Archive | June, 2022
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The Name On Your Sin

30 Jun

The Name On Your Sin…

The word chata’ah is Hebrew for sin. It’s not just the word for sin; it is also the name of the sin-offering, the sacrifice that takes away sin. It’s a shadow of Jesus, He is the sin-offering, He became sin for us.

The sin and the sacrifice that takes away sin are so closely bound they become one. That’s the mystery of Jesus on the cross. He is the sacrifice for sin, becoming sin for us, receiving our sins.

By that we are free from sin. The word for sin and the word for the offering of sin are the same. That means your sin has the name of Jesus on it. Every one of your sins are covered by His name, but you have to give them to Him.

Money has Caesar’s name on it, so render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. Sin has Jesus’s name on it, so render unto Jesus, God, the things that are God’s. Don’t get lost in condemnation. Your sin is covered, it has His name on it, it’s paid for, it’s His, only give it to Him. Your sin is called chata’ah, but so was Jesus.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 1 Peter 3:18

Surrender your sin whatever its name is; release it to Jesus under the blood of the Lamb.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Why The Fight

29 Jun

Why The Fight…

For most of the last 2,000 years, with a few short exceptions, few have cared about Jerusalem. In the twentieth century the whole world is wrapped up in it.

For 2,000 years Jerusalem was largely a backwater of history. In the nineteenth century it was a flea-bitten, diseased place in the middle of nowhere. Then in twentieth century, everyone wanted Jerusalem-Jordan, Egypt, the Palestinians, the United Nations, the Vatican, and Osama Bin Laden.

Why the sudden change? In the twentieth century the Jews came back to their land, and have a date with God. Jerusalem is linked to the second coming and all hell has broken loose against this return.

Remember this principle throughout your life. If you find yourself under attack and you are doing the Lord’s will, don’t lose heart and don’t be discouraged. The fight is significant and worth it and the victory will be important.

Do as the Jewish people have done. Fight for the victory, fight all hell, and press on against all odds, because when all hell is against you, it’s a good sign. It means all heaven is for you, and you are heading to Jerusalem.

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

Fight for spiritual victory over your struggles today. Do all you can to not be moved and press on while you are under attack; for He fights for you, so stand.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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It’s Only Snow

28 Jun

It’s Only Snow…

Psalm 37 says “don’t fret.” A secret of abundant life is to not worry. A man I knew with a heart condition, went out to shovel snow, had a heart attack and died.

Many people die shoveling snow. Yet in a few days it’s all gone anyway. It’s just temporary, so why die from it? It’s going to melt anyway. But we burden ourselves with snow shoveling every day. Even in summer.

The enemy is always dishing out problems, issues, burdens, dangers, threats, irritations. They take away our peace and joy; maybe even our well-being in God. It’s like the one who burdened himself with shoveling snow.

These problems in the end are only snow. They are temporary arrangements. They are going to melt. It looks real, but in the end, for the child of God, it’s only snow.

So don’t panic, don’t react, don’t lose your peace, don’t get all wrapped up in that snow. In a short time it’s going to melt. That problem will melt away, so don’t let it kill you. Give it to God; it’s going to melt anyway. Remember, God remains, but that problem is only snow.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25

Throw off your burdens and worries and give them all to God. Pray for His eternal peace to be on you unto everlasting.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Apply This

27 Jun

Apply This…

You probably attend worship services regularly, and hear a message or sermon every week. You may even listen to Christian radio daily. With so many ways to enjoy the Word of God, it’s very easy for us to develop a consumer mentality that affects our faith, walk and causes us to treat the Word of God as something to be consumed.

We sit in services as if we are sitting at a football game, or in front of a television. Consumerism causes us to focus on our feelings. We may feel good, spiritual, righteous, or like we have done our part, but the Word is a seed designed to produce fruit, not feelings!

The book of James tells us not only to be hearers of the Word, but doers also. The Word can bring about the changes needed to produce fruit in your life. But the Word only bears fruit when it’s applied to your heart and life.

So resolve to put into action what you’ve already heard. Be a doer of the Word today, be good soil, and let the Word bear fruit. And continue to grow in God, that your fruit may remain.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25

Apply the Holy Word to your life today, just as a seed grows to produce its fruit, so let the fruit of the Spirit to cause you do great things in His name.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Gospel Bleachers

26 Jun

The Gospel Bleachers…

We tend to be a nation of spectators. We watch sports, television, even the internet. We as believers even behave like spectators when it comes to reading the Bible. We act as if the various people and stories of the Bible are only there for us to learn from, or be touched thereby.

But the Bible is not just a history book relating events that happened to people long ago. It’s about God, who is God of the living, not the dead.

Consider the book of Acts for example. All the people mentioned there are our elder brothers and sisters. They were the first, and we should learn about them. But they are no longer on the playing field.

The baton has been passed, and the ball is in our court. The book of Acts is now, and it’s our turn! Just as spectators should not be on the field, players should not be in the bleachers. You are a player!

So stop watching the glory from the bleachers. Get on the field of glory and live the Great Commission. Fight the fight, gain the victory, win the battle… and live the Bible.

The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. Acts 5:12

You have been called to great acts. Be that heroic biblical character today and take the field of battle; be courageous in sharing the Good News.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Devine Liturgy

25 Jun

The Devine Liturgy…

Acts Chapter 13 speaks of ministering to the Lord; liturgeo in Greek. From it we get liturgy, a public service of worship or obedience. It’s the same Greek word used to speak of the ministry of the priests of the Old Testament.

Thus, the function of the Church is priestly. 1 Peter says that we are a royal priesthood; kohanim in Hebrew. You really are a priest. You’re not just a believer, you’re a priest.

Whatever you do, do it as a priest. The priests, kohanim, ministered with holiness, and with great care as sacred liturgy. You need to do the same.

Whether you’re doing dishes, taking a walk, or leading worship, do it as liturgy, a holy act of worship to the Lord. As you are counseling, encouraging, serving, do it as holy to the Lord.

Live your daily life as if you are a priest. Live at home as if it were your temple. Live like a priest, walk and talk like a priest; be holy to the Lord. Because in the New Covenant that’s exactly what you are. Just like the priests of old, only more so.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Whatever you set your mind to do today, sanctify it as holy unto the Lord and minister in all things as a priest of the Most High God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

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No Turn Living – How To Live It

24 Jun

No Turn Living – How To Live it…

Proverbs 15:21 speaks about walking straight. God calls us to live straight, to walk straight. Since the closest distance between two points is a straight line, the less you turn, the quicker you will get to where you are going in the Lord.

The less you turn, the less you waiver. The straighter you walk, the faster you will get to your goal in the Lord, to where you are supposed to be.

The straighter your thoughts, the faster you will go. The straighter your heart, the faster you will grow in the Lord. The straighter your walk, the faster you’ll go, the more progress you’ll make, and you’ll have momentum.

The more momentum you have, the more power you’ll have to gain the breakthrough. The more you waiver and are double-minded, the less momentum you gain. You lose time, momentum, energy and power.

Therefore, live straight; think, act, talk, and be straight. You will walk with power, and have your breakthrough. Learn to live a no-turning walk, with a no-turn faith and no-turn heart. Your walk will be powerful, blessed, victorious. That’s the truth. Straight up.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8

Keep your eyes and focus set upon the Lord as your guiding light. Maintain your straight course and do not waiver left or right and you will have power for many breakthroughs.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Reverance of the Scribes

23 Jun

The Reverance of the Scribes…

The Bible has come down to us so accurately because of the hand of God and through the hands of many Jewish scribes. Generation after generation of Jewish scribes meticulously copied the Word, every jot, every tittle.

If they make one mistake, the whole scroll is deemed unkosher and they have to start all over again. Before they write the name of God on the scroll, they will bathe themselves. See the reverence they had and held for the Word and the name of God.

We have the fullness of the New Covenant in Jesus and we have the fullness of the revelation. It’s amazing how often we treat the Word carelessly. We don’t really follow it or we take it lightly or we take it for granted.

We have gotten used to the fact that we have it and we don’t really treasure it. We may have five Bibles and we don’t read them. Treat the Word at least as reverently as the scribes of Israel, as something holy and a sacred treasure in your life. See, the Word is a treasure, but it only gives life to those who treasure it.

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply,from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. 1 Peter1:22-25

Open your Bible and apply the Word to your life today, cherish the times spent in keeping the ways of the Lord in your heart.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Past The Flesh

22 Jun

Past The Flesh…

In Ephesians 2:2, it says, “When in times past, you walked according to the course of this world.” It’s interesting, the key is, times past, when you walked in the flesh.

In Jesus, the flesh is past, He is finished with the flesh. He finished it at Calvary, so also for the child of God. To live in the flesh is to live in the past. To live in the past is to live among the dead. To live in the past is to live in a realm where nothing can be changed.

Live in the Spirit. Those who are led by the Spirit walk in the newness of life. The Spirit is present and now. The only way you can live in the Spirit is to count the flesh as old. In the past, we walked according to the course of this world.

But now we walk in the Spirit and newness of life. Say goodbye to the flesh and say hello to the Spirit because that’s what is going to happen when you are done with the past. You will be new in the Spirit.

As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 1 Peter 4:2-3

Walk away from the things of the flesh, the old you. Instead be walking in the power of the Holy Spirit because you are a new creation now.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Blessing The Blesser

21 Jun

Blessing The Blesser…

In the Book of Acts, Paul was sent to Jerusalem with a gift for the Jerusalem believers. The gift was from the gentile church to the Jewish people. The gentile congregations particularly wanted to bless the Jewish believers of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem was the mother church, the first Messianic congregation or synagogue. The church has an obligation to bless the Jewish people because it was the Jewish people who gave the gospel to the world.

All the blessings you have in God came through Israel to you. So you need to bless the Jewish people with salvation. Bless the children of Abraham. Bless the Jewish believers, but also bless the Jewish people who don’t have salvation.

The promise is that all who bless the Jewish people will be blessed. God wants you to bless Him, please Him. It’s a radical concept, but bless the Lord. We don’t realize what it means, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, bless the Lord.”

You can actually bless Him. That’s a great thing and He will be blessed. Do something to bless the Lord today, for His sake, for His blessing. Bless the Lord today. Make your Father smile.

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. Genesis 12:3

Look for how many ways to bless Israel and the Jewish people. Pray for them. Give to the purposes of their salvation. You will be blessed!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed