Invasion of Light

Discovering God's Glory One Day at a Time

Month: April, 2017

Awaken the Dawn

Morning Thought: The Father seeks people who will awaken the dawn. This dawn is different than our everyday dawn. It’s the new dawn of life and revival. It’s the arising of the Holy Spirit’s fire and light in his church. It comes through steadfast worship—worship not based on emotions, but God’s unchangeable glory. In New York, I saw the swift and sudden change of seasons. In one day spring sprung. The temperature soared and by the day’s ending tiny green leaves could be seen on many winter stripped trees. David showed us that through worship we usher in spring’s dawn in a world trapped in the icy rain of winter. “My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn” (‭‭Psalm‬ ‭57:7-8‬, NIV‬‬).

Honour One Another

Morning Thought: Jesus’ actions are an example to us of how we should relate to one another. Jesus came from heaven to earth to spend time with and honour man. He placed the highest value on people, not because they deserved it, but because he loved them. People are like the prodigal son, wasting their lives, yet Jesus still values them and runs to them when they return to him. A spirit of honour must pervade all our relationships—our marriage, children, neighbours, co-workers and fellow believers. Honouring others changes how you talk to people and your actions toward them. Your tone will be softer and your actions kinder. We honour them because Jesus honoured us with his coming and cross. Live a life of honouring others today. “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” ‭(‭Philippians‬ ‭2:5‬, NIV‬‬).

Honour (Audio Message)

It was great to be back at church today. Praise God that Sunday doubled in size since Gideon and I have been gone. In this message I share about our trip and what God has been speaking. Check it out! https://goo.gl/WGbt2u #honour #honor #Jesus. Feel free to share.

You’ve Got the Victory

Morning Thought: On our New York trip, the enemy tried to take some cheap shots at us. Both Gideon and I got sick. I felt like I’d been hit in the head with a sledgehammer and thought I’d be in bed the whole two weeks. I feared Gideon also would be sick the whole trip as well. The second day in, the toilet overflowed two times and the showerhead burst, causing a good amount of stress to us all. And on another occasion, just when my mobile phone died, we accidentally lost my dad at Penn Station (it’s big and crowded). But God always led us into victory. The enemy gave his greatest ‘cheap shot’ when he condemned Jesus, an innocent man, to the cross. Yet, Jesus’ sacrifice created a ‘black hole,’ an event horizon that would soon swallow up satan, sin and death. Right now, the enemy and his hordes are spiralling down into the place of no-return, shooting rays of protest at God’s people as the serpent and his fiends fall into their eternal defeat. Death and hell have been defeated. Jesus has triumphed and in him you have the victory. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬, ‭NASB‬‬).

Looking Deeply

NY Morning Thought: “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John‬ ‭1:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬). The other day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I came across Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses. I’ve always wanted to see the original so I spent a long time looking at this masterpiece. I looked at it for so long that the guards began to get scared and stand beside me. Then they adjusted the ropes around it so that I would not get too close. I knew I’d be on the other side of the world in a few days and I wouldn’t get to see this painting again. I observed the colours, textures and brush strokes, as well as objects I never before saw in the painting. When John the Baptist exhorts us to behold the Lamb of God, he is calling us to a similar kind of seeing, an observing that is out of the ordinary. He doesn’t want us to be the usual bypasser, but one who looks deeper. This kind of seeing can only happen as you let the Holy Spirit open your eyes to behold the Son in the same way the Father sees him: spectacular, spotless and the one who takes away your sins and mine.

Fading Out

NY Morning Thought: “He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). The order of John the Baptist’s statement is significant. I often hear it said, “I must decrease and he must increase,” but that is not the right order. Why? Because it puts the emphasis on you and your work first. Jesus must always be first. As his presence, work and word increase in your life, then you become less important. May it be your sole passion that Christ is exalted in your life, that he becomes greater and greater. Let him take centre-stage as you work behind the scenes, shining the spotlight on him. Like a DJ fades one song into another, allow the Lord to fade up, while you fade out. 

Commit Your Way

NY Morning Thought: Tuesday we explored New York City with my dad. Returning on the train, we reflected, “Wow! That was an amazing day.” People were kind to us, helping us along the way. Yes, in New York City! We saw beautiful sites as we strolled through Central Park. We even thwarted off a pickpocket who tried to get in my bag. Then, I remembered how we started the day. On the train platform my dad called us to join hands and pray. Unshamedly and publicly, we committed our day to the Father and he was with us each step of our journey. As Proverbs says, “Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established” ‭‭(Proverbs‬ ‭16:3‬, NASB‬‬).

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