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Organizing the Inside – Day 261 Adjusting Your Need To Know

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. Psalm 101:3 (KJV)

What’s one of the first things you do when you walk in the house? If it’s pick up the remote so you can catch up on the news for the day you aren’t the only one. If it has become a habit, then you may not realize you’re doing it. Stop for a moment and think. Are you feasting on a daily diet of bit sized morsels of violence, killings, kidnappings and natural disasters? You are if you have a habit of watching the daily news. You want to know what’s happening in the world, right? You want to be informed of the latest news and information. While driving a few days ago, I realized that all the bad news being reported on my Sirius radio was looping. I’d just heard that same awful news story 10 minutes ago. The worst lead stories are continuously looped as to remind me again and again of the senseless tragedies that occur, “around the world and right in your own backyard.” The news commentator said, “In case you’re just tuning in, here’s what’s on the Ticker.” CNN calls it “Rapid Fire.” During the “Rapid Fire” segment they quickly fire off all the lead stories. Small bite sized morsels of tragedy and ungodliness to feast upon.

The media needs viewers so don’t believe the hype. We hear about how the public has a right to know. Wouldn’t you agree blind Bartimaeus could see that this can’t be good for our spirit man. If it doesn’t edify the spirit perhaps it should to be reevaluated. What I do know is God doesn’t want His children constantly listening to the horrifying tragedies happening amongst all the ungodliness around the world in 30 second sound bites. I had to ask myself why I do it. Then I realized it was my intellect trying to run things in my life again. It’s that struggle between the mind and the spirit. I realized that the insatiable need-to-know desire had reared its ugly head again. God wants you and me to walk in the spirit and that means trusting Him. Walking in the spirit requires one to yield to the methods of God. Accept that faith believes and doesn’t always need to see or know. God says, “Trust me,” and He reveals things as He deems necessary. I’m not the first Christian who wanted to see God’s big picture plan; the entire thing all laid out before saying yes. I soon found out that wasn’t God’s method and fortunately, because I couldn’t handle knowing everything all at once anyway.

Do you tend to allow your intellect to regulate? Okay, so I had to make my intellect take a back seat. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5(KJV) Organizing the inside is about putting things in proper order. Feeding your mind on the Word of God will strengthen you to trust Him even more. We must be careful about what we allow our eyes to watch. While you may not have substituted the news for the Word, maybe you’re getting more than your fair share of tragic stories from around the world. I don’t know of any man who has shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, except Jesus. I challenge you to question your need to know. Therefore, I for one, must conclude watching too much news is just not a very fruitful thing to do. So then let’s put this matter to rest. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

Share your thoughts about staying informed.

Organizing the Inside – Day 260 Getting The Most Out Of Time

13Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15

Planning how you will use the gift of time is wise. Have you ever looked up and noticed almost the entire day had slipped away? Have you felt disappointed when you were unable to complete all the things on your “to do” lists? Time is a very important part of our Christian life and whether we’ve used it wisely, I suspect is something we will have to give an account for. The compulsion to rush through to get things done is an extremely stressful way to live, especially if it is unending. If you want to make the most of your time each day, giving your plans to God is the best way to ensure a positive outcome. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) The value you place on time and the way you spend it will have eternal and lasting consequences. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)

God has a timetable that we must adhere to. There is an appointment in time that each of us will have to keep. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) Being ready for that appointment has everything to do with what we do and how we use our time on this earth. 15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 Knowing God’s purpose for your life will allow you to reach unimagined potential and accomplish more than you ever thought possible in far less time. By committing each day to God and submitting to His plans you’ll find the confidence needed to face the difficulties of today and overcome the obstacles of tomorrow.

If you need to refocus you attention to do those things that are most important to fulfilling God’s plan for your life, take time now to consider what needs to change. Do it now! By putting it off for later you likely won’t get around to doing it.  Make a list and start changing how you spend your time. Ask God two very important questions about your time:
1. What things are you spending time on that He wants you to stop doing?
2. What things are you not spending time on that He wants you to start doing?

For more helpful Tips on Time Management check out this article.

Organizing the Inside – Day 259 Say Yes to God and No to The Status Quo

But forget all that–it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:18, 19a (NLT)

Too many are willing to accept the status quo.
Those who say things like, “the devil is busy, “and “God is in control,” make excuses by using casual religious clichés to keep from having to take action. These are lukewarm Christians who have discovered the unambiguous comforts of passivity. They stand as passersby commenting about current conditions but are unwilling to take action to help bring about resolution. They warn others that God is in control, but don’t they realize that Jesus gave us the keys of the kingdom of heaven? And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. Matthew 16:19 (NLT) Some whisper valid solutions, yet only under their breath, believing that offering an answer may require a helping hand.  Participation in the facilitation of change sounds like too much work, so instead they stand by on the sidelines never really getting in the game; spectators and debaters they mostly use up tissue and suck up oxygen.

Christ wants to do something new.
If you want things to be different wishing for it won’t make it happen. Status quo supporters are only followers and it’s an exercise in futility to expect them to lead or bring about any sustainable difference. Let’s start by listening first to the voice of God. What He’s already told you will likely not change until you do what He’s said first. Then as you seek Him He will guide you into all truths. When ready He’ll take you through to the next steps.

Are you willing to take the risks of being labeled?
There is nothing innately wrong with labels, but only choose to wear the ones that fit. Wear the labels that God gives. You are a “child of the King.” Now, are you willing to lead change and make a difference? When you see something that needs to be done, be willing to step forward and use the resources God has placed in you. If it is for you to help, God will guide you and give you everything you need to be successful. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) You must definitely push fear aside. Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

Surely you are ready for service.
Have you thought about it? Have you kind of watched as your heart leaps inside at the thought of using your TAGS (talents, abilities, gifts and skills) to get more involved? Maybe God is saying now is a good time to jump in and get involved? Consider what God has placed in you and how helpful your gifts could be. Organize yourself and step out in faith. Make up your mind to go for it, and God will reward your obedience. You’ll see, a man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Proverbs 18:16 (KJV) Today we’re saying yes to God and no to the status quo!

Here’s a test you can take to help you better identify your gifts. They also provide some help with identifying ways to possibly use your gifts. Be prayerful, but act upon what God has put in your heart.

Organizing the Inside – Day 258 Are You Part Of God’s Great Army?

1The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. 2He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. 3Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! 5This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! 6I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

10So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army. Ezekiel 37:1-3, 5, 6, 10 (NLT) (also read Ezekiel 37:1-14)

God wants to raise up an army of strong Christian women.
However, many of His daughters are not living productive lives, but are instead doing their own thing. For whatever reasons, some have moved away and given up on doing what God wants and are living outside of His will. Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represents the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. … ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Ezekiel 37:11, 12 (NLT)

Exile: one living outside of their own country: a citizen of one country who is forced or chooses to live in another. Wikipedia defines exile also as a self-imposed departure from one’s homeland.

Why do Christian women leave the church?
Why do Christian women move away from God’s purpose for their lives and go on to do their own thing instead? I believe there are many answers but probably three main reasons.
1. Fear of facing the truth about who they are, and what they are called to do.
2. A response to what someone did, perhaps resulting in hurt feelings and unforgiveness.
3. Lust of the flesh, you simply want to do your own thing.

Lord, am I in exile?
If you have left your rightful place in the Church, God wants to bring you home and restore you. If you know that there is a call on your life or something particularly special that God wants you to do and you’re not doing it you may be in a type of exile.
Consider these three things:
1. Are you living outside of the will of God? (only you can answer that)
2. Does your life lack productivity? No or low, fruit is produced.
3. Are you experiencing feelings of hopelessness?

Perhaps you are a work in progress.
You look good on the outside, but the life, excitement and passion for the things of God are missing. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them. Ezekiel 37:8 (NLT) Like the dry bones that received flesh and skin, you now only need to have breath breathed into you so that you can “live” again. Seek God to fill you completely with His power. (read Acts 1:4 and Acts 2) 11“You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”  Luke 11:11-13 (NLT) God wants your life to be productive. He wants you in His army as a strong witness for Him. The Holy Spirit will give you such power. If you lack power and productivity in your life and feel like you merely exist in a valley of dry bones, Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.” Hebrews 3:15 (NLT)

Organizing the Inside – Day 257 Keep A Godly Inner Circle

Now these are the chiefs of David’s mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel. 1 Chronicles 11:10 (ESV)

Who are the people surrounding you?
Are the people in your inner circle women of God or are they women who are in the world? When you are surrounded by strong women of faith your own faith is strengthened. The opposite is also true, when surrounded by women who are negative, doubters you too will begin to doubt.  Fellowship is vitally important to your spiritual growth and fulfilling God’s purpose for your life, but be mindful about who you fellowship with.

Be careful not to isolate yourself.
Being in isolation is a trick of the enemy to keep you from certain protections God has placed in the body of Christ. Having access to the gifts that your sisters in Christ have could mean the difference between you having the support and resources needed to fulfill God’s purpose and not having them. There are times when certain gifts are critical to fulfilling God’s plan for your life. A good example would be the gift of healing. In sickness you may need the gift of healing and if you have isolated yourself from other believers you likely may not have access to that gift.

Organize an inner circle of faithful Christian sisters.
Everyone needs an inner circle, that core group of believers who love God and can give advice and support. You can open up to those in your inner circle and share each others burdens. The strong men that surrounded David were there for a purpose. Sure David was a man of great valor, but he also had a very capable group of men around him who were loyal to him. David was surrounded by men who had his best interest at heart and many were willing to go to battle and die for him.

You cannot go it alone.
Organizing an inner circle is a very smart thing to do. When organizing an inner circle of Christian women there are a few things to keep in mind. Those in your inner circle should know, see and appreciate your vision. The quantity is not at all important, but quality is.

  1. Everyone has something of value to give. It’s important to love the people in your inner circle and be willing to also invest in their lives. If you are too busy to invest in others it is selfish and unfair for you to expect them to want to invest in your life.
  2. Respect the gifts of others and let them be authentic to who God has called them to be. In other words, don’t try to change people to suit your likes or dislikes. People are at their best when they are operating in their God-given TAGS, talents, abilities, gifts and skills.
  3. Pray for discernment and wisdom when inviting people into your inner circle. You don’t want people close to you who won’t challenge you to expand your thinking and grow in your relationship with God. You also don’t need people who are always going to be in constant conflict with you because of their own agendas.

Organizing the Inside – Day 256 A Prayer Life That Changes Things

Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. James 5:17 (NIV)

Elijah was a man of great faith.
His prayers got results; he earnestly prayed in faith for God to stop the rain. For three and a half years there was no rain because of Elijah’s request. Elijah’s prayer was according to the will of God. What we do know is this, The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16b (NLT)

Prayer should be our first response.
When you get a sharp pain in your head, or back what is your first response? When the dishwasher begins to sound weird what is your top-of-mind response? Do you immediately pray? If you answered yes, do you pray in faith or do you pray in fear? “Oh Lord, please don’t let the dishwasher go bad again,” is likely not a prayer of faith. If your immediate response to pain is something like, “Father I thank you in the name of Jesus that I walk in divine health, that He carried my sicknesses and bore my sorrows…” then you are probably praying in faith. Let’s make the matter plain. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) Since the scriptures make it clear that God responds to our faith, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) It’s high time Christian women take their rightful positions in Christ. You are a daughter of the King of kings and the Lord of lords. (1Timothy 6:15) He spoke and the world was then in existence. Is He not able to answer your prayers in Him, made in faith?

Does God respond to your whining and cries of desperation?
No matter how sincere your plea for help might be, remember God responds to your faith. Jesus told His disciples to have faith in God if they wanted to get results. He instructed them to have faith when they prayed. If you have been crying to God in passionate desperation, that’s enough already. He is your heavenly Father. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 (NLT) Stop crying and pleading, ask Him for whatever you want and do it in faith! Dry your tears and begin now in the name of Jesus to act upon your faith. Look at what God told Moses. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Exodus 14:15 (NLT)

28They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.” 29Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Matthew 9:28-30 (NLT)

Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour. Matthew 8:13 (NLT)

Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment. Matthew 9:22 (NLT)

22Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. Mark 11:22-24 (NLT)

Organize your prayer life at once.
The first thing on your agenda to organize your prayer life is to have faith in God. By listening to the gospel preached, your faith will grow. This is the reason God put preachers and teachers in place. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17 (KJV) Discover the keys to a successful prayer life. Get this free download to help organize your prayer life today.

Organizing the Inside – Day 255 Tolerating Sin vs. Tolerating the Sinner

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? Romans 2:4 (NLT)

Should the church tolerate sin?
I believe “Tolerance” has been misinterpreted and many will have to answer for that. The love of God is not shown by our willingness to agree with sin, nor does God’s love require that we acknowledge sin as a perfectly acceptable lifestyle. The love of God causes us to denounce sin, but love the sinner. The world has done an excellent job at twisting things around. The lies of the enemy have been very creative by making what’s right, seem wrong and what’s wrong, seem right. We must not be deceived. We should make no provisions for sin, your own or anyone else’s. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.  Romans 13:14 (KJV) God did not put some stamp of approval on sin when He tolerated us in our sinfulness instead of destroying us. God’s tolerance of us gave us time to repent. Even still sin remained sin and righteousness did not change.  Indeed we ought to give the ungodly a chance to repent, but their repentance is not up to us. Their repentance is between them and God.  If we had received what we deserved, then there would have been no need for Christ to die. We each have benefited from the unimaginable patience and love of God toward us, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (KJV)

Let us be clear about difference between the love of God and the act of condoning sin.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV) As Christians who represent and serve a holy God, we must be careful not to allow our views of right and wrong to be dictated by anything other than the Word of God and the divine leadership of His Holy Spirit, both of which are always in agreement with one another. It’s important to take a stand, but caution to the one who is found standing on the wrong side of truth.

Organizing the Inside – Day 254 Honor The Only Wise, True and Living God

5“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal? 6Some people pour out their silver and gold and hire a craftsman to make a god from it. Then they bow down and worship it! 7They carry it around on their shoulders, and when they set it down, it stays there. It can’t even move! And when someone prays to it, there is no answer. It can’t rescue anyone from trouble. 8“Do not forget this! Keep it in mind! Remember this, you guilty ones. 9Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. 10Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. Isaiah 46:5-10 (NLT)

Where does wisdom come from?
Many seek answers from meaningless sources. Consulting the dead and fortune tellers they will never find true direction. Only God can give direction for life, happiness and hope. Any other direction is false and misleading, causing unsuspecting victims to go even further astray. Our God is the only wise and loving God. No one holds Him up or sustains Him with bread. 1This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place? 2My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine.I, the Lord, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. Isaiah 66:1, 2 (NLT)

Who has the answers that man searches for?
Quick solutions are the way to go, at least that’s what many think who want their lives to change instantly. Lottery tickets line the drawers of those who look for quick answers to resolve the hurt and ease the pain. Their many tickets represent broken dreams left in ruins by a god that never did have any answers. So many are lost in desperation, they reach out to gods that cannot move and have no power. Made of silver and gold so shiny and bright, bringing thoughts that seem to whisper obscurities in the darkness, yet not one living word will come forth from its mouth. Don’t allow yourself to be tempted to pursue anything other than God for direction and security. You must remember He who carried you in the past. Remember there is nothing or no one who can compare to our God, the only living and truly all-wise God. 4At his command the oceans dry up, and the rivers disappear… 5In his presence the mountains quake, and the hills melt away; the earth trembles, Nahum 1:4a, 5 (NLT) Give honor to God, and worship only Him.

Organizing the Inside – Day 253 God Will Finish What He Began

The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever–do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:8 (NIV)

God always finishes what He starts.  He had a complete plan designed for each of our lives before we were born; He knew we would need a Savior.  God made provisions and sent His Son Jesus to redeem us from sin and death.  When we accepted Him in our hearts He began to do His work in us and through us.  What a comfort to know that God will see His work through to completion.  Meanwhile we are a work in progress until Jesus returns and His work in us is complete.

Your growth and success is part of God’s plan.
Would you plant a garden if you didn’t intend to water and nurture it? Of course not, you would see to it that you took care of your garden and helped it to grow.  At times you may feel as though you are not making the progress you’d like in your spiritual life. Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6 (NIV) God won’t leave things unfinished. When going through challenging times just know that God is faithful to fulfill His promises. Live life with confidence in Him, believing all His promises are true.  Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.
Jude 1:24 (NLT)

Organizing the Inside – Day 252 Set Aside Time For Fun

9What do people really get for all their hard work? 10I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 (NLT)

Are you driven?
If you are like many entrepreneurs, leaders and busy women I know, you understand the importance of cutting loose from time to time. However, if you’re driven and end up working late into the night, often unintentionally, here’s a quick word about having fun. He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4 (KJV) Surely there is nothing wrong with having drive and hard work has its rewards – agreed.  Since you are so driven and goal oriented, perhaps you’ll need to pencil in your fun time.

Having fun is important to your overall sense of well-being.
The intense on-going stress cause by a heavy workload will eventually take its toll, unless you learn to lighten your load. Sometimes acting silly or cracking a joke with coworkers is all that is needed to relieve some tension. Consider those things that make you laugh and find ways to merge them into your every-day-life. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 (NLT) Studies show that laughter helps decrease stress hormone levels, strengthen the immune system, and lower blood pressure. There is a long list of health benefits associated with laughing and having fun.

Make a list of at least seven things that are fun for you.
Some activities on your list will be with family and friends, and some will be things for you to do alone. Make sure that at least a few times a week if not daily you are having fun. The best fun to have is spontaneous, but hey, if that’s not your thing, “having fun” the list will support your efforts to change. Some people are just naturally funny and having fun is second nature, great for them they likely take themselves a lot less seriously. Those of us who are just a bit more stiff under the collar ought to spend time with those friends who really know how to make us laugh. You know your own work/life habits and you know whether you need to schedule fun time or if it will spontaneously occur throughout the day. Whichever works, the important thing to remember is to make time to have fun. For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)

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