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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 233 It’s Worship Time!

1Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—3who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)

Declare worship time.
There are times when we must demand that our entire being find that place of worship.  David told his soul what to do, then he repeated the message to his soul and reminded himself  that God was worthy of this high level praise. Forget not all of his benefits – David deemed it important that his entire being recognize God for all that He is and all that He has done. When organizing the inner also make sure that (all that is within) the mind and body also follow along and agree when it’s time to worship.

Live a life of true worship.
A goal for every Christian is to live a life of true worship. Everything we say and do should give honor and praise to God. God is worthy of our praise and daily worshiping Him is non-negotiable if we want to stay in tune with the Spirit. Especially if feeling tired, defeated or worn-out, this is the time when we have to demand worship.  On good days and during tough times, speak to your soul and all that is within you. Let your soul know when it’s “worship time” and acknowledge His sovereignty. As you enter that place of true worship, may the Holy Spirit renew your strength  and empower you to carry out His will each new day.

Organizing the Inside – Day 174 Send Me A Sign Please

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Mark 16:17

Do you tend to look for signs?
I believe too many Christian women are sign seekers. I have to admit, I’ve occasionally sought something great to fall out of the sky. God does not want us to seek signs. We have the Word of God for direction and we have the Holy Spirit who bears witness with our spirit that we are His own. How then do Christian women look for confirmation, after confirmation, and constantly wait for God to show up…”in a BIG way?” Before doing what we already know we should do, we wait for one more sign.  We tell God silly things like, “Move this wall and then I’ll know this is you Lord.” Perhaps we all have been at the point of disobedient-desperation, and succumbed to the let’s make a deal shenanigans, “Do it for me this time Lord and surely from now on I will follow you.”  “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”  John 4:48

Stop looking for signs and wonders.
Looking is the operative word, because as Christians we walk by faith and not by sight. So why are we looking? The Jews look for signs and they always have, but as believers in Christ we follow the loving Spirit of an omnipotent God living on the inside of us. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 1 Corinthian 1:22 Remember this also, no man, no matter how gifted they are can perform any sign or expound on any revelation greater than the sign of Jonah that Jesus gave to a lost and dying generation. (read Matthew 12:39, 40)

Obey God, walk in His power and accept the sufficiency of His grace.
Jesus told us that we would do even greater works than He did. “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. John 14:12 How then can we spend another minute looking for one more confirmation? Go forward, empowered in His love and righteousness to do good works for the kingdom. Allow God’s Holy Word to be established in your heart. Let peace abide in your mind, and be filled the excellent mercies of His glorious hope. Be about your Heavenly Father’s business and let the signs and wonders follow you.

Organizing the Inside – Day 169 Standing In the Valley of Decision

12“Let the nations be called to arms. Let them march to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I, the Lord, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all. 13Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread the grapes, for the winepress is full. The storage vats are overflowing with the wickedness of these people.” 14Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the Lord will soon arrive. ~Joel 3:12-14

The great day of the Lord is coming soon.
That day thousands upon thousands of people will gather for God’s judgment. Those loved ones who have not accepted Christ will be there. All the coworkers and school teachers, and church goers and grocery store clerks who rejected God’s truth will be required to wait in the valley of decision. Let’s take a moment to consider all the people we know right now, who unless they repent and accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior will be standing in the valley we read about in Joel. Consider all those who could have, perhaps would have accepted Christ but we did not share. Only God can see a person’s heart, and He alone will judge the unrighteous. We, however are His instruments of truth. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
2 Peter 3:9

We must heighten our sensitivity to witnessing.
There is no greater assignment for those who know God than to love Him and put His kingdom first. By putting God’s kingdom first and living a life of obedience we represent God to those who don’t know Him. There is a world of people without hope, who are lost and dying each day. What is to come of the coworker who I ate lunch with several times before she left the company, yet failed to share the gospel of Christ? What is to come of the grocery store clerk who made sure there were fresh grapes every Saturday at noon because he knew I’d ask? What will become of the taxi cab driver who gave me a ride to my hotel and helped me with my luggage? I gave him a tip, but didn’t tell him about Christ. What about the janitor at your daughter’s school who you’ve seen several times and greeted with a smile? 

Then Jesus said to them, “So wherever you go in the world, tell everyone the Good News.Mark 16:15 The last thing that Jesus instructed us to do before He went up to heaven was to share the Good News. Why then do we not tell more people about Christ? I wonder if many of us have become complacent in our faith. We have allowed the fire (the enthusiasm and will to share the gospel) to leave. But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!  Revelation 3:16 I’m well acquainted with every excuse in the book. Some declare the sad excuse that I must first be led by the Spirit. I’m all for being led by the Spirit and will agree that everyone is not necessarily the one for you to witness to. But here’s the deal, what about all those who were the one, consider them. God told you clearly, “Tell them about my love” or “Tell them about my Son,” and you remained silent. You kept eating your lunch or you kept reading your book or you just looked at your watch and kept moving. What will come of all those people we have met?  Certainly there is no condemnation for them that are in Christ. I’m not trying to condemn anyone.  I only want to encourage you as I encourage myself to obey God each time He says, “Tell them about Jesus.”

It’s God who reaps the harvest!
Thank goodness He didn’t leave it up to us. However being shy, introverted or not knowing what to say isn’t going to fly, (is no good reason) once you have heard the truth. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 The truth is that Jesus promised to send us the Holy Spirit who would give us the power to be a witness. It goes back to the Great Commission, Jesus said, “…wherever we go,” we should tell people about what He did for them. As for me, I’m done with excuses!

Here’s 10 simple steps to organize yourself and get started being the witness you have always wanted to be.
1.
Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you full of His power and boldness.
2. Pray for the right words to say at the right time.
3. Commit now that the next time God speaks to you about sharing the gospel you will obey.
4. Make sure you are a living witness. (get rid of any spiritual clutter in your life that could keep others from seeing  Christ in you)
5. Consider starting with the people you have already wanted to witness to but didn’t have the courage.
6. Ask God to open the door for you to share. (I promise you He will and when He does you will know it right away)
7. Consider sharing a tract which will help you get warmed up. Keep in mind the tract is not your way of avoiding a conversation. It may be more of a conversation starter.
8. Memorize a few basic scriptures, or write them down on a 3×5 card. These are my favorites for witnessing and are easy to explain.  John 3:16, Romans 10:9, 10 and 11 for yourself, Revelation 3:20
9.
 Remember you don’t have to study other religions first (it may be helpful, but could also lead to fruitless disputes) Just tell them the Word. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:11
10.
Be open and trust God. He will give you the right opportunity that is especially for you. If they don’t receive His words, you’ve done your part, no worries there. “Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. Mathew 10:14 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. Matthew 10:12

I invite you to please post a comment if you have any other suggestions to help us all be better witnesses for Christ. Thank you in advance for sharing!

Organizing the Inside – Day 166 Forming the Right Partnership

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. ~Proverbs 3:6

Create a partnership
Living the Christian life means creating a partnership with the Lord. God put certain strengths within you to enable you to fulfill His plan for your life. Your TAGS- talents, abilities, gifts and skills are tools to help you succeed.  Your partnership with God requires a certain level of trust. You must trust that He knows everything you need to carry out His will in the earth. You need God’s help, and you don’t have to do things on your own.  … Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Focus on doing what you are good at
Many Christian women, especially those who are entrepreneurs and business leaders tend to wear too many hats. We try to take on assignments that are often outside of our ability and skill set. This generally doesn’t save much money in the end it only results in added expenses. You end up having to pay someone to fix the mess you made, because you weren’t focused on doing what you’re good at. It’s important to be flexible, but trying to do everything will only produce poor results.  God has given you strengths for a reason; He wants you to use them to do His will. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. Romans 12:6

Move out of God’s way
It is in God’s best interest for you to be prosperous. This is also part of His “big-picture” plan for every Christian. If something in your life needs to grow, change or be developed that is clearly the work of the Holy Spirit, not yours. We cannot change anything about ourselves. We can only take steps to yield, but God makes the changes in us. We have to trust God, obey His commands and listen carefully to hear His voice. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8

Change is not our responsibility nor is it something we are fit or equipped to do. Do you feel like there are areas in your life that are not growing? Perhaps there are things about you that you have tried to change in the past. Maybe you’ve determined enough is enough; and you could be right in your assessment that change is needed. Allow God to change you. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18

The possibilities are unlimited when we form the right kind of partnership with the Lord. Allow God do His part, by first accepting the TAGS you were given, and then by relinquishing control and allowing Him to fix anything that is broken.

Trust Him, He will guide you
God wants to lead you down the plain paths of truth for His name’s sake. It’s not supposed to be complicated. He wants you to get organized on the inside, and simply do the good that you know to do now. The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Proverbs 20:24 Focus on what you are good at. Yield to Him and He will make His strength perfect in your weaknesses. Create a level of trust in your partnership that says, “Okay God you made me who I am, the way I am, and all that I have is yours.” Give yourself permission to be the authentic woman God has made you. Sure there is more internal work to be done, but God has it covered! Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. Hebrews 10:35

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. Jude 1:24,25

 

Organizing the Inside – Day 150 Much Deeper Than The Surface

33“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”   ~Luke 11:33-36

The eyes that Jesus spoke about is your spiritual understanding.
This is spiritual discernment, your ability to perceive spiritual truth. If there is sin or sinful desires in your life, this represents the darkness that maybe in you. Consider this, you may think that something you desire is perfectly okay, but I believe part of what Jesus is teaching is that, you must look deeper to gain insight into your personal motivation. For example you may want to start a bible study group to share God’s word with others. A bible study group is a good thing to do as service to the Lord. It’s important however that you pause, and look at your motives behind wanting to start this bible study. If your real reason for starting the study is so that you will have an avenue to later promote your new project or book or even just yourself, than the light you think you may have, could very well be darkness to this day. Often what you think is right you later realized wasn’t right at all.

Seeing deeper than the surface.
Seeing deeper than the surface is like perceiving something beyond your intellectual ability to know. I sometimes consider this as putting on my (except they are not mine at all, only God can give this gift) spiritual eyeglasses; although I think that oversimplified my point.
Being able to look within your own heart, thoughts, and ideas to see your true desires is not always easy. But, taking an honest look at you through the Word of God and prayer makes this a much simpler undertaking. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16
Once you prayerfully allow the Word of God to have access, and apply it to every area of your life darkness of any kind cannot remain. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Psalm 119:130
Perhaps it’s time for some introspection as you decide in your heart to have no hidden corners where you don’t allow God to have full access. Jesus gives us a heads-up that what you are thinking is light, may not be light after all. Maybe it’s time to allow the Holy Spirit to walk through the inner most personal spaces of your heart and mind. Jesus said, “…see to it” but we have to be willing to take time out to do the work. Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. Psalm 51:6

May I be first partaker of His truth.

Organizing the Inside – Day 142 How To Be Ready For Battle

10A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.13Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
~Ephesians 6:10-13

This post is part II of II, if you missed yesterday’s post, I invite you to go back and read it first Day 141

Stand your ground.
As a Christian in spiritual warfare you are not on the defense. Your weapons are offensive weapons. Your have nothing to defend. When you are fully suited for battle, keep these three things in mind.
1. God Himself will be your rear guard. Consider this; your armor is basically for frontal assaults on the enemy. You should have no concerns of a strike from behind.
2. Paul admonished Christians to have on the “whole armor.” You must be fully ready to wage war and this cannot be done unless you are fully prepared.
3. Read the last book. If you ever have any doubts about how this battle is going to end, read the back of the book. God’s army wins!!!

Let’s look at the full armor.
…having your loins girt about with truth, Ephesians 6:14b
This part of the armor is extremely important and God chose to make it the first one mentioned. The loins is where your reproductive organs are. Too many Christian struggle with sexual immorality and are living a false life before God due to their immoral behavior. God is showing us that we need to establish truth in this area of our lives first. The way you establish truth is simple…God’s word is truth. Do what the Word of God says. Don’t fornicate and don’t commit sexual immorality of any kind.

and having on the breastplate of righteousness; Ephesians 6:14c
The breastplate protects the heart. Wherever God is on the matter, that’s where you should be also. Righteousness is not something we could have apart from God. Frankly our righteous deeds are like filthy rags, but we are made the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. A yielded heart that chooses to follow His word and live a life of obedience can be “right with God.” Righteousness only comes by God living in the heart of a man.

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Ephesians 6:15
God wants us to share the gospel wherever we go. Your feet carry you from place to place, and as Christians we must be ready to share the gospel of peace. In the grocery store, at the hospital, on the subway train, at all times. As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15b

Always be ready to share the Word, but not in a forceful or arrogant way, God wants us to share the gospel in a spirit of love and gentleness. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15

In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Ephesians 6:16
The shield of faith is one of the counter measures that are already in place when you go into battle. It is your faith that prevents the fiery darts from penetrating and harming you. Now we know, consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 Faith is built up through hearing the Word of God. It’s pretty simple the more you hear the Word the more your faith is increased. True faith only requires as much as a mustard seed. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen Hebrews 11:1 When the darts of the enemy fall to the ground you know that it is because your faith is at work, doing exactly what God strategically planned for it to do. If the darts are getting through then, most likely you need to hear more Word.

Take the helmet of salvation Ephesians 6:17a
The helmet protects the head, this is where your thought life is. The enemy would have you to believe you are not saved. If you would dare to doubt your salvation then perhaps, you would also think that living life as a Christian is impossible. The battle of your heart starts in your mind. Therefore as a child of God you must know without a doubt that you are saved by the blood of the Lamb. If you are saved then you must walk in the fullness of that salvation, knowing what Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,” John 10:28

and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17b
The sword when used skillfully can launch an assault on the enemy at any stage in the battle. It is critical to know the Word of God, if you plan on using it. The Holy Spirit will help by bringing it to your remembrance in the heat of battle, but something has to at least be in there, if He is to have something to help you remember. (John 14:26) Christians are equipped to cut down, cut off, and destroy any plans of the enemy with the Word of God. For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12 The Word of God also cuts all the way down to where blood is manufactured, the marrow.  It searches, knows and reaches your deepest thoughts and desires – the truth about your life. The Word reaches the very essence of a man. The life of every creature is in its blood. Leviticus 17:14  As a skillful warrior uses the Word of God they know of its power to cut both ways. When you use the Word of God your own heart is greatly affected by that power. For optimal benefit, one would want to apply the Word to their own life first.

Finally do all this while in a constant state of prayer.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18
To be ready for battle remaining in a constant state of prayer is needed. This is praying as you go about your day. Practice communicating with God in every situation. When you walk into a room, talk to God about what your interactions will be with those in the room. Consider communicating with God, about everything. He is interested in all details of our lives. So as you go about your day, make talking to God a habit, “God I know you saw that,” or “God tell me what I should say,” in every situation keep alert and pray for all Christians, because we are all comrades in God’s army.

Please read these scriptures again and study them. Ask God to show you everything He would have you to know about this topic. His truth is so relevant for successful living.

Organizing the Inside – Day 133 Random Acts Of Obedience

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. ~Galatians 6:7-10

Missed Opportunity
Today, I was reminded of how important every opportunity to do a good deed is. We often find ourselves so busy living our marvelous lives that we forget to take advantage of the small opportunities to do good. Random acts of kindness are good, and we should take advantage each opportunity to show the love of Christ. But let’s consider for a moment, random acts of obedience.

Random acts of obedience
Today my phone rang and I had only a few seconds to shift my thinking and obey God. I’d always enjoyed receiving wrong number calls. Each time someone called my phone looking for someone other than me, I’d get so excited for the unexpected opportunity to tell them about Jesus. But somehow today I was so busy, so preoccupied with completing my project, that when a woman called my phone, to speak with her friend , only felt irritated. I felt that she’d interrupted me with her call. I promptly told her, “You have the wrong number.” She somehow insisted that she’d dialed the correct number and began to explain who gave her the number. Her strong accent only seemed to make me more determined to hurry her off the phone, because I could not clearly understand her and felt the conversation was fruitless. After a few more polite exchanges we ended our call, an immediately as the line disconnected, I realized what I had done. This woman insisted that she’d called the correct number and instead of me sharing the gospel with her as I’d done in the past; I missed out on a random act of obedience. I wondered why?

Have you ever felt like…YIKES, Lord I’m sorry?
I’m sure we all can acknowledge experiencing that sudden feeling of deep sadness and regret because of a missed opportunity. How did I miss this? How was I so busy with completing my project that I didn’t have a moment to share Christ with the stranger on the phone? Maybe she didn’t know Christ… Maybe this mistaken phone call was not a mistake at all. One thing I know for sure… Romans 8:28 is one hundred percent true. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Whether this wrong number was for me or for her, the fact that I’m reminded of my need for change, is enough to convince me that this phone call was likely meant for me, and many others who are called according to His purpose.

The next opportunity
I’m glad God’s forgiveness and compassion extends far beyond any façade to the root cause of sin. Being ready in season and out is a responsibility we each have as Christians; whether we are asked to suddenly explain our hope or a random act of obedience is presented. I know there will be other opportunities for a random act of obedience, because I asked for it. I’m convinced that next time I’ll be ready to instantaneously affirm my obedience.  Jesus didn’t miss any opportunities to obey God, because He remained one with God. The closer we are to God the less likely we are to need a moment to establish decisiveness. The next time I receive a wrong number call,  I’m determined to be sensitive enough to the Holy Spirit that obedience is an automatic response, no matter how busy I think I am.

Organizing the Inside – Day 125 Insecure, Who Me?

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
~Hebrews 4:12

God isn’t waiting for you to get there before He can use you. God wants to use you along the way. Insecurities are sometimes our way of protecting ourselves from disappointment or embarrassment. Feeling insecure is normal, but it is not something that we just have to live with. The Word of God is the only thing that can go deep enough into your heart and soul to free you from your insecurities.  Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom. Psalm 51:6

You are born with all your gifts intact.
Certainly there is a period of growth in which you will have time to develop those gifts, but the ones you have are perfect for you. So accept your gifts as God’s best for you and they will help facilitate your contribution to the Kingdom of God. The more you accept the fact that you are fully capable of doing whatever it is that God has put in your heart to do, the sooner you can stop nurturing your insecurities and get on with the business of fulfilling God’s plan for your live.

Secret insecurities are a trick of the enemy.
The enemy would have you to doubt yourself and second guess God until you have gone on to glory. It is by no means to his advantage that you would discover the boldness that only the Holy Spirit can give, and stop listening to the untrue voice in your head. Yes! Listen to the voice in your heart. No matter how farfetched it may seem.  I’ve had dreams that, then seemed to be the furthest thing from the truth, but in fact those dreams were part of God’s plan for my life. The devil has no real power (it was stripped from him by Christ) and so he can only try to trick you into believing his lies. He wants to deceive you into forfeiting your true power; the power of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you.

I used my insecurities to prove I couldn’t move ahead for far too long.
When it was convenient, I would wear them like a banner. (but, usually I’d keep my insecurities hidden) “Well you know I could never do that I’m too shy” and of course it would work. One day I realized just how foolish it was to let my insecurities choke out my dreams. I realized that unless I allowed God to show me how to break down some of those barriers I would never get to experience certain things in life. In spite of all my progress, insecurities have a tendency to rear their ugly head when I least expect them. But thank God for the Holy Spirit who exposes the truth and brings everything that is hidden to light.

Let the light and truth of the Word of God shine inward on every area of your life.
You need to bring it out and let God deal with it. Let Him shine the light on those insecurities and expose your hidden secrets of shame and defeat. For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.  Mark 4:22 As the light exposes that which is hidden, you’ll start to see your insecurities for what they are. They are nothing like the truth; a lie straight from the pits of hell, lingering there in your mind trying to hold you back from serving God.  That lie is telling you that you can’t, when the Word says you can; or telling you you’re not smart enough when God said, you have the mind of Christ. So whether you’ve been thinking you’re too short or too tall or too big or too small (and those are the nicer ones) realize today that God made you in His image and in His likeness, and He filled you with His power, to enable you do His will.  I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12 Jesus said he was going, but He would send the Helper, the Holy Spirit. (also read John 16:17, John 15:26 and John 14:3)

With the start of the New Year well underway, put it on the top of your list of things to do; to LET GO of all those INSECURITIES and realize what God said. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13 Once you realize it accept it and make it a part of your everyday life. You may at first feel as though you are calling those things that aren’t as though they were, but don’t give up.  The power of God’s promise is within the promise itself, and the truth of that promise will MAKE YOU FREE.

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.