Morning Coffee 07/15/2010

Verse of the day
“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”- John 15:10

God is so awesome and very specific with His word. Throughout the Bible we are presented with conditional statements from the Lord. If this then that, basically making it really clear that we have a choice and we have a chance to see the result of the decisions that we make. One of the greatest gifts that God ever gave us outside of Jesus Christ and life is free will. We have the freedom to choose if we are going to follow the word of God or not. Just like those of us who have children, we give them a command and they have to decide if they will follow it or not. In telling them what we expect out of them we also give them what would be the consequences of their actions.

My five year old loves to play video games and that is something that we enjoy doing together. However, he is very competitive and he does not like to lose. I have been working on teaching him that you can’t win every time, sometimes you will lose so just use that to get better. Instead my little man gets upset and so as a result he finds himself restricted from playing video games sometimes for like six months. I know that is a little extreme for such a young age however I use that time to shape and mold his mind because it could be worse.

Here the word says that it is better for us to be obedient to God’s command because it keeps us in His good graces. Saul found this lesson out the hard way in 1 Samuel chapter 15. Samuel was charged with blessing Saul as the king over Israel. He gave Saul specific instructions from the Lord. He said for him to lead his people to destroy the Amalekites because of the way they treated the people of Israel when they came out of Egypt. They were to destroy everything and leave no one alive however they saved the King Agag and what they considered to be the best that the city had to offer. Saul and his men saved sheep and cattle to make sacrifices to the Lord and Samuel said to him that obedience is better than sacrifice. What Saul thought was honorable was really out of order and not what the Lord had instructed him to do. It takes more to deny self than to make a sacrifice because you have to humble yourself to glorify God in obedience.

Saul disobeyed the Lord and as a result Samuel told him that God was not pleased and he was replaced as the King over Israel and rejected by the Lord. None of us want to be outside of the will of God; we don’t want to know what it feels like to be rejected by Him either. Instead our prayer should be Psalm 51:11 “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” Just like my son don’t want me to be upset with him we should not want the Lord upset with us. We tend to make obedience so hard because it is so easy to do wrong. However, obedience is a choice we can’t afford to overlook. The Bible says that keeping God’s commands is what counts so that should always be your goal. Joshua 24:15 says it best,
Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

God Bless
 Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 07/14/2010

 Verse of the day
“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18
When you line your life up with the Lord you place your feet on the path of righteousness. The awesome part is that the word of God says that our steps are ordered by the Lord and His word is a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our pathway. So in essence God has already made provision for us to be successful with staying course and he has already established every step for us. Our job is to stay focused on Him and stay in His presence so that we can stay on the path.
Part of staying the course that the Lord has already laid for us is helping others find their way. Not only is it pleasing to God and part of what we have been charged to do, it also opens the door for someone to take this journey with us creating accountability partners. This past week was an awesome week for my family and I. We had the opportunity to assist with a close encounter with the Lord for a little over a hundred high school boys and girls. As we went through the week and strategically broke down barriers that these children had so much truth was revealed. Between the young men and young ladies there were issues of teen pregnancy, miscarriages, molestation by family members and rape to name a few. It is a wonder why our world is so corrupt and many have no hope in the future generation, look at what those responsible have allowed to happen to these babies. Through praise and worship, awesome guest speakers, life skills sessions, powerful small
group sessions and one on one session many chose on their own to give their issues to the Lord as well as their lives and now they are well on their way. By the power of the Holy Spirit we were able to help these young folk see that there is a brighter day and it will get better and better if they just stay on the path.
Our job is not done because the children that we spent time with this week are not even scratching the surface to the others out there that need hope. There are many adults in the same position and as children of God we have a great task ahead of us. I challenge you to take the time to consider others better than you do yourself and pour into someone’s life hope and take the journey with them. We know that when day break happens and we get that first sight of light we know that as the day goes it will get brighter. Our lives are the same way, all we need is a little beacon of light and that will lead us on our path and allow us to have great expectations as we travel.
We have been called to be the light of the world so we have to be willing to go out and be contagious and turn on the light for others. Not only should we turn on the light sometimes we have to take their hand and lead them until they can stand on their own. Before we left the camp we had 7 boys and 3 girls to give their lives to the Lord. We also had on of the young men to call a meeting amongst the other campers and there were about 30 young men having a testimony session where they committed to hold each other accountable.

Are you up for the challenge? If we put in the work the results will come.

Let Him use you

  God Bless
   Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 07/13/2010

Verse of the day

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”- Philippians 2:9-11

Here we find the Apostle Paul speaking with the church at Philippi and he is challenging them to be imitators of Christ. He opens this text by asking them if they really feel good about uniting with Christ then they should do more to be like Him. He says for them not to be selfish and only think of themselves but instead consider others better than they do themselves.  Paul then goes on to say that they should have the same attitude as Christ, He didn’t come to be served even though He could have, but instead He came to serve.

Even though Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He didn’t consider Himself equal to God. Instead He humbled himself and submitted to God’s will. He became an example for us and He was obedient to God’s word until His death. Jesus’ birth right gave Him power and authority yet He never abused it. My oldest son has the youngest by four years so because he is older he understands that he can tell his little brother to do whatever he wants and the baby will most likely do it. Instead we have been teaching him to look out for his little brother. So for example yesterday I fixed him something to eat and his first statement was is my little brother getting ready to eat too? Another example is me walking in the house from work he will be quick to tell be to be quite because his little brother is sleeping or turn the television down so that we won’t wake him up. Jesus Christ is looking out for us and He has always considered us better than  He considers Himself.  So we too should avoid our own selfish desires even if we feel like we have a right to be and humble ourselves for the sake of others. My son could not care whether his brother eats or sleep however at five he humbles himself willingly.

As a result God exalted Jesus Christ above all because of His humbleness. Paul was letting the Philippians know that they have a choice and it should be to be more like Christ and we have that same choice. The hard truth though is this we can willingly humble ourselves and submit to God’s will or we can be put in situations where we will have to humble ourselves. The word here is plain, it says that every knee should bow and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord. Simply put you can either humble yourself and submit by choice or by force, however it is not a question on whether you will do it or not.

If a five year old, who really doesn’t have a clear understanding so he could do whatever he wants, chooses to humble himself then those of us who are older and wiser should have a much clearer understanding of what God requires of us. The Bible says whoever humbles himself like a child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. It also says that unless we change and become like little children we will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven which means we have to have a child like faith. We can tell a child anything and they will believe it and follow with no questions.

Sometime our children model for us what we should be modeling for them.

 God Bless

  Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee‏ by Jesse Watson Jr.

Verse of the day“ For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”- Romans 12:3 No one knows you better than you except God. You know your boundaries and capabilities, what motivates you as well as your insecurities if any. On the same note you know all of the victories you have had as well as the struggles. You know the journey you have been on and when you allowed the Lord to have control over your life. When you sit back and think about all that God have done for you and everything that should have happened but it didn’t should cause you to see life differently. Even when you think about all of the blessings in your life and all of the ways made out of no way, it should be the foundation of humility in your life. Here we have Paul speaking to us from his own experience with God. He starts out by recognizing that if it weren’t for God’s grace he wouldn’t be. Not only that he makes it clear that God gave it to him so he recognizes that he didn’t deserve grace but God still gave it anyway. He goes on to say be real with yourself when doing an assessment of yourself. Don’t give yourself more credit than you should, there is a thin line between being confidence and conceited. When you are conceited you have unrealistic expectations of yourself. We are all gifted and God have given us gifts that are specific to us to use to fulfill our role in the Body of Christ. When we begin to operate outside of our capabilities it produces frustration, disappointment, discouragement and ultimately failure or defeat. It is important for us all to operate in the area we are gifted in. If someone around you gets really sick and you are not a doctor what do you do? You call one because you don’t want to mess anything up. I once took a job that required me to drive a stick shift car. Well at the time I didn’t know how to drive one however I felt like I was smart enough to figure it out. Needless to say that was a very long day and not much positive came out of it all because I thought more highly of myself than I should have. I knew that I didn’t know what I was doing but I went for it anyway and I almost destroyed that car. Part of my job was to drive people to their doctor’s appointments so I really went too far but the Grace of God kept me. Based off of the measure of faith that God have given us we know our limitations. Make sure that before you move on something you do a true assessment of what you are capable of doing and be real with yourself. If whatever it is, is truly outside of your capabilities then make sure that you do the right thing. When we operate within our gift then we please God and we are a benefit to the kingdom. However, when we try to operate outside of our gift we leave a lot of room for failure and we misrepresent the kingdom of God. God Bless Jesse R. Watson Jr.