Not A Victim

Jacob was a deceiver. But then he encountered one more deceitful than him, his uncle Laban. His uncle tricked him into marrying the wrong sister, made him work an additional seven years for the right sister, and changed his wages ten times. Jacob could have developed a victim mentality. He was, after all, a victim of Laban’s shenanigans. Jacob had every right to become bitter, angry, vengeful. But you know...

This Is How We Fight

I keep hearing Christians raise the war cry during this season. I agree, we are in a battle. A battle for for the moral fabric of our nation. However, this battle will not be won via Twitter, Facebook or any social media. It will NOT be won storming the Capitol. It will NOT be won at voting polls. Because our battle is NOT against flesh and blood. Our battle is...

The Way of the Cross

Jesus was on a mission. He knew His time was drawing near and He needed to go to Jerusalem. And the quickest way to Jerusalem was through Samaria. But the Samaritans would not allow Jesus to enter. Jesus had previously spent several days in Samaria. He had spoken fondly of Samaritans in his parable. Yet, Samaria had the audacity to deny our Lord and Savior. This is a story that...

A Day in the Life

The 8th chapter of Luke, seems like the year 2020 for Jesus. He got in a boat and a storm arose that was so fierce even seasoned fishermen panicked. He got off the boat and was confronted by a demon-possessed madman who had a history of intimidating the locals. The village where he landed rejected him and asked Him to leave their area. An unclean woman touched him. She not...

Awed

God’s love amazes me. His compassion overwhelms me. His forgiveness surprises me. His mercy inspires me. His goodness empowers me. His patience astonishes me. His beauty awes me. His vastness quiets me. His acceptance flabbergasts me. His wisdom impresses me. His majesty stupefies me. His presence astounds me. His touch heals me. His words comforts me. His thoughts confound me. His sacrifice frees me. His hand guides me. His provision...

Tips to Make the Most of 2021

The New Year is one of my favorite holidays. The New Year is full of dreams and possibilities. It’s like starting a new math problem on clean sheet of paper and a newly sharpened pencil. Reading through my devotional this morning, I discovered two tips to making 2021 the best year yet. Tip 1 – Declare what you want to see in 2021 (Genesis 1) In the beginning, God created...

Happily Ever After

Have you ever noticed that fairy tales always end at the wedding with the phrase “And they lived happily ever after”? It leaves us with the idea that ‘happily ever after’ is easy. It causes us to believe ‘happily ever after’ is a life with no hiccups, no sorrow, and no trials. While I do believe in ‘happily ever after’ endings, I know that it does not come without regret,...

Ask. Trust. Ask.

Have you ever prayed for something, I mean really interceded, and was disappointed? I have. One of my favorite promises from God is, “Since we have this confidence, we can also have great boldness before him, for if we ask anything agreeable to his will, he will hear us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we also know that we have obtained the requests...

Prophesy

Apostle Paul encouraged us to “be eager to prophesy.” I want to increase my prophetic voice in 2021. Do you? Here are a five suggestions from scripture: 1. Love. Love ALL people. Democrats, Republicans, believers, non-believers, people of different faiths, immigrants. Love. Paul said, “Let love be your highest goal.(I Corinthians 14:1)” God is love. He speaks love. He communicates in love. If we want to speak on His behalf...

Collateral Beauty

This has been a difficult year, no doubt. But if you look closely, you can see the fourth man who was in the fire with us during 2020. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were thrown into the fire, their punisher saw a fourth man in the fire with who looked like “the son of the gods”. Their oppressor saw the Collateral Beauty. When the story of these brave Jewish boys...