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Organizing the Inside – Day 289 Abide In Truth

24See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25And this is what he promised us—even eternal life. 26I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2:24-27 (NIV)

Understanding what truth is.
There is only one truth, the Word of God. Whether in written or in spoken form, the Word of God is truth. The same Word in human form is Jesus Christ. (John 1:14) Truth: that which corresponds to fact or reality. Truth is eternal. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.  Matthew 24:35 (NIV) If it is true, it will never change. God is truth. “I am the LORD, and I do not change.  Malachi 3:6a (NLT) Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Understanding what truth isn’t.
Those things that change and are found to be unreliable are not true. The stock market, the economy, the lottery, this world’s systems and man’s systems are all false. The only thing that we can build our lives upon is the TRUTH. The only thing worthy of our trust, faith and loyalty is TRUTH. The Word of God is eternal and true. Man’s logic and reasoning may seem wise and perhaps some are helpful, but be careful about building upon anything other than that which is TRUE.

Establish a relationship with the truth.
When I am unwilling to accept the truth, in its entirety, then I am unwilling to have a deeper relationship with God. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17 (KJV) Many people, even Christians waste countless years searching for the truth, all the while they continue to reject the very truth that will save them from destruction. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, Hosea 4:6 (KJV)

Choose to live in TRUTH.
God wants His Word (truth) applied to every small corner, area, space of our hearts and lives. (Psalm 51:6) Each time you receive a message of truth from God, and you refuse to accept it, you are essentially refusing to accept God. Many want all the blessings and long life that the Word brings, but would rather pick and choose what to obey and what to reject. This sort of double minded person mustn’t believe that they will be blessed by God in what they choose to do, they are highly mistaken. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:6-8 (NLT) But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22 (NLT)

The truth makes us completely free.
Fear God and relinquish complete control (of even the smallest things) to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and you will not be deceived.  So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. James 1:21 (NLT) The truth changes us; it doesn’t set us free. Being “set free” means you could be placed into bondage again. The truth makes us FREE. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 (KJV) The truth gives us freedom from bondage, no matter how great or small that bondage is. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36 (KJV)

Organizing the Inside – Day 161 What Happened To The Seed That Was Planted?

3“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 5Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. 7Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!

18“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
~Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23

Jesus teaches the different ways the Word is received.
No matter where you fit in, God has solutions to enable the Word to take root and grow within your heart. I’m sharing four quick and easy steps to help you get organized and allow His word to grow in your life. Which group do you fit in? We all want to be in the last group Jesus talks about, it definitely can be done. The Holy Spirit is our helper and teacher; He gives us the power to overcome all of life’s obstacles.
But you have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true–it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. 1 John 2:27

  1. If you don’t understand what you hear or read, ask the Holy Spirit to help you by opening your eyes of understanding. He will teach you different ways to research and find the specific answers you need. He may also lead you to partner with another sister in Christ who can help.
  2. You are excited when you hear God’s word, but somehow you quickly lose interest when things get tough. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength and willingness to spend time nurturing (studying) the Word of God, which allows more time for it to take root. Schedule study time with God. Be as committed as you would be if you spent good money to take a class.
  3. You may be really busy and have a tight schedule that often doesn’t permit you to spend time reading God’s word. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you find creative ways to simplify your busy schedule. As you would schedule a doctor’s appointment, first schedule time alone to read and fellowship with God. Give God the first fruits of your time and the cares of the world won’t crowd and choke out the Word that is planted. Put God before your schedule.
  4. Things are going well. You manage to be faithful about spending time in the Word. It used to be a huge struggle but now you’re finally doing well. Continue doing what you’re doing and encourage others by letting them know what helped you.

So many Christian women I meet are overwhelmed with the cares of life and seem to struggle with finding quiet time with God. Quality is far more important than quantity. If you spend an hour at the end of your day, but can’t keep your eyes open or stay awake to read, that’s not fruitful. Try starting with 15 minutes first thing in the morning. God will honor your efforts and give you the time you need to do everything else.

Please tell us what works for you. Post a comment to share a tip; it will help strengthen and encourage other sisters in the faith.

Value in Wisdom: Chasing the Wind as a Busybody
.  A wonderful word of encouragement from Terra, a sister in Christ.

Organizing the Inside – Day 57 Take Root in the Word and Grow

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. ~ John 1:1-3

The first words in the bible are “In the beginning God.”
While surely His works are too wonderful for us to understand, this much we know is true: God set the universe in motion and by His divine Word He formed its foundations.  Colossians 1:17 Paul tells us, “He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together.”  “He” is the very Word of God, who of course is Jesus Christ himself.  John 1:14 makes it clear that the, “Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

How truly awesome is our God? 
His greatness is too magnificent for us to comprehend. He transcends time, yet remains the same.  He never grows old, yet His wisdom existed before the earth was made.  He was there before the beginning began, and He will be there after the ending has ended.  God is the same today, yesterday and forever!

How then can a woman simplify her life?
By seeking God with her whole heart and allowing His Word to live in her heart and mind. In this world of chaotic complexities, where confusion and clutter collide and where distractions are on every turn; being rooted and grounded in the Word is the only way to stay on course.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. ~Matthew 24:35
There is no better place to build a foundation for your future, than to build it on the Word of God.