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Organizing the Inside – Day 158 Lord, Where Did All These Labels Come From?

3The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.” Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.”

5So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. 6His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.” Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.” 7“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!” 2 Samuel 9:3, 5-8

8Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?”

What is your response when God wants to give you a place of honor?
It is very difficult for many Christians to receive the honor and forgiveness God has to offer. We have been made worthy through Christ’s finish work at Calvary. Yet, many times when God offers us His love, forgiveness and honor we remind Him of our labels, which in some cases we’ve had since childhood. We bring with us labels that we have carried all our lives and God wants us to accept the place of honor He wants to give. At times we use all those labels we’ve been tagged with as the reasons why we aren’t good enough to move forward with what God has for us to do.

When God opens a door in your life
When God tells you to come in and dine with the King; and He’s moving you to do more for His kingdom, forget about your labels.  Forget about what they called you in grade school or told you about yourself as you were growing up. Maybe people told you things like, “Oh aren’t you cute, you’re so shy.” Maybe you’ve been labeled as stupid, or told your voice was too loud, or too soft, or that you’re always messing things up.

Mephibosheth was afraid to meet David.
His first response to David’s offer to join him at the king’s table was, “who …a dead dog like me?” In other words, Mephibosheth felt no way, I’m not good enough for such honor. His first response was to consider not what the king wanted to do for him, but to consider how he felt about himself. This type of self-doubt will keep us from living the abundant life God has planned.

Tear off those old labels.
When God wants to give you more, and wants to take you to new levels in your life, you have to rip off the labels of the past. Realize who’s calling you, and who it is He is calling you to be. Jesus paved the way, for us to become members of His royal priesthood. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 This has absolutely nothing to do with something we’ve done to earn it. God elevates us to a place of honor because of His love for us and what Christ did.

What labels have you carried since childhood?
Those labels don’t define who you are. Regardless of whether you’ve worn them for so long that somehow, they’ve become strangely comfortable. The only labels you should wear are the ones that God has given. Organizing your labels is a great way to get organized on the inside. Here’s an exercise that will help.

  1. Take a minute to consider those things you’ve come to accept, that are untrue.
  2. Make a list; write down those untrue labels that you have carried for far too long.
  3. Once you’ve made your list, look it over carefully, as you allow the Word of God to shine light on the truth about your list.
  4. Then get a red marker and in big red letters write UNDER THE BLOOD.
    It’s time you and I get rid of the old labels that we’ve been carrying.
  5. Start a new list that’s all about God’s truth. Write things like, I’M MORE THAN A CONQUEROR.
  6. Finally, agree to only accept what God says about you. Reject any label that doesn’t agree with the Word of God.

Organizing the Inside – Day 128 When Under Stressful Conditions

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. ~1 Samuel 30:6

We all have been distressed before.
Often times we are in situations that require us to respond under stressful conditions. There will also be times when our reaction will serve to create a particular environment, causing others to react a certain way.  It’s important that as Christians when we find ourselves in distressing situations we react with forethought and wisdom. When David found himself in a difficult place there were at least three important things he did that affected the outcome.
1. David encouraged himself in the Lord. He didn’t wait for someone to bring him a word. He didn’t wait for bible study night nor did he ask anyone around him for advice. David also did not decide to just plan an attack and rescue on his own.
2. David asked God for advice.  David knew that his best opportunity for success would be to follow God’s direction and he asked God for guidance. 8Then David asked the LORD, “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?” And the LORD told him, “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!”
3. David didn’t become angry and bitter.
David could have become angry because of what his enemies had done. He could have chosen to take revenge on the man who admitted to have participated in raiding their territory. Instead David helped someone he didn’t know, who ended up being the very person that could help him find his loved ones who were captive.

When faced with personal stress how do you handle things?
David showed great poise and honor in handling his situation. His men went from being ready to kill him to having more respect and appreciation for his leadership. When faced with a difficult situation keep in mind there are those around you who are looking to see how you handle stress. David didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk and because of his relationship with God he was able to rise above his circumstances, and show great courage in the face of personal adversity. David and his men recovered all that was taken from them. David was a righteous man and continued to show great moral character.
(also read 1 Samuel 30)