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Set As A Diamond

3 Feb

Set As A Diamond…

There a sacrifice offered up by the priests when they went to ministry. It was called “the Miloeem.” The Hebrew “Miloeem” comes from the word “jewel.” It’s linked to the root word of being fitted, as a jewel is fitted into a ring, set into place, and it’s all linked to jewelry.

God puts you into ministry as a jewel being fitted into place. God will fit you. Believers often want a ministry that fits them perfectly. It’s not the ministry that you mold to fit your life, it’s your life that gets molded to fit the ministry.

You get molded like a perfectly fitted jewel. Without serving, you’re a diamond in the rough. You have potential, but you’re not there. But as you commit yourself to the Lord’s purposes and let Him mold you, you become a precious jewel.

God will fit you into your calling as a master jeweler. A precious stone in His hand; set, fitted, ready to shine and reflect the face of the Master Jeweler.

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

What is God calling you to? What do you have to change in order to fulfill that calling? Let God mold you into His diamond.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Two Thousand Dollar Mattress

2 Feb

The Two Thousand Dollar Mattress..

I once went looking for a mattress. I went into a store and tried laying on beds like the princess and the Pea. One is not right and this one has memory foam. They told me the price is $2,000 and I’ll feel refreshed. I told them that for $2,000, I’m definitely not going to feel refreshed. I’d feel more refreshed sleeping on a rock for free.

In Bible times, if you wanted firm support, you slept on a rock. It hit me how much people will pay to get rest. But Jesus said, “Come to Me, I’ll give you rest.”

It’s not what you are laying your body on, it’s what you are resting your soul on. If you will rest your mind and soul on Him, the Prince of Peace and not on your problems, you will have rest. I don’t care how soft it is, you cannot rest your soul on a mattress.

Stop worrying; rest and trust in the Lord and you will find rest for your soul, because He is truly the Sar Shalom, the Prince of Peace, and that’s better than a $2,000 mattress.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

You can find rest in the arms of Jesus. Put all your worries and cares upon Him. Let go of the rest and rest in Him.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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This Thing We Call Life (2/8)

1 Feb

This Thing We Call Life…

Grandfather was one who had a very humorous side and a very serious side. One day he said to me: “Eddie, one of the most important things for you to do in life is to kiss each girl at least once, and kiss the pretty ones twice! That is the spice of life.” I asked him a couple months later how he determined which was the prettier girl, he responded: “Silly boy, they all are pretty!”

On the serious side he also had his opinion on how we live our life’s. He said there are two ways to live your life and I should be very careful on how I make my choices. If you believe that all the miracles happened in the days of Christ and that the days of miracles are over, you are going to be a pessimist. Your life will consist mainly of negativity and you will have a poor me attitude. It will appear that everything goes wrong, no matter how hard you try, because you have already decided you will fail. You will feel that your problems are obstacles that you just can’t get around. It will be a very unhappy life.

On the other hand, he said, if you believe miracles can happen everyday, look at your problems as challenges to grow and that there is something positive is every situation in life, than your life will be happy, full of promise and you will walk in confidence that you will succeed in every task.

Over the years I have found that to be true. Most unhappy people I know are very pessimistic and negative. They feel everything they do ends up in failure or not complete. They feel there are no miracles left in life and almost never smile.

On the other hand, I have found those who are positive in life seem happier, smile all the time and live their life as though nothing can go wrong. There is no obstacle they can’t get around or over. Life, for them, is full of promise.

It is the choices we make in life that determine the quality of our future. As Grandfather said, make your choices carefully and live your life as though there are no boundaries. Be happy and look for the miracles that happen everyday all around us.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

It’s called Attitude!!

Do we complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses?

Put into perspective – it is how we look at things in life that determine the path we follow. If we choose to be upset rather than letting things go we also choose to allow these things to control our future. If we choose to turn the other cheek we allow ourselves to grow and learn the meaning of love. This is the beauty of life, we have the choice to determine what and how we feel about just about anything in life. This is how we develop and build our life.

Remember, the only thing you have complete control over is your attitude. You alone are responsible for making yourself happy. Do not depend on others to keep you smiling and positive. Choose to be optimistic. Avoid complaining, especially when the things you are complaining about can’t be avoided or changed.

When I was growing up I was taught many sayings about attitude and feelings. One of my favorite is: It doesn’t matter how many times you stumble, what matters is how many times you pick yourself up and continue forward.

Life is full of bumps and obstacles, it is how we handle these bumps and obstacles that form our mindset and attitude. Choosing to take each one as a growing experience shows strength and courage on your part.

I find the most happy people I meet bounce back from disappointment, while most negative people I meet are always complaining about something. It is an amazing contrast on how they look at life, how they love their fellow man and achieve their personal goals.

One lives in darkness, complaining there is no way out while the other looks at the little light at the end of the tunnel and focuses on reaching it. There is always a light that will lead us out of our darkness, it is called love.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Live your life with love for all you meet and you will find happiness everywhere.

What we do with love is never lost.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Calories Of Holiness

31 Jan

The Calories Of Holiness…

The priests of Israel had higher standards in everything. They ate the holy sacrifices of God. They were the holy ministers of God. So the holy ministers of God had to live off of holy food.

When you eat food, the food turns to energy. So if you partake of unholy things, you end up with unholy energy to do unholy things–lust, idolatry, pride, bitterness, immorality.

But if you’re to live a holy life, the key is to eat holy food. If you eat holy food, you end up with holy energy. Holy energy is the energy to do holiness; to love, to repent, to do right, to be victorious in God.

Philippians says, “Whatever is good, right, pure, excellent, let your mind dwell on these things.” When you do that, then you’re partaking of these things into your spirit and then that holy food becomes holy energy.

You are called to be a royal priest. The priest of God has to eat holy food. So eat holy food. Partake of what is of heaven and things of God. Rejoice in them. Let them become part of your life. You’ll have the energy of holiness.

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

Set this day to partake of your spiritual food, the Word of God, His love, His presence. Then move in the energy of that holy food to accomplish holy and great works for His glory.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Good Seed and The Good Soil

30 Jan

The Good Seed and The Good Soil…

Jesus tells us the parable of the sower through the seed in the ground. The question was where was the power, in the seed or in the ground? The good ground bore life. The bad ground didn’t. The good ground was simply the ground that received the seed.

So the key to abundant life in God is not about trying to produce good works, or holiness in God. The soil can’t produce anything without the seed. It’s the seed that produces the fruit. The seed is the Word of God. The Word of God produces fruit in your life.

Take the Word of God into the soil of your life, and it will do its thing. Your part is to just receive it; let it come in and do its thing. Become good soil for the seed. The soil that becomes good at receiving will blossom with life, a thousand-fold. Receive the seed; it will change your life.

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 13:3-9

Receive God’s message for you today. Open your heart to the Living Word. Give it a place to grow within you. Nurture and apply it to your life now.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Second Garden

29 Jan

The Second Garden…

The fall of man happened in the Garden of Eden, the garden of life. Man was surrounded by life inside a garden of life. And yet in a garden of life, he died – it all happened in a garden.

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran to the tomb and found it empty–the resurrection. That’s the beginning of our faith. What kind of tomb was it? It was a garden tomb, a tomb inside a garden. Redemption took place in a garden.

If the fall of man happened in a garden, so too the rising of man must also happen in a garden. Death came from the first garden, but true life comes from the second garden, where this first life is finished, where everything new comes alive.

So don’t go after what you see with your eyes or feel with your flesh–there’s no life there. Seek the things of Jesus, the life that is deeper than life; the love that’s deeper than love.

Come to this second garden–the garden tomb. For in the first Garden of Life, we died, and we can only die. But in the Garden of Death, the tomb, we rise to life.

Jesus said to her, ” I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25

Seek out the eternal and lasting things today. Don’t waste time pursuing temporary pleasures of earthly desires. Go after God’s own heart.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Tree

28 Jan

The Tree

The Tree of Life was sealed up from the sight of man. It disappeared. And yet it’s not gone. It’s in our midst. It’s come back to us in the form of a tree.

The cross is the Tree of Life in disguise. It starts out looking like the Tree of Good and Evil, but it ends up being the Tree of Life. When you partake of the cross, it seems as if you’re partaking of death.

You take up your cross, die to self, surrender. But really, you’re partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Life. The cross seems tough–to love your enemy, to forgive, to sacrifice yourself. But when you partake of it, it ends up bringing life. The fruit of the Tree of Life; you die to self, you come alive, your tears have turned to joy.

Don’t be fooled, the cross only looks hard, but every time you partake of it, it’s going to bear you fruit. Love and joy and peace and faithfulness, gentleness, and goodness; for the cross is none other than the Tree of Life in disguise.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22

Seek to be a giver of kindness and love for others. Look for ways to reveal God’s love and don’t expect anything in return.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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How The Devel Prepares You For Your Ministry

27 Jan

How The Devel Preparea You For Your Ministry….

In the gospel it says that the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested of the devil. God works all things for good. He uses all things, even evil, for good; for good purposes. Even the enemy is used.

Jesus was going to be tested by evil. It was that Jesus would come out of it approved for ministry. So really it was all part of preparing Jesus for His ministry. So God even used the devil to prepare Jesus for ministry.

So, too, in your life you will be attacked by the enemy. But God is using and will use all these things, even the attacks of the enemy, for your good.

He will even use it to make you grow, conform you to His image and prepare you for the ministry and the calling that He placed you for.

So when you go through that trial, that test, remember it’s not an accident. It is there for your good, pass the test, and it will prepare you to fulfill the calling that God gave you.

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

Accept every challenge today as a test, as a way to be proven worthy to rise in your calling. Use the test to grow stronger and trust deeper in God’s plan for you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Gospel of The Rosy Cheeks

26 Jan

The Gospel of The Rosy Cheeks…

The word “GOSPEL” is Jewish. Gospel music, Gospel preachers, Gospel choirs, Gospel recording artists, all Jewish- all from Israel. The word for Gospel in the New Testament in the Greek is, Euangellion but it is the translation from the Hebrew word that appears in the Hebrew scriptures.

In the book of Isaiah it says; how lovely are the feet of those who bring glad tidings to the poor, glad tidings means good news or Gospel. The Hebrew word is “Besorah”, the original word for Gospel. It means “fresh and rosy cheeked.”

If you aren’t fresh in God, then you’ve gone away from the good news. Every time you hear the Gospel it has to be fresh. The Besorah has the power to make you fresh and new. Your life will be renewed, your love, your joy, your zeal, your prayer life, your work, your family, everything will become fresh and new as the Gospel. You will become rosy cheeked.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16

Begin your day with a fresh message from the Good News of the Gospel. Receive good news anew and afresh, from the Word of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Burning Your Bridges

25 Jan

Burning Your Bridges…

There’s a story of a famous battle where the general ordered the destruction of his ships so that there would be no turning back for his army. They could not turn back; they could not retreat. They realized that they had no ship to go back to so they had to go forward and fight all the way.

You need to have the same attitude. When you go forward in God, you have nothing to lose. God commanded the people of Israel to go forward through the Red Sea. They had no alternative, mountains on one side, the Red Sea on the other, and the Egyptians with Pharoah’s army behind them, Had they retreated they would be faced with certain death.

In the same way, you have to enter the battle to win. David ran towards Goliath in the name of the Lord. God wants a people who have nothing to lose. Burn your ships, burn your bridges of the past; move forward in faith and love through the Spirit of God. The only thing we have is what lies ahead.

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

Destroy any paths leading to your past and make a clean break. Be fearless and focused on the Kingdom that is ahead of you and the One who holds the keys to your future.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed