Who Is Sam T. Sirhc?
Monday, December 4
And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.
Think about the last time you hosted a gathering in your home. In the final hours leading up to the event, you were probably running around frantically making sure your house was in perfect order, all of food was prepared, and every other detail was addressed and accomplished. Many times, this how people do things spiritually as well. Upon seeing that there’s a need for Him to move in a special way their lives people start frantically trying to ‘get things in order’ so that when He shows up everything is ready for Him. Can you see the flaw in this mindset? If you would maintain a place for Him, you wouldn’t have to prepare a place for Him. It is easy to fall into a works based, religious style of belief when you neglect that relationship. He is consistently seeking for you to have life changing encounters with Him. If you’ll maintain a working relationship, you’ll never have to worry about whether or not you’re ready for Him to show up.
Tuesday, December 5
33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”
How do you respond when you see the glory of God? For most people, the first thing that comes to mind to do is to start trying to manage it somehow. It’s not that their hearts are in the wrong place or that they’re trying to boss God around, they simply fail to understand that the first thing they should do when God shows up is allow Him to speak. The reason why mountain top experiences don’t have a lasting effect in people’s lives is because they get so caught up observing the glory that they don’t pay attention to the One who it’s coming from. Don’t you think that if you had a chance to meet someone powerful such as the President or some other world leader that you’d want to have a conversation with them? Why then are so many believers content with just and being busy in His presence rather than having a heard what He wants to say in the moment? The next time that you find yourself in a place where you’re experiencing His manifest presence, if you’ll listen for His voice before you ‘do’ anything, you’ll find that you’ll have an encounter not just an experience.
Wednesday, December 6
1 Corinthians 3:18
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
From ‘glory to glory’…Christians love to grab hold of this verse and run around with what turns into a very temporary excitement because they think that their ready for what the glory is preparing them for. The purpose for experiencing His glory is transformation, or change. Most people seem to be in love with being ‘transformed’ but they really don’t want to change…which makes absolutely no sense. Change is not easy and usually doesn’t come quickly. Glory and transformation do go hand in hand but you’ll soon find that if you don’t allow the glory to change you that the glory you’re used to experiencing will fade. Transformation takes willingness and effort on your part, not just God’s. So don’t just seek His glory, allow that glory have it’s proper effect on your life.
Thursday, December 7
37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 38 And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.
What do you do with what you receive from an encounter with God? What you receive on the mountain is meant to be used in the valleys. When you go back to work on Monday, after and encounter on Sunday, do those you work alongside get to enjoy that encounter as well? You see, mountains are meant for encounters but your ministry will take place in the valleys. As great as the mountain top experiences are, no one stays on the mountain…not even Jesus. Jesus went up on the mountain to have moments of transfiguration but He always came back down to minister to those in the valley. God doesn’t pour into you just for you; what you receive on the mountain isn’t just to give you strength to make it through the week, rather it’s for you to impart into those who need a touch in the valley. If you’ll take on this mindset like Christ did, you’ll find that your life will become so much more than just an up and down, valley to mountain back to valley life. You’ll discover that purpose of your life is fulfilled in the valley, not on the mountain top.
Friday, December 8
22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”
Where did Jesus get His boldness and confidence from? Most misunderstanding people would quickly respond by saying that it’s because He was God. This, however, is not the case. If at any time while He was on the earth, Jesus used His deity to accomplish anything, He would have negated the fact that we as believers could operate in the same anointing that He did. He could not justly expect us to do what He did when He was on the earth if He had to rely on His deity to perform miracles. Instead, Jesus operated 100% as a man empowered by the Spirit, just like you can. Jesus allowed what God had given Him on the mountain to be poured out into those who He was trying to reach. You are the one who has the message of hope for those in despair. You carry the ‘All things are possible’ anointing just like He did. Your belief is what helps others in their unbelief. Be a carrier of hope to those who are stuck in the valley of unbelief.
Saturday, December 9
28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.”
Every believer has gone through times when their faith didn’t receive the results that they were expecting. Everything from losing a loved one, to not receiving healing, to lack of finances etc., no one is immune to disappointment in this area. Jesus told His disciples who were experiencing the same kind of let down that certain things involve a deeper seeking than others. When you feel like your faith has failed, the first thing you should do is pray. If you’ll seek Him and let Him speak to you about the situation, He will enlighten you as to where the breakdown occurred. It may be something as simple as a misinterpreted scripture or a misplaced focus. It may also be that some more strengthening of your faith is involved. Either way, know that He is never disappointed in you when you’re seeking to grow in your faith in Him. Allow Him to impart the wisdom and hope that you need by going back up on the mountain for an encounter with Him. He will never turn you away or be angry with you when you’re seeking to grow into who He has designed you to be.
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