Morning Coffee 9/30/10

Verse of the day

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,”- Philippians 1:9-10

The Apostle Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to the church in Philippi to encourage them, express his love and gratitude to them and equip them with Godly wisdom to continue their journey. He talked to them about having no boundaries when it comes to expressing their love to God and one another and making sure that they stay focused on the fact that their destination is Heaven.

Paul even covers in this book how they are to be imitators of Christ and how they should pray to have the same mindset and attitude that Jesus Christ had. Basically Paul wanted them to know that if anyone had to stand for Christ and be examples that they were the ones to do it. In his prayer above he is saying that he hopes that their love for one another will be abundant or overflowing as they continue to grow in the knowledge and understand of  God’s word, His will for their lives and each other. He wants them to understand what really matters in life what is really going to count. If they focus on what really matters then they will be able to live pure and blameless lives in Jesus Christ. He wanted to see them live their lives full of goodness, produced by the power that Jesus Christ gives them to bring glory and honor to God.

My prayer for you is the same. There is a song by Steven Fee that says it best.

“We are the people of God. The sons and daughters of love. Forgiven, restored and redeemed. Living our lives to the praise of our King. We are the ones who will shine. His light in the darkness of the night.  The hopeless, the broken, the poor. They will be hopeless and broken no more. Because, you are the light, the light of the world, and we shine You, Lord.”

We all have to shine like stars in the universe for a risen savior who gave His all for us. I know that it is in you because spiritually we share the same DNA. I want us all to live lives full of God’s abundant love, His grace and mercy so that we can be blessed as well as be a blessing to others. We may experience some hardship but if we stand together in God’s love we can withstand anything. My brothers and sisters let us be willing to shine our light on this dark world and let us bond together in unity for Christ sake to support one another in our journey. I pray your strength in the Lord for the assignment ahead of us is great but because He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world we are made for this. As we have come out of darkness into the light decide today to live your life in such a way that your actions line up with your words. Hopefully as a result our light will shine on others so that they can be hopeless and broken no more.

 God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 9/29/10

Verse of the day

“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”- John 3:20-21

Here Jesus is talking to Nicodemus and He is teaching him about New Birth or being born again. Once Nicodemus began to ask questions Jesus started to break it down for him.  This leads up to one of the most well known scriptures across the country and that is John 3:16. I have even seen this scripture display at football games. Jesus explained to Nicodemus that He wasn’t sent to condemn the world but to save it. Jesus goes on to say that light has come into the world but men run from it because of their love to do evil deeds. They don’t go into the light because they don’t want to be exposed. However, those who live by the truth go into the light and everyone sees that they are living for God.

The thought that everyone has skeletons in their closet is a true fact because everyone has a past and nothing can be done to change it. What amazes me is how some people feel like they can keep their sinful ways from being exposed. Granted some of the things that people do go to the grave with them and those that they didn’t want the truth exposed to will never know or when they find out it will be too late. The interesting fact here is that for most of the folks who are not in Christ don’t care about being exposed. When on the other hand most who are in Christ are the ones with the deepest darkest secrets and they are doing everything that they can not to be exposed.

How is it possible to say that you walk in light and think that there is not even a hint of light on whatever sinful act that is being hidden? I am a firm believer that truth crushed to the ground will soon raise. So to me it is in the best interest of the believer to do their best to clean their act up. Most of the things that we get caught up in if handled the right way can really help deliver someone else. We get so caught up in looking at how others will view us when the one who counts is not even considered at all. The fact of the matter is this when your porch gets dirty and someone comes stomping around for some answers, once the dust settles the truth will be the only thing that remains. We know as Christians the best way to handle our indiscretions is to repent. The Bible even says in James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” There is nothing wrong with finding someone that you trust to express your struggle so that you can be delivered from it.

The main reason many Christians don’t want to be exposed is for fear of being crucified by others. The sad part is most of those who do the crucifying are believers. Understand that no one is perfect and what ever you may have struggled with in your past could be what someone needs to hear now to be delivered. Being willing to be transparent can possibly save many. Pray about your past let it go and it will set you free. Then you may be able to use your story to help someone else. The scripture above says that whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, where do you think they are coming from?

 God Bless,

 Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 9/28/10

Verse of the day

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”- 1 Corinthians 2:14

In college, I had the pleasure of starting an organization as well as joining one. I am one of the Founders for Rho Chi Psi Recruitment and Retention Organization and I am a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. All Greek lettered organizations (they really aren’t Greek but that’s another story) are distinctively different but one in the same. They are all about brotherhood or sisterhood working together to make an impact on the community and the world. Most people that aren’t in an organization like ours don’t understand why we do some of the things we do especially our intake process. They hear some of the stories and automatically say that it is foolishness and some of it is. However to really understand the function and purpose of the organization and why we do what we do you really have to be a part to get it.

Here Paul is talking about the differences of those who are in Christ and those who are not. Those who are in Christ can understand those who are not because we were all there before. However those who have never tasted to see that the Lord is good wouldn’t be able to understand His grace and how it is sufficient or how His mercy is everlasting. They don’t understand why we raise our hands or our voice unto the Lord out of praise and worship for all He has done for us. Their biggest question is how you can love, trust, and fear someone that you can’t see. Just like the text says that is foolishness to them. Here is what I know according to 1 Corinthians 1:25 “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” Until they chose to crossover they will have a hard time being able to discern anything on a spiritual level. To discern means to detect with senses other than vision and it is
only something that you can truly understand being in Christ.

Before I became a part of my organizations I would hear people saying that membership has it privileges. Now being a part I can understand what they meant when they said that. My membership has opened some doors that other wise would have been closed. It doesn’t make it right and favor is fair just not for everybody all the time. Besides it is a honor system that this nation is built upon that says if they have relationship with you and they trust you then more often than not that will give you an edge over everybody else. However I know a body that everyone ought to want to be apart of, there is no application to fill out, keep your checkbook at home, all that is required is your word your heart and your mind. That body is the body of Christ and your life depends on you having membership. Though many want understand it until they join, one of the greatest benefits it offers is eternal security. I don’t know anyone else who can put that on the table
and mean it so I guess membership really does have it privileges.  Just like we hold interest meetings to increase our membership in our organizations being apart of the body of Christ should inspire us to do the same. The best part about being in Christ is that we can have membership intake all day everyday with no campus of student organizations on our back investigating our every move. For those of us who are pros at it let us do our part to bring others into the same understanding that we have. Our Founding Father wants to welcome them personally.

God Bless

Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 9/27/10

Verse of the day

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”- Matthew 6:33

We are so bombarded by the media with stuff on a daily basis be it by television, radio, internet or printed media. Some of this stuff is dressed up and presented to us as consumers as an essential for our lives. So what we were once not concerned with all of a sudden becomes a necessity of life and we try to figure out how we can best obtain what we desire to have in the shortest amount of time now thinking it is a need.

My son will see something on T.V. and not know what it is and find himself by the end of the commercial saying uuuhh daddy I want that. My response to him is what is that son and his answer most of the time is don’t know. Here in the text Jesus was addressing the disciples as well as the many who had gathered around. He was teaching them how not to worry about the things in life that they felt like they needed or wanted but instead to redirect their focus which is why He started with the word but.

To seek means to be in pursuit of or to attempt to learn something by investigation. When we look at it first is simply pointing out to make something a priority over everything else. So here Jesus was telling them not to worry about what they would eat or wear but instead make kingdom living and being in right standing with God a priority. In other words the antidote to worrying about these things is God’s kingdom and His righteousness. The temptation to concern ourselves with the pleasures of the world is going to be present because the world will keep putting it before us. However to seek is a heart issue and if we seek fellowship with God then we are provided protection against the bait the world uses in an attempt to get us hooked. Jesus is commanding us not asking us to stop making material gain our focus in life but our pursuit should be the very presence and person of Jesus Christ.

Receiving from God often times is very conditional meaning if you do this then He will do that. Here it is no different and the reason is because God wants us to show Him where our heart and mind really is. Even though He can see what we feel and He knows our thoughts before we think them we still get a chance to show Him how much we trust Him. Today’s text is no different because it is simply saying that if we make pursuing God our priority then everything that we need He will provide. Now the text says as well which would suggest that we already have some of the necessities of life so as we continue to live and grow and a need arises then the Lord will provide that as well. We sometimes make what is very simple really hard. Those folk who choose to take what they want because their desire to have it is seemingly so great fall quickly to the sometimes deadly circumstances of their decisions. Sometimes having a desire to have something so badly can cause us to make some very irrational decisions that once we act upon them we can’t reverse. By seeking God first in everything He will give you that peace that you need and clear your focus on such a strong desire to have something that is so temporary that you may not really need in the first place.

We are all creatures of habit and we all have our moments of wanting things and there is nothing wrong with that. When my son does the things that he is suppose to do I find myself as his father wanting to reward him sometimes with things that he want just because he focused and did things the right way. The Bible says that God will reward those who diligently seek Him so let us redirect our focus. It is very simple when you are in darkness you are feverously searching for light so that you can see. So in this dark world let us focus on running to the light.

 God Bless

 Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 9/24/10

Verse of the day

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”- Hebrews 10:35-36

My oldest son just started kindergarten this year however it is not his first time being exposed to school work. We started him in preschool at the church and we have been working extensively with him at home. Prior to starting school he already knew his ABC’s, how to write his name, how to count to 100, colors and he had already begun reading as well. The interesting thing with him is when he is writing he knows what he want to write but it doesn’t always come out the way he wants it to by the time he puts it on paper. So needless to say he gets frustrated to the point of tears sometimes because he really wants to get it right and he wants to get it right the first time. It sometimes gets to the point that he wants to just quit and so we constantly remind him that he won’t get better unless he keeps trying at it because he knows how to do it he just has to take his time and never quit. With those few words it builds up his confidence and when he puts in a little more effort he gets the outcome he wanted and we celebrate with him as a reward for not quitting.

In life things are going to be difficult especially in these days and we will face some things in our lives that have the potential to take us completely out of the game if we let it. There are even times as Christians we see people who are nowhere near trying to follow Christ seeming doing better than we are and we tend to get discouraged. The thought crosses our mind of why am I trying so hard to do right when they don’t care and are living better than me. We have all seen this at some point doing our walk. Everything that we do as devoted Christians has a purpose and a promise and God provides both for us. We have to remain confident in the fact that God knows what He is doing and as long as we stay the course what he has for us is for us. The Bible says that if we don’t quit then we will be rewarded by the Lord but we have to endure until our change comes and never stop believing.

One of my pastor friend’s nephew committed suicide last week because of depression. He had a promising future as a star player for the Broncos but his injuries took his mind in a different direction. He began to lose confidence not only in what he could do but also in what God could do. He knew the Lord however his circumstance got the best of him. I have been there before where I wanted to take my life behind what seemed to be selfish reasons. For me there were no doctor’s around and none of my friends or family knew it, but it was God who saved me. I realized who I really am in Christ and that in order for things to get better I had to fight the good fight and not lose faith and confidence in God. It was difficult doing it alone however I never lost focus that God will reward those who earnestly seek Him. By the grace of God some of those promises have been rewarded to me in having a wife and not one but two boys. There are people in my life that add so much value to who I am; I will never be able to pay God back for that. However, for all that He has done I am more confident now than ever that God loves me and wants the best for me and it is the same for you. Unfortunately, Kenny McKinley won’t be able to see God’s promise for him revealed however just like my son didn’t give up on writing hopefully you won’t give up either. Prayerfully you will continue to have confidence in knowing that if you can last a little longer the Lord will bless you for your faithfulness. We all know that weeping may endure for a night but JOY comes in the morning. Don’t give up, don’t quit. There is more at stake than what you know. The Lord has so much for you do and so much n store for you, our job is to trust what God is doing in our lives and know that he is stretching us to make us stronger. Don’t lose confidence, don’t lose hope.

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 9/23/10

 Verse of the Day
“Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” Psalm 105:15

In this particular text the Psalmist is making us aware of the covenant the Lord made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He said that He would give them the land of Canaan. Even though they had gone through a few generations the Lord was still true to His word. The text goes on to say that even though they wandered from nation to nation and kingdom to kingdom the Lord still wouldn’t let anyone oppress them or cause them any hardship. To show His faithfulness and loyalty to them the text even says that He rebuked kings for their sake in other words He sternly disapproved or reprimanded them if they came against His chosen people.

Even though we are not always this faithful and loyal to God He is still going to stand by His word. Just like the text says in Psalm 100:3 we are His people the sheep of His pasture that means that we belong to the Lord. For those of us who have children this text is saying what you have probably told someone else concerning your child, “If they act up you don’t touch only I can do that.”  We tend to get really protective of our children especially in today’s society because it is getting harder to trust anybody else especially with your child. We even get offended if a person talks about them, we are ready to tear somebody a new one. 

Well God is the same way especially if you are in covenant with Him. He is very protective of His children and he doesn’t even want a person to act like they are going to put their mouth on you or talk about you in other words. When he says anointed ones here in the text He is referring to His chosen people and for us that is all who are in Christ. As a part of the Lord’s covering or protection He anoints our head with oil and we receive a fresh anointing daily. When the text speaks of His prophets it is referring to those who have been called out as leaders like our preachers. They have been gifted to help deliver the word of God to His people. We have a well known pastor in the news with some serious allegations against him. This situation if handled the wrong way has the potential to shake up the church as we know it across the nation. Trust and believe that the media is going to do their job at reporting the untruth and a little bit of the truth
as they want you to perceive it. Our job as children of God is not to join the band wagon but instead to come together as the church and pray. Knowing the truth is important however it is not as important as coming together as a unified body to defend our faith. The world will paint the picture as if this man is being attacked but underneath what we believe is really being attacked and it is time that we stop playing a role in our own demise. If we want to talk about something let’s discuss how a thirteen year old won $50K in the National Texting Championship for being the world fastest text messenger. The crazy part is all she had to text was “Old McDonald had a farm, Ei, ei, oh! And on this farm he had a champ. W/a txtr here, and BFF there. Here a text, there a text, everywhere a text-text!” and she did it in under sixty seconds. What is the world coming to? We pick and choose what we make a priority for us. Just know that integrity and the
solid foundation of what we believe is being attacked daily and God is not pleased. Let us do better with not touching God’s anointed ones or doing His prophets any harm. We should do an even better job at not putting ourselves in a position to be a target for an attack. God has provided protection for us all we have to do is stay under His covering.

  God Bless
Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 9/22/10

Verse of the day

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”- Romans 15:7

For those of you who know me know that I haven’t always been the tallest guy especially when I was younger. I can fit in now as far as height is concerned but it hasn’t always been that way. Most of my friends growing up were almost always five to six inches taller than me so I guess I always visualized being taller by hanging out with the taller people. Anyway when it came to playing neighbor hood games especially sports I was sometimes the last one to get chosen because of my size. Once they realized how fast I was then things changed but the point is I wasn’t excepted because I wasn’t like everyone else. There was something about me that was distinctively different so it caused people shy away from teaming up with me.

As I grew taller, so did everyone else, however they begin to accept me as being able to play an equal role and in that experience the value of having me apart begin to shine. I believe that the combination of self confidence as well as knowing that someone accepts you as equal can bring the best out of a person. Just think about it, you get the opposite effect when you isolate a person and make them feel rejected.

As Christians we are expected to accept one another no matter how different we are. Really it is our differences that make the whole complete when we all really come together. Everyone has something different to bring to the table and as long as they are accepted it adds value. We are supposed to follow the example of Christ anyway so why wouldn’t we accept others?

Look back over your life and tell me at what point were you perfect. Even though we have been liars, cheaters, thieves, fornicators and the list can go on Jesus Christ still accepted us as we were. The awesome part about Jesus Christ is that His love for us covers a multitude of sin. No matter how dirty we are the Lord is more than willing to wash us white as snow if we are willing. He looks at all of us the same way so some people that we may not accept He does which means we are still all apart of the same family.

Everything that we do should bring Glory to God and when it comes to accepting people we should look at it as if they are a friend of His then they are a friend of mine. We should draw people to ourselves and allow them access to our hearts. I didn’t say give them an all access pass but show kindness to others to help draw the best out of them for the Glory of God. One of my youth told me about a year ago that he is really atheist and the only reason he let me baptize him was because of his mother. He wanted to please her so he went through the process. Well instead of me pushing him away I drew him closer to me because I know that if I can keep him close to the light then God will handle the rest. I allow him to be totally honest with me and he does the same for me and as a result the Lord is slowly breaking those barriers down. He is God’s child regardless of his perception of reality and everyone that we deal with on a daily basis is God’s child as well, some of them are cleverly disguised as something else but nonetheless they still belong to the Lord. Let us be cautious with others but at least willing to draw them towards you so that the light can shine on them too. You may help them discover some hidden value that just needed exposure to some light and in doing that they experience growth and God will still get the Glory.

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 9/21/10

Verse of the day

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”- 2 Corinthians 13:14

Normally, after your worship service is over you will hear the preacher say something like,” To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless and with great joy to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” Some will even sing “World without end Amen, Amen.”

That of course is your benediction it is a short prayer for divine help, blessing and guidance as you go your separate ways. Most people really don’t know what it means though, they just think it is a part of the service and that is the way it is suppose to end every week.

You are all in agreement with this prayer to the Lord to seal within you what has been shared with you that day by way of the message and the entire worship experience. You are also joining in together to say to the Lord please continue to impart you blessings upon us and to cover everyone not knowing if it is the last time you will see one another.

In Paul’s benediction he is proving the existence of the Holy Trinity in recognizing God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He spells out how we need God’s grace through Jesus Christ whom we would never have in our lives if it wasn’t for God’s love for us. He wraps it up by recognizing that we need to also have an ongoing fellowship or communication with the Holy Spirit who gives us guidance, direction and comfort.

What better prayer to pray than this one covering all even those who are strangers to one another and asking the Lord’s blessings on everyone. It also asks that all of the Heavenly influences guide us all on the same path of righteousness to our eternal destination.

In other words this is the Pastor’s way of speaking life into us and blessings upon our lives as we leave from our public worship. That is why you may hear some of your pastor’s saying not to leave before the benediction. So the next time you are in the service and you really want  to beat the traffic out of there so that you can race home and start dinner or watch the game just remember the Pastor is trying to pray peace and blessings over you and your family to make it through the week.

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 9/20/10

Verse of the day

“Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.”- Joel 2:23

This is an awesome text this morning and you get a better understanding of its meaning if you go back to Hosea 11 and read up to the text today. Israel is clearly God’s chosen people however they have upset the Lord in a bad way. Look at the following text.

But the people of Israel have bitterly provoked the Lord, so their Lord will now sentence them to death in payment for their sins. Hosea 12:14

 “I have been the Lord your God ever since I brought you out of Egypt. You must acknowledge no God but me, for there is no other savior. I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land. But when you had eaten and were satisfied, you became proud and forgot me. So now I will attack you like a lion, like a leopard that lurks along the road. Like a bear whose cubs have been taken away, I will tear out your heart. I will devour you like a hungry lioness and mangle you like a wild animal.  “You are about to be destroyed, O Israel—yes, by me, your only helper. Now where is your king? Let him save you!” Hosea 13: 4-10

As a result of Israel’s unfaithfulness The Lord allowed them to feel His wrath. In the beginning of Ch. 2 the Bible describes the locust plague that hit the land taking everything from the people. The interesting part is that the Lord really pleaded with them before it happened but pride was still prevalent among the people. All they had to do was repent because they already knew God and had been beneficiaries of His favor. Our text today shows the Lord having compassion for the Israelites and restoring everything that had been taken away.

We sometimes find ourselves in situations where our lives may not exactly resemble God’s vision for us. Even as Christians we may have a moment where we find ourselves back sliding regardless to if it is premeditated or not. Looking at the Israelites and what they went through we can’t afford to take everything that the Lord have done for you for granted. I don’t know about you but I don’t ever want to get to the point where I feel like I have done everything myself and have to feel the wrath of God to get it together. I think about the people that I love and care for and go all out for. I can only imagine how I would feel if I consistently put out for them and they turn their back on me and show very little or no appreciation at all. I know for a fact that if this were to happen I would be furious and would be willing to cut them off all together. If you put yourself in that situation and seeing how it would make you feel just imagine how much more what we do to God upsets Him. There is a song my parents used to listen to by the Stylistics that said, “We break up to make up, that’s all we do. First you love me then you hate me, that’s a game for fools.” I couldn’t have put it better myself. Even though their context was different the message is so on point.

We are in a relationship with the Lord and the truth of the matter is we should do everything we can to serve Him in excellence. Playing this game with the Lord like we do with people will do nothing but cause us a lot of heartache and who knows what else. Let us do our part to be in a position to always receive the autumn and the spring rain, as before.

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 9/17/10

Verse of the Day

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”- Philippians 1:6

There are so many people who have come to a place in their lives where they feel like this is it. Nothing is going to change everything is just going to be the way it is. They have settled in the position of complacency and decided in their mind that they have reached the peak of their lives; it is all downhill from here. Especially in today’s economy where it seems as if nothing is going to get better, circumstances have people bowing out as if it is not possible for things to get better.
Just to know that in the word of God that He is not finished with us yet is truly exciting. To know that we are really a building under construction until the day of Christ means that I have so much more to look forward to and so do you. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that this is it because God says that He has begun a good work in you and the blueprints show signs of more construction. So clean up the site and prepare it for a mighty work by God.

One thing that we know for sure and that is our God is not one who will quit. Everything that He starts He finishes. The Israelites were in captivity and through God they were released. He promised that they would get to the promised land, even though it didn’t look promising for them and it took so long a few of them still made it. Those that didn’t make it were because of their own disobedience. We have a role to play in God’s work being complete. The text start by saying being confident and that is our part. Those Israelites that didn’t make it to the land flowing with milk and honey was because of their lack of confidence that God would do what He said He would do. It is possible to talk or think your way out of being blessed. The more we try God and trust Him at His word the more we will believe that he is able and will do what He said that He would do. So don’t grow impatient with God because He is constantly at work instead stand firm
on His promises and know that he will finish what He started

God Bless
  Jesse R. Watson Jr.