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The Western Wall and McDonald’s

6 Nov

The Western Wall and McDonalds…

The story is told of an Israeli on visit to a friend in America. His friend takes him to McDonalds where they go through the drive through, give their order and then to the window to pick up their burgers and fries.

The Israeli is amazed, awestruck. He has tears in his eyes. “Why are you so amazed and getting so emotional?” his friend asks him. “Because,” says the Israeli, “in America you talk to a wall and out comes a hamburger, a shake, and fries. In Israel, we’ve been talking to a wall for 2000 years and not once have we ever gotten a hamburger!”

Talking to walls… it’s a Jewish tradition. The Jewish people have lifted up prayers at the Western Wall from ancient times. God’s people are to talk to walls… and mountains… and obstacles… and barriers.

The Lord has given you the power to say to the mountain, “Be removed.” And if you can talk to mountains, then how much more to that problem and hindrance in your life.

Go ahead, do it, by the authority of Jesus. You may not get a hamburger, but you will get a victory!

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. Matthew 21:21

Is there a wall in your life that shouldn’t be there, a mountain, an obstacle? Talk to that wall today – in the name of Messiah, tell it to get out of the way.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Effect of Jupiter on Jerusalem

5 Nov

The Effect of Jupiter on Jerusalem…

The story of Hanukah centers on the Temple of Jerusalem. The Temple was the holy dwelling place of God. But in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, an idol was set up in the holy place.

From that moment on, the Temple ceased to be the Temple of God. It was no longer a holy place or sanctuary. No longer was it the dwelling place of God’s presence.

It became, for all intents and purposes, empty. Only when the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple, and removed the idol, could the Temple be restored to God’s purposes and presence.

The Bible says: “you are the Temple of the Living God.” But if you let idols into your life, the glory of God will be withdrawn, and your walk and heart will be left empty. That’s what idols do to the presence and glory of God.

Have you lost that fullness, that glory? Is your heart empty? Search for the idol. The good news is, when you remove the idols and open your heart to the Lord, your life and heart will be filled again and overflowing with the glory of the Living God.

What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16

Clean out your temple and get rid of that which is not to the glory of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Called Out Life

3 Nov

The Called Out Life…

If you’re born again, the Bible says, you’re part of the church of God. But what does that mean? Does it mean you’re a Presbyterian, a Methodist, a Baptist, a Pentecostal, or a Nazarene?

The word “church” is really just a translation of the New Testament Greek word “Ek-klay-sia.” It’s a translation of still yet another word, the Hebrew, “Kehilah.” It means the assembly of the Called Out Ones.

If you’re born again, then you’re part of it. You were specially and personally called, and called from Heaven. It means you’re not just a member of some organization, but you’ve been called out of an old life, called out of sin, called out of gloom, called out of anger, called out of selfishness, called out of lust, addiction, carnality, and fear.

It means you have no business with those things nor do those things have any part in your life anymore. It means there’s a high and mighty, wonderful and majestic, holy and beautiful calling on your life.

So live in the joy of being part of God’s Kehilah, the Lord’s Ekklesia. Because you’re not just a church member – you’re a Called Out One!

 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— Romans 1:1

Think back and ponder where you would be today if God had not called you out – Give thanks to God for calling you out. And what can you do today to give Him thanks?

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Hymns Of Zeus

2 Nov

Hymns Of Zeus…

When the apostle Paul spoke on Mars Hill in Athens, he did an amazing thing. In sharing the Gospel, he quoted from pagan Greek writers. He even quoted from a hymn they used, and yet used it to speak of God.

How could this be? How could he use something so pagan for such a holy purpose? God is not so much looking at the outward thing you’re dealing with, but the heart, the purpose, the reason, and the goal of all you do.

Paul determined to use all things, “by all means,” to spread the Gospel, to be a Gentile to the Gentiles, in order that people would come to salvation.

In the same way, you need to have the same heart, to be so zealous for salvation, to use all things in your life for the glory, the purposes, and the heart of God for the salvation of the lost.

Use every situation, every circumstance, everything you have and know for the glory of God. For if Paul could use a hymn to Zeus to accomplish God’s purposes and glory, then there is nothing in your life that cannot be used likewise.

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. Acts 17:22-23

Today, seek to use every situation you have for God’s purposes and glory.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The April Mysteries

31 Oct

The April Mysteries…

In the midst of the Civil War, when the outlook for the Union looked gloomy and filled with years of bloodshed, Abraham Lincoln, issued a proclamation calling for the nation’s citizens to humble themselves before God and repent.

The proclamation said this: “… It is the duty of nations,” he wrote, “as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord…. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

Can you imagine a president issuing such a proclamation today? And yet the burden of repentance rests first with us as believers. As it is written: “If My people… will turn from their evil ways…” Let us pray for our nation – but let us also be the first to turn from our own sins… and trust God to do the rest.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Be humble today in the sight of God and repent from all wrong doing. Then pray for your nation – that it will do the same.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Two Tablets – Two Commandments

30 Oct

Two Tablets – Two Commandments. ..

In Exodus chapter 20 we find the Ten Commandments. They are written on two Tablets. It is interesting how they are laid out and why.

The first tablet contains the first four commandments and those pertain to God and how we are to Honor Him

1) I am the Lord your God, you shall not have strange gods before me

2) You shall make no idols.

3) You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

4) Keep the Sabbath day holy.

All four are straight forward and make it very clear He is God and there are no others. As we look closely at the 4th commandment: Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.  Basically it says take one day to rest. Remember in Genesis: and on the seventh day He rested. We are to take one day and set it aside just for God where we pray and rest in His glory praising Him for all the blessings He gives us daily.

The second tablet contains the rest of the commandments which contain instructions on how we are to treat and love our family and neighbors.

5) Honor your father and your mother.

6) You shall not murder.

7) You shall not commit adultery.

8) You shall not steal.

9) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10) You shall not covet.

Now when we first look at these last six commandments, we tend to think they are straight forward also. Then as one begins to really look at them you see there is a lot more to them than we first realized.

The 5th commandment: Honor your father and your mother seems self explanatory until you realize it also means to honor and respect your elders. That is something taught on the Indian Reservation and is very precious for our elders have and teach us wisdom. We should respect that wisdom and use it to help live a good life.

The 6th commandment: You shall not murder. A lot can be said about this commandment since we should not kill period. But have you ever looked at what killing someone’s spirit does to them? We are to be kind in our words and lift up those who need help and not judge them for what they do.

The same can be said about the rest of the commandments. You don’t commit adultery, you don’t steal, you don’t bear false witness and you don’t covet. When we look at these closely we learn that we should be content with what God has given us and not be envious if our neighbor has something different or bigger. Be thankful for what we have and happy for what they have.

Now you are probably wondering where I am leading you to here. When Jesus told the Sadducees to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind He was referring to the first four commandments – the first tablet.

Then when He followed up with Love you neighbor as yourself, He was referring to the second tablet – the last 6 commandments. Most people fail to see the connection here but He added: All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:37-40

When you walk your daily walk keep these in mind and remember Love is the key in all things for our Christian life. It is also worth reminding you that your neighbor is everyone else in the world, not just the family across the street. The commandments are directed right at our hearts – instructing us how live a good Christian life and relate to other people.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Curse Of Mt. Gilboah

28 Oct

The Curse Of Mt. Gilboah….

David was hunted down by King Saul. And yet when Saul and his son Jonathan died, and David became king of Israel,

David didn’t gloat or boast. Instead he wept. And in his weeping, he pronounced a curse on the mountain on which Saul and Jonathan were slain – Mt. Gilboah.

He said this, “You mountain of Gilboah, let there not be upon you dew nor rain, nor fields of offerings. For there the shield of the mighty was defiled and cast away…”

The amazing thing is if you go to Israel today you’ll find Mt. Gilboah surrounded by the fertile plains of the nation’s heartland. But Mt. Gilboah itself is largely barren – just as the curse of David was pronounced three thousand years later.

Mt. Gilboah is an amazing testimony, not just of an ancient curse, but of an ancient love. It’s the testimony of David’s love and faithfulness for his enemy Saul.

Jesus commands you to do likewise – love your enemy. For the one who loves his enemy is the one who is truly mighty, mighty enough to move mountains… or, at the very least, to curse them.

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27-28

Love your enemies today and bless those who persecute you – and you will be blessed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Radical Love

26 Oct

The Radical Love….

One of the leaders of the attack on Pearl Harbor in the Second World War was the Japanese commander Mitzuo Fuchida. After the war, Fuchida met a Japanese friend who had been captured in the war and imprisoned in an American prisoner of war camp.

The friend told Fuchida that he had been treated with kindness by an American girl who had brought the Japenese prisoners food and reading material.

Fuchida asked his friend about the girl, why she responded with such kindness to her enemies. The friend told Fuchida her story. The girl’s parents had been Christian missionaries in Japan.

During the war, they were imprisoned, brutally beaten, and finally beheaded in Manila. But before their execution, they wrote a letter to their daughter asking her always to love the Japanese people.

Captain Fuchida asked from where did this love come. He was shown a Bible. It was from that, he gave his life to the Lord.

If this little girl could forgive the murderers of her parents, how much more can you forgive those against you. And what power, what miracles, what breakthroughs will you unleash when you do!

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

If there is someone in your life that you are still holding a grudge against, forgive them – bless them – & be blessed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Blesser 2

23 Oct

The Blesser 2…

In Hebrews 7 we’re told of the priest king, Melchizedek blessing Abraham – and then of a principle, which is this: “Without 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, 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… Give! 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.

Because it’s the one who has joy that can bless. For it’s the one who is truly blessed who can bless. So become one of the great and live a life of greatness! How? Simple… Bless!

This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him. Hebrews 7:1

Become great today. Instead of waiting to be blessed, go out and bless others, be a blessign to them.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Counsels Of War

21 Oct

Counsels Of War…

In warfare, you don’t appoint a private to fight a general – you appoint a general. So 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? It makes you the equivalent of a general! That means, in the spiritual realm, by the power of God, you are mighty! 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. And 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 – you’re a general.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:11-12

When you speak with others about Jesus today, speak with His authority, with His words and with His power, in His name.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed