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The Logos Reason

20 Jun

The Logos Reason…

Jesus is called the Word, but in Greek, the word “word” is “logos.” That’s significant because “logos” doesn’t just mean “word,” it also means “the reason.” What it means is He is not just the Word, He is the reason for existence, He is the reason for the universe, He, as Jesus, is the reason for everything.

Before there was anything, there was the reason and from this came everything. So it also means that without Him, without the Logos, there is no reason. That’s why if you don’t have Him in your life, there is no reason for life.

The universe exists because of the Logos, the reason, so your life, too. It will never be right. It will always be empty until He is again the center and the reason for your life.

Do you want your life to have reason and purpose? Let Him become the reason. Let Jesus become the Logos; the reason for your walk, the reason why you speak, the reason why you do everything you do, the reason you get up, the reason you work. Make Him the reason of everything.

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:11-13

Before you do anything today, start with the Logos, the Word, Jesus. Let Him be the reason and impulse you do everything.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Gift Heart

19 Jun

The Gift Heart…

Jesus is a gift. Salvation is a gift. If you received the gift, your life must be characterized by the gift. The first evidence is that you have something. Not your bank account or material possessions, but your heart and your spirit.

If you live with an attitude of never having enough or always wanting more to be happy, then you are testifying against the gift. If you are wrapped up and running around after what you do not have, your life does not evidence of the gift.

If you received the gift, your life is characterized by that. A special thing has come into your life and you have something precious. It does not matter what is happening on the outside because on the inside you have a reassurance, this treasure.

We have this confidence, it is written. Stop dwelling on what is going on in the world and what you do not have. Focus on what you do have. You have this treasure, this confidence, this hope. You have this salvation. You have Him. Live like it. It is the secret of your life.

For it is by grace you have been saved,through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Treasure the treasure today – live as one whose life holds the greatest of treasures and walk today a priceless walk.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Simple Bread

18 Jun

The Simple Bread…

Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem. Bethlehem comes from two Hebrew words. The first is “Beth” or “Beit” which means “house of,” and the second is “lehem” which means bread. He wasn’t born in Beth-sushi, or Beth-manicotti, or Beth-chicken-lo-mein, He was born in Bethlehem.

He was born in the house of bread. Jesus is the “Bread of Life.” Bread is not complicated; it is simple. It is man’s nature, even the nature of believers, to complicate what is simple.

We would rather have Jesus born in Beth-chicken-cordon-bleu than in Bethlehem. Men would rather get into the latest doctrine, teaching on the latest revival rather than the simple love of God.

We all tend to complicate our lives, our walks, our ministries and our faith–with all sorts of issues. God is simple. Jesus is simple and the Gospel is simple.

Come out of the complicated place you have been living and come back to the simplicity of your faith; your first love–the gospel–and His love for you. For Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the House of Bread. It is that simple.

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35

We tend to always complicate our lives. Today, return to the simple love of God. He is the Bread of Life. Keep it simple in the simplicity of His love.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Cool Under Fire

17 Jun

Cool Under Fire…

God’s Word tells us what to do when adversity comes. Rejoice! Rejoice in adversity! In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul says that the sign of God’s grace to the Macedonian churches during their most severe trials was this: they had overflowing joy!

They rejoiced in adversity! Now I realize that when you are going through tough times, it is hard to rejoice. It’s hard to rejoice when the IRS audits you. It’s hard to rejoice when you lose your job. But the Bible says to rejoice in all things and consider it pure joy. It is hard to do like walking through deep snow.

But when you come out of it, walking is a breeze, a joy. It’s as if you have more power than you ever did. It’s the same with rejoicing in trouble which causes you to grow stronger. Adversity is like a crash course in growing in the Lord.

It’s intensive training that’s more powerful than a sermon. So today rejoice in the hard times. Rejoice so that when the hard times are over, you will have more strength and more faith. And your faith and your joy will overcome the world.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

Any adversity in your life today is an exercise in pure faith. Draw even closer to the Lord and know He is in control of all things, so stand strong and rejoice.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Stopping The Curser

16 Jun

Stopping The Curser…

Can someone put you under a curse? Can someone practicing witchcraft put a curse on your life even if you are a believer? The answer is yes, but it’s not someone practicing witchcraft or even the evil one.

The person who can put a curse on your life is– you! Remember Balaam who tried to curse Israel, but couldn’t? Yet a curse came upon Israel, but not from the outside, but from Israel itself. When Israel turned away from God and to sin, they were cursed.

Likewise, if you live in sin or in bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, self-centeredness, pride, anxiety, fear, hatred, worldliness or carnality, then you are already putting a curse on your life. So stop any curse by dealing with the real culprit–you! Renounce the sin, the bitterness, the unforgiveness or anything else and turn back to God.

In God there is only blessing. If you dwell in Him, and walk in His light, every weapon formed against you shall not prosper, and will come to nothing. For God is greater than the enemy, and the blessings of salvation are stronger than any curse.

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Break away from any unforgiveness, selfish or sinful ways in your life today. Dwell in God’s shining glory. Break the curse and receive His blessings on you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Achilles

15 Jun

Achilles…

Have you ever heard of the expression “Achilles heel”? It comes from an ancient Greek epic concerning the city of Troy and a warrior named Achilles.

According to legend, when Achilles was a child his mother dipped him in the River Styx to make him invulnerable. But one part of his body couldn’t be dipped, and therefore remained vulnerable, the heel by which his mother held him.

Achilles went on to become a fierce and seemingly immortal soldier. But he was killed when an arrow struck him in the heel. So the phrase “Achilles heel” describes an area of weakness or vulnerability.

Like Achilles, no matter how strong you are, you will still have areas of weakness. Do you want to stand and not fall? Then you must operate in strength, yet recognize your weakness through the Lord’s grace.

Be humble, acknowledge your weakness, and commit it to God. Keep watch, close the gaps, and establish hedges in your life so you will never be caught exposed or subject to the enemy’s arrows.

Remember, God’s strength is stronger than your weakness, and His grace will be your armor to cover your Achilles heel.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Look at your life and find those places where the enemy could creep in. Repair weakened defenses and commit your fight in God’s hands. Do all you can to stand.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Pile of Dung

14 Jun

Pile of Dung…

The enemy is called Baal-zebub or Baal-sebul. In Hebrew, Baal means “lord” or “master” and “baal-zebul” bluntly means dung; lord of the dung heap. Satan means “master of the pile of waste.” What’s more derogatory than that?

The Hebrews spoke with contempt when it came to the gods, the devil, sin, or evil. We need to do the same. We are to love others, but hate the sin. The more we hate sin, the less we’ll be ensnared by it.

The enemy is the lord of the dung heap, and all his ways are as dung. They might look good at first, but they end up being a dung heap. When you indulge in sin, you end up in a pile of dung.

So don’t respect sin or the enemy. See that temptation for what it really is, not a pleasure, not a thrill, not a joy, but something filthy, base, disgusting and defiling. Hate sin, adultery, lust, selfishness, pride.

Have nothing to do with it. When you see the enemy’s temptations as they really are, you will spurn him and turn them down. You will avoid that sin like a pile of dung.

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. Hebrews 11:24-25

You will be tempted today; see it for what it really is, as a trap to separate you from God. Don’t even go near it but avoid sin just like that stinking pile of dung.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Feelings of Zeus

13 Jun

The Feelings of Zeus…

Hannukah is the war between God and Zeus, a Greek god, whose statue defiled the temple. There’s a difference between Zeus and Jehovah. Zeus was an idol. The Lord is not an idol.

His worship is spiritual, of the Spirit. Hannukah is uniquely linked to the end times, a war between the carnal and the spiritual; the way of Zeus versus the way of Jehovah.

Zeus is of feeling, so the end time culture focuses on the sensual. If it feels good, do it. Unfortunately, this has seeped into God’s people and God’s house.

Believers are told to go by feeling, but it’s not the way of God, it’s the way of Zeus. Feelings aren’t bad, but they must never lead faith, only follow. We don’t go by feeling.

We follow God who is beyond the sensual. We are called to know God, not to feel God. God’s people live by faith, not by sight. They know Him, whether they feel Him or not.

They praise Him when they don’t feel like it; stand strong when they don’t feel it. Know it, believe it, stand in it. You are not of Zeus; you are of Jehovah.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. John 4:24

There is a war going on for your soul today. Live by faith, not by feeling or sight. Stand in the fight and pray without ceasing. Know the sound of the Master’s voice.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Tempster or The Tester

12 Jun

The Tempster or The Tester…

Jesus was tempted of the devil, (Matt. 4) In Greek, tempter is translated “tester.” Getting tested isn’t a bad thing but getting tempted is. Testing happens to us in school so we could graduate.

The same word that describes the tempter is used in Hebrews 11:17 and says, “Abraham was tested.” Testing Abraham was a good thing, but it didn’t seem good at the time. Whenever you go through a trial, it’s a test; for a purpose. The enemy means it for bad, but God means it for good.

When you are tempted, it’s not just temptation. The enemy means it for bad, but God will use it for your good. Just pass it. When you go through your next problem, see it as a test to be passed to show God, to graduate; pass your test.

Next time you are tempted, see it as a test to be passed, because a test is filled with good purposes. Embrace it. You will move ahead because in the Bible, every temptation, every attack of the enemy that he means for bad; God will use for good. So don’t be tempted, but pass your test.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

Deny the enemy the advantage during your temptation today. See it for what it really is, as a test that you must pass and stand proved.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Deborah and The Bees

11 Jun

Deborah and The Bees…

Go to the ant, O sluggard,” (Prov. 6:6). Wisdom is learned from the ant and also a similar insect, the bee. In Hebrew, bee is devorah or Deborah. Deborah was named after the bee.

We have an expression, “busy as a bee.” You never see bees goofing off, or leaving the hive to hang out at the bowling alley. They are always busy. Many believers aren’t always busy like bees.

They may be lazy in reading the Bible or their prayer life, serving or ministering, or spreading the gospel. When it comes to the things of God, we are called to be diligent, always abounding in love and in the service of God.

Blessed is the servant whom the Master finds doing His will at his return investing the talent the Master gave him. Jesus said, “I must be about My Father’s business.” Laziness in the things of God is not a blessing.

Learn to be as wise as a bee. Get busy with your prayer life; with the Word; with service and ministry and fulfilling God’s purpose in your life. For the sweet honey of the Lord will flow when you start getting busy as a bee.

Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, Exodus 23:25

Busy yourself with heavenly things. Seek the joy in ministering to others and be active in ways to spread this joy of His love today.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed