2024 Past Daily Devotions


John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ baptized those who followed his message of repentance. The symbolism of this baptism was unlike the baptism of the New Testament and New Covenant believer post death and resurrection of Christ. John’s baptism was likened to an outward showing of cleansing the body to be conducive with the life patterned by repentance from sin which equates cleansing.

John speaks of the day coming when the Messiah will baptize believers with the Holy Ghost and with fire. The pattern by which New Testament believers are to be baptized is set forth by Christ when John the Baptist baptized Jesus. He was immersed under water. As believers, we should follow the commandment of Christ to be water baptized. But the baptism that John speaks of is a new baptism. He uses Holy Spirit and fire to describe this new baptism.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit comes from the Lord to every believer. When a person is saved from their sins, they are baptized into the body of Christ into the same Spirit, one body, one faith, and one baptism of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13.) All believers are baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ. So, what is this baptism with fire?

Some teach and believe this baptism with fire as being some spiritual blessing that accompanies the baptism of the Holy Ghost, but the next verse speaks of this fire not as blessing, but as judgement. Christ Jesus, the very one who baptizes believers with the Holy Ghost will also baptize unbelievers with the fire of judgement. Those who claim His name shall all be gathered together just like the wheat on the threshing floor. The wheat will be garnered to His side and the chaff (the hulls surrounding seed but has no seed within) shall blow away and be consumed by the fire. This fire shall never be stopped.  

Thank God that we are baptized with the new baptism of the Holy Ghost. This is the mark of the believer. When the Holy Ghost in-dwelt the believer at Pentecost, that was the beginning of this new baptism. If you are a child of God, the Holy Ghost dwells within you.

Matthew 3:11, 12– “11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”


To think of the vast enormity of God’s creation in Day one alone is incredibly difficult. He created the heaven and the earth and then gave it light by day and darkness by night. The earth is so big that it is daylight on one side of the earth while it is nighttime on the other side. God created this in one day.
The second day of God’s creation, God separated the water. He created an expanse of air and space that contained water in the heavens (the space above us and land,) and in this space, there is great amounts of moisture. In the tropical areas of the world, there are hundreds of inches of rain that falls per year. When the water table begins to get low in the ground, the Lord blesses us with rain from the heavens.
71% of the earth is covered in water. 91% of the earth’s water is in the sea. These numbers do not even account for the water vapor that is in the heaven/firmament above us. God created this all in the second day of creation.
You may have the greatest season of trial you have ever faced going on right now in your life. Take a glance at God’s mighty creation account and know that He is God alone. There is no trouble too big for Him in your life. He managed every single minute detail of His creation, and He has no problem taking on your trials and storms in life.
Genesis 1:6–8 “6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”



The Bible uses so many wonderful illustrations to give us mental imagery depicting the meaning of the verse or passage. In Matthew’s Gospel, Matthew’s account of John the Baptizer’s words concerning trees that bear fruit verses trees that don’t bear fruit brings stern warning to false possessors and false professors.

Expecting to harvest apples or oranges from a tree that isn’t an apple or orange tree is useless. If apples and oranges is what you desire, you will need apple trees and orange trees. The religious practices of Israel bore no fruit. They were all religion and no fruit. There would never be fruit from a people who would reject the Messiah.

There are millions of people across the globe who are religious. They each have their daily practices and beliefs. Many of these people are sincerely devout in their practices and beliefs. However, if they are not grafted into the Lord Jesus Christ, they can bear no fruit. Trees that bear no fruit are cut down and destroyed. Religion does not bear fruit. Rejection of Christ will never bear fruit. God will tolerate no tree that doesn’t bear fruit and the only way fruit can produce is to be a fruit tree grafted in with Christ Jesus! Are you bearing fruit?

Matthew 3:10–“10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”



There is no examination of the power and majesty of God quite like the creation account of Genesis. There was absolutely nothing and God spoke everything into existence. He began with the heaven and the earth and then He began to speak all the intricate details into existence that we so often take for granted.
Let there be light; What a command! To think of the absence of light is mind-boggling. In the world we live in today, there is illumination everywhere. From streetlights, to headlights, to cell phone lights, to lights in our home; It’s impossible to escape light now. Even in total darkness, we have the illumination that reflects off of the moon.
With all of this in mind, there was once upon a time when there was a total absence of light until God spoke it into existence. What a mighty and powerful God that we serve. The light and the day separated one another. No amount of darkness can drown out the smallest of light. God gifted us with the light of day and the darkness of night.
Spiritually speaking, Christ Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12.) Anyone who knows Christ and walks with Him will never be left in the dark. Just as there is darkness at night and God separated the darkness of the night from the light of day, He also separates the spiritual darkness of the unregenerate from the children of God who belong to the Light of the world, Christ Jesus. Rejoice today in the power of the creator who gives us the light of daytime and also the Light of the world, Christ Jesus. With Christ, we will never be in spiritual darkness again!
Genesis 1:3–5 “3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”




Around thirty years following the birth of Christ, John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin came out of the obscurity of the desert land where he had spent his life. His name and purpose were given to him by God. He was to be the forerunner of Christ and the one heralding a message in the spirit of Elijah just as Malachi (Malachi 4:5, 6) prophesies of.
John the Baptist heralds the message of repentance. The need for repentance is the fact that Christ has been born. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. To repent is so much more than confession. In reality, they are two very different things. They go hand in hand, but they are indeed different. To repent is to have a change of mind that results in a change in direction.
As Christians, we should confess our sins to the Lord daily. Our confession should lead to repentance of those same sins. In other words, if we know sin to be sin, we must take that acknowledgment and do something with it. This is where change of mind and change of direction (repentance) comes in. We are. To take repentance seriously because Christ has come, and He is coming again for His church.
May our faith be so much more than general prayers of confession. May it be a life set on fire by the passion of repentance that the Lord has gifted us as believers. He has changed our mind about sin; May we walk in that change of mind and herald the same message to a lost and dying world. “Repent ye: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 3:1, 2– “1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”




When we consider the creation account of our God in Genesis, it is mind-blowing how everything came to be. There was absolutely nothing, except for God, and He created the heaven and the earth. When our mind tries to comprehend nothing being everywhere, its very difficult to do. Our entire life has been saturated with the creation of God being all around. But once upon a time, there was nothing, and then God created it all.

When we begin to doubt God in certain seasons of our life, it’s a good practice to go back to the creation account of the Bible. When we see the record of the one and true God, taking nothing, and making everything, our situation will not seem to be so hard for Him to step in and help with.

Just as the earth was without form and empty, our life can seem to take the same shape sometimes. It can seem as if our meaning and purpose is full of nothingness. It can seem as if that nothingness will remain the same no matter what. Don’t believe this lie! If God took nothing and made everything, He can take what seems to be all of your nothing and make it all into a masterpiece for His glory! The God of creation has not ceased from being the creator, He can still create lives with purpose out of nothing.


Genesis 1:2– “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”




Today is the first day following our celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. What will we do with this fundamental truth of our faith? Will we squander back into a place of solitude and confinement concerning our faith? Or will we obey His words to the disciples after He appeared unto them.

Jesus gave the Great Commission to His disciples. If you are born-again, you are a disciple just like the ones that Christ spoke the Great Commission to. Will you check off Easter weekend as another Holiday that all of your traditions were maintained? Such as: pics, social media posts, Easter Dinner with family, and many other types of annual traditions.

If this is all that Easter ends up being for us year after year and we fail to take His Great Commission serious following His resurrection, we have missed our purpose as New Testament believers.

May we take this grand truth and blaze the trails of our community, workplaces, schools, nation, and all across the world. Let’s GO! Let’s GO and tell everybody and the the somebody that came to this earth, lived and died to redeem them of their sins, and He conquered the grave. Go and tell!


Mark 16:15, 16–“15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”




Day 3 of Passion Week in Mark’s Gospel lays the foundation for where Christ is heading. Christ is heading to Calvary to be our substitutionary sacrifice on the cross. He has already cleansed the Temple and exposed the Jews of their unholy practices. Their practices looked good on the outside. They looked just like the fig tree Christ encountered a day earlier; The fig tree from a distance was full of leaves but was lacking any fruit. Religion looks real good from a distance and yet it lacks fruit.

Jesus and His disciples are on their way back to Jerusalem from their night’s stay in Bethany. They pass the fig tree that Christ cursed the day before and Peter called attention to it; It’s now withered away. It was at this moment, Christ spoke these foundational words: “Have Faith in God.”

Christ was days away from the cross during the most celebrated week in all of Jerusalem. It’s Passover week and there are thousands of worshippers in the city. There is much that will take place on this day but these words Christ spoke lay the foundation for what Passion week is all about.

“Have Faith in God.” Christ coming to seek and save that which is lost and providing the only way to God through His death, burial, and resurrection is the foundation to true worship. There is no other way. As the withered fig tree represents religion as being dry and dead, believing God, is to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection. Jesus is going to the cross and its at the cross that our entire faith in God rests upon.


Mark 11:20–“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”



Today marks Day two of Passion Week of our Lord & Savior some 2000 years ago. On Sunday, the first day of the week, the Lord made His arrival into Jerusalem. This is known as the Triumphal Entry of the King. The unique thing about His entry is this, it was anything but a normal entry of a King. He came in on the back of a borrowed donkey. He rode into town in a peaceful way, not in the way of a conquering King. He rode into town and received fake and faithless praise from those who wanted Him to be what they wanted Him to be.

Jesus stays in town all day and late into the evening, He goes into the Temple and examines the Lord’s House. What He finds was disturbing. They had turned the Lord’s House into a den of thieves. They had desecrated God’s house. Jesus likely sees tables where the money-grubbers had been making money from God’s house. He likely seen remnants of polluted animals that had been sold in God’s House. What He seen; He was not happy with. He leaves the Temple and goes back into Bethany for the night.

The next morning comes, and which is Monday. Jesus makes His way back toward the city and He is hungry. On His way back, He sees a fig tree from a distance and that tree looks so full and fruitful. Upon a closer look, the tree was all leaf and no fruit. Jesus likened this tree to Israel and their dead religion. He cursed the fig tree which was a curse unto false religion.

On this Monday, Jesus walks into the Temple and sees the un-godly actions of the money changers. He seen people buying and selling in the Temple. Christ, in righteous indignation, He turned the tables over and drove them out. This is known as the cleansing of the Temple. He reminded them that His house shall be called a House of Prayer and they had turned it into a den of thieves. His cleansing of the Temple scared the religious Jews and they feared that He would turn their religious scheme upside down.

As we read this chronological account of Christ’s Monday of Passion week, may we be trees that produce fruit. May we not be all leaf and no fruit. May we honor His house and not desecrate it with the ways and motifs of man. He did not tolerate it then and He will not tolerate it now.


Mark 11:17—”And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.”



We live in a world with very little peace. There is so much anger and dissension everywhere that we turn. It’s in our schools, cities, neighborhoods, and it’s in its highest form among our politicians and world leaders. There is a whole lot of talk about peace and a whole lot of nothing being achieved.

Most people in this world are lost. Most people in our nation are lost. Christians are the children of the Prince of Peace. We, who know Christ, know what true peace really is. We who know Christ are recipients of the only true peace one can ever know. This peace is a person, and His name is Jesus.

Jesus teaches us in His famous Sermon on the Mount that those who are peacemakers are blessed. Those who are peacemakers shall be called the children of God. Christians living their life in submission to the Lord will pursue peace. We should always be peaceful people, living peaceably, and pursuing peace with everyone. Why? We are the only people who can understand the importance of true peace because we are children of God and peace has been granted for us.

There should never be a time that we give way to living apart from peace with our fellow man. We have peace with God through our justification in Christ (Romans 5:1.) If we have peace with God, the one and only judge of all of man, we too, should be able to pursue peace with our fellow man. We have been empowered to be peacemakers.


Matthew 5:9—”9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”



There is a natural formation that takes place to the person who lives in this world apart from Christ. That formation is molding oneself into being like the world/culture around us. This formation comes with little effort at all. The word “conform” means to mold or form to. Folk champion their individuality so much these days. The reality of individuality is there is little reality to it. We wake up, do the same things, think the same way, talk the same way, and pursue the things that we so desire. The culture tells us to be what we want to be and although those things may differ from others, the fact that we’re all told the same thing makes us conformists.

The Bible tells us to not conform to this word. Instead, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. The word transformed is a formation of the mind. What takes place at salvation? Regeneration— “change in mind.” When God saves us, He regenerates our mind. He reveals to us that we are lost and that we need a Savior. He draws us to His Son, Christ Jesus, by changing our mind, which ultimately changes our direction too.

The renewing of the mind is a discipline. This discipline involves feeding on the word of God and applying the word through obedience. In doing so, we discipline ourselves by refusing to conform to the world. We will never achieve this so long as we are more concerned with the ways of this world than we are with the teachings of scripture. The Regenerated mind knows that this world has nothing to offer that is of any spiritual or eternal value. With this in mind, we must train ourselves to renew our mind in and through the word of God. The only people who can do this are those who have been regenerated by God Himself.


Romans 12:2—”2 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.”


The title of today’s devotion is in no way intended to display arrogance towards our Lord. If we have been born-again, we are His children. The question must be asked, are parents responsible for the well-being of their children? Yes! I have been blessed with 3 boys. When they were growing up, their mother and I were responsible for feeding, clothing, sheltering, and protecting them. That responsibility did not mean that we had full control of their actions. No parent can be blamed for all the actions of their children. If they got into trouble, they were our responsibility.
God has created all of mankind, but, He has only saved some of mankind. Those that are saved are much more than His creation, we are His children. We belong to Him. Just like we as parents are not the cause of our children’s misbehaving, the Lord is not the cause for our spiritual misbehaving either. He is however responsible for our well-being, discipline, provision, and protection. He is our heavenly Father. We are His people, and we are His sheep.
Shepherds provide for all their sheep. The healthy ones, the timid ones, those that have gone astray, and those that are in harm’s way. Sometimes, sheep get into harm’s way because of the decisions they make that lead them away from the shepherd. Nonetheless, the shepherd is responsible for His sheep.
I am thankful to belong to the Lord and to know that He is my Good Shepherd. When I get myself in a mess, He is not responsible for my sinful choices, He is however responsible for me. Praise His Holy name for never lacking in His responsibility to me. He is a good Father.
Psalm 100:3—”3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”


Being frantic and driven by anxiety is like putting blinders on that remove all your sight. So long as those blinders are on, we can’t see the obvious truths around us. The fear associated with blindness and lack of knowledge of our surroundings is paralyzing. Our mind takes us to places of the unknown of what could be lurking around us and yet we continue to franticly wander around seeking a way to make sense of things we can’t see or know.
Psalm 46 reminds us how we are to experience the peace of God in the unknown; we are to be still! The worst thing a person can do when they are in a place that is scary and unchartered territory is to franticly move. When we do this, we act irrational and without good sense. We take it upon ourselves to make things make sense and can’t even see everything that we are dealing with.
Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still and know that He is God.” So long as we are in a panic and moving around without direction, we will miss the most important reality; God is God and He’s got this! We can rest and be still in the acknowledgment of Him being the all-knowing, all-seeing, and every present God! When we slow down and acknowledge His presence in all things, the peace begins to flood our souls.
Psalm 46:1—” 10 Be still, and know that I am God:”



Jacob was in the promised line that was given to Abraham. His father was Isaac and Jacob, whom God later changed his name to Israel representing the line of faith, the true children of God. God makes a reminder concerning Jacob; it was He who created him and it was He who made Jacob into Israel, God’s people.

If you are a born-again Christian, you too are in that same line. Yes, the family of faith. We have been saved by grace through faith. Just like Israel, we are His. The fact that we belong to Him means that He is responsible for us. His promises to us are determined by Him, not us.

We are in His care. He will not fail us. There are storms in this life that we will endure. There are waters that will rise against our spiritual houses. When life’s pathways lead us through the fire, we will not be consumed. How? He is with us! We have been redeemed, called, and purchased by our Great God & King!



Isaiah 43:1, 2—“1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”


Being an American is a wonderful gift, or at least I consider it to be a gift. Everything about America is bigger, greater, and better by our estimation. Our buildings, cities, farms, military, and most of all, our love for freedom is the biggest! The slogan: “I am proud to be an American” is an understatement for the real love that Americans have for our nation. With all of this in mind, this pride can carry us into an unhealthy pride and allegiance. It then can carry over into our faith as well.
As a Christian, none of us have any place to exalt ourselves and think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. Proverbs 6 teaches us that God hates pride. Too often, we look for areas to be platformed and exalted. Social media has become the intoxicating drug that suits man’s pride where he/she doesn’t need it. We want to be platformed at church, work, the community, and across the internet whether on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Can our efforts to have a platform be used for good? Certainly, but there is always the ugly boogieman lingering around even in those cases, just waiting to appeal to our pride. Jesus had some strong words for us concerning prideful self-promotion. Jesus teaches us that those who exalt themselves will ultimately be humbled. Being humble goes much smoother through practiced disciplines rather than God humbling us. That is never fun! Jesus teaches that humility will be forced upon the person who exalts himself.
The flip side to the prideful self-promotion is humble service to God and others. When we elect to serve others with a pure heart and no concern for recognition, God will exalt us in due time. There are so many churches, parachurch ministries, families, businesses, and other well-known people and leaders who are exalted because Christ was, is, and remains the focus of their life. When Christ is the focus and service is rendered to Him and others whether any recognition is given or not, God will exalt those persons in due time. Be faithful to Him and others. Serving God and others has no place for pride!
Matthew 23:12— “12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”



I have been touched by the Lord on numerous occasions from the time I was a child right on into adulthood. I have had two major back surgeries as a teenager and God brought me through. I broke my neck in an automobile accident at age 18 that nearly severed my spinal cord. God brought me through. I had a motorcycle accident that involved me and a deer (the deer won,) and God brought me through, but not without surgery and hardware being placed in my shoulder. I have complications from all those surgeries still to this day, but I choose to remember that God touched me, nonetheless.

In December of 2021, our family lost our baby boy who was 14 years old. As we rushed into the ER, our hopes were that the docs could work on Titus Ray and with God’s help, he would be fine. That is not what took place. Within 20 minutes of arriving at the hospital, we learned that our baby boy was not going to survive his accident. Our hearts were crushed! Our hearts still hurt today over our loss of Titus Ray!

Does the fact that God did not heal our son cancel out all the times he has touched my family? Such as: my wife, my mother with cancer, my sister with cancer, my oldest son who had a brain aneurism at 18 months old, my dad’s many health struggles, and even our baby boy’s health struggles when he was a baby. No, it does not cancel out all the times he has touched us. Those are just a few things in my family that I remember. I am a pastor, with that in mind, I have seen many people touched by the master and I have also witnessed many that the Lord’s will did not include healing.

If we fail to remember the times, He has touched us and others, we will major on the situation or time(s) that He elects not to, on this side of heaven. When we do this, we risk developing a jaded view of our Lord. As a child of God, He intervenes and touches us often, and ultimately, we all will receive the completion of His work in and on our body and soul when we get to Heaven. Thank God, He touches us, may we never cease to remember all the times that He has.


Psalm 30:2—“ 2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.”



Apostle Paul speaks a prayerful salutation to the church at Thessalonica that we all should pray for ourselves and for others. Lasting peace is a person, and His name is Christ Jesus. There are preemptive plans that we can make that will give us peace of mind if certain things were to come our way, however, those preemptive plans will not give us lasting peace. Lasting peace comes from the Lord.

Apostle Paul requests that the Lord of peace gives the church at Thessalonica peace “by all means.” This means peace in all circumstances. Sometimes, our circumstances are not going to change. We believe this to be an unfortunate reality. Instead, we should pray for God to give us peace in the very circumstance that is weighing down our mind and spirit and clouting our mind.

Pray for God to move the circumstance that is so heavy in your life or in the life of others. In addition to that prayer, pray for the God of peace to extend that peace in a surreal way, so much so, that the peace of God overwhelms the fears and worry associated with the circumstances at hand.


Dear God, I pray in Jesus’ name that you overwhelm me with your peace. I pray that you overwhelm my friends and family that is so overcome with fear, anxiety, and worry. Lord, encompass us all with your great and lasting peace.



2 Thessalonians 3:16— “16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord bewith you all.”



Fear is a paralyzing emotion. There are times when fear is a wonderful gift to us in terms of being cautious. If we are walking close to the edge of a cliff or mountainside and a slip could lead to our death, that would be considered a good fear that leads us with caution.

Fear of the unknown or fear of things that we have no control over is the fear that we must run to our Savior with. He is he past, present, and the future. He is not bound by time. The Lord is already there, no matter what comes our way, so why should we fear?

The Psalmist said that the Lord is our light and or salvation. The fact that he is our salvation gives us eternal hope and peace that He will always be there. The light that He provides is the very light that illuminates our path wherever it may take us. With this in mind, we should not fear. He can be trusted!


Psalm 27:1– “1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”



Jesus said that those who heard the word of God were blessed. This means happy. There is no word like the word of God. The word of God cuts us to the core. The word is the ointment and bandages that our hurt heart needs. The word lifts our spirit when we’re so low. The word brings the high and lofty spirit down to where it should be when we allow pride to have its place in our lives. The word of God leads, guides, and directs us into all truth. The word of God is the pathway that leads us to the straight and narrow way. The word of God is the flashlight that illuminates the slippery ground that we sometimes find ourselves on so that we can have a steady foot. I could go on and on about the blessings of His word.

There is a key component that enables God’s word to be a blessing to us; that component is obedience. The word of God is full of truth and application, but the truth of the word will not force our obedience. As Christians, most often, we have no problem acknowledging that the Bible is truth. The breakdown comes when it’s time to obey His word. Instead of His word being a blessing to us, when we disobey it, it is much more of a stumbling block to us. We want nothing to do with it. It cuts us and rubs us wrong. However, the moment that we trust and obey, it begins to be a blessing to us.


Luke 11:28—“28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”



Family, what a precious thing it is. I have a wife and three boys, one of which has gone on before us to be with Jesus in Heaven. I have a father and mother and two sisters and lots of nieces and nephews. They each are special to me because they are my family. God has blessed me with each of them and I am forever grateful.

I have an extended family as well. This includes my heavenly father; He is eternal and all my family that belongs to Him will be with me in eternity as well. The greatest gift that God has ever gifted us with as Christians is to be called the sons and daughters of God. He has adopted us and nothing or no one can change who we are in Christ. We are His children.

The world may never recognize us or acknowledge us as anyone special. Some of us really struggle with that, but should we? No! We are His and that matters the most! They don’t know or recognize us because we are His and they did not recognize Him as well. We should wear that lack of acknowledgement as a badge of honor because of who we belong to. We are His and that matters the most!


1 John 3:1—”1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”



There is one thing that we all can count on concerning ourselves; We will fail! Our flesh will fail us in our walk with the Lord because it is our carnal flesh. Our flesh will fail us in our life because our flesh is cursed by the fall of man through sin. Our heart and the things it is set on sometimes fail as well. Things do not always work out the way that we want them to. These are all things that we can count on in this life!

There is one truth that we can count on that supersedes our flesh and heart. This truth is a person, and His name is Jesus. He is our strength and our go-to forever! Our salvation is not determined by how well we do or how much or how little that we fail the Lord. Our salvation is determined by how much He fails! Guess what? He never fails us!

Today, as you live your life, know this; you will fail Him, and you will fail others. Get this truth down in your heart but know that He will never fail you! Praise God, though I may fail, He never will!


Psalm 73:26—”26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”


Friendships and relationships are developed from an early age. Most of us find at least one friend that sticks with us through thick and then and hopefully we will prove ourselves to be that kind of friend to someone else as well. Even with this in mind, relationships and friendships can become strained. Sometimes it is due to hardships and disagreements and other times it is due to life happening.
I think of many fellas that I played basketball and football with growing up, they weren’t all my best friend, but they were all my friends as was I to them. We got into High School and those same fellas I had been around for 8 or 9 years began to drift off into the bigger crowd of students as did I. We didn’t cease to be friends; we just became separated. I can see any one of them today and we’re still cordial with each other but there is still separation, and that closeness is not like it once was.
There is one relationship that is impossible to separate; that relationship is between the Lord and His children. His love relentlessly pursues us, and He will stop at nothing to ensure that His love will never be separated from us. No person, no demon, no wicked ploy, or power can come between the love of God to and for us. Praise be to God, as the Kingdom of God increases with more and more people, His love doesn’t diminish for me or them. His Love shall never be separated from us. There is no other relationship in the universe like that!
Romans 8:38, 39—“38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus


Habakkuk was an interesting prophet in the Old Testament. He really struggled with believing that God was working behind the scenes. We are all guilty of this in our lives. There are times when the enemy seems to be winning and the righteous are abandoned. There are times when it’s hard to believe the Lord is at work because we do not see what He is doing.
Most of us live better today than at any other time in our lives. We have nicer cars, better jobs, better pay, and most of us are blessed to do most of the things that we desire to do. In all of this, we see so much wickedness all around us. We see the wickedness of our nation, our leaders, and the nations and leaders around the world. We wonder to ourselves, how long will this last?
God is a God of judgment. Yes, He is longsuffering, but He is indeed the Righteous Judge of all. Our salvation rests in Him, but the consequences of His judgment upon a nation can affect us. When the Lord drops the hammer on our nation for the rampant sin and arrogant disdain that is shown toward Him and His ways, there will be disaster that will affect us all.
Habakkuk got a sneak peek into the judgment of God, and it was not a pretty scene. There were hard times and destruction and yet God remained Holy and just in it all. Habakkuk set his heart toward the Lord and He was not going to waver no matter the outward circumstances. He has chosen to rejoice in the God of his salvation.
As time progresses and God’s hand of blessing is withdrawn from our nation, we will begin to see the effects of His judgment and we too will feel these effects. What will we do? Will we run from our God, or will we choose to rejoice in the God of our salvation? My prayer is that my heart and affection remain on my God who saved me from Hell. His judgment must come to all nations who forget Him. However, we are told in Romans 8:1 that no judgment shall come to those who are in Christ. Our soul is purchased and sealed. Rejoice in the God of our salvation no matter what may come! He is worthy!
Habakkuk 3:17, 18—“17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”


I heard Dr. Adrian Rogers (my favorite preacher) say in a sermon one time: “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.” Heaven is fun to think about and when we think of all that we are going to see in heaven and the reunions that we are going to have, it’s impossible not to get excited. However, in all of that, we must realize that we have a life to live for the Lord in this earth. We cannot allow our mind and heart to vacate earth and hangout in the dreams of heaven so much that we fail to see the newness of each day in Christ here on earth.
Apostle Paul spoke in 1 Corinthians about things that our eyes have not seen, nor have our ears heard, nor have we been moved in our heart by the unknown things. How could we, we have not experienced them yet. Too often, we are guilty of applying this passage of scripture to heaven alone. This is a very narrow-minded interpretation of this verse.
There are things in our Christian life that we have not seen yet, nor heard, nor experienced within our hearts. There are victories that lie ahead for us that we have yet to even see the battle for. There are things that we will hear in our walk with Christ that we never knew could be heard. There is always unchartered waters of goodness and blessing in this life with Christ that we have yet to sail, but here is the exciting thing; For those of us that belong to Him and love Him, there is so much more ahead in this life that we now live in.
If you had told me that I would experience all that I have in ministry 20 years ago, I would have never believed it. If you would have told me that I would have experienced the heartache that I have 20 years ago, I would have taken a detour because I could never have seen how I could ever overcome. And yet, here I am, with my mind blown away at the things God prepared for me all along the way that I was unaware of. He has an excellent track record with His children, because of that, I know that I know, “There is more ahead!” Trust Him, He has got your every step ordered!
1 Corinthians 2:9– “9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”


Living the Christian life is a supernatural phenomenon. I have witnessed brothers and sisters in Christ walk through valleys so deep and wide and seemingly so long that they would never end. These valleys were made up of grief, sickness, pain, suffering, anxiety, depression, and every other hardship that one could imagine. The normal person would cave to the pressure of it all.
The most incredible thing about the Christian’s life is their strength. This strength is not within self. This strength cannot be bought or even conjured up in one’s mind. No, this strength is from above. This strength is rarely known to be possessed by the one who possesses it. It shows up when walking through the deepest and darkest valleys. The only way that we can have this strength is to know Christ and then wait upon Him during these dark times.
Isaiah gives us the likings of this strength that is from above. If we wait upon the Lord, our strength will be renewed. In other words, do not try to sustain yourself in your own might; wait upon the Lord and His strength. When that strength comes, it will be as if we can soar above the trial and hardship like eagles soar far above the earth. The greatest blessing of soaring above our obstacles and hardships is that our perspective changes. We can see much more and more clearly.
When this strength comes from above, He will give us the strength to run our race as fast and hard as we need to and not run out of gas. We’re tapped into His endless supply. When our journey is better travelled by walking, He will give us the strength to walk and not quit. When we see the battle coming at us, we rarely believe that we have what it takes to withstand it, however, God shows up and gives us strength from above. Rest in Him child of God! Trust in the promise that He will give us strength from above. He is faithful!
Isaiah 40:31– “31 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.”



Every single day that has ever existed was gifted to man from God the Father. Normal days, good days, bad days, special days, terrible days, and some days serve as a benchmark in the lives of thousands of people as a day that changed history. No matter what kind of day comes to our mind, they each are days that God has made. He is the author of every single moment in time.

Considering that God is the author of each day, we must understand that each day is His day. We have no choice in that. He is God and He is the author. However, we do have a choice with what we will do with each day.

We should take a daily examination of our heart and demeanor toward God and the day that He has gifted us with. The questions we must ask ourselves are these: 1) Do I acknowledge this day as “His” day? 2) Will I make a choice to rejoice in the day and for the day God has gifted me with? 3) Will I choose to be glad for and in this day that God has gifted me with? Each of these questions are vitally important in helping us to make the right choices with His day. What a privilege to be gifted from God with a new day every day. Choose wisely!


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



Failing to trust the Lord in all areas of life leads us to a place of distrust. When we do not trust the Lord at His word, we will resort to practices that turn us from Him and to our own strength. The problem with this is the fact that we can’t promise ourselves and keep good on them. We are human and we do fail. We fail others and we fail ourselves too.

When we fail to trust the Lord at His word concerning His promises of provision, it leads us to covet the things of others and fail to be content with the things that we do have. The Lord knows what we have, and He knows far better than we do about the things that we need. He knows the desires of our heart and He also knows the motif of our desires, whether they be good or bad.

How do we become content with the things that we have? We must take Him at His word. He said that He will never leave us nor forsake us. If this promise is true, then He knows what we have and what we need right now in our life. To accept this is to trust that we have what we need and the Lord is right there with us. The things that we covet and go after may be the very things that god is working out and we don’t even see it. When He said never, He meant NEVER. Trust the Lord and take Him at His word. No matter what we think we are lacking or in need of, He is right there with us. His promise is that He will never leave or forsake us, and never, means NEVER.


Hebrews 13:5–“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.


All of God’s children have a home in the present with Him. Home represents a lot of things to each of us. Home is where we rest. Home is where we spend time with family. Home is a place that has innumerable memories; not all are good memories, but home was there the next day after the storm. Home provides shelter to us. When it is hot, we go inside to cool off. When we are cold, we have home to keep us warm. When chaos ensues all around in our world, we run home to escape it all.
The Psalmist speaks of this same kind of shelter, but this shelter is our spiritual home found only in the Lord. This home is found in the shelter of the Almighty! Abiding in Christ is to be close by His side and His mere shadow provides protection and shelter from the storms of life. There is one key factor that we must learn about the shelter of our Lord. Just like a home, if we do not utilize the home and go into it, that protection is very limited.
The Psalmist said that those who “dwell” in the secret place of the Highest will abide in this protection. We all know that storms come, rain falls, snow accumulates, and winds get fierce in life; if we wander off away from Home, we are going to get caught with little to no protection. This does not mean that God is not there, nor does it mean that He doesn’t see us. It does mean that we have a responsibility to “Stay Home” with the Lord. Stay by His side and walk, live, and breathe in obedience to the master. May we all dwell in the secret shelter of the Highest and “Stay Home” with the Lord!
Psalm 91:1–“1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”


The Lord will never fail us! He is not a God who is 90% accurate and present nor any other percentage less than 100%! It’s hard for us to see it this way when things transpire in our lives that we desire a different outcome than the one that we are living. He is already in the place and situations that we fear the most, therefore, we are to fear not! Those places may be tomorrow, next week, or 20 years from now. It matters not; He is already there.
God’s will is perfect and God’s will shall never be thwarted by us, the enemy, nor anyone else. He is God and He is in total control. He is not bound by time, space, nor matter. God is already there. I take comfort in this. This truth does not mean that I am always going to agree with His will versus my will. It does however mean that I must accept that His will is perfect and in this, we are to find comfort.
Wherever your life is in the present or wherever your life may take you, take rest in knowing that He is already there, and He will never fail or forsake you! Do not fret about a time, place, or situation that God already exists in. He is already there.
Deuteronomy 31:8— “8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”



Most of us know folk who seem to have a different relationship with Jesus than we do. It seems as if their walk with Him is closer and let’s be honest, we tend to believe that they have more access to the Lord than we do. We can think of at least one person like this and maybe even several people come to mind.

If we are not careful, we will believe this lie from the enemy. If you know the Lord as your Savior, you have the same access to Him as the next believer. He is there to take all our burdens onto Himself.

Jesus teaches us in Matthew’s Gospel to bring Him our heavy burdens. This is for everyone “who are weary and carry heavy burdens.” Perfection is not a requirement to come to Him. Having it all together is not a requirement to come to Him. The only requirement is to be human and realize that you need the Savior.

All of us grow weary and the burdens we carry get heavy at times. What are we to do? Take it to Jesus! He promises to give us rest if we do! Whatever load you are carrying, take it to Jesus. No matter how heavy the load, take it to Jesus. No matter if the load you are carrying is from the bad and sinful decisions you have made, take it to Jesus! He will rest you!


Matthew 11:28—“28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”



We as Christians are called to forgive one another. The forgiving part is rarely easy, and the forgetting part is nearly impossible. The difficulty of such a command from God to us makes it no less important to obey. However, did I mention just how difficult this is sometimes?

The Lord is our judge. He is a God of mercy and truth. His mercy is not without conditions. He has given us truth and parameters by which we are to live and obey. When we choose to follow the paths, the Lord has set before us, which always include obedience, mercy will saturate our lives.

David had learned that he had many sins and yet God was proficient at pardoning David’s sins. God pardons our sins so that His name may be glorified. He forgives, He forgets, and He is proficient at pardoning us.

The very forgiveness that we struggle to give to others and the difficulty of forgetting their offenses against us, the Lord has no problem forgiving and showing mercy to us. He is completely proficient at it. May we learn to walk in His paths and obey His ways; Obedience in His ways are attached to mercy and pardon. Praise His Holy Name!

Psalm 25:10, 11— “10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. 11 For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.”



To know the Lord as Savior is to be blessed by the best. The task of sitting down and writing all the blessings bestowed upon us would be impossible. We would for sure forget some of His blessings and then there are blessings that we are totally unaware of.

I am afraid we take for granted just how blessed we are to belong to Him and to have the Lord to put our hope and trust in. On any given day, we are unbeknownst to all the blessings the Lord deals to us. His protection, provision, and guidance are very real. The most incredible thing about His blessings to us as His children are the blessings that remain unknown to us. The unseen hand of God blessing His children with unknown blessings.

We should all make it practice to prayerfully recite and thank God for His many blessings upon our life. In our time of prayer and praise, we ought to thank Him for the blessings we are ignorant of. That is how great our God is. When we examine the many sacrifices our parents made for us as children, our mind can only recall the things we know of. There is sure to be many more that we have no clue of.

This is true of our God too. We are blessed by God because we are His and have placed our trust and hope in Him. He will never let us down. Today, examine and enjoy His many blessings! Take time to thank Him for the “Unknown Blessings” too!


Jeremiah 17:7—“ 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.”



One of the most popular verses in all of scripture is Philippians 4:13. Tim Tebow made this verse very popular as the quarterback of the Florida Gators several years ago. He would wear this verse under his eyes and the way he excelled in college football certainly seemed to prove that Christ was indeed with Him.

We are to take this verse in its proper context. For instance, I have never skydived nor flown a plane. If someone took me up in an airplane and sat me down in the seat of the cockpit and said: “Ancel, it is your turn, I want you to fly this plane back to the runway and land us,” I am here to tell you, I could quote Philippians 4:13 until the rapture of the church and I am not going to be able to land that plane. In that same plane, there could be a group of skilled skydivers and they are suited up and ready to jump, suddenly, one looks at me and tells me to pack my parachute up and strap the parachute bag on, we are jumping in 5 mins. I could quote Philippians 4:13 again and it would do me no good.

So, what does this verse mean and how are we to apply it? We can indeed do all things through Christ who strengthens us, insomuch in that which we are attempted to accomplish is within Christ’s will for our life. This is so crucial to this passage. We need to bath everything in prayer; That is, everything that we desire, all our hopes and dreams, and struggles and difficulties that we are facing. Go to the Lord in prayer with everything and know that if it is His will, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.


Philippians 4:13—” 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”



There was once a young man who had been tormented by demonic possession and oppression. All his life, his condition had cost him so much pain and suffering. This possession had left the young man with physical disabilities as well. He was deaf and unlearned. This young man often convulsed, gnashed at others and himself with his teeth, and foam would form around his mouth due to his misery. His father told Jesus that his son even cast himself into many fires and into water too.  

 The young man’s father had dealt with this endless misery for the entirety of his son’s life. He was without hope and there seemed to be no possible way that his son would ever be delivered. Afterall, this had been the norm all his son’s life. One day, a man named Jesus came by and opened endless possibilities for his son. It was very difficult for the man to believe that his son’s situation would ever get any better, but belief is exactly what Christ encouraged him to do.  

 The man’s reply to Jesus reveals two things: 1) We can believe. 2) We can simultaneously struggle with unbelief even while believing. This should encourage us. We all struggle to believe for the possibility of a good outcome for struggles and hardships. This is especially difficult when the season we are in has been for a long time and now has become the norm. This father answered Jesus’ question of whether he believed or not by saying: “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” 

 Only you know what struggles you are facing that seems to be the norm that you have become accustomed to. You want to believe with every fiber of your being, but you struggle with unbelief too. Keep on believing in the possibilities that Christ makes available to us. Although we may not see how and we can’t know when, we must believe that the Lord can and will intervene in our lives. The ending of this story is that Christ healed the young man. The father’s belief was not perfect, but the Saviors touch was! Keep your faith in Christ and you will always have “Endless Possibilities.”  


 Mark 9:23, 24—” 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” 


There is nothing quite like having peace with God. How do with have peace with God? We confess our sins to Him, repent, and turn from those sins, and then we walk in the freedom that He grants to us. To live in peace with God is to have no barriers between us and God. We get it all out on the table with Him. You see, He already knows everything there is to know about us. Who do we think we are fooling by holding back our problems and our sins from Him. We should just confess them, and for forgiveness, and turn from them. This always leads us to peace with God.
Too often, we as Christians want peace with God while living without peace with others. The two will not go together. God calls us to be peacemakers. Fact is, Jesus teaches us that those who seek peace with others will be happy. We can mask and pretend like we got this peace thing down amid division between another brother or sister in Christ; We are deceiving ourselves. We cannot have peace with God while having an absence of peace with others.
Why are we to be peacemakers? Because we are the children of God! We are the children of God because Christ has satisfied the demands of God upon our sinful hearts. We are never more hypocritical than when we claim and pursue peace with God while refusing to make peace with others. Any happiness that others think we have or we convince ourselves that we have while continuing in dysfunction with others is fake. Jesus said Himself that those who pursue peace are happy and those that pursue peace are called the children of God. Don’t wait another day! Get peace with God by making peace with others.
Matthew 5:9—” 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”



I once heard this saying: “The mind is one of the strongest muscles/organs in the human body; this remains true when it’s healthy and also when it is not healthy.” That statement has always stuck out to me. Wow, how true this is! Becoming a Christian does not mean that our mind is automatically healthy and renewed. We must be renewed by the Lord in how we think.

If we allow our mind to be conformed to worldly ideology and adapt to the way the world thinks, we are going to live a very defeated life. This is even more true for us as Christians. How so? Because we are not of this world and the world does not accept us. For us to be conformed to worldly ideology is conform to the opposite of what Christ would have us become.

We must renew our mind through prayer, reading and studying God’s word, and meditating upon the truths of scripture. By default, we will begin conforming to the world when we allow these practices to cease from our life in Christ. We must renew our mind daily!



Romans 12:2—”2 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.”



There are two ways to handle burdens. We can carry them on our own and wrestle with everything associated with them or we can throw them onto the Lord. The word cast means to throw. I understand that casting our burdens on the Lord does not mean that we get to escape the struggles that are associated with the burdens. They are still there. The big difference is perspective.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 to come to him when we are weary and weighed down and He will rest us. This is to bring everything that is on our heart and mind associated with the burden we are carrying, and we are to throw it onto Him. There is no feeling like dumping everything onto the Lord. You want to know why? He listens to all of it, and He is not weighed down by the load.

The Psalmist said that the Lord will sustain us when we bring our burdens to Him. He will not let our burdens crush us beyond our Lord’s sustaining power. When my family lost our 14-year-old son on Christmas Eve of 2021, I, nor any of our family had ever experienced pain like that before. There has never been desperation in our hearts like that seemingly fatal blow. 2 years later, we still hurt awful, but the Lord has kept us and sustained us in our deepest and darkest moments. We have lived it, and we can attest to the Lord’s sustaining power.

I want to encourage you to pour your heart out to Him. Find you a place where you can get alone with Him and just lay your heart onto His! You will never regret throwing it all on the Lord!

Psalm 55:22—”22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”



There is one problem that resurfaces among Christians that should never be. Those things are who we are, and who God is! God is the Almighty and He will never give His throne up to anyone. The total embodiment of God is filled with all things good, holy, righteous, and perfect. He is the One in charge and He has total control. He doesn’t take His hands off the control panel of the universe at any point and time. He is God!

God made us. By His good pleasure and will, we exist today! Some of us have a life of ease and comfort while others have a life of hardships and difficulty! Either way, He is God, and God is the author of our existence! He does not make mistakes and He has a purpose for you and your life.

We are not self-made. This is true both physically and spiritually. God has allowed my wife and I to enjoy many things that I never dreamed we would. He has always provided for us above and beyond our needs. He has blessed our children, and they too are taken care of above and beyond their needs. If we are all honest, we all must admit, God has been much better to us than we deserve. None of us are self-made! He makes and molds our lives into what it should be.

We are His people because He has made us His people. As Christians, we are His children. This is true by no power of our own but by the wonderful grace of God. He has adopted us and made us His children. Over and over, the Lord refers to us as His sheep. In this Psalm, we are called His sheep, and we are in His pasture. This means that He provides for us our needs. All of our needs, He has a plenteous supply!

These are just a few “things to know.” If we keep this truth engrained into our heart, we will always have the right view of God and the right view of ourselves. It’s never ok to have the wrong view of either.



Psalm 100:3— “3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”


Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Some people are fighters more naturally than others. I have witnessed both sides of these traits as a pastor. Some people when they find out that they have cancer will fight with everything within them. Those that are fighters will not only fight with medical treatment, medicine, and following doctors’ orders with precision; they fight the disease in their mind and heart through God’s word and pressing into the disease both physically and through their faith.
I have also seen the opposite of the natural fighters. This doesn’t mean they are of any less importance or any less of a person. It simply means that they have different tendencies and often personality traits. When disease comes, or hardships, these folk often seem to just lay down and crawl up in a ball. My heart goes out to all people facing difficult times and hardships. I do not treat the two types of people differently. However, I do see a great difference in their journeys through hard times.
Joshua, the successor of Moses, possessed the written word of God by Moses. It was his job to lead the people into the promised land. God spoke to him and gave him the essentials to move forward in this daunting task. God told Joshua to not let the law of God depart from his mouth. He was to study it, meditate upon it, and practice it personally and with the people of God. God promised him that the practice of such would result in a prosperous and successful journey.
These practices are still applicable to us today. If we ingest the word of God, meditate upon it, and put it into practice, we too shall prosper in our journey, no matter what comes our way. This is how we are to fight! This is how we are to be strong and courageous! Whether it’s physical struggles, relational, financial, or emotional; we must take the word of God and apply it to our life. If we do this, we can fight the good fight of faith with strength and courage!
Joshua 1:8—9– “8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”



Sometimes we develop a warped view of what God thinks about us. We have a skewed view of how the Lord views us and what direction that He has for our life. Dr. Adrian Rogers once said: “Some believe that God is a cosmic killjoy.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. The problem is with us assuming what God thinks of us and assuming we understand how He feels about us. We should let the word of God speak to this within our hearts.

 God knows His own thoughts (plans) for His children. He spoke words of comfort to His people in Judah in Jeremiah’s book. He reminded them of His promise to them. He never forgets or fails at His promises. He will bring peace to His children.

 I have a picture just inside my office door that says: “I trust the next chapter because I know the author.” This has become my motto in my life. God knows exactly what He is doing. I may not always know His detailed plans for me; it is not always for me to know. The important thing is that He knows. He knows His plans. He reveals that His thoughts are plans for peace in our life. His plans do not include evil. Praise God, the greatest of them all, His plan is for us to have an expected end. He knows His thoughts and plans for our life and that is all that we need to know.

Trust Him!


Jeremiah 29:11—”11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”



So much effort is given to becoming the greatest. This is true in athletics, various career fields, and just in life itself. When much effort is given to such a task, pride is almost always present. Pride is the driving factor for such a pursuit.

Few people today take the words of Christ to heart concerning how great humility is. No greater humility has ever been shown like that of Christ. Christ, the Son of the living God, came to earth fashioned as man and endured all the ailments that we are subject to today and He conquered it all. He did not come and zap all of these things with the sound of His voice. No, He endured it all and humbled Himself all the way to His death on the cross. Through His humility, we now have redemption and hope everlasting. The God-man humbled Himself to death that we might live. We worship Him for His great act of humility.

Jesus teaches in Matthew 23:12 that those who work at exalting themselves, will in return be humbled. But those who humble themselves will be exalted. I recall a story from a training session I was in with the late, Dr. Adrian Rogers. The story goes as such: There was a young man who was an up and coming preacher. This young man had charisma and he could really preach well. Somewhere along the way, he got into his head that he was really good. An opportunity was given to him to preach for a church and the young man walked in to the sanctuary, almost in a strut. Dr. Rogers actually said that this young man could seemingly strut while sitting down. The time came for him to get up and preach and he jumped up to the platform to speak and something strange happened. He froze! His words wouldn’t come out. His legs locked and arms stiffened. After some awkward moments, the young man was helped back to his seat.

There was an older lady in the church that pecked the young man on the shoulder when he was seated and said to him: “Young man, had you gone up to the platform, like you came down; you would have come down like you had gone up.” The story of this young preacher fits the passage perfectly. Humility is the greatest! If we want to become the greatest we can be, we must humble ourselves into the form of a servant! Our Lord did this for us!


Jesus said in Matthew 23:12– “12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”


We have all seen the questionable side-show of “faith healers.” T.V. Faith healers most often have a monetary component to their “ministry.” If you will sow a “seed of faith,” in return, they will send you a prayer cloth or some sort of trinket to guarantee your healing. They put the emphasis on your great faith and how to prove your great faith to gain your healing.
We have seen the side-shows of the healing lines where people fall out in the name of the Holy Spirit and they are healed. Men bring folk to the stage in wheelchairs, on crutches, and with apparent physical ailments; they are made part of the healing gig and the preacher lays hands on them, and they are allegedly healed.
I have been in pastoral ministry now for 20 years. I have sat with families as they learn of terminal disease in their loved one. I have sat with families as they learn that their loved one has no other medical options. I have given eulogies over Christians who lost their battle with sickness too many times to count. With this in mind, I get a little put off by the side-show of faith healers. Nonetheless, our God is indeed a healer!
King David had a physical illness that we know nothing of. The Bible leads us to David’s prayer of physical deliverance how bad was his sickness? We do not know but we must assume that he battled great illness. He prayed to God for healing and God healed Him. We are to never sell ourselves short of what God can do with our physical sicknesses. The Bible is filled with instances where God healed the sick and touched those with physical ailments. We don’t see David’s sickness, but we sure enough read his praise to God for his healing. Never stop praying for your physical needs to be healed. Never stop praying for your loved ones to receive healing from God. Our God, the one and only God, He is the God of healing!
Psalm 30:2– “2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.”



God makes a statement to the nation of Israel in Isaiah 43. He declares some very important facts about them as a people and a nation. God declares their origin, their creator, their redeemer, the author of their name, and whom they belong to.

In addition to those key facts that He declares, God speaks some words of encouragement to them concerning tough times they will surely endure. He promises that He will be with them through it all and nothing shall overtake them!

As Christians, we are recipients of this very promise as well. How so? Well, we too have been made by God. We have been redeemed, bought back, and purchased as His very own. Nothing we will ever face can separate us from His presence. He will be with us through thick and thin, and one day after a while, we will be with Him forever. He is our sustaining God! Praise His Holy name!


Isaiah 43:1, 2— “1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”


We allow ourselves to be subject to so many things that end up controlling us. We can allow our desires for just about anything to become so dominant in our lives that it becomes unhealthy and idolatrous. We can commit to nearly anything to a fault. When we do so, it controls portions of our life that roots out the peace of God.
Paul speaks of peace that “rules” in our hearts. To rule is to govern. There is no better control of our lives, tongues, and how we live day to day than to allow the peace of God to govern our every move. How do we do this? We must put on His word by clothing ourselves in obedience to His word.
Experiencing the peace of God is not a decision, it’s a practice of obedience. When we abide in Christ and obey His word and live our lives in obedience to Him, the floodgates of peace are released into our soul. When we are saturated with the peace of God, it will dominate our life and actions. Nothing compares to this overwhelming dominance of the Lord through His peace!
Colossians 3:15—”15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”


We can never sing enough praise to our Lord. He has won us the ultimate victory through the salvation that He grants us. Moses and the children of Israel sang a song of victory to God following the victory that He granted them from their oppressors as he led them safely across the Red Sea.
They had much to sing about. Their destiny looked very grim in the moment of the chase by their enemies, however, God delivered them. He parted the Red Sea and allowed His children to cross the sea and not even get their feet muddy! Their enemy perished in the sea as God dropped the water down upon them.
In no less of a miraculous way, our God delivered us from our enemy and made us His children. We were enslaved by the devil to sin with no way of deliverance on our own. We were in bondage and our future was judgment in Hell for all of eternity. Thank God in heaven, Christ came along and saved us by grace through faith. We had no way to save or deliver ourselves from the clutches of the devil’s hand, but God stepped in and delivered us. Just as Israel could have never parted the Red Sea, we could have never delivered ourselves of the just punishment that was coming our way. We were guilty and deserved Hell, but God saved us!
If you are His child, never cease to sing the song of victory to Him. Sing His praises in Church. Sing His praises in the car! Sing His praises in your Home! Never fail to sing the song of victory because no victory goes uncontested except the victory through salvation. That victory was won at Calvary and nothing nor no one can ever reverse it!
Exodus 15:2—”2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”



God is the author of life, and it is He who determines the time for a life to end. God gives us air to breath, food to eat; health to live; and orders our very steps if we belong to Him. He is our defender and our protector. Nothing can come our way without coming by His throne first.  

 When we consider the power of our God and His salvation, let us ask the question: “Whom shall I fear?” Our strength comes from Him; Because of that; “Whom shall we be afraid of?” The devil wages war against us as the children of God. He hates us and wishes nothing more than to destroy us. The enemy fails! How? The Lord is our light and salvation and strength! 

 May we always remember where our strength comes from. We have not survived this life with all its woes because we are stronger than everyone. No, we exist because His hand of grace and mercy is with us. His salvation provides many benefits and light, protection, and strength are just a few. There is no need to fret with fear when we belong to our great God and King! 


 Psalm 27:1, 2—“1  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.” 



We all have our favorite Bible characters. The stories and lives of some recorded in the scripture speak more to us than others. For instance, there are certain qualities that stand out about Paul that some identify with, and others identify more with Peter. There is certainly application to be made from all of scripture which includes each Bible character. However, we are never to put any one person above the actual word of God itself.  

 There is a scene in Luke 11 where a woman speaks up following Christ’s teaching and she speaks words of commendation that relates to both Jesus and His mother, Mary. She was not wrong for commending Mary for being the mother of Christ and a job well done. This was a kind gesture by her, but she didn’t speak in full completion. Jesus completed her kind gesture with accuracy.  

 Jesus drew attention to the fact of who was truly blessed. Was Mary blessed entirely because she carried, gave birth, and nursed the Lord Jesus? No, she was blessed because the word of the Lord was preeminent in her life. She listened and obeyed the word of the Lord. If we are not careful, we will prioritize other things, beliefs, doctrines, methods, etcetera; We will prioritize things that are of great importance but miss the fact that we are blessed by hearing and obeying the word of God.   


 Luke 11:28—”27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” 



Too little consideration is given by Christians concerning their sonship. We belong to God as His sons and daughters. It’s common to hear the phrase: “We are all children of God.” Nothing could be farther from the truth than that statement. We are all “created” by God. Being creatures of God does not make us His children.  

 Sometimes, we spend so much time and effort attempting to be accepted by this world. We do so in our career path, school, school choice, where we live, what we drive, how we dress, how we talk, where we vacate, etc, etc. If we are saved, we have been saturated in the love of God the Father. We are called the children of God, by the Lord God Himself! 

 John’s little letter tells us that those who are accepted by God are recipients of His love, and we are called the sons of God! This very truth is the reason that we will not be accepted by the world. He loved us enough to make us His very own. He is our Father, and we should forever rejoice in this glorious truth. May we all reject the pursuit of acceptance by the world and embrace that we are accepted by God our Father! He loves us so very much!  


 1 John 3:1– “1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” 



Failing at anything is never pleasant. Sometimes we work so hard to succeed and accomplish tasks and goals with full expectation to succeed, and then we fail. It’s a huge let down and can really bring us down.  

 This time of year, many goals and expectations are birthed. In addition to exercise goals, healthier eating goals, and weight loss intentions, we set spiritual disciplines as goals too. We all know that those spiritual goals and intentions are of far more importance than anything else that we set out to accomplish. Then again, we also know that they are often more difficult to stick to than any.  

 When we fail at meeting our spiritual goals and intentions, the devil is right there to remind us of the frailty of our flesh. We begin to self-condemn and partner with the enemy himself to condemn ourselves concerning our broken commitments to the Lord. We must remember that we are flesh! We do make mistakes and fail. The sooner we accept this reality, the sooner we will rest in His grace and second chances.  

 The Psalmist had come to terms with his fleshly failings. In his acknowledgement, he also discovered that God’s strength does not fail. God is constant and He is always there for us to glean from. He is forever our strength. We must pick ourselves back up each time we fail and call on the God of Heaven who never fails.  


 Psalm 73:26—“26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” 


There are so many benefits to being a child of God. If we were to start naming them now, there are too many to recall and those that we do recall would take a lot of time. He is a gracious and good Father.
There is one benefit of being His child that supersedes them all in my opinion. That benefit is His unrelenting love. His love is constant for His children. There is absolutely nothing that can separate us from His love. When we are distant from Him, He loves us. When we are unfaithful to Him, He loves us. When brothers and sisters in Christ are not pleased with our walk with the Lord, sometimes, they believe the Lord should or does withhold His love from us; He doesn’t.
There is no distance between us and God that can separate His love from His Love. There is no “new low” that we can reach in our failures or wide range of emotions that can separate us from His love. No man, woman, or beast can separate us from the love of God. This love that He has for us is through the finished work on Calvary by our Savior, Christ Jesus. Jesus cried out from the cross: “It is finished!” He sealed the deal for love from the Father to His children. Praise God for His great love. Nothing CAN, nothing HAS, and nothing EVER WILL separate us from the love of our God.
Romans 8:39— “39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


The prophet Habakkuk asks God the question in the beginning of his book: “Why are you doing these things?” He could not understand and it brought great concern to the prophet. The Lord gave Habakkuk some insight on the reality that He indeed was working in the background. Once Habakkuk realized this, He was ready to move on and rejoice.
Do not ever think that God is not at work! He is always at work. Do not ever think that your life is enduring things for no reason. Do not ever think that God does not have a plan for your life and in that plan, sometimes, it may involve struggles that make no sense! We must understand that God is not absent in our lives. Never!
Once Habakkuk came to this understanding, He rejoiced in the Lord and He was full of joy! The sooner we realize this glorious truth, we too will rejoice. Trust the sovereign hand of our God! Determine each day to rejoice in this great salvation He has provided for us! Rejoice in the fact that He is at work, and He has a plan! Trust His process and rejoice!
Habakkuk 3:18—” 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”



Is heaven the only thing or rather place as a Christian that we cannot really fathom? For sure, our mind cannot fathom what it will be like when we get to heaven. We will see loved ones that have gone ahead of us, we will see the creative side of our Lord in all of heaven’s grandeur glory! The thought of all that is mind-boggling! So much so that we give little thought to the unknown that lies ahead of us in this life.

God has so much in store for us right here in the life He has given us. It is as much a mystery to us as to where our life will be a year from now as it is what heaven will really be like. When we consider this thought, there is an excitement about this life, this day, tomorrow, next week, and next year.

Just as our eyes have not seen heaven nor have our ears heard the sounds of heaven, nor have our hearts held the realities of heaven; we also have not seen, nor heard, nor contained in our heart what God has in store for us today and moving forward. Let us not become so removed from this life that He has given us that we miss the truth of Paul’s writing to the Church at Corinth concerning all that God has in store for us in “the now.” Trust and serve Him today and anxiously await how He is going to use you now! It truly is beyond comprehension!


1 Corinthians 2:9, 10 —”9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”




To wait upon the Lord is not a position of negligence or dormancy. Waiting upon the Lord is a step of action in our walk with Christ. Waiting upon the Lord is to trust the Lord with expectancy. We are not to confuse waiting upon the Lord for His provision in a certain area of our life with laying down on the Lord or being complacent. That is not waiting upon the Lord!

Waiting upon the Lord is trusting in God and in His plan, no matter the circumstances. When we trust in the Lord, In Isaiah 40:31, the Bible tells us that our strength will be renewed! How? By the Lord Himself! Once our strength is renewed, we will rise as do the eagles with their wings. We will run and not grow weary, and we will walk and not quit. Does that description sound like waiting upon the Lord is a place of doing nothing? Not even remotely!

No matter what we face or what we need; no matter how difficult our season in life may be, may we wait upon the lord, that is, trust in the Lord! He will renew us and our strength. This is the most proactive thing we can do in our faith. To trust in Him is to trust Him at His word and take His word and apply it to our life!



31 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.



Each day is unique. Each day is like an unopened present at Christmas time or maybe a birthday; we have no idea what is underneath all of the wrapping paper, but we know it’s to us and for us. God grants us each day wrapped up in unknown possibilities and unknown challenges. Some days have more of one than the other. In either case, the day is still made by God and delivered to us.

The sooner we see each day as a gift, divinely wrapped and delivered by God, the quicker our perspective changes into what it ought to be. Proper acknowledgment to God for the blessedness of each day will set the stage for what each day brings to us. Yes, there are blessings and yes there are challenges that await us, but it is His day given to us.

May we always count our blessings. May we always recall His faithfulness and rise and rejoice. As each day approaches, may we remind ourselves that God has entrusted us with it. Oh, that we would always rejoice and be glad in it!


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


We all have encountered people who seem to make us feel better after we talk to them than we did before. They just have a way of lifting our spirit and encouraging them. It can be their whole demeanor or maybe the walk they have with the Lord.
The chairman of our deacon board at church, Steve, has this gift. He always has a calming disposition. We can be dealing with the most difficult issues, and he always speaks wisdom and calmness into the most chaotic situations. He does so in kindness and it’s infectious to us all.
As much as we all enjoy encountering people who are kind and pleasant to be around, we all should reciprocate that same attitude. It doesn’t take much effort to be kind and pleasant to others. We never know the chaos those we encounter have going on in their lives in that very moment. Through the love of Christ within us, we could be the very person that God uses to change the trajectory of their day or week.
Proverbs 16:24 “24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”



Often, portions of a verse or passage of scripture is used, and the overall context is dismissed or missed in general. If we have been saved any length of time, we have heard this phrase: “God will never leave or forsake us.” Yes, this is a true statement, but when quoted from Hebrews 13:5, we need to take the verse as a whole.

The writer in Hebrews has much to say in that very verse before the most recited part. He tells us to have a manner of life that does not practice covetousness. In other words, we should not live our life coveting the things of others. There is a lot of pressure and temptation that accompanies covetousness. Often, our desire for material things will trump our desire for God and we will stop at nothing to have the things that other people have.

The writer goes on to teach us that we are to be content with the things that we have. You see, our essentials for living are food, water, and shelter. There is nothing wrong with wanting to provide well for our family and have some nice and nicer things along the way, but we should never go after those things because of covetousness and allow our desire for those things to rob us of our acknowledgement of the greatest blessing that we have in our life. That blessing is the presence and promise of continual presence of God in our life.

Whether we live like kings or like paupers. He will never leave us or forsake us. When the blessings of life are at their highest, He is with us. Whether our life is in the deepest valley that we’ve ever endured, He is with us. Whether we have much or we have little, He will never leave us or forsake us. Praise His Holy name!



Hebrews 13:5 “5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”



There is nothing quite like being a child of the living God. He goes before us ad shields our way. He takes our past and turns it into a masterpiece portrait of grace. He forgives us every time that we come to Him and ask for it. He is our great God and King.

When we consider the shelter and protection that He provides for us, the thoughts of His grace and mercy get even more overwhelming. You see, God is untouchable. No threat can penetrate the sovereignty of our God. He is high upon His throne, and He has no concern over being toppled or taken over. He is supreme and all-powerful.

If we are His children, there is refuge provided to us in the secret place of God Almighty. There is nothing that comes our way that detours around the throne of God. He knows all and sees all. We are not an open target for the devil. God is the devils target and He targets God’s children to get at God. However, he is defeated and we are in the secret place of the Almighty and everything that comes our way must first come through the throne room.

With this in mind, may we have confidence that God has got everything under control. If Satan could destroy us, he would. He can’t because we dwell in the secret place of the most High.

Psalm 91:1–2 “1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”



Where is the Lord in our day-to-day lives? Is He only present when we are right and in fellowship with Him? Is God always a step ahead of us? These are questions that can really shape our view of God’s help and provision. If we feel that His leading and presence is conditional, we will have a very distorted view of God.

In no way am I suggesting that God blesses over sin and disobedience in our life. He does not! However, He doesn’t run off and abandon us when we make mistakes and when we sin. Whether in obedience, disobedience, or making a transition in life that God has called us to; He is always one step ahead of us.

Moses gave Joshua instruction concerning his responsibility to lead the people into the land that God had promised their forefathers long ago. It was daunting and intimidating, but Moses assured Joshua that God would go before him, remain with him, never fail him, and He would never leave him.

God has a plan for our life. We must submit to Him and walk in repentance and forgiveness. God will always be a step ahead of us and ready to clear the way for His children.


Deuteronomy 31:8 “8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”



On any given day, we all carry burdens that most people know nothing about. We mask the burdens behind smiles. We posture ourselves in such a way that no one would be able to see the load that we are underneath. Too often, we wear our ability to do so with no one knowing as a badge of honor. We pat ourselves on the back and just keep plowing on.

The Lord never intended for us to shoulder the load that life gives us. There are seasons when the load will break the wagon down. Who do we think we are trying to shoulder a load that can only be carried by our Lord? What benefit is it to us to hunker down and bear the load on our own? Pride is the culprit for thinking this way and more so, for living this way.

Jesus calls us to come to Him and that means ALL! Don’t keep anything back and attempt to handle yourself. Bring it all to Him and He tells us that He will rest us from the load. Don’t wait another minute; give it all over to King Jesus. He will carry the load and sustain us.



Matthew 11:28 “28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”



From an early age, I always liked looking up to heroes. Sometimes, those heroes were fictitious, but as I got older, I began to have real heroes. The Lord radically changed my life on February 25th, 2001. I had back-slidden on the Lord for so long and was living my life as if I did not know the Lord! On that day, I came running home to Christ and my wife was gloriously saved and our lives have never been the same since.

Since that day of spiritual restoration, I have found many men and women within the faith that have become heroes to me. I love them dearly and they have been very beneficial to me in many ways. Unfortunately, there have been times when I placed too much stock in these people and because they are human, they fail. Just like I fail, you fail, and all people fail. When a few of them had moral failures, it absolutely crushed me to the core. I couldn’t believe that it could possible be true. However, humans fail.

Be very careful to not set yourself and others up for failure with high expectations and also believing that some are invincible. It’s ok to admire others walk with the Lord, but know that they too are cut from the same clay as all of us are. Do not be duped into believing any man, woman, political leader, political party, pastor, teacher, author nor anyone else is immune to failing.

We must always put our hope and trust in the Lord God Almighty. He never falters and He never fails! Jeremiah compares trusting in man to a juniper tree’s survival chances in the hot desert. There is no relief in sight. Love your fellow man but trust in the one and only God!


Jeremiah 17:5–7 “5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.”



We live in a culture today where self-centered pride and arrogance is promoted in any and all areas of life. This can be true about athleticism, career, physical appearance, or just. About any goal one is going after. We are told over and over to believe in ourselves and to have confidence in ourselves.

This mindset sets us up for failure in our faith journey with Christ. We are never taught from God’s word to have faith and confidence in ourselves. Fact is, we’re taught quite the opposite. We are to have confidence in Christ no matter what we are facing, pursuing, or desiring. We are taught to be content in Him and to trust in the reality that He can make anything possible.

As we navigate through life and work toward goals, aims and dreams; as we navigate through our faith journey with Christ, may we never forget that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. It’s not in us or even about us. We must drop the self-confidence and turn our focus toward Christ and His ability.


Philippians 4:13 “13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”



Mark’s Gospel tells us of a man who had a son who was possessed with a demon. The possessed boy had been tormented by the evil one. The father has a dialogue with Jesus about his son. Numerous times throughout the young man’s life, the enemy had sought to take the young man’s life. What kept him alive? God had a plan for him.

The father asked Jesus to have mercy on his son. There was no long history of the man serving the Lord. There was no eloquent request made. No, he cried out for Christ to have mercy on his son and he asks the Lord to help his unbelief. He had faith but it was an imperfect faith. Christ accepted his imperfect faith and delivered his son.

When we face things in our lives that require a touch of deliverance from our Lord, He doesn’t require a perfect faith without fail; He simply requires that we call upon Him. We must call upon Him to help our unbelief too. I am forever grateful that His touch is not dependent upon how strong my faith is, but rather, His touch and ability is dependent upon how strong and able He is!


Mark 9:20–25 “20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. 21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.”



Too much excuse is allowed by many people within the faith today concerning dissension. As children of God, we should be the most peace-filled, peace pursuant, and peace promoting people on the face of the planet. We are the children of God. God has granted His peace to us through and by Christ’s work on the cross at Calvary (Romans 5:1.)

When we make way for ourselves to be anything other than peaceful people and people who pursue peace as Christians, we are acting contrary to the very God for whom we belong. Whether it be your co-workers, spouse, children, or neighbors, be a happy peacemaker because peace has been made between you and God through our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.


Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”



One of two things will change your outward appearance, patterns, and norms. You will either be changed by the world’s worldview, or you will be changed from the inside out through the renewing of your mind in Christ.  

 We only have two options to choose from: the world’s ideology and God’s word. One will change you from the outside and work its way in and the other will change you from the inside and work its way to the outside.  

 When we adapt to worldly influence and attempt to mix in some of God’s truth with it, we get a dysfunctional version of Christianity. Paul clearly teaches us that we are not to be like the world! We are not to be fashioned like an unconverted person, but rather, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. How might we do that? We are to cut ties with all worldly influence and devote our life to surrendering to the word of God! When this happens, we will be transformed from the inside out! This pattern is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God! Nothing will cause us to cut ties with word living like obeying the word of God! 

 May we turn our attention away from the outward influences and turn toward the word of God for our renewal. It is here and only here that we shall find the will of God for our lives.  


Romans 12:2— “2 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.” 



On this very first day of the New Year, most of us can look back upon the preceding year and recall losses and victories. Sometimes, the standout more so than the victories. These losses sometimes include losing loved ones or heroes of the faith.


When Moses died, his servant, Joshua, became his successor. You talk about some shoes to fill! I can’t imagine the sense of fear and uncertainty felt by Joshua having such big shoes to fill. Moses’ name is forever tied to events such as delivering the Law of God to the people and leading the children of Israel across the Red Sea!


This New Year will present many opportunities, challenges, and even impossibilities. Some who have helped lead the way are no longer with us and this makes it even more daunting. How are we to face this New Year? Obey the command of the Lord spoken to Joshua! We must meditate on the word of God both day and night and apply it through obedience. When we make this a daily practice, we can obey the second command of God to Joshua; “Be strong and of good courage.” He will never leave us, and He will be with us every step of the way!


Joshua 1:8, 9— “8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”