Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Oct 08, 2018

Everyday Life - On the Way

Daily Devotionals

Monday, October 8

Acts 2:1-2
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, October 9

Matthew 6:9 (The Passion Translation)
9 Pray like this: ‘Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms, may the glory of your name be the center on which our lives turn.

The Lord’s Prayer, as it has been labeled by man, has been quoted and recited by every denomination and Christian circle since Jesus shared it in the sermon on the mount, and rightly so. Unfortunately, as often as it is heard coming from the lips of countless believers, precious few will ever stop to truly seek the revelation or the depth meaning of what Jesus was trying to teach in this moment. For example, if you will break down the opening statement you will find that Jesus had a grasp on the enormity and power of the Name of God. Where most people roll straight through and recite ‘hallowed be Your Name’ a phrase using uncommon language to most, Jesus was making a valid and important point. He was saying that before anything other issue or topic is brought up the proper recognition of who God is needs to be established. He is the source of all good, all life, and all power. Any and everything that goes on in your life should revolve around Him. Before any need is presented or request made, the God of all gods should be given the glory and honor He is due. This is not for His benefit, but for your’s. Giving Him His proper place and establishing who He really is in your life will strengthen your faith in Him. You must recognize that He is greater and worthy of more attention and honor than any other issue or circumstance that is occurring presently in your life. Putting Him in the proper perspective will allow Him to give you His perspective, and it’s His perspective and input that you need to see victory in your life. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff


Wednesday, October 10

Matthew 6:10-11
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Nothing Jesus ever said or did was by mistake or without purpose. When you read the Bible, because it’s broken up into chapter and verse, it’s easy to compartmentalize and disassociate ‘verses’ that were meant to establish the same idea. Today’s text is a good example of that. As Jesus was teaching those on the Mount of Olives how to pray, He wasn’t giving a list of bullet points on the topic of prayer. When He said to ask for God to give daily bread immediately following His proclaiming that the Kingdom come He was establishing an important truth. The Kingdom was not going to be built on random and sporadic miracles and extraordinary events. The Kingdom of God was to be a part of the believer’s everyday life. He was teaching that God will provide for the daily needs of those who are about taking care of His Kingdom’s business. Supernatural exploits are definitely going to have their place and play their part, but the Kingdom will be built upon the daily lives of those who fully seek after Him, not the miraculous. Your daily life, your family, your job, your church, everything in your sphere of influence should be affected by the Kingdom within you. As you seek to be who He’s called you to be to those around you, He will provide for any and every need that will arise. Maybe it will involve the miraculous, maybe it won’t. Whatever that day requires, He will be faithful to see that you have what you need to see His Kingdom come and His will be done. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff


Thursday, October 11

John 5:19 (The Passion Translation)
So Jesus said, “I speak to you timeless truth. The Son is not able to do anything from himself or through my own initiative. I only do the works that I see the Father doing, for the Son does the same works as his Father.

The biggest disconnect between Jesus ministry and the ministry of those who follow Him is as simple as the two prepositions ‘for’ and ‘from’. While most people’s hearts really do seek to please God, they get suck in the religious mindset of doing things for God while Jesus did things as a man from God. When Jesus walked the earth He didn’t do the things He did to get something from God, He did them because He was from God. He had seen the Father and knew the Father’s heart not just for others but for Himself as well. He knew that nothing could take Him from His place of Sonship. He had daily times of communion and strengthening in the presence God through which He learned the will and plans of the Father. He then went out from those moments representing the very things that He had seen while He was in the Father’s presence. If you’ve bought into the lie that the things you do for God bring His presence into your life then you are trying to please based upon your own righteousness and according to the Word, no one is righteous outside of Him. As simply as you can change your clothes, you can change your thinking. The next time you stop to spend time with the Lord, ask Him what He sees, what He needs, and who you need to show His love to. Go and do it empowered from by His presence not trying to find a way to work yourself into His presence. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff


Friday, October 12

Luke 10:38-42
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.”

A lot people, when they read today’s text, get the impression that Martha was this hard, all business, no pleasure type with a bossy streak. They see her making a fuss over everything that she had to do and everything that her sister wasn’t. But, if you’ll look more closely, you can see that most of what Mary did was right. She made a place for Jesus, she made a place for others to meet Him as well, and she was doing her best to see that all were accommodated for. In fact, Mary’s moment with Jesus doesn’t happen without Martha’s hospitality. The breakdown occurred when her opportunity turned into obligation because her focus switched to the task instead of Jesus. In your life, if you find yourself getting frustrated with commitments that you’ve made and the things you once enjoyed are now just obligations on your calendar, it’s time to re-evaluate the status of your relationship with Jesus. Serving will quickly begin to feel like slavery when your walk with Him is given less priority than the things that you’re doing for Him. If you’re currently in place of frustration and aggravation with the things that you once enjoyed doing to serve in the Kingdom, ask Him to show you where your priorities got out of place. Spend some time at His feet, let Him speak life into you, and experience the joy of life with your Savior again. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff


Saturday, October 13

Luke 10:38-42
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

 

 

 

 

 

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