Jesus Abolished Death And Has Given Us Life Instead

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel” 2 Timothy 1:10 Jesus Christ has abolished death from our lives so that we may now be blessed and free to become completely absorbed in the profound truth of our new eternal life and immortality in Him. It is through the light of the Gospel that we may behold, apprehend, and ultimately become apprehended by this higher, greater truth, of our having been set free from death and the fear of death (which comes down to a fear of separation from God) so that we may instead live in spiritual resurrection life now and throughout eternity in unbroken fe

We Have Been Set Free From The Fear Of Death

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “That through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives” Hebrews 2:14-15 We have been seeing in Scripture how Jesus “tasted” death for us “by the grace of God” and how He has also rendered powerless the devil over our lives and over our death (Hebrews 2:9 & 14). Now, in this passage, we see why, according to God’s word, our blessed Savior has done these amazingly wonderful life-transforming things for us. Jesus Christ has accomplished these mighty deeds on our behalf specifically so He “might free those who through fear of

Jesus Has Defeated Satan And Death For Us

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Since the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” Hebrews 2:14 Before you and I knew Jesus Christ as our Savior, we were locked up in bondage to sin and death, under the power of the devil. But, praise God, Jesus broke the power of the devil at Calvary and now, as beloved children of God, we are blessed to have His Personal Lordship over our lives. Now it is God Who is in charge of our existence and He is in charge of the precious moment of our passing as well, for we know, by His grace and by His promise, that we

Jesus Has Tasted Death For Us “By The Grace Of God”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “We do see Him who was made for a little while lower that the angels, namely Jesus, because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone” Hebrew 2:9 I hope you blessedly know that “by grace you have been saved” (Eph 2:5). But do you know that also, “by the grace of God,” Jesus Christ has tasted death on your behalf? What does this mean? When Jesus Christ suffered and died at Calvary, He tasted death for you and I, in that space of time between Friday and Sunday morning. However, because of Jesus Christ, you and I will never have to taste that kind of death, of separation from G

I Set In Array For Thee First, And Then I Look Out

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Unto Thee I pray habitually. Jehovah, at morning Thou hearest my voice. At morning I set in array for Thee, and I look out” Psalm 5: 2b-3 (Young’s Literal Translation) Oh may we all learn this most powerful and joyful practice: that before we “look out” on anything, in this world or in our lives, let us begin each day, “at morning,” by first setting ourselves “in array for Thee,” and only after this to “look out.” Let us be wrapped in our true identity as with a holy robe and mantle, “in array for Thee,” and let us meet with our indwelling God, to praise Him and be with Him in His presence. Then, in this understanding and spiritual identity, we may

At Morning I Set In Array For Thee

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Unto Thee I pray habitually. Jehovah, at morning Thou hearest my voice. At morning I set in array for Thee, and I look out” Psalm 5: 2b-3 (Young’s Literal Translation) This psalm of David’s shows us how he viewed morning prayers with His Lord. David “habitually” prayed this way; “At morning I set in array for Thee, and I look out.” Remember, David was not a priest, so when he wrote, “I set in array for Thee,” David was expressing how he saw himself in God’s presence, “in holy array.” David was not a Levite, however David most definitely was a minister to the Lord, who loved ministering to the Lord (see Psalm 27). This prayer of David’s is such good

No Sweat In Our Holy Array

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “When they enter at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and wool shall not be on them while they are ministering in the gates of the inner court and in the house. Linen turbans shall be on their heads and linen undergarments shall be on their loins; they shall not gird themselves with anything which makes them sweat” Ezekiel 44:17-18 Praise God! When you and I minister in the inner court as priests unto God, it’s all about our Lord and not about us! This is a great blessing, a gift to us from our God! It’s not about our “sweat,” which represents our works and efforts for the Lord. There’s no sweat allowed in God’s

Newness Of Life, Strength, And Refreshment In His Presence

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; in holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to You as the dew” Psalm 110:3 I have been writing these past few days concerning our own “holy array,” as God’s present day kingdom of priests, which is prophesied in the Old testament. I want to share some beautiful “bearing witness” words from a favorite Bible commentary I have, all the way from the 1800's (Jamieson - Fausset - Brown), concerning this passage from Psalm 110. I know you will be blessed. “‘Thy people are free-will offerings,’ for such is the proper rendering of the word. ‘In the beauties of holiness’ [“In holy array”

In Holy Array, From The Womb Of The Dawn

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; in holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to You as the dew” Psalm 110:3 Praise God! We are the prophesied people of Psalm 110:3! Jesus Christ is our King of verse one, “The Lord says to my Lord: sit at My right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for Your feet,” even as our Savior testified, quoting this Psalm of Himself (Matthew 22: 42-45). And Jesus Christ is our High Priest of verse four, “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek,’” of which the writer of Hebrews wrote much about (Hebrews 4:14-

Volunteer Freely In Holy Array

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; in holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to You as the dew” Psalm 110:3 This prophetic verse about God’s people, through David, came in between David’s declaration of “my Lord” as king in verse 1 and as “a priest forever” in verse 4. Psalm 110 is considered to be David’s great prophetic Psalm concerning our messiah being simultaneously both King and High Priest forever. Jesus said that this Psalm was about Him in Matthew 22: 42-45. Peter said this Psalm was about Jesus on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:32-36. And the writer of Hebrews referred to this Psalm repeatedly as he

The Best Way To See Your Holy Array

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in holy array” Psalm 29:2 Here is a most beautiful way for you to see yourself in holy array - “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name!” The more we “ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name,” the more we are enabled to behold our “holy array.” It is as we worship that our eyes are opened and we are gifted to see. As we glorify our Lord in His presence, our own spiritual eyes open further to His glory, for God is full of glory, causing us to, even more, want to give Him “the glory due to His name.” Through directing ourselves to our Lord, in His presence, in His praises, our ey

Our Holy Array Covering

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in holy array” Psalm 29:2 We spent a great deal of blessed time, earlier in this series, looking at David’s life and heart of ministering to the Lord. As we have lately been looking at praising God in “holy attire” (2 Chronicles 20:21), and at the prophecy through Isaiah of God’s new “everlasting covenant” people (Isaiah 61:8) being called “priests of the Lord” (Isaiah 61:6), clothed with “the mantle of praise” (Isaiah 61:3), “garments of salvation” and “a robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10), I thought I would return to David’s words on this subject. In the 29th Psalm David was exhort

Our Spiritual New Covenant Holy Attire

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “He appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” 2 Chronicles 20:21 To praise God “in holy attire” in this day is realized in our lives when we receive our identification as priests unto God (1st Peter 2:9) and we prepare ourselves, humbly and joyfully, as His priests to enter God’s presence. Yesterday I shared the word from Exodus where God, for the first time, described to Moses the priestly garments, saying there were “for glory and for beauty” (Exodus 28:2). Our God sees those who minister to Him as being c

Praise Him In Holy Attire

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “He appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” 2 Chronicles 20:21 As ministers unto our Lord, God’s kingdom of priests, we have been clothed with “holy attire.” In the Old Testament those who served as priests wore special garments “for glory and for beauty,” just as God spoke to Moses concerning his brother Aaron’s priestly garments (Exodus 28:2). The call in Psalm 96 is, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name; bring an offering and come into His courts. Worship the Lord in Holy Attire” (Psalm 96: 8-9).

Rest On All Sides In God’s Peace

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for His God gave him rest on all sides” 2 Chronicles 20:30 Let God give you rest on all sides of your life today. First God gave Jehoshaphat the victory, through praise, and then God gave Jehoshaphat peace. Thank You Jesus that You have done the same for us. First You won the victory at Calvary and the empty tomb and, in Your victory, You have given us peace, Your peace, the peace of Your Self. Thank You Lord that You are risen in victory and that Your victory dwells in us even as You dwell in us! My brothers and sisters, the peace that Jesus Christ gives us in Himself is Himself, just as He said, “that in

God Is Here To Make You Rejoice Over Your Enemies

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies” 2 Chronicles 20:27 Has the thought of your Lord made you to rejoice in Christ yet today? What, or Who, makes the difference in our lives between defeat and victory? Our Lord Jesus Christ, that’s Who. What makes the difference within us between despair and joy? The presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Christ in you” the apostle Paul wrote, is our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Because Jesus Christ is in us, therefore victory is in us, for Christ has won the victory- over sin, death, and

The Lord Had Made Them To Rejoice Over Their Enemies

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies” 2 Chronicles 20:27 We have seen how God directed Jehoshaphat, concerning the great army that had come against him, saying, “You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf” (2 Chron. 20: 17). Scripture goes on to say that, “when they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, so they were routed” (2 Chron 20: 22). So, when the people of Judah and Jerusalem returned in victory to Jerusalem, I l

Our Specific Appointment In Praise

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “He appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” 2 Chronicles 20:21 Look at how greatly our God perpetually blesses us! He has appointed us (whosoever will may come!) to sing to our Lord and to praise Him, saying, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” So, let us enter, as God’s “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9), into His presence and say, “We give thanks to You Lord, for Your lovingkindness is everlasting.” Amen! Now what do you suppose would happen to a congregation that would willin

Not Disappointed, But Appointed To Praise

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “He appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” 2 Chronicles 20:21 My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, instead of becoming disappointed with life, I urge you to become appointed to praise and singing. Your spiritual appointment is a gift from God, to keep you strong in Him, and is here to neutralize and eradicate any and all disappointment that would otherwise take you down. Let the word in your heart be, “Praise God, I am appointed to sing and praise, as a priest in my God’s presence.” Yes, believe

Our Divinely Powerful Weapon Of Praise

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 Let me relate this wonderful portion of Scripture, which we have been looking at for the past three days, to something the apostle Paul wrote about. As I share these words with you from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, think about how God uses our praise to route the enemy. Paul wrote, "Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh

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