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 our Lord for the cooling refreshment His presence provides us as we “abide in the shadow” of our “Most High” God 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, while 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

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, for 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 spiritu

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 profusely, 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), because 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 powe

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 never runs 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. In that very moment 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 then, let us take our spirit into God’s filling station, before we ev

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 be growing in the knowing that our Lord Himself is God. Do you realize 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

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 your God with gladness. What kind of serving? The service of one who ministers to the Lord. God desires this service from us for 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

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 to us, “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 presently abides in us, so that we may abide in Christ, according to His word (“Abide in Me, and I in you” John 15:4-11). So, according to this psalm, “strength and beauty” are now in you, for you have become God’s new covenant sanctuary, His inner court temple. “Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.” How may we see this strength and this beauty? Step inside. As Jesus said, “Go into your in

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 a

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 t

Flourish In The Courts Of Your God Today

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 92:12-13 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 righteousne

I Will Dwell In The House Of The Lord Forever - Beginning Now

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” Psalm 23:6 As ministers to the Lord, recreated through our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ “to be a kingdom , priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:6), we are in a most blessed position to truly know that we “will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” For every time that we minister to our Lord now, we are actually dwelling in God’s house, “in the secret place of His tent” (Psalm 27:5), “In the shelter of Your wings” (Psalm 61:4), “our refuge and strength” (Psalm 46:1), “the inner court” (Ezekiel 44:17), our “inner room” (Matthew 6:6), being “a temple of God” with the “Spirit of God” dwellin

Dwell In The House Of The Lord Forever

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” Psalm 23:6 God is dwelling within us right now so that we may dwell with Him, both now and forever. Bless His holy name! The essential truth of our Christian life is that God has come to save us and live in us as “‘Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1: 23). This is the essential truth of our ministering to the Lord as well. Ministering to the Lord, in our inner temple, is our response to the truth of Immanuel. Because God is with us, abiding in us, and calling us to abide in Him, indeed to become one w

Let Goodness and Lovingkindness Follow You All The Days Of Your Life

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” Psalm 23:6 David had come to love God so much, and had spent so much time before His presence, that he was able express his full trust in his “Shepherd” (Psalm 23: 1) declaring, “surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life.” This was not a boast or presumption in the flesh. This was the sincere declaration of one who, through knowing God and beholding all of His wonderful blessings, had come to realize his inseparableness with his creator. “Christ in you, the hope of glory” is what the apostle Pa

Our Cup Overflows

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows” Psalm 23:5 O Lord, our cup overflows with all of the great things that You have done for us and for Who You are to us. You are our Good Shepherd in all things. Thank You for Your loving kindness. Thank You for calling us to Yourself; for salvation, restoration, and sanctification, that we may know we truly belong to You. We are the happiest when we are in Your presence, Abba Father, beholding Your beauty, O Lord our God. Thank You for drawing us nearer still, to be a kingdom of priests to You that we may feed from the very best of You,

Let Your Cup Overflow

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows” Psalm 23:5 Our cup overflows, resulting in gratitude, praise, and humility, as we behold all that God has prepared for us. The cup of “living water” within us, “springing up to life eternal” (John 4: 10&14), overflows with thanksgivings to God for the table He has prepared before us and for the anointing He has given us within the spirit of our minds, that we should be graced to see this loving fullness of God, this beauty of our Lord. When David wrote “my cup overflows” I believe he was saying to God, “I am overwhelmed by Your goodness

You Have Anointed My Head With Oil

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows” Psalm 23:5 In order for us to truly see the table of God’s presence, which He has prepared for us, we need first to have our heads anointed with oil. When we receive, yield to, and joyfully allow the oil of God’s Holy Spirit to permeate our minds, our thinking, our heads; then our spiritual eyes are activated, opened, and we see the table of God’s presence beckoning us to come and minister to our Lord. It is the anointing of God’s Holy Spirit within and over us that shines a constant, clear, and entreating pathway, directing us into the

Let God Prepare A Table For You - The Table Of His Presence

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil” Psalm 23:5 Whenever David felt like he was surrounded by enemies, as he oftentimes was, he would head for the presence of God. Instead of beholding his enemies, along with their plans and deeds, David preferred to see his beloved God preparing a table before him, a banquet table of treasures, filled with the presence of God and “the beauty of the Lord” (“Psalm 27: 4). This is our holy buffer in this life, the table that God prepares before us and for us “in the presence of my enemies.” God sets the table of His presence before us, meaning that His table

You Are With Me

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” Psalm 23:4 Whenever we minister to our Lord, we affirm the truth that “You are with me.” Otherwise we would not be ministering to God at all, would we? There would be no purpose if there was no temple of the Holy Spirit within, no presence of God, no inner court ministry. You see, every time we praise God, as priests to our Lord under His New Covenant (Revelation 1: 5-6), we affirm and strengthen our own spirit and mind in this essential truth of our Christian faith: “You are with me.” Do you want to be stronge

Beloved, Fear No Evil For God Is With You

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” Psalm 23:4 Praise God, the more we minister to the Lord the more we are graced to be aware of our Lord, within us, and over all things. David was so tuned in to God’s presence that he could write these words and truly mean them. The nearness and presence of God is everything to us in this life. God is in us right now. In a way, our whole Christian experience in this life is like a kind of our own walking “through the valley of the shadow of death.” So, let us not fear evil. Let us instead behold our Lord, as Da

Speak Of The Glory Of His Kingdom

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power” Psalm 145: 9-11 God is “good to all.” We praise You Lord and we bless You for Your goodness, Your loving kindness, graciously extended to us through Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. “His mercies are over all His works” and, through Jesus Christ, we have also become one of God’s works, a miraculous working of our life-redeeming Messiah. We are new creations. So, let us also joyfully “speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of

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