Archive | July, 2019

The Heaven And Earth Connection

21 Jul

The Heaven And Earth Connection…

We stood at the bottom of an empty cistern. I had asked Grandfather to show me, as I had never seen one before. We were now ready to leave.

Look, he said, that is our only hope. He was pointing at the ladder, the same ladder we had climbed down to get where we were. Without the ladder, he said, we’d be stuck here at the bottom and what if it only went halfway up to the top?

Feeling I was about to learn a lesson in life I responded, if it didn’t reach the top it wouldn’t do us any good.

Well, what if it statrted at the top and only reached halfway down?

If it didn’t reach the bottom, it wouldn’t do us any good either, we would be stuck here either way.

Then, he said, what about getting into heaven? How high is heaven above the earth? How great is the distance that separates man from God, and sin from the Most Holy? How long would that ladder have to be…to get you into heaven?

I thought for a minute, then said as high and as long as the distance that separates man from God, a ladder between heaven and earth.

It was that ladder that Jacob saw in his dream, a ladder from heaven to earth. It was the shadow of Jesus, that which joins heaven to earth, and God to man. It can only work if the ladder touches both ends, the highest height with the lowest depth. So the Most High had to descend to the most low of depths so that those in the lowest depths could ascend to the highest heights. The Most Heavenly had to become earthly so those who were earthly could become heavenly. And the Most Holy had to join Himself to the most unholy, the Holy One joined to the lowest of sins, the Most Sacred to the most profane… so God descended to the deepest depths of darkness, to the lowest rung of degradation and judgement.

I said to the bottom of Jacobs ladder, that which joins earth to heaven…

Therefore, Grandfather added, no matter how low you find yourself, no matter how lost you are, no matter how sinful, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far from God you are… no matter how deep the pit you find yourself in…look for the ladder…and it will be there to take you out. The ladder will be there with one end touching the bottom of your lowest depths, and the other end reaching the Most High.
He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” John 1:51

Wherever you are there is a ladder connecting you to the Most High. Find the first rung of heaven’s ladder and take it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Mysteries Of The Lamb

20 Jul

Mysteries Of The Lamb…

We were sitting under a tree down in the canyon. Grandfather pulled out a small book and began to read. “I looked and behold in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders stood a lamb. …In the midst of the throne stood a lamb.”

This is the vision given to Yochanan in the Book of Revelations. Do you see anything strange about it?

I sat up and responded everything, the four living creatures, the elders, the lamb… He then asked what about the lamb on a throne? I said why is that any stranger than the rest?

Let’s think about it. A lamb, the most defenseless of creatures, so weak it must be protected not only by it’s mother but by a shepherd… That’s what’s so strange about the vision. The Lamb is on the throne. The Lamb is king. The Lamb reigns over all. A lion would make sense, but not a lamb… the most powerless of creatures reigning on a throne with all power and over all.

And it’s the symbol of Jesus, the Messiah! I said.

Yes, Grandfather said, He who reigns over the kingdom of God. So the kingdom of God will be the kingdom of the Lamb. How radical is that …a Lamb upon a throne? It goes against the way of the animal kingdom and that of man’s kingdoms. But the kingdom of God doesn’t work according to the laws of the world, but by it’s own laws. So to prosper in God you must learn the secrets of that kingdom.

In the world, it is the strong and the fierce who rule. But in the kingdom of God, it is the Lamb that rules. So in the kingdom of the Lamb, the weak are strong and the strong are weak. So, in this kingdom if you would have, you must let go. If you would receive, you must give. If you lower yourself, you will be lifted up. If you become little, you will become great. If you lose yourself, you will find yourself. If you surrender, you will prevail. And if you die to yourself …you will find life.

As He died and found life, I said, and as He surrendered all and has prevailed over the world and has become all.

So, if you walk in the footsteps of the Lamb, you too will prevail and overcome the world. For we are the most radical of the kingdom …the kingdom of the Lamb.
But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12 9-10

Live this day in the way of the Lamb. Let go that you might have. Die that you might live. And surrender that you might overcome.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Shelter Of God

19 Jul

The Shelter Of God…

Durring the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was sending scud missiles into the land of Israel, aiming especially for its cities. During one attack, about 200 people gathered together to seek shelter inside a building. The missile struck their building, and it came crashing down. There was a smell of burning sulfur, and a thick cloud of dust filled the room.

When the explosion was over, and the dust began to clear, everyone was in total astonishment to learn that not one of the 200 people were touched. God promised Israel He would keep them and that no matter what evil came against them, they would survive. And the proof of God’s Word is the existence of the nation of Israel itself.

If you’re born again, you’re a citizen of the commonwealth of Israel. And so you too have a promise. Whatever is against you, problem, threat, danger, trouble, conflict… far greater than anything against you – is He who is for you. And as you trust in Him, you will be kept.

I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. Genesis 17:7

Don’t fear your problems or anything that is set against you. Focus instead on the much stronger power of the One who is for you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Blowing His Whistle

18 Jul

Blowing his whistle…

When I was a child, I remember being in a car with my mother. She was parking next to a sidewalk, and an old man with a mustache and a whistle came running out blasting his little whistle. He didn’t want anyone parking in front of his house. So if he saw a car parking there, he ran out with his whistle.

Most people would move because they believed they were parking illegally. But the truth was, there was nothing illegal about it, and the man had absolutely no authority to do what he was doing. But as long as he convinced people that he did have the authority, then he did. As long as they believed him, they took off.

So it is with the enemy. The enemy has no real authority. But if you believe that he does, he will. The voice of sin, temptation, fear, gloom, panic, despair, and darkness – has no authority. That means you don’t have to obey it or even pay it any mind. The next time the enemy tells you to do something, you just ignore it. He’s only blowing his whistle.

Through you we push down our foes; through your name we tread down those who rise up against us. Psalm 44:5

Listen to the voice of Jesus and ignore all those other voices – of sin, fear, bitterness, temptation, and gloom.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Do What You Can’t Do

17 Jul

Do What You Can’t Do…

It was bible story time and Grandfather sat down and started reading from Luke. Luke 5, he said, records Jesus telling a paralyzed man to get up and go home. Now think about that. What is He asking of the man? To rise up, take up his cot, and go home. What’s strange about that? The man is paralyzed. But He’s asking a paralyzed man to do what paralyzed men cannot do. And it doesn’t say that the man was healed before he rose up. The man had to do what he could not do – and in that was the miracle.

In the same way, Jesus commands you to do what you cannot do, to live a life you cannot live, and to walk a walk you cannot walk. God doesn’t want you to live according to what you are, but according to what He’s called you to be and to do.

Stop living limited by what you can and cannot do. Start living by faith, by His power, by His miracle, and by what He’s called you to become. Live as if you could do what you can’t do, and by His power, you’ll do it. It’s as simple as rising up.

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2Corinthians 5:7

Do all things by faith, by His power, by His miracle, and by what He’s called you to become. And in that, do what you can’t do and have never done before!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

God – Three In One

16 Jul

God – Three In One…

It was a sunny afternoon and we were sitting by the river when Grandfather brought up the mystery of the Godhead. The “tri-unity nature of God” is one of the most controversial of doctrines. People, nonbelievers, and cult leaders have argued against it for ages. Even believers struggle with it.

The simple truth, when it comes to mathematics is that 1 cannot be 3 and 3 cannot be 1. But there’s a secret here. Those laws only apply when you’re dealing with finite entities – finite numbers. But the Bible declares that God is not finite – but infinite.

So we have to look at the realm of infinite entities or infinities. What does 1 infinity + 1 infinity +1 infinity equal? 1 infinity! 1 infinity divided by 3 still equals 1 infinity. Thus, the infinity of God plus the infinity of God plus the Infinity of God equals…. The infinity of God.

Can we fully understand infinity? No. Nor can we fully comprehend God – and we don’t have to. Rather we just have to believe in Him. For there is no real problem with the tri-unity of God – the only problem is how to open up our hearts, our minds, and our faith to that which is so much bigger. God is everywhere in our life, spirt, flesh and word.

Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. 1 Corinthians 8:6

Open up your heart, your mind, and your faith to contain what is larger than your heart and mind – the overflowing and unending presence, mercies, and goodness of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Priest And King

15 Jul

Priest And King…

The high priest of Israel could never become king, nor could the king ever become the high priest. The kingship and the priesthood were two separate bloodlines and tribes –They could never be joined.

Yet, in the book of Zechariah, God calls the prophet to place the crown on the high priest’s head and prophesy of “One” called “the Branch” who would be both king and priest. Who is that One? Messiah Yeshua, Jesus, who is both King, of the royal line of Israel, and High Priest after the order of Melchizadek.

The name of the high priest upon whom the crown was placed was “Joshua” or “Yehoshua” in Hebrew. “Yeshua” is a form of the same name; Nehemiah 8:17. Even that points to the identity of Messiah the Branch – Jesus. Thus, no one was allowed to be both king and priest but Jesus.

Jesus is always more than you think He is, better than you believe He is, and more wonderful. So get to know Him even more, because when it comes to Him, there’s no end to how much more there is to know.

The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:4

Today, take time to get to know more of Jesus than you do now, because there is so much more of Him to know.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed