Saturday, February 27, 2010

Morning by Morning, Saturday 2-27-10 – “Renewal of All Things” Good morning, Lord Jesus. Into Your hands I commit my spirit, soul, and body—in this age and in the age to come. Put Your thoughts in my mind and Your desires in my heart, as You help me learn to live in Your ways. … “Then Peter said in reply, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed You. What then will we have?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for My name’s sake will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:27-29). At the renewal of all things, You will set all things right. Every wound will be healed, every bondage will be broken. We will be emptied of ourselves and filled with You, freed from our will and our ways and committed to Yours. There will at last be peace on earth and peace in our souls. You are already in the process of renewing all things—all things we will now entrust into Your hands and surrender to Your will, as we welcome Your Spirit into the depths of our lives. “So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). And in that process, You are shaking everything that needs to be shaken, breaking everything that needs to be broken, and restoring everything that needs to be restored. Sometimes it’s fun and sometimes it’s not; sometimes it breaks Your heart as much as it breaks ours; and sometimes the joy You have in Your Spirit of all we will become overflows into our spirits as well. “For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen, but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17). No matter what we lose now in this age for the sake of our commitment to Christ, it will not even be worth comparing to all we will gain that really matters in the age to come. You give us room to grieve our loss, but You also give us grace to keep looking up, keep pressing in, and keep pressing on. Day by day, You’re still creating us, always renewing us, and forever making us into the image of our God. “Restore us to Yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored; renew our days as of old” (Lamentations 5:21). “You send forth Your Spirit, (we) are created; and You renew the face of the ground”; and You renew the hearts of Your people (Psalm 104:30). So let this be my prayer—morning by morning and day by day: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10, KJV). It will be worth it forever. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays Subscribe for free by email to me at Messiah Ministries -- "Preparing the Way of the Lord ... Ministering the Healing Love of God" 2800 Tates Creek Rd; Lexington, KY 40502 Order my books and our resources on-line: