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A Celebration of SimplicityLoving God & Enjoying Life
By Joyce Meyer
Harrison HouseCopyright © 2001 Joyce Meyer
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Chapter OneGod's Word For You
Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.
And she had a sister names Mary, who seated herself at the Lord's feet and was listening to His teaching.
But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] as distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!
But the Lord replied to her saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and trouble about many things; there is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.
The Simplicity of Faith
I believe that life should be a celebration. Far too many believers don't even enjoy lite, let alone celebrate it. Many people truly love Jesus Christ and are on their way to heaven, but very few are enjoying the trip. For many years I was one of those people ... and so was Martha.
Martha was busy doing what I used to do, running around trying to make everything perfect in order to impress God and everyone else. I complicated my relationship with the Lord because I had a legalistic approach to righteousness. I pursued many things-answers to my situations, prosperity, healing, success in my ministry, changes in my family. I only felt, good about myself when I was accomplishing something. And I resented people like Mary, who enjoyed themselves. I thought they should be doing what I was doing.
My problem was that I was all Martha and no Mary. I loved Jesus, but I had not learned about the simple life He desired me to live. The answer, I discovered, was rooted in faith, discovering what it means to sit at the feet of Jesus, listen to His words, and trust God with all of my heart and soul.
If you want to live a complicated, complex, joyless life, spend your time trying to do something that can't be done without God.
God's Word For You
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJV
In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke. of slavery [which you have once put off].
Jesus came to this world and paid for our sins, taking our punishment upon Himself. He became our substitute, paid the debt we owed, at no cost to us. He did all this freely because of His great love, grace, and mercy. He inherited all the Father has to give and tells us that we are joint-heirs with Him by virtue of our faith. He has provided the way for our complete victory both here and hereafter. We are more than conquerors. He has conquered, and we get the reward without the battle.
How much simpler could it he? The gospel is wonderfully uncomplicated.
Complication is the work of Satan. He hates simplicity because he knows the power and the joy that our faith brings. Whenever your relationship with God becomes complex, bewildering, and confusing, consider the source-doubt and unbelief are being mixed and twisted together with belief.
Return to and celebrate the simplicity of your faith in Jesus alone! Believing is so much simpler than not believing.
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Table of Contents
|Part 1||The Simplicity of Faith||9|
|Faith and Grace||19|
|The Purpose of Faith||21|
|Faith and Contentment||23|
|He Cares for You||25|
|Part 2||The Simplicity of Grace||29|
|More and More Grace||31|
|Grace Versus Works||33|
|Get Plugged In!||35|
|Grace Is Not for Sale||37|
|The Divine Enabler||39|
|Mountains of Grace||41|
|Grace to Be His Ambassadors||43|
|The Spirit of Grace||45|
|Part 3||The Simplicity of Joy and Peace||49|
|Joy's Enemy #1||55|
|Joy's Enemy #2||57|
|The Power of Joy and Peace||59|
|Fullness of Joy||61|
|Prayer and Peace||65|
|Part 4||The Simplicity of Love||69|
|Beauty for Ashes||73|
|The Greatest of These Is Love||75|
|Give Away God's Love||77|
|Love Is Patient||79|
|Love Does Not Hold Grudges||81|
|Love Is Liberating||83|
|Love Shows Respect||85|
|Love Is Not Envious or Jealous||87|
|Part 5||The Simplicity of Forgiveness||91|
|Jesus, Our Intercessor||95|
|New Every Morning||97|
|More Than Enough||99|
|Keep Your Heart Free||103|
|Part 6||The Simplicity of Prayer||111|
|The Simple Prayer of Faith||113|
|Be Honest With God||115|
|Watch and Pray||117|
|The Confidence of a Child||119|
|Prayer Is Not a Burden||121|
|Persistence in Prayer||125|