I am a morning person. Going to sleep has never been a problem for me. Usually by about 9:00 PM my body is ready to call it quits. I often combat this process with a chemical known as caffeine to try and stay awake and hang out with my wife or do stuff around the house. Usually in the early hours of the morning my body starts to wake up and often my mind is filled with all kinds of racing thoughts. Yesterday morning those thoughts were heavy with guilt and reminders about all the ways I had let people down the day before. These thoughts progressed from pointing out the things I did or said to then thinking how I was worthless or a horrible person as a result of those things. How do we handle those attacks in our minds? I think we have to recognize the difference between satanic accusations and the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
In Revelation 12:10 it says, ‘Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has come at last–salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth–the one who accuses them before our God day and night.’ So based on this Scripture Satan accuses the night owl and the morning person in their mind every day. He tries to take our mess ups and mistakes and drive them deep and make accusations about our worth and standing with God. We must reject those thoughts and renew our mind in truth when those attacks come. In 2 Corinthians 7:10 it says, ‘For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.’ God wants us to be sorrowful when we sin and mess up. He wants us to repent, change our course or way of thinking, say I’m sorry to Him and the person we offended and then come to Him for restoration. So let’s be prepared when those thoughts come our way and let’s choose to believe God’s words over the words of the devil today!