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,

Let Us 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 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 many of God’s people refusing the message of our singular priesthood to our Father God, with Jesus Christ as o

Our New Covenant Sacrifice Of Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay” Jonah 2:9 Jonah was on the run from God. The Lord had appeared to Jonah, telling him to “‘Go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord” (Jonah 1:2-3). Jonah ran away from God because he was afraid of God. He was disobeying God’s voice and he feared retribution from God. Thank God that you and I have nothing to fear in this day from the presence of our Lord, our indwelling Savior, Jesus Christ. His perfect love has cast out all our fears (1 John

Seek Me That You May Live

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel, ‘Seek Me that you may live. But do not resort to Bethel and do not come to Gilgal, nor cross over to Beersheba; for Gilgal will certainly go into captivity and Bethel will come to trouble. Seek the Lord that you may live’” Amos 5:4-6 “Seek Me that you may live.” This sounds like a great way to live, for every day of our blessed Christian lives! The literal rendition of this twice repeated exhortation, in this verse from the prophet Amos, is “Seek Me and live.” It’s that immediate. As soon as you start seeking Him, knowing where He is, you start living, drinking in His life. Hallelujah, beloved of our Lo

It Is 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 home to Jerusalem from their captivity in Babylon, in order to rebuild the temple of the Lord. The people had returned. However, the temple of the Lord remained desolate, unat

From Me Comes Your Fruit

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “It is I Who answer and look after You. I am like a luxuriant Cypress; from Me comes your fruit” Hosea 14:8 Hallelujah my sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ. Every single time that you and I go to minister to our Lord, it is like we are going up to biggest, most beautiful, luxuriant tree in the whole world to gather fruit. You see, if God is a tree and from Him comes our fruit, then there is only one thing left for us to do. That is, let us go up to this beautiful tree of life so that we may receive the great fruitfulness of God in our lives! Trees don’t move. They are rooted. If we want fruit from a fruit tree, than it is upon us to go to the tree

Knowing The Lord Through Taking The Lower Seat So He May Lift Us Up

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord” Hosea 6:3 Bless the Lord, beloved of our Father, for this awesome invitation and exhortation God graciously has given us, to “know, let us press on to know the Lord.” To know our Lord is such a daily blessing and fellowship of life for us, and to press on to know our Lord shows us that we are always moving forward and growing in the knowledge of our great God and Savior! Two days ago I shared with you regarding pressing on by pressing in and yesterday I wrote about pressing on by pressing up, as God’s New Covenant kingdom of priests, ever approaching His presence, that we might honor Him even as we know

Pressing On By Pressing Up

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord” Hosea 6:3 Praise God, beloved of Abba! Yesterday I shared with you the joy of our pressing on by pressing in to know our Lord. Today I’d like to continue that thought by encouraging you to be pressing on by pressing up. The apostle Paul echoed Hosea’s exhortation, and perhaps even Hosea’s words were in Paul’s mind when he wrote, “one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude” (Philippians 3:13-15). Oh hallelujah child and

Hallelujah, Let Us Press On By Pressing In To Know Our Lord

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth” Hosea 6:3 Hallelujah beloved child and priest of God, let us press on to know our Lord this day through our pressing in to know our Lord! Let us “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), in this moment, through our pressing on by pressing in. Yes, let us press on by pressing in: so we may “know our Lord” (Hosea 6:3), that we may “behold the beauty of the Lord and meditate in His holy temple” (Psalm 27) , where the living water of Jesus Christ flows through His holy Spirit (

Ministering To The Lord Is Our First Ministry

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them’” Acts 13:2 The apostle Paul, still know then as Saul, was with the “prophets and teachers” (Acts 13:1) from the church of Antioch. What were these church leaders collectively doing together? They were ministering to the Lord. They were operating in the Spirit as the “royal priesthood” spoken of in 2nd Peter 2:9, the kingdom of priests that we are all declared to be in Revelation 1:6. Ministering to the Lord, when received and understood as our identity, becomes our first ministry. We are ministers

What A Privilege We Have Been Given

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood - and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” Revelation 1:5-6 This Scripture is all one sentence, one continuing thought. One sentence that ties together God’s love for us, His releasing us from our sins by His blood, and His making us a kingdom of Priests to His God and Father. Jesus Christ, in His mercy and grace, has loved us, saved us, and made us to be priests to God. With the Gospel of Jesus Christ we minister to this world. With the priesthood of Jesus Christ we minister to God! What a privilege we have been given, to be called and created by God to experie

Receive Your Priesthood Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood - and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father - to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” Revelation 1:5-6 This dedication from the apostle John, in the opening verses of the book of Revelation, clearly states that Jesus Christ “loves us,” has “released us from our sins by His blood” and, importantly, simultaneously, “He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father.” Jesus Christ’s love for you and His shedding His blood for you is important, wouldn’t you say? So, how important do you think your being made part of a kingdom of priest

We Are God’s Royal Priesthood

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION” 1 Peter 2:9 When you enter, as a Christian, into your own “royal priesthood” unto God, that’s when you begin to experience, with understanding, the reality of being “chosen” by God that you may willingly and joyfully become His “own possession”. Stepping into the understanding of your “royal priesthood” brings you into the more full realization of why you desire, and why it is important, to worship God in the first place. We know we are created in Jesus Christ to glorify and praise Him, and to live a life before God in this world that also glorify’s and prai

Proclaiming His Excellencies

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, 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” 1 Peter 2:9 The more you know who you are, as a beloved child of God, the more you are enabled and enthused to proclaim “the excellencies of Him.” The more you see yourself as God sees you, the more you can clearly see God, along with your purpose in God to this world of “darkness” namely, “that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you.” Step into “His marvelous light” today and behold your excellent Savior Who has chosen you, made

So Thankful For Peace

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful” Colossians 3:15 Here is God’s will for you today - let the peace of Christ rule in your heart and be thankful. God’s peace is His presence within you. Let the presence of Jesus Christ within you rule in your heart today. Amen. And thank God that this is so. Thank Jesus for His peace for, as Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “He Himself is our peace” (2:14). The more you thank God for His peace, the more His peace arises in your mind and, therefore, the more you become aware of the peace of Christ ruling in your heart. This is intended to be a beauti

Peace In Christ In Us

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” John 14:27 Jesus leaves His peace with us and He gives His peace to us. Let us make sure we are receiving and realizing His peace today. We need the peace that Jesus offers and lovingly supplies to us. This world does not give us peace, nor can it. Peace in this world can never be more than the temporary absence of conflict. The peace that Jesus gives us and leaves with us is not about the absence of conflict. The peace that Jesus gives and leaves with us is about the addition of His Own Presence. Peace i

Cease Striving And Start Receiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Cease striving and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 The beginning of Psalm 46 tells us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Vs 1). Now, here in the closing section of this Psalm, we are shown “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. Instead we turn our full attention and devotion to the knowledge, the precious present moment knowing, with worship, with silence, with awe and gratitude, that our Lord is indeed 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 “They looked to Him and were radiant” Psalm 34:5 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

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 said this word to the priests, "Blow a trumpet in Zion, proclaim a solemn assembly" (Joel 2:15) right after He loving

The Priests Of God 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 that this invasion of locusts (1:4) came as the result

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