Saturday, January 22, 2022

Faith Fights For Answers

 Scripture:

““Lord, this is true,” the woman said, “but even puppies get the crumbs that fall from their owner's table.” Jesus answered, “Dear woman, you really do have a lot of faith, and you will be given what you want.” At that moment her daughter was healed.”  ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:27-28‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

This Canaanite woman came to Jesus asking Him to heal her daughter. She begged Him to heal her and Jesus called her a dog because He wasn’t sent to her but the the people of Israel. She told Him that even dogs get food scraps under the table. She was arguing with Jesus for the healing of her daughter. Jesus said of her, “you really do have a lot of faith” and her daughter was healed.

Application:

Strong faith is persistent. Strong faith will fight for answers to prayer. Strong faith doesn’t give up when the first answer isn’t what you wanted. Strong faith will continue to stand in the gap when others would have given up. I want to develop strong faith and not give up when God doesn’t move in my timing. I want to develop the kind of faith that Christ recognized in this woman.

Prayer:

Father, increase my faith! Teach me to fight for answers to prayer instead of passively taking no for an answer. Show me how to see more answers to prayer and help me not to faint when standing in the gap for someone. I know in my head that You want to heal more people, but let me fight for it with my heart.

Yours,

Jeff 

Friday, January 21, 2022

Rest

Scripture:

 “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.”  ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭CEV

Observation‬:

Jesus told those following Him that if they were tired from carrying heavy‬ burdens that they should come to Him and He would give rest. According to this passage, rest isn’t the result of more sleep, but of coming to Christ. When we come to Christ and walk in oneness with Him, there will be rest in our our hearts and the result will be better sleep.

Application:

Rest is a very godly principle that we neglect so often in our modern society. God implemented a Sabbath day of rest and demonstrated it for us in the very creation of the world. If God demonstrated rest to us, we need to follow Him in this area. Learning to rest in a 24/7 information overloaded generation is not easy, but we must continue to pursue this because it is very godly. It is the one “Ten Commandments” that we neglect constantly. God is more interested in our obedience than how much work we do. Obedience sometimes means rest. We must take time out to rest IN Christ instead of just work FOR Him.

Prayer:

Lord God, teach me to rest well. Help me to implement Sabbath into my life in a better and stronger way. Teach me to use my Sabbath day, not just to sleep, but to enter deeper into my relationship with You and truly rest. I want to live a life that honors You and make decisions that honor You. Help me to realize that rest is as much part of Your agenda as work is.

Yours Forever,

Jeff

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Rock Solid

 Scripture:

“Anyone who hears and obeys these teachings of mine is like a wise person who built a house on solid rock.”  ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:24‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

Jesus says here that we need to not only hear, but obey His teachings. When we hear, and obey, we will be like the person who built their house on the rock. It goes on to say that when the storms come, the house on the rock will stay firm and the house without a strong foundation will crumble. Obedience is the key to a strong foundation.

Application:

We need a strong foundation now more than ever. We are living in turbulent times.  Timothy called them “perilous’ times or “difficult” times. Now, more than ever, we need a strong foundation in Christ to be able to weather any storm that comes our way. In this story, there was one thing in common, both had storms. The difference is that one had a strong foundation and one didn’t. We must learn not to just read or listen to God’s word, but apply it, implement it, and obey it. We have to put the Word into practice in our lives, then we won’t have to worry about the storms.

Prayer:

Father, teach me not only to read and hear Your Word, but teach me to obey it, follow through on it, and implement it in my life. I want to live and unshakable life that is built on Your words. I don’t want to be tossed around in the storms that are coming, but to be confident, strong, and ready for whatever comes. As we walk the path of these Last Days, teach me to live a rock solid life of obedience in every area.

Your Son,

Jeff

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Treasures in Heaven

 Scripture:

“Don't store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. Instead, store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them.”  ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

Jesus is speaking here in His most well-known teaching called the Sermon on the Mount. He tells the crowd not to store up treasures on earth, but to store up treasure in heaven. Anything down here can be corrupted, get old, and destroyed, but what is in heaven is eternal. Jesus was teaching them that eternal things are more important than temporal things.

Application:

How do we store up treasures in heaven? The only thing that can go to heaven with us is people. The only thing treasured in heaven is people. I need to live every day with eternity on my mind. I don’t want to live with great hopes of what I can have on this earth. My hope is in heaven. In heaven, it won’t matter what we owned here on earth. There’s not going to be a rich section and a poor section. There’s not going to be a higher educated section and a lower education section. If I want to make a difference in heaven, I must be about my Father’s business here on earth. I must live for the extension of His kingdom here and now. This puts my treasure in heaven.

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, let my life bring You glory and honor. Help me to live with eternity in mind every day of my life. Enable me to bring more people to heaven when I come. Help me not to get overly obsessed with things here on earth. Help me keep Your perspective on things. I don’t mind having things, but I never wants things to have me. Keep me on the right path.

Yours Forever,

Jeff

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Holy Spirit and Fire

 Scripture:

“I baptize you with water so you will give up your sins. But someone more powerful is going to come, and I am not good enough even to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

In this passage, John the Baptist introduces Jesus by saying, I baptize with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. He shifts the attention away from himself and onto Jesus. In his proclamation about Jesus, we can see the baptism with the Holy Spirit is a primary reason Jesus came. This is recorded in all four Gospels when John speaks of Jesus and what He came to do.

Application:

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is so important for believers. John the Baptist literally introduced Jesus to the world by saying He came to baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. We should have a stronger emphasis on the baptism with the Holy Spirit. If John said this the reason Christ came, we should want to see more and more people filled with the Holy Spirit. Whatever hinders people from receiving this wonderful and powerful gift, I want eliminated this year. I want to see more people filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:

Father, pour out Your Spirit in and through my life. Let more people be baptized in Your Spirit this year than ever before. Let Your church be filled with fire and power! Move by Your Spirit. Come Holy Spirit and fill Your people to overflowing. In 2022, let this precious and powerful gift be received by more and more people. Help me to know how to communicate it well so people can receive.

Yours,

Jeff

Monday, January 17, 2022

Forgiveness

 Scripture:

“You tried to harm me, but God made it turn out for the best, so that he could save all these people, as he is now doing. Don't be afraid! I will take care of you and your children.” After Joseph said this, his brothers felt much better.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭50:20-21‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

When Jacob passed away, Joseph’s brothers were scared once again. They thought maybe he was nice to them because he didn’t want to upset his father. They came to him to ask forgiveness for all they had done in selling him as a slave. Joseph’s response was a beautiful one. He said they tried to harm him, bu God turned it around so he could save them and take care of their families. No retribution here, just real forgiveness.

Application:

You know you have really forgiven someone when you are willing to take care of them and their families. Real forgiveness takes the idea of punishment for wrong doing and places it in God’s hands, then treats those people with love and kindness. God honors real forgiveness. Jesus said if we can’t forgive others, God can’t forgive us. We must learn to release from punishment and trust God to do the right thing, then love the person who has hurt us.

Prayer:

Father, help me to never hold a grudge or unforgiveness in my heart toward anyone. Teach me to walk before You with a pure heart. Help me to love and help those who have hurt me as a witness to You and Your kingdom. 

Forever Yours,

Jeff

Saturday, January 15, 2022

It Was Always God’s Plan

 Scripture:

“After all, you weren't really the ones who sent me here—it was God. He made me the highest official in the king's court and placed me over all Egypt.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭45:8‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

When Joseph finally revealed himself to his brothers, he knew they would feel guilty about what they did to him. His response was priceless. He told them that they didn’t send him to Egypt, but God did, and He did it to be able to take care of them. God not only blessed him and turned his sorrow into joy, but God placed him over all Egypt. He let them know that God was with him al the way and that it was actually God’s plan coming to pass as he had seen in his dreams many, many years prior.

Application:

Even when it seems your enemies triumph over you for a season, God may be setting you us for a massive victory. God uses to the situations of our lives to bring about His will. Sometimes He has to allow certain things to happen that may not feel good to us, but He knows the outcomes and is willing to let us go through some difficulties in order to make His victory more sweet. The story gives God even more glory because of the pit, and Potiphar’s house and the prison. It makes it clearly something only God could do and He gets the credit.

Prayer:

Father, I want to live a life in oneness with You. I want You to be with me all the days of my life. When I struggle at times, let me know You are with me and its all part of Your plan. Teach me to wait patiently for You to move and raise me up. Let me have the heart of Joseph.

Yours,

Jeff