What Happens As We Consider Jesus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession” Hebrews 3:1 The more you “consider Jesus”as your “High Priest” the more the qualities of your High priest are bestowed upon you. In the past three days we have beheld the sympathy, mercy, and good things of Jesus Christ, specifically as our High Priest, towards us. When we are “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2) in His presence, our praises ascend to God our Father through Jesus Christ our High Priest. All of the qualities of Christ our High Priest flow down to us as our praises ascend to God. Jesus intends to change you into His image when you are in His presence so that, when you go

Jesus Is Our High Priest Of Good Things To Come

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “When Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come" Hebrews 9:11 Praise God! When you and I draw near to Jesus Christ, as our High Priest, we see that, in Him, there are truly “good things to come.” In fact, as you rise up in “ministering to the Lord,” as the apostle Paul did (Acts 13:2), I would say that only “good things” can come to you. Christ has “appeared as a high priest of the good things to come” and every single good thing that has come to you has come directly and graciously through your Savior, Jesus Christ. I believe God has some “good things” for you today, right now, waiting for you in His presence. You see, only “good t

Jesus Our Merciful And Faithful High Priest

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God” Hebrews 2:17 Thank You Lord! It is amazing to see the depth of our Savior’s love for us in his becoming like us “in all things” so that He might be “merciful and faithful” on our behalf to God. Jesus Christ, our most blessed High Priest, in love chose to come to earth and become like us “in all things” so that, in addition to being “faithful” to God, He would be “merciful and faithful” towards us. This is what our priesthood is intended to produce in us as we minister to God – faithfulness to our Lord

Learning Of The Sympathy Of Jesus Our High Priest

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things, as we are, yet without sin” Hebrews 4:15 Yesterday I shared with you the word in Hebrews 3:1 for us to “consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession,” along with the truth that, in recognizing ourselves as a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Lord, as “partakers of a heavenly calling” - this is what awakens us to our own interest in, realization of, and understanding of our most blessed “High Priest of our confession,” Jesus Christ. Learning of Jesus, as our High Priest, helps us immensely as we minister to the L

Partakers Of A Heavenly Calling

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession” Hebrews 3:1 Certainly one of the greatest aspects and benefits of our having been loved, released “from our sins by His blood,” and made “to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (as we are told in Revelation 1:5-6), is that Jesus Christ, Himself, is the High Priest of this “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). So, when you say yes to God’s love, salvation, and His making you to be a member of His kingdom of priests, accepting the mantle of your priesthood to minister to the Lord in His presence, this truly becomes the key tha

Ministering To The Lord Is A Call-Of-Love Higher Truth

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them’” Acts 13:2 By God’s grace, your loving Lord has blessedly saved you and has “set [you] apart for Me.” As God’s loved and blood washed children, Scripture declares that “He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:6). This is what God has always wanted from His Own people, a faithful kingdom of priests to Himself, and now, in us, as the body of Christ, this is what God has. Yet so many miss or ignore this call of our Father, to minister to Him as a kingdom of priests.

Ministering To The Lord Is Our Being “Set Apart For Me”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them’” Acts 13:2 Praise God, you have been chosen by your loving Savior, Jesus Christ, to be “Set apart for Me.” Let God whisper in your ear as you minister to Him, “My beloved child, I have set you apart for Me.” Ministering to the Lord, in its simplest and purest form, is our realization and agreement with God that, indeed, we have been set apart for Him. We are set apart for God when we enter His presence, to minister to Him and to be filled with the light of His countenance. Then, in His presence, as

Yes Ministering To The Lord Is A First Ministry

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them’” Acts 13:2 Ministering to the Lord is my first ministry and it is such a total joy to say so. To willingly accept, rejoice in, and practice this priesthood, realizing that it is in His presence that our own fullness of joy resides (Acts 2:28), is always a humbling blessing. It is a blessing to come and bless His Holy Name, before anything else, knowing that it is in His presence, as we minister to Him, because we are a kingdom of priests to Him (Relation 1:6), that His Holy Spirit is powerfully enab

Ministering To The Lord – Our First Ministry

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them’” Acts 13:2 The apostle Paul, still know then as Saul, was with the “prophets and teachers” (Acts 13:1) from the church of Antioch. And what were these church leaders collectively doing together? What example were they setting, as leaders, for the entire body of Christ? They were ministering to the Lord. They were operating in the Spirit as the “royal priesthood” spoken of in 2nd Peter 2:9, as the kingdom of priests that we are all declared to be in Revelation 1:6. Ministering to the Lord, when recei

Ministering To God With Our Priesthood

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “To Him who 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 This Scripture is all one sentence. One sentence that beautifully ties together Jesus’ love for us, His releasing us from our sins by His blood, and His making us a kingdom of Priests to His God and Father. Jesus Christ, in His mercy and grace, has loved us, saved us, and made us to be priests to our God. With the Gospel we minister to this world. With the priesthood we minister to God! What a privilege we have been given, to be called and created by God to experience this holy priesthood unto Him Himse

Jesus Has Made Us To Be a Kingdom of Priests

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “To Him who 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 – to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” Revelation 1:5-6 This dedication from the apostle John, in the opening verses of the book of Revelation, clearly declares that Jesus Christ “loves us,” has “released us from our sins by His blood” and, importantly and simultaneously, “He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father!” Jesus Christ’s love for you and His shedding His blood for you is important, wouldn’t you say? So, how important do you think your being made part of a kingdom of p

Your Own Royal Priesthood Unto God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION” 1 Peter 2:9 When you enter, as a Christian, into your own “royal PRIESTHOOD” unto God, that’s when you begin to experience, with understanding, the reality of being “CHOSEN” by God that you may willingly and joyfully become His “OWN POSSESSION.” Stepping into the understanding of your “royal PRIESTHOOD” brings you into the more full realization of why you desire, and why it is important, to worship God in the first place. We know we have been re-created in Jesus Christ to glorify and praise Him, and to live a life before God in this world that also glorify’s

Proclaiming His Excellencies

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9 The more you know who you are, as a beloved child of God and as a priest to God, the more you are enabled and enthused to proclaim “the excellencies of Him.” The more you see yourself as God sees you, the more clearly you are able to see your God, along with your purpose in God to this world of “darkness” namely, “that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you.” Step into “His marvelous light” as His priest today and beh

Our Spiritual Communion

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The priests who are near the Lord shall eat the most holy things” Ezekiel 42:13 Eating God’s word in God’s presence guarantees the brightest possible light upon us as we read and feed. Jesus Christ is our bread of life, our daily bread, and the nearer we draw to Him, as priests in His presence, the more we become aware of His holiness and the blessed spiritual communion we are graced with, to feed from Him in His Own presence. In His presence everything is holy and we are awakened to see the holy in His presence. This beautiful light, His light, the light of Him Himself, shows us the “most holy things” and now we are blessed to eat with greater joy,

Eating The Most Holy Things

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The priests who are near the Lord shall eat the most holy things” Ezekiel 42:13 Oh the sweet joy of “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2) In the Old Testament, the specially privileged priests who ministered to the Lord would step into the inner court, next to the Holy of Holies, where God dwelt (Ezekiel 44). In our day, as a kingdom of priests to our God (Revelation 1:6), we know that, as Christians, we have become “a temple of God and that the Holy Spirit dwells in you” (1 Corinthians 3:16). The presence of God, the Holy of Holies, lives in us now - “Christ in you, the hope of glory” is what the apostle Paul declared (Colossians 1:27). The inner c

Being Near To God And Eating The Most Holy Things

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The priests who are near to the Lord shall eat the most holy things” Ezekiel 42:13 This is one of the best blessings God gives us through our practice of “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2). When we accept into our own lives in Christ that “He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:6), and we enter into our priesthood before our Lord, this is when we begin to realize that “the priests who are near the Lord shall eat the most holy things.” Our priesthood is a divine gift and the will of God our Father, that we accept this mantle of our priesthood and draw nearer still to God, into the inner court before Him as a p

Enter Your Rest

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest” Hebrews 4:10-11 Oh beloved child of God, make sure you have received the rest of God. Jesus Christ, your Savior and High Priest, has promised “I will give you rest” when you take His yoke upon you and learn from Him; specifically learning that “I am gentle and humble in heart” (Matthew 11:28-29). In His presence, seeing His true nature and disposition towards you, a profound sense of rest is produced for your soul in Jesus Christ. Stepping into the yoke with Jesus, and remaining there, in His rest, is not a l

Complete Fullness And Rest In The Yoke With Jesus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” Matthew 11:29 For the past three days I have been encouraging you (successfully I hope) to actively take the yoke of Jesus upon you in worship, in reading God’s word, and as you go out into the world. Accepting and understanding the yoke of Jesus upon you in these ways represents having the covering presence and fellowship of Jesus upon you in Spirit (worship), truth (God’s word), and practice (in the world). There is such a simple and complete fullness for us to experience when we are in the yoke with Jesus in each of these ways. We

Resting In Christ Instead Of Wrestling With The World

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” Matthew 11:29 I encourage you to take the yoke of Jesus upon you when you go out into the world. There is no better way to go through each day than that of being in the yoke with your Savior, learning from Him, as you live in this world. It was John who wrote of Jesus, “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Amen. Take the yoke of Jesus upon you right now and allow “He who is in you” to become greater than anything in this world. The power and safety conveyed in this verse is simply received and acknowl

Resting And Reading In The Yoke With Jesus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” Matthew 11:29 I encourage you to take the yoke of Jesus upon you when you read and study the word of God. There is no better way to read and understand God’s word than to be in the yoke with Jesus, He of Whom it is written, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Reading God’s word within the light and presence of Jesus Christ, the eternal living Word of God, is like reading God’s word with all the lights on. Simon Peter once said to Jesus, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have words

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