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Off the Chair

20 Apr

Off the Chair…

Imagine you were guilty of a serious crime and you were sentenced to death in the electric chair? You are taken to the chair, they strap you down and they are about to pull the switch. Suddenly, at the last minute you are reprieved.

Someone gave their life for you, they chose to die in your place so you would be free. They unstrap you, they open the door, they set you free. They say, “go in peace.” You would live in gratitude. You wouldn’t demand anything, you would count your blessings.

You would live with a debt of love. But if you want salvation and the blessings of mercy, then you have to live by mercy. You were sentenced to eternal judgment and rightly, but someone gave his life for you.

You went to your judgment and you will be free now because He went to your judgment. Live your life appropriately, hold no more bitterness, relinquish all rights, bless and live in humility.

Walk in a debt of love, because you just walked away from the chair. Or rather, your salvation began when you left the execution stake – the Cross!

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. Titus 2:11-12

You have been blessed with a debt of love that comes from salvation. Pay that debt of love by living a day of love – and a life of love.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Scroll Factor

19 Apr

The Scroll Factor…

One of the most important parts of the Bible isn’t the black ink or even the Word. It’s the space behind it. When the prophets wrote down the Word they had to write it all on scrolls of parchment.

The Word had to have something to stick to, a background, a context, otherwise you couldn’t read it. What does it teach us–all that white space? That we can’t just exist in the realm of words.

The Word of God has to be fixed onto life, into the context of your life. You can’t just quote scripture, it’s not enough. You need the context, it has to be fixed to your real life.

If you have the Word but you don’t apply it to your life, it is just like ink without the parchment. It doesn’t produce life, they have to be together.

The Word of God can change any life, any situation, any problem, any heart, but you have to apply it to the real part of your life. The blessings begin when it comes together. Let the blessings begin in your life. Take the Word and let the Word hit the page.

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. John 14: 23-24

Take the Word today and let it touch your real life, apply it so that it sticks onto your background.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Let It Roll

18 Apr

Let It Roll…

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” The word in Hebrew for commit is “galal,” to roll away, as in rolling a boulder down a hill. We get the word Galilee from it, because Galilee has rolling hills.

Commitment is to roll away. Let go of those stones, problems, worries, things you are trying to hold on to. Commit them to the Lord and your burden will be gone. Once you roll something down a hill, there is no rolling it back.

The most committed people in the Lord are actually going to be the most light-hearted. Stop trying to keep everything under control. Once, you give it to the Lord, don’t take it back.

When you came to the Lord, you committed your life. That means you rolled away your life to God. Don’t worry or be weighed down or heavy laden with anything.

Have you taken back that boulder of your life? Commit it all back. Let it go, for to commit everything to God is to roll it all away.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: Psalm 37:5

Today, let God have control over every aspect of your life. Release it all. Give God the reins to your will and let it roll!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Obedient Tapeworm

17 Apr

The Obedient Tapeworm…

In Acts 12:20 Herod becomes enraged and on an appointed day, Herod put on his royal robe, took his seat and began delivering an address. The people saw him as a god and almost started worshiping him, but Herod did not give the glory to God.

Immediately, an angel of the Lord struck him and he was eaten by worms and died. No doubt, they were tapeworms. Tapeworms cause problems by eating the food before your body can process it. God ordained the tapeworms as a judgment.

An angel struck Herod and he was eaten by worms. The tapeworms were an angelic action doing God’s will. A tapeworm is not pretty.

When we think about godliness, we don’t want to be compared to a tapeworm. Here the tapeworm is an example for believers. All the tapeworms had to do was eat and they were obeying God.

As believers, children of God, we don’t always obey God. We find a million ways to get out of doing God’s will. Are you obeying God’s will for your life? The tapeworm that does God’s will is more angelic than a believer who doesn’t.

But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 1 Samual 15:22

Start the day asking for what God’s will is for you today, then simply do it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Secret of the Magi

15 Apr

The Secret of the Magi…

The magi were wise men, but how could they be that wise, and know what they knew by looking at the stars, and that a king would come in the time He did?

Daniel 9 gives the countdown to the coming of Jesus: seventy times seven, 490 years, adding up to around that time. How would they know that prophecy? Daniel was chief of the wise men.

The word “wisemen” refers to magicians or magi. He was chief over them, the wisest of the wise. Undoubtedly, the magi studied the writings of Daniel and undoubtedly, Daniel would have prayed for them to become saved.

Although they seemed hopeless, Daniel prayed for them. Clearly, they would someday travel to Bethlehem, and be known throughout the ages as those first finding the Jesus.

If the magi in Persia was far away and into the occult, could one day find the Light because they searched and found Him, then don’t you give up on those people in your life who seem so distant.

Keep sharing, loving, praying, and giving the word. If the magi in Persia could end up in Bethlehem, so can your friend.

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find. Proverbs 8:17

Pray today for your unsaved friends and co-workers, give them the Good Word, let them see the living God within you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Revolutionary

14 Apr

The Revolutionary…

Revolutionaries are single-minded people; completely focused on the revolution. Everything Lenin, Mao and Castro did had purpose and direction. Though it was wrong, they had focus. Most believers aren’t.

They are apathetic or lukewarm about serving God. They tend to be willing to serve God, but pre-occupied with the details of life; divided in their hearts. They want to live for God, but are living for themselves.

They want to witness but are more concerned about what people think of them. But if Lenin, Trotsky or Mao were like that, they wouldn’t have had a revolution, nor a victory. If they were focused on wrong purposes, how much more should we who have God be focused on God’s purposes?

We are the true revolutionaries. We are to be the most focused people, to run the race fixing our eyes on Yeshua, Jesus. Paul said, I don’t run without aim, and he changed the world. You too can change the world.

Commit your heart and mind to become once and for all single-minded for God, one-tracked, focused, and you will overcome the world. You are a revolutionary. The revolution is waiting to begin.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, Hebrews 12:1

Live today as a revolutionary for God – live focused on God’s mission, and fulfill it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Patience – Whose Cup Runs Over (4/13)

13 Apr

Patience – Whose Cup Runs Over…

Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It does not dishonor others; it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Patience implies suffering, enduring, or waiting, as a determination of the will and not simply under necessity. As such, it is an essential Christian virtue to the exercise of which there are many exhortations. We need to “wait patiently” for God, to endure uncomplainingly the various forms of sufferings, wrongs and evils that we meet with, and to bear patiently injustices which we cannot remedy and provocations we cannot remove.

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.

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
2 Timothy 4:2

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.

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:25

Thank God that He’s patient, and 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, and to make Him smile. God has the patience of a saint. And even more than a saint, He has the patience of a mother, and even more than that. And in that is our salvation.

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

Make it your aim in life to bless God, to please Him, and to make Him smile. We can do that by learning to be patient and trust in Him.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Spirit Step

13 Apr

The Spirit Step…

Pentecost; it’s the Hebrew Shavuot. It’s the feast of the harvest, the feast of the Spirit. The disciples were waiting. The gathering of the apostles in Jerusalem is the ultimate example of the conditions that need to be met in our lives; in living a life that is open and filled with the Spirit.

It represented their great stepping out. Their rabbi was gone, and now they are stepping out into the future. It was the moment they broke with the past. Instead of being in Galilee, their home, they left their jobs and daily lives all behind.

They were now ready to go wherever God would send them. That’s when the Spirit came with its power. The gospel is now complete and Acts is about to begin; having received the gospel, they now have to step out.

Step out in the Word, step out in faith, step out in love, and step out in ministry. Step out in obeying what you have not obeyed so far; and the blessing will come and the breakthrough and the power of the Holy Spirit will come upon you, because the Spirit comes when His people step out.

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. 1 Peter 1:12

Today, open yourself up to the leadings of the Holy Spirit. Let Him guide you through your walk in faith.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Book Of Oracles

12 Apr

The Book Of Oracles…

The world is very desperate for any kind of guidance, any shred of revelation or spirituality. People go to horoscopes and fortune tellers, only to end up being darker and more lost than they were before. Even some believers fall into that deception.

The Lord is definitely able to speak supernaturally to us, to guide us, encourage us, correct us and lead us in all sorts of divine ways. We are His children; our Father is more than glad to communicate with us directly and regularly. We don’t need to be begging for crumbs of guidance when God has given us a banquet.

The banquet is the Word of God. You have all you need to know God’s will. It is the Book of Oracles. His supernatural revelation, His prophecies, His actual word for your life.

Don’t go running around seeking a prophet, or a sign from a cloud formation, or a license plate. Open the Book today and find God’s divine revelation for your life and follow it.

Do it, obey it, and God will speak, because He has given you the greatest of treasures–all His oracles right at your fingertips.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16

Open your day in prayer today, spend time to read His Holy Scriptures and listen for His word, then follow Him.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Worship Weapon

11 Apr

The Worship Weapon…

They’re the most powerful of weapons, but rarely used. They can vanquish the greatest of earthly foes. They can subdue an army, even give victory, but most believers rarely use them; even when they are needed the most.

What are these weapons? The Bible speaks about King Jehoshaphat being led into a battle in which his army was outnumbered. But instead of fighting with regular weapons of war, Jehoshaphat commanded his army to fight with worship and praise. And when they did, the army of Judah won the war.

You see, King Jehoshaphat knew something most believers don’t know, that praise and worship are powerful weapons. Most believers use praise and worship in times of peace. But the real key is to use them in times of war.

It’s when you’re in the midst of battle and there is worry, unrest, conflict, doubt, fear and anxiety that you need to use these most powerful weapons. Praise and worship God in the battle, and during the fight.

When it’s hardest to praise Him, praise Him anyway. You will win the battle because praise and worship are not just for peace; they are weapons of war.

Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle. Psalm 140:7

Today commit to fighting your spiritual battles with the weapon of praise, praise Him all through the day, no matter what, and until you have the victory.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed