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

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

“In Your Presence Is Fullness Of Joy”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “In Your presence is fullness of joy” Psalm 16:11 Praise God! Your Abba Father has a beautiful “fullness of joy” awaiting you, right now, in His presence. There is always a “fullness of joy” for us in the presence of our Lord. Sometimes we know that joy as soon as we enter His presence. Other times “fullness of Joy” overtakes us as we linger in the presence of our God, “to behold the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4). When we minister as priests to our Lord, we are always in the presence of “fullness of joy.” God desires to continually fill us with His joy as we enter His presence, for His joy fortifies us and builds us up in our lives, even as it wri

We Are Living Stones In A Spiritual House For A Holy Priesthood

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” 1 Peter 2:4-5 As new creations in our Lord, every one of us has been birthed by God to become a living stone so we may all, as “living stones,” be “built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood.” Jesus Christ is our “choice stone, a precious corner stone” (1 Peter 2:6), and we are His little “living stones,” intended by God to gather around Christ as a kingdom of priests

What Happens As We Consider Jesus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession” Hebrews 3:1 The more you “consider Jesus”as your “High Priest” the more the qualities of your High priest are bestowed upon you. In the past three days we have beheld the sympathy, mercy, and good things of Jesus Christ, specifically as our High Priest, towards us. When we are “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2) in His presence, our praises ascend to God our Father through Jesus Christ our High Priest. All of the qualities of Christ our High Priest flow down to us as our praises ascend to God. Jesus intends to change you into His image when you are in His presence so that, when you go

Jesus Is Our High Priest Of Good Things To Come

Today's Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “When Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come” Hebrews 9:11 Praise God! When you and I draw near to Jesus Christ, as our High Priest, we see that, in Him, there are truly “good things to come.” In fact, as you rise up in “ministering to the Lord,” as the apostle Paul did (Acts 13:2), I would say that only “good things” can come to you. Christ has “appeared as a high priest of the good things to come” and every single good thing that has come to you has come directly and graciously through your Savior, Jesus Christ. I believe God has some “good things” for you today, right now, waiting for you in His presence. You see, only “good t

Jesus Our Merciful And Faithful High Priest

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God” Hebrews 2:17 Thank You Lord! It is amazing to see the depth of our Savior’s love for us in his becoming like us “in all things” so that He might be “merciful and faithful” on our behalf to God. Jesus Christ, our most blessed High Priest, in love chose to come to earth and become like us “in all things” so that, in addition to being “faithful” to God, He would be “merciful and faithful” towards us. This is what our priesthood is intended to produce in us as we minister to God - faithfulness to our Lord

Learning Of The Sympathy Of Jesus Our High Priest

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things, as we are, yet without sin” Hebrews 4:15 Yesterday I shared with you the word in Hebrews 3:1 for us to “consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession,” along with the truth that, in recognizing ourselves as a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Lord, as “partakers of a heavenly calling” - this is what awakens us to our own interest in, realization of, and understanding of our most blessed “High Priest of our confession,” Jesus Christ. Learning of Jesus, as our High Priest, helps us immensely as we minister to the L

Partakers Of A Heavenly Calling

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession” Hebrews 3:1 Certainly one of the greatest aspects and benefits of our having been loved, released “from our sins by His blood,” and made “to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (as we are told in Revelation 1:5-6), is that Jesus Christ, Himself, is the High Priest of this “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). So, when you say yes to God’s love, salvation, and His making you to be a member of His kingdom of priests, accepting the mantle of your priesthood to minister to the Lord in His presence, this truly becomes the key tha

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