I once thought that all you had to do was ask Jesus into your heart and bam – good to go forever. Sadly, it wasn’t until I was much older (like just a few years ago) I realized how important that word “daily” is. I’m not quite sure how many times it appears in scripture, but I know it is a bunch. Jesus highlights it in the Lord’s prayer when he teaches his disciples how to pray “give us this day our DAILY bread” (Matthew 6:11, Luke 11:3). He wants us to rely on him every minute, every day.

Before anyone gets too excited, I am not saying that our salvation is dependent upon a daily request. But I am saying that in order to follow Jesus requires daily. To abide in Jesus requires daily. To live for him requires daily. And, lest I forget, I need forgiveness daily. Our struggles are daily so why wouldn’t our renewing be daily? This is the only way to experience the intimacy Christ offers us.

We need to drink of His water and eat of His bread daily order to be satisfied, just like we need physical bread and water daily (John 6:35). Physical food makes us grow physically, and so spiritual food makes us grow spiritually. 1 Peter 2:2  “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation…” Joshua 1:8 says that we should “meditate on the Book day and night.” The more you eat, the more you crave it and the more it pours out from you to others.

Please don’t mistake what I am speaking of as a mere duty or an act in order to receive more love. God loves you the same today as He does tomorrow regardless of what you do. What I am talking about is experiencing the fullness of God and living content IN Him.

We have to release control to God on a DAILY basis in order to guard ourselves against competing affections, unholy desires, and selfishness. We have to daily relinquish our rights and rely upon the Holy Spirit if we want to find freedom. Because of our constant battle against the flesh (Galatians 5:17), it is necessary to daily put on our armor (Ephesians 6:10-20).

As we seek God on a daily basis it increases the intimacy between us and Christ. As the intimacy increases, the more apt we are to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication (Ephesians 6:18) because we are more continually aware of the Spirit dwelling within us. This is how we “walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16) – a verse I regularly pray for my children.

Praise God that He gives us new mercies daily – every morning. When I had my “ah-ha” moment on this daily stuff – that it was really for my sake, and out of pure love from God – everything changed for me. It has freed me in so many ways. Handing over each day to God has released me from worry and anxiety. When I start to think that my day is out of control – I remember that, yes, it is out of  my control because I handed the reins to God this morning.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

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