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The Worthless

5 Oct

The Worthless…

A name of Satan in the Bible is Belial. It’s the Hebrew word for Bel-ya-al which means worthless. The devil isn’t just evil, he’s worthless. Evil is worthless. Sin isn’t just sin, it’s worthless.

The more you sin, the more it takes away your worth as a believer. It wastes your life, your time, your thoughts, your energy, and your walk. It takes you away from what you could and should be doing. The enemy wants to make your life worthless; to nullify your calling.

When you are sinning, you are not serving God or spreading salvation. You’re not praising or glorifying Him. You’re missing your calling, wasting your life–it’s worthless. Sin is not only a waste, but waste is a sin.

When we spend hours in front of the TV or watching that questionable entertainment, we could have been spending time with the Lord or reading the Word or serving Him. It’s a waste, a sin, its Belial. Stop wasting your life.

The Lord gave His life so your life will be worth something. It is, if you spend it with Him. Everything else is of the devil.

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

What sin is still in your life? Realize today that it’s a total waste of your life and time. Rid yourself of it – and anything else that wastes your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The God of Wounded Knees

4 Oct

The God of Wounded Knees…

When you were a kid and skinned your knees, you went to your mother because she would be very gentle with you; she would take water, and disinfectant to clean the wound. When you pulled away, she’d say you have to let me touch it if you want it to be better.

God loves us more than a mother; a mother’s love is only a shadow of His love. God’s love isn’t just love, it’s a love that heals. In life, we fall, we get wounded by others.

We may have wounds of rejection, of being abandoned or hurt by others, wounds of divorce or of never having received love or of being cut down continuously. These wounds stay with us.

Isaiah 1 says you are filled with wounds not pressed out or bandaged. God is more than a mother and you need to run to Him. Bring the wounds to Him. Spill your soul, God wants to touch and to bless.

You have to let Him touch it once and for all and you will find healing. The only thing that brings healing is the love of God. Run to God and be healed. 

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23

Bring every hurt, wound, rejection, whatever pain you carry, to the Lord. Pour out your heart to Him. Let healing come.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Bread Man

3 Oct

The Bread Man…

Joseph is a foreshadow of Jesus. Like Jesus, Joseph is rejected by his brothers, he descends to the depths, and is raised up and given a new name. Pharaoh called him, Zephenath-paneah, the bread of life or the bread man.

Joseph was the bread man when Egypt was in a famine. Joseph gave them bread. Remember, Joseph is the shadow of Jesus. The rabbis even called him Messiah, Son of Joseph, or Ben Yosef. Jesus, like Joseph, is the bread man.

If we spend too much time away from Yeshua, we grow weak; like having no bread. He’s the only one who can fill our souls. If you haven’t been spending much time with Jesus, you are not just missing time with the Lord, but missing time with the Bread Man, and your soul is not full.

Turn back to the Bread of our lives. Spend time in His presence. Taste and see that the Lord is good. He’s not only the Lord, He’s the Bread Man; the Bread of Life–the Bread of your life. Away from Him, you can’t help but be empty. Draw near to Him, my friend, and be filled.

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35

Draw ever closer to Jesus and be filled with His presence, and fill yourself up with the Bread of His presence.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Capital City Faith

2 Oct

The Capital City Faith…

Why did Jesus die and rise in Jerusalem? Jerusalem is the capital city, the center of Israel, and of everything Jewish.

It’s the center of the Law; of the worship of God. It was the center of offerings, sacrifices and gifts. It was the center of the priesthood. Jerusalem was connected to every part of Israel because it was the center, and every part of Israel was connected to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is the center of world news; of world history. It’s the center of really everything. Jesus died and rose in Jerusalem because Jerusalem is the center, and Jesus is the central figure of history and the central event of eternity.

This central fact has to be the center of our lives. It took place in Jerusalem to tell us it’s the center. It has to be the center of our hearts. There’s only one center, Jesus crucified and risen. It all happened in Jerusalem.

Whatever is there, that’s the center. Come back to Calvary, because when the center becomes your center, then everything else in your life will fall into place.

“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:18-19

Today make the central fact of God’s love for you, the Cross, the center of your day, your heart, your emotions, and everything you do.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Bunny and The Empty Tomb

30 Sep

The Bunny and The Empty Tomb…

As a young boy, the Easter bunny was more real than the Resurrection. We made Easter baskets in school, but nothing about the Resurrection. The Easter bunny has nothing to do with Easter.

It doesn’t change anyone’s life; it’s imaginary, but the Resurrection is real; it changes everything. For most believers, life goes on as if the Resurrection never happened; nor is the tomb empty; as if Jesus has not risen; there’s really no good news, no actual victory.

It’s as if it were just a fable, and their life remains untouched. That’s not the Resurrection, that’s Easter bunny faith. The Resurrection is real. It’s to be lived, and to touch every part of your life: your family life, marital life, emotional life, your personal life, your everything life.

Stop living the Easter bunny faith; start living the Resurrection. Our faith isn’t about a basketful of colored eggs, it’s based on an empty tomb.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. Psalm 130:7-8

Be truly transformed today in a resurrected life, be empowered in a spirit of victory over death because He is risen!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Price of Redemption

29 Sep

The Price of Redemption…

Jesus was bought for thirty shekels of silver, the price one would pay for a slave. In Hebrew, it’s also called the pidyon, the redemption price required for every first-born son.

In Scripture, the number of man is six. Divide the price of Jesus’s life, thirty pieces of silver by six, you get five shekels, the price of redemption. The price of Jesus’s life divided by five, the price of redemption, equals six, the number of man.

Jesus’s life was not the redemption price of one person, but for the redemption of all men. Every sin, bondage, freedom, healing, restoration, it’s all there, covered in the price of Jesus’s life.

If you have anything you haven’t lifted up to God, any sin, guilt, anything out of God’s will, the price for its redemption is already covered. The transaction isn’t complete until you give it to Him.

Whatever the debt, the Lord will pay it. Whatever the loss, the Lord will redeem it, but you have to release it to His hands. In the thirty pieces of silver, it’s all covered.

Let us go to his dwelling place, let us worship at his footstool, saying, ‘Arise, Lord, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.’ Psalm 132:7-8

What is it in your life that isn’t resolved, a guilt, a sin, a failure. Lift it up to God today. He’s already paid for it, covered it. Receive it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Prayer Request of the Apostles

28 Sep

The Prayer Request of the Apostles…

At the end of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul writes, “Pray for me that the words may be given to me whenever I open my mouth.”

If anybody had no shortage of words, it was the apostle Paul. Yet he asks for prayer that the right words be given to him. If Paul, whose mouth was filled with the very words of God, asked prayer for the right words to come out of his mouth, how much more should you be praying the same prayer?

How often do we pray that the words that come out of our mouth be the right ones? Yet Paul, the one whose words were scripture, prayed this prayer. Take your words just as seriously because as the Bible says, your words have the power to bring life or death.

They can change your life and the life of those around you. Paul’s words brought life because Paul resolved that his tongue would only bear the truth and the love of God and bring life into this world. Let your tongue be just as holy and let the words of your mouth be the very utterance of God.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Let the Spirit lead you, pray just as Paul prayed, that His words fill your thoughts to speak life and love.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Unclogging the Shofar

27 Sep

Unclogging the Shofar…

The most uniquely Biblical musical instrument was the shofar, the Hebrew trumpet from a ram’s horn. The word shofar comes from a word that means clear. To make a sound, you have to be clear.

You can’t blow through something that’s all clogged up. You’re called to be the Lord’s shofar–a vessel of God, an instrument for His purposes. He blows through you with the Spirit.

The Spirit is the Hebrew word Ruach, which means breath in Spirit. For you to be God’s instrument, God’s Spirit has to blow through you, breathe through you.

In order for the Spirit to blow through you, you have to be clear, you have to be free of obstructions and clogged up stuff like bitterness, un-forgiveness, pride, lust, anger, or anything that’s going to stop the blowing.

Start clearing up your vessel. Unblock yourself. Anything out of God’s will is stopping you from knowing the Spirit-filled life.

It says in Timothy, if anyone will cleanse himself from these things, he will be used of God, prepared for every good work, a vessel of honor. Become a clear vessel, a shofar of God. It starts when you get unblocked.

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21

Clear yourself of anything not of God or for Him, remove any trace of anything that blocks the Holy Spirit flowing through you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Growing Emunah

26 Sep

Growing Emunah…

Most believers want to find out what God’s perfect will, their calling, is for their lives. There are all sorts of seminars on how to find your calling. Something even more important in finding your calling is in 1 Chronicles 9:26. It’s about the Levites being in their set office, the set word. In Hebrew the word for set is emunah, or faith, and here it’s being used for set or established in ministry.

The more faith you have, the more set, established in the Lord, you’re going to be in your appointed ministry. You’ll find yourself set in the center of His will. The word emunah also means faithfulness.

The fulfilling of your calling is linked to faithfulness. The more consistent you are, faithful in prayer, the Word, doing His will, the more you find yourself in God’s perfect will and the more established you will be.

You don’t have to go to another seminar or read another book. Live, walk, step out in faith and be faithful. Follow God’s will in faithfulness, consistent every day, week, month and every year, and you’ll be established in your set office in God’s house.

Because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. Colossians 1:4-6

Make it your aim to be faithful to God every hour, every moment, and you will move to the center of His will and of your calling.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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He Who Goes Before You

25 Sep

He Who Goes Before You…

At the end of the story of Joseph, his brothers see who he is. He says to them, you meant this for evil, but God meant it for good. God sent me ahead of you to preserve your life.

Joseph is a shadow of Jesus. Jesus is the one who went before you to judgment so you could be saved. He went before you to the Father in heaven so you could go to heaven. If you are saved, then Jesus is the one who goes before you every day of your life.

Before you get up in the morning and go anywhere, He is already ahead of you. Before you encounter that problem, He has already been there and is seeking to work it out for good. Before you encounter that temptation, Jesus has already been there and He’s ready to help you out of it.

Don’t fear your future, because Jesus has already gone there before you. Every problem, challenge, temptation, danger, blessing and everything coming your way–don’t worry! Because like Joseph, Jesus has already gone there before you.

Before they call I will answer while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

Open your day with Jesus, asking Him to plan your steps ahead of you, lead you and guide you according to His plan. Then walk in His footsteps.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed