Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Sep 17, 2018

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Daily Devotionals

Monday, September 17

Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

Depending upon how you were brought up as a believer you may, or may not have, been taught about or exposed to the anointing.  When you mention ‘the anointing’ to most Christians the conversation usually ends up taking a turn to a conversation about Spiritual gifts.  While the two operate hand in hand, if you have gifts without the anointing it’s like that Christmas morning when you were a child.  After you had opened up all the presents you couldn’t use any of them because you didn’t have any batteries.  You were excited for what you had received but those things were useless unless you could find a way to get some power to them.  Unfortunately, this could describe many churches.  You have a big building full of gifts waiting to be used, you’ve drawn the crowd, but the individuals walk out the same way that they came in.  The problem lies in the fact that gifts are simply that…a gift.  They are free to anyone who wants them.  The anointing however comes at a much higher cost.  When Jesus stood up and quoted today’s text, He had just returned from a 40 day fast and battle with the enemy.  This is not to say that this is the only way you can receive the anointing, but if you want it to be powerful in and on you it will require some effort by way of sanctification on your part.  The cleaner the vessel, the cleaner it’s contents will be.  Are you wanting the power of God to operate in your life and have a not just a gift for show.  Ask Him what you can do to see the anointing come on your life in greater measure. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

 

Tuesday, September 18

Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

Are there things in your life that are holding you captive?  Not simply things that are result of poor decisions on your part, but things that you have fallen victim to in your past.  The fact that you live in a fallen and broken world makes you a target of the evil in that world.  If you suffer from the pain of past abuses and attacks, whether it be through anger and bitterness or shame and isolation, the anointing of God can free you from the captivity that has kept you bound.  The Lord Jesus, through His sacrifice, took the power that these issues held over your life.  You don’t have to be bound up with pain and shame anymore.  The shed blood of Jesus took away your shame and guilt and His anointing broke their hold on you.  This doesn’t mean the those feelings instantly change, but it does mean that He has opened the door to your freedom.  If you’ll allow Him to, the Holy Spirit will help you break agreement with the lies that the enemy has used to keep you in bondage to those painful memories and feelings.  The anointing has done the work, all you have to do is receive it and let the healing process begin. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

 

Wednesday, September 19

Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

Many believers, even though they have been born again and know the love of God, are still prisoners to the behaviors and actions that were waking in before they knew Christ.  Have you fully accepted His sacrifice and have received Him as Savior but still haven’t been able to kick your old the ways and habits.  Prisoners are just that, imprisoned because of poor choices they’ve made in their past.  There is hope.  Even though you may be imprisoned because of your own doing, the Anointing is still able to set you free.  Not just from the consequences of your sin but from the very sin itself.  When Jesus took the punishment for sin He also broke it’s hold over you.  You don’t have to be controlled by the same issues and weaknesses that you have been in the past.  That you is dead and the new you is alive and well because of His resurrection power.  That’s what the anointing is there for.  He knew you couldn’t overcome sin without some extra power in your corner.  If you’re being held as a prisoner by the things that the old you dealt with, then it’s time to put the anointing to work.  Sin doesn’t stand a chance.  You may still mess up from time to time but you never have to be held in sin’s prison ever again. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

 

Thursday, September 20

Luke 4:18-19

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

What message are you proclaiming?  What are you doing to see that those both inside and outside of the Kingdom are hearing the Good News of Jesus.  Whatever you are preaching, whether verbally or through your actions, if you’re not having the same effect that He did then your message somehow isn’t lining up with His.  When Jesus spoke, His words carried weight because He could back them up with anointed action.  People were drawn to Him because He was powerful but loving and genuine.  He didn’t use His anointing to build His platform or ministry, He used His anointing to build people.  Whether He was speaking to the lowest beggar or the High Priest, Jesus was the same person to both, even if they received what he was saying with different hearts.  When you seek to reach out to those around you, what are hoping to see take place?  Do you show the same kind of love to the people in Walmart that you do to your boss?  Is your reach only toward those who can benefit you or is to everyone equally.  The anointing does not discriminate, so if you do, how anointed are you?  The propelling force behind the anointing is the love of God.  If you want to be anointed, don’t ask for it first, ask Him to help you operate in love to everyone you encounter. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff.

 

Friday, September 21

Romans 8:35-37

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us

Have you noticed that today’s scripture asks the question ‘Who’ shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Even though the things it goes on to list are not people at all.  Most people read over this promise not noticing  that it’s seems to be misstated.  While it may seem like an unimportant bit of information, the fact that Paul asks ‘Who’ instead of ‘What’ says a great deal.  Even though all of these circumstances are not people, they are always brought into your life by people.  You don’t have to be very far along in years to realize that people are quick to say and do things that can, if you let them, take your peace and joy.  The truth that you need to hold on to is that none of these things can separate you from the love of Christ.  Not only should they not separate you from His love, they shouldn’t hinder you from showing His love either.  The very people who are bringing these difficulties into your life are the ones who need to see the love of God shown to them the most.  If you’ll allow it to, that same love will make you ‘more than a conqueror’ when these difficulties come against you.  His love through you can overcome any trial or persecution that people may bring your way.  - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

 

Saturday, September 22

Amos 3:3

How do two walk together unless they agree. 

Are you now, or have you ever been frustrated in your walk with the Lord?  Today’s verse says a lot about that very thing.  Most people who have been born again began their walk with Him but failed to live their lives in agreement with Him.  This doesn’t mean that they are literally arguing with God.  What it does mean is that they aren’t walking in alignment with the promises and instructions found in His Word.  Did you know that His Word says that you don’t have to be sick, depressed, or broke?  So many people fail to see His promises come to pass in their life simply because they don’t come into agreement with Him.  Rather, they come into agreement with who the world says they are and what the world says they can have.  When you chose to receive Him as your Savior you chose to come into covenant with Him.  That means that everything He has is your’s!  But, what that also means is that everything you have is His.  When you violate that covenant, it negates you from receiving the potential blessings and promises that come with it.  In what areas are you lacking?  Bring these areas before God, repent, and come into agreement on them.  You will begin to see those areas change for them better. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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