Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Oct 15, 2018

Everyday Life - 3 Waves

Daily Devotionals

Monday, October 15

Luke 10:38
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.

‘As they went on their way’…this transitional phrase is almost always looked at as just that, a phrase to move the reader from one recorded event to the next. But, as a believer, you must come to the place where you understand that every word in the ‘Word’ is God breathed and is there for a purpose. This is only one of many recorded accounts in the Bible where Jesus did something ‘on the way’ to where He was going. The message in this is that He wants you to not take for granted that those people who you bump into as you are going through the grocery store, or getting gas, or a haircut are people who have real needs and need a real touch from a real God. Everyone these days seems to have to be somewhere and be there fast. These obligations, if given too much weight, will cause you miss opportunities to be the hands of God that touch and change someone’s life. As you go from appointments to events to meetings, make it a point to do so with your eyes open to those around you. Just like Jesus did, a quick stop on the way to where you’re going could have an eternal impact on someone’s life. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

Tuesday, October 16

Luke 10:39
And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.

Many people follow the Lord but very few are submitted to Him. As you look at the ministry of Jesus in the Gospels, you’ll notice that He could draw a crowd of thousands but a far smaller number actually submitted their lives to Him. The Bible mentions the 12, the 72, and the 120, but when you consider the fact that in two separate occasions He fed well over 10,000, it becomes quite clear that there is a difference between following and submitting. Everyone has obligations and responsibilities, but far too often people become slaves to those duties at the expense of their time at Jesus’ feet. When this happens, life becomes overwhelming, unsatisfying, and frustrating. When you intentionally set aside time in the midst of your obligations to receive life from the Lord He will refresh and inspire you. He will even help line out that crazy schedule that you’ve become a slave to. Do yourself a favor, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Stop, sit, and listen…submit. Let the Holy Spirit minister to you in His gentle and living way. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

Wednesday, October 17

Luke 10:42
“Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

The laundry, the dishes, the lawn…all of the joys of home ownership and having a family. So many of the things that people seek in order to feel like they’ve obtained success become leaches of time, money and energy. Everyone loves the idea of having a nice home, vehicles, and countless other toys that make life more enjoyable and fulfilled. The one thing the most people fail to understand is that along with the financial obligation, there is also an obligation to maintain and provide for all of these things. These things are not bad in and of themselves, but too much temporary ‘stuff’ will keep you from investing time, energy, and resources into eternal things, such as the your spiritual life and the lives of your spouse and children. Some day, when you look back, you’ll not remember whether or not you finished the dishes or folded the clothes but you will remember the moments of laughter with your kids, meaningful conversations with your spouse, or special moments of prayer when the Holy Spirit spoke to you in a powerful way. Those things will last forever. Choosing the right thing in the moment will allow for real life to take place - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

Thursday, October 18

Luke 10:38
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.

When Jesus came through, Martha did a very admirable and worshipful thing, she invited Jesus into her home. She wanted to bless Him and minister to His needs for rest and refreshment. While starting off with good intentions like most people do, the obligation quickly became more than she could bear. It’s in these moments of frustration and overcommitment that you can start to get upset with those around you for not pitching in and helping you fulfill your obligations. While it’s possible that a good friend will help you, whether they do or not doesn’t make them responsible for your commitments. Martha became upset that Mary sat at Jesus feet while she had work to do, but it wasn’t Mary’s house and Mary didn’t do the planning or inviting. If you find yourself in a place of obligation and busy-ness while others seem to be just coasting along remember that the commitments you made yesterday are your obligations today. Just because Mary chose to worship in a different way doesn’t mean that she was lazy or wrong. Take time to think and seek His wisdom before you commit to something that could possibly leave you in a place of frustration. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

Friday, October 19

Luke 10:40
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”

In moments of stress and frustration, many people will try to manipulate others through guilt or high pressure tactics to help them. They resort to asking someone else to do their dirty work just like Martha tried to do with Jesus. “Jesus, make her help me.” “Don’t you care?” Everyone has fallen prey to this and many have used these same words to try to pull others into their chaos. Jesus, however, wasn’t going to make Mary a victim of Martha’s choices. Jesus made it clear to Martha that she had made her choice and Mary had made hers. Giving in to Martha’s manipulation would have only enabled more of the same behavior in the future. If you find yourself in a place of overcommitment, rather than try to manipulate others into bailing you out, ask the Lord for grace to see you through the commitment and learn from it for future reference. The Lord’s burden is easy. If you find yourself being overwhelmed, ask Him to show you what to put aside and what is truly important. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff.

Saturday, October 20

Luke 10:40
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”

When you find yourself at the point of being overwhelmed, the worst thing you can do is play the victim card. Just like Martha, it can even put you in a place of being upset with the Lord. When you take on a defeated mindset you put yourself in place of dependency on others rather than drawing from the grace that the Lord is trying to give you. You don’t have to be a victim, you can only allow yourself be one. Even those who have suffered horrible wrongs and abuses at the hands of others can find freedom if they’ll seek Him for it. In most cases however, people are usually victims to their own obligations. This makes the solution much easier because the equation starts and stops with the same person. Stop, arrest the perpetrator, that being you. Bring them before the Judge and allow Him to put an end to the cycle of victimization that has been hindering you for so long. You are a victor, not a victim. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff