Saturday, October 7, 2023

This Day, Every Day

This Day, Every Day 
by David Brenneman 

 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather crops into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more important than they?  And which of you by worrying can add a single day to his life’s span? And why are you worried about clothing? Notice how the lilies of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin thread for cloth, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." 

We walk among a people in this world that is taught at a young age to essentially worry about tomorrow.  We're not taught in schools to prepare for the future.  We're not taught things such as the wisdom of God through King Solomon.  

Our responses to the world are opportunities to re-teach the world the ways of life in Christ Jesus. 

Jesus doesn't want us to do as the world does.  Doesn't want us to re-create the world into our own image.  

A disciple's instructions were to follow and do as shown.   Not to get inventive and put their own spin on the instructions being given.   

Our lives are not our own, we were bought with a price, the shed blood of Jesus Christ.   The Bible says to therefore honor Jesus by our daily living because of this.

I opened a very old hymnal at a thrift store yesterday, I like looking to see how old the books are, and saw the opening hymn was "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name".

"All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!

O seed of Israel's chosen race
now ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all!

Let every tongue and every tribe
responsive to his call,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all!

Oh, that with all the sacred throng
we at his feet may fall!
We'll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
We'll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all."
Edward Parronet - 1780

The world cannot see the truth unless we live it out and explain it to them from the Spirit's perspective.  Paul wrote that the natural man or woman cannot understand the things of God because they are spiritually discerned...they are foreign to him or her.  That they are essentially foolishness to them.  

We cannot fight the world by their rules.  We can, however, fight the world by God's rules.  Because He has and has overcome the world.  

The Bible says of itself that it is sharper than any two-edged sword, able to cut deep to even the division of soul and spirit.   The world is no match for the Word of God. 

This day, every day, we need to keep getting properly dressed and organized for the day.  There's more than enough movies and videos to see that show us ancient soldiers.  Of how their day begins.  Getting up, refreshed, eating, putting on their armor.  Testing it out, stretching with it. Being sure it functions as they need it to. 
Being with a sparing partner to improve themselves before needing to do so in battle.  Today we call such people accountability partners in the faith. 

We need to stop getting up, and having nothing to do with Jesus before running out into an evil world like there's no reason to prepare!

It is written that we what? We battle not against flesh and blood.  

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12.

So no, it's not just going to work. 
So no, it's not just going to the game. 
So no, it's not just going to the store. 
So no, it's not just business. 
So no, it's not just a date.
So no, it's not just retirement.
So no, it's not just your hobby.

You wake up on the battlefield every day. 
You wake up behind enemy lines every day. 

You are, as the Bible says, aliens in a foreign country. 

The battlefield is your mind.  The battlefield is over who's calling the shots in your heart and mind.  Who's on the throne of your heart. 

Every day, every moment, the enemy is seeking someone to devour.  He doesn't take a breath or a break just because you're on vacation, or because you're at work.  Not because you just got home.  Not because you booked a 2 week vacation.  Satan's minions are not going to cut you any slack because of your plans. 

This Day, Every Day, begin by being with Jesus.  Jesus is the Master, leading the way by His Spirit to where He wants us to go. To be His disciples we are to follow, to be silent and listen.  The 12 Disciples we're not interrupting Jesus as He taught. 
The work of the individual Believer is to go and make isn't the job for the Church. 

So start your day off right.  Start with time with Jesus.  So what that you might sacrifice some time by getting up earlier.  So what that you might have to go to bed earlier.  The Bible says that the Father is watching.  That what we do in secret He sees and will reward us for that.  

"When we walk with the Lord  in the light of His word, what a glory He sheds on our way.  While we do His good will, He abides with us still.  Never fear only trust and obey."

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

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