“Have you commanded the morning since your days began?”
Have you ever had the gnawing feeling that you weren’t accomplishing all you could?
Have you sensed the possibilities all around you, but can never seem to tap into them?
Have you come to believe that life is a mystery that cannot be solved?
Students everywhere in this season are graduating from high school or college—they are feeling that pressure to fulfill all they are capable of…and to leverage the incredible possibilities swirling around them.
Yet many have already been conditioned to believe that success and prosperity are destined for everyone except them.
There is a set of keys that will unlock all God has in store for His people.
Human nature is predisposed to accepting the status quo. I would say it’s our fallen nature that acquiesces to less than we are capable of becoming.
For those who are willing to see beyond what seems possible in the present moment and reach for something more than what they can grasp hold of today, the future holds unlimited potential.
“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”
There are keys that will help all who are setting out—and all who have already sailed—escape the “prisons of the mind.”
Don’t allow your life to be governed by success-undermining mantras such as “Stuff happens,” or “Life is unpredictable,” or “All good things must come to an end,” or “If it is not one thing, it’s another,” or “This is as good as it gets.”
Most people are ignorant that they are victims of their own self-fulfilling prophecies.
We define our lives by our every thought and word. If we want our lives to change, it all starts with what we think and say.
These two elements form the creative substance that molds and shapes the destiny of humanity. Each of us becomes the person we are, chooses the direction we take, and accomplishes everything we do based on these two primary elements.
Everything in the universe begins with and revolves around two things: Words and thoughts.
Our thoughts, intentions, motivations, and aspirations—whether they be secretly pondered in the heart, openly declared as a desire, or formally written as goals—mold and shape our personal universe into something either grand and beautiful or base and hideous.
Whatever you harbor in the innermost corridors of your thought-life will, sooner or later, reveal itself in the outer arena through your words or actions.
Whatever is hidden will eventually be brought to light.
First Corinthians 4:5 tells us God “will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.”
Just as a seed is for a time hidden underground, it will eventually break through the surface and its true essence will ultimately be revealed.
There is life-giving power that resides in every spoken word just as in every seed.
This principle illustrates how the spiritual law of incubation and manifestation works: Everything you see in the natural began as a spiritual seed—a thought.
The temporal realm has its roots in the spiritual. Grabbing a hold of this profound spiritual truth will enable you to make critical connections that will transform your life.
Once you understand that the spiritual realm is the causal realm, you will begin to grasp the massive power of your thoughts.
Thoughts, ideas, words, and prayers are spiritual things that engineer, mold, and craft the current and future state of your temporal existence.
We are told in 2 Peter 1:3-4 that God, in His infinite wisdom, has already given us all things pertaining to life—“all things of his god-like virtue”—that we might partake of His divine nature:
“He gives us everything we need for life and for holy living. He gives it through His great power. As we come to know Him better, we learn that He called us to share His own shining-greatness and perfect life.”
2 Peter 1:3 NLV
Included in this celestial equipping are divine thoughts and inspired words.
As a spiritual being created in the image of God (see Genesis 1:26), your spiritual genes hold the creative power to frame your personal world by the thoughts and words you think and speak—divine tools given for your creative use.
All you are, experience, and ultimately achieve, can be traced back to how you have made use of these two simple, yet vastly powerful, tools.
The power of the spoken word is one of life’s greatest mysteries.
All that you will ever be or accomplish hinges on how you choose to govern what comes out of your mouth.
You can either bless your life to great heights of success, or send it orbiting into realms of failure, sadness, and discontentment by what you allow to occupy your mind and mouth.
This is why Proverbs tells us “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he,” (Proverbs 23:7) and urges, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23).
“For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”
Matthew 12:34 NLT
Just as what occupies your mind determines what eventually fills your mouth, your outer world showcases all that has dominated—and at times subjugated—your inner world.
Because the law of cause and effect is continually at work, there is always an inner cause for every outer effect.
Your outer world is a direct result of your inner world.
Every circumstance in life is a result of a choice—and every choice is the result of a thought.
All those things that fill your mind hold the keys to your reality. Your thoughts provide the fuel for your words, and your words provide the fuel for your world.
Take responsibility for what you experience in life.
You are the sum total of every choice that you have ever made or let happen without your intervention.
If you don’t like where you are, you are only one thought away from turning towards the life you desire.
Yet if this is to happen, it is paramount that you become the master of your thoughts. You must sift your thought life.
Filter out anything that you do not want to show up in your future and focus on what you truly desire.
God wired your thoughts to have power so you would be equipped to overcome every obstacle.
He fashioned you to create, innovate, strategize, and succeed—and just to be sure, He put His own divine thoughts and nature within you.
“I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts.”
Jeremiah 31:33 NLT
Every new day in Christ brings the dawn of new and better possibilities. Today could turn out to be the best day of your life—but how it ends depends on how you begin it.
You are in charge of commanding your morning—and as you do, know that whatever begins with God has to end right.
I pray God will reveal the power of Christ in you—and that your hope of glory would be made more real as you…
…learn to command your morning through the wisdom of His truth every single day.
No matter how good or bad your life is, every circumstance can change for the best if you learn how to command your morning before the dawn of a new day begins!