Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Apr 16, 2018

Fire - Strategically Planted

Daily Devotionals

Monday, April 16

Isaiah 43:19

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Change.  For some it can be frightening while for others it is something that they thrive on.  No matter what category you fall into, as a believer, you should always be in state of constant growth and transformation.  You should look more like Jesus today than you did yesterday.  Your faith should be stronger now than it was last week.  Your love for the lost and others should become greater and more passionate as you allow yourself to be changed into His likeness.  When you embrace the fact your life will be in a constant state of growth you will find that you have no choice but to put your trust in the One who can support and sustain that growth.  So, when He does a new thing in your life such as opening a door to serve in a greater capacity or pray for someone’s healing or deliverance, you walk through it boldly.  Everything stage of life will come with new opportunities that will seem huge, and maybe even intimidating, at the moment.  These are simply tests of your faith and trust in God.  Has a new thing been presented to you lately?  Do you feel the voice of God telling you to go?  If so, be bold and move into that new thing He has for you.

 

Tuesday, April 17 

2 Corinthians 3:18

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

As you walk closely with your Savior through this life you will begin to look and act more and more like Him.  So much so, that the very glory that radiates from Him will radiate from you.  Religion and tradition will tell you, that you, as a mere human, have no business thinking that God’s glory can come be in or upon you.  That, however is not what today’s scripture text says.  In fact, if you’re not displaying God’s glory then something’s wrong.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that you go through life shining like a light bulb, although there have been confirmed cases of this happening.  What it means is that the goodness of God that you’ve encountered and experienced, flows from you in such a way that there’s no denying that you’ve been in the presence of the Almighty.  His Holy Spirit has been poured out for this very purpose…that mankind can have genuine encounters with the power and glory of God Himself.  Stop settling for a mere feel good emotional experience when the Lord wants to bring you to a higher degree of His glory.  Submit to the transforming power of the One who rescued and redeemed you.  He has made you worthy to walk in His glory.

 

Wednesday, April 18

Habakkuk 2:1

I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

‘I will take my stand’… Accountability is not a word that many people are very fond of.  This verse however, is loaded with references of it.  Too often, believers want to hold everyone around them up to a high standard but heaven forbid that someone should expect the same from them.  If you want to get God’s attention, take your stand.  This word ‘stand’ infers a soldier standing at attention because a higher ranking officer has come into view.  He is ready, at attention, waiting to receive whatever orders that officer has for him.  He doesn’t concern himself with whether the other soldiers are standing at attention or not, he simply does what he knows is the right thing to do in that situation.  His readiness and respect for authority shows that he understands what it takes to earn the trust and favor of those who are over him.  God is waiting for you to take your stand in readiness and accountability.  He has orders that need to be carried out and He is looking for those who are at attention and are prepared to go on the next mission.  Are you accountable to your commanding officer or have you been AWOL (absent without leave).  Take your stand today, whether those around you are or not.

 

Thursday, April 19

Habakkuk 2:1

I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

What is your watchpost?  Many people would answer that question by saying, “I’m still waiting for God to tell me what that is.”  While it may be true that your still waiting to see the Lord bring you into the ultimate calling He has for your life, your watchpost is wherever you are right now.  Too many believers go through life waiting to hear from God while all along He has been waiting for them to take a stand at the watchpost where they’re currently stationed.  No ever starts where they finish.  That would be like a sprinter saying, “I’m not gonna start running until God put’s me on the finish line.”  That’s sounds absurd, doesn’t it?  Unfortunately, countless believers fail to take ownership of their current station in life and because of that they’ll never give God the opportunity to show them something greater.  You’ll hear them whine and complain about God forgetting them or not loving them like He does someone else when all He’s looking for is their willingness to stand at attention in the station they’re in.  Are you content with your current station?  Not many people are, and not many should be.  But, if you’ll show yourself to be faithful and ready He will bring to the next watchpost that He has waiting and prepared for you.

 

Friday, April 20

Habakkuk 2:2

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

If you were to ask several people what the most important aspect of this scripture was, in most cases you would be told that it was to write down the vision.  This simply cannot be the case.  The most important aspect of today’s text is “The Lord answered me.”  Nothing in life should take precedence over your hearing the voice of God.  He promises over and over throughout the Bible to answer when we call upon Him.  However, just like it’s human nature to be more excited about the gift than the giver, it’s crucial to not neglect the vision giver as you are being given the vision.  Receiving vision and guidance for your life is beyond crucial, even more crucial is being in communication with the One who has the vision.  What a lot of people fail to realize is that the better you know the vision giver the better picture you’ll get of the vision.  He  has amazing things to show you and powerful words to speak to you.  Make a conscious and quality decision to not be so focussed on the vision that you neglect your relationship with Him who wants to give it to you.

 

Saturday, April 21

Habakkuk 2:3

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie.  If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

When God shows you the vision that He has for your life you must understand something…it will come as your faith is ready and prepared to receive it.  Most people have this idea that God has dates on a cosmic calendar that determine the exact moment when every detail, big and small of your life will take place.  This is simply not the case.  God is the same yesterday, today, and forever which means He always has been, always is, and always will be.  But doesn’t He know something is going happen before it does?  The answer is, yes because He is already existing in the future.  But, you have to understand that time exists in Him, He doesn’t exist in time.  Time is a tool that is used in measuring small amounts of eternity.  So, since He is eternal He cannot be contained by time.  When the Bible says that vision ‘awaits an appointed time’ that time is moment or season in which you decide to step out in faith seeking what it is He has for you.  It’s time believers stop being brought to standstill because they’re waiting for ‘God’s timing’ to take place. It’s time start moving forward into a season of expectancy and receiving.  The vision awaits.

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