Prepare Ye The Way

14 Apr

Prepare Ye The Way…

For the observant Jew, Friday is a special day. It’s called the Day of Preparation. It’s the day given to prepare for the Shabbat, the Sabbath. So observant Jews will often rush around to do their shopping, to finish up what they have to in order to prepare for, and enter the Day of Rest.

Now when you read the Gospels, you come across an interesting phrase. It’s written that Jesus died on the Day of Preparation. The day He completed what He had to do, and then said, ‘It is finished.’ God gave His people the Sabbath, the Day of Rest and Blessing, so His people might find peace, healing, and communion with God.

This teaches us something very important. You need to prepare for blessing. If you want to enter God’s presence, you have to take it seriously and even, yes, labor to enter it.

You may even have to tie up loose ends, forgive that person, bless that other person, put away that other thing that has to go from your life. God has in store for you a Day of Blessing. But you need first to take a Day of Preparation.

Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. John 19:31

Today, make preparations for your ‘Day of Blessing’ by spending some great time in the presence of the Lord.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Waiting For Life

13 Apr

Waiting For Life…

Entire rooms are built just for people to wait in. Every doctor subscribes to magazines to keep you busy. You sit in a room full of strangers, sitting in a place you don’t want to be, with people you don’t particularly want to be with, waiting to go a place you don’t particularly want to go.

Whoever came up with the doctrine of Purgatory had to have spent a lot of his life waiting in a doctor’s office. Many believers spend their lives the same way.

Heaven is the office, and earth is the waiting room. They’re just waiting for it to be over – in a place they don’t want to be, with people they don’t want to be with, waiting for a place they hope will be better. They spend their days on earth just trying to get through.

This life isn’t a waiting room. God promised us life abundantly now. We look forward to heaven, but the heavenly life starts now or not at all. Stop waiting for life and start living it, fully, victoriously, and heavenly. This life is the beginning of eternal life and not a cosmic waiting room.

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Romans 5:17

Stop waiting to live – And start living. Live as if your heavenly life actually begins now.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

The Secret Of The Hidden Scrolls

12 Apr

The Secret Of The Hidden Scrolls…

Growing up, I had a Jewish friend who taught that the idea of a Messiah dying for sins was totally not Jewish even to this day. However, the disclosing of an ancient parchment, text 4Q285, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls refuted all that.

It says of the Messiah: “They will kill the Prince of the People…” In other words, Messiah will be killed and everything we were taught was wrong. It is Jewish to believe in a Messiah who is killed.

The Dead Sea Scroll continues: “They will kill the Prince of the People with khalal.” Khalal is the same word found in Isaiah 53: “‘He was pierced through for our transgressions.'” The word for wounded or pierced through is khalal.

So the scroll which was hidden in the Judean desert for two thousand years and then kept hidden from the public another forty years revealed to have said that Jesus will be killed in the same manner as the Savior of Isaiah 53, through piercings.

If you know anybody like that, He’s the Messiah who gave up His life for you. There’s only one thing you can do…follow Him with all your heart.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Meditate on the price paid for you by Jesus. Now pay any price, give up anything you need to give up, to bless Him.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

On Silence

11 Apr

On Silence..

In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are as one with Him. Empty yourself for it is only when you realize you are empty, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.

It is through prayer we talk to God, it is through prayer that He talks to us. Yet still so many say prayer is wasted time because they aren’t answered. But they are being answered, we just aren’t listening.

We were born with one mouth and two ears. This is because listening is more important than talking, not only in everyday life, but especially in prayer. It is so important that you were provided two ears just so you can hear what He is telling you.

Through the the years I have heard many complaints about prayer and I have talked many times on how prayer is answered. Many think that God must be ignoring them because they just aren’t getting the answers they want. I have learned that God gives me just what I need when I need it. It may be different from what I want, but it is exactly what I need.

I am reminded of my younger days when Grandfather would tell me: “Just because you don’t see His hand, don’t question His plan.” God has a plan for each and everyone of us, we just have to be patient and listen to what He whispers to our hearts.

In the bible every time Jesus prayed he went away from the crowd and prayed in seclusion. We are instructed in the bible to pray in a closet or some other place of privacy. The reason for doing this is so we can hear what His answer is. When He whispers in your ear or into your heart, it is best to be in a quiet place so you have no distractions from hearing His words.

As for myself, I am one who prays unceasingly. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18

For me this has been the most efficient way to talk with God. He is always there to guide my every move and I am always looking for ways to share the blessings He has given me. We are in continuous conversation with each other.

In every circumstance, good or bad, there is a gift waiting to be shared. Our life grows on how we accept and share these gifts. This brings me back to what I mentioned earlier – Just because you can’t see His hand, don’t question His plan!

Is there really anything so silent that you can’t hear it? Not really, even silence has a sound, if you listen closely.

The song by Simon and Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence” is thought to be about the inability of people to communicate emotionally and spiritually with each other and God.

In reality I think it has a far deeper meaning than our inability to communicate with God or to recognise those whispers in our ears as His words. The truth is we turn off listening to others as well as with God. We have some preconceived notion that no one listens to us so why pay attention to others. That and the fact people today are so wrapped up in their social media program, the hardly notice the world going on around them.

Paul Simon originally wrote the song back in 1964 as an intro for his group early one morning around 3:00. He is known to go into the bathroom and turn out the lights so he could have complete Solitude. It is not sure if it started out as a prayer or not, but sure has the right beginnings.

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain still remains within the sound of silence.”

I don’t know about you, but most of my prayer answers come in the form of dreams in the dark of night and I just can’t get them out of my mind until I act on them. God is relentless when it comes to that, at least to me. As much as I try pushing the thought aside He keeps pushing it right in front of me until I pay attention and act on it.

In my post Solitude, I talked about how we are to pray in Solitude so we can have unfettered access to God and not be disturbed by outside influences. His answers to our prayers often come in the form of whispers in our ears and hearts and also in the form of dreams or visions.

The root of the problem is we either don’t listen or just refuse to accept what He is telling us as an answer to our prayer. This is why it is so important to pray in Solitude without outside noises interfering. His words are soft and gentle whispers that you really need to hear and follow. God’s answers to our prayers come in the form of visions, whispers in our hearts and ears as well as some messages slapping us right in the face with reality.

Some say it is just a coincidence when that happens, but I don’t believe in coincidence, there is a reason for everything that happens in life. Ask yourself the next time something pops into your mind out of the blue just what God is trying to tell you. You just might be astonished at the answer. Face it , God talks to us, we best learn to listen.

Life, for me anyway, has been full of good and not so good times. It has been through these times that I have come to know God and learn that He is always there for me. I have learned to listen to what God tells me and I grew to never question where He leads me. Faith in His love has carried me through many hard times. I look forward to my morning quiet time with Him because He always has a blessing for me to share.

Listen to the silence in your world, the sound may just open your eyes.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Key That Opens The Gates Of God

11 Apr

The Key That Opens The Gates Of God…

We find in the Book of Psalm: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving … and His courts with praise.” Most believers take this as a command. In other words, if you are going to enter His courts, enter with thanksgiving.

The truth of these words goes deeper than that. It’s not only a commandment but a secret, “a key.” You see, to enter the gates, you need the key of the Lord. And the key to unlock the gates in order to enter is the key of thanksgiving.

You could read the Scripture this way: “The only way you will ever truly enter the gates of the Lord is with thanksgiving.” It doesn’t matter what’s blocking you; if you give thanks to God, you can enter.

So when you give thanks, it’s impossible to be gloomy, or to worry, or to dwell in condemnation. When you give thanks, you enter His joy and His peace.

When you give thanks, it’s hard not to worship. You want to enter the gates of the Lord, start right now. You have the key. Enter his gates with thanksgiving.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

Before presenting your list of wants and desires, take a few minutes to first give thanks to God for all that He has done in your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Work of The Holy Spirit – Miracles Of The Handkerchief (4/11)

10 Apr

Work of The Holy Spirit – Miracles Of The Handkerchief…

In Acts 19, the Lord chose to bring healing to the sick through the handkerchief of the apostle Paul. The Greek word for handkerchief is “soudarion.” It literally means “a sweat cloth.”

We often think of miracles as works that God does entirely apart from man. But there’s a whole realm of miracles which God does through the works, the labor, and the sweat of man – miracles through sweat cloths.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:26-27

For the Holy Spirit works not only through inspiration but also through perspiration. Some of God’s greatest miracles come through the hard work of man. The walls of Jericho came down by a miracle – but that miracle required God’s people to march.

Jesus healed a man of blindness but required him to go down to the Pool of Siloam to wash. If God can use a handkerchief to bring healing, then God certainly can use all your hard work, labors, toil, sweat, and tears for His kingdom to work miracles.

So don’t grow tired of doing good, for God will work miracles in your good works for Him, just as he did through the sweat cloth of the apostle Paul.


Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12

Make it your aim to live for God and do all things for God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength – with all your might and all His Spirit.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Greatest Battle David Fought

9 Apr

The Greatest Battle David Fought…

David was a warrior…a great one, for the Lord. During his life, he fought many battles. His greatest battle happened after having fallen into sin with Bathsheba.

Here his battle began… the battle to acknowledge his sin, to confess it, to repent of it, and then… to accept the grace of God. It was the battle to accept God’s love when everything pointed against it, to believe that God was still faithful to Him even though there was no reason for God to be so.

So it is with you my friend. Your greatest battle will have nothing to do with habits or career or people. It will have to do with you and God, and staying close to His heart. It will be about His grace and love… how much you truly accepted and how much you never did.

David won the battle, and at the end it was written that he was a man ‘after God’s own heart.’ You be the same. Fight your good fight of faith, believe in God’s grace, and take hold of His love, no matter what, and you too will be as triumphant as King David.

After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22

Fight the good fight of faith today. Choose faith when other disheartening thoughts are trying to creep in. The Lord is very near to bless and keep you through to your victory.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Breaking Tradition – The Power of The Holy Spirit

8 Apr

Breaking Tradition – The Power of The Holy Spirit…

Most people think of religion or faith as something very much grounded in tradition. But the essence of faith is not traditional at all – it’s even anti-traditional.

Think of Abraham. He encountered God and it changed his life. He broke out of all the traditions of his past, his pagan culture, his life. He stepped out of tradition to follow God to the Promised Land.

Think of Moses. His tradition was Egypt and slavery. But Moses encountered God and broke all the traditions of Egypt and of a people for whom bondage was tradition. Then there was Elijah who broke the traditions of Baal worship.

And then there were the disciples. The Holy Spirit came upon them and it changed everything. They broke the traditions of their culture, the traditions of men, of the status quo, of the Pharisees, and ultimately of the Roman Empire itself.

True faith is not about tradition – it’s about encountering God. Make it your aim to truly encounter God. Then, in His power, break out of the old, and into the new. Because to truly follow God has never been traditional – but revolutionary!

And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:22

Break out of tradition and take time to have a true encounter with God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Model Of Life

8 Apr

The Model Of Life…

A man was once doing carpentry work using a square measure to make sure the board was straight. “Why are you so careful, Daddy?” asked his little boy. “We can’t guess in carpentry work.” “You have to be just right.”

“I guess there are no squares of living by,” the boy replied. “Yes, there are” said the man, “you’ll find them in the Bible. Test all that you do by them, and you’ll go straight in life, my boy.” You want to build something out of wood, you need a straight measure.

That’s true for carpentry, and also true for life. And you can’t build a life without a straight edge, a ruler, a measure to keep you straight. The measure of straightness is the Word of God.

Measure all you do by it. Plan all you do with it. Test all you’ve done and everything else in your life according to it. Start with the Word and take it straight for what it is. Then get your life straight.

How? By lining up your life with the Word of God. Do this and your life will be blessed and straight. And that’s the truth… pure and straight.

All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. Psalm 119:160

Find a verse today with which your life does not line up. Don’t ignore it or bend it to fit your life – Bend your life today to line up with the Word of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Resistance

7 Apr

The Resistance…

At the beginning of World War II, the French defensive lines collapsed. Marshall Petain became prime minister and surrendered France to the Nazis.

The Vichy government, under Marshall Petain, was convinced that Germany had won the war, and so saw its mission as that of adapting France toward submission to Hitler.

The Nazis began increasingly draining France of her natural resources and her people. French collaborators, in submission to Hitler, began rounding up Jews to be sent to the concentration camps.

By November of 1942, the Vichy government was nothing but a shadowy puppet regime of the Nazis. But, in the end, the collaborators were put to shame.

The judgment of their nation and of history fell against them. Petain, a great war hero of World War 1, was put in prison where he died. The lesson? There’s no compromise or collaborating with the enemy. No matter what it looks like or how hopeless it seems, don’t give in, and don’t collaborate.

Join the Resistance of God. Resist the sin, the temptation, resist the devil… and he will flee. Fight the good fight, my friend, and you’ll win in the end. Vive le Resistance!

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Is there any area of life – a sin, an indulgence, and attitude, where you’re cooperating with the enemy? Cut the ties. End your collaboration and join the Resistance!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed