Archive | December, 2019

The Prophetic Generation

9 Dec

The Prophetic Generation…

The University I attended, as most secular colleges tended to be, was hostile to the faith and was very spiritually dark. Many professors and students despised the Gospel. I would never go there without taking along a pocket Bible.

I can remember standing in the hallway, taking out the Bible, and opening it up to the Word. And it was like standing in the darkness and opening up a book filled with rays of light.

As we watch world culture becomes increasingly hostile to our faith and to the ways of God, should we fear? No. Because the darker it gets around us, the more brightly and powerfully in the darkness we can shine.

The key is, don’t hold back the light, but shine. Just as my Bible never seemed as powerful as when I opened it up in a largely hostile environment, and just as a candle never appears as bright as when shining in the darkness – so if you will stand strong, you too, in the end times, will shine like the stars.

Don’t give in to the darkness today. Don’t go along with it. Don’t accept it. But commit to being a light to shine into it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Neos vs Kaheenos

6 Dec

Neos vs Kaheenos…

There are two words for “New” in the New Testament Greek. The first is “Neos,” which means new in the sense of order, as in an event which comes after another. But “Neos’ is not the word used for the “New” Covenant.

That’s a good thing – because if neos was the word used, then the New Covenant would only be new because it came after the Old Covenant – and then, after a while, after a few centuries, it wouldn’t be so new anymore.

But the word used for the “New Covenant” is the Greek word “Kaheenos” which means “new or fresh by nature.” In other words, it’s not the New Covenant because it comes after the Old Covenant – it’s the New Covenant because its nature is newness – it’s the Covenant of Newness.

Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been in it for one day, ten years, or fifty years – it never gets old, thus you never have to get old in spirit either. Just keep going deeper in it – and you’ll always be new, just as the New Covenant is always Kaheenos – always fresh – always new.

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Roman’s 6:4

Today, get renewed in the newness of His Word, of His love, and of His joy. Get new again in the Covenant that is always new.

Walk daily with God at side!

Love always,

Ed

The New Identity

5 Dec

The New Identity…

When God brought the first Jewish settlers back to Israel, they were largely from Russia and Eastern Europe. Many were raised in a world of books and rabbinic Judaism. Now they had to roll up their sleeves, get shovels, ploughs, hammers, and learn to work the soil.

They were doing what was completely foreign to them. And yet, it was this new life which was their true calling. Israel was their true land, their true home – and this was their true life.

In the same way, when you’re born again, you’re given a new identity – holy, godly, pure, and victorious. And you might feel that this isn’t the real you – that the real you is the old you; the sinful, ungodly one who never measured up.

But just as it was for the first Israelis, so for you – you may be more familiar with the old you, because it’s all you’ve known. But the old you isn’t the real you – the new you is. Start believing it and start living it – you are a spiritual Israeli.

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? Ezekiel 18:31

Make it your aim to embrace your true life in Jesus – believe it and live it!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Unsowing…

4 Dec

The Unsowing…

Matthew 13 calls the Word of God “good seed.” God sows good words – good seed. But the enemy sows bad words – bad seed. As God sows seeds of life, the enemy will seek to sow seeds of death and darkness: doubt, despair envy, lust.

A seed planted in soil, takes root, and receives its nourishment from the soil – or in the case of a spiritual seed – it receives its life from the one who gives it room. So when you give room to the enemy – whether in bitterness, lust, fear – that bad seed begins to take root in your life. From then on, it begins to use up what’s in its soil.

In other words, just as a seed depletes the soil, so does the seed or word of the enemy, if you give it room, it will start depleting things from your life, depleting your energy, your time, your focus, and your first love for God.

So the next time the enemy seeks to sow that ungodly seed into your mind or heart – don’t let him – and your life and your walk in God won’t end up depleted.

Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown. Mark 4:20

Seek today to reject all seeds of the enemy – cut it off when it’s just a thought. Sow the Word and blessings of God into your mind and heart.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

But Who Are You

3 Dec

But Who Are You…

Acts 19 records a dramatic scene where a chief priest and his seven sons seek to perform the same act of deliverance performed by the apostle Paul. But when they try, the demons overpower them saying, “Jesus, Yeshua I know, Paul I know, but who are you?”

Now the chief priest and his sons were apparently well known in their city. But the demonic spirits had no idea who they were. Paul, on the other hand, was largely unknown. Yet to the demonic spirits, Paul was famous. Things are very different in the spiritual and heavenly realm than they are in this world.

In the kingdom of God, the celebrities are those who are faithful to God, who do the things that no one else notices – things like being faithful in cleaning up the congregational bathrooms every week. In the Kingdom of God, the stars are the humble and the faithful.

So make it your aim to be faithful in God in every part of your life, to do what is pleasing in His sight – and you, too, will end up a celebrity in heaven.

The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. Psalm. 147:6

Today, do what is pleasing to the Lord in faithfulness and humility.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Ten Days … And Judgement

2 Dec

Ten Days ,,, And Judgement…

There are ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. These were the days, given to Israel and heralded by the sounding of Trumpets, to prepare to meet the Lord. They are known as the Yomim Noraim, The Days of Awe, or The Awesome Days.

It’s believed that in these days your name is sealed in the Book of Life. Throughout the ages, Jewish people have spent their Days of Awe with great reverence – getting right with God and man, forgiving and asking forgiveness – The Days of Awe.

What does this have to do with you? After this life is over, we all will stand before God. The days of eternity do not determine your days on earth. But your days on earth do determine the days of eternity. So use them wisely; get right with God and man, forgive and be forgiven.

Do the good you know you must. For eternity stands just around the corner, and you will never again have these days to ready yourself for it. These are your Yomim Noraim, the Days of Awe.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14,15

Use your time wisely in view of eternity. Do whatever you have to do to be right with God and man- forgive and be forgiven. These are Awesome Days!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed