But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” John 5:17
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
Your mind is always working, night and day it is busy. And you are always speaking whether inside or out from what is in the workshop of your mind. So since your mind is always working, you should be working as well. And by that I mean you must be keeping watch on and supervising your inner business.
If you want a successful business you have to keep your eye on it, otherwise your employees will start doing whatever they feel like and not working for your benefit. They will be playing on the internet, embezzling, arguing with each other, and letting in your competitors. They will not be acting in your best interest, they will become lazy, angry, argumentative, and undisciplined. Your thoughts are like your employees, they can work for you or against you. And if your thoughts are tormenting you and pushing you to do wrong actions, addictions, and immoral things, they are not being supervised and disciplined by you. You need to fire them and cast them out of your employ.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down thoughts and arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
You must cast down any thoughts, imaginations, doubts, and harmful habits of thought such as anxiety, worry, and fearful imaginations of dire outcomes that have taken you captive.
They will take their captors captive and will rule over their oppressors. Isaiah 14:2.
You will have to pull them down, clean them out, and rebuild your business. And the employ thoughts that profit you and I am the one who teaches you to profit and the way you should go.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, aAnd your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:17-18.
If only you would pay attention. Be attentive to My Words and keep them always before your eyes, in your ears, and in your mouth. Why not profit from your thoughts and imaginations? You have a business to run. Blessed is the one the master finds busy about his business when he comes.
Most people do not see the importance of controlling their tongues, and many do not even realize they can cast down thoughts that are leading them into fear, torment, depression, hopelessness, anger, jealousy, lust, and the like. Ten of the twelve spies that Moses sent to scout out and bring back a report about the land I had promised them as a Covenant promise with Abraham brought back what I called an evil report. Only Joshua and Caleb attempted to cast that report down and substitute Mine. But the ten spies thought they were just telling the truth, but they were not. The truth was in My promises and My report about victory but they chose to build with the words contrary to Mine and dismantled the structure of the nation that they had all been working upon since leaving Egypt.
Understand that whether you mean to or not you are constantly building. Building what? The edifice of your life. Your thoughts and words are setting the boundaries, framing the building, and constantly adding rooms and structures.
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5.
The question is are you running an organized successful business? Are you building a well-organized and well-constructed edifice? Or is your business failing and your edifice continually collapsing? And are you starting your building again and again in the rubble without clearing the ground?
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were made of things which are not visible. Hebrews 11:3.
Are you putting up with irresponsible, idle, and harmful employees in the workshop of your mind? You need to employ praisers and worshippers like Jehoshaphat did!
When he had consulted with the people, Jehoshaphat appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped. When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much. 2 Chronicles 20:21-25.
My Word is always working, and so is yours.
Then God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people among whom you live will see the working of the LORD, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you. Exodus 34:10.
But if your words are not in agreement with Mine, I can tell you right now, you will live a troubled life. I am very careful about what words I say, they have a purpose and they go to work. Most people do not see words that way, but you should be beginning to see this if you have been reading these Life Lessons on controlling your tongue.
Start making a business plan, start making a building plan. No good business owner, entrepreneur, architect, or contractor would even think of launching off without a plan, the workers lined up, the supplies ordered and the marketing plan.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10.
And that is the good part, you already have a plan and it is all prepared in advance with all the details worked out, all the roadblocks and pitfalls foreseen and provision made therefor, and everything scheduled, the workers lined up, and the outcome assured. And it is there for you. You just take it by faith and by the thoughts and motives of your heart. And of course, no one can do a plan without speaking it out, especially to those who have been called to work on it with you.
I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the LORD answered me and said, “Write the vision down and inscribe it on tablets, that [b]the one who [c]reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay. Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:1-4.
Planning is best when you do it with Me at the throne of grace. Jesus has given you a new and living way to come with confidence to receive mercy and find grace in time of need. Let Me show you your dream, let Me give you the plan, let me lead you today to your promised land. Let us dream together till the vision comes to pass. But you must stay focused. Where? I tell you to keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. And He is not physically with you as He was when He became flesh and walked among you but He is My Word and you have that. So keep your eyes on My Word and Jesus is in you, your hope of glory, by the Holy Spirit who is the author of the Word as I speak it and as My Son speaks it. And My Spirit testifies to Jesus in your spirit and witnesses that you are My children in Him. And the Holy Spirit leads you in the path I have set out for you to walk in so you can have a wonderful, fruitful life following the plan that I already prepared for you.
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my embryo; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You. Psalm 139:13-18.
My plans for you, My precious thoughts towards you, outnumber the grains of all the sands of the seas because they are for eternity. And I have already written them all down in the book of your life. But the best part is that it is not just for you to read but to live and enjoy. Please do not reject living so great a plan by employing the wrong thoughts in the workshop of your mind. The devil does not want you to live My sacred plan for you. He lost his and he robbed Adam and Eve of theirs.
It all comes down to being mindful of My power in you by the presence of the Holy Spirit making you My dwelling place, a temple of the Holy Spirit, filled with My beauty and glory.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.
Your heart should be a place of worship, that is, mindful of who I am and who you are in Me. A continuous flow of honor and reverence, of thanksgiving and praise, of respect and awe. And that should be your primary inner business and building, a temple of My Spirit and a place of continuous joyful praise and worship. Walk in the wonder of the splendor that you have access to at all times within you. Make you employees your choir of melodies of the heart. And that is your most glorious structure and business therein.
David pitched a tent right by his palace for My Ark of the Covenant, and in the tabernacle (tent) of David there he instituted 24/7 praise and worship going on before Me. Why not fashion your heart, mind, and soul on the same model and raise the tabernacle of praise night and day?
I was asleep but my heart was awake. Song of Songs 5:2.
I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; indeed, my heart instructs me in the night. I have set the LORD continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely. Psalm 16:7-9.
And that is a wonderful fellowship that never ends but goes on at every moment of your day and night protecting you in My secret place, for worship and praise are the highest expressions of faith and connect you to Me in a constant interchange of oneness. And in My presence is fullness of joy, the delights at My right hand forever. Make you heart a gathering place for all the court of Heaven.
I love you. I am always working and so are you. Come and let Me show you the plans I have for you. Your life will never be the same again.
“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I am doing something new, now it will spring forth; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19.