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Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 1, Chapter 5

Developing Time Management
Through Relationship With Jesus

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INTRODUCTION

Many Christians will not submit themselves to go through a Program of Evangelism or give two hours of their time a week to go out and Evangelize with the excuse that there is no time to do it during the week because of school, job, and other activities. I include this concept at the beginning of this textbook to demonstrate that through applying the Biblical principles involved not only can a person, no matter how busy he is, commit himself to successfully see this school of Evangelism through and routinely involve himself in Evangelism each week; he will also be able to do ten times more, literally, a week on top of this than he is presently doing, and do it in a relaxed state of mind without getting ulcers or having a nervous break down.

CHRISTIANITY Is Not a Self-Sanctification Program

Christianity is relationship with Jesus. It is not a self-sanctification program. The Apostle Paul not only tells us we cannot save ourselves. He also tells us we cannot sanctify ourselves (1 Cor 1:30). He also tells us to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Eph 6:10). Zechariah tells us in Zechariah 4:6 that whatever Jesusí plans for our lives are, they are not brought about through self-strife, but through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us in John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who creates-life;126 the flesh profits nothing." Jesus, in this passage, is telling us that anything that we try to accomplish in our own strength will not lead to life or be profitable. Only what is initiated by the Holy Spirit in our lives will bring profit (Is 30). Therefore, the key to victorious Christian living is learning how to draw upon Jesusí strength and power to live the Christian life, not our own strength and power.

This is true in our weekly time management as well. Jesus has a special personal plan for each of our lives. For this reason the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:15-17,

"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."

Jesus wants us to develop our weekly schedules according to His will through relationship with Him.

My STRUGGLE and FAILURE in Trying to Live the Christian Life

Many years ago in the early days of my Christianity, even though I was doing all the good little things Christians were supposed to do such as having a daily quiet time with Jesus, taking part in Church fellowship, and witnessing, I was failing in accomplishing goals I believed God was calling me to accomplish. I wasnít doing well in school, finances, etcetera. Of course I was frustrated and so prayed one day to Jesus, Jesus! Why am I failing in my pursuits? What is wrong with my life? He immediately answered, Plan out your time during the week, then Satan will not be able to attack you in it.

At first I did not understand what this meant. As I sought the Lord for understanding of the wisdom He gave me, He showed me that the reason why I was failing in my God-given pursuits was because I was too easily distracted by other things. He then showed me that if I would plan out the use of my time during the week which would include specific time to accomplish those activities God had called me to do and then commit myself to stick to the schedule religiously against all possible distractions, I would accomplish the goals I had set out to accomplish and have the victory over Satan I desired. The Bible says the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). This is what Satan comes to do in our lives by bringing whatever possible distractions he can to keep us from accomplishing the goals Jesus has given us. The only way you can have victory over Satanís sure distractions is to make a weekly schedule, commit yourself to live it out, and then not allow any distractions whatsoever, outside of an emergency, to keep you from religiously living out that schedule.

The first thing Jesus had me plan in my weekly schedule was a time for daily feeding on Him. Proverbs 3:6 states, "In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." That John 8:47 "He who is of God hears the words of God." Part of the significance of Jesus starting with this area of my life was that I spent about three hours a day with Jesus in His Word and in prayer, but the Lord had other things He wanted me to do besides spend all my free time reading the Bible and in prayer. He told me plainly at that time He only wanted me to spend 30 minutes a day with Him in His Word. Jesus wanted me to learn that He was the answer to my needs (John 5:39-40) and that only by allowing Him to be Lord of my life in all areas of my life, including my daily time of feeding on Him, would I find victory and success in my life.

How to Develop A SUCCESSFUL Weekly Schedule

The first step to developing a successful weekly schedule is to pray and ask Jesus what His will is in the use of your time during the week. James 1:5 states, "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." Many times when I tell people I asked God for wisdom about something and that He spoke in my spirit (1 Cor 2:9- 10) an answer, they say, How do you know God spoke to you? I reply, You believe that the Bible is the Word of God don't you? They answer, Yes. I then respond, Then what does the Bible say in James 1:5? Sometimes not being sure how to respond I answer for them: It promises that if we ask God for wisdom about anything not only will He give us our request, but it says He will also give it generously. Either the Bible is true or it is not. Hebrews 11:6 states, "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." This is not a feeling. Many times we look for feelings. I am not saying feelings do not sometimes accompany Godís answers, but getting an answer from God is not dependent on feelings but on FAITH. Faith in this context means believing that God will do what He says He will do. In this context God says that if we ask Him for wisdom about a matter He will give it.

People then ask, How do you know what Godís answer is? I reply, When I ask God to speak to me about His will in the use of my time during the week, whatever first comes to my mind I write down and assume that that is God. I believe this because God also promises in His Word that if I ask Him for a fish, He will not give me a snake (Matt 7:11). In other words, Jesus is telling us in this passage that when we come to Him and ask Him for wisdom about something, He is not going to trick or deceive us or allow Satan to come in and deceive us. He is assuring us here that He will give us what we have asked for. So, whatever your first impressions are, write those down. Ignore impressions which might come later that contradict. He said He would not give you a snake when you first came to Him, so accept only first impressions as being of Him and contradictory later impressions as being of the devil to confuse and destroy you in your pursuit of Godís will.

So getting back to our first step, when you have prayed and asked Jesus for wisdom concerning what He wants you to do during your week, second, write down what comes to your mind. This will probably include a list something like the following:

  1. Sleep

  2. Social

  3. Daily Feeding on Jesus

  4. Church

  5. Family

  6. Classes

  7. Aerobics

  8. Play

  9. Ministry Involvement

  10. Eating

  11. Job

  12. Miscellaneous

The third step is to then take a weekly schedule sheet like the one on this link and put down all the non-changeable time slots on the weekly schedule sheet. This will include things like: church, job, school classes, and ministry involvement.

Fourth, make copies of this original sheet with non-changeable slots. Reason: As circumstances change in the future, you may want to make another schedule; and this way you do not have to make another time sheet which contains the non-changeable slots.

Fifth, make a list of all class requirements and all other weekly responsibilities and activities you need to engage in and accomplish during the week. For example, on this link on the left side is my list for a former semester corresponding to the schedule sheet examples in this Chapter.

Sixth, pray and ask Jesus how much time you need to spend in each of these activities. Write the amount of time that comes to your mind next to the activity like it is illustrated on this link right.

Seventh, put down on the schedule first: Daily Feeding on Jesus (Prov 3:5-6), ministry involvement (seed faith, Luke 6:38), aerobic exercise (1 Cor 9:27), sleep (Ps 127:2), meals, and play (Ps 16:11). Why do I say put these down first? Because these are of first priority and also the areas that will be most neglected if not considered first in the making of your schedule. Let us examine the importance of each of these individually:

Daily Feeding on Jesus: Proverbs 3:6 states, "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." We cannot save ourselves (Ps 49:7-9), we also cannot sanctify ourselves (Rom 7:7-8). We can in our own strength make a schedule with everything we want to accomplish in it, but without Jesusí strength and power, you will fail in being able to live it out consistently. Jesus said in John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing." Without Jesusí strength and power you will fail to reach the goals that the schedule was made for in the first place, so make sure you put in your schedule, first, time for the person that will make it possible for you to live it out.

Ministry Involvement: I have been practicing these principles of time management for a long time, but many years ago in the Fall of 1978 I found myself after six and a half years of college flunking all my courses with no logical reason for it. I mean I was living by a schedule and had more than adequate time to study for each class; yet, no matter how hard I studied I was failing them all. In the middle of this nightmare, I was over at a friend's house one night sharing some things with her in the Bible. I was heading for a passage in Jeremiah but ended up in Psalm 37 with the Holy Spirit forcing my eyes upon a specific Scripture in the chapter: verse 4. It states, "Delight yourself in Yehovah; and He will give you the desires of your heart." To the best of my knowledge I was living this out. I had a daily time for feeding on Jesus, I was committed to a Church, and wasnít I in college studying for the ministry?

At first I wasnít sure whether Jesus was really bringing this verse to my attention or not, so I prayed and asked Jesus that if He was, to please show me what the present application to my life was. He did. It happened about a week later while sitting in a hermeneutics class. Hermeneutics is the science of interpreting Scripture. We had a student instructor that day giving us some back ground knowledge on Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were contemporaries and their ministries and writings centered around the Israelites taken captive to Babylon. The student instructor explained to us that in all three books reference was made to the fact that one of the reasons God judged Israel at that time was because those who had were not reaching out to those who did not. The orphans and the widows were not being taken care of (Jer 5:23-29).

As the teacher was explaining this to the class, Jesus, through the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said,

Dale, that is what it means to delight yourself in Me. When you see a brother or sister in need, if you are able to, reach out to that need. If you will do that, I will help you succeed in school and give you the desires of your heart.

Then He showed me a corresponding passage in the New Testament:

1 John 3:17-18 "But whoever has the biological-means-of-life81, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth."

It was like Jesus was giving me a blank check and telling me, Dale, you don't have to wait for a message from heaven. If you see a brother or sister in need and you have the means to help them, then help them. It wasnít that I did not care for otherís needs, but I was in school full time with a limited schedule and rationalized that I just didn't have the time to reach out to all those needs I was aware of. And even though I was a ministry major, I wasn't involved in an off-campus ministry because again I rationalized, That is why I am here! To get a degree so I can go into the ministry. So I had better focus on my studies to be sure I am best prepared for that ministry Jesus has for me. Jesus was telling me that unless I got involved in some kind of ministry work immediately, He was not going to bless me in my studies no matter how much time I spent on them. With this revelation I immediately got involved in an off-campus aggressive Evangelism Ministry and began to reach out to the needs I was aware of among students on the campus. My grades immediately shot up, and I began to succeed in my studies like I never had before.

The first year I taught this school of Evangelism was while attending college. Normally an off-campus ministry takes from about 4 to 5 hours involvement a week. But because I was the leader and instructor, on top of the 5 hours involvement with the students, for me it required an additional 5 hours outside preparation. Yet, that year I had the highest grade-point average I had ever achieved in college: 3.0. I had never achieved above a 2.7 grade point average in the past.

You see, I'm not saying that if you give Jesus time in your week for ministry that that means He will give you straight A's or make you the employee of the year, but I do promise you that He will give you a substantially higher grade point average and success in your work than you are getting without this kind of giving of yourself. As I have consistently, weekly, given of myself to others in need and ministry, not only has Jesus blessed me in my school work but in all other areas of my life: finances, job, physically, etcetera. If you want to succeed in the job you have, school, or any of the other goals that you have, you cannot afford to leave out some kind of ministry involvement in your weekly schedule. Luke 6:38 states, "Give, and it will be given to you." Make sure you place this in your schedule before going on to the other priorities.

Aerobic Exercise:

I can see the average person sitting down and making his schedule. He gets down everything first except time for aerobic exercise, looks at the schedule and says to himself, Oh! Gee! Darn! There is no room left for aerobics. Life has its little problems. You see why I say put these things in your schedule first? Our tendency is to make time in our week for the things we want to do to the neglect of other things like eating, sleeping, and exercise which assure our keeping our health.

Why is regular aerobic exercise in your schedule important? Aerobics builds endurance and a strong heart. Without these two qualities you will be greatly limited in how much you can achieve in a week. What you can achieve in a week will be limited to your capacity of endurance. Also, because Aerobic exercise will probably be the most stressful part of your schedule, you will find everything else in your week easy and a breeze. Also, Aerobic exercise releases pent-up emotions, stress, and tension. After a good workout you will find yourself fresh and ready to go the rest of the day or week. Finally, it builds confidence. Because you are able to keep your body under control, you have the confidence to meet head on whatever else are the demands of your week because nothing else is nearly as demanding as your aerobic workout.

Paul the Apostle said 1 Corinthians 9:27 "I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified." Jesus said in Mark 12:30 "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." We are not commanded to just love Jesus with all our heart and mind, but with all our strength too. We cannot afford to leave aerobic exercise out of our schedules if we want to be most fruitful and productive for Jesus in the other areas of our schedule.

Sleep:

Several years ago while attending a junior college in my home town I was anxious to get my life established. I wanted to accomplish a lot. So I made a schedule which provided for about 4 hours sleep a night. After I had been living this way for about three weeks, I got a job delivering flowers. The first day of the job I couldn't find an address that was not more than 4 miles from the shop. I had had a gardening business for years in that town and so knew the street layout well, but for some reason I could not think clearly enough to find the address I was looking for. Being concerned that it was the first day on the job and knowing that my boss probably wondered what had happened to me, I decided to head back for the store for clearer instructions as to how to get to the address. As I was coming down the last street toward the store, up ahead I saw a traffic light that was green. Instantly, as though I were transported I found myself going through the middle of the intersection where the traffic light was now red. I also heard and saw a siren and flashing lights following behind me. I had gone to sleep with my eyes open for approximately 10 to 15 seconds and so did not see the light change in time to stop. I had a hard time explaining this to the officer as he gave me a ticket, but it did not stop him. A Pastor friend of mine from my Church called at home that night to see how I was getting along. I said to him, You know, I got this new job today, but I am not sure Jesus wants me to take it. He asked me, Why?, of course. I replied, I could not find the first address to make the delivery and went through a red light unintentionally on my way back to the shop and got a ticket.

This Pastor knew nothing about my present lifestyle and schedule. Nevertheless, he asked me the following question: Dale, how much sleep do you get at night? I replied, Well, uh, oh, uh, about four hours sleep a night! He responded, Well, maybe that is your problem, Dale. Your not getting enough rest at night. Try getting more rest and see what happens. I responded, Sure! That sounds like a good idea! Right! I decided to go to bed earlier that night. In the morning while having my quiet time, it just happened by chance of course (right!) that in my Bible reading I was supposed to read Psalm 127 that day. In it I read the following verse, Psalm 127:2 "It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep." Jesus then said to me through the Holy Spirit,

Dale, just as there are spiritual laws which govern my spiritual universe, so there are physical laws which govern my physical universe. When you violate them, you reap what you sow. I created you to be a human being. Therefore, I don't expect you to operate outside of your human limitations. Human beings require a certain amount of sleep each night to be able to function properly. When you violate this need of your humanity, you are operating outside of your created limitations and bad side effects will result. In some cases, like in your driving, not only did you put your own life in danger but also the lives of others as well.

I then asked the Lord how much sleep I needed a night. He gave me a specific number that I have been religiously submitting to ever since.

If Jesus doesnít expect us to operate outside of our humanity, then he expects us to put in our schedules the amount of sleep necessary to be fully rested. If your schedule is so busy that you are not getting your needed sleep then you are outside of Jesusí will for your life and definitely busier than He wants you to be. It is okay to be human. Therefore, before scheduling study time and your other activities (besides first Daily Feeding on Jesus, ministry involvement, and aerobic exercise) you need to first also put down your necessary required sleep to be fully rested each day to meet the demands of your daily schedule.

Meals:

Before I was saved I was studying to be a priest. I was very religious and very much an ascetic. An ascetic is someone who punishes his body because he thinks punishing his body is somehow spiritual and will gain him his salvation. One day I found out that I was saved through faith in Jesusí blood alone, that there was nothing I could add to what He had already done on the cross except rest in that completed work by faith (Gal 2:16). But because I had been an ascetic for so long, even after I was saved for a time, by habit, I carried on my ascetic practices. One of these practices involved not eating more than one meal a day, and fasting one or two complete days a week.

At the same time I was carrying on this practice and habit, I found myself depressed most of the time. One day in conversation with a friend named Gene Wilson, he made a comment to me that the only time he got depressed was when he did not eat regularly. The Holy Spirit went right through me with that statement, and I decided from that day on that I would eat three meals a day except for special times that Jesus led me into a fast for a purpose. The end result was I was no longer depressed. I only get depressed now when there is a specific reason for it, but not as a daily lifestyle. Therefore, before you schedule anything else, make sure you put in your schedule ample time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is okay to eat. Eating, when done properly, is spiritual.

Play:

By nature I am a workaholic. Before I was a Christian, I was a workaholic; and after I was saved, I simply passed my zeal into Christian service. Several years ago I was involved in ministries and Bible studies every day of the week. One Sunday my Pastor gave a very good motivational message about the need of Christians to do more for the Lord. Of course, he was talking to those Christians very reluctant to do anything outside of their own desires with their time. But being the sensitive workaholic I was, I received this for myself and went forward for prayer. As I was striving (and that was exactly what I was doing) in prayer, the Pastor walked over to pray with me. As he was praying for me he received a word of knowledge from the Lord for me and so he gave it to me: Dale, my instruction to you is to take one night a week and go bowling. I thought at first my Pastor did not understand why I had come forward, but he had discerned in His spirit that more involvement in ministry was not what I needed. My need was the opposite: a need to take some time for relaxation. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28- 30,

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavyladen, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."

Therefore, before you put down any of your other responsibilities, along with all that has already been mentioned, you need to first put down time for play. You need time for relaxation to build up your strength again for the rest of the weekly schedule you have to face. You will need to pray and ask Jesus how much time a week for you individually this should involve.

Before you schedule anything else, schedule time for quiet time, ministry involvement (if you are in this school of Evangelism you already know when this is), aerobic exercise, sleep, meals, and play. When you have done this your schedule will look something like this link.

These are the permanent life time aspects of your schedule. They will never stop being a part of your weekly schedule. The time in your schedule you have left over is what you have to work with the rest of the week to accomplish your other God given goals which are temporary and changing as they are individually completed.

The eighth step in the creating of your weekly schedule is to count up the left over hours after doing all the above steps. See if this amount of hours matches the left over hours required for your other responsibilities of the week calculated. If it does not then revise the required hours for each activity to match the hours available.

If in revising time for each activity your left over time is not adequate to meet all of the present listed activities, then you are taking on more than Jesus presently expects of you to accomplish. Remember, Jesus does not expect nor want you operating outside your humanity. Pray and ask Jesus to show you presently what needs to be dropped or set aside for a future time so your present available time is adequate for the goals He presently wants you to accomplish. Be assured, this will not include Daily Feeding on Jesus, ministry involvement, aerobics, sleep, meals, and play. These never change.

Once that is accomplished, the ninth step is to then pray and ask Jesus to show you how best to put these left over activities on the schedule and then begin by faith putting them on the schedule.

Tenth, once you have everything on the schedule, ask Jesus to show you if there is anything you might have forgotten to put on the schedule. If there is, make the necessary adjustment in your schedule to fit it in. At this point your schedule should be complete. It should look something like this link.

Realize that the first few weeks you may have to make some minor adjustments as you recognize some activities need more time than originally discerned and some less. I usually make two to three adjustments before I have a final stable schedule.

Finally, by faith, acknowledge Jesus in your weekly schedule, confess your inability to live it out in your own strength, and claim Jesusí promise in Proverbs 3:6: "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

WARNING:

Your plan of time management, designed through the leading of the Holy Spirit will not work unless you are willing to die to self. Jesus said in the Gospel of John 12:24-25,

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his soul loses it; and he who hates his soul in this world shall keep it to life eternal."

Your soul is what you become and manifest through your physical body in personality, vocation, and life-style: 1) as a result of your heart response to what you have learned through your mind, body, spirit, conscience, and emotions; and 2) as a resultof those abilities and talents God has chosen to give you individually (Prov 6:32, Matt 16:24-26, Ps 106:13-15).

Jesus has a plan for your life. Specifically, a plan for your soul development. The only way that His plan for your souldevelopment can come about is through the yielding of all your personal rights. Espec-ially is this true in the areas of vocation, marriage, peace with relatives, the right of many time-consuming friendships unless ordered of the Lord for a purpose, and use of all time during the week (Rom 12:18, Prov 18:24).

Jesus said in Luke 14:33 "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions." Giving up our rights to fulfill our desires does not mean necessarily that God will not grant these desires to be fulfilled, but only that we release the right to do anything to bring about their fulfillment in ourselves. The disciple of Jesus relies on Jesus and Jesus alone for all his needs and for the fulfillment of any of his desires. Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal, kill and to destroy; but I came that you might have life and might have it abundantly." Jesus loves us and wants the best for us and since He created us, only He knows best how to manage our lives and when is the best time that our desires should be fulfilled. David the Psalmist said in Psalm 31:14-15 "But as for me, I trust in You Yehovah, I say, ĎYou are my God. My times are in Your hand.í" If one does not completely yield his rights to Jesus, Jesus will not be able to develop that soul-life in that person, and that person will not be able to submit to the weekly schedule Jesus has given him. You must make a willful choice and say, Jesus I believe that you love me, not because I necessarily feel that love or because my circumstances necessarily provide my senses with the evidence of that love; but I choose to believe that you love me because Your Word declares you do (Jer 31:3); and since Your Word is true I choose to trust You with every detail of my life and to fulfill my desires when it is best for Your kingdom (Matt 6:33) and when I can enjoy it the most (Heb 1:9, Ps 16:11).

If a person, who desires to be a disciple of Jesus and let Him be Lord over his time during the week, does not take this step, he will be tossed back and forth like a ping-pong ball because Satan will ever throw doubts into his mind and will lead him away from the purpose of God's kingdom to try and fulfill the desires of his flesh in his own strength. Satan will try to get him to act out of fear.

Fear is a questioning of God's love. What happens when we allow fear to be a motivating factor in our decision making? A questioning of God's love, if accepted, will then lead to unbelief.

Unbelief is refusing to trust God and believe His love will lead you to the paths of righteousness and the fulfillment of your desires when it will best benefit His kingdom and when you will best be able to enjoy it (2 Chron 20:20). Once Unbelief enters your heart, it then leads to pride.

Pride is taking self-initiative to do something about one's problems, needs or frustrations, rather than waiting for Jesus' initiative through the Holy Spirit. It centers in the word I (See Romans 7; Ps 27:14, 138:8; Is 41:10). When a person is walking in pride he cannot resist lust.

Lust is since, now, one does not believe that Jesus loves them enough to give them the right answer concerning their problems, needs, and frustrations when the time is right and it is best, it leads to the logical conclusion that He will also not fulfill oneís desires either when it is the right time and best. The end result is now an angry attempt to fulfill oneís lusts and desires also. Paul states in Romans 1:28-32 about a person who stops acknowledging Jesus in their thoughts and ways and submitting to His counsel concerning those thoughts and ways,

"And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanders, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them."

Whenever you question Jesusí love and allow fear to take control of you, the spiritual pattern described above will always result. It is an absolute spiritual law. Of course confession of known sin and repenting to only act and speak out of Jesusí initiative will as quickly stop the pattern.

Once the choice is made to trust in Jesus to fulfill our desires, we are then free to serve Him with a whole heart; then when the enemy does come and attack, as he surely will, we can then say with our lips, I don't care what is going through my head I choose to believe what the Bible says and that is that God loves me and will accomplish what concerns me in His time (Jer 31:3, Psalm 138:8).

Jesus says in John 12:26 that where He is, there shall His servant also be. "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall my servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him." Because you have acknowledged Jesus in your schedule and life, if you want to be where Jesus is in your life, He will be where you are supposed to be in your life and in your use of time.

According to Galatians 5:22-23 the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace. Therefore, Jesus is telling you that not only will He be present in your scheduled activities; but also when you obey Him in these committed times, you will be practicing a principle of what it means to walk in the Spirit and experience the fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, and peace.

Once I have committed by schedule to Jesus, if in my schedule I have down at the moment play, but try to study, I find it unfruitful. I cannot get anything accomplished. This is because Jesus wants me to play now. But if I am at a study time in my schedule, I find that as I sit down to study, I know exactly what to do, Jesus' peace and joy is with me, and my study time in itself is a joy and fruitful.

If you try to do more than Jesus wants you to do in your weekly schedule, you will find a lack of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. This happened to me one semester while in college. Jesus had told me specifically not to take more than 12 1/2 credits a semester because I was working 25 hours a week. To take more than this would result in a lack of quality study time in each of the classes I was taking. This one semester I got anxious, I wanted to get through my degree; so at the beginning of the semester, without the Lord's permission, I decided to add another 3 credits to see if I could handle it. In the second week of school I was tense, irritable, without the fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, and peace. As a result, one day as I was walking over to the Aerobics center at the University, I prayed: Jesus, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace. I don't have any. What is wrong in my walk with you? About a half-hour later while doing my fifty push-ups, the Lord brought to my mind Psalm 127:2 "It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep." Then the Lord said to me, Your schedule is to heavy. Drop one of your courses. I did make the necessary adjustments in my schedule, and the love, joy and peace of the Holy Spirit returned. Jesus knows what he is doing with our lives. Submit to His will in the use of your time during the week and the speed of His establishing your life. If you compromise and take your life into your own hands, you will produce flesh: wood, hay, and straw; not Spirit: silver, gold, and precious stones (1 Cor 3:10-15). You also will destroy your soul-life and be a stumbling block to Jesusí Lordship over otherís lives because your life will always be rubbing against the Holy Spirit in otherís lives because you will be out of Jesusí Lordship over your life. Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."

How Keeping a Schedule Keeps the Devil off Your Back and Keeps You from Failing in Your Pursuits

How does keeping a schedule keep the devil from defeating you in the pursuit of your goals and keep you from failing? First, because you are faithful to your schedule and are not allowing the distractions of Satan to draw you away from your commitment to that schedule, you end up succeeding and accomplishing what you have set forth to do. By applying these principles I have managed in my short life to complete three college degrees and the Layman Evangelism Ministry Book Series listed in the back of this book. By applying these principles, I succeeded in writing for otherís blessing this chapter on time management and this textbook on Evangelism. At this writing, through present time management, I find the time to go out four times a week and share the Gospel at two colleges and two indoor malls in the town I am living in.

Second, it keeps Satan from being able to attack you by freeing you of all worry. If Satan comes along and says, Hey! When are you going to get that paper done, and your laundry? And what about your family and wife? You need to be spending time with them! You can respond: Be gone Satan! All of these things are already planned in my weekly schedule, so they are already taken care of. Thus, there is no distractions in your studies, work and play, and thus your study, work and play time is quality time. It takes you less time to get the same amount of material done in your work and studies since all the distractions of worry are gone.

Third, because you have planned in your schedule play and miscellaneous times, you have something to look forward to and, as a result, you can cope better with your pressures of studies and work.

Fourth, you will be healthy because you are eating right, sleeping right, and getting sufficient exercise on a regular basis.

Fifth, you will accomplish ten times more in a week because of adherence to the schedule.

Hebrews 12:11 "All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness." (Matt 25:14-30).

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