“We’ll never live in peace as long as disorder, disobedience, and lack of accountability take up valuable real estate in our lives.” – #ToddCPittman
Yep, I Said It!
. . . and so did 2 Chronicles 19:5-10 – (5) He appointed judges throughout the nation in all the fortified towns, (6) and he said to them, “Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the Lord. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case. (7) Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.” (8) In Jerusalem, Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites and priests and clan leaders in Israel to serve as judges for cases involving the Lord’s regulations and for civil disputes. (9) These were his instructions to them: “You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart. (10) Whenever a case comes to you from fellow citizens in an outlying town, whether a murder case or some other violation of God’s laws, commands, decrees, or regulations, you must warn them not to sin against the Lord, so that he will not be angry with you and them. Do this and you will not be guilty.
“For us to rest with inner peace, we’ve got to keep things in order and hold ourselves accountable for the decisions we make. Saturday I engaged in a powerful Men’s Fellowship, led by Minister Kemal Robinson, who focused on ‘order’ with an emphasis on 1 Corinthians 14:33. That powerful dialog continued to resonate into this morning leading me to 2 Corinthians 19:5-10 and confirming that accountability and order are prerequisites to living in peace. Just as Jehoshaphat returned to his house in peace and established order and accountability, we need to return and/or sustain peace in our lives! Today let’s follow the model of order and accountability to regain or sustain peace in our lives. Let’s send disorder an eviction notice. Let’s quit playing the blame game and start making ourselves accountable for our decisions. We’ve got to control what’s under our control and we control the priority of things in lives and our accountability for the decisions we make and the actions we take. I believe that when we prioritize to serve God first with our whole heart and own up to our decisions and to our actions we’ll experience not only prosperity in our soul but an increase in our joy and peace.” – #ToddCPittman