Posts with the tag “blessings”

Rising Above Fear
by Ed Newton on February 25th, 2024
"The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor!" - Judges 6:12    When looking at his story in the book of Judges, we can see that Gideon emerges as a mighty example of courage in the face of fear. His story unfolds with a divine encounter, where the angel of the Lord addresses him not in his current state of hiding but as a mighty man of valor. Gideon's response is not one of immediate agreement bu...  Read More
The Consequence of Disobedience
by Ed Newton on February 21st, 2024
"But if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them..." - 1 Kings 9:6-7   When it comes to obedience, it is very simple: Obedience leads to blessings and disobedience leads to consequences. When we step outside of God's plan and act ...  Read More
Obedience Over Comfort
by Ed Newton on February 16th, 2024
"But Samuel replied: 'Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.'" - 1 Samuel 15:22   In a world that often prioritizes comfort, God calls us to a higher standard – obedience. The journey of faith is not about seeking ease but about aligning our will with His. Obedience may le...  Read More
A Heart Full of Thanks
by Ed Newton on January 26th, 2024
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." - Philippians 4:6  When our lives are often hectic, it's easy to overlook the many blessings that surround us. However, cultivating a heart of intentional gratitude opens our eyes to the abundance of God's goodness. Philippians 4:6 encourages us not only to present o...  Read More
Choosing Life in Christ
by Ed Newton on August 2nd, 2023
"I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live." - Deuteronomy 30:19   In the journey of life, we are faced with a crucial choice: are we going to embrace life in Christ or succumb to the grip of sin and death? Let's explore the profound benefits of choosing...  Read More
Trusting God with Your Finances
by Ed Newton on July 18th, 2023
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." - Proverbs 3:5   Finances can often be a source of stress and worry in our lives. However, there is a profound truth that can bring us peace and freedom: we can trust God with our finances. With this in mind, I want us to take a closer look at what it truly means to surrender our financial well-being into His capable h...  Read More
It’s Not About You
by Ed Newton on May 3rd, 2023
“And calling the crowd to Him with His disciples, He said to them, ‘If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” - Mark 8:34  When you live your life in faith, trusting and obeying God’s commands, you will be blessed. And when you fail to have faith and choose not to trust Him, you will suffer the consequences. The Bible makes this idea very clear. Over...  Read More
Your Name
by Ed Newton on May 2nd, 2023
“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.” - Psalm 145:1 Are you living in a way that exalts God’s name or your name? Over the last couple of days, we have looked at reasons why we fail to trust God. What it really boils down to is that when we don’t display faith, we are communicating that we think we know more than God. Sometimes, that is in the form of eating the...  Read More
Losing a Blessing
by Ed Newton on April 24th, 2023
“And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, ‘How can the ark of the Lord come to me?’ So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.” - 2 Samuel 6:9-10  When you choose delayed obedience or disobedience altogether, you are not only losing out on an opportunity but a blessing. The Bible tells u...  Read More
Something Greater
by Ed Newton on April 18th, 2023
“Those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.” - 1 Corinthians 7:31  Abraham Lincoln once said, “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” Unfortunately, sin often is a result of choosing what we want in the moment and undermining what we want long-term. Sin might feel good, but it takes away...  Read More
What About Now?
by Ed Newton on March 25th, 2023
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:13-14  Are you living off of yesterday’s successes? Has God blessed you in the past, and you are still hanging on to what God did years ago? I’m not say...  Read More
Seeing The Good
by Ed Newton on March 19th, 2023
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:18  I want you to take a moment and think of all of the good things happening in your life right now. Think about all the blessings that God has set upon you and how He has worked in your life. Far too often, we don’t stop and think about all the good in our lives unless it is some special ...  Read More
Are You Looking?
by Ed Newton on March 12th, 2023
“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” - Matthew 7:8  Are you looking for the opportunity you have been waiting for? Sometimes, we can get so caught up in “waiting” that we think we do not play a role. The Bible talks a lot about waiting. And there are even times God wants us to sit back and let Him do the work.  In those times, ...  Read More
What Are You Waiting For?
by Ed Newton on March 1st, 2023
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” - Proverbs 27:1  Are you giving God your best? If the answer is no, then what are you waiting for?  From the time you are born, you have a destination that God wants to lead you to. We can call this your potential. From the time you realize what potential is, and who God is, He has a plan and purpose for your life. God wants ...  Read More
The Way I Want
by Ed Newton on February 1st, 2023
“But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. And remember that those who do not have the Spirit living in them do not belong to Him at all.” - Romans 8:9  When you give your life to Christ, His grace and mercy are extended to you. There are so many privileges and blessings of following Jesus Christ. There is no gre...  Read More
It Doesn’t Work That Way
by Ed Newton on January 18th, 2023
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance.” - 1 Peter 1:14  Have you been praying to God and asking for a blessing that just seems like it’s never going to come? If you want to be blessed by God, you cannot continue to live in sin. Or another way I like to say it is “if it don’t work in your home, it ain’t going to work in heaven.” Have your kids ever aske...  Read More
Growing in Wisdom
by Ministry Support on November 3rd, 2022
“Asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.” - Ephesians 1:17  Do you ever wonder what God is thinking? Have you ever prayed, “God if you would just tell me what you want me to do, I’ll do it.” If you are struggling to know the heart of God, it might be time to pray for wisdom. Wisdom is the gr...  Read More
by Ed Newton on October 21st, 2022
“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all His commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God.” - Deuteronomy 28:1-2  If you are a believer – someone who has accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior – then I want to ask you a question: Do you ...  Read More

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