Organizing the Inside 365 Days

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Organizing the Inside – Day 314 Coming to the End of Myself

I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Psalm 37:25, 28a (NIV)

Have you ever found yourself wandering on the road of self-sufficiency? That place where everything is rolling along just fine. No extreme highs or lows, but you feel you’ve figured out a few of life’s tougher questions. Things seem secure and while your future brings a certain degree of uncertainty you’ve assured yourself that the winter months won’t overtake you. You feel secure and prepared for the future. What gives you this sense of security that many never find? Have you made for yourself a palace with high walls where your financial portfolio stands guard, keeping what you’ve managed to build running quite well? You get by, right?

What if tomorrow there were none? No retirement check, no pay check, no annuity or dividends, no nothing? Your plan B cannot be found. What happens when all you thought you had securing your future no longer exist? You look to tap into final resources and exhaust all you know to do. Phone calls, backup systems, each of your lifeline connections, one-by-one are all used up. Empty handed and broken you have finally come to the end of yourself. Destined to wander, you’ve relied on all those false external things that the world found comfort in. When retirement accounts, and savings accounts are empty you see what was in some ways obscure before; you find the grace and truth of God.

If you’ve ever found the end of yourself, surely you know the sustaining grace of the only sure and true source of security. When forced to rely on Him and Him alone, yes if you’re ever there…you too have found the end of yourself. To know the love and sustenance of an omnipotent God who promised to, “supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” is to experience the fullness of His salvation.  To yield to Him as your single source, is to find something quite enriching, really refreshing, and honestly life changing.  When you find the total end of yourself I assure you, you’ll also find Jehovahjireh.

Have you ever found the end of yourself?

Organizing the Inside – Day 287 My Rock, My Salvation

5Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.  6He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.  7My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. 8O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5 (NLT)

Lasting peace comes from an unyielding hope in the power of God’s complete salvation. The confidence we find in His presences assures us that with Him is where we belong. David hid himself from the divisive schemes of his enemies and found refuge in the cleft of the rock. Where can you go to hide from all the chaos and noise that interrupts your thoughts and interferes with prayer? Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; Psalm 37:7 (NIV) At the end of a long and complicated day take your concerns to God and leave them there. He never scolds or criticizes, nor does He pass harsh judgment. He knows your strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. There is not one past failure that is hidden from His eyes, yet forgiveness is all He chooses to see.

Don’t let the natural cause you to ignore the spiritual. Neither mere man nor profit can bring you victory and honor. Deep down inside we all know there is something we need that no man can offer. There is a longing for God’s presence and no substitution will do. Internal fulfillment is not always the easiest to achieve; less apparent than a blouse, a new suit or food in the pantry. It takes being quiet, being still and realizing your need to frequently draw from the source. When it comes down to true fulfillment there is only one real source.  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: Exodus 3:14 (KJV) Your energy, your wisdom and all your strength is found in Him.  God is there to replenish you, restore you, instruct and protect you. He is there as whatever we need. God alone, the Rock of our salvation.

Organizing the Inside – Day 92 Are You Pretending That No One is Home?

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!  ~Psalm 119:10

When you seek Him you will find Him.
God does not hide, but sin in your life can keep you from being close Him. Sin separates you from God.  Now nothing can separate you from His love, absolutely nothing, but because God is holy sin cannot be where He lives. If you can’t see Him you can find Him… He’s knocking at the door. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

First notice that God wants to come into your heart.
There He stands day after day knocking at the door of your heart. Do you race to open the door or do you pretend that no one is home because of all the clutter that has accumulated in your life.  Are you embarrassed about all the things that you have neglected; so you refuse to answer the knock?  Are there certain areas of your life that you haven’t taken proper care of and now they’re moldy or overgrown with junk?

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 David loved God, but his life had gotten off course. His flesh caused him to sin against God and there were things in his life that he desperately wanted God to clean up and change. He wrote: Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight  Psalm 51:4a David wanted cleansing from the sins that he had committed. He wanted to restore his fellowship with God.

Do you ever feel like you just can’t get it right?
Perhaps in spite of your desire not to wander from God’s commandments you realize that somehow once again you have strayed away. God loves you, regardless of whether you have spiritual clutter in your life. If you want out, but feel like you can’t break free, I have good news.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6

There is an answer for the clutter that fills your life.
It’s not enough to want to clean up the outside of your life by organizing your time and possessions when the inside in still filled with clutter.  David knew he had clutter and sought God for cleansing.  If you know you need a cleansing and want to change things on the inside remember: Jesus is standing at the door knocking.  He will come in and clean things up… but first you must open the door to your heart and invite Him in.

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior I pray that you answer the door today. May you find strength and grace to help you in your time of need. May you receive the love of God in your heart then experience the joy of dining with Him as He dines with you.