Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Monday, May 18, 2020
Burning Hearts with the Fire of God! - Morning by Morning, May 18, 2020
Morning by Morning, May 18 - Burning Hearts with the Fire of God!
Good morning, Lord Jesus. King of Kings and Lord of Lords, be King of my heart and Lord of my life this day and every day, as I begin my day embraced by my Father, centered in Christ, and filled afresh with Your Holy Spirit. ...
"Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. And He said to them, 'What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?' They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered Him, 'Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days? He asked them, 'What things?' They replied, 'The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed Him over to be condemned to death and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the One to redeem Israel...'" (Luke 24:13-21).
In the days between Passover and Pentecost, these two disciples of Yours on their walk to Emmaus were trying to figure out all that had happened. On the one hand, they were "looking sad" and felt deep disappointment because they "had hoped" things were going to turn out differently than they had. On the other hand, at the same time, they had heard great news that great things had happened in ways they didn't yet fully understand. They were expressing this to You as well, before they recognized You was the very One they who was so patiently waking with them on their journey all along, saying: "It is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find His body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive! Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said..." (v. 21-14).
As we walk out these days between our Passover and Pentecost on our Biblical calendar of this powerfully prophetic year of 2020, there's so much going on in our hearts as well. Things that make us sad for what it seems we have lost. Things that haven't worked out in the way we had hoped according to what we had planned. Yet, at the same time, hearing and seeing amazing things in our midst. Words we've heard from You in our hearts keep bubbling up to the surface, almost ready to burst forth like a wellspring of hope and a fountain of life from deep down inside.
And as it turns out, You've been with us all along! You've been at work in our hearts and in our hopes and in our dreams preparing the way for what You have next, for what You've known and planned all along!
You drew near to those disciples of Yours on their walk to Emmaus, between their Passover and their Pentecost, speaking Your words of spirit and life and truth, reminding them of what You had said, encouraging with what was to come, and even lovingly correcting them in their lack of faith and trust in the words You had said and the Scriptures of the Word of God: "Then (Jesus) said to them, 'Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into His glory?' Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them the things about Himself in all the Scriptures" (v. 25-27)
As You spoke to them, their hearts burned within them! (v. 32) As they took hold of You in their burning hearts and in the breaking of bread in communion with You, "their eyes were opened, and they recognized (You)!" (v. 30-31)
You removed their sadness and filled them with joy! You gave them such comfort in the midst of all the changes and imparted courage to step into their future. You opened the eyes of their hearts to see You and Your plans more clearly than ever before -- like 2020 vision!
They couldn't wait to go spread the news! "That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, 'The Lord has risen indeed! And He appeared to Simon!' Then they told what had happened on the road, and how He had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread!" (v. 33-35)
In these days between our Passover and Pentecost, between the day of Your Resurrection and the day of the great outpouring of Your Holy Spirit, You are preparing our hearts. We're Your disciples on the road of our journey with You. And though You've been with us all along, You are also drawing near in deeper ways to manifest Your Presence, to burn in our hearts by Your Spirit, to open our eyes to Your Word, in invite us to encounters with You in the breaking of the bread of the Word of God and the abiding communion of Your Presence.
Father, we long for a great outpouring of Your Holy Spirit! Yes, on the Day of Pentecost at the end of this month, but also on every day as we come to the end of ourselves and anything we understand or planned apart from Your perfect plan.
Come, Holy Spirit! Give us burning hearts with the Fire of God! We pray for revival and awakening--here in our hearts and here in our world! Let our hearts burn within us, as You set us ablaze as the body and bride of Christ, filled afresh with the Spirit of Christ, to go forward boldly and passionately in the great ministry of Christ in world, whether at home or abroad, whether face to face or through the airways of the internet! Like those disciples on the walk to Emmaus, we can't wait to go share the Good News of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God! He is risen! "The Lord has risen indeed!" In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My friend, may you be consumed with a burning heart in the Fire of God, filled afresh with the Holy Spirit and embraced by the arms of our Father to go share the good news of Jesus in the power and love of God everywhere He sends you, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!