Praying For Keeps “A Bad Prayer Day” Blog #1

God also says no when He has a better outcome in store. Isaiah 46:10 states, “My purpose will stand, says the Lord, and I will do all that I please”. This means that behind every problem there is a purpose. Some people think when things go awry that God owes them an explanation. What if God asked for my permission before doing anything in my life, “Ed, I’d like to sit down with you and go over your schedule to make sure there’s no conflicts with My supreme plan”? “Ed, is it okay if I lead you over here?” “How would you feel if this happens?” We do not deserve anything—especially any explanations. We’ve sinned and therefore been separated from God, but reconciled due to His grace. That’s all we need to know until He deems the correct time to reveal the next step in our lives. Even if He did explain everything in advance, we wouldn’t understand the majority of it. We are finite and limited. God is infinite and limitless. Thus, we have to trust God, who always has our best interest in mind.

Back to the Basics “Getting a Grip on Your Body” Blog #1

All five demonstrations of God’s concern are the theology of the body. It should not surprise you, then, that our Lord has set forth as comprehensive commandment concerning how we should treat our bodies. It is found in I Corinthians 6:20, “Glorify God in your body”. Memorize these five words to serve as an eternal reminder of many Christians greatest blind spot.

Know Fear “Fear of Death” Blog #1

Randomly, various cosmic ingredients in a biotic soup somehow came together causing an evolutionary explosion. What nonsense! In Romans, Paul also admonishes that many people “are exchanging truth for a lie”, and that God reveals Himself to us through many different avenues aside from the evident in nature. The Bible says God has placed eternity on our hearts. In pursuit of us, He tugs at our conscience, elbows us, and whispers in our ear. Right now, what is God saying to you? Have you responded to His voice? Remember, no matter what you call it, death is death. And only through Jesus Christ does death yield to life.

Know Fear “Loneliness” Blog

We are born lonely and separated from God. The prophet Isaiah alluded to this in Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated you from God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear”. Maybe you have a gnawing sense that something is amiss. You have been searching for significance, yet nothing seems to help. No matter what you do, how much money you can compile, or how many toys you can accumulate nothing—absolutely nothing—will fill the void of spiritual bankruptcy. Only God can quench your loneliness when you make the life-changing decision to invite Jesus Christ into your life.

Tank U “Armor All Part 2” Blog #2 Helmet of Salvation

In effect, II Corinthians 2:11 says, “Don’t be an igmo”. I have encountered far too many Christian igmos, ignorant about the evil one’s battle strategy, schemes, and devices. For this reason, referring to standing firm in obedience, Paul advised, “…in order that Satan might not outwit us, for we are not ignorant of his schemes”. In II Corinthians 11:3, Paul further admonishes, “I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ”. Wow, you would think the enemy would have changed his tactics since the Garden, but in Genesis, what did he do? He put on the question hat, because the evil one has a bad “hatitude”. He said, “Eve, did God really say do not touch the fruit of the tree? Did He really mean that?” Then he put on the denial hat, denying God’s prohibition. He said, “Eat the fruit. You will become like God. He is holding out on you!” Last, he put on the substitution hat, twisting and distorting God’s truth into a lie. “Oh come on, take it. Nothing will happen. Surely you will not die.” The devil does the same to us, trying to induce discrepancy and distort our discernment. Wearing the question hat, he says, “Did God really say to abstain from premarital sex? Homosexuality? It is totally fine, God wants you to be happy.” Changing into the denial hat, he says, “Hey, if you do this, you will be powerful and desirable to all. If you do that, you will make the grade. No one will ever know!” Foolishly, we slip on the substitution hat, swapping God’s truth for Satan’s lies. Without changing tactics for thousands of years, he still dupes us just as he did Eve. Satan is the father of lies. It is his nature to lie. Knowing God’s absolute truth, knowing His word, is our most effective method to assuage the devil’s deceit.

Thread: “Mirror Image” Blog#2 Mirroring God

As Christians, we should get more out of life than anybody! Unbelievers head’s should snap back when they see us, and say, “Whoa! Look at their joy and the freedom in their lives!” Why? Because, we are living life the way it is supposed to be lived. I am not referring to happiness. We are not continuously happy because happiness is based on happenings. Instead, when we are obedient to God, feelings follow. I’m talking about outrageous and contagious joy; it is the tranquility of the soul. It is deep. Happiness is shallow. True, as believers we should be the happiest people on the planet. But far deeper than that we have constant and unending joy, because we are making a fashion statement of faith.
As you look at your life, as you look at your wardrobe, what do you see? What are you wearing? Who are you wearing? How are you wearing Him? Looking into the mirror, do you see God?

Juicy Fruit: “Joy”

“Concentrate on healing not hurting.” Colossians 3:13 states: “Be gentle and ready to forgive.” Jesus doesn’t just forget our moral mishaps—He’s ready and willing to forgive us. Are you ready to forgive those who have hurt you? If I say, “Jesus, I’m sorry, forgive me of this sin,” He doesn’t just say “It’s okay, Ed.” We should never say that because it’s not okay. It’s definitely not okay to sin before a holy God. It’s not okay if someone has caused us pain. However, many of us concentrate on hurting don’t we? We keep score. The grudge builds and escalates until we are ready to just hammer them—but we must forgive them. Notice the word “give” in the word forgive—we must give forgiveness. My wife says, “You can’t say the word forgive without smiling.” Whoa! God is saying, “Be gentle and forgive without holding grudges.” Remember the Lord forgave you!

“Concentrate on My power, not your problems.” We get way too enmeshed in our problems, often leading to anxiety and stress. But, if we look to Psalm 62:8 we are reminded: “Trust in God some of the time…most of the time…” No! “Trust in God at all times.” A great example of this is the Apostle Paul. As a prisoner in chains he wasn’t singing Johnny Cash songs. He wrote a letter known as the book of Philippians in the New Testament. Take a wild stab at the theme of his letter—you guessed it—joy! The apostle penned the words “joy” and “rejoice” nineteen times. Paul was joyful even in prison! Isn’t it great knowing our Lord Jesus uses all situations and circumstances—all things good, bad, or mediocre—to do wonderful things in our lives? Knowing this should bring us joy in the midst of trials and tribulations.

Trust in God at all times. Pour your heart out to Him whether in anger or laughter. Our great God wants our hearts to overflow with joy; singing, dancing, and shouting with zeal. Recently I was thinking about God’s grace and how I don’t deserve it. So, I looked up the Greek term for grace—“karis”. Then I looked up the word for joy—“kara”. Grace and joy are inseparably linked. Thus, when I think about God’s grace I’ve got to have joy. I’m talking, “joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” You see, God is simply saying to us, “There’s a seat open, jump aboard, and let me take you on the ultimate joy ride!

Our First Act of Worship

Our First Act of Worship

It is a Spirit thing and let me tell you something about the Spirit, I am talking about the Holy Spirit, the third person of the God head or the Trinity. The Holy Spirit never calls attention to Himself. He never asks us to worship the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit always points us to Christ.

He is our convictor, our counselor, our guide. He is pointing us to Jesus because remember, friends, it is all about Jesus. We were sought and bought by His blood and if we receive that, it is our first act of worship. Then we begin to climb the mountain of worship and while we climb we have got to be producing fruit. Our Lord said that He would know His followers by the fruit they produce.

Ed Young’s new blog will show you how to dress your best every day

Ed Young’s new blog will show you how to dress your best every day

Ed Young’s new blog will show you how to dress your best every day.   Pastor Fashion, born from Ed Young’s idea that most pastors can use some tips on how to dress on and off the stage, is full of inventive posts and ideas about fashion and trends. One particular post “10 Simple Fashion Tips for the Faithful,” highlights simple fashion tips from Ed Young that can help keep anyone, not just pastors’, style in check.

Pastor Fashion offers fashion advice to women as well. Take a look at the post from LeeBeth and Hope, who have an engaging conversation about dressing both fashionable and modestly. These two lay out easy tips on how to keep today’s trendy outfits both classy and cute.

Check out this fun and fashionable blog from pastor and fashion advisor Ed Young.

God Gives Us These Opportunities For Revenge by Pastor Ed Young

David as a young man who literally jumped on the fast track after his upset victory over the giant Goliath.  David found himself working in the administration of King Saul, schizophrenic Saul.  Saul so freaked out one day in anger and envy and jealousy that he tried to rub David out.  He tried to kill him.  And the Bible mentions instance after instance, opportunity after opportunity, that David had to seek sweet revenge.  I’m talking about opportunities to settle the score.  Let me stop here and ask you a question.  Quickly run through the relational Rolodex of your mind.  Can you think of anybody, an ex-spouse, a neighbor, a friend, a wayward son or daughter, an ex-employee or employer that you are lying in wait for, ready to pounce on, to settle the score?  Can you think about someone like that in your life?  Can you?  David dealt with these feelings.  He dealt with the pull of revenge.

Ed wants us to know that God gives us these opportunities for revenge.  What did David do?  Because what David did, is what we should do.  I Samuel 24:12, David says to schizophrenic Saul, the guy who is trying to rub him out, “May the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me but my hand will not touch you.”  David had discipline, didn’t he?  He had patience.  He had endurance.  And every time we have the opportunity for revenge and we are patient and disciplined, God will use it to build character.  It will also allow God room to handle the situation.  And if you read the rest of the story about Saul, God took care of him.

That brings me to a hypothetical situation.  Let’s say that you just  jumped on board a brand new company and your manager saw you and utilized your skill set to such a degree that you doubled the profits of the company in a couple of months.  And let’s say that the person who befriended you, hired you, interviewed you and showed you to this manager, suddenly began to do a smear campaign against you.

It is a book written by a professional fisherman, Jimmy Houston entitled HOOKED FOR LIFE.