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Organizing the Inside – Day 206 Rooted In Love

14When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Ephesians 3:14-19

God’s love gives strength to fulfill the call.
God’s love and power is fully capable of preparing and equipping you for ministry. Many Christian women have the “Super Saint” syndrome. You look around – first mistake. You must keep your eyes on Jesus for He alone is the author and finisher of your faith. (Hebrews 12:2) When you consider what sister “someone else” is doing, or how they have grown, or achieved, or seemed so blessed in what they do, you begin to lose focus on what you are supposed to do. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. Galatians 6:4 (NLT) If you were totally honest you would admit you sometimes want to be able to speak like her, sing like her, some even try to pray in tongues like someone else. But God wants you to have faith in Him and His ability to make you grow.

Strive to be like Christ.
You, yes YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.(Psalm 139:14) You, yes YOU are His dear child and there are certain things that God intended for you to do. Sister Suzie, as blessed as she is, has not been called to carry out God’s plan for your life. There is a purpose that is especially meant for your life. God took the time to make each one of us different, and you do the Creator a disservice when you emulate someone other than Christ. Have faith in God. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6 (KJV)

God’s power is more than enough.
God’s peace is surely enough.
God’s strength is quite enough.
God’s love is plenty enough.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:20, 21 (KJV)

Patience and Faith are the productivity partners.
Trust God to make you strong in Jesus Christ. Have patience as God develops your gifts and talents. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 (NIV) God’s love will give you the spiritual growth and strength to carry out His plan. Leadership is important and God puts leaders and teachers in place to help the church grow. Just remember, your personal spiritual relationship with Christ is the single most important relationship you will ever have. Put your eyes on Him, and God will help you to continue to grow. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. Ephesians 2:20 (NLT) The foundation has already been laid and it’s up to us to do the work to build upon it. God wouldn’t give you work to do and then not strengthen you to finish it. No matter how many come along with great revelations said to be truth, no one is going to rebuild the foundation again. Therefore as Paul said, “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”  Philippians 2:12, 13

5After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field.
1 Corinthians 3:5-9

In conclusion, let sister Suzie do her, you do you, and I’ll do me, as we all work together to be like Christ.  Each of us, with our own personalities and unique style, are authentic creations in the perfect plan and will of God.

Organizing the Inside – Day 203 Putting Fear In Its Place

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. Luke 5:5-11 (NLT)

This post is a continuation from yesterday – Day 202. If you missed yesterday’s post, I invite you to go back and read it to get the full concept of what I’ve written.

Taking a stand against fear is the best way to put it in its place.
Decide now that if Daniel can go into the lion’s den, and come out untouched you too have the protection you need to stand for what is right. If Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego can come out of the fiery furnace without as much as the scent of smoke on their clothing, then surely you are fully capable of victoriously facing anything that is before you. If you are confident that your dream is from God and it is what He has given you a passion for, then you must go-for-it.

Jesus prayed, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.”
God’s will is to be done on earth, in our hearts and lives as it is in heaven. The Kingdom of God is set up within every believer who would dare to forsake their own selfish ambitions and follow Christ. The disciples walked away from everything (Luke 5:11). They were focused on one thing, obeying Christ and doing God’s will. When we are committed to following Christ, He tells us that He will give us the desires of our hearts. May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4 (NLT) Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 (NLT) Why would He do such a thing? When we put God first and follow Him, our desires, dreams and passions are for the things of God, they fit perfectly into His will for our lives. No longer are you concerned with impressing others with your status among men, you are concerned with God’s kingdom coming. In His kingdom there is only true love. There is no room for pride, jealousy, selfishness, or greed in the heart of one who has allowed God’s Kingdom to set up there.

Jesus told us many times in the scriptures not to be afraid.
Fear holds us back. Here is the key, when you allow His kingdom to come and be established in your heart and life you have overcome fear. Why? “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18  (NIV) When God’s kingdom comes into your heart, I mean – you have completely yielded and your life is completely about doing His will, something happens on the inside and all fear is gone. I believe this is a supernatural occurrence orchestrated by the Holy Spirit when God has a vessel that is totally yielded to His will. We understand this, God’s kingdom is already established in heaven. In heaven there is no disobedience, fear, or selfishness it just doesn’t exist there. What Jesus was praying for was that while we are here, God’s kingdom would come in our hearts and lives. That means DOING WHAT GOD PUT IN YOUR HEART TO DO. Really it is that simple, obeying God and agreeing with Him. When Simon and the disciples were ready to leave everything to follow Jesus they did so for a reason; they were pursuing their purpose. Jesus immediately told  Simon two things:

  1. “Don’t be afraid.”
  2. “From now on, you will be fishing for people.”

The key to overcoming your fear is doing God’s will.
Move out of the problem and into the solution. By following your dream, you will find yourself directly in the center of the Will of God. Your brilliant zone is there (in God’s Will) the place where your talents, abilities, gifts and skills work best. Ask God for help today, the answers you’re looking for are not hidden. If you don’t know your purpose, He will show you. If you are not sure about your vision, He will clarify it. God wants His children to be filled with love, Perfect love drives out fear 1 John 4:18 and God is Love 1 John 4:16.

May God’s Kingdom come and may His will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

Organizing the Inside – Day 202 Breaking the Thread of Fear

5“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.

8When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” 9For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. 10His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Luke 5:5-11 (NLT)

The risk of not being completely successful will never go away, at least not in this life.
Who has ever charted a path that didn’t contain a few stones? There will always be obstacles and those obstacles often pose risks. But, as Christian women we trust God even when there are obstacles. 11For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:11,12 (NIV) It’s your tolerance for risks that will give you the endurance to press on.

To move forward you must be willing to trust God.
What He put inside of you – the vision, the passion, along with your (TAGS) talents, abilities, gifts and skills will always be challenged by fear. Fear is like a silk thread that is woven throughout every negative thought of failure. Sometimes you can see fear, sometimes you can’t. But if you worry that you won’t have enough resources, or that you didn’t correctly hear from God, or especially that you may fail, fear is not far.  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) The simple truth is fear is only an illusion. Yes, fear is there, but it is not real. It is false always contrary to the Word of God, fear is completely untrue. Fear is that common thread that runs through every excuse you have ever used not to do what God said. Fear goes beyond laziness, and is at the heart of your inability to move forward. Fear runs through every reason you never pursued your passion, or never finished writing your book, or never tried to obey God with all your heart. Many Christians are afraid of what they may have to give up, and others are afraid of what they might gain…either way FEAR is at the root of whatever is holding you back.

What are you afraid of?
Organizing the inside is about recognizing who God is, the Creator of the universe. The earth is His footstool. His greatness is too wonderful for us to understand. Now He is the One who has your back. Next you must realize who you are in Him. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NLT) You are His offspring. In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. Romans 9:8 (NIV) You are a child of, the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God,” 1 Timothy 1:17(JKV) What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31

Putting fear in its place.
Tomorrow, if the Lord is willing, we look at how to, put fear in its place, once and for all. Learning to trust God is a process, but the Holy Spirit will see you through. Jesus prayed, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10  Day 203 we will look at what passion and fear has to do with what Jesus prayed.

Organizing the Inside – Day 188 The Huge Mountain You Keep Staring At

48As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. 1 Samuel 17:48, 49 (NLT)

Every mountain need not be moved.
Sure, as Christians we have the power through faith to move mountains; but are all mountains in our lives meant to be moved? I don’t think so. There are some things that stand in our way that only require a few extra steps and strategic thinking to move us completely around the obstacle. There we stand sometimes for weeks, months and even years trying to move mountains when there is absolutely another option… go around it. I’m not suggesting the walk of faith is not worth the effort. What I am suggesting is that we should always walk by faith. There is however, a real possibility that we will find exactly what we were in need of, as we go around or even dare to climb the impossible mountain that stands in our way.

Open your heart too.
Let your mind be open to whatever options are available to overcome your obstacles and roadblocks. We can view these as things that hinder us from reaching our goals and dreams; or we can view them as part of what we need to face to be the over comer God wants us to be. Chances are whatever your dream is, in the path towards it there are obstacles. It is likely that one of the biggest obstacles you have ever had to face is standing between you and your dream. So what? You already know that you have options; speak, move, climb, fly, soar, walk, or even dig a tunnel through your mountain, but every Christian has options. The important thing to remember is that you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. Don’t turn and run away from your dream because of the mountain that you see ahead. The scripture says that David ran out to meet Goliath. It goes against your flesh that’s why the spirit must lead. Head in the direction of that obstacle, move directly toward your dream. God wouldn’t have put this in your heart if He wasn’t going to see to it that you had what was needed to conquer it.

Look straight ahead and start moving.
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. No matter how great the odds or how big the obstacles…keep your options open and God will teach you exactly how to overcome. It’s not likely that you are suffering unto death to see your dream fulfilled. You will live through this experience; it really will make you stronger. Years ago my greatest fear stood between me and my huge dream of being able to change the lives of people positively with my words. I had such internal conflict because my biggest dream and my biggest fear collided. I stood there for years as I stared at the huge mountain of public speaking. I would have rather died, than to speak before a group of people. Yet over the years with hundreds of public presentations, talks and speeches behind me, I can now see how I would have never reached my dream if I’d chosen a different direction. I want to encourage you to choose to walk straight towards what God has called you to do. Every mountain brings with it a purpose, a lesson and a chance for us to increase our faith by trusting God to help us overcome the fear once again.

Organizing the Inside – Day 181 It’s Time To Finish What You Began

Now finish what you began, so that your eagerness to do so may be matched by your eagerness to complete it. 2 Corinthians 8:11  (NIV)

God always provides.
We see how He provides for the birds. They don’t just wait for worms to fall out of the sky onto golden plates that sit beneath the clouds. The birds don’t place an order for worms at the drive through window and pick up their meal at the end of the line. Like people, the birds have to do the work. They dig and work to get worms out of the ground. God is faithful to provide the birds with everything they need to live. They know how to dig; the soil is soft enough for them to dig and they even seem to know where to dig. God sets them up for success. He also provides sticks and other supplies birds need to build their nests, but it’s up to the birds to take their knowledge and put it to work. There is never a need to worry about where the provisions are coming from; but it is necessary to do the work to get what has been provided. Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Matthew 6:26 (NLT)

Preparation and planning is only for a season.
For many Christians with a dream, instead of taking action and doing the work many spend all their time making preparations to do the work. They gather knowledge, gain helpful insights, set goals and ambitiously write out elaborate plans about what they will one day start doing. These are all very important steps that do take time to complete; but sometimes we get so caught up in preparing to do, that we never start doing. Our knowledge and preparations are only potential for success. Success only comes when our preparations give way to our actions.

Avoid the common trap of preparation paralysis.
Surely you must do the research, gain the knowledge, seek counsel and make plans. Keep in mind knowledge is ongoing and plans should be flexible and able to adapt to unexpected circumstances. Perhaps God is saying the planning and preparation time is coming to a close and it’s time to spring into action. Dreams are far more likely to happen when we spend more time praying while we are taking action, rather than talking about what we are going to do one day when we finish praying. The people who are talking about their dreams aren’t truly living them. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. Ecclesiastes 5:3
It is those who move, and take action steps toward living their dreams, who one day discover they are living their passion and all their dreams, through hard work have come true. Today’s the day to activate your knowledge and turn all your plans into action. Consider the birds, they aren’t chirping about the beautiful nests they are going to build; they are busy building. They already have all that they need. If God provides for the birds, He most definitely has also provided for us.

Organizing the Inside – Day 177 Free to Be Completely Honest

1Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
~Psalm 32:1, 2

Is it possible to live a life free of guilt?  We all have made mistakes, poor choices and have even chosen to commit sin. Who can actually be found blameless?

You and I can because of Christ’s finished work at Calvary. Knowing God’s forgiveness and experiencing the cleansing power of His blood is not a license to sin.  On the contrary, knowing God and His love for us in spite of our past mistakes and sins gives us liberty and allows us to serve Him freely. David said, Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Psalm 32:5

We must leave the cluttered past behind
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, Philippians 3:13
No matter what has happened in the past we are free from the guilt and shame of yesterday’s choices. The child of God who loves God does not just keep on sinning. “If you love me, obey my commandments. John 14:15 God wouldn’t ask us to do something that was not possible. He has given us victory over sin, therefore, We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.1 John 5:18

When God is moving you forward
The enemy will try to bring up your past. He will attempt to remind you of anything that may cause you to want to give up. The devil wants you to deny God’s power and be afraid of failing. (read Luke 22:31, 32) We however have an advocate, My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.1 John 2:1 Jesus is able to keep us from falling or failing. (read Jude 1:24)

We do have the power to live our lives in complete honesty.
It is God who enables us to walk blamelessly. We can live a life that glorifies God. We must allow His Word to purify our hearts, stop looking back and maintain a simple lifestyle that is uncomplicated by the cares of this world. The victory is yours, Jesus paid the price; now it’s up to you to live in grace and glorify God.

Organizing the Inside – Day 153 Willing to Give All She Had

41Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth a fraction of a penny.

43Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
~Mark 12:41-44

Jesus watched for a teachable moment.
Jesus intentionally sat near the temple treasury to observe each contributor’s giving; as He waited for what He knew would be a teachable moment. The woman who gave all she had captured His attention, and He called His disciples over to learn from the widow’s example. What a huge lesson about giving.

Jesus doesn’t look at how much we give.
I think Jesus is more concerned with how much, our giving costs us. What does your giving cost? Do you give sacrificially, or do you give only limited amounts out of the abundance of all that you have? Some measure their giving right down to a set percentage and stop there. I suggest, there is a more excellent way.  It’s clear that the condition of our heart toward giving is what matters most to God. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

The widow showed a deep level of belief.
She gave all that she had to live on. I suspect she wasn’t sad and brokenhearted or worried over where her next meal would come from. I believe her giving shows a deep trust and commitment. This kind of giving shows a level of trust that challenges me in my life as a Christian. When I hold back in my giving and I know I’m not giving as much as a could, I wonder why. I can only face up to the fact that my giving represents a much deeper level of commitment. Do I hold back from God, or am I fully invested in His kingdom?  Sacrificial giving begins in one’s heart. It’s a sincere commitment to correctly prioritize values. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17

Are you willing to give all that you have to live on?
What does it mean for you to give all that you have to live on? Do you trust God enough to meet your needs if you put Him first? This question goes far beyond looking at our own willingness to give of our financial income. God wants us to have a willingness to give up all we have in time, resources, energy and wealth. Giving up all you have requires a great deal of trust and faith in God’s ability to provide. A Christian who is willing to relinquish their wants, desires and selfish ambitions to seek the will of God for their life, will then find fulfillment. Reaching for dreams and setting goals are only worth the effort once you’ve determined your goals are directly connected to the dream that God has given. Giving up what I want in exchange for whatever God has for me indeed may require a great amount of faith and patience, but the rewards of my obedience are far greater than I can imagine.

3For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:3, 4

Organizing the Inside – Day 149 Oh, I Just Have To Have That!

15Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” 16Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!” 20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ 21“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Luke 12:15-21

Do you trust God with your entire future?
Certainly saving for retirement doesn’t mean you’re not trusting God to provide for your future. I think God wants us to plan for the future. The matter of concern is when we start to worry about the future. When your worry about your future supersedes your desire to serve God today, you have reason for alarm. The rich farmer reasoned within himself, that by storing up all this great wealth, he could retire and enjoy the golden years. Jesus called him a fool. God wants us to have a healthy attitude toward our future and His ability to provide for us. We must be obedient to God in both saving and giving. His word gives us clear guidelines about how to handle both.
19“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:19-21

Do you remember the feeling?
Have you ever tried cleaning out your closet or another area of your home and thought, I just have too much stuff? I admit to the occasional thought of getting a bigger barn.  Each time I do, I am reminded of what place these things (that I want to hold on to) have in God’s “big picture” plan for my life. I’m challenged to think there is rarely any memento, or other coveted item of choice, that has anything to do with me fulfilling God’s plan for my life, rarely ever.  I can remember the feeling I had in the store while contemplating my purchase. Have you ever had that feeling? You just had to have it! I can remember thinking, “Oh, I want it; I want it, how beautiful!”  That lovely and likely overpriced vase I just had to have, is now taking up extra space in my closet.  Why on earth was I so pressed to buy it? Absolutely convinced, that if I made that one purchase I would feel a certain way. Advertisers spend a lot of money to get into the heads or would be buyers. It’s embarrassing to think of all that I’ve given away over the years in various yard sales or trips to the Salvation Army; yet when at the point of purchase, I could think of nothing more important to spend money on. Thank Jesus! I’m learning to have a healthier viewpoint about the accumulation of personal wealth.

Possessions and the desire for more distract us from the kingdom.
I’ve seen too many cases of Christians who seemed to have lost their minds once the fame and fortune came about. I suspect this had little to do with things, and more to do with the condition of the heart. Far be it from me to start wondering what imbalance or greed resides in the heart of another, which causes them to choose the love of possessions, over love for Christ.  I do believe, greed is a snare of the enemy, but those who choose God over riches will inherit the kingdom. Jesus warns us in many scriptures about worry, possessions and greed. What impresses me most about His teaching on the subject is He gives us the answers to all that we desire, and loving points us to the Kingdom of God. He teaches if we would trust God and stop worrying about all the “things” we want and need, He would provide everything we needed. Certainly if you asked most shrewd financial investors, they would explain that this type of thinking goes against the books, and defies human logic.

But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.
1 Corinthians 2:14

32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:32, 33

Can happiness, contentment, peace, joy and love be found outside of a relationship with God?  The answer is a resounding NO; besides who would want to? Only those who have not experienced the true treasures of the richest King would ever consider the alternative.  Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:8

Also read Luke 12:22-34

Organizing the Inside – Day 111 A Walk of Faith

15Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Ephesians 5:15, 16

Look carefully at your walk.
Do you look down when you are walking? Perhaps this is a sign that you are ashamed of something, maybe something from your past.

Do you look around you as you are walking? Perhaps this might indicate that you are more concerned with what people around you think.

Do you look behind you when you are walking? Perhaps this means you don’t want to let go of something that clearly you are walking away from; something you should walk away from.

Do you stare aimlessly as you are walking? Perhaps this is a sign that you don’t really care much about where you are headed.

Do you keep bumping into things as you are walking? Perhaps you need ask God to remove those barriers.

Do you keep stumbling as you are walking? Perhaps there are things in your life that shouldn’t be there.

Do you look straight ahead as you are walking? This may indicate that you are completely focused on what’s in front of you.

Do you look forward as you are walking? Perhaps this means you are excited about the future and very interested in where you are going.

Do you look up as you are walking? Maybe you except something wonderful from above.

Organize what you know about your walk.
It’s always a good idea to pause for a moment of introspection. Look inside of yourself and asks the hard questions that you’d rather just avoid dealing with.

Is your walk worthy of the call?
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, Ephesians 4:1

God wants you to trust Him.  We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

He wants you to walk wisely, and wisdom is applied knowledge. Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
Proverbs 4:7

Consider God‘s will for your life. What do you know so far about God’s plan for your life?

STEP 1 Start with what you already know about what He has called you to do.

The beginning of wisdom is to acquire wisdom. Acquire understanding with all that you have.
Proverbs 4:7

STEP 2 Do it! (apply knowledge)

47That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Luke 12:47, 48

Organizing the Inside – Day 100 Darkness Always Gives Way to The Light

But how can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a pagan land?
~Psalm 137:4

Israel was faced with great uncertainty.
As they sat among their captors they felt sad and wept, as they missed the beauty of Zion.  When you are faced with adversity do you ever wonder when will darkness give way for the light? There they were having been scattered amongst the nations. Taken captive by the enemy and far, far from home they were asked to sing songs of joy.

Have you ever been in a situation of despair?
Perhaps your life took an unexpected turn and all you could do was hope for and remember days of old.  That’s probably what the Israelites felt as they struggled to deal with being in captivity in a foreign land. As Christians we sometimes feel as though we are being held in captivity by circumstances beyond our control, yet God has a plan. Darkness cannot preside over light any more than the enemy can preside over death and life. Jesus defeated death, hell and the grave.  He took the sting out of death and darkness must give way to the light. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5

55“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:55-58

God has always had a plan for your life.
Jesus is the light of the world. He is Lord over time and your darkness won’t last always. God knows how hard it is to sing songs of joy, when it seems you can’t see beyond the darkness. Daily you look for light, you search for the end of your pain and all you find are your fading memories of better days gone by.  In your bitterness you try to hold on, to your past, afraid of your future. Look up God is right there! Even as He redeemed Israel and brought her out of captivity, He is bringing you out of your situation.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Realize the day of your salvation is at hand and while you may have felt alone at times; God never left your side.

7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. 8The Lord will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:7, 8