Celebration of Simplicity: Loving God and Enjoying Life

Celebration of Simplicity: Loving God and Enjoying Life

by Joyce Meyer

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ISBN-13: 9780446554718
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 12/14/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 627,266
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A Celebration of Simplicity

Loving God & Enjoying Life
By Joyce Meyer

Harrison House

Copyright © 2001 Joyce Meyer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1577944437

Chapter One

God'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.

Luke 10:38-42

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].

Galatians 5:1

Only Jesus!

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 1The Simplicity of Faith9
Only Jesus!11
Glorious Freedom13
Marvelous Dividends15
Faith and Grace19
The Purpose of Faith21
Faith and Contentment23
He Cares for You25
Part 2The Simplicity of Grace29
More and More Grace31
Grace Versus Works33
Get Plugged In!35
Grace Is Not for Sale37
The Divine Enabler39
Mountains of Grace41
Grace to Be His Ambassadors43
The Spirit of Grace45
Part 3The Simplicity of Joy and Peace49
Celebrate Life53
Joy's Enemy #155
Joy's Enemy #257
The Power of Joy and Peace59
Fullness of Joy61
Kingdom Living63
Prayer and Peace65
Part 4The Simplicity of Love69
Greatly Loved71
Beauty for Ashes73
The Greatest of These Is Love75
Give Away God's Love77
Love Is Patient79
Love Does Not Hold Grudges81
Love Is Liberating83
Love Shows Respect85
Love Is Not Envious or Jealous87
Part 5The Simplicity of Forgiveness91
Jesus, Our Intercessor95
New Every Morning97
More Than Enough99
Mercy Extended101
Keep Your Heart Free103
Toward Perfection105
Part 6The Simplicity of Prayer111
The Simple Prayer of Faith113
Be Honest With God115
Watch and Pray117
The Confidence of a Child119
Prayer Is Not a Burden121
Secret Prayer123
Persistence in Prayer125

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