John the Baptist

May 10, 2020

Word of the day: 26 John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. 27 It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” John 1:26-27 NKJV

In verse 25, the Pharisees asked John what made him have the right to baptize if you are not the Messiah. In the next two verses, which are our verses of the day, he answered by saying he only baptize with water. The Pharisees do not understand who the Messiah is, which John did mention. John is helping in the act of repentance for others, so people know remorse. John didn’t feel he is not worthy to unfasten his shoes because he is not worthy of being Christ’s slave. Jesus mentions that John was the greatest prophet. One reason is that John is the greatest, why are you questioning yourself or put your pride ahead of what Jesus is praising him. When you take time to understand Christ truly, you can realize with self humbleness and not arrogance. See Luke 7:28 about Christ’s praise to John. When you give Christ all the glory for the things you do, and not credit yourself, this is how Christ rewards you. He will do great things for you and through you to others. John can attract large gatherings because of Christ. These are good things Christ is doing through him. John didn’t give himself credit. As you go through your day, remember what Christ has done for you and give him praise. You will be amazed at what Christ will do through you without you giving yourself credit.
Father, thank you for today. I pray for wisdom and humbleness as we live life. It is easy to get caught up in moments of self-praise instead of Christ’s praise. Working on this through repetitions will help us remember to praise you and not ourselves. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

I want to take a moment and say happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers. It is your day. Thank you for the sacrifices, and taking the role as fathers when absent. Thank you for your unconditional love. Thank you for being you.

Memories

May 9, 2020

Word of the day: 11 They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them. Psalm 78:11 NIV

When we create memories, sometimes we tend to forget them. Most of us use cameras, phone cameras, videos, whatever can allow us to remember memories. Down the road, when you are looking at photo albums, you can remember the memories behind. Ironically, my mother texts me an old picture from over 15 years ago. I only got two sentences in before she did that. Here is the overall point. The way we go about capturing our memories, let’s do the same with God, but in a way that satisfies him. I see a lot on social media about how people catch scriptures, different testimonies. These are an excellent way to remember God and memories he creates for us. For it to be eventful, we have to follow and trust God in his plans. The goal is to be faithful, not to be in our selfish ways to gain temporary pleasure. We can gain permanent pleasure with God when we are abiding by him.

Father, thank you for today. I pray for memories with you and with our family and friends. Let us remember you in our memories. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Last Minute

May 8, 2020

Word of the day: 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:40-41 NIV

Whatever crime we may have done, a sin we may have committed, mistakes made, it is never too late to have faith in Jesus. Today’s verse shows this. Earlier in the book of Luke, this criminal gave his trust to Jesus, and he forgave him. Do not hesitate to get friends and family members that do not believe in Jesus to give their life, their faith to Jesus. It is not late at all. The reality is we need some self-assessment tests to remind ourselves of our self-worth. Our sins, our crime, our mistakes do not define who you are. Those labels are not worth listening to. How else are we to learn when if we don’t make a mistake? God uses those mistakes to build ourselves and others up. Look at Earvin “Magic” Johnson. He is an activist for aids. He can teach others and lead those because of his mistake. Moral of the point? Turn to Jesus and let him use those life lessons to become a better you. Give him your faith, even if it is at the last minute.

Father, thank you for today. I pray for us to be active in bringing people to you before you come. It is never too late as faith in you is open. I pray for wisdom and the right approach to bring those to you that are not willing to listen. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Work

May 7, 2020

Word of the day: 2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— 3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will explain the next generation, the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. Psalm 78:2-4 NIV

Today is National Day of prayer. Take time to pray for our nation and leaders of the free world. Prayer can apply every day for our government and leaders and not on this day only—happy National Day of Prayer.

Today’s verses talk about legacies. There are things we would like to tell our children that may leave a mark. Here is a fact, I got to witness a couple of legacy moments in my grandfather as a minister. He led his ministry to bring God’s word to nursing homes. My brother and sister, including myself, attended those services. That stays with me. He was a quiet man that did most of his work quietly and let his actions speak for him. He stood out to me from this verse because there was nothing verbal he did. His was all action. God can give us legacies if we listen to him by prayer and meditations. Part of that may be being an evangelist. Listen with our ears; look through music. Read Psalms 44:1. More importantly, take time to share legacies. Sharing this will help with motivation towards our next generation of children. They can step up in ways by learning and knowing that they had ancestors that paved the way for them.

Father, thank you for today. I pray that we will acknowledge you in our prayers and meditations. Legacies is a weak topic among us because of what people may think or feel. I pray we dare to tell about our ancestors that led the way for us. Thank you for our fellowship. We give you praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Awareness

May 6, 2020

Word of the day: 45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:45-46 NIV

Today’s verse, here is something disciples lacked attention. Jesus is trying to figure out why his disciples are sleeping. Jesus did not want them to get into temptation. Having this lack of awareness to stay focused on Jesus can hurt us. Jesus asked the disciples to pray. If we are following Jesus, we can’t pretend to sleep when it is time. Be prepared for Jesus’ work at all times. Before we do any type of work for Jesus or devotions, we should take time to pray so we can be focused and devoted. Jesus asked the disciples to pray so they can prepare without him. When Jesus asks, do it. There are always reasons for things Jesus asks. His armor is protecting you from temptation and other issues that may arise. Will you listen to him when he asks you to pray?

Father, thank you for today. I pray for our ears to be open for you, attentive to you when it is time to be for you. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Miracles

May 5, 2020

Word of the day: 10 Then I thought, “To this, I will appeal: the years when the Highest stretched out his right hand. 11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. Psalm 77:10-11 NIV

A lot of people use the word miracle to describe something they would never believe would happen. These are events God made happen. God will tell us that this is not a miracle. He knows your situation, so there is nothing about being a miracle. To us, yes, it is. We should never forget those according to today’s verse. Your current situations, use those memories as reminders that God can make anything work. Even when we do something so sinful, God can bring us back as long as we make an effort to go back to him and obey. Most people feel that if they commit adultery or murder someone, they think that they won’t get back to God. Take a look at David. He did both. Yet, he became one of God’s leaders. Just because you do something wicked, doesn’t mean God can’t use that to teach you and others. Even alcoholism, you will be amazed at what God can do for you to prepare yourself and others during your times of suffering. When we have heavy chains on us because of our addictions, remember to go to God in prayer, lift your hands, and let him hear your cries. What you are doing is not punishment. God can break those chains. Those are miracles for us, but not him. Today, I challenge you to think of your current situation; you don’t think he can work out for you. Go back to when he did work out your problems. How will you use that to encourage yourself to get back to God and feel more confident?

Father, thank you for our fellowship. I pray for love for each of us as we start our day. We have doubts; I pray we can remember your works and that it can get us back to you. It is not accessible during difficult times, but with the motivation of remembering, it can happen. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Comeback

May 4, 2020

Word of the Day: 34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you unexpectedly. Luke 21:34 NKJV

Today’s verse is a good reminder to remain fit in our spiritual journey. When we let carousing, drunkenness, and care of life interfere with our mission, we are not watching for Christ comeback. We all have worries and a false sense of security. Being distracted by worldly things or not engaging with the word every day won’t allow us to be free to watch and be aware of Christ coming. Christ is giving us time for others to start following him. That is the delay in him coming back. Otherwise, he could have come back years ago. If you are ready for Christ’s return, you are not hypocritical but sincere, not fearful, but prepared to witness. We are not worried but trusting, not greedy but generous, not lazy, but diligent. His coming will remain a mystery. So we have to prepare ourselves for his comeback. The goal here is to get as many back to Christ as we can before he comes.

Father, thank you for today. I pray we prepare for your comeback, but not be afraid. Wisdom is the key to this by continuing to be in the word. It is our guiding star. Our loved one who doesn’t believe still have many chances to get to you, and I pray we can use that to get them to you. Thank you for our fellowship. We love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Giving

May 3, 2020

Word of the day: 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two tiny copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:2-4 NIV

I’m sure you can read today’s verse without me reading it to you. I want to do a small commentary, if any, don’t mind. Jesus sees what we do when we give. The poor widow gave all she had. Jesus acknowledges that made sure people understood the differences in giving. We give as sacrificing, not when we can provide. She is living in poverty, most give on wealth and don’t give like people living in poverty. When we give, there are four principles of giving.

  1. Willingness to give, not what you offer.
  2. Make sure to strive to fulfill financial commitments.
  3. Giving to others in need, they will return the favor when you are in need.
  4. Give as a response to Christ. Not for something you can gain out of the situation.

The study bible gives principles to follow based on differences when we give. We are responsible for helping others in the eyes of God.

  1. We should follow our promises to give.
  2. Give as much as you can.
  3. Make up your mind on how much you give and stick to it.
  4. Give a proportion to what God has given to each of what God gave you.

The moral is we give to capacity but not to the point where we can’t live our four walls (food, shelter, utilities, transportation) or someone depending on your income. The teaching part of this is not to break yourself. It’s not moral to do that. When you think about giving, think about your devotion to God.

Father, thank you for today. I think about COVID-19 and how everyone is so giving during this difficult time. Nobody is judgmental; we are not doing this alone. This type of giving is a reflection of your devotion. Thank you for our fellowship. We love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Counsel

May 2, 2020

Word of the day: 8 Then Manoah prayed to the Lord: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.” Judges 13:8 NIV

Manoah did one thing to get wise counsel. That is pray. He prayed for bringing up the boy to be born. Any married couple out there? Let’s be real. You on the road trip, and you are lost. Most husbands will continue to figure it out on their own. Most wives will say, let’s pull over and ask. Men will not ask for help. Women have no problem asking for help. Men have the sense to protect, and that they can do it, or try to impress. Women won’t do that. If they don’t know, they will ask for help. Women sometimes want to make a point that they don’t have to live with a man to figure things out. But the most important message out of this is to make sure you know the difference in asking for Godly counsel. There is nothing wrong with asking for wisdom. God will pave the way for you. The next time you have a situation and you need God’s counsel, will you ask him or figure it out on your own?

Father, thank you for today. I pray for our boldness. I pray we can come to you boldly with our situations for advice and counsel. A lot of us may be ashamed, but there is nothing to be embarrassed about, especially if you are struggling to make the right decision. It is better to ask than make a move you will regret. Thank you for our fellowship. We love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Leadership

May 1, 2020

Word of the day: 6 No one from the east or the west or the desert can exalt themselves. 7 It is God who judges: He brings one down; he exalts another. Psalm 75:6-7 NIV

God can determine good leaders. He won’t pick like how some of us choose leaders—looking out for a friend in need. He will find quality leaders and place them in the path as a leader. As leaders, stay with God. Do not let your ego get in the way. Let your symbol of God keep you wise and a good leader. Stay encouraged friends as the Lord can make weak and make fruitful. God brings low and lifts; see 1 Samuel 2:7. God can control the wicked. As long as we are humble, he sustains those that are humbled. Changing your focus will only get you in trouble if it is not focused on God. God gives free advice for dealing with people as leaders. Schools you have to pay for education on dealing with people. Seek wisdom from God. Evil leaders will not last with God. Those corrupt leaders will make their bed, and they will have to lie in it.

Father, thank you for today. I pray for leaders coming up. I pray the word will educate them and give them peace and wisdom. Thank you for being open-hearted to bring leaders that can uplift other leaders. Thank you for your love and our time together. We give you praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen!