The Fruit…

11 Apr
The Fruit…

In Genesis, we read of the fall of man. It centered on the partaking of the forbidden fruit. All sin comes from this act- the partaking of the fruit. What about redemption?

Before He gave His life to bring redemption, Jesus celebrated the Passover. The Passover involves drinking “the fruit of the vine”. The Passover cup is filled with the juice of crushed fruit. As we all fell in the partaking of Adam’s fruit, Jesus led His disciples to partake of the fruit of His sacrifice for our redemption.

In the case of the Cup of Jesus, the fruit of the vine represents His blood, His sacrifice, and His atoning death. Therefore, we have two fruits. So what’s the antidote to the fruit of sin?

The more you partake of the love, the grace, the forgiveness, the sacrifice, the gift, the miracle of God’s gift to you, and the life of Jesus given to save you from hell, the more your life will be free from the power of sin, death, and the fall. In the end, it all comes down to fruit. Which one you choose.

Scripture: A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit Matthew 7:18

Today, fill yourself and rejoice in the blessings of God for your life, and be free from that sin.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Thw Regathering

10 Apr
The Regathering…

In Ezekiel 20, it’s written, “I will bring you out from the nations and will gather you out of the nations from which you are scattered… with an extended arm, and with fury poured out.”

This is a prophecy of the regathering of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. The word translated as “arm” is the Hebrew “Zeroah.” The Zeroah of the Lord is mentioned elsewhere in Scripture.

There’s an entire section devoted to revealing it. Isaiah 53 begins with, “Who has believed our report, and to whom has the Zeroah of the Lord been revealed?” It goes on to reveal that the Zeroah of the Lord is Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus.

What does it mean? The Jewish people were gathered back from the nations and saved from destruction by the power of God’s Zeroah, Messiah. They might not realize it, but Messiah is the Great Gatherer. His heart is to gather us back from exile to the Promised Land. He’s still doing it, even with you. Let Him gather you, go with the leading of His Spirit, and your life will be continually led to the Land of Promise.

Scripture: “Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:1-12

Today, go with the leading of His Spirit and let His Zeroah be your power and strength.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Nothing To Lose

9 Apr

Nothing to lose…

At the end of the Civil War, the Southern Confederate general, Robert E. Lee, was being pursued by the Union general, Ulysses S. Grant. Lee told his associate he could not surrender his country, meaning the Confederacy. The associate replied, “There is no country, sir. There has been no country for the last two years.”

In other words, the Confederacy was, for all intents and purposes, non-existent. If Lee had only realized that it didn’t exist, he wouldn’t have wasted so much effort fighting a fruitless battle. If Lee had only realized he had nothing to fight about and nothing to lose, there would have been peace much sooner, and Lee would have been a much happier man.

It’s the same with us. So many of the battles, conflicts, anxieties, fears, and problems happen because we still think we have something to lose. But in God, our old life is over. So don’t be like Robert E. Lee, fighting, striving, and worrying about something that no longer exists. Your old life is over. That country no longer exists. Now live free and blessed!

Scripture: You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24

Today, don’t keep worrying about something that no longer exists. Unchain yourself from the past. Be free in the Lord and be blessed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Perception

5 Apr

Perception…

Grandfather taught me that how you perceive a problem is how it will be. If you look at the negative it will be negative, but if you look at the grace it brings things begin to shine. Think about it.

The Lord told us to pray, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” That’s not only a prayer, it’s the secret to living victoriously in God. The key is to live your life on earth as it is in heaven. Most believers live on earth as it is on earth. But then if you have troubles on earth, you’ll live troubled. If you have setbacks on earth, you’ll live discouraged. If you have people trespass against you on earth, you’ll live in anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness.

We let our peace, our well-being, and our joy go up and down – all because we’re living on earth as it is on earth. Don’t live in your situation as it is in your situation, or in your emotions as it is in your emotions. That’s all on earth as it is on earth. What matters is how it is in heaven. Stop living an “on earth as it is on earth” life, and start living an “on earth as it is in heaven” life. In heaven, it’s blessed. And your life will be just as blessed when you start living on earth as it is in heaven.

Scripture: Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Psalm 119:89

Seek to live this day not from earth to earth, and not even from earth to heaven, but from heaven to earth.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The old self

3 Apr
The old self…

When I was a child my parents told me how early I had to wake up to be ready for school, Since I wanted to stay up late and sleep as late as I could, I came up with a strategy. I would get dressed in the clothes I was to wear the following day and put my pajamas over them. Then in the morning, all I had to do was take off my pajamas and I was ready to go. But the problem was, I was wearing the clothes I had slept in the night before.

Many people in the Lord try to do the same thing. They wear yesterday’s clothes into salvation, the clothes of the old identity, the old attitudes, the old ways, the old beliefs, the old baggage, and the old self.

So the Word of God says, take off the old self and put on the new. You have that power, to actually take off the old you, and put on the new you. Do it. Because you can’t enter the new day that God has for you, wearing the old clothes

Scripture: even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:5

Today, ask the Lord to show you any old garments still part of your life. Then discard them for the garments of new life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Treasures

2 Apr

Treasures…

Grandfather often told us stories at the night fire. Here is one of my favorites:

An ancient fable tells of three merchants who were crossing a desert. One dark moonless night, they came to the bed of a dried up creek. There, they heard a voice tell them to gather stones and travel as far away as possible and in the light of morning, they would be both happy and sad. So they obeyed the voice. When the first light of morning came, they opened their bags to see the stones they had gathered at the creek. But instead of stones, they discovered they had gathered precious jewels. They were glad about what they gathered, but as the voice had also said, they were sad – sad they hadn’t gathered more. So it is in this life.

The voice of God tells us to use and give everything we have on earth for God and we will have treasures in heaven. We don’t see those treasures yet, but we will. So be wise. Give and use everything you have in this life for the purposes and glory of God, and you will store up for yourself great treasures – only gladness and no sorrow in the morning light.

Scripture: “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10

Today, make it your aim to use everything you have for the purposes and glory of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Church of the dead

29 Mar

Church of the dead…

Proverbs 21:16 says, “The man who wanders off from the way of understanding will dwell in the congregation of the dead.”

The Hebrew word for ‘congregation’ is the word ‘kahal.’ When translated into Greek, it becomes ‘ecclesia,’ which means ‘church.’ So it could be translated like, “The man who wanders off from the way of understanding will dwell in the church of the dead.” This is relevant to our day as we witness more and more churches and denominations wandering away from the Word of God in order to follow the ways of the world and the dictates of the times. In doing so, many have even embraced what the Bible clearly calls an abomination.

They’ve wandered off, and so it’s no accident that these same denominations have largely become the churches of the dead. It’s true of churches and true of people. All the more, in a day of wandering off and apostasy, you be the one who holds to God’s Word in everything. Be that person of no compromise, and you will never end up dwelling in a church or a life of the dead.

Scripture: Therefore the wicked will not standin the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalm 1:5,6

Is there an area of your life where you’re not living or following what the Word of God says? Today make up your mind to get that part of your life in the center of His will.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed