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Set Thine House in Order
Set Thine House in Order
"In those days was Hezekiak sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him and said unto him: Thus saith the Lord, set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord. And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in they sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying. Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer. I have seen thy tears, behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city" (Isaiah 38:1-5).
Hezekiah turned his back on everything else, and turned his face toward God, this was an exhortation unto death for Hezekiah. This can be an exhortation unto life for us. Setting our house in order is dependent upon our faith in God; faith must begin with knowing that God is, and that He is in fact absolutely the truth. In the preceding chapters of Isaiah 38, the king of Assyria sent messages saying don’t let Hezekiah deceive you about God’s deliverance. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Has God said?.......The serpents words, in other words, don't trust God, trust you.
What does setting my house in order involve?
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (II Chronicles 7:14).
Primarily the commencement to setting our house in order is developing and ascertaining we have respect for the divine order of the Creator. Do we respect His will and right to establish His order, not ours, in our lives? If yes, our prayers will reflect that by nevertheless, not my will but,"Thy will be done" in everything, even when we are not there yet, we at least desire and know His will is a much better determination for us.
Prayer is the organizer
- Prayer helps us to set our house in order
Hezekiah prayed, and when he prayed he put God in remembrance of how he walked in truth, and with a perfect heart, and how he had done that which was good in God’s sight, then He wept sorely. He cried out to the Lord. Humbling ourselves will make us cry out to God.
- Humility –Who humbles you? You humble yourself ,and turn to God. I must be willing to bow myself, and yield to the will of God. Humility is a low place but it is good low place.
- Seeing will assist us in setting our house in order
I must be willing to see myself as God does, and agree with His assessment of me found in the scriptures. I have adopted an adage from Pastor Joel Osteen. When he opens the services at his church the congregation makes a statement. He tells them to lift their bibles and declare that, “This is my bible, I am what it says I am, I have what it says I have, and I can do what it says I can do. I boldly confess that it is the incorruptible seed of the living God, and I will never be the same, no, no never in Jesus name”. This statement is dynamic. In that if I believe that I am what the Word says I am, I own what it says I own, and that I can do what it says I can do therefore I will never be the same. That is what transformation means that I am constantly changing from faith to faith, all because of the incorruptibility of the Word of God.
- Honesty – I must ask the Lord to reveal my heart to me, and show me myself, because there are times when I just can’t see, or don’t want to see. I realize that if I fear seeing my downfalls of what I think, feel or all the things I do which are not consistent with God’s righteousness, that I will not come into the light, lest my deeds will be made manifest, and be reproved. It can hurt but the outcome is always good. I will be what God has ordained me to be! I know that whenever God chastises, or reproves me it is because He loves me, and has my ultimate good at the center of His heart. This awareness makes me run into His arms, not away from Him, no matter how ugly the picture is that I see. I know that there is help, and hope in Christ Jesus.
What a tremendous blessing examination is.
- Examination is helping to set the house in order. Examination is the process of investigating; inspecting and testing by questioning. I must be willing to see myself in the true light of the Word, even if what I see is not up to par. I must examine myself under the microscope of the Word and by the Holy Spirit, and be ever ready to change.
"But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world" (I Corinthians 11:28, 31, 32).
Who examines you according to this verse? You examine you, and if we would judge ourselves after we see ourselves, we shouldn’t be judged, and if we are, it is God’s corrective method. It is reproof, so that we do not become reprobate, (void of judgment). We examine ourselves to avoid being a reprobate, who is one that does not have the ability to judge himself, or herself. This type of personality seeks to blame others, or magnifies the faults of others.
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God" (I Peter 4:17).
- Judgment – the result, outcome, verdict, conclusion
I must have judgment to establish, and set my house in order. I have to be able to determine when something is out of order in my probe to establish order, or how will I know when order if effectual? If I don’t know what disorder looks like, there wouldn’t be a comparative or contrast.
The faith it takes
- Faith - Is a prerequisite to setting our house in order – In the preceding verses to Isaiah 38 the King of Assyria was selling wolf tickets so to speak, and he was telling lies, when he said that God would not deliver them from his hands. He told several people not to believe Hezekiah words that God would deliver them from his grasp. This king was full of himself. When the faith it takes is exercised the turning from everything, and everyone that opposes God is real, and turning towards God is the attainment of the virtue we call faith. Just like in the Garden of Eden when the serpent beguiled both Adam and Eve asking them the question "Hath God said?" We must know that we know, that we know that God is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of a man that He should repent.
Making an assessment lets me know where I am in setting my house in order. In the natural, as I endeavor to set my physical apartment in order, there are times when a whole apartment cleaning is my endeavor. I go room to room, and clean accordingly. Then there are times when only one room needs to be tidied up. In the spiritual it is the same principle, setting my house in order entails an assessment because I need to examine myself.
Once examined, I am then reaching for the power of change. Lord change me, where I am coming up short, help me to change. The rest or most of the apartment may not need the attention that I need to pay to a particular part. There wouldn’t be any need to set something in order, if there were no disorder, because, everything would function properly, and in accordance with perfect order. There wouldn’t be a need because things would always remain orderly. God is a God of order. Everything He does is decently, and in order.
Heaven operates perfectly; there isn’t any maintenance necessary because there is no disorder. There is no sin which is the cause of all chaos and disorder. Perfect order has been established in heaven, but the earth must attain order because of sin, and the fall. The earth is under the renewal process spiritually. If I don’t keep my life under constant inspection, and examination I will live beneath the principles of God. I become the tail and not the head, I will function from beneath and not above.
Spiritual cleaning is drastically different from physical cleaning. In natural house cleaning you generally make an assessment, or evaluation and you come to the conclusion that my house is messy, and I must clean it up. That is the honesty kicking in. Is that conclusion alone enough to get a clean house? No, the conclusion is just an assessment; you must do something to set your house in order. You must find the time to clean up the place. It is like cleaning up the house this week, and having to do it all over again next week. You don’t have to do it, but you have to live with the consequences of not doing it, if you know, and understand what I mean.
I had to ask myself, why am I constantly cleaning up? I am only one person. Well, if I don’t do it, it won’t get done. I don’t have a maid, and I can’t just blink my eyes or stretch out my hand, and lo and behold it is accomplished. No, it takes effort on my part. That is the same principle in the spirit realm, it takes effort, and there are no time outs.
Change will help set our house in order - Transformation is a gigantic part of spiritually setting the house in order. Embracing the depth of what that implies. That the process of transformation is not a one-time event it is a continual process. Everyday and in everyway we are changing, whether we consciously realize it or not. Reading the Word changes your spirit, mind, all of your soul is going through continuous changes. The house is being renovated. New decisions are being made as we read to make better and wiser choices than before. Transformation is a personal process; I am strong believer in this type of change because it is biblical.
"But, be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). Allowing the transformation process to inundate me is how I will set my house in order. Whose choice is setting the house in order? There are only 24 hours in a day. No more no less. How I use that time is essential. Let’s break it down. 8 hours at least spent on sleep, 7.5 hours a day spent at work, sub total of 15.5 hours with a remainder of 7.5 hours. Preparing for the day can consist of 1 to1 ½ hour a day depending on who you are. Getting to work can take ½ hour going and coming, give a take more time if you run errands after work. 6 hours are left to the day. What you do between the time you get home and the time you go to bed, can make you or break you. How much time do I spend with God? How much time do I spend in His presence? Life demands a lot of our time. I am merely describing my average single woman day.
I will call this point sharing what setting my house in order entails. It has to be taken personally. I can whole heartily identify with Joshua when he declared, if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose ye this day whom ye will serve….as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15). In this verse a choice must be made. Joshua answers it for his household, they will serve the Lord. Although, I am not married. I am a spiritual house made up of compartments, which must be brought under subjection and submission to the Lord. I realize that any and every compromise will detract from what God has for me. In setting my house in order it means that I must be accountable for my own actions. Then I will hear from heaven and my life will experience holistic healing.
Thus saith the Lord
Answered Prayer - God speaks……..
"Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying….go and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years" (Isaiah 38:5).
The exhortation unto to death turned into the adding of 15 more years to Hezekiah’s life. We should all know what the exhortation to death is about. We were traveling down that avenue called sin, and now we have eternal life, instead of death; because God called each, and every one of us out of the dark. The wages of sin is still death, and the gift of God is still eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Setting thine house in order means we have accepted the gift of God through our blessed Lord. God is blowing the trumpet in Zion. He is sounding the alarm in His holy mountain, and revealing that it is time to pray like we have never prayed before. Setting my house in order also means not to loose my focus of what is important. The unsaved, and lost are important to me; yet I am challenged by the question of how important are they to you? Will you stand in the gap? Will you watch on the wall? Lord what time is it? It is not time for sleep. We can learn this from the disciples, they fell asleep at a crucial moment in time, when watching and praying was requested by the Lord Jesus Christ. God wants to unfold all the strategies necessary to take our nations, our cities, our loved ones, and all that we have been given to possess from the forces of evil in and through prayer, fasting, worship, faith and travailing. It is praying time! It is time to set our house in order. All praises to God, and thanksgiving for loving us so completely. Amen