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Monday, October 7
2 Kings 6:10-12
10 And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice. 11 And the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled because of this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?” 12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”
If you’re like most people, at some point in your life you’ve operated as if God didn’t know what you were up to. Think about it, how many things have you said or done that you wouldn’t have even be an option if you had seen Jesus standing beside you. The truth is, people don’t truly have a revelation of the fact that God is all knowing and omnipresent…and if you’re born again, He actually is living in you. Many people have the mindset of the kid who was able to get away unseen with the cookie when their parents weren’t watching. For believers, the challenge in life is to do away with the disconnect between what is seen and unseen. When you come to the understanding that you co-exist with God Himself, not only will you begin to operate and behave differently, you will see the tremendous benefit and protection that this relationship offers. Instead of seeing God as a your personal monitor or supervisor, His desires is that His presence in your life to be a guide and safety net. Just like the Lord used Elisha to warn the King of Israel about attacks and traps, His Holy Spirit is within you as faithful companion and guide on the path that He has ordained for your life. He desires to be in constant communication with you, not to boss you around and make you behave, but to lead you safely along your life’s journey. Who is the Lord to you, a boss or babysitter, or a friend and a guide? How you are able to answer this question will determine how much He is able to work in and through you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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Tuesday, October 8
2 Kings 6:17
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
While most people will acknowledge that there is a spiritual realm, they don’t consider it the ‘real world’. The real world to most people is the physical realm that they experience through their physical senses. Thus, they operate accordingly. This is why the miracles, signs and wonders that were so prevalent in the life of Jesus aren’t as common in the lives of most believers. Jesus, while on this earth, showed what it meant to live in the spiritual world while physically walking here on the earth. His consciousness of the ‘real world’ is what made Him so effective in this world. Those who truly have a grasp on the spiritual can overcome any thing that the physical may bring against them. This doesn’t mean that you walk around being weird and flakey, it means that you know where the battle is taking place. Just like Elisha had a consciousness, knowing of how and where to fight His battles, you too will experience true life and victory when you put your time and focus on seeing what’s really happening, not just what your physical senses are telling you in the moment. If you’ll ask, the Holy Spirit will show you exactly who you have on your side. Just like He did for Elisha’s servant. For far to long, Christians have been ineffective and misguided because they neglect their eternal life in an effort to be comfortable in their physical life. If you want to be victorious, start seeking things on a deeper level than the physical. The physical world was created out of the spiritual world and the spiritual world will be here long after the physical is gone. It’s time to focus on what’s real…and it’s not always what you see with your eyes. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, October 9
They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.”
No one is exempt from testing and trials. However, the reason most people experience frustration is that they are seeking a translation of what’s happening rather than God’s interpretation of it. Think about it, how many people do you know who take their problems to their friends and family looking for someone to put a justifying spin on them as opposed to truly seeking understanding. Pride and insecurity have kept countless people from receiving their breakthrough and healing. If they truly understood the cause of their issue they could fix it. But because they don’t want to be introspective and prefer to pin blame on someone other than themselves, they look for a different point of view rather than seeking the proper perspective. It would be the equivalent of retelling the same story in a different language. The problem is the same, it’s only been translated so it sounds like something different. Interpretation, on the other hand, is seeking meaning and searching for understanding. When you come to the place where you really want things to change, you’ll seek the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of what’s happening rather than trying to justify why you’re dealing with it, even if it means having to accept responsibility for it. What are you facing in your life right now that you need the Lord’s understanding of? If you’ll seek His perspective and allow Him to speak to you about it, He will interpret those things that you don’t understand. You will find that He can use what you’re experiencing to bring you to the very place He’s destined for you all along. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, October 10
12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
Perspective is everything. As a believer you must train yourself to seek God’s perspective on everything. Look at what Paul was dealing with. He had been put in jail for doing the very thing God had called him to do. In this situation, most Christians would have thrown a pity party and blamed God for not delivering them from those bad people who locked them up, but not Paul. He chose to seek God’s perspective and interpretation of the situation. Rather than folding his arms across his chest and pouting, He began to write down the message God had given Him. The fact that He couldn’t preach it in front of a crowd wasn’t going to keep it from going forth. Not once does Paul say that God put him in jail, He simply had the mindset that God’s Word would go forth no matter what, and by any means necessary. Spreading the message took priority to the method. Think about that for a moment…2/3’s of the New Testament would have never been written if Paul would’ve chosen to see things from his point of view rather than from God’s perspective. The very letters he wrote from prison became what are referred to as the Pauline Epistles. Your situation is never the same as the interpretation. If you’ll allow God to continue working, He will turn your problem into a pathway that leads you to your new position. You simply need to see things from His perspective and continue walking out the assignment He has given you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, October 11
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.
Many times, the reason that people don’t receive what they need from the Lord is that they don’t realize what is available to them. Everything that the Lord is - love, mercy, grace, power, strength, etc. - is readily available to anyone who has received Him and is His child. Take today’s scripture text as an example. The word Bethesda means House of Mercy and it was surrounded by five covered colonnades. In Biblical numerology, five is the number representing grace. So you see, all of these multitudes of people who were seeking their breakthroughs were doing so in the House of Mercy, under the covering of God’s grace! Yet, for whatever reason they failed to take advantage of the very gifts that were literally surrounding them. As a child of God, every answer, every promise, every breakthrough, and every deliverance you will ever need is already within you. All grace and mercy is readily accessible because the One through whom they come has made your heart the place in which He abides. So if you’re dealing with anything that is keeping you from being less than all you can be in the Kingdom, take advantage of the fact that His mercy and grace are close enough for you to touch! He is more than generous and is waiting to display His power in your life. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, October 12
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?” 7The 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.”
Shortcomings. Everyone has them. Unfortunately most people will never overcome the shortcomings in their lives because they insist on placing responsibility for them. The man in today’s text was doing just that. He was an invalid, incapable of doing for himself what many others could do on their own. The fault didn’t lie in the man’s disability, the fault lied in the fact that He blamed others for not carrying him to the water. He couldn’t even answer the question Jesus had asked. Jesus asked if he wanted to be healed and the man’s response was to immediately place blame and make excuses for his situation. You may or may not be responsible for the situation you’re currently in but you are responsible for getting out of it. Bad things will happen, but whether or not you come out of those things is up to you. You can allow your Savior to intervene and bring you quick healing or you can wallow in the mess and be a victim. If you’re hurting or broken today, Jesus is holding out His hand. All you have to do is take hold if it and and get up. If the blame game could have healed you it would have several times over by now. Let the Healer have His way in your life and start moving forward into the life He has for you. - Love and Blessings. Pastor Jeff
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