have a whole heart, we can trust again.
- Go on a journey with the Holy Spirit.
- Be wholehearted and run again with the things God has put in your life. You will experience deep joy.
- Live powerfully in God – forcefully advance the Kingdom.
- Caleb asked Joshua:
Joshua 14:12-15 (KJV)
12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day’
Joshua 6:7 (NIV)
7 And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”
1 Pet 1:8-9 (NIV)
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
- Through faith, don’t stay in brokenness. There is healing in His wings – proximity to God will bring wholeness.
Mat 11:28 (NKJV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
- Come to Jesus He will bring healing and wholeheartedness.
- Read His Word surround yourself with His people and He will bring you rest for your soul.
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- What happens when our hearts are broken?
- What is God’s intent for us?
- Are you soft-hearted, but with a thick skin?
- Discuss what it means when you are self-focused?