Singing Our New Song To The Body Of Christ

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon and those who dwell in darkness from the prison. Behold the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.’ Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing His praise from the end of the earth!” Isaiah 42: 6-7, 9-10 Bless God; for Christ, our “covenant,” is intended to be “ a light to the nations,” opening “blind eyes,” bringing prisoners and “those who dwell in darkness” out from the dungeon and prison of sin into the light of Him. These prophetic words were declared

Singing A New Song About The New Things Given Us Through Christ Our Covenant

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon and those who dwell in darkness from the prison. Behold the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.’ Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing His praise from the end of the earth!” Isaiah 42: 6-7, 9-10 Once more, in biblical prophecy, we see Christ our “Lord” and “priest forever” (Psalm 110: 1&4) being spoken of in terms of establishing a new covenant, through which we are saved and become priests to our God (revelation 1: 5-6), singing a “new song” of the

You Will Be Spoken Of As Ministers Of Our God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord... But you will be called the priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God... And I will faithfully give them their recompense and make an everlasting covenant with them” Isaiah 61: 1-2, 6, 8 My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, there is only one way possible for us to be “spoken of as ministers of our God” in this day and that is for us to actually be, and practice being

Jesus Has Come To Make Us Ministers Of Our God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord... But you will be called the priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God... And I will faithfully give them their recompense and make an everlasting covenant with them” Isaiah 61: 1-2, 6, 8 All Christians, I hope, are familiar with the first part of this prophecy from Isaiah, for these are the words which Jesus spoke in the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4:18-21) when He began H

So That You Will Not Grow Weary And Lose Heart

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” Hebrews 12:1-3 Hallelujah my friends, if we keep our eyes simply and completely fixed upon Jesus, as we run our race, and constantly “consider Him,” then we will never have to “grow weary and lose heart” in this life! I look at it this way. Jesus IS my heart. Jesus lives in my heart and

“Consider Him”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him” Hebrews 12:1-3 How blessed we are, my brothers and sisters in Christ, to be partakers of a New Covenant relationship with Jesus, our Savior, our “Lord” and “priest forever” (Psalm 110: 1&4), and to be directed that we should always “consider Him.” How blessed we are to be able to “consider Him,” to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2nd Peter 3:18) every

Summing Up - Let Us Fix Our Eyes On Our Lord & High Priest & His New Covenant

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 After all of the beautiful in-depth, chapter after chapter, teaching concerning Jesus, our Lord and High Priest of a New Covenant, which the author of Hebrews clearly shared throughout this New Testament document, he summed things up simply and compellingly in this twelfth chapter with the exhortation for God’s New Covenant church to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing

Becoming Radiant In Him

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant” Psalm 34:4-5 Here is the perfect deliverance from all fears - “they looked to Him and were radiant.” Praise God, for when we seek Him and look to Him, we become radiant. The radiance of God’s gracious glory shines upon us and in His light of love our fears are vanquished, even as His glory ascends in our hearts. Yes, when we seek our Lord He answers us. Jesus Christ is God’s declared answer for us, for now and for all time. I encourage you today to look to Jesus, behold Him in His glory, and allow yourself the grace to receive and become r

See The New You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” 2 Corinthians 5:17 In Jesus Christ you have become a new creation. All the old things have passed away and now, as a beloved child of God, you are blessed to behold “new things.” I often read this Scripture for my own life by substituting the word “when” for “if,” meaning, when I am in Christ, that this is when I know I am a new creation and this is when I am able to see that the old things are gone and beautiful new things have come. We really need to see ourselves from the standpoint of actually being in Christ, in this moment, so we may touch t

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

Fixing Our Eyes

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 If our eyes are not “fixed” upon Jesus, then we have a “broken” and distracted view. The only way to “fix” our view is to “fix” our eyes on Jesus. When our eyes are solely and completely “fixed” upon our Lord and High Priest Jesus, then our spiritual vision is truly “fixed” in every way. It does take “endurance” to keep our eyes “fixed” upon Jesus and Him alone. However there is no better pla

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