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The Book Of The Unmentioned God

27 Jun

The Book Of The Unmentioned God…

In one of the hottest days of August 1959, New York City experienced a power failure. Apartment dwellers on the upper floors were especially hard hit.

However, in the Guild for the Jewish Blind building, the blackout caused little problem. It was filled with two hundred blind workers and seventy sighted workers.

When the lights went out, the seeing workers were helpless. The blind workers had no problem at all and led the seventy helpless workers down the steps and onto Broadway.

There’s a spiritual truth here: We are called to live not by what our eyes see, but by faith – by what our eyes don’t see. For in the end, the power gets pulled on this life and everything fades to black.

If you live by sight, you’ll end up lost and overcome by the dark. But if you live by faith, then it won’t matter how dark things look, for your light will never be turned off.

It is written, let us ‘walk by faith and not by sight’. That which is seen is temporary – that which is unseen is eternal. Walk by faith and you’ll never find yourself in a black out.

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Live today, not by what you see or feel or sense. But live by faith in what the Word of God says.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

Excuses Can’t Be Forgiven

26 Jun

Excuses Can’t Be Forgiven…

People often approach pastors with their problems, sharing their sins and how guilty they feel. And many ministers are tempted to say, “Oh, don’t feel so bad.” “God will understand.” “You couldn’t help yourself.” “You’ve been through so much.”

That’s often the worst thing we can do. For Jesus died for real guilt – not because it was understandable, but because it wasn’t understandable.

Not because we couldn’t help it, but because we could help it and chose to do it anyway. If we deny this, then we’re denying the cross and the price He paid.

Guilt is real and sin is horrible. We have to come to the point where we stop making excuses for sin and own up to it. Confess your sin. Let God do the redeeming.

Sometimes the best thing in the world is to feel so terrible about sin that the only option you have left is to receive God’s grace and to really change. Give up your excuses.

Trade them for something better – the blood, the grace, the repentance, the mercy and the power for new life.

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20

Come clean with God today about your sins. Make an agreement that you will stop defending, stop making excuses or covering up your sins. Repent and receive His grace.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Wilderness

25 Jun

The Wilderness…

Midbar means wilderness in Hebrew. We usually think of the wilderness as one wilderness. But it’s not.

There are many Hebrew names for various midbars. There’s the Midbar Yehudah, the Wilderness of Judah, where John the Baptist preached.

Then there’s the Midbar Negev, the Wilderness of the Negev, where Abraham pitched his tent. There’s the Midbar Shinee, the Wilderness of Sinai, through which Moses and the Israelites journeyed.

There are many other smaller midbars – the Midbar Zin, the Midbar Paran, the Midbar Moreh. The fact that each wilderness has a different name is significant.

The Hebrews didn’t just go through them. They named each one. Each was a special wilderness warranting its own name. To name a wilderness means one values it, one wants to remember it.

We also go through wildernesses. But very rarely do we value them. But we should value them because in each wilderness, God has a good purpose.

He uses them the grow you and to make you more like Him. Therefore, rejoice in your wildernesses, give thanks for it, for the wilderness of God… have names.

To him who led his people through the wilderness; His love endures forever. Psalm 136:16

Think of a name for the Midbar, that problem, that situation, you’re going through – no matter what it is – name it according to the blessing that God wants to bring from it. And rejoice on your way through.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Feeling Good Or Being Good

24 Jun

Feeling Good Or Being Good…

Many believers want to feel the Lord’s love all the time. That’s great! But the Lord never said you’ll feel His love all the time. If you feel God’s love all the time then what’s the point of faith?

Many believers want to feel compassion so they can be compassionate. The Lord doesn’t say, “Feel compassionate.” He says, “Be compassionate.”

We mistake “feeling love” for loving. And we want to “feel good” instead of being good. But more important than feeling good is being good.

Jesus never said, “You shall Feel the truth and the truth shall set you free.” He said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

God is real. A real walk of a real disciple must never rest on feelings but rather on truth and reality. If you’re feeling far from God that’s O.K. It doesn’t mean you’re far away.

If you’re feeling as if God doesn’t love you, it’s O.K. Why? Because it’s just a feeling. So be blessed, be strong, and be victorious – whether you feel like it or not.

For it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

Today seek to live above feelings. Don’t let your feelings lead you – but determine to go by faith – and let your feelings follow.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Manger People

22 Jun

The Manger People…

It’s 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. The inn is filled with people, and probably noise, maybe even some celebrations. It would seem the center of activity, the place to be, where the action was, the focal point.

Outside, away from the inn, was a poor Jewish couple, homeless, living in an animal feeding station. Nobody noticed them, nobody cared. They couldn’t have seemed less important.

Yet, two thousand years later, no one puts up scenes of the inn on their lawn, no one cares about it, but lawns and displays and greeting cards and much more are filled with depictions of that poor Jewish couple and their baby in the feeding station.

You see, the world, the media, the culture focuses on things which look important, and focuses away from the things and people of God, which seem obscure and unimportant.

But in the end, all the world focuses on will be forgotten. So spend your life, not in the inn of this world, but in the manger of His presence. For that which is born in the quiet obscurity of His presence, will be celebrated forever.

Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling place. 1 Coronicles 16:27

Spend today getting away from the crowd, the rush, the noise, the race, and go to the manger, to your private place in God’s presence. Delight in your treasure.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Sarcophagus

20 Jun

The Sarcophagus…

The Word of God tells us not to live in the flesh. The word for “the flesh” in the New Covenant Scriptures is the Greek “sarx.” From that word “sarx” we get the English word “sarcophagus.”

A sarcophagus was a stone coffin, often decorated, inside of which was the body of the deceased often it was decorated to look like a painted the statue of the deceased. That’s also what the “sarx” or flesh is – it’s a shell. It’s not the real person.

If you live in the flesh, the “sarx,” then it’s like living in a sarcophagus, you’re trapped in a shell, the shell of the ego, the shell of the body, the shell of self.

But God calls us out of the flesh, out of the sarx, out of the sarcophagus. And to do that you have to choose to live in the Spirit. If you live by the Spirit.

You’ll be free from the flesh, you’ll have the power to break out of lust, fear, depression, anger, bitterness, addiction, ego, the self.

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Don’t be bound to the flesh today – even your own flesh – break out of it, out of the bondage, out of the sin, out of yourself – and live in the Spirit.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Time Of The Fig Tree

19 Jun

The Time Of The Fig Tree…

The sacred Hebrew Biblical year ends around the month of September and October, the end of summer, the beginning of autumn. This is also the time of the fig harvest.

In the New Testament, we read about a fig tree that doesn’t bear its fruit, because it wasn’t the time. The fig tree is one of the symbols used in the Bible for the nation of Israel.

The fig tree didn’t blossom at Jesus’s first coming, but it will blossom at His second. For the fig tree always has its full blossoming in the autumn. And the autumn, the time of Trumpets and Tabernacles, symbolizes the end of the age.

The rebirth of Israel, and the return of the Jewish people to Jesus even now, is a sign that the time of the fig tree is near. And it teaches us this: even for those who seem farthest from receiving God, there’s hope.

Even in the most hopeless situation, all things are possible. Believe the power of God over any hopeless thing, for even the fig tree will blossom in its appointed time.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 43:5

What situation, what person, what issues have seemed hopeless in your life. Don’t give up. Hope in God who is the God of the impossible. And take action believing the impossible from God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Fearless

18 Jun

Fearless…

Recent scientific tests revealed something totally consistent with the Bible. They studied fear and anxiety. What they found was that it’s pretty impossible to be thankful and fearful at the same time.

If you’re giving thanks from your heart, you won’t have anxiety or fear. Thanksgiving is an antidote to fear and anxiety. They don’t go together.

If you’re living in fear and anxiety, you’re not going to be living in thanksgiving. And if you’re living in thanksgiving, you’re going to have the power to overcome fear and anxiety.

So the Word of God says, over and over again, “Do not fear.” It also says, “Give thanks in all things.” The two go together. If you live a problem-based life, you’ll have anxiety. But if you live a blessing-based life, you’ll have peace and joy. As it is written, perfect love casts out fear.

So make it a daily habit and discipline, to spend time, not dwelling on any problem, but just on the blessings of God, and give thanks. For it’s a lot better to live in blessing than in fear.

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

In everything you do today be thankful. And whenever you’re about to lose your peace, or get anxious, or upset, start thanking Him all the more.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Holy Spirit Finals

16 Jun

The Holy Spirit Finals…

Do you have problems? Maybe you’ve told the Lord, ” I didn’t ask for this! I don’t need it. I don’t always want to be dealing with problems.”

But think about it. How do you move ahead or go higher in the Lord? How did you do it in school?

In order to advance to the next level, you had to pass tests. The tests had problems for you to solve. Imagine if you had a test in school and asked the teacher to take away the problems. Without the problem, there is no victory and no advancing.

So don’t curse them, or complain to God about your problems. Realize if you have problems, then you have a test; you have a choice.

If you have a choice that means there is a solution; a right answer. If you choose the right answer, you will deal with it rightly, pass the test and move forward.

So stop running from your problems. Instead of dreading them, see them as opportunities to advance. Face your problems head on, choose rightly and you will pass the test. Then you will advance and receive the blessing. Embrace your problem for victory!!

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

Face your problems head-on and see them as your opportunity to advance and receive a blessing.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Unseen Clothes

15 Jun

The Unseen Clothes..

In Exodus 28, the Lord speaks about the dress of the priests of Israel. The instructions not only cover the outer clothes, but the inner clothes. The priests had to wear holy undergarments.

Even though no one would see them, even these undergarments, had to be holy. What does that tell us?

The Bible says that you, who are born again are a member in God’s holy priesthood. And as a priest of God, you must wear holy undergarments.

The undergarments were the part of the priestly garments which no one saw. It was the most private part and the most secret. What does it tell you?

As a priest of God, the Lord’s holiness must be the same in your secret life as in your public life. As holy as you are in public, so you must be in secret, in the sanctuary or alone with no one seeing you.

The holiness of God must permeate every facet of your life, even your secret life, and so much so that you have nothing to hide. Make that your aim. For just as holy as the priest’s breastplate and crown was his holy underwear.

Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?”
declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24

Is every part of your life consistent with your faith? Is your secret life consistent with your public life? Focus on the part of your life no one sees but God, and bring every part into the light of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always

Ed