“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” (Isaiah 50:4). God is up long before any newscaster and unlike the fake news of today, His Truth is accurate. He awakens our ears that we may hear His Word that He has for us. God should be the first person we go to every morning to get the true news. God loves you and sent His Son Jesus to die for your sins and by trusting in Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you can have eternal life. Now that is news worth shouting for, Praise The Lord.
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (Ephesians 5:2). We are to imitate God by living a life of love. Our example of love should be that of Christ’s love for us. He loves us to the extent that He died for us. His sacrifice was acceptable to God as a sweet aroma. We are to love to the extent that we would give our lives for those whom we love, even to God Himself. Is your love self-sacrificing, does it have a sweet aroma? Imitate Christ, give your love away by giving yourself to Jesus and others. Give His love away by sharing Christ with a lost soul.
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psalm 5:3). Prayer is communication with God. However, for most of us, it is a one-way street. We lay our heart to God and expect Him to give us what we want. We never take the time to listen. Let me share a secret about prayer. Prayer is also a time of worship. When you go to God in prayer don’t focus on your needs, let your gaze be upon God and glance at your request. God knows your heart, focus on Him and show Him that you trust Him to do whatever He needs to do in life. So look up and worship God this morning.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11). We are encouraged to be strong in the Lord and through the power of His might, and we are told to put on the whole armor of God. We do not wear armor as they did in Paul’s day, however, we need protection from Satan. Literally, through prayer, we are to put on each piece. The Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God are to be put on every day. Put on the whole armor of God so that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
“And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, and he passed on, but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.” (1 Samuel 9:27). Samuel is preparing to anoint Saul King over Israel. After sending the servant on by Samuel tells Saul to “Stand still a while, that I may shew thee the Word of the Lord.” There are times in our lives when we are praying or reading the Bible or even worshipping at church with other believers, that we miss hearing God. Things around and even within us clamor for our attention. We are not still before Him and therefore, we miss hearing the Word of God. Take a moment to be still before the Lord. Let Him speak to your heart, listen and be obedient.
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” (Luke 15:10). We don’t often think of God rejoicing, but He does, and in this passage, He rejoices over one that was lost and is now found. Are there problems in your life caused by your sin? Repent and turn back to God today. Zephaniah 3:17 says “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Let God rejoice over you.
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8). 400 years before Christ, the prophet Micah had the right idea of what it is to love God and your neighbor. First, to walk humbly with God means to love Him and to be obedient to Him. Secondly, we must show mercy and be just to all mankind. It reminds you of the words of Christ “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39). Do what the Lord requires of you; do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.