Found Mercy

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy” 1 Timothy 1:15-16 Have you found your mercy for today yet? Through the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ we have received salvation. Mercy has been extended even to the “foremost” sinner “of all,” the apostle Paul who, prior to his salvation, had persecuted and put to death Christians, just so that you and I would know for sure that we, too, are included in God’s grace and mercy. Paul went on to stress this point, “so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believ

Comfort And Strength For Your Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 How do we receive this marvelous ministry of comfort and strength for our hearts in every good work and word? Through “our Lord Jesus Christ Himself!” Praise God that not only has He given us “eternal comfort and good hope by grace,” but He is also here now, “our Lord Jesus Christ Himself,” to comfort and strengthen our hearts now, in this moment, for every good work and word. God, Who has blessed us with comfort for all eternity, is wit

Blameless With Great Joy

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:24-25 God is here right now with all glory, majesty, dominion and authority, and it is His will, His desire, to “make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy.” Do respond to His love and let it be so. Don’t respond to your old self and let it be “no.” It is never about how good or worthy we think we are. It is always about how good He is, our great p

“For Glory And For Beauty”

Today's Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics; you shall also make sashes for them, and you shall make caps for them, for glory and for beauty. You shall put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him; and you shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve Me as priests” Exodus 28:40-41 Our Father God clearly looks at being a “a priest to Me” (Exodus 28:1) as something truly glorious and beautiful. This is God’s Own anointing, ordination, and consecration for us, the body of Christ in this day, that we would be His Own “royal priesthood” (1st Peter 2:9) so that He might fill His church with His Own glory and beauty. Ou

Receiving Your Anointing To Minister To The Lord

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me” Exodus 30:30 God considers ministering “as priests to Me” to be an anointing, and an act of consecration. In this day we, the body of Christ, have been freely offered and called to this same anointing and consecration, to be “a royal priesthood, 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” (1st Peter 2:9). O bride of Christ, step out of the “darkness” of separation into the anointing and consecration “marvelous light” oneness of being God’s “royal priest

Dwelling With God & Ministering To Him Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to Me” Psalm 101:6 God’s word of entreatment through King David in this psalm is saying that our Lord is looking for faithful people of the land, “that they may dwell with Me.” So, in this day, let us show our God our own faithfulness, and our own understanding, by dwelling with Him, living with our God in an inner court, “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2), in fellowship each day. The next statement in this psalm can be taken two ways. “He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me” can mea

The First Time God Said The Word “Priest” In Exodus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then bring near to yourself Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the sons of Israel, to minister as priest to Me” Exodus 28:1 Probably most often, when people hear the words “priest” or “minister,” the automatic assumption in one’s mind is, “priest to the people” and “minister to people.” So it is enlightening, to say the least, to see that in scripture when God first uses the word’s “priest,” and “priests” (as we saw yesterday), that it is in reference with “minister as a priest to Me” and “you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests” (Exodus 19:6). God’s origin of His use of the words “priest” and “priests,” in the book of Exodus, is

The First Time God Said The Word “Priests”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagle’s wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel’” Exodus 19: 3-6 Yesterday I shared with you concerning the first time the word “priest” appears in scripture whi

Melchizedek and Jesus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “After his [Abram’s] return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s valley). And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God most High” Genesis 14:17-18 This is the first time the word “priest” appears in the bible and it is in reference to the person of Melchizedek. This appearance of Melchizedek is full to overflowing with Messianic prophetic truth for us in Jesus Christ. Melchizedek means “king of righteousness” (Hebrews 7:2), while king of Salem means “king of peace” (Hebrews 7:2). Melchizedek was a kin

Building An Altar To The Lord

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord” Genesis 8:20 As soon as Noah and his family exited the ark and were on dry ground “Noah built an altar to the Lord.” Noah’s first act was to create a place where he would worship God. The first act of the first man after the flood was to build an altar, to worship and minister to God. Noah was a saved man in a new life, just as we are new creations in Jesus Christ, saved, with a new life in God. So let us immediately build our altar to the Lord too. But wait, for the truth is, when you and I received Jesus Christ as our salvation, that God made us a new creation with an altar of worship already within us. “For w

Floating On The Surface Of The Water

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water” Genesis 7:17 No matter what judgement or tragedy befalls this world, please know, Christian, that the ark of your salvation, preservation, and safety is always “floating [peacefully] on the surface of the water.” In Jesus Christ, our risen and indwelling Savior, we have been given a new life as a new creation in the new covenant kingdom of God. Paul wrote, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved

Let Your Ark Rise Above The Earth

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth” Genesis 7:17 The word of God in Jesus Christ, which this world rejects, is the same word that we have received and, as a result, we have been lifted up in our ark of salvation so we may rise “above the earth.” It is as the apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). In Noah’s day the water of judgement which came upon the earth was the same water that lifted him up so that he “rose above the earth

God Closed The Door Behind You

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark” Genesis 6:18 “And the Lord closed it behind him.” Genesis 7:16 When Noah entered the ark with his family and all of the living beings, God closed the door behind them, meaning that God sealed the deal on the covenant He made with Noah, and that the world Noah had lived in was now forever behind him. Praise God, when you and I received Jesus Christ, entering the ark of our salvation in Him, Father God closed the door on the world behind us and sealed the deal on our behalf with the New Covenant blood of our Savior. We are forever apart from our old life now and have been forever

Enter The Ark!

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark” Genesis 6:18 Hallelujah! When you and I walk with God, as Noah did, seeing the favor and grace of our Lord God’s eyes, as Noah did, then we are enabled to behold God’s New Covenant made with us through the blood of our resurrected Savior, even as Noah behold God’s covenant made with him. Now all that remains is for us to enter the ark, as Noah did. In the Old Testament the ark of the covenant was in the Holy of Holies, in the temple, and only the high priest could enter, one day each year. In the New Covenant, Christ abides in us, in His body, blood, and Spirit and we have becom

Walk With God And Let God Take You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Noah Walked With God” Genesis 6:9. “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” Genesis 5:24 Enoch was Noah’s great, great grandfather. It is important for us to see that when we walk with God, we are not only obeying and blessing our Lord, walking in the light of His goodness, but we are passing on a legacy, for those who come after us. Enoch walked with God and God took Him, to be forever with Himself. Noah, Enoch’s great, great grandson, also walked with God and God took him, out of the destruction of the flood and into the safety of the ark. When you and I walk with God we receive both of these awesome truths, and even more! Like No

Favor, Grace, & Safety With Our God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God” Genesis 6:9 When we walk with God, He shows us things and takes us places, all that we might be with Him and better know Him. Noah walked with God and, as a result, “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8). When we walk with God, we are close to Him, in fellowship with Him, so we are able to see favor and grace in our Lord’s eyes towards us. God’s favor and grace are upon us and within us, as we walk with Jesus Christ, Who is “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). God not only had favor in His eyes toward Noah, but God took Noah and saved Him from the flood, so th

Walking With God, Looking Into His Eyes, & Seeing Grace

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God” Genesis 6:9 For the past two days I have been sharing the blessing of Noah finding favor and grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8) and how this truth is for us today in our Lord Jesus Christ! This following verse from Genesis 6:9 shows us, for our own lives, how we may find favor and grace, every day, in God’s eyes towards us. Here it is: walk with God. Yes! Let us walk with God through this day so we may be close enough to behold the favor and grace of our Lord towards us and over us. “Noah walked with God.” When we walk with God we are blessed look into His eyes, in spiri

Walking with Grace And Favor

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” Genesis 6:8 This verse from Genesis shows us that God’s grace has always been intended to be saving grace. Noah walked with God and God loved Noah. When destruction came upon the earth because of the wickedness of man, Noah was exempt, because of the grace and favor of God. Noah was saved by grace, and so are you and I. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Ephesians 2: 4-5). You and I today are walking with God and God loves us. You and I are not on

Finding Favor In God’s Eyes Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” Genesis 6:8 This verse from Genesis came right after God had said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the earth” (Vs 7). Mankind was reveling in wickedness, but not Noah. Rather than being led into wickedness with the world, Noah was spending time with God, and Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. We can look at this beautiful verse in two ways. First, and most obvious, is that God looked upon Noah with favor. “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Secondly though, is that Noah walked with God, in fellowship, worship, and devotion. As Noah walked with God, and knew God, N

Let God Take You Someplace Special With Himself Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” Genesis 5:24 Every day in our walk with God we are offered the blessing of “he was not, for God took him.” Jesus said “Come to Me... and I will give you rest. 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 11:28-29). When we step into the yoke of Jesus and walk with God, we are blessedly set free from the bondage of self, even as we learn of our gracious Lord’s gentle and humble heart towards us. What a beautiful exchange, from being self-absorbed to being Christ-filled, God offers us. In this way “we are not, for G

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