Status

Jesus BC

15 Sep

Jesus BC…

Jesus was born before Christ! We know through the writings of Josephus that Herod the Great died in the year 4 B.C. Therefore Jesus had to be born B.C., before Christ, no later than the year 4 BC.

How did that happen? A monk made a mistake. He missed the boat by at least four years. So whatever year you think it is – the real year is at least four years forward. Jesus was born, but we do not know when.

That’s His birthday and birth year. But then there’s the other birthday – when you think He was born – or rather when He is born, for you. So He always has two birthdays.

If you can only speak of His birth in Bethlehem and not His birth in your life, then for you it’s still BC, and He has not come at all. So celebrate not the birthday of the Lord, but celebrate the birthdays of the Lord and let your life change from BC to AD. Because all the children of heaven must learn that the Lord has two births.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2

As much of the world celebrates the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago, celebrate His birth in you, here and now.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Status

The Kingdom of Broken Crosses

14 Sep

The Kingdom of Broken Crosses…

Hitler promised to usher in a thousand year kingdom of glory for the Aryan people. Stalin promised a worker’s paradise on earth. Mao, likewise, promised China a people’s paradise. Around 6 million Jews perished under Hitler; 9 million of other nationalities are similarly murdered by the Nazis.

Soviet Communism has taken 35 to 45 million lives. And Chinese Communism is responsible for the death of 35 to 64 million people. Why is it that instead of producing paradise, they produced hell?

The answer is simple. What links them all together is that they each made the leader, the party, and the state, their god. When you glorify yourself and deny God… the end of godlessness is death.

If God is not the center of what you’re doing, then what you’re doing is empty. Jesus, on the other hand, never promises His people a paradise without a cross.

Jesus said, “‘If anyone would follow me, let him deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow Me.'” It doesn’t appear glorious, but do it His way. Turn down the way of the world. We have Yeshua.

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. Luke 9:23-24

All the more put God in the center of everything you do and ponder today.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Status

The Barefoot Entrance

13 Sep

The Barefoot Entrance…

Every year, on Yom Kippur, the High Priest would begin his entrance into the Holy of Holies. But the first thing he had to do was strip himself. On the holiest day of the year, the high priest had to strip himself of his priestly garments and put on the simplest of white coverings. Only then and being barefoot, could he begin to approach God.

So you too are called to be a priest and called to enter His presence. But in order to do that you need to do the same. You have to strip yourself of your pride, your busyness, and even your ministry and ministry concerns.

So even if you are the head of a great ministry, you still have to approach God, stripped, as a little child. All pride, all busyness, all concerns, must be left behind.

For all ministries begin in the Holy Place; with no ministries, just God and you, and the blood of the sacrifice. And from that presence will come that love, that joy of salvation, and everything else. So enter the Holy of Holies today, but leave your High priestly garments… in the changing room.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob. Psalm 24:3–6

Come into the presence of God today, bare, open, barefoot, with nothing to hide, let Him meet you and touch you, in your bareness – for real.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Status

In Autumn It Will Come

12 Sep

In Autumn It Will Come…

Teshuvah is Hebrew for return, repentance – for two thousand years, the Jewish people wandered the earth away from Jesus, and most have rejected the Gospel.

Looking at this, it’s easy to wonder if they’ll ever return to Him. But, there is a mystery in the sacred Hebrew year. It is the autumn with Yom Kippur and the Feast of Trumpets, the season of repentance.

The autumn represents not the beginning of the year, but the end. God has set up the Age as a Hebrew year. The fact that the season of repentance comes at the end, signifies that the time of Jewish repentance, their return to God and Jesus, will only happen at that time.

Just as the Hebrew year waits for the Jewish people to repent, in order to conclude, so the entire age and creation waits for the return of the Jewish people to their Messiah. When it does, so too will come Jesus and redemption to the world.

So never stop praying for the Jewish people. And the same for your life – never stop seeking God. For God’s promises are good, and will come in their appointed time.

For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3

If you haven’t been doing so, start praying for the Jewish people today – for their return to God and their Messiah.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Status

Jesus’s Olamim

11 Sep

Jesus’s Olamim…

In Daniel 9, the prophet is given an amazingly accurate prophecy as to the coming of the Jesus. He records a strange Hebrew phrase… Tzedek Olamim, which translated is “everlasting righteousness.”

It actually means “righteousness to the vanishing point.” Jesus must bring in “righteousness to the vanishing point.” How did Jesus bring in our righteousness?

By vanishing… by dying, by going to the vanishing point; to the point of death, to the point of extinction, to the point of execution on a wooden stake… By going to the vanishing point… He caused all our unrighteousness, all our sins, to vanish, forever.

All creation came into existence because of God’s life. So what happens in God’s death? All the old creation vanishes. All the past vanishes… All our sins. All are taken to the vanishing point in His everlasting righteousness.

The Lord calls you to go to the vanishing point. To die to ourselves on the cross. We fear that, but there’s nothing to fear. It’s a beautiful point. There the old life ends. The new begins in the love of God. He will usher Tzedek Olamim..His righteousness to the vanishing point.

As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision: “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. Daniel 9:23-24

Today seek to find and go to the place of Tzedek Olamim, let the old you vanish with all its imperfections and let God begin.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Status

Little Heaven

10 Sep

Little Heaven…

Immigrants to America often bring their country with them. Our cities are filled with enclaves of distant lands: “Little Italy,” “Chinatown,” “Little Havana.”

Walking through these neighborhoods you hear the language, smell the aromas, see the clothing, and hear the music of foreign lands. In Philippians 3:20, 21 it is written “.. our citizenship is in Heaven…”

Though we live in this world, we don’t belong to it. We are immigrants here, but our hearts are in our homeland… heaven. As the immigrants formed little enclaves, so we are to form little enclaves of Heaven here on earth… our homes… our marriages… our walks… our congregations… are all to be “Little Heavens.”

People ought to hear us speak the language of Heaven, smell the fragrance of Heaven, see the ways of Heaven, and hear the worship of Heaven. You are of Heaven, and while you live on earth, you are called to manifest to this planet, the ways of Heaven.

Make your life a “Heaven Town.” So much so, that all those who come near it will know there exists a better place, a heavenly place… your homeland.

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21

Today, as you go through your day on earth, seek to live your life as a citizen of “little Heaven.”

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Status

The Prime Directive

9 Sep

The Prime Directive….

The Crusades began when the king of Byzantium appealed to the Pope for help after the Muslims took Jerusalem. As the Crusaders marched to Jerusalem, they destroyed villages and people; Muslim, Jewish, even Christian.

During the last crusade, they pillaged Byzantium in an orgy of destruction leaving the city open to the Muslim Turk invaders who sealed its doom. The Crusades, which began to save Byzantium ended up destroying it. Therein is a crucial lesson.

It’s easy to lose sight of our original purpose of serving the Lord and end up serving money or selfish ambition, forgetting the Lord of the House for the House of the Lord, forgetting your First Love, the joy of your salvation, or the love of your marriage.

Have you forgotten your first love, or the reason you’re in the Lord, or the love you once felt for your beloved, or the fire to serve God? Have you lost your crusade? Come back to your First Love… today…

Get alone with Jesus; let Him relight your fire and renew your love, your faith, your walk, and your mission. God has not revoked your calling. You just need to remember it.

And when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. Deuteronomy 30:2,11

Today, refocus on Him who is your Focus, re-aim on Him who is your Aim, re-purpose on Him who is your Purpose, and re-center on Him who is your Center.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Status

The Secret Of Quiet

8 Sep

The Secret Of Quiet…

Shalev, it’s Hebrew for quiet and tranquility. It also means success/successful. It’s different from our picture of success. Ours is filled with things, events, happenings, activity.

But in Hebrew, success is linked to the quiet. The first success in creation, was the creation. When God created the world, He saw that it was good, and He rested. The first sign of success was rest, quiet, the Sabbath.

So the sign of success in your life is rest. When you succeed, you can rest. When you are fulfilled and complete, you can cease striving. Where do you find success? You find success with God. You can strive the rest of your life to be complete.

Or you can be complete now with the completion that comes with God in Jesus. Do you want success? Come to the quiet; the quiet with God, to His peace and His shalom.

Those who can rest are complete. They have found success. ‘Shalev’ teaches us that the sign of success is not noise, but quiet. Make the quiet with God the central part of your life, and you will have success. Success is found in His quiet.

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

Today, seek to enter the quiet and rest of Jesus, lay it all down and find the success of God.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Status

Obedience – Following His Path (9/8)

7 Sep

Obedience – Following His Path…

By now we’ve all learned that the Bible – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth – also contains everything we need to live a full and loving life. I’ve talked before about how, if we would insert ourselves into the passages of the Bible, our paths for life are pretty much laid out for us. I say pretty much because we were also given freewill.

The Bible is a book about ourselves, our own apostasies, our own battles and blessings. When you read the Bible, look beyond the words on the pages and realize it is a book about the basics of living a good life.

Grandfather taught me that the words are only half of what is in the Bible, we are the in between the lines. When we insert ourselves into the words the Bible takes on life, our life, and as we start living what is in the Bible our lives take on a new meaning. The love we share, the hope we bring and the light we shine seems so much brighter. Love is the center theme of life and of the Bible.

The Bible is the story of our life, the history of our world and our pathway to the future. It is a living instrument that guides us through life and is always there with a ready answer.

Grandfather said that if you have a problem or question you just can’t seem to find an answer to flip through the Bible and let it open. Then read the passages on the pages in front of you and your answer will be there. I’ve tried it many times and found it always seems to show me a way to solve my problem or answer my question.

Grandfather always preached to me about obedience and how I should follow God’s pathway as it is laid out in the Bible. God has a path for each of us to follow and the closer we follow that path, the better our life. So let’s take a closer look at that.

When the dream of your heart is one that God has planted there, a strange happiness flows into you. At that moment, all of the spiritual resources of the universe are released to help you. Your prayers are then as one with the will of God and become a channel for the Creator’s purposes for you and your world.

In the pathway of life 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. That is why when we learn to closely follow the path He has laid out for us, the easier it becomes to live our path.

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 taught 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 then add we determine just how easy or hard our life is would, I’m sure, give some people some real heartache. But then remember that life is 90 percent attitude and 10 percent hope.

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 an obedient 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.

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 it shines brightly for my path.

My prayer for all is that they see the light and faithfully follow the path He has set before them. Its called obedience. Pray continuously and listen for His answers. Always remember we have two ears to hear what He is saying, two eyes to see all His blessings and one mouth give thanks for all He has done for us.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Status

The Quiet Heart

7 Sep

The Quiet Heart..

A title given to Jesus: “Sar Shalom.” It means “Prince of Peace.” More than that, it means, “Prince of Shalom,” Prince of fullness, wholeness, completion, perfection, well-being, soundness, blessing, and prosperity. “Sar” means “master” or “ruler.”

Jesus is the “Ruler of Shalom,” “Master of Shalom.” He rules and commands shalom. If you belong to Him, you are called by His name, so live as a little version of Him, a little ruler of peace, a master of shalom. Become an authority on shalom, one who dwells in it, understands it, uses it, applies it, an expert on shalom.

You are empowered to become a ruler of shalom. Jesus ruled shalom; He commanded it. He said, “Shalom be to you.” In the same way, you are to command peace; rule shalom. No matter what the situation, you have the power to command the peace of Jesus into it.

Whatever you are going through, you have the power to command the shalom of Jesus upon it. Take up your scepter, act with authority, His authority. You are called and empowered to be a ruler of peace; a master of shalom.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9

Today, live in imitation of Jesus, and take authority over the darkness, in the power of the Master of Shalom.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed