Day 5: ORDER

Today’s principle focus is on order and the strength that comes from having everything in its place.

Scripture of the day: . For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, He organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body. Col 1:15 MSG

Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By: “Today, I will focus on putting something away where it belongs. I will remember that less is more, and I will be mindful that making room for things opens the door to new opportunities. With God’s strength, today I will focus on being accountable and responsible to clean up my own life.”

Where do I see myself on a scale of 1-10 in the area of “Order”? 4

God has an order about Himself. If you have ever noticed, things will always stay the same, kind after kind. Man has yet to birth a buffalo. Flowers stay flowers, stem, leaf, and bud. Mammals stay mammals, minerals stay minerals, etc. Not only is there order with kind producing after like kind, but there is also order according to rank. Our greatest establishments have a rank and file, starting with President moving down to Private.

Why then do our homes tend to have such an absence of rank? Why is it that we try so hard to go “out of order” in the house that we end up sacrificing ourselves to living amongst mess and disorder? It is in my theory that we work so hard on our jobs (that produce income) to achieve order for someone else, that our homes often end up receiving a rebellious spirit from us, and it really shouldn’t be so.

REBELLION KEEPS US FROM ORDER

What is rebellion but the opposite of order? Anytime we feel like “sticking it to someone”, it is typically because we are tired of being pushed and ordered around by others. Our rebellion stems from a desire to be ones own man, to be free to be your own “boss” of your life. This is a great trait, this separates the fighters from the push-overs, the warriors from the victims. However, when our natural winning spirit turns toward rebellion we will have a serious problem. Accepting a spirit of rebellion to an “unfair” society, will turn to rebellion of our boss, spouse, and eventually toward God. Our lives will begin to feel disorganized, out-of-order and extremely painful. I would encourage everyone reading this today, to pray to be delivered from the spirit of rebellion, and ask the Lord to show you why , what has led you toward rebellion? Who hurt you so deeply that you began to accept chaos for order, and have fallen out of rank with God?

CLEANING AND ORDER, IS FOUND IN THE WORD

You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say aboutus. Titus 2:1-7

Today I am going to focus on this scripture, and take to heart what only I can do. Yesterday, we talked about the difference between man and animal. Today I am going to use that difference in the realization that only I can clean my house. MY DOG CAN NOT CLEAN MY HOUSE. Would it be nice to have a house maid to clean for me? Yes, but when I take control and responsibility for my life and put everything in order, I know that inner image of myself will skyrocket and it won’t be long before I have all the help I need!

TIPS FOR ORDERING YOUR LIFE

1. It is in good habit to always start your projects thinking about them first. Take the 5-15 minutes necessary to write down what needs to be done. Brainstorm, doodle, list, organize. Use whatever format you need in order to process your project, thinking of every last detail that will need to be accomplished to get your project from beginning to completion.

2. Budget your time accordingly. How long is your project going to take? Be realistic in your assumptions. How long does it typically take to “clean the living room” 5, 10, 15 minutes… an hour? Be kind to yourself and realize that giving yourself time to do this is just as important as doing them. Take time for breaks. Having your time budgeted will give you a consistent work flow, and something to look forward to.

3. Decide on the tools you need to get the job done, and to store your things properly. Don’t be afraid to invest in supplies that will help you.

4. GET STARTED! Today is the day!

My Prayer Today,
Father God, give me the strength that I need to clean joyfully. Remind me to organize from within, that order starts in the heart. As I put You first, I know that I will be taken care of. The rank according to You is God, Spouse, Child, Self. I will embrace this today wholeheartedly, and will order my life accordingly. Thank you for giving me the back to work, the hands to build, and the mind to execute. YOU are all the order that I need, and as I apply you to my life I know that everything will come together. In Your Son Jesus’ name AMEN!

May the Lord God Bless you and give you and give you all the order that you need to succeed,

Love Always,

Jessica

Today is day 5 in Jessica’s 365 Days to a Whole New Me, which she intends to publish at the end of the year. You can find all of Jessica’s previous “HOT Topics” at,
http://wholeheartedministries.com/bible-study/hot-topics

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