Invasion of Light

Discovering God's Glory One Day at a Time

Category: Morning Thought

Don’t Lose God

Morning Thought: This week I turned forty-three and I was encouraged that a couple of people shared Isaiah 43 with me. It’s packed with promises. The Lord says, “I am with you.” It’s easy for us to lose God in the past. We think: “in the old days God did great things, but not now.” We may also fall into the trap of thinking: “One day God is going to do awesome things.” But our God is a God of the present as well. “I am” speaks of the present, the God who is with you now. Remember what he has done, look forward to his coming, but also rejoice that he is with you right now. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you…Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:5, 18-19‬, NIV‬‬).

The Value of Purity

Morning Thought: God values purity. Would you drink a cup of water if I spat in it? I doubt it. Would you eat a gourmet meal if the chef sneezed on it? I don’t think so. In the same way you value purity in your water and food, God values purity in your heart. Who can draw near to God? Those who have a pure heart. Here’s the good news: not only does God value purity, he has made a way to purify you. Just ask him. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” ‭‭(1 John‬ ‭1:9‬, NIV‬‬).

The Lord Upholds

Morning Thought: The Lord upholds us. The last week I haven’t been able to write many morning thoughts. I’ve been having one sleepless night after another. Phone calls at 2am, kids frightened, body clock out cycle and stuff like that. It’s at times like these that we need to remember that God upholds us. If he can hang the earth on nothing and sustain two trillion galaxies (the latest astronomical measurement) surely he can keep you. Father, please give us each a sense that we are being upheld by your mighty right hand. Here’s God’s promise: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬, ‭NIV‬‬).

PRAY

Morning Thought: PRAY. This is the word God gave me for this season. While away from our church and social media, the Lord spoke this to me for his people: “They must learn how to host heaven on earth and how to transform every area into a house of God––a place where I am pleased to dwell and rest. My word for this season is PRAY.” We know every religion, and even those without religion, pray. But what God desires is for us to pray according to his way and Word. This kind of prayer hosts heaven on earth. Jesus said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers’” (Mark‬ ‭11:17, NIV).

Close to the Edge

Morning Thought: Yesterday when I got off the train, I noticed a young man sitting on the platform ledge, dangling his legs over the train tracks. He was about two meters from the stopped train in a very dangerous spot. Everybody passed by him. As I approached the young man I called out, “Are you OK?” He broke down crying, “No, I’m about to kill myself!” I gave him a big hug. Then I prayed for him, listened to him and talked with him as he sat over the edge. The whole station shut down for about twenty minutes. Soon the police came and later the ambulance. Just before the emergency crew arrived, he looked up and thanked me. I was relieved, but also I was shaken. When you care, your presence makes a difference in people’s lives, even strangers. I thank God Jesus stopped for me when I was seventeen years old too. “Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ So they called to the blind man, ‘Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.’” ‭‭(Mark‬ ‭10:49‬, ‭NIV‬).

The Healthy Fear of the Lord

Morning Thought: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom—not the fear of man, circumstances, pain or loss. If our Lord Jesus was led by fear he would have never taken up his cross. Like Jesus, when you fear God you put him first. You ask, “Who are you Lord? What is your will? What do you want from me?” The fear of the Lord is completely diffferent from being afraid of God. Instead it means to stand in awe, wonder and reverence at his majesty, mystery and goodness. Today, let the fear of the Lord be your foundation. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:10‬, NIV‬‬).

Pace Yourself

Morning Thought: Pace yourself so that you reach God’s destination. One of the first lessons my Dad taught me was about running. He told me to keep an even pace. “Don’t try to be first, just run at a speed that you can sustain.” When a race started, especially a long distance one, all the kids sprinted ahead of me. I kept my pace. Eventually they would all lose their steam and I’d run pass them, winning the race. Lately, I’ve been hearing God say, “Pace yourself, walk in my rhythm not the world’s.” Listen to what Jacob said, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young…So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”‭‭ (Genesis‬ ‭33:13-14‬, NIV‬‬).

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