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Organizing the Inside – Day 80 Are You Living Amongst The Thorns?

18The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.  ~Mark 4:18, 19

The enemy wants to distract you from your purpose.
It is so easy to get distracted from your purpose when you are busy trying to be a people-pleaser.  We have to discipline ourselves to stay focused.  This requires a relentless daily effort to stay on track and not be pulled away by the lures and luxuries of the world.  It’s far more important that your life pleases God and not everyone else.  You have church, spouse, children, friends, associates and employers and they are all wanting to get a piece of you.  Everyone either wants you to help them or do something for them.

Life as a Christian is about service.
Jesus taught that being great means being a servant. Even servants need to have a balanced lifestyle.  Too often people confuse being a servant with wanting to please others.  These are two completely different things.  Being a servant requires a life that is sold out for the kingdom of God; and that means showing the love of Christ in everything you do.  The problem is that when you are giving and doing, just to please others the condition of your heart is not right.  Whether you are looking for a big promotion or you just want to be liked, neither of these have anything to do with kingdom building. Unless you are trying to build your own kingdom, you have no need to care what people think of you. It is God’s job to give you favor with the people He knows you need to find favor with; actually He’s really good at that kind of thing.

Jesus prayed that we would be kept from the world.
He clarified that prayer, (for us not God) that He didn’t want us to be taken out of the world, but to be kept from the evil one.  So how does one keep herself from being corrupted by the world? (We’ll discuss what that looks like in a minute) The world can be very enticing.  Money, prestige, power, responsibilities, relationships, and a whole host of other distractions can pull us off track.

Make your relationship with God your number one priority.
It’s not easy, especially if you’re married.  The woman who is married is concerned about the world and how she might please her husband. (1 Corn. 7:34) I get it, but that is not some license for a married woman to neglect the most important relationship she could ever have.  Making God first won’t take away from your relationship with your husband.  Making God first in your life will only enhance your relationship with your husband. Your relationship with your spouse will work best when you love and respect him, through your relationship with the Lord.

Force yourself to obey what you know is right until it becomes an automatic response.
Change what you do. It takes discipline to allow the word of God to be nurtured in your heart. By reading the word regularly, praying, meditating and journaling, your investment of time will cause the word that was planted to grow, therefore producing fruit. This doesn’t come automatically, but that’s what discipline is; repeating a particular habit or behavior until obedience becomes an automatic response.

Trying to be “Every-woman” will get you thrown in the loony bin.

Give God the honor that is due Him.  He will see to it that the rest of your priorities are in order.  Here’s the deal…when He speaks to your heart to change this or let go of that, YOU MUST SIMPLY OBEY. When you hear the word, obey the word. Keep looking at it; it’s like looking into a mirror and it is able to make you free.  You will be free to serve and free to live.  Being caught up in the cares of the world is counter-productive to being a Christian and it’s what Jesus died to make you free from, so don’t allow yourself to be entrapped again.

He who the Son makes free is free indeed!  ~Also read James 1:25 and Galatians 1:11

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4 Comments»

  Lisa wrote @

I agree. We should allow God’s word to examine the thoughts and intents of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12).
As a pastor’s wife of a small congregation, I got caught up in keeping members, making everyone happy and every service run perfectly. After every service, I would leave with a bad headache and wonder why. Church was no longer a form of worship, but a job. I have since learned to stop and examine my motives when building up God’s kingdom. I can now freely serve, minister and disciple others out of a pure heart to God. For His word is truly quick, powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword!

  Liz Mason wrote @

Lisa thanks so much for sharing. God’s word is always changing hearts, lives and minds.
Surely we’d be lost without it.

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