The Art of War - EMOM
Monday, February 3
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
What happens on that one day when you pick your head up and you realize that “It’s broken!” When it hits you that all of the stress and dysfunctional areas in your life have become to great for you ignore and cover up with a fake smile anymore. The first thing you have to do is qualify what the ‘It’ is. Is ‘it’ your kids? When just yesterday you were their hero but now you wish you were their zero…because at least zero is a quantifiable number. You’ve simply become non-existent to them. Is ‘it’ your marriage? Have you been so busy giving the kids so much of your life that your spouse is only getting the leftovers? Is ‘it’ your culture? All families have a culture, a way of doing life. Has what used to bring great family fun stopped working and now all of your efforts seem futile? What’s broken? It’s easy to see the brokenness and chaos but what exactly is the problem? If you’re like most families, it may be a myriad of things. Even though it may seem futile and pointless to name them, doing so as you present them to the Father will enable Him to start working on your behalf. As you bring them to Him in prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what He wants to deal with first. Allow Him to instruct and guide you in each and every moment, enabling you to make the right choices when it comes to how you handle the difficulties that He is walking you out of. Things may not change drastically over night, but they will begin to change. The impossible will begin to seem possible again and your hope, peace and joy will return. Present your ‘It’s’ to Him and He will grace you to walk in victory over them. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff.
Tuesday, February 4
…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.
Pain, on any level, spiritual, emotional, or physical is an indicator that problems are present. Pain is not a bad thing. Quite to the contrary, it’s actually healthy. Someone who no longer feels pain has far greater issues than those who do. Pain is good in the sense that it serves to bring your attention to something that needs to be fixed. Someone doesn’t need healing from their pain, they need healing from the source of that pain. Most people however, are more concerned with doing away with their pain than they are with actually fixing what’s causing it in the first place. This is why drug (both prescription and illegal) and alcohol abuse is such a widespread problem. People seek to, and prefer to, medicate or manage their pain rather than discovering and dealing with its cause, thereby allowing the problem to worsen, along with the amount of pain that it brings. This vicious cycle, if allowed to continue, leads to a miserable life at best. Is there pain present in your life right now? Are you hurting on any level? How you choose to respond to that pain will determine how quickly it goes away. You have the choice to pop another pill, take another drink, or find some other way to divert your attention away from it, or you can look into why you’re hurting. Seeking the proper diagnosis from the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to pinpoint the problem, will take you off of the path of misery and put you on a path healing and restoration. He is waiting to bring you into perfect wholeness by doing away with your pain, not just masking it. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, January 5
And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.
Many people follow the Lord but very few are submitted to Him. As you look at the ministry of Jesus in the Gospels, you’ll notice that He could draw a crowd of thousands but a far smaller number actually submitted their lives to Him. The Bible mentions the 12, the 72, and the 120, but when you consider the fact that in two separate occasions He fed well over 10,000, it becomes quite clear that there is a difference between following and submitting. Everyone has obligations and responsibilities, but far too often people become slaves to those duties at the expense of their time at Jesus’ feet. When this happens, life becomes overwhelming, unsatisfying, and frustrating. When you intentionally set aside time in the midst of your obligations to receive life from the Lord He will refresh and inspire you. He will even help line out that crazy schedule that you’ve become a slave to. Do yourself a favor, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Stop, sit, and listen…submit. Let the Holy Spirit minister to you in His gentle and living way. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, January 6
“Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
The laundry, the dishes, the lawn…all of the joys of home ownership and having a family. So many of the things that people seek in order to feel like they’ve obtained success become leaches of time, money and energy. Everyone loves the idea of having a nice home, vehicles, and countless other toys that make life more enjoyable and comfortable. The one thing the most people fail to understand is that along with the financial obligation, there is also an obligation to maintain and provide for all of these things. These things are not bad in and of themselves, but too much temporary ‘stuff’ will keep you from investing time, energy, and resources into eternal things, such as the your spiritual life and the lives of your spouse and children. Some day, when you look back, you’ll not remember whether or not you finished the dishes or folded the clothes but you will remember the moments of laughter with your kids, meaningful conversations with your spouse, or special moments of prayer when the Holy Spirit spoke to you in a powerful way. Those things will last forever. Choosing the right thing in the moment will allow for real life to take place - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, January 7
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.
When Jesus came through, Martha did a very admirable and worshipful thing, she invited Jesus into her home. She wanted to bless Him and minister to His needs of rest and refreshing. While starting off with good intentions like most people do, the obligation quickly became more than she could bear. It’s in these moments of frustration and overcommitment that you can start to get upset with those around you for not pitching in and helping you fulfill your obligations. While it’s possible that a good friend will help you, whether they do or not doesn’t make them responsible for your commitments. Martha became upset that Mary sat at Jesus feet while she had work to do, but it wasn’t Mary’s house and Mary didn’t do the planning or inviting. If you find yourself in a place of obligation and busy-ness while others seem to be just coasting along remember that the commitments you made yesterday are your obligations today. Just because Mary chose to worship in a different way doesn’t mean that she was lazy or wrong. Take time to think and seek His wisdom before you commit to something that could possibly leave you in a place of frustration. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, January 8
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.”
In moments of stress and frustration, many people will try to manipulate others through guilt or high pressure tactics to help them. They resort to asking someone else to do their dirty work just like Martha tried to do with Jesus. “Jesus, make her help me.” “Don’t you care?” Everyone has fallen prey to this and many have used these same words to try to pull others into their chaos. Jesus, however, wasn’t going to make Mary a victim of Martha’s choices. Jesus made it clear to Martha that she had made her choice and Mary had made hers. Giving in to Martha’s manipulation would have only enabled more of the same behavior in the future. If you find yourself in a place of overcommitment, rather than trying to manipulate others into bailing you out, ask the Lord for grace to see you through the commitment and then learn from it for future reference. The Lord’s burden is easy. If you find yourself being overwhelmed, ask Him to show you what to put aside and what is truly important. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff.
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