Caffeinating your heart and soul in the morning

Psalm 5:3 “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice”

We know that God hears us 24 x 7, since He’s everywhere, all the time. But there is something special about that morning prayer, about that first prayer of the day. I’m afraid that in this 24 x 7 , very rushed world, we don’t take the time in the morning to pray and be with God. Communicating to God in prayer is very important, but this verse teaches us that the first prayer of the day is even more important.

I like to drink my coffee in the morning  to help me wake up. Do you also like some kind of caffeine to wake you up in the morning? There is not a better way to energize our heart and soul then to spend a few minutes with God before we start the hectic day. Many of us will check our email or Facebook first thing in the morning. Why not spend a few minutes, in quietness, without noise or television or phones to be with God in prayer? It sets the tone for the day. It helps you focus as to what is most important for the day- God

I also believe there are practical day to day advantages to that first morning prayer. By connecting with our God, the Maker of the universe, the one that is called love, it will help us have a better day.  It will help us remember what’s most important so that our busy day will not be as stressful because we will be reminded that God is love and He is in control. The day will still be full of stress and deadlines  and there still won’t be  enough minutes in the day, but praying  to God will help energize our heart and soul to make it through the day.

Most of us  in 2014 are time-poor: there is just not enough time to do everything. But waking up 5 minutes early to pray to God, will help your day go by smoother. It will help energize your soul and your heart.  Something to think about.  Luc

 

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Injecting What In Your Heart Will Give You Joy?

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In Psalm 4.7, the Bible says: “You have put gladness in my heart”


Do you want to be happy? Many people are looking for that one thing that will make them happy. Some think that making a lot of money will make them happy. Some think that getting that next raise will make them happy.  Some think that more education will make them happy. Some think that becoming famous will make them happy. But God gives us a joy that is permanent. What’s the difference between happiness and joy? Happiness is temporary and is usually dependent on something, someone,  or some event. Joy is a happiness that is totally independent of external events going on in your life. God can give us this kind of joy. How?  A life that is dedicated to loving God, serving God, and obeying God will lead to this great joy that can only come through God, the maker of the universe, the one that is called “love” (“God is love” (1 John 4.8))

We all want to be happy. Many search for happiness their whole life, and sadly never find it because they never find God. They never totally dedicate, serve and obey Him. In Ecclesiastes, we read of Solomon who tried literally everything to be “happy” including money (extreme wealth) and women. But nothing was truly satisfying, nothing gave him a true joy until he found God. That is why he said that everything under the sun is vanity (empty) , because only God is permanent,  only God can give us the fullness needed to give us joy.

Sometimes in an emergency doctors have to inject medicine directly into the heart. Spiritually, the only medicine that  can give you joy is God. What is being injected in your heart?  Something to think about.  Luc

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Delicious!

In psalm 1:2 , the Scriptures mention that the blessed man is the one who “delights in the law of the Lord”. The word delight and delicious come from the same root word.  I love Haagen Daas Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice cream- it’s DELICIOUS..The word of  God should be approached that way: it should be delicious spiritually, intellectually and emotionally… Why? Because it is the word of God, the one that is called “love”, the one who created the universe.  How great is that? It’s like a letter of instructions from the maker of the universe. Unfortunately, we often don’t see it as something that is delicious. Instead, we see it as a 3 year old sees an instruction to “do not touch the hot stove”. We feel that our freedom has been taken away, because we are not free to touch the stove. But that’s not the right way to look at Bible:  telling the 3 year old to not touch the stove is what’s best for that child. The same with the Scriptures: all that is in here is what’s best for us. We should be delighted, we should  believe that it’s delicious, instead of just restrictive.

The Word of the Lord is God- breathed (2 Tim 3.16) , and is useful for every day of our life. Many believe that the Bible is no longer relevant, that the Bible is an old-fashioned book that is no longer useful in this year 2014. But the Scriptures are from God and are eternal- they are timeless. But we need to delight in God’s word. We need to read it, study it, and meditate upon it.  By meditating, the scriptures merely mean to think about what you  read, what you heard. It’s like eating food: you can’t digest that apple. The apple is not useful to your body, until it is broken down. When you eat that apple, it goes to your stomach, where the digestion begins. Your body breaks down that apple into simple molecules (sugar) that your body can use for energy. This is the same with the word of God. We need to study (eat the word), but also it needs to be digested (meditating).

What a great privilege we have that the Word of God,  our communication from the maker of the universe. And we need to thank God for our eyes to be able to read this Bible, that it is readily available today, and we need to thank God for our literacy to be able to read and study it. How many of our ancestors would have loved to be able to hold the Word of God in their hand and to be able to read it? Something to think about! Luc

 

(This is my first Blog post based on our Sunday Morning Bible class on Psalms. I will attempt to have one new post about every week.

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