A friend recently asked me, “How are you treating the day?” instead of “How is the day treating you?” I loved it! It truly is about how we treat the day and not so much about how the day is treating us. Our reaction to the day is more important than what happens during the day. To put it in Christian terms we could ask, “How much of the Lord in you are you relying on to deal with the day?” Are we aware of the presence of the Lord throughout the day and react to life with Him in mind? My mind likes to venture to many places that try to distance me from the Lord. I have to bring my focus back to Him at times but I need to say that the more I soak in His presence, the harder it is for me to ignore Him. I have decided not to let my day dictate how I am going to react to life. Jesus in me is dictating how I am reacting. He helps me flex my muscles of faith and face anything that comes my way. I can go “What in the world is happening?” or I can say “The Lord in me is bigger than the world.” Friend, how are you treating the day today? How are you reacting to it? Who are you giving power to over your day? Treat your day with zeal and passion for Jesus. Treat your day with hope and faith. Treat your day with the assurance that the Lord is in control and you have nothing to worry about. Treat the day with Jesus every day!
When I treat the day like an enemy, I am always on the lookout for something bad to happen. I can’t relax and I can’t enjoy the day. This is when I wonder what else is going to happen today. Today is the day the Lord has created so there will be some good in the day. If your mind is filled with hope and faith, you will declare that the day is an amazing day. You have the ability to see all the goodness of God during the day. The day is not the enemy. It is an ally. It is on your side when the Lord is your Savior. Bad things can happen. Bad things will happen but when you focus on the One who created the day, you are able to go to a place where the bad things don’t faze you and you can enjoy the day. If your mind is cluttered with doubt, concerns and fears, take back the day. Grab ahold of the truth and erase all the negative thoughts. Delete them one by one by treating the day with boldness. Boldly denounce the bad thought and the lies. Proclaim the truth of the gospel. Treat your day with hope. Don’t succumb to the negative pipeline the enemy is trying to get into your head. That pipeline of lies can seem endless. It is not the truth. The Lord can put an end to it. Simply put the day into His hands. Offer Him all the thoughts and doubts. Reject them. Abandon them and attach yourself to the positivity you can find in the Word of God. It is your attitude that will determine your altitude. Are you going to fly high with hope or are you going to fly low in the valley of doubt?
Does the day seem overwhelming to you? Does it generate too much stress? If it does, it means that you are giving it too much power. You are letting the day suppress the peace within. It’s time you suppressed the stress with the peace within. It is bigger than the chaos of the world. Why and how? Because greater is the Lord in you than the devil that is in this world and the confession of your faith will win against the world. It is your constant testimony of faith that can change the day. When faith is pressed against the difficulties of the day, faith wins. As long as it is maintained, it will always win. Treat the day as a series of events that can be under submission to the Lord. No matter how menacing those events can be, they are not greater and not better than the Lord. Your day is going to be great. You are going to accomplish a lot and you are going to have the Lord with you all day. That is the reason why it is going to be a great day. When trial arises, let the Lord in you rise. Give Him control over the day through prayer and thanksgiving. Treat the day as a series of opportunities for the Lord to show His goodness and His kindness. Treat the day as a series of opportunities for you to show love and kindness to others. Treat the day as a clean slate where the Lord can write a beautiful story where He is the main character and you are enjoying life with Him!
Suggested reading: Psalm 115:11; John 14:20; 2 Corinthians 13:14