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Morning Thought: Around the first year of our marriage, Anna and I invited over a few friends for dinner. We worked hard to make a beautiful meal. After hours of preparation, we crowned our dish with
crushed nuts. Little did we know that maggots were breeding in the nuts. Once discovered, everyone was grossed out and most of us refused to eat. This is what it’s like when you have giftings, but weak character. Your gifting may be beautiful, but your character may spoil the whole thing. So make sure you allow God to build your character. Listen to what Ecclesiastes says, “As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor” (Ecclesiastes 10:1, NIV).
Morning Thought: The Father’s love brings a deep sense of security. It dispels fear, giving you strong confindence. His unstoppable love sets you free from what people think; all that really matters is the Father’s thoughts toward you. May you know the nearness of his love today. “Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir” (Galatians 4:6-7, NIV).
Morning Thought: Self-absorption causes you to spiral downward. You become like a tub of water when the plug is pulled. Like a whirlpool, your life drains out of you. But when you give what you have received, God fills you up again. What you have is multiplied, and instead of losing, you gain. The vessel poured out in love is continually replenished with fresh oil. As Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38, NIV).
Morning Thought: While emphasising God as the compassionate Father, we have forgotten that he is also the righteous Judge. The Holy Spirit is like a kind teacher who gives us the answers before the test. One day we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. But the Holy Spirit convicts and changes our lives so that we will not be surprised when we stand before the Judge. The Spirit’s conviction is not God condemning us. Actually it’s the opposite. The Lord is preparing us for that awesome day when we stand before him. Respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction today and Christ’s coming will be a joy rather than a terror. “‘And He, when He [the Spirit] comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment’…For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (John 16:8; 2 Corinthians 5:10, NASB).
Morning Thought: A chariot without strong and balanced wheels won’t be effective in battle. In the same way, you will only overcome as the hub and spokes of your life are solid. Your hub is your relationship with God. The spokes are God-given relationships, people who strengthen and pray for you. Value the people that the Father has placed in your life. Stay connected so that your spokes are strong, enabling you to move with God. Paul was a strong and balanced “spokesperson” for Jesus. He writes: “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9, NIV).