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The Abba Prayer

16 Oct

The Abba Prayer…

There are seminars, books, and teachings on how to pray. Jesus knows best and he taught you how to pray. He started out by saying, Our Father, just like it says we cry out, Abba.

That’s not even just Father, that’s Daddy. That’s the Hebrew Aramaic word for Daddy, a baby word. The Lord is saying forget all your ideas of prayer – the complexities, formulas, all the special things.

You can learn the most profound truths in the word Abba, Daddy. You don’t have to go to a seminar. Go to a cradle and learn from that little baby. He doesn’t know many words; there’s no liturgy – but when he’s sad or hurting, he cries out.

When you’re hurting, pour out your heart to God – that’s it. If you have a need, bring it to him. When the baby is happy, it laughs. When you’ve got a joy, share it with God. Let your joy overflow in praise.

No eloquent words, but simply like a baby resting in his Father’s loving arms. It doesn’t have to be eloquent, just pour out your heart to God. Keep it simple, keep it basic, keep it Abba.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord heard them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17

Today seek to relate to God as His little child – get simple, get childlike, get to the heart – relate to Him as your “Abba.”

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Midbar

15 Oct

The Midbar…

The promised land is the shadow of heaven. When we speak about going home, crossing the Jordan, coming to the promised land, we’re speaking about going to heaven. The wilderness is a symbol of the place that we go through to get there, which is this life right now.

The Hebrews journeyed through the wilderness, crossed over and went into the promised land. That’s the way we picture it. But there was one wilderness, the Negev; which was part of and inside the Promised Land itself.

So if the Promised Land is a shadow of heaven and the wilderness is a shadow of this life, and they’re together, it means that heaven and this life are much closer together than you might think. If you’re a believer, heaven begins now. Even in the wilderness, the dry times, in the hard times, and in sorrows you can find heaven.

Whatever you’re going through in this journey, God is going through it with you. If you’re born again, God is with you and that makes it heaven. Learn to see the good in all things. Live in the heavenlies now because the promised land is also in the wilderness, and heaven is also in your life right now.

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23

Seek to live today as if Heaven were already in your circumstances, and as if you were already in Heaven – And in the Spirit, you will be.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Thus The Lord Has Already Said

14 Oct

Thus The Lord Has Already Said…

Throughout the Bible as in Ezekiel 37, it says “Thus saith the Lord” which we understand as the Lord is saying. But when you read “thus saith the Lord”, most of the time it doesn’t quite mean “thus saith the Lord” – as in the present tense.

The Hebrew word for “saith” is most often, ‘Amar.’ ‘Amar’ is not the present tense – but the past or perfect tense. That makes a big difference. It means it’s already done, finished. It means that it’s already perfectly established.

The Word of God is perfect, finished, done. Thus, when God says something, it’s as good as done. So when you take the Word and promises of God, there’s no question, no if, no maybe. Amar means it’s settled, done, sealed, finished, accomplished – it’s a done deal.

Stand on the Word, believe in it, be confident in the Word because the Word, promise, assurance of God is as good as done. Thus says the Lord, the Lord has spoken.

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

Today, look for a promise of God in the Word of God. Consider it as good as done.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Changes

13 Oct

Changes…

I picked this topic for discussion because as I listen to everyone talk about what is happening in our worlds today and what they perceive as right and wrong it was time to take a different look at life and ourselves. My prayer is this will cause you to take a closer look at yourself and see where some changes can be made.

We were sitting under a tree down by the river that afternoon. I was upset over something and complaining how life seemed so unfair at times. Grandfather sat there and listened to the whole story without a word.

As I finished he sat there for a minute, then said very softly and calmly – If you change the way you look at things, the things you are looking at will change.

That little statement to me, at the age of eight and half, seemed both a little abstract and challenging. I admit Grandfather always had a way to get me thinking, but this one made me realize just how important the choices we make shape our life.

If I were to ask you if you were happy with your life, most of you would answer yes. However, if I were to ask what you would most change in your life to make you happier or make life easier, most of you would realize you are not as content as you think. 

Grandfather used to tell me that actions speak louder than words and all the sweet talk in the world could not hide the real me if my actions don’t match my words. Then he added “Be the true person you seek, everyone should see the same you.”

Our life consists of one decision on top of another and in retrospect there is probably many things we could do better if we just took the time to think before we made our choices. We are the sum total of choices we made throughout our life and whether we want to admit it or not, we all have made our share of bad decisions. Most of them have taught us lessons and helped turn us back to the right path, however some remain hidden in the closet hoping never to see the light of day again.

How we perceive ourselves and how people perceive us usually turn out to be two different persons. Sometimes in life we need to look into a mirror and take an honest look at ourselves, then realize we just may have to make some hard changes to become the person we really want to be.  

Ok, I hear some of you saying there is nothing in my life that I would change. That is your ego standing up and denying your misgivings for you. Don’t let your expanded ego control who you really want to be.  Humble yourself and admit you made some bad choices you wish you could turn around. I know there are a few I would change.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

So, I ask you, if you could  change one thing in your life to be happy what would you change and why? Before you answer, think about it. Are you the same person to everyone who crosses your path? Now, what would you change and why?

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Learning To Have Poor Eye Sight

13 Oct

Learning To Have Poor Eye Sight…

In Genesis 27, it describes the scene where Isaac, the father, is blessing his sons. He wants to bless Esau, but Jacob comes to him in disguise and Isaac ends up blessing him because he had poor eye sight. Because of that he would bless Jacob.

Now if he had good eye sight and he had seen Jacob for what he was he would not have given him that blessing.

So there’s a key; in order to bless these people in your life that you have a hard time with, you have to learn how to develop “poor eye sight.”

You look at them and you see all their faults, and you can’t forgive them, you can’t bless them. But, you know what? If you’re to bless them, you have to have faith not to see, but to see the blood of Jesus.

God has chosen not to see your sins in the blood of Jesus. The eyes of your heart need poor vision so that you will see only the face of God and you will be a blessing – because you are not only blessed by what you see – but by what you don’t.

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— Jude 1:24

Today seek to develop poor eyesight – poor eyesight for the faults, shortcomings, weaknesses, and sins of others.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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A Guide for The Spirit Filled

12 Oct

A Guide for The Spirit Filled…

It’s written in Isaiah you shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace. Now the words “led forth” are very interesting in Hebrew, the word is Yabal. It means you’re led forth of God.

Yabal also means to flow. The Spirit is likened to water and that flows. So when you’re living in the Spirit, being led by God you’re going to flow.

What about you? Is your life characterized by flowing or is it being driven and pressed, rushing and running, but you’re not being led? Anger has no flow, jealousy has no flow, fear has no flow, and depression has no flow.

But if you’re led by God then you’ve got Yabal. Then you’ve got the quality of flowing. You see love flows, faith flows, mercy flows, kindness flows, and joy flows. That’s how you’re to go out in your life: to be flowing in the spirit.

Stop being driven my friend. Start being led. Take a break and be led because when you’re led by the Spirit your life will flow like a river. Then you shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace.

Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever. Isaiah 55:13

Seek today to be led by the flow of the Spirit at all times, not driven, not forced, but flowing.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Priest’s Crown & Your Life

11 Oct

The Priest’s Crown & Your Life…

In Hebrew the way you communicate ownership is by using the word “to”. The high priest of Israel wore a crown on which were the words Kadosh L’Adonai – Holy to the Lord.

That means that the high priest was not only holy, but he belonged to the Lord. He was the Lord’s possession. He didn’t belong to himself.

The Bible says that you are a royal priest. Thus, everything in your life belongs to God – your possessions, your resources, your time, your abilities, your money. Everything – to the Lord.

That also means you don’t own any more worries or burdens or problems. Start living as a royal priest that God called you to be. Put on the crown, give everything to the Lord.

One thing you would have is God Himself and all His blessings. It all begins when you put on the sacred crown that reads, Kadosh L’Adonai.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

As a royal priest, give to the King of kings and Lord of lords your highest praise today.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Uncovering His Feet

10 Oct

Uncovering His Feet…

Ruth, the Moabite, goes down to the threshing floor and finds Boaz sleeping there. She lies down next to him. She uncovers his feet.

Now this is a bold thing to do. She is a gentile, outcast, and has no right. He’s startled and wakes up and says, “Who are you?” She says, “I am Ruth, spread your garment over me because you are a kinsman redeemer.” He spreads his garment and that means that she is covered and becomes his wife, and he becomes her husband.

A beautiful story. It’s a real lesson about you and Jesus, because we are Ruth, we are outcasts. We need to come boldly to Him, especially when we have fallen, when we have messed up in sin. But by His mercy we can receive His grace.

Be strong about reaching out to His goodness and pulling it over your life, and asking Him, “Cover me Lord, because You are my Redeemer.” And by His grace He will gladly cover you with His love. But it all begins with a bold footmove.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Don’t hesitate to come boldly before God today with your requests.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Jordan Descender

9 Oct

The Jordan Descender…

In Matthew 16, Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?” “The Son of the Living God,” Peter answered. In other words you have come from God, you proceeded from the living God.

That’s a radical statement, but there is also something in it – where this was said. This was said in Caesarea Philippi which is called Vanyas.

The word “Jordan,” is called the Yarden in Hebrew, which means to descend, it means the descender, it comes down, it goes down the mountain and finally into the Dead Sea.

What a picture because that’s an incredible picture of Jesus. He is the descender. He is the one who came from heaven and poured Himself out and descended to death, to humiliation, to all these things because of you.

Who is Jesus? He is the one who has come down. He will come to you no matter what you are stuck in, no matter how deep the pit, He will come. He is the Son of the Living God who comes down into your life from the heights to the deepest pit of your heart.

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. Luke 1:32

Ask, seek, look for, and let God come down to where you are today – no matter the situation.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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A Tour of The Promised Land

8 Oct

A Tour of The Promised Land…

Yad Vashem is the memorial to the Holocaust. Inside it is very moving, sorrowful and a dark place never to forget. When you leave, you walk outside and the sun is shining, there are birds and grass, towns and villages, mountains and little children, laughter and life.

Inside Israel, there is Yad Vashem, but outside Yad Vashem there is an Israel. The amazing thing about Jewish history is not the Holocaust, but that for 4,000 years God has preserved them.

It is alive and filled with children in the streets, like the prophet said. God never denies the existence of evil, but He overcomes it. You might have a big problem in your life. Maybe a sorrow, darkness or tragedy and you are spending your time dwelling inside that problem.

The thing is that outside of your problem is your life and walk with God that surrounds your problem. Step outside and dwell in the mercy and love of God.

The bigger picture is that His kindness, love and His goodness are far bigger than that problem. Outside of your problem, there is the love of God.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

Come before God today, relinquish your problems and allow yourself to bask in His love.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed