Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Jan 29, 2018

Planted - The Backstory

Daily Devotionals

Monday, January 29

Matthew 12:35
The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

What does your backstory look like? Not past your past, but your backstory. Your over past is over and done, and that’s how it should remain. But, your backstory is everything in your life that determines the kind of fruit that you’re going to produce. It’s all the unseen, undercover things that you do to maintain and strengthen your relationship with God. It’s the time you spend in prayer, in the Word, or in worship. Just like a professional athlete doesn’t just show up on a field or court without spending countless hours in the gym and at practice, you should not expect to bear fruit without doing what it takes to ensure that you’re going to be fruitful. God is more more concerned with the unseen than He is with the seen. He desires a relationship with you more than He desires your works. This is because He knows that works become mundane and fruitless outside of your being rooted in a relationship with Him. Take a good look at your backstory. Is it building good treasure up in your heart?

Tuesday, January 30

Matthew 7:17
So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.

Comparison…it is one of the most detrimental things a Christian can get caught up in. The problem with comparison is that you only see the other person’s best, you don’t see their backstory. When you compare your backstory to someone else’s highlights you’re always going to feel like you’re coming up short. It’s easy to take on the mindset that everyone else is on top of the world while you’re trudging through the swamp. This is one of the main drawbacks to social media. No one posts a picture of their self as they’re climbing out of bed in the morning with their hair a mess, bags under their eyes, and drool stains on the corners of their mouths. No, instead they take a selfie after spending half the morning getting primped and prepped. Because you don’t see their backstory, it’s easy to assume that they are always on the top of their game. The funny thing is that they’re probably looking at you in the same way. Don’t give the enemy a foothold in your life by letting him tell you that your fruit doesn’t measure up to someone else’s. Focus on your backstory and let God take care of everyone else.

Wednesday, January 31

Matthew 12:33
Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.

If you’re going to give God the opportunity to “make your tree good”, you must learn to love your backstory more than you love your calling. If you’re gifted in the area business, you must make sure that you are in love with your time with your Father more than you love turning a profit. If you are a great teacher, you cannot love imparting knowledge into people more than you love allowing Him to impart knowledge into. Whatever it is that you excel at, whatever field you’re a rockstar in, you must continually desire to be rooted in His presence more than in your desire to produce. You must constantly emphasize His presence in your life over the fruit that you’re seeking to produce. This may sound backwards to many because the church has fallen into a works mentality as religion has taken priority over relationship. If you want to be a good tree, that produces good fruit, make it your life’s ambition to stay rooted in His presence. If you’ll learn to love your backstory, He will grace you to produce the kind of fruit that He needs from you… Good, eternal, life giving fruit.

Thursday, February 1

Philippians 1:6
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.

Do you feel like God has you in a holding pattern? Does it feel like everyone seems to be stepping out into their God given calling but you? If you’re starting to grow impatient and frustrated with what you feel like is a lack of movement on God’s end, understand this… Jesus had 30 years of backstory for 3 years of ministry. Moses had 80 years of backstory in two different countries for a 40 year ministry. Abraham had 25 years from the time he left his father’s household until he received his promise of a descendant. If you’re calling in life seems to be taking it’s time to manifest you’re in good company. Aren’t you glad that Jesus didn’t give up on His ministry after 29 years of waiting? Or Moses after 39 years of tending his father in law’s sheep in Midian? Don’t let impatience cause you to give up on your backstory. Your Father is faithful and He will not let your life on this Earth expire without meaning. Determine to be fruitful where you’re at and allow Him develop you into who He’s intended for you to be all along. When your moment comes, you’ll be glad you have a strong backstory to be rooted in.

Friday, February 2

Isaiah 61:3
…that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

If you’ve ever seen a mature oak tree, like most people, you probably took a moment and marveled at it’s massive sprawling grandeur. It’s overwhelming height and breadth that seemed to engulf the horizon is difficult not to notice. But, when you stop and consider the fact that as grand as that tree was, the largest part of it lies beneath the soil, you stand in even greater awe of the creation that’s before you. For hundreds of years that oak tree has stood, through storms, drought and the extreme’s of hot and cold. How, because it has spent more time growing beneath the soil that it has above it. So when God chose to call you an “Oak of Righteousness”, He had the same plan in mind for you. He expects you to commit more time to what is unseen than what is seen. Why? Because the unseen will sustain you and keep you upright when the storms and hardships of life come. If the difficulties and trials of life have been knocking you around lately, give your self a root check. Make sure that your giving proper attention and maintenance to your relationship with God. He will establish your roots in Himself and you’ll begin to stand strong in the storms.

Saturday, February 3

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Have you stopped to think about the fact that roots love dirt. Society will tell you that you have to love the platform and seek attention because no one wants to do the dirty work. You have to grab a hold of the fact that when a storm comes it doesn’t hit the roots. If you will look to grow deeper instead of taller you will be standing tall in the end. Focussing on production instead of His presence will leave you vulnerable to failure during the hard times. When the storms come, if you run to someone else saying, “Please pray!” rather than standing up and knowing how to pray, you’ve been more focused on production than Presence. If, in a time of difficulty you ask someone for a word rather than getting a word from God directly, you’ve more than likely been more focused on production than Presence. Storms come into everyone’s life, the way that you approach the storm is an indicator of how well you’re rooted. So as you spend time in prayer, pray “God root me” rather than “God use me.” He will produce much fruit through someone who is well rooted in Him.