How To Let Go Of The Old

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” 2 Corinthians 5:17 Praise God! In Christ our Savior we have become a new creation and, as such, the old things have passed away and new things have come! Yes let us praise God for this great truth every day and, in so doing, we will constantly remind ourselves that, indeed, the old things have truly passed away, new things have come, and continue to come to us, through Jesus our indwelling resurrected Lord. It is a fair question if someone asks, “Well, if the old things have passed away, then why do they still feel like they are hanging

Be A New Creation Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Therefore, 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 are a new creation. When you are actively aware of, and alive to, the fact of your being in Christ, that’s when you touch the truth of your new creation. You’ve probably heard people talk about, and maybe you have experienced for yourself, the smell of a new book, or being inside a new car. It’s that seemingly great brand new smell that is pleasing to everyone’s senses, it appears. Well, the same is true for us, regarding our enjoying and appreciating the fact that, in Christ, we are a brand new cr

Opening Our Treasures

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “After coming into the house they saw the child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” Matthew 2:11 The Magi came into the house, saw Jesus, fell to the ground, worshiped Him, and then they opened their treasures and gave them to Christ. Let us do the same. Let us come into God’s house today. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Let us go into our inner room, the room within us, and let us see Jesus, be humble before Jesus, and worship Jesus. Then, in God’s presence, let us open our treasures. Let us behold in the light of His p

Coming In, Seeing Him, Worshiping Him, And Giving Gifts To Him

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “After coming into the house they saw the child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts” Matthew 2:11 This beautiful word from the Scriptures, concerning the magi coming to see Jesus, is representative of every life that comes to Christ. First, we come “into the house,” meaning that we are coming to Christ, where He is, as He is. Second, “they saw the child,” meaning that when we come to Christ it is Christ Himself that we are seeing. Third, “they fell to the ground and worshiped Him,” meaning that when we come to Christ, into His house, into His kingdom, and when

The Message Of The Angel - Do Not Be Afraid

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid Mary; for you have found favor with God’” Luke 1:29-30 “Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit’” Matthew 1:20 In Luke’s Gospel, as we have seen, the angel said to Mary “Do not be afraid.” Now, in Matthew’s Gospel we see the angel saying to Joseph “Do not be afraid.” My brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, God’s message to us right now is “Do not be afraid.” Let God take away all of your fears, for He has come, in love, to you and for you. What I see in

Perplexed And Pondering, Or Favor

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “She was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid Mary; for you have found favor with God’” Luke 1:29-30 Are you perplexed and pondering over anything today? I highly recommend you set that aside right now and instead receive and rejoice in the favor of God. God’s favor, realized within you in Jesus Christ, presents you with a strong and steady frame of mind, in Christ Himself. God’s favor keeps you anchored and centered in Christ at all times. On the other hand, being perplexed and pondering opens our mind, and spirit, to a wider variety of thinking which very oft

Affirming Favor Over Fear

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid Mary; for you have found favor with God’” Luke 1:30 God’s favor, freely given to you in abundance in Jesus Christ, is the perfect antidote for any and all fears. “Do not be afraid” (please insert your name here) “for you have found favor with God.” Yes, for sure, we can always look at our fears. But wouldn’t it be far better for us if we would look at God’s favor rather than our fears? This verse indicates that looking at God’s favor actually dispels fear! How awesome is that! Oh hallelujah, beloved child of God, if any fear ever raises it’s head, just immediately look at, receive, and praise your loving Lord

Found Favor

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid Mary; for you have found favor with God’” Luke 1:30 “Found Favor” - this is what each of us have received in our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. We have found our Abba Father’s favor, in His Son, for our lives. Once we were lost but now we have found favor. We were lost in life, in sin, in this world, until we found favor, the favor of our Lord. Now that we have found God’s favor, let us stay with and abide in God’s favor. Let us blessedly allow ourselves the great grace of accepting and realizing God’s favor in our lives. God did us a big favor when He gave us His favor! God’s favor is here, for you, now in th

God Works All Things Together To His Plan

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’” Luke 1:26-28 Have you ever wondered why God didn’t just pick a virgin who was not already engaged, or why the angel didn’t come to Mary before she was betrothed to Joseph? Didn’t God’s plan cause extra trouble for Joseph and Mary? The beauty in this text for us to see is that obviously this was the way God wanted things. Mary, and Joseph, were both part of God’s plan for Messiah to be bo

God Takes Away Our Fears And Gives Us His Favor

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’” Luke 1:26-28 I love that as soon as the angel Gabriel was coming in, he said to Mary, “Greetings favored one! The Lord is with you.” God wanted Mary to know right away that He was with her and that she was favored in His sight. Oh that we all would know this immediately as well, that in Jesus Christ we too are favored ones and that our Lord is with us right now as “‘Immanuel,’ which tran

Look At All Of These Prophecies!

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’” Luke 1:26-28 Wow! So many prophecies are coming to fulfillment in this passage from Luke’s Gospel. “Nazareth” - “This was to fulfill what was spoken in the prophets: ‘He shall be called a Nazarene’” (Matthew 2:23). “To a virgin” - “The Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7: 14). “Of the descend

Greetings, Favored One! The Lord Is With You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’” Luke 1:26-28 Beloved child of God, allow me to be the first one to say to you this day, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” This beautiful, life and love affirming salutation, which the angel Gabriel gave to Mary, is true for you and I right now and all of the time. “The Lord is with you” is another way of saying “‘Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:

Immanuel Is Our Peace

Today's Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But as for you Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity. This One will be our peace” Micah 5:2&5 Just as God, through Isaiah, prophesied that Messiah was coming to be “‘Immanuel’ which translated means, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14), God, through Micah, prophesied that Messiah was coming to “be our peace.” Immanuel has come to be with us and to be our peace! GOD chose a place that people considered small and insignificant from which to send forth our Messiah, specifically so we would all be able t

Jesus Is Immanuel To You Always

Today's Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us’” Matthew 1:22-23 In the opening chapter of Matthew’s Gospel we are given a beautiful prophetic word, through Isaiah, of Christ being born for us as our Immanuel, “God with us.” Then, in the closing chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, we see, in the very last verse, our resurrected Savior reaffirming to us that He remains our Immanuel when He said, “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:20. Do you see this?

Say Yes To Immanuel

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us’” Matthew 1:22-23 It is truly, wonderfully, amazing to think that this word, prophesied through Isaiah two thousand seven hundred years ago, and fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago, comes to life now, today, every single time a person receives Christ as Savior! This is a miracle which is intended by God to be true in us! What a blessing, what a forecast of our Abba Father’s eternal love towards us, that

Living With Our Prince Of Peace In His Kingdom Of Peace

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 Praise God, Jesus Christ has been “born to us” that He might live in us, now, as our “Prince of Peace.” So, let us allow His peace to gently reign in our hearts today. Peace is the fabric, the very nature of the kingdom of God within us and Jesus Christ, our “Prince of Peace,” is Himself the guarantee of our peace. The apostle Paul wrote, “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For

Our Prince Of Peace

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 This glorious prophecy through Isaiah, of our Savior Jesus Christ’s birth, culminates in the title “Prince of Peace.” Certainly a large motivating factor in our own willingness, and ability, to actually hear our “Wonderful Counselor” in this day, is in our recognizing Him, our God, to Himself be our indwelling “Prince of Peace.” The transformation our Lord intends to take place within us, as we live in fellowship with our “Mighty God” and His

Our Eternal Father

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 Wait, how can this be? How can the son who “will be given to us” be called “Eternal Father?” How is this possible? How can “Eternal Father” God also be, at the same time, the “child” who “will be born to us? The answer lays before us, in the two titles given between “Child” and “Eternal Father.” I invite you to behold the miraculous unfolding of our God’s love for us in this way. Our “Eternal Father” desired to be close to us, so close in fac

Our Mighty God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 God’s son, Who has been graciously “given to us” that we would know Him as our “Wonderful Counselor,” is also “Mighty God.” What does this tell us about our Mighty God? I’m struck by how lovingly and tenderly God calls to us through this scripture, for what more loving and tender way could God come to us than in the form of a pure, innocent baby? And then, this baby, this son, is sent to us by God to be our “Wonderful Counselor.” Oh, see how

Our Wonderful Counselor

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace” Isaiah 9:6 I love that “Wonderful Counselor” is the first name mentioned for the “son” Who “will be given to us” in this passage from Isaiah. Even before God mentioned His Own mighty, eternal presence and Lordship, He first wanted people to know that His son was coming to be our “Wonderful Counselor.” God was speaking tender words of comfort to all people, in love, and in His desire to be in a relationship with us, to the degree that we would all be see

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