Praise Sets The Ambush

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.’ When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, so they were routed” 2 Chronicles 20: 17&22 What a blessing it is for you and I to know that when we minister to our Lord, as His kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:5-6), that not only do we honor and glorify our God, and experience the joy of His presence, but we also allow God to ambush the enemy for us. When you praise in His presence, this sets up a release of God’s power “on your behalf.” There’s a relationship between our being with our Lord first a

4 Simple Steps To Victory

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.’ When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, so they were routed” 2 Chronicles 20: 17&22 Praise God! Here are four simple building blocks, or steps, leading to victory for you and I, as priests unto our God, when it comes to facing the tribulations of this world. #1 - “You need not fight in this battle.” #2 - “Station yourselves.” #3 - “Stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.” #4 - Begin “singing and praising.” Oh let us all attend to these blessed words. May we all always go to ou

“Station Yourselves” - Praising Instead Of Fighting

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.’ When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, so they were routed” 2 Chronicles 20: 17&22 Jehoshaphat became king after his father, Asa, had died and the land of Judah was invaded by “a great multitude” (2 Chron. 20:2). Scripture says, “Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord” (2 Chron. 20:3). Jehoshaphat said to the Lord, “We are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You” (2 Chron. 20:12) It was then

He “Let” Me Find Him

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘The Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him. For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law.” 2 Chronicles 15:2-3 I praise my God that He not only called me to “seek Him” but that He also “let” me find Him! Oh Hallelujah, our Lord is so good, so gracious, so filled with loving kindness. Yes, He “let me” find Him so I that would be “with Him” so He could show me that He is both “with” me and in me. “The Lord is with you.” O let us always be “with Him,” with our loving Lord and indwelling Savior. Let us be “with Him” in our inner room, as we are “ministering to

If You Seek Him, He Will Let You Find Him

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘The Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him. For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law” 2 Chronicles 15:2-3 God’s door is always open for all of His children to seek Him and to find Him and, in so doing, to be “with Him,” and realize He is always with us. God wants you to seek Him and He guarantees “He will let you find Him.” This is God’s expressed desire for all of us, to “seek Him,” in the inner court within us, where we will surely “find Him.” As ministers to the Lord, part of God’s “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9), which all of us born again Christi

The Lord Is With Us When We Are With Him

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘The Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him. For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law.’” 2 Chronicles 15:2-3 Hallelujah! As ministers to the Lord in this day, having received and entered into our part in God’s “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9), we know for sure the actual truth that “the Lord is with us when we are with him.” When we enter our inner room, the inner court within us, the temple of the Holy Spirit within, we are entering specifically to be with our Lord and, therefore, we are blessed with the specific presence of God. Religious people I hav

The Grace Of Living And Being With Immanuel

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 “But as for you Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity. This One will be our peace” Micah 5:2&5 “Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which translated me

Letting His Peace Reign In Our Hearts

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 Praise God, Jesus Christ has been “born to us” that He might live in us, now, as our “Prince of Peace.” So, let us allow His peace to gently reign in our hearts today. Peace is the fabric, the very nature of the kingdom of God within us and Jesus Christ, our “Prince of Peace,” is Himself the guarantee of our peace. The apostle Paul wrote, “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For

Living In Peace With Your Prince Of Peace

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 This glorious prophecy through Isaiah, of our Savior Jesus Christ’s birth, culminated in the title “Prince of Peace.” Certainly a large motivating factor in our ongoing willingness, and ability, to actually hear and understand our “Wonderful Counselor” is in our recognizing Him, our God, as Himself being our “Prince of Peace.” The transformation our Lord intends to take place within us, as we live in fellowship with our “Mighty God” and His w

The Father And Son Are One

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 Wait - how can this be? How can the son who “will be given to us” be also called “Eternal Father?” How can this be possible? How can God, our “Eternal Father,” also be, at the same time, the “child” who “will be born to us? The answer lays before us, in the two titles given between “Child” and “Eternal Father.” I invite you to behold the miraculous unfolding of our God’s love for us in this way. Our “Eternal Father” desired to be close to us,

Our Mighty God

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 God’s son, Who has been graciously “given to us,” that we would know Him as our “Wonderful Counselor,” is also our “Mighty God.” What, if anything, does this tell us about our Mighty God? I’m struck by how lovingly and tenderly God is calling to us through this scripture, for what more loving and tender way could God come to us than in the form of a pure, innocent baby? And then, this baby, this son, is sent to us by God to be our “Wonderful

Receiving Our Wonderful Counselor

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 I love that “Wonderful Counselor” is the first name mentioned for the “son” Who “will be given to us” in this passage from Isaiah. Even before God mentioned His Own mighty, eternal presence and Lordship, He first wanted people to know that His son was coming to us, to be our “Wonderful Counselor.” God was speaking tender words of comfort to His people, out of love, and of His great desire to be in relationship with us, to the intimate degree

Receiving God’s Grace & Truth Fullness

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:14 Our loving resurrected Savior, Immanuel, Who presently lives within us, is “full of grace and truth.” So, therefore, the invitation and call, extended in love to you and I, is for us to actively and spiritually participate daily in this blessed grace and truth fullness of our Lord Christ, so that we may experience this same fullness of our Lord flowing throughout our innermost being. God’s Word, Jesus, is dwelling in us right now. As we believe this truth, of His present “grace and truth” fullness wit

Full Of Grace And Truth

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:14 Let us all gratefully thank and praise our God now that His glory is full of grace and truth towards us and for us. In our day we are so blessed and privileged to be able to behold “the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). It is just as John declared, writing of Jesus, “for of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace” (John 1:16). John was blessed to see God’s glory in Jesus as being “full of grace and truth” and we are blessed to see God’s glory today “in our hearts...

The Glory Of God’s Only Begotten

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father” John 1:14 Jesus Christ is the One and only begotten Son of the Father, and when Father God sent His Son to earth He filled Him with His glory. Oh how the Father loves His Son, His only begotten. We are so blessed that our Father God would will for His Son to become flesh and dwell among us. God’s love for His only begotten Son is perfectly understandable. God filling His only begotten Son with His glory is perfectly understandable. The part that is harder for us to understand is why “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten S

Let Us See His Glory

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory” John 1:14 God’s Word, Jesus Christ, Who is Immanuel, God with us, is dwelling in us right now. Let us see His glory. We have already seen that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The same God Who said “Let there be light” in Genesis 1:3, has now willed that we, His beloved children, should continually behold His glory, within us, in Christ! This is God’s present will, His present light, for us to see. Concerning this very point, Paul wrote, “For God, Who said, ‘light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One Who has shone in our h

The Word Has Come To Us

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” John 1:14 “The Word,” Who was “in the beginning,” and Who also later “became flesh and dwelt among us,” has now come to us, to live in us, forever, as our “Immanuel,” our God with us (Matthew 1:23). The Word of God, Jesus Christ, has made a long and faithful journey; from the beginning of creation to the cross & resurrection, and now to us. How blessed we are to know that, dwelling within us at this very moment, is the Word of God, Jesus Christ, our indwelling resurrected Savior, Lord, King, and High Priest. The God

Dwelling With The Word Of God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” John 1:14 Jesus Christ is THE Word of God, through Whom all the words of God have come to us. God’s Word is powerful and creative, bringing life, light, and substance out empty space. God’s Word is powerful and re-creative, bringing life, light, and substance to our lives, allowing His kindness to lead us to repentance that we might be made new and begin dwelling with our God - our perfect Word of abundant life, both now and forever. Paul the apostle wrote this, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you” (Colo

Immanuel At Creation And Re-Creation

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” John 1:14 This first verse from John’s Gospel tells us that God’s Word, Jesus Christ, was with God at the beginning of all creation. Even as Genesis 1:1 begins with the words “In the beginning,” so also does John’s Gospel. The Word of God, Jesus Christ, “was God” and was with God in the beginning of all creation. Jesus Christ is the God of our creation, even as the apostle Paul declared, “By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth” (Colossians 1:16). The next time John referenced “the Word” in

The Government Of God's Kingdom Rests On His Shoulders

Today's Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders.” Isaiah 9:6 God’s good news for all mankind, declared through His prophet Isaiah, was that He was sending His Son to “be born to us.” God’s Son was not arriving with fanfare, fully mature, regally adorned, ruling with scepter in hand. Instead God chose to send His Son to us as a holy seed, to be born into the human race as a baby, So He might be fully from the Lord, and Himself be Lord, and yet be fully of the people. This is the way God’s Son was “given to us,” humbly, gently, innocently, and lovingly. And of this Son Isaiah wrote, “the governm

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