Saturday, 18 November 2017
Daily Devotions
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Our Purpose:

Build up and encourage Disciples of Jesus Christ, as they reflect His image to others.

Our Focus for this week:

Allow God, through His Holy Spirit to shape and sharpen us

Day 6 – Pray as we look at being healed next week

Daily Verses - James 5:16-18, 1 Peter 2:18-25

James 5:16-18

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain; and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the sky poured rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”

Today there are two things to begin this preparation for healing. One to know, and pray the heart of God. I am not going to go into detail about the story of Elijah, but I will tell you this. The reason Elijah’s prayer was answered was two-fold. First, He prayed the heart of God. God spoke to Elijah about His heart for the people, and their rebellion. There can be no healing, if we have a rebellious heart. There is no rain of blessing from God, if we are rebelling. Healing comes when we are repentant. Secondly, God’s timing is everything. We must be patient and allow the will of God to be revealed in its proper time.

1 Peter 2:18-25

“Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”

The final thing to know about healing, is that it only comes from God. More specifically, through the suffering of Jesus. We are told in Scripture that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world. So where is the battle? It lies squarely between our spirit, and our flesh. Whenever our spirit knows God, and His word, its love produces a push outward through our flesh to try and have our flesh reflect the image of God. When our flesh becomes resistant to love’s pursuit, a battle ensues. A decision must be made in the mind, as to whom you are going to give control over to. Real healing comes when that decision is based wholly, and completely on God’s Spirit to reign, or have full control. Jesus Christ won this battle through the cross for us, now I take what Jesus did on the cross, and reflect it by sacrificing my flesh, (my mind, will, and emotions) to Jesus, in front of others.  By doing this, I am being healed, God is praised, and I have a testimony to share with others, all the while entrusting ourselves into God’s care.

I would enjoy hearing from you. How is God transforming your life?

Be Blessed

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Posted on 11/18/2017 7:09 AM by Pastor Dan
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Friday, 17 November 2017
Daily Devotions
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Our Purpose:

Build up and encourage Disciples of Jesus Christ, as they reflect His image to others.

Our Focus for this week:

Allow God, through His Holy Spirit to shape and sharpen us

Day 5 – Praise God for the shaping, He has done this week

Daily Verses - 1 Peter 1:13-18, 17-23

“Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth”

Today we are going to begin praising God for the transformation He has begun in our lives this week. We struggle with this at times, because we often look at things as all, or nothing. We do this because of our own inability to forgive. In ourselves we don’t forgive, because we don’t believe God has forgiven us. So we go back to the experience, connect it with our feelings, and say how can God forgive, because I don’t feel forgiven. We also do the same when we see others. We have not forgiven them because we don’t see the change we want to see, so if we forgive we will give up our right to apply the pressure for them to change. To begin to rejoice in the shaping, and sharpening of God in us, we must begin to rejoice in the increments of work, which God is doing. A victory today, builds an excitement and hope of tomorrow, and builds faith in God. Read these next two passages from Scripture and let them sink in. The work of faith in those who have lived before us.

Hebrews 6:9-12

“But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Ephesians 4:1-6

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”

Now look where this transformation comes from back in 1 Peter 1:18-23.

“knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God.”

I would like to hear from you, so I can rejoice with you in what God is doing.

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Posted on 11/17/2017 7:08 AM by Pastor Dan
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Thursday, 16 November 2017
Daily Devotions
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Our Purpose:

Build up and encourage Disciples of Jesus Christ, as they reflect His image to others.

Our Focus for this week:

Allow God, through His Holy Spirit to shape and sharpen us

Day 4 – Automatic Response Habits

Daily Verses - Luke 10:38-42

“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, seated at His feet. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. "

God desires to shape me, and sharpen me, through realizing, and choosing the things of most importance. We are so quickly distracted from what is best for us. We work long hours, we seek, and pursue “the finer things in life”. We deem Sundays more important to catch up on weekly responsibilities than resting in the fellowship of others at Church. We complain that there is not enough time to do all the things we need to do. We struggle to carve a few moments out of our day to speak with, and hear from God, and then wonder why we don’t hear His voice, or feel His presence in our lives. Where did we learn these habits from? How did they become ingrained in our lives?

The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:11-13, “for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”.

Today this is an arduous process for us to pray through. Pray that God reveals to you those habits, where you pursue the things of the world, which are taking you away from the things of God. Pursuing the things of God in Scripture is called Godliness. It means with respect, and honor you bring into view, and apply those things that are best for you. If God’s heart, has your best in mind at all times, in all things, then would it not be in your best interest to know the heart of God for you?

 1 Timothy 6:6-10 “But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang.”

Today seek God’s best interest for you, be willing to change your habits to fit His will for your life.

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Posted on 11/16/2017 7:07 AM by Pastor Dan
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Daily Devotions
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Our Purpose:

Build up and encourage Disciples of Jesus Christ, as they reflect His image to others.

Our Focus for this week:

Allow God, through His Holy Spirit to shape and sharpen us

Day 3 – Automatic Responses

Daily Verses - Mark 10:13-16

“And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all." And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands upon them.”

 

Do you have pet peeves? Things that you see, or experience that upset you? The disciples had one here, it was little children. Children who they deemed not old enough to understand, should stay with and be trained by their parents. After all Jesus was way to busy, and stressed to deal with this too. Jesus was way to big of a figure to deal with these children, and more than that we can’t believe that these parents are so not in control of their children, what is wrong with them. Why are they interrupting the teaching, and causing chaos? How many times do you have a preset view of people, or yourself, that you miss what God wants to teach you about Himself? Our preset perimeters (Beliefs) of God, so often keep us from experiencing true freedom in Christ. Freedom in Christ can come when we are willing to allow God to change these presets through transformation of your thoughts. To transform a thought, we need to find the root, which lies at the motive. The motive means that there is an end result already in mind. How many times have you said something to someone, only to realize later that the comment had the opposite result than you intended? This is a result of an incorrect motive. God’s heart is to build up not tear down, He always has your best in His mind, and heart.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord,' plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-14.

Today ask God to begin to reveal a pet peeve of yours, and then ask Him to pull it out at the roots. Then ask Him to plant in its place, His correct thought, your mind, and heart will be transformed, and your change will be evident to all.

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Posted on 11/15/2017 7:06 AM by Pastor Dan
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Daily Devotions
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Our Purpose:

Build up and encourage Disciples of Jesus Christ, as they reflect His image to others.

Our Focus for this week:

Allow God, through His Holy Spirit to shape and sharpen us

Day 2 – Automatic Responses

Daily Verses - Matthew 26:47-56

“And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up, accompanied by a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I shall kiss, He is the one; seize Him." And immediately he went to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed Him. And Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you have come for." Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest, and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. "Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? "How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen this way?" At that time Jesus said to the multitudes, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me. "But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled." Then all the disciples left Him and fled.”

Anger is a very powerful, automatic response. Peter was just told he was going to deny Christ. Peter thinking this would never happen, chose the response of anger when they were arresting Jesus. This was an automatic response, that could have got Peter arrested and killed. Here is a true picture of the love of God, and the power of God. Jesus protects Peter at His own expense, the true love of God. He allows Peter to go free. The power of God is seen in the healing of the ear that was cut off. As we ask Jesus to deal with, and heal our automatic responses, we must remember His love, and His power, Jesus reveal both for the growth of Peter. How about His love? When Jesus was being beaten in the court yard, and Peter was denying Him, their eyes met. When their eyes met Peter saw the love in Jesus eyes, (A look Peter knew well from being with Jesus) and Peter ran away and cried. Often when we see the love of God we run and hide because, we see our mistakes that are a result of these auto responses. Too many times satan wants us to feel condemned, and so instead of running to healing, (because we feel there will be suffering or pain) we run away from it. How about the power? Jesus restored Peter, on the shore of the lake, connecting once again in person, and engaging the power. The power of not just personal healing, and restoration for Peter, but there was a purpose for that restoration. “tend to, shepherd, My sheep” John 21:15-23. May I put this in my own words. Peter, there are many people out there Peter that have been where you have been, Peter go find them, and restore them in My name. This message is not just for Peter, but it is for you today. God’s love, and power are amazing things. The power of God is transforming, because it is connected to love. Love constrains the power, and releases it as needed, so as to not overwhelm or consume us. Let the love, and power of God heal your automatic responses today.

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Posted on 11/14/2017 7:05 AM by Pastor Dan
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