Mornings With God

As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.

~ Isa 66:13

Every one knows how a mother comforts her child. It is not so much by words as by love’s tenderness.

In great sorrow we do not care to hear arguments and reasons – not even verses of Scripture; we want simply to rest in silence on the bosom of love. Jesus put God’s comfort among the Beatitudes: “Blessed are they that morn, for they shall be comforted.” There must be something very precious, very rich in comfort that makes it worth while even to have sorrow to get it.

Some of us think we are comforting people when we sit down beside them in their trouble and sympathize with them, as we call it, going down into the depths with them, but doing nothing to lift them up. To comfort is to strengthen.

We comfort others truly when we make them stronger to endure, when we enable them to pass through their sorrows victoriously. That is the way Christ comforts. He sympathizes with them, but it is that He may make them strong to endure.

Bring Healing

Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. [NLT] 
~ Proverbs 12:18

Whether you recognize it or not, you are not the only one walking around with hurts, scars and open wounds. If you are able to look beyond your hurts for a moment, you can then truly see how much power you have. You actually have the power to build someone up! As a result you will find healing in watching your powerful words become fuel for empowerment to the person you speak into. 

Great Things

For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.
~ Luke 1:49 [NLT]

Pause to recollect what great things God has done for you.  As we launch into a new year, take a moment to journal or even share with a friend the testimony of how God worked on your behalf this past year.  Don’t forget to praise God for the great things He has done before pressing forward into the business of the new year ahead. 

People Who Long

But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.
~ 1 Timothy 6:9 [NLT]

Ask around and everyone will tell you they wish they had more money. But yet, more than likely, there is food on the table and clothes on their backs. We must be diligent in our thoughts to avoid longing to be rich. This greediness leaves us vulnerable to take risks that lead to ruin all for the sake of being rich. Seek out contentment in the Lord and you will receive many blessings. 

Side Effects of Talent

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.
~ Romans 12:6 [NLT]

Everyone has some awesome gifts that God has given to us. But like side-effects to medicine, gifts have associated habits or behaviors that may be distracting. You may have a talent to multi-task and juggle many things but that may come at a price of not being able to devote your complete attention on one person. Maybe your gift is carefully crafting your words when you speak to be respectful of other’s feelings. However, others may see you as being quiet or disinterested because of that. Keep this in mind the next time someone’s behavior bothers you. Be patient and understanding of those behaviors while honoring God for creating the awesome gifts they showcase. 

Morning Prayer

Matthew 5:8; Titus 1:15-16

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I pray that you will cultivate a pure heart, for those who are pure in heart see God. I pray for strength to guard your heart from the impurity and corruption of the world. I pray that you will live a pure and holy life at all times in accordance to the Word of God. I pray that your actions will honor the Lord, and may you never deny Him. I pray that you will know God in a deeper way as you keep a pure heart.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Final Conclusions

That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.
~ Ecclesiastes 12:13 [NLT]

Solomon spent his whole life searching for meaning and wisdom. After spending his days indulging, worshiping, seeking, and learning his final conclusion was this: Fear God and obey him.  Have you chosen to obey God with your life?  Wisdom starts with surrendering our actions to our Lord?