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Serve With Trust (8/1)

31 Jul

Serve With Trust – What defines you…

If you were able to see what others see when they look at you, what would you say defines you? We all have our own definition of what we think defines us, but in reality people define us a lot differently than we do ourselves because they look at us in an unbiased way and see what we are by what we say, wear and act. Actually we are being judged everyday by our actions and words, something most people don’t even think about.

Grandfather used to tell me that actions speak louder than words and all the sweet talk in the world could not hide the real me if my actions don’t match my words. Then he added “Be the true person you seek, everyone should see the same person.”

Pondering on that phrase – To be the same person to everyone you meet. I like to observe and listen to people, I guess from my psychology background, and I find it surprising just how some people present themselves differently depending on who they are talking to. I guess it’s because they want to present a good image of themselves. However, because of what they show to one person over what they show to another and then how their actions reflect a totally different image I don’t think they realize that most people can see through the facade they are pushing.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Being the true person you seek requires you to be completely honest with yourself, something I see as being hard for some people. When Grandfather first told me that I said “How can I do that, I don’t even know who I am yet?” He responded “You are who you are so if you don’t know you best find out.” Well after many months of training, with Grandfather, I finally realized who I was and what I wanted in life.

I love life, animals, people and just about everything else in the world, and I have no qualms about telling someone I love you. I am the same person to everyone and I hope that is what people see in me. The bible teaches us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, to take care of the animals and care for the earth. For all these things are gifts from God, who has given them to us in love for us to cherish and care for. God does not define our neighbors as those who are like us, rather He defines them as everyone else in the world.

Is that what defines me? I don’t know, but hope so. The animals seem to know, for they will let me approach them as if they have known me all their life. They seem to trust me and will let me help them when they are hurt or just need a little love. People seem to open up to me and want to talk about everything, so I guess they read something that says I can be trusted. Based on this I think love defines me and with that I say I am blessed. Nothing done in love is ever wasted.

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8

What defines you? Can you open yourself up and take a close, honest look? The results could very well surprise you. Is this what people see in you? If it is not what you thought, then you should consider making some changes in your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Comments are welcome, so please do comment.

Love always,

Ed

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The Law Of Spirit And Effect

31 Jul

The Law Of Spirit And Effect…

The law of cause and effect. So your past is a cause… which affects the rest of your life. A miserable past very likely produces a miserable future.

So… what happened two thousand years ago? Yeshua, Jesus of Nazareth, was killed. Yet, within weeks, His disciples were proclaiming the Good News of salvation to the very people who had murdered their leader, their nation, and to the ends of the earth.

In just a few weeks they had become the most joyful, confident, and powerful of people. The world works according to the law of cause and effect. But God’s kingdom works by the law of new life and the Spirit, breaking the law of cause and effect.

So you’ve been abused, hurt, rejected, abandoned, unloved? You’ve failed, messed up, done horrible things? You’ve been weak, addicted, bound, and broken? The law of cause and effect says you’re stuck.

But the law of the Spirit says forget the law of cause and effect. Forget the past, walk in the newness of life and the power of Jesus, for the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

Spend today breaking the law of cause and effect, sin and death – but overcome all things by the power of the Spirit and new life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Lights Of The World

30 Jul

Lights Of The World…

It was a familiar scene on Sunday evening in the village of Doubs, France, of people rushing through the streets to church, each carrying a bronze lantern. The church had no way of being lit up so its members would come not just to be enlightened, but to lighten. The more that gathered, the brighter the church; the end result… stunning.

Many believers go from one church to the next seeking a blessing. They end up discouraged, bitter, or full of self-pity, complaining they weren’t loved or blessed enough.

This is unbiblical. A true believer doesn’t just go to church. A believer is part of the church. A true believer doesn’t go anywhere to get blessed, but to be a blessing. They don’t have to get lit up by others.

You are to be a light in this world, and certainly to your brothers and sisters. So the next time you go to service, bring your lantern.. the lantern of a shining heart, a heart that seeks not to take but to give, not to curse the darkness, but to light up the world… starting with the sanctuary.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Seek today not to be a mirror, simply reflecting your circumstances – but to be a light.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

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Through The Roof

29 Jul

Through The Roof…

They came with their paralyzed friend, carrying him in their arms. They heard that Yeshua of Nazareth had the power to heal the sick. The house was jammed with people. There was no way to get in.

They got up on the roof, opened it up, and lowered their friend into the room. Imagine – you’re in the middle of a service, and some people start breaking into the roof and lowering some guy down into the middle of the sanctuary.

The Lord honored it. He healed the man. If it’s God’s will, closed doors don’t matter. If God closes a door, He opens a window. If He doesn’t open the window, He wants you to go through the roof.

Maybe God has been calling you to something and you’ve run into closed doors. The Lord doesn’t want you to give up. The closed door isn’t there to discourage you, but to make you stronger.

It may not be what you first thought, but it’s better. If it’s God’s will, and the door is closed, look for the window. If the window’s closed, start climbing. You’re going through the roof!

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

The Roof, The Cot, & The Miracle Dealing with problems? Don’t dwell on the closed door or the obstacle of the wall – seek for God’s “out of the box” answer – find the open roof!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Pumping Spiritual Iron

28 Jul

Pumping Spiritual Iron…

Ever ponder all the things that athletes go through to become physically fit? Athletes train for hours with weights, and watch every calorie they eat so they can be champions. Even for the few who win, the victory is short-lived, and then it fades.

We have something so much greater than that. We have a prize that is everlasting, and are called to be more than conquerors. You’re called to be a true champion. How much discipline do you put into your championship?

How many of you are just barely reading the Bible, applying the Word, or praying at all? You wonder why you’re not winning, living victoriously or not doing great and mighty things. Want to be a champion?

Train daily in the Word, applying it, communing with God and living it. Don’t train just to stay in shape, train to be a champion. If these people, through regular training become strong in the flesh, how much more will you, by training regularly with God, become strong in the Spirit.

Champions in the flesh are for but a moment – but Champions of the Spirit are forever.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24

Take a necessary step to start training like a champion today. Start with reading your Bible and truly applying it to your life – today!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Philipians TV

27 Jul

Philipians TV….

In Philippians 4:8, it is written, “.. whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if there is anything of excellence or worthy of praise – let your mind dwell on such things…”

Now let’s take this as a standard and apply it to your life, entertainment, magazines, music, internet sites and television you watch. Are those soap operas, daytime and late night talk shows true and right?

Imagine if television had a Philippians Network – how much of contemporary television could they broadcast? Are you sitting in front of that television and letting these things fill your attention, thoughts, heart and soul?

Who knows how it’s affecting your life; the bondages you may still be in, and the blessings you’ve never known. In fact, the very verse leads into a promise… those who dwell on the things of God, the peace of God will be with them.

Do you want the blessing? Change the station. Turn off the junk. Turn on to the Word, the Presence, and the joy of the Lord, and your heart will always be tuned in to the shalom of God.

Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Romans 13:13-14

Remove one form of media that has captured your attention and may slowly be taking the place of God and replace it with more of God – starting today.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Enemy P.R.

26 Jul

Enemy P.R.

In Ephesians it is written, “Don’t give the enemy any room.” You have to be careful not to give the enemy even an inch in such things as anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness.

There’s another way to give the enemy room, a way that you probably didn’t even realize. That’s to magnify him. You may have thought that only devil worshipers magnify him. Another people do too – believers.

When you attribute everything to the devil, when you dwell on his power and darkness, when you speak about him as being almost on a level with God, when you fear him – you’re magnifying him. When you magnify him, you’re giving him free publicity.

Focus on evil, impurity, and sin, and that’s what you’ll find. You don’t conquer evil or the enemy by focusing on evil and the enemy. You overcome the enemy by focusing on God, and evil by focusing on good, and the flesh, by focusing on the Spirit.

Stop being a P.R. agent for the enemy. Magnify the Lord, and the enemy will shrink. Give full room to God and the good news of salvation, and there will be no room left for the enemy.

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2

Don’t give the enemy credit, don’t dwell on evil today, but magnify the Lord in all things.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Serve With Courage (7/25)

24 Jul

Serve With Courage – Life Is Fragile…

One day as I was exploring the Grand Canyon I came across a young bald eagle with a broken pinion on it’s left wing. He was scared and was flapping around making all kinds of noise. I carefully wrapped my shirt around him and carried him home where, with my grandfathers help, I was able to splint the broken pinion.

Grandfather instructed me on how to care for my young patient and I put him in a small coop. Everyday for about two months I gave him food and water. Then I talked to him and explained he would be just fine, that soon I would remove the bandage and send him on his way. After the first two weeks he actually looked for me to come and talk to him. I don’t know if he understood what I was saying, but we became close friends.

It was bittersweet when the time came to release him because I became so close to him, but when he flew up and around landing about six feet from me, he looked in my eye and we knew it was time. He flew off in the direction of the canyon happy as an eagle could be.

Grandfather said I saved his life. He said life is very fragile and everything we do to preserve one is an act of God, He told me God put that eagle in my path to see just what I would do. You had choice to leave him for the wolves or bring him home and help heal him. You made the right choice and God will bless you for your kindness.

Over the years I have taken many animals home for refuge and healing, maybe this why I love animals so much. But I never forgot what grandfather told me about just how fragile life is and how little it takes to make one better. I learned that it is not just the animals, but also human life we must care for.

Life is a gift from God and our job, as Christians, is to preserve life as much as we can and to do what we can to help others. Either through prayer or by random acts of kindness we should do what we can to make things better.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)

One of my readers recently asked my thoughts of how to pray for the very sick who have illnesses that there is little reasonable hope of recovery. We pray for recovery, or that God’s will be done, knowing it is within God’s power to heal, but knowing that even among the most deserving Christians, recovery from the most dreaded diseases is seldom granted, perhaps because it’s time for them to go ‘home’.

I responded as follows: When I pray for the sick I ask for peace and comfort. I also ask that there be no pain. We don’t know God’s will or His time table, but we do know He’s doing what is best for the person who is sick. For this reason, though I don’t always agree with the answer, I learned not to question His wisdom in doing things. In the end there is always a blessing.

I also pray for the family asking for patience and understanding along with peace knowing He will do what is best. Life is fragile, but we have strength through God’s blessing and understanding. Believe me He knows the pain we are going through watching a loved one work through the illness.

The truth is God is in control! He knows what we need, even if we don’t think we need it. He provides for our needs, He supplies our strength, and He gives us life. I learned at an early age not to question His wisdom, for He has led me through many problems and life altering situations. I know I can trust Him.

I often wonder why so many still question this. I hear thoughts like why did God allow this to happen or if God did this… God has His reasons and even if we don’t understand why, He will let us know in His time. Learn to trust Him and to involve Him in all your activities, then the answers won’t seem so far away.

Life is fragile – Whatever you do for the least of these… We all are the least of these and should care for each other. We need to pick each other up when we fall and encourage each other in all things. Love others as God has loved you.

What are your thoughts on this? I would love to read them and will respond to all courteous comments. Feel free to email them to me at: Efchristi2@yahoo.com

God bless you all!

Love always,

Ed

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The Joy of Reflecting

24 Jul

The Joy of Reflecting…

The Song of Solomon is a love song about God and us, the Bridegroom and the Bride. In the Song of Songs the bride is described as being as beautiful as the moon.

How is the moon beautiful? The moon is beautiful in that it shines with the light of the sun by reflecting the light that is greater than itself. So it is with the moon, so it is with the Bride. How are we beautiful?

Are we beautiful in ourselves? No. We become beautiful by becoming beautiful like the moon. You become beautiful by forgetting about yourself and seek instead to reflect the light of Him who is greater.

You become holy by seeing His holiness and reflecting it. You become loving by receiving His love and giving what you have received. You become godly by receiving the radiance of God and shining with it to all around you.

So it is written, “The Lord cause His face to shine upon you…” Why? So your face can also shine with His light. So get into the joy of reflecting the ministry of the moon, for then you will shine with the beauty of the Son.

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. Psalm 67:1-2

Get into the joy of losing yourself in the beauty of His radiance – and shine the glory.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Portable Mountaintop

23 Jul

The Portable Mountaintop…

God appeared to Moses on Mt. Sinai with a cloud and thunder and the sound of trumpets. The glory of God was there on that mountaintop. God told Moses to go down the mountain, to leave the mountaintop… but not to the leave the glory. But how?

God told him to make a tent when he got down, to set it up in the valley. And there in the tent, God would come down to dwell with them in the valley, all the time. This is a profound secret. God wants you to learn the secret of having a glorious life at all times.

The way to do it is simple: build yourself a tent of meeting, a place in which you and God can meet every day. Enter into your tent of meeting and spend it in communion with the Lord.

It doesn’t matter if you’re going through a good time or a bad time, you will bring the mountaintop with you every day, and the glory of God will dwell with you, and your life will be from glory to glory. So build your tent, for with God, all the mountaintops are portable.

The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up  Exodus 19:20

Starting today, find an unoccupied space and build your own personal “tent of meeting”. Look forward to the glorious time that you will spend with God there.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed