King David..

18 Jun

King David…

The Bible foretells the end-time regathering of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. And in that return, is a strange sub-prophecy. Jeremiah 30:9 says, “… and David, their king…” “And David, my servant, shall be king over them…” (Ezekiel 37:24) “And afterward, the children of Israel shall return, and seek the Lord their God, and David, their king… in the last days.” (Hosea 3:5) How could David be the king of Israel in the last days? David was long dead when every one of these prophecies was given.

When Israel came back into the world, who was appointed as their leader? A man named David Ben-Gurion. It would seem to be a sign. For, in the end, Israel shall be ruled by a man called “David.” Who? The “David” who will reign over Israel, is Jesus, “Son of David.” In all of history, there’s only one man known both as Jesus and the Son of David.

As it is for Israel, so it is for you – when our lives are truly led and ruled by the will of Jesus, Son of David – that’s when the blessing will come.

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, Luke 1:32

Today, follow the lead of Jesus and submit to His ways, to His kingship, and blessing will come.

Walk daily with God at your side!!

Love always,

Ed

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The Bounty

17 Jun

The Bounty…

Fletcher Christian was my great uncle and namesake. Yes the story “Mutiny on the Bounty” is true. In the course of the mutiny, nine mutineers along with six native island men and twelve native women of Tahiti went ashore on the black sands of Pitcairn Island in 1790. They soon started distilling alcohol, and the new colony descended into depravity and debauchery.

But the story has a little-known surprise ending. Within ten years, only a few of the original mutineers survived, now surrounded by native women and children. One day, while going through a chest from the mother ship, the “Bounty,” Fletcher found a Bible. He began reading it and teaching it to the others.

It transformed his life and ultimately the lives of all the islanders. In 1808, the USS Topas landed on Pitcairn Island. They found a thriving colony that had no alcohol, no jail, and no crime. That’s the power of the Gospel; to change a tragic story into a story of blessing.

So, too, for the story of your life and for every situation in your life: Apply His word, and your story will also become a blessed story!

For which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 2 Timothy 2:9

Apply the story of the Gospel to every part of your life, especially those untouched parts, and let God have His way.

Walk daily with God at your side!!

Love always,

Ed

Fatherhood and Reverence

14 Jun

Father and reverence…

Over the years there’s been a trend in modern culture against fatherhood. In earlier years, when a father was depicted on television in a situation comedy, he would most often be seen as an object of respect and authority.

That’s changed. More often than not, when fathers are now depicted in situation comedies, they’re portrayed as overgrown children, incompetent, with little authority, little responsibility, or else pompous, overbearing, continually corrected or shown to be foolish and irresponsible by those around them. It’s part of an increasing trend that fatherhood is irrelevant or disposable.

This manifests as an increasing lack of reverence. In the church world, it manifests in a decreasing sense of reverence toward God, His presence, and authority; a lack of submission to His Word. Has that affected you? Do you reverence God’s presence as you should? Do you truly subject your life to the Word of God?

Are you truly surrendering your will to the will of God? If not, then start today! Revere the Lord. Make Him the true Lord of every part of your life. For we are truly His children and He is truly our Father.

Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— Ephesians 6:2

Open and read the Bible and truly subject your life to it.

Walk daily with God at your side!!

Love always,

Ed

Joshua And Caleb

13 Jun

Joshua And Caleb…

In the book of Numbers we learn about the twelve spies Moses sent out to scout the land of Canaan for 40 days. Two in particular, Joshua and Caleb, knew full well what they were up against. They never pretended that there weren’t giants in the land. In fact, Joshua would become the general to defeat those giants. Then what was it that separated Joshua and Caleb from the other ten spies who also saw the giants but brought back a bad report to the Israelites?

The difference was that though Joshua and Caleb saw the giants – they didn’t focus on them. Instead, they focused on the blessings, the promises, the faithfulness, and the power of God. And they were the ones who entered and apprehended all that God had promised.

So it is with you, it’s not that you don’t or won’t have problems in your life. John 16:33 says you will. It’s part of life. The key is – don’t focus or dwell on them. They’re there in your life to manifest the power, the victory, the faithfulness, and the triumph of God. They’re only giants. Set your focus instead on the giant power, the giant love, and the giant faithfulness of your God and you too will enter the land of blessing God has promised you.

Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Hebrews 11:33

These things I have spoken to you, thatin Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Live with the eyes of Joshua and Caleb. For every problem focus instead on the giant power, the giant love, and the giant faithfulness of your God.

Walk daily with God at your side!!

Love always,

Ed

All Things Are Possible

12 Jun

All things are possible…

Grandfather once asked me if I knew how wine was made. I said it is crushed grapes allowed to ferment. No, he said, how does wine become wine? Wine, by definition, is aged. Good wine takes years to age. The first recorded miracle Jesus did was to turn water into wine, and not just any wine, but good wine. God made the wine complete with age, complete with a past that didn’t exist before. God is able to even touch the past.

It is written, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” God can even change the past. How? How can the living God die? It’s all a miracle. If God can die on a cross for our sins, then the past can be changed, and your sins become as white as snow. In the world, the future is bound to the past. But for you in Jesus, that has all changed.

Therefore, be no longer bound to anything of the past, to no sin, no shame, no sorrow, no abuse, no rejection, no failure, and no darkness. For in Jesus, your past is as white as snow – just as the water has turned to wine.

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1

Do not allow anything from your past to hinder your walk. Put it under the blood of Jesus, and live as if it never was.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Best Of What You Have

11 Jun

The best of what you have…

We were sitting in the shade of a tree one morning talking about the Tabernacle described in the Old Testament. Did you know, Grandfather said, what we’ve known as the Tabernacle was called the ‘Mishkan’ or dwelling place? It was the very first house of God; the dwelling place of God’s glory; the place of Heaven’s dwelling. And yet it wasn’t built of heavenly materials. It was built of earthly things.

It was built from what the Hebrews gave. And they gave from what they had; their jewelry, their cloth, their adornments, whatever they had. They gave of their lives. It wasn’t the material that was holy – it was the fact that they gave it, they sacrificed it, and they surrendered it for God’s holy purposes. And the glory of God indwelt it.

So too, with your life. When you give to the purposes of God, your time, your money, your heart, your talents, your resources, that which you give becomes holy.

The Lord doesn’t ask you for much… just all. And we all have an all to give. Just give all of it, whatever you have, no matter what it is, the materials of your life – give them all to God and His purposes, and they will become holy, and the glory of God will come down.

The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it.2Chronicles 7:2

Give God your best, your most valuable time, the first fruits of your devotion, the best of your heart.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Going Out

10 Jun

Going out…

Do you remember when you were a child, and the summer came around? School would have a commencement celebration, and everyone would go their separate ways. It was a time of going out.

Ancient Israel had something like that too. Every year Israel would gather in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Shavuot — known in Greek as Pentecost. After celebrating, they would all go out to their fields and reap the great summer harvest.

They wouldn’t gather again until the fall. It was no accident that on this festival 2,000 years ago, God sent His Spirit. The disciples then had to go out into all nations — into the harvest field of the Great Commission. Going out is holy.

Do you want a life that flows in the Spirit? Do you want to grow, fulfill the Great Commission and the calling on your life? Then go out in the power of God’s Spirit, into the joy of His harvest, because it’s summertime. The harvest is great. The Spirit has come, and you need to go out.

Paul had decided to sail past Ephesusto avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost. Acts 20:16

Today, go out in the power of God’s Spirit, into the joy of His harvest.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed