Outside The Box

20 Mar

Outside The Box…

Luke gives the account of Jesus basically being kicked out of His own synagogue. So what happened to that synagogue? They went on with their services, rituals, routines, and their social lives.

But Jesus moved on outside the synagogue; the healing, the good news, the release of the captors went on, freedom to the prisoners, sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and all the miracles that His own synagogue couldn’t contain.

His own religion could not contain Him, and neither can ours. Even when the religion is in His name today as Christianity, He’s bigger than that.

If you want miracles, blessings, and His presence, then you have to step outside of your routine, your rut, and even the rituals in your life.

Because the walls of His religion couldn’t contain Him. He had to go outside for the miracles to keep going.

You need to step outside the narrow walls and walk with the King in the excitement of the new adventure of Him. For the blessings He has for you are so big, they cannot be contained inside.

When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:12

Stretch yourself and do something outside of the ordinary, outside of what you’ve ever been able to do before. By the power of God, do something extraordinary!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Faithful

19 Mar

Faithful…

By the hand of God, scribes have maintained the Scriptures so accurately for thousands of years. For generations, they have meticulously copied the Word, to the smallest jot and tittle.

If they make one mistake, the whole scroll is deemed unusable, and they have to start all over again. Before they write the name of God on the scroll, they will bathe themselves.

They hold great reverence for the Word and the name of God. As believers, we have the revelation of the New Covenant in Jesus.

Yet, we often treat the Word carelessly, bending it, softening it, or compromising it to fit what we want. We don’t really follow it, we take it lightly, or we take it for granted, and we don’t really treasure it. But the scribes of Israel, without Jesus, treated the Word so meticulously and reverently.

We need to treat the Word at least as reverently as the scribes of Israel. Cherish it, follow it, and take it at full strength as a sacred treasure in your life. The Word is a treasure, but it only gives life to those who treasure it.

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18

Today, take time to spend with the Word. Receive each word in reverence as the Word of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Open Hand

18 Mar

Open Hand…

Yadah is a verb in Hebrew meaning ‘to worship with extended hands.’ The root word is yad, which means an open hand.

An open or giving hand stands for an open heart. It is an open heart that worships God. A yad or open hand is a hand open not only to give but to receive.

The hand that closes, or doesn’t give, isn’t going to receive either. If you’re born again, you’re spiritually part of the Jewish family.

That means your life is to be characterized by thanks because the word Jew or Yehudah means one who gives thanks with an open hand, with praise.

So when you give thanks to God, you don’t have to be worried. You can’t be worried and give thanks at the same time. The more you are generous; the more you give, let go, bless, worship, and praise, the more you’re going to receive the blessings.

For the one who has an open hand to give the blessings, is going to be the one who has an open hand to receive them. Be the one who has learned the secret of the open yad, the open hand.

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 1Timothy 2:8

Today, open the yad of your life and be generous, give and bless from your heart – and the yad of your life will receive from God’s hand.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Rain

17 Mar

Rain…

Isaiah 55:10 says, “as the rain comes down… from heaven.” The flow of life comes from heaven to earth.

The earth can appear green for a while, but without the blessing of rain from heaven, it will ultimately end up barren.

In the same way, it may seem like we can go without God in our lives, and we appear okay. Things might seem okay for a while, but in the end, our life will be dry and dead.

Life without prayer and communion with God is like the earth without rain. Without God’s blessing from heaven, your earthly life is going to dry up. It doesn’t matter what you have: money, earthly love, sexuality, and even marriage without God, it all dries up, anything without God dries up.

Even your ministry without God will become dry. So seek the Lord, turn your heart, your mind, and your strength back to heaven. Receive the waters of the Spirit. He will make your life and your walk come alive again as never before, because without prayer, without Him, it’s like earth without heaven.

If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. John 15:6

Today, take time in God’s presence and ask Him to shower you with His life. Soak up the waters of the Spirit into your heart.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Wall

16 Mar

The Wall…

Song of Solomon 2:9 says, “My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall…”

That Hebrew word for wall is kotel. In Israel, the holiest place in Judaism is called “The Kotel” or “the Western Wall.” Jewish people pray against the wall.

For 2,000 years, the Jewish people have been walled up to their salvation, to their Jesus. There is a wall of misinformation between them and Jesus. They are praying at a wall.

But the good news is this: our Beloved is behind the wall. Right behind that wall is Jesus waiting with open arms to His people, Yeshua, Jesus– their Beloved, waiting behind their wall.

Is there any wall of separation or distance keeping you from God? Maybe because of your sins, your problems, or whatever it is, is there a wall between you and God?

Your beloved is right there behind the wall, waiting with His arms open. Whatever the wall is, or whatever you think it is, don’t fear. Don’t worry, just break through because He is waiting. Your beloved is right behind the wall.

Today, release those strongholds on your life, break whatever wall has put distance between you and God and find your Beloved waiting – on the other side of the wall.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Upside Down

13 Mar

Upside Down…

Think about the power of the cross. It was an execution stake, a horrible vessel of torture and death that became the symbol of life and hope.

Amazing! Death turned into life. It was the worst thing that could happen that became the best thing that ever happened. The worst sin that has ever been– the crucifixion of God– became the greatest act of righteousness that has ever been.

The ending of Jesus’s life becomes the beginning of eternal life. The cross becomes a place of hope, and the tomb becomes a place of new beginnings. The power of Jesus, is to turn everything upside down.

You have that power, too. If you’re in Jesus, you have the power to turn everything upside down; to turn your sorrows into joy, your setbacks into victory, your failures into triumph, and to turn every bad thing into the blessing of God.

Use that power. For the cross is the most revolutionary power in the universe. It’s the power of the Lord for you to turn the world – and your life – upside down.

I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Psalm 30:1

Today, whatever your situation, take the power you have in Jesus and apply it to your life – Turn your life – and the world around you – upside down!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Doctrine Of Caesar

12 Mar

The Doctrine Of Caesar…

Today we see the Church and the Synagogue as two very different things. However, the first church or what we call ‘church’ began in Jerusalem.

The leader was James. His real name was Jacob or Yaakov in Hebrew. He wrote one of the earliest epistles. James 2:2 says, “If a man comes into your assembly…” The word translated as assembly or church, is the Greek word synagōge. It is from this word that we get the word synagogue.

That means that the first churches were, in a sense, synagogues. The first church in Jerusalem was also a synagogue and it was the mother of all churches. Remember the Gospel is Jewish and yet for all people.

As a true believer, you must love and pray for the Jewish people. Salvation came to you from Israel – you’re part of something Jewish. In fact, if you’re born again, you’re a child of Abraham.

You’re of the commonwealth, a citizen of Israel, so be blessed. For the first church was also a synagogue.

If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29

Remember to not separate, as all born again believers receive the promises of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always

Ed