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Exercising Your Powers

18 Sep

Exercising Your Powers…

We think of exorcism as something involving people rolling on the floor screaming obscenities, the Exorcist movie, or heads turning around. That’s not the only kind of exorcism. John 2:15 says, Jesus drove them out of the Temple, but the word here is ekballo, which is the same word for exorcism.

If you are a disciple, you have the power of ekballo, to exorcise, to take out evil. We don’t have a passive faith, we have to be powerfully opposed to evil. We’re to be casters out of evil in end-time civilization.

You have the power, not just to complain about what’s going on in the world, but to actually drive out evil in your surroundings, your own life. Evil spirits aren’t the only thing that needs to be cast out. Sin needs to be cast out, anything in your life not of God has to be cast out.

You have power not only to receive new things into your life, but to cast out old things out of your life. So cast out those things in your life because you have been given the power to exorcise them.

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Timothy 2:19

Exercise the power of ekballo, cast away all things that are not pleasing to God, make no room for evil to enter in your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Virtual World

17 Sep

The Virtual World…

There are goggles and gloves you put on to become enmeshed in virtual reality. Imagine you had these on since you were born and all you knew was virtual reality.

There’s the real world out there, but you never saw it. The real world would seem less real. You’d have to have faith to see. One day you take off those glasses and it’s more solid than anything you ever knew.

The fact is, virtual reality is the world we’re living in. It’s not absolute reality, it’s a copy based on the real. Real reality is spiritual reality. We think that the spiritual is less real because we don’t see it, but it’s the real thing.

We walk by faith, not by sight, because things which are seen are temporary. Things which aren’t seen are eternal. All the problems you’re dealing with are only virtual problems. Terrors of this world–virtual terrors.

Riches of this world–virtual riches, not real. Stop getting so wrapped up in virtual reality. The only thing that matters is what’s forever. Live in the real world, live in the spiritual then you’ll really live.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Look beyond today’s temporary circumstances, focus on and live in the eternal.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Scarlet Redemption

16 Sep

The Scarlet Redemption…

In the Bible, scarlet is the color of sin. In Isaiah, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” Scarlet is the color of sin, yet scarlet is also the color of redemption.

It was the color of the thread that Rahab used and was saved. It was the color of the Passover doorposts when the Hebrews sprinkled it with blood and were saved. It is the color that was sprinkled on the mercy seat on the Day of Atonement that saved them from sin.

Jesus became sin for us, to take away sin from us. It’s amazing, when you look back at your life, you find out that it’s generally not the good times that changed you or produced the most good, but the bad times as the Lord uses everything for His good.

Take that guilt, take that past sin, take that failure and lift it to God, lift it to the cross, and it will become your victory. What was once sin will become repentance, conviction, holiness, love, purity and zeal for God. Because scarlet, the color of sin is also the color of redemption.

Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

Lift everything in your life, the darkest and most ungodly things, to the Lord. Give Him thanks for redeeming it and turning your scarlet into redemption.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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A Time To Hate

15 Sep

A Time To Hate…

There is a term in our Bible known as “good hate.” For instance, in Psalms, “I will set no evil thing in front of my eyes. I hate the work of those who turn aside” and “I hate every false way.” Proverbs speaks about hate, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil, pride and arrogance.”

We have to love people, but to hate sin and hate evil. Hate sin in your own life, so much that we will also set no evil thing in front of our eyes. We need to hate that sin of adultery, gossip, self-pride and selfishness so much that you fight it with all your strength.

We must hate the evil way. There is a holy hatred, not of flesh and blood, but of evil. It’s a good thing to have a beautiful hate for sin. It is part of the Psalms and Psalms are beautiful. The hatred of sin starts with us in our own life.

When you sing Psalms of praise, it is as worship to God as when you set your heart to become a much more loving person by hating your own sin.

I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. Psalm 101:3

Love the sinner but hate the sin – and apply this to yourself. Give no room for temptations of selfishness or fleshly desires but maintain a spirit of holiness.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Faith

14 Sep

Faith..

Grandfather once told me If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. Just stay on your path and walk with the faith that all will be well.

Faith is believing in what is true. Faith has two elements: 1) being convinced of the truth, being certain of reality, having evidence of unseen things, and 2) believing, hoping in, embracing, seizing the truth.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen..

While faith requires being convinced that what we believe in is true, just knowing the truth is only half of faith. God’s word must be hoped for, embraced, seized! Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

Believing is not exactly the same as faith. For belief to be faith, it must light on what is certainly true. Yet Scripture gives examples of situations where belief alone is required, even commanded. There’s no time for evidence collection, to wait, to hear, for certainty. Just believe.

Like Peter walking on the water–don’t think, act! God even requires us to believe in Him when, temporarily, the evidence looks bad: to trust. God requires belief and trust in moments of human weakness, but faith is what makes us strong. Faith is the state of being convinced about what we hope for.

Contrary to popular teaching, faith is not mental delusion, presumption or self-deception, but a work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Rom 10:17 Faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

Over the years, I have found, faith to be a personal thing and that almost everyone has their own way of defining and measuring it. To have faith is to defy logic. It takes faith to think positively. It takes faith to believe that there is a loving God who cares deeply about our pain. To believe in life, the universe, or yourself after numerous failures is to have courage.

LFaith is an act of courage. It is choosing to get up in the morning and face our fears and believe that God will help us. Faith is choosing to believe that even though we may have failed one hundred times before that we can succeed the next time.

Grandfather once told me a story about the bird:

On the ground sits a bird
that’s too afraid to fly.
Beautiful wings could make it soar,
but the pain of past failure is it’s lonesome cry.

God has said unto this bird,
“Trust and have faith in me,
for I will carry you in your flight.
The miracle of life is waiting for you to see.”

The bird said to God, “But I can’t fly.
I am weak. I will fall and feel pain
It’s happened before when I tried to fly.
I’m afraid of being hurt again.”

His voice soft and reassuring, God said to the bird, I created you, and I will protect you. Your lonesome cry I have heard.
Have faith in me. That’s all you need to do.

So, stand up, bird, and spread your wings.
The wings I lovingly created to let you fly.
If you fall I’ll pick you up, and lift you back into the sky.

With trembling legs and unsure wings
the bird finally looked to the sky.
It took a deep breath, and took the chance.
The bird began to fly.

“Thank you, God, for believing in me.
Thank you for giving me wings.
Thank you for your protecting hands.
Your glory I will now sing.”

God smiled unto the bird
in its majestic flight.
“Little bird, I’ll always be with you,
and will protect you with all my might.

You may stumble. You may fall.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t care.
I will watch over you, in case you need help,
and then I’ll be right there.”

The little bird, once so scared,
learned to soar to new heights.
The occasional fall no longer scared the bird, choosing to have faith in Gods flight.

I also know just how rough the road can be so let me finish with this:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, when funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns, as every one of us sometimes learns, and many a failure turns about, when he might have won if he’d stuck it out. Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow – you may succeed with another blow.

Faith is failure turned inside out – the silver tint of the clouds of doubt, and you never can tell how close you are – It may be near when it seems afar; so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit – it’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

How do you measure faith? I would really like to hear your story.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Real Goal

14 Sep

The Real Goal…

You’re in your car, you’re late, and the person ahead of you is going really slow. You say, “Come on, step on it, buddy! I have to get to service, and the teaching is really important. It’s called ‘Be Still and Know That I am God’.”

How often we miss the point. You’re rushing and anxious because you’re late. You’re losing peace, and becoming more and more unlike a Christian. You’re losing the gifts of the Spirit because you’re rushing somewhere to hear about the gifts of the Spirit.

You might be in a ministry or have a goal to do God’s will, but doing it in the worst way. How easy we forget the reason why we do what we do. Your real goal is not to get to that meeting because if it is, you will end up with no peace, patience or love.

Your goal is simply this, love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and your neighbor as yourself. That’s it. When you’re behind that really slow driver, it’s okay. Just love, bless and pray for them. That will please the Lord, and that’s the real goal.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Keep in mind today that every encounter is a divine appointment. Your real goal is to love God and those you encounter.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Seasons of The Harvest

13 Sep

Seasons of The Harvest…

The Lord sent the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the Hebrew Feast of Shavuot. It’s also called in Hebrew – Khag Ha Katzeer – the Feast of Harvest. In Israel the wheat harvest begins in the early summer with Shavuot-Pentecost.

Every year the Israelites would celebrate Shavuot in Jerusalem, then reap their harvest fields. The Spirit came on Pentecost because Pentecost is Khag Ha Katzeer – The Feast of Harvest to begin the harvest of souls. The Spirit came to give us the power to reap the harvest of salvation.

That was the last Great holy day given. We’re still in the harvest. The Spirit is spreading the Gospel and salvation. Lift up your eyes and look around; the harvest is ripe; it’s all around you. Look for people who need salvation.

Go and tell them the good news. You have the answer. The Spirit was given to you so you can also have power. Go forth into the fields of harvest – the Great Commission.

The Spirit will rest upon you, and you will be clothed with power. For Pentecost is Khag Ha Katzeer, the Feast of Harvest.

After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:3-8

Proclaim the Good News in your field of work and your field of neighbors. Share and be that witness to the answer of salvation.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Day of Oaths

12 Sep

The Day of Oaths…

The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost; the Feast of Fifty days. Its Hebrew name was Shavuot which means weeks. The Feast of Weeks or rather the Feast of Sevens. Shavuot refers to the seven weeks that began with Passover.

That’s very significant in Hebrew because the word ‘seven’ in Hebrew, doesn’t just mean seven; it means promise, oath, swearing. When people would make promises and oaths, they would swear seven times. Shavuot – the Feast of Promises, Oaths, Swearings – the Feast of the Promise of God, of God’s Oath.

The Holy Spirit is a surety of God’s promise. Just as God swears by Himself in the Hebrew Scriptures, so He gives Himself the sign of His Oath, by giving the Spirit. He gives Himself as the Guarantee of His Oath. Pentecost/ Shavuot is the last great gift of God for this age.

For His Spirit is the guarantee of His faithfulness. Sometimes you wonder if you can trust the Lord. He will never leave or forsake you. The guarantee is that He’s given you His own Spirit. For God has given you Himself, His own Spirit as the very oath of His promise to you.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Invite the Holy Spirit into every plan, activity, and situation today. And let His will be accomplished through you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Your Problem and Your Yeshua

11 Sep

Your Problem and Your Yeshua…

The Lord says, “In the world you will have trouble; tribulation, but take courage.” That doesn’t seem like encouragement. That’s the point.

In this world we will and we do have trouble; that’s the way the world is. Doctrines and teachings that pretend that God’s people won’t have trouble are useless. The encouragement is that we will have trouble, but God is bigger.

God has overcome the world. God’s love doesn’t separate us from trouble, but trouble will never separate us from the love of God. It’s saying we WILL have trouble, but we WILL have salvation. Yeshua means salvation–Jesus; His name is salvation.

How would we see the power of salvation without something to be saved from. “In the world you will have trouble, but, take courage, I have overcome the world and your problem already.”

Don’t expect to not have problems. Expect the problem, but expect something better–the salvation of God in which you will overcome every problem and the world.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14

Be an overcomer. Take courage to face your problems without fear. Press on, knowing He has overcome the world.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Jesus’s Nachum

10 Sep

Jesus’s Nachum…

There’s a place where you’ll always find Jesus, the Messiah, and those who follow Him. It’s a specific place with a specific name. Two Hebrew words, the first is Kfar, meaning village or shelter. The other is Nachum – like the prophet Nahum, meaning both comfort and repentance.

Put it together and you get Kfar Nachum which we know as Capernaum. This was the place that Jesus chose to live. Jesus’s place of ministry could be translated as “the Village of Comfort” and “the Village of Repentance.”

It was from Capernaum, known as Kfar Nachum, that Jesus revealed the ways of God, healed the sick and set free the oppressed. This tells us that if you want to know God’s comfort, miracles, presence, and blessing then you have to go to Kfar Nachum, the Village of Repentance.

In repentance, in turning away from sin and to the ways of God, you’ll find God’s blessing, healing and miracles. For Jesus dwelt in Kfar Nachum – “the Village of Repentance” which is also “the Village of His Comfort.”

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3

Turn away from that sin in your life; turn to God and you’ll find the comfort of the Lord.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed