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Yoga and The Drowning Lifeguard

5 Aug

Yoga and The Drowning Lifeguard…

Many people, even Christians, are into Yoga. In Sanskrit, ‘Yoga’ means ‘the joining.’ The premise of Eastern religion is that we are all God, but we have come under the illusion that we are not God.

Therefore, we have to join ourselves back. The problem: how can we be joined back to God if we are God in the first place? Yoga is to extinguish the self in order to merge with God. But, if you are God, then to extinguish yourself is to extinguish God.

If we’re under an illusion and lost, and at the same time we’re God, then God is also lost, which leaves no hope. So, who can be saved? It’s ultimately hopeless and miserable; one only has to go to India to see it.

There’s only one true joining; that is of the God who joined Himself to us, in life, in death, and in resurrection.. Jesus.. that you could be saved. Forget ‘the yoga’ and trying to join yourself to God.

Receive instead the love of God that has joined itself to your life. Rejoice and be glad. There is no true yoga, or joining.. except the Gospel.

 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God,
and they will be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16

Be joined to God today, by letting God be joined to you. Receive His presence in your secret place.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Dragons Mouth

4 Aug

The Dragons Mouth…

A Mouth! Did you know that evil spirits have no physical mouths to speak with? How do they speak? They need a mouth. Whose mouth? Yours.

You might think, “That’s fine, but I’m not a demoniac.” Think again. If your mouth is used for slander and gossip, for words that are impure or negative and destructive, if you’re giving voice to things that hurt or tear down… then you’re giving voice to evil and to the spirits of evil.

Evil needs a sound system to whisper temptations, thoughts of fear, envy, suspicion, greed and impurity. But it can’t go any further unless we give these things room by dwelling on them and giving them voice.. so they can spread to others.

Have you allowed yourself to be a mouthpiece for darkness? Repent; resolve that you will never again allow your tongue to be used for evil. The good news is… the Holy Spirit has no mouth of flesh and blood either… except yours.

Dedicate your mouth to be a vessel of the Holy Spirit, speaking only words that bring life. Let the Spirit of God speak through you and the spirits of evil be silent.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

Make it your aim today to let no dark thing come out of your mouth but rather to be a mouthpiece of the Master and to silence the mouth of the enemy.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Jesus Party

3 Aug

The Jesus Party…

Christian,” is really not a very religious word when it was first used. “Christian” first appeared in Antioch, undoubtedly by people who were not Christian.

Its original form, “Khristianoi,” was often used to denote a secular movement, a political party, or partisans of a certain person like Caesar.

It would be like calling these people members of the “Jesus Party.” Such parties, whether good or bad, exist to make a difference.

We are of the Jesus Party, an eternal party, yet to make a difference here and now. If you’re of Jesus’s Party, then you’re not on earth to warm a pew, or be comfortable, or be alone in your own little spiritual world.

You’re here to make a difference, to be the salt of the earth, the light of the world. Are you making a difference, changing your world, your workplace, your family? Anything? You need to. You can’t make a difference if you aren’t different.

Don’t conform… transform. Spread the Word, share His love, proclaim the Gospel, be strong. You are here to make a difference, the difference of the “Khristianoi,” card-carrying members of the Jesus Party.

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

Today, let it be evident and unmistakable that you represent the “Jesus Party.”

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Serve With Trust (8/1)

31 Jul

Serve With Trust – What defines you…

If you were able to see what others see when they look at you, what would you say defines you? We all have our own definition of what we think defines us, but in reality people define us a lot differently than we do ourselves because they look at us in an unbiased way and see what we are by what we say, wear and act. Actually we are being judged everyday by our actions and words, something most people don’t even think about.

Grandfather used to tell me that actions speak louder than words and all the sweet talk in the world could not hide the real me if my actions don’t match my words. Then he added “Be the true person you seek, everyone should see the same person.”

Pondering on that phrase – To be the same person to everyone you meet. I like to observe and listen to people, I guess from my psychology background, and I find it surprising just how some people present themselves differently depending on who they are talking to. I guess it’s because they want to present a good image of themselves. However, because of what they show to one person over what they show to another and then how their actions reflect a totally different image I don’t think they realize that most people can see through the facade they are pushing.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Being the true person you seek requires you to be completely honest with yourself, something I see as being hard for some people. When Grandfather first told me that I said “How can I do that, I don’t even know who I am yet?” He responded “You are who you are so if you don’t know you best find out.” Well after many months of training, with Grandfather, I finally realized who I was and what I wanted in life.

I love life, animals, people and just about everything else in the world, and I have no qualms about telling someone I love you. I am the same person to everyone and I hope that is what people see in me. The bible teaches us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, to take care of the animals and care for the earth. For all these things are gifts from God, who has given them to us in love for us to cherish and care for. God does not define our neighbors as those who are like us, rather He defines them as everyone else in the world.

Is that what defines me? I don’t know, but hope so. The animals seem to know, for they will let me approach them as if they have known me all their life. They seem to trust me and will let me help them when they are hurt or just need a little love. People seem to open up to me and want to talk about everything, so I guess they read something that says I can be trusted. Based on this I think love defines me and with that I say I am blessed. Nothing done in love is ever wasted.

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8

What defines you? Can you open yourself up and take a close, honest look? The results could very well surprise you. Is this what people see in you? If it is not what you thought, then you should consider making some changes in your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Comments are welcome, so please do comment.

Love always,

Ed

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The Law Of Spirit And Effect

31 Jul

The Law Of Spirit And Effect…

The law of cause and effect. So your past is a cause… which affects the rest of your life. A miserable past very likely produces a miserable future.

So… what happened two thousand years ago? Yeshua, Jesus of Nazareth, was killed. Yet, within weeks, His disciples were proclaiming the Good News of salvation to the very people who had murdered their leader, their nation, and to the ends of the earth.

In just a few weeks they had become the most joyful, confident, and powerful of people. The world works according to the law of cause and effect. But God’s kingdom works by the law of new life and the Spirit, breaking the law of cause and effect.

So you’ve been abused, hurt, rejected, abandoned, unloved? You’ve failed, messed up, done horrible things? You’ve been weak, addicted, bound, and broken? The law of cause and effect says you’re stuck.

But the law of the Spirit says forget the law of cause and effect. Forget the past, walk in the newness of life and the power of Jesus, for the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

Spend today breaking the law of cause and effect, sin and death – but overcome all things by the power of the Spirit and new life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Lights Of The World

30 Jul

Lights Of The World…

It was a familiar scene on Sunday evening in the village of Doubs, France, of people rushing through the streets to church, each carrying a bronze lantern. The church had no way of being lit up so its members would come not just to be enlightened, but to lighten. The more that gathered, the brighter the church; the end result… stunning.

Many believers go from one church to the next seeking a blessing. They end up discouraged, bitter, or full of self-pity, complaining they weren’t loved or blessed enough.

This is unbiblical. A true believer doesn’t just go to church. A believer is part of the church. A true believer doesn’t go anywhere to get blessed, but to be a blessing. They don’t have to get lit up by others.

You are to be a light in this world, and certainly to your brothers and sisters. So the next time you go to service, bring your lantern.. the lantern of a shining heart, a heart that seeks not to take but to give, not to curse the darkness, but to light up the world… starting with the sanctuary.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Seek today not to be a mirror, simply reflecting your circumstances – but to be a light.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

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Through The Roof

29 Jul

Through The Roof…

They came with their paralyzed friend, carrying him in their arms. They heard that Yeshua of Nazareth had the power to heal the sick. The house was jammed with people. There was no way to get in.

They got up on the roof, opened it up, and lowered their friend into the room. Imagine – you’re in the middle of a service, and some people start breaking into the roof and lowering some guy down into the middle of the sanctuary.

The Lord honored it. He healed the man. If it’s God’s will, closed doors don’t matter. If God closes a door, He opens a window. If He doesn’t open the window, He wants you to go through the roof.

Maybe God has been calling you to something and you’ve run into closed doors. The Lord doesn’t want you to give up. The closed door isn’t there to discourage you, but to make you stronger.

It may not be what you first thought, but it’s better. If it’s God’s will, and the door is closed, look for the window. If the window’s closed, start climbing. You’re going through the roof!

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

The Roof, The Cot, & The Miracle Dealing with problems? Don’t dwell on the closed door or the obstacle of the wall – seek for God’s “out of the box” answer – find the open roof!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Pumping Spiritual Iron

28 Jul

Pumping Spiritual Iron…

Ever ponder all the things that athletes go through to become physically fit? Athletes train for hours with weights, and watch every calorie they eat so they can be champions. Even for the few who win, the victory is short-lived, and then it fades.

We have something so much greater than that. We have a prize that is everlasting, and are called to be more than conquerors. You’re called to be a true champion. How much discipline do you put into your championship?

How many of you are just barely reading the Bible, applying the Word, or praying at all? You wonder why you’re not winning, living victoriously or not doing great and mighty things. Want to be a champion?

Train daily in the Word, applying it, communing with God and living it. Don’t train just to stay in shape, train to be a champion. If these people, through regular training become strong in the flesh, how much more will you, by training regularly with God, become strong in the Spirit.

Champions in the flesh are for but a moment – but Champions of the Spirit are forever.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24

Take a necessary step to start training like a champion today. Start with reading your Bible and truly applying it to your life – today!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Philipians TV

27 Jul

Philipians TV….

In Philippians 4:8, it is written, “.. whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if there is anything of excellence or worthy of praise – let your mind dwell on such things…”

Now let’s take this as a standard and apply it to your life, entertainment, magazines, music, internet sites and television you watch. Are those soap operas, daytime and late night talk shows true and right?

Imagine if television had a Philippians Network – how much of contemporary television could they broadcast? Are you sitting in front of that television and letting these things fill your attention, thoughts, heart and soul?

Who knows how it’s affecting your life; the bondages you may still be in, and the blessings you’ve never known. In fact, the very verse leads into a promise… those who dwell on the things of God, the peace of God will be with them.

Do you want the blessing? Change the station. Turn off the junk. Turn on to the Word, the Presence, and the joy of the Lord, and your heart will always be tuned in to the shalom of God.

Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Romans 13:13-14

Remove one form of media that has captured your attention and may slowly be taking the place of God and replace it with more of God – starting today.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Enemy P.R.

26 Jul

Enemy P.R.

In Ephesians it is written, “Don’t give the enemy any room.” You have to be careful not to give the enemy even an inch in such things as anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness.

There’s another way to give the enemy room, a way that you probably didn’t even realize. That’s to magnify him. You may have thought that only devil worshipers magnify him. Another people do too – believers.

When you attribute everything to the devil, when you dwell on his power and darkness, when you speak about him as being almost on a level with God, when you fear him – you’re magnifying him. When you magnify him, you’re giving him free publicity.

Focus on evil, impurity, and sin, and that’s what you’ll find. You don’t conquer evil or the enemy by focusing on evil and the enemy. You overcome the enemy by focusing on God, and evil by focusing on good, and the flesh, by focusing on the Spirit.

Stop being a P.R. agent for the enemy. Magnify the Lord, and the enemy will shrink. Give full room to God and the good news of salvation, and there will be no room left for the enemy.

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2

Don’t give the enemy credit, don’t dwell on evil today, but magnify the Lord in all things.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed