Here I Am

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord. And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent. The lamp of the Lord had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was, that the Lord called Samuel; and he said, ‘here I am’” 1 Samuel 3:1,3-4 Samuel bonded with God through ministering to the Lord. He even preferred to sleep in the temple, to be near the ark, to be as close to the Lord as possible. Little Samuel felt safe with the Lord. He was at rest, in fact, when God called Him. This reminds me directly of the account in the book of Acts, of Paul and the elders of the church at

The Kingdom Of Heaven Within You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now Samuel was ministering before the Lord, as a boy” 1 Samuel 2:18 This verse reminds me of what our Savior, Jesus Christ, declared when he said “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Ministering to the Lord is entering the kingdom of heaven, which is within us, because of our indwelling resurrected Lord of Life, Jesus Christ. God is looking for true followers today who will be “converted and become like children,” like Samuel, and enter the kingdom of heaven to minister to the Lord. Each of us have been given the spirit of the living God, dwelling within us.

The Little Child Within You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now Samuel was ministering before the Lord, as a boy” 1 Samuel 2:18 What a beautiful heart Samuel had, that he wanted to minister to the Lord so much. His mother Hannah, had dedicated him in prayer to God and left, “and he worshiped the Lord there” (1:28). His father, Elkanah, went home to Ramah, “but the boy ministered to the Lord” (2:11). Oh may we learn now, what Samuel seemed to know even as a boy, that is, to always draw near to the presence of God and minister to Him, no matter what. Samuel was not from the tribe of Levi, of the priests; his father, Elkanah, being “an Ephramite” (1:1). Samuel “ministered to the Lord” (2:11) in the spirit of Go

“But The Boy Ministered To The Lord”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest” 1 Samuel 2:11 Samuel’s father went home to Ramah, “but the boy ministered to the Lord.” This is the first time in scripture that the phrase “ministered to the Lord” appears. Ministering to the Lord is so simple that even a child can do it. However, ministering to the Lord is so special that only a child of God can do it. The act of ministering to the Lord comes out of who we are. I am a minister to the Lord therefore I minister to the Lord. Samuel, as a little child of three, had been brought up thus far by his mother, Hannah, who had dedicated him to t

Let God’s Presence Fill Your Absence

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.’ And he worshiped the Lord there” 1 Samuel 1:28 Hannah, who was greatly loved by her husband, yet childless, sought the Lord and prayed fervently for His mercy upon her, that she would bear a child which, she promised God, “I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life” (vs 11). Scripture says, “The Lord remembered her” (vs 19) and Samuel was born, whom Hannah did dedicate to God. The first reference to little Samuel, just three years old, as his mother brought him to the

Come To The Resting Place

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes; for you have not as yet come to the resting place and the inheritance which the Lord you God is giving you” Deuteronomy 12:8-9 God wanted, and still wants, all of His people to “come to the resting place and the inheritance which the Lord your God is giving you.” In the Old Testament, God spoke of this in reference to His people coming into the promised land (vs 10) and establishing God’s dwelling place in Jerusalem (vs 5-7). In the New Testament we, also, are not to be “every man doing what is right in his own eyes,” for God’s will is still that

We Have Become God’s Holy Habitation

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God and I will praise Him... In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; in Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation” Exodus 15:2,13 These words of praise from the song of Moses, after God had delivered the people of Israel from Pharaoh’s army, defeating them in the red sea, speak of God’s ultimate goal in redeeming His people, namely “You have guided them to Your holy habitation.” The sign of our full redemption is that, not only are we delivered from sin, but we are delivered to God’s holy habitation. Today, as Christians, G

May The Cloud And The Fire Of The Lord Bless Your Life This Day

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thus Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel” Exodus 40:33-34,38 We are the present day tabernacle of our Lord, and Jesus Christ, by His blood, has made us to be a kingdom of priests to God our Father (1 Corinthians 3:16, Revelation 1:5-6, 5:9-10). It is our divine privilege, and call, to minister to our Lord in His presence. This last verse in the book of Exodus shows us what God provides for us as we do minister

Making A Place, Within, For Our Lord To Dwell

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thus Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel” Exodus 40:33-34,38 The book of Exodus concludes triumphantly, from God’s perspective, with the establishment of the tabernacle, and His actual, continual, dwelling presence among His people. Roughly the second half of Exodus is taken up with God’s specific directions concerning the construction of the tabernacle and the preparation of the priesthood, both dedicated to

“That I Might Dwell Among Them”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will also consecrate Aaron and his sons to minister as priests to Me. I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God. They shall know that I am the Lord their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the Lord their God” Exodus 29:44-46 God came to dwell among His people and it was through those who would “minister as priests to Me” that God meant for His people to know and realize His dwelling presence among them. It is clear from this passage that this is exactly what God intended for His people to know, His actual dwelling presence among them, and He saw consecrated priests ministering to Hi

“For Glory And For Beauty”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics; you shall also make sashes for them, and you shall make caps for them, for glory and for beauty. You shall put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him; and you shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve Me as priests” Exodus 28:40-41 Our Father God clearly looks at being a “a priest to Me” (Exodus 28:1) as something truly glorious and beautiful. This is God’s Own anointing, ordination, and consecration for us, the body of Christ in this day, that we would be His Own “royal priesthood” (1st Peter 2:9) so that He might fill His church with His Own glory and beauty. Our

Receiving Your Anointing To Minister To The Lord

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me” Exodus 30:30 God considers ministering “as priests to Me” to be an anointing, and an act of consecration. In this day we, the body of Christ, have been freely offered and called to this same anointing and consecration, to be “a royal priesthood, a people for God’s Own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1st Peter 2:9). O bride of Christ, step out of the “darkness” of separation into the anointing and consecration “marvelous light” oneness of being God’s “royal priest

Dwelling With God & Ministering To Him Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to Me” Psalm 101:6 God’s word of entreatment through King David in this psalm is saying that our Lord is looking for faithful people of the land, “that they may dwell with Me.” So, in this day, let us show our God our own faithfulness, and our own understanding, by dwelling with Him, living with our God in an inner court, “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2), in fellowship each day. The next statement in this psalm can be taken two ways. “He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me” can mea

The First Time God Said The Word “Priest” In Exodus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then bring near to yourself Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the sons of Israel, to minister as priest to Me” Exodus 28:1 Probably most often, when people hear the words “priest” or “minister,” the automatic assumption in one’s mind is, “priest to the people” and “minister to people.” So it is enlightening, to say the least, to see that in scripture when God first uses the word’s “priest,” and “priests” (as we saw yesterday), that it is in reference with “minister as a priest to Me” and “you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests” (Exodus 19:6). God’s origin of His use of the words “priest” and “priests,” in the book of Exodus, is

The First Time God Said The Word “Priests”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagle’s wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel’” Exodus 19:3-6 Yesterday I shared with you concerning the first time the word “priest” appears in scripture whic

Melchizedek and Jesus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “After his [Abram’s] return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s valley). And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God most High” Genesis 14:17-18 This is the first time the word “priest” appears in the bible and it is in reference to the person of Melchizedek. This appearance of Melchizedek is full to overflowing with Messianic prophetic truth for us in Jesus Christ. Melchizedek means “king of righteousness” (Hebrews 7:2), while king of Salem means “king of peace” (Hebrews 7:2). Melchizedek was a kin

Building An Altar To The Lord

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord” Genesis 8:20 As soon as Noah and his family exited the ark and were on dry ground “Noah built an altar to the Lord.” Noah’s first act was to create a place where he would worship God. The first act of the first man after the flood was to build an altar, to worship and minister to God. Noah was a saved man in a new life, just as we are new creations in Jesus Christ, saved, with a new life in God. So let us immediately build our altar to the Lord too. But wait, for the truth is, when you and I received Jesus Christ as our salvation, that God made us a new creation with an altar of worship already within us. “For w

Floating On The Surface Of The Water

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water” Genesis 7:17 No matter what judgement or tragedy befalls this world, please know, Christian, that the ark of your salvation, preservation, and safety is always “floating [peacefully] on the surface of the water.” In Jesus Christ, our risen and indwelling Savior, we have been given a new life as a new creation in the new covenant kingdom of God. Paul wrote, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved

Let Your Ark Rise Above The Earth

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth” Genesis 7:17 The word of God in Jesus Christ, which this world rejects, is the same word that we have received and, as a result, we have been lifted up in our ark of salvation so we may rise “above the earth.” It is as the apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). In Noah’s day the water of judgement which came upon the earth was the same water that lifted him up so that he “rose above the earth

God Closed The Door Behind You

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark” Genesis 6:18 “And the Lord closed it behind him.” Genesis 7:16 When Noah entered the ark with his family and all of the living beings, God closed the door behind them, meaning that God sealed the deal on the covenant He made with Noah, and that the world Noah had lived in was now forever behind him. Praise God, when you and I received Jesus Christ, entering the ark of our salvation in Him, Father God closed the door on the world behind us and sealed the deal on our behalf with the New Covenant blood of our Savior. We are forever apart from our old life now and have been forever

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