Thursday, May 23, 2013

Morning by Morning, May 23 - Taking Time to Honor God at the Altar of Our Hearts

Good morning, Lord Jesus. Align my heart and my thoughts with Yours, O God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  ...

"Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel.... And there, in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written. All Israel, alien as well as citizen, with their elders and officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark in front of the levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded at first, that they should bless the people of Israel. And afterward he read all the words of the law, blessings and curses, according to al that is written in the book of the law" (Joshua 8:30-34).

Joshua and Israel crossed over the Jordan into their promised land to begin the battles to take possession of their inheritance. They soon saw victory at Jericho and defeat at Ai. Then through confession, repentance, and forgiveness, they went up again into battle at Ai and saw victory. Now it was time to humble themselves before Your altar and gather around the ark of Your Presence to honor You as their God and the Source of their victories and their inheritance. Like Moses before him, Joshua was to "bless the people" by leading them to align their hearts and their minds with Your Word, as he spoke the Word of God into their spirits.

Lord God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - You are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You are the God of Israel and the God of all who willing choose to humble themselves before You to seek Your face and welcome Your Presence into our hearts to yield to Your Word and Your ways in our lives. You are the God who wants to bless our spirits and awaken our hearts to arise into newness of life every day and embrace the fullness of our inheritance in You as children of God.

Let us take time every day in the altar of our hearts to remember You are the Source of everything good in our lives and You are the Authority to guide every step along the way of our journey into spiritual maturity. As Your Word declared long ago and still blesses our spirits today:  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJ). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

My Friend,  may the Lord bless your spirit with His words of Spirit and Life stirring in your heart, as He directs your paths this day and every day. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend! 

Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257