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

Winter 2019

26 Aug

The Farmers’ Almanac just released its extended weather forecast and it’s predicting a “polar coaster” season this year—which is just as bad as it sounds.

“Our extended forecast is calling for yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country,” Farmers’ Almanac Editor and Philom Peter lol said in a press release.

Last year’s annual prediction called for a long, snowy winter, and unfortunately it turned out to be correct. The Farmers’ Almanac promises the upcoming 2019-2020 season will be “another wild ride” with frigid temperatures and “hefty snowfalls” affecting a majority of the country.

People on the East Coast will endure the worst of the cold weather, as experts predict areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians will experience a particularly brutal season. With these colder-than-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation, the Farmers’ Almanac also warns that a “wintry mix” of rain, sleet, and snow is likely along the coast. However, the western-third of the country can expect a milder winter with near-normal temperatures and precipitation.

Late January will bring the coldest temperatures of the year, predicted to affect millions of people across the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes. (Remember last year’s polar vortex? Get ready for round two.)

Of course, you should take all this with a grain of salt, as extended weather forecasting can never be 100% accurate. Long before today’s technology existed, people relied on nature to predict harsh weather—and some if it still holds true in modern times. Here are 20 signs that a rough winter is coming, according to folklore, so you can keep an eye out for more evidence:

1. Thicker-Than-Normal Corn Husks.

2. Woodpeckers Sharing a Tree.

3. The Early Arrival of the Snowy owl.

4. The Early Departure of Geese and Ducks.

5. The Early Migration of the Monarch butterfly.

6. Thick Hair on the Nape of a Cow’s Neck.

7. Heavy and Numerous Fogs During August.

8. Raccoons With Thick Tails and Bright Bands.

9. Mice Chewing Furiously To Get Into Your Home.

10. The Early Arrival of Crickets on the Hearth.

11. Spiders Spinning Larger-Than-Usual Webs and Entering the House in Great Numbers.

12. Pigs Gathering Sticks.

13. Ants Marching in a Line Rather Than Meandering.

14. Early Seclusion of Bees Within the Hive.

15. Unusual Abundance of Acorns.

16. Muskrats Burrowing Holes High on the River Bank.

17. “See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest.”

18. The Size of the Orange Band on the Woollybear (or Woollyworm) Caterpillar.

19. Squirrels Gathering Nuts Early to Fortify Against a Hard Winter.

20. Frequent Halos or Rings Around the Sun or Moon Forecasts Numerous Snowfalls.

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

Everything We Do…

21 Aug

Everything We Do…

Grandfather was telling us a story on how the Jewish bride danced at her wedding. In the traditional Jewish wedding, he said, before the moment of joining, the bride must circle the groom seven times. It’s a sort of dance of love, a sign that the bride is going to center her life around her bridegroom. Everything she does is, in some way, going to revolve around her beloved.

The Bible calls Jesus the Bridegroom and His followers, His bride. So in the same way that the Hebrew bride must circle her bridegroom we, the congregation must also circle her Bridegroom, her Beloved Jesus. And if you are His bride, then you need to do the same, to live your life as a dance of circles around your Beloved.

It means you revolve everything in your life around Him. You revolve your day around Him. You revolve your family and home life around Him. You revolve your work life around Him. You revolve your thought life around Him. You revolve your dreams, and hopes, and plans around Him. You revolve your life: everything you do and are, around Him. Then your life will become a beautiful dance of love from the bride around Her Beloved.

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Revelation 19:7

Revolve everything you do, say, and are around Him. Dance around your Bridegroom – Jesus.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Right In front

20 Aug

Right In Front…

I was watching some people playing the game “Boggle” where you shake up cubes with letters and then try to make words out of the adjacent letters. The people playing were atheist. When they finished coming up with their words, I said to them, “There’s one word everyone missed.” “What word,” they asked? “Jesus – Look it’s right there.” And of course, it was. Then I added, “Isn’t it interesting how you can miss something even though it’s right in front of your eyes?”

They didn’t appreciate my comment. But it’s true – and not just for unbelievers, but even for believers. Even Mary Magdalene didn’t recognize Jesus, though he was right in front of her eyes.

There will be times in your walk when you won’t see, feel, or sense God’s presence, or His love. But no matter what you see or feel… He’s there, right beside you. He always keeps His word and He promised He would never leave you.

I’m told the 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. Imagine how zealous they are, how careful, how vigilant they are in following what they know of God.

How does that compare with most Christians. Do most Christians 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 holy and vigilant than the Orthodox.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

No matter what you see or feel, live by faith, strengthen what you know is true – the reality, the power, and the goodness of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

It’s A Choice

19 Aug

It’s A Choice…

We were sitting on the side of the river, with our backs against a tree sort of daydreaming, one afternoon when Grandfather said Did you know there are always two sides to life and the one you choose will define you?

Hate has four letters, so does Love. Enemies has seven letters, so does Friends. Lying has five letters, so does Truth. Negative has eight letters, so does Positive. Under has five, so does Above.

He paused for a minute and then continued. Cry has three letters, so does Joy. Anger has five letters, so does Happy. Right has five letters, so does Wrong. Hurt has four letters, so does Heal.

What is all this leading to you ask? It means life is like a double edged sword… so transform every negative side into an aura of positivity… We should always choose the better side of life.

Life is short he continued, why do we waste so much of it making bad choices? When you finally realize life is just as you choose, why choose the negative when the positive is so much better and brighter?

Frown has five letters also, but so does Smile and that smile will light up your world and the world of others. As for me I choose a couple more five letter words, I choose the Shine my Light to brighten the life of those around me… What do you choose?

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed