Predictability

4 Oct

Predictability…

There was a joke told during WWII. Two assassins planned to kill Adolf Hitler, who was known for being punctual. So they stationed themselves in the right spot waiting for the right moment. Five minutes go by, and there’s no sign of him… ten minutes, twenty minutes, thirty minutes, and still no sign of him. Finally, one of the assassins turns to the other and says, “This isn’t like Hitler at all. He’s never this late.” To which the other replies, “Gee, I hope nothing happened to him.”

Predictability is not a good thing in warfare. If the enemy knows what you’re going to do, you become an easier target – so, too, in your spiritual walk. If your walk with God is stuck in a rut – it’s to the enemy’s advantage. So don’t’ let that happen. Always seek to grow and step into the new.

Break out of the old routine. Open up your walk to change. Take a step of faith. For those who are led by the Spirit walk in the newness of life. And those who walk in the newness of life are the enemy’s worst nightmare.

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4

Today, follow the leading of the Spirit and don’t be predictable or fall for the enemies schemes.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Priest King

3 Oct

The Priest King…

In Isaiah 11 it’s written, “There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse…” But the word in Hebrew for “stem” is “geza.” “Geza” actually means “a stump” a “cut down tree or plant.”

This Scripture is prophesying that Jesus will come forth as a twig growing out of a cut off tree stump. Thus Jesus would spring up from the broken, cut off stump of the throne and line of David.

If you look at the lives of those who are born again, you can always find some sort of tree trunk; an old life cut down, and yet out of which comes forth the life of Jesus. The life of Jesus comes forth in the cutting down of our pride, our plans, our hopes, our dreams, our happiness, our security, and all the rest of the old life. That is when Jesus’ life begins to grow. Remember that.

Even now, when you see hopes, comforts, plans, securities, and dreams cut down in your life, don’t despair. For in Jesus, from every cut-down trunk, will come forth a shoot of something far better.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Give God your broken hopes and dreams. And surrender your current plans and desires to His will and allow Him to grow something better.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Awesome Days

2 Oct

Awesome Days…

There are ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. These were the days, given to Israel and heralded by the sounding of Trumpets, to prepare to meet the Lord. They are known as the Yomim Noraim, The Days of Awe,or The Awesome Days.

It’s believed that in these days your name is sealed in the Book of Life. Throughout the ages, Jewish people have spent their Days of Awe with great reverence – getting right with God and man, forgiving and asking forgiveness – The Days of Awe.

What does this have to do with you? After this life is over, we all will stand before God. The days of eternity do not determine your days on earth. But your days on earth do determine the days of eternity. So use them wisely; get right with God and man, forgive and be forgiven. Do the good you know you must.

For eternity stands just around the corner, and you will never again have these days to ready yourself for it. These are your Yomim Noraim, the Days of Awe.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

Use your time wisely in view of eternity. Do whatever you have to do to be right with God and forgive and be forgiven. These are awesome days.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Find Your Path

1 Oct

Find Your Path…

In the pathway of faith we come to learn that the Lord’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor His ways our ways. Both in the physical and spiritual realm, great pressure means great power! Although circumstances may bring us into the place of death, that need not spell disaster, for if we trust in the Lord and wait patiently, that simply provides the occasion for the display of His almighty power.

“Remember His marvelous works that He hath done, His wonders and the judgements of His mouth.” Psalms. 105:5

While His thoughts are not ours, we are the sum total of our thoughts at any point in time. Realizing God knows our thoughts before or as we have them, we have the blessing to make the most of what we think and feel. I learned, growing up, that how you start your day sets the tone for that day.

Grandfather mentored me to give thanks for another beautiful day, be joyful for how good your day was going to be and remember to give thanks for all the blessing you have received in your life. I start my day with these three little prayers of thanks every morning. God has blessed me way more than I deserve.

To say life isn’t always easy would be an understatement. But add we determine just how easy or hard our life is would, I’m sure, give some people some heartache. It’s all our choice.

Many people feel their life is always on the rocks and they live their life in calamity, while others feel you get out of life what you put into it and live full happy lives free of most burden. I believe if I make the best of a situation that a blessing will come from it. When a situation confronts you, if you turn in defeat you miss out on the blessing the situation has for you.

I have discovered there is a secret to life and it involves faith, trust, love and prayer. I faithfully follow the path God has given me trusting He will light my way. I love God with all my heart and I love my neighbors as He loves me. I pray continuously, listening to His answers as they are whispered in my ear. I never question His intentions for He knows my needs better than I do.

All this is found in the bible, if one is willing to look beyond the words and follow the spirit. Yes, the bible also mentions persecution, but how one accepts it is a choice. It is a blessing to serve God. It is also a blessing to serve people in His name.

I believe that even in the darkest times, there is always a light showing me the way out. It just may be a candle at the end of the tunnel, but is shines brightly ro guide me down my path. It is the same for you, He is always there to guide you through life and the path you chose.

My prayer for all is that they see the light and faithfully follow the path He has set before you. Pray continuously and listen for His answers.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Edwin Christian
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The Collaberators

1 Oct

The Collaberators…

The Scriptures speak of humanity as sheep. When it comes to being one of the Lord’s flock with Jesus as our Shepherd, it’s a beautiful thing. But there’s a dark side to the sheep – not concerning the kingdom but the nature of man. As sheep go astray, so does human nature. Sheep have another characteristic – they tend to follow. They are herd animals. What that means is that it’s the nature of man to follow the majority – for good or evil.

The track record of the majority, for most of Biblical history and most of human history is a dark one. The majority turned away from the Lord, followed other gods, and rejected Jesus. Even when the evil is so stark, overt, and satanic as in the evil of Adolf Hitler and Nazism, the majority follow it – and the majority did.

There is no way that Hitler could have committed the evil he did if not for the majority. And the majority that followed Hitler and served as his accomplices called themselves “Christian.” Even the majority of those who called themselves “pastors” went along with the evil.

The issue is all the more critical now as we watch our culture – or the majority – turn away from God and to the darkness. The tendency to follow the majority has led many to go along with the present apostasy – even those who call themselves by the name of God – even those of the evangelical world – even born again believers.

Is it the result of a new revelation from God? No. It’s nothing more than man’s nature to follow the herd – the majority. It is the weakness, the self-interest, the bankruptcy, and even the cowardice of the flesh in the face of social pressure – the pull of the herd.

In such times as these, we are to live not less, but more bold, more uncompromised, more all out for God. We must, as did the disciples in the Book of Acts, resolve that we will not live as followers of the majority – but as followers of the Lord.

Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.” At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them. The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood. Peter and the other apostle replied We must obey God rather than human beings! Acts 5: 25-29

We must each commit once and for all to follow only the voice of the Shepherd – and not the call of the herd.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Trumpet Sounds

30 Sep

The Trumpet Sounds…

Every Biblical Feast links up with a prophetic event, and the next event on the prophetic calendar is the Feast of Trumpets. The Trumpet, the ancient Hebrew ram’s horn, the Shofar, unlocks important prophetic keys into the days in which we live.

In Biblical times, the shofar was sounded by the priests, from the Temple in Jerusalem, to call God’s people to assemble. It’s the instrument that calls everyone in the land to turn their eyes to Jerusalem. For most of the last 2000 years, Jerusalem was in the backwaters of history. Then, in the 20th century, the world started turning its attention to Jerusalem like no other city on earth.

Jerusalem is the center of world attention because we live in the days of the Shofar and Jesus is coming to Jerusalem. The message of the Shofar is this: Prepare. Get ready to meet the Lord, for we all will stand before Him.

Turn away from what distracts you. Put away what hinders you. Lift up your eyes and set your heart on what is forever for the Lord is coming. And you live in the days of the Shofar.

Listen, I tell you a mystery We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 1 Cor 15:51-52

Today, hear the sound of God’s trumpet. Put away the distractions. And live this day in light of eternity.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Focus On Your Goal

27 Sep

Focus On Your Goal…

We were walking across the sands of the plain. Grandfather said, Walk on and seek to walk a straight line.

So I kept walking as he watched. He let me walk on for a few minutes.

Stop, he yelled from the distance, Now turn around and look. I was sure I had been walking a straight line. But the footprints in the sand revealed that I had veered off to the right. Grandfather then walked to catch up to me.

Let me tell you a story, he said. There was once a king who issued a challenge to the princes of a neighboring land that whoever amoung them could, over a long journey of varying landscapes, walk in a straight line to the king’s castle would have the right to ask for his daughters hand in marriage.

The first Prince embarked on the journey, looking to his right and left to make sure he was not veering off in either direction. But, like you, despite his best efforts, the farther he journeyed, the more off course he veered.

The second prince determined to look down, to keep his eyes on his feet, making sure every footstep folowed in the same path as the footstep before it. But he too ended badly off course.

But the third prince embarked on the journey, looking neither right or left, nor down at his footsteps. And in the end, it was determined that he walked in a straight line. No one could figure out how he did it. So he told them his secret: All I did was look into the fat distance to the light on the crown of the castle tower. I didn’t look at my path or the landscape to my right and left. I just kept my eyes on that light and kept pressing forward to that light until I arrived there.

That, Grandfather said, is the secret to your walk in God. We are all to walk a straight path in God. But how does one do that over the course of a lifetime and over a long journey of changing landscapes and changing circumstances? Not by focusing on your circumstances or even on your own walk. Rather, you fix your eyes on your destination, despite your surroundings, despite the mountains and the valleys, despite the highs and the lows, despite even your own walk and footsteps. You fix your eyes on the Eternal, on Him and you press forward, always onward and closer to that goal, and you will end up there and straight will be your footprints in the sand.

Practice the secret of the third prince. In all things, in all situations, fix your eyes on your goal, on Him, and draw continually closer.

Psalm 25:15 My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed