Invasion of Light

Discovering God's Glory One Day at a Time

Month: April, 2016

Not the End, Only the Beginning

New York Morning Thought: Today, we bury my mom and it just happened that my cycle of Scripture reading fell on Jesus’ burial. This shows me God’s timing is perfect. Jesus’ burial was not the end of him, it was only the beginning. His burial was like the planting of a seed. And a seed’s purpose is to bear much fruit, each fruit itself containing many more seed. The seed’s life may seem to end, but it gives rise to hundreds and thousands more. Last night, at the celebration of my mom’s life, a large group of people invited the real Jesus to really live in their hearts. The seed of my mom’s life is bearing much fruit because she believed. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John‬ ‭12:24‬, ‭NASB‬‬).

God’s Secret Weapon

New York Morning Thought: The greatest miracle looked like no miracle. The cross seemed like defeat, but it was God’s ultimate secret weapon. Through the cross, Jesus destroyed the power of death, opening up the way of resurrection to all who believe. Do you believe? “But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory…And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (1 Cor.‬ ‭2:7-8‬, ‭NASB‬‬; ‭‭Col. ‭2:15‬, ‭NIV‬‬). 

Leave Your Harbour

New York Morning Thought: It’s Passover time, when we celebrate God’s new life because death passed over Israel. Have you passed over from death to life? I am blessed that about twenty years ago my mom made a decision to pass over from death to life. If you’ve embarked on that journey of faith––Rejoice! If you haven’t yet left your harbour, hear the Lord’s call to apply the blood of Jesus, your Passover Lamb, to the door posts of your heart. Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24).  

The Simple Gospel

New York Morning Thought: The Gospel is so simple that a child can understand it, and yet so sublime that a scholar can never fully fathom its depths. Don’t forget the simplicity and sublimity of Jesus’ good news. My mom reminded me of the simple Gospel: Jesus alone saves. This simple Gospel is child-like, but never childish. The apostles proclaimed, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NASB).

The Secret

I didn’t think I’d preach today because I’ve been quite crushed by my mom passing away. But during worship the word of the Lord came to me. Here’s what the Lord gave me. I also spend time remembering my mom and the secret to her strength. http://goo.gl/xwBc0u

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God’s Release Valve

Morning Thought: Prayer is God’s pressure release valve. Hot water systems have these valves to keep from blowing up and damaging the environment around them. When the pressure is building up, give your requests to God so that you don’t explode. Prayer cools you down, guarding you with peace. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (‭‭Phil. 4:6-7‬, ‭NASB‬‬).

A Match Made in Heaven

Morning Thought: Psalms and Proverbs are a match made in heaven. Psalms teaches you to soar like an eagle in the heavenlies through worship and prayer. Proverbs instructs you to walk in this world through wisdom and hard work. When Psalms and Proverbs are married together, they produce much fruit. Today, be heavenly minded, but also be a blessing to your family, church, workplace and community. Have the Psalms in your heart and the book of Proverbs working through your hands. “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity…” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭1:1-3,‬ ‭NASB‬‬).

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