Alive - Pushing Dirt
Monday, January 20
8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”
13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
Many Christians look at the current state of the world today and breathe a hopeless sigh wondering how things could have become as bad as they have. All the while, failing to accept any responsibility as a believer for things getting this bad in the first place. The world didn’t just fall into the state it’s in by accident. Christians by and large, through complacency and lack of passion, have stopped advancing the Gospel, the remaining void has been filled with the carnal and the demonic. Somewhere along the way, believers started settling for having church and stopped being the church. Think about it. The tradition of attending worship services took the place of living a lifestyle of worship causing Christianity to be confined to the four walls of a building. The power that once filled every believer gradually weakened to the point of ineffective lip service. There is good news, however. When those who profess to being Christians choose to wake up, stand up, shut up and live up to what a true believer in Christ should really be and look like, the world will take notice and be drawn back to the Father. Even those most ignorant of the Gospel will recognize the power and authority carried by someone who exercises their faith in the Word. It worked for Jesus and it will work for you. Don’t settle for a living powerless life only experiences God though a Sunday worship service. God has far more greater and for more reaching plans for you than that. It time to stop being a ‘traditional’ Christian and start walking out the life that the Word says you can live. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, January 21
1Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. 2 And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you.
12 And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him.
What do you see when you look at your life? Do you see the same limitless potential for harvest that the Lord does? Or do you see something quite different? In today’s scripture text, Isaac did what no one else would because he saw what no one else could see. There was a severe famine in the land he was living in. People were starving and having to travel great distances to find food. But Isaac, after hearing from the Lord, stayed put and planted crops in spite of the fact that he was a victim of hard times and difficulties like everyone else. God blessed his obedience and brought forth a harvest out of Isaac’s dirt. What dirt is in your life that you feel is unusable by God? Are the things from your past keeping you from the harvest that God has in store for your future? If so, let the Holy Spirit begin sowing seeds of hope and potential into the dirt that you have discounted as useless to Him. Get ready, because what you have counted out, God is counting on. He needs you to allow Him to produce a harvest out of the dirt of your past. You may be in a spiritual famine but the Sower can bring a harvest out of what seems like even the most dry and infertile soil. He will produce a harvest in the dirt that has been built up from what you’ve gone through in the past. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, January 22
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
That promotion you got pasted up for. That house loan you didn’t get. Getting Bullied in the bathroom. That boyfriend, girlfriend, or even spouse who cheated on you. What are you doing with the dirt from your past? Do you feel walked on, trampled down and kicked aside because of the dirt in your life? If so, you have a choice. You can choose to walk on it or you can cultivate it. You have the power to choose whether or not your past propels you or punishes you. You can choose to be mad that people who walked on and abused you or you can take responsibility for not having pushed those things aside and move on. The reason why people allow others to walk all over them is because they’ve allowed their dirt to become a pathway rather than a place to plant. If the truth were to be told, the person who they’ve allowed to treat them the worst was themself. Wallowing in their own shame and guilt for what may have been years has simply kept them from rising up and becoming all who God has called them to be. If this sounds like you, enough is enough. Stop waiting on God to rise you up and fix you when already He’s given you everything you need to pull yourself out of the mess you’re in. If you need help ask Him to show you who to reach out to. Today doesn’t have to end like all the rest. You can start pushing the past behind you where it belongs and start living the way you have always dreamed you could. Let Him plant the seeds of a harvest in the same dirt that once buried you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, January 23
1 Peter 1:23
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.
Have you ever stopped to consider the immense amount of power that lies within a seed? Think about it for a moment. Even the smallest of seeds are able to push through the very thing that surrounding them and use it as soil to grow in. When God placed you this earth, He did so with this very concept in mind. He new that life wouldn’t be easy and that challenges and trials would come, but He had faith in you. He knew that the seed He planted in you would grow and that you would thrive in His Kingdom. Times will undoubtedly come when you feel like the pressure is too much to push through. This is when you must determine that the seed in you is greater than the dirt on top of you. The struggles that life brings, no matter how difficult do not have the power to keep the seed in you from growing. The Lord has planted you strategically to flourish right where you are in the season that you’re in. The very problems that way you down will only make you stronger as you press through and refuse to let them keep you from growing. You are on the verge of breaking through. Now is not the time to give up and quit. Your potential is only limited by the resilience you choose to walk in. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, January 24
5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
It’s easy, especially after being a certain way or being in a particular circumstance for a length of time, to start allowing those things to become your identity. Jesus had to ask the invalid man in today’s scripture an obvious question, “Do you want to be healed?” He did so to separate the man from his surroundings. You see, there is the great paradox, in today’s text…The invalid man had to lay down on the inside to stand on the outside. He had to lay down his 38 years of excuses on the inside to stand on the outside. He had to lay down his blame of others on the inside to stand on the outside. He had to lay down his pity of “I have no one” on the inside to stand on the outside. He had to lay down his identity, which was his disability, on the inside to stand on the outside. The truth of the matter is that the man wasn’t waiting on the miracle, the miracle was waiting on the man! You also have a decision to make if you’ve allowed your life to make you a victim. You can continue to identify with what happened to you or you can lay them down and do like what Jesus told the invalid and, “Get up!” Your miracle is waiting on you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, January 25
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”
When you find yourself at the point of being overwhelmed, the worst thing you can do is play the victim card. Just like Martha, it can even put you in a place of being upset with the Lord. When you take on a defeated mindset you put yourself in place of dependency on others rather than drawing from the grace that the Lord is trying to give you. You don’t have to be a victim, you can only allow yourself be one. Even those who have suffered horrible wrongs and abuses at the hands of others can find freedom if they’ll seek Him for it. In most cases however, people are usually victims of their own obligations. This makes the solution much easier because the equation starts and stops with the same person. Stop, arrest the perpetrator, that being you. Bring them before the Judge and allow Him to put an end to the cycle of victimization that has been hindering you for so long. You are a victor, not a victim. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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