Archive | March, 2019

Mordecai

22 Mar

Mordecai…

The Feast of Purim and the Book of Esther revolve around the plot of Haman to destroy the Jewish people, all because Mordecai would not bow to Haman. Esther 3:2 says, “…but Mordecai bowed not nor paid homage.” The Hebrew words for bowed and homage mean to sink, fall, kneel, be subdued, revere, be depressed, bow, and to worship.

God’s people are commanded to bow down in worship and reverence before the LORD God and Him only. It’s imperative to learn how to bow- and how to not bow. Daniel bowed three times a day in worship of the God of Israel but refused to bow to the gods of Babylon. Jesus refused to bow before the enemy.

That same enemy wants you to bow in submission before him; to bow in surrender before temptation, sin, and bondage. He wants you to bow in obedience and awe before the ways of the world. Learn to bow down to the Lord, but never to the enemy, never to temptation, false gods, the world, its culture, and ways. Do not bow to that sin! For those who bow not are those who will stand.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” Luke 4:8

Take a step to take back any area of your life that you have surrendered to the enemy and surrender it to Jesus.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Hammer and The Sword

22 Mar

The Hammer and The Sword…

In the days of Nehemiah, the enemies of Israel sought to stop the building of Jerusalem. But the builders responded by carrying their building materials in one hand and holding a weapon in the other. They weren’t going to stop building because of their enemies or because of the conflict or the opposition formed against them.

They just took up a weapon in one hand and kept building with the other. This is crucial. If you serve the Lord, if you’re doing His will, you will have problems, obstacles, oppositions, setbacks, and things meant to discourage you.

But here’s the key— no matter what’s against you, no matter the setback or problem or conflict, no matter the discouragement, don’t get wrapped up in the problem or that which is against you. You just keep building and keep moving forward. The attacks are negative, but the work is positive. Those who always tear down will never build anything. But you are called for better things. Pick up your sword, take up your hammer, keep going, build His kingdom, and fulfill your calling.
Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations. Isaiah 62:10

Pick up your sword and your hammer and get on with building up the kingdom and fulfilling your calling.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Life On The Reservation

3 Mar

Life On The Reservation….

Over the years I’ve received several comments and questions on my posts about growing up on the reservation. Although most of them were general in nature, some of them showed me just how ignorant our Country is about how one lives on an Indian Reservation. I’ve tried in my posts to illustrate how life was, yet I get the feeling that most really don’t understand how basic life is.

I was once asked how does an Indian find salvation? The other day I was visiting a friend’s house and was introduced as a friend who grew up on an Indian Reservation, but he didn’t know what kind of heathen religion I was raised on because my Grandfather was a spiritual leader. I was not offended, but it did show just how people see the Indian life. Most see Indians as uneducated heathens with no real goals in life. So I decided to write about life as I grew up.

Let’s start by saying what you saw in the cowboy movies growing up is not representative of how the Indian lives. The Trail of Tears actually did happen and the Government did move tribes across the country and place them on reservations. Most reservations were placed on the most inhabital lands where no one else wanted to live. However, the Indian is accustomed to a hard life and has learned to make the best of every situation. They irrigated the lands to grow crops, took the best of what they had and made do. When I said I lived a simple life I grew up in a simple land where life was what you made of it.

As for religion, all the reservations have Jesuit churches on them, as the Catholic church was the only one brave enough to venture in. But as time went by more and more of the tribe visited other churches. In the 1940s and 50s, when I was on the reservation we had Christian and Catholic churches we could attend. Grandfather, our spiritual leader, was a born again Christian. He taught me from the bible everyday. Spiritual life is the center of life on the reservation.

However, there is more to life than religion. Grandfather used the bible to teach me nature, animal life, and the different seasons. We lived a simple life, learning the ways of nature and the animals. This taught us how to survive the harse nature of life on the reservation. I learned how to grow plants where some would never expect a plant to survive. I learned the importance of God in my life, for it is He who sustains us.

I once wrote to live a simple life is simply to live. I think that simple statement went over the heads of most of my readers. Life is as hard or simple as one chooses to make it. A life of love and joy is much simpler than one of hate and contempt. Positive is always easier than negative to live with and living in the light is so much easier than searching in the darkness. God is love and its His love that enables us to love others. It’s that simple and that’s the life I live with God at the center.

Life on the reservation is a simple life because we don’t take anything for granted and cherish every blessing God gives us. I wonder how many of you can truly say you do.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed