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The Little Things

24 Sep

The Little Things…

Some marriage advice today. There are marriages that break up over somebody leaving the toilet seat up or the cap off the toothpaste.

The smallest difference, if not dealt with, forgiven, or resolved, can destroy a relationship. If the smallest issue is kept inside to fester, it’s going to build a wall.

On the other hand, the biggest difference can actually build a marriage, if it causes each one to come together to work it out. Successful marriages aren’t those without any problems or differences, but those marriages in which the differences are worked out.

Your relationship with God is a marriage, and like marriage, the smallest difference can destroy your peace and your relationship. If you’re upset or disagree with God, or are hurt – let Him know it, don’t hold it in. Deal with it together.

Tell Him what you think. Then praise Him for being right and do what He says. Bring it to Him, whatever it is, lift it to Him, take it really close and there won’t be any walls. You’ll have a good, healthy, successful relationship and marriage to God.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10

Take all the problems you face today to your heavenly Father, release all your burdens to Him, that there is no distance between you.

Scripture: James 4:10

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Gift to the Mailman

23 Sep

Gift to the Mailman…

Imagine that you sent this really costly gift through the mail to a loved one. A week later you get a letter back thanking you for the beautiful gift, signed, the mailman.

The thank you from the mailman would mean the gift never got to the one you sent it to. In the same way, every good work you do is to be for God, a gift to God. If you do things to get someone to thank you, what are you doing? You’re giving gifts to the mailman.

It’s not getting to where it’s supposed to go. All the good you ever do, all the love you ever show, is to be a gift to God. You do it to people, but it goes to God. If you start expecting thank you notes from people, you’re not really addressing your gift or your good works rightly to God.

Stop sending your gifts to the mailman. Stop expecting people to thank you, recognize, or praise your good works. Start getting your good works in to Heaven. That is, do it for God alone, His thank you alone, His eyes only, and not for the mailman.

So that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:4

Today seek to get nothing from others, no thank you ,no recognition, but live this day completely to bless God and bless others.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Going Forth

22 Sep

Going Forth…

Why did the Lord command His disciples to “tarry,” to wait in Jerusalem? The answer is sung by Jews in virtually every synagogue. The exact words are: Kee Mitzion Taytzeh torah – The Law shall go forth from Zion – Oo davar Adonai may Yerushalayim – And the Word of the Lord shall go forth from Jerusalem.

It’s prophesied in Isaiah that one day, the Word of the Lord shall go forth to all nations, and will come from Jerusalem. Whenever Orthodox Jews chant this, they are bearing witness to the Gospel as only Jesus brought the Word of God to the world from Jerusalem.

What does it have to do with you? Everything. If the Jewish people and Jesus knew that it’s crucial for the Gospel to begin in Jerusalem -you also must begin the Gospel in Jerusalem. Where is Jerusalem?

Jerusalem is where you start out; your home is Jerusalem, your family is Jerusalem, your co-workers – that’s Jerusalem. Share the Good News now where you’re at – in Jerusalem. Then the power of God will go forth, and the Word of the Lord shall go forth from Jerusalem.

He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:46-47

Today focus on your Jerusalem, and bless it with the love of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Presence of The Fruit

19 Sep

The Presence of The Fruit…

Galatians 5:22 speaks about the fruits of the Spirit. One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy and it’s in the Holy Spirit. We tend to think of joy as a feeling, emotion, or experience. Joy isn’t spoken here as an emotion, experience or feeling. It’s a fruit and it’s important.

The word in Hebrew is “periy – a fruit.” If there’s a banana in the fruit bowl, it’s not an experience, feeling, or emotion of a banana in the fruit bowl. It’s a banana in the fruit bowl. It’s a real thing, a presence.

That’s the joy that God has for you in the Spirit. Fruit isn’t an experience, it’s a presence; a reality. Forget about experiencing highs, about trying to have an experience of joy. Rather comprehend the reality of joy, the presence of God, the presence of joy which is always there even in tough times, when you’re not feeling so good.

It’s like the fruit in the bowl. It’ll still be there tomorrow morning. You can rejoice always, because the joy that God gives you is at least as real as a banana.

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

Discover the joy that is not simply an experience, but an abiding reality.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Exercising Your Powers

18 Sep

Exercising Your Powers…

We think of exorcism as something involving people rolling on the floor screaming obscenities, the Exorcist movie, or heads turning around. That’s not the only kind of exorcism. John 2:15 says, Jesus drove them out of the Temple, but the word here is ekballo, which is the same word for exorcism.

If you are a disciple, you have the power of ekballo, to exorcise, to take out evil. We don’t have a passive faith, we have to be powerfully opposed to evil. We’re to be casters out of evil in end-time civilization.

You have the power, not just to complain about what’s going on in the world, but to actually drive out evil in your surroundings, your own life. Evil spirits aren’t the only thing that needs to be cast out. Sin needs to be cast out, anything in your life not of God has to be cast out.

You have power not only to receive new things into your life, but to cast out old things out of your life. So cast out those things in your life because you have been given the power to exorcise them.

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Timothy 2:19

Exercise the power of ekballo, cast away all things that are not pleasing to God, make no room for evil to enter in your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Virtual World

17 Sep

The Virtual World…

There are goggles and gloves you put on to become enmeshed in virtual reality. Imagine you had these on since you were born and all you knew was virtual reality.

There’s the real world out there, but you never saw it. The real world would seem less real. You’d have to have faith to see. One day you take off those glasses and it’s more solid than anything you ever knew.

The fact is, virtual reality is the world we’re living in. It’s not absolute reality, it’s a copy based on the real. Real reality is spiritual reality. We think that the spiritual is less real because we don’t see it, but it’s the real thing.

We walk by faith, not by sight, because things which are seen are temporary. Things which aren’t seen are eternal. All the problems you’re dealing with are only virtual problems. Terrors of this world–virtual terrors.

Riches of this world–virtual riches, not real. Stop getting so wrapped up in virtual reality. The only thing that matters is what’s forever. Live in the real world, live in the spiritual then you’ll really live.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Look beyond today’s temporary circumstances, focus on and live in the eternal.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Scarlet Redemption

16 Sep

The Scarlet Redemption…

In the Bible, scarlet is the color of sin. In Isaiah, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” Scarlet is the color of sin, yet scarlet is also the color of redemption.

It was the color of the thread that Rahab used and was saved. It was the color of the Passover doorposts when the Hebrews sprinkled it with blood and were saved. It is the color that was sprinkled on the mercy seat on the Day of Atonement that saved them from sin.

Jesus became sin for us, to take away sin from us. It’s amazing, when you look back at your life, you find out that it’s generally not the good times that changed you or produced the most good, but the bad times as the Lord uses everything for His good.

Take that guilt, take that past sin, take that failure and lift it to God, lift it to the cross, and it will become your victory. What was once sin will become repentance, conviction, holiness, love, purity and zeal for God. Because scarlet, the color of sin is also the color of redemption.

Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

Lift everything in your life, the darkest and most ungodly things, to the Lord. Give Him thanks for redeeming it and turning your scarlet into redemption.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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A Time To Hate

15 Sep

A Time To Hate…

There is a term in our Bible known as “good hate.” For instance, in Psalms, “I will set no evil thing in front of my eyes. I hate the work of those who turn aside” and “I hate every false way.” Proverbs speaks about hate, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil, pride and arrogance.”

We have to love people, but to hate sin and hate evil. Hate sin in your own life, so much that we will also set no evil thing in front of our eyes. We need to hate that sin of adultery, gossip, self-pride and selfishness so much that you fight it with all your strength.

We must hate the evil way. There is a holy hatred, not of flesh and blood, but of evil. It’s a good thing to have a beautiful hate for sin. It is part of the Psalms and Psalms are beautiful. The hatred of sin starts with us in our own life.

When you sing Psalms of praise, it is as worship to God as when you set your heart to become a much more loving person by hating your own sin.

I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. Psalm 101:3

Love the sinner but hate the sin – and apply this to yourself. Give no room for temptations of selfishness or fleshly desires but maintain a spirit of holiness.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Faith

14 Sep

Faith..

Grandfather once told me If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. Just stay on your path and walk with the faith that all will be well.

Faith is believing in what is true. Faith has two elements: 1) being convinced of the truth, being certain of reality, having evidence of unseen things, and 2) believing, hoping in, embracing, seizing the truth.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen..

While faith requires being convinced that what we believe in is true, just knowing the truth is only half of faith. God’s word must be hoped for, embraced, seized! Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

Believing is not exactly the same as faith. For belief to be faith, it must light on what is certainly true. Yet Scripture gives examples of situations where belief alone is required, even commanded. There’s no time for evidence collection, to wait, to hear, for certainty. Just believe.

Like Peter walking on the water–don’t think, act! God even requires us to believe in Him when, temporarily, the evidence looks bad: to trust. God requires belief and trust in moments of human weakness, but faith is what makes us strong. Faith is the state of being convinced about what we hope for.

Contrary to popular teaching, faith is not mental delusion, presumption or self-deception, but a work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Rom 10:17 Faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

Over the years, I have found, faith to be a personal thing and that almost everyone has their own way of defining and measuring it. To have faith is to defy logic. It takes faith to think positively. It takes faith to believe that there is a loving God who cares deeply about our pain. To believe in life, the universe, or yourself after numerous failures is to have courage.

LFaith is an act of courage. It is choosing to get up in the morning and face our fears and believe that God will help us. Faith is choosing to believe that even though we may have failed one hundred times before that we can succeed the next time.

Grandfather once told me a story about the bird:

On the ground sits a bird
that’s too afraid to fly.
Beautiful wings could make it soar,
but the pain of past failure is it’s lonesome cry.

God has said unto this bird,
“Trust and have faith in me,
for I will carry you in your flight.
The miracle of life is waiting for you to see.”

The bird said to God, “But I can’t fly.
I am weak. I will fall and feel pain
It’s happened before when I tried to fly.
I’m afraid of being hurt again.”

His voice soft and reassuring, God said to the bird, I created you, and I will protect you. Your lonesome cry I have heard.
Have faith in me. That’s all you need to do.

So, stand up, bird, and spread your wings.
The wings I lovingly created to let you fly.
If you fall I’ll pick you up, and lift you back into the sky.

With trembling legs and unsure wings
the bird finally looked to the sky.
It took a deep breath, and took the chance.
The bird began to fly.

“Thank you, God, for believing in me.
Thank you for giving me wings.
Thank you for your protecting hands.
Your glory I will now sing.”

God smiled unto the bird
in its majestic flight.
“Little bird, I’ll always be with you,
and will protect you with all my might.

You may stumble. You may fall.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t care.
I will watch over you, in case you need help,
and then I’ll be right there.”

The little bird, once so scared,
learned to soar to new heights.
The occasional fall no longer scared the bird, choosing to have faith in Gods flight.

I also know just how rough the road can be so let me finish with this:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, when funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns, as every one of us sometimes learns, and many a failure turns about, when he might have won if he’d stuck it out. Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow – you may succeed with another blow.

Faith is failure turned inside out – the silver tint of the clouds of doubt, and you never can tell how close you are – It may be near when it seems afar; so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit – it’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

How do you measure faith? I would really like to hear your story.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Real Goal

14 Sep

The Real Goal…

You’re in your car, you’re late, and the person ahead of you is going really slow. You say, “Come on, step on it, buddy! I have to get to service, and the teaching is really important. It’s called ‘Be Still and Know That I am God’.”

How often we miss the point. You’re rushing and anxious because you’re late. You’re losing peace, and becoming more and more unlike a Christian. You’re losing the gifts of the Spirit because you’re rushing somewhere to hear about the gifts of the Spirit.

You might be in a ministry or have a goal to do God’s will, but doing it in the worst way. How easy we forget the reason why we do what we do. Your real goal is not to get to that meeting because if it is, you will end up with no peace, patience or love.

Your goal is simply this, love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and your neighbor as yourself. That’s it. When you’re behind that really slow driver, it’s okay. Just love, bless and pray for them. That will please the Lord, and that’s the real goal.

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

Keep in mind today that every encounter is a divine appointment. Your real goal is to love God and those you encounter.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed