Archive | April, 2020

Spirit Rulers

30 Apr

Spirit Rulers…

There are stories of great military campaigns throughout history: King David taking Jerusalem, Alexander the Great conquering the walled cities of the ancient world, General Sherman taking Atlanta and turning the course of the Civil War to name a few.

The taking of such cities required courage, zeal, and often brilliance. However, Proverbs says that “greater is the one who rules his own spirit than the one who captures a city.”

Think about that. God’s saying it is more important to rule your spirit. Look at all the military conquerors of history, and all they did; all the challenges and obstacles they had to go through.

Yet, many of them couldn’t even control their own lusts and it destroyed them. Set your heart, and your goal on ruling your own spirit.

Storm that wall, conquer that stronghold, and win that victory. Then your life will be far greater, stronger, and more life changing than all the generals of history. For greater than the one who takes the city, is the one who rules their spirit.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Today, make it your goal to rule your spirit by the power of God’s Spirit.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Dwell

29 Apr

Dwell…

Jesus said He will only return to the world when His people say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.”

For that to happen the Jewish people had to return from the ends of the earth to the land of Israel and dwell there.

Psalm 37:3 says “dwell” in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Only when the Jewish people dwell in the land can Jesus return to dwell with them.

Do you want God to come down and His glory to fill your life? Then learn the secret of dwelling. When you dwell with God, God will dwell with you. To dwell means, to wait in His presence not just occasionally praying.

It means meditating on and soaking in His goodness instead of rushing all over the place. Are you living in the blessings of God that He has for your life?

If not, chances are the reason is in the word dwell. Because the Lord’s will is to dwell with you, and have His glory dwell in your life. When you learn the secret of the word dwell. If you dwell, He will come.

For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ Matthew 23:39

Today, spend time entering the deepness of His presence, receiving of His glory.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Your Brother In The Storm

28 Apr

Your Brother In The Storm…

Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

Likewise Jesus was born to become your brother and to share in your adversity. He was born to become your brother – to share in your birth.

Not just to share in your joy, but to take up the adversity of the world – your pain, your burdens, and your sorrows so you would never be alone. When you’re in sorrow, in your valleys, in your time of loss, when it looks like you’re abandoned, you’re not going to be abandoned by Him.

He’s going to be there with you in your time of adversity. His presence may be gentle and often unnoticed, but He will always be there, your best friend and your closest brother.

How faithful is He to you? So much so that He was literally born to be with you in your worst times. A friend loves at all times, so love Him at all times.

Live a life worthy of what He gave for you. For a friend loves at all times, but Jesus, your brother, was born for adversity.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

Today, draw close to Jesus and soak in the love of your closest Brother and dearest Friend.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Your Father’s Blessing

27 Apr

Your Father’s Blessing…

Up until the 1980s canaries were used in coal mines. If the canary became disoriented or died, it was a sign that the air was toxic and everyone was in danger.

Today we’re seeing an attack on fatherhood. Fathers are depicted as bumbling fools, childish, and irrational. More and more children are being raised without fathers.

Fatherhood is the white canary of modern society. Their minimizing and disappearance is a sign of a toxic culture in which we live – one that is at war with family, gender, and humanity itself.

Fatherhood is only the first to vanish. Next will come motherhood, childhood, and the very nature of being human. As God’s child, be all the more true to God’s ways.

Uphold the sanctity of fatherhood, motherhood, parenthood, childhood, male/female, marriage, and life itself. Do your job as end-time believers and stand up for what’s right.

Shine the light of Jesus more brightly than ever before. Because the darker the world, the brighter must be the light to that world.

I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:13

Today, do your job and shine Jesus brighter than ever before.

Walk day with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Mystery of the Seventieth Seven

24 Apr

The Mystery of the Seventieth Seven…

The prophet Daniel prophesied that the Messiah would come to Jerusalem and then “the city and the sanctuary” (the Temple) would be destroyed.

It all came to pass in 70 AD. So Israel’s Messiah had to come before that moment. The Rabbis have followed other people claiming to be the Messiah and observant Jews are still waiting for Messiah.

But the cut-off date was already given and there’s only one contender in all of human history: born in Bethlehem, rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and died for our sins – all according to Hebrew prophecy.

And He did it all before the year 70 AD. And yet for 2000 years, Jesus’s own people have still been searching. We can be like that too.

Even though you know the Lord you can still be searching for your fulfillment through other things in a million other ways. But God’s made it clear. There’s only one way you can be fulfilled.

Joy, peace, and true blessing are only found in Him. There are no other contenders. Get your eyes back on Him. He’s still the One, even for you, there’s no one else.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Matthew 11:25

Today, put your thoughts and actions towards being fulfilled in the One who has no contenders.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Chrysalis

23 Apr

The Chrysalis…

You may find yourself dealing with old habits and feeling stuck in them; thinking old thoughts or repeating ungodly or unhealthy behavior. But don’t conclude that that’s who you really are.

Consider the butterfly. It starts out as a worm-like creature that goes into a shell and becomes a chrysalis. The chrysalis bears the shape of the old body, the caterpillar.

In order for the butterfly to become the new creature it was born to become, it has to break out of the old shape. So you have an old self and a new self.

Those old habits you deal with are no longer part of the new self. They’re nothing but a shell. The new you is not that, but inside it. Learn to see the shell for what it is.

Break out into what God has for you. The old thoughts are things that you can break out of. It’s not the real you in God anymore. So become that heavenly creature you were meant to become.

Break out of that thing which is no longer you, it’s just the shell of the chrysalis.

But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Colossians 3:8

Today, don’t accept the limitations of the old you, the old life – break the shell, break out of that chrysalis – and live as the new creation you are.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Scripture: Colossians 3:8

The Revolutionary Handbook

22 Apr

The Revolutionary Handbook…

The world is filled with revolutionaries who will do anything to reach their goal.

But imagine if revolutionaries were like many believers – and gave up on changing the world because they didn’t feel appreciated or ministered to – or if they just didn’t feel led.

If most revolutionaries were like most believers there would be no revolutions. That’s why there’s not a lot of revolutionizing of the world going on among most of God’s people – because most believers don’t take the Lord’s purposes as seriously as people in the world take their causes.

Revolutionaries know if their revolution’s going to succeed, they have to put it first above everything else. We are the true revolutionaries of this age. Do you really want to see the world transformed?

Put God first and seek first His kingdom. Put the purposes of the great commission first above your own will, agenda, and your own wants.

For the revolution will succeed when the revolutionary decides it’s time to be serious.

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3

Today, live as a revolutionary – put God’s agenda above your own and do something to further the great commission.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed