Waking Up Each Morning with a Mindset of War

He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find him the rest of the day. ~John Bunyan

I have heard it said many times in my short life that it does not matter at what time during the day that a person seeks for God insofar as he does it. While I might chalk my contradictory belief up to personal experience, I must say that I cannot agree more with the above quote by John Bunyan. For I have found that on the days when my bed felt the softest and when the snooze button was easiest to press that my spiritual life has suffered the most. For, on those undisciplined days, rather than waking up early with a mind set against the Adversary, I wake up with mindset of flippancy, desiring to simply make it through another work day and return home so that I might rest.

And I believe that this is the great goal of the Adversary, to make our lives appear mundane and insignificant so that our personal holiness appears insignificant. So, rather than realizing that our efforts against the flesh and for the glory of God in our trivial dealings are far from trivial, we look at each passing day as the world looks at each passing day–without regard for God or eternity.

My charge to myself and to you is to arise each morning with a mindset of war against the Adversary and against the flesh. For each day, though a drop in the ocean of eternity, carries with it eternal consequence, and each neglected day is a battle won by the Adversary. For whether we eat or drink, all is to be done for the glory of God, and not to believe that is to walk into battle unarmed.

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4 replies

  1. On a related note, check out this song on Tedashii's new album. It's about actively making war against the flesh daily.


  2. Wow, this is dead on. I love it. I find the same thing. I remember when I broke away from fundamentalism that I broke away from the whole "personal devotions" thing. My mind told me I could pray, read my bible, etc. anytime during the day or week. My heart warned me, but I did not listen.

    I'm still not a fundamentalist, but wow, I have returned like a very thirsty man to the disciplines that I learned in fundamentalism. Thanks for posting.


  3. Gary, I love Tedashii…but hadn't heard this. Wow, love it. I'm ready to make war!


  4. Thanks for the comments, brothers. And I'll have to check out that Tedashii song when I get to the house.


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