Back to Basics – Ourselves Day 1

bibleSTARTING THE DAY

I understand that many of us aren’t morning people.  If God wanted us to enjoy His magnificent sunrises they would come about 9 o’clock in the morning.  The Bible is filled with evidence that successful men (and women) of God rose early in the morning to worship the Lord. Genesis 22:3 (Abraham), Jacob (Genesis 28:18), Moses (Exodus 8:20), Joshua, David, Job, Isaiah, Daniel, the women who came to the empty tomb of Jesus, even Jesus rose early to worship thee Lord and spend time with Him.   “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35).

Getting up early doesn’t make you righteous.  Many Christians are guilty of giving God what’s left over at the end of the day. Most of us have jobs that require us to be up and moving at a certain time.  We grab the coffee and start rushing.  Life is routine.

Christians should rise early, so they can have a spiritual routine… our soul’s salvation depends on it!   “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high

time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11). Christ is the morning light that will shine on us: “Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light’” (Eph. 5:14).

There is no better way to start your day than with a smile.  Psalm 118:24 in my mind, “This is the day which the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” No matter how bad it was yesterday, today is a new day. “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5). Wake up with a smile ready to shine your light for all to see!

How successful can a Soldier of Christ be if he crawls out of bed half-naked and unarmed? We need to mentally dress our souls for battle by putting on the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness; next the feet are shod with the Gospel of Peace; then the Shield of Faith; next the Helmet of Salvation; and finally the Sword of the Spirit.

 The old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” For a Christian our morning devotions are just as important. Jesus Himself had a habit of morning devotions with the Father. “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed” (Mark. 1:35).

Lysa TerKeurst says “Is it really important to spend time with God every day?  With all the demands of everyday life it can be hard to set aside time with Jesus. But I can tell a big difference in how I handle things on those days when I’ve done this as opposed to those days I haven’t.  Spending time reading the Bible and praying gives us the exact instruction and comfort we need to handle all God sees coming our way today. It’s the perfect way to receive His peace. Then with great expectation we can face the day and everything in it.  Because of the time we’ve spent with Him, Jesus has already impressed on our hearts how we should act and react in every situation. So, instead of being a slave to our emotions and reacting based on feelings, we can be prepared no matter what.

God commanded His servants to get up and obey Him first thing in the morning.  As Christians, we are commanded to communicate with our Master through prayer. This must be done daily, because Christ commanded us to pray for our daily needs. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11).

Paul told us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Th. 5:17).

Questions for Reflection:

1.  What keeps you from getting up and obeying Him first thing in the morning?

2.  How do you think your day would go by obeying?  Would you shine your light?  Would your day go smoother with Him alongside you?

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