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

Receive Your Priesthood Today

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 states that Jesus Christ “loves us,” has “released us from our sins by His blood” and, importantly, 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 priest

We Are God’s Royal Priesthood

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 are created in Jesus Christ to glorify and praise Him, and to live a life before God in this world that also glorify’s and prai

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, the more you are enabled and enthused to proclaim “the excellencies of Him.” The more you see yourself as God sees you, the more you can clearly see 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” today and behold your excellent Savior Who has chosen you, made

I’m So Thankful For Peace

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful” Colossians 3:15 Here is God’s will for you today - let the peace of Christ rule in your heart and be thankful. God’s peace is His presence within you. Let the presence of Jesus Christ within you rule in your heart today. Amen. And thank God that this is so. Thank Jesus for His peace for, as Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “He Himself is our peace” (2:14). The more you thank God for His peace, the more His peace arises in your mind and, therefore, the more you become aware of the peace of Christ ruling in your heart. This is intended to be a beauti

Peace In Christ In Us

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” John 14:27 Jesus leaves His peace with us and He gives His peace to us. Let us make sure we are receiving and realizing His peace today. We need the peace that Jesus offers and lovingly supplies to us. This world does not give us peace, nor can it. Peace in this world can never be more than the temporary absence of conflict. The peace that Jesus gives us and leaves with us is not about the absence of conflict. The peace that Jesus gives and leaves with us is about the addition of His Own Presence. Peace i

Cease Striving And Start Receiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Cease striving and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 A few days ago we looked at the beginning of Psalm 46 which says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Now, here in the closing section of this Psalm, we see “the way in,” that is, the affirmative faith response and recognition that God indeed is our refuge and strength. What do we do if we truly believe this? We cease our striving, in all our troubles, that’s what we do. We instead turn our full attention and devotion to the knowledge, the present moment knowing, with worship, with silence, with awe and gratitude, that our Lord is God. He is God over us and in us, and H

Loving Away All Fears

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” 1 John 4:18 If you have any fear at all presently, I entreat you, in the name of Jesus, to enter more deeply into His love. There is nothing to fear from Jesus’ love. In fact, you may enter His love now, even in the midst of any fear. For it is the love of Jesus, His perfect love, that casts out all fear. Keep looking at His perfect love, perfect in every way toward you and for you. Become Radiant in His love. Let His love touch you like the warmth of the sun touching your skin on a cold day. Receive Jesus’ love for you and look to Him, for He loves away your fears even as He fills you with

Becoming Radiant In Him

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant” Psalm 34:4-5 Here is the perfect deliverance from all fears - “they looked to Him and were radiant.” Praise God, for when we seek Him and look to Him, we become radiant. The radiance of God’s gracious glory shines upon us and in His light of love our fears are vanquished, even as His glory ascends in our hearts. Yes, when we seek our Lord He answers us. Jesus Christ is God’s declared answer for us, for now and for all time. I encourage you today to look to Jesus, behold Him in His glory, and allow yourself the grace to receive and become r

See The New You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” 2 Corinthians 5:17 In Jesus Christ you have become a new creation. All the old things have passed away and now, as a beloved child of God, you are blessed to behold “new things.” I often read this Scripture for my own life by substituting the word “when” for “if,” meaning, when I am in Christ, that this is when I know I am a new creation and this is when I am able to see that the old things are gone and beautiful new things have come. We really need to see ourselves from the standpoint of actually being in Christ, in this moment, so we may touch t

Grow In The Grace And Knowledge Of Jesus Christ

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity” 2 Peter 3:18 Now here is where true spiritual growth occurs, “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Growing in grace is the same as growing in the true knowledge of Jesus Christ. In the opening chapter of his Gospel, John wrote of Jesus that He is,“full of grace and truth” and that “grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ” (John 1:14&17). When you and I finally decide to fix, and stay fixed, with our eyes upon Jesus Himself (Hebrews 12:2), this is when we blessedly realize and become cau

Let Grace And Peace Be Multiplied To You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” 2 Peter 1:2 God’s will is for you and I to know Him in such a way that grace and peace become multiplied to us. The more we desire to know our Lord in spirit and in truth; Who He is, what He has done, why He has done what He has done, and what He is doing now, the more His own grace and peace are intended to increase in our lives. Whereas, the pursuit of knowing things and developing opinions about things most usually produces a separation in our minds from God, even as we slide more and more into our own thoughts. Sometimes even our own religious thoughts can distan

Choose The Good Part Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” Luke 10:41-42 Have you chosen the good part? Or have you chosen another part, which may not be so good? Mary chose the good part which was this: “Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word” (Luke 10:39). Martha was choosing, by contrast, a not so good part which was, “you are worried and bothered about so many things.” You and I can choose to be “worried and bothered about so many things” today, or we can choose the “one thing” that Jesus said “is necessary,

Let God Give You Your Holy Balance

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray” Luke 4:15-16 There’s a time to be with the crowds and stay. There’s a time to be alone and “slip away.” There’s a time to be with God and “pray.” This is the holy balance of our lives, where life in this world, service to God, solitude, fellowship in His presence, and the abundant life intersect. Jesus always knew what to do and when to do it. How? By being in constant fellowship with His Abba Father. You and I have this same fellowship available to us 24/

Thank God For Your High Position

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position” James 1:9 For a child of God, the entire New Testament is filled with the wealth of our riches and “high position” in Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us that God has “seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). Now that’s a high position! We have been given the best seat in the universe from which to view all of life. Our humble circumstances may sometimes seem to overwhelm us, if that is all we behold. So let us never forget that “the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position.” That’s right, I encourage you to glory in your hig

Stepping Into Your Very Present Help

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear” Psalm 46:1 Whenever trouble comes, run to your refuge first, for this is where you will always find your strength. Your strength is in the Lord, Who Himself is your refuge, for it is in Him that you are able to see and receive His “very present help” to lead you, without fear, through every step of this life. Trouble or not, bad days or good days, God is always your refuge and strength, so I encourage you to think of Him in this way consistently because, if ever the day of trouble does come, you will already be where you need to be, with the Lord, your “refug

We Have Been Brought Near By The Blood Of Christ

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” Ephesians 2:13 So often we may think of our salvation in terms of; God’s mercy, love, grace, His kindness, and our repentance. All of this is good, for these are certainly all precious truths, gems of our forever salvation in Jesus Christ. But let us never forget, not even for an instant, that we, “who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” It is through the sacred sacrifice of love in our Savior’s blood, shed at Calvary to atone for our sins, that we “have been brought near.” Jesus loves us so much that he was not cont

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 and received your mercy for today yet? Through the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ we have received salvation. Mercy has been extended even to the self-confessed foremost sinner of all, the apostle Paul who, prior to his salvation, had persecuted and put to death Christians. Yet for this reason he was shown mercy, just so 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 Hi

Let Jesus, Himself, Comfort And Strengthen You 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, 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 with us

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