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Joy in the Morning

7:00 am 9:00 pm

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Joy in the Morning

7:00 am 9:00 pm

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Saturday 5:00 am 7:00 am
Sunday 5:00 am 7:00 am
Monday 5:00 am 7:00 am
Tuesday 5:00 am 7:00 am
Wednesday 5:00 am 7:00 am
Thursday 5:00 am 7:00 am
Friday 5:00 am 7:00 am

Worship and morning devotion

A new day.  For some it brings with it renewed fear.  For some reminders of unsolved problems.  For some, just another stressful day following a restless night.  For some new days bring no hope, only more of the same; more pain, more frustration, more grief, more distress.

However, God says not so!   The Bible says in Lamentations 3 vs 22-23:

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassion never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

God says each new day brings new hope; a chance to start over.  Many may say ‘this hasn’t happened for me.  Each day is just the say as the last’.   The issue here is the mindset.  Change is cultivated first in the mind.  The ‘glass half full’ is a real theory.  Change rarely comes to the pessimistic mind.  Faith in God demands an optimistic attitude.  No-one says this is an easy task, but the Bible says in Romans 12 v 2:

“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

We need to change the way we think.  Some know it as ‘renewal of the mind’.

So, mind renewed, how do we access this new hope?  The answer is as old as time itself; through prayer.  Peter Greig, the author of the book ‘How to Pray’ gives us these tips for establishing morning prayer:

P = pause (be still, calm your mind)

R = rejoice (praise Him)

A = ask (Ask!)

Y = yield (or, in other words, say yes to His will)

Establishing prayer as a morning habit helps us to draw near to Him during the day and, in turn, helps us to cultivate a spirit of joy, one of the many fruits of the spirit as found in Galatians 5 vs 22-23:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Let the Holy Spirit guide you into a new day, with its new hope and new mercies.  Always remember, ‘they are new every morning’.

Have a blessed day!

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