Archive | January, 2020

Sunset to Sunrise

20 Jan

Sunset to Sunrise…

Sunrises are beautiful. People get up early in the morning just to watch them. But sunsets are just as beautiful. And you can’t have a sunrise without a sunset – it’s the same motion of the earth. So for every sunset, there is an equal sunrise. In fact, every sunset produces a sunrise.

The same law applies to our salvation. On that Sabbath eve, two thousand years ago, with the death of Jesus – the light of the world descended to the earth. But for every sunset, there must be an equal sunrise.

The going down of the light of the world on that Sabbath night, would end up producing the rising up of that same light, the resurrection, life from death – the sunrise. And so it is for you in Jesus.

For every sunset in your life, every loss, every heartbreak, every disappointment, every sorrow, every fading to black – you can be sure there is a sunrise. In fact that sunset is even now leading to that sunrise.

For Jesus is both the sunrise and the sunset of our lives. And so for every sunset – will come the sunrise!

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3

Today, in every sunset, every ending, look for the beginning, in every loss, look for the blessing, and in every setback, look for the victory.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Let There Be…

17 Jan

Let there be…

In the beginning God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there was light. What did others say about that at the time? Nothing. There was no other voice to say anything. There were no contrary opinions, no other plans, no second guessing, no blogs, or chat rooms. God spoke – and it was.

So with the new creation. It is written in 2 Corinthians 4:6 that the Same God who said “Let there be light” is now at work similarly in your life – in the work of the new creation.

As in the beginning, so too, now, God brings about his creation, through the speaking of His Word. The problem is this – now, unlike then, there are a lot of other voices in the world – voices of doubt, of the flesh, of the past, of the world, and many more.

But when God spoke in the beginning, there were no other voices. And what happened? He said “Let there be” – and there was. So learn this secret. When God speaks – hear no other voices. Hear the Word, and go with it, all out. Let there be… and there will be.

And, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. Hebrews 5:9

Receive the Word of the Lord for your life today as the only voice, and just go with it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The New Covenant

16 Jan

The New Covenant…

In 2 Timothy 1:3, Paul writes that he serves God with a pure conscience. The word he uses to describe his service is the Greek word, lat-ryoo’-o. That word is the same that’s used to describe the Ministry of the Temple, the Priesthood, the Tabernacle, and the Holy of Holies.

Think of how the priests were to minister in the Temple. They were to minister with awe and reverence. Everything had to be done precisely and exactly. They were walking in the Holy. But that same word is used now of our ministry in the New Covenant, in the Gospel.

This is the higher covenant – and your ministry is a higher ministry. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing for the Lord – preaching, teaching, entering data, cleaning the bathrooms, greeting, printing up flyers – all that is part of the lat-ryoo’-o – the holy, priestly, sacred, awesome, glorious ministry of the living God.

You are not simply figuratively – but truly – a royal priest of God. Keep yourself accordingly. Reverence the things of God, your ministry, and your calling. For you walk in nothing less than the Holy.

May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy. Psalm 132:9

Do whatever you do as a holy act of God, as if you were the high priest ministering in the Holy of Holies.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Sonward Direction

15 Jan

The Sonward Direction…

The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah reveals a spiritual picture of the marriage of the Son, Jesus, with the Bride, the Church. Notice that the father (Abraham) sends his servant to find the bride and to lead her back.

The servant is a picture of the Holy Spirit, who finds the bride and leads her to the kingdom. In what direction does the servant lead the bride? Sonward – to the son. The servant led Rebekah to Isaac. That was the only direction that mattered.

You now are the Bride of the Son. So in what direction is the Spirit going to lead you? The direction of the Son. The Spirit will always lead you into the direction of being closer to Jesus.

You, as the bride must make that your aim, in everything you do. Your life is not about any other direction or any other goal – You have one direction – to the Son.

Only take those steps in the direction of the Son. And only take the step that will lead you closer. For your life has been given only one direction … Sonward!

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

Today, show God that you are wholly sold out for Him and His purposes in your life. Live this day and every moment within it – Sonward!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Momentum Secret

14 Jan

The Momentum Secret…

In order for a high jumper to break a record, he or she must first run a long track to gain momentum. What would happen if the jumper runs and stops, then starts again, then stops and starts again?

They would lose their momentum – and thus, their power to jump. In order to jump, in order to break records, they need momentum. And in order to get momentum, they need consistency – they have to eliminate stops and starts from their running.

So it is for you as well. In order to live in the power of God, to have victory and do great things in the Lord, and in order to have the breakthrough, you need godly momentum. And in order to have spiritual momentum, you need godly consistency.

You need to eliminate the inconsistencies in your walk, the stops, the going off track and the breaks. Do what you have to do to get those stops and starts, those inconsistencies out of your life. Get consistent, and you’ll have the momentum you need for your breakthrough and your big jump!

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Make up your mind and heart to be consistent in your walk. Work on momentum, build momentum, and use that momentum for breakthrough.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Growing Younger

13 Jan

Growing Younger…

At the very end of the Bible the Lord says this: “Behold, I am making all things new.”

Think about that. What does it mean? It’s a radical statement. It breaks the rules of time. In this world, things move only in one direction – from new to old. The longer something exists, the older it gets.

But in God, there’s a new flow – in God all things become new. In God you have the power, not to grow old, but to grow new. You have the power to become younger than you were before. The longer you exist in this world, the larger your past.

But God has the power to change the past – even to erase the past. And what happens if you erase the past? If you have no past, you can’t be old – only new. The mercies of God wipe away the past.

Dwell in His mercy and grace every day, every hour, and your past will be continually washed away – and you’ll live your life from old to new!

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

Step out in the newness of who you are in Jesus and receive His new mercies.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Scale

10 Jan

The Scale…

Some people teach that God gave His life on Golgotha because our lives were so precious. But the truth is – He gave His life for us – not because we were worth it – but to make us worth it.

In ancient times they would use a balance or scale to determine worth and value. On one side of the scale they would place a weight. On the other, they would place the object being purchased – for example, grain. They would then keep adding grain until the weight of the grain matched that of the weight on the other side.

God gave His life as the weight on the other side of the scale – so the weight of His life would be added to yours. It means that now there’s a new weight given to your life, a new worth, a new value, a new preciousness. And it has nothing to do with what you’ve done – it’s about His life and worth.

Live your life now, in the worth, the righteousness, the glory, and the weight of His life. For Jesus is now the value and the weight of your life.

How the precious children of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter’s hands! Lamentations 4:2

Live this day as one whose life has been made costly, precious, and priceless by the life and blood of Jesus.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Breaking Traditions

9 Jan

Breaking Traditions…

Most people think of religion or faith as something very much grounded in tradition. But the essence of faith is not traditional at all – it’s even anti-traditional.

Think of Abraham. He encountered God and it changed his life. He broke out of all the traditions of his past, his pagan culture, his life. He stepped out of tradition to follow God to the Promised Land.

Think of Moses. His tradition was Egypt and slavery. But Moses encountered God and broke all the traditions of Egypt and of a people for whom bondage was tradition. Then there was Elijah who broke the traditions of Baal worship.

And then there were the disciples. The Holy Spirit came upon them and it changed everything. They broke the traditions of their culture, the traditions of men, of the status quo, of the Pharisees, and ultimately of the Roman Empire itself.

True faith is not about tradition – it’s about encountering God. Make it your aim to truly encounter God. Then, in His power, break out of the old, and into the new. Because to truly follow God has never been traditional – but revolutionary!

And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:22

Break out of tradition and take time to have a true encounter with God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Burning Your Bridges

8 Jan

Burning Your Bridges…

In World War II, there were elite military units among the allied forces specifically in charge of destroying bridges throughout Europe. Why was destroying bridges so important?

The reason was the Nazis used the bridges in order to carry out their campaigns. By destroying the bridges, the Nazis were unable to accomplish their purposes.

So, you too, are involved in a battle, not against Nazis or flesh and blood, but in the spiritual realm. And it’s crucial for you as well that you become a destroyer of bridges. How does that work in the spiritual realm?

There are bridges that the enemy uses to carry out his purposes, to make inroads in your life, and to inflict damage. So it’s not just that we need to deal with sin, but also with the bridges to the sin, the bridges which allow the enemy the inroad.

What are those bridges? Any action, attitude, indulgence, thought, habit, situation, any carelessness, any opening in your life that allows the enemy to get in. So start fighting back today – join the elite team of bridge breakers and burn those bridges.

Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies—make your way straight before me. Psalm 5:8

What bridge, what connection to sin, impurity, or that which is not God’s will in your life do you have to burn? Today burn that bridge.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Spring Swings

7 Jan

Spring Swings…

Meteorological spring begins on March 1st., kicking off a series of months that has a reputation for producing a variety of extreme weather, including major snowstorms, large tornado outbreaks and serious flooding.

The official start to spring might not be until March 20, but meteorologists break down the seasons into groups of three months, based on the annual temperature cycle around the globe. Meteorological spring runs from March 1 to May 31 every year.

Wide-ranging weather impacts occur in these three months because of a battle between warmer air trying to budge farther northward and the last of winter’s cold plunging southward out of Canada. That temperature contrast fuels a strong jet stream and, therefore, highly variable weather conditions.

Here are five reasons spring is the most dynamic season.

1. Spring Is Still a Snowy Time of Year

March 2018 proved major snowstorms can still occur in spring. The Eastern Seaboard was hit by four nor’easters in three weeks, including winter storms QuinnRileySkylar and Toby.

March, or even April, are actually the snowiest months of the year in the Rockies and High Plains. Additionally, many cities across the nation’s northern tier don’t see their average last measurable snow until April.

2. Peak of Tornado Season Arrives

Tornado outbreaks are probably the weather event most often associated with spring.

Tornado activity in the Lower 48 begins to increase in March before peaking in April, May and June. Those are the core months for tornadoes, but they can occur at other times during the year.

March averages the fewest tornadoes in spring, with 77 per year. That average increases to 187 in April and 275 in May.

The area where there is a higher risk for tornadoes in spring shifts from the Deep South in March toward the Plains and Midwest from April into May. That follows the northward migration of the jet stream further into spring.

3. Spring Floods

River flooding often occurs in spring, particularly in the Ohio Valley, Mississippi Valley, Red River Valley (North Dakota and Minnesota) and parts of New England.

A sharp warmup in an area with significant snowpack during spring can quickly cause melting, allowing rivers to rise over their banks.

The worst flooding happens when bouts of heavy rain move across an area where the ground is already saturated from winter snowmelt or rain. Since the ground cannot absorb any of the rain, serious flooding may occur, potentially inundating city streets and even homes.

Flash flooding is also an increasing threat in spring as thunderstorms become more numerous. Thunderstorms can produce rainfall rates of more than an inch per hour. If that heavy rain persists for several hours at a time in a particular area, major flooding can occur.

4. Temperature Swings

Spring is also known for its changing temperatures since teases of warmth are often taken away in an instant.

This is particularly the case in March and April, when strong low-pressure systems moving through the central and eastern states draw warm air ahead of them into the northern tier of the country. That could result in a brief couple of days with some enjoyable warmth.

But an inevitable cold plunge typically arrives after the storm departs, taking away the brief glimpse of spring temperatures.

Later in spring, the atmosphere becomes less prone to wild temperature swings, allowing for longer-lasting periods of warmer weather.

5. A Windy Time of Year

Gusty winds often accompany potent spring storms before, during and after their passage through the Lower 48.

The windiest time is early spring. March is the windiest month for many cities from the Plains to the East Coast.

Sometimes, those winds can contribute to blowing dust in the Southwest and Plains states.