Jesus Puts The Life In His Word

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “And you are unwilling to come to Me so that you might have life” John 5:40 Our Savior spoke these words to religious leaders who conscientiously studied Scripture, but yet missed the point of Scripture. The goal of their study seemed to be the knowledge of doctrine and theology for it’s own sake. But there was no life in that at all. Jesus showed them the next step, which they should have been taking, with their search of Scripture. He said that they should bring the word they have studied to Him so that they might then, at that moment, have life. Praise God, for we, His children in this day, are not “unwilling” to come to Jesus. We most definitely

Bringing The Word of God To The Word Of God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me” John 5:39 The religious experts of Jesus’ day had made a big mistake in their approach to Scripture. They thought that life was in the understanding of the words. But the words were lifeless without the Word. Jesus told them that the Scriptures testified of Him. The casual reader may not see this, but the true seeker of God knows that we must bring God’s words to God, the Word, Jesus our Christ. We read the Scriptures correctly, in the Spirit of God, when we see them as a continuous testimony of Jesus Christ. When we bring the Scrtures

Looking For The Testimony Of Jesus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” Revelation 19:10 The spirit, the purpose, of all prophecy throughout Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, is “the testimony of Jesus.” Every word uttered by God has It’s ultimate goal as being that of testifying and revealing Christ to this world. Let us gratefully approach and read the whole of God’s word in this same simple and direct way. Let us receive and understand this beautiful truth. “The spirit” of every word and prophecy of Scripture is specifically and ultimately so that you and I might live in a continual state of transformation as we behold “the testimony of Jesus” throughout God’s w

Seek His Face Continually

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually” Psalm 105:4 Seeking after God’s face strengthens us in “His strength.” When we continually seek after God’s face, this means we are always beholding Him, “fixing our eyes upon Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). This also means, perhaps even more importantly, that God’s face is always towards us when we seek Him. We are not seeking after the back of God’s head. No, we are seeking His face and if we seek His face then we see His face, and this can only mean that God’s face is toward us - in loving grace (“Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” Genesis 6:8). By the grace of Jesus Christ we have become b

Glory In His Holy Name

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those that seek the Lord be glad” Psalm 105:3 Oh if only the hearts of all of God’s people were glad right now, this would help so much, for our own lives and for our testimony, with power, of Jesus Christ to this world. This Scripture gives us such a simple, perhaps even childlike, yet direct and decisive way for us to “be glad,” even in the midst of this world and troubling times. It is this - let us glory in His holy name - let us give all our trust to Him so all our joy may be in Him, Who “first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Let us know and experience the abundance of life we have entered into because of Jesus

Let God Be Wonderful To You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders” Psalm 105:2 When we allow praise to fill our temple, the temple that is within us, all of our thoughts become purified. Praise is intended to be like incense to God, filling the air in the temple with the overwhelming scent and sense of the Holy Spirit. The only scent (or thought) in the temple is the scent and the sense of praise. Sing to God. Sing a new song. Make it up right now and fill your song with praises. Don’t be shy with God in His presence for truly, this is not about us. It’s all about Him! Step into Him and you will decrease in your thoughts of self. Yes, become melted in His

Living Joyfully & Effectively

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples” Psalm 105:1 Here is a beautifully succinct way for you and I to live each day joyfully and effectively in the Lord. First, let us give thanks to the Lord. Let us Give thanks for Who He is and for all He has done for us. Second, let us call upon His name. Yes call upon the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, our Good Shepherd, our High Priest and all that the Scriptures declare of Him. Call upon the name of Abba Father, our “Daddy” God Who has “sent forth the Spirit of His son into our hearts crying, ‘Abba!’ Father!’” (Galatians 4:6). Third, after we give thanks to

It Is Good For The Heart To Be Strengthened By Grace

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace” Hebrews 13:9 Strange teachings carry us away from our necessary awareness of Jesus Christ, whereas God’s grace always strengthens our heart in Jesus. It is good to be strengthened in Christ. It is not good to be carried away from Christ. If we look at the whole world of Christianity, we can easily see how a vast volume of teachings have collectively carried us away from the centrality and Lordship of Jesus Christ over His own body. The entire body of Christ needs to be strengthened in grace. It starts with us, as individual children of G

He Will Make Your Paths Straight

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:6 Thank God that He is here to make our paths straight. When we put Christ first in all our ways, fixing our eyes upon Him, then God is able to make all our paths straight. How does He do this? God makes our paths straight through making us straight. In our acknowledging Christ first in all our ways, we become focused completely upon Him, and so we are always walking in a straight line towards Him. This is much better than wandering around and wondering where God is. There is no more wandering and no more wondering when we acknowledge Christ first over our lives and i

Trust In The Lord

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5 So, here’s the problem with leaning on our own understanding; it’s that we are leaning. If we are leaning then we are not standing straight and if we are not standing straight then we are crooked. Also, if we are leaning then we are going to fall down. This is what leaning on our own understanding does; it causes us to be crooked and falling down. However, praise You Lord, when we trust in the Lord with all our heart (our center) then we are standing up straight and we won’t fall down. Trusting in the Lord is an upward call. “I will lift up my eyes to the m

The Son Of God, Who Loved

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God , who loved me and gave Himself up for me” Galatians 2:20 The best, most spiritually healthy, way possible for you and I to live this new life we have in Jesus Christ, yet still dealing with living in this flesh, is for us to allow our complete focus to be upon “the Son of God, who loved... and gave Himself up for” us. Jesus loved Paul, gave Himself up for Paul and, because Paul had received and submitted himself to this truth of Christ, he now knew and confessed that “Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). The way to maintain this glorious awareness, Paul shared in this verse, of Ch

Christ Lives In Me

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” Galatians 2:20 It’s one thing to believe in Christ and it is another thing to willingly identify oneself with Christ. When we believe, we may still remain at a distance (perhaps innocently or perhaps of our own choosing for our own purpose). But when we identify with Christ, we come closer, all the way to Jesus, that we may know Him and know what He has accomplished on our behalf. It is in this place, of willing submission, that the life truly flows. Paul identified himself as being crucified with Christ. This opened the door for Paul to receive and experience

Blessed With Every Spiritual Blessing

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” Ephesians 1:3 You and I have been blessed with “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Every single spiritual blessing in the heavenly places that exists has been granted to us. Do you believe this? Where are these blessings? They are all in Christ, and this is the way our Abba Father planned it. God purposely put all of our blessings in Christ so that you and I would always be going to Christ first in all things. This is God’s will, for you, for I and for the entire body of Christ. When we go to Chris

Have A Lovingkindness Thanksgiving Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” Psalm 136:1 Let us praise our God today, for His lovingkindness is with us always. God’s lovingkindness is everlasting. This means that God’s lovingkindness is ever-present, living and abiding within us through the Holy Spirit, of Whom the Apostle Paul wrote, “the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5). “Lovingkindness” is THE key word in Psalm 136, being repeated at the close of every single one of it’s twenty six verses. This represents the consistency, the everlastingness, and the great balancing asp

Have A Thanksgiving For God Is Good

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” Psalm 136:1 Here are two great reasons for you and I to live in a state of perpetual thanksgiving to God. First, “He is good.” Amen. God is good... all of the time. So, let us “give thanks” all of the time. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to so fill our hearts with the presence of our God Who “is good” that our spiritual mind set will always be to “give thanks” to God. The more we give thanks to God because “He is good,” the more we will be aware of and believe that God is good, and therefore the more blessed we will be. Become joyfully acquainted with thanking God that He

Keeping Alert With An Attitude Of Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving” Colossians 4:2 Entering God’s presence “with an attitude of thanksgiving” will always keep you alert. Alert to what, you may ask? Alert to God, to His presence, His power, His provision, and above all, to His magnificent Person. Without thanksgiving, without being alert to what is really happening, one’s prayer life could easily devolve into a self-aware expression of worry and doubt. Genuine thanksgiving is always and only about our gracious God. While some people’s style may be to emphasize, “here I AM to pray and praise you” (unknowingly encouraging more self cente

Carrying His Presence With You Throughout Your Day

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving. Let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms” Psalm 95:2 Once more we see that entering God’s presence, with awareness and understanding, is cause for great joy and thanksgiving on our part! For the past two days I have been sharing with you from the 100th Psalm which declares, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Vs 4). Entering His gates and courts, the gates and courts of the temple, is synonymous with our coming before “His presence with thanksgiving.” For you and I, as blood washed and Spirit filled New Covenant children of God, we know that God’s presence dwells within u

Seeing That God’s Lovingkindness Is Everlasting

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 and His faithfulness to all generations” Psalm 100:4-5 Would you like to live your Christian life absolutely sure, and without ever a doubt, that “His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations?” There is only one way; “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” now and everyday. Why? Well, how else can we confess that His lovingkindness is everlasting unless we start now and let God begin to show us, in His presence, without fail, that indeed His lovin

Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name” Psalm 100:4 Praise God - now here’s the best and certainly the most affirmative way to enter the presence of God, with thanksgiving and praise. The “gates’ and “courts” spoken of in this verse were in the temple of God. For us, as God’s New Covenant children, as His kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:6), we know the “courts” are now within us, as we have now become a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 6:16). As I often say, “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2) is our praising with a purpose. Of course let me hasten to add that,

A Minister In The Sanctuary

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man” Hebrews 8:1-2 Jesus Christ, our High Priest, is a “minister in the sanctuary,” so when you and I minister to the Lord, we are joining Him, in spirit, in the inner court, “the sanctuary,” of our inner being. For us, as God’s acknowledged priesthood, this has certainly become our “true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.” No man could ever make us a priest to our God. But our Lord Jesus Christ,

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