Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Laughed At

 Scripture:

“he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.”  ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:24-25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

A synagogue leader came to Jesus and told Him that his daughter had just died.  He asked if Jesus would put His hand on her and make her well.  Jesus got to the house and there were mourners crying and sobbing about her death.  Jesus told them to quit crying And go away because the daughter was just sleeping.  It then says, “But they laughed at Him.”  Afternoon they were out of the house, the girl got up.

Application:

True faith will cause people who don’t understand to laugh at you.  When you live a life of faith, people will say you don’t make sense and that you don’t live in reality.  Being laughed at is simply part of living a  life of faith.  When you are laughed at, remember you are in good company because they laughed at Jesus.  People laugh at what they don’t understand.  I want to live a life of faith that proves the scoffers wrong.  I want to walk a faithful walk that shows the world that Jesus is Lord. They may laugh in the process, but they will see the power of God in the end.

Prayer:

Father, increase my faith.  Let me not be concerned about what the people around me think, but what You think.  Help me to walk in the type of faith Jesus walked in that causes people to laugh, but then see God work.  Increase my faith in the area of healing mighty God.  Heal mental illness.  Heal physical illness.  Set the captive free and heal people.  Let my faith for healing increase.  You healed the sick and commanded us to do the same, but we are not seeing it at the level You did.  Fix what’s wrong and let me do the works of Jesus in my generation.

Yours,

Jeff

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Treasure in Heaven

 Scripture:

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:20-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

Jesus says some really powerful words about the treasures of our lives in this passage.  He tells us to store up treasures in heaven and not on earth.  In heaven He says nothing will be able to corrupt it of destroy it, inferring that the things of this earth will fade and be destroyed in time, but the things in heaven never fade.  He adds the statement that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  In others words your heart follows what you treasure.

Application:

We don’t live like any other people.  Our hopes and plans are not for this world, but for heaven.  We are to store up treasure, not on this earth, but in heaven.  Our rewards will be there and that should be our focus.  God can bless us here on earth, but our focus and passion must be heaven.  When we invest there, our hearts will be there as well.  I want my heart in heaven.  I want to live a heaven focused life.  I need to adjust priorities on earth to keep my heart on heaven.

Prayer:

Father, let me live a heaven focused life.  Help me to live for eternity and not live for the here and now.  Teach me to follow You completely and live a life that You can bless.  Enable me and empower me to bring more people into Your kingdom.  Help me to extend Your kingdom in all the earth.  Let me treasure what You treasure.

Yours Forever,

Jeff

Monday, January 18, 2021

God Communicates Through Dreams

 Scripture:

“And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.””  ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:12-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 Observation:

In the story of Christ’s birth, and many other stories in the Bible, God spoke to people through dreams.  In these two consecutive verses, God warned the Magi went home another direction and then Joseph was told to take Jesus to Egypt for protection.  I realize this is during a very critical and important time in world history where each step was crucial, but God does speak through dreams to His people and to get things done.

Application:

Today is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.  He is most known for his speech, “I have a dream”.  I don’t believe his dream was God speaking to Him in the night, but a vision of a better future.  There are times when I have had spiritual dreams and then time when I have not.  I love when God communicates through dreams and I want Him to do that more often in my life.  I fully believe dreams were pretty common in Scripture and I want them to be mor a part of my life today.

Prayer:

Father, speak to me in my sleep.  When I put my head on the pillow, open my eyes to see You and to hear from You.  Show me things to come and next steps for my life.  I desire to hear from You clearly through every means possible.  I want to live a life that pleases and honors You and that does Your will.

Your Son,

Jeff

Saturday, January 16, 2021

God Encounters

 Scripture:

“Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me”. ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭48:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

Joseph had heard that his father was near death and he took his sons to be blessed by his father.  The first thing Jacob did as they entered their conversation was to remind his son that God Almighty had appeared to him at Luz and blessed him.  That one encounter with God shaped Jacob’s entire life and even at the end of life, that is what we see him talking about.

Application:

One encounter with God can shape your entire life.  There are times in my life where I have had God encounters that have marked me forever.  I can recall each of them with extreme detail.  One still brings tears to my eyes when I try to talk about it probably 13 years later.  People can argue your theology, but nobody can argue your encounters with God.  It bring a deep knowing that never leaves.  We need more God encounters in our lives.  I also need to continue to seek the Lord diligently and let my life not just be about a few encounters with God, but a life of God encounters.

Prayer:

Father, let me encounter You more and more.  Thank You for the times when You have touched my life in powerful ways.  Thank You for the times in Your presence when You have revealed Yourself to me.  I long for more.  I don’t want to live off of what happened many years ago, but on what You are doing today.  I long for You.  Come and move in my life during this 21 day fast.

Yours Forever, 

Jeff

Friday, January 15, 2021

It Was God

 Scripture:

““So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.”  ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭45:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

Joseph’s brothers had sold him into Egyptian slavery and told his father he had been eaten by wild animals.  They never expected to see him again.  When they needed provision, they came to Egypt looking for food and found their brother as ruler of the strongest nation on earth.  When Joseph revealed himself to them, he told them that it wasn’t them that sent him to Egypt, but God.  Joseph realized that it was God who took him out of the pit, out of Potipher’s house and out of the prison.  

Application:

Sometimes, God has to allow bad situations in our lives to get us where we need to be.  There will be times when you feel like everything is going wrong and that it hasn’t been good for a long time, but God is always working to bring good out of bad.  He turns things around for His people, but sometimes has to let them go through some difficult times to get them where He needed them in order to bless them.  Sometimes, when we are rebuking the devil for our bad situations, it may be God setting us up for something greater.

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, help me to know when You are positioning me and when the enemy is fighting me.  I feel like in these days we need discernment more than ever before.  Open my ears to hear You and my eyes to see You.  Help me to have a right attitude like Joseph did while I go through things here on this earth.  Teach me to trust You day by day, when I haven’t seen the answer to my prayers yet.

Your Son,

Jeff

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Forgotten, but not Forgotten

 Scripture:

“The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.  When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile,”. ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭40:23-41:1 ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

Joseph had a really long, hard battle with things going wrong and being falsely accused.  He was in prison and interpreted two dreams for some high ranking people who could have rescued him.  He specifically asked them not to forget him and to tell Pharaoh about him.  When their dreams came true, this verse tells us the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph for another two years.  

Application:

Sometimes in life, it will seem like God and people have forgotten us.  There will be times when we feel like nothing has gone right in a long time.  Like Joseph, our job is to remain faithful to God and remain a blessing to those around us.  At this point, Joseph’s personal dreams had not come to pass, yet he served and loved God faithfully.  Like Joseph, there will be times when we are forgotten by people and it seems like even God isn’t coming through on His promises, but God never forgets His promises.  We must hold strong on His promises and be faithful until they come to pass.

Prayer:

Father, help me to remain strong and confident while waiting to see some of the things You have spoken over my life.  Help me to faithfully serve Your people and have a great attitude while waiting on the promises.  Teach me to walk by faith and not by sight.

Your Son,

Jeff

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

God is With You in Trouble

 Scripture:

“Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.”  ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭39:20-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation:

Joseph had been sold into slavery by his own brothers.  He became the most trusted man in the house because God was with him as a slave.  He was falsely accused and thrown into prison.  This is where we meet him today.  While in prison on false pretenses, the Bible says, “the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.”

Application:

The favor of God is a powerful thing.  When the favor of God is on your life, people will recognize it and bless it.  Joseph’s life wasn’t going very well at this point from most people’s perspective, but even in the midst of very wrong and difficult situations, God was with him.  We need to understand that our surroundings don’t mean anything as long as the Lord with us.  God says He will never leave us nor forsake us.  When we go through troubled times, His word still works.  Trouble doesn’t mean that God is absent, it means He’s working things for your good.

Prayer:

Father, help me to never get overwhelmed with everything that goes on around me.  Help me to walk with You and remain confident that Your favor and blessing still works, even in difficult times.  Help me to walk in boldness, knowing my God is with me and will never leave me, no matter what I have to go through on this earth.

Yours Forever,

Jeff