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Counsels Of War

21 Oct

Counsels Of War…

In warfare, you don’t appoint a private to fight a general – you appoint a general. So the Book of Ephesians tells us we’re at war with a specific kind of enemy in the spiritual realm.

The English reads “principalities,” but the Greek word is “archay.” An archay is a chief, boss, head, or top ranking power. In a war, an archay is a general. So you have been appointed to fight generals.

What does that make you in God? It makes you the equivalent of a general! That means, in the spiritual realm, by the power of God, you are mighty! It means that in the spiritual realm, you’re a commander.

It means you can’t live as one with no or little authority… as one who is ruled over by sin, or fear, or despair. You’ve been given great authority. And to fail to exercise that authority is a sin.

To obey God, we must fully use the authority He has given us. Therefore, start acting like a general. Start using the authority of the Word, of His name, and of His power. For not only are you on the winning side – you’re a general.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:11-12

When you speak with others about Jesus today, speak with His authority, with His words and with His power, in His name.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Who Goels Your Life

19 Oct

Who Goels Your Life…

From The Pit in Psalm 103, verse 4, it says of the Lord, “who redeems your life from the pit.” But in Hebrew, it doesn’t say that. It uses a much more specific word – the Hebrew “goel.”

Thus it would read something like “who goels your life from the pit.” The “goel” was the kinsman-redeemer – the man who would redeem the life of a barren widow, by marrying her, and making her fruitful with children.

So in Psalm 103, it’s not just that God redeems us. It’s that God “goels” us. He becomes our “goel,” our kinsman-redeemer. He redeems us by marrying us, by joining Himself to us, by becoming one with us, so that our lives can’t help but bear fruit.

That’s the secret. Do you want your life to become overflowing with fruitfulness? Do you want to fulfill your purpose and calling? Do you want your life to be abundantly blessed?

Then make it your aim to get as close, as intimate, as joined, as one with God as possible, in everyting – and it will be. For the Lord is not only your Redeemer – He’s your Goel!

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5

Ask God to get closer to you today. Expect it; look for it and He will do it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Illegal Miracles

18 Oct

The Illegal Miracles…

In the writings of the rabbis there are accounts bearing out Jesus’s miracles. One involves a Jewish man who needs healing. A Jewish believer tells him to pray in the name of Yeshua, Jesus.

He does. And he’s healed! So he runs to the rabbi to tell them what happened. To which the rabbi responds by telling him never to get healed in that name again! Amazing!

The rabbinical writings confirm that in the name of Yeshua, Jesus, is the power of healing. But then give the counsel never to pray in that name. So here waits the healing of the Jewish people, and still they’re yet ready to receive it.

So, too, God’s will for all, is healing and restoration, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And it’s not as if that healing and restoration isn’t there. It is. It’s just that we might not be ready to be healed, or to become whole.

Until we do, it will still wait. God wants you healed, whole, and restored. Don’t make the mistake of the rabbis – Open up your life, and let it happen.

You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you. James 5:6

In what areas of your life do you need healing and restoration? What’s holding you back? Open up your life and let it happen.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

But I Will Not Forget You

17 Oct

But I Will Not Forget You…

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

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had. Romans 15:5

Be patient with that impatient person today and make God smile.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Paul’s Failure

16 Oct

Paul’s Failure…

While Paul was in Athens he sought to preach the Gospel. It was the city council that was in charge of granting such permission. We don’t know that he ever obtained that permission. We have no record of him spreading the Gospel throughout the city.

So did he fail? Not at all. Paul preached the gospel in Athens at least once – on Mars Hill. And that one sermon on Mars Hill, the sermon of the Unknown God, was recorded and transmitted to thousands and millions of people, and launching countless missions to countless more people.

In the same way, sometimes it may seem as if you’ve failed in the Lord. You didn’t achieve what you set out to achieve. And you feel like a failure. But if you’re in God’s will, there is no such thing as failure.

It’s only a matter of obedience. Paul was obedient, and in his “failure” countless lives and nations would be touched for the gospel.

So, too, you in God, if you’re faithful, you can never fail – you just have no idea how successful you are.

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. Acts 17:22

What has God called you to do, yet you feel that you are failing at doing it? Don’t give up, keep the faith and stay in the race.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Night Creatures

14 Oct

The Night Creatures…

I had a friend whose mother had fallen away from the Lord, had ended up as a hostage in a police shoot out and by a miracle her life was spared.

Soon after that, my friend discovered that behind a photograph of his mother as a girl was hidden a drawing of a lamb about to be killed on the edge of a cliff just below a bird of prey. But a hand was reaching out to save the lamb – the hand of Jesus.

So in your life, there are always two pictures and two stories. The first picture is that of your life, your circumstances, your situation, as they appear to be.

But the second picture is the story of God and you, the hand of your Shepherd reaching out to His lamb, the love of God.

If you look behind what you see and feel, you’ll find the love of God, and the hand of your Shepherd reaching out to you, His lamb.

So no matter what it looks like or feels like in your life, remember, the real story of your life is the one that lies hidden inside the frame.

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

Give thanks today that the Lord has come into your life and for the new story He has given you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Starlight

11 Oct

Starlight…

The blind astronomer Edwin Frost of the Yerkes Observatory was nearing his death. “Doctor,” somebody whispered to the dying man, “are you afraid to die?” Frost smiled and shook his head, “I’ve seen too many stars to be afraid of the night.”

Most people think of the night as something negative, something of absence. But to an astronomer, night is the time of revelation, of mysteries, fullness, and blessings. It’s the night that reveals the stars.

So it’s a new way to look at the dark times of your life. They have their purpose. They reveal the blessings of God, His faithfulness, and even His stars. For the righteous shine as stars? When? At night.

For stars and astronomers, the night is the time of shining, and blessing. So don’t fear the dark times, the hard times, the “bad times” for it’s in the night when the stars shine most brightly.

So don’t focus on the dark, but focus on shining. And remember that it’s at night when God’s blessings and faithfulness also shine – and you’ve seen too many stars to be afraid of the night.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

Today seek to focus, in every situation, not on the darkness, but on the light of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Haman’s Blessing

9 Oct

Haman’s Blessing…

Haman was an evil man. He breathed evil, schemed evil, committed evil. And yet because of Haman, Esther finally rose up to her calling. She stopped living a lie.

Because of Haman, Esther grew to become a truly great person, a woman of righteousness, one of the great saints of the Bible. Because of Haman, Esther finally became free to fulfill her calling.

Without Haman, all that would never have happened. What does that tell us? It tells us that even the worst things, the most evil people, the greatest calamities in your life, will be turned around for your good, for your blessing.

That problem, that crisis, that worry, that burden, that discouragement, those enemies, that hindrance, that opposition, that set back – don’t worry, but praise God anyway.

The promise is that even these will work out for your good. Start thanking God for that, in advance. For if Haman could work blessing in the life of Queen Esther, then that problem will certainly work blessing for yours.

So give thanks to God, because all your problems – they’re just Haman’s blessings.

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

Thank and praise God as much as you can throughout your day – then you will have less time to worry.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Upside-down Day

8 Oct

Upside-down Day…

George Washington had an army of people who didn’t know what they were doing, making America’s birth unlikely. With little provisions, they were a ragtag army fighting the most formidable military force in the world, the British.

Washington’s main strategy was keeping his army from fighting by running away. The British general ended up trapped by the sea, surrendering at Yorktown.

America won the war by an unlikely army of ragtag soldiers who spent time running away until everything turned around. That’s the way God works.

The Bible’s filled with people who would appear to be losers. Yet those lives and walks are turned around for victory. He has chosen the weak things to confound the strong.

Perhaps you feel like a failure, struggling with something for years, a sin, situation, compromised walk, and maybe losing battle after battle. God loves even turning that around — a weak walk around for victory.

Don’t look at your record or the past; it doesn’t mean anything to God! Look to Him and you’ll be like Gideon. Trust in His power and the Lord will turn it around. He delights in turning failure into victory, making the weak become strong.

And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Hebrews 11:32-34

What area have you been struggling or striving in? Meditate on Zech 4:6 and apply it to that specific area.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Snakebite Kit

7 Oct

The Snakebite Kit…

Psalm 58:4 says, “They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like a cobra.” Venom is injected through the snake’s teeth.

Once inside, it destroys the victims by hemorrhaging the blood vessels. The poison kills the prey. All the serpent needs is one good bite, and the venom does its work.

The Bible says the enemy is a serpent – one that has fangs and venom. The enemy works by seeking to bite and inject a lie into your heart. He’s the father of lies: God doesn’t love you; your life has no purpose; you have to live in sin, fear, depression and gloom; and you can’t get close to God.

His goal is to get lies into your system through wounds and hurt, tearing you apart emotionally and spiritually. You need to do something. You might have venom in your system right now, in your heart, maybe for years, crippling you.

Face it, confess it, deal with it, and renounce it. Get it out of your system, heart, soul, and life. Get that venom out and the Lord will give you healing and wholeness. It’s not an option. You have to get the venom out!

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:56-58

Is there a place in your life or soul where you’ve been bitten, wounded, defiled by the enemy. Take that area, and apply the antidote, the grace, and love of God, to wash it away.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed