Daily Devotionals 1/28 - 2/2
Monday, January 28
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?
On the game show, ‘Jeopardy!’, contestants are in competition with one another to provide questions for the answers given to them. Your life as a believer should be the answer that brings up questions in the minds of those who don’t know Christ. When you live out your faith in God in front of those around you they will naturally be curious as to why your life seems to operate differently than theirs does. Why were you not rattled when the boss cut back everyone’s hours because business was slow? When your kids get sick or the car breaks down, you just keep on moving forward with a smile on your face. Your life in the kingdom should look different from those who are on the outside looking in. When is the last time your faith caused someone to ask a question about the answer you have? - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, January 29
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Have you ever been in a debate with someone about your faith? Do you feel like you represented God or were you to pushed to the place of defending why you believe the way you do? People are often looking for a way to disprove that Christianity is relevant to life today. The reason why most believers have a problem defending what they believe is because even though they've believed or accepted it, they haven’t truly experienced it. Today’s text mentions wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Wisdom is the words you receive from God through His Spirit speaking into yours but knowledge only comes when you walk out that wisdom in your own life. Up until that point, that wisdom, to you, is really only a theory. Once you gain knowledge through experience, you can then receive the understanding of that belief for the purpose of teaching others. Theories will always be debatable, but knowledge and understanding gained from experience cannot be disproven. Seek to walk out the wisdom that God imparts into your life so that the knowledge you gain can be beneficial to others. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, January 30
9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!
Is what you believe truly Biblical? Many Christians are wrapped up in religion and tradition under the impression that what they believe is the Word of God. Somewhere along the way, rather than drawing wisdom from the Word of God and using it to form beliefs, many in the church began putting a Biblical spin their own traditions and theories to justify the methods they already had in practice. This watered down version of Christianity is void of power and therefore lacking in results. Ask yourself why you do the ‘Christian’ things that you do. Why do (or don’t) you go to church? Why do (or don’t) you tithe and give? Why do you believe the way you do about prayer, healing, or worship? Can you back up the way you believe with scripture? You may not be wrong in the way you believe but if you don’t have those beliefs rooted in the Word they cannot produce faith results. Give yourself a spiritual debrief every now and then. It will keep you in line with God and help your faith remain strong and productive. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, January 31
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
When you walk out your faith in God and His power moves through you, He receives glory. The greatest compliment that He can receive is for you to continue to bless the world by living out your faith in Him. Don’t be shy or unaccepting of the compliments that you receive from others who see results in your life. When you receive praise and recognition, a humble but confident “Thank you” and “God bless you” will show people that you were intentional and motivated by His compassion, as opposed to you shying away in timidity making others think that whatever they witnessed was a fluke. In turn, you take the praises and accolades you received and lay them at the feet of Jesus with humble gratitude. This will give Him the opportunity to continually pour His life and anointing back into you. Living a life that is complimentary to Him will open you up to greater opportunity to use the faith that He growing in you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, February 1
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.
Do you ever experience doubt or a lack of confidence when it comes to who you are in Christ? It’s pretty safe to say that Every believer does at some point in their life. There is a sure fire way to remedy this condition, walk in a manner worthy of who God has called you to be. You are a joint heir, a partner, you are seated in Heavenly places in Christ…so act like it. Faith has never been a matter of feelings. Just because you don’t feel called or anointed doesn’t mean that you aren’t. Those who make decisions based upon their feelings are sure to have a miserable life. There are many times when you wake up in the morning and you don’t feel like getting up and going to work but, a mature person, pushes past those feelings and gets up anyway. The same is true with your faith. Don’t let feelings of doubt or insecurity keep you from living out your faith. Rise up and be who you know you are, not who your feelings might say that you are in that moment. Pushing through will bring you the confirmation of who you are that you need to stand in your God given calling. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, February 2
8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Does your life convince others that Jesus is alive and well? For most Christians, a less than convincing lifestyle leads to their trying to convict people rather than convince them. Conviction is the Holy Spirit’s job, not yours. The reason why the church world wide is struggling with reaching the lost is because it has tried to do the Holy Spirit’s job and not the job it was designed to. God created the church to show His love and compassion to a lost and dying world, not to inform them that they’re lives are evil and that hell is waiting right around the corner if they don’t straiten up. Approaching someone with love and mercy will in and of itself open the door for the Holy Spirit to move in their life. A convincing Christian is not a convicting Christian, a convincing Christian is a loving Christian. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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