Invasion of Light

Discovering God's Glory One Day at a Time

Category: Morning Thought

Seeing Differently

Morning Thought: Did you know the Bible hardly ever talks about skin colour? It doesn’t divide the world into black and white. Instead, it distinguishes between the righteous and wicked. God also celebrates the nations, each ethnic family is precious to him. The Father sees the heart rather than appearances. Let’s start to see things like God rather than the world. Remember what the Lord said to Samuel? “Do not consider his appearance or his height…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7,‬ ‭NIV‬‬).

Imagine

Morning Thought: Imagine the Queen invited you to tea. Or, picture your favourite sports star wanted to hang out with you. I know I'd be excited; a little nervous, but enthusiastic. Now here's the thing: the Creator of the Universe wants to spend time with you. He's called you into his throne room. He desires to speak with you and he is far more important than the greatest men and women on earth. Why do people get bored with God? It's because their eyes fail to see and their ears don't hear. But you're different. Today, the King is calling. Listen to the Bridegroom in the Song of Songs: “My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely” (Song of Songs‬ ‭2:14‬, NIV‬‬).

Why Do Birds Sing?

Morning Thought: Ornithologists say that one of the chief reasons birds sing is for protection. If they sing it means they're strong. Their joy repels predators. If they don't sing, they're weak and easy prey. Imagine a boxer who laughs his way through a fight. He has no fear of his opponent. God's called you to be a joyful warrior. Singing, dancing, laughing, praising—your joy comes from Jesus, not what you're facing. Paul lived like this. Listen to what he said: “I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds” (‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:4‬, ‭NIV‬).

How the Lord Leads

Morning Thought: When God saves you, he brings you into a broad place, a space of freedom. He is your Lord, but he does not treat you like a puppet. Nor does he make every decision for you. He leads and guides, he even disciplines. With this new found freedom, make sure you inquire of the Lord. Remember, not every open door is his perfect will, nor is every closed door against his will. Know him in relationship, not circumstance and confirmation. "He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me" (2 Samuel‬ ‭22:20‬‬).

Impenetrable

Morning Thought: The Roman army had a very unique way to advance. It was called the tortoise (testudo) formation. Their shields were long and the soldiers in front would make a wall with them. Then the soldiers in the centre would put their shields above their heads to make a roof. The soldiers on the sides could also make a wall, covering their vulnerability. It has been written that this shell formation was so strong that chariots could ride on top of their shields. When we as brothers and sisters in Christ stand together in faith and love, the enemy's missiles cannot penetrate us. He will attack, but not overcome. Let's be armed, dangerous and interlocked. “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one…With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians‬ ‭6:16, 18‬, NIV).

Lifting the Darkness

Morning Thought: There's one way to get rid of darkness. No amount of jumping up and down, or shouting and getting red-faced, will help. Shine a light and darkness flees. When David prayed—"Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, Lord"—he knew that the true source of light is God's face. When the Lord looks on you with joy the darkness leaps for cover. May the light of God's face shine on you today. May it put everything into perspective and give you joy unspeakable. He really lights up the room, and your life. “Many are saying, 'Who will show us any good?' Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD!” (Psalms‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NASB‬‬).

There’s a Way Out

Morning Thought: When we first moved into 117 Queen Street, we did not know the building well. Our team forgot the entrance key and we got locked inside. Calls were made to the security company; they'd get us out for a large fee. But if we knew the building better, we would have realised that there was a way out. It was through the fire escape door. Better yet, it was free. Do you know your salvation? Jesus purchased your freedom on the cross. You can walk out of the jail cell of sin, free. The door is open; there's no need to pay for this escape. Listen to Paul: "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it" (1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬‬).

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