Faithfulness

March 26, 2020

Word of the day: 1 O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! 2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety. Psalm 61:1-2 NLT

Do you depend on God? If you do, how do you rely on him? In today’s verses, David wrote this psalm far away from home. He felt away from God, but the one thing we can be thankful for is that God’s goodness is anywhere and not in specific quadrants of the world. David depended on God in his writings and prayer. When we have a situation on our hands, do we look to ourselves to solve our issues? Or do we go to God? Have you realized that going to a trusted friend that believes in God is another way to depend on God? That friend can point you to ways to let God show up in your life, or pray for you to help you depend on God and make his actions work afterward. I know some of you are saying, “Yeah, whatever. Most of what he wants out of us is not matching with scripture.” That’s fine, but I can tell if you are having a hard time because you can’t think straight, I can promise that trusted friend that believes in Jesus, will make sure that your challenges match scripture.
Father, thank you for today. Thank you for our fellowship. I pray for our community. There are trusted friends who believe in you, but others that don’t. I pray for the challenge to come together as a community and those that can’t find the solution to their problem biblically that you can point them to someone that can depend on you. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Fear with Instructions

March 18, 2020

Word of the day: 7 Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.” 8 The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened. Mark 16:7-8 NLT

Here is the most significant thing about following Jesus. We should have the comfort to follow him and no doubts. Now and days, it’s not happening that way. Instead, most people are still fearful, regardless of how much instruction Jesus gave. We live in a world that does not have any hope or trust. This verse is a good example. The women in this verse were frightened and didn’t say anything to anyone. They ran for their lives. Is Jesus ahead of them? Yeah, he is ahead. Jesus knows your life better than you. He knows the plans for you. Why would Jesus not be ahead of you? Please take a moment and think if you are trustworthy of Jesus and believe he is ahead of you. We are in difficult times dealing with sickness. I encourage you to take time to see if you are okay with Jesus being ahead of you and believe that he is.
Father, thank you for your love. Thank you for being ahead of us during our stormy times and our good times. I pray for those who have doubts that we can be an example to those that should see you are ahead of us and that you know what you are doing. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Approval

March 25, 2020

Word of the day: 6 “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. 7 I will give it all to you if you worship me.” 8 Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ Luke 4:6-8 NLT

Satan claims the world belongs to him in these verses. Jesus set an excellent example of not arguing or debating about who the earth belongs. Jesus knew what he would do in future times to prove his point. He didn’t have to validate Satan’s response. Think about your times of approving others’ actions or you wanting to confirm your issues. Jesus doesn’t need to argue with Satan to make a point or talk so much to make a point. Instead, he let his actions speak for him. Satan wanted everyone to divert their attention from Jesus to him. For Jesus, this is a trial he had with Satan. What are your tests with Satan? Are your actions going to allow you to turn from Jesus to follow Satan? Take a moment and meditate and pray over your situation. Have a little talk with Jesus. He understands Satan and his corrupt ways. He can help you out of it if you let him.
Father, thank you for our fellowship. I pray over a corrupt angel, and his name is Satan. He has his way to divert attention from you to him. I pray we have wisdom in our freedom of choices. Let it be easy for us to say no. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Repentance

March 24, 2020

Word of the day: 11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” 12 Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.” Luke 3:11-13 NLT

Here is something difficult some people can’t do. Repent of their sins. In the bible years, corrupt tax collectors got baptized but asked a question. What should we do? John replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.” There are a lot of corrupt people out here, and they want fortune and fame. They want to achieve it any way they can get it. Some won’t do it. There are some willing to repent for other reasons. It does not have to involve corruption. It can be something personal. Fight with a friend, an affair. How can we repent? Psalms 51 is a good read on repentance. Here are four ways to do it if you are not reading Psalms 51.

  1. Recognize that you have done wrong.
  2. You must have genuine remorse for doing wrong and for the pain and problems you’ve caused.
  3. You must be committed never to repeat the act regardless of the temptations or situation.
  4. Repair the damage you’ve done, or at least do what you can to apologize directly to the injured party.

Repentance takes prayer, patience, time, and community. God can make it happen for you to repent.

Father, thank you for our fellowship. Thank you for your commitment to us. I pray for repentance. It can be hard for certain people to do. I pray that people can be courageous to repentance and know there are edible communities, especially within the church that will not judge and help them through. Be with those who need to repent. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Introduction Post

Hi. I am Darren Watts. I started doing devotionals back in June of 2019. Why did I decide to start a blog? I did it for several reasons.

  1. The Holy Spirit kept nudging me to start doing devotionals. With the push of a couple of ladies at my workplace, forced me to start sharing not only with them, but through a blog.
  2. Satan gave me a thousand reasons not to share. My information is wrong, don’t launch a blog, you will make a complete fool of yourself. To this minute, I still feel this way, but when I think back to number 1, when the Holy Spirit is nudging you to do something, don’t question it, just do it!
  3. With all the negativity in the world, I can’t sit here without sharing what I learn from the Bible each and everyday when I read it. Instead of spreading negativity, it is time to spread joy.
  4. I am an introvert and private. In order for me to share God’s word, I have to start somewhere.

If I am able to achieve reaching out to people, I would like to continue doing this as part of God’s plan for me. I do not know his plan. I have to follow him in order for me to do what is right for him.

Thank you for your time, I am looking forward to sharing devotionals with you.

-Darren