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.