Saturday, June 21, 2014

system, order, cleanliness, holiness

Let all things be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:40)

"System and order"....  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  Let's all just exhale as we think about those two wonderful words. And while we relish in their sweet, blissful relief, let's not forget their ever-important first cousin "cleanliness" either.  Mmmmmmm.  Yes... system, order, and cleanliness.  A trifecta of method, simplicity, and purity all harmoniously working together.  Good stuff, for sure!  The mere possibility of any one of these disciplines just settles my nerves.  How about you?

The upright shall have good things in possession. (Proverbs 28:10)

Sure, in our homes we all must battle clutter.  And it is easy to fall into the selfish trap of hoarding cumbersome collections when our belongings are not prayerfully managed.  But isn't it so much nicer when our possessions are surrendered to the Savior?  When our stuff does not overwhelm us but instead is organized to bless and be used wisely for His kingdom?  Such gifts enhance, rather than bog down.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.  (Acts 44:42-47)

Surely, there is a season for every single thing on this earth, and God has entrusted His people to act as good stewards alongside one another.  We are called to generously share together and re-give what we've been given so that we may further highlight the Lord's glory.  If you think about it, even our sentences require His holy structure!

Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. (Proverbs 23:16)

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:15-16)  

How awesome is our God in His perfect wisdom concerning all things!!!  WOO HOO!

I don't know about you, but organization as a whole makes me feel, well, free.  It causes my other burdens to feel lighter, and renews my energy to press on in other tasks.  I can't explain why it make such a monumental difference, but I do know that my God is the Creator of all order.  And He commands me to remove anything that hinders my focus away from Him..."let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us." (Hebrews 12:1)  Disorderliness definitely refocuses my attention away from Jesus! In fact, clutter really depresses me! For when things are in chaos, I am easily confused, uncomfortably cloudy, and can't think beyond the mess and madness. Simply put, I can't move forward because I feel chained down. Yuck!  Lord, I don't want to be that seed stuck in the thorns... "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful." (Matthew 13:22)

I've come to believe that clutter is a sneaky trick that Satan uses to impede people... especially women!  Clearly, it is in our make-up to nest and nourish.  But when we don't surrender control, or obediently manage our nests for the sake of Christ, our own nourishment becomes hampered and the enemy muddles in our lives... "Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men."(Mark 8:33)  And when the enemy is given such access, the hodgepodge of sinful distractions and weights soon accompany.  UGH!  Soon we are drowning in the mindset that taking out time to regroup and reorder our lives is impossible and/or somehow less important than other tasks.  But nothing is impossible or more important than to live in freedom, folks! For God clearly doesn't want us wading around in Satan's mud and mire feeling imprisoned by our own stuff.  No!  We are not to be snared into a hot mess of anarchy or let our own pride win out concerning this matter.  Freedom is too precious.  Time is too valuable.  We must obediently let go of anything unnecessary to Christ.  Simply put, if anything is limiting your usefulness to God, if anything is failing as a blessing in your life, clean it up... ask Jesus to give you the strength and wisdom to remove that burden... and then move forward!  Period.  It is more important to keep your heart open to His opportunities.  So, de-chain and move forward, Believer!  Take charge to organize yourself to know God's holiness.  Do everything you must to purge away all stumbling blocks and invite in God's deliverance!

When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;  And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people. (Isaiah 57:13-14)

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:8-10)

Be not now negligent: for the Lord hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him... so the service of the house of the Lord was set in order. (2 Chronicles 29:11 & 35)

Today, serve God by doing all you are able to set your house (His house) in efficient, working order!

Blessings!

~Victoria

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