Friday, May 22, 2015

"The Master Sculptor is Renovating Us Into His Image" - John Belt, Oklahoma City, OK

We Are Renovators

God has recently been showing me the power of renovation, how we are engaged in His renovating work. Did you know God has made us to be hosts of spiritual renovation? Ultimately, God is the source of all renovation and restoration.

Isaiah 58:12 Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

Without Him there is no restoration for our lives. He is the only One Who can restore us to our original intent and condition. We are privileged to get to take part in this work as we yield ourselves to His Spirit and take on His nature.

Through the promises of God we become partakers of His divine nature. When we take a look at ourselves in our current state, we can see areas that need for some renovation. The promises of God serve to usher in that renovation to our lives through our faith, patience, and engagement with the Holy Spirit.

Just as if you were in a house that needed some fix up, you see the issues, the problems, and the possibilities of what things can look like. People invest in old homes to bring them up-to-date and make them even better. Looking with the natural eye we see the current condition of what we look like. However, in our lives and in the lives of others we can see, help, and bring a positive change.

The Standard of Heaven... Complete in Him

The promises of God show us who we are and what we are to walk in with the perfect picture and goal of being like Jesus Christ. He is the standard. If we measure ourselves with others, we will not make much progress, if any at all. But with Jesus as the standard for our lives, we can more accurately measure what needs done, what must take place, and even more how we can pull upon His grace to bring a restoration work in our lives.

Isn't this why Paul tells us to set our thoughts on things above? It is because the standard of Heaven will take us higher, farther, and bring us to a place of maturity in His presence where all other standards will leave us in mediocrity.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith. With our eyes steadfastly upon Him, we are anchored to the Person Who is solid, sure, and unchanging. He keeps us on course on our journey to completeness. It is true that we are complete in Him. It is also true that we are on the road to be completely restored in all areas of our lives.

By the grace of God we are what we are, and by the grace of God we will be as He is. God is chiseling us as the Master Sculptor to make the perfect image of His Son manifest in our lives. As we yield to His work, we begin to take on the image of Him as true ambassadors of His glory.

John and Brandi Belt
Overflow Global Ministries

Email: office@overflowglobal.com
Website: overflowglobal.com

Overflow Global Ministries is the ministry of John and Brandi Belt. The heart of their message is that God's greatest desire is to indwell His people with His presence. They believe that man was created to be inhabited by God through His Spirit. With a sincere devotion to God through the Holy Spirit, people can live in a place of overflow in His presence. This overflow translates into touching the lives of others through living encounters with God. When John and Brandi minister, the intimate presence of God is manifest – being accompanied with demonstrations of God's power to heal, revive, and restore.

John Belt's Itinerary:

Note: Events are subject to change at the ministry's discretion. We suggest you always check first with the event contact listed here and/or directly visit their website for latest updates on each event.

May 22, 2015 (7pm-10:30pm)
Presence Experience Night
Hilton Garden Inn
1530 Alliant Ave, Louisville, KY 40299

June 5, 2015
Holy Spirit Night
Faith Harvest Assembly
6310 Buttontown Rd., Greenville, IN 47124

June 7, 2015 (10am-12pm)
New Life Church Sunday Morning
New Life Assembly of God
16975 E Twelve Mile Rd, Roseville, MI 48066
Contact: 586-771-0308