The Nature Of Our Priesthood

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Jesus Christ to the gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God” Romans 15:15-16 For the past two days we have been considering Paul’s exhortation to the church at Rome concerning “ministering as a priest the gospel of God,” specifically how “Ministering as a priest” enhances our understanding of preaching the gospel. When we minister “as a priest” this means that not only is the message of the gospel important, but so also is the presentation and nature of the one speaking the gospel important. It’

The Importance Of Ministering As A Priest

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Jesus Christ to the gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God” Romans 15:15-16 Why is it so important, and imperative, that we minister “as a priest the gospel of God?” For one thing, a priest is a mediator, between God and people. A priest of God profoundly desires to see people reconciled with God. This is our goal. This is a much needed added dimension of understanding for us as we proclaim the gospel. We are not merely telling people the gospel, and “letting the chips fall where they may,” as

Ministering As A Priest The Gospel Of God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Jesus Christ to the gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God” Romans 15:15-16 As the apostle Paul summed up and concluded His masterful letter to the church in Rome, he reminded the Christians in Rome to “be a minister of Jesus Christ to the gentiles.” We need not fight in anger, or argue, condemn or vilify but, by all means, we do always need to act as a minister of Jesus Christ to all unbelievers (and to all believers as well for that matter). What’s the best way to “be a minister of Jesus Chri

Taking Refuge

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “How precious is Your lovingkindness O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; and You give them to drink of the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light” Psalm 36:7-9 Taking “refuge in the shadow of Your wings” is yet another picture of our drawing near to God as priests in His presence, “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2). Stepping into the inner court of the temple of God within us, as we have been seeing, is like coming to our Lord and gathering under His wings, as close to His protective presence as possible, unde

Feast In Abundance

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen that you may live” Isaiah 55: 2-3 For the past three days I have been sharing with you from the Scripture that says “the priests who are near to the Lord shall eat the most holy things” (Ezekiel 42:13). This passage from Isaiah explains the practical application of this process. As priests unto our Lord, it is our first desire, delight, and ministry to incline our ears and come to Him, Jesus Christ our High Priest, in His presence. It is when w

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 and digesting God’s word within God’s presence, as His priest, guarantees you the brightest possible light upon God’s word as you 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

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, and in that place these priests ministered to the Lord (Ezekiel 44). In our day, as we are now 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, now lives in us - “Christ in you, the hope of g

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, a divine identity, and it is the will of God our Father, that we accept this mantle of our priesthood and draw nearer still to God, into the inn

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 and entered into the rest of your God. Jesus Christ, your Savior and High Priest, has promised you that “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, in His yoke, 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

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 and resting in 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 simp

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, so you may indeed “learn from Me.” 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 t

Rest For Your Soul

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, enter into His rest, and allow His yoke to remain upon you when you worship. Being a priest unto your Lord, yourself (1 Peter 2:9), in the yoke with your High Priest Jesus Christ ( Hebrews 3:1) - this is a most wonderful way to enter worship. In His presence, in worship and devotion, is the perfect place for you to clearly see and be transformed by the truth that “I am gentle and humble in heart.” You are so blessed to behold your Savior this way, so close to Him, whe

“I Will Give You Rest”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me... and I will give you rest.” Our one and only true rest in this life, for our innermost being, is in our Lord Jesus Christ. When we come to Jesus Christ, Himself, for Him Himself, then there is always a realization of rest waiting for us in the presence of our Lord. According to this Scripture, the first thing we should be experiencing when we come to our Lord is rest. Coming to Jesus, for us, should always be synonymous with rest. We rest in His presence. We rest in His finished work for us. We rest in the revelation of Who He is. We rest in His love

Consider... Resting

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “In returning and rest ye are saved, in keeping quiet and in confidence is your might” Isaiah 30:15 (Young’s Literal translation) Let us slow down our thoughts for a moment... and consider... resting in the salvation of our gracious and loving Savior, Jesus Christ. Allow yourself to appreciate the life-renewing blessing of being quiet before Him; that you may meditate upon your Lord, adore Him, and learn of Him in His presence. For He truly is your confidence and your might. We are not merely resting. We are resting in our Lord, in His full salvation, and in all that He has done on our behalf. It is with gratitude and worshipful devotion that we are

Our Resting Place

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “In returning and rest ye are saved, in keeping quiet and in confidence is your might” Isaiah 30:15 (Young’s Literal Translation) It is so important that we learn to appreciate the great gift that we have been given of resting in God. We rest in Who He is and in all that He has done for us. This is the foundational basis of our spiritual life, our higher life in Jesus Christ as priests to our God. Yesterday we saw that in Jesus Christ we have become, for our Lord, “a place where I may rest” (Isaiah 66:1). And now we see that we rest in Him. Oh the blessed fellowship of resting together with our Lord in His presence. We rest in the beauty of our G

A Dwelling Of God In The Spirit

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” Ephesians 2:20-22 Praise God for His grace and love, in that He has made each one us “into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” I encourage you to see yourself this way. You are “a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” When we minister to our Lord we enter His presence, we worship, we seek His face, we wait upon the Lord, and all of this is wonderful. But don’t miss this blessed truth that your God sees you as His “dwelling.” You are a place t

Receiving The Fullness Of Christ

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Of His fullness we have all received” John 1:16 Thank your God today that you have received the fullness of Christ. “We have all received” this verse says, and you weren’t left out. When you received Christ, you received His fullness. You are full of His fullness! It is the glorious privilege and birthright of your “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17KJV) as a child of God to receive and behold Jesus in His fullness. God’s light, the light of His Own fullness, is so good and so bright for us that He heals us of the past and renews us in the present as we see Him, just by seeing Him. Come into the presence of your Lord and minister to Him in His full

You Have Become A Dwelling Of God In The Spirit

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” Ephesians 2:20-22 Praise God, ministering to the Lord is a good fit, a perfect fit for you. See how perfectly God fits you together with Himself in His presence as you worship. Let God reveal to you that He sees you as a growing and living temple in your Lord. You are a loved, blood washed child of God, part of a kingdom of priests to your God (Revelation 1:5-6). Every time you minister to the Lord, coming “before His presence with th

Strength And Beauty Are In His Sanctuary

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Splendor and majesty are before Him, strength and beauty are in His sanctuary” Psalm 96:6 When you draw near to God, to minister to Him, in adoration and worship, you are stepping into the presence of splendor, majesty, strength and beauty. For God’s Own glory and for your own eternal benefit, I encourage you to please be sure to acknowledge and recognize these qualities of your God when you enter His presence. The more and the closer that you draw near to your Lord, the more clearly these qualities will appear to you; to bless you, to fortify you, and to make you even more desirous of entering the presence of your beloved Savior and High Priest. Go

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