Scripture of The Day
April 5, 2021

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7, NKJV)

By Ed Henderson

What is this “sound mind” that God has given us? The original Greek translation of this word means disciplined; controlled; sober. It includes qualities such as: *Being self-controlled. It’s not controlled by anyone or anything outside of itself—including people, circumstances, impulses, emotions, intellect, and especially not fear. It stays in control at all times. Even when faced by problems with no easy solutions, it remains anchored to the truth as defined by God and His Word.

*Being discerning. It distinguishes wisely between alternatives. It discerns between reality and fantasy, good and evil, effective and ineffective, worthwhile and worthless. It’s the faculty that enables us to make good decisions in difficult situations. *Being focused. Like a laser beam, it has the capacity to lock in on a desired target. Like a finely tuned receiver, it can minimize distortion and resist competing sound waves. It limits interference, uncertainty and confusion. Once it’s “set on task,” a sound mind will help you concentrate your energies on fulfilling the important priorities in your life. *Being orderly. It is a process-oriented mind, operating with cause/effect logic. It’s concerned with getting you from A to B—goal to realization—by a series of orderly steps that contribute to the fulfillment of your purpose. Your mind is a wonderful gift from God that can help you make wise decisions and avoid tragedies. I am reminded of that great line in the movie “The Help” where Aibileen repeatedly spoke these encouraging words to the young girl she was helping to raise, “You Is Smart, You Is Kind, You Is Important”. YOU ARE TOO!!! There are no limits to this gift, so use it wisely and use it for His Glory!

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14, KJV) For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. (I Corinthians 2:16, KJV)  I will bless the Lord, who advises me: even at night I am instructed in the depths of my mind. (Psalm 16:7, CEB)
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: (Hebrews 8:10, KJV)

*(Thanks to Bob Gass Ministries for some of the wording that has been reprinted in this devotional.)

 


 

Scripture of The Day
April 2, 2021

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”( Luke 23:43)
​By Cheryl Henderson

As I sit here today I can’t help thinking about the two thieves hanging on either side of Jesus. One was rude and harsh and even said to Jesus, If you really are the Christ, save yourself and us. ( Cheryl’s version)  The other one saw truth. The truth that he and the other thief deserved what they got, they were guilty, but Jesus was innocent. He saw the truth about who Jesus was. He humbled himself and turned to Jesus and said, ” Lord, remember me when you come into Your kingdom.”  Jesus had been abandoned by this time and He suffered beyond what you and I could even imagine. Yet this was His word to the thief, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” This man’s life was a mess! Even so, at that moment he was changed. Jesus spoke an unmistakable promise and because the man believed, he would be in paradise that very day, the moment he died.

Before Ed went to Heaven and for the entire time we fought cancer, he would say, “no matter what, I win” He believed that what Jesus did on that cross was real and that the ultimate victory was eternity with Jesus. As we move toward Resurrection Sunday think about what the Cross means to you. See and recognize how much God really loves you. Know that there is Power in the blood that was poured out for you. Let this be the time you fall on your knees at the foot of the cross and worship the King.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
April 1, 2021

The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold (confident, secure, sure) as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1)

By Ed Henderson (2016)

We live in a time when all the pc (politically correct) crowd are sitting on the edge of their seats just waiting to pounce on every word they consider offensive or out of order. Because of that some Christians have become more like scared rabbits than bold lions. God did not call us to be a “silent” majority! God did not give us a spirit of fear! God did not call us to sit by quietly while our voice
was being stolen by the enemy! He called us to preach and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!! But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? (Romans 10:14, NLT)

If you look at the entire story of the Apostles you will find that they were in a similar position. They were almost forced into submission by the politically correct crowd of their day. Only one of the disciples (John) was present at the crucifixion. Peter ran off and denied Jesus three times. What changed the Apostles? How were they transformed from scarred rabbits into bold lions that changed the entire world? I am glad you asked! Let’s look at the sequence of events that led to this great transformation: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts 1:4-5)  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:38-41) Peter was no longer denying the Christ. He was no longer a scared rabbit. He was bold as a lion. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is what made the difference. It was the power that Jesus had told them about and that promise is available unto you, your children, and all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. All you have to do is ask. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Luke 11:13)

 


 

Scripture of The Day
March 31, 2021

​But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound, (Romans 5:20)

By Ed and Henderson (2017)

I was recently talking with a minister friend (Guy Iannello of Total Freedom) who I love and trust. He shared with me a word that he received from the Lord for 2017. That word is “explosure”. I know, it’s not a word you will find in Webster’s Dictionary, but you can find it in the Urban Dictionary. The definition in the Urban Dictionary is as follows: (Exposure with the magnitude of an explosion; typically in relation to special or PR coverage)

Since talking with Guy I have thought about that word “explosure” a lot and I think it perfectly reflects what we see happening in the world around us. It is important for you to know that what we are witnessing is spiritually motivated. The extreme hate and anger that some people are exhibiting is exposing the darkness more and more. On the other side of the coin, the light is beginning to shine more and more. Jesus talked a lot in the New Testament about what would happen in the end times. In one instance Jesus talked about the tares and the wheat: Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matthew 13:36-43)

In another passage Jesus talked about the sheep and the goats: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (Matthew 25:31-34)

There are wheat and tares in our society. There are also sheep and goats, regardless of how politically incorrect that is. The explosive exposure of each of these is beginning. The darkness is getting darker and the light is getting brighter. You have to make a decision on what side you will line up on. It’s just like God said: But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: (Deuteronomy 30:15-19)

Just remember, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
March 30,2021
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14)

By Ed Henderson (2016)
(adapted from Future Now)

In our scripture for today Jesus is speaking to believers when he says, “He who believes in me will do the works that I do and greater works will he do”. Believers are the people who believe in Jesus. They are regular people like you and me who have confessed that Jesus is Lord. We are the ones that can do the works of Jesus and greater works! The big question is, do you believe that??? Let’s look at some more scripture that will help you see how these works and greater works are possible:

In John 14:16-17 Jesus says, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

And in John 16:7 Jesus says, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you”.
Jesus was leaving and it was going to be to our advantage because he was going to send the Holy Spirit who could live in each and every believer. Jesus could only be in one place at a time but the Holy Spirit could be everywhere. That makes way for the greater works.

Also in Matthew 16:19 Jesus said, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Jesus gave us His name and the authority to use His name so we could do the works He did and greater works. And lastly we can do even greater works than He did because of prayer.
He tells us in verses 13 and 14: “Whatsoever YE SHALL ASK in my name, that will I do. . . . If YE SHALL ASK any thing in my name, I will do it.” We will accomplish the greater works in concert with the power of prayer! Prayer is putting God to work in the Earth and nothing is impossible to God. (Luke 1:37)

Jesus expects greater works out of His believers. Do you expect them out of yourself? And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:15-20)

 


 

Scripture of The Day
March 29,2021
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? (Romans 10:14, NLT)

By Ed Henderson (2016)

In other devotionals we have talked about men being created in the likeness and image of God as a “speaking spirit”. I want to follow-up on that thought by concentrating on what a witness is and what they are called to do. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a legal witness as: “a person who makes a statement in a court about what he or she knows or has seen”. We live in a time when political correctness is rampant. Some groups are trying their best to remove all references and talk concerning the Bible and Jesus. By the way, they have been trying that unsuccessfully for over 2000 years.

In the Book of Acts we see where the religious leaders told the Apostles to quit speaking in the name of Jesus: But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. (Acts 4:17-18) And what was the response from the Apostles? But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:19-20)

I will never forget arguing with God when He first called me to be a preacher. God, I am not trained in theology! I am not a good speaker and I don’t have a clue what I would even talk about! This was His response to my plea for sympathy: Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:9) In other words, just be a witness about what you learn, receive, hear, and see as you walk with me. It’s that simple! It’s all about relationship and testifying about what you experience with Him.

Some people have made witnessing a legalistic mandate. They have missed the point. If you don’t walk with Him, and talk with Him, and learn, receive, hear and see Him work, then you do not have anything to witness about. To be an effective witness you have to know Him intimately. People can tell if you’ve been with Jesus. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13) The key is, “they had been with Jesus”. Have you been with Jesus? Do you want to be an effective witness? Get with Him!!! If you do, you will have plenty to talk about.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
March 26,2021

Do not be surprised that I have told you, ‘You must be born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it is coming from and where it is going; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:7-8, Amplified Bible)

By Ed Henderson

Have you ever come to a place in your life where you felt like it was just too late for you to start over? You felt like you had just done too much, and went so far that even God couldn’t repair the situation. If so, this devotional is for you. We have been in our present home for 19 years. One of my jobs is to keep the outside looking nice and I enjoy trimming and making sure the lawn is clean and cut. We have a lot of trees in our yard so I have to frequently pick up all the limbs and pine cones that litter the landscape when the wind blows. My wife is the flower planter. She loves to plant all kinds of flowers that bloom and bring color to the yard. She is very meticulous about her flowers. There is one flower bush that she planted at least five years ago that was supposed to have these big beautiful blooms on it every year. Well, year after year she waited on it to bloom and it hardly ever bloomed. In the winter time it would die back and it looked like dead sticks but she would never cut it back because that is what the flower experts (whoever they are) told her not to do.

This last winter I was doing my thing in the yard cutting back all the dead limbs and when I came to her flower bush I just automatically cut it back to the ground. I didn’t do that for spite. I just did it because it looked dead. Well, when my wife saw it she was not happy. Why did you cut my flower bush back??? You weren’t supposed to do that!!!  Fast forward several months. I overheard my wife talking on the phone to one of her girlfriends about this particular flower bush. She said, “You are not going to believe it, my flower bush is beginning to bloom”. By the way, she never said a word to me. Today, as I was walking by that same bush and admiring the pretty new blooms, God spoke to me and He said this, “All it needed was a fresh new start”. The only way that fresh new start could happen was to cut away all the dead branches and all the previous non-producing growth. That is exactly what happens when we are born-again. We are made new creatures in Christ. Old things are passed away. Behold, all things become new. You are now in a position where you can bloom and prosper in the things that God has called you to do.

The Apostle Paul (the very one that persecuted Christians and watched as they stoned Stephen to death) described it like this: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.        (Philippians 3:13-14)

A fresh new start is not impossible. In Christ, all things are possible. He can make you a brand new man or woman. He will cast your sins as far as the East is from the West and that distance is incalculable. All you have to do is believe. The price of admission has already been paid. All you have to do is walk through the door.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
March 25,2021

​Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus. (Acts 8:35, )CEV

Excerpts from Bob Gas Ministries

In Acts chapter eight we read the story of a high-profile leader who was won to Christ. This man held a position similar to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Britain or the Secretary of the Treasury in the United States and he was led to Christ by a low-profile person called Philip, a church deacon (See Acts 8: 26-40). Let’s look at how it happened and see what we can learn:
Philip was ready. When this man needed someone to explain the gospel to him, Philip was ready to go, and ready to do it. Could you have done that? When God has a job that needs to be done, could He call on you? Would you be prepared and willing?

I was recently asked by our Pastor to come on stage during a communion service and speak about the Body of Christ that was broken for all of us. Now, the Pastor did not tell me he was going to do this but after walking with the Lord for many years, and staying in His Word, I was ready. I can remember a time when that would have freaked me out, but no more. We have to be ready in season and out.
“If anybody asks you why you believe as you do…tell him” (1 Peter 3:15, TLB). Philip was wise. He didn’t barge in and start preaching, or put this man on the spot by asking “gotcha” questions. Note two things about Philip: He was led by God’s spirit (See Acts 8:29, CEV). He recognized the right moment (See v. 35 CEV). Good soul-winners are sensitive and strategic.

Philip was clear. Instead of a vague dialogue about religion, he spoke directly about Jesus. That’s what people need—a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! They need to know He’s alive, that He loves them, and that He’s powerful enough to run the universe yet personal enough to forgive their sins, break their habits, and resolve their doubts. Our job is to extend the invitation, and let Jesus do the rest. Do you need a soul-winning strategy? Try the one used by Philip—it works!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
March 24,2021

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony [record/report/witness]; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)

By Ed Henderson (2017)

It is very interesting to look back at the very beginning of the ministry of Jesus and see how his first disciples were selected. In the Gospel of John, Chapter 1, it tells us the story of the first two disciples who were present when John the Baptist declared that Jesus was the Lamb of God and the Son of God. These two disciples, which included Andrew (the brother of Simon Peter), inquired of Jesus as to where he was staying. Jesus responded with this simple answer, “Come and See”. One of the next disciples selected was Philip and Jesus said to him, “Follow Me”. Then the first miracle that they all witnessed was in John 2 where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. This time the following profound statement came from Mary, the mother of Jesus, when she said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it”.

What I see here is a pattern and I see it playing out all through the Word of God. Come and see, follow me, do whatever He says. Jesus was the first to follow this same pattern by saying that He did not do anything or say anything that He did not see the Father do or hear the Father say. The phrase “those things that we have seen and heard” is repeated eleven times in the New Testament. The following are just a few examples: And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. (John 3:32) For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:20)

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:9) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)

We see this testimonial pattern acted out over and over again with the woman at the well who went back and told the men; with the women at the gravesite of Jesus who went back and told of their conversation with the two angels; with the disciples in the Book of Acts who were told not to speak about Jesus; with John on the Isle of Patmos; and on and on. Jesus is a big believer in on-the-job training. He wants you to see it with your own eyes. I will never forget the first time I saw the power and anointing of God move in a church service. My first thought was, “Oh my God, this stuff is real. The Bible is true!”. When you see and witness that type move of God you cannot stay quiet. Jesus is still making that same invitation today. The original invitation still stands. Come and See! Follow me! You want to see miracles? Just do whatever Jesus says to do!!!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
March 23,2021

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.(Isaiah 55:12)

Excerpts from Bob Gas Ministries

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.(Isaiah 55:12)
Perhaps you’re wondering, “What am I supposed to do with my life? What’s my purpose here?” One of the ways God answers this question is through our abilities. He leads us to our life’s purpose through the skills and talents He has given us.

Our youngest son starting playing a small keyboard when he was only six years old. He has never had a piano lesson in his life but he can play anything by ear and is currently playing keyboards for a very large church. That gift did not come from his parents. I can assure you that. God-given gifts are the skills a person easily performs, often without formal training. We derive great pleasure from doing what we’re naturally good at doing. So if you aren’t sure of your life’s purpose, just do what you do well and watch God confirm it by blessing your endeavors. Don’t spend your time trying to do what you’re not gifted to do, or what somebody else is good at. We know we’re operating in our gifts and calling when we do what ministers life to others. If what we do makes us miserable and fills us with a sense of dread, usually we’re not in God’s perfect will.

God gives us peace and joy to let us know we’re fulfilling His perfect plan: “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace.” Look at what you enjoy, what you’re good at, and what God is giving you the grace to do—then let God be God in your life. He wants to flow through you, and it may not be in the same way as He flows through others. Trust His ability in and through you, and don’t be afraid to be unique. God has a specific place and a specific plan for each of us. How will you know you’re in the right place fulfilling His plan? You will have peace! But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17) Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)