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Organizing the Inside – Day 226 Keep Your Saltiness

34“Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? 35Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” Luke 14:34, 35 (NLT)

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Matthew 5:13 (NLT) The bible is clear that salt can lose its saltiness. But how does this happen? I believe this describes what happens when Christians who are at one point on fire for God, start blending too much with the world. When salt becomes wet it is diluted in water, when it later dries, it isn’t salty anymore, and really isn’t good for much. There is nothing that can add true flavor like salt. I believe the very essence of the salt that Jesus teaches about is the love of God which is found in the truth of the gospel.

Have you ever tried cutting salt from your diet?
I once tried reducing salt in my diet. I purchased no-salt chips, (really) I stopped cooking with salt, I looked for products on the market that read, “no salt added” or “reduced salt.” Yuck, everything really seemed to have no flavor, eating was no longer enjoyable. I even tried Nu-salt which sort of tasted salty, but did nothing to bring out the flavor in my food. I realized the salt substitution was playing tricks on my taste buds because at first taste, it seemed salty; only seconds later the fake salt became a very bitter taste in my mouth. The same happens when we try to substitute the truth of the gospel, or water down the truth with what the world views as right. When we compromise and allow the world to change the composition of our core belief we are no longer authentic, what we share is no longer authentic…no longer salty.

The gospel of truth must not be compromised.
We cannot allow what the world says that we should, “show tolerance” for, (the ungodly acts of the flesh) to become acceptable or remotely considered as right. The gospel must be presented in its pure form, simple truth. Blending with the teachings of false religion or the “new norm” will clearly make you and the message you bring useless to the kingdom. There is no substitution for the anointed Word of God shared by a believer. It is pure 100% truth and love; there is no substitution for real salt to add flavor.

Organizing the Inside – Day 217 Answering The Call Of Wisdom

1Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?  2On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; 3beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud: 4“To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
5You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.  6Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. 7My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.  8All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. 9To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge. 10Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, 11for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. 12“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
Proverbs 8:1-12 (NIV)

I realized something that I’m not certain I clearly understood before; the value of wisdom.  God wants me to do my very best to gain wisdom and get understanding.  Wisdom is living the Word; it is putting into practice what you learn; knowledge being lived out in one’s life. I’ve come to understand that God sees wisdom as supreme. It ranks higher than many things that I’ve spent my time pursuing. While to some this may seem an elementary principle in the things of God; I am delighted to discover a much deeper truth behind this most important priority in my spiritual journey.

I want to invest more money, time, and focus in one thing that God has placed high value upon; wisdom and understanding.  Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding.  Proverb 4:7 (NIV) This, for me adds considerably more value to a coach’s word, or a teacher’s insight, or a mother’s instructions that I did not fully embrace before.

I think life is so much more complicated because we don’t always choose the way of wisdom. You see Jesus is the wisdom in the book of Proverbs. As I look for ways to make my life simpler, I know that getting that which is supreme will help me avoid a lot of obstacles that most likely would have obscured my path. Today I answered the deeper call of wisdom.

Organizing the Inside – Day 200 Following A Different Gospel

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

Caught in the false gospel of materialism?
Shoe collections, handbag collections, designer boots, sunglasses collections, gowns, jewelry and big houses yes even women of faith seek after these things. We turn on the television and “Housewives” all over the country are springing up, making headlines as they parade foolish ungodliness before countless millions. You watch as these “Housewives” with egos bigger than the devil himself clamor and quarrel about much of nothing. Oh Lord, Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Psalm 119:37 (NLT) No one can tell me that the Lord didn’t foreknow what many Christian women would be wasting time doing when He wrote that scripture.

How much do they think I’m worth?
Everywhere you turn, whether it’s magazines, television, stores, books, the internet, movies, or just walking down the street it seems that everyone is trying to get more stuff for themselves. This false gospel is bombarding us from every end; telling you that material things answers one of life’s deepest questions. What am I worth? There are some who refuse to take a vacation, by a new car, move into a new home or for that matter by a new pair of shoes without posting it on Facebook, tweeting about it or sending out a blast email. It would require a huge suspension of disbelief to accept that these wonderful people only want to share with all their friends and followers, the lovely time they’re having with their latest material acquisition. Many people who have bought into this false gospel have their entire self-worth tied up in how much money they make and how many material possessions they have acquired. This notion that if you wear the right clothes, have the right car, and buy a big enough house, people will know how great you are is a foolish myth. The sad truth is that many Christians have bought into this way of thinking and need to repent.

While we all are influenced by cultural expectations, we don’t have to be regulated by them. The Word of God must be our biggest influence and we must allow the Holy Spirit to bring us balance in a world of massive chaos. God promised to give us rest from all the stress and confusion of trying to get more stuff. I believe He wants His children to be distinctively different. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. 2 Corinthians 6:17 (NLT)  Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 1John 2:15 (NLT) Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:14 (KJV)

Have a healthy perspective.  
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having things. I’d be the first to admit I like shopping. Here’s the point, as Christian women we don’t seek status and prestige by the acquirement of material possessions. We find our self-worth through our relationship with God, and it ends there.  Placing aside what our husbands, friends, teachers or mirrors might say…they are all subject to change. What will never change is the Word of God and when we find our self-worth in Christ, we will find ourselves on a firm and solid foundation. Then we can offer help to other women who have yet to realize that, her worth is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10b Before you can have a healthy perspective on material wealth you must do the inner work of yielding your self-image and self-worth to God. Becoming one with His Word is not an impossible feat; with Christ’s we are content and can show His true character. Reflecting on the image we see in His Word is the perfect place to start.

Organizing the Inside – Day 186 Today, I Prayed For Those Who Hurt Me

21If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. 22You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you. Proverbs 25:21, 22 (NLT)

Some things are simply better left to God to handle.
If you’ve ever been wronged by someone and felt you needed to pay them back, you’re not alone. God however, has His own way of dealing with people who come against His beloved children. We could never execute righteous judgment or deliver just retaliation the way God can. The Word of God makes it clear that paying back evil for evil is not any business we need to get in to. His word clearly instructs us to love our enemies and to pray for them. Organizing the inside is about allowing the Spirit of God to rule in every area of our lives. We can’t submit to God in one area, but take control ourselves in other areas. We have to submit to Him in everything we do, no matter how we feel. God’s word is able to regulate our hearts, but only when we yield to it, and confess our inadequacies.

We have the ability to love and walk in humility.
Humility is strength under control. Well certainly revenge may be justified, but that’s not up to you or me. I realize it may seem as though God is not dealing with your enemies, and you need to step in and take action. Oh, but we know this isn’t true, if for no other reason than that His word says so. Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter. Proverbs 20:22 (NLT) As children of the Most High, we have to live our lives above reproach. Yes, being concerned with first obeying God, but also about how our actions may be misconstrued by others, and bring reproach upon the Body of Christ. I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me. Psalm 101:6 (NLT) 17Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.19Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. Romans 12:17-19 (NLT) Don’t worry about how people look upon your kindness, that’s their problem. You must simply obey, and trust God. “It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” Deuteronomy 32:35 (NIV)

Jesus cast out demons, and people tried to suggest He was the head of all demons, how ridiculous. When we do what is right, unbelievers and busybodies alike, who can find nothing better to do with their time, will try to suggest we are too weak. Watch how Jesus responded to Pilate when he asked, if He was the king of the Jews, He said, “So you say.” (Luke 23:3) Little do these folks understand that in our weakness, God’s strength is made perfect. So when others call you weak, tell them, “So you say.” In the end, I’d much rather be found on the side of righteousness, and let God deal with those who cause hurt.

Tomorrow I must pray for my enemies, again and again.

Organizing the Inside – Day 158 Lord, Where Did All These Labels Come From?

3The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.” Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.”

5So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. 6His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.” Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.” 7“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!” 2 Samuel 9:3, 5-8

8Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?”

What is your response when God wants to give you a place of honor?
It is very difficult for many Christians to receive the honor and forgiveness God has to offer. We have been made worthy through Christ’s finish work at Calvary. Yet, many times when God offers us His love, forgiveness and honor we remind Him of our labels, which in some cases we’ve had since childhood. We bring with us labels that we have carried all our lives and God wants us to accept the place of honor He wants to give. At times we use all those labels we’ve been tagged with as the reasons why we aren’t good enough to move forward with what God has for us to do.

When God opens a door in your life
When God tells you to come in and dine with the King; and He’s moving you to do more for His kingdom, forget about your labels.  Forget about what they called you in grade school or told you about yourself as you were growing up. Maybe people told you things like, “Oh aren’t you cute, you’re so shy.” Maybe you’ve been labeled as stupid, or told your voice was too loud, or too soft, or that you’re always messing things up.

Mephibosheth was afraid to meet David.
His first response to David’s offer to join him at the king’s table was, “who …a dead dog like me?” In other words, Mephibosheth felt no way, I’m not good enough for such honor. His first response was to consider not what the king wanted to do for him, but to consider how he felt about himself. This type of self-doubt will keep us from living the abundant life God has planned.

Tear off those old labels.
When God wants to give you more, and wants to take you to new levels in your life, you have to rip off the labels of the past. Realize who’s calling you, and who it is He is calling you to be. Jesus paved the way, for us to become members of His royal priesthood. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 This has absolutely nothing to do with something we’ve done to earn it. God elevates us to a place of honor because of His love for us and what Christ did.

What labels have you carried since childhood?
Those labels don’t define who you are. Regardless of whether you’ve worn them for so long that somehow, they’ve become strangely comfortable. The only labels you should wear are the ones that God has given. Organizing your labels is a great way to get organized on the inside. Here’s an exercise that will help.

  1. Take a minute to consider those things you’ve come to accept, that are untrue.
  2. Make a list; write down those untrue labels that you have carried for far too long.
  3. Once you’ve made your list, look it over carefully, as you allow the Word of God to shine light on the truth about your list.
  4. Then get a red marker and in big red letters write UNDER THE BLOOD.
    It’s time you and I get rid of the old labels that we’ve been carrying.
  5. Start a new list that’s all about God’s truth. Write things like, I’M MORE THAN A CONQUEROR.
  6. Finally, agree to only accept what God says about you. Reject any label that doesn’t agree with the Word of God.

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 130 Real Confidence

17How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

Confidence comes when you know who you are in Christ.
When we see ourselves through the amazing light of the Word of God there is no challenge or dream too big or unattainable. It may not always feel like it but you actually have all that you need to fulfill God’s plan for your life right there on the inside of you.  When your confidence is in Christ it is a confidence that is unshakable and able to withstand in the evil day.

The best way to build confidence is through the Word of God.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Mark 13:31 It is the one thing that is constant and will not change. No matter the disposition of your attitude, or the situation around you there is one thing that remains the same, and that is the Word of God. His truth endures forever. For I am the LORD, I change not; Malachi 3:6 The world would have you conditioned to build, “self confidence” but anything you build on your own and in your own knowledge of your abilities will surely fail. God tell us, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5 How foolish would it be then to try to build confidence on anything we think we know.

True confidence is certainly not here today and gone tomorrow.
True confidence is about having faith in the one who made you and ordained your life. The LORD called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name. Isaiah 49:1 Knowing that God made plans for you long before your parents knew you, should establish your confidence. There are those who would rather you not find your authentic voice, and not be the woman God called you to be; because in their unyielding hearts they think that lets them off the hook from having to do better themselves.
Yes, elevate your standard, for yourself and you’ll elevate the standard of those around you. Set a standard of righteousness, and stand firm in the power of who God made you. Consider the wisdom of God’s word, hide it in your heart, and bind it around your neck.
Then let your confidence soar to new heights!

Organizing the Inside – Day 124 Progress Takes Time

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. 5If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. James 1:3-5

Growth is progressive.
Consider the flowers in a garden. First the seed must be planted and then watered. Soon if all goes well you will start to see the first little sprout of what’s to come. In life we often want God to fix it now. Half the time, we may not even know what we want Him to fix. We only know we wanted it yesterday, so we can feel better today. We want Him to pull out a miracle just for us and make it happen now.  Rarely does God intervene in this way.  There are times when we may need a supernatural manifestation of His great power to work in our lives, but most growth happens a little at a time.

Embracing God’s Word is the beginning of change.
When you spend time reading the Word of God and the Holy Spirit speaks to you about something you need to change in your life, change usually occurs gradually, it doesn’t often happen overnight. However, when you hear the Word you have a choice to make, and if you receive it, that’s when the growth begins. Saying yes to God is the first step, but most likely there is more work in progress. So then you keep revisiting that scripture, keep considering what He said, continue to meditate on it and it will soon take root in you; changing your poor attitude or your broken heart or whatever you need and making you whole. (Also read James 1:23-25)

Instant gratification is an unrealistic expectation.
When you first gave your life to God change happened immediately. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 God gave us a new spirit; one that is alive in Christ. We still however, because we live in a sinful world need to have our minds renewed daily. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Make the investment and growth will happen.
The biggest part of living a life that is not hindered by the complexities of the world is to make sure you allow God to renew your mind daily. No matter the cost, increase your knowledge of Him. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.  Proverbs 4:7 Dig in and look deep inside your heart. What are you really lacking, what is really missing or causing you so much frustration? I guarantee you that whatever you are in need of, whatever area of your life has stopped growing; the answer is in the Word of God. “But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are His. Job 12:13 The inerrant Word of God can meet you at your point of need, then go exceedingly, abundantly above all you could ever ask, or even think to ask for and bless you beyond measure.  Make it first place in your life and nothing can keep you from growing.

Organizing the Inside – Day 113 Five Simple Steps to Prosper In Everything You Do

1Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

1. Don’t seek council from those who are ungodly.
In this world of complexities, decision making can be tough.  As a Christian God is your chief counselor, and you must make sure that you seek His approval above anyone. During your private time with the Lord is the perfect time to listen intently to His voice.  You can avoid costly mistakes by simply seeking counsel from the wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace.

2. Don’t spend time with sinners doing what they like to do.
The people around you are those who will most likely influence you the most. If you are spending too much time with people who are not serving God it will eventually affect your own relationship with God.
“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 
2 Corinthians 6:17

3. Don’t do what others do by mocking and disrespecting people.
There are those who simply don’t rest or can’t feel good about themselves unless they are putting someone else down.  Stay away from these people, and don’t allow yourself to get caught up in gossip, mocking or tearing down another person.  Be aware of your own values and let those values guide the way you treat others.
Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
  James 4:4

4.  Delight yourself in God’s word.
Do you delight in God’s word? If reading the Word of God is not a delight to you then ask yourself why. Delighting in God’s law will only come about when you are ready to yield to His word. If you are still fascinated by the glitz and glitter and things of the world then delighting in God’s word will be very difficult. However as you set your heart on godly things and focus your affections on things that have eternal value you will find the Word of God an absolute delight.  Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15  Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

5. Meditate on the Word of God.
The Word of God is what fuels your life as a Christian. It’s not enough to read it once a day. By meditating on the Word of God continually you sustain an intimate relationship with God. Meditating on the Word of God is a way of processing the Word. You read it or recall it and then you think deeply on what you have read. Then you accept it and receive it, by digesting it. Then start that same process over again.  The more you mediate on the Word of God the more it becomes are part of who you are; this is a way of becoming one with His Word. 3cWhatever he does will prosper.                 

1. Read or Recall
2. Deeply consider
3. Accept is as truth
4. Receive it as living food