CONQUERING MONDAY

TGIM!!!! So many times as Christians we love to proclaim, “I’m more than a conqueror”…but we find ourselves dreading Monday. It’s not danger…or nakedness…or famine…or nakedness…or the sword…but Monday morning. Sometimes we might not even sleep well on Sunday night thinking about the trouble, hardship, projects, debts, deadend jobs, supervisors, managers, subordinates, exams, doctors visits, test results, etc. waiting for us on Monday morning. Whatever may make Mondays cloudy and deadful in our minds doesn’t  diminish the fact that every Monday is a blessing from God. We are blessed to have a family, a job and that no matter what we are going through…God IS sustaining us, and has equipped us to conquer anything that we encounter on Monday to His glory.

Let me encourage you with what I call the 4 P’s to start any day. PRAYER, PASSAGES, PRAISE, and a PROCLAMATION.

  • PRAY to God first thing every morning, then let Him speak to you by reading some.
  • PASSAGES of scripture from His Word.
  • PRAISE Him for a few moments with with the fruit of your lips.
  • PROCLAIM Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it”!

Beginning every day with this devotion of the “The 4 P’s” before you eat, or check social media can not only equip you to conquer Monday, but each day of the week. So don’t wait until Friday to thank God…TGIM! Enjoy your Monday!! #TGIM

Romans:8:35,36

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;

we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

CONSISTENT

In Matthew 23, Jesus sharply rebukes and scolds the Scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders, those who were supposed to set the example about being hypocrites. They were more than devout in some areas of their devotion to God, while totally ignoring others. But, did this behavior only reveal that what outwardly appeared to be devotion to God, was actually devotion to themselves, and their desire for authority, honor and glory?

Before we point a self-righteous finger at the Pharisees, let us examine ourselves.
We prove how and where we want God to move in our lives, and how and where we want to be close to Him in where we’re CONSISTENT with Him. For example, some people are CONSISTENT and faithful in giving because, when they’re honest with themselves, they want to continue being blessed financially, or don’t want anything to go wrong. Paying their tithes, firstfruits, or however they give has become nothing more than a BLESSING BILL that they pay just as they do their utilities, so they aren’t cut off. It’s not done out of love or concern for ministry, but self. Some of these same people are perfectly content not being CONSISTENT in READING and STUDYING to know God better. As much as God expects us to be faithful in giving, there are MANY MORE (weightier) scriptures about reading and studying His word, being loving and kind, being patient and longsuffering, exercising self-control and sharing our faith that we must be very careful not to be INCONSISTENT. It’s easy to be more faithful in our relationship with God when it comes to the areas of our lives we want Him to move the most. But, let us strive to be CONSISTENT that we are honoring Him in all areas of our lives.

We prove what’s important too us in things with which we’re CONSISTENT. Many Christians check their social media, emails, voice mails or messages first thing each morning, and off-and-on through out the day, but will claim they don’t have time to read, study or pray regularly and CONSISTENTLY. If we have time to see what the world has to say, then we have time to regularly fellowship with God, as He commanded us. Sometimes we will CONSISTENTLY talk about our favorite teams, celebrities, what’s going on in the world, but seldom share our faith. In regard giving while ignoring other areas that are just as important… in Matthew 23:23 Jesus told the leaders, ““Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” He chastised them for being faithful in some areas while ignoring others. He rebuked them for being CONSISTENT in some, while leaving some that are MORE IMPORTANT (weightier matters) undone.  Are there areas of your walk with God in which you’re consistent while ignoring others? Are you growing and thriving in some areas while withering away in others?

Brothers and sisters, let us strive to be consistent in all areas of our relationship with God…He demands it.

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