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The Prayer Request of the Apostles

28 Sep

The Prayer Request of the Apostles…

At the end of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul writes, “Pray for me that the words may be given to me whenever I open my mouth.”

If anybody had no shortage of words, it was the apostle Paul. Yet he asks for prayer that the right words be given to him. If Paul, whose mouth was filled with the very words of God, asked prayer for the right words to come out of his mouth, how much more should you be praying the same prayer?

How often do we pray that the words that come out of our mouth be the right ones? Yet Paul, the one whose words were scripture, prayed this prayer. Take your words just as seriously because as the Bible says, your words have the power to bring life or death.

They can change your life and the life of those around you. Paul’s words brought life because Paul resolved that his tongue would only bear the truth and the love of God and bring life into this world. Let your tongue be just as holy and let the words of your mouth be the very utterance of God.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Let the Spirit lead you, pray just as Paul prayed, that His words fill your thoughts to speak life and love.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Unclogging the Shofar

27 Sep

Unclogging the Shofar…

The most uniquely Biblical musical instrument was the shofar, the Hebrew trumpet from a ram’s horn. The word shofar comes from a word that means clear. To make a sound, you have to be clear.

You can’t blow through something that’s all clogged up. You’re called to be the Lord’s shofar–a vessel of God, an instrument for His purposes. He blows through you with the Spirit.

The Spirit is the Hebrew word Ruach, which means breath in Spirit. For you to be God’s instrument, God’s Spirit has to blow through you, breathe through you.

In order for the Spirit to blow through you, you have to be clear, you have to be free of obstructions and clogged up stuff like bitterness, un-forgiveness, pride, lust, anger, or anything that’s going to stop the blowing.

Start clearing up your vessel. Unblock yourself. Anything out of God’s will is stopping you from knowing the Spirit-filled life.

It says in Timothy, if anyone will cleanse himself from these things, he will be used of God, prepared for every good work, a vessel of honor. Become a clear vessel, a shofar of God. It starts when you get unblocked.

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21

Clear yourself of anything not of God or for Him, remove any trace of anything that blocks the Holy Spirit flowing through you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Growing Emunah

26 Sep

Growing Emunah…

Most believers want to find out what God’s perfect will, their calling, is for their lives. There are all sorts of seminars on how to find your calling. Something even more important in finding your calling is in 1 Chronicles 9:26. It’s about the Levites being in their set office, the set word. In Hebrew the word for set is emunah, or faith, and here it’s being used for set or established in ministry.

The more faith you have, the more set, established in the Lord, you’re going to be in your appointed ministry. You’ll find yourself set in the center of His will. The word emunah also means faithfulness.

The fulfilling of your calling is linked to faithfulness. The more consistent you are, faithful in prayer, the Word, doing His will, the more you find yourself in God’s perfect will and the more established you will be.

You don’t have to go to another seminar or read another book. Live, walk, step out in faith and be faithful. Follow God’s will in faithfulness, consistent every day, week, month and every year, and you’ll be established in your set office in God’s house.

Because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. Colossians 1:4-6

Make it your aim to be faithful to God every hour, every moment, and you will move to the center of His will and of your calling.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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He Who Goes Before You

25 Sep

He Who Goes Before You…

At the end of the story of Joseph, his brothers see who he is. He says to them, you meant this for evil, but God meant it for good. God sent me ahead of you to preserve your life.

Joseph is a shadow of Jesus. Jesus is the one who went before you to judgment so you could be saved. He went before you to the Father in heaven so you could go to heaven. If you are saved, then Jesus is the one who goes before you every day of your life.

Before you get up in the morning and go anywhere, He is already ahead of you. Before you encounter that problem, He has already been there and is seeking to work it out for good. Before you encounter that temptation, Jesus has already been there and He’s ready to help you out of it.

Don’t fear your future, because Jesus has already gone there before you. Every problem, challenge, temptation, danger, blessing and everything coming your way–don’t worry! Because like Joseph, Jesus has already gone there before you.

Before they call I will answer while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

Open your day with Jesus, asking Him to plan your steps ahead of you, lead you and guide you according to His plan. Then walk in His footsteps.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

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The Little Things

24 Sep

The Little Things…

Some marriage advice today. There are marriages that break up over somebody leaving the toilet seat up or the cap off the toothpaste.

The smallest difference, if not dealt with, forgiven, or resolved, can destroy a relationship. If the smallest issue is kept inside to fester, it’s going to build a wall.

On the other hand, the biggest difference can actually build a marriage, if it causes each one to come together to work it out. Successful marriages aren’t those without any problems or differences, but those marriages in which the differences are worked out.

Your relationship with God is a marriage, and like marriage, the smallest difference can destroy your peace and your relationship. If you’re upset or disagree with God, or are hurt – let Him know it, don’t hold it in. Deal with it together.

Tell Him what you think. Then praise Him for being right and do what He says. Bring it to Him, whatever it is, lift it to Him, take it really close and there won’t be any walls. You’ll have a good, healthy, successful relationship and marriage to God.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10

Take all the problems you face today to your heavenly Father, release all your burdens to Him, that there is no distance between you.

Scripture: James 4:10

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Gift to the Mailman

23 Sep

Gift to the Mailman…

Imagine that you sent this really costly gift through the mail to a loved one. A week later you get a letter back thanking you for the beautiful gift, signed, the mailman.

The thank you from the mailman would mean the gift never got to the one you sent it to. In the same way, every good work you do is to be for God, a gift to God. If you do things to get someone to thank you, what are you doing? You’re giving gifts to the mailman.

It’s not getting to where it’s supposed to go. All the good you ever do, all the love you ever show, is to be a gift to God. You do it to people, but it goes to God. If you start expecting thank you notes from people, you’re not really addressing your gift or your good works rightly to God.

Stop sending your gifts to the mailman. Stop expecting people to thank you, recognize, or praise your good works. Start getting your good works in to Heaven. That is, do it for God alone, His thank you alone, His eyes only, and not for the mailman.

So that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:4

Today seek to get nothing from others, no thank you ,no recognition, but live this day completely to bless God and bless others.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Going Forth

22 Sep

Going Forth…

Why did the Lord command His disciples to “tarry,” to wait in Jerusalem? The answer is sung by Jews in virtually every synagogue. The exact words are: Kee Mitzion Taytzeh torah – The Law shall go forth from Zion – Oo davar Adonai may Yerushalayim – And the Word of the Lord shall go forth from Jerusalem.

It’s prophesied in Isaiah that one day, the Word of the Lord shall go forth to all nations, and will come from Jerusalem. Whenever Orthodox Jews chant this, they are bearing witness to the Gospel as only Jesus brought the Word of God to the world from Jerusalem.

What does it have to do with you? Everything. If the Jewish people and Jesus knew that it’s crucial for the Gospel to begin in Jerusalem -you also must begin the Gospel in Jerusalem. Where is Jerusalem?

Jerusalem is where you start out; your home is Jerusalem, your family is Jerusalem, your co-workers – that’s Jerusalem. Share the Good News now where you’re at – in Jerusalem. Then the power of God will go forth, and the Word of the Lord shall go forth from Jerusalem.

He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:46-47

Today focus on your Jerusalem, and bless it with the love of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Hebrew Mysteries

21 Sep

The Hebrew Mysteries…

In 1967, after 2000 years, the Jewish people regained Jerusalem. In God’s word, Jerusalem – Yerushalayim is called “beautiful.” Rabbis say of the ten measures of beauty bestowed on this world, nine were given to Jerusalem.

Its praises fill much of Scriptures. But if you visit Jerusalem, you’ll find it’s pretty much just a bunch of rocks. Yet, God’s word speaks of it as if it were the most beautiful place in the world. When you’re in love, it doesn’t matter what they look like to you; they’re beautiful.

So it is with God and Jerusalem, and with your life. Look around; you’ll see some very imperfect people. Look at your circumstances; you’ll see lots of problems.

Look at yourself, without God’s grace, you’ll see a sinful wretch. Learn the mystery of Jerusalem, the Beautiful. See your life through the eyes of God’s love and grace.

See your circumstances as blessings, people around you as gifts, your walk victorious, your life something wonderful, and piles of rocks as Jerusalem, the beautiful.

Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness; the Lord will be my light. Micah 7:8

Live today through God’s eyes, see yourself through God’s eyes, and see every situation as a chance to reveal God’s love.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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You’re Being Recorded

20 Sep

You’re Being Recorded…

Heaven is the most valuable real estate in the universe. Every inch is priceless. If you’re born again, heaven has a place with your name on it. Jesus Himself said, don’t rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice rather that your names are written in the Book of Life.

Of all the important things that heaven has, there’s your name in it. You write things down because it’s noteworthy. You don’t want to ever forget it. Your name is considered worthy of heaven’s attention, worthy of heaven’s notes. Your name, your salvation is considered worthy of heaven’s writing.

If that’s the case, shouldn’t you treat your own salvation as something worthy and holy? If heaven actually takes up its own space for your name because you are saved, how much more do you have to value, treasure and guard your own salvation?

Don’t live just an earthly life. It doesn’t matter if your name is written or spoken on earth, live a heavenly life. Live a life worthy of the notes heaven is taking on it for your salvation. Your name is included, held, kept, recorded and written in heaven.

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. Revelation 20:12

Live today a life that is worthy of being noted by heaven. Take actions worthy of being recorded in the annals of heaven.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Presence of The Fruit

19 Sep

The Presence of The Fruit…

Galatians 5:22 speaks about the fruits of the Spirit. One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy and it’s in the Holy Spirit. We tend to think of joy as a feeling, emotion, or experience. Joy isn’t spoken here as an emotion, experience or feeling. It’s a fruit and it’s important.

The word in Hebrew is “periy – a fruit.” If there’s a banana in the fruit bowl, it’s not an experience, feeling, or emotion of a banana in the fruit bowl. It’s a banana in the fruit bowl. It’s a real thing, a presence.

That’s the joy that God has for you in the Spirit. Fruit isn’t an experience, it’s a presence; a reality. Forget about experiencing highs, about trying to have an experience of joy. Rather comprehend the reality of joy, the presence of God, the presence of joy which is always there even in tough times, when you’re not feeling so good.

It’s like the fruit in the bowl. It’ll still be there tomorrow morning. You can rejoice always, because the joy that God gives you is at least as real as a banana.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22

Discover the joy that is not simply an experience, but an abiding reality.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed