Devotional Shevat 12, 5780 – Purify Yourselves

We have encouraged you to take action “day by day” through the renewal process (2Cor 4:16) that is going on in us because we must resist the growing flow, no a torrent of destruction pulling at all of us. We can’t give in to it if our confidence is to remain strong as ambassadors for Christ. One such example of a renewal action step from our Ambassador Victory Keys is found in 1 John 3:3.

He says:”And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” By making and keeping a commitment to becoming the Glory ambassador of Christ we are called to be, we are engaging in a powerful action of purifying ourselves. Obviously, His holy word cleanses us also, as does celebrating communion.

Our need for continual purification creates a telling and motivating image of the challenging culture we live in. We are constantly having the sludge of perversity (pornography, greed, murder, envy, self-glorification, etc.) thrown at us. We can’t let any of this stick to us for a second and must keep ourselves purified.

Christ is coming for a spotless bride. What will He find when He returns? Let’s keep our hearts steadfast and focused in our pursuit of the things of Yah’s kingdom. As 1 John 2:28 says, abide in Him so that we may not be ashamed to stand before Him when He comes.

Stay with us as we continue on this journey of victory as effective Glory Ambassadors for Christ.

Michael and Charleen Ecuyer

Devotional Shevat 10, 5780 – No Infirmity Among Them

What is the most common challenge or concern, other than money, that people commonly have and spend a lot of time trying to resolve? It is our health and it may even be more of a wide-spread issue than money.

From aches and pains in various locations of our bodies, much of our attention goes to dealing with our health. As we get older, those concerns can become more serious when issues like diabetes, cancer, or heart disease begin showing up. Pharmaceutical companies are big business around the world and hospitals typically stay very busy.

Yahweh’s plan was and still is for us to enjoy lives free from these hardships that are continually trying to come against us. A big problem is much of the church believes it is just our burden to bear. When Elohim brought them out of Egypt, them being around 2 million people, “there were none feeble among them.” Ps 105:37

Two million people and none of them were sick or weak. These were abused people who had been mistreated for years and lived in poverty. Yet, the Lord made sure there would be no sickness or weak condition among them to start their journey to the Promised Land.

Are there any sick or feeble among us at church? Ouch, the answer is an embarrassing yes. Why? We believe mostly because Christians accept it and haven’t established faith for healing and continued health in their lives.

This must stop and the people of Yahweh need to realize they have healing hands and need to start calling upon that healing anointing as hands are laid upon the sick.

Start meditating on some healing scriptures and stop asking if it is God’s will that healing occur. Every time you touch someone, expect healing grace to be released. And don’t stop. You could hear people saying in your church that there are no feeble among us.

Michael and Charleen Ecuyer

 

Devotional Shevat 9, 5780 – Partners in Christ

Did you know that the vast majority of people who attempt a task or pursue some goal fail if they try to do it alone? The church’s mission to live and proclaim the Kingdom cannot fail. We are called the Body of Christ and that is because we are to function as a body collectively with its different body parts. We’re all brothers and sisters in Christ, or partners in Christ.

Yeshua sent His disciples out 2 by 2 to release a message of light and love and faith (Luke 10:1). They could have covered more ground if He sent them out by themselves. He knew that sending them 2 by 2 would avoid many unnecessary risks. They had partners to help hold themselves “accountable”, which is a dirty word nowadays.

While we must all start our journey of salvation with Christ in a private way, we must align ourselves with a trusted partner to help us stay on the path He has called us to and to be effective ministers. Yeshua sent them in pairs because He knew that would be the most effective way in dealing with obstacles and fulfilling their mission.

Who is your partner as you purpose to walk a life pleasing to Yahweh? While we are here to support and encourage you, you must seek out a trusted partner who will stay committed to you and stay faithful and true to your destiny in the Lord.

This may take some time but do not give up on this search for your partner in Christ.  We need earthly help as well if we are to move from faith to faith, glory to glory.

Michael and Charleen Ecuyer

Devotional Shevat 1, 5780 – God’s Calendar Is Important

Does it make sense that the Creator of heaven and earth also created time? We see this when He set the sun and moon in motion on day 4 of creation. From this we measure the passage of time. Most of us don’t give much further thought to God’s hand on time which most likely occurs since we take it for granted like breathing.

We were all given a day of birth based on the Roman calendar when we entered the world but Yahweh provided a different calendar long before the Roman calendar. Do you think it would be important to follow that calendar since He created it?

He revealed this calendar to the Jewish people which we see explained for the first time in Exodus 12. There are numerous general references to months and years beginning in Genesis but Exodus is where we see the details for the first time. Yah provides these first details so that the Jewish people will be able to celebrate a special time every year in remembrance of what He did to deliver them from slavery in Egypt.

God’s calendar is referred to as the Hebrew or Jewish calendar because they follow this calendar according to their heritage which is so closely tied to the Old Testament. There are other well-known cultural calendars like the Chinese calendar. Just because it called the Jewish calendar, doesn’t mean it is only for Jewish people.

It is for anyone who wants to align their passing of time with God’s time. We invite everyone to take a serious look at God’s calendar, which includes His own holidays or times of feasting. These are times that He has set aside for us ti honor Him and celebrate His great love and plan for our lives.

We invite everyone to take a serious look at God’s calendar, which includes His own holidays or times of feasting. These are times that He has set aside for us to honor Him and celebrate His great love and plan for our lives. Please visit 

http://familylifewinners.com/gods-calendar-cookbook for a beginner’s guide to His calendar. For further study, visit https://store.gloryofzion.org/ with books from Robert Heidler and Chuck Pierce on God’s appointed times and seasons.

 

 

Devotional Shevat 3, 5780 – Only Believe

As Believers in Christ, we are supposed to faith people who live by faith every day. Faith isn’t something we try out when things get tough. It is our way of living, no exceptions and definitely no excuses.

Ohh, I believed for for that promotion and ended up  getting laid off. I prayed and believed for my cousin to be healed of cancer and they still died. These kinds of things should not shake us. Psalm 62: 6 says, “He is my Rock, my salvation, my place of refuge, I will not be moved.” Have you ever heard of tough love? Well maybe there is such a thing as tough faith.

Real faith is not wimpy, but can stand when those storms come and try to beat down your house. Jairus was in such a huge struggle when he discovered his daughter was ill and dying. It looks like the importance of this passage was not lost with the gospel writers since 3 of them include an account of this in their writings.

Jairus has asked Yeshua to heal his girl and receives the news that his daughter has died. That message must have been a tremendous blow to him. Yeshua’s response to this news is even bigger when He tells Jairus to: “ONLY BELIEVE”. He was telling him not to give up and not to lose faith.

We need to scream these simply 2 words to ourselves on a regular basis like scripture says in 1 Sam 30:6 when David encouraged himself in the Lord after learning that his group had lost their families and possessions. ONLY BELIEVE should be the Christian’s motto.

Never lose faith in God’s promises no matter what the circumstances are telling you, no matter what the report is from the doctor or the bank. Our faith is what keeps the portal open to our blessings. Yeshua has completed His work here and paved the way for us to have victory over every obstacle.

Keep standing and ONLY BELIEVE in His promises.

Michael and Charleen Ecuyer

 

 

Devotional Tivet 25, 5780 – Increase Our Faith

Increase Our Faith

Increase our Faith – has this been the cry of your heart? If not, you are missing out on a huge part of your walk with the Lord and fulfilling His will for your life. Your faith can’t be something you place on the back-burner of your life. It must be front and center.

As blunt as this may be, you can’t fulfill your destiny in the Lord without your faith continuing to advance, moving from faith to faith. In other words, this is not going to happen without your faith increasing.

Yeshua had just spoke to His disciples in Luke 17 about forgiveness and it was a bit much for them to take in. They had a good response, though: “Increase our faith”. Did Yeshua just place His hands on their heads and say, ” Let their faith grow”?

NO – He basically said for their faith to grow they had to start SPEAKING correctly ( 4 times this is mentioned in the 5 verses of His answer to them.) AND, the heart of the matter regarding both their faith and our faith to increase, was to put the faith we have to work for us.

In other words, start applying it to situations in our lives by speaking the action we want to see accomplished. Instead of moaning about how difficult or impossible things are, we need to speak the result we are seeking from a heart that is rooted in the Word and our Father’s will.

So, let’s say that we want to have a Rolls Royce because our neighbor just bought a Mercedes Benz limousine. We start speaking and directing our faith for that car to come into our possession since the word says that our Father gives us richly all things to enjoy (1Tim 6:17).

In this example, we are exercising our selfish desire, not faith, for a favorable outcome. We are using God’s Word to satisfy our wants. This is not faith since it was not birthed from the heart of God. If the Lord had a purpose for you to have a RR so that you could minister to this neighbor and if He has released this word to you, it’s time to increase your faith.

We will recognize the will of Yahweh more easily as we spend consistent time in His word and listening for the voice of His Holy Spirit and His prophets. From that foundation, we can speak life, blessing, healing, and prosperity into our circumstances and watch His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Michael and Charleen Ecuyer

Devotional Tivet 26, 5780 – Cheerful Giving

Cheerful Giving

Have you ever given a gift or donated money but felt like you were forced to do it? It is one of the ugliest places to find yourself in when you give without joy in your heart. How about being in a situation that you were taken advantage of ? You got robbed and what are you going to do about it?

We’ve been in all these situations before and it is possible to turn that resentment or anger into joy by bringing God’s heart of love into the transaction. 2 Cor 9:8 says that Yahweh loves a cheerful giver. What an incredibly powerful statement that is!

How do we bring the Lord’s heart into our giving if the cheerfulness is not there?

  1. We can remind ourselves that we are the children of a giving Father,
  2. We can stand on the truth of sowing and that the reaping is coming,
  3. Trust in Yah’s promise that He is able to make all grace abound toward us.

One of the tings that we have learned to do is to make sure that the cheerfulness is in our hearts before we give by thanking Him for the opportunity to be like Him and be a giver. When we give only from a sense of duty or habit, we are missing out on a lot. Heavenly things are set in motion when we give with a cheerful heart.

His great grace begins to flow freely and a divine confidence that all our needs are sufficiently met builds up and surrounds us and preserves our sense of peace and being cared for. The temptation to start worrying about how our needs will be met is squashed.

Then, an expectation for abundance to come to us takes over so that we can rise to the occasion and see that every good work that we are called to do is finished. We have now set the wheels of multiplication in motion and harvest time has come upon us.

Where does all this bring us? Cheerful giving brings grace, which produces faith in our loving Father, which results in our needs being met and then moving beyond to multiplication and good works being accomplished, all coming to a glorious conclusion of thankfulness to El Shaddai (All Sufficient), Yahweh Yireh (Provider).

What an indescribable gift!

Michael and Charleen Ecuyer

Devotional Kislev 27, 5780 Hanukkah Your Word Is Light

Hanukkah 4th Candle 

Light is something we tend to take for granted. For us, it’s just the flip of a switch. Only when we have a power outage, do we find ourselves dependent on candles or lamps and experience the simple wonder and beauty of a flame.

And when the power comes back on, we celebrate. Light is something to celebrate, especially the light that the Word of God brings. With the Roman  calendar, we are celebrating Christmas, Yeshua, the light of the world. While we have no issues whatsoever with the value and meaning of Christmas, we do take issue with the accuracy of its timing. This is not, however, the topic of our discussion. We do wish you a very blessed Christmas.

When you light the 4th Hanukkah candle or lamp, go to Ps. 119: 105, 130.  Verse 105 says: ” Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Now how many times are we faced with decisions and not sure how to proceed? Every day we make decisions that affect our lives in some way, sometimes in small ways and sometimes in big ways.

We can find the direction to take through the wisdom of scripture as we search it out. We should also be making daily journeys in God’s Word so that its life, its light can get established in our hearts. So as we celebrate Hanukkah this 4th night, let’s remember the value and light that His word brings to our lives and helps us from stumbling.

Verse 130 says:” The entrance of Your words gives light, it gives understanding to the simple.” Don’t you just love children at the age when their favorite question is why. Understanding why things happen or don’t happen is an important need that we all have.

We live in a very complex world and many times we can get overwhelmed. Going to God’s Word can help us keep things simple. His Word brings understanding to us as we face the challenges of each day, if we take the time to quiet ourselves and let His Word settle in our spirits and minds.

We wish you a glorious Hanukkah!

Michael and Charleen Ecuyer