Trust In The Lord

4 Aug

Trust In The Lord…

Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will direct your path.”

When most people talk about “trusting God” – they mean “Just trust in the Lord. Don’t do anything. Stop trying, just trust.” We use the word ‘trust’ in a negative sense… not in the sense of doing anything but rather in the sense of not doing anything.

That’s not really what the Bible is saying. The Hebrew word for trust is Batach. Batach means to hide in for refuge, to be confident in, to be sure, to hope in something concrete and definitive.

Faith, or trust, is really a verb that requires acting and choosing to act. One of our mistakes in the Lord is we tend to think about faith primarily as a noun.

We speak about “having faith” or “not having faith”… or having doubt. Doubt is a verb and so is trust. Even if you don’t have faith and you are not a great faith warrior, its okay.

Choose to trust and you will have faith. For faith, batach, is a verb.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Psalm 37:3

In every situation, challenge, and problem today, choose to actively put your trust in the Lord and His power.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

He Is Always In Control

3 Aug

He is always in control…

It was early morning, the sun had just begun to rise. Grandfather and I went on a journey to the city through the desert riding on horses. The purpose of the trip was to pick up supplies for the school. But, as usual, he had more than one purpose in mind.

One thing I want you do today, he said, is to keep watch over the sun.

It was a strange directive, even for a nine year old, but I did my best, noting from time to time it’s position in the sky. At journeys end, upon our return, he questioned me.

What did you see? He asked

Nothing out of the ordinary, I replied, nothing of note. The sun was just the sun.

He got quiet for a moment deep in thought, then started. I imagine, he said, that at times it was obscured by the mountains, the trees, and the buildings of the city. But otherwise, I imagine it stayed the same, certainly the same size. I would also imagine that the landscape was continually changing, everything was changing around us except for the sun.

That’s true, I said, but isn’t that the way the sun works?

Yes, but why is that the way the sun works?

It’s because although a mountain or a house or even a hand can appear bigger than the sun and can, for a time obscure it, the reality is that the sun’s true magnitude, it’s actual size, is so enormous, so colossal, that the highest mountain on earth is as nothing in comparison. It also shows who is control of things here on earth.

It doesn’t appear so in the short run, but it becomes clear over the long run. Even in our little journey, everything we saw completely changed, the hills, the mountains, everything but the sun. If we had traveled thousands of miles, it wouldn’t have made a difference. The sun’s colossal magnitude is manifested by it’s changelessness. What does that reveal?

Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, ‘ I am the Light of the World.’ Since that time, ages have begun and ended, continents and civilizations have been discovered, kingdoms and empires have risen and fallen, kings and luminaries have appeared and passed away. And some of these have, for a moment, seemed larger. For a time they obscured the figure of the Nazarene.

But in the long run, over the course of the long journey, they’ve all passed away. Everything has changed… except Him. All the rest lies in ruins and rubble or in the pages of history… but He remains, unchanged, undiminished.. as central, as pivotal and as colossal as He has ever been. Everything changes but Him. He is the sun. And the immensity of His magnitude is manifested by His changelessness.

Today, see all things in view of the big picture. Whatever problems or issues you have are small in comparison to Him and will pass in the magnitude of the Son.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

When we stop and think about our life and all the problems we have faced – it becomes very clear that God has His hands and eyes on everything. He is always in control.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Secret Of The Zeroah

3 Aug

The Secret Of The Zeroah…

In the Temple of Jerusalem was a room called the “Holy Place.” There was only one door and no windows. The Holy Place was lit up by a golden seven branched lamp stand filled with oil and the menorah.

It didn’t matter how bright it was outside or if it was morning, noon, or night. The light of the holy place was an inner light.

You are the Temple of the living God. The primary light of your life must also come, from within. If you’re seeking your joy from a person or circumstance, then you’re seeking to be filled from the outer light.

However all the outer things can never fill up your heart with true light. The more you seek to be filled up by the things which are outside, the more empty your inside will be.

If you are God’s child, then you have the honor and privilege of being filled up from the inside out. Stop living from the outside in. Live from the inner lamp of Jesus in your heart.

Then it won’t matter rain or shine, morning, noon, or night – your light will shine and your life will be full.

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1

Today, seek to live not from the outward light, the brightness of circumstances, but by the inner shining light of God’s joy and presence.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Minding Your Business

2 Aug

Minding Your Business…

I worked as a security guard when I was in college. One day a car theft ring came to our parking lot. My partner and I went into action.

We didn’t know what we were doing but we had seen enough movies and police shows that we said, “Hold it right there. Put your hands up.” The thieves thought we knew what we were doing so they surrendered.

I learned something. You don’t have to know what you’re doing, but if you act as if you do it’s amazing what you can accomplish.

The Bible says, “To live as beloved children.” Imagine yourself as a beloved child who grew up in heaven with perfect love, acceptance, joy, purity and holiness.

What would a child of heaven do or think? What would a child of heaven desire? Think as they would think. Desire what they would desire. Live as they would.

Just as I learned from making an arrest from a total bluff, there’s no telling how far you can go when you don’t know what you’re doing, but acting as if you do. Live as beloved children of heaven and you will be.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8

Live this day as if you had grown up in Heaven, knowing nothing but love, and see how things change.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Bridegroom’s Oil

31 Jul

The Bridegroom’s Oil…

In the Song of Solomon, the bride says to the bridegroom, “Your name is like Pure Oil.”

What this means is that the bride is so much in love with the bridegroom that she finds his name to be as gentle, soothing and lovely on her lips as oil.

The Bible says you’re the Bride and Messiah, Jesus, is your Bridegroom. The name of your Beloved needs to be on your lips in the same way.

His name “Christ” comes from Messiah or Mashiach, which also comes from the root word for oil. But there’s something even deeper here.

The word translated in English as Pure literally means “Pouring.” It says, “Your name is like POURING oil.” His name is to be always pouring forth. It doesn’t say, “Your name is like oil that has already been poured out.”

To really know the name of the Lord, it needs to be pouring forth from your heart and from your lips — not yesterday, not tomorrow, but now.

Let the Name Above All Names pour out. That’s when you’ll know the power of the Name that is like pouring oil.

Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you! Song of Solomon 1:3

Stop finding excuses not to talk about Yeshua. Find reasons to talk about Him in witnessing, in worship, and in praise. Let His name pour off your lips like oil.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Married From The Heart

30 Jul

Married From The Heart…

Imagine a marriage where the husband and wife each have a list of what the other must do, and a script for what the other must say. So when they speak to each other, it’s all from a script.

What would you think of such a marriage? It would all be outward, external… empty…. fake. But that’s exactly how many believers live out their relationships with God.

They look primarily at what they have to do for Him… and what He should do for them. They say the right words, sing the right songs, but because they have to – not because it’s really coming from their hearts.

But a marriage that’s alive and blessed is the one where each blesses the other from his or her heart. So a relationship with God that’s alive and blessed is one that flows from the heart.

It’s about seeking to know God’s heart, and to have God’s heart. And doing the right thing, not only because you have to; but because you want to, it’s your heart. Live with God from the heart, and your marriage to Him will be blessed and full of life

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. Matthew 15:18

How’s your heart relationship with the Lord? Think of a way to bless God from your heart today and He will do the same for you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Adam And The Cup Of Crushed Fruit

29 Jul

Adam And The Cup Of Crushed Fruit…

When Adam fell, it happened through the partaking of a fruit. Jesus came as the second Adam, to undo his fall.

As Adam partook of the fruit of the tree… so Jesus, on the sixth day, also part took of fruit as He drank the cup of the fruit of the vine.

This time, the fruit was crushed, as Jesus’s life would likewise be crushed. Adam ate the forbidden fruit and was sentenced to death. Jesus drank the cup of crushed fruit and then was led to his death.

Adam, was taken from a garden to the place where he would die. Jesus would also be taken from a Garden, the Garden of Gethsemane, to his death.

We, who follow the Lord, are told to partake of that same cup, the cup of the Lord’s Supper. It’s not just a cup of fruit, but of crushed fruit.

For by partaking of the crushing of Jesus, His death, by dying to self, is the power to overcome the curse of Adam.

The more we do so, the more we’ll overcome. For the blessings of the Tree of Life now comes to us in a cup of crushed fruit.

Think of an area in which you need to die to self? Embrace that dying. Accept it. And start rising in His resurrection power.

Reference: 1 Corinthians 11

Scorpions And Fish

28 Jul

Scorpions And Fish…

What father would give his son a stone instead of bread, or a snake instead of a fish, or a scorpion instead of eggs? No normal father would.

Jesus used that illustration to share how God our Heavenly Father would only give good things to His children. Now if Jesus went on, he might have noted that most good fathers will also make their children eat vegetables, lima beans, asparagus, broccoli, spinach.

But most of us didn’t ask for those things, and didn’t want them when they came. You see, a good father will also give his children what they need, even if they didn’t ask for it and don’t want it.

In other words, God also gives us what we don’t ask for, and don’t want – but need – like that trial, that problem, that person, that disappointment, that crisis.

Those are God’s vegetables. We don’t have to like them, but when you see them on your plate, start looking for the good, if not in the way they go down, then in what they will produce for you in the end. For God is not just the God of bread and fish; but of vegetables.

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9-11

Give thanks to God today for all those things you don’t want to give thanks to God for.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Secret Of The Cup

27 Jul

The Secret Of The Cup…

A Japanese legend: One day, a man named Hasnu was cutting a stone and he became miserable and discontent. He despised his life as a stone-cutter.

As he complained, he saw a king ride by on his horse. “I want to be king,” said Hasnu. His wish was granted. Hasnu became king. But while king, Hasnu looked up in the sky and realized that the sun was stronger than any king.

So he wished to become the sun, and his wish was granted. But then a cloud came and blocked out the light of the sun. So Hasnu became the cloud.

Then the cloud burst on the land, flooding everything, moving everything in its path, except for a huge rock. The rock was stronger, so Hasnu became the rock.

Then a man with a hammer and chisel came to the rock and began cutting it. Only then, did he realize, that the stone-cutter was more powerful than all of them.

Remember this, no matter what your situation, your position, your station, or your circumstances in life, there is no one so blessed, so well-off, and so mighty on earth as the one who loves and follows the Lord.

For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? Psalm 18:31

Count your blessings today – how blessed you are because you’re a child of God, a servant of God, and one who knows the Lord.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Love is the theme

26 Jul

1 Of the themes that men have known, 
One supremely stands alone; 
Through the ages it has shown, 
‘Tis His wonderful, wonderful love. 


Love is the theme, love is supreme; 
Sweeter it grows, glory bestows; 
Bright as the sun ever it glows! 
Love is the theme, eternal theme!

2 Let the bells of heaven ring, 
Let the saints their tribute bring, 
Let the world true praises sing 
For His wonderful, wonderful love. 

Love is the theme, love is supreme; 
Sweeter it grows, glory bestows; 
Bright as the sun ever it glows! 
Love is the theme, eternal theme!

3 Since the Lord my soul unbound, 
I am telling all around, 
Pardon, peace and joy are found 
In His wonderful, wonderful love. 

Love is the theme, love is supreme; 
Sweeter it grows, glory bestows; 
Bright as the sun ever it glows! 
Love is the theme, eternal theme!

4 As of old when blind and lame 
To the blessed Master came, 
Sinners, call ye on His name, 
Trust His wonderful, wonderful love. 

Love is the theme, love is supreme; 
Sweeter it grows, glory bestows; 
Bright as the sun ever it glows! 
Love is the theme, eternal theme!