Invasion of Light

Discovering God's Glory One Day at a Time

Category: Morning Thought

Food in Heaven?

Morning Thought: Yesterday I was a special guest on Vision FM and many called in with questions about heaven. Someone asked, “Will we eat meat in heaven?” Others got mad saying, “There’s no need to eat in heaven!” Yet, Revelation says if you overcome you can eat from the tree of life (Rev. 2:7, 22:1-2, 14). Even today, Jesus is calling you to eat with him. His Word is real food, meatier than a steak and healthier than a salad. Are you coming for breakfast? How about lunch or dinner? Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:20‬, NIV‬‬).

Gossip is an Addiction

Morning Thought: Gossip is an addiction, like nicotine or alcoholism. Yet, with gossip it takes two to tango—both the speaker and the listener are guilty. The moment you hear gossip, shut it down. Otherwise, it’s like giving drugs to a drug addict. You don’t need to answer the phone calls and respond to the messages of a gossiper. It’s false compassion to give in to them. It’s time the church takes gossip seriously, warning and correcting those involved in it. “He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:19,‬ ‭NASB‬‬).

Gossip is an Addiction

Morning Thought: Gossip is an addiction, like nicotine or alcoholism. Yet, with gossip it takes two to tango—both the speaker and the listener are guilty. The moment you hear gossip, shut it down. Otherwise, it’s like giving drugs to a drug addict. You don’t need to answer the phone calls and respond to the messages of a gossiper. It’s false compassion to give in to them. It’s time the church takes gossip seriously, warning and correcting those involved in it. “He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:19,‬ ‭NASB‬‬).

Walk Tall

Morning Thought: The Lord sets you free from spiritual slavery so that you can walk tall. False humility bows under oppression. It beats you up, saying negative things about yourself to ‘keep you humble.’ True humility is free. It’s not humility that comes from negativity, but rather from knowing who you are before God. You are both forgiven and set free. Your life is now revolved around Jesus’ salvation, not your past sin. Listen: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high” ‭‭(Leviticus‬ ‭26:13,‬ ‭NIV‬‬).

The Best Translations

Morning Thought: The Lord moved the prophets and apostles to write God’s Word so that it could be understood. God wants you to know him, he doesn’t want to keep himself a secret. The best Bible translations are the ones that make God’s Word clear. “They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading” ‭‭(Nehemiah‬ ‭8:8‬, NASB).

More Vital than Life

Morning Thought: Daniel was threatened with death if he prayed and worshiped God. Yet, prayer and worship was so important that he defied the king’s decree. Today, we may have reasoned to pray silently and secretly. Daniel was different. He swung open his windows and was not ashamed to pray three times a day. All saw and it meant he was thrown into the lion’s den. But God was stronger and delivered him. Prayer is more vital than life itself. Why? Because it connects you to the source of life, the Living God. “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (‭‭Daniel‬ ‭6:10‬, ‭NIV‬‬).

Don’t Spoil Your Gift

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).

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