Let The Wicked Perish

17 Feb

Let The Wicked Perish…

In Psalm 83, David says, “Let the wicked perish.” It seems almost unbiblical, not the same spirit as you find in the New Testament. Are we not told to love our enemies? So how could he write, Let the wicked perish?

How can you pray, Let the wicked perish? Let the wicked perish starting with the old me and all its old, sinful, selfish ways… Let that wicked man perish!

One of our problems is we never pray like that anymore. David did. But you need to pray like that, that hard, harsh, and politically incorrect prayer; only you have to direct it at yourself – the old fleshly nature… that’s definitely included in the word wicked.

So it must be the desire of your heart to see your old nature, with its lust, its self-centeredness, its pride, its ego, its self-pity, its deceit, its anger, and fear… perish!!!

You have to be just as fed up with the wicked as David was and just as zealous to get rid of it. Because it’ll only happen when you’re that fed up with it. So let’s pray a new prayer, starting with me and you… ‘Let the wicked… perish!’

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

Today, if you’re tempted to pray for God to change someone that might have hurt or angered you, get your ego out of the way and ask God to change you first.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Even Heaven Has To Receive Jesus

16 Feb

Even Heaven Has To Receive Jesus…

In Acts 3:20-21, a strange verse appears, ‘Jesus the Messiah, whom Heaven must receive…’ You’ve heard that you must receive Jesus, but Heaven? Why does Heaven need to receive Jesus?

What could be more wonderful than Heaven? Heaven… the place that has everything: streets of gold, angelic music, gates of pearl, no more death or pain or crying.

Yet with all that, Heaven still needs to receive Jesus. There’s still something missing. The fact is, if you got to Heaven and Jesus wasn’t there, then it wouldn’t really be Heaven. Heaven is empty without Jesus.

If Heaven is empty without Jesus, how much more are you… and your life. If Heaven is empty without Jesus, then it doesn’t matter how much money you have, how much success, or power or anything else you get in this life.

It will still need Jesus to be the center. Even if your life was filled with every heavenly thing and supernatural gifts, it would still be empty without Jesus.

So do today, what even Heaven must do… receive Jesus as the center of your life; for without Him, even Heaven isn’t Heaven. But wherever He is, there is Heaven.

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:31

If you haven’t already done so, make today your day to receive the Lord. If you have, bring Him into everything and every part of your day and life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

The Phantom Moth

15 Feb

The Phantom Moth…

In Great Britain, a night train was carrying Queen Victoria. Suddenly, the engineer saw a phantom figure… in a black cloak standing in the middle of the tracks, waving its arms back and forth.

The engineer jammed the brakes, stared into the fog, and saw the bridge ahead had been swept away. When they reached London, the engineer discovered a dead moth at the bottom of the engine’s head lamp. He pressed the moth against the glass of the lamp, turned on the light and saw the black-robed figure.

Seconds before the train was due to pass over the missing bridge; the moth had flown into the lamp. The image was of a black-robed man waving his arms to stop. The queen was saved by a moth.

As far as the moth was concerned, it was just flying to a light. It is written, ‘God works all things together for good, for those who love Him…’ I was hit by a train. That’s how I came to the Lord.

So, if you love Him, be at peace, and rejoice that He’s working everything together for good, in your life, whether it be a train… or a moth!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Today look for the good and the good purposes of God in all things in your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Call To Be You

14 Feb

The Call To Be You…

In a particular “Peanuts” comic strip, Charlie Brown was asked if he’d like to have been Abraham Lincoln. Well now Charlie Brown answered, “I’m having a hard enough time being just plain old Charlie Brown…”

One believer made a similar observation and put it this way: “When I die, I will not be asked, why were you not St. Paul, or that great leader in the church” I will be asked, “why were you not yourself?”

So it is written, “I can do all things through Jesus who strengthens me… Notice it says “I” – not someone else. Only I can do all things that God has called me to do. No one else can fulfill my calling, nor can I fulfill the calling of anyone else.

You see, God made you precious and unique. Each person in God’s image is precious and unique. So when you try to be someone else, you become a second-rate imitation; you actually sin against God because He didn’t make you to be someone else.

So forget about what everyone is doing and you focus on being faithful to God for your calling. Be yourself in His grace.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Live for no one else’s approval but the Lord’s. Be yourself in the presence of the Lord.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Wolf vs The Sheep

13 Feb

The Wolf vs The Sheep…

In Matthew 7, Jesus speaks of wolves. Wolves are dog-like carnivores that chase and stalk their prey and go for blood. When they see blood, they go for the kill.

On the contrary, sheep are timid, and spend their days grazing in herds. They are totally without protection from their predators. If you belong to the Lord, you’re one of the sheep. At the same time, the Lord describes the enemy of our souls as a wolf.

The problem is wolves are a lot stronger than sheep, and are more cunning, ferocious, and dangerous. Though sheep are defenseless on their own… they’re usually not on their own, but with a shepherd.

So, wise sheep learn not to trust in their own strength, abilities, discernment, or perception. Instead, they learn to trust the shepherd, and they learn to trust his eyes, his strength, and his discernment.

So it is with you. You have a shepherd, the Shepherd of your soul. And the things which war against your soul are no match for the Shepherd. So trust not in your strength or judgment, but learn to trust in His. And stay close by His side.

Nothing says it better than the 23rd Psalm: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Read Psalm 23 all over again today, but this time read it through the eyes of a sheep – meditate on it – let the Spirit teach you its deep truths – applied to your life.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Eyes Of God

12 Feb

The Eyes Of God…

In 1799, an American ship named the “Nancy” suspected of carrying contraband, was seized by a British vessel. But before the ‘Nancy’ was boarded, the crew disposed of the illegal cargo.

The captain threw the ship’s records overboard and substituted a fake set of records in the event of capture. The officers were put on trial for smuggling, but the evidence was lacking.

Just when the crew was about to be acquitted, the captain of another vessel walked into the courtroom with the original papers of the ‘Nancy,’ the very record its captain had thrown into the sea. The papers, it turned out, had been eaten by a shark.

What do the ‘Shark Papers’ teach us? Jesua told us that in the Day of Judgment, everything you do in secret shall be seen in the light, and all you whisper shall be shouted from the rooftops.

Those crewmen thought their sins were well hidden. But truth has a way of coming out. Therefore, let the light of God wash away your sins and be pure. Live a life you would be glad to have illuminated by the light and shouted from the rooftops.

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. Ephesians 5:11-13

Today, everything you do, do in the light of God, transparent, no hiding, as if all is being seen – as it is.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Prepare Ye The Way

11 Feb

Prepare Ye The Way…

One of the most famous verses in Scripture is Isaiah 40: “Prepare the way for the Lord.” It doesn’t say “Prepare a place for the Lord.” It says, “Prepare the way for the Lord.”

The difference is a place is limited, it comes to an end; but a way goes on and on. Too often we prepare God a place, but not a way. We give Him time for worship, events, and experiences.

But spaces end – the Sunday high stops and you have a Monday morning low. But the key of a life for blessing isn’t to prepare God places to fill, but to prepare Him a way. A way is a space that keeps going – a “derech” in Hebrew means a path, a lifestyle, a way of life.

You need to turn those holy spaces at Worship Service into godly ways that go right through Monday – for blessings of God must need to flow… Give them a derech, a life of holiness, and joy.

Then your innermost being will well up with a river of life when you obey the command and prepare for the Lord, a derech, a way, in your life.

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” Luke 3:4

Think of some action steps that you can take today to “prepare the way for the Lord”.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

A Man Called Peter II

10 Feb

A Man Called Peter II…

Kayfa, also known as Simon Peter, messed up. We know more about his mess ups than the mess ups of anyone else in the New Testament. He messed up rebuking the Lord, denying the Lord, comparing the Lord to Moses and Elijah, and sinking into the water.

Peter seems, often, to be stumbling through the New Testament. The main thing about Peter is not that he stumbled, but that he walked. He may have stumbled… but at least he walked.

He was the only apostle who started sinking into the water, but at least he walked on the water. None of the others sank, but none of the others walked. Which had the better portion?

It was the one who at least walked on the water. And Peter became the leader of them all. Most of the disciples and most of us would rather avoid the risk of stumbling, falling, and sinking by choosing not to step out in faith.

God is calling you to step out in faith – for better to have stepped out in faith than to have never stepped out at all.

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Take a half-step today, if that’s all you can do, by faith. At least make a start.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Holy Place In..

9 Feb

The Holy Place In…

The Wilderness So… you’re going through a wilderness…Or, you’ve just gone through a wilderness…or, you’re about to go through a wilderness… or … whatever the case … you probably don’t like the wilderness, those hard times in the Lord.

But if you go into any synagogue in the world, you’ll find something called the Ark, the holiest place. Inside the Ark is the Torah, the most holy scroll which contains the Five Books of Moses.

But think about it… this most sacred scroll, the Torah, was written completely in the wilderness…. Genesis and the creation of the world, Exodus and Passover, the Ten Commandments, the Law, the Ark of the Covenant, and the Holy of Holies.

The wilderness is sacred, a special place and time where you get the chance of drawing especially near to God. It is in the wilderness that He gives you the Tent of Meeting, and reveals His presence in the deepest ways.

So do not despise your wilderness, but bless it. For God Himself will dwell among you in the most special of ways and make your wilderness most holy.

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

Create a special place to spend time getting closer to the Lord today – just Him and you. Make your wilderness holy.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Maintaining Focus – By Grace Alone (2/14)

9 Feb

Maintaining Focus – By Grace Alone…

Over the years we all learn that nothing we do is by accident. As Christians we grow in the fact that it is only by His grace that we do anything. This is why it is so important to stay focused on God.

It is through His grace that there’s a lot right in your life. It is also through His grace we have stuggles in our life. Don’t focus so much on the struggles that you miss the gift of His grace for within every struggle there is a gift.

By grace alone we go forth and it is by grace alone we have blessings to share. So why is it that so many people spend so much time complaining about their misery than they do rejoicing about the blessings in their daily life?

We will stumble, it is only human, but through prayer and His grace we are lead back onto His path. I think we, as Christians, begin to take His presence for granted and forget to thank Him for all He is doing on our behalf.

In every stuggle we face there is a joy to share, if we take the time to discover it. However, most don’t take the time to find out what the blessing is because they are so bent because of the struggle they have put in front of them.

I have learned over the years to ask myself why God has blessed me with this struggle and what joy I can share with others as a result of it. I have found in every struggle there is also a blessing. As we walk our way through the problem we begin to understand just what God is teaching us and then we are blessed.

It is my opinion we exist, by His grace, to share our blessings with others. We grow through sharing with each other and each of us receives a bit of joy from it. This joy is a blessing that grows as we share it with others. It is a never ending process that grows as we continue to share our blessings.

As we know, life is full of rough places that we learn to overcome or work around to continue down our chosen path. God places these obstacles in our path because there is a lesson to be learned from them. As we learn the lesson we are given a blessing and when we share the blessings we are blessed again.

To grow in life, both as a Christian and as a person, we must take the cards we are dealt and make the best of it. I believe we get out of life just what we put into it so by expressing the joy in everything we are sharing the love God wants us to share. We must keep our focus centered on God.

It is by grace alone I am….

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed