Stop for a moment and take a look around your house, your desk, or in your purse. Is it neat, clean, and uncluttered? Or are things dirty and in disarray? Time to get your house in order!
There is a saying that goes “a peaceful house equals a peaceful mind”. I think the reverse is true as well – a cluttered house equals a cluttered mind.
I’ve proven this over and over again in my own house. If I am feeling confused or depressed, then I stop and look at my environment. It never fails. My outer world reflects my inner world. I will see that I’ve allowed my desk to become cluttered or papers to pile up or washed clothes to remain unfolded.
Now back in the day, I’d ignore the mess for days, sometimes even weeks. But I’ve learned the quality of my life depends on maintaining peace and order in my environment. So I handle the situation immediately.
The funny thing is, as I learned to stop ignoring the messes in my environment, I learned to stop ignoring myself too.
Getting your house in order applies to your inner life as well. Here is a wonderful scripture that teaches you how to do it:
Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
– Proverbs 24:3-4
Think of wisdom as the cornerstone of your house. A cornerstone is the strength of the house and holds two intersecting walls together. In the bible, Jesus is described as the chief cornerstone and your strength is derived from security of your identity in him. You are secure in him the moment you accept him as your Savior. He connects you to God.
When God looks at you, it is like a sculptor looking at an unformed block of stone. He doesn’t see you as you are; He sees you as you could be – conformed to the image of his son Jesus and He is committed to bringing that image to fruition for His glory. Isn’t that encouraging?
Think of understanding as the support beams and roof of your house. Understanding comes from the revelation of the Holy Spirit as you study God’s word. The Holy Spirit instructs you on a moment by moment basis what to let into your house and what to keep out.
This is especially true in your thought life. You must watch your thinking and take captive any thoughts that are contrary to the word of God. NEVER let the enemy’s lies go unchallenged. If you fail to take your thoughts captive then they become strongholds that rule – and eventually destroy – your life.
If you ignore the Holy Spirit’s voice, your ears become dull and it gets harder and harder to hear him. But the good news is that as you seek God with renewed energy and commitment, you will begin to hear the spirit more fully.
Think of knowledge as the furnishings that add richness, beauty and life to the home. Knowledge is the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ. As you allow your mind to be renewed through prayer, praise, worship and study of God’s word you grow in knowledge and you experience unspeakable joy and peace. This is the very definition of abundant and eternal life – personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
I hope that you will commit yourself to getting your external and your internal house in order every day. Monitor the state of each environment and handle any messes immediately. As you take these positive steps, expect to live in an environment of strength, peace, and joy!
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?
I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered that “Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald
The value of the Take Back Your Temple program is that you will learn how to think differently through using Biblical keys to overcome obstacles. You’ll discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.
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