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inner healing prayer ministry

07 Jul Changing Our Negative Self Talk

We are not born with a negative view of ourselves. Negative self-perceptions develop as we encounter pain, neglect, rejection, or hurtful words. These and other unhealthy interactions with the human beings in our lives can cause us to begin hiding certain aspects of who we are, for fear that others might not accept us if we were to truly be ourselves. Another reaction to experiencing pain as we interact with people is to dislike ourselves. When we believe we’re the problem, it can cause us to decide not to “show up” in life. Agave Sozo (serving Phoenix, Chandler, and Gilbert) understands how negative experiences can affect a person’s self-perception. We’re a powerful inner healing prayer ministry that seeks to set people free to truly embrace who they were created to be and to live abundantly. Read on if you’d like to know more. Inner Messages Have you ever reflected on the...

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abundant life

20 Jun Living an Abundant Life

At Agave Sozo, located in Gilbert Arizona, we believe it’s possible to live an abundant life. We’re convinced it is a reality available for each and every one of us. As you ponder negative circumstances in your life, have you ever thought, “This is my lot in life and I just have to accept it?” Or, perhaps you’ve wondered, “Is this the best God has for me?” If you’ve shared these kinds of thoughts with well-meaning people around you, they may have responded to your honest comments with messages like, “Buck up,” or, “Be grateful for what you have,” or, “Stop complaining.” To a degree, they’re right; we can always find something to be grateful for, but denying or overlooking the struggles we face does nothing to bring us into the abundant life God desires for us. What is an Abundant Life? Merriam Webster dictionary defines abundant as: amply supplied, or...

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Sozo in Chandler

09 Jun When Faith is Hard

In your spiritual journey, you may have experienced seasons where your faith was strong and seasons where it felt weak. At Agave Sozo in Chandler, we believe time spent in God’s Word, meditating on its meaning and implications for our lives, is an invaluable tool to cultivating a deeper relationship with God. Contemplating the Word regularly will strengthen our faith. What Does the Bible Have to Say About Faith? The bible has a lot to say about faith! It’s basically on every page you turn. But one verse that describes faith succinctly is Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” As this verse says, faith involves confidence and hope for something we do not see. Another verse that speaks about this concept is found in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” What Happens...

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Sozo in Chandler

29 May Sozo Can Make An Impact

The mission of Agave Sozo in Chandler, Arizona, is to come alongside the ministry of Christian counseling to offer emotional healing and personal breakthrough. There are hundreds of testimonies of people meeting God on a deeper level through Sozo Ministry. Through these deep encounters with God, people have reported freedom from the hurts and pains of their past. Below is a testimony of the power of Sozo in the life of one of the founding leaders of Bethel Church in Redding California, Banning Liebscher. He’s currently the lead pastor of a church in Sacramento, called Jesus Culture. How Sozo Can Make An Impact “Having been in youth and young adult ministry for over 12 years, I cannot recommend strongly enough, the Sozo Ministry coming out of Bethel Church. I have experienced firsthand the impact this ministry has had on not only my own life, but for many of those I know closely....

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depression in Gilbert

18 May Living From A Place of Joy

Life is often filled with complications, interruptions, distractions, and frustrations that steal our peace and joy. The unsettling things of life don’t have to be major; they can be something as simple as choosing the wrong lane at the grocery store. At Agave Sozo (serving Phoenix, Chandler, and Gilbert), we believe that in every circumstance—even if we struggle with depression, or life is just plain hard—it’s possible to live from a place of abundant joy. One key to living this way is acknowledging that our circumstances do not dictate the truth. At the end of the day, we believe the Word of God is the manual where we find truth and clarity. The Bible Has a lot to say about joy in the midst of challenging emotional or situational circumstances. And while joy is a fruit of the Spirit, it doesn’t happen magically. Developing a relationship with the Holy Spirit...

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sozo prayer ministry

07 Apr Get to Know Agave Sozo

We are Sheryl & Paul Johnston, leaders of the Sozo prayer ministry  at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler, Arizona since March of 2014. Trinity Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational charismatic ministry center where God brings in, raises up and sends out supernatural, relational, outward-flowing disciples of Jesus Christ.   “I love nature & all of God’s creation! I like agave plants because each leaf has an imprint from the leaves that are next to it, especially those closest to the center, making me think about how when we pray and walk with God, He imprints our lives and we are never the same. In the Sozo session, through the wonderful Sozo tools, we have the unique opportunity to discover a new imprint of God’s love and goodness.” — Sheryl   Agave Sozo is a unique inner healing prayer ministry in which the goal is to get to the root of those things hindering your...

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Sozo Gilbert

04 Apr Sozo Gilbert: The Importance of Knowing God

  The gospels display how Jesus would go out by Himself to pray with God and the effort He would make to spend time with Him. For instance, we see examples of Jesus waking up early in the morning and going up mountains to find a secluded place to spend time with the Father alone. Clearly, this was a very important time to Jesus. When we examine Jesus’ ministry we can conclude that His relationship with the Father yielded great fruit in His life. If it was important for Jesus to spend time with God, then surely it is just as important for us to do so, as well. We at Agave Sozo believe that having a personal relationship with God is key to living a full, successful life. Below are verses that help us understand how important and beneficiary having a relationship with God is. All verses are NIV translation unless...

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Sozo Phoenix

07 Mar Does God Love Me?

Some people may have a hard time believing that God would love them. They may think that they are too “bad” of a person or that their actions cannot be forgiven. Here at Agave Sozo Phoenix, we will provide scriptural references supporting the idea that God loves you very much and has no problem forgiving you of anything and everything that you may have done in the past. All verses are in NASB translation Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” Notice here that everyone has fallen short. No exceptions. Nobody has ever been “worthy” of God’s love and nobody has ever earned redemption. God’s love and redemption are simply given to us as a gift, for free, because God loves us and desires for nothing to separate us from...

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Sozo Chandler

02 Mar Scriptural Foundation: Peace

Here at Agave Sozo Chandler, we believe that there’s nothing like spending time in the Word to reaffirm our faith and keep us steadfast in the peace of God. Below you will find some verses of Scripture regarding peace. Take time and meditate on each verse as you listen to what the Lord is speaking to you. Also, feel free to read the passages surrounding these verses if you want more context. All verses are in NASB translation   Philippians 4:4-9 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   2 Cor 13:11 “Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be...

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Is a Performance Mindset Holding you Back? | Sozo in Phoenix

27 Jan Is a Performance Mindset Holding you Back?

In this world, if we don’t meet expectations or fail to rise to certain standards then we can be made to feel inadequate. Attitudes such as this can affect our thoughts and actions greatly and may shift us into what is commonly referred to as a performance mindset. A performance mindset can take over many areas of our lives and hinder us from experiencing the full love, freedom, and grace of God. For example, we may try to love our neighbors as ourselves simply because it is what the Word tells us to do instead of doing it because we care about the people we are helping. Or we can be found trying to earn favor/affection instead of living from the favor and affection we already have through Christ. When helping others, it can shift our desires to wanting something from people instead of wanting something for people. Part of what...

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