Archive | August, 2019

The Founding Of America

8 Aug

The Founding Of America…

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World. From its planting grew American civilization. So what was America founded on? What was its founding purpose? You can find it in the founding document of Jamestown – the Virginian Charter.

It says this: “… to the glory of His Divine Majesty in propagating of Christian religion to such people as yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God…” So why was America established according to its earliest founding document? America was founded for the glory of God, the spreading of the faith of the Gospel, and to be a light to bring those in darkness to salvation.

Today, more and more, we are seeing America fall farther and farther away from its founding vision. What should we do? Pray. Pray for this nation. And now more than ever, you be that light.

Live your life all the more for the glory of God and to be a light to the darkness. For the darker it gets, the more the light must shine.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5: 14-16

Today, pray for this nation. Live your life all the more for the glory of God and to be a light to the darkness.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Power Of The Firstfruits

7 Aug

The Power Of The Firstfruits…

Jesus rose as the firstfruits of the dead during the season of Passover. The timing is amazingly perfect since Passover is also the season of the firstfruits. It was in the Exodus from Egypt that God gave to Israel the law of the firstfruits.

In Exodus 13:1, He says, “Sanctify to me all the firstborn – whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel…”

So the law of the firstborn takes place at the very time that Israel is being “born” out of the womb of Egypt. In Hebrew, the word for the firstfruit is “Bikor.” “Bikor” literally means, “the one who breaks forth,” “the one who opens the womb.”

So it’s no accident that at the season of “the opening” and “breaking forth,” Jesus opened the tomb and broke forth! And for you who are in Him, you too have the power of the Bikor. No matter what you’re going through, no matter what the problem, what the obstacle, what the situation, no matter what, you’ve got the power to break forth and break through.

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:2

Today, whatever situation you find yourself in, use the power of the Bikor to break forth and break through.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Power Of The Spirit

6 Aug

The Power Of The Spirit…

In Luke 10:19, Jesus says this: “I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.” But in the original Greek of the New Testament, it’s not the power of the enemy – it’s the dunamis.

Dunamis is the same word used of the Holy Spirit. So what does it reveal to us? The enemy has a dunamis; a power of his own, and he uses his dunamis to attack you, hinder you, frustrate you, make you fall, defeat you, and destroy you. So how do you overcome his dunamis? You can only overcome the dunamis of the enemy by the Dunamis of God.

The Dunamis of God is only found and given in the Holy Spirit. How do you overcome the enemy’s power, his schemes against you, the temptation and pull of sin? You do it by the Dunamis of the Holy Spirit. Fight your fight a new way, overcome the power of sin, by going on the offense – practice moving in the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh – and you’ll overcome the dunamis of the enemy.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

Today, fight your fight a new way, overcome the power of sin, by going on the offense in the dunamis of God’s Spirit.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Ministering To Others

5 Aug

Ministering To Others…

When I was a new believer, I was asked to minister to a young woman who was a Satan worshiper. I asked her, “Why would you worship Satan?” She said that she figured if she worshiped him, then hell wouldn’t be a bad place to go, but a blessing. She saw Satan as a kind of noble rebel and wanted to side with the underdog. She was confused, but beneath it all, her longing was for God.

There’s no greater underdog than Jesus, who was put on trial as a rebel, killed by the rulers of this world, crucified and laid in a tomb. There has never been a greater underdog than that. She ended up receiving Jesus as her Lord.

When Paul was in Athens, he found the altar to the unknown God. Even in such a pagan place, there was a longing, an opening for God. Even in the darkest place, in the most ungodly soul, there’s always an opening for God. So never give up! Search for it, and you’ll find it, for there’s always an altar to the unknown God – even for those Satan worshipers.
Declare his glory among the nations,his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Psalm 96:3

Today, ask for wisdom and then search for an opening to share the love of God with someone who needs it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Reverence And Respect

4 Aug

Reverence And Respect…

Hello Grandfather, how are them bones? This was what we said as a sign of reverence and respect for our elders when I was growing up.

The Bible clearly stated that we are to show reverence to God and the things that represent Him. We apparently live in a society that is becoming more and more disrespectful. Our culture teaches that no one is above another. Children are not honoring their parents or anyone else in authority. Are believers treating God as “common” today?

Reverence and respect go hand and hand and are often used interchangeably. Reverence carries an idea of worship and therefore is more appropriately used in our relationship with God and everything associated with Him. His ministers are often referred to as reverend. We don’t worship human beings, of course, but we should respect our spiritual leaders because they are God’s representatives to us.

Children should be taught to honor and obey their parents and authority figures and by doing so, it shows respect for them. Showing honor and respect is more than just verbal expressions, it is a daily process of acting and displaying appreciation, worth, honor and following their suggestions or wishes because they hold a position very dear to that person.

While many of our older adults display reverence and respect for church sanctuaries and facilities, one should teach their children the same qualities. We show respect, reverence and freedom to worship God whenever we enter and participate in the sanctuary. Children need to learn the importance of understanding why we show reverence and respect inside the church because we honor God. A time to play or talk should be conducted outside the church.

The church membership should be concerned about the appearance and maintenance of the building as well as with treatment inside “God’s House”. Whenever a church does not show concern for their building, they usually don’t have much concern for God.

Reverence and respect for the things of God can be easily taught and lived out in our daily Christian lives. The Bible instructs us to be witnesses or examples to the whole world, including those inside and outside of our church. Jesus showed respect and reverence towards God as well as the temple. Behavior in the sanctuary should always be respectful and show reverence towards God. He is the reason why we are there and He is the reason why we have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Cause And Effect

4 Aug

The Cause And Effect…

It was a cool desert night. The sky above us was stunning in its clarity. It’s deep black background made visible a vast multitude of stars, which in some places were so small and many that they fused into a white mist.

Grandfather was gazing upward as he spoke: In the beginning, he said, was the Word… and the Word was with God… and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. Imagine that. All things came into existence through the Word… The earth, the oceans, the moon, the sun, the stars, the galaxies, and the universe itself, all came into being through the Word. And what is the Word? he asked.

The Word of God, I responded.

Yes, said Grandfather, but in the original language, the word for word is logos. Logos also means the cause.

All things came into being through Him…the Cause of all things. The Logos caused the universe to come into existence. Therefore, the existence of the universe rests on the existence of the Logos.

Grandfather gazed at the ground, then up again at the sky.

But the cosmos is fallen, he said. The world is darkened by evil and this life by sin. And the Logos became flesh and dwelt among us… The Logos became flesh and blood. Why? Because only that which is flesh can die for our sins. Who died on the cross?

Jesus died on the cross, I replied.

Jesus is the Logos. It was the Logos that died on the cross. The Logos was crucified. That means the Word was crucified. The Cause of everything was crucified. If the Cause is crucified, nullified, then too is the effect. The effect is nullified. It disappears. If Logos dies, the cosmos is nullified…the old world dies…the old life dies, the fallen past dies and the old you dies.

If the Cause of existence is removed, then all the sins of your life are brought out of existence, as if they never existed in the first place. So for all who are in Jesus, the old is gone. They become new as it is written: If anyone is in Jesus, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come! For the Cause has been crucified.

The Cause has died, and with it, your old life. So stop letting the past effect you. Live free today in the newness of having no past.

Walk daily with God at your side!!

Love always,

Ed

The Jewish Sabbath Mystery

2 Aug

The Jewish Sabbath Mystery…

Here is a mystery concerning the Sabbath. The Sabbath is the appointed Holy day that the Jewish people gather on to honor God. It doesn’t come at the beginning of the week – or in the middle of the week. The Sabbath comes at the end of the week on the seventh day.

In just this alone is a profound mystery. The Jewish people will come to the Lord, they will return to Him. But it will not happen at the beginning of the age, nor in the middle of the age. It will happen at the end of the age.

The Jewish people will return to God as a whole, and to their Messiah, Yeshua, at the end of the age. When they come to the Lord, then the world will know the Sabbath.

Their coming to the Messiah ushers in the Age of the Sabbath, the Millennium. So don’t be discouraged if your Jewish friends are not yet coming to Jesus. They will. And the fact that the fight is so great is because the stakes are so high. Keep witnessing. Keep praying. For when they come, the Sabbath comes.

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Hebrews 4:9-10

Today, keep witnessing and keep praying for the Jewish people to come to Jesus.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

And The Two Shall Be One

1 Aug

And The Two Shall Be One…

I’m sure Grandfather had a different lesson planned for that day, but I was the one who initiated the lesson. I have a question, I said, How does one live up to the standards of God? How does one attain such high standards?

One doesn’t, he said.

What do you mean?

One doesn’t do it…as you think. How could you?, Grandfather responded.

I don’t understand, I said.

Who could live up to the standards of God?, he said

I responded, the godly?

No, said Grandfather, The only one who can live up to the standards of God… Is God. And the only one who can live the life of Jesus is Jesus. So how do you live up to His standards? How do you live a Godly life?

I didn’t answer.

There’s only one way — you let Him live it. You let God meet the standards of God. You let Jesus live the life of Jesus through you.

So, I said, Its Him not me.

It’s Him through you. It’s Him living His life …through your living your life in Him. In the Book of First Corinthians 3:9 it is written, ‘We are God’s fellow workers. You are Gods field, God’s building.’ But in the original language the words “fellow workers” are just one word – sunergos.

And what does it mean?, I asked.

Argos, replied Grandfather, means to act, to work, or to do. And sun means with or together. So sunergos means to act together, to work with, to move together or to do as one. That’s the key. It’s impossible for you to live the life of God. But it’s impossible for God not to live the life of God. So the key is not to live up to the standards of God, but to let God live out His life through you. It means to let God live in your living… as in His living, you live. It means to let God live in your loving… as, in His loving, you love.

It is through sunergos we get the word synergy. That’s the energy of salvation, the energy of God, and the energy of you flowing together as one…one energy, one motion, one life. As it is written, ‘Be strong…in the power of His might’ …sunergos. (Ephesians 6:10)

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9

Start living today in the synergy of God. Live in His moving, act in His acting and love in His loving…as one.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

An Omen

1 Aug

An Omen…

For anyone who isn’t aware, Chick-fil-A is a chain of fast food restaurants that specializes in chicken and is owned by Christians who believe what the Bible says about creation, human nature, and marriage, namely that it involves a man and a woman.

This is hardly a controversial stand; it’s the basic, universal stand of human civilization for most of history. In an interview, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy simply stated the obvious, that he believed marriage was between a man and a woman, but it caused a massive uproar. Chick-fil-A was spoken against, attacked, and boycotted around the country.

When ancient Israel fell away from God and embraced the ways of Baal, it undoubtedly began with a call for open-mindedness, tolerance of other ideas and practices, and an “everyone do your own thing” morality. But once the practices and powers associated with Baal worship ascended to power, it was a different story. It was no longer about tolerance. Tolerance was only a strategy to allow the “new morality” to enter in.

Once in, tolerance was done away with. Those in power now sought to force everyone to bow their knees to Baal while punishing anyone who still upheld the ways of God.

The Chick-fil-A controversy is a sign. When the fast food chain began exploring the possibility of opening up a restaurant in New York, politicians in the state spoke of stopping it. It couldn’t be allowed since the president had said that he believed marriage was between a man and a woman.

In recent days, the controversy has revived. As Chick-fil-A sought to open up a restaurant in the San Antonio airport, the city council of San Antonio voted to stop it from happening. Soon after, a similar event took place in the airport of Buffalo, New York, to block Chick-fil-A from opening there. Beyond the fact that the phenomenon of a governmental body blocking an enterprise from opening because it doesn’t agree with its views has been called unconstitutional, what was the Chick-fil-A’s crime?

Its crime was that it had in the past given donations to the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a Christian home for troubled youth – and that these organizations did not embrace same sex relations or same sex marriage.

In other words, we have now reached the stage where governmental organizations are punishing Christian organizations and businesses for simply giving to Christian ministries that have Christian views – since the view that sexuality and marriage involve man and woman is a fundamental Christian view held by any true Christian believer or organizations.

Think about that. Every Christian Church in America is such an organization. So does that mean that soon you will be punished for tithing and giving to God in His house? It may. And if that time comes, we must obey God rather than man – and know that He will honor and uphold and bless all who do.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy,which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. Col 2:8

Do not cower. Do not be intimidated. These are biblical days. Live strongly, boldly, and powerfully as a biblical person. And may God greatly bless you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed