Wisdom key #127: Order Is God’s Only Obsession

Now in case you haven’t read it, here is my post on what this year is all about: 2012-The Year of Complete Governance and Peace It opens in a new tab/window so you can still keep track of what you read here. I would encourage you to read that post any time soon to give you a good perspective on how to conduct your life. As we continue in the last half of the year, we want to make it the best one. I personally believe that out of all the posts I have put together this year, this current one and the one I highlighted are the most Valuable and Vital ones because they express God’s heart since He is a God of order (Genesis 1; Exodus 39-40; 1 Corinthians 12:12Proverbs 8:22-31; Psalm 104:24-25). There are numerous others like Jethro counseling Moses (Exodus 18:17-23), and also the way Solomon built the temple (1 Kings 6:1-14; 2 Chronicles 3)

Now watch this and think about everything you hear. I will put some notes about the video in case you cannot see it:

God is a God of Order

Take time to think about that. We hear or read something like that so many times that we (may possibly, indirectly) pass it off as a cliché. Those words don’t resonate within our hearts. We don’t grasp the revelation behind God as a Man of Order. Think about Revelations 5:11 and read Chapter 4. What about Ezekiel 1 where the prophet describes what he sees? The other term for it is Cherubic Chariot so whenever you read or hear the term cherubim (in the whole Bible) think about a chariot because that’s (exactly) what it is!

Dr Mike Murdock mentioned a few things in the video:

Government is about order
Law is about order

The 5 rewards of order:

1) Safety- traffic lights
2) Beauty- when there is symmetry (uniformity, equality, consistency) there is beauty
3) Protection
4) Prosperity- both in wealth and well being (Deut 8:18; Ecc 11: 1Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2-3; 3 John 1:2)
5) Joy

NB: Let every investment of every day be a step closer towards order. Order is God’s only obsession. Let it be our only obsession too!

Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.”- Thomas Mann

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”- Flaubert

Order is Heaven’s first law” – Alexander pope

1 Corinthians 14:40

But all things should be done with regard to decency and propriety and in an orderly fashion.

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Wisdom Key 70: Each Act Of Obedience Shortens The Distance To Any Miracle You Are Pursuing

As most of you know, I absolutely love the teachings of Dr Mike Murdock and I was really blessed by this one too. Here is Wisdom Key #70:

Summary
In case you were not able to see the video for any reason, here are some of the main points covered:

1) God is a God of reward.
He leaves no man unrewarded. It is very important to pay very close attention to this side of God because it places an emphasis on His character as Jehovah Jireh- the Lord our Provider (Gen 22:14). Some of the places in the Bible that display the act of God rewarding are:

Leviticus 26:1-13
A list of rewards for keeping (holding fast to, remembering and obeying) the Lord’s commands. Some of them include favour with the elements, success with farming, abundance with produce of the land, peace with men and animals, strength over enemies and fear of His people among their enemies, multiplication and prosperity in all they put their hands to, abundance of real estate and the Lord making His dwelling among them, through the establishment of a firm relationship between Himself and the Israelites.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14
The rewards are similar to the above with the exception of increase in favour because the rewards include an expansion of real estate, increase in authority, increase in prosperity so that they lack nothing, increase in popularity (through the Lord’s dwelling among the people) and therefore fear among enemies, success in all forms of labour, increase in the production of the land and increase in good health among the people, livestock and the land.

Isaiah 1:17-19
God gives instructions to the Israelites on how they can reconcile themselves to Himself. The key verse is 19, “ If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.”

2) Jonah’s disobedience caused a delay for his miracle.
How long would a trip to Nineveh have been if Jonah just obeyed? However long it would have taken, that time was increased by three days and three nights (1:17)! After he eventually decided to obey-although looking at his situation, he technically had no choice-it took him a short time to fulfill his assignment. What would take him a long time, took him a day. Think about it.

3) Every time you ask God for a miracle He will give you an instruction.
In John 9:6-7 the blind man sought to see again and Jesus spits on the ground, makes mud and spreads it (as ointment) on the man’s eyes. He then tells him to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam, and he begins to see.
In 2 Kings 5:9-14 Naaman had leprosy, sought the man of God, who was Elisha, for healing and he was told to go and wash in the Jordan seven times and he was healed. Whatever God has instructed you to do will shorten the distance to any miracle you are pursuing. Honour those in authority and listen to mentors.

NB: God can do in one day what would take you a year. Remember:

Each act of obedience shortens the distance to any miracle you are pursuing.

Wisdom Key #5: Your Rewards In Life Are Determined By The Kinds Of Problems You Are Willing To Solve For Others

Those who often check up on writersfield know that I love listening to Dr Mike Murdock. The wealth of wisdom that he pours out is truly a blessing! A lot of posts reference him and today I thought I would talk about one of my favourite wisdom keys.

Think of the contrast
I very often try to understand even the easiest of principles by looking at it from a different perspective. It’s almost like trying to find out what the consequences of not following the principles are. Let’s look at this one for example:

Your rewards in life are determined by the kinds of problems you are willing to solve for others. 

What would be the opposite? I believe it is this:

Your missed opportunities arise as a result of your unwillingness to solve problems for others.

I believe the key word is missed opportunities so that means the opportunities will be there except you will miss them because you were not willing to solve a problem for someone. This key can apply to those who have the means to help someone but choose not to. Solomon advises against that:

Proverbs 3:27-28
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.

 Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.

Here is a very simple and small but to me, profound, example. When I was in a discipleship school, in between class sessions one of my friends would ask me to make them tea. You need to understand, that was the last thing I wanted to do! The reason is because logic got the best of me. I told them they could just get up and do it themselves but their response was, “I’m too comfortable,” (they were sitting on a chair). Considering the fact that I had nothing better to do I decided to do it. What happens? Later that day, one of the other students decides to make me tea! I thought, “glory to God!”

You must understand my top love language is Acts of Service. It is how receive love, though not necessarily how I give it. I give love through Words of Affirmation. That experience reminded me of two things:

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 

What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.

Again by contrast, that means, what you don’t make happen for others, God will not make happen for you! Might want to think about that before the next time we pray!

The value of this wisdom key
You’re rewarded proportionate to the problems you solve. When you solve a problem…You create favour. Listen to what Jesus says:

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. Revelations 22:12.

The Greek word is Ergon and that is “works, acts, deeds.” That can refer to both physical labour and actions with moral implications producing either good or bad consequences. In this case the latter makes more sense. Jesus will reward us according to our actions towards others. After all, the lessons He taught all had to do with character:

Loving God, your neighbour and yourself: Matthew 22:37-40
Loving your enemies: Luke 6:27-36
Treating others the same way as you would want to be treated: Matthew 7:12

Basically according to the way you followed these principles, you would be rewarded.  Think about this for a second:

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:17

If you can help someone, do it. Money is nothing more than a reward for solving problems. When you apply for a job all they say is, “Solve these problems and this is your salary.” Lawyers solve legal problems. Mothers solve emotional problems.

When you solve a problem, you birth memories, you birth favour.
*Solve the problem nearest you.

The problem you solve next…Is the key to your promotion.

What kind of problems are you willing to solve?