Centering Ourselves In God’s Full Counsel Of Peace

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 Hallelujah, beloved child and priest of God, Jesus Christ, our indwelling, abiding, resurrected Lord, is the High Priest of our priesthood and He is Lord of our New Covenant, He Himself being God’s New Covenant. The word “testament”, as in New Testament, literally means coven

The New Covenant And Priesthood Are 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, as their King and Priest and, in response, His people would obey His covenant and be His kingdom of Pries

Behold 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 b

Let Us Set Our Hearts, Our Inner Man, Upon Rebuilding The Temple Of The Lord

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 “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 1:4-5 Two times, in both of these passages that we have looked at from the first chapter of Haggai, God emphatically said to His people “Consider your ways!” In our time together today, I’d like to share with you about the unusual combination of Hebrew words used in this word from God to His people,

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 ou

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

Let Goodness and Lovingkindness Follow You All The Days Of Your Life

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” Psalm 23:6 David had come to love God so much, and he had spent so much time before His presence, that he was able express his full confidence in his “Shepherd” (Psalm 23: 1) by declaring, “surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life.” This was not a boast or a presumption in the flesh. This was the sincere declaration of one who, through knowing God and beholding all of His wonderful blessings, had come to realize his inseparability from his creator. “Christ in you, the hope of glory” is what th

Our Cup Overflows

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows” Psalm 23:5 O Lord, our cup overflows with all of the great things that You have done for us and for Who You are to us. You are our Good Shepherd in all things. Thank You for Your loving kindness. Thank You for calling us to Yourself; for salvation, restoration, and sanctification, that we may know we truly belong to You. We are the happiest when we are in Your presence, Abba Father, beholding Your beauty, O Lord our God (Psalm 27:4). Thank You for drawing us nearer still, to be a kingdom of priests to You that we may feed from the very

Let Your Cup Overflow

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows” Psalm 23:5 Our cup overflows, resulting in gratitude, praise, and humility, as we behold all that God has prepared for us. The cup of “living water” within us, “springing up to life eternal” (John 4:10&14), overflows with thanksgivings to God for the table He has prepared before us and for the anointing He has given us within the spirit of our minds, that we should be graced to see this loving fullness of God, this beauty of our Lord prepared for us. When David wrote “my cup overflows” I believe he was saying to God, “I am overwhelmed b

You Have Anointed My Head With Oil

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows” Psalm 23:5 In order for us to truly see the table of God’s presence, which He has prepared for us, we need first to have our heads anointed with oil. When we receive, yield to, and joyfully allow the oil of God’s Holy Spirit to permeate our minds, our thinking, our heads; then our spiritual eyes are activated, opened, and we see the table of God’s presence beckoning us to come and minister to our Lord. It is the anointing of God’s Holy Spirit within and over us that shines a constant, clear, and entreating pathway, directing us into the

Let God Prepare A Table For You - The Table Of His Presence

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil” Psalm 23:5 Whenever David felt like he was surrounded by enemies, as he oftentimes was, he would head for the presence of God. Instead of beholding his enemies, along with their plans and deeds, David preferred to see his beloved God preparing a table before him, a banquet table of treasures, filled with the presence of God and “the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4). This is our holy buffer in this life, the table that God prepares before us and for us “in the presence of my enemies.” God sets the table of His presence before us, meaning that His table in

You Are With Me

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me” Psalm 23:4 Whenever we minister to our Lord, we affirm the truth that “You are with me.” Otherwise we would not be ministering to God at all, would we? There would be no purpose in our priesthood if there was no temple of the Holy Spirit within, no presence of God, no inner court ministry. You see, every time we praise God in His presence, as priests to our Lord under His New Covenant (Revelation 1:5-6), we affirm and strengthen our own spirit and mind in this essential truth of our Christian faith: “You are with me.” Do you want to be stronger in your

Speak Of The Glory Of His Kingdom

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power” Psalm 145:9-11 God is “good to all.” We praise You Lord and we bless You for Your goodness, Your loving kindness, graciously extended to us through Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. “His mercies are over all His works” and, through Jesus Christ, we have also become one of God’s works, a miraculous working of our mercy-full, life-redeeming Messiah. We are new creations in and through Jesus Christ. So, let us also joyfully “speak of

Your Godly Ones Shall Bless You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless You” Psalm 145:9-10 David continued, in this last numbered Psalm of his, by confessing that God’s mercies (multiple) “are over all His works.” This means and includes you and I, as well as everything else God has made, for truly, just as the apostle Paul declared, “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand” (Ephesians 2:10). God’s mercies are over us continuously, all of the time, for we are one of His works, just like David confessed and knew for his own

We Are Blessed, Chosen, and Brought Near To Dwell With God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple” Psalm 65:4 O Lord, thank You for blessing us, and choosing us, and bringing us near to You, so that we may dwell with You in Your courts. In Your courts we are satisfied, O Lord our God, and in Your courts we will continue to be satisfied for we have tasted the goodness of Your house. We have tasted and seen that You are good and we praise Your holy name Abba Father. May we never forget that You have blessed, chosen, and brought us near to You, so we may dwell with You and be satisfied with You

Satisfied With God’s Goodness

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple” Psalm 65:4 God’s goodness is here right now to satisfy you. I believe David was already satisfied with the goodness of God’s house, through his years of ministering to the Lord. So it was easy for him to continue with this confident confession, based upon his experience, “We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house.” In the 34th Psalm David had entreated people, writing “O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8). When David min

We Are Blessed To Be Brought “Near To You”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple” Psalm 65:4 “How blessed” are you this day, beloved of God? Praise God! Yes, to be a priest unto our Lord, chosen by Him, to dwell in His courts, “near to You,”is a great, great blessing that each of us have already been given in Jesus Christ, Who “has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:6). God has graciously chosen us and has blessed us with our priesthood in Him. Every time we enter His courts to minister to our Lord, it is the Holy Spirit within us entreatin

Our Most Blessed Assignment

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord” 1 Chronicles 16:17 David blessed Asaph, the Levite, and his family by assigning them to be special priests unto the Lord, in His presence, to minister to Him and “to give thanks to the Lord.” You and I have been given this same blessed assignment, to be “built up a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). Asaph, who himself went on to author twelve of the Psalms (50, 73-83) wrote this, as he was in the Spirit of God, in his first psalm, “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgivi

Celebrating, Thanking, and Praising Our Lord God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, even to celebrate and to thank and praise the Lord God” 1 Chronicles 16:2&4 In this account, from the book of Chronicles, concerning bringing the ark of God into the city of David, we see in even further detail how David was conducting himself more as a priest unto God than as a king upon this day. David was offering sacrifices with the priests. David spoke a blessing over the people “in the name of the Lord” as a priest. And look at this; David even appo

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