I love watching the sunrise (even if it does rise in the early am) there is something cleansing and renewing about those rays of warm bright light breaking the horizon. It brings a feeling of peace as the light chases away those unsettling things of darkness and restores my ability to see everything more clearly. Fear is instantly brought to a minimum as spiritual strength is renewed with a clear resolve for today. This is why I find daybreak to be the ultimate time for communing with Jesus! He helps me set my mind, heart, and attitude for the day before my mind gets corroded with all the corruption of people and problems. I’ve found that it’s best to start my day ahead (in my heart and mind) instead of behind (in my attitude) with people. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT), 22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
It is as if God created the sun and gave it some of the virtues of the Son as it calms my mind from the previous events of yesterday and thoughts during the night before, which disturbed my rest. Jesus always promises me a better day of abiding in Him, as found in Lamentations 3:24 (NLT), I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” It is this hope that brings a peace about my being and gives me what I need to face the day with confidence that God can and will do what He says He’ll do. I truly believe my God given purpose in this life, is to LET GOD BE GOD and me be the best me He created me to be! Now that’s something to be thankful for!
I am painfully aware that there are a lot of people struggling with this because they have such a small concept of who God actually is. They apply to the Jesus in the lamp theory, ergo they said the prayer and missed the miracle! There was no heart change, therefore no life change, in other words they met the preacher without meeting the Savior. I think Lamentations 3 touches on this in verse 25, which is a pretty solid measuring tool toward self-examination. Lamentations 3:25 (NLT), The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. Several questions immediately enter my mind, am I truly committed to searching for Jesus? If so, where, and how will I search to know Him more today than yesterday? Will I depend on and be obedient to His words both written (the bible) and spoken (preached)? Is my soul immersed in God’s love enough to overflow? These are the type question that come up during my am quite time with the son of God and it seems even better enjoying Jesus while watching the rising of God’s created sun. God is good!
Here is another revelation God gave me many years ago in Lamentations 3:28-29 (NLT), 28 Let them sit alone in silence beneath the Lord’s demands. 29 Let them lie face down in the dust, for there may be hope at last. Attitude of Gratitude! I am thankful for God’s gift of another day, which means I still have a purpose for being here. No matter my surroundings, the only outside influences that affect my day are those which I allow to. You see, during my early am time with Jesus, I receive the power to find good in the bad, find hope in suffering and find joy in sadness. I have had the great honor and privilege of knowing remarkable people that have learned this revelation from Jesus and passed it on to me. For those I am truly thankful to God for their encouragement, guidance, and love. They found that rising with the son, was far greater than rising to watch the sun! For me, a beautiful sunrise is great but to rise with the son at sunrise is exclusively awesome!
I have chosen Lamentations 3: for my prayer, this week. Dear Lord: Please help us to understand and take heed to Lamentations 3:40 (NLT), Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Please! Have us to seek you, as written in Lamentations 3:55-58 (NLT), 55 But I called on your name, Lord, from deep within the pit. 56 You heard me when I cried, “Listen to my pleading! Hear my cry for help!” 57 Yes, you came when I called; you told me, “Do not fear.” 58 Lord, you have come to my defense; you have redeemed my life. May I and we always have this on our mind and in our heart. Amen
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!
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