Shameless

20 May

Shameless…

Jesus gives us a picture of a neighbor, knocking on the door, asking for a favor in the middle of the night. The word used to describe that neighbor, in the original Greek, is ana-e-diah. It literally means “impudent,” “importune,” even “shameless.”

Now you might be thinking, but we’re supposed to be humble and proper. True. But there is a time and place for holy impudence and heavenly shamelessness.

The Lord wants His people to be bold about the things of Heaven. The Lord wants us to be without shame with regard to the Gospel – unashamed, which is to be shameless.

The Lord wants us to be impudent about His word, all out for His promises, bold about His truth. The Lord wants us to be shameless about His truth, shameless about His love, shameless about our faith, shamelessly bold in prayer, in hope, in the Gospel, in Jesus.

The Lord wants you to take His word, and start boldly knocking on the door concerning it, and to keep knocking until He answers.

There are many things we can be ashamed of. But the Lord is not one of them. So be strong, be for real, and be shameless!

Let us then approace 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

Apply boldness to your walk today. Be bold in love, bold in faith, bold in prayer, bold in sharing, bold in doing His will.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Sword Of Gideon

19 May

The Sword of Gideon…

In the account of Gideon, we learn the power of broken pitchers. When Gideon’s men smashed their vessels, the light of their torches shone forth and they were given the victory.

In the Gospels, we learn the power of broken containers, as a broken vessel of ointment is poured out to anoint Jesus.

In the ministry of Jesus, we learn the power of broken bread, as He breaks a loaf that is not nearly enough to feed the thousands who are hungry, and yet, having been broken, a miracle happens, and it does that very thing.

In the death of Jesus, we learn the power of a broken body, as He gives Himself to be sacrificed and through it He redeems the world.

What do we see in all of this? The secret of brokenness – and the awesome power of a broken vessel.

Let your will be broken for His purposes and out of your life will come the shining of His glory, the anointing of His oil, the miracle of His bread, and the power of His redemption. For there is no end to what God can do with a vessel that allows itself to be broken.

And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24

Give to God all that is broken in your life, no matter who did it or how it happened – and glorify God in your brokenness. Let God work through it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Off The Rock

18 May

Off The Rock…

Most born again believers aren’t fond of rituals. They look at the older and more traditional denominations and note the lifelessness in most of their traditions, rituals, and rites. And many rituals, though not all, are indeed without life.

That’s because you can perform rituals without the heart. But there are many kinds of rituals, not just those of the traditional churches.

When you lose the fire, the zeal, and the first love of your faith, you’ll often find yourself living in the realm of rituals… doing the right things, praying, going to service, worshiping, saying the right words, even abstaining from sin… but doing it no longer from your heart, or from passion and love for God.

Then you’ve entered the realm of rituals. Is that you? If so, then get back to the heart of worship, the heart of praise, the heart of serving, the heart of ministering, the heart of obeying, the heart of repentance, and the heart of loving Him. For God doesn’t want you to waste your life in the realm of rituals, but to come back to the realm of Him.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Have you found yourself in a rut or routine in your life or your walk with God? Break out of it today in worship and love and zeal for God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Become A Good Actor

15 May

Becoming A Good Actor…

Have you ever seen a movie or play where it seems like people are just reading their lines? We call that bad acting. On the other hand, if what they’re saying sounds as if it’s actually coming from their heart, we call it good acting.

As believers we are called to act; to do good works or good actions for God. So, how is your acting? If you’re doing actions for the Lord but it’s not from your heart, doing it only on the outside – that’s bad acting.

If you’re serving in ministry and fulfilling your responsibilities, but it’s not from the heart – it’s bad acting. God wants you to do whatever you do wholeheartedly.

When you love, when you praise, when you give, when you counsel, when you shepherd, when you’re a parent, when you’re a husband or wife, do it from your heart – those are good actions.

Colossians 3:23 says, “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.”

Be a good actor. Act in such a way that people will believe that you’re for real! Act so well that you’re acting won’t just be acting anymore.

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Serve the Lord with your whole heart. Do the will of God today, but in all you do, do it wholeheartedly.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Apple Tree

14 May

The Apple Tree…

In the Song of Solomon, the bride says of the bridegroom, “My beloved is an apple tree… I sat down under his shadow with great delight.”

In these words are deep mysteries. We’re the bride and Jesus is our Beloved. The tree of the cross, His death, is the tree of the Bridegroom’s love. And we, the bride are to delight in the beauty of His shadow.

The Psalms speak of abiding and taking refuge in the shadow of His wings. It was a day of darkness when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb.

But she wanted to dwell in the shadow of the Beloved. She would rather be with Him in death than with anyone else in life. Paul said, “I desire to share in the fellowship of His sufferings.”

Become so in love with Him that you would rather be in His shadow, than anywhere else. And delight yourself in the shadow of your Beloved. For the shadow of your Beloved is a refuge greater than any other in the world.

Your Beloved is an apple tree. Delight yourself in the presence and shadow of that tree.

For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5

Today, take the mystery of this verse in the Song of Solomon and spend time in the presence and delight of your Beloved.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Titanic

13 May

The Titanic…

Imagine you wake up Sunday morning, it’s April 14th, and you’re on the Titanic. You know the Titanic is going to strike the iceberg around midnight and sink. People are running around you eating and talking about trivial things.

What would you do? How would you warn the people on the ship? And how urgently would you do it? The truth is, this whole world is the Titanic. It’s filled with all sorts of diversions and distractions and everyone in it will sink and will die.

And then comes judgment and eternity. All around you people are getting lost in the details of life, even though it’s sinking. What are you going to do about it? If you had the chance to save the Titanic that day, would you?

Or would you have let them perish, thinking most people would think you were crazy? Don’t live like that. It’s not just an illustration, it’s real.

Open your mouth. Open your heart. Tell them the Gospel. Tell it to everybody. Share it. Proclaim it! Bring them in. For the Titanic is real, and you’re on it.

He who testifies to these things says,  “Yes, I am coming soon.” Revelation 22:20

Today, live as if you were on the Titanic. Save the passengers on it. Share the Gospel in whatever way you can.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always.

Ed

The Samaritan’s Choice

12 May

The Samaritan’s Choice…

Yad Vashem is the Holocaust memorial in Israel. Outside of it is a beautiful path of trees called, “The Avenue of the righteous of the Nations.” Every tree is named after a Gentile who saved Jewish lives in the Holocaust.

During the Holocaust, those who did evil were in power, and seemed like the unstoppable wave of the future. Those who did righteously, who hid Jews and risked their lives, were in the minority.

Their cause looked hopeless yet, in the end, those in power ended up in defeat; being killed, taking their own lives, or living as hunted fugitives with the shame of what they did forever.

But those who did right yet seemed weak ended up as heroes. No matter how powerful evil looks, or how unstoppable it may seem even as immorality seems to be the wave of the future, still in the end evil will perish.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalm 1:5-6

And no matter how weak the cause of the righteous seems, you who do right will be lifted up. The righteous will shine as the stars of heaven. And in heaven all these trees will blossom in the avenue of the righteous.

Today, share the Gospel with someone that needs the Lord. Don’t worry if they accept or reject. Just do the right thing.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed