This morning, however, I wanted to share something I thought was important. I am ashamed to say that more mornings then I care to admit I do not start my day in Bible study and prayer. I jump out of bed and allow the day to kick in. I start thinking of all I have to do and before I know it, I am off and running. I did not take the time to give God the praise He so deserves. I did not spend time in His Word knowing I need His strength, His guidance, His help, His support, His ALL to get me through the day. I guess I assume He will be there, as I know He is, and I assume He will do all these things. Well we know what assuming does for us!
Then I justify my lack of starting the day with Him based on the fact that I talk with Him throughout my day constantly in my head. I am forever discussing this and that with God in my mind. This is not enough! God's word says there is power in the word ... in the spoken word! The words that come out of our mouth literally take on a life. If we say negative things, we release negative power. If we say positive things, we release positive power. If we say encouraging and uplifting things ... well I think you get the logistics of what I am saying! Therefore, if I take the time to start my day with Him, then I can have some idea of how my day will go based on the words I release. If it is praise and worship I am speaking, then WOW!!!! I have empowered my day in a big way! If it is His Word, which has POWER beyond my comprehension, then I can truly overcome any trial put before me! I am not saying my day will go without trials, heartaches, or storms. I am saying I am better equipped to handle these trials, heartaches, and storms if I have started my day with God.
When I opened my eyes this morning, the very first thing I heard in my head was the lyrics to the song "Unfinished". It caused me to wake with joy in my heart and hope for the future. It is such an uplifting song how could I wake feeling discouraged? It encouraged me to start my day as I should and I did. Praise You, Jesus!
I know that I know that I know when I start my day with God in prayer and study, my days are much better. I am better equipped to handle whatever is put before me. I know this! I have experienced it enough to realize the significance of starting my day with Him. I am not equipped to enter this world daily without Him in my corner. I know He is always with me. This I do not doubt. Think of it this way. I know without a doubt my son loves me. I know without a doubt my daughter loves me. I know without a doubt my family loves me. They are here for me. I know this! BUT, if I never take the time to acknowledge I know this ... if I never take the time to allow them priority in my life ... if I never share with them ... then eventually, though they would always be here, they will distance themselves from me. We get tired of relationships being one way. It requires work on all parties to keep a relationship strong. If I never communicated with my family, I would only assume they are there. If I only called out to them when I needed something, then they would feel used. They would still love me ... they would still be there for me ... but they would be hurt and distant. It is the same with God. He needs to hear from us. He needs to know we love Him. He is always there with open arms and a willingness to help, but He desires our love. He loves us so much and He deserves our attention. He does so much for us. He deserves priority in our lives. Yet, I start more days without Him than I do with Him. This is sad but very true. It is a lack of discipline in my life. It is not that I do not love Him. It is like we do with our loved ones ... we 'assume' they will always be there. It does not work that way. Yes, He will always be there but we lack so many things He desires to provide for us on each given day simply because we did not seek His design for that day. We go through the day on our own strength. I do not know about you, but my strength is never enough to carry me through.
I started this day as I should have. First I praised and worshipped. Then I prayed and sought His face. And I ended it with studying His word. Why start with praise? Normally I would just explain this by saying it brings me closer to the Lord and makes me feel more in the presence of Him. Plus I feel such an indwelling of the Holy Spirit when I am praising and worshiping God.
During my study this morning, it talked about praise and this is what it said: "There is, perhaps, no stronger weapon of warfare than praise and worship to the Lord. Satan hates our worship to God for many reasons. For one, he is jealous of our worship. He longs to obtain it for himself through whatever means he can. For another, he knows that the weapon of worship is strong and effective." WOW! This is a weapon I need each and every day. What about you?
Cindy Jacobs shared, "When we praise God, He inhabits or enters our praises, and His power overwhelms the power of the enemy. He is a mighty God, and Satan cannot match His strength. Light will dispel the darkness through God's entering into our praise." Through praise, the Lord Himself begins to do warfare on our behalf to silence our enemy, as we shall see.
Start your day with praise to our God and watch Him work for you!!!!!