Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Jan 16, 2018

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Daily Devotionals


Monday, January 15

John 15:16
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Even though you made the choice to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, long before you were born He made a choice to die for you. He chose to leave Heaven, His Father, and glory to come to Earth to pursue a relationship with you. To Him, you were worth all of it: the pain, the suffering, and torment that came with taking your punishment so you could spend eternity with Him. The next time you feel unworthy, useless, and unloved put yourself in place of remembrance of how much He thinks of you. There was no price so great, no hurt so painful that it could pull His affection from you. You are chosen! The King of kings and Lord of lords chose you to be the object of His undying love. He has plans to show you that love for all eternity. If you’re facing insecurity and rejection, cast it down with the power of the Holy Spirit within you. You are loved and accepted by Him and that will never change.


Tuesday, January 16

John 15:16
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Many believers try so hard to produce that they actually hinder that very ability that has been placed in them by God Himself. Striving to produce can actually overshadow your ‘appointment’ to produce because striving puts the focus on your own ability rather than on the One who chose you. If you’ll become planted in His choosing power rather than your producing power you will produce the fruit that He designed you to. If you find yourself asking the question, “What do I have to do?”, you have already taken the responsibility upon yourself. Just like you didn’t have the power to save yourself, without Him working in you, you cannot produce the kind of fruit that will have eternal significance. So rather than striving and stressing you should be receiving and resting. Remember, He chose you, He appointed you, and He will empower you.


Wednesday, January 17

Ephesians 2:6
and (He) raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

One truth that you can never remind yourself of enough is the truth that you’re seated with Jesus in heavenly places. When He took His seat at the right hand of God the Father, the seat He took wasn’t just for Him, it was for you also. Religion will tell you that you have to work and labor to ‘some day’ make it to Heaven in order enjoy the fullness of God. That, however, is not what He is tells us in today’s text. The Bible says that you were raised up and seated…past tense. It’s time that the church started operating from her position not for her position. It’s this revelation that will bring the church from where she is today to becoming the spotless, blemish free, bride that Jesus will be returning for. You could never earn your salvation, He gave it to you freely, so why then would you think that you do anything to obtain a seat with Him. It’s all His grace. So honor Him by accepting your position, taking your place, and operating in the authority that comes with it.


Thursday, January 18

Romans 8:15
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Have you received the revelation that you’re a Son or Daughter of God. So many Christians go through life with the knowledge that they’re saved but fail to transition they’re beliefs to recognize that they’re Sons. You are not in His Kingdom as a slave or servant…He has angels for that. He didn’t die to just keep you out of hell, which is definitely a positive. No, He died so that you could live out eternity as His very own child. He reconciled and adopted you into His family. He’s your Daddy and He is a good, loving, and faithful Father. He created you to bear fruit and all that means is that He created you to be like Him. When you understand who you really are in relationship to Him you’ll start to understand that you can act and think just like He does. Just as an earthly parent passes on behavioral traits to their children, so God’s characteristics will become evident in you. So stop moping around like a slave, afraid to expect good things from a distant father. You have full access to the throne and a seat right next to your Daddy who sits on it.


Friday, January 19

Ephesians 1:22
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.

How do you view the difficulties and trials that life brings your way? The un-renewed mind thinks that the hardships and tragedies of life such as sickness, heartbreak, and pain are God’s ways of teaching and developing you. This mindset tells you to just keep trudging along through all of the ‘manure’ that comes and one day all of these struggles will be worth it. Doesn’t that make Christianity sound so appealing? No, of course not. The Bible says that all of these things have been put under Jesus’ feet. It also tells you that you have been seated with Him in Heavenly places. So what does this mean for you? It means that if it’s under His feet, it’s under your feet. The very ‘manure’ that you’re choosing to wade through is not meant for you to be stuck in, rather it’s simply there to act as fertilizer that strengthens you as you walk ‘over’ it. Those things that are hurting you are not from Him. They are simply part of living in a fallen and broken world. If you’ll change your perspective to His perspective, He will help you overcome them and grow your faith in the process.


Saturday, January 20

Galatians 4:6-7
6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

As you live your life seeking to glorify your Father by the fruit you produce, you must always be sure that you’re placing the supreme value in your life on your relationship to Him as a Son. You must be careful to not fall into the trap of performance or position. Who you are on this earth, whether it be a CEO or a janitor, a pastor or a lay person, a professional athlete or a little league coach, or a child or a parent…all of these things are temporary. Only one thing is eternal, you will always, for all of eternity, forever and ever Amen, be a Son. So don’t get caught up in placing too much value on your position or place right now. By placing the utmost value on your relationship with your Father, He will make you the best person possible while you’re here. Being intentional in your relationship with Him will allow Him to be intentional in producing much fruit through you. So put your focus on the eternal and leave the temporary up to Him.

 

 

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