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.
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