3 Keys to Spiritual Health from John Chapter 4
Lesson 1: Spiritual health requires more than practicing spiritual disciplines such as attending church gatherings, giving, serving, reading the Bible and prayer. I'm all for these activities, but they are merely exercises that are meant to prepare and equip us to do the work of God. In order to be properly spiritual nourished, we must be working in God's will to accomplish the assignments which God has given each of us to do.
"I have food to eat of which you do not know. My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." John 4:34
Lesson 2: Our God-given assignments are not naturally discerned, but require us to gain a heavenly perspective which can even seem contrary to natural order. In other words, we must walk by faith as we lift our eyes above only what we can see in the natural order.
"Do you not say, 'there are still four months and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest." - John 4:35
Lesson 3: Two keys to accomplishing the work: First, enter into your spiritual inheritance beginning with Jesus' finished work on the cross. Second, access the heavenly resources associated with your assignments. This takes wisdom and authority that is gained through progressively deepening intimacy with Jesus.
"I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors" John 4:38
Here's a testimony that helps illustrate this last lesson...
Last year I called a friend and told him that I felt God wanted him to know that not everything in the Kingdom has to be earned, but that God has a spiritual inheritance for us that we can receive and walk in. The next week, my friend called me back and shared that he had just received an unexpected inheritance check from his living relative! The Lord was demonstrating the spiritual reality with a natural manifestation!