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The Canopy

7 Jun

The Canopy…

Isaiah 4:5 says this: “Then the Lord will spread over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud of smoke by day and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all, the glory will be a canopy.”

But the original Hebrew behind the word “canopy” contains a treasure. The actual Hebrew word is “Huppah.” The Huppah is the canopy of the Hebrew marriage, spread over the heads of the bride and groom, who sit together as king and queen as one.

In other words, in the days of the kingdom, God will spread a wedding canopy over His people. In that day, as Isaiah 62:4 says, even the land will be married, everything will be married. And if you want to live in the blessings of the kingdom now, then the key is – marry everything in your life to the Lord; your dreams, your problems, your weaknesses, joys, desires, plans, home, job, spouse, secret life, career, money, possessions, everything.

Bring every part of your life under His Huppah, joined to Him. For that which is under the Huppah shall be blessed.

No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married. Isaiah 62:4

Today, marry everything in your life to the Lord. Bring everything, especially those untouched areas, into His presence, His mercy, and His healing touch.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Forever New

6 Jun

Forever new…

I was asked the other day just how old my computer is. I answered, “It’s seven months old.” They reply, “Then it’s a dinosaur.” “Oh really?” I reply, “And what kind of computer do you have?” “Well, I’m just about to purchase a new computer with 1000 terabytes.” “That’s nice, but give it two months, and you’ve got a dinosaur. All you’re doing is buying a future dinosaur.” The more new something is in this world, the more quickly it becomes old.

New technology grows so fast that it becomes old in a matter of months – New movies, in a matter of weeks – New news, a matter of hours. The newer it is, the more quickly it grows old. But there’s one thing that breaks all those rules – the Word of God.

The Word of God is thousands of years old, and yet when you receive it, it’s newer than yesterday’s newspaper. How much is yesterday’s newspaper worth? Nothing. But the Word of God, thousands of years old, is as new and as priceless now as it was when it first came. The best part is everytime you open it and read, you learn something new.So what should you be spending your time on?

But the word of the Lord endures forever.”And this is the word that was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:25

Take time today in the Word of God and treasure that which is always new forever.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Blesser

5 Jun

The blesser…

In Hebrews 7 we’re told of the priest-king, Melchizedek blessing Abraham – and then of a principle, which is this: “Without a doubt, the lesser person is blessed by, the greater.” In other words, the one who blesses is greater than the one who is blessed.

Interesting, because most people, believers included, spend their lives trying to be blessed. Most people want others to bless them, to thank them, to praise them, recognize them, help them, and serve them. But the Bible says that the one who blesses is greater.

So do you want to be great? Then bless. Do you want to be rich? Then be truly rich by giving! Do you want to be powerful? The most powerful one, is the one who can bless no matter what. Do you want to triumph over rejection? Then bless those who rejected you. Do you want to triumph over your enemies? Then bless them. Do you want to be the most joyous person? Then bless. For it’s the one who is truly blessed and who has joy that can bless. So live a life of greatness. How? Simple… Bless!

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Romans 12:14

Today, be greater: bless those who have rejected or hurt you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Worse Case

4 Jun

The Worse Case…

Grandfather would talk about the pressures put upon us in life and how sometimes things seen so hard. The many times we were up against a wall and had no way to turn.

Life has its moments, he said, when you just wonder where you have to go or what you have to do for relief. Then you look at and say what’s the worse case that can happen? You die, but then you go to heaven. That doesn’t sound like it’s hard, so we have to stop and think, God always has us covered and it doesn’t matter how hard life gets, He is there with open arms.

We deal with so many issues and so many things in life that we could be worried about. Try this: Ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” The worst that can happen is your life ends. But then what? Then Heaven! So stop living in fear and anxiety – and start really living in God’s righteousness. Remember, the worst thing that can happen to you now – is Heaven!

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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 Godthat is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

Today, don’t walk in fear. Instead, walk fearlessly in God’s righteousness.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

You’re A General

3 Jun

You’re A General…

In warfare, a low ranking soldier isn’t appointed to fight a high ranking officer. 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? In the spiritual realm, by the power of God, you are the equivalent of a general! 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. 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 – but you’re a general.

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:15

Start using the authority of the Word, of His Name, and of His power against whatever you’re dealing with – Take authority and be victorious.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Eden’s Lord

1 Jun

Eden’s Lord…

Recently a news story came out that most people missed, but one that was filled with far-reaching ramifications. Scientists studying human DNA announced a stunning discovery: All humanity was descended from a single couple, a single man and woman. The discovery surprised the scientists as much as anyone.

“This conclusion is very surprising,” said one of the researchers, “and I fought against it as hard as I could.” But it would not come as a surprise to any believer in the Word of God.

The Bible begins with the account of creation in Genesis in which humanity begins from a single couple, a single man and woman, Adam and Eve. The new discovery even bears out the couple’s names. The man was called “Adam,” because it means “mankind” and he would be the father of mankind. The woman was called “Eve” or “Havah” because it means “life” as in the “mother of all living.”

The second conclusion is just as profound as the first. The scientists believe that the couple populated the earth “after a catastrophic event almost wiped out the entire human race.” In other words, think not just Adam and Eve, but Noah and his wife.

The Bible records also in Genesis that a cataclysmic event, the deluge, almost wiped out the entire human race, but then left humanity to further descend from one couple Noah and his wife (through his sons and their wives).

But there was one more stunning discovery. The scientists discovered that 90% of all animal species on the earth today are like man, also descended, each from one pair of animals. Further, they are all descended from one pair of animals that all began giving birth at the same time.

This would totally refute the theory of evolution. But beyond that, the biblical account says that Noah saved from the deluge pairs of animals of every creature. He brought them on the ark in pairs, male and female. The clear presumption is that after the flood was over, the male and female pairs of each animal gave birth. Thus, the newly discovered DNA evidence would match up the account in Genesis.

Thus, we have another amazing example of science upholding and bearing witness to the Bible – and something that could never be revealed until the development of technology able to study DNA.

For years scientists have spoken of evolution as a settled fact. This discovery has completely unsettled it. Don’t be moved, shaken, or unsettled by what the world presents as fact. In the end, it all fades like grass, “but the word of our God endures forever.”

Live in view of that fact. Take the Word of God at full strength, apply it to your life, believe in it, walk in it, and, by it, overcome. And may God greatly bless you as you do!

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” Genesis 9: 12-16

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

One Redeemer- Many Names

31 May

One Redeemer – Many Names…

In Psalm 103:4, 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”. 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 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.

And that is 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, and as one with God as possible in everything and it will be. For the Lord is not only your Redeemer – He’s your Goel!

Our Redeemer, the Lord Almighty is his name, is the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 47:4

Make it your aim to get goeled! Get as close, as intimate, as joined, and as one with God in every way possible.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed