From the Inside Out

As God’s saints, many of us have a great desire to make progress in our lives. We want to get ahead in life, but often we don’t know how to do it. You will be happy to know that God has a plan to help you attain success in what you do.

First, we need to understand that everything we desire from God can be discovered in His Word. It is not found anywhere else! Why should we waste precious time looking for answers in other places, when everything we might desire is found in the pages of the Bible? We need to run to God’s Word, and that is where the Holy Spirit will show us everything we need to know.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

Now we have received, not the spirit of world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12 NKJV)

Everything we need to understand is freely given to us through the Holy Spirit, but He will only lead us through God’s Word. This is why we need to search the Scriptures daily to discover what God has given us.

Like many people today, we want to acquire and achieve better things in our lives. Many of us devote a lot of time to pursuing these goals. However, Jesus taught that we have to set our priorities in order. He said:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)

God doesn’t mind us having good things, but He doesn’t want us to focus on chasing after them. He wants us to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness first, and then He will add all of the other things. He wants to be our only source for everything!

Many of us have heard the expression: God promises to supply our needs, not our wants. It may interest you to know that God is also interested in supplying things that we want. Like any loving father or mother, He will often go out of His way to give us a gift, just because it is something we desire.

The Psalmist wrote:

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV)

Again, the Lord wants us to put our priorities in the right order. If we make the Lord our greatest delight, then He will also give us the desires of our hearts.

The secret to this verse is to get our desires from our hearts, not from our eyes. Those desires that we have deep in our hearts actually come from the Holy Spirit, who dwells within us. When we understand that He has placed those desires in us, then we will be able to trust Him to bring them to pass.

All of these things need to start from the inside and work their way out. When we focus on what God is developing in our hearts, then we will start to see the results on the outside. This why we need to study God’s Word and meditate on it, until the reality of what God has promised becomes evident in our lives. This not only applies to spiritual things, but also to material things.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” (1 Timothy 4:14 NKJV)

As we meditate on the Word of God, it goes from our heads down into our hearts. There it will begin to work for us. Those who only have an intellectual understanding of God’s Word, rarely see the results that they desire. It is only when the promises of God get down into our hearts, that the Holy Spirit can give us revelation and understanding. Then we know what God will do for us. What we need is a deep assurance that what God has promised, He will also do for us. It all starts on the inside!

Here is a well-known Scripture that shows us that God wants us prosper in whatever we do:

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2 NKJV)

Notice that God not only wants us to prosper in everything we do, but to also be in health while we do it. In this Scripture, we see that these things only happen as our “soul prospers.” Only when we are successful in developing what is in our souls, will we be successful in the other areas of our lives. It starts from the inside out!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

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