Archive | April, 2019

What You Are

17 Apr
What You Are…

One of Grandfather’s favorite expressions was, “You are what you eat.” Of course, it’s true. Whatever you eat, that’s what you are. That’s true in the physical realm and also in the spiritual. If you partake of spiritually bad food, if you receive into your heart what is impure, carnal and ungodly, your life will become the same.

You might say, “I stay far away from those things.” That’s good, but it’s not enough because the inverse is also true— you are not what you don’t eat.

All believers are called to be as Jesus, in every part of their lives. So here’s the question— are you like Jesus in every part of your life? If not, the problem can be solved with a change of diet. You are what you eat— so the more you partake of Jesus, the more you’ll become like Him. Just as you can’t partake of a food without becoming like it, it can’t fail.

Commit yourself to partaking more of His word, His presence, His love, and His beauty, and your life will become more and more Jesus-like. It’s a basic law— you are what you eat.

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval. John 6:27

Spend time in His presence and partake of the bread of Life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Hedges

16 Apr
Hedges…

Hollywood used to have something called the “Production Code”. It stated, among other things, “No film or episode may throw ridicule on any religious faith. Ministers of religion in their character as ministers of religion should not be used as comic characters or as villains…”. This code was followed up until the 1960s. Then, they threw the code out and broke their own hedge. It’s no accident that movies are now filled with every kind of immorality, impurity, and perversity.

That same media now ridicules Christian faith and depicts ministers with contempt as comic characters. The explosion of immorality is joined to the ridicule of faith, as both represent society’s progressive movement away from faith, the Bible, God and the Gospel.

All the more, in a day when society is breaking age-old hedges of right and wrong, you as God’s servant must be stronger to establish even higher standards, codes and hedges for your own life. As it’s written: Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. Ecclesiastes 10:8

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

Seek the Lord about areas in your life where your standards may need to be raised to His. Then raise up your Hedges.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Jesus, Potiphar’s Wife And The Church

15 Apr
Jesus, Potiphar’s Wife And The Church…

Joseph was taken to Egypt and into Potiphar’s house. Potiphar’s wife lusted after Joseph, but she had no real idea who Joseph was or had any notion of his heart. She only wanted to use him. Joseph fled her advances, and she was left holding nothing but his clothes.

The Church is called to be the Bride of Jesus, but much of the Church has become more like Potiphar’s wife. It wants the blessings of God— His comfort, His prosperity— but without really knowing Him or seeking to share His heart. So it ends up like Potiphar’s wife, left with just the clothing of Jesus, the empty outward trappings of religion while Jesus Himself has long fled away.

Your walk with God is not primarily about the feelings, benefits, or success it gives you— it’s about Him. Set your heart to truly seek Him, to truly know Him, more than you ever have before to know His heart and to love Him. For the Lord called you to be the Bride of Jesus… and not Potiphar’s wife.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him Hebrews 11:6

Set your heart to know His heart today. Seek Him over everything else. Get heart to heart with your Beloved.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Root

12 Apr

The root…

In Isaiah 11, it’s prophesied that a shoot will spring forth from the root of Jesse. But the Hebrew is more explicit. It literally says, “a shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse.” The word is specifically about a tree which has been cut down.

That’s a perfect description of Jesus. He came forth out of the fallen, cut off, and cast down Kingdom of David. When it looked most hopeless, that’s when He was born out of it. That’s the way of Jesus and His blessings. He is born from the broken, the cut-down, the fallen, the unlikely, and the hopeless. And that’s the way He’s born into our lives. It is when we are at our lowest points, when we have nothing to offer of our own, and everything seems seems impossible— that’s the root of Jesse, or rather, that’s the Stump of Jesse.

So don’t despair over the stumps in your life, or those things which have fallen, been cut down, or become hopeless. For out of such stumps are born the blessings, the presence, and the miracle, of Jesus!
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8

Don’t despair over the stumps in your life, or that which has been cut off. Give thanks today to God in these as well and seek the life and miracle that God will bring forth.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Garden Tomb

12 Apr

The Garden Tomb…

Did you ever stop to realize how strange, unique, significant, contradictory, and radical it is? What’s a Garden? A place where life begins. What’s a Tomb? A place where life ends.

So what’s a Garden Tomb? It’s a place where life ends— and begins. Jesus wasn’t just put into a tomb, but into a Garden Tomb. Why? Because after the end of His life would come new life — the Resurrection.

As everything began in a Garden, so now everything begins anew in a Garden Tomb. In the Garden Tomb is a cosmic mystery. The only way we can get to the Garden is by first going to the tomb – only by dying to the old can we live. So don’t be afraid to let the old die, to crucify the flesh, or to count your old life as gone. It’s nothing to be afraid of. It will only lead to blessing in the end, and it’s the only thing that does.

Do it as soon as you can, for the way of the Cross always leads to the Garden Tomb, and the Garden Tomb always leads to life.

He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee.
Luke 24:6

Come to the Garden Tomb. Let go of anything that is old. Let God begin a new thing in your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Fruit…

11 Apr
The Fruit…

In Genesis, we read of the fall of man. It centered on the partaking of the forbidden fruit. All sin comes from this act- the partaking of the fruit. What about redemption?

Before He gave His life to bring redemption, Jesus celebrated the Passover. The Passover involves drinking “the fruit of the vine”. The Passover cup is filled with the juice of crushed fruit. As we all fell in the partaking of Adam’s fruit, Jesus led His disciples to partake of the fruit of His sacrifice for our redemption.

In the case of the Cup of Jesus, the fruit of the vine represents His blood, His sacrifice, and His atoning death. Therefore, we have two fruits. So what’s the antidote to the fruit of sin?

The more you partake of the love, the grace, the forgiveness, the sacrifice, the gift, the miracle of God’s gift to you, and the life of Jesus given to save you from hell, the more your life will be free from the power of sin, death, and the fall. In the end, it all comes down to fruit. Which one you choose.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit Matthew 7:18

Fill yourself and rejoice in the blessings of God for your life, and be free from that sin.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Regathering

10 Apr
The Regathering…

In Ezekiel 20, it’s written, “I will bring you out from the nations and will gather you out of the nations from which you are scattered… with an extended arm, and with fury poured out.”

This is a prophecy of the regathering of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. The word translated as “arm” is the Hebrew “Zeroah.” The Zeroah of the Lord is mentioned elsewhere in Scripture.

There’s an entire section devoted to revealing it. Isaiah 53 begins with, “Who has believed our report, and to whom has the Zeroah of the Lord been revealed?” It goes on to reveal that the Zeroah of the Lord is Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus.

What does it mean? The Jewish people were gathered back from the nations and saved from destruction by the power of God’s Zeroah, Jesus. They might not realize it, but Jesus is the Great Gatherer. His heart is to gather us back from exile to the Promised Land. He’s still doing it, even with you. Let Him gather you, go with the leading of His Spirit, and your life will be continually led to the Land of Promise.

“Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53: 1-12

Today, go with the leading of His Spirit and let His Zeroah be your power and strength.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Nothing To Lose

9 Apr

Nothing to lose…

At the end of the Civil War, the Southern Confederate general, Robert E. Lee, was being pursued by the Union general, Ulysses S. Grant. Lee told his associate he could not surrender his country, meaning the Confederacy. The associate replied, “There is no country, sir. There has been no country for the last two years.”

In other words, the Confederacy was, for all intents and purposes, non-existent. If Lee had only realized that it didn’t exist, he wouldn’t have wasted so much effort fighting a fruitless battle. If Lee had only realized he had nothing to fight about and nothing to lose, there would have been peace much sooner, and Lee would have been a much happier man.

It’s the same with us. So many of the battles, conflicts, anxieties, fears, and problems happen because we still think we have something to lose. But in God, our old life is over. So don’t be like Robert E. Lee, fighting, striving, and worrying about something that no longer exists. Your old life is over. That country no longer exists. Now live free and blessed!

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24

Don’t keep worrying about something that no longer exists. Unchain yourself from the past. Be free in the Lord and be blessed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Perception

5 Apr

Perception…

Grandfather taught me that how you perceive a problem is how it will be. If you look at the negative it will be negative, but if you look at the grace it brings things begin to shine. Think about it.

The Lord told us to pray, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” That’s not only a prayer, it’s the secret to living victoriously in God. The key is to live your life on earth as it is in heaven. Most believers live on earth as it is on earth. But then if you have troubles on earth, you’ll live troubled. If you have setbacks on earth, you’ll live discouraged. If you have people trespass against you on earth, you’ll live in anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness.

We let our peace, our well-being, and our joy go up and down – all because we’re living on earth as it is on earth. Don’t live in your situation as it is in your situation, or in your emotions as it is in your emotions. That’s all on earth as it is on earth. What matters is how it is in heaven. Stop living an “on earth as it is on earth” life, and start living an “on earth as it is in heaven” life. In heaven, it’s blessed. And your life will be just as blessed when you start living on earth as it is in heaven.

Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Psalm 119:89

Seek to live this day not from earth to earth, and not even from earth to heaven, but from heaven to earth.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The old self

3 Apr
The old self…

When I was a child my parents told me how early I had to wake up to be ready for school, Since I wanted to stay up late and sleep as late as I could, I came up with a strategy. I would get dressed in the clothes I was to wear the following day and put my pajamas over them. Then in the morning, all I had to do was take off my pajamas and I was ready to go. But the problem was, I was wearing the clothes I had slept in the night before.

Many people in the Lord try to do the same thing. They wear yesterday’s clothes into salvation, the clothes of the old identity, the old attitudes, the old ways, the old beliefs, the old baggage, and the old self.

So the Word of God says, take off the old self and put on the new. You have that power, to actually take off the old you, and put on the new you. Do it. Because you can’t enter the new day that God has for you, wearing the old clothes

Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:5

Ask the Lord to show you any old garments still part of your life. Then discard them for the garments of new life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed