Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on May 24, 2018

iChurch – The “iChurch” Dilemma

Daily Devotionals

 Monday, May 28

 Matthew 16:13

 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

 As a believer it is vital that you find your identity in Christ. Far too many Christians allow their pasts, their insecurities, or what others say about them determine who they are and how they operate.  When Jesus asked His disciples who people said He was, He was not looking for validation or security in the opinions of others.  He wasn’t looking to see how popular He was becoming or where he ranked among the all-time greats.  Jesus was very secure in who He was because of His relationship with the Father.  His faith and confidence rested in that relationship, not the opinions of those whom He was ministering to.  Can the same be said for you?  How much weight do you put on the likes and responses you get to a FaceBook post, or how many people follow your Twitter or Instagram accounts? Your validation shouldn’t be sought through anything other than the fact that Jesus loved you enough to die for you. His is the only opinion that really matters and He’s crazy about you.  While you should seek to win others through the life that you live you should never let the weight of their thoughts and words be heavier than the words of your Savior.

 

 Tuesday, May 29

 Matthew 16:15-16

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

 “Who do I say that He is?”  This is a question you should ask yourself quite often?  When you’re in fear…who do you say that He is?  When you’re depressed…who do you say that He is? When life has you feeling overwhelmed and inadequate…who do you say that He is?  You see, you must submit anything, good or bad, that comes across your path to His lordship.  He is the Christ, the Anointed One, and it’s your choice to submit to Him or to those things that may try to draw your attention elsewhere.  So, ask yourself, “Who do I say that He is right now, in this moment.”  Either He is Lord, or He’s not.  If He’s not in first place, then He is in the wrong place.  Have you allowed Him to reveal Himself to you today?  He doesn’t want to just be your Savior, for your own good, He needs to be your Lord.  His love for you is limitless and unending but it’s up to acknowledge and accept it…daily. Today, do yourself a favor, let go of everything else and grab ahold of the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Make a bold and pointed confession the He is your Lord.

 

Wednesday, May 30

Matthew 16:17

 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

 Whether or not you walk in the blessing of God is directly determined by the source from which you choose to receive.  Most people are content with eating ‘leftovers’ served up by someone else who’s taken the time to receive from the Lord.  They seem be completely fine with simply hearing an inspired message or podcast while never truly learning to eat directly from God’s table. While God does anoint people to preach and teach, He does so with the intent that what you hear will bring you a place of hunger, at which point you will begin to seek Him for yourself. Notice why Jesus said Simon (Peter) was blessed…it was the fact that He was personally receiving from God.  Jesus said the He was blessed based upon the revelation knowledge that He was walking in.  So much so, that it qualified Him for a spiritual promotion.  The next time you hear and inspired, anointed message from your Pastor or anyone else, don’t be satisfied with simply being handed what they have received.  Allow that word to do what it was intended to, whet your appetite for more.  He has blessing on top blessing waiting to be poured out on you, but it comes through personal revelation of who He is to you, not who someone else says He is.

 

 Thursday, May 31

 Matthew 16:18

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

 When you get a revelation of who Jesus is, it will change who you are. Notice how Jesus, upon hearing Peter’s confession of who He was, wasted no time before imparting further revelation. The revelation that Jesus imparted however, was about Peter himself not Jesus or the Father.  Far too often, believers spend too much time and energy trying learn who God has made them to be.  This may seem admirable and right but to really find out who you are will only come by seeking to know more about Him.  When you’re born again, you become one with Him and you cannot be separated. It therefore only makes sense to seek to learn more about Him because He is your new identity.  Being saved changes you, not Him.  So, shouldn’t you be trying learn about who you’re becoming than who you are currently?  If you’re in a place of trying figure out who He’s created you to be, you have to look no further than Jesus Himself.  He is who you should aspire to be like and ultimately become.  You’ll never get there by studying you, only by placing your focus on the one who is in the process of making you more like Him.

 

 Friday, June 1

 Matthew 16:19

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosedin heaven.”

 You mean to tell me that Heaven has keys?  This how many people respond when they read this verse.  They picture in their minds a literal set of keys that Jesus holds that will unlock the pearly gates.  If you only read this on a surface level this is what you’ll see. However, the answer to this ‘mysterious’ verse is actually in the verse itself.  Jesus was telling them that binding and loosing are the keys to releasing Heaven on Earth.  This is not some way to open a locked door on the outskirts of Heaven.  He was giving them the authority to bind the works of the enemy and loose the blessings of the Kingdom.  Are there areas of your life that could use a little more Heaven in them?  Of course there are.  The ‘key’ to seeing this take place is binding and loosing.  Bind sickness and loose healing.  Bind poverty and loose prosperity.  Bind strife and loose unity.  Jesus was not trying to show you how to get into Heaven.  He was showing you how to bring Heaven into your current situation.  Start loosing the blessings of the Kingdom over your life and the lives of those you love.

 

 Saturday, June 2

 Matthew 16:20

Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

 Does it seem odd to you that Jesus would tell His disciples to not tell people about Him?  While it may seem contradictory for Jesus to give such an order, you have to understand that He is always gentle and patient.  He knew that if the disciples started preaching before people were ready to receive it could more harm than good.  Jesus was wise enough to understand that until the people’s hearts were open to such a message that hearing it would have the exact opposite effect of what they were wanting.  Have you ever tried to witness to someone only to have them react in anger or ridicule? If so, it’s not they can’t be won to the Lord, it’s just that their hearts are not open to Him because of a hurt or lack of understanding.  The best thing you can do in such a situation is to commit that person to the Lord in prayer. All of the debating and arguing, no matter how right you are, will simply fall on deaf ears until the Holy Spirit has had time to work on them.  Constantly throwing Jesus in their face will only cause them to push back even harder.  Continue to pray for them, treat them gently with His love, and show them Jesus through your life.  He will, in His own patient and loving way begin to soften their heart.  When the day comes, that door will open for you or someone else to lead them to Jesus and it will be one of the easiest, most joyful, and peaceful experiences of your life.

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