Sozo is a beautiful word

When we first started Emotional Resilience – Living with the Fruit of the Spirit classes we called it SOZO. However, there was another popular program out of Bethel Church in Redding, CA that gained much attention. It was not uncommon for people to be confused between their program and ours. As a result, we changed our name to a more descriptive name,Emotional Resilience – Living with the Fruit of the Spirit. That is what this program does. It helps you emotionally let go of lies about yourself and (this is important) EMOTIONALLY relearn the truth about who you really are so you can be more reslileint! I believe this is done through God’s SOZO process, so I decided to give homage to our origninal name SOZO.

SOZO – It is the Greek word that Matthew used when he wrote, “And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus: for He shall Sozo (save) His people from their sins. Matthew also writes, “For the Son of man is come to Sozo (save) that which was lost.” But what makes Sozo really special is that it is the same word that Mark used when he quotes a man that came to Jesus and said, “My little daughter is at the point of death, please come and lay your hands on her that she may be Sozo (healed)”. And where Matthew writes about the woman who touched the hem of Jesus garment who thought to herself, “If I may but touch His garment, I shall be Sozo (made whole)”.

This adds a new dimension to what some of us consider Salvation. Could this suggest that salvation is more than a mental assent to our sinfulness and His provision on the cross? Is it more than just settling our future in heaven? Could it be that salvation is also a spiritual healing of what is in us that is broke? Is God really saying that He wants to make us WHOLE? Think about it. Jesus told Nicodemus what? You must be “born again.” That is completely made over. Paul said that when we come to Christ we are a what? “A New Creature!”

Rick Richardson in his book Experiencing Healing Prayer says, “We live in a fallen world, and all of us are fallen and sinful people. Most of us need some degree of healing to gain freedom from sin, sickness and spiritual oppression.” We use a theological term for this maturing in our faith. It is called sanctification. It is literally the “Cultivating”, the daily gardening of our faith. Taking care of our heart is part of our Christian experience. It is SOZO, becoming WHOLE.

God is serious about us coming to Him with our hearts. Listen to what He said to His people through the prophet in Ezekiel 11:19-20

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 

Proverbs 4:23 says: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Paul said it this way in Ephesians 3:16-19

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Unfortunately, most of us only believe half of the truth about the Gospel. We believe that salvation is simply a mental assent. A belief only that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  But listen, being a Christian is so much more than a system of beliefs. When we become a Christian, we need to come to God giving HIM our HEART. Jesus is saying through Paul: If you want to survive in this world, Give your heart to me. Then do not lose it but renew and refresh it every day!

Your HEART MATTERS to GOD. Your SOUL MATTERS to GOD. He wants to save your soul and wants to give you a clean whole heart!  Your HEART and SOUL were meant for fellowship with GOD!

God wants us to experience SOZO.

That is what this blog is about. It is about a daily walk with God. It is about healing, wholeness and salvation. It is about giving our heart to God and renewing it day by day.

Join me with this blog as we share testimonies, look at book reviews, share podcasts on various topics related to healing, wholeness and salvation, interview authors on matters of the heart. I invite you to join me and be part of this community.

Sozo.

 

 

10 thoughts on “Sozo is a beautiful word”

  1. I picked up a workbook at a Bill Johnson conference at grace center in franklin tn.I think we have all missed the power the Lord left us with and I would love to be empowered from on high to save the lost broken people addicted people ect that I work with,my soul hurts for them.I would love to do the study but they are a ways from my house.I’m learning not to be in the world and renewing the mind is not easy for me.I would love a touch of the piower that frees from all this.
    gina

  2. The Lord is always looking for people who desire healing and wholeness.. He is raising up a generation who will answer His question, “Do you want to be well”? When the answer is ,”yes”, He begins to move, by putting the right people together, and also by performing miracles and wonders.It is a process, and as you press in,He moves! He is a grand and awesome God!

  3. I first learned about sozo in Derek Prince’s book, Faith to Live By. It changed my life. Yes, I knew and loved what Jesus did at the cross that gave me eternal life, but I didn’t realize it means so much more!

  4. I went to visit my dad in Erie, Pa today. He is 76years old, a devout Christian, one who has given his life totally over to the Lord. We have discovered that he has a mass on the top of his lung and has six months to live without chemo, maybe 1 year with chemo. But my dad tells me to look up the word sozo and here I am. He believes the Lord will heal him and that God is not finished with him yet… he has not accomplished his purpose. I believe in miracles and God will do what God will do. But I also believe that God will heal us at some point. But not maybe on this earth. How does sozo fit into this situation?

    1. @Don Denevic, Jesus died on the cross for our healing, as well as our salvation! All we have to do is accept it! If you are saved, from hell, then you are also healed, by His stripes! Jesus took those stripes on His Back, for our healing! Just believe, have faith, and believe what Jesus said! Another word for faith, is trust! Just trust our King, and Savior, Jesus!

  5. Thank you for posting this blog. I have been attending healing services and I keep hearing the word sozo. Tonight I came home discouraged and kind of drifting…I began going through my notes and looking to “flesh out” some of the teachings I’ve been taking in. And I found your page and have bookmarked it to revisit. Thank you.

  6. I am made whole when I am in the Word of God. Without the Word my soul has so many holes. I cannot fill the gaps on my own. It takes the power of God’s word to make me Sozo once again. Learning and studying Gods word is as necessary for my soul as food and water is for my body to survive.
    Oh what a wondrous relief it will be to be close to our Lord without the cumbersome, painful needy carcas that we carry with us here on earth.

  7. Thank you. I have been doing a 40 Day Healing Devotional and Sozo came up on Day 14, Monday, 8/29. Sozo is beautiful and powerful. In the devotional one of the assignments was to look up and read Gertrude Ticer’s story. To me, Sozo is like a glass of water. I know the water will quench my thirst even if I don’t drink it. I have to accept Sozo like I would accept the glass of water and have my thirst quenched.

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