Time for Action
Monday, October 1
31 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.
When most Christians think about being filled the Spirit of God they immediately assume that is for some type of preaching or prophetic endeavor. This misconception causes them to miss countless opportunities to share God’s goodness with those around them. As you can see in today’s scripture, God’s Spirit was given to Bezalel to him for use in very practical things. The talents were already there, but when they were empowered by the Holy Spirit, they enabled Bezalel to construct the Tabernacle. This wasn’t just a tent that the Priests hung out in. The Tabernacle was the avenue through which God would be able dwell in the midst of His people. So Bezalel’s gifting, which by most people’s standards would be considered less important than a ‘spiritual’ gift of speaking or teaching, suddenly carries a great deal of importance. So how does this relate to you today? It means that your knack for fixing things, or baking, or yard work, things that may seem minor, can be empowered by the Holy Spirit to bless others and show them the goodness and love of God. Your obedience to meet a practical need in someone’s life will speak more to them than the most theologically sound and passionately delivered sermon ever could. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, October 2
And behold, I have appointed with him [Bezalel] Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you.
When the Lord speaks to you to do something for Him, as you obey, He will empower you by His Spirit and He will bring others alongside you with similar talents and interests. Notice that God didn’t expect Bezalel, as gifted as he was in the work he was about to do, to try to built the Tabernacle all by himself. The Lord put the same mandate on the lives of Oholiab and several other men to come alongside Bezalel in order to accomplish such a large and important work. One the worst things that Bezalel could have done would have been to get upset and jealous over the other men coming alongside him. He could have become insecure thinking that someone else was trying to steal his thunder when in actuality, God was giving him the opportunity to lead and mentor others. The mandate that the Lord places on your life will be impossible for you to accomplish alone. It will take His anointing and grace, which He will show you many times through bringing others alongside you. Some will teach you, others will learn from from you. Both will be an opportunity for you to see the calling upon your life come to pass. In order for the Church to truly become who God has intended her to be, Christians must begin allowing others to be involved in their lives and callings.- Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, October 3
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
If you were ask the average Christian what the anointing of God was for the overwhelming majority would tell you it was for doing ‘big’ things like healing people, or casting out demons, or even raising the dead. According to today’s text, the Bible says that Jesus was anointed to do good before there is any mention of healing or other such miracle. Jesus understood a very important principle…that practice action will open the door for a spiritual connection. Think about how He lived His life. He changed water to wine, He fed multitudes, He showed kindness to those who were being cruelly judged by religious people. He knew that God was with Him whether He was simply walking down the street or preaching to the masses. Everything He did was anointed because everything He did was with God. He died so you could have that same relationship with God and walk in the same anointing He did. When you get revelation this, you will understand just how powerful and impactful every word you speak is, how life changing a simple pat on the pack can be or that timely note sent in the mail to someone who the Lord lays on your heart can turn someones week around. When you allow Him to anoint the practical the door will open for you to see God move in the spiritual. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, October 4
54 But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. 56 And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.
Did you ever wonder why Jesus in this account and several others would tell people not to share about the amazing things that He did for them with other people? While there could have been any myriad of reasons, Jesus made it very clear the He wasn’t into popularity or using people’s personal matters to promote His ministry. He was more concerned with the person than popularity. He didn’t do the amazing things He did out a some deep need for the validation of the applause of an audience. He had a genuine concern for the well being of those He was ministering to, not for the notoriety He might get for the miracles that He performed. As in every other area of life, we can learn a lot from paying attention to the way Jesus conducted His life and ministry. He made it very clear that in God’s eyes character trumps talent, and obedience outweighs gifting. His security was found in being known by God, not by the masses. As you endeavor to be more like Him in your personal life and ministry, always seek to keep your motives and message pure. When He imparts His gifts and anointing into your life remember that they’re given for the benefit of others, not to make a name for yourself. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, October 5
13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Everyday faith has an eternal impact. Ananias was not known as an anointed speaker or miracle worker. In fact this is the only time he is mentioned in the Bible. But, if you’ll stop and consider the impact that this ordinary man’s everyday faith is still having on the Kingdom of Heaven you will see the massive difference that simple obedience can make. Saul, soon to be Paul, the writer of 2/3’s of the New Testament, had just had an encounter with Jesus that put him in a place where He was vulnerable to the love of God. Knowing Saul’s history of violence toward Christians, Ananias had to love and trust God enough to go and minister to Saul even though every ounce of his common sense would say to run the other way. That faith and obedience changed the history of the church forever. Any and every Gentile, or non-Jewish person, should be forever grateful to Ananias. His obedience brought about a heart change that would bring the Gospel all over the known world…and beyond. As the Lord brings you opportunity to step out and show His goodness to others keep in mind that your obedience, one way or the other, could have eternal ramifications in the lives of countless people. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, October 6
Romans 12: 4-8
4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Part of the beauty of being in the Body of Christ is that everyone is created differently and uniquely. According to His perfect wisdom, you have combination of gifts and talents that no one else does. This means that there are things that you can do and people that you can reach that no one else can. Problems arise, however, when God’s people begin to compare or envy the gifts that they see in others. People become jealous when they see someone get recognition for doing something that they can’t do or could do but didn’t. Those with a more public ministry may view those who are more behind the scenes as less important causing those people to speak badly about those on the stage. While all this is going on people outside of the Body of Christ are not being reached or even worse, seeing all of this disfunction. We must remember that every gift is equally important and equally needed. The person who built the stage is just as needed and important as the one who is speaking on it…because one gift wouldn’t be needed without the other. Whatever it is that your good at, whatever spiritual or practical gifts God has placed in your life, if you’ll purpose to use them to the best of your ability, you will receive the fulfillment and gratification that come from being used to see the Kingdom of God grow and advance. You have a place, you have an anointing, and you are needed. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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