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Morning Thought: What do you think about God’s judgment? If you see it as something bad, you’ve got it all wrong. God’s judgment is like the justice of a superhero. It’s all about saving the oppressed and afflicted. His judgment is his action to save the humble. I guarantee you that he’s quicker than the Flash and stronger than Superman. Yet, he’s very scary if you’re on the wrong side. “When God arose to judgment, to save all the humble of the earth. Selah” (Psalms 76:9 NASB).
Morning Thought: Are you finding what comes out of your mouth is not good? It’s more than just watching what you say. What you speak comes from the heart. So pack the chest of your heart with good things. Treasure and store God’s Word; meditate on and memorise what he says. Make room by clearing out the junk accumulated over the years. Then goodness will naturally flow from your tongue. “…How can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil” (Matthew 12:34-35, NASB).
Morning Thought: Jesus’ father, Joseph, is a great example of how to be a father. The Heavenly Father entrusts Joseph with his child because he is a righteous man. Joseph leads his family by listening to God. Joseph goes where God wants him to go and stays where he wants him to stay. Because of Joseph’s leadership the child, Jesus, is not killed in Herod’s mass infanticide. Instead, he grows up in a quiet and obscure town, Nazareth, and learns his father’s trade. Joseph does not seek fame for his son, only to be obedient. Be a father that is led by the Lord. “Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother, and reentered Israel…But then Joseph was directed in a dream to go to the hills of Galilee. On arrival, he settled in the village of Nazareth. This move was a fulfillment of the prophetic words, “He shall be called a Nazarene”” (Matthew 2:21-23 MSG).
Morning Thought: Pray for more love. Pray that love will grow in you and in the Lord’s people. Pray for authentic, genuine love – the kind of love that Jesus showed on the cross. Pray that you love your family more, the one’s you often have the shortest fuse for. Real love produces real fruit, fruit that remains. “So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11, MSG).
Morning Thought: Soak in God’s presence like an olive tree drinks in the nutrients of good soil. This is one of the ways you wait on God. Let your roots be planted in the soil of the Lord’s lovingkindness. As you trust him, your roots draw in the nutrients of his goodness, causing you to flourish. Real life comes from God’s presence, making your soul healthy and fruitful. “But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever. I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it, And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones” (Psalms 52:8-9, NASB).