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The Lawyers Surprise

3 Apr

The Lawyers Surprise…

He was a hardened man, a lawyer who had never owned a Bible. Finally he obtained one for the purpose of adding another reference book to his legal library.

Gradually, that one book began drawing him away from his interest in legal statutes. His heart opened and changed. He said goodbye to his clients explaining that he had a retainer from the Lord Jesus to plead his cause.

His name was Charles Finney. He shared the gospel throughout America and the British isles and reportedly reached more people for salvation than any other man of his generation.

What other book can have such an impact on a life and the world? There’s never been a book like it and there will never be. If it changed the life of a hardened lawyer and turned him into the great evangelist Charles Finney… then how much more can it still change your life, a life that isn’t hardened to it?

Maybe it’s been a while since you read the word, took it to heart, or really applied it. It doesn’t matter. Start now and this powerful little book will change your life for blessing.

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8

Start your day with the reading a good book – the Holy Bible – treasure what you find, and apply it to your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Incense and The Glory

2 Apr

The Incense and The Glory…

ANAN HA KETORET was the Cloud of Incense. In ancient times, the glory of God would appear in the Holy of Holies inside the Temple of Jerusalem. The High Priest of Israel was allowed to enter in the Holy of Holies once a year. He had to do it with incense.

The glory of God was too much to behold, so he had to cloud it up with incense. The Anan Ha Ketoret, the Cloud of Incense, was part of the Old Covenant.

The New Covenant has no Cloud of Incense, just the glory. Yet we as New Covenant believers, tend to make our own cloud of incense because we’re afraid of the glory.

We cloud up the word with a cloud of compromise. We blur the lines of what God said. The problem with the cloud is that as long as you live in it, you’ll never see the glory of God or know the glorious life He has for you.

You want to live a life that’s glorious? Then stop clouding up the issue. Be done with compromise. Take God at His word. You’ll live a glorious life… with no clouds in sight.

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:31

What is it that’s “clouding” your love, your devotion, your victory in God. Seek to clear up the doubt, break up the cloud, and move forward.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Resurrection (4/4)

1 Apr

The Garden Tomb – The Resurrection…

It was a quiet afternoon. Grandfather and I were sitting down by the river. It was Good Friday and the trees were just starting to bud out. The Garden, he said, let’s talk about the Garden again. We will start where I left off last week. Then the lesson began.

Did you ever stop to realize how strange, unique, significant, contradictory, and radical it is? What’s a Garden? A place where life begins. What’s a Tomb? A place where life ends.

So what’s a Garden Tomb? It’s a place where life ends— and begins. Jesus wasn’t just put into a tomb, but into a Garden Tomb. Why? Because after the end of His life would come new life — the Resurrection.

As everything began in a Garden, so now everything begins anew in a Garden Tomb. In the Garden Tomb is a cosmic mystery. The only way we can get to the Garden is by first going to the tomb – only by dying to the old can we live.

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— Romans 6:4-6

So don’t be afraid to let the old die, to crucify the flesh, or to count your old life as gone. It’s nothing to be afraid of. It will only lead to blessing in the end, and it’s the only thing that does.

Do it as soon as you can, for the way of the Cross always leads to the Garden Tomb, and the Garden Tomb always leads to life.

He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee.
Luke 24:6

What blessing, breakthrough, victory do you think God wants to bring in your life? What has to end, die, or be crucified for that to happen? Come to the Garden Tomb. Let go of anything that is old. Let God begin a new thing in your life.

For all life in God now comes out of that tomb. So don’t be afraid of entering Jesus’s tomb, and letting the old die. For it’s not just a tomb – it’s a garden tomb, and those who enter it will find true life.


I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Friends, eat, eat and drink; drink your fill of love. Song of Solomon 5:1

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Heavenly Ant Lessons

31 Mar

Heavenly Ant Lessons…

Ants dwell in colonies of about 60,000 to 90,000 ants. Ants can’t prosper on their own – they need each other. How does a colony of 60,000 ants work together?

When there’s unity. The ants share the same goal – that’s how it works. What then do we learn from ants? Just as ants can’t prosper on their own and they share the same goal, so should we, as God’s people.

Yet we have a lot of differences. We don’t have to agree on when the tribulation or rapture will take place. Yet we do have to be intent on the same purpose – to glorify God, spread His word, to love God, and love each other.

Make love your aim. There’s no other aim – no job, ministry, house, nothing. All those are secondary, and all those divide. When we make love our aim, then there’s peace and unity – in family, marriage, congregation, and the world.

Put away your other aims and goals. Make love your aim and God will bless your colony. For God’s people should be at least as wise… as ants.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35

Be more loving today, more peaceful – whatever is needed, aim to do it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Becoming A Keeper

30 Mar

Becoming A Keeper…

In Hebrew, policemen are called ‘shomreem.’ In ancient times the guards were also called the ‘shomreem.’ Shomreem comes from the word ‘shomair,’ which means to ‘keep.’ It’s a real important word in the Bible.

The Lord is called ‘Shomair Yisrael,’ the Keeper of Israel. Yet the word isn’t just for the Lord. It says in God’s word… ‘You will be blessed if you shomair.

It’s important to keep. Keep the covenant. the command, keep My way, keep My word, keep My Torah… keep. It’s all a matter of keeping. It’s written, we have this treasure in earthen vessels.

It’s not enough to have a treasure. A treasure must be watched, treasured. A treasure must be kept. It’s written that Miryam, Mary, kept all these things in her heart. If you want to live a life that is precious you must do the same. Become one of God’s shomreem. Become a keeper.

Keep His word in your mind, His love in your heart, His wonders in your testimony, His presence in your Spirit. Learn to be a keeper. For what God has given you… is for keeps.

“‘Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws, and you will live safely in the land.” Leviticus 25:18

Memorize Jude 1:24 – and dwell on it today: To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Lean Your Whole Weight

29 Mar

Lean Your Whole Weight…

John Paton was a pioneer missionary to the New Hebrides in the Pacific Ocean. He sought to translate the New Testament into the language of the South Sea islanders.

But he came up against a problem. He couldn’t find anything in the South Sea vocabulary that would embody the word ‘believe.’ Finally he came up with answer. It came from the Book of Acts.

It was the answer that Paul and Silas gave to the Philippian jailer when he asked, “What must I do to be saved?'” The answer was, “Lean your whole weight upon the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.”

This world is a heavy place. It’s filled with gravity. So the Lord said, ‘Come to me all you who are tired and weighed down. And I’ll give you rest.’ What does it mean to believe?

It means to choose to lean your whole weight on Him. It means to take the weight of your life, the weight of your situation, the weight of your plans, the weight of your sins, your desires, your troubles, worries and anxieties, and lean it on Him. His shoulders are big. And we all need somebody to lean on.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Whatever weight might be upon your shoulders today, bring it to God. Don’t hesitate. HE can handle it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Always

28 Mar

Always…

We live in an anti-always culture. It’s based on constant change. The only thing that’s permanent in our culture is that there’s nothing permanent in our culture.

What’s in today is gone tomorrow. Our attention spans are shorter and shorter. Thoughtful discussions are replaced by sound bytes. Family dinners are replaced by fast food.

An anti-always culture, in turn, produces people who always lack the quality of always, the quality of consistency, of endurance, of sacrifice, of faithfulness, of stability, of integrity, and of an inner core of morality, that which can never be moved.

That’s why it’s so crucial that we hold to what never changes. For we have an always faith, an always book, an always truth, an always Redeemer, an always Friend, and an always God.

Buck the trend, fight the system. Take what is disposable, and dispose it. Be done with that which is made to be done with. And base your life, your convictions, your ambitions, your pursuits, your everything on that which is always.

For what is good and real is not disposable. Do this… and you’ll have an always hope, an always love, an always peace, and an always joy.

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19

Today, seek to put less emphasis on that which is temporary – and root your heart and mind on the things which are eternal.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Death of Jesus (3/28)

27 Mar

Jesus – Garden Of Death…

It was a few days before Palm Sunday and Grandfather said let’s go sit down and discuss the Garden of Eden. To understand life and Christianity we need to start at the beginning.

According to Jewish mythology, in the Garden of Eden there is a tree of life or the “tree of souls” that blossoms and produces new souls, which fall into the Guf, the Treasury of Souls. The Angel Gabriel reaches into the treasury and takes out the first soul that comes into his hand. Then Laah, the Angel of Conception, watches over the embryo until it is born.

In the Book of Genesis, the tree of life is first described in chapter 2 verse 9 as being “in the midst of the Garden of Eden” with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

When sin entered the world on the day of man’s fall, God took man out of the garden, a garden of life. On the day when sin was put to death, the opposite happened – man brought God down from the cross and into a garden, a garden of death – the garden tomb.

In the Song of Solomon, the bride says of the Bridegroom, “Awake oh north wind and come oh south wind, and blow upon my garden that the spices may flow out.” So man brought God into a garden of death, the garden tomb, and there laid upon him spices, spices which came from a garden.

Also in the Song of Solomon, the bride says, “Let my Beloved come into His garden. The tomb of God is a garden tomb – meaning, it’s merely a tomb, the place of endings – it’s a garden, the place of beginnings and life.

For all life in God now comes out of that tomb. So don’t be afraid of entering Jesus’s tomb, and dying to self. For it’s not just a tomb – it’s a garden tomb, and those who enter it will find true life.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Enter into the Garden Tomb. Lay down your old life, your old identity, your ego and bury it – Then walk in the newness of life.

Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.   Psalm 149:3

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Joy of Willing

26 Mar

The Joy of Willing…

Believers have a strange idea that if you will something, then it can’t be the Spirit. And yet God’s word is filled with the opposite. You can’t read the Bible without reading the word ‘Choose!’

You can’t get saved without the word ‘choose.’ It says ‘Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.’ That takes your will. And that’s the Spirit. Some believers think that following God means just going along with the flow.

Yes and no. There are different flows – the flow of the Spirit and the flow of the world. In order to serve God you have to choose the flow of the Spirit and you have to choose against the flow of the world. And that requires choice, determination, and decision.

So many believers spend their whole lives trying to find the will of God. You want the will of God in your life? Stop asking everyone about it. Choose it. Obey it. Agree on it. Decide it. Will it. And the will of God will be done in your life, on earth, as it is in heaven.

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 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 24:14-15

After reading your Bible today, choose one verse to obey and do what you know the will of the Lord is.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Upward Call

25 Mar

The Upward Call…

Believers and airplanes… what do they have in common? Airplanes are unique among all transportation. You can stop a horse, you can stop a car, and all of them will simply stop and stay there.

But if you try to stop a plane in mid-air, the plane will descend and crash. Further a horse can back up, a car can back up, but a plane can’t. So for a plane, there’s no backing up, and there’s no standing still. So it is for a believer. Other people can back up, but you can’t.

Your walk in God has no provision for backing up. That’s why, when you start going backwards you’re so miserable. Maybe your walk isn’t going anywhere and hasn’t been going anywhere for a while.

Don’t let it crash. Turn on your spiritual engines and start moving forward. For Paul wrote, ‘But this I do, forgetting what lies behind, and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

You, my friend, are like an airplane. Press on, press on, press on, and you’ll find yourself flying in the heavenliest.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-15

Think of a way to move a step forward in the Lord today – and go forward (especially in an area where you may have been slipping backward)

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed