Let There Be…

17 Jan

Let there be…

In the beginning God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there was light. What did others say about that at the time? Nothing. There was no other voice to say anything. There were no contrary opinions, no other plans, no second guessing, no blogs, or chat rooms. God spoke – and it was.

So with the new creation. It is written in 2 Corinthians 4:6 that the Same God who said “Let there be light” is now at work similarly in your life – in the work of the new creation.

As in the beginning, so too, now, God brings about his creation, through the speaking of His Word. The problem is this – now, unlike then, there are a lot of other voices in the world – voices of doubt, of the flesh, of the past, of the world, and many more.

But when God spoke in the beginning, there were no other voices. And what happened? He said “Let there be” – and there was. So learn this secret. When God speaks – hear no other voices. Hear the Word, and go with it, all out. Let there be… and there will be.

And, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. Hebrews 5:9

Receive the Word of the Lord for your life today as the only voice, and just go with it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The New Covenant

16 Jan

The New Covenant…

In 2 Timothy 1:3, Paul writes that he serves God with a pure conscience. The word he uses to describe his service is the Greek word, lat-ryoo’-o. That word is the same that’s used to describe the Ministry of the Temple, the Priesthood, the Tabernacle, and the Holy of Holies.

Think of how the priests were to minister in the Temple. They were to minister with awe and reverence. Everything had to be done precisely and exactly. They were walking in the Holy. But that same word is used now of our ministry in the New Covenant, in the Gospel.

This is the higher covenant – and your ministry is a higher ministry. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing for the Lord – preaching, teaching, entering data, cleaning the bathrooms, greeting, printing up flyers – all that is part of the lat-ryoo’-o – the holy, priestly, sacred, awesome, glorious ministry of the living God.

You are not simply figuratively – but truly – a royal priest of God. Keep yourself accordingly. Reverence the things of God, your ministry, and your calling. For you walk in nothing less than the Holy.

May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy. Psalm 132:9

Do whatever you do as a holy act of God, as if you were the high priest ministering in the Holy of Holies.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Sonward Direction

15 Jan

The Sonward Direction…

The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah reveals a spiritual picture of the marriage of the Son, Jesus, with the Bride, the Church. Notice that the father (Abraham) sends his servant to find the bride and to lead her back.

The servant is a picture of the Holy Spirit, who finds the bride and leads her to the kingdom. In what direction does the servant lead the bride? Sonward – to the son. The servant led Rebekah to Isaac. That was the only direction that mattered.

You now are the Bride of the Son. So in what direction is the Spirit going to lead you? The direction of the Son. The Spirit will always lead you into the direction of being closer to Jesus.

You, as the bride must make that your aim, in everything you do. Your life is not about any other direction or any other goal – You have one direction – to the Son.

Only take those steps in the direction of the Son. And only take the step that will lead you closer. For your life has been given only one direction … Sonward!

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

Today, show God that you are wholly sold out for Him and His purposes in your life. Live this day and every moment within it – Sonward!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Momentum Secret

14 Jan

The Momentum Secret…

In order for a high jumper to break a record, he or she must first run a long track to gain momentum. What would happen if the jumper runs and stops, then starts again, then stops and starts again?

They would lose their momentum – and thus, their power to jump. In order to jump, in order to break records, they need momentum. And in order to get momentum, they need consistency – they have to eliminate stops and starts from their running.

So it is for you as well. In order to live in the power of God, to have victory and do great things in the Lord, and in order to have the breakthrough, you need godly momentum. And in order to have spiritual momentum, you need godly consistency.

You need to eliminate the inconsistencies in your walk, the stops, the going off track and the breaks. Do what you have to do to get those stops and starts, those inconsistencies out of your life. Get consistent, and you’ll have the momentum you need for your breakthrough and your big jump!

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

Make up your mind and heart to be consistent in your walk. Work on momentum, build momentum, and use that momentum for breakthrough.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Growing Younger

13 Jan

Growing Younger…

At the very end of the Bible the Lord says this: “Behold, I am making all things new.”

Think about that. What does it mean? It’s a radical statement. It breaks the rules of time. In this world, things move only in one direction – from new to old. The longer something exists, the older it gets.

But in God, there’s a new flow – in God all things become new. In God you have the power, not to grow old, but to grow new. You have the power to become younger than you were before. The longer you exist in this world, the larger your past.

But God has the power to change the past – even to erase the past. And what happens if you erase the past? If you have no past, you can’t be old – only new. The mercies of God wipe away the past.

Dwell in His mercy and grace every day, every hour, and your past will be continually washed away – and you’ll live your life from old to new!

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

Step out in the newness of who you are in Jesus and receive His new mercies.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Scale

10 Jan

The Scale…

Some people teach that God gave His life on Golgotha because our lives were so precious. But the truth is – He gave His life for us – not because we were worth it – but to make us worth it.

In ancient times they would use a balance or scale to determine worth and value. On one side of the scale they would place a weight. On the other, they would place the object being purchased – for example, grain. They would then keep adding grain until the weight of the grain matched that of the weight on the other side.

God gave His life as the weight on the other side of the scale – so the weight of His life would be added to yours. It means that now there’s a new weight given to your life, a new worth, a new value, a new preciousness. And it has nothing to do with what you’ve done – it’s about His life and worth.

Live your life now, in the worth, the righteousness, the glory, and the weight of His life. For Jesus is now the value and the weight of your life.

How the precious children of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter’s hands! Lamentations 4:2

Live this day as one whose life has been made costly, precious, and priceless by the life and blood of Jesus.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Breaking Traditions

9 Jan

Breaking Traditions…

Most people think of religion or faith as something very much grounded in tradition. But the essence of faith is not traditional at all – it’s even anti-traditional.

Think of Abraham. He encountered God and it changed his life. He broke out of all the traditions of his past, his pagan culture, his life. He stepped out of tradition to follow God to the Promised Land.

Think of Moses. His tradition was Egypt and slavery. But Moses encountered God and broke all the traditions of Egypt and of a people for whom bondage was tradition. Then there was Elijah who broke the traditions of Baal worship.

And then there were the disciples. The Holy Spirit came upon them and it changed everything. They broke the traditions of their culture, the traditions of men, of the status quo, of the Pharisees, and ultimately of the Roman Empire itself.

True faith is not about tradition – it’s about encountering God. Make it your aim to truly encounter God. Then, in His power, break out of the old, and into the new. Because to truly follow God has never been traditional – but revolutionary!

And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:22

Break out of tradition and take time to have a true encounter with God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed