MARCH 26 – APRIL 1, 2017
“Early in the morning before the sun is up, I am praying and pointing out how much I trust in you. I stay awake through the night to think about your promises.” (Psalm 119:147-148 TLB).
When Paul said to us in Romans 12:1 to offer our bodies to God, what he was really saying to us is for us to give God our minds. I’ve had people ask me how they can offer their bodies to God. Without thinking, I jump to verse two of Romans 12 and tell them, “by renewing your mind.” Then I go on to expand on that, talking about meditating on the word of God, day and night.
Sometime ago, I did a study on the book of Psalms, unveiling truths to live by today. I was going through my studies recently and this particular one on the text gave a perfect example on what meditating on the word day and night meant. If we are going to make the right choices and decisions for our bodies so that it can be relevant to fulfilling the purpose of God, we must intentionally be engaged in spiritual exercise (1 Timothy 4:8 KJV). Exercising our bodies physically will not do as much for our bodies in fulfilling our purpose, as exercising our bodies spiritually through our minds.
So, drawing from the text, I’ll ask you this. “How was your night? Was it peaceful, restful and sweet? What is this week going to be like for you? Would it be victorious? Will you enjoy a happy week no matter what comes your way?” It’s our choice! We may not be able to completely control what happens to us but we can through our response to the situations we face, change the effects of what should have happened to us. If it was supposed to break us, our response to it from a position of trust in God, will turn it to strength and victory for us.
What are your thoughts when you go to bed at night? What sort of prayers do you pray before you go to bed at night? What about when you awaken, what is the content of your prayer? Usually, the content of our prayer reveal our thoughts. If our thoughts are consumed with fear and anxiety, we would usually continue to experience such fears and anxieties even after the prayer. But if our thoughts are consumed with the loving kindness of God, trusting the ability of God to give us peace even when fear and anxiety threatens to break us down, then just as in Philippians 4:6-7, we will rise up from that prayer time with peace that we cannot explain. Therefore, if the day should have been a devastating and troublesome one, our peaceful state of mind will turn that around to be a victorious and successful day.
Asking the Holy Spirit to help you, let your thoughts before you go to bed at night be on the trustworthiness and faithfulness of God. Search out anything no matter how little you think it is that God did for you during the day and thank Him for it. Think about His word, His promises. When you wake up, let your thoughts be consumed with His loving kindness.
The point is, what you keep before your mind’s eye will eventually show up before your physical eyes. As you think on these things, the Holy Spirit in your life begins to open them up more to you so that they become a living thing in your spirit and a reality in your life. As Philippians 4:8-9 assures us, we will experience peace in our lives. Whole peace! This complete peace in every area of our life is one we have no hand in except to think on His goodness, His loving kindness, His faithfulness, His promises, and to delight in them.
When our thoughts are filled with the disappointments of the day or the things that didn’t happen right, our sleep is disturbed. Going to bed with that state of mind, we will hardly wake up excited to face a beautiful day, a day that the Lord has made for us to be glad in (Psalm 118:24). When we continue the day in that thought state, our experiences in the day gets affected too. We begin to experience little delays here, small disappointments there, betrayals here, frustrating situations there… These knock off in our minds, the victories we experienced during the day. And the cycle continues from day to day, sapping our energies.
Dear Reader, if you are in this situation, the Lord is speaking to you right now to STOP! Give yourself a day to day project (acknowledging the Lord’s help to carry it out) to practice thinking on and thanking the Lord for His goodness, loving kindness, mercies and promises before you go to bed at night. And to start your day by thanking Him and pointing out how much you trust in Him just because He is God. Set your mind on your project during the day and remain thankful, especially when anything contrary to peace threatens your day.
It is a project, so be sure to note down how you slept and how your day went. The word of God is true! Therefore, I know you will definitely experience peace and enjoy your days and nights. The ultimate result? A transformed life that does not conform to this world’s system and lifestyle. A full, rich and satisfying life that overflows to others, and is relevant to the kingdom of God on the earth.
I declare that the Lord is starting a new and beautiful song in your life right now! In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!! Enjoy your week FULLY!! God bless you!