Everyday Life - “I Before “E”
Monday, October 22
41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Many of the anxieties and issues that people deal with in their hearts and minds are brought on by their interpretation of a situation more the by the actual situation itself. Martha is an excellent example of this. She had developed a victim mentality based upon her frustration with what she thought was people overlooking and neglecting her. Had she taken time to stop and think about the overall situation and not just her frustrations, she would have gotten a better perspective on the what was actually happening. She wasn’t being overlooked or neglected by others, she was actually overlooking and neglecting herself. As Jesus explained her, she hadn’t chosen the ‘good’ portion as Mary did. She chose to focus in the busy work that her mind was telling had to be done immediately. All this lead to her misinterpreting the whole situation and getting angry at the very people she cared about the most. Take a closer look at the areas of your life that you are having issues with. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the truth of the situation and move on from there. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, October 23
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
How you see or interpret the current situation you’re in will determine what you expect to come out of that situation. All too often people get so caught up in the momentary difficulties and challenges that come with everyday life that they lose sight of the bigger picture. Jesus was about to do something miraculous, but Martha was only focussed on what she interpreted as a loss and a let down. When you focus solely what is right in front of you without keeping the bigger picture in mind your expectancies will become based upon what is going on in the moment and not upon the promises that the Lord has given you. There is was a popular phrase that went around for a while that said, “Expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.” This is a very true statement but you have to remember that if your expectancy becomes rooted it in the wrong beliefs because you spend too much dwelling on the imperfect things in life you will fail to experience the perfect. As hard as life can be, there is nothing so difficult or trying that He cannot redeem it and grow you as you overcome it by His grace. Choose to give more attention to the promise than you do your problem. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff.
Wednesday, October 24
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.”
Emotions…Everyone has them. Everyone experiences life differently because of them. No one is exempt from living with them. Some people are more expressive with their emotions while others are more prone to hide or cover them up. Emotions are the expression of effect that outside circumstances have on your life. Pleasant circumstances and environments result in happiness, calmness, and contentment, while unpleasant circumstances and environments bring about anger, sadness, and grief. Emotions, depending upon who you ask, may be considered good or bad. The truth is, however, that life would be extremely bland and dull without them. Even God Himself has emotions and since you are made in His image you have them too. The difference in God and most people is that God doesn’t allow His emotions to dictate His actions. People, on the other hand, well…you know. Everyone at one time or another has made rash, detrimental, and life altering decisions based on how they felt in the moment. Crimes of passion, marriages and divorces, bad financial undertakings, just to name a few, have all occurred because emotions were allowed to be the governing force in the moment. The more mature you become as a believer, the less this should be the case for you. You have been given the Holy Spirit to be your leader and guide. With His help, your can enjoy the emotions of life without them leading you astray. Submit your feelings and emotions to Him and allow His peace and wisdom to be your guide. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, October 25
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
One thing that believers must understand is that God is not moved by emotions. It doesn’t matter how angry you are, how sad you are, how happy or excited you are…none of this will move the hand of God. This is not to say that He doesn’t sympathize with your feelings or issues because He does. Look at it like this. What if every time someone got mad at someone else, God did something that that person would’ve done? What if every time someone was sad, God went after the person who made them sad? Can you imagine the chaos that the universe would be in? Even more so, what if God, while watching His only Son be beaten, mocked, spat upon and crucified, would have gone off in a fit of rage and kicked planet Earth into the next galaxy? You see, because God refuses to be led by His own emotions, He refuses to be led by yours. This is why He has given you faith that only works by love. Love is not an emotion, it is a choice to treat others the way He would, with patience, grace and compassion. Emotions will come, go and change. But the love of God will remain forever and for you. If you want to see you situation change, begin to strengthen your faith by living a life of love and feeding it the Word of God. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, October 26
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
Today’s scripture is one of those that has made people question the method and timing of Jesus. If He loved Lazarus so much then why did He not drop everything and get to him as quickly as possible. Many scholars have given many reasons why they believe that Jesus handled things the way He did. Whatever answer you might come up with, one thing is certain…Jesus loved Lazarus. The fact that Lazarus died doesn’t change that. What this account does show is that no matter how dark or bleak the situation may seem, God can redeem and restore it. So whether Jesus’ plan was to show those around that He could truly raise the dead or whether it was to prove to Himself that He would be able to come back from the dead is of lesser importance than the fact that God was able to make something beautiful out a bad situation. Just like He loved Lazarus, He loves you. No matter what dreams, desires or promises that you feel may be dead and gone in your life, if they’re of God then He is well able to restore them. It’s time to stop asking, “Why?” and start asking the Holy Spirit to revive those things that you may have given up on. No matter how deep or how long you’ve buried them, He is well able to bring them back to life. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, October 26
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Everyone has heard the message that ‘Life is but a vapor’, or the ‘Flicker of a flame’. Usually from someone trying to use a fear tactic to get you to receive salvation. While it’s true that in the grand scheme of things and in light of eternity, life on this earth is very short, God is still wanting to make an occasion out of it. Most people live life from instance to instance, not realizing that all these instances are part of a grand occasion. An instance is simply that, something that occurs or that you take part in as a smaller piece of the big picture. An occasion is something that is intentional and requires more than just making a quick decision on the fly. For example, going out to dinner with your spouse so you don’t have to cook is an instance, while the wedding that you and that same spouse were married in was and occasion. The dinner, or instance was unplanned and had very little impact on you or others. The wedding however, changed your life and the lives of spouse and families forever. As a believer you must begin to look at your life as an occasion, not just and instance. God has had big plans to use you to effect the lives of many for His Kingdom’s sake since before you were born. Don’t fall into the trap of living life instance to instance where you never become the occasion that He has made you to be. Life may be short, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be impactful. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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