Archive | July, 2019

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

Doors And Windows

11 Jul

Doors And Windows…

The Book of Acts records the ministry of the apostle Paul in Corinth. While Paul was in Corinth, he attempted to spread the Gospel in the synagogue there.

His message was rejected. But it turned out that there was a man named Titus Justus who lived right next door to the synagogue. Titus opened up his house to Paul and the Gospel and from that came the Church of Corinth, one of the most important churches in world history. And it all started right next door to the place where the Gospel was rejected.

God always makes a way for His will to be accomplished. He always makes a way for His purposes, His glory, and the victory of His people. So, too, for you.

The Bible never promises an obstacle-free walk or a problem-free life. You will have problems and obstacles and closed doors but don’t let them stop you. For when God closes a door, he opens a window. When God closes a synagogue door, he opens the Church of Corinth next door.

Keep going, and you may find that the victory you thought was gone, was right there under your nose… next door.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called. Ephesians 4:4

Don’t allow any obstacle or problem stop you from pursuing your calling. Don’t dwell any more on the closed door or doors in your life. Look for the window!

Walk daily with God at your side!!

Love always,

Ed

The Communist Believer

10 Jul

The Communist Believer…

There was a Russian believer imprisoned for his faith under Communist rule. He was being interrogated and tortured. “Give me one proof that Jesus even existed, for you know He never did,” his interrogater taunted him. The believer responded, “I only believe what the official Communist newspaper, Pravda, says about Jesus.” “What do you mean?” said the interrogator. “You have a paper right there,” said the believer, “Tell me what it says next to the title, what are those numbers?” The interrogator read out loud, “1951.” “1951,” years from what,” said the prisoner.?

“One thousand nine hundred fifty-one years from the birth of Jesus. This is the official Communist position. It cannot be based on a lie so I’m only following the Communist position when I say that Jesus is real and His life is so important that we should base all other events upon it.”

If even the Communist newspaper, in effect, proclaimed the life of Jesus, how much more should you proclaim it, and spread it? Be bold about it and unashamed. For Jesus is so real, that even His enemies proclaim Him… how much more must you… His friend.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7

Today, proclaim Jesus! Be bold and unashamed about it. For you serve the King of the universe.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Talk To The Walls

9 Jul

Talk to the walls…

There is a story told of an Israeli on a visit to a friend in America. His friend takes him to McDonalds where they go through the drive through, give their order and then to the window to pick up their burgers and fries.

The Israeli is amazed and has tears in his eyes. “Why are you so amazed and so emotional?” his friend asks him. “Because,” says the Israeli, “in America you talk to a wall and out comes a hamburger, shake, and fries. In Israel, we’ve been talking to a wall for 2000 years and not once have we ever gotten a hamburger!”

Talking to walls… it’s a Jewish tradition. The Jewish people have lifted up prayers at the Western Wall from ancient times. God’s people are to talk to walls… and mountains… and obstacles… and barriers.

The Lord has given you the power to say to the mountain. “Be removed.” And if you can talk to mountains, then how much more to that problem and hindrance in your life. Go ahead, do it, by the authority of Jesus. You may not get a hamburger, but you will get a victory!

May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. Psalm 20:5

Today, speak to that wall, mountain, obstacle or barrier to be removed by the authority of Jesus and get a victory.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed.

Idols In Your Life

8 Jul

Idols In Your Life…

The Temple in Jerusalem was the dwelling place of God’s presence. But in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, an idol was set up in the holy place. From that moment on, the Temple ceased to be the Temple of God. It was no longer a holy place. No longer was it the dwelling place of God’s presence. It became, for all intents and purposes, an empty building.

Only when the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple, removed the idol, and cleansed it, could it be restored to God’s purposes and presence.

2 Corinthians 6:16 says: What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

But if you let idols into your life, the glory of God will be withdrawn, and your walk and heart will be left empty. That’s what idols do to the presence and glory of God.

Have you lost the fullness of His glory? Is your heart empty? Search for, and destroy any idols in your heart. For when you remove the idols and open your heart to the Lord, your life and heart will be filled again to overflowing with the glory of the Living God.

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139: 23-24

Ask the Lord to show you any idol you may have in your life. Put out that idol and replace it with the flowing of the Spirit.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed