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 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 God, s

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 Me

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; He 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, which Paul shared in this vers

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

Go Up To The Mountain, Gather Wood, And Rebuild The Temple

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,’ says the Lord” Haggai 1: 7-8 Even though the people of Israel had previously said “The time has not come, even the time for the house of the Lord to be rebuilt” (Haggai 1:2), God saw right through their words to their true motive when He responded, “Is it time for yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?” (Haggai 1:4). It is the same in this day, in the sense of God’s people refusing the message of our singular priesthood to our Father God, with Jesus Christ as

It’s Time For The House Of The Lord To Be Rebuilt

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘This people says, “The time has not come, even the time for the house of the Lord to be rebuilt.”’ Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, ‘Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?’ Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Consider your ways.’” Haggai 1:2-5 It was approximately 520 BC. Eighteen years earlier, in 538 BC, King Cyrus had allowed the Jewish people to return from captivity to Jerusalem in order to rebuild the temple. The people did return. However, the temple of the Lord remained desolate, unattended, while everyone was, as God’s

For From Zion Will Go Forth The Law, Even The Word Of The Lord From Jerusalem

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “And it will come about in the last days that the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, and the peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, ‘Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord and to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths.’ For from Zion will go forth the law, even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” Micah 4:3 For the past two days we have been blessedly looking into this word of prophecy through Micah concerning the last days and our God’s will being finally achieved in regards

Let Us Go Up To The House Of The Lord So He May Teach Us About His Ways  That We May Walk In His Pat

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord and to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths.’ For from Zion will go forth the law, even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” Micah 4:3 Beloved priest of God, when we minister to our Lord in His presence, in His house, ascending the mountain (the hill above all hills) to enter our inner room, even as we stand before Him in praise, He is teaching us about His ways that we may walk in His paths. In the presence of our High Priest, Jesus Christ, as we minister before our Abba Father in worship, stillness, singing, and adoration, we are enab

God’s Will About His House In Prophecy -“It Will Be Raised Above The Hills”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “And it will come about in the last days that the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, and the peoples will stream to it” Micah 4:2 Dear kingdom of priests unto our God, let us raise up the house of our Lord, and our ministry to Him within His house, above all the other hills that currently exist in God’s church. This is and has always been the perfect will of God. God’s will has always been for an entire people who would be a kingdom of priests unto Him (see Exodus 19:4-6). As we have amply and continuously seen in all of the Scriptures we have examined, God’s people

Our Fruit Is For Food And Our Leaves Are For Healing

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing” Ezekiel 47:12 Dear beloved priest of God, the entire body of Christ would be healed, healthy, eating God’s food, and bearing God’s fruit, if we all would live as God’s present day and eternal kingdom of priests, standing as trees firmly rooted in the house of God, receiving the constant flow of living water which comes from the sanctuary of Himself! God has always declared and made it clear that, if His inner court priesthood is holy and obedient to it’s ca

Our Water Flows From The Sanctuary

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing” Ezekiel 47:12 This last section of Ezekiel’s great and lengthy vision of God’s temple (Ezekiel chapters 40-48) speaks about a river of water flowing from God’s sanctuary; the same sanctuary where we have lately been seeing God’s entreaty and favor to His inner court priests, saying, “They shall enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me” (Ezekiel 44:16). In the same way that this Scripture to the sons of Zadok, “to minister to Me

“Come Near To My Table To Minister To Me”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me. They shall enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me and keep My charge” Ezekiel 44:15-16 Blessed and beloved priest of God, come near to the table of your Lord today, in the inner court of your inner being, and offer up your praise, which is received as a sweet incense before the Lord your God! In the Old Testament, under the old covenant, the table of the Lord was in the inner court of the temple, next to the Holy of Holies, a

“Enter My Sanctuary”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me. They shall enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me and keep My charge” Ezekiel 44:15-16 Hallelujah, beloved child and priest of God! He “who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood,” that is our Savior and High Priest Jesus Christ, has also “made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:5-6). Therefore, because we are His kingdom of priests, we are greatly blessed of our God to be able to da

Come Near To Me To Minister To Me & Stand Before Me

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me” Ezekiel 44:15 Praise God my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, for He has made us to be His Own present day kingdom of priests (1 Peter 2:6-9, Revelation 1:5-6, 5:9-10)! What a privilege! What a blessed favor our God has given us, that we may be so close to Him and be transformed by Him even as we remain in His presence, abiding and offering praises. This verse from Ezekiel puts the whole point of ministering to the Lord in a simple and direct way, sayin

Our Reward For Being Faithful - “Come Near To Me To Minister To Me”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me” Ezekiel 44:15 Wouldn’t it be wonderful, and about the best thing that could ever happen to this generation of believers in Christ, if the whole church were to simply, honestly, and profoundly receive and obey our identity as priests unto God, with the understanding of the supreme divine reward and privilege it is when God calls someone to “come near to Me to minister to Me?” Well, this is the truth of Jesus Christ, and of our priesthood through Christ, our

What An Honor Our Priesthood Is!

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The chamber which faces toward the north is for the priests who keep charge of the altar. These are the sons of Zadok, who from the sons of Levi come near to the Lord to minister to Him” Ezekiel 40:46 From our past week’s worth of messages about Zadok, I hope you realize now, more than ever, about the tremendously faithful to God, to the covenant, and to the priesthood history of this family of “the sons of Zadok.” Even in this latest falling away from God, from the people and the priesthood of Israel, which Ezekiel wrote about, hundreds of years after the death of Zadok, it was only “the sons of Zadok” who remained faithful to their God, their cove

Zadok - Part 7: Solomon Makes Zadok The New High Priest

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The king appointed Benaiah the son of Jehoiada over the army in his [Joab’s] place, and the king appointed Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar” 1 Kings 2:35 Zadok’s never failing loyalty to his holy call as a priest to God, accompanied by his loyalty to both king and covenant, continued to bless and reward his life, just as our own ministering to our Lord. Jesus as priests of a New Covenant in our King continues to bless and favor our lives in His presence and anointing! Now, through this latest act of courage and loyalty, in the face of yet another rebellion, this time from David’s son, Adonijah, Zadok was given the highest favor a priest cou

Zadok - Part 6: Zadok Took The Oil And Anointed Solomon

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then King David said, ‘Call to me Zadok the priest... and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as king over Israel, and blow the trumpet and say, “Long live king Solomon!”’” 1 Kings 1:32-34 Once again there had arisen a plot against David: “Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king” (1 Kings 1:5). Many of King David’s key men went over to the side of Adonijah, including his general, Joab. “But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David, were not with

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