“I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” Psalm 16:8 (ESV)
“If you don’t surrender to Christ, you surrender to chaos.” E. Stanley Jones
- Spend an extra 10 minutes in your quiet time today reading the entire 12th chapter of John.
- Pray and ask God what He wants you to learn today. Open your heart and mind to what today’s study has to offer.
Set Your House in Order
I can imagine the scene when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. I wish I was sitting on one of the city walls watching the scene from above, taking in the hustle and bustle of the day: people gathering in the streets, waving palm branches, and shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” as Jesus rides by on a donkey (John 12:13). What a day for celebration!
Although this time seemed celebratory, Jesus immediately sat with his disciples and others to teach. He was getting His house in order before His departure. Starting in Chapter 12, verse 35 (ESV), we read:
Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
These are the last words of Jesus’ public ministry. He refers to Himself as the light. Like a candle or flashlight gives light in a darkened room, Jesus Christ gives us a lighted path in our lives, and we are to walk with Him in confidence. Without Him, our vision is dim, our path unclear. We are also told to believe in the light. If we maintain hope and faith, we can continually hone our character to become more Christlike.
If we as believers do not have our spiritual house in order, we live a life in chaos. We allow the world to rule our lives instead of God. A simple rule to follow is God–Husband–Children–Job–Everything Else. Until you choose to put God first, you will never feel at ease or at peace in your life. While faith is a gift from God, we are commanded to be watchful and stand firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13). We are to nurture our relationship with God by seeking Him. The Scripture, the Holy Spirit, the Gospel, creation itself—all reveal God’s character, heart, and plan. Follow the light He has provided, and become “sons of light.” Here are some great ways to strengthen your faith:
- Pray every day. This does not have to be a very long prayer. Just take a few minutes and thank God for all He has done for you and turn over any issues you might be facing in your life. James 5:16 tells us “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
- Establish a regular quiet time. Read the Bible, meditate, and look for ways to apply what you have learned. If you have small children, maybe set your alarm an hour earlier so you can have that time alone before they get up for the day. Make the sacrifice. When we seek God first, we will be blessed (Matthew 6:33). Psalm 46:10 tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
- Attend a small group or Sunday school class. We are called to fellowship with other believers, and a small group in your church is a great start. If you currently are not attending church, make a list of a few you have been meaning to check out and go this Sunday. Matthew 18:20 (ESV) tells us
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them”
- Memorize Scripture. Commit to memorizing one new verse each week. 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV) tells us “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
By taking the time to build your biblical foundation, you will become more spiritually sound. I know your relationship with the Lord will grow deeper and your life will be blessed.
Will you join me in choosing to set our spiritual houses in order?
Blessings and Love,
Questions to Ponder
- Do you take time to talk to God? It’s easy and is just like talking to your best friend, except that He loves you more than anyone else on the face of the earth! God always has time for you and never tires of hearing your voice.
Pray aloud with your husband every night this week. Take turns praying blessings over your home and family. Lift up your concerns and burdens, and turn them over to the Lord. Be vulnerable in front of your spouse and the Lord. Praying together can be intimate and bring you closer as a couple, if you allow yourselves to be vulnerable. Praying aloud is an intimate act; it allows you to be vulnerable in front of other people. Allow that vulnerability to bring you closer as a couple.
Set up a quiet time basket. Gather your notebooks, devotion books, Bibles, favorite pens, and notecards. Keep them together in a portable basket, something with handles. This way you can have your quiet time anywhere, anytime. As moms, we have to be flexible and prepared when a quiet moment happens. My moments often come when my girls are playing outside. I can grab my basket, sit on the patio table, and spend some time with Jesus.
Leslie has known Jesus almost as long as she has known her husband.
She loves Jesus, her husband, her two daughters, coffee and her dachshund Oscar Myer.
Her favorite bible verse is 2 Corinthians 4:8 "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed or broken. We do not give up and quit."