This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24
For a couple of weeks, I’ve really come to understand when someone would say the Word of God comes alive! I’ve seen the Word made manifest literally! I’m excited right now writing this! Too excited maybe. We serve a living God! A God of truth! You just need to trust Him and have Him lead! oh wait, I have a testimony I want to share. let me do that before I continue to share why I put up that scripture above.
I’m really learning a lot! The Holy Spirit is seizing every single opportunity to teach me something new about life. No, more like I am getting sensitive to the Spirit instead because the Holy Spirit will and does seize every opportunity to show you what’s in your heart, to correct you, teach you, rebuke you and instruct you (2 Timothy 4:2) but you have to be sensitive enough to Him to hear when He does. The Holy Spirit is readily available to lead you on this journey called life but your heart must be tender to hear Him.
One of the things I’m learning is, obey before you seek to understand! When God instructs, just do it and ask the questions later on. If He says do something now, trust that He knows what He’s doing. Two Sundays ago, I take my tithe, put it in an envelope and put that into my bag. I would usually just take a little extra money for my taxi fare back home or for yoghurt and that awesome empty pie the ice cream sellers have he-he. I was about to do just that and I heard clearly in my spirit to carry my whole purse! I begin to wonder why and remembered i told myself i would wonder later. I put the purse in my bag, got to church and during offertory time, I hear again ‘empty your purse into it!’ I’m thinking ‘aye God, empty it how?‘ But then again, I remember I said I’d obey before I understand so I do just that. People like to assume that every time we give it would be in joy or good cheer because God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). That’s true alright He does but there is also a scripture that says ‘those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy’ – Psalm 126:5. There are times were you will sow or give in tears. That Sunday i realized, God wrote that scripture for me because as I put the money in the basket, I was crying and there was great sorrow within.
How was I going to go to work? come back and eat comfortably during the coming week? Maybe I should fast I said. Maybe I should take some days off next week because I really don’t know I’d survive. God probably laughed and shook His head. I heard in spirit ‘have I failed you before?’ He hadn’t! It’s true, God has never failed me so why was I even stressing myself. Fast forward the next weekend comes, I open my purse to buy something and then i noticed I had more money than I put in the offering bowl. I just sat there in awe with my mouth, eyes and purse widely opened for a couple of minutes. I didn’t even have to fake fast or starve neither did I have to walk home lol. i didn’t have to borrow or beg for money, i didn’t have to give up anything that week. God provided for me each day. This may not seem like much to you but it was HUGE for me. I had forgotten how to trust God entirely with anything. I got to a point where i needed to see the full picture or at least understand the full plan to take a step of obedience. God is teaching me to trust Him again with my days. To take a step of faith, knowing that if He has called me to it, He has definitely thought it through to the end and made provision. GLORY!!!!!
“I had forgotten how to trust God with anything. I got to a point where i needed to see the full picture or at least understand the full plan to take a step of obedience.”
Anyway back to my scripture on top before my ‘kasapoleism’ takes over! ‘This is the day the has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it‘. My dad said it in his prayer yesterday and for some reason it was louder than the rest of the prayer he said. I don’t even know why I said ‘for some reason’… what I mean is the Holy Ghost drew my attention to it so it sounded louder than the rest of the words he spake and I’m so glad He did. Yesterday, I had so much going on in my head in the morning. I had already planned that my entire day was going to be bad and anyone who crossed me was going to get it! (look at this Child of God and the awful confession she made- MERCY!) I get to work, snap at two of my friends and as I’m walking away from them, the Holy spirit is like SHAME ON YOU! Shame on me? I am the one experiencing a really bad day, shame on THEM for getting on my nerves. Right then in my spirit, I hear the scripture again; THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE, WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT! I thought to myself ‘please please this is not the time for this’ But the scripture wouldn’t stop echoing in my head and ‘tormenting’ me. Even though I was really irritated that HS wouldn’t let me be grumpy in peace, deep within my spirit could attest that the scripture was truth!! Every single day is the day the Lord has made and call us to rejoice and be glad in it. Regardless of where you are at or what’s happening in the day, we are called to walk in the consciousness that, once you are breathing you have to make a decision to OWN the day and not let the day own us. What I was worrying about and stressing over were seemingly legit issues that should make anyone worry and be stressed about but God needed me to know that through HIM, I can overcome it. I am through grace in control of my own mood, in control of my own view on situations and how my day turns out.
So I decided okay let me just give this a try, what do I lose? I was expecting the whole day to be awful anyway so if it didn’t work, then it was exactly what I expected. I chose to be joyful and think on the blessings I was overlooking before. I chose to be intentional on what I thought on, have control on what my mind fed on and you cannot believe the day I had! One of the BEST days I’ve had in weeks, months even. I kid you not! it is going straight into my memory jar. My day literally did a 360 (ohhhh I just remembered the end of home alone 3 when the parrot was cruising on the remote car saying 360 360 hehehe I’m so sorry but i had to share). Suddenly, everything was going right, everything was falling into place. I was in control and I gained control simply by confessing the Word of truth over my day! Two of the things I was really worried about were taken care of miraculously without any effort from me. My heart that was full of worry, fear and anger in the morning all of a sudden felt like I had been hit by cupid’s arrow. I spent about an hour gushing to a friend about how awesome my day was. Was the day bad before? NOPE! My perception was.
The devil knows when he steals your joy, he’s stolen your strength. When he steals your praise, he’s stolen your breath! You will not have a purposeful day without the breath and strength of God.
Most of us wake up in an awful mood and instead of praying it out and surrendering it to God in exchange for the joyous mood we ought to have, we fuel it with excuses. We give ourselves reason to stay in that mood, to be in that funk! No one can be happy all the time we say, no one can be in a good mood all the time so everyone should understand when you have a bad day. The devil delights himself in moments like that because he’s going to fan the fire even harder. He would give you any cause to stay angry and irritated. He will use the tiniest of things to have you stay in that funk. He knows when he steals your joy, he’s stolen your strength. When he steals your praise, he’s stolen your breath! You will not have a purposeful day without the breath and strength of God. Time is the most expensive thing on the earth, so every minute you give room to the devil to manipulate your day is a minute you can never get back.
This post is just to remind you that each day is a gift! A day the Lord Himself made, we should then CHOOSE TO REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT! Choose to own it! Choose to be blessed by it! Choose to set your mind on the things above. Choose to take a step forward into destiny. The devil would throw situations at you but if you would only choose to remember that your strength is found in the joy of the Lord and that nothing can overwhelm you, you will overcome the devil! God is in the miracle business, He’s able to turn your days and your life around in a second. He’s able to make a way where there seemed to be none. He’s making all things new, all you need to do Is to choose each day to trust Him, be attentive to His promptings and rejoice in each day.
Until next time, remain in joy of the Lord and stay blessed.