Say To The Lord, "My fortress"

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the almighty. I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress" Psalm 91:1-2 Bless the Lord God that He is a fortress to us. Confess this to God in His presence. Say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress." God is a refuge of rest and peace for us. God is also a fortress of defense and strength for us. Confess to God in His presence that He is your fortress. The more you do this, the more you strengthen yourself in God, Who truly is your fortress. The more you confess to God that He is your fortress, the more you are blessed to see God IS a fortress to you. Anyone can say "

Say To The Lord , "My refuge"

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the almighty. I will say to the Lord, "My refuge" Psalm 91:1-2 Here is something valuable that the Word of God encourages us to do; enter the presence of God and then verbally confess to God Who He is to you! Confess to your Lord, "My refuge." Every time you confess to God that He is your refuge, you confirm this truth to your innermost being, thus strengthening yourself in this truth, and reality, that God is your refuge. In the shelter of the Most High, there is a refuge for us, a place where we are fully alive and free as a spiritual being, receiving all the rest, tranquili

Resting In The Shadow

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the almighty" Psalm 91:1 Let us all praise God for the cool refreshment that His presence provides us, as we "abide in the shadow," against all the heat, strife, and stress of life. Whenever we approach God, in order to dwell "in the shelter of the Most High," as ministers to our Lord, we are blessed to receive His shelter of protection and privacy, and we also receive the blessing of resting, abiding in the shadow of the almighty. On a sweltering day of life in this world (but not of it), in the shadow of His smile is where we want to joyfully be. God’s shadow gives us shade

Dwelling In The Shelter

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the almighty" Psalm 91:1 Bless the name of our Lord Jesus, when you and I minister to our Lord we are actually dwelling "in the shelter of the Most High." God’s presence is a shelter for us, always awaiting our entrance. I praise God for the awareness of being sheltered, in Him, when I minister to the Lord. It is beyond me why any Christian would miss out on this clearly and often stated part of our spiritual identity, as priests to our Lord (1st Peter 2:4-9, Revelation 1:5-6, 5:9-10, Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Acts 13:1-2)so we may, among other great spiritual ble

Living In The Blessed Shadow Of The Almighty

Today’s Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the almighty" Psalm 91:1 I thank our Lord Jesus Christ, our High Priest, that He "loves us and released us from our sins by His blood - and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father" (Revelation 1: 5-6), for in the practice of our priesthood, we are blessed to dwell "in the shelter of the Most High" and therefore be further blessed to "abide in the shadow of the almighty." A simpler way of saying this is: The more we minister to God in His presence (In His shelter), the more aware we are blessed to be of His ever nearness, protection, and power over our liv

Refilling Yourself with God’s Everlasting Love

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting" Psalm 100: 4-5 God’s love does not run out. God’s love is everlasting. Sometimes we may not feel God’s love, or any love. So, what should we do? Remain in that place? No. We need to avail ourselves of God’s everlasting love. Complaining about a lack of God’s love in one’s life is like complaining that your car ran out of gas. Well, take your car to the filling station, before it runs out of gas, that’s all. Well, take your spirit to God’s filling station, before you feel His absence, that’s all an

Knowing That The Lord Himself Is God

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God" Psalm 100: 2-3 One of the great blessings in our priesthood to God, along with the open invitation (indeed exhortation) to serve our Lord with gladness by coming before Him with joy filled singing, is that in His presence we get to experience, meditate upon, and be overwhelmed by this supreme truth - our Lord Himself is God. We need to know this. We need to grow in the knowing that our Lord Himself is God. Do you know how many people there are who say they believe in God and yet this biggest of news makes hardly a dent in their thinking and living?

Serving & Singing To God

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing" Psalm 100: 2 When you come before the Lord with joyful singing, you are serving God with gladness. What kind of serving? The service of one who ministers to the Lord. God desires this service from us. This is where we bond with our Maker in real time, being ever conformed to His image. This is where we extol God’s name, in His presence. It is not uncommon for us to think that when we are serving in the Gospel, to believers and non-believers alike, that this is serving the Lord. And it is in the broad sense. But the disciple of Christ, the minister of the Lord, has learned the differe

Strength and Beauty Dwell In You

Today’s Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "Splendor and majesty are before Him, strength and beauty are in His sanctuary" Psalm 96: 6 Praise God! Scripture reveals, "You are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you" (1 Corinthians 3: 16). You and I are a sanctuary for our Lord, Who abides in us, so we may abide in Christ, according to His word (John 15: 4-11). So, according to this psalm, "strength and beauty" are in you, for you have become God’s new covenant sanctuary, His inner court temple. How may we see this strength and this beauty? Step inside. As Jesus said, "Go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees w

Reading God’s Word In God’s Presence

Today’s Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green" Psalm 92: 13-14 I would like to modify a statement I made yesterday, that I have been meditating upon. I wrote, "ministering to the Lord has been my most consistent, Christ-centering, joyful, thriving, flourishing, practice that I have ever been blessed to learn as a Christian." While this is so true, and such a blessing to express, I realize that the only reason I know about ministering to the Lord at

Our Spiritual Fountain Of Youth

Today’s Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green" Psalm 92: 13-14 Ministering to the Lord in God’s presence, according to this verse, is like drinking from an everlasting fountain of renewing spiritual youth and health. In the natural world, every tree eventually gets old, stops producing fruit, and dies. The truth for us as new creations, made righteous in Jesus Christ, is that as we allow our understanding of our righteousness in Christ to compel us

Flourish In The Courts Of Your God

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God" Psalm 92: 13 Would you like to "flourish like the palm tree" and "grow like a cedar in Lebanon" today? Right now? Then plant yourself in the house of God, as a priest unto God, ministering to the Lord, and you will most certainly "flourish in the courts of our God." The Hebrew word for "flourish" is "parach" which, in Scripture is translated as flourish as well as to "blossom," and to "blossom profusely." Jesus Christ has made us righteous and, indeed, He Himself is our righteousness

Jesus Took Away The Sting Of Death And Has Given Us The Love Of Life

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? But thanks be to God , who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" 1 Corinthians 15: 55 & 57 Death no longer has any victory over us because Jesus Christ won the victory over death when He rose from the dead. And now that we are in Christ, His victory has become our victory. There is not even a sting left for us to feel. All God wants us to feel is His love and all He wants us to do is to give Him thanks, because He has won this victory for us. Yes, let us thank God "who gives US the victory." Praise God, for the victory that Jesus won, He has graciously given to us. What a pr

Jesus Christ IS Our Resurrection Life

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies" John 11:25 Jesus Christ, Himself, is our resurrection. Jesus Christ, Himself, is our life. When we believe in Jesus Christ actively ("fixing our eyes on Jesus" Hebrews 12:2), all we can possibly be aware of is resurrection and life. Even if (or when) our physical body fails, we will still be in life, unbroken for even a second, because "Christ, Who is our life" (Col. 3:4) lives within us. He owns our spirit. We are in Him now and forever, and death can never touch Him again for Jesus Christ already died, once for all, to pay for our sins so that we may live forever

Our Spiritual Mind Set

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace" Romans 8:6 What is your mind-set? God’s word tells us in this verse that if our mind is set on the flesh then death is the result. There is no spiritual life for us if we dwell upon the flesh (ours or somebody else’s). However God offers us a much more attractive and effective mind-set and that is to, praise God, fix our mind on the Spirit. Let your new default mind-set be upon the Spirit and the things of the Spirit of God and you will always be aware of life and peace. Jesus Christ has conquered death for us so now let us humbly, and gratefully embrace, and fix o

Jesus Has Abolished Death And Has Given Us Life Instead

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "Our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel" 2 Timothy 1:10 Jesus Christ has abolished death from our lives so that we may now be blessed and free to become completely absorbed in the profound truth of our new eternal life and immortality in Him. It is through the light of the Gospel that we may behold, apprehend, and ultimately become apprehended by this higher, greater truth of our having been set free from death and the fear of death (which comes down to a fear of separation from God) so that we may instead live in spiritual resurrection life now and throughout eternity in unbroken fel

Jesus Has Set Us Free From The Fear Of Death

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives" Hebrews 2:14-15 For the last two days we have seen in Scripture how Jesus "tasted" death for us and how He has also rendered powerless the devil over our death (Hebrews 2:9 & 14). Now, in this passage, we see why, according to God’s word, our blessed Savior has done these amazingly wonderful life-transforming things for us. Jesus Christ has accomplished these mighty deeds on our behalf specifically so He "might free those who through fear of death were subject to slav

Jesus Defeated Satan And Death For Us

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "Since the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil" Hebrews 2:14 Before you and I knew Jesus Christ as our Savior, we were locked up in bondage to sin and death, under the power of the devil. But, praise God, Jesus broke the power of the devil at Calvary and now, as beloved children of God, we are blessed to have His Personal Lordship over our lives. Now it is God Who is in charge of our existence, and He is in charge of our moment of passing as well for we know, by His grace and promise, that we are forever bonded

Christ Has Removed The Taste Of Death

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "We do see Him who was made for a little while lower that the angels, namely Jesus, because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone" Hebrew 2:9 I hope you blessedly know that "by grace you have been saved" (Eph 2:5). But do you know that by the grace of God Jesus Christ has tasted death on your behalf? What does this mean? When Jesus Christ suffered at Calvary, He tasted death, and separation from God, for you and I, in that space of time between Friday and Sunday morning. However, because of Jesus Christ, you and I will never have to taste that kind of death, that separat

Receiving From The Spirit Of God

Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne: "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God" 1 Corinthians 2:12 What channel is your receiver set to right now? The receiver inside of you that is. Our natural mind’s default setting is to receive from the spirit of this world. Whereas our new mind in Christ is set to receive the things freely given to us by God, which sounds so much better, don’t you agree? Sometimes we mistakenly allow our inner channel to switch back to the spirit of this world and then we do not know why we are not receiving the things freely given us by God. We need to fix our receiv

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