Recall To Your Mind & Have Hope In Renewal

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23 For the past two days we have been looking into this passage from Jeremiah’s Lamentations concerning God’s never failing, never ceasing, lovingkindnesses and compassions towards us, that they are new every morning and that great is the faithfulness of our God towards us! Amen and hallelujah! This is so good and so true for us, every moment of our every day, if we will only remember this life-renewing gift from our God and His invitation to us, of ou

God Is Faithful To Give Us New Things Every Morning

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 Hallelujah, our Lord God is so faithful to us! Yes, “Great is Your faithfulness!” In this case, from this Scripture in Lamentations, God’s great faithfulness is expressed to us through His daily giving us His brand new “lovingkindness” and “compassions.” Beloved of God, step up to the plate, the breakfast plate that is, and start daily receiving God’s “lovingkindnesses” and “compassions” towards you! Here’s the thing about this; even if you have never been aware of your gracious Lord’s daily “l

Day By Day

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day” 2 Corinthians 4:16 “Being renewed day by day” reminds me of a popular song from the late nineteen sixties titled Day By Day, written by Stephen Schwartz. The lyrics went, “Day by day, day by day, O dear Lord three things I pray - to see Thee more clearly, to love Thee more dearly, to follow Thee more nearly, day by day.” In light of what we have been looking at these past two days, in this Scripture from the apostle Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, concerning our own “day by day” renewal offered to us in Christ, this is

Being Renewed Day By Day

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day” 2 Corinthians 4:16 Certainly the singular great treasure of our lives is Christ Jesus Himself, Who lives within us, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). He is our peace, our joy, our strength, our comfort, our light, our abiding fellowship, our healing, our wholeness, our way, our truth, our life, in every aspect of our lives. This is why it is so good for us to praise God that, in Christ Jesus, “our inner man is being renewed day by day.” For myself, I find that the more I specifically take the time to name and thank

Focus On The Inner Man

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day” 2 Corinthians 4:16 Do you ever worry that you may be losing heart as a Christian, living the Christian life in this present world? If so, then here is your blessed remedy, a gift from God to you. It is this - your “inner man is being renewed day by day.” Losing heart, according to the wisdom in this Scripture, is related to the “decaying” nature of all things in the outer world where our “outer man” lives. Yes, it is true, in this world, we are aging, as are all things, and there is a pronounced state of decay, morally and spiritually

Jesus Took The Sting For Us

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? But thanks be to God , who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 15:55&57 Death no longer has any victory over us because Jesus Christ won the victory over death when He rose from the dead. And now that we are in Christ, His victory has become our victory. There is not even a sting, not for even a moment, left for us to feel. All God wants us to feel is His love and all He wants us to do is to give Him thanks, because He has won this victory for us. Yes, let us thank God “who gives US the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” Praise God, because the victory t

Jesus Christ IS Our Resurrection Life

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies” John 11:25 Hallelujah! Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and now Jesus Christ lives His resurrection life within us, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27)! In Jesus Christ, Himself, is our resurrection and Jesus Christ, Himself, is our life. When we believe in Jesus Christ actively (“fixing our eyes on Jesus” Hebrews 12:2), all we can possibly be aware of is resurrection and life, for this is the life Jesus Christ now lives. Even if (or when) our physical body fails, we will still be in life, unbroken for even a second, because “Christ, Who is our

Our Spiritual Mind Set - Life And Peace

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace” Romans 8:6 What is your mind-set today? What is your mind set upon? God’s word tells us in this verse that if our mind is set on the flesh then death is the result. There is no spiritual life for us when we dwell upon the flesh (ours or somebody else’s). However God offers us a much more attractive and effective mind-set and that is to fix our mind on the Spirit, praise Him!. Let your new default mind-set be upon the Spirit and the things of the Spirit of God, and you will always be aware of the life and peace that is yours in our Lord. Jesus Christ has conquered d

Jesus Has Abolished Death And Has Given Us Life Instead

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel” 2 Timothy 1:10 Jesus Christ has abolished death from our lives so that we may now be blessed and free to become completely absorbed in the profound truth of our new eternal life and immortality in Him. It is through the light of the Gospel that we may behold, apprehend, and ultimately become apprehended by this higher, greater truth, of our having been set free from death and the fear of death (which comes down to a fear of separation from God) so that we may instead live in spiritual resurrection life now and throughout eternity in unbroken fe

Jesus Has Set Us Free From The Fear Of Death

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives” Hebrews 2:14-15 For the last two days we have seen in Scripture how Jesus “tasted” death for us and how He has also rendered powerless the devil over our death (Hebrews 2:9 & 14). Now, in this passage, we see why, according to God’s word, our blessed Savior has done these amazingly wonderful life-transforming things for us. Jesus Christ has accomplished these mighty deeds on our behalf specifically so He “might free those who through fear of death were subject to slav

Jesus Has Defeated Satan And Death For Us

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Since the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” Hebrews 2:14 Before you and I knew Jesus Christ as our Savior, we were locked up in bondage to sin and death, under the power of the devil. But, praise God, Jesus broke the power of the devil at Calvary and now, as beloved children of God, we are blessed to have His Personal Lordship over our lives. Now it is God Who is in charge of our existence, and He is in charge of the moment of our passing as well, for we know, by His grace and promise, that we are forever bo

Jesus Has Tasted Death For Us

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “We do see Him who was made for a little while lower that the angels, namely Jesus, because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone” Hebrews 2:9 I hope you blessedly know that “by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:5). But do you also know that by the grace of God Jesus Christ has tasted death on your behalf? What does this mean? When Jesus Christ suffered at Calvary, He tasted death, and separation from God, for you and I, in that space of time between Friday and Sunday morning. However, because of Jesus Christ, you and I will never have to taste that kind of death,

Jesus Christ Governs God’s House And Also Has Charge Of His Courts

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The angel of the Lord admonished Joshua, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘if you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among those who are standing here’” Zechariah 3:7 Hallelujah, beloved child and priest of God; Our great resurrected “Lord” and “Priest Forever”, Jesus Christ, has most definitely walked in His Father’s ways and He has performed God’s service, exactly as this word from Zechariah says. As such, this means that right now, in this moment, and forever, Jesus Christ both governs God’s house (with His New Covenan

Walk In My Ways, Perform My Service, And Realize You Have Free Access

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The angel of the Lord admonished Joshua, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘if you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among those who are standing here’” Zechariah 3:7 God showed Zechariah a vision concerning “Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him” (Zechariah 3:1). “Joshua was clothed with filthy garments” in this vision and God said, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” He then further stated, “See, I have taken your iniquity away and will clothe

Covenant And Priesthood Both Fulfilled In Christ

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold a man whose name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of the Lord. Yes it is He who will build the temple of the Lord, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices’” Zechariah 6:12-13 Yesterday I shared with you some of the volume of Scripture in the Old Testament that, for hundreds of years, pointed to a time Where God would, Himself, save His people and, in response, His people would obey His covenant and be His kingdom of Priests. This has steadfastly b

A Man Whose Name Is Branch

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold a man whose name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of the Lord. Yes it is He who will build the temple of the Lord, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices’” Zechariah 6:12-13 As we near the conclusion of the Old Testament, with only Zechariah and Malachi remaining, We are given this huge prophecy regarding our Messiah, “a man whose name is Branch.” He will “build the temple of the Lord” and “He will be a priest on His throne,” meaning He will be

Watching For Him Is Watching Out For His People

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me” Habakkuk 2:1 Here is one hugely significant truth about our New Covenant priesthood to God. It is this: When we, the priests of God, minister to our Lord in real time, to “keep watch to see what He will speak to me,” we are at that moment, in God’s sight, standing at our “guard post” and stationing ourselves “on the rampart.” In other words, God sees our ministry to Him in a dual way, as not only beholding and worshiping Him in spirit and in truth as His declared royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), but also, by our true and pure attend

He Makes Me Walk On My High Places

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength and He has made my feet like hind’s feet, and makes me walk on my high places” Habakkuk 3:18-19 Do you know what happens to us when we habitually meet with God in worship on the mountains, as we have been looking at these past few days? He makes our feet like hind’s feet. Every single time we rise up in our priesthood to meet with our God in His presence, to honor Him, worship Him, and abide with Him in silence, He is doing a work in us, actually training our feet to be sure footed, and comfortable, on our high places. A pagan’s high places represented t

Such Lovely Feet

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Behold, on the mountains the feet of Him who brings good news, who announces peace!” Nahum 1:15 One beautiful principle of our lives in Christ is this: the more we behold Him, the more we are enabled to see and understand Him. This is such a huge benefit to us as we minister to our Lord. Seeing Him, beholding Him, is life to us. I sincerely encourage you to take the time, priest of God, and be blessed, when you next meet with your Lord, to behold this - “the feet of Him,” your gracious Lord Himself, bringing His good news and peace directly to you! Yes, and then, remaining in His peace with His peace, allow Him to prepare your feet to bring His good

Beholding Him - Preparing You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Behold, on the mountains the feet of Him who brings good news, who announces peace!” Nahum 1:15 Hallelujah beloved, are you beholding your peaceful feet of good news today, prepared for you on the mountain of worship in our Lord, as you minister to Him and fellowship in His presence? As Nahum indicates, this is definitely worth beholding! Yes, thank God that He graces us and He renews us, in a most beautiful peaceful and peace-filled walk with Him, whenever we meet with Him on the inner mountain of our inner room, where we are blessed to minister to our Lord and to linger in His healing, renewing, and restorative presence. “Behold, on the mountain

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