Thursday, December 31, 2009

Why Not Trust Him?

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Have you ever had a problem with trusting people? Have you ever trusted someone and they let you down? How did it make you feel? Did you vow to never trust anyone again? Did you vow to keep things to yourself from that moment forward? So often in our lives, we experience hurt, pain and disappointment because we placed trust in man. You opened yourself to trust and your heart was broken. You have shut everyone out of your life, including the Lord. You refuse to open up to anyone or anything again. Never will you allow yourself to experience such hurt again … right? Does this sound like anyone you know? Does this sound like you?

Today, on this last day of 2009, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. Allow me to start by asking you a question: Why Not Trust Him? (Him - being the Lord). Why Not Trust Him? Usually in life, when man hurts us we blame the Lord. Since we believe it was God’s fault, we refuse to trust in Him. Within, you know the situation is not the Lord’s fault. You know God was trying to alert you but you ignored the warnings. The Lord wants you to trust in Him. The Bible declares in Psalms 118:8 - It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. The problem is not with God, it is with you. Your confidence in man was more important than your trust in the Lord. Man hurt you, but you are now ignoring the Lord. Why Not Trust Him? The Bible declares in Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

My brother, my sister, Why Not Trust Him? You know that the Lord has never failed you. He has never forsaken you (Hebrews 13:5). He has never lied nor deceived you (Numbers 23:19). He has always loved and cherished you (Romans 5:8). At your current point of life, you must learn to trust in the Lord. The “thing” you are believing God for (only you know what the “thing” is), can only come when you learn to trust Him at His Word. The Bible declares in Psalms 37:3 - Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Why Not Trust Him? Thought to Remember: If He said He will do it, Why Not Trust Him?

Scripture Reading for the Day: Proverbs 29:25
May God Bless you at Your point of need!
Minister Darrick D. McGhee


"For I am the Lord, I change not..." Malachi 3:6a

It's hard to believe that the door is closing on another year and about to open on a new one. With the beginning of the new year I am sure there are questions and concerns about what it might bring and what the future holds in store. Of course, none of us knows what lies ahead. The Lord knows what's ahead, though, and while things may change in our lives individually, in our families, in our nation or in the world, there is one thing for sure that we can rest assured in... He does not and will not change.

The Lord does not change- He is as solid as a "Rock". He is a firm foundation. He will be as faithful in the coming year as He has always been. His power, His ability, His wisdom, His promises, His strength, His grace, His mercy, His delivering, healing, saving power will still be the same, He will still be the provider. He has always been and will always be. There is NOTHING about the Lord that will change. What He is, is what He has always been... and will always be.

Take comfort this year, if the winds of change beat upon your life, in knowing that God does not change, and nothing changes Him.

Have a great day. You can place your trust throughout the new year that lies ahead in the Lord who does not change.

For further reading:
Exodus 3:14
Hebrews 13:5,8
1 Corinthians 10:4
Isaiah 43:2
Matthew 28:20

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Monday, December 21, 2009

God Planted A Garden

"God planted a garden...there He put the man whom He had formed."~Genesis 2:8 NKJV

What does it mean to plant? To bury seeds beyond human view so that they germinate and eventually produce fruit. In God's plan for your life, He's planted blessings you experience over time. Just because you walk out into a field and don't see a crop, doesn't mean the seeds aren't there; God has planted things in your life that will come to fruition at different times. It's amazing that God would plant. Why would He go to such trouble when He could just speak a word and create it? Think of the love, the personal involvement of the Creator of the universe, as He stoops down and plants blessings to come up at different seasons in your life. Everything God has for you hasn't come up yet, so you can''t give up, or walk away and say, "That's all there is." No, God's got some stuff planted that you haven't seen or experienced.

You're still becoming what He planted. Knowing that reinforces your faith that it will happen. It also means God believes in you - even when you don't believe in yourself.There are talents in you that haven't been discovered and dreams that haven't been fulfilled. That's what the battle is about! The Devil is fighting you over your destiny. He knows what's been planted in you and he's trying to kill the seed. Don't let him. You're not the person you'll be six months or six years from now, because there's a time factor; everything doesn't come to harvest at the same time. You have to havefaith and patience, otherwise you'll miss what God has for you.

Digging Wells That Won't Hold Water

"'My people have...dug...cisterns...that cannot hold water.'"Jeremiah 2:13 NIV

Do you feel like there's something missing in your life? Are you running from place to place and person to person trying to find it? Until you put God at the centre of your life, you'll keep digging 'cisterns...that cannot hold water.' We all want to be loved and feel successful, so we look to our jobs or to others for a sense of fulfilment. But by expecting a person or a pay cheque to do what only God can, we keep coming up short. 'Cursed is the one who trusts in man...He will be like a bush in the...desert...But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD...He will be like a the water...It has no worries in...drought and never fails to...fruit.' (Jeremiah 17:5-8 NIV) Fulfilment doesn't come from having 'the right people' in your life, or more money, prestige and accomplishments. A larger house won't do it; you'll just have more to clean. The latest car won't do it; you'll just end up with bigger payments. A job promotion won't do it; you'll just have more stress and longer hours. Yes, you'll make more money, but after taxes and buying what you need to maintain your new image, you'll be back to square one. At the end of a lifetime spent '...striving after [the] wind...' (Ecclesiastes 2:11 NAS) Solomon said, 'Everything...can be put into a few words: Respect and obey [honour and put your trust in] God! This is what life is all about.' (Ecclesiastes 12:13 CEV) The One you're looking for today has been there all along, and He's ready to meet you at the point of your need. You just have to invite Him in!

Soulfood Bible Readings Col 1-2, John 19:1-16, Ps 105:8-15, Pr 30:5-9

When God Makes Up His Mind

"For I am the Lord. I speak, and the Word which I speak will come to pass." Ezekiel 12:25 NKJV

There are two possible explanations for what happened in Swan Quarter, North Carolina, in 1876. It was either the most astounding coincidence, or an act of God - literally. The Methodist Episcopal Church South needed a new building, so when somebody donated a lot on Oyster Creek Road they accepted. It was low-lying land so they constructed a sturdy little white-frame church and put it up on brick pilings. Days later a storm lashed the town and those within sight of Oyster Creek Road witnessed something amazing. The church building - still intact - was afloat! The flood had lifted it off its pilings and sent it down the road. They tried to moor it with ropes but the church moved on. At the town center, as dozens of people watched helplessly, it made a sharp, inexplicable right turn and continued on. Finally, in the same decisive manner it veered off the road, it headed straight for a vacant lot and stopped dead in the center! The flood waters eventually receded but the building is still there. In fact, 130 years have passed since the church, now called Providence Methodist Church, floated itself to the most desirable property in town. What's amazing is this: The lot where it settled had originally been the congregation's first choice for their building, but landowner Sam Sadler turned them down. The morning after the flood, he presented the pastor with the deed."For I am the Lord. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass." No doubt about it, when God makes up His mind, nothing gets in His way!

Savior Or Example

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:17

In skimming over an article that I want to read, a sentence grabbed my attention. It said that through our teaching and preaching we have minimized Jesus to just a "good example" instead of the "Savior". True, He left us an example to follow- how to have victory over sin, how to commune with the Father, how to live in obedience, how to live by faith in this world. But just being our example was not His plan or the purpose for which He came. He came to redeem mankind from their sins. He came to die so that we might live. He came to be the Door to salvation. He told Pilate as he stood before him awaiting crucifixion that what He was about to face was the whole reason why He came.

We are getting ready to celebrate Christmas-- the birth of our "SAVIOR", not our example. If we forget that He is the Savior then we have no reason to celebrate- Christmas becomes to us the same thing that it is to the world... just a holiday. If we forget that He is the Savior, we have no reason to follow His example of good deeds and good works because without salvation the example means nothing. Following His good deeds doesn't save you. Accepting Him as Savior because you are a sinner and can't save yourself does save you. After He becomes Savior then you strive to follow the example that He left by walking in His footsteps.

If this babe that was born in a manger, if this Jesus who died on the cross is just an example to you of how you should live but He is not your Savior, then you are still lost in sin and are making Him just another religious avenue in hopes of saving yourself. Making Him your example won't save you... making Him your Savior will... then make Him your example to follow.

Have a great day. Jesus did not come just to be an example, He came to be our Savior.

For further reading:
John 18:37
1 Peter 2:21-25
Matthew 1:20,21
John 3:16
Acts 16:31
Revelation 1:5,6

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It's Just A Thing

"For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me." Job 3:25

Have you ever heard the saying, "It's just a thing"? What that means is it's just a thing- something that really isn't that important, something that won't always last, something that doesn't have more power than we do.

It's amazing how many "things" we let defeat us, upset us, frustrate us and steal our joy and peace. Most of these things are so small and insignificant yet we give them a lot of "authority" in our lives by letting them dictate the way we feel, the way we respond, the way we act and react.

I knew that we were going to talk about this subject this morning and as I sat down to start typing the devotional, I had an encounter with one of those "things". I tried to pull up my new messages and it kept timing out and would not connect to my server. I was able to go online and open my messages there but not in my inbox. I tried several different things to make it work and finally- thank the Lord- it did. As I was "working" on it I kept reminding myself- "it's just a thing". Therefore, I was not going to let it bother me; I was not going to let it make me anxious; I was not going to let it steal my peace; I was going to give it to God and do whatever I needed to do to get it working and if it still didn't work, I wasn't going to let it upset me. (As you can see it's working.)

When those "things" come up, and they do and will, we have to make a choice about what we are going to do. Are we going to allow them to cause us to get in the "flesh"? Or are we going to overcome them before they overcome us? We do not have to be overcome by things- by situations- that arise. We have the peace of God that establishes our hearts and minds, we can do all things through Christ's empowerment, we are more than conquerors in all things.

So when these "things" come against you-- whether they come in the form of computer problems, rebellious teenagers, obnoxious co-workers, the loss of a job, an appliance that quits working, a vehicle accident, a bad report-- remember that it is "just a thing". A thing that is not greater than God. A thing that is not more powerful than His word. A thing that is temporary and not eternal. "It's just a thing".

Have a great day. Don't let "things" defeat you, because that's all they are... things.

For further reading:
Romans 8:37
2 Corinthians 4:18
1 John 4:4
Philippians 4:6,7

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Swallow Your Pride

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Have you been asking God for anything? Each chance you get, do you remind the Lord about your request? No matter how impossible it seems, do you still expect God to do it? So often in our lives, we ask God for whatever we want in life. No boundaries or hesitations. If you want it, you ask the Lord for it. Does this sound like you? You know other people think you are crazy for even thinking it is possible, but you still ask the Lord. If more people actually knew what you were asking from the Lord, they would write you off as “completely insane.” Why are you wasting your time? Why are you wasting God’s time? Are you really serious about your request(s)? Does this sound like some of the questions you keep hearing?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. May I ask you a question? When you ask God for your request, what are your intentions? Are you sincere or do you want to boast in the face of others? Will the Lord receive glory? Many times we ask God for [some] things, but we are to proud to do what the Lord says do to receive it. We want God to open the windows of Heaven, but we do not want to tithe. We want God to forgive us, but we do not want to forgive others. To proud to admit it? My friend, you must learn to Swallow Your Pride! The Bible declares in Proverbs 16:18 - Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. As a child of God, there should be no room in our lives for pride. When we ask the Lord to bless us, sometimes He may use people to do it.

My brother, my sister, many people miss out on their blessings because pride interrupted the progress. Swallow Your Pride! The Bible declares in Proverbs 29:23 - A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. The opposite of pride, is humility. When you are humble, God is able to do great things in your life. The Bible declares in 1 Peter 5:6 - Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: What are you believing God for? Has pride attempted to enter in? Are you to proud to receive from others? Swallow Your Pride! Question to Ponder: If your blessing was in the hands of someone else, would you be to proud to receive it?

Go Get A Drink

"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." Revelation 22:1(This morning's devotional is one Mrs. Ezell sent out in July, but she feels the Lord wanted her to resend it this morning.) To God be the glory!

What do you do when you are thirsty? You go get a drink of water. How refreshing water is- it's a thirst quencher. What do you do when you are feeling spiritually thirsty? You do the same thing. You go get a drink of water.Are you feeling spiritually thirsty and dry? Then you need to go get a drink of living water. Where do you get it? At the throne of God. This morning come boldly before His throne of grace, you have been given access, and drink from those waters that are flowing from Him. Don't just get a small cup full either. Drink until you're full. Drink until your thirst is quenched. Drink until you can't hold another drop. It's a river that is flowing, not a stream, not a trickle, not a drip. There is plenty.If you have been trying to satisfy your thirst through various sources- relationships, your career, finances, fame, even religious/church sources- it will still leave you dry and thirsty. There is only one true source that will quench and satisfy your thirst-- the river of life that proceeds from the throne of God. Take time to go get a drink today- it's freely flowing and is available to all who will come.Have a great day. There is a river of life that proceeds from God which has the power to quench even the deepest thirst.... drink from it today.

For further reading:
Isaiah 55:1
Psalm 143:6
Psalm 42:2
Psalm 63:1
John 4:13,14
John 7:37
Revelation 7:15-17

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Don't Lose Your Passion For God!

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart." Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV


There's an interesting sequence of events leading up to Peter's denial of Christ. First, Jesus warned Peter that he was a target: "Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren" (Lk 22:31-32). Next we read that when the authorities came to arrest Christ, Peter "followed afar off" (Lk 22:54). Notice, Peter had grown distant from Christ. Then the man who swore he'd die for Jesus denied knowing Him. At that point the rooster crowed, Peter remembered his promise to Jesus, and "went out, and wept bitterly" (Lk 22:55-62).

Observe how it works: (a) You're unprepared for Satan's attack when it comes. (b) You allow work and family pressures to cause you to forget that your first commitment must always be to God. (c) You end up spiritually defeated. You say, "That will never happen to me." That's what Peter said! The reason "Satan hath desired to have you," is because he knows that when you become passionate about God's purposes, you're unstoppable. Indeed, the very desire that's burning within you right now is the fuel that enables you to withstand his attacks.

There's a reason the crucifixion has been referred to as "The Passion." The Bible says of Christ: "Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Heb 12:2 NKJV). Even as He was dying, Jesus was ministering to others. That's passion! So the Word for you today is, "Don't lose your passion for God

Monday, December 7, 2009

I Know Who I Am


I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8) I
am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3 :20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)I
am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)I
have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28 )
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph.. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13 )
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3)..
I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1).
I am God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14).
I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know who you are?

Benefit and Condition

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

We are always wanting the blessings and benefits of the Lord but when they are made available to us we often overlook them because they don't come in the way we want them to. They usually come with conditions. Like in our verse above.

What wonderful benefits- renewed strength, mounting up, running and not being weary, walking and not fainting. I don't know about you, but these sound like wonderful blessings to me. Daily I need my strength to be renewed. I need to be able to mount up and sore above the circumstances of life in general. How wonderful to be able to run and not get weary, and to walk and not faint. Who wouldn't want these blessings. Yet they do come at a price. The price? Waiting on the Lord.

There is an old saying, "We want our cake and eat it too". Usually, we want the cake, we want to eat it, we want the whole thing, we want to enjoy it, but we don't want to have to wait for it to bake, we don't want to take the time to mix the ingredients together, we don't want to do what is necessary in order to have the cake. This is how we are with the blessings of the Lord. In this case, not willing to wait upon the Lord.

If you want the blessings you must do/meet the conditions. There are no short cuts. Renewed strength comes from waiting on the Lord. The ability to run and walk and not grow faint or weary comes from waiting on the Lord. If you aren't receiving the benefits you desire, and they have been promised to you in God's word, then you may need to look at yourself and see if you are doing your part- the conditions.

Have a great day. Wonderful blessings have been promised to us, but so have the conditions to receiving those blessings.

For further reading:
1 Peter 2:3-8
Isaiah 1:19
Galatians 6:7-9
Ecclesiastes 12:13

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Confusion Is Not Of God

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Have you found yourself against a wall? Without realizing it, you were backed up against it. You have tried to figure out what went wrong. You begin to evaluate your past decisions. Confusion begins to set in. You turn to family and friends for advice, but they cannot help you. Because you have been so busy lately, you are having a difficult time remembering. So many questions have begun to run through your head. How did I get here? What did I do wrong? How did I get back on the right course? Is it too late? Never would you have imagined that it would be your back against the wall. Have you been there? Are you there now?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. Has life’s problems held you down? My friend, you are not the only person facing turmoil. Times have been hard for others as well. The enemy desires to confuse you during your testing times. If he can cause you to doubt the Lord, he will surely try. During your current situation, always know … Confusion is not of God! The Bible declares in 1 Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. It is the Lord’s desire to grant you peace during your chaotic times. When things seem uncertain, when the obstacles seem to prevail against you, when the rumors are created to destroy you, remember the Bible declares in Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

My brother, my sister, Confusion is not of God! On your job, God can give you peace. In your home, God can give you peace. In your marriage ministry, God can give you peace. During financial setbacks, God can give you peace. When sickness or disease attempts to overtake you, God can give you peace. During the current economic times of our country, God can give you peace. The Bible declares in Philippians 4:9 - Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Thought to Remember: When everything is going against you, turn to the God of peace (Jehovah Shalom).
Scripture Reading for the Day: James 3:16-18

May God Bless you at Your point of need!
Minister Darrick D. McGhee

The Keeper

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand." Psalm 121:5

The Lord is many things to us- our Savior, our Redeemer, our Deliverer, our Healer, etc.- and He is also our Keeper. He is the One who watches over us, who protects us, who guards us and who preserves us--- our Keeper. He keeps watch over us as a shepherd watches over his sheep, as a gardener his garden, as a watchman over a city and as a man watches over his home.

He is the keeper who keeps us from falling. "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy." (Jude 1:24)

He is the keeper of what I commit to Him- my life, my family, whatever and anything. "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day." (2 Timothy 1:12)

He is the keeper of my physical well being. "He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken." (Psalm 34:20)

He is the keeper of Israel. "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep." (Psalm 121:4)
He is the covenant keeper. "And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments." (Nehemiah 1:5)He is a promise keeper. "For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." (2 Corinthians 1:20)

He is my Keeper who never takes His eyes off of me- He never stops watching over or stops keeping me. "He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber." (Psalm 121:3)

Have a great day. The Lord is your Keeper- keeping you in all your ways and in every area that affects you.

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The Right Garment

"And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless." Matthew 22:12

When I get dressed to go somewhere, I pick out what I want to wear. "I" pick it out. I choose what I want to wear to wherever it is I am going. If I want to wear a dress, tennis shoes, long sleeves or pants then that's what I wear.

One day there is going to be a wedding and the guests will not have the option of picking and choosing what they want to wear to attend. As a matter of fact, they won't be allowed in if they don't have on the garment that has been chosen by the King who is giving it. There will be only one garment that is acceptable. You will have to be clothed in the righteousness of Christ- no other garment will do. You won't be able to show up in your garments of good works and deeds, or your garments of religion, or the garments of intellect, or the garments of self-righteousness.

Our righteousness (any thing we do to try to be good enough) is described as "filthy rags". Who would wear "rags" to a wedding feast? Yet many on that day are going to try to get into the wedding feast wearing such.

When I plan on going somewhere, I don't wait until I get there to then decide what to wear, I choose it ahead of time and I show up at the event with it already on. The King (the Lord God) has already chosen for us the proper attire and it has already been provided ahead of time. (It was provided through Calvary.) Do you already have that garment for when the time comes? You can't go out then and get it- like the foolish virgins who thought they could go get more oil after the wedding had already started. It must be received ahead of time.

We have received an invitation to this wedding, we just don't know what time it is scheduled, so make sure you already have this garment that was provided for you so that you will be properly attired when the time comes.

Have a great day. You can't wear the garment of your own choosing to the wedding feast of the King of kings, you can only wear what He chooses.

For further reading:
Philippians 3:9
Revelation 19:8
Matthew 25:1-12
Isaiah 64:6
Matthew 22:8-12

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Enter When You Desire

"Enter into hHis gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name." Psalm 100:4

While this verse is specific in the fact that it tells us "how" to enter into the gates and courts of the Lord (His presence), it isn't specific as to "when" to do this. The reason is because the choice is up to us. Jesus broke down the middle wall of separation that kept us out of the presence of God. The veil was rent in two. Nothing stands in the way any longer. We have been granted access to freely come through the door (Jesus) which is never closed to us.

This means that we can enter into His presence whenever we desire. We can come to Him whether it's morning, noon, night, Sunday or any other day of the week. We have been given access to come to Him as often as we like- once an hour, twice a day, once a week, once a month, etc. We have also been given access to come into His presence during good times, bad times, trying times, peaceful times, abundant times, lean times- it makes no difference.

How often and when do you enter into His presence? Are you taking advantage of the privilege that has been granted to you by the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ? It cost Him everything to be able to open up the way of access for you and keep it open. So don't take it for granted.

Have a great day. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and praise, any time you'd like!!

For further reading:
Ephesians 2:14, 18
Hebrews 4:16
Matthew 27:50,51
Psalm 95:2
Psalm 100

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Defining Moments

"Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him." Genesis 45:15

In all our lives there are moments that "define" us- they define who we are and our character. This was one of those moments for Joseph when his brothers stood before him, the same brothers who had hated him, who wanted to kill him, plotted against him, had no mercy on him, sold him into slavery. At that moment he didn't just stand before them as their "little brother", he stood before them as the second most powerful person in all of Egypt; he stood before them as the "ruler of the world"; he stood before them having the authority to either imprison them, make them slaves or kill them.

At that moment Joseph could have taken revenge, he could have made them suffer, he could have persecuted them, he could have done to them what they had done to him. The moment defined who Joseph was. It revealed what type of heart he had. It revealed his character.

We have those moments too. Sometimes they come to us the way they did Joseph through what I call "big opportunities". Sometimes they come on a day to day basis through the "mundane" duties of life. For school children they may come by being tempted to cheat on a test. For an employee they may come when confronted by your boss about an issue and your tempted to lie to make yourself look good. They come in many ways, through many avenues, through many forms and through many people. Regardless of how they come, the point is they come and when they do they will define you- you will see and others will see just who you really are.

When we talk about how "all things work together for the good", we don't usually think about it in the area we have talked about this morning. But when you are faced with a situation, when you are going through a trial, when things are happening in your life, if you can't "see" some tangible thing that looks good coming from it, remember this- if it reveals who you are and your character, what's inside of you, what's in your heart, then it has worked a "good work" because it revealed something to you about yourself. Did it reveal Christ's nature in you or did it reveal flesh? If it revealed something other than "Christ", then rejoice because that was a good thing, because now you know what's in your heart and you can work with the Holy Spirit to bring a change in you- a change that will ultimately cause Christ to be formed in you.

Have a great day. The things we go through define us, they let us know who we are and what's inside of us. How are your trials defining you?

For further reading:
Jeremiah 17:9
Mark 7:21,22
Psalm 139:23,24
Romans 8:28
Isaiah 6:5
Genesis 45:4-15

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Unchanging God

"...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5b

There is a song entitled, "God of the Mountain". The words of the chorus are as follows: "For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley. When things go wrong, He’ll make them right. And the God of the good times, is still God of the bad times. And the God of the day is still God of the night."

I want to encourage you this morning that your situation doesn't change God. It doesn't matter what you are going through, He is still God. It doesn't matter if it is a big problem, an impossible situation or a tremendous burden, God is still all powerful, all wise, all knowing. He is still the same whether you are on a mountain top or in a valley.

He didn't change in power, strength or ability when the three Hebrews faced the fiery furnace, when David faced the lion, the bear or the giant. He was the same powerful God for the Israelites at the Red Sea as He was when they were in Egypt.

He was with Joseph when he was in the pit, in Potiphar's house and in the palace. It's amazing to me that we tend to think that God was only with Joseph when he was in the palace. We think, or act like, God is only there when things are going well, when the blessings are flowing, when the money is coming in, when there are no conflicts and our health is good. This isn't true, He is with us wherever it is. Don't let your situation shroud the knowledge that God is there with you- on the mountain and in the valley.

Have a great day. God is with you no matter where you are and He is just as powerful in every situation and every place.

For further reading:
Genesis 28:15
Isaiah 41:10
Deut. 26:8
Isaiah 43:2
Malachi 3:6
Hebrews 13:8

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"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went." Hebrews 11:8

Abraham was "called" to go out not knowing where he was going. Yes, God will "call" us, "lead" us, "direct" us to do something and we will not always understand the why or what. He will not always show us the whole picture or explain the reason behind it. He will not always give us all the details either. He didn't to Abraham.

It was "afterwards"- after his obedience, after he made a step of faith, after he left his father's house, after he trusted the voice of God- that he received the place he was called out to as an inheritance. It was not before. Our problem is that we always want the "afterwards" before we will do the "before". We want to receive the end result first. We want to receive the blessing before we meet the condition. It doesn't work that way. We have to do what the Lord tells us to do then "afterwards" we will receive.

The bottom line is this: God will direct us but not always tell us why or what His plan is. We just have to step out in faith and obey like Abraham did. And after we do, then we will receive.
Have a great day. Just obey the voice of the Lord whether you understand why He told you to do it or not. If you obey then afterwards you will receive.

For further reading:
Proverbs 3:4,5
Matthew 7:7
Matthew 6:33
Isaiah 1:19

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Study For The Test

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

I woke up with this scripture on my heart this morning, and a thought accompanied it. The thought was this-- too many Christians depend on someone else to do their studying of the scriptures for them. They depend on the television preachers, their pastor, some sermon series, etc. We should be thankful for these and there is nothing wrong with learning from them. But God never intended that they take the place of personal study and responsibility.

Would you let someone else do your studying for you when it comes to taking a test? What they know does not do you much good if you don't know it. The Bible says that God's people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Is there a lack of knowledge, or a lack of studying to gain the knowledge?

There is a danger in taking everyone else's word for it especially when it deals with life and death issues, as do the scriptures. We will all take one big final test one day- the one where we stand before God and give a personal account of our lives. If you haven't studied to find out for yourself what answers are acceptable and which aren't, you might fail.

Have a great day. When we stand before the Lord one day, we will take a test- an "open book" test. Will we know the answers?

For further reading:
Hosea 4:6
John 5:39
Psalm 119:11
Revelation 20:12

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Recovering From Loss

"'...Pour out your heart before Him...' "Psalm 62:8 NKJV

Here are five keys to recovering from loss: (1) Process your grief. Emotions like fear, anger, worry, depression, resentment, helplessness and grief are normal. It's no good to suppress them or deny they exist. God created us to feel; He doesn't expect us to act happy when we're grieving. 'Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.' (Matthew 5:4 NIV) Be honest with God. 'Pour out your hearts to Him,' (Psalm 62:8 NIV) and He will comfort you. (2) Accept help. It's a mistake to isolate yourself in the aftermath of a tragedy. We all need the encouragement and the support of others. We're called to carry one another's burdens 'Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.' (Galatians 6:2 NKJV) (3) Choose the right response. When you choose bitterness, you hurt yourself and shut the door on happiness because you can't be happy and bitter at the same time. During some recent bushfires there were victims who said, 'We've lost everything and we're sad, but we'll work together as a family and rebuild.' Others said, 'My life's over! I can't go on...I'll never recover.' You can choose to believe you're on your own, or that God's with you and bounce back. (4) Know your joy comes from God. There's no correlation between your circumstances and your joy. Joy comes from within; it's based on whom you trust, not what you see and feel. (5) Concentrate on what you have left, not on what you've lost. Make a list of the good things in your life, and thank God for what you still have. It's impossible to be grateful and hopeless at the same time.

Soulfood Bible Readings 2 Chron 35-36, 2 John, John 15:5-17, Ps 14, Pr 28:13-16

Black Friday

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

A friend was sharing with me about her "Black Friday" experience. (Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving when the stores have big sales in order to bring in lots of buyers. The sales usually start around 4:00 am and last until around noon.)

I quit going to the Black Friday sales years ago because the crowds are so large, you have to park blocks away from the stores, you have to stand in long lines and you have to get up very early in order to get there before the sale items are gone. My friend was telling me that this is exactly what she went through. She said she got up at 2:30 a.m. that morning to go and shopped until 7:00 p.m. that evening.

As I was listening to her, my mind immediately wondered, "Would we be willing to go through all this for Jesus?" When was the last time we woke up so early just to spend time with Him? When was the last time we went through any sort of inconvenience to get into His presence? Isn't it amazing that we will make room for and make sacrifices for the things we really want to do, but when it comes to Him it is more than we are willing to do. Most aren't willing to make even the slightest effort to study their Bible, pray or commune with Him. (What is wrong with this picture?)

Which describes you? One who makes room, makes sacrifices, goes the second mile, puts forth the effort and gets out of your comfort zone for Jesus or for everything else but Him? If you are one who will do it for the latter and not for Jesus, then there is something terribly out of order in your life and it needs to be corrected.

Have a great day. Is Jesus on your list of priorities? Is He on your list of things that you are willing to make adjustments and sacrifices for? Is He at the top of that list?

For Further Reading:
Psalm 96:4
Isaiah 29:13
Psalm 73:28
Amos 5:4
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Unlimited Access

"For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father" Ephesians 2:18

In today's competitive market, most providers of phones, cell phones and internet service offer "unlimited access". Having this privilege is wonderful especially when the alternative means you are limited in using them and have to pay additional fees. Some take advantage and talk on their cell phones almost endlessly. People like me are on the internet for hours each day. But then you have those who have the ability to use these forms of communication any time they wanted to, but don't. They don't use of the resources that are available to them. For example, I know people who only use ten or twenty minutes of their cell phone minutes in a whole month.

Did you know that we have been given "unlimited access" to come before the presence of God? It's all right if you decide to limit your use of your internet or phone access, but what are you doing with the unlimited access you have into God's presence? Are you taking advantage of it? Is it something that you just do on occasion- perhaps only when you have a need or are in an uncomfortable situation or face something that you don't think you can handle? Are your "minutes" with Him hardly noticeable? Do you frequent it often or rarely?

Jesus died on the cross to give us access to the Father. It is a wonderful privilege that should never be taken lightly or for granted. We can come before Him at any time- day or night. There is always an open line to reach Him. We never face "down times" when we are ready to talk with Him. He is always there and always available. He doesn't sleep, He is always awake. And He is always accessible.

Have a great day. Are you taking advantage of the "unlimited access" you have into God's presence?

For further reading:
Ephesians 3:12
John 10:9
Hebrews 4:16
Psalm 121:4
James 4:8

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Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil!

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. What do you do when someone you trust has been dishonest with you? How does it make you feel? Do you end the friendship? Do you give them another chance? Do you act as if nothing is wrong? What do you do? How do you respond? So often in our lives we find ourselves on the receiving end of dishonesty. A person you trusted held back the truth from you. When you confronted them, more lies were given. It appeared as if it was lie, upon lie, upon lie. Have you been there? Are you there now?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My friend, Tell The Truth, Shame the devil! When we are dishonest with our brothers and sisters, we give glory to the enemy. God hates lies and he expects us to hate it as well. The Bible declares in John 8:44 - Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. Sometimes you find yourself in positions where telling the truth seems so difficult. Being dishonest is your first reaction. Be that as it may, Tell The Truth, Shame the devil!

My brother, my sister, you must understand who your Father is. He expects more out of you. The Bible declares in Proverbs 17:4 - A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. Dishonesty never betters anyone. When a person tells a lie, he/she must continue to lie to cover the first one. The Bible declares in John 8:32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. When you find yourself wavering between the two options, always Tell The Truth and bring Shame to the devil! Thought to Remember: If you hate being lied to, make sure you are not doing what you hate!

Scripture Reading for the Day: Revelation 21:8

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Overcoming Your Fear Of People

"'Be not afraid of their faces...'"Jeremiah 1:8 KJV

Do you avoid certain activities and social occasions because of insecurity? If so, you might have 'social phobia', the fear of being inadequate, embarrassed or negatively evaluated. Some of us even experience panic attacks that leave us immobilised to the point of dysfunction. Yet it's avoiding such situations, rather than facing them, that allows our fears to control us. How great our fear becomes depends on what we say to ourselves when it hits. And what we say to ourselves is largely a function of what psychologists call our 'sub-personality type'. Here are some common sub-personality types, and ways we can handle them: 'The Worrier.' Worriers anticipate the worst, create grandiose images of potential tragedy, and are always hyper-vigilant for any small signs of trouble. Their favourite self-talk expression is, 'But what if...?' Learn to replace your worrier self-talk with, 'So, what if...? By God's grace I can learn to handle this. I can feel anxious and still do it. I don't like it, but I can stand it until it passes. I'll get used to it with practice and God's help.' When Jeremiah's fears kicked in and he wanted to run from a public speaking assignment, God said to him: ' must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you...' (Jeremiah 1:7-8 NLT) Instead of running from it, choose to face it in faith; and watch how God will get you through it!

Soulfood Bible Readings Jos 11-13, John 17:1-12, Ps 147:12-20, Pr 29:6-10

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Finding Yourself

"She found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz." Ruth 2:3 NIV

Ruth's life was spiraling downward. Her husband died. She'd left her old home in Moab and wasn't accepted in her new one in Bethlehem. She was in survival mode, making the best of a bad deal by gleaning just enough to stay alive. Then God turned things around. The reapers began deliberately dropping handfuls of barley in her path. She started picking up undeserved blessings. Why? Because Boaz saw Ruth gleaning and told his workers, "leave them for her to pick up" (Ru 2:16 NIV). Even though Boaz had never spoken directly to Ruth, she still received the blessing. There's an important lesson here: You don't know what God has spoken over your life, but suddenly everything changes! Doors open, opportunities come, people you thought didn't notice you, or even like you, begin showing you favor. What's happening? Your steps are being ordered by the Lord (See Ps 37:23).When the Israelites came into the Promised Land God told them, I'm giving you " did not plant" (Dt 6:11 NKJV). God can put you in situations where others do the work and you get the benefit. And you don't even have to worry, or get jealous about somebody else getting what's yours, because nobody can glean it except you.
Ruth started out for one destination and "found herself" in another. When Boaz called her name, she came from the background to a place of blessing in the foreground. Instead of working in a corner of the field, she ended up owning the field. When God moves, that's how quickly it can happen. So be ready

Mean What You Say!

"'...Let your 'Yes' be yes, and your 'No,' no...'"James 5:12 NIV

Remember when people said what they meant? Maybe you didn't like it, but you understood what they meant, and you knew they meant it. The word 'cool' meant somewhere between warm and cold, and if you said, 'wicked good,' someone would've asked which one it was. It seems like straightforward speech is going the way of the horse and carriage. The Bible tells us, 'Let your 'Yes' be yes, and your 'No', no.' In other words, mean what you say and say what you mean. Failing to do so damages relationships. We avoid saying 'no,' or we say 'yes' when we don't want to, out of the fear of rejection. And what are the results? (1) We live with stress, anger or resentment over feeling mistreated by others. (2) Our life becomes a classic double-bind where we feel trapped whichever way we go: 'If I say no, you'll be mad at me; if I don't, I'll be mad at myself and you!' So we stay stuck in our own pressurised trap. (3) The other person will never know how we really feel, or understand why we act as we do. Unless you say what you feel, you'll never get what you need from others. People don't change, until you change how you interact with them. (4) Your choice to avoid what you fear is what makes you a victim, not other people's words or actions. (5) You become part of the problem, surrendering to others the power God gave you to determine your own direction and set your own boundaries. So start saying what you mean, whether it's 'yes' or 'no!'

Soulfood Bible Readings 2 Chron 16-18, John 13:1-17, Ps 95, Pr 27:17-19

Who Belongs In Your Life?

"Where you go I will go." Ruth 1:16 NIV

Ruth told Naomi, "Where you go I will go." You can spend your life anywhere with anybody doing anything, then suddenly meet someone and sense that there is a connection between you. It's what made Elisha quit farming and follow Elijah, an eccentric prophet; it's why Timothy hung out with Paul, an old man soon to be executed. You know intuitively, "I won't reach my destiny without you in my life." Looking back you realize if you hadn't met that certain person, or taken that phone call, or read that email, you wouldn't be where you are today.

On the other hand, "Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye" (Ru 1:14 NIV). Now Orpah's leaving didn't make her a bad person; it just meant her part in the story was over. Recognize when somebody's part in your story is over, otherwise you'll just keep trying to raise the dead. David pleaded with God for his newborn baby's life. "He fasted...spent the nights lying on the ground...and...would not eat" (2Sa 12:16-17 NIV). But when the child died he had to accept that there was nothing more he could do, so he "got up...washed...changed his clothes...and he ate" (2Sa 12:20 NIV). Acknowledge when something is over. If God means you to have it, He'll give it to you. If you've tried to make it work and it hasn't, accept His will in the matter. Get up, go to the mall, buy yourself a new outfit, treat yourself to a good meal; start living again! Never beg anyone to stay with you against their will. Their leaving is no accident; it just means God has something better in store for you (and possibly them too), so trust Him and move on!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rejoicing Today

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

Why is it that we spend most of our days worrying about the cares and affairs of this life? Why do we spend them anxious about things we have no control over? Why do we spend them complaining about what we don't have? Why do we spend many of them sad, depressed, upset, frustrated, aggravated and agitated?

Why don't we spend them rejoicing instead? Why don't we spend them rejoicing in the fact that our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life and that our sins are forgiven and we have a home that is being prepared for us in heaven? Why don't we spend our days rejoicing over the faithfulness of God to meet our need, to never leave us nor forsake us, to go before us, to guide and direct us, to give us wisdom, strength, joy and peace? Why aren't we rejoicing each day because of the grace that has been given to us? Why aren't we rejoicing that we are victorious through Jesus Christ and no weapon formed against us shall prosper? Why aren't we rejoicing because we are more than conquerors through Him, we have been given power over all the powers of the enemy and that the greater One lives in us?

Why is it that we can find so much to murmur and complain about yet nothing to rejoice about, especially when we have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness; especially when we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus; especially when we have been given great and exceeding precious promises from a God who cannot lie but who keeps those promises? How can we do anything besides rejoice when we remember how much God loves us?

Think about it today, what are your days filled with? Are they filled with rejoicing or murmuring? Thanksgiving or complaining? Do you talk about your problems constantly or the faithfulness of God who's your problem solver, way maker, provider and constant companion?

Have a great day. Why don't we spend our days rejoicing? Especially when we have so much to rejoice about.

For further reading:
Philippians 4:4
Isaiah 61:10
Habakkuk 3:17-19
1 Thessalonians 5:16

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Are We Connected?

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. There are times in each of our lives that we must evaluate the people surrounding us. While we love to have people within our inner circle, it is imperative for us to make sure each person around us has been placed there by God and not because of our fear of being alone. In life there will be times when you will experience lonely periods, as well as discomfort from within. You will desire to do the same things you were able to do before but your spirit man will reject it. During the times when your spirit is willing but your flesh is weak, you must make sure the people around you are such that they can uplift you in prayer and not encourage you to sin against God.

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My friend, it is time to ask that one question to everyone around you. The question that will determine if people in your life are there for a reason, a season or a lifetime (purpose). What is the question? It is very simple! The question is … Are We Connected? To be connected means to join or fasten together usually by something intervening. At this point in your life, you no longer need one-night stands but covenant partners in the Lord. People who pray for you fervently and faithfully. People who hold you accountable for the actions you perform and responsible for the assignments entrusted to you. The Bible declares in 1 Samuel 18:1 - And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

My brother, my sister, do you have any person in your life willing to endure the fire with you? Do you have anyone in your life who sows into your spirit? Beloved, there will be times when the entire crowd is screaming your name. They will applaud everything you do. But there will also be times when the same crowd will criticize and scorn you. They will try their best to tear you down. During these times, do you have any brothers and/or sisters connected with you in the spirit? Better yet, are you connected to anyone in the spirit? The Bible declares in Proverbs 18:24 - A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Are We Connected? Prayer for Today: Father, please show me the people who are connected to me no matter what happens. In the name of Jesus … Amen!

Scripture Reading for Today: Proverbs 17:17 & Genesis 17:2

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Monday, November 16, 2009

Morning Reflection

Psalm 34:14. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Thought for the Day: Don't Wait For Peace To Arrive, Seek It Reflection for the Day: Evil Must Be Left Behind

To be at peace with God, as well as with self and with others is what every child of God should desire. It however will not simply occur, but must be sought after. The first step is to depart from evil. Once this step is accomplished you are free to seek and pursue.

It is God's will that you enjoy the fullness of His joy. Do not allow anything or anyone to hinder you from obtaining this great blessing. Don't sit back and wait but rather depart from evil, positioning yourself to pursue the fullness of God's joy with expectation.

It Will Change You

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2

Yesterday I passed by a church and the sign on the marquee said, "You won't change His message, but His message will change you." So many people try to "change" God's word and make it say what they want it to say. They try to twist it to where it will condone what they do. They try to make it fit their situation. They try to make it line up with what they desire. Try as you may, God's word is unchanging. You may try to make it mean one thing, but God will always judge you through His word by what He means and says.

The reason some try to do this is because they think that if they can "change" it, then it won't change them- because basically they don't want to change and line up with it. You can't read the word or hear the word- the true, uncompromised, un-waterd down, kept in context word- and it not bring about change in your life. The word will convict, it will reprove, it will instruct, it will correct, it will guide and it will provoke you to righteousness. When you read or hear the word you will either have to conform to it or rebel against it.

As you conform your live to the teachings, statues and commands of God's word a change will come, a transformation will take place in you. Your actions, your attitude, your speech, your way of thinking will all begin to change. You won't be the same person you once were- which is the goal. The word is intended to bring such a transformation in you as you allow it to do it's work in you through heeding and applying it to your life that you will no longer look like you, but like its Author- Jesus.

In conclusion I want to ask a question- are you trying to change God's word to make it say, fit and line up with what you want, or are you allowing it to do a change in you; a transforming change?

Have a great day. God's word is eternal and forever established, it will not change, but if you will let it, it will change you.

For further reading:
Psalm 119:89, 93
2 Timothy 3:16,17
James 1:23-25
Matthew 7:24
2 Peter 1:1-8

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Obey His Way

"And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean."
2 Kings 5:10

Naaman almost missed his miracle because he didn't want to do what the prophet told him to do. Many of us are like Naaman. We want a "word" from the Lord concerning our situation but often that "word" will require something on our part. This is where we will "miss it" if we aren't careful. We want the word, we want the miracle, we want the need met, we want God to do something, but when He tells us what we are to do, we don't want to obey it because it involves doing something that we don't want to do. We want Him to do His part, but we don't want to do our part. Or we want to do something else besides what He tells us to do.

Is this where you are this morning? Are you struggling with doing something the Lord has told you to do? Do you want the miracle/answer to come in another form or through another way? God's ways aren't our ways. If we could do it our way we wouldn't need God. And if we aren't willing to do what He tells us to do in order to receive the answer, why do we even bother to go to Him?

The key to receiving is obedience and obedience often involves sacrifice. But we have to do the "sacrifice" when that is the condition that the Lord has placed on the receiving, if we want to receive-- we learned this from Naaman's experience also. He could have washed in another river, he could have washed only one or two times in the Jordan, he could have washed five or six times, but he still would not have received his healing, because it still would have been disobedience because he would have been trying to do it his own way instead of God's way.

Have a great day. Our answer often comes through God requiring us to do something, and the "something" may not always be what we want to do. But do it, if you want to receive.

For further reading:
2 Kings 5:1-5
1 Samuel 15:22
Isaiah 55:9
Proverbs 4:4

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Wolves In Sheep's Clothing

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My brother, my sister, I have been sent to forewarn you about the people, the places and the things that are currently in your life. How knowledgeable are you regarding the people in your life? How familiar are you with the things in your life? How certain are you about the places you visit? Do you realize there are attacks sent against you each day but many times they come disguised? Without spiritual discernment, many times you will fall prey to the enemies traps and schemes.

The Bible declares in Matthew 7:15 - Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Beloved, I come today to tell you one important thing, beware of:

Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing!

These are people who smile in your face, but oftentimes they're stabbing you in the back. These are people who applaud when you do good and criticize at the first sight of failure. These are things that are set up to make sure you fall face first.
Scripture Reading for Today: Matthew 10:16

Battling Selfishness

As citizens of God's kingdom, we live by a different value system. "Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others." Now let's be honest; that's hard to do and easy to forget, because selfishness is a battle we fight daily.

When Jesus was hanging on the cross in intense pain, He took time for a condemned criminal hanging next to Him (See Lk 23:39-43). When Stephen was being stoned to death, he prayed for those who were killing him, asking God not to lay the sin to their charge (See Ac 7:59-60). Though Paul and Silas were beaten and wrongly imprisoned, they took the time to minister to their jailer. Even after God sent a powerful earthquake that broke their chains and opened their prison doors, they remained there just for the purpose of ministering to their captor. How tempting it must have been to run away while the opportunity was there. How easy it would have been to take care of themselves and not worry about anybody else. But their act of love moved the jailer to ask how he might be saved. As a result, he and his entire family were won to Christ (See Ac 16:25-34).

When we begin to win the war against selfishness and walk in love, others will take notice. We'll never win the world by being like them. So here's the question you need to answer: How many of your loved ones might come to know Jesus if you demonstrated that you genuinely loved them, instead of ignoring, judging or rejecting them? It's time to find out!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

If They Only Knew!

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Have you ever wished someone else could be in your shoes? People always act as if everything in your life is trouble-free. For some reason people want to always compare their life with your life, their burdens with your successes, and their frowns with your smiles. They think you never have days of doubt or nights of negativity. “If they could only walk in my shoes” you often say. Have you ever found yourself trying to tell people about the ‘hell’ you often experience? No matter what you say or how you say it, they still do not believe you. Is it possible for you to have your own problems but carry yourself in a manner that shows no signs of trouble? Yes it is! Many times we experience tragedy and turmoil but no one will ever know. Why tell people who cannot help you about the problems you are faced with?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My friend, If They Only Knew! If your family and friends only knew the nights you walked the floor with tears running down your face. If they only saw how you fasted and prayed before you made serious decisions. If they only knew the times you doubted yourself and the anointing God placed on your life. No, things are not always wonderful but you have learned how to rest in the assurance of God’s power. The Bible declares in Ephesians 3:20 - Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. As a result of this scripture, you are now able to make it each and every day. You have been assured that God is able to handle what you ask for and what you think of asking for but do not. Who else can hear and respond to your thoughts?

My brother, my sister, If They Only Knew! No you do not always have money in your pocket, but you know God will make provision for you. Yes there are times when you worry but you remind yourself of the promises God made to you. There are times when quitting appears so easy but you know God is up to something. The Bible declares in Jude 1:24 - Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. It is the Lord who is able to keep you from losing your mind. People may never know what you go through each day, but make sure you never forget how faithful God is toward you each day. Prayer for Today: Father, thank You for always working things out for me. People may never know, but Lord I appreciate all You do. In the name of Jesus … Amen!

Scripture Reading for Today: Psalms 46:1

May God Bless you at Your point of need!
Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Lip Love

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." Mark 12:30

When Jesus answered the question about which commandment was the greatest, He did not include loving God with all your mouth- it was your heart, soul, mind and strength. So many people want to love Him with their mouth only. They talk about loving Jesus, they profess they love Him with their words, but that's the only "evidence" that you see in their lives- their words.

Lip service was not in the definition of true love toward God. Any one can "say" they love God, but words are often cheap, empty and hollow. God's desire is that we love Him with our heart, not our words. Our words are backed up by action. If our words of love for God are words only, you'll know it by the actions because the actions will be contrary to what the definition of true love is. If our words of love for God are true words of love that come from our heart, they will be followed up by deeds and actions that honor and glorify God. Let me give you an example of what I am talking about that fits both- true love from the heart and mere words of love. Jesus said that if we love Him we will keep His commands. If you say you love God and are keeping His commandments, then it is love from the heart because your actions have backed up your profession. If you say you love God but don't keep His commandments then it is "love from the lips" only- which is not love at all.

If you are merely talking about loving God or loving Jesus but aren't backing it up with your actions and don't mean it from your heart, then you have already broken the first and greatest commandment. So right up front and at the beginning you have proved that all you have is a love from the lips and not from the heart. And love from the lips is not true love for God at all.

Have a great day. He didn't say to love Him with your lips but with your heart. Just because you "say it" doesn't mean that you really love Him. But if you mean it, you will say it and your actions will prove it.

For further reading:
Isaiah 20:13
Deuteronomy 6:5
Matthew 22:37
Luke 10:27
Matthew 15:7-9
John 14:23,24; 15:10
1 John 2:3-5

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Are You Available for Service?

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Life is an amazing journey that each of us must travel. For some the ride is smooth, while others think there are too many bumps on the road. For some the sun shines at the right time, while others believe the sun shines too much and too bright. Isn’t it amazing how one party can appreciate something, while another party complains about the same thing? Do you realize the rain you hope will not come because you have plans, is the same rain someone else is praying for because they have flowers and crops that need watering? Life is an amazing ride. One person may think you smile too much while another party thinks you have a beautiful smile. One person dislikes you while many other people love you dearly. Do you understand where I am coming from?

My brother, my sister, today I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. While it is true that everyone will not appreciate you, there are still things God requires from us. We may never agree upon our favorite recipes, our favorite songs or our favorite outfit, but these things should never pull us away from each other. The calling upon your life is not predicated on your singing ability, your cooking ability, your gift to close the deal or your many friends. While that means a lot to you and me, this really does not move Heaven. The calling upon your life starts and ends with the Lord Jesus Christ. He chose you, not the other way around. The Bible declares in John 15:16 - Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

With this said, allow me to ask you the Devotional question for today. Beloved,
Are You Available For Service? Are you available to do what the Lord is requiring of you? In spite of what people say or think of you, are you available for service? Prayer for Today: Father, prepare me for where You are taking me. In the name of Jesus … Amen!

Scripture Reading for Today: Isaiah 6:1-11

Friday, November 6, 2009

Darkness Is Light

"Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee." Psalm 139:12

"The darkness and the light are both alike to thee." It doesn't make how dark it may be outside, it doesn't prevent God from being able to see what is happening. He sees in darkness just like He sees in the light. He sees just as well in the dark as He does in the light- it's all the same to Him. How encouraging! If He can see in natural darkness as if He were looking at the light of day, then He can see the "dark" times we go through as if they were light.

The darkness of your trial doesn't hide you from God's view. The veil of darkness that you feel you are behind does not shroud you from His view. He sees in darkness. He sees you this morning. The confusion, the heartache, the pain, the weakness, the distress, the sorrow doesn't block you from His view. Though what you are going through may be dark, it is not too dark for His eyes to penetrate through.

You may be going through a "dark" period. You may feel as if the darkness is so dense that you are hid from even God's sight. Take comfort this morning, you aren't. He sees you. You are not hid from His sight by the things you are going through. Nothing is hid before Him, everything is open and naked in His sight-- even you. Elijah was hiding in a dark cave of despair, but God saw him. The darkness did not hide him. You dark "cave" does not hide you either.

Have a great day. God sees just as well in darkness as He does in light.

Don't Receive What You Hear

"And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them." 1 Samuel 17:23

There was a war going on between the Israelites and the Philistines. For forty days Goliath would stand before the Israelite army and threaten them. King Saul and the soldiers would shrink back in fear each time his threats came. None of them would go out and fight him- they were all too afraid. One day while David was there Goliath came out and made his threats again. David's response was different than that of the other Israelites. While they were all fearful at hearing his words, David was not. Instead, he wanted to go out and fight him.

Here we have two different reactions to Goliath's threats- David's and the Israelite army. David acted with courage and trust in the Lord. The Israelite army acted in fear and unbelief. They both heard the same words. They both heard the same threats. They both heard the taunts and accusations of the enemy, yet, their reaction was different. Why? What made the difference?

The difference was- David did not receive the giant's words, the soldiers did. They listened and believed them, therefore, they were afraid. Fear would not let them go out to fight him and so they hid in the bushes. David heard what he said also but he did not receive it. He did not take his words to heart. He did not believe them. Instead he believed God's words and placed them above the words of Goliath.

There are many voices out there. The enemy has one and he will use it to speak to you. He speaks words of fear, accusation, condemnation, doubt and confusion. But his words only effect us if we receive them by believing them. And if we believe them, they will cause us to react the same way the army did-- in defeat.

When the enemy "speaks" to you, you may hear what he says, David did, but don't accept what he is saying. Reject it. Turn your attention to what God says instead. Listen to God's word and your reaction will be like David's- "Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel." (verses 45,46)-- one of victory!

Have a great day. You may hear what the enemy is saying, but don't receive it.

Prayer and Praise

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22

What a contrast- a merry heart and a broken spirit, the complete opposites. To have a merry heart is more beneficial because there is life and healing in it, while a broken spirit brings death, discouragement and even sickness. How do we keep a merry heart? How do we overcome a broken spirit? James 5:13 gives us an answer. "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms."

When experiencing a broken spirit or afflictions, don't just ignore the problem that causes them. Don't just try to sweep it under the rug. PRAY. Philippians tells us to pray in every situation. Go to God, talk to Him about it, turn your care over to Him, seek Him for direction, pour out your heart to Him, let Him know how you feel.

When we have a merry heart, we shouldn't ignore it either. Don't withhold it, don't keep it bottled up inside, release your joy, this is one time not to keep your mouth shut. James says to sing psalms when we are merry. He didn't just say to sing, he said to sing psalms- the praise chapters of the Bible. Release your praise and sing unto the Lord. Make His word your meditation, make it your song throughout the day, make it the thoughts your dwell on.

We experience times of both in life- joy and affliction. But there is something that we need to do when we are. Broken in spirit? Go to God in prayer. Merry in heart? Sing His praises.

Have a great day. Prayer and praise-- two great principles to live our lives by.

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When Times Appear Dark

A word from Minister Darrick D. McGhee

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Have you ever lost someone who was very dear to your heart? Maybe this person was a spouse, future spouse, best friend, relative or someone you knew at church. While we know death will take place, it is never easy to get use to it. You never imagine your life without this person by your side. This is the same person who believed in you when no one else did. This is the same person who consistently encouraged you when you wanted to give up on yourself and life. Have you ever found yourself mad at God because you felt He let you down? You are mad because you feel God dealt you a bad hand. The questions that often are accompanied by pain begin to leak out of your mouth: “Why me?” “What did (s)he do to deserve this?” “Where were you when we needed you?” You know it was not the Lord’s fault but pain causes you to blame someone.

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. Each of us endure trying times in life. As a matter of fact, Job said it best in Job 14:1 - Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. We never picture life causing us any challenges or tragedies. We expect the “ever so often” arguments with family and friends. Those we can handle, but we never imagine dark days. My friend, what do you do When Times Appear Dark? What do you do when getting out of the bed appears harder today than it did yesterday? What do you do when crying is easier than ever before? I rose up today, under the power of the Holy Spirit, to tell you that you shall LIVE! I know it is hard, believe me I do, but there is still life to live. There is still purpose to fulfill. There is still lives to impact for the glory of God. There are still sinners to save for the Kingdom of God.

My brother, my sister, what are you going through today? Who have you lost in your life? Does life appear over for you now? I beg the differ. You shall not die but live. The pain is there, but God still has work for you to do. Beloved, what do you do When Times Appear Dark? You continue to trust and depend on God for strength to make it through each day. The Bible declares in 2 Corinthians 12:9 - And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness … At your lowest point in life, God is at His strongest. This is not to say that God has weak points. No, no, it is to inform you that God is now able to carry you through the dark days of life. He is able to hide you in the shadow of His wings. This is not the time to live defeated; but the time to call on the name of the Lord. Prayer for Today: Father, help me overcome the times when it appears dark in my life. Help me to trust totally in Your power and strength. In the name of Jesus … Amen!

Scripture Reading for Today: Ephesians 6:10

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Let God's Word Settle It!

"'...Your word is settled in heaven.'"Psalm 119:89 NKJV

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes: 'It is the Spirit and the Word, the Spirit upon the Word, and the Spirit in us as we read the Word.' You say, 'It's impossible.' God says, '...What is impossible with men is possible with God.' (Luke 18:27 NIV) You say, 'I'm exhausted.' He says, 'But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength...' (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV) You say, 'Nobody loves me.' He says, '...I have loved you with an everlasting love...' (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV) You say, 'I can't go on.' He says, '...My grace is sufficient for you...' (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV) You say, 'I don't know what to do.' He says, '...And He shall direct your paths.' (Proverbs 3:6 NKJV) You say, 'I can't do it.' He says, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' (Philippians 4:13 NKJV) You say, 'It's not worth it.' He says, '...we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.' (Galatians 6:9 NIV) You say, 'I can't forgive myself.' He says, ' Christ God forgave you.' (Ephesians 4:32 NIV) You say, 'I can't make ends meet.' He says, '...God shall supply all your need...' (Philippians 4:19 NKJV) You say, 'I'm afraid.' He says, '...God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power...' (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV) You say, 'I can't handle this.' He says, 'Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you...' (Psalm 55:22 NIV) You say, 'I'm not smart enough.' He says, '...if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it...' (James 1:5 NCV) You say, 'I'm all alone.' He says, '...I will never leave you nor forsake you.' (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV) Billy Sunday said, 'I stand on God's Word, and if the Book goes down, I'll go with it.' Today, let God's Word settle it!

Soulfood Bible Readings 1 John 3:11-5:21, John 8:42-59, Ps 123, Pr 25:18-20

Fighting Fear

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

From the verse above we learn that fear is a spirit. We also learn that the spirit of fear does not come from God. In addition we learn too that He doesn't give us a spirit of fear, but instead He gives us power, love and a sound mind. The power, love and sound mind that He gives us is not just a replacement for fear, it is also the "weapons" and "strategies" that He has given us to combat fear.

He gives us power to defeat fear. "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19) As we said already, fear is a spirit and it is not a spirit that comes from God. Therefore, it is a spirit that comes from the enemy of our soul. But God has given us power over all the powers of the enemy, including power over fear.

He gives us love to cast out fear. "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18) There is no fear in love, neither is there any place at all for fear in love. God is love. There is no fear in Him. According to 1 Corinthians 13 the attributes and character of love leave no place for fear to be able to dwell.

He also gives us a sound mind to overcome fear. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." (Isaiah 26:3) When you think about the Lord, renew your mind with His word, make Him your thought life, then you will have peace of mind. Peace and fear cannot both occupy the same place at the same time. Peace is the opposite of fear. Peace says, "All is well". Fear says, "No, it isn't".

If you are fearful this morning, you have no need to be. It does not have to overcome you. The Lord has given you everything you need through Christ to overcome it. Walk in power, walk in love, walk in a sound mind and fear will never be able to catch you.

Have a great day. God hasn't given you a spirit of fear, but He has given you all you need to overcome it.

For further reading:
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
1 John 4:4
Deut. 31:6
Ephesians 6

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"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11

A couple of weeks ago my husband killed a copperhead snake in our yard. He showed it to me and told me to be very cautious around the yard and pay attention to my surroundings. These snakes are small, very well camouflaged and very poisonous. Last night I dreamed that I was in our garden. I was picking the squash and as I was pulling back the leaves to get to them, there he was- a copperhead snake. He was well hid. The way he was coiled caused him to look like several dead leaves laying beside the plant. If my husband had not showed me what they look like and told me to be cautious and careful, I never would have seen him. And of course it could have been fatal for me. In my dream I was glad that I had heeded my husband's warning.

We have an adversary who is out to destroy us. He doesn't always come right out in the open plainly visible. He lies in wait to attack us under a camouflaged covering. He came to Eve in the form of a serpent, but the Bible says that he also comes as an angel of light. In the appearance of an angel of light he often blends right into "religious" surroundings. It is often hard to distinguish him from the real. This is why we need to know what he "looks like". This is why we need to know his characteristics. This is why we need to know what type of tactics he uses in his pursuit to destroy us.

My husband showed me what this snake looked like, he told me what their habits are, he told me what type of areas that they like to stay in, he told me which places to be especially careful in because this snake could easily hide in them and not be spotted. The word of God does for us what my husband did for me. It reveals the devil's real character. It tells us how to detect him. It tells us what to look for and look out for. It exposes him so that he becomes more visible and unable to deceive us. Take heed to God's word concerning your adversary. Don't think that you can't be deceived. Don't think that you'll always be able to easily spot him. He is there and he lies in wait to give you a deadly "bite". But the word of God will keep you safe if you'll listen to it and pay attention to its warnings.

Have a great day. Our adversary is often very well camouflaged, but God's word shines the light of exposure on him so that he isn't hid any longer.

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Coffee Break is a morning devotional written by Lorraine Ezell

Words of Praise!

"Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that He will."
You may have gone to bed last night weary and wondering How? When? or Why? But thank God you woke up this morning and placed your feet on the floor.
And when you did, I'm sure the enemy said... " DARN, she is up again!"
That's right. You are up again. You may still be discouraged, but you are not defeated!
You are up again. Your head is up! Your gratitude is up! Your faith is up!
You are standing up on your faith. You are cheering up and looking up.
You are speaking up and thinking up.
You are hooking up with the right people.
You are growing up and maturing in your self-esteem, self-worth and self-control.
You are up and ready to make it through and up out of your temporary circumstances.
To get better sleep, reduce the news watching and distance yourself from thenegative people.
Prayer is better than Prozac. There is no cost.... just a lot of reward.
Make sure you pray, and pray believing God will answer.
May today be all you need it to be.
May the peace of God and the freshness of the Holy Spirit rest and abide in your thoughts, rule in your dreams tonight, and conquer all your fears.
May God manifest Himself today in ways you have never experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your prayers be answered.
I pray that faith enters a new height for you; I pray that your territory is enlarged.
I pray for peace, healing, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, true and undying love for God.
Someone once said, "Aging puts wrinkles on the body. Quitting puts wrinkles on the soul."
So for as long as God gives you breath in your body, keep getting up, again and again!
Confuse the enemy with your praise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May God bless you abundantly mentally, physically, spiritually and financially.
I will embrace and enjoy every season of my life, winter as much as spring....

Why Not?

"Why Not?"

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all." Psalm 34:19

Yesterday we talked about the fact that when something happens in our lives we tend to start asking "why?". The real question though should be "how?". We may never know the "why" but we should always desire the "how"- how can God get glory out of this situation? One of my email friends wrote back and said that she asks, "Why not?" Her reply prompts me to write on this subject this morning.

I think she made a very good point- "Why not, me?" Why don't I think that bad things won't happen to me? Why do I think that just because I am a Christian I am exempt? So many Christians believe and are taught that nothing bad- no trials, no pain, no grief, no heartache, no problems- is ever suppose to happen to them. The scriptures don't back up that way of thinking. Jesus Himself told us that we would have tribulation while we live in this world. The Bible tells us that it "rains" on the just and the unjust.

Just because you are a Christian doesn't mean that you are "exempt". There are consequences to our actions and choices. If we make the right choice we will not suffer the consequences that are attached to them. So in that way, we become "exempt" from facing many additional problems. But there are times when God will allow or even bring to you certain situations that will try you, but each one is planned to work together for your good. Just ask Job- he was a righteous man, yet he suffered. Joseph had a call upon his life, yet he went through a pit, slavery and a prison. Jesus Himself was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for a time of testing.

We are also told in the scriptures not to think that it is strange when some trial comes upon us- it serves a purpose. Therefore, if your question has been, "Why me, how could this happen to me I am a Christian?", you need to change your way of thinking and "step up to the plate" in faith and remind yourself- "why not me?". When you do, it will better equip you to then ask the question "how" and put you in a better position to be able to glorify God, bless others, and let it accomplish its perfect work in you.

Have a great day. The Lord never said that we would be exempt from problems, but when they come they serve a purpose in our lives that will work together for our good and His glory.

For further reading:
James 1:12
Psalms 105:17-19
John 16:33
Matthew 5:45
Job 23:10
James 1:2-4

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Coffee Break is a morning devotional written by Lorraine Ezell