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The Silence Of The Prophet

10 Aug

The Silence Of The Prophet…

In Ezekiel 3:26, it’s written: “I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, though they are a rebellious house.”

Ezekiel was God’s prophet and yet he was made silent, speechless. Prophets are supposed to be God’s mouthpiece. If God’s mouthpiece is silent does it mean that God is not speaking?

No, rather that God is speaking… through silence. God spoke through the silence of Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. Jesus spoke through silence when he said, “Neither will I tell you..” He answered the question in silence.

God often speaks His most important messages not in noise and sermons, but in the silence in between. Maybe you’re not hearing anything from God and you think that means God isn’t speaking to you.

Wrong. God speaks in silence more clearly than in words. God is not distant… He’s speaking to you in silence. There’s much to hear in the quiet.

You want to hear from God? Learn to listen to the silence.. the prophetic quiet of God… For God will give you the most important words you need to hear…. in silence.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Seek the Lord in the quiet of the day, be silent, and seek to hear what He’s saying to you in the silence.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Water From Your Own Cistern

9 Aug

Water From Your Own Cistern…

One of the most famous images in American Cinema is of a farm girl from Kansas singing, “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. There’s something about that scene from the Wizard of Oz that connects with being human.

It’s the ‘somewhere’ attitude or ‘over the rainbow’ principle. Most people go through life like Dorothy, yearning for something else so that finally they’ll be happy. It’s not healthy.

To long for Heaven is healthy. We must keep in mind that the kingdom of heaven is also within us. When we long for that somewhere over the rainbow, we have to remember that somewhere is right here.

God has chosen this side of the rainbow for you to live a life of abundance and victory. It doesn’t matter which side of the rainbow you’re on, you’re with God and God is with you.

Now is the time of salvation and here is the place of its victory. God’s word says, “Drink waters from your own cisterns.”

Stop dreaming of the other side of the rainbow and start having victory on this side. Abundant life can only be lived here and now… on your very own side of the rainbow.

Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Proverbs 5:15

The grass always seems greener on the other side. Today, dwell on all the blessings that are on your side of the fence and give thanks to God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Sunrise Seeking

8 Aug

The Sunrise Seeking…

There are people who like to get up to see the sunrise. I once tried it, but I was too tired to enjoy it.

My usual goal is to go to bed as late as I could, like most kids. After that one attempt, I determined then that if I’m ever going to get up to see a sunrise, it can’t be before noon. Then Grandfather took over my life and I became an early to bed early to rise person.

In Proverbs 11:27, it speaks of those who diligently seek good. The word for diligently seeking good, in the original Hebrew is…”Shakhar.” “Shakhar” means, the sunrise, the dawn.

What does that have to do with seeking good? When you read about “diligently seeking God” often the word in Hebrew is Shakhar, sunrise.

Why? You are to seek God as someone who gets up early to seek the sunrise. The blessings of God are not for those who seek Him and His righteousness, but for those who diligently and zealously seek Him.

If you want to be blessed, learn to “shakhar,” to diligently seek Him and His things as your first joy, and the glory of His countenance will rise upon you.

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Make it your aim to diligently seek God today – as diligently as waking up for a sunrise.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Therefore Go

6 Aug

Therefore go…

Jesus told us to “go out and spread the word” to all nations. Why don’t you share when you know you should? “I’m uncomfortable witnessing.” “When I start witnessing, I break out in rashes.”

Are you comfortable getting up Monday morning and going to work? Yeah. But did that ever stop you from going to work? Not everything in life is comfortable, in fact, not even everything good in life is comfortable.

Most great things in our lives require us not to be comfortable. Feeding the hungry isn’t comfortable, visiting prisons, bringing healing… not comfortable.

What we’re comfortable with is generally what we’re used to. If you stay with what’s comfortable, then you’re staying in the old. You can never have anything new if you stay with old. You can never know any new changes, victories, or miracles.

Good and comfortable, comfortable and good, don’t often go together. But you know what happens? After you do what’s good and not comfortable, it stops being uncomfortable.

Then you can step out to even greater heights. God didn’t call you to live a life that was comfortable. He called you to live a life that was good.

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2

Step out and do something that is uncomfortable but good for God’s Kingdom.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Heavenly Dance

5 Aug

The Heavenly Dance…

William Beebe and Theodore Roosevelt would often go outdoors to locate the galaxy of Andromeda. Then one would say, “This is the spiral galaxy of Andromeda. It’s as large as our Milky Way and one of a hundred million galaxies. It’s 750,000 light years away. It consists of one hundred billion suns, each one larger than our sun.”

After that, Roosevelt would smile and say, “Now I think we are small enough.” Seeing the vastness of the universe revealed to them how small they really were.

God’s people are called to be humble. Do you dwell on how rotten, insignificant or unholy you are? No. Do it the same way Roosevelt and his friend did.

Don’t dwell on yourself – dwell on something bigger than yourself. The biggest thing you can look at is God. You become humble by forgetting about yourself and looking at God.

True humility is not based on your smallness but on His bigness. It is written, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers… What is man that You are mindful of him…” Get lost in the bigness of God… and being humble will be child’s play.

What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention… Job 7:17

Whatever you’re dealing with, look at the big picture of God and His love – and let it shrink and overwhelm everything else in comparison.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Trust In The Lord

4 Aug

Trust In The Lord…

Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will direct your path.”

When most people talk about “trusting God” – they mean “Just trust in the Lord. Don’t do anything. Stop trying, just trust.” We use the word ‘trust’ in a negative sense… not in the sense of doing anything but rather in the sense of not doing anything.

That’s not really what the Bible is saying. The Hebrew word for trust is Batach. Batach means to hide in for refuge, to be confident in, to be sure, to hope in something concrete and definitive.

Faith, or trust, is really a verb that requires acting and choosing to act. One of our mistakes in the Lord is we tend to think about faith primarily as a noun.

We speak about “having faith” or “not having faith”… or having doubt. Doubt is a verb and so is trust. Even if you don’t have faith and you are not a great faith warrior, its okay.

Choose to trust and you will have faith. For faith, batach, is a verb.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Psalm 37:3

In every situation, challenge, and problem today, choose to actively put your trust in the Lord and His power.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

He Is Always In Control

3 Aug

He is always in control…

It was very early morning, the sun had yet to begin to rise. Grandfather and I left on a journey to the city through the desert riding on horses. The purpose of the trip was to pick up supplies for the school. But, as usual, he had more than one purpose in mind.

One thing I want you do today, he said, is to keep watch over the sun.

It was a strange directive, even for a nine year old, but I did my best, noting from time to time it’s position in the sky. At journeys end, upon our return, he questioned me.

What did you see? He asked

Aside from the beautiful sunrise nothing out of the ordinary, I replied, nothing of note. The sun was just the sun.

He got quiet for a moment, deep in thought, then started. I imagine, he said, that at times it was obscured by the mountains, the trees, and the buildings of the city. But otherwise, I imagine it stayed the same, certainly the same size. I would also guess that the landscape was continually changing, in fact everything was changing around us except for the sun.

That’s true, I said, but isn’t that the way the sun works?

Yes, but why is that the way the sun works?

It’s because although a mountain or a house or even a hand can appear bigger than the sun and can, for a time obscure it, the reality is that the sun’s true magnitude, it’s actual size, is so enormous, so colossal, that the highest mountain on earth is as nothing in comparison. It also shows who is control of things here on earth.

It may not appear so in the short run, but it becomes clearer over the long run. Even in our little journey, everything we saw completely changed, the hills, the mountains, everything but the sun. If we had traveled thousands of miles, it wouldn’t have made a difference. The sun’s colossal magnitude is manifested by it’s changelessness. What does that reveal?

Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, ‘ I am the Light of the World.’ Since that time, ages have begun and ended, continents and civilizations have been discovered, kingdoms and empires have risen and fallen, kings and luminaries have appeared and passed away. And some of these have, for a moment, seemed larger. For a time they obscured the figure of the Nazarene.

But in the long run, over the course of the long journey, they’ve all passed away. Everything has changed… except Him. All the rest lies in ruins and rubble or in the pages of history… but He remains, unchanged, undiminished.. as central, as pivotal and as colossal as He has ever been. Everything changes but Him. He is the sun. And the immensity of His magnitude is manifested by His changelessness.

Today, see all things in view of the big picture. Whatever problems or issues you have are small in comparison to Him and will pass in the magnitude of the Son.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

When we stop and think about our life and all the problems we have faced – it becomes very clear that God has His hands and eyes on everything. He is always in control.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Secret Of The Zeroah

3 Aug

The Secret Of The Zeroah…

In the Temple of Jerusalem was a room called the “Holy Place.” There was only one door and no windows. The Holy Place was lit up by a golden seven branched lamp stand filled with oil and the menorah.

It didn’t matter how bright it was outside or if it was morning, noon, or night. The light of the holy place was an inner light.

You are the Temple of the living God. The primary light of your life must also come, from within. If you’re seeking your joy from a person or circumstance, then you’re seeking to be filled from the outer light.

However all the outer things can never fill up your heart with true light. The more you seek to be filled up by the things which are outside, the more empty your inside will be.

If you are God’s child, then you have the honor and privilege of being filled up from the inside out. Stop living from the outside in. Live from the inner lamp of Jesus in your heart.

Then it won’t matter rain or shine, morning, noon, or night – your light will shine and your life will be full.

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1

Today, seek to live not from the outward light, the brightness of circumstances, but by the inner shining light of God’s joy and presence.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Minding Your Business

2 Aug

Minding Your Business…

I worked as a security guard when I was in college. One day a car theft ring came to our parking lot. My partner and I went into action.

We didn’t know what we were doing but we had seen enough movies and police shows that we said, “Hold it right there. Put your hands up.” The thieves thought we knew what we were doing so they surrendered.

I learned something. You don’t have to know what you’re doing, but if you act as if you do it’s amazing what you can accomplish.

The Bible says, “To live as beloved children.” Imagine yourself as a beloved child who grew up in heaven with perfect love, acceptance, joy, purity and holiness.

What would a child of heaven do or think? What would a child of heaven desire? Think as they would think. Desire what they would desire. Live as they would.

Just as I learned from making an arrest from a total bluff, there’s no telling how far you can go when you don’t know what you’re doing, but acting as if you do. Live as beloved children of heaven and you will be.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8

Live this day as if you had grown up in Heaven, knowing nothing but love, and see how things change.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Bridegroom’s Oil

31 Jul

The Bridegroom’s Oil…

In the Song of Solomon, the bride says to the bridegroom, “Your name is like Pure Oil.”

What this means is that the bride is so much in love with the bridegroom that she finds his name to be as gentle, soothing and lovely on her lips as oil.

The Bible says you’re the Bride and Messiah, Jesus, is your Bridegroom. The name of your Beloved needs to be on your lips in the same way.

His name “Christ” comes from Messiah or Mashiach, which also comes from the root word for oil. But there’s something even deeper here.

The word translated in English as Pure literally means “Pouring.” It says, “Your name is like POURING oil.” His name is to be always pouring forth. It doesn’t say, “Your name is like oil that has already been poured out.”

To really know the name of the Lord, it needs to be pouring forth from your heart and from your lips — not yesterday, not tomorrow, but now.

Let the Name Above All Names pour out. That’s when you’ll know the power of the Name that is like pouring oil.

Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you! Song of Solomon 1:3

Stop finding excuses not to talk about Yeshua. Find reasons to talk about Him in witnessing, in worship, and in praise. Let His name pour off your lips like oil.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed