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Organizing the Inside – Day 327 An Invite To Worship God Freely

1Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. 3For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. 4He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. 5The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. 6Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, 7for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. Psalm 95:1-7 (NLT)

Freedom to worship.
This particular Psalm seems to show a stark contrast between those who openly and freely praised God and those who were set on doing things their own way. When your heart is open to the loving will of God, worship comes easily. When you have been freed from the fear of punishment resulting from your rejection of God’s plan, you can lift your hands without hesitation. This signals to God that your true heart’s desire is toward Him. We’ve all seen children drop their most prized toy when Dad walks in the room as they abandon self interests; desiring more intimacy and closeness with him their hands naturally go up. As a child lifts her hands toward her Dad wanting him to lift her up, so worshippers everywhere whose heart safely trust God lift their hands in a spontaneous expression of love and desire toward their heavenly Father.

Is your heart free to worship?
If the answer is no, there could be many reasons why your praise is hindered. God will reveal the truth. In the last verses of Psalm 95 we read about how God wouldn’t allow the Israelites to enter the promise land because of the hardness of their hearts. If someone keeps rejecting God’s will and continuously decides to ignore His ways, eventually that person’s heart becomes so hard that it is useless. Whether it’s anger or fear or a mere unwillingness to trust God, these feelings are normal. Normal, but unacceptable just the same, because they hold you back and keep your heart from the freedom to worship and serve God. If you’re thinking you’ve told God “not yet” or “no” far too many times (if you’re reading this) there is still time to get it right. There’s always time to change. If you are still breathing, you can trade in all of those past mistakes and bad choices for the bright future God wants to give.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for worship. Please look at our hearts. Remove anything that would cause us to turn from you. May we find the peace that true obedience brings. May we abandon ourselves in exchange for a deeper and more meaningful relationship with you. Teach us to not allow our own selfish desires to interfere with our worship, because you alone are worthy of all praise, honor and glory. Forgive us Lord, and lift us up to where you are. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Organizing the Inside – Day 61 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

Who are God’s enemies?
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.

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.

Day 39- Just How Important is Sleep?

It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.  ~Psalm 127:2

Are you ever so busy that somehow sleep becomes overrated?  This has always been a struggle for me.  Especially if you are a busy mom or a solopreneur,  there is always one more email to answer, one more thing to get done before you finally lay your head down for rest. 

More and more I am discovering just how important sleep is to my physical and mental health.  Our bodies need time to rejuvenate and our strength must be replenished.  Let’s not forget it was God, who created us as beings that need to rest.  We’re created in His image and even God had to rest.  Being busy from early morning to late evening is nothing to be proud of.

If you feel you’re even too busy to meet with God for quiet time and prayer; you’ve got it bad and something needs to change.  God wants us to take time from our busy day to embrace what really matters and spend quality time with loved ones, not just serve them.  Listen to the Holy Spirit sometimes He tells us lights out, and we need to simply say, “yes Lord” and get some rest.  Also read Luke 10:39-42

Day 38- Let Yourself Off The Hook

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
~Psalm 139:14

Do you ever hear that voice in your head, telling you that the mistake you just made was of epic proportions? Is your “self-talk” sometimes condemning or do you sometimes put yourself down?  What are the words that you say to yourself?  Do you ever call yourself stupid, or maybe you tell yourself, “that was dumb.”

If this is a concern for you I have a solution. Let yourself off the hook and begin to see yourself as God does.  What does God’s Word say about that big-silly-should-have-known-better-mistake you just made?  FORGIVEN and FORGOTTEN. 

Yes we are fearfully and wonderfully made… and in His image too.  How then can we condemn ourselves when the very God who made us, promised to finish the work that He began.  While we admittedly are not 100 percent yet; this truth remains, there is NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ.  So today, let’s celebrate that our balance is zero, because the price (for sin) was paid in full.  We’re off the hook and free to serve. 
Also read Romans 8:1

Day 29- God Listens and Cares

6But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. ~Psalm 18:6

Can’t you tell when someone is really listening to you?  Have you ever found yourself talking to someone and realized that they weren’t listening.  How did it make you feel? Did you feel unimportant or insignificant or maybe you were a little embarrassed because you were sharing something personal and thought that person was listening?  It’s hurtful to others when we divide our attention like watching TV when they are upset or hurting and need someone to talk to.

God always hears His children when we feel like talking.  It pleases God when we reach out to Him for comfort and compassion. He wants to meet us at our point of need and is always right there to let us know He cares.  Not only does God hear us but our cry actually reaches His ears… He listens.  Sometimes you may want to talk to someone who has skin, who you can look to, to show empathy.  You can tell by faith that God not only sees your tears He hears your cry and always has time to listen to what’s on your heart.  No matter how big or small your problem not only is He listening, He sees and cares.