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The Big Picture

10 Aug

The Big Picture…

It was early morning, the sun had just begun to rise. Grandfather took me 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

Nothing out of the ordinary, I replied, nothing of note. The sun was just the sun.

I imagine, Grandfather 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 imagine that the landscape was continually changing, 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? Then he added, 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 doesn’t appear so in the short run, but it becomes clear 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? I asked.

Then Grandfather smiled and said 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 away in the magnitude of the Son.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Intimate With God

9 Aug

Intimate With God…

Saul, the apostle Paul, was one of the most influential people who ever walked the earth. He changed the world. He changed history. He lived a practical life, a strategic life, and an effective life.

But notice something else about him. He also was a man of the Spirit. He would pray and fall into a trance. He would receive supernatural words and dreams.

Paul treasured being intimate with God. That’s why he was able to do such great things. That’s why he was unstoppable and why he changed the world. Prayer is not often seen as something practical, but prayer is the most practical of things. Without prayer, everything else you do, every plan, every effort, every work, will be hindered. It will be like walking against the wind.

But with prayer, everything else will fall into place. So if you want to do great things. If you want to live an effective and powerful life… then be practical – get into God’s presence. Become a person of prayer and the Spirit. Yes, it’s supernatural – but it’s the most practical thing you can do!

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess 5:17

Today, get into God’s presence. Practice being a person of prayer and the Spirit.

Walk daily with God at your side.

Love always,

Ed

The Founding Of America

8 Aug

The Founding Of America…

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World. From its planting grew American civilization. So what was America founded on? What was its founding purpose? You can find it in the founding document of Jamestown – the Virginian Charter.

It says this: “… to the glory of His Divine Majesty in propagating of Christian religion to such people as yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God…” So why was America established according to its earliest founding document? America was founded for the glory of God, the spreading of the faith of the Gospel, and to be a light to bring those in darkness to salvation.

Today, more and more, we are seeing America fall farther and farther away from its founding vision. What should we do? Pray. Pray for this nation. And now more than ever, you be that light.

Live your life all the more for the glory of God and to be a light to the darkness. For the darker it gets, the more the light must shine.

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

Today, pray for this nation. Live your life all the more for the glory of God and to be a light to the darkness.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Power Of The Firstfruits

7 Aug

The Power Of The Firstfruits…

Jesus rose as the firstfruits of the dead during the season of Passover. The timing is amazingly perfect since Passover is also the season of the firstfruits. It was in the Exodus from Egypt that God gave to Israel the law of the firstfruits.

In Exodus 13:1, He says, “Sanctify to me all the firstborn – whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel…”

So the law of the firstborn takes place at the very time that Israel is being “born” out of the womb of Egypt. In Hebrew, the word for the firstfruit is “Bikor.” “Bikor” literally means, “the one who breaks forth,” “the one who opens the womb.”

So it’s no accident that at the season of “the opening” and “breaking forth,” Jesus opened the tomb and broke forth! And for you who are in Him, you too have the power of the Bikor. No matter what you’re going through, no matter what the problem, what the obstacle, what the situation, no matter what, you’ve got the power to break forth and break through.

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:2

Today, whatever situation you find yourself in, use the power of the Bikor to break forth and break through.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Power Of The Spirit

6 Aug

The Power Of The Spirit…

In Luke 10:19, Jesus says this: “I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.” But in the original Greek of the New Testament, it’s not the power of the enemy – it’s the dunamis.

Dunamis is the same word used of the Holy Spirit. So what does it reveal to us? The enemy has a dunamis; a power of his own, and he uses his dunamis to attack you, hinder you, frustrate you, make you fall, defeat you, and destroy you. So how do you overcome his dunamis? You can only overcome the dunamis of the enemy by the Dunamis of God.

The Dunamis of God is only found and given in the Holy Spirit. How do you overcome the enemy’s power, his schemes against you, the temptation and pull of sin? You do it by the Dunamis of the Holy Spirit. Fight your fight a new way, overcome the power of sin, by going on the offense – practice moving in the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh – and you’ll overcome the dunamis of the enemy.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

Today, fight your fight a new way, overcome the power of sin, by going on the offense in the dunamis of God’s Spirit.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Ministering To Others

5 Aug

Ministering To Others…

When I was a new believer, I was asked to minister to a young woman who was a Satan worshiper. I asked her, “Why would you worship Satan?” She said that she figured if she worshiped him, then hell wouldn’t be a bad place to go, but a blessing. She saw Satan as a kind of noble rebel and wanted to side with the underdog. She was confused, but beneath it all, her longing was for God.

There’s no greater underdog than Jesus, who was put on trial as a rebel, killed by the rulers of this world, crucified and laid in a tomb. There has never been a greater underdog than that. She ended up receiving Jesus as her Lord.

When Paul was in Athens, he found the altar to the unknown God. Even in such a pagan place, there was a longing, an opening for God. Even in the darkest place, in the most ungodly soul, there’s always an opening for God. So never give up! Search for it, and you’ll find it, for there’s always an altar to the unknown God – even for those Satan worshipers.
Declare his glory among the nations,his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Psalm 96:3

Today, ask for wisdom and then search for an opening to share the love of God with someone who needs it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Reverence And Respect

4 Aug

Reverence And Respect…

Hello Grandfather, how are them bones? This was what we said as a sign of reverence and respect for our elders when I was growing up.

The Bible clearly stated that we are to show reverence to God and the things that represent Him. We apparently live in a society that is becoming more and more disrespectful. Our culture teaches that no one is above another. Children are not honoring their parents or anyone else in authority. Are believers treating God as “common” today?

Reverence and respect go hand and hand and are often used interchangeably. Reverence carries an idea of worship and therefore is more appropriately used in our relationship with God and everything associated with Him. His ministers are often referred to as reverend. We don’t worship human beings, of course, but we should respect our spiritual leaders because they are God’s representatives to us.

Children should be taught to honor and obey their parents and authority figures and by doing so, it shows respect for them. Showing honor and respect is more than just verbal expressions, it is a daily process of acting and displaying appreciation, worth, honor and following their suggestions or wishes because they hold a position very dear to that person.

While many of our older adults display reverence and respect for church sanctuaries and facilities, one should teach their children the same qualities. We show respect, reverence and freedom to worship God whenever we enter and participate in the sanctuary. Children need to learn the importance of understanding why we show reverence and respect inside the church because we honor God. A time to play or talk should be conducted outside the church.

The church membership should be concerned about the appearance and maintenance of the building as well as with treatment inside “God’s House”. Whenever a church does not show concern for their building, they usually don’t have much concern for God.

Reverence and respect for the things of God can be easily taught and lived out in our daily Christian lives. The Bible instructs us to be witnesses or examples to the whole world, including those inside and outside of our church. Jesus showed respect and reverence towards God as well as the temple. Behavior in the sanctuary should always be respectful and show reverence towards God. He is the reason why we are there and He is the reason why we have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed