“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3).

Remember, it’s what your Father believes about you that defines you…not someone else’s opinion. However, what you believe about yourself defines the experience you have in life.

There’s a fascinating process psychologists call priming. What happens to us in one moment can affect us in the next moment. For instance, if you saw the word “Eat,” you are temporarily more likely to complete the word fragment “SO_P” as “SOUP” rather than “SOAP.” But if you just saw the word “Wash,” the opposite is true. Priming works with concepts as well. What our minds experience now influences what we are likely to experience next.

What if we bring God into our now to impact who or what we encounter? Jesus began His day alone with the Father as did most of the spiritual characters in the Bible. Their lives were marked by seeking the Lord at the start of the day.

Dwelling in an ongoing conversation with God will prepare you for the events of the day. How you choose to see yourself and your relationship with God greatly impacts your relationship with Him. Will you choose to condemn yourself and listen to the enemy who reminds you of your transgressions? Or will you choose to trust God’s word and be completely loved by the Father?

The choice you make will profoundly impact your quality of life. At the end of Moses’ life, he said, “I have set before you, life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life and live.” This isn’t the power of positive thinking; this is actualizing the presence of God within you.

Adapted from “A Tale of Two Kingdoms” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis