Squad - The Code
Monday, September 24
From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, (or has been coming violently) and the violent take it by force.
Kingdom living involves so much more than merely ‘jumping on the Jesus train’ and coasting into eternity. It took sacrifice and pain to save you and it will take some sacrifice and pain on your part to see the Kingdom established in your life. If you’ve been born again for any length of time you’ve undoubtedly realized that the promises of God, although they’re already your’s for the taking, still come at a cost. You have to fight for your loved ones, you have to fight for your health, you have to fight for your peace of mind. Paul tells Timothy, in 1 Timothy 6, to fight the good ‘fight of faith’. He didn’t say sit back and sip on some iced tea until you see God drop a promise in you your lap. There will be times when the fight is real, when it is fierce, and when it is exhausting, but you have already been promised victory. You see, your battle is not in working to earn the promise, it is in receiving the promise. Your adversary will do everything he can to keep you from receiving what Jesus has already bought and paid for. He is defeated, but he’s also stubborn and he doesn’t play fair. Realizing this will keep you from being caught off guard when he tries to pull something over on you. It’s your time to stand, it’s your time to fight, and most importantly…it’s your time for victory. Go get it! - Love Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, September 25
2 Corinthians 10:3
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.
As cliche as it has become to say ‘Christians should do their fighting from their knees”, you still see too many believers getting engaged in petty debates and arguments. Even if they’re Biblically correct in their argument, they do more harm than good to both Christianity and to those who may be observing from the outside looking in. While stands do have to be made and healthy discussion is important for the growth of both sides of a disagreement, doing so must be done in love and tolerance. If every discussion was preceded with serious prayer by both parties then Christians would become offensive instead of offending. This is something that those who claim to be believers must start getting right. Instead of being quick to argue and make sure that opinions are heard, Christians should be quick pray and hear from the Holy Spirit. He will never initiate or condone a potentially harmful argument. Truth be told, if pride was taken out of the equation most of these arguments would never take place. Next time you feel the need make your voice heard, wait to do so until you’ve made it heard by the Lord. Let Him decide whether or not you bring it any further. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, September 26
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 it 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.
Thursday, September 27
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”
You see it every four years, people gather in small towns and big cities to support the man or woman they think would best lead as President. Constituents, or people who support a common cause, come together, work side by side, and many times get to know another quite personally while they work together diligently to see their cause’s success. The hours, days, and weeks they spend in constant communication with one another develop a relationship that is deeper than surface level in the area of their common cause only. Many people end up hurt and feeling abandoned because those that they thought were true friends were simply constituents for the same cause not friends who have much else to offer each other. You must remember that causes and commonalities can bring you in contact with someone but they cannot be the foundation upon which you build a relationship. It’s important to have good people in your life, but it’s more important to recognize why they are there. If you united around a cause, will they remain in your life after the cause is complete? This doesn’t make them bad people, you just need to make sure that you understand their motive. Love them, embrace them, walk alongside them, but seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance as to whether or not they are truly meant to be a part your inner circle. Seek to grow a relationship with those who are for you, not just for a cause. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, September 28
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Most relationship experts will tell you that if you get to enjoy three true friendships in your life you that are in a rare minority. Everyone will have comrades, constituents, and other types of casual relationships throughout their life, but very few will ever get to experience a genuine confidant. Confidants are so much more than people who simply like what you like or agree with your political or religious views. Confidants are those rare and unique individuals that are in your life because they are for you, not just your cause or common foe. They see you for who really are and love you in spite of it if necessary. They know the things about you that only God knows and could ruin you if the rest of the world found out. They will stand with you when you’re at your best and they will be there when you’re at your worst. They love you for who God made you to be and they won’t let you settle for being anything less. Confidants will celebrate your victories and they will pick you up after a defeat. Even if the rest of the world seems to be against you, they lock arms with you and keep you moving forward. These types of people truly are rare so when you find them be as good and faithful to them as they are to you. Recognize them for who they are, a gift from God. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, September 29
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
For most people, when they read this verse, they immediately picture someone dying for someone else. But, just because Jesus was the one who was quoted in this scripture, and He is the one who died for all mankind’s salvation, doesn’t mean that He was referring to dying in this instance. If you’re born-again, dying shouldn’t scare you, so that shouldn’t be a major hinderance when it comes to sacrificing for someone else’s protection. Today’s scripture doesn’t say that someone ‘die’ for his friends, it says ‘lay down his life’. In other words, are you willing to put your ‘life’, your schedule, agenda, plans, etc. to the side in order to benefit someone else? Would you take time away from watching your favorite show, or working at a hobby to help someone who is in need? Maybe using a personal day at your job to be with someone who is hurting and in need of encouragement. People want to think that they would be willing to be the hero and risk everything to snatch the preverbal ‘baby out of the burning house’ when in actuality they have a hard time finding a spot in their schedule to do something good for their fellow man. ‘Greater love’, love that puts others needs before your own in everyday practical ways is becoming less and less common. Love that seeks the benefit of others even when no one is watching and when the recipient has nothing to offer in return. That’s the love Jesus is referring to, love that shows someone that they’re a priority to you, and in turn shows them that they’re priority to the Father as well. Who can you show the love of God to today? - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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