“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:” - Deuteronomy 6:6
If there is one thing that Christians struggle more with on a day to day basis, it would be the fact that it is today. There are seemingly endless possibilities in what can happen today. The hardest part sometimes is realizing that God always holds today whether or not we know what is going to happen. I believe that more Christians fall because of what happens or what didn’t happen today. Perhaps prayer time was missed this morning; that can affect today. Say, perchance, morning devotions were missed; that can affect today. God has given us some surefire ways in which to keep the battle of today victorious so that we can reach the battle of tomorrow. Let us look at the following verse for some help.
God here is giving the children of Israel a few guidelines on how to remember where they came from and Who it was that brought them out of the land of Egypt. I happen to believe that these things will also help the young preacher as he takes on the battle of today. In verse 7 we see the first thing that God mentions is that you should diligently teach your children. What are we teaching to our children? The answer lies in verse 5, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Does not the Bible teach that we should train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he shall not depart from it? Your children know who you are all the time! It is very difficult to hide something from the children who live with you every single day. Also, this does not only mean physical children, but also spiritual children! I wonder how many times someone is led to Christ and just left barren and forsaken. Now, I am not against soul winning! I am for it 100%! Yes, get them saved, but get them to a good church where they can be diligently taught.
Continuing on in verse 7 we see that God commands, “And shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house.” How easily it becomes sometimes to get wrapped up in personal or job related problems. These things lead to discouragement! If we have Jesus in our conversation at home it will become a whole lot easier to do the next thing that God commands; talking of those things while we walk by the way! Again, what things are we talking about? We should be talking about loving the LORD with all our heart, soul and might! If you have ever met anyone that has the love of God just oozing from them and you didn’t want it, there is something wrong! If we don’t talk about Jesus at home, it will definitely not come out when we are out in public! Make Jesus a vocal matter. I don’t mean be ridiculous with your Christianity. Actions like going down the aisles of your local supermarket and shouting at the top of your lungs that you are a Christian may not be the best way to go about it. But I believe that if you are consciously consistent with having Jesus on your mind and your talk, your walk will talk louder than your talk talks, which in turn will help the love of God ooze out when coupled with the command in verse 5.
The last two things here in verse 7, I believe are critically important. When your day starts out well, it is easy to begin praising Jesus. But what happens when you wake up to a house fire? What happens when you wake to some emergency? I believe that when you have Jesus on your mind last thing before you sleep, and first thing in the morning it makes for a wonderful today. Remember that the moments before you go to sleep are still part of today. If you had a great and glorious day with no problems but go to bed with bitterness in your heart, the day was a waste. The same goes with your attitude and mentality towards the day in the morning. The help that God has for you today is great and ever growing. The thought that you may miss a blessing from God because you did not greet Him in the morning should be a scary one! God most definitely has something for those that honor Him, but those that despise Him, He will esteem lightly. That word despise has many meanings; the most applicable one means to hold the lowest opinion of. Having the lowest opinion essentially means not having an opinion at all. Not having an opinion means you haven’t taken the time to even think. Don’t despise God today! There is still time for this day to be victorious! All that is needed is to love Him with all your heart, soul and might. Do these things and you will most definitely have the battle of today marked as a win
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley