March 14, 2020
Word of the day: 31 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same. Mark 14:31 NLT
No! Peter declared emphatically. Please take a moment and think about why he said this with a strong reaction. Jesus predicted Peter denying him on another occasion. You can find Jesus’ predictions in Luke 22:31 and John 13:36-38. The definition of emphatic is; as showing or giving emphasis, expressing something forcibly and clearly. Why would you represent a statement so strong? There are a lot of reasons for it, but in this case, Peter already felt the tension when Jesus predicted the denials. If you say you follow Jesus, but then you fall back into temptation or fall into addiction, you have been trying to get away from, kind of get you to think if you are following Jesus. It is one thing to say that you are, but it is another thing to do the complete opposite of what Jesus wants when we are following him. Please take some time to think about your behavior. Are you telling others you are following Jesus, but your actions show something different? Examine it in prayer, meditation, and see the truth for yourself.
Father, thank you for today. Thank you for our fellowship. I pray for wisdom as we take time to examine our motives. Some are maybe telling others that they are following you but don’t show it with their attitude and heart. I am asking for our incentives to have an examination with prayer and meditation. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
March 20, 2020
Word of the day: 35 And the angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only the word that I tell you.” So Balaam went on with the princes of Balak. Numbers 22:35 ESV
We all know this, but words do hurt. When God instructs us to spread positivity through our terms, do it. We are now in times of isolation, which is hard for a lot of people. Today’s verse, the angel of the Lord told Balaam to speak words that are being told by the Lord. Hanging around the wrong crowd, in the passages ahead, Balak went to Balaam and told him to spread curses. The last thing that needed to happen is curses. When you are given instructions by the Lord to have limits to your mouth, make it a practice to say less unless the Lord tells you to say something. Balaam got the consequences of listening to someone else instead. Today, meditate on quiet time and knowing what to say and when to say it. There are plenty of negative things going around, and it is not something everybody wants to hear. Let’s do something good for someone, saying something beautiful, especially while being socially distant. Being careful and not selfish. The words we speak can wonderfully impact someone or hurt someone.
Father, thank you for our fellowship. We are in confusing times right now; I pray for clarity, encouragement, wisdom during these times. There are so many words that are not the right words that are coming out of people’s mouths. I pray we all stay on your words of encouragement. We never know what to believe, and people do not know when to be quiet or say the right words. Let us be the shining example. Thank you for your love. We give you praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
March 27, 2020
Word of the day: 19, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:19-20 NLT
There is such a thing as risky faith. How are you willing to go risking your confidence in your situation? What is happening here is a man ready to a risk for a sick man. This young man is showing a massive amount of faith doing what he is doing. Are you willing to risk it for a friend to help with their situation through giving, a listening ear, or time? A lot of us don’t show that risk for our fellow beings. Instead, we run the opposite way or say we can’t help. If you believe Jesus is not watching, you are kidding yourself. Taking the risk of your faith shows your real faith. Today, some essential workers are risking themselves with this virus. If that is not a step of faith and courage, I don’t know what is. These are the risks they take. They can easily say, I don’t want any part of this and be selfish. Think about that today. Remember, there is no obstacle to seek Jesus.
Father, thank you for our fellowship. I pray today for essential workers that are risking it to provide. It is a leap of faith, regardless if they believe in you or not. Those that don’t think so will not see it yet. We can’t encourage everyone to be a Christian, but we can be a shining example to lead the way. I pray your hands over those that can’t stay home to put your hands over them in protection. You can protect like no other. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
March 19, 2020
Word of the day: 16 And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. 17 He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.” Luke 1:16-17 NLT
John’s role in the ministry is to turn people away from evil-doing or sin. These behaviors can block you from blessings. You know this, but do you understand this? Most of us do, but these types of behavior can also prevent communication with God. Please take a moment and think about this. The bible says one thing, but you do the complete opposite. You pray about your situation but go in the opposite direction. These are ways to hinder our relationship with God. He may have a serving spot for you that you are ignoring. You may be nudged by the holy spirit to get going on something that is bothering you. I know I have. I am going to take action on something I should have done a long time ago. I am going to do two things I should have done a long time ago that the holy spirit been nudging me to do. How are you going to take action on what the holy spirit has been trying to get your attention?
Father, thank you for our fellowship. I pray today we can take action on what is on our minds or what the holy spirit has been nudging us to do. I pray we find wisdom and favor in whatever the holy spirit asks of us. We love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
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!
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!
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!
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.
- Recognize that you have done wrong.
- You must have genuine remorse for doing wrong and for the pain and problems you’ve caused.
- You must be committed never to repeat the act regardless of the temptations or situation.
- 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!
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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.