Friday, August 19, 2011
This Day is the Lord's!
Week One, First Day
Mornings . . . Our very first exercise will bring the glory and majesty and nearness and omnipotence of God into our day, from our first waking moments.
When you open your eyes, say aloud, even if in a whisper, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty; heaven and earth are filled with Your glory.” (Isaiah 6:3)
These are the words that are being spoken day and night at and around the Throne of Grace, where the Lord sits enthroned above the heavens.
As you wash your face and put the coffee on, while you bring in the newspaper and as you get dressed for the day, say these words aloud if you can and in your mind if you cannot. For at least the first 15 minutes of your day, refuse your will when it wants to begin to plan and scheme and worry and forge ahead . . . without God. Be sure that real needs won’t go unanswered and real anxieties won’t be able to control you. If occasionally something comes to mind that you need to jot down, do so while you continue to say, “Holy, holy, holy . . .”
As you go through your day, bring this proclamation to mind again and again, remembering that whenever you do, you are joining in the actual atmosphere of the throne room of God.
Objective: to maintain a worshipful, cognizant mind throughout the day, to remember “where” we are seated (Colossians 3:1-3) no matter where we are!, and to train our hearts and minds to stay before the Lord Most High, Maker of Heaven and Earth.
This doesn’t mean that you ignore your husband or refuse to speak to your parents! We’re grown-ups. We understand what we are doing, and that’s why we are doing it!
Your analysis: What is the purpose of this new practice? Why would anyone want to be so rigid with their thoughts and so controlling of their emotions?