Yesterday I was up for nearly 24 hours.
I woke up at 3 AM, and my day went something like this:
Go to work
Come home from work
And although I should probably be asleep right now, it’s 1:42 AM and I just had to share this post that God laid on my heart.
Of course, that’s a super succinct version of my day, but long story short, this morning, when I left the house, I was prayed up. I knew that every moment of my day wouldn’t be easy, but I was equipped to handle it because I had prepared myself by spending time with God. Also, I have a vision board, and each morning, I write down what I’m thankful for that day (yesterday, it was grace), and three things I choose to do that day, which were: be optimistic, take authority, and love.
I started off on top of the world! I was happy, singing, getting stuff done, feeling super productive and quite invincible. At work, I was attentive, had a smile on my face, and was continually thinking positive, reaffirming thoughts to help me get through the day.
So, quite naturally, leave it to the devil to try and throw a wrench in the mix.
It happened twice. The first time was somewhere around 11:00 when I felt negativity try to sneak up on me. I had so much to do and I was starting to become frustrated and overwhelmed, which in turn was causing me to think negatively. I immediately sensed it, and took authority:
“Negativity, I see you, and I rebuke you. I have a job to do and I will get it done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
I was firm, and right after my prayer, I was back on track and able to continue.
But then, around 7:00, I was met with yet another obstacle: I was tired, and still had so much to get done. Now I’m really beginning to get frustrated. All I could think about was the dark chocolate espresso ice cream I had waiting on me in the fridge. I watched hour after hour go by, and it seemed like my mountainous workload would not move.
And that’s when it dawned on me that despite my tiredness, I couldn’t forget this important truth: God gave me the power over me. I was letting my flesh get in the way, and that needed to change.
How often in your life have you allowed your flesh to dictate how you will feel, think, and act? We have all done it. But the Word of God lets us know in Proverbs 18:21:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
So what have you been loving lately? Death or life? This was written by King Solomon, who was known as the wisest man of his time. Isn’t it interesting how he used the word death first? Why is it so easy to allow death to come out of your lips?
I’ll never get through this
I can’t do this
I hate how things are going right now
I’m so tired of living like this
And the list goes on. Our words dictate our actions! And it all starts with a single thought. Why do we allow our thoughts to control us? Don’t you realize that they are nothing but lies? You can get through this, and you will. You can do this, and you will! Your current situation is only temporary. And even if you don’t have everything you want right now, why not instead just thank God for what you DO have?
As soon as you allow yourself to think negatively, you immediately begin to act it out. And even if you don’t realize it, the words that you speak reflect the death and defeat that you feel on the inside.
It’s time to turn your situation around. And you’re the one who has the power to do it. You have to change your thinking and you have to begin speaking life, no matter what the situation looks like! When you don’t know how the ends will meet, speak life. When you don’t know how your situation will improve, speak life. When you feel like everyone else is getting ahead and you’re last in line, speak life. Your breakthrough is coming, your miracle is coming. God sees and knows just what you’re going through! So don’t give up, my friend.
You will find that when you begin to speak life, you will receive life. As you begin to change your outlook, you’ll be happier and you’ll feel so much better. Everything will be completely different.
Today will have its own set of challenges but you have the power to decide how you will react. Choose to speak life and see the good in yourself and in your circumstance.