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

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

I 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

Stand In The Presence Of His Glory Blameless With Great Joy

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:24-25 God is here right now with all glory, majesty, dominion and authority, and it is His will, His desire, to “make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy.” Do respond to His love and let it be so. Don’t respond to your old self and let it be “no.” It is never about how good or worthy we think we are. It is always about how good He is, our great p

When The Priesthood Intercedes Between The Porch & The Altar, God Delivers His People

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, ‘Spare Your people, O Lord.’... then the Lord will be zealous for His land and will have pity on His people. The Lord will answer and say to His people, ‘Behold, I am going to send you grain, new wine and oil, and you will be satisfied in full with them.’” Joel 2:17-19 We saw yesterday how God had directed His priests, “the Lord’s ministers,” to proclaim a solemn assembly, gathering all of the people to the house of the Lord (Joel 1:14). God repeated this word to the priests, “Blow a trumpet in Zion, proclaim a solemn assembly” (Joel 2:15) right after He lo

God’s Priests Mourn And Call For A Solemn Assembly

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Gird yourselves with sackcloth and lament, O priests; wail, O ministers of the altar! Come spend the night in sackcloth O ministers of my God. For the grain offering and the drink offering are withheld from the house of your God. Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord” Joel 1:13-14 Once again, God’s old covenant people were neglecting the Lord their God. “For a nation has invaded my land, mighty and without number; it’s teeth are the teeth of lions” (1:6) Joel wrote, revealing this invasion to be a result of the people’s lack of l

Let Us Set Our Hearts, Our Inner Man, Upon Rebuilding The Temple Of The Lord

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 / “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 1:4-5 Two times, in both of these passages we have looked at from the first chapter of Haggai, God emphatically said to His people “Consider your ways!” In our time together today, I’d like to share with you about the unusual combination of Hebrew words used in this word from God to His people, conc

Let Us Be Living Stones In Our Lord’s Living 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 Yesterday I shared with you, from this Scripture, about God’s call to His people to end their separate selfish pursuits, regarding their own houses, so that they would all “Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple.” I also shared about how going up to the mountain represents our going to meet with God, so we may receive something from Him (gather wood) that we could then come together, as the body of Christ, as God’s priesthood in the body of Christ,

Our Spiritual Mind Set - For Life And Peace

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace” Romans 8:6 What is your mind-set? What is your mind set upon? God’s word tells us in this verse that if our mind is set on the flesh then death is the result. There is no spiritual life for us when we dwell upon the flesh (ours or somebody else’s). However God offers us a much more attractive and effective mind-set and that is to, praise God, fix our mind on the Spirit. Let your new default mind-set be upon the Spirit and the things of the Spirit of God, and you will always be aware of the life and peace that is yours in our Lord. Jesus Christ has conquered death f

Jesus Has 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 fel

Jesus Has Set Us 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 For the last two days we have seen in Scripture how Jesus “tasted” death for us and how He has also rendered powerless the devil 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 death were subject to slav

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 moment of our passing as well, for we know, by His grace and promise, that we are forever bo

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