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Morning Thought: “Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!” (Psalms 47:1, NKJV). Many people only celebrate when things go their way. But if you believe that Jesus is Lord, you can celebrate even in pain and sadness. Your joy is not based on your circumstances, but on the truth that Jesus has triumphed. Through his death, resurrection and ascension, he has dealt a death blow to sin, satan and sickness. Clap and shout because this king is your King. And to top it off, he lives in you.
Morning Thought: Hope is like a helicopter that lifts you high, giving you a heavenly perspective. Even the most God-hungry soul, sinks at times into depression and inward turmoil. Sometimes you don’t know why. Yet, don’t stay in despair’s pit. You have Christ, the hope of glory, living within. Mountains seem like anthills from his view. Let him take you higher. “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance” (Psalms 42:5, NKJV).
Morning Thought: Jesus’ response to his enemies’ rage was not to physically fight back, but to pray. On the mountain the Father gave him a new strategy. Jesus was to choose a remnant of twelve disciples to fulfill Israel’s mission, a mission that was sadly lost by their religious institutions. In prayer, the Father spoke to him to pour his life into a few. It’s in secret, rather than in the show, that the real revolution happens. “But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus. It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles” (Luke 6:11-13, NASB).
Morning Thought: Prayer is powerful, but only if you have a right relationship with God. If you treat someone rudely and then ask them for a favour, they’ll probably tell you to get lost. In the same way, you can’t neglect your heavenly Father and then expect him to hear your prayers. Ask God to forgive and change you. Go further and humble yourself to your brothers and sisters. Then you will pray with power. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16 NASB).