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In Order To Be An Apostle

18 Jun

In Order To Be An Apostle…

The movement was growing and with the growth came more pressing needs and urgent issues. The apostles said, “We can’t do all this…. We have to devote ourselves instead to prayer and the Word.”

It might seem strange to say that. However the apostles were in charge of leading. If all they did was respond to the latest need, how would they have time to hear from the Lord? If they didn’t hear from the Lord, how could they be led? If they weren’t led, how could they lead others?

They did the right thing and got away from the ministry and spent time receiving from the Lord. It’s easy to get caught up in the details of life and then lose the meaning of what life’s all about.

It’s easy to get caught up in the details of ministry and lose the purpose and meaning as to why you’re ministering in the first place. You have to be led by the Word and prayer.

Get away from pressing issues, even ministry, and get alone with God, in prayer and the Word. If the apostles had to make that choice, so do you.

Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. Mark 6:45-46

Before you do anything today – take time in God’s presence – and don’t just go through this day – seek to be sent.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Divine Pluralities

17 Jun

The Divine Pluralities…

Isaiah 12 says, “And in joy you shall draw water from the wells of salvation.” In Hebrew, the word for salvation is “y’shua,” from which you get the Hebrew name “Yeshua,” the real name of “Jesus.” It says, “And in joy you shall draw water from the wells of Y’shua, or “the wells of Jesus.”

The Hebrew word for “water,” mayim isn’t singular, but plural. “And in joy you shall draw waters from the wells of Y’shua.” The wells of salvation, the wells of Messiah, aren’t filled with water, but with waters. In salvation, there are many waters to drink from.

We draw continuously. We shall draw in joy. As there are many waters, there are many joys in salvation. You may have drawn from the wells of salvation years ago and you think that’s it. There’s no end to the wells of salvation, and no shortage to the waters that come out.

Come once again to the wells of Yeshua and anew the new waters of salvation, the mayim which flows newly, every day. You will be refreshed, renewed and overflowing. For the wells of salvation are the mayim of Yeshua.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3

Sit in the presence of God today. Draw from His never-ending supply of waters of salvation, of love, of joy, of whatever you need and be refreshed and renewed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Disciples Stand

16 Jun

The Disciples Stand…

Two Jewish believers, Shimon Peter and John, are in the court of the Sanhedrin for preaching the Gospel. The verdict is – stop preaching the Gospel or else!

Their response is, “We’re gonna keep preaching the good news, we’re following God.” The disciples kept preaching the Gospel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and all over the world.

Had they listened to the Sanhedrin, we would never have come to know Jesus, and the Great Commission would’ve come to a standstill. Instead, they went right out and continued to preach the Gospel and the Sanhedrin couldn’t stop them.

The Sanhedrin had no power to stop the Gospel. They looked like they had the power, but it was all a bluff. In the same way, Satan has no power to stop you in the Lord, but he can put on a big show. It’s all a bluff. He has no real authority.

Yet if you believe his authority, you’ll stop yourself. Keep going. That’s the authority of Jesus’s disciple. For greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

You’re Jesus’s representative. Your mission today is to be bold, to speak out, and to take a stand for what you know is the right thing to do. His authority has been given to you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Fast Food Christianity

15 Jun

Fast Food Christianity…

A fast-food franchise made famous the slogan, “Have it your way.” Unfortunately, we live in a fast food culture and subscribe to a fast food faith.

What this means is: the subjectification of the Gospel. The Gospel isn’t really about God anymore but about what God can do for me. It’s not about the truth, but what I feel. If I feel it, it’s true. It’s not about the absolute, it’s about the subjective.

We don’t mold our lives to conform to God’s absolute truth. Rather we mold our beliefs to conform the way we live our lives. The Bible has become as valuable to us as a hamburger. Have it your way. We must reject fast food Christianity – this subjectification of the Gospel.

We’re not saved by a subjective truth. Such gospels and philosophies save no one. We’re saved by the Absolute Truth, the unchangeable God, and the unalterable Gospel.

Reject the spirit of the age and live by the Holy Spirit. Let’s not bend the truth to fit our lives, but let’s conform our lives to fit the truth. For the eternal and unchanging truth of God… is not a hamburger.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Today, let your slogan be, “Do it God’s way”.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Uncompromising With Truth (6/20)

14 Jun

Uncompromising With Truth…

Prophets Of Lies

What if your bedroom is filled with a blinding light and there at the foot of your bed you behold the most magnificent being you have ever seen. He tells you that he’s been sent from God and has a message for you:’In order to be saved you have to keep the Sabbath.’

What do you do? You uncover your face. You stand up, look him in the eyes and say, ‘Go to hell, angel. For according to God’s Word, that’s where you belong!’

The apostle Paul says it this way, “Even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!’ Or in other words, ‘Let him go to hell.’

The point is, when it comes to the truth of God’s Word, we need to be so pure, radical, and uncompromising. Any teaching that is contrary to this; any Gospel that is different; any sign that would lead you away; even if an angel from heaven… you have full Scriptural authority, and a holy mandate and responsibility to tell it on purely Biblical grounds… to go to hell.

Bible Reference: Galatians 1

Take a Scripture, ponder its meaning and follow it, even stubbornly, let nothing get in the way of applying it to your life.

I thank those of you who take the time to comment on these posts, positive and negative. They help me focus in the right direction to make more interesting posts. Please feel free to offer suggestions also. Thank you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Twenty Percent Principal

14 Jun

The Twenty Percent Principal…

When the Israelites were on the verge of entering the Promised Land, Moses sent 12 spies to check out the land and give a report. Ten of the spies came back with a bad report. Two of the spies came back with a good report; ten to two, or five to one.

The Five-to-One Principle: For every good report you hear, you’ll hear about ten bad reports. Just look at the news. The Israelites went with the ten bad reports. As a result, they lost confidence, faith, strength, and the Promised Land.

They began their days of wandering in the wilderness. Years later, the only ones of that generation to enter the Promised Land were the two spies who bore the good report, Joshua and Caleb. The news is ten to two against five bad reports to one good report.

If you don’t want to spend the rest of your life walking in circles, you have to go with the one good report. If you want to enter the Promised Land, firmly believe the good news.

It’s the Gospel. For those who enter the Promised Land, it’s only the good news that matters.

Bible reference: Numbers 13

Today, the majority doesn’t rule. Trust God and believe that one good report that you received and enter into the Promised Land.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Gentleness Of Christians (6/13)

12 Jun

Steadfast With Our Difficulties… Gentleness

Our Country, as like the rest of the world, is broken. The people have turned their backs on the Church and many have turn away from God.

The time has come for us to turn this around, but how we do it depends on how well you follow your Christian teachings.

Proverbs 15:1 Teaches us that a soft word turns away wrath and that responding to evil with evil only brings more evil.

Time and time again we have watched people respond to hate with more hate and what has it gotten us? More hate! When will we as Christians wake up and respond to this?

You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. Psalm. 18:35

1Timothy 6 teaches us to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness. We are to do these things at all times using gentleness to turn wrath around and to bring peace to our lives as well as to others.

The answer is gentleness and respect! Today, to me, it seems people have lost respect for their fellow man and as a result respect for themselves. Jesus teaches us that gentleness and love will win over the harshest foe. A kind approach, a gentle response and a warm smile will go a long way to cool off a hot situation.

For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness? 1Corinthians 4:20-21

We are the light at the end of a long tunnel. Gentleness and love are the answers to end this violence and hate that has engulfed our nation and world. You are the first step! Will you light your candle and begin the journey to right the wrongs?

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

Join with me to begin to turn all this around.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Created God The World

12 Jun

Created God The World…

According to the Hebrew bible, God didn’t create the world… well not exactly. In the original it reads, ‘Created God the world.’ This is because of the way Hebrew is set up. The emphasis is on the verb.

The verb comes first, not the noun. In Hebrew ‘bit the dog,’ would not be about a man biting a dog, but a dog biting a man.

In the same way in the Lord, it doesn’t matter who you’ve been or what kind of life you’ve led. It’s what you do now that counts. You don’t live a good life because you happen to have a good past.

You live a good life because you choose what is good and you go out and do good. You don’t have to be a merciful person. Show mercy anyway and you’ll become a merciful person. You don’t have to be a loving person.

Choose the love of God and you’ll become a loving person. It’s not about the circumstance and life you’ve been given. It’s about the life you choose. Choose what is great and do what is good. And the life you live will be a good life, and a great one.

This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.” Zechariah 7:9

What kind of person does God want you to grow into? Take an action that would be taken by that person, live today as if you were that person – the you God calls you to be.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Seeing In The Womb

10 Jun

Seeing In The Womb…

When you were in the womb you had eyes and yet there was nothing to see. Your eyes were made to focus on distant objects. Your eyes had rods and cones to distinguish shades, tones and colors, yet you were in total darkness.

But you had eyes that were made to see the light. And for that very reason, your eyes were the evidence that beyond the womb was a whole other world you couldn’t yet see.

As you dwell in this world, you have a heart that can never be satisfied by the things it sees in this world. Why is that? It’s because this life is Heaven’s womb. It is here that you are being formed to enter the realm of the Heavenly.

Because of this, the world can never show you what the eyes of your heart long to see. So don’t be discouraged that this life cannot give you what your heart longs for.

It’s a reminder of your inheritance yet to come. Seek them in the heavenlies for your very longings are holy, the evidence on earth of the reality of the eternal, heavenly eyes in the darkness.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, Ephesians 1:18

Seek to live this day through the eyes of faith, to see beyond every earthly situation and all obstacles – to the heavenly.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Death of God Miracle

9 Jun

The Death of God Miracle…

In the Book of Acts, Simon Peter, speaking to the Sanhedrin says this: ‘you … put to death the Prince of Life.’ How is it possible to put to death the Prince of Life? You can’t kill the Prince of Life… unless He lets you.

But the Prince of Life can give His life in love. And that’s how lives are redeemed. How do you find life? By giving up your own, by dying to self. How can the self, die to self? Not by itself, but by the miracle of His death. And how did He die? By giving His life.

How can you die to self? You can’t do it alone. But you can do it by a miracle… of the death of the Prince of Life, of the giving of His life and by receiving the giving of His life, in love.

So forget about trying to die to yourself. It’s already been done. Receive the gift of His death, of the giving of His life, and the miracle of dying to self will be yours. For it is the miracle of the death… of the Prince of Life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Romans 6: 5-7

If your old self is trying to resurrect itself again, don’t believe the lie. Your sins have been done away with by the miracle of His death once and for all. He did not die in vain and you don’t have to live in sin.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed