I was thinking of a clever title for this message that used some alliteration, like Motivation Monday. Tuesday’s are the day I share Pastor Steven Furtick‘s message from the past weekend. Then as I read the Daily Devotion(DD) I had written over a month ago for today, I saw in the third paragraph the connection. So today’s message is Tie-it-all-together-Tuesday. It doesn’t flow as nicely as #MotivationMonday, so I this may be a one time deal. Plus, I doubt my message and Elevation Church’s messages will line up so perfectly ever again. Seems impossible. But then I serve the God of the impossible, so ya never know.
Elevation Church celebrated their 14-year anniversary this weekend. It’s crazy to think what Pastor Furtick has been able to accomplish in just 14 years with that church. I hope that you have time to listen to this message this week and share it with your world around you. They invited the great Bishop TD Jakes to deliver a powerful message on Chainbreakers. The Bishop speaks some kind and accurate descriptions of Pastor Furtick and, surprisingly, Pastor Michael Todd, who is in the audience for this service. And then the Bishop brings the house down with his message about breaking chains, which you hopefully see the connection between the two in the DD below.
43”If your hand causes you to stumble, cut if off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.” (Mark 9:43)
I remember the very first time I read this verse. I was in my mid-twenties, not attending any church, just living a self-centered life. I had gone out to the beach on Easter morning and brought my Bible to read the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and watch the sunrise. Jesus was calling for me to come back to Him even then, but I did not know how to respond. I read this verse and the one that we will cover tomorrow and it seemed like a drastic measure to keep a person from sinning! Cutting off my hand! At the time, I struggled with an addiction to pornography, so cutting off my hand would almost make sense to slow that addiction down.
I was able to break free from pornography and the overall distraction that sin had become in my life with the help of God. How I wish I could get back the hours upon hours of my life I wasted in lustful pleasure! I was deceitful to my wife as I sought time away from her to watch other women, never thinking about the pain it was subliminally, and obviously, bringing to her. I could say that I only had eyes for her, but if those eyes were watching video after video of complete strangers, that was a solid lie. My eyes and my hand should have been removed!
What is distracting you from living a more Godly life? What do you need to do to break the chains of sin and find true freedom? The verse above is a stern reminder that you might have to take drastic measures to break your chains. Just remember Jesus is a chain breaker. Come to Him, He will keep you intact and help you walk in a better way and life. Stop wasting your time here on Earth and start living a life of servitude.
Reading plan: Mark 11:1-18
Deeper reading plan: Deuteronomy 25-27
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray that Jesus keeps you on the right path and far from sin.
Fitness challenge: Sprints! Half-mile warm up jog, then 7 sprints at a distance of around 100 meters at 75-85% your max speed.