Organizing the Inside 365 Days

Empowering Christian Women To Get Organized and Discover God's Plan for Their Lives

Organizing the Inside – Day 243 Keeping a Clear Focus On the Truth

1I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: 2Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. 2 Timothy 4:1-4 (NLT)

Will we have to give an account for our work?
Paul urges Timothy to be ready to preach the Word whether it was a convenient time or not. As Christians in today’s modern world we have that same responsibility. While exercising patience with new Christians or unbelievers it is important to share the truth. This should be the goal of every Christian. We are living in a time when the plain simple truth is just not what many people want to hear. Many are anxiously waiting, itching to hear something that will make them feel good about the lifestyle they’d rather live.  I’m convinced that many are far more in love with the world than God. It saddens me to see buildings filled with would-be worshipers who’d rather hear a message of prosperity than holiness. Paul shares how he had to deal with this in his last words to Timothy. Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. 2 Timothy 4:10 (NLT)

God wants our minds to stay clear.
Keeping a clear mind comes from a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t override the message that comes to your heart from the Holy Spirit. The Word of God gives us a road map to live by. Our lives are guided by the principles of truth we find there. Paul urged Timothy to use the Word to correct, rebuke and encourage others. Jesus is the Word, and when we have a relationship with Him, the inner work of the Holy Spirit keeps us from going astray.

Here’s my personal temperature check.
Each time I recall this verse it puts things in proper perspective for me. This is my frequent, yet personal reality check, which keeps my heart focused. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 (KJV) I love how this verse speaks to my heart, perhaps a tap upside the head to say, “Hey, what’s really important?” If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to find your own reality check to keep you focused.

The church (body of Christ) needs believers who refuse to compromise the truth.
Are you fully carrying out the ministry God has given you?
Are you willing to take a less popular road and proclaim God’s righteous truth?
How much are you willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel?
What if everyone around you deserted you, would you still share the truth?

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8 Comments»

  wordprocessor wrote @

Thank you, Liz! This is a real problem we are facing – that many want to hear messages that affirm what they are doing. The deal is we KNOW that what they are doing leads to death. Real love shows people the way to life: Jesus. I pray that we will stand firm on Jesus and be FULL of His Spirit. That is the only way to speak the truth in love. I pray that the Lord will open ears and hearts to receive His life-giving word!! You are so right. The only way for us to preach the word is to stay in a daily walk with Jesus – to be in communion with Him through prayer and studying His word. Only as we partake of Jesus, our Daily Bread, can we share Him with others.
Bless you, Liz.
Natalie

  Liz Mason wrote @

Amen, and Halleluiah Natalie, you hit the nail on the head! “Real love shows people the way…” and no matter how much we share, if it’s not done in love, we’re just making a lot of noise. I don’t want to repeat everything you said, so let me just say Amen again. Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom and encouragement. I’m glad you’re there.

  Lady Deidre wrote @

We need to stay focused — no doubt about it! Good Post!
God Bless You!

  Liz Mason wrote @

Thanks for stopping by Lady Deidre. I appreciate it!

  Author of Christian Comfort & Conversation wrote @

Too often we love to the point of not telling the truth because of causing offense to someone. Not always the case, some people don’t want to change their ways to God’s way. This is where we continue to show them love but still being truthful and teaching God’s word, no matter what. Sometimes hearing what we don’t want to is what ends up saving us Liz. I believe when we show love it makes the transition easier and allows others to see us as a living example of His Love.
Blessings to you Liz. I have been getting more organized with your tips. …You are such an inspiration to me.

  Liz Mason wrote @

Shenine, oh how true,”Sometimes hearing what we don’t want to is what ends up saving us.” God knows what’s needed and the Word is able to penetrate the thickest walls and the hardness of hearts. We know that it is the true discerner of the heart. I’m so glad the tips are helping! Thank you so much for sharing your comment.

  Author of Christian Comfort & Conversation wrote @

Reblogged this on Christian Comfort & Conversation Cafe and commented:
You got to love this woman of God. Such an inspiration for women. Love you Liz, with the heart of God ♥

  Liz Mason wrote @

Shenine, I love you to my sister. God is so wonderful! His love binds our hearts…How awesome is that? Thank you for stopping by and bringing that dose of encouragement you always seem to bring.


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