Archive | August, 2019

The Watchman

30 Aug

The Watchman…

The Bible speaks much of the watchmen. They were the ones appointed to watch over the city, to protect it, and to sound the alarm in the face of danger.

When were the watchmen on duty? It was during the night, when darkness covered the land, and when the people of the city slept that the watchman’s call was especially critical.

When we look at what’s happening in the world, the direction of the end times, it’s easy to feel discouraged or overwhelmed. But we shouldn’t. It’s the times of darkness when the watchmen’s ministry is most important.

So the darker you see the world becoming, the more critical it is to take up your mantle as God’s watchman. It’s the call to stay spiritually awake in a time of spiritual sleep, to stay separate, to keep vigilant – vigilant in prayer, vigilant in the word, vigilant in purity and holiness, in righteousness, and worship – and to all the more sound the alarm to those who are perishing.

It is night, the people are sleeping, and they need the watchman more than ever. You are the watchman – do your duty!

I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, Isaiah 62:6

Keep vigilant in purity, holiness, and righteousness, and sound the alarm to those who are perishing. Be a watchman!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Ant

29 Aug

The Ant…

I once was attempting to show mercy to an ant. I was trying to lead it around some obstacles in its path to freedom outside. But the problem was, I was dealing with a super dumb ant. It kept going the wrong way, no matter what I did to lead it to safety.

Now ants do indeed have brains the size of very tiny breadcrumbs. But this ant didn’t seem to have an high I.Q. All it needed to do was to trust me. Had it trusted me, that ant would have functioned as if it had possessed super-intelligence compared to its fellow ants — functioning on the reasoning of a human brain, well so I thought.

However, compared to God, our intelligence is even less than that of a breadcrumb-sized brain and we seem to have the same problem. So if you’re wise, you won’t rely on your own intelligence and understanding. If you do, you’ll be living like that dumb ant.

But if you trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, then the Lord will direct your path and you won’t live your life like a dumb ant.

Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Proverbs 8:33

Don’t rely on your own understanding, but seek to be led in all things by the Spirit, the wisdom, and the mind of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

God’s Coin

28 Aug

God’s Coin…

Jesus asked those who were testing him about paying taxes, “Whose image is on this coin?” They answered, “Caesar’s.” To which He responded, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and render to God the things that are God’s.” In other words, if the coin bears the image of Caesar, then it belongs to Caesar and must be given to him.

But Genesis 1:27 says that man bears the image of God. Thus, as a coin is to Caesar – so you are to God. If you bear God’s image, then you rightfully belong to Him, and if you belong to Him, you must render, or give yourself to Him.

It’s the only natural and proper thing to do – since we already belong to Him. And beyond that, it reveals that if you don’t’ give yourself totally and wholly for God, then your life is lived in debt. In fact, your life becomes a stolen property or an illegal substance.

That’s why when you do your own thing with your life, it never works out. Something is always wrong. So render unto God today that thing that is God’s – namely you!

Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day. 1 Kings 8:61

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Beyond Tradition

27 Aug

Beyond Tradition…

Orthodox Jews live by the Laws of Moses as interpreted by their rabbis. Virtually everything in their life is governed by law or one tradition or another. Think of how zealous they are, how careful, how vigilant they are in following what they know of God.

How does that compare with most believers? Do most believers you know treat the Word of God as seriously, or as reverently as the Orthodox treat their laws and traditions? Chances are they don’t. Chances are, you may not either. And yet Jesus told us that between the two – the righteousness of the Pharisees, and the righteousness of His disciples, it is to be the righteousness of the disciples under the New Covenant, which is greater.

You in the New Covenant are to be more devoted, zealous, loving, pure, self-disciplined, giving, studious, reverent, and more holy than they. If that is not the case, start making it so today. For the New Covenant is not lower but higher than the Old. Thus the disciples of Jesus are to be more vigilant, loving, pure, self-disciplined, giving, studious, reverent, and holy.

If you love me, keep my commands. John 14:15

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Cup Overflows

26 Aug

The Cup Overflows…

We were dining one evening with friends. One of them asked how to overcome sin. Grandfather filled his glass with water and asked, “Can you pour your drink into this glass?” “No,” the one answered, “How could I? The glass is full.” “Exactly!” said Grandfather, “And that’s your answer.”

The answer is in the cup being full. You don’t overcome sin by trying not to sin, or temptation by trying not to be tempted. It doesn’t matter how much you try – if your cup is empty, you’re going to be vulnerable to sin. But if you fill yourself up with God, you won’t have any room to be filled with anything else. And even better than a full cup, is an overflowing cup.

An overflowing cup can hardly be touched or polluted. If you fill yourself up with God and overflow with His joy, His Spirit, His presence, and His love, the enemy won’t be able to do anything – and there won’t be any sin you can’t overcome. So practice the secret of overcoming all sin. It’s as simple as an overflowing cup.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5

Fill yourself up with God and overflow with His joy, His Spirit, His presence, and His love…

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

A Fathers Legacy

23 Aug

A Fathers Legacy….

A study of men who were in therapy found that 23% of them had physically absent fathers, 29% had psychologically absent fathers, 18% had disapproving fathers, 15% had dangerous fathers, and only 15% had fathers who were nurturing. Thus 85% of the men had bad relationships with their fathers!

Other studies have shown over and over again, that one of the most central causes of crime and social problems is the lack of a father. If you’re a father, take this to heart. Fatherhood is one of the most important ministries on earth. Treat it as such. If you’ve had a tough time with your father, and he’s still alive, forgive and bless him.

You can change that relationship. And above all, no matter what kind of relationship you had or didn’t have with your father. Remember you ultimately have another Father – a Father who is never absent, never abusive, never anything less than loving.

No matter what your past has been, you have the way to overcome it. Discover the Perfect and Loving Heavenly Father you now have, and you’ll become the perfect beloved child you were always meant to be.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Whole Picture

22 Aug

The Whole Picture…

A friend’s mother, who’d fallen away from the Lord, ended up as a hostage in a police shoot out. Miraculously her life was spared, and she repented.

Afterward, my friend discovered a drawing, hidden behind a photograph of his mother as a girl, of a lamb, on the edge of a cliff, just below a bird of prey. But the hand of the Good Shepherd was reaching out to save the lamb. The story of his mother’s life was hidden there long before it was fulfilled.

In the life of every believer, there are always two pictures – two stories: The first is your life’s circumstances and situations as they appear to be. But it’s the second picture, the hidden picture that’s more real. Because if you look behind every moment of your life, you’ll find the love of God, and the hand of your Shepherd reaching out to you His lamb, working all things for your good.

So no matter what it looks or feels like in your life, remember, that’s just one picture. The real story of your life is the one that lies hidden inside the frame.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed