Archive | September, 2020

The Silence Answer

26 Sep

The Silence Answer…

Pilate asks Jesus, “What is truth?” In my philosophy class, I remember my teacher saying that Jesus walked away from Pilate.

Of course, He didn’t walk away; He didn’t answer. He just stood there. Why didn’t He answer? But He did… by just standing there.

Truth is not an explanation, a bunch of words, or an idea. Truth is reality. Truth is Him. To speak words would have only taken away. Truth is not summed up in something He said.

Even as believers we often miss the truth, mistaking it for words, doctrines and songs. These may all be good – but are still not Him.

When Jesus was asked, “What is truth,” He just stood there, silently. As believers we are often like Pilate, missing the truth standing right there in our midst.

So it is written, “Be still and know that I am God.” Try being still. And come back to the truth – not something about the truth, but the truth itself, the truth Himself. And you’ll find Him standing there right next to you without words, the Truth and nothing but the Truth.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  Psalm 46:10

Take time today to be still and keep being still until you can know the Lord’s presence in your midst – worship Him.

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Your Miracle Tomb

25 Sep

Your Miracle Tomb…

It wasn’t just an empty tomb. It was a specific empty tomb. It was somebody’s empty tomb. It belonged to someone – Joseph of Arimathea. It was borrowed. It was loaned.

God came to earth with no provision to purchase a tomb so a tomb could be given him. So that, in this sense, the resurrection could be a joint venture.

It was true for Joseph and it’s true for you. The resurrection won’t happen in your life unless you take part in it, unless you choose it. The resurrection is not just an event that you read about; it’s something that you participate in.

God wants your tomb. In Hebrew, tomb means “a hollow place, a void.” Your tomb is the empty place or places of your life. Your empty places include your sins, sorrows, your wounds, valleys, your despairs, your hopeless dreams.

Give it to Him and it will be changed. He only wants to borrow it. And He won’t return it in the same condition. No. Instead, it will become a place of miracles – because the miracles begin when it stops being just the empty tomb and becomes your empty tomb.

And they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. Luke 20:36

Take any part of your life or past that has been empty or dark, sorrowful or wounded, and invite the Lord into it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Way To Freedom

24 Sep

The Way To Freedom…

Chanukah is the Feast of Dedication. “Dedication” is the literal translation of the Hebrew “Chanukah.” The story of Chanukah involves a tyrant named Antiochus Epiphanes who sought to wipe out the Biblical faith and he nearly succeeded.

But a number of people in Israel committed themselves to serving God and rising up against the oppression. They won. They rededicated the Temple to the Lord’s purposes. That dedication was called “Chanukah”.

Chanukah is known as the Feast of Freedom, but is really the Feast of Dedication. That’s the key. The two go together. We all want to be free from bondage, from sin, from hindrance, from chains.

But if you want to be free, you have to be dedicated. If you’re half-hearted with God, double-minded, or without commitment you’ll never be free.

So commit to God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength, commit your actions, your thoughts, your way, to Him and His purposes – and you will see failure turned to victory and chains broken, the blessings of a life of freedom.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12

Take an area of your life that you need freedom in, or more freedom, and commit and dedicate your heart and ways, and path, to the Lord as never before.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

A Reaper’s Guide

22 Sep

A Reaper’s Guide…

In Athens, Paul saw all the idols and altars to the false gods of Greece and, as a Jew, he was grieved in spirit. When he spoke on Mars Hill, he didn’t dwell on all their false gods.

Nor did he write them off as hopeless, or simply condemn them for their paganism. Instead, he found a bridge to reach them, in the form of an altar, the altar to the unknown God.

Even with the most ungodly person, there’s always a hope, a bridge, a connection. As long as the person is in the image of God, then there’s always a hope and a connection.

There is always an altar to the unknown God – a God-shaped vacuum that only God can fill. Don’t write them off as hopeless. But look for the altar, an unmet need, an emptiness, a hurt, a “something”.

Paul didn’t give up until he found it. Do likewise. With every person, even the most ungodly, there’s an altar to be found. And with every situation, even the most hopeless, there’s an opening for the power of God to come in.

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. Acts 17:23

Think of someone who’s lost – Pray for a way to bring them salvation and be open today to share with anyone the Lord brings you into contact with.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Earth Angels

21 Sep

Earth Angels…

You have heard of the angel Gabriel and the angel Michael, but did you know that there’s another kind of angel – earthly angels – as in “you.”

In the Bible the Hebrew word for “angel” is “malach”; in the Greek, it is “angelos.” That’s why in English, the word “evangelist,” which has the word “angel” right in the middle.

Both the Hebrew and Greek word for angel are used not just for heavenly beings, but for flesh and blood people – as in John the Baptist, called an “angelos,” and Haggai, called a “malach”.

An angel is one who is a messenger of God, who carries forth the gospel. And that’s exactly what you are to be. So how do you live an angelic life?

Angels don’t get paid on earth – they can’t, they’re working for heaven. They never seek earthly rewards since their employer is not man but God.

Therefore, to live an angelic life you have to stop seeking praise from men, and blessings from earth. Seek your reward only from God and your blessing only from heaven. And you will be blessed from His heavenly payroll and your life will be angelic!

And they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. Luke 20:36

Your assignment today is to be one of God’s angels. Touch someone with an encouraging word or an act of kindness or the message of salvation.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Love Notes

19 Sep

Love Notes…

The very first mention of love in the Bible appears in Genesis 22. The Hebrew word for love is “Ahavah”. It appears as God speaks to Abraham: “Take your son, your only son, whom you love (ahavah) and offer him up…”

So the very first appearance of love in Scripture is that of a father offering up his son as a sacrifice – an amazing foreshadow of the Father offering up Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.

In both cases, love is linked to sacrifice. The first and highest love of all loves comes from the sacrifice of God. Ahava – true love is there on the cross. And if you want to love with true love, it must always involve sacrifice.

Love with true love, Ahavah. Love when you feel like it and love when you don’t. Love when it’s easy to love and love when it’s hard. Love when you want to, love when you don’t.

Love when it flows, and love when it costs you. For the love of God came through a sacrifice. It was costly. So too is a life of true love – but it’s worth it!

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

In each situation today where you have to speak, ask God to give you words to bring life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

I Am With You

18 Sep

I Am With You…

In a dream, God spoke to Jacob: “I am with you and will keep you wherever you go.” Jacob’s reaction to the dream was to focus on the place where it happened.

He called it “Beit El,” which means “God’s House.” In a way, Jacob missed the point. It wasn’t so much about the place where God appeared. It was that God would be with Jacob regardless of the place, regardless of any place – wherever.

God’s promise to you is that He will be with you wherever you go. He’s there when you are worshipping in His house.

He’s with you when you are in the parking lot and when you walk into your home. He’s there in your mountaintop experiences and in your valleys, in your good times and your bad, when you’re doing great in holiness, and when you’ve fallen in sin.

So don’t dwell on your situation, on how things are going, or even how you’re doing. It’s not about where you are. It’s about Who is with you. Rejoice in that. He’s not the God of where. He’s the God of wherever!

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20

Wherever you go today, take time to stop to be in and enjoy the presence of the Lord.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Maya

17 Sep

Maya…

The Eastern religions and new age philosophies hold to a concept called “maya.” “Maya” means that everything is basically an illusion. But that creates a problem. Because if everything’s an illusion, how could you ever know it? Then that too would be an illusion.

Without truth, how could you ever determine an illusion. If everything is an illusion, a lie, then what choice does anyone have. That’s why Eastern religion is ultimately hopeless.

On the other hand the Bible never says that reality is an illusion. Rather it declares that Truth is real. And where there is Truth, there is also falsehood. And where there is truth and falsehood, there is a choice.

So in biblical faith, everyone has a choice. Therefore God says, “Choose life.” Every moment of your life, every moment of your day, there are choices, choices between good and evil, truth and falsehood, the spirit and the flesh, the best and everything else.

Make the right choice, choose the good, choose the truth and every choice will propel you up to the next level. For Jesus is the Truth and it’s for us to choose Him, every day, every moment.

I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.  1 John 2:21

You know what to do. Make the right choices today; choose to live each moment, each day choosing the good.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Dunamis

16 Sep

Dunamis…

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, destroy you.

So how do you fight him? How do you overcome his dunamis? You can only overcome the dunamis of the enemy by the dunamis of God. And 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.

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2:16

Fight the power of the enemy, the force of sin, the habits of the flesh, a new way – by the power of the Spirit.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Mighty Skeleton

15 Sep

The Mighty Skeleton…

The prophet Ezekiel saw a vision of a valley of dry bones. In the vision, the wind or Spirit came upon the bones and the bones came together to form an army. The army represents the army or nation of Israel.

Now notice something, it all starts with just two ingredients, bones and the Spirit. Now bones are not known for being strong. Even if you assemble them into skeletons, you still end up with something that has no strength.

Yet these bones become something mighty, a mighty army for God. It doesn’t matter how weak you are in righteousness or self-control. What matters is the Spirit. It doesn’t matter how weak you are in the flesh or in your own strength.

The key is don’t go by your own strength, go by the Spirit. The more you move by the Spirit and not by the flesh, the more powerful you’ll become in the Lord.

It was the Spirit that made Samson strong. And it’s the Spirit that will make you mighty. For in the power of the Spirit, even skeletons become mighty.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!’ This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.  Ezekiel 37: 4-5

What area in your life do you find yourself weak or unable in. Give to the Lord, ask for His Spirit to become your strength in that area – And move in that power.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed