Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Don’t Waste Your Mornings

Broadcast 4060
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Psalms 5:3 (ESV): “O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch."

How do you begin your day? What are the first thoughts that flood your mind when you open your eyes in the morning? What are those things that keep you in bed and draw your attention whenever you awaken? There are hungers and avoidances that draw our hearts and attention every morning. Pastor John Piper categorizes them as novelty hunger, ego hunger, entertainment hunger, boredom avoidance, responsibility avoidance, and hardship avoidance. But there is a better way to begin the day. It will take some planning and discipline.

What we want in the morning is to be filled with the Spirit of God. We want something that will give us a zeal for the glory of Christ for the day’s work. We want to be strengthened to face whatever the day may bring. We want to go into the day filled with righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost and extend these to others around us. That is the real agenda to pursue in the morning.

Let the first thing out of your mouth in the morning be a cry to God, telling Him how much you love and need Him. Let God be the first to hear your voice in the morning before all others. Then prepare a sacrifice, which is your body. Dedicate your body afresh to Him this morning and watch. Watch and wait in expectation because He will show up for you in the course of your day.

Pray with the Psalmist: O Lord, in the morning you will hear my voice; in the morning I will pray to you and watch for your answer.
—Ubokudom Otuokon

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