The New Identity

5 Dec

The New Identity…

When God brought the first Jewish settlers back to Israel, they were largely from Russia and Eastern Europe. Many were raised in a world of books and rabbinic Judaism. Now they had to roll up their sleeves, get shovels, ploughs, hammers, and learn to work the soil.

They were doing what was completely foreign to them. And yet, it was this new life which was their true calling. Israel was their true land, their true home – and this was their true life.

In the same way, when you’re born again, you’re given a new identity – holy, godly, pure, and victorious. And you might feel that this isn’t the real you – that the real you is the old you; the sinful, ungodly one who never measured up.

But just as it was for the first Israelis, so for you – you may be more familiar with the old you, because it’s all you’ve known. But the old you isn’t the real you – the new you is. Start believing it and start living it – you are a spiritual Israeli.

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? Ezekiel 18:31

Make it your aim to embrace your true life in Jesus – believe it and live it!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Unsowing…

4 Dec

The Unsowing…

Matthew 13 calls the Word of God “good seed.” God sows good words – good seed. But the enemy sows bad words – bad seed. As God sows seeds of life, the enemy will seek to sow seeds of death and darkness: doubt, despair envy, lust.

A seed planted in soil, takes root, and receives its nourishment from the soil – or in the case of a spiritual seed – it receives its life from the one who gives it room. So when you give room to the enemy – whether in bitterness, lust, fear – that bad seed begins to take root in your life. From then on, it begins to use up what’s in its soil.

In other words, just as a seed depletes the soil, so does the seed or word of the enemy, if you give it room, it will start depleting things from your life, depleting your energy, your time, your focus, and your first love for God.

So the next time the enemy seeks to sow that ungodly seed into your mind or heart – don’t let him – and your life and your walk in God won’t end up depleted.

Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown. Mark 4:20

Seek today to reject all seeds of the enemy – cut it off when it’s just a thought. Sow the Word and blessings of God into your mind and heart.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

But Who Are You

3 Dec

But Who Are You…

Acts 19 records a dramatic scene where a chief priest and his seven sons seek to perform the same act of deliverance performed by the apostle Paul. But when they try, the demons overpower them saying, “Jesus, Yeshua I know, Paul I know, but who are you?”

Now the chief priest and his sons were apparently well known in their city. But the demonic spirits had no idea who they were. Paul, on the other hand, was largely unknown. Yet to the demonic spirits, Paul was famous. Things are very different in the spiritual and heavenly realm than they are in this world.

In the kingdom of God, the celebrities are those who are faithful to God, who do the things that no one else notices – things like being faithful in cleaning up the congregational bathrooms every week. In the Kingdom of God, the stars are the humble and the faithful.

So make it your aim to be faithful in God in every part of your life, to do what is pleasing in His sight – and you, too, will end up a celebrity in heaven.

The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. Psalm. 147:6

Today, do what is pleasing to the Lord in faithfulness and humility.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Ten Days … And Judgement

2 Dec

Ten Days ,,, And Judgement…

There are ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. These were the days, given to Israel and heralded by the sounding of Trumpets, to prepare to meet the Lord. They are known as the Yomim Noraim, The Days of Awe, or The Awesome Days.

It’s believed that in these days your name is sealed in the Book of Life. Throughout the ages, Jewish people have spent their Days of Awe with great reverence – getting right with God and man, forgiving and asking forgiveness – The Days of Awe.

What does this have to do with you? After this life is over, we all will stand before God. The days of eternity do not determine your days on earth. But your days on earth do determine the days of eternity. So use them wisely; get right with God and man, forgive and be forgiven.

Do the good you know you must. For eternity stands just around the corner, and you will never again have these days to ready yourself for it. These are your Yomim Noraim, the Days of Awe.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14,15

Use your time wisely in view of eternity. Do whatever you have to do to be right with God and man- forgive and be forgiven. These are Awesome Days!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Wrong Card

29 Nov

The Wrong Card…

Once a friend and I went to a fairly nice restaurant. When the meal was over, the waitress brought over the check. I looked at it and pulled out my credit card to pay. I then discovered that instead of bringing my credit card – I had accidentally brought my library card. And the restaurant was not accepting library cards.

I tried to figure out how to get out of the situation. I could excuse myself, rush to my car, drive home, rush back – and then pay the check, or I could plead for mercy. Either way, it was embarrassing. There are many cards in this world, but library cards cannot pay for meals or purchase anything else.

So, in the same way, there are many words in this world – but only one Word of God. Your words may be nice, but the Word of God is what has true power. So seek to use the Word of God in every situation, follow it, live it, obey it, and proclaim it. The Word of God is powerful and crucial. Don’t leave home without it!

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:7,8

Access the power of the Word, use it, apply it, act on it, declare it, believe it, fight by it, and overcome by it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Giving Thanks

28 Nov

Giving Thanks…

In eastern thinking there’s no real distinction between God and creation—the creation is God and God is the creation. So there can be no real relationship; no giving, no receiving, no giving of thanks for having received a gift.

In eastern religion and New Age spirituality, there is really no one to give thanks to. That’s why eastern religions are not known for thanksgiving.

But the Bible is filled with thanksgiving. The people of God are called to be people of thanksgiving. Every major festival in Israel was a festival of thanksgiving. In fact thanksgiving in America is based on Sukkot, the Hebrew feast of tabernacles.

In eastern teachings, you’re told to extinguish all aspects of your individuality. But in the Bible you are told “Hodu L’Adonai ki tov, ki l’olam chasdo” which means “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever.”

If you’re a child of God you can’t live a thanksgivingless life. You’ve received the greatest of gifts and your life must reflect it. So give thanks today. Because for you Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday, it’s a way of life.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:2

Today, give thanks for all things and in everything.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Lights To The World

27 Nov

Lights to the world…

Before WWII, much of German culture, politics, and religious life held an underlying belief that there were two spheres of life – the religious and the secular. And that each sphere did not affect the other one.

Holiness was something that related entirely to the spiritual realm – and not the realm of this world. Faith had to do with religion and not the rest of life – certainly not the political realm. The result of all this was when Hitler rose to power, much of the church just gave in or didn’t see that it was its job to oppose him.

We often do the same thing with our lives – we keep the two realms separate – there’s the realm of our faith – and then there’s the realm of real life. But the Bible never speaks of a religious realm and a secular realm.

For if the Lord is not Lord of all – then He’s not Lord at all. So don’t let there be any such wall of separation. There is no religious or secular realm of your life. For the Lord your God is Lord of all.

I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

What is it in your life that has not been touched and transformed by the power of God? Start breaking down that wall today and let the power of God have its way.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed