I was out of town the last few days, and my schedule got a little out of whack. Actually, it has been out of whack. I talk big about starting my days out in prayer but don’t really do it. I’ve met with God about that and asked for forgiveness. As we all know, he is faithful and just and forgives our sin and cleanses us from all unrighteous (1 John 1:9). It’s a done deal; he’s forgiven me. Any trouble accepting that is me listening other voices besides Jesus. It’s important to start the day strong!
Getting My Head in the Game.
It’s easy to go through the motions. My mind wanders while I read my bible, and it wanders when I pray. It takes concerted effort to take control over my mind so that I might focus on what is really important. It’s interesting to realize just how easy it is to get sidetracked when I try to start the day strong.
This reminds me of a favorite passage of mine:
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
There are plenty of strongholds in my life that need to be destroyed. I might mindlessly pray for strength, but then I realize that God has already given me what I need. I have weapons to pick up and use. The simple act of picking them up and examining them is resisting the devil. You know what happens when I do that? He flees!
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Who does’t want the devil to flee? An important part of every nutritious breakfast is getting Satan out of your head. If I want to start the day strong, I need to get rid of him!
Now, about those strongholds. Our weapons have power, ahem, divine power to do what? To destroy strongholds. Are there strongholds that need to be destroyed? Yup! Then let’s pick up our weapons!
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:13-18
Have you ever stood in front of a mirror while putting on God’s armor? It’s a great way to start the day strong!
I like Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (emphasis is mine) My sin isn’t the stronghold. Yes, it’s a stronghold by not THE stronghold. Jesus is that. That’s good because Jesus kicks some serious butt! He’s the one to single-handedly clear out a room full of trouble-makers!
And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. John 2:15
It doesn’t say that he used the whip, but I’ll bet you that there was LOTS of blood from that thrashing! These guys didn’t leave because they were asked. They were DRIVEN out!
That’s my kinda God!!!!
God Has My Back!
If I’m wondering where I stand in God’s mind, I need look no further than this:
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16
God has my back! What better way to start the day strong than thoroughly immerse myself in this and to thank God for all that he does for me!
Father, I do thank you! Your words are life! Refreshing, nourishing, and encouraging! How much do you care for me that you sent Jesus to ransom me! How much does Jesus love me for the price he paid! And how much does the Holy Spirit care for all the patience and mercy he grants me. Thank you, Father, for all that you do! I don’t deserve any of it. I know that. Even so, you love me more that I can imagine! Amen!
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