Archive | October, 2020

The Radical Love

26 Oct

The Radical Love….

One of the leaders of the attack on Pearl Harbor in the Second World War was the Japanese commander Mitzuo Fuchida. After the war, Fuchida met a Japanese friend who had been captured in the war and imprisoned in an American prisoner of war camp.

The friend told Fuchida that he had been treated with kindness by an American girl who had brought the Japenese prisoners food and reading material.

Fuchida asked his friend about the girl, why she responded with such kindness to her enemies. The friend told Fuchida her story. The girl’s parents had been Christian missionaries in Japan.

During the war, they were imprisoned, brutally beaten, and finally beheaded in Manila. But before their execution, they wrote a letter to their daughter asking her always to love the Japanese people.

Captain Fuchida asked from where did this love come. He was shown a Bible. It was from that, he gave his life to the Lord.

If this little girl could forgive the murderers of her parents, how much more can you forgive those against you. And what power, what miracles, what breakthroughs will you unleash when you do!

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

If there is someone in your life that you are still holding a grudge against, forgive them – bless them – & be blessed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Blesser 2

23 Oct

The Blesser 2…

In Hebrews 7 we’re told of the priest king, Melchizedek blessing Abraham – and then of a principle, which is this: “Without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.”

In other words the one who blesses is greater than the one who is blessed. Interesting, because most people, believers included, spend their lives trying to be blessed.

Most people want others to bless them, to thank them, to praise them, recognize them, help them, serve them. But the Bible says that the one who blesses is greater.

So do you want to be great? Then bless. Do you want to be rich? Then be truly rich… Give! Do you want to be powerful?

The most powerful one, is the one who can bless no matter what. Do you want to triumph over rejection? Then bless those who rejected you. Do you want to triumph over your enemies? Then bless them. Do you want to be the most joyous person? Then bless.

Because it’s the one who has joy that can bless. For it’s the one who is truly blessed who can bless. So become one of the great and live a life of greatness! How? Simple… Bless!

This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him. Hebrews 7:1

Become great today. Instead of waiting to be blessed, go out and bless others, be a blessign to them.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Counsels Of War

21 Oct

Counsels Of War…

In warfare, you don’t appoint a private to fight a general – you appoint a general. So the Book of Ephesians tells us we’re at war with a specific kind of enemy in the spiritual realm.

The English reads “principalities,” but the Greek word is “archay.” An archay is a chief, boss, head, or top ranking power. In a war, an archay is a general. So you have been appointed to fight generals.

What does that make you in God? It makes you the equivalent of a general! That means, in the spiritual realm, by the power of God, you are mighty! It means that in the spiritual realm, you’re a commander.

It means you can’t live as one with no or little authority… as one who is ruled over by sin, or fear, or despair. You’ve been given great authority. And to fail to exercise that authority is a sin.

To obey God, we must fully use the authority He has given us. Therefore, start acting like a general. Start using the authority of the Word, of His name, and of His power. For not only are you on the winning side – you’re a general.

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 6:11-12

When you speak with others about Jesus today, speak with His authority, with His words and with His power, in His name.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Who Goels Your Life

19 Oct

Who Goels Your Life…

From The Pit in Psalm 103, verse 4, it says of the Lord, “who redeems your life from the pit.” But in Hebrew, it doesn’t say that. It uses a much more specific word – the Hebrew “goel.”

Thus it would read something like “who goels your life from the pit.” The “goel” was the kinsman-redeemer – the man who would redeem the life of a barren widow, by marrying her, and making her fruitful with children.

So in Psalm 103, it’s not just that God redeems us. It’s that God “goels” us. He becomes our “goel,” our kinsman-redeemer. He redeems us by marrying us, by joining Himself to us, by becoming one with us, so that our lives can’t help but bear fruit.

That’s the secret. Do you want your life to become overflowing with fruitfulness? Do you want to fulfill your purpose and calling? Do you want your life to be abundantly blessed?

Then make it your aim to get as close, as intimate, as joined, as one with God as possible, in everyting – and it will be. For the Lord is not only your Redeemer – He’s your Goel!

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5

Ask God to get closer to you today. Expect it; look for it and He will do it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Illegal Miracles

18 Oct

The Illegal Miracles…

In the writings of the rabbis there are accounts bearing out Jesus’s miracles. One involves a Jewish man who needs healing. A Jewish believer tells him to pray in the name of Yeshua, Jesus.

He does. And he’s healed! So he runs to the rabbi to tell them what happened. To which the rabbi responds by telling him never to get healed in that name again! Amazing!

The rabbinical writings confirm that in the name of Yeshua, Jesus, is the power of healing. But then give the counsel never to pray in that name. So here waits the healing of the Jewish people, and still they’re yet ready to receive it.

So, too, God’s will for all, is healing and restoration, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And it’s not as if that healing and restoration isn’t there. It is. It’s just that we might not be ready to be healed, or to become whole.

Until we do, it will still wait. God wants you healed, whole, and restored. Don’t make the mistake of the rabbis – Open up your life, and let it happen.

You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you. James 5:6

In what areas of your life do you need healing and restoration? What’s holding you back? Open up your life and let it happen.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

But I Will Not Forget You

17 Oct

But I Will Not Forget You…

If you’ve ever been chased around the dining room table by a parent – most likely it wasn’t your mother – but your father. My father would count up to three. My mother would count up to three thousand and beyond.

In fact she’s still counting. A mother’s love is a picture of the love of God. Often we picture God as a severe judge ready to lose His temper.

But the truth is, the love of God is as compassionate and tender as the love of a mother – only more so. And that means He must be very patient.

In fact the Bible says that the reason the age has gone on so long is solely because of the patience of God for people to repent and get saved. Thank God that He’s patient – That He puts up with you – and me – and all of us.

What should that make us do? It should make us all the more zealous to bless Him, to please Him, to make Him smile. God has the patience of a saint … even more than a saint… the patience of a mother… and even more. And in that, is our salvation.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had. Romans 15:5

Be patient with that impatient person today and make God smile.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Paul’s Failure

16 Oct

Paul’s Failure…

While Paul was in Athens he sought to preach the Gospel. It was the city council that was in charge of granting such permission. We don’t know that he ever obtained that permission. We have no record of him spreading the Gospel throughout the city.

So did he fail? Not at all. Paul preached the gospel in Athens at least once – on Mars Hill. And that one sermon on Mars Hill, the sermon of the Unknown God, was recorded and transmitted to thousands and millions of people, and launching countless missions to countless more people.

In the same way, sometimes it may seem as if you’ve failed in the Lord. You didn’t achieve what you set out to achieve. And you feel like a failure. But if you’re in God’s will, there is no such thing as failure.

It’s only a matter of obedience. Paul was obedient, and in his “failure” countless lives and nations would be touched for the gospel.

So, too, you in God, if you’re faithful, you can never fail – you just have no idea how successful you are.

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. Acts 17:22

What has God called you to do, yet you feel that you are failing at doing it? Don’t give up, keep the faith and stay in the race.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Night Creatures

14 Oct

The Night Creatures…

I had a friend whose mother had fallen away from the Lord, had ended up as a hostage in a police shoot out and by a miracle her life was spared.

Soon after that, my friend discovered that behind a photograph of his mother as a girl was hidden a drawing of a lamb about to be killed on the edge of a cliff just below a bird of prey. But a hand was reaching out to save the lamb – the hand of Jesus.

So in your life, there are always two pictures and two stories. The first picture is that of your life, your circumstances, your situation, as they appear to be.

But the second picture is the story of God and you, the hand of your Shepherd reaching out to His lamb, the love of God.

If you look behind what you see and feel, you’ll find the love of God, and the hand of your Shepherd reaching out to you, His lamb.

So no matter what it looks like or feels like in your life, remember, the real story of your life is the one that lies hidden inside the frame.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Give thanks today that the Lord has come into your life and for the new story He has given you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Starlight

11 Oct

Starlight…

The blind astronomer Edwin Frost of the Yerkes Observatory was nearing his death. “Doctor,” somebody whispered to the dying man, “are you afraid to die?” Frost smiled and shook his head, “I’ve seen too many stars to be afraid of the night.”

Most people think of the night as something negative, something of absence. But to an astronomer, night is the time of revelation, of mysteries, fullness, and blessings. It’s the night that reveals the stars.

So it’s a new way to look at the dark times of your life. They have their purpose. They reveal the blessings of God, His faithfulness, and even His stars. For the righteous shine as stars? When? At night.

For stars and astronomers, the night is the time of shining, and blessing. So don’t fear the dark times, the hard times, the “bad times” for it’s in the night when the stars shine most brightly.

So don’t focus on the dark, but focus on shining. And remember that it’s at night when God’s blessings and faithfulness also shine – and you’ve seen too many stars to be afraid of the night.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

Today seek to focus, in every situation, not on the darkness, but on the light of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Haman’s Blessing

9 Oct

Haman’s Blessing…

Haman was an evil man. He breathed evil, schemed evil, committed evil. And yet because of Haman, Esther finally rose up to her calling. She stopped living a lie.

Because of Haman, Esther grew to become a truly great person, a woman of righteousness, one of the great saints of the Bible. Because of Haman, Esther finally became free to fulfill her calling.

Without Haman, all that would never have happened. What does that tell us? It tells us that even the worst things, the most evil people, the greatest calamities in your life, will be turned around for your good, for your blessing.

That problem, that crisis, that worry, that burden, that discouragement, those enemies, that hindrance, that opposition, that set back – don’t worry, but praise God anyway.

The promise is that even these will work out for your good. Start thanking God for that, in advance. For if Haman could work blessing in the life of Queen Esther, then that problem will certainly work blessing for yours.

So give thanks to God, because all your problems – they’re just Haman’s blessings.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Thank and praise God as much as you can throughout your day – then you will have less time to worry.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed