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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 238 Love Deeply, Give Generously

You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT)

If you don’t know say so.
If you are unsure admit that too. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. No man is an island unto himself and often it’s our pride that causes us to make up excuses why we’d rather not ask someone for help. Many women in the body of Christ are afraid to ask their sisters in Christ for a helping hand. Often times we put up facades that make us seem unassuming or simply too busy to care or offer help. God is NOT pleased when sisters are so often opposed to providing support or being supported. Allowing your weaknesses to be seen by someone other than your spouse is really okay. If we can’t love, support and trust those in the household of faith, than who can we trust?

If you need help, ask for it.
Conversely, if you know of a sister who could use your help or expertise, offer it. If you take your gifts and hide them under a basket, what good are they doing for the body of Christ? You do well to use your gifts in your own private household; but that’s not where your giving should end. We know that the church is composed of many members, all with a different function and all adding great value. Don’t hide your gifts or special abilities! Perhaps you’re shy or just lazy, neither will be an excuse that is able to justify why you didn’t do the good you knew you could do when it was in your power to do so. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it. Proverbs 3:27 (KJV) Not every opportunity to give is the right one for you, but be open as the Spirit leads.

God sees your needs and He adequately meets them.
A sister mentioned how she was in need of prayer. Great she wanted help, and she asked for it. The Holy Spirit immediately brought to mind a scripture. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. James 5:16a,b (KJV) We should pray for, help and lift up one another. Be determined to no longer have your hand in the pot only to take, but also to add something of value. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38 (NLT)

Organizing the Inside – Day 225 Loving One Another

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. Psalm 133 (NLT)

Unity and sisterhood are important to God.
David talks about how pleasant and beautiful harmony among family is. Christians belong to the largest and most diverse family ever known. As members of the household of faith the bond we share should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately we too often find more discord and tension in the church than we should. You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. James 4:2 (NIV) We are not killing each other literally, but how many times do we hurt our sisters in Christ with the words we speak against them?  It is up to those of us who are mature in Christ, to willingly forsake our own self-centered desires for the sake of the whole. Too often, well-meaning Christians go to great extremes to avoid conflict; doing so under the guise of minding your own business or that you hate drama. Often confrontation is the only way to bring about resolution. Confrontation doesn’t have to be something negative. Sometimes discussing your differences and clearing up misunderstandings results in much-needed peace.

The world will know that we are Christians by our love.
I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.  John 17:23 (NLT) We’ve been called to set an example of God’s peace, hope and love. We are ambassadors, representing His kingdom and what we show others really does hold eternal value. There are those who want to know more about God but have yet to ask.  Sometimes they’re standing on the sidelines pretending not to care. All the while they are watching your life and mine. Curiously wondering about our lifestyle and the choices we make as believers.

When they look at us what do they see?
I pray that they will see something different in our attitudes, beginning with our reverence for the things and people of God. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: 1Peter 2:9 (NLT) What does your life show? Are you in unity with your sisters in Christ? If not, take time at once to ask God to guide your heart in love. Mend broken relationships that need mending, especially those within the family of God.

Organizing the Inside – Day 206 Rooted In Love

14When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Ephesians 3:14-19

God’s love gives strength to fulfill the call.
God’s love and power is fully capable of preparing and equipping you for ministry. Many Christian women have the “Super Saint” syndrome. You look around – first mistake. You must keep your eyes on Jesus for He alone is the author and finisher of your faith. (Hebrews 12:2) When you consider what sister “someone else” is doing, or how they have grown, or achieved, or seemed so blessed in what they do, you begin to lose focus on what you are supposed to do. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. Galatians 6:4 (NLT) If you were totally honest you would admit you sometimes want to be able to speak like her, sing like her, some even try to pray in tongues like someone else. But God wants you to have faith in Him and His ability to make you grow.

Strive to be like Christ.
You, yes YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.(Psalm 139:14) You, yes YOU are His dear child and there are certain things that God intended for you to do. Sister Suzie, as blessed as she is, has not been called to carry out God’s plan for your life. There is a purpose that is especially meant for your life. God took the time to make each one of us different, and you do the Creator a disservice when you emulate someone other than Christ. Have faith in God. 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 (KJV)

God’s power is more than enough.
God’s peace is surely enough.
God’s strength is quite enough.
God’s love is plenty enough.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:20, 21 (KJV)

Patience and Faith are the productivity partners.
Trust God to make you strong in Jesus Christ. Have patience as God develops your gifts and talents. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 (NIV) God’s love will give you the spiritual growth and strength to carry out His plan. Leadership is important and God puts leaders and teachers in place to help the church grow. Just remember, your personal spiritual relationship with Christ is the single most important relationship you will ever have. Put your eyes on Him, and God will help you to continue to grow. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. Ephesians 2:20 (NLT) The foundation has already been laid and it’s up to us to do the work to build upon it. God wouldn’t give you work to do and then not strengthen you to finish it. No matter how many come along with great revelations said to be truth, no one is going to rebuild the foundation again. Therefore as Paul said, “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”  Philippians 2:12, 13

5After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field.
1 Corinthians 3:5-9
(NLT)

In conclusion, let sister Suzie do her, you do you, and I’ll do me, as we all work together to be like Christ.  Each of us, with our own personalities and unique style, are authentic creations in the perfect plan and will of God.

Organizing the Inside – Day 205 Born For Just Such A Time

13Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”

15Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16“Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” 17So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him. Ester 4:13-17 (NLT)

What woman is born to live and die unto herself?
I would suggest the answer is no one, or better yet, absolutely no one. There was a time in my life when my worst fear was that I would live and die having never fulfilled God’s true purpose for my life. Since then I’ve been blessed to move beyond that very sad place of uncertainty, but for years I was stuck in fear and laziness. I believe innately in each of us is the need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. I also believe that this is the way God intended things to be. Ester realized that God’s purpose for her life was not about her, but it was about helping the people of God. So it is for each one of us as Christian women, the position that you are in and any benefits that your life would bring is not solely for your personal fulfillment. Your fulfillment is actually a result of what Christ did and your willingness to do God’s will.

Have you ever wondered?
How many people needed to read that book you neglected write? How many people needed your gift of encouragement to help them reach their potential when they felt like giving up? How many people needed to take that class you said you were going to teach, but never got around to doing the work to get started? How many millions of lives would be touched by your raw focus and unrelenting obedience? 1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV)

When you don’t operate in your gifts and fulfill your purpose the whole body is affected.
The gift of prophesy needs prophesy, the gift of teaching need teaching and the list goes on. God didn’t put you here to duplicate what someone else is already doing. We are created in His image, but are unique with abilities that are authentic to whom He made us as individuals. We are one body, and we need each other, not independent from the whole, but so the entire body of Christ grows and benefits. Let us also not forget those of us who have been called with certain gifts like evangelism to minister to the lost. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1 Peter 4:11 (NLT) The universe and all that is to come is not some haphazard thought in the mind of our Creator. Your life and your purpose mean something; but you have to get outside of yourself to find it. Nevertheless your purpose is completely tied to the entire plan of God for His good pleasure to bring Him honor and glory. What are you doing about it? 1And so, dear brothers and sisters,I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1, 2 (NLT)

I urge you to do the work to carry out God’s plan for your life. Say yes to what He has put on your heart to do. Open your heart; don’t let time keep passing by without doing what you’ve been put here to do. While finishing is far more important than starting, everything must have a beginning. It’s never too late to say yes again, for you were born for just such a time as this.

Organizing the Inside – Day 198 Building Partnerships

3Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 6In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. Romans 12:3-6 (NLT)

Why do some Christians succeed in their goals where others seem to struggle? Perhaps because successful people understand the importance of having the right people to help carry out their plans. If God has given you a vision and you intend to be successful carrying out that vision; make certain you look for those resources that will help you succeed. True go-getters have learned the valued principle of partnership, and they seem to easily tap into the talents, abilities, gifts and skills of others. There is nothing wrong with being an independent business woman who knows how to make things happen; but we mustn’t confuse independence with the inability to foster community or build a consensus around a common goal.

Christians who progressively move forward see the gifts and talents of others as a plus not a negative. They have a unique ability to bring out the best in others. Having the most talented team of supporters should only strengthen your effectiveness and not threaten it.  As you pursue your goals based upon God’s plan for your life, keep in mind the importance of having a support system that will help keep things moving forward. Certainly God is our source, but we must be on the lookout for talented people in our Christian community who can help make the vision a reality. The Body of Christ is comprised of many members each who deliver service in a different way. Great visionaries know how to create an environment that foster growth in others; one in which others can thrive and be successful by maximizing their potential. Look for talent and seek ways to help others grow and use their talents to the glory of God. Remember the principle of agreement; there is great power to get results when we agree. “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. Matthew 18:19

Organizing the Inside – Day 115 Caution He Who Has Many Followers

22Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. 23“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets. 26Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets. Luke 6:22, 23, 26

This is not a feel good kind of post. As long as you’re here you may as well go ahead and read it. It could be by divine appointment that you’re here.

Don’t let the “Mega Church” mentality fool you.
Don’t be deceived into supporting the assumption that bigger is better.  In my profession as an organizing expert, we teach people, less is sometimes more. Many Christians are misled into believing that if so many people are attending a particular church and believe it’s the “place to be” then it must be. Following the crowd is a misguided approach and it doesn’t factor in God’s divine will for you as an individual. Beware of thinking that God must really approve of this person because of all the followers he or she has. I’m not so sure anyone should get excited about having a ton of followers or raving fans anyway? Hum?

People rush toward the crowds.
This way of thinking is flawed at best. Consider the many woes of some mega churches whose leadership “fell from grace.” Many leaders or want to be leaders (if they were honest) are far, far too concerned with how many people are following and what all their followers must think. Social media and global communication through advanced technology make this “following phenomenon” easy to get sucked into.  You worry about how many members you have in your “group of followers” when what you should be concerned about is how having all these followers should put the fear of God in you. A lot will be expected from everyone who has been given a lot. More will be demanded from everyone who has been entrusted with a lot Luke 12:48c

Are you someone whom people should follow?
You can only ask this seeming troubling question if you are willing to strip away your ego and filter through any pride to hear your heart speak an honest answer. Many want more and more followers… but with all those folks following you, your responsibility to live upright is multiplied with each new follower.  “I can guarantee that on judgment day people will have to give an account of every careless word they say. Matthew 12:36 I see this to be a huge responsibility, which is heightened when you actually have followers who are listening to your words. I’m not suggesting that leadership is something to run from, although many are doing just that. Additionally I’m not suggesting the role of “leadership” is one to run toward, unless this is your God-given gift and divine assignment.

Self appointed and self promoting leadership is a dangerous way to live.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of wanting more followers, so much so that you lose focus on the real purpose of God’s calling and why you do what you do. Pride is something that creeps up; many don’t even know it’s there; until they wake up and realize they need intervention. Jabez asked God to expand his territory, but he did so wanting to glorify God, not to promote himself. (1 Chronicles 4:10)  God granted Jabez’s prayer. God looks at your heart not your numbers. A great way to prevent yourself from losing your focus is to put in place a system of checks. This is not a list of  dos and don’ts; this is a way of checking in with the Holy Spirit on where you are. In the book of Genesis after Adam fell he hid in the Garden of Eden. Although, God of course knew where Adam was, He asked him anyway, “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are you?”  Genesis 3:9
God was asking the deeper question of Adam, and challenged him to check his own spiritual state. Create a practical way of “checking in” and incorporate it into your devotional time.

God put leaders in the body.
The Body of Christ consists of many parts. The body couldn’t function without leaders. Leaders have a critical role in the success of any functioning body, including the church. I’d like to open your thoughts to consider:  that as representatives of Christ and in the spirit of the Great Commission, as Christians we each have a certain leadership type role. If you have a bible study that you teach, or a Sunday school class, or a blog that you write or whatever you do that somewhere along the way you’ve picked up followers and friends, TAKE HEED of the life that you are living, make sure you keep your relationship with Lord as tight as you know how; not ritualistically but honestly. No one but you and God are in your prayer closet, and only He knows the truth; only He can give you the strength, grace and integrity to be a leader who others should follow. Don’t get caught up in how many followers you have; instead be more concerned about how you’re living before God and the few followers who are watching.