Ahhh, the struggle is real. Morning time can be tough. When that alarm rings and you know you have to get up… The day is starting and you’re already behind…
The general consensus among Americans is, most of us hate mornings. If we could skip the wee hours of the morning, we would. If we could sleep away a few more hours of the day, we would. If we could delay our start, we would. In fact, you were calculating the amount of sleep you would get last night when you went to bed and you had already determined it wouldn’t be enough … am I right?
The first hour of your day impacts all the hours to follow. For many of us, we’re losing before our feet even hit the floor. Why? Because we’re laying in bed not ready to receive the new day. We’re dreading the morning and we’re wasting this most precious time. And we’re forfeiting our strength without even knowing it!
Maybe you think I’m just saying this because I’m a morning person. Yes, I generally wake up farting rainbows, but do you know why? Because I grew up in a home where I was taught the rising sun is to be celebrated, not dreaded. Because as an adult I discovered something was waiting for me the moment I woke up. And something is waiting for you the moment you wake up too. And this something is more valuable than anything else you could ever receive. Unfortunately many are missing it.
What is it?
Lamentations 3: 22-23 says “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
God’s mercy is new every morning. What is his mercy? His loving goodness, kindness and compassion. And when do you receive it new? Every morning.
This is worth waking up for my friends! The creator of the entire universe wanted to pour out his best on YOU this morning, regardless of how you did yesterday. Did you wake up excited to receive it? Did you wake up in anticipation of this goodness, kindness and compassion?
All good things come under attack. It’s the way of the world. You plant a beautiful garden and here come the weeds. Every morning you are offered the best of the best in the form of God’s mercy and as a result of this goodness coming your way, there’s a full on attack. The weeds come growing up around his love and kindness being offered as your alarm rings, ready to choke out every ounce of compassion you’re about to receive.
If the enemy can keep you in bed, he wins. If he can delay your feet hitting the ground, he has more time to grow his nasty weeds. And while you snooze and dread the beginning of your day, here’s what happens … God’s mercies are being traded for the enemy’s condemnation.
God offers you love and grace and compassion. He offers you energy and passion and purpose. But when you don’t wake up to receive it, you start trading all his goodness for the condemnation of the enemy. You feel defeated before you even get up. You dread the day. You are disappointed that once again you’re running behind, your morning has been ruined, and clearly there’s something seriously wrong with you because you just can’t seem to get up in the morning. That’s what condemnation sounds like. You’re broken. Everyone else can do this, but you can’t. You’re a disappointment. You’re wasting your life. This is condemnation and it only makes you feel worse, right. And that’s NOT from God.
Romans 8:1 says “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” As a follower of Jesus, there is now no condemnation. What the enemy is trying to put on you is NOT yours to receive. Stop letting him win your mornings. Stop letting him steal your blessings. Every morning God is offering you his mercy (his loving goodness, kindness and compassion). Start receiving that and stop accepting the enemy’s condemnation that comes with dreading your morning and not getting up. God says “come on girl, wake up I’ve got something great for you!” The enemy says, “you’re not even good enough to wake up on time.”
Psalm 30:5 says “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Joy is here to greet you this morning. And you know what joy is? Joy is your STRENGTH. When you are lacking joy, you are weak. This is where we get overwhelmed and depressed. This is where life becomes dark, when we lose our joy. Nehemiah 8:10 says “This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
If joy is your strength, and joy comes in the morning … don’t you want to wake up and receive it?
Don’t you understand why there’s such a battle for your morning? Because this is where the power is my friend. When your feet hit the floor to receive your joy, your strength, and that mercy that is being offered for you each morning, the enemy knows HE JUST LOST. When you get up to receive and live, his condemnation and attack on your worth falls short. Laying in bed he can convince you of your worthlessness. He can whisper his lies in your ear and you will begin believing them. This is why most people hate morning time. Because there has been a battle and our laziness has been letting the enemy win. We’ve started to believe his condemning nonsense. We greet the day with dread and regret, surrendering to the loss.
And this stops now. No more letting the enemy take the most precious time of the day from us. No more allowing his presence in the morning when God’s mercies are poured out and strength is offered! God, please help us to wake up better! When you get up in the morning like you know you should, here come God’s mercies, his loving goodness, kindness and compassion to flood your heart, mind, body and soul.
Yes, bring it on God. We receive your mercies today. We find our joy this morning and we know our joy is our strength. This is a sacred day and we wake up to receive it, not because we have to, but because we GET to. We GET to live today! We GET to be surrounded by his creation today. We GET to experience life today. And it all started with the offer of a really beautiful morning! Aren’t you glad you got up for it?