Archive | May, 2019

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

When It Is Written

8 May

When It Is Written…

Once when I was over at my sister’s house, I picked up one of my nieces to play with her. At this point, the other niece cried, “Pick me up! You picked her up, you have to pick me up!” I replied with a smile, “Where is it written that just because I picked up your sister, I have to pick you up too?”

Two minutes later, she handed me a piece of paper on which was written, “When you pick up one of us, you have to pick up the other.” It was a clever move. For what is written often has the ability to give one authority, power, and freedom.

And what is written in the Word of God is the ultimate authority. It’s written that you have the power to live a life of victory. In fact, you have all sorts of rights and freedoms and authorities that you may not be using at all. All the more reason to get into the Scriptures, for in them you’ll find your authority to live, to overcome, and to be blessed. Where is it written? In the Word of God, that’s where.

For it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

Take the Word of God and stand on it, obey it, and apply it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed