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Organizing the Inside – 337 Power To Be Decisive

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.  1 Kings 18:21 (KJV)

Have you ever been silent when you should have spoken up for what was right?
Have you ever been more fearful of what people would think and remained silent about sin?  Ahab had over four hundred of Baal’s prophets.  Elijah was the only one standing for the Lord, yet He stood boldly knowing that God was with him.  Although it appeared that Elijah was outnumbered by unbelievers, he served the only true and living God, which made him a majority.

As servants of the Most High, we are never outnumbered.  God wants you and me to be willing to stand up against evil.  It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can have the courage to stand against evil.  Jesus told the early church to wait until the Comforter came. He said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8 (NIV)

God wants to fill you with the power to stand firm in your beliefs. If you find that you don’t have the boldness you really want, and at times you are not standing up for the truth, help will come.  If in your heart you really are for God, but sometimes you are reluctant to let others know, you’re not alone. Tarry; spend time in prayer specifically seeking the power of the Holy Spirit.  God will not withhold from you the strength and power to be a witness. Ask Him for the power to choose; the power to choose what is right in His eyes and forget about what the masses have to say. (also read Psalm 84:11, Luke 11:11-13 and Acts 2)

Organizing the Inside – Day 313 Let God Arise!

1May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. 3But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. 4Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds his name is the Lord and rejoice before him. Psalm 68::1, 3, 4 (NIV)

Rejoice! God is great.
Who would dare go against His majestic, awesome power? The foolish, which are lost in the way… those who have decided to take their own way and have ignored His precepts, statutes and commands. There is no one in heaven or earth greater than our God.

The Almighty stands Lord over His word.
God’s word is our compass, showing, guiding and keeping us on track.  If today you feel like maybe you have gotten off course, take a moment and ask God to help you get back on track.  He is always there; ready to meet your needs, ready to help in the time of trouble. He will always keep His promise.

Let’s be glad and rejoice in the power of His salvation!
There is no one greater than our God, therefore we can declare victory. Let God arise and may His enemies be scattered.

Organizing the Inside – Day 284 Beyond Regrets

36Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?” And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.” 37“But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.” 38Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me. John 13:36-38 (NLT)

Peter’s denial of Christ was very public. At one time Peter thought he was ready to stand boldly and show his love and commitment to Jesus. Yet Jesus saw beyond Peter’s zeal and foretold him that he was indeed not ready to die for Him. In fact Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him. The guilt and shame that Peter felt must have been almost overwhelming when he finally realized what he had done. I’m sure this was a difficult and humbling experience for him.

Sometimes Christians are so full of zeal, but their enthusiasm is misdirected.
For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Romans 10:2 (NIV) I love street witnessing. So excited about the Lord; I was just beginning to understand the power that was at work within me. After going through weeks of prayer and training, we saw many folks saved and delivered as we witnessed on the streets week after week. All the excitement and readiness was leading up to one of our biggest nights, Halloween. We knew that in certain neighborhoods the people would be out and not only that, they would be happy to answer the door! This night was different in that two others were with me. Usually we went out in teams of two. Prayed up, in full armor and ready to go, we approached one home and an elderly woman answered the door. We began to share the good news, but the blank stare she gave was a clear indication she had no idea what we were saying.

Not knowing what to do next.
We stood at the door baffled that God had left us so ill-equipped.  The two who were with me looked at each other and shook their heads as to say, “I’ve got nothing” and I knew eventually they’d look at me. With only seconds to decide I stood there shaking in my sneakers. You see, there was an unfamiliar anointing upon me that flowed from my belly to my vocal cords and onto my tongue. I knew that the Lord had given me the words to speak to this woman in her native tongue. I wanted so desperately to tell her how Jesus died for her and about God’s love. Yet in that very moment I said nothing. I shook my head and hunched my shoulders to the others as to say, “beats me.” We stood there for a few more moments, waiting for God to provide and He did. I felt as though my tongue was about to fly right out of my mouth and the powerful force stirring within me made it difficult to maintain my composure. Yet, I did not open my mouth. The thoughts of what will they think, and why did God choose me, and what if I sound crazy, came all at once as I stood there on the porch that Halloween night and denied Christ.

Is He Lord and Savior?
As we walked away my witnessing partners were bewildered that God did not provide. Only I knew the truth. The river of power soon began to subside and was replaced by the absolute worst feeling of sadness and shame. As we made our way down the sidewalk to the next house God reminded me of His love for me, of His forgiveness. The hope that I was so anxiously wanting to share with all the trick-or-treaters or anyone else willing to listen, was now the exact hope I needed most. Unlike Peter’s public denial, my guilt was private and no one else knew. Peter grew to love Christ more and went on to do great things as one of the founding fathers of the early church.  For me, that night in my humbled state I discovered something new about being a Christian. Jesus didn’t want to be my Savior only; He wanted to be my Lord. Over those next weeks, as God restored my confidence I had a new appreciation for God’s forgiveness and my relationship with Him.

As your love for Christ grows, your zeal will be according to knowledge.
As your desire for Him deepens, as you spend more time in His presence, your heart will soon discover He is more than just your Savior; He must also be Lord. Whether we get off the throne, and allow Christ to take His place as Lord of our lives or not, Jesus is Lord! 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10, 11 (KJV)

Years later, I wondered what happened to the elderly woman who answered the door that night. The part I left out was that, during the time we were standing there wondering what to do next, she left the door and came back with her bible. It was in Spanish and she began to speak to us in Spanish with the brightest smile as she held her bible close. Somehow, we understood she knew the Lord. Of course none of us could understand a word she said and she didn’t understand us either. That night was one of those experiences you have with the Lord that changes you forever. Jesus foreknew and yet He still chose me anyway.

God knows we are going to fall short.
Even Peter denied him three times, but he went on to do so much for the Lord. God’s grace gives us the power and confidence to keep going. His grace is all we need to overcome our past mistakes. You can still move forward and do wonderful things for God, because Christ’s blood flows freely. His grace is quite capable of supplying you and me with the power we need to continue in Him. If Peter had denied the Lord five times instead of three, God’s grace would have been available just the same. It’s plenty enough to free, cover and empower you, me and the entire world. Therefore today, we are moving beyond regrets, beyond fear and beyond ourselves as we enter into that place where Christ is not only our Savior, but He is Lord.

Organizing the Inside – Day 160 Does Your Life Protect God’s Reputation?

22“Therefore, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign Lord: I am bringing you back, but not because you deserve it. I am doing it to protect my holy name, on which you brought shame while you were scattered among the nations. 23I will show how holy my great name is—the name on which you brought shame among the nations. And when I reveal my holiness through you before their very eyes, says the Sovereign Lord, then the nations will know that I am the Lord. 24For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land.

25“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. 26And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.27And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. ~Ezekiel 36:22-27 (also read Ezekiel 36 and 37)

God has a reputation to protect.
God wants unbelievers to look at the lives of His people and know that He is a God that stands Lord over His Word. God loves us and wants to restore honor to the life of a Christian, not because we deserve it. Our righteousness is as filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) God does this because of His Holy Name and His reputation. He wants His people to be distinctively different so that our lives would bring Him glory. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure to me above all people: for all the earth is mine: Exodus 19:5

Are there things in your life that are hurting God’s reputation?
Jesus came to redeem us from the law of sin and death. He came to free us from bondage. If there are things in your heart and life that are holding you back from being able to move forward in the work of the ministry and the plan of God for your life, God foreknew and He’s already made provisions. God doesn’t make provisions for sin, but He makes provisions for victory and prosperity over sin. Whatever you are struggling with that is hindering you from moving forward, God’s truth, His word has a solution. Here are things you can do now to change it.

Have faith in God and eliminate the doubt in your life.   Jesus told His disciples how to deal with the hard thing. And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why could not we cast him out?’ And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Mark 9:28, 29 If you and I want this kind of faith to remove something difficult, to overcome a tough challenge Jesus provides a solution. Consider the demon as representative of the thing that is difficult to get rid of or overcome (it is a type of hard struggle or hindrance).

1. Get to know the TRUTH. Find out what the Word of God says about your specific situation. The one thing that is true is His Word. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 Notice the KJV uses the word “make” when Jesus makes you and me free, this is a state of being…we are completely free, different, changed forever, not able to go back. However the word “set” is not fully representative of a permanent situation. “Set” indicates that perhaps you could later be held in captivity again, this is not the case when God makes you free.

2. Pray, and the Holy Spirit will help you pour out your heart to God about whatever it is that is hindering you. He will fill you with the power to walk in His divine will for your life but you must pray through until you get a release. Rely on the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to pray this way.

3. Proclaim a fast before the Lord as the Spirit leads you. Fasting brings your flesh under subjection and allows the spirit man to rule more easily. You can end the cycle that has you going from doubt to faith through fasting. The struggle between weakness and strength won’t continue to plague you if you fast to crucify your flesh. Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6

You will discover that not only will the hard thing that is hindering you be removed;
but your life will begin to affect the lives of others in a profound way.