New Mercies Every Morning

New Mercies every Morning

Lamentations 3: 21-24 

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

God’s compassion and His mercies towards us are ever fresh. He renews his compassions and mercies towards us on a daily basis. The Lord’s mercifulness towards us means that he does not treat us as our sins deserve. He overlooks our faults and treats us from the perspective of his Son, who was the perfect offering for our sins.

We are by nature deserving of God’s wrath, but because of the riches of God’s mercy towards us he made us alive in Christ even when we were spiritually dead in sin. Christ’s death on the cross fully satisfied the righteous requirements of God and we can add nothing to what he did. Our role is to accept what Jesus has done for us in faith and thankfulness.

God invites each morning to come boldly before his throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4: 16). Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed or either by his wrath or even the challenges that come against us in life. We can therefore praise our God each morning saying like Jeremiah ‘Great is your faithfulness ‘.

Reflections

  1. Write down at least two ways in which the Lord has revealed his mercies to you in the past?
  2. In what ways are you in need of the Lord’s mercies this morning?

Prayer: ‘Lord, I thank you for your mercies that are new towards me this morning. I recognize that your mercies endure forever and your compassions towards me never fail. Open my heart to know and experience the riches of your mercies towards me. May the song in my heart this day be ‘Great is your faithfulness!’

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Wisdom from the Stars

Every person can be likened to a star within the galaxy of which there are millions upon millions. There are some stars, large and bright that stand out prominently in the night and are part of a formation like the Bear or the Orion. Millions of stars are however unknown,undiscovered and indistinguishable against the night sky. However, if we were to zoom in closer and get into the neighborhood of these unknown stars we would discover an amazing thing; each star has its own sphere, and within that sphere, it is the star that gives light to the atmosphere around it and keeps out the darkness. Each of us has a sphere of influence, be it within our family, school, workplace, neighborhood or society. Whereas, we may not always take a prominent place, or be renowned, each of us has opportunity and responsibility to cast our light and keep out the darkness within our atmosphere. Jesus Christ in Mathew 5: 15-16 tells us ‘Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven‘. God puts his light within men, not so that they may hide it, but that they may shine it out within their sphere of influence that all those around may see the light and glorify God. Allow God to shine out through you today!

WISDOM FROM THE STARS

As I stood staring into the dark of night

I was drawn to the stars, such a wondrous sight

How majestic they stood, in the heavenly height

Iridescent in splendor, each shining bright.

Gazing into the blackness, I pondered their plight

How against the cloak of darkness, were they to fight?

Would the daunting shadow, their beauty blight?

Worse still, be defeated and put to flight.

Then it dawned on me, glorious insight

Of such simplicity, could this be right?

That they did not wage war by power, or win by might

But they were victorious, by casting their light.

So when pushed to a corner or hemmed in tight

Or foes surround and you feel real slight

Stand firm dear friend, don’t’ give in to fright

Remember the wisdom, gleaned from the stars of night

Philippians 2:15-16

“Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.

The Needful Thing: The Power of Focus and Prioritization

Luke 10:41-42 
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
At any given time there are a myriad of things that bay for our attention. It may be deadline, schedules, bills to be paid, balancing between family and work  or even as we start a new year, a long list of things to do otherwise known as resolutions. Against these background of exigencies, focusing and prioritizing can be a challenge and in the process we can lose our peace and sometimes our sense and sensibility as we juggle competing demands.
In the account above, Martha was in a flurry of activity trying to put together a gourmet meal for a guest she loved, honored and clearly wanted to impress. Mary on the other hand sat serenely at the feet of Jesus seemingly oblivious and unperturbed by  the chaos that was going on around her. She focused only on Jesus and what he was saying. This must have prickled Martha to no end because at last she came to huffing and puffing (possible with a few strands of her hair in hand) before Jesus accusing her sister of being insensitive and demanding that Jesus should order Mary to join her in her labors. Jesus points out to Martha that the issue was not her sister, Mary, but was her concern with many things that had left her with frayed nerves and clearly stressed out. Jesus tells Martha, that at that particular moment, only one thing was important and needed attention and that was him. This was something Mary had grasped and hence her poise and composure amidst the chaos. After all Jesus had fed thousands from a small boys lunch of two fish and five loaves of bread, surely he could snap up a supernatural gourmet meal if he wanted?!
There is a needful thing  at any given moment no matter the number of things that demand our attention and we need to be able to identify it, prioritize it and focus on it. Dr. Joseph Duran in the late 1940’s must have had an inkling of the needful thing when he came up with the ‘Pareto principle’ otherwise phrased as ‘the vital few and the trivial many’. Dr. Juran fronted that in any given set of things only 20% of the set contributed to 80% of the desired result. What this means for us is that, in whatever setting we may be whether at home, at work , in business or even in our spiritual life, we need to identify the vital 20% that we should focus on to get the 80% result that we desire. When we identify the vital or needful and are focused on it , then like Mary we will be unperturbed by the many but trivial concerns that would stress us out and cause us to be inefficient in the use of our time and resources.
By focusing on the vital few, we will reap the greatest profit or productivity for the use of our time, effort and I believe even monetary investment and will be in a better frame of mind to manage the trivial many. So I challenge you, at the beginning of this year, go through the list of resolutions you have made, identify the top three resolutions which in your view will result in the greatest progress growth, profit, health or improvement in your life. Write down the results  or returns you expect to get from this top three, note down the action points for each of the three priorities and especially what you will begin to do today, this week and this month. Set a specific time frame for when you will review your progress and lastly get a good friend or family member to keep you accountable on your top three items for 2014.
Don’t wait until tomorrow…identify the needful thing for today, better yet for the next one hour of your life……..and get started.

New Manna Each Morning

Exodus 16: 4 

Then the Lord said to Moses. ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day 

For each day of the forty years the Israelites spent in the desert, God provided them with the bread of heaven each morning. The only task required of the people was to go out and gather it, each person as much as they needed or desired and there were no restrictions as to how much each could gather. Likewise  God provides us with the fresh manna of His word for each day and it is up to us to get up and gather as much as we want.

God gave further instructions on the gathering and storing of the manna in Exodus 16: 19. None of the manna collected was to be kept until the following morning as it would go rotten. God’s desire was that the people would awake each morning with the expectation that He would provide for them. He wanted them to rely on the promise He had given them that He would provide for them daily.

In what is famously known as the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ in the gospels, Jesus taught his disciple to ask the Father to provide for their daily bread. There is a fresh word and fresh provision from our heavenly Father each day and He desires of us today as He did in the wilderness that we come out each morning expecting to meet with His provision. Do not live on yesterday’s bread, the Father has fresh bread for you this morning, ask Him for it.

Reflections

  1.  During your quiet times with God, do you expect to receive a fresh word from him?
  2. Write down two things that prevent you from asking and believing that God will provide for you daily?

Prayer: ‘Father I acknowledge from your word that you provide for me daily and your desire is that I should expect to receive from you every day. This morning I come asking for your fresh word, open my eyes to see and receive what you provide for me today. I thank you for your providence in the name of Jesus. Amen

Morning by Morning

Isaiah 50: 4 

He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught’

May each new day come with the realization that ‘He wakens us’. It is God who wakens us each morning. He not only wakens our physical bodies and our consciousness but he also wakens our spirits to tune in to him. He opens our spiritual ears to listen to Him and be taught of Him. Each new day brings a new word, a fresh insight and new strength .It is only by listening and tuning to him at the start of each new day that we get to know Him. He reveals his will to us and His purpose for our lives. As he wakens us may our response be like Isaiah in 

Isaiah 50: 5

The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back’ 

Reflections

  1.  Are you aware that He wakens you each day?
  2. What has been your response when the Lord wakens you?
  3.  How will you respond differently from today when He wakens you?

Prayer: ‘Open my ears Lord and teach me to listen. Help me hear all that you would say to me this morning. Let me be tuned in to you and conscious of your presence as I go through this day. I ask this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Whispers in the Morning

There is something special about early morning.

When the night steals away, and daylight shyly slips in.

Creation is still sleeping, and many not yet stirring

And the birds greet the dawn with melodious tweeting

  

The moon says goodbye, behind the clouds hiding

And in the horizon, the sun’s head is seen bobbing

It’s yellow face radiant with eagerness glowing

Bathing the earth with its warmth and lighting

 

He who never sleeps has been patiently waiting

He sends His Spirit and angels to do the inviting

‘Come away my beloved,’ he is gently calling

‘Come away with me to our special trysting’

 

To those who will respond, all else abandoning

To meet with the Father with nothing obstructing

Will experience His presence completely consuming

And hear his whispers of love in the morning