Nuts and Bolts - The Prescription
Monday, November 19
From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’
Think back to the last time that you went to the doctor because of a sickness or some other sort of ailment. Your entire purpose in going was to seek an authority on the issues you were dealing with and hopefully get a prescription to bring you back to health. In today’s text, when the Lord refers to ‘statute’, that’s exactly what He is giving to the nation of Israel…a prescription. A statute is defined as ‘something prescribed’, a prescribed task, portion, or action. When you receive a prescription, it is still up to you to fill and take whatever it is the the doctor prescribed. The same is true when it comes to His statutes. He knows exactly what you need to do to have a healthy life spiritually, physically and emotionally. But, you have to be willing to do what He prescribes to experience this health. Allow the Holy Spirit to give you a check-up. He will show you what you need to do return to a state of divine health in any and every area of your life. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, November 20
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
When the subject of tithing comes up many people will, for various reasons, tell you that it’s obsolete and no longer a necessary practice for believers to participate in. If you fall into this line of thinking, here are a few things to consider. Tithing was never meant to be a method by which God ‘funded’ His work on the Earth. Tithing has always been an act of worship and honor that started with Abraham, continued with his grandson Jacob, and was made a common practice by the Israelite nation. It is mentioned before the Law of Moses, as a part of the Law, by Jesus in the Gospels, and also in Hebrews as an act of worship to your Heavenly High Priest. Tithing is a foundational element of obedience and is the avenue that enables the Lord to pour His blessing, grace, and protection out upon your life. It’s not something you do in order to receive salvation. When you’re born again, you receive that free gift which was 100% paid for by Jesus Himself. Your tithe simply opens the door to God’s grace and allows you to experience that salvation in full measure. Your obedience will always brings about His blessing. God’s heart has always been about getting His blessings to you, not trying to take something from you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, November 21
You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.
A common area where people get tripped up in their thinking is the area of blessing and cursing. Many people walk in an unholy fear of God as opposed to a holy reverence for Him because of misinterpretation and wrong thinking. Throughout the Bible when a curse is being mentioned, there is hardly an instance where you can find God actually cursing anyone. Even those few instances where it may appear that He is cursing someone, depending upon the translation you're reading, are debatable as to whether or not God is speaking a curse or simply pointing out the fact that a curse came about because of their disobedience. Every time that God has blessed mankind, He has always given them the the option to choose whether or not they receive that blessing or not. Ask yourself this question, “Why would a God Who went through the pain of allowing His Son to take on the curse negate that sacrifice by cursing the very ones that His Son died to redeem?” Walking in blessing or cursing has always been a choice that you as an individual have to make. You, and you alone, have the ability to choose whether or not you’re blessed by walking in obedience or disobedience to His will for your life. He is not watching and waiting to see where you mess up so He can put a curse upon you. Rather, He is looking for any and every available opportunity to pour His blessing out upon your life. Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, November 22
HAPPY THANKSGIVING…allow this Psalm to be your prayer of devotion today - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Psalm 136 (Personalized)
1 I Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 I Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.
3 I Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;
4 to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever;
5 to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;
6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;
7 to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever;
8 the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever;
9 the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever;
10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness, for his steadfast love endures forever;
17 to him who struck down great kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan, for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant, for his steadfast love endures forever.
23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever.
26 I Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Friday, November 23
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
One of the most underestimated yet overly misused characteristics of God is His grace. Grace, in most people’s minds is simply God’s gift of Jesus so that mankind could be saved from eternal damnation. By their interpretation, His grace is completely bookended in this one act. While not in any way trying lessen this incredible gift, grace is truly the gift that keeps on giving. God’s grace didn’t stop at the cross, it actually began there in its New Covenant role. God’s grace not only defeated sin's power over your life, it empowers your to keep it defeated. Grace is so much more than your ‘get out of hell free card’, it’s your ability to experience Heaven while you’re still on this Earth. His grace is what empowers you to excel in the very calling that He has given you by that same grace. Grace is God’s very nature, it’s His DNA. When you choose to walk in sin, you’re actually choosing deny His grace. When you learn to draw upon His grace, you will find the supernatural power to not just overcome sin but to excel in the gifts that He has placed in your life. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, November 24
In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives.
When it comes to giving, especially tithing, you must be careful not to take on the mindset that you’re giving to the Church, rather than to the Lord. This mindset gives a sense of obligation to man rather than a sense of fulfillment based upon your obedience God. Think of it like this, you give at the church, not to the church. While it’s true that your tithe or offering is collected by men, in the spiritual sense and according to today’s text, it is received by your High Priest Himself. That’s right, Jesus personally receives and takes note of your willingness and obedience. This is actually a testimony to the fact that He is alive and in a place of intercession for you. He takes the gift you’ve given and presents it to the Father on your behalf. When you look at it from that perspective, giving takes on a whole new meaning. So whether you’re giving money or your time and talent, always give with the knowledge that it’s being given to Him, even though the hands of men may be the avenue through which it is received. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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