Like some of you, I step into this week feeling fragile. Like you, I am carrying heavy demands and hurt feelings. But before I take one step ahead, into this week ahead, I will need to let go of ALL of that, by giving it to God.
A Monday Manifesto for the week ahead (say it with me!):
Today, I refuse to be held back, chained down, worked up, or shoved ahead. I am committed to God’s agenda, God’s purposes, and ask for God’s peace, so I can pursue God’s glory.
I don’t want to waste any more time on useless brooding, worrisome thinking, purposeless living, or negative talking. I want the mind of Christ, not the mind of chaos.
I come to my Lord weak. And in this weakness, I know that I can borrow His strength. I understand that the strength He gives was costly for Him, but free for me, bought at the cross. But He didn’t stop with the gift of His strength. He also purchased with His blood the following: forgiveness, grace, hope, and forever love. All of the above are renewable resources, available each day to ANYONE in need. (Which is pretty much all of us.)
I believe in strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow. I am confident that — based on God’s unbroken promises since the beginning of time — He will provide both.
Today, I stand on those promises. I refuse to be motivated by revenge, intimidated by critics, compromised by culture, or manipulated by the enemy. I am God’s, and He is mine.
I’m counting on the Lord Jesus Christ to come through this week. I’m counting on Him alone to keep me moving forward. I will keep my eyes fixed ahead, instead of diverting my focus to the following distractions: my circumstances, my problems, my critics or my own good works.
I submit myself to Jesus — for God’s great purposes, and for His great glory.