Archive | June, 2020

Beavers and Living Waters

30 Jun

Beavers and Living Waters…

Beavers are interesting animals. They build dams and dam up streams and rivers. Rivers are important in God. Rivers represent the Spirit and Life of God, for the Spirit is always giving and the Life of God is always flowing.

The problem is, even though the Spirit is like a river, God’s people often tend to be more like beavers. We swim around His blessings, but we build dams.

We dam up our lives, our walks, the blessings that God wants to flow in our lives. Dams of unforgiveness, bitterness, compromise, fear, double-mindedness, dishonesty, coldness and walled up relationships.

The problem with dams is they stop the flow of the river. Your life cannot flow as long as you have those dams damming it all up. When you build dams in your life you miss the blessings God would have you know.

If you want abundant life, then break open those dams. It’s going to take some work, but you need to do it. Break that dam open and let the river of God’s blessings flow into your life. For you’re a child of blessing – not a beaver.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

Is there some area of God’s will, God’s Spirit, God’s purposes, that you know God wants to flow into your life – but is being blocked by something? Today begin breaking up the dam and letting the river flow.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Universal Amen

29 Jun

The Universal Amen…

What’s the most universal word most used in all the world, throughout the nations, throughout the different tongues of man? The most universal word according to many linguistic experts is… Amen.

It’s a Hebrew word:-that literally means: “Yes!’ Yes, I agree! Yes, it is so! Yes, with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength!” So too, the most universal word in your life must also be ‘Amen.’

The greatest word you can ever say is ‘Yes’ to God, ‘Yes’ His promises, ‘Yes’ to His word, ‘Yes’ to His love, His hope, His will, His purpose and call upon your life. ‘

Amen’ is the most universal word because ‘Yes’ needs to be your most universal word to God. Your ‘Yes’ to God cannot be conditional or particular, it has to be universal.

Your ‘Yes’ to God can’t only be applied to one area, but all areas. All He asks of you is a simple, unconditional, universal ‘Yes.’ His blessings are too good for you to say ‘no’ or ‘maybe’ or ‘later.’

Give Him your unconditional ‘Yes’ today and you’ll find your life unconditionally blessed. For ‘Amen’ must be universal. Amen? Amen!

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20

Take a word today and give it your total and unconditional “Amen” – The “yes” of your heart, mind, soul, and strength. And hold to that Amen the entire day.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Incense And Glory

28 Jun

The Incense And Glory…

You want to see God’s face, the miracles, presence, and glory of God. The problem is you’re not seeing it. Three thousand years ago, the Temple of God was built by Solomon.

On the day of its dedication the priests offered up thousands of sacrifices. Then the glory of God descended on the Temple. It was so thick and heavy that the priests couldn’t minister anymore.

Notice the connection. First the offerings and then the glory fell. Not just in the Old Testament, but in the New. Calvary is the Sacrifice, the death of Jesus.

After the death of Jesus came the resurrection and the glory of God. You can’t have God’s presence and glory without sacrifice. Salvation is God’s gift, freely given as a sacrifice.

His people must also be people of sacrifice. If you want the glory, then lift up your future, plans, possessions, and your life to the Lord. Lay it on the altar and give it to Him.

Live your life for the Lord and it will be a glorious one. For where there is sacrifice, the glory is sure to follow.

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Hebrews 13:15

As you pray today, surrender to God at least one sacrifice, one idol, one sin, one thing in your life, and leave it at His feet. Then walk in the glory of His Spirit.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Book Of The Unmentioned God

27 Jun

The Book Of The Unmentioned God…

In one of the hottest days of August 1959, New York City experienced a power failure. Apartment dwellers on the upper floors were especially hard hit.

However, in the Guild for the Jewish Blind building, the blackout caused little problem. It was filled with two hundred blind workers and seventy sighted workers.

When the lights went out, the seeing workers were helpless. The blind workers had no problem at all and led the seventy helpless workers down the steps and onto Broadway.

There’s a spiritual truth here: We are called to live not by what our eyes see, but by faith – by what our eyes don’t see. For in the end, the power gets pulled on this life and everything fades to black.

If you live by sight, you’ll end up lost and overcome by the dark. But if you live by faith, then it won’t matter how dark things look, for your light will never be turned off.

It is written, let us ‘walk by faith and not by sight’. That which is seen is temporary – that which is unseen is eternal. Walk by faith and you’ll never find yourself in a black out.

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Live today, not by what you see or feel or sense. But live by faith in what the Word of God says.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

Excuses Can’t Be Forgiven

26 Jun

Excuses Can’t Be Forgiven…

People often approach pastors with their problems, sharing their sins and how guilty they feel. And many ministers are tempted to say, “Oh, don’t feel so bad.” “God will understand.” “You couldn’t help yourself.” “You’ve been through so much.”

That’s often the worst thing we can do. For Jesus died for real guilt – not because it was understandable, but because it wasn’t understandable.

Not because we couldn’t help it, but because we could help it and chose to do it anyway. If we deny this, then we’re denying the cross and the price He paid.

Guilt is real and sin is horrible. We have to come to the point where we stop making excuses for sin and own up to it. Confess your sin. Let God do the redeeming.

Sometimes the best thing in the world is to feel so terrible about sin that the only option you have left is to receive God’s grace and to really change. Give up your excuses.

Trade them for something better – the blood, the grace, the repentance, the mercy and the power for new life.

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20

Come clean with God today about your sins. Make an agreement that you will stop defending, stop making excuses or covering up your sins. Repent and receive His grace.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Wilderness

25 Jun

The Wilderness…

Midbar means wilderness in Hebrew. We usually think of the wilderness as one wilderness. But it’s not.

There are many Hebrew names for various midbars. There’s the Midbar Yehudah, the Wilderness of Judah, where John the Baptist preached.

Then there’s the Midbar Negev, the Wilderness of the Negev, where Abraham pitched his tent. There’s the Midbar Shinee, the Wilderness of Sinai, through which Moses and the Israelites journeyed.

There are many other smaller midbars – the Midbar Zin, the Midbar Paran, the Midbar Moreh. The fact that each wilderness has a different name is significant.

The Hebrews didn’t just go through them. They named each one. Each was a special wilderness warranting its own name. To name a wilderness means one values it, one wants to remember it.

We also go through wildernesses. But very rarely do we value them. But we should value them because in each wilderness, God has a good purpose.

He uses them the grow you and to make you more like Him. Therefore, rejoice in your wildernesses, give thanks for it, for the wilderness of God… have names.

To him who led his people through the wilderness; His love endures forever. Psalm 136:16

Think of a name for the Midbar, that problem, that situation, you’re going through – no matter what it is – name it according to the blessing that God wants to bring from it. And rejoice on your way through.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Feeling Good Or Being Good

24 Jun

Feeling Good Or Being Good…

Many believers want to feel the Lord’s love all the time. That’s great! But the Lord never said you’ll feel His love all the time. If you feel God’s love all the time then what’s the point of faith?

Many believers want to feel compassion so they can be compassionate. The Lord doesn’t say, “Feel compassionate.” He says, “Be compassionate.”

We mistake “feeling love” for loving. And we want to “feel good” instead of being good. But more important than feeling good is being good.

Jesus never said, “You shall Feel the truth and the truth shall set you free.” He said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

God is real. A real walk of a real disciple must never rest on feelings but rather on truth and reality. If you’re feeling far from God that’s O.K. It doesn’t mean you’re far away.

If you’re feeling as if God doesn’t love you, it’s O.K. Why? Because it’s just a feeling. So be blessed, be strong, and be victorious – whether you feel like it or not.

For it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

Today seek to live above feelings. Don’t let your feelings lead you – but determine to go by faith – and let your feelings follow.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Manger People

22 Jun

The Manger People…

It’s 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. The inn is filled with people, and probably noise, maybe even some celebrations. It would seem the center of activity, the place to be, where the action was, the focal point.

Outside, away from the inn, was a poor Jewish couple, homeless, living in an animal feeding station. Nobody noticed them, nobody cared. They couldn’t have seemed less important.

Yet, two thousand years later, no one puts up scenes of the inn on their lawn, no one cares about it, but lawns and displays and greeting cards and much more are filled with depictions of that poor Jewish couple and their baby in the feeding station.

You see, the world, the media, the culture focuses on things which look important, and focuses away from the things and people of God, which seem obscure and unimportant.

But in the end, all the world focuses on will be forgotten. So spend your life, not in the inn of this world, but in the manger of His presence. For that which is born in the quiet obscurity of His presence, will be celebrated forever.

Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling place. 1 Coronicles 16:27

Spend today getting away from the crowd, the rush, the noise, the race, and go to the manger, to your private place in God’s presence. Delight in your treasure.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Sarcophagus

20 Jun

The Sarcophagus…

The Word of God tells us not to live in the flesh. The word for “the flesh” in the New Covenant Scriptures is the Greek “sarx.” From that word “sarx” we get the English word “sarcophagus.”

A sarcophagus was a stone coffin, often decorated, inside of which was the body of the deceased often it was decorated to look like a painted the statue of the deceased. That’s also what the “sarx” or flesh is – it’s a shell. It’s not the real person.

If you live in the flesh, the “sarx,” then it’s like living in a sarcophagus, you’re trapped in a shell, the shell of the ego, the shell of the body, the shell of self.

But God calls us out of the flesh, out of the sarx, out of the sarcophagus. And to do that you have to choose to live in the Spirit. If you live by the Spirit.

You’ll be free from the flesh, you’ll have the power to break out of lust, fear, depression, anger, bitterness, addiction, ego, the self.

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Don’t be bound to the flesh today – even your own flesh – break out of it, out of the bondage, out of the sin, out of yourself – and live in the Spirit.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Time Of The Fig Tree

19 Jun

The Time Of The Fig Tree…

The sacred Hebrew Biblical year ends around the month of September and October, the end of summer, the beginning of autumn. This is also the time of the fig harvest.

In the New Testament, we read about a fig tree that doesn’t bear its fruit, because it wasn’t the time. The fig tree is one of the symbols used in the Bible for the nation of Israel.

The fig tree didn’t blossom at Jesus’s first coming, but it will blossom at His second. For the fig tree always has its full blossoming in the autumn. And the autumn, the time of Trumpets and Tabernacles, symbolizes the end of the age.

The rebirth of Israel, and the return of the Jewish people to Jesus even now, is a sign that the time of the fig tree is near. And it teaches us this: even for those who seem farthest from receiving God, there’s hope.

Even in the most hopeless situation, all things are possible. Believe the power of God over any hopeless thing, for even the fig tree will blossom in its appointed time.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 43:5

What situation, what person, what issues have seemed hopeless in your life. Don’t give up. Hope in God who is the God of the impossible. And take action believing the impossible from God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed