Each morning that we awaken is a brand-new beginning. One morning this week I was lying in bed, thinking about what I would do during the day. I heard these words in my spirit, “stop lying in bed planning your day, instead get up and start living your day. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble with procrastinating at times. If it is something that I don’t particularly enjoy, I put it off until later. Sometimes it is simply there is not a deadline to meet so I am not in a rush getting it done. When I go to school, I have the tendency to do the same with assignments. The Bible classes that I am taking most of the assignments are given at the beginning of the semester, but I usually do them the week they are due. Truth is there is probably some kind of root issue from my past that causes this. This is something I need to search out and deal with. We all have something that we need to dig out and deal with for sure.
Getting back to “stop planning your day, instead get up and start living your day”. Because of seeds that were sown in our lives we often avoid or delay certain situations. We build walls around ourselves to protect ourselves. I know what I am talking about because I have done this most of my past life. God has help me overcome and tear down the many walls that I had built around myself for protection. That said, I am always on guard so that I do not rebuild walls when offenses come my way. Sometimes we are so hung up on what happened in our past, we cannot live in the present. Then again, we sometimes are so busy planning for our future that we do not stop and smell the roses along the way. That is not to say that we should not plan for some future event. It states in Habakkuk 2:2-3 “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”. We should prepare for our future by going to school, saving money, or whatever way God leads us to do, but should never be obsessed to the point of not enjoying the journey. When we think only about some future circumstance, we do not live in the moment. Just to make sure you understand there is a difference between living in the moment and living for the moment. Living in the moment is about savoring every moment that God has given us. Waking up each morning, being grateful for another day to give God glory for all that He has done in our lives. Living for the moment is about living a self-centered life without caring about the effect you have on those around you. This narcissistic and immature view of life.
With that said, I remember a time when I had walls built so tall and so wide there was no way anyone could reach me emotionally unless I opened the gate for them to enter. Needless to say, because of the spirit of rejection that had imprisoned my heart, that gate was rarely opened. I was living life with an orphan spirit not realizing who I was in Christ. I was a Christian, but a bound Christian. There had been too many family members and friends that had trampled on my heart, and I felt that they had rejected me. I cannot blame them because many times they did not realize how their actions affected me. It was all about the bad seed that had been sowed in my life at an early age. The enemy of my soul was out to destroy me and out to do the same for you. You see when I loved, I loved big and wholly. Not that is a bad thing at all. It is actually the way we should all love one another. The bad part was I expected things in return that they did not give back or were unable to give in return. We all have stuff we are dealing with y’all. The walls that I had built were just like the walls that were built around Jericho to keep their enemies out. One of the walls surrounding Jericho was 6 feet wide and 20 to 26 feet tall. There was a retaining wall surrounding Jericho too. I have heard the wall was so wide that a chariot could ride on top of it. Even though the wall was thick and tall it was not going to stop the children of Israel from reaching the destiny that God had for them and there is no wall so thick or tall that the enemy has engineered in your life that will keep you from fulfilling your destiny, if you will surrender your life to Jesus. In my own life, the Holy Spirit has been comforting, teaching, and healing me from past hurts and I am feeling more empowered every day of my life. He will do the same for you!
Without a doubt His mercies are new every morning! The book of Lamentations is one those books of the Bible that many avoid reading because much of it appears to be a downer, but it reflects the sorrow that Jeremiah was feelings because of the judgment that was coming to Jerusalem. The people of God had turned their hearts away from following and loving the one true God and had turned their hearts to lifeless manmade idols. They had forgotten the mighty works of God. Hidden in the midst of the words of sorrow can be found secrets. Secrets that encourage you and me just like they encouraged Jeremiah. Lamentations 3:22,23: “22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness”. This is so true! His mercies never come to an end. Each morning that we awaken is a brand-new beginning. It is true that we may have to deal with something we did, seeds we sowed the day before or even a year ago or longer, but He is a merciful God who forgives. He doesn’t just forgive He will give us strategies to deal with any past sins or mistakes. He is always faithful!
Wherever you are today Abba Father continues to love you and has a plan for your life. Psalm 30:5 “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” There is hope through Jesus Christ. You may have failed, but as you turn your heart toward Him and surrender it all to Him your hope and joy will be restored. Psalm 143:7 Answer me quickly, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. 8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. David was crying out God. He was discouraged! He knows that His enemies are many and are real. Your enemy may not be another nation or another person, but we all face the attacks of the enemy of our souls. Many times, I say to myself if I knew then what I know now. If I knew how much Abba Father loved me. If I knew that He is truly faithful. If I knew because of the cross and the blood of Jesus, I am child of the Most High God and am walking in the authority of Jesus Christ. If I knew then what I know now, how different my life would have been. We cannot change our past, but we change this current day in which live in and in turn change our future. What would happen in each of our lives before we got out of bed in the morning, we would get up with a grateful heart because of who He is. What would happen if we arose praising and adoring Him because He is good? Our entire outlook would change. The atmosphere in our homes and workplaces would change. I am ending with this passage of scripture, Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. As we lift our voices in praise, honoring Abba Father our entire outlook on life shifts and changes. The joy of the Lord will rise in us, and His joy will be the strength we need to live out our lives. Declaring and decreeing blessings over you today and every day! Praising God because He is good, and His love and mercy endures forever!