I recently heard a song from the Alvin and Chipmunks on having a bad day. I realized that we all do have our occasional bad days. Have you ever had someone ask if you were ok? And you replied saying, “Yes, I am fine” when in all honesty you were really having a bad day?
On a beautiful morning when the sun is shining bright, birds singing sweetly, you are fresh and ready to take in all that the day has in store for you; all seems so good and just as you are about to step out of the house, you accidentally spill your coffee on your new shirt. You go to change and now you see that you are late. Fixing it up quickly, you yell at someone on your way out, you miss your transport and finally when you make it, you get to hear the rest of it from your boss.
Now even though it does not look that way, the devil is not against your coffee drinking, your new shirt or anything else that transpired during that day. Truth is that he is simply after your mind. He knows one thing for sure that if he can get you upset enough, he can get you far enough from God.
I know this scenario is nothing compared to other worse real life scenarios that shake us up from time to time. But remember that how you respond every time the devil hurls something like this in your way is very important.
How you respond to your situation changes everything.
For example, in the Old Testament, how Adam responded in that moment of weakness bought sin, sickness and shame to this world. In the New Testament, how Peter responded in fear bore betrayal, followed by deep pain and guilt
There is one thing that is common in all circumstances that the enemy brings against us – He wants to take us away from God. You can either let the situations to take you away from God or help you grow in mental and spiritual maturity.
It might be that silly moment when you did not keep quiet and you know you had to and ended up saying the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong manner and from then on, everything went spiralling down. When we are busy blaming others, our circumstances, and of course the evil devil, we forget that these are the training grounds that God uses to mould us into a better you and a better me.
Your enemy knows this more than anyone else that he can win over your time of prayer and studying of the Word if he can win over your mind. If he can get you carried away then he has won the battle. The Bible encourages us, “to be made new in the attitude of your minds.” Ephesians 4:23 A person is defined by his mind. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Here are five simple things to remember on what you feel is a bad day:
1.The crucial step is to go to God first. His presence gives us better perspective of life. Move in the Spirit, and ask God to help you win over the situation. Surrender to God,
– and spiritually.
2. Rise above the situation. Be willing to see the bigger picture. Expect from God more than man. Forgive to be forgiven. Ignore the trivial. Be Christ-like.
3. In case you blew it on someone, be quick to ask them forgiveness; the faster, the better. And don’t defend yourself. Accept your weak moment. We all have our own weak moments.
4. Get your smile back. (Remember, the devil wants you upset, sad and steal your joy)
5. Move on with your day as any other day.
You are more than a conqueror!
Now that the enemy has lost with this strategy against you, remember, he’ll try harder next time. But if you are determined, with the help of God, you will grow to become a matured child of God.
Question: Do you face these kinds of weak moments where you lost it?
What lessons have you learnt in your bad days?
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