Fully Devoted Follower…

My freshman year at Lamar High School, I vividly remember that I couldn’t bench press a 125lbs and boy was I discouraged. However, my ‘determination was greater than my discouragement’. Therefore, I ask my mom and dad for a weight set and when Christmas came boy did I started hitting dem boys everyday before and after school!!! Now, fast forward to the end of my freshman year, my max bench press was 250lbs and at the end of my sophomore year my max bench press was 300lbs. Here’s the kicker guys, I only weighed 125lbs and some change!! I will never forget when Coach Evans left his 5th period History class just to personally award my 300lbs club t-shirt. So what does this have anything to do with this morning’s devotion?? No, I am not bragging nor I am living in the past and I hate to answer a question with a question but are you living out your Christian life to the MAX? I get it the ‘weight’ of this world can be extremely and exhaustingly overwhelming however, maxing out the fruits of the spirit listed in Gal 5:22-23 will certainly assist in conditioning you to achieving the goal of becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ! Which by the way, is how we live out our Christian life to the MAX! Saying ‘Yes’ to Jesus secures our salvation but it is only the beginning to living out our Christian lives to the MAX. Beloved, God is working a extraordinarily magnificent work in each of our lives and make no mistakes whatever He starts, He brings to perfect completion. Well, at least for me that’s my conviction and at the end of my life I am not looking to receive a ‘t-shirt’ as I will be eagerly with great anticipation listening for my

MASTER to say, “’Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matt 25:23)

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I Must Decrease

Father God, please forgive me for every time I have asked you for what I think I needed in my life. Starting today, I have chosen to shut my mouth so that I can listen to what You are saying and to see where Your leading me. Your word declares that my steps are ordered by you when you delight in my ways. Therefore Father God, I decrease so that Your righteousness is increased in my life. I am not the boss of me…You are!! Lord, I fully submit, turn over, and relinquish all title and rights over my life to You! As Jesus said, “Into Your hands I commit my spirit.” Yes O’God, I surrender not only my spirit but my flesh also!! Have your way Lord in my life, my marriage, my family, my job, my goals, my finances, and all of my desires both carnal and spiritual! Fill me Lord with Your spirit and hide me in Your word so that I may not sin against You! Father God, I humble myself, under Your mighty and righteous hand so that at the proper time You may exalt me as I cast all my worries and anxieties to You, because I know you care for me. Order and direct my steps today and forevermore; in Jesus’ name I pray and ask all these things believing by faith, amen and amen!

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GOD IS IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR MESS!

Feeling broke, sick, tired, lonely, angry, depressed, hurt, emotionally distressed, or mentally anguished? My word of encouragement today is for you to relax and remember His grace is sufficient! God is in the middle of your mess and Psalm 56:8 reminds us that God not only sees our tears, he collects them. That means my hurt and yours is more precious to Him than we can imagine. This kind of response from God means He’s trustworthy to work our situations out for our good and His glory! I get it…..you got it…right?? Well, we often believe we have the best solutions to our problems. In fact, there are times I’ve found myself suggesting to God what He ought to do in my particular situation. But Isaiah 55:8-9 assures us that his ways are higher than our ways, meaning his method and His timing in how he chooses to do things are so much better than ours. He is God and I am not. And that just might be what He’s trying to show you and me in the struggle we’re struggling to fix. So, plain and simple, give your brokenness, loneliness, sickness, tiredness, anger, discouragement, and depression to God. Trust me He can handle it! God can, at any time, clear up the mess. So wait for His timing and learn all he wants you to learn in the moment. A messy situation is one of the primary ways God awakens our need for Him, grows our dependence on him, shapes our character, and draws us closer to Himself.

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HOPE=OPTIMISM

The number one cause of death is truly based on how we view and/or interpret our lives. So the real question is are we living a stressed free life or a stressed filled life? Scientist have proven that the only difference between anxiety and excitement is how we interpret it!Shakespeare once said, “A tragedy is a comedy, misunderstood!!” Harvard researcher Shawn Achor said that, “75% of job and school success is predicted by optimism level and the remaining 25% is predicted by intelligence and technical skills.” Optimistic people are not only healthier but they also recover from illnesses quicker and they live longer than those who choose the former rather than the latter. Beloved, you’re more powerful than you give yourself credit. You have the power of choice. Every morning you have the choice to a have good day, great day, or a fantastic day! In any case, whether good, bad, or indifferent at least you can be thankful that God saw fit to see you through your day! He protected you from unknown dangers both spiritually and carnally!! According to the Oxford English Dictionary, optimism is hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. HOPE is the expectation of something desired; desire combined with expectation and Hebrews 11:1 reminds us that, “Faith is the substance of things HOPE for and the evidence of things yet seen.”

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Perfect In Christ Alone!

Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins” and due to the power of sin no one is righteous (Romans 3:9-10). Having said that, there are no perfect people, families, churches, jobs, relationships, schools, police departments, court systems, and no perfect governments. Romans 3:23-24 reminds us that, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” And that’s just it…although we miss the mark of perfection we are made righteous through Christ and him alone!! So if we can continue to believe in our Perfect Savior and persevere by serving one another, despite our imperfections we will experience perfect moments in our lives.

Pray with me:

Gracious Father and precious God, we lift up people, families, churches, jobs, relationships, schools, police departments, court systems, and governments. Fill them with all truth in all peace. Where it is corruption, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son, our Savior. Amen.

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His Burden Is Light!

God will always honor a humble spirit. Therefore, it behooves us to humble ourselves and turn our burden(s) over to God. Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28)” and I Peter 5:7 reminds us to, “Give all our worries [burdens] and cares to God, for he cares about us.” The fact is God doesn’t want us to be inundated with burdens however; when we do get hit with troubles he wants us to exchange them for his peace! Somebody said when you’re in a tug-a-war with the burdens of this world, and it seems like the rope of your faith is about to break. You need to reach beyond the break. The songwriter said hold on a little while longer, hold on a little while longer, hold on a little while longer everything going to be alright.”

Pray with me:

Lord, I am laying my burden(s) at the foot of the cross and I choose to recenter my focus off my burden(s) and I center my focus on Jesus, my Burden Bearer! In Jesus peace exchanging and dispensing name I pray, amen and amen!!

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Exposing The Truth: Christ

Talking about setting the record straight and intrinsically defining your purpose and calling in life. Paul revealed the APPOINTED work for all MINISTRIES in 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (MSG) and he said, “He [God]wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.” My primary goal in life is to help in God’s pursuit of exposing the truth to any and everyone I do and don’t know! This is one truth that I unequivocally believe can change the course of someone’s life as it was this same exposition that changed and shaped the course of my life. In our Christian walk our goal is to live in the light of ‘the truth’ – expressing in all of our relationships the perceptions, passions, principles and priorities revealed in and by Jesus Christ, ‘the truth’.

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