Everyday Life - In Review
Monday, November 5
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
One of the common frustrations that many Christians find themselves dealing with is the the lack of excitement in their walk with the Lord. Even though they may attend a local church with powerful worship and ministry their everyday walk is missing the ‘and suddenly’s’ like you read about in Acts chapter 2. What you have to realize is that even though the event being described took place in a ‘suddenly’ moment it been prophesied about and prepared for for hundreds of years. You see, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was described by the prophet Joel and others many years prior, Jesus came and prepared the way for Him, and the disciples had been in constant prayer concerning this for 10 straight days. So even the it took place suddenly, this moment of excitement was not unexpected or a random surprise that God just dropped on them. If your everyday life as a believer seems to be lacking the kind of excitement that you read about in the Bible, you need to make sure you’re doing what those in the Bible did to see the exciting things happen. Those who prepare for a move of God through obedience, prayer and preparation will not be disappointed. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, November 6
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 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.” 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.”
Commitments, obligations, responsibilities, priorities…Everyone has them. Everyone has things in life that require their attention, time, and effort. To accomplish them means having to put other things aside and intentionally focus on whichever task is the most pressing. Throw spending time with the Lord, your family, and close friends into the mix and the weight life can almost be almost overwhelming. Just like in today’s account of Mary and Martha, consideration must be given to what’s important in the moment. Was it important for Jesus and the others to be comfortable and fed? Absolutely. Was it important that the house was prepared and the dinner table set? Of Course. But in that moment, while Jesus was in the room teaching and imparting life to those who would receive from Him, the household obligations could have taken a back seat. The dishes would be there later, the food could be left out a little longer, and the guests could fill their own water glasses, especially if it meant spending time with Jesus. Who knows when an opportunity like this would present itself again. In your life, the same applies. Your time with Jesus, your family, and your church should trump the other obligations that will always be there. Are those things important? Yes. But in the moments that really have eternally bearing, they are not. Take time in your life to determine what’s important versus what’s important in the moment. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, November 7
“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, November 8
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, November 9
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 than 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 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 on 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
Saturday, November 10
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
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