Archive | May, 2019

What You Also Need

20 May

What you also need…

What father would give his son a stone instead of bread, a snake instead of a fish, or a scorpion instead of eggs? Jesus used this illustration to share how our Heavenly Father gives good things to His children.

If Jesus went on, he might have noted that good fathers will also make their children eat vegetables: asparagus, broccoli, spinach. But most of us didn’t ask for those things and didn’t want them when they came.

You see, a good father will also give his children what they need, even if they didn’t ask for it and didn’t want it. In other words, God also gives us what we don’t ask for or want, but what we need— that trial, that problem, that person, that disappointment, or that crisis.

Those are God’s vegetables. You don’t have to like them, but when you see them on your plate, start looking for the good. If not in the way they go down, then in what they will produce for you in the end. God is not just the God of bread and fish, but also of vegetables.

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7: 9-11

Remember, if you are going through a trial, look for the good it will produce.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Our Miracle World

19 May

Our Miracle World…

It was late into the night and especially dark. The moon was nowhere to be seen. Grandfather and I were sitting in an open expanse not far from the school house while everyone else was asleep.

Imagine, he said, if we lived in a world where everything was night, a world where we could never see the blue of the sky, the yellow of the sun, the green of the grass and trees. Imagine we could barely see each other. Now imagine that something takes place in this world that has never happened before, a sunrise. What would that be like?

It would be indescribable, I said, a miracle.

Yes, said Grandfather, for the first time in our lives, the black sky begins to transform, subtly changing it’s color, the first hints of dawn. Then comes the first orange yellow rays of daybreak and then the circle of blazing light rising up from the horizon as if floating on nothing, and our entire world is transformed. For the first time we see everything in vivid color and clarity. It would be a miracle, a miracle as dramatic and amazing to our world as the parting of the Red Sea.

Grandfather paused, turned to me, and said, but the miracle has happened. The miracle happens every day. Should we not then be living in the miraculous all the time? And why don’t we? It would be as if the Red Sea parted at about six in the morning every day. We would no longer be amazed by it.

Yet was there ever a vision given to any prophet as vivid, as full of detail and brilliance as the vision we experience every day of this world? But when the miracle happens every day, we no longer see it. We become blind to it and blind to the fact that there is nothing supernatural as existence itself and that existence from nothing, and that natural world is the witness of the supernatural.

The sun, I said, is beginning to rise.

Behold the miracle, Grandfather said. This life, this universe, everything you see and touch, everything you hear and have known, it’s all a miracle, a vision come to life. Open Your eyes and see the world as if for the first time, as if your first sunrise and your first Red Sea, as the miracle it is. Live in the miraculous. For you are already living in a miracle world!
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. Psalm 19: 1-6

Live your life as miraculous everyday for you live in a miracle world and miracles happen everyday.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Be Content

17 May

Be Content…

One afternoon Grandfather sat us all down under the shade of a tree and told us a story about a stone-cutter.

One day, a stone-cutter named Hashnu became miserable and discontent while cutting stone, despising his life as a stone-cutter. As he complained, the king rode by on his horse. “If Hashnu only a king could be,” said Hashnu. A voice said, “Be thou the king.”

Hashnu became king. But while king, Hashnu was overcome by the heat of the sun and realized that the sun was stronger than he was. So he desired to become the sun. But then a cloud came and blocked out the light of the sun. So Hashnu became the cloud. Then the cloud burst on the land, flooding everything, moving everything in its path, except for a huge rock.

The rock was stronger than him, so Hashnu became the rock. Then a man with a hammer and chisel came to the rock and began cutting it. Only then did he realize that he was more powerful being content as himself.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” Hebrews 13:5

Remember and give thanks that no matter what your situation, station, or circumstance, you are blessed and loved by the Lord.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Learn From The Word

16 May

Learn From The Word…

In Acts 17, it’s recorded that Paul speaks to the people of Berea. It’s then recorded that the Bereans searched the Scriptures daily to see if the things Paul said were indeed true. The Greek word, translated as “searched,” can also mean “asked,” “questioned,” or “inquired of.” In other words, it can be taken not only as if they searched through the Word, but as if they asked and questioned the Word as well.

We should be more like the Bereans, not only in that we check everything out with the Word, but that we learn what it means to “ask” the Word, to be engaged in a dynamic relationship with the Word knowing that the Word of God is alive.

Learn what it is to be engaged in a living conversation with the Word, where you bring every question, problem, and need you have to the Word and you let the Word answer your every question, problem, and need.

For the Word of God is from the mouth and heart of God. Go ahead and ask— the Word will speak.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Take whatever question or problem you have to the Word and let the Word answer.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Iconoclast

15 May

Iconoclast…

In our dictionary we have the word “iconoclast.” An iconoclast is someone who goes against the flow and breaks the rules or traditions. The word goes back centuries. It comes from a great controversy which took place in the middle ages in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The Orthodox Church was covered with so-called “holy images” called “icons”. There arose a movement that said, “The hallowing of icons is idolatry,” and they began smashing the icons. They were called the breakers of icons or, in Greek, the “iconoclasts”.

But all believers are called to be iconoclasts. That is, we are not to serve, revere, honor, or acknowledge any idol of man, whether of secular man or of the church. But it should not stop there. A true believer is an iconoclast, in that he or she is continually smashing the idols in his or her life and heart.

Are there any idols in your life? Is there anything you’re putting your trust, love, hope, and attention into when it should be in God? If so, then it’s your job to smash that idol and become an iconoclast.

Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:14

Ask the Lord to show you if there is anything in your life that you have put your trust in over Him. Smash whatever idol that comes up.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Fallow Ground

14 May

The Fallow Ground…

In farming, it’s the fallow ground that is most productive, most fruitful with the seeds you sow to it. The fallow ground is that which hasn’t been sown or cultivated. So it is with the Gospel, and so it is in your life. Those parts of your life that you haven’t let God touch, the darkest and ungodly areas of your life – that’s your fallow ground.

Start working on it, plowing it with the Word and will of God and sowing seed into it. It will bring up more fruitfulness than all the godly areas of your life. Break up your fallow ground, for that’s where the miracle is waiting.

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

Start working on an area in your heart that has been fallow. Plow it with the Word and will of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Proverbs 1:7… what it’s telling us

13 May

What Proverbs 1:7 is telling us…

A while back I was asked just what Proverbs 1:7 was telling us. This is an explination of the verse.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Verse 7 concludes the introduction to the book of Proverbs. This verse is the cornerstone of the entire book. Solomon is making an absolute statement, against any knowledge that takes precedence over the Lord. The use of “fear,” in this context, is not meant to imply a sense of horror, despair, or fright. It is a strong term, for sure.

Here, it points more towards a sense of extreme respect. This is the sense in which mature adults “fear” things like fire, knives, or chemicals. It’s not panic and terror, but does come with a suggestion of consequences. According to the Bible, true knowledge cannot exist without a reverent “fear” of God.
Certainly there are many very intelligent individuals who do not follow God, so this statement can seem contradictory. In the original Hebrew phrasing, “the beginning” does not point to knowledge, but instead belongs with the “fear of the Lord.” The same phrase can be more literally translated as “giving priority to.” In this context, the term “beginning” means the chief place in time, space, and order.

The contention here is not that one cannot obtain knowledge apart from God. Instead, this implies that knowledge is out of place apart from the fear of the Lord.

Knowledge itself can become an idol and take the chief place in one’s life (Romans 1:22). Solomon learned throughout his life that there is a vast difference between worldly knowledge and godly wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:25). In this book, he is warning us to put things in the proper order. The “fear of the Lord” is the beginning: it should hold the chief position, the place of priority in our lives, and then we will obtain knowledge and put it into its proper place. However, just because knowledge should not overtake the Lord in priority, we are not to despise wise instruction. Instead, when everything is in its proper place, we will fear the Lord, obtain knowledge, and enjoy wise instruction.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Guiding Heart

13 May

The Guiding Heart…

When I was growing up, I used to take my dog Bud for walks. Whenever Bud saw something of interest, he would take off after it— or at least try. I was on the other end of the leash, and it was my job to restrain him. Either I was going to be pulled by Bud or Bud was going to be led by me.

It’s the same way with our thoughts. Our thoughts and feelings tend to go all over the place, and to things they have no business going after. Most people are led by their emotions and their thoughts, even many believers. But that’s like a man being led by a dog. God has called us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Him. You can have victory over every thought, whim, desire, lust, and feeling, but you have to choose to take control.

The next time that thought, feeling, or temptation comes up, you reign it in to the obedience of God. Just remember, you don’t have to go along with it. You’re on the other side of the leash.

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19

Take control of your thoughts by reigning them in to the obedience of God

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Contentment

10 May

Contentment…

The philosopher Aristippus lived a comfortable life by flattering the Greek tyrant Dionysius. He looked down on his less prosperous fellow philosophers. One of them was Diogenes. A story is told that one day Aristippus saw Diogenes washing some lentils. Scornfully, he said to him, “If you would only learn how to flatter Dionysius, you wouldn’t have to wash lentils.” Diogenes replied, “And if you had only learned to live on lentils, you would not have to flatter tyrants.”

In Philippians 4:11, Paul says, “For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.” If you are to live a life of righteousness, godliness, and greatness, you have to wean yourself from the world, from vested interests, and dependencies.

The more content you become with the things of God, the freer you’ll be from the world. Thus, the freer you are from the world, the more you will be able to live a life that is holy, godly, and blessed.

Be like Paul – content in all things and you’ll be free to live a life of greatness.

To another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 1 Cor 12:10

Choose to be content in all things and to give thanks in every situation. Free yourself from the world.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Missed it….

9 May

Missed it…

Did you ever wake up and realize you had overslept and missed an appointment? Maybe you’ve missed appointments by getting distracted with something else.

Many people in the Gospel accounts also missed their appointments – with God. Some because they were too busy with other pursuits, others because they said, “Not now. Later.” That was the time of their appointment and for one reason or another, they missed it.

In the same way, the Lord calls you. Every day, there’s a call from God, a perfect will, a mission, an appointment. Most of these appointments go unmet because most believers are too caught up in other things, distractions, pursuits, or telling God, “Later. Maybe tomorrow.” Is that you?

Do you know that God has made an appointment with you for joy, an appointment with victory, an appointment with breakthrough? They’re all waiting— even today. Don’t let the chance be wasted. Answer the call and do the will of God. You have an appointment today with blessing, and it’s too important to miss.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Answer the call and will of God. Don’t be late for your appointment to receive the blessing.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed