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Our Eyes Are On You

19 May

Our Eues Are On You…

Jehoshaphat had the armies of Moab, Ammon and others coming against him. He did not know what to do. He cried out to God and said, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on YOU!”

He did not say our eyes are on the army, or our eyes are on the house payment. He said, “Our eyes are on YOU!” The problem is never to be the focus of the prayer.

It is what got you praying, but it is not the point. Problems are used for good. They are never ends in themselves; they are just a launching pad of prayer. We are to lift them up, but the focus has to be God.

God uses these things so that we will come to Him. He does not want us to figure everything out, but trust Him. Salvation is not about your problems, it is about God’s answer.

You have problems. Jehoshaphat had more, but the answer from God is greater than the problems. Let go of the problem. Say, “Lord, I do not know what to do, but my eyes are on YOU!”

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Today, look away from your problem and to the Lord. Become less problem-oriented – and more answer-oriented.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Eastern Apathy

18 May

The Eastern Apathy…

In Eastern religion and philosophy, Hinduism, Buddhism and New Age teaching, the goal is detachment. The self is God, so the individual selfhood is an illusion. The key is to detach from this illusion, from care, passion and desire.

Behind the flowery talk in Eastern religion, is apathy and detachment. In India, you will find the fruit of all this, which is misery. Many believers in Jesus live as if they are believers in apathy instead of the gospel.

They live lives apathetic about serving the Lord detached from the poor, the hungry, and those needing salvation. God is the opposite of apathy, which means to be without passion. God got so involved in the world He became one of us.

He was passionate about loving you, saving you and dying for you. If you belong to Him, renounce this apathy. Get passion into your life, your walk, your faith, your service and into your heart.

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, spread the gospel, touch, care, and love, because your God is passionate about you. And the only way to respond is to live a life of passion for Him.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:34-36

Renew your passion in your walk with God, focus on those who need to experience His love today. Reach out with a servant’s heart.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Shut That Mouth

17 May

Shut That Mouth…

We think of possession as in the Exorcist, a movie about a girl whose head spins around, or of the guy who lives in tombs and scares people.

There’s another kind of possession that’s just as real. The kind that takes place even with believers when we give the enemy a place in our lives by acting with sinful motives, or speaking words of destruction; gossip.

Then the enemy can spread destruction, not only in us, but through us. We offer ourselves to be used for the enemy’s purposes when we allow ourselves to be controlled by bitterness, pride, and selfishness.

Peter loved God, but he allowed himself to be used by the enemy. He rebuked Jesus and told him not to go to Jerusalem. Jesus said, “Get behind me Satan.”

When we allow ourselves to be used by the enemy to tear down, hinder, discourage, or harm, we’re allowing ourselves to be possessed for his purposes.

It’s not just people whose head spins around, it’s when you let yourself be used. Reject the slightest hint of possession. Be moved only by the Spirit; you are God’s possession.

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies. Psalm 131:3-4

Guard your mouth today, let it speak uplifting and of praise, allow the Holy Spirit to move through you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Anxiety Antidote

16 May

The Anxiety Antodote…

God’s word tells us not to worry. You try to stop worrying, but you keep thinking about it. Someone will say worry is a sin; you don’t have any faith. Then you become more worried.

Before you just worried about paying the bills, now you’re worried about paying the bills and going to hell. How do you stop worrying? If the problem causes you to worry, what is the antidote?

The antidote is the answer. Don’t dwell on the problem, but dwell on the answer. You have to choose to stop thinking about those things that take away your peace and joy.

Start dwelling on the answer that gives you peace and joy; on the good news, the Word, the Good Shepherd who’s in charge of your life and who loves you, on the Gospel, on Jesus, on God.

Whenever you’re getting caught up in worry, let that be your cue to start getting caught up in God – the Gospel, His joy, His faithfulness, His love.

Philippians 4:8 reads, “Let your mind dwell on these things, and the peace of God will guard your heart and mind, and take away your worry.”

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

Today, let God do the heavy lifting and let God take the burden from you, so you can dwell on His peace, He is the answer.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

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The Lamb Home

14 May

The Lamb Home…

Passover began with the simple task of taking a lamb for the home. Salvation begins when you take the Lamb home to your real life, not once, but continuously. That’s the power of salvation.

What would happen if you brought the Lamb, Jesus, to your living room and He sees what you are watching. Is it godly? Is it pure? Is it good and excellent? Is it bringing you closer to the Lord or farther away?

In the past two to three years the good television programs we’ve been watching have become 60 to 80 percent sexual content. What would He think if He sat down next to you? Or when He hears you listen to a radio program; the words being said.

You may be used to it, but He is not. He is pure – the Lamb. If you could not bring the Lamb to that room, then get that thing out of your life. It’s time to bring the Lamb into your living room.

Give Him a permanent place there. Remove the unholy thing. For the power and the blessings of salvation begin when you bring the Lamb home.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

Imagine Jesus with you every moment of this day. What does it reveal? Make the changes you need to make.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Key of Entrance

13 May

The Key of Entrance…

Thanksgiving is not just a holiday, it’s a key. The Psalms command ‘Enter His gates with thanksgiving … and His courts with praise.’

Most believers take this as a command. If you’re going to enter His courts, enter with thanksgiving. The truth of these words isn’t only a commandment, it’s a secret, a key.

To enter the gates of the Lord, you need the keys of the Lord. The key you need to unlock the gates of the Lord, in order to enter in, 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.’ Thanksgiving is the key that unlocks the gates of the Lord.

It doesn’t matter what’s blocking you, if you give thanks to God, you can enter in. When you give thanks, it’s impossible to be gloomy, to worry, to dwell in condemnation, or be unhappy.

When you give thanks, you enter His joy, His peace. When you give thanks, it’s hard not to worship. Enter the gates of the Lord. Start 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

Enter into His presence with praise, pray His will be done today, thank Him for His promises and feel the peace that passes all understanding.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Mystery Reapers

12 May

The Mystery Reapers…

The Pilgrims founded America and gave us Thanksgiving. The writings of the Puritans are prophecies based on the Bible, that before the second coming, Jewish people will return to Jesus, and become messengers of the Gospel; a light to the nations.

They spoke of a great Messianic revival, with Jews for Jesus, at the end of the age. They prayed for the Jewish people and for their revival. These were the people who founded the civilization known as ‘America.’

America would become the nation that would become the refuge of the Jewish people, the key nation to defeat Hitler and Nazism, and the key nation in which Jewish people would come to their Messiah – the center of the end-time Jewish revival.

The Puritans played a part, in faith and prayer, in the end day revival of the Jewish people, their return to Jesus. Learn from the Puritans.

Love the Jewish people and pray for their salvation. God will bless you and even use your life, faith, and prayers, to bring about the fulfillment of His purposes.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity. Psalm 122:6-9

Play your part in prophesy, praying for revival of the Jewish people and their return to Jesus. Bless them by loving them, today.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

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The Cafeteria Principal

11 May

The Cafeteria Principal…

When I was growing up, for lunch you went to the school cafeteria, got a tray, silverware, and a napkin. The school lunch ladies, with their hair bonnets and plastic gloves, would slop mashed potatoes and sloppy joes made from yesterday’s leftovers onto your plate.

You really didn’t have a choice. Today when you go into a restaurant cafeteria, you choose what’s put on your plate. You don’t just take whatever is served. Too many of us think life is like a school cafeteria. Whatever is served, you accept it and try to carry it.

But if you accept everything, you are going to get weighed down. Life and people will dish out many things. So you must choose what you are going to take. If people dish out anger, gossip, fear, or hate, don’t let it touch your plate.

Instead choose what is good. Get into God’s word and fill your plate, your heart with it. Let your mind dwell on that. As for the rest of whatever life dishes out, remember you’re not a child anymore and you don’t have to worry about the lunch lady.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Refuse to take in any bad issues that this life or people in this life will try to give you, fill yourself with the Word of God, focus on the good.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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None For The Lazy

10 May

None For The Lazy…

We live in a culture of lazy convenience. In days past you had to hunt for chicken. Now you just drive up to a window and the chicken comes in a paper bag with fries and a Coke.

Too much trouble to turn on the television? Use the remote control. Too much trouble to turn off the lights? Clap your hands! But godly people should be adverse to laziness — not lazy in prayer, in quiet time or in righteousness.

Proverbs 15 says “The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright (or the righteous) is a highway.” What does that mean? It means that the lazy are not righteous and the righteous are not lazy.

The righteous are zealous for God. They are active, diligent, and blessed. The lazy are not. Are you experiencing the blessings God promised in His word?

Are you setting your heart to become diligent in prayer, in ministry, in the Word, in love and in all things? If so, you will be blessed. For the blessings of the Lord are for the diligent, not the lazy.

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:4-8

Spend your time in the Lord’s presence today, by prayers, meditating on His word and rejoicing in songs of praise.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Oil In The Desert

8 May

Oil In The Desert…

In the Lord, there are deserts, dry places, places of going without, and you probably don’t like deserts because they are hard times.

But in God there is oil in your desert. The Lord works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called to His purpose. That means for every desert, every dry time you go through, every hard time in your life, there is a blessing waiting to come out of it.

It’s the good thing hidden underneath which will gush out at the right time. And if you knew in advance that oil was waiting underneath your desert you wouldn’t be unhappy at all.

You would be filled with joy through the whole experience. So when the blessings come, you are not going to complain about the desert, you will thank God and rejoice. So thank God now for all the things which would have led you to that desert.

The key is, rejoice now before you see the oil, the hidden blessing that is going to come bursting out. Rejoice now, give thanks now, because even in the desert, every child of God will strike oil.

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1-2

Praise Him in your desert, rejoice even when it is hard and expect your blessing to come today.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed