You Alone Are God

Stop and think for a moment. Really think about this.

Who is God? I mean who is He really? We know Him as the reason behind the existence of EVERYTHING, with all wisdom and knowledge right? Then He gave us a portion of him (His HOLY Spirit) to live inside of us right?
So when are we going to acknowledge Him for who He REALLY is? We give so much reverence to people of social “status,” and by our own actions, we do not hold our own Father to even the smallest regard or even equal to public figures, when God deserves more than all.

Today, think about God and who is REALLY is and stop allowing yourself to be frustrated over things of no value.

Your Father…IS GOD!

I imagine my Father saying this:

“I am who I am. My nature cannot be declared through mere words. Who I am cannot be completely understood through human thought. I exist as nothing else does or ever did. I am necessary, I am eternal, I am reality. If I am to give myself a name, that expresses who I am, through your language, let me be called…. I AM, and beside me…THERE IS NOBODY!”

He is who He is, and He is your Father! 

You alone, are God. Oh Father, we honor you on today. We thank you for who you are. We thank you for sending us your Son, Jesus, to redeem us from ourselves. You are the Father of glory. You are the only true and living God. You are a loving Father. You are holy. You are righteous.

I thank you for who you are in my life. You are…I Am!

“That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other;” Isaiah‬ ‭45:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Dysfunctional Decisions 

Making decisions is probably the most crucial act of all in our lives. In fact, the Lord gave us the ability to even choose if we want to be with Him. Although He is loving and demonstrates it everyday, it’s almost as if God is saying: “Okay, if you think you will find something better, go right ahead.”

“But if it seems wrong in your opinion to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods whom your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But my family and I will serve the LORD.” Joshua‬ ‭24:15‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Doing and following through on your decisions is equally important. Your decisions have a major impact on your life.

Life basically boils down to this: Making the right decisions and the follow through. Making the right decision, however, depends on your emotional state. Having the wrong frame of mind will cause you to make the wrong decision, thinking it’s the best decision for your life. This produces what I’d like to call a “dysfunctional decision.”

A dysfunctional decision a condition of having poor, unhealthy behaviors and attitudes which can cause a person to function in an abnormal or unusual way.

The Bible shares with us a story two sons and their dad, in the book of Luke, the 15th chapter. For the purposes of this devotion, we focus on the younger son. The younger son asks his dad for his share of his inheritance because he was out- he was done!!! He was getting away from his father, his older brother and everything he knew. He was ready to “do him” and live it up, on his own and do his own thing. Here is what I wonder: The young man had it made. What prompted him to even desire to leave? I have no idea but the audacity of him. First of all, inheritance was typically given to the older son and the older was in control- unless the dad had already communicated what was gone be when he passed on. Hence the second point: The dad was STILL living. I could imagine the dad thinking: “So you asking for rights to something while I’m still here?” 🤔

Dad didn’t get an attitude. He granted his younger son’s request and the son went on his way. Pretty soon, after all the money is gone and the so called “best friends” have moved on, the younger son recognizes that he acted on impulse. He made a dysfunctional decision.

The prodigal (young) son made a dysfunctional decision that led him to hang out with the little piggies. However, hanging out with the little piggies actually worked on his behalf because the irrational and dysfunctional patterns disappeared- when the prodigal son was left with nothing but his thoughts; thoughts of who really loved him and not what he possessed. Thoughts of what really mattered in life.

Have you ever found yourself in a state of reality? After you had done all that you could think to do, deviating from the right thing, you were left alone to deal with the consequences of your behavior. And guess who was waiting? Your Father. He saw how the world was trying to beat you to a pulp. He could have intervened but he wanted you to want Him. When you came to your senses, your Father didn’t bring up your past. Although you had to suffer from choices you made, he welcomed you home with open arms. Just to have his son/daughter…safe in His arms, was all that mattered.

Do not allow yourself to have a “brain fart” as this young mad did. Sin is like a spiritual disease that corrupts our hearts and minds, causing dysfunctional behavior.

Let us not get entangled in the worldly behaviors. Truth be told, we aren’t from here. We need to begin conducting ourselves as visitors and not permanent residents.

“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” ‭‭John‬ ‭17:14-19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Let’s Go!

While driving to get coffee one morning last week, I noticed the clouds in the sky. They were beautifully orchestrated and expanded across my view, through my front car window. I do not recall ever seeing the clouds like this, so I had to take a picture (see below).

I imagined seeing Jesus, on the clouds and appearing before us all.

I then had a thought: “If Jesus appeared…

  • Would I feel as if I’ve done my BEST to let His light shine through me?
  • Have I been an example of who and what Jesus represents?
  • Have I done all to compel souls to repent and follow the principals of God?
  • Have I spoken words of love to those who felt no love?
  • Have I done all that I can do to change the negatve image the enemy has planted in the minds of many – that God does not care about them and Jesus isn’t real?
  • Have I been ashamed to publicly confess Jesus ANY and EVERY where?
  • Have I loved unconditionally, forgiven sincerely, and denied my own agendas for His?”

Our efforts are not for nought. Attending church services, reading the word of God and applying biblical principles are not just pastimes or hobbies. We do these things to have a spiritual interaction with our Father, whom we will see face to face some day. At the rate we are going, I do not doubt that this day will come soon. How soon? No one knows, but God has provided us with specific details that will allow us to know that this world as we know it, will be changing. His delay is intentional; it is for those of us who say we have sacrificed our lives, to find our brothers and sisters who ran away from home.

Think about a child who runs away from home. Often times it is because they rebel against the principles established by the parents. While the parent may be frustrated, they are allthe while praying for the safe return of their child and a rekindled relationship. It does not matter what they have done. They are lost in a cruel world. They believe that they are in control, but they are not. They have days of loneliness, depression and no peace. They really want to return but they want someone to find them. They are unhappy, but are pretending to enjoy life. That’s the mindset of a runaway.

Your brothers and sisters who have strayed away from the Lord are just like this. They are runaways. The enemy has made them to believe that God, our Father, does not want His children to enjoy life; He’s too strict. There is always a list of “do nots” but what about the “do’s?” They are too embarrassed to return home and that’s where they need us to find them, hug them, tell them there is nothing that they have done where our Father will not forgive them and welcome them back home. 

In fact, our dad has been waiting on their return.

“Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you double-minded.” ‭‭James‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Let us go get our family. We know who the enemy is. Don’t leave them out there to be killed. Our Father is soon to return and when He does, let Him find us all here, dwelling in love, on one accord, waiting to be with Him forever.

Harvesting means there is work. We must work. It may not be easy but remember your path to return home and your fight to stay home. Use that to help bring your brother and sister home. They need us.

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:9, 13-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

New Year State of Mind

It’s almost that time. Another new year is quickly approaching. We are in the last quarter of 2017. I’m unsure how you feel, but for me, this year has brought some unexpected twists and turns; things I would have never imagined.

What are you waiting to change and begin again in 2018? What will you change by the end of 2017?

  • Will you carry over the same habits and the same resolutions that were made in January of this year?
  • Do you still carry the proclamation of “this being your year?”
  • Is your 2017 still going to be greater than your 2016?
  • Are you just as enthusiastic about change now as you were back in January?
  • Are you still seeking to lose the weight you aggressively planned to lose by this time earlier this year?
  • Are you still holding on to grudges and unforgiveness?

The good news is that it doesn’t matter how we began or even where we are now. What matters is how we finish.

Everyone can start strong, and most times we do; but not everyone finishes strong. Why is that? Starting is fun; it’s new. Starting brings fresh ideas and more imagination and something to looking forward to. Starting is exciting and emotional, but have you noticed that it doesn’t take much time for the initial adrenaline rush to wear off?

It’s time to get back into your “New Year’s” state of mind. Anything God starts, He completes.

“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”‭‭ Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NKJV‬

The Holy Spirit is determined to complete the purpose He has for us, through us, but we must allow the work to be performed.

  1. Jesus is not just the Author but also the Finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
  2. Jesus is not just Alpa, but also Omega. (Revelations 1:8)
  3. Jesus is not just the beginning, but also the ending. (Revelations 1:8)

Since we are made in the image of God, we should have that same quality of finishing, but we must focus now.

  1. Revisit and think of the goals you had written earlier in the year and make them approachable.
  2. Prioritize and set target dates for completion, so you can visibly see progress.
  3. Create a vision board to remind you of your goals.
  4. Speak it. The words we speak can change the course of our future in an instant.
  5. Believe it. Belief is what pushes us and gives us hope to press on.
  6. Ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you so that your goals align with His will and purpose.

Think it. Write it. Speak it. Believe it! Your new year can start now!

Here’s to a happy New Year and a happy new YOU!


Who’s Counting?

Who is counting on you? In other words, who is depending on you to be the best you?

Do you have children that rely upon you? I can’t specifically say young children because as our children grow into adulthood, they need us all the more to direct them with navigating through life.

Do you have aged parents who rely upon you to take care of them? Maybe you are providing home cooked meals, ensuring they take their meds, cleaning their home, attending, and taking them to doctor visits as required or providing financial assistance.

Do you work for a business that is dependent upon you to put together a presentation to obtain a new client? Maybe you are a liaison between the business and technical departments of the company and the technology department is counting on you to express to the business department, the importance of migrating to a new system.

How about this: Do you have a brother or sister in the Lord who relies upon you to give them an encouraging word for their situation? Maybe they are beginning a new life in Christ and are uncertain of how to reach Him. Maybe he/she does not know how to study the bible. Maybe researching and studying habits were not their strengths in high school- so certainly knowing how to study a book with small print, footnotes, superscripts, red writing, references on the sides of the pages, and words like “thee”, “selah”, “abba”, “ye” – and words that end with “th” (cometh, abideth, keepeth, etc.) would provide some challenges.

The point is that we all have dependencies. Your vehicle depends on you to gas it up, so it can go. The grocer depends on its customers to purchase items to remain in business.

Your biggest dependency is yourself. Your present self is depending on you not to revert to the habits of your previous “self,” so that you can be the best representation of your future self, through Jesus Christ.

We have many things and people pulling on us. But who are you depending on? Do you count on Jesus?

Whether you realize it or not, when you pray, you show your dependency on God and your need for him. What are we counting on Him for?

  • Salvation
  • Peace
  • Strength
  • Healing
  • Comfort
  • Wisdom
  • Life
  • Protection
  • Love
  • Answers to our prayers

Our next breath comes from Jesus, our next meal, the movement of our joints to cause me to create this devotion- is all dependent upon God.

We are nothing without Christ and we cannot do anything without Him. Honey, we couldn’t save ourselves. We would have killed ourselves had the Lord not impressed upon our hearts to follow Him and learn of Him, when we were weary, broken-hearted and carried many burdens from our own actions. We were dead in sin, when Christ died for us. Jesus is our ticket into Heaven. Because of Jesus, we can go home to be with our Father, God. Because of Jesus, we can pray to God. After His ascension, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. The Spirit makes intercession for us- on our behalf. He advocates for us. So then we cannot even get an answered prayer- without Jesus.

Our future person depends on our present person, to be dependent upon Jesus, our Savior.

Can The Lord depend on you? Whether you realize it or not, He IS depending on you!

  • To be a living sacrifice
  • To do right
  • To continue to abide in Him
  • To believe Him
  • To refuse to worry
  • To compel others to follow after the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The last is critical. The Lord requires a living sacrifice to compel others. Just as the enemy compels people to do wrong, the Lord also compels us to do what is right. In essence, dependence means that we surrender our will to the will of our Father.

Do yourself a favor: Right was has been wronged, now. Your future you is counting on you to count on Jesus: without Jesus, we cannot do anything!

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” ‭‭John‬ ‭15:4-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It Might Be You

The National Weather Service reported well in advance the appearance of a major weather disturbance that could impact Houston, the south/southeastern portion of Texas, and nearby cities near the Gulf of Mexico.

As the time drew near, the tropical storm and its intensity grew and became classified as Hurricane Harvey. The categories that define the intensity of hurricanes increased. These categories describe the intensity of the wind and the amount of rain predicted to fall. It was so alarming. I could only compare the number of inches to the height of a child as I explained to my children the height, depth, and impact of this storm.

Residents were requested not to evacuate. Why? Why would the Mayor of Houston suggest residents to not evacuate, given all the information the NWS (National Weather Service) had provided? Apparently, when a previous hurricane named Rita hit the area a few years ago, more people died as a result of the evacuation and the storm was not as bad as predicted. However, Hurricane Harvey was not the same.

Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years when it made landfall, dumping over 50 inches of water.

Economic status no longer mattered; ethnicity no longer mattered. Where you lived, what you drove, or how much money you had in any account or investment did not matter.

Every life mattered.

People were helping people survive! Organizers from near and far were (and still are) pouring out support in any way possible, to let the residents of Texas and Louisiana know that everyone cares. News reporters were and are sharing videos and stories of people risking their lives to save others from cars that appeared as if the driver intentionally drove into a raging river.

What about your life? How many more warnings will the Lord have to send to you to show you that “doing you” and giving in to your fleshly desires will produce an uncontrollable storm in your life that will you leave you devastated, lost, hurt and abandoned?

“When an unclean spirit leaves a person, it wanders through dry places looking for a place to rest. But it doesn’t find any. Then it says, ‘I’ll go back to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the place vacant, cleaned up, and decorated. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself. They go in and make their home there. That person is worse off at the end than at the beginning. This is the way it will be also for this evil generation.” Matthew‬ ‭12:43-45‬ ‭CEB‬‬

It may begin with a lie. The lie brings on anger and malice. Those then turn into drinking, slandering, pornography- just a downward spiral. People want to be separated from the consequences of sin, but not the pleasures of it. Truth be told, they cannot be separated. 

Take heed to the warnings of sin. Social media paints an image of fun and life with no limits, but there are consequences that stem from your actions. Sin leads to an eternal death; but you have the opportunity to choose life.

Please! Take heed to the warnings. No matter how you view it, we belong to someone. Your life does not belong to you. If you fulfill the lust of your flesh, you are of your Father the devil (St. John 8:44). Commit your ways to the Lord, and you are a child of the Most High.

The enemy desires to destroy you.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” ‭‭I Peter‬ ‭5:8-9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Today it’s Houston; tomorrow, it might be you- engulfed by the hurricane of sin.

“No one who is tested should say, “God is tempting me!” This is because God is not tempted by any form of evil, nor does he tempt anyone. Everyone is tempted by their own cravings; they are lured away and enticed by them. Once those cravings conceive, they give birth to sin; and when sin grows up, it gives birth to death.” ‭James‬ ‭1:13-15‬ ‭CEB‬‬

The Peace of God

  • Try having a conversation on a phone without phone service. 
  • Try starting a vehicle without an engine. 
  • Try using a microwave without electricity.
  • You can try, but they won’t function as promised. It is impossible!

Try living life without a true relationship with Jesus, and you experience no peace. You may say: “That is not true. When I was doing this or was (is) with that person…or when I see these celebrities with thus  and so, they have peace.” The presence of things give an illusion of peace. Our physical eye gravitate towards the environment we live in. Right now, our environment is primarily a worldly perspective. We are in this world, but not of it. The peace the world depicts is counterfeit peace. 
Just as it is impossible to properly chew food without teeth, is impossible for us to believe that we can have peace and joy without the Lord, when they originate from Him.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If we allow the peace of God to rule in our hearts, then we become publishers of peace. 
Let me share a few examples. 

If you’re always launching missiles with your tongue, being rash with your mouth, and others view your approach as being “direct” and “real,” that’s not real. As we say- that’s not “real talk.” That’s foolish- and by this attitude, you’re not a peacemaker. You’re becoming a peace breaker, and you are forfeiting your blessing. 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If your efforts lead to tension, arguments, disagreements, attitudes, divisions- then your attitude produces chaos and your life cannot be peaceful, when Jesus told us to make every effort to do what leads to peace. Our resolutions and solutions to issues should be directed towards a peaceful outcome. That is what pursuit of peace looks like. 

“Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.” Psalms‬ ‭34:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

There are some instances where a person will not desire to be peaceful, that should not prevent you from doing your utmost to reflect the image of Christ. 

“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans‬ ‭12:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We have an obligation to “let the peace of God rule” in their hearts (Colossians 3:15). This means we have the choice either to trust God or to rely on ourselves. 

What choices will you make which truly leads to a quiet and peaceable life?

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” ‭‭James‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬