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Jesus And The Dip Of Bitter Herbs

20 Jul

Jesus And The Dip Of Bitter Herbs…

We’re all used to being at a party and dipping a potato chip or vegetable into a sour cream dip. Dipping is Biblical.

At the Last Supper, the disciples asked Jesus which one of them would betray Him. He answered that it would be the one who dipped with Him into the bowl. Why?

Well, from ancient times and to this day, at the Passover meal, Jewish people take a piece of matzah and dip it into a bowl of bitter herbs. The bread is a symbol of redemption, and of Jesus Himself.

The bitter herbs are symbols of bondage and slavery, sin and death. You see on Passover, there’s a special blessing of thanks you say over the dipping into bitter herbs.

That means Jesus even gave thanks for this, which represented His pain and death. So you return the favor and learn to give thanks even for the bitter herbs in your life and to bear His reproach joyfully and with love.

Because when you move in His love and give thanks for all things, your burdens become light, your bitter herbs become sweet, and your daily bread becomes holy communion.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

For each waking hour today, stop and take a moment to give thanks to God for the good and the not so good day you are having. Give it all to Him and you’ll be blessed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,,

Ed

The Passover Mysteries

19 Jul

The Passover Mysteries…

In the original Passover command, in Exodus 12, it reads, “Your lamb shall be an unblemished male.” The word male, in Hebrew is ZACHAR. It also means “TO REMEMBER.”

The Passover Lamb was known as the Zachar, the Remembrance. Jesus came as the Passover Lamb. So His name is also the ZACHAR, the REMEMBRANCE.

Thus when He died on the cross, the remembrance of your sins, your failures, your guilt, all perished – in the death of the Zachar.

So how do we honor the death of Jesus? We celebrate by also finishing our remembrance, by letting go of our regrets, guilt, sins, and who we were. But just as importantly, we take our remembrance of the sins of others and we sacrifice the remembrance.

It was only because the Zachar was sacrificed on Calvary, that the blessings of resurrection and new life could come. So the blessings of new life, new beginnings, healing, restoration and joy is waiting for you.

They they will happen only when you let go of the Remembrance and offer it up. So let it go, as He has done for you, for the Zachar has been sacrificed.

No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31:34

Do unto others today as Jesus has done for you. Remember their sins, their mistreatment, their hate no more.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Isaiah 53 – Your Appearance

18 Jul

Isaiah 53 – Your Appearance…

Hidden inside the prophecy of Isaiah 53 is something strange. You won’t read it in English because the translators couldn’t quite handle it.

Verse nine says, “… and with a rich man in His death.” But what it really says is, “B’et Asheer B’Mo-taihv”, which literally means, “with a rich man in His deaths.”

“In His deaths” doesn’t make sense in English. How can one man die many deaths, and how can many deaths be linked to one man?

There’s only one answer. Messiah Yeshua, Jesus, alone of all men did not die his own death. When He died on the cross, it wasn’t one death but many deaths. He died for you and me.

He’s the Prince of Life. 2 Corinthians says, “… one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him.”

So Isaiah 53 is not only a prophecy of the death of Jesus – but of the death of your old life – thus you are no longer in your old life or under sin. For the proof is there – the death certificate of your old life – Isaiah 53.

Read Isaiah 53. Read the one verse that says “in His death” and ponder the Hebrew – that it’s a death certificate of your old life – Live today in the fullness of what that means.

Reference: Isaiah 53

The Joy Command

17 Jul

The Joy Command…

Palm Sunday is Jewish! – A Hebrew holy day foretold by the prophet Zechariah who wrote: “Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion. Shout O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, your King comes to you… he is humble and riding on a donkey.”

What does that mean? It means that we, as human beings, actually have a part in fulfilling prophecy. Part of the prophecy is a command to be followed. “Rejoice greatly… shout!”

This is the only proper response to the coming of Jesus. So if Jesus has come into your life, the only proper response is joy – such great joy that you almost have to shout about it.

What’s the evidence of Jesus coming into your life? That you live a life of joy. And notice two keys from the prophecy: Rejoice is a verb and a command. It’s something you choose to do.

Behold – Take your eyes off everything else and truly behold Him. When you see who He really is and how blessed you are – you’ll rejoice. Rejoice greatly for your King has come and you too must fulfill prophecy.

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 1 Thessalonians 4:7

Today, choose to walk in the power of holiness. Seek the Lord and receive His righteousness to transform your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Ride The Donkey

16 Jul

Ride The Donkey…

The writings of the ancient rabbis of Judaism say an amazing thing. There is not one Messiah, but two! How did this happen?

The rabbis were confused. They read in Zechariah 9:9 that Jesus would come on a donkey riding into Jerusalem, humble and with salvation – Palm Sunday. And yet, Daniel 7 says Jesus will come on the clouds of Heaven in glory.

Other prophets said Jesus would die for our sins – and yet reign forever. The rabbis couldn’t deal with it so they came up with two Jesus’s.

The first Jesus, son of Joseph, would come humbly on a donkey and die for our sins. The second Jesus, son of David, would come on the clouds of heaven and reign forever.

But the Bible speaks of only one Messiah. The only answer – one Jesus, two comings. The only one in history to fulfill this is Yeshua, Jesus of Nazareth.

If you follow Jesus, you must follow His example – first the donkey, then the clouds. Walk in humility as God’s servant and you will be lifted up in glory – Jesus has two comings – and so will you!

In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. Daniel 7:13

Seek to live this day as Jesus did, coming humbly to glorify God and to bless and save others.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Secret Of Heart Guiding

15 Jul

The Secret Of Heart Guiding…

When I was growing up, I used to take my dog, Princess, for walks. Whenever Princess saw something of interest, another dog, a rabbit, a mailman, she would take off after it – or she would try.

I was on the other end of the leash and it was my job to restrain her. Either I was going to be pulled by Princess, or Princess was going to be led by me.

It’s the same way with our feelings, our emotions, our desires, our lusts, even our thoughts. Our thoughts and feelings tend to go all over the place, and to things they have no business going after.

Most people are led by their emotions and their thoughts, even many believers. But that’s like a man being led by a dog. God has called us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus.

That means you can have victory over every thought, every whim, desire, lust, and feeling. But you have to choose to take control.

The next time that thought, that feeling, that temptation comes up, you reign it in to the obedience of God – just remember whose on the other end of the leash.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6

Today make it a point not to be led by your feelings, or your flesh. Learn to not be led, but to lead these things, even your emotions as you are led only by the Word and Spirit of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

The Great Divestment

14 Jul

The Great Divestment…

The philosopher Aristoppus lived a comfortable life by flattering the tyrant king Denys. He began looking down on his less prosperous fellow philosophers.

One of them was Digoeness. One day Aristoppus saw Diogeness washing some vegetables. Scornfully, he said to him, “If you would only learn how to flatter King Denys, you wouldn’t have to be washing lentils. To which, Diogeness replied, “And you, if you had only learned to live on lentils, you would not have to flatter tyrants.”

If you are to live a life of righteousness, godliness, and greatness, you have to wean yourself from the world… from vested interests and dependencies.

The more you content yourself with God… the more free you will be from the world. And the more free you are from the world, the more you’ll be able to live a life that is holy, godly, and blessed.

Esau lost the promise and the calling because he longed for lentils. Jacob found it, because he didn’t. Be like Paul, content in all things, and you’ll be free to live a life of greatness.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12

Are you dependent on anything in this world? People’s acceptance, comfort, money. Seek today to find all your needs answered in God. Fill yourself up with God, and practice the secret of contentment.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Missing Your Appointment

13 Jul

Missing Your Appointment…

Did you ever wake up and realize you had an appointment to make, and you missed it. You overslept. Or maybe you’ve missed appointments without sleeping, but by getting distracted in something else.

There were many people in the Gospel account who also missed their appointment – their appointment with Jesus. Some because they were too busy in other pursuits. Others, because they said, “Not now… later…”

He was calling them. That was the time of their appointment. And for one reason or another – they missed it. In the same way, the Lord calls you… not just once, but every day.

Every day there is a call from God, a perfect will, a mission, an appointment. But most of those appointments go unmet… because most believers are too caught up in other things, distractions, pursuits, or telling God “Later… tomorrow….”

Is that you? Do you know that God has made an appointment with you for joy? An appointment with victory? An appointment with breakthrough? They’re all waiting…. Even today.

Don’t let the chance be wasted. Answer the call. Do the will of God. For you have an appointment today with blessing… and it’s too important to miss.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

Seek God’s appointment today. Seek to hear and walk in His appointed will for this day. And in every situation, seek what it is that God has appointed for that moment.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Where It Is Written

12 Jul

Where It Is Written…

Once, over my sister’s house, I picked up one of my nieces to play with her. At which point, the other, said, “Pick me up! You picked her up. You have to pick me up!”

I replied, “Where is it written that just because I picked up your sister I have to pick you up too.” Two minutes later, she hands me a piece of paper in which it was written, “When you pick up one of us, you have to pick up the other.”

It was a clever move. You see, what is written is crucial. What is written, is that which gives one authority, power, and freedom. And what is written in the Word of God, is the ultimate authority.

What is written is that you have the power to live a life of victory. In fact, you have all sorts of rights and freedoms and authorities that you may very well not be using at all.

It is written:“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” Romans 14:11

All the more reason to get into the Bible. For in that you will find your authority to live, to overcome, and to be blessed… Where is it written? In the Word of God… That’s where.

Take a word of God today, one word, even if it’s one verse, and treat it as the Word of God – believe it with all your heart, stand on it, rejoice in it, live it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Secrets Of The Soul Keepers

11 Jul

Secrets Of The Soul Keepers…

In order to live a life of righteousness and blessing, and to avoid falling, you need to have hedges in your life, godly hedges, parameters, for what you can do and what you can’t.

Hedges to protect your marriage, your home, your family, your relationship, your prayer life, your time in the word, your purity, what you watch, what you’ll allow, what you won’t, etc.

There’s a Hebrew word used in the Bible that means boundary, or trench, as in a hedge that you would make to protect something. That same word also means “decision.”

There’s a revelation there. In order ot protect your life and walk in God, you need hedges. In order to have hedges, you need to make decisions. When you make a decision, you’re sealing something, as something not to be broken or crossed. Otherwise, it’s not a hedge and it won’t protect you.

So what hedges do you need in your life, in your walk? What hedges do you need to build in your life? Start building it. And remember, every hedge begins with a decision.

Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. Psalm 25:12

Where do you need to put up a hedge or hedges in your life? In what area? Make your decision today and build them.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed