Archive | August, 2022
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The Doer Of Our Deeds

16 Aug

The Doer Of Our Deeds…

The story of Joseph reveals him as a foreshadow of Jesus. Genesis 39:22 says, “when he was put into prison, he was made leader of it; responsible for whatever was done there.”

In Hebrew it reads, whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. It’s ultimately the foreshadow of Jesus; of salvation. Jesus became the doer of our deeds. Whatever we did in sin, He became the doer of it. It was imputed to Him.

It’s amazing; He became as the doer of our deeds…a perfect foreshadow. He became as the doer of our sins that we would become the doer of His righteousness. Our deeds were imputed to Him, but now His deeds can be imputed to us.

Let His good deeds become your good deeds. Let His righteousness become yours. Just as your sins became His, now let His deeds of love, and His actions of compassion become yours.

For He became the doer of our sins that we would become the doer of His righteousness. Let the work of Jesus come through you now. Let it be counted as yours as you do the work of the Lord.

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10

Fill your day in doing the works of the Lord. Do your works in His doing and let Him do His doing in yours.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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He Will Do What?

15 Aug

He Will Do What?

Psalm 37 says, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.” It says in Hebrew, “Whuw Hoo Ya Aseh,” He will do it. It doesn’t say what He’ll do, but simply He will do it.

There’s no limitation with God. If it’s in His will, He will do it. Outside His will, everything is limited. The more you are in His will, the more you commit- inside His will, the more unlimited He will show himself to you. There is no limit to what God can do.

We limit God, even in our prayers. We pray, Lord, do this or do that, but He may have a better way. Instead say, not my will, but Thy will be done. He will do what? He will do whatever is needed; whatever is good.

Open your faith, open your heart. Believe God for beyond what you can think. Commit your way to God, and He will do whatever is needed. He’ll do whatever He wills, and it will be good, whatever is wonderful; beyond what we can ask or imagine. Trust the Lord, open your heart and He will do it.

I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8

Align your will with God’s will; commit all your ways to God, and then be at peace and trust God to do even better than anything you ask for.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The River Of Infinity

14 Aug

The River Of Infinity…

Psalm 46:4 says, “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.” It doesn’t say there’s a pool, a lake, or even an ocean that makes glad the city of God, but a river.

A pool, a lake, and an ocean have limits. Though an ocean is gigantic, it still has length, width, and dimension. A river might look smaller, but is actually infinite because it can keep going on forever. There’s really no length to it; it’s endless. It flows. That’s what feeds the city of God; not an ocean, but a river.

The Bible is a river. It’s unending; it’s flowing. The life of God is always flowing through the Word of God…the river that makes us glad. We need to come to God continuously and draw from the Word, the Bible, from God, from His love.

We always have to draw newly, not from what is finite, but what is infinite, what is eternal, what is ever-flowing. Get into the river of God. Get into the ever-flowing mercy, love, blessings, mysteries, and wonders of God. It’s forever. The nature of God is like a river–with no end.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders. Psalm 107:31-32

Draw continually from the living waters of the Word. His will, His blessings are all there; let His grace and love flow through you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Rashah Principal

13 Aug

The Rashah Principal…

In Hebrew, the word “Rashah” means to judge or condemn. “Rashah” also means evil. It means to condemn evil, and also means evil itself. It’s the very judging of people, and evil becomes in itself, evil-doing.

If you dwell on evil, you will dwell in evil. The Pharisees thought they were the most holy people because they were judging everyone. Actually they were the most sinful.

We fall into the enemy’s trap; we judge people, we dwell on their sins, and we end up sinning. We fall into sin by judging them in sin.

Those people who dwell on evil are not the holy people. Bitter people and gossips dwell on evil. People who are enemies dwell on evil. People who are self-centered dwell on evil.

If you dwell on the evil, then you will end up dwelling in evil. Instead, dwell on the good and you will dwell in good; you will become good. The Bible says, “dwell on the good things.”

Replace that judgment with praise, blessing, and love. Dwell on the good and you will dwell in the good, for the Lord is good.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Take care in your judgment of people; it is a snare. Stay away from gossiping and holding any bitterness. Instead focus on the good and on love. And as you dwell on the good, you will be good.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always

Ed

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Don’t Go For The Tail

12 Aug

Don’t Go For The Tail…

The most dangerous part of a snake or serpent is not the tail. If you go for the tail, it may turn around and bite you with its head. It’s the same when you fight the serpent, the enemy, the devil; don’t go for the tail.

Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of darkness, against principalities, against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

It’s saying, we war not against flesh and blood; that’s the tail of the sin, but the head of it are the spiritual principalities. Our fight is not with people, it’s against sin itself–that’s the head. Believers often mistake this principle and we end up wrestling with the tail.

We fight people, flesh and blood–that’s just fighting the tail. You’re going to get bitten. When you fight flesh and blood, the enemy is going to bite you and corrupt you with sin. You see the flesh is the tail, the spiritual is the head. Don’t fight the tail–fight the sin which is the head.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Fight your fights today, not in the world, not in the flesh; but in the spiritual realm – go for the head!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Life After The Sabbath

11 Aug

The Life After The Sabbath…

In Leviticus 23:10-11, it says “When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord on the morrow after the Sabbath.”

This was a Hebrew holy day – Yom Ha Bikoreem, the day the first fruit was lifted up from the earth and presented to God. It could only happen after the Sabbath of Passover.

Jesus rose on Sunday morning, the morrow after the Sabbath; because the resurrection only comes after the Sabbath, the Seventh Day – the day the old week ends.

The Resurrection is the beginning of something new and so the power of the resurrection only kicks in after the Sabbath, after the old is finished.

Do you want to walk in the power of the resurrection? Then you need to have a Sabbath – to end the old life. Then you can walk in the newness of life and the power of His rising. For the Day of New Life begins “on the morrow after the Sabbath.”

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-18

Put away the things of your old life so that you can be transformed into a new life He has prepared for you. Walk in His power and His victory.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Gratitude (8/10)

10 Aug

Gratitude…

Gratitude is a positive emotion that involves being thankful and appreciative and is associated with several mental and physical health benefits.

When you experience gratitude, you feel grateful for something or someone in your life and respond with feelings of kindness, warmth, and other forms of generosity.

There are three stages of gratitude: 1) Recognizing what we are grateful for, 2) Acknowledging it, and lastly, 3) Appreciating it. In other words, appreciation is the final component and the last stage in the gratitude process.

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:15

So now let us take this and put it all together to show just how important gratitude is in our daily life as a Christian. Now you are asking what is he saying that gratitude must be part of our daily life?

The most critical factor of life is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. Gratitude is an attitude of overflowing thankfulness and a prime indicator of our relationship with God.

When gratitude is lacking, grace has either not been received or not been understood. The state of our relationship with God is revealed clearly by our gratitude towards Him.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

God loves to hear from you. He often wonders why you never call or write. Seriously though, prayer is the simplest and surest way to convey appreciation to God. Sincere simple prayer, given from the heart and expressing your thanks for the wonderful life you’ve been given, will touch God deeply.

Gratitude might be the ultimate spiritual practice This is because of its Proto-Indo-European root, gwere, meaning “to praise, to celebrate; to be in contact with the Divine.” In other words, being grateful is equivalent to feeling the presence of the Divine in our lives. It is the same as being in a state of bliss.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

God doesn’t give us good things to placate our sense of fairness, but because He is generous and knows what we need and when we need it. Most often, our sense of what’s “fair” comes from comparing what we have to what someone else has. We don’t know the whole story of what’s going on in someone else’s life or why they have what they do. Truthfully, it’s none of our business.

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 2 Thessalonians 1:3

We should follow in the pattern of the good Father with our children. Don’t worry about satisfying their sense of what’s fair, don’t even pretend to. It rewards complaint and entitlement.

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:4-5

Instead, give willingly according to what each one needs and from a place of generosity. Biblical gratitude and thankfulness are valuable in the kingdom of God. They turn our attention towards the giver honoring their effort by responding with kindness, appreciation, and goodwill.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Garden of Death – Garden of Life

10 Aug

Garden of Death – Garden of Life…

History begins in a garden; in Genesis, in the Garden of Eden. The garden from which life came. You plant life in a garden and so God planted human life in a garden.

But from that garden did not come life, but sin. And from sin, came death. What does this have to do with the resurrection? Where did it take place? It took place in a garden; a garden tomb.

It seems contradictory when a garden is a place of life, and a tomb is a place of death. Why a garden tomb? Because everything began in a garden. But from that garden, everything died.

And so Jesus, to bring redemption, starts where it was left off. The promise of man ended with death; a garden tomb. Jesus brings new life in a garden tomb because that is redemption. The power to take the failed promise of life and bring new life.

No matter how hopeless that part of your life may be – do not despair. For Jesus is the one who will bring forth life, from your garden tomb.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7

Bring that hopeless part of your life, that death, that sorrow, that impossible part, to Jesus so that He will restore you from your brokenness into new life today.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Easter Bunny and The Passover Lamb

9 Aug

The Easter Bunny and The Passover Lamb…

Christians around the world celebrate Easter with Easter hats, outfits, parades, services, bunnies, and Easter eggs. It has nothing to do with God. Easter comes from Teutonic mythology linked to the goddess Eostra.

The rabbit is a pagan element. The eggs are linked to fertility. Yet, so many people who call themselves “Christians” celebrate the remnants of these things; Easter, a pagan holiday. Truth is, we don’t worship a bunny.

We worship the Lamb. Jesua didn’t die to fulfill a pagan holiday. He died on Passover as the Passover Lamb. Passover is about a real sacrifice, freedom and redemption that transforms all of life.

If you really believe in the resurrection, celebrate every day of your life by living in its radical and revolutionary power. Leave Egypt and tell Pharaoh, he has nothing on you anymore.

The greatest way to celebrate the Lamb and to give Him honor is to break the chains, walk in the newness of life, and cross the Red Sea – for Jesus is no Easter Bunny. He’s the Passover Lamb!

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:11

Transform your life from the past, live in the power of the blood of the Lamb and break every chain.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Power To Leap

8 Aug

The Power To Leap…

You were saved on the Passover of Jesus. Jesus died on Passover and rose during the Passover Week. Your salvation is a Passover salvation. Jesus Himself is called the Passover (2 Corinthians 5). Passover comes from the Hebrew word – “Pesach” which means to pass over. It also means – to LEAP, to leap over.

Therein is something wonderful. God doesn’t just want you to pass over sin, pass over temptation or pass through the darkness. He wants you to leap over it! The power of your salvation isn’t only to pass over unrighteousness but to leap over it!

The same thing you do when you rejoice. We have the power to leap, overcome sin, bondage and do it with joy. How do you overcome? With all your heart. How do you live in the Passover Lamb? You leap.

You leap for joy, in faith, over your problem, over your fear, over your sorrow, over your past. LEAP for God and LEAP for joy. Leap over that thing; for your salvation is Passover. Passover is Pesach, and Pesach is the power in Jesus TO LEAP!

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

Apply the Passover power today. When you’re confronted with that obstacle, that sin, that problem, that fear… in the power of Passover, leap over it!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed