Morning Coffee 10/6/10

 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”- Psalm 119:130

What you say and how you say it really matters. We often times find ourselves in situations where what we really feel just rolls off our tongue and before we know it heads turn. I have often said to many people that the most dangerous weapon in the world is the human tongue. When you open your mouth you can speak life into someone and give them that boost that they need to make it or you can tear them down to the point of not wanting to live.

Most people when communicating don’t always think about what they are going to say before they say it so what is truth to them unconsciously comes out and sometimes it cuts like a knife or destroy like a nuclear bomb. The text today says that your words give light really to who you are. Everybody has days where they may have had a rough time so the way you communicate may be a little rough. It doesn’t make it right, however it does happen. In your day to day communication our goal should be to be mindful of who we are talking to and how we say what we say. The Bible says that we will have to make an account for every word that comes out of our mouth so we are accountable for every word we speak. We have to speak the truth but it is how you say it that counts.

I often think about what I am going to say to a person before I say it so that I don’t have any regrets once it leaves my mouth. I understand one important fact and that is that everyone may not be ready to hear what you have to say so timing is very important. If you communicate something to a person who is not ready to hear what you are saying or caught off guard then they will mishandle the information and you will be clearly misunderstood and possibly misrepresented to others by them. On the same note it will reveal who you really are and that could possibly damage your relationship with others because you thought you were just being honest. One of the students that I tutor told me that his father told him that he wasn’t college material and this young man was crushed. He wasn’t ready to handle that information and it was communicated the wrong way. I explained to the young man that his father wasn’t saying that he didn’t believe in him he was really challenging him to do better because he knew that his son has great potential but he is not operating fully in that potential. I also explained to him that if he didn’t study hard and continue to make C’s and D’s then if I were his father I wouldn’t pay for college either.

There is a line from an old R&B song that says, “You better be careful what you say to me, because it might turn around on you.” This young man, as a result of his father’s words, thought that his dad didn’t believe in him and that begin to create some distance between them. I had to explain to him that if his father didn’t believe in him he wouldn’t be paying me to help him.

What you say and how you say it may be more important that you think. A snappy response or an unconscious smart or angry reply may present a false representation of who you really are. Words are the least pervasion of the truth so lets be careful how we use them.
God Bless

Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 10/5/10

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.  Psalm 23:4-5 

One of our greatest concerns is protection from the dangers of the world for our families as well as us. As the media perpetuate an image of the rise in crime, unemployment and homelessness many of our concerns grow daily. Many find themselves in the midst of the hardship wondering when will it end and even as Christians some of us may have experienced some anxiety about this as well. I am more than sure that there are some non-believers and believers alike who question where is God in the midst of all of this and how can He allow such hurt and devastation to take place.

Young David gives us some great insight to God’s protection in this passage that will give many of us that peace that surpasses all understanding. David uses a metaphor here comparing God to a shepherd in verse one knowing the relationship between a shepherd and his sheep. Psalm 100:3 uses a metaphor comparing us to the sheep when it says, “Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Sheep depend solely on their shepherd for everything and he supplies their need and protection. Sheep have no defense mechanism at all so the shepherd walks the land before they go to graze to look for holes. In my study vipers live in holes on the land and they stick their heads up to bite the sheep on their nose killing them. What the shepherd does is pour olive oil in the entrance of the holes and he anoints the sheep’s head with oil. This causes the snake’s body to be slippery so they can’t get out of the hole to attack the sheep. Here is a perfect picture of how God prepares a feast for us in the presence of our enemy.

God loves us so much that He provides this same protection for us by anointing our heads with oil, He uses His rod to protect us from the enemy and His staff to comfort us. Just like the shepherd walks the land the Lord walked our lives out before us which are why we order our steps in His word. We just have to walk the path that He has already laid out for us by stepping in His footprints left for us. David was confident just like the sheep were because he knew that God was right beside him all the way. He says even when he walks through the valley which would suggest that we won’t always be in a valley but regardless to if we are or not God is still always with us.  We don’t have to fear our valley situation we too can walk through it with the assurance that we have God’s protection. In the NIV version this text says that we walk through the Valley of the shadow of death. A shadow is defined as an imperfect imitation so it is a fake. So that thing that stands in front of us as a potential threat to our lives are really an imperfect imitation, it appears to be real but it is a fake. Does your shadow give a true representation of who you are? Of course not so why should we fear the enemies shadow? The best way to set ourselves up with protection is to put ourselves in the right position with God. This is clearly stated in Psalm 91:1, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” There has to be a light source in order for a shadow to be casted. Our source of light physically comes from the sun but our source of light spiritually comes from the SON. If we submit to the Lord’s authority we can live in His protection and there we will find rest in His shadow. There is nothing imperfect about God so that is the shadow that we all want to find rest in.

Fear God not your situation because He is in control of it and the Lord has already provided what you need to make it through your situation. Remember without Faith it is impossible to please God and our Faith is like a rubber band. It is stretched as far as it can go creating a lot of tension but once it is released it expands a little more. Our faith expands like that allowing us to be stronger and able to handle more than we thought we could deal with. Trust God because He is all the protection we need, He is our shepherd.

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 10/4/10

Verse of the Day

 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”- Proverbs 27:1 

I normally wouldn’t deal with this type of text until a funeral but it is still relevant for all of the living while we are living. Often I tell people not to take life for granted because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. We all make so many plans and want to accomplish so much in life we all have great hope for our futures. There are some who hesitate moving on an opportunity because they want to wait until they get themselves in a certain position. Then there are those who just think that they have plenty of time so they just cruise through life almost without a purpose.

The text tells us not to count so much on tomorrow because it is not promised. I have even heard the Thomas Jefferson quote on the cartoons about not putting off till tomorrow what you can do today. All life has a beginning and an end but what matters most is that dash in between. There are a lot of people who took their great plans and high hopes with them and never got the chance to live it out. We all have to make the most of our days and live out our dreams because we only get one life to do it. If you have accomplished your biggest dream then it is time to dream some more and if you haven’t then it past time to start pressing to make it happen. You can’t wait on your dream to come true because it is waiting on you to come and get it. We have to line our lives up with the Lord and live for Him in order to accomplish our goals because He is the only one who can release it in our lives. That is why it is so important for us to be serious about living Christ-like now and leading others as to do the same. I had the opportunity to watch someone really special to me live out his life’s dream yesterday and one of the greatest highlights was the exclamation point at the end. He plays football and once the game was over he waited on the field to kneel and pray with all of the other players from both teams thanking God for the privilege. 

The Bible says that if we delight in the Lord then He will give us the desires of our heart and as you can see it is conditional. We have to be willing to do our part, we have to totally commit ourselves to Him and have Faith that He will honor His promise. Without Faith it is impossible to please God and quite honestly without Faith it is impossible to fulfill your dreams. The call is today and the time is now to line our lives up with God and press towards causing our dreams to manifest in our lives on earth. Remember if you don’t live today because you are constantly worried about tomorrow, sooner or later you will realize that all you have are a bunch of empty yesterdays. Live life to the fullest today in Jesus name and trust that He will lead you through the path to make your dreams become real. If you believe just enough and trust God enough tomorrow could be the day your dreams come true. 

God Bless

 Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 10/1/10

Verse of the Day

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I am sure that when you have company coming over to visit or have dinner, your normal actions are to clean you house. No one wants to have company over with a dirty house am I right? It not about impressing them but it is a reflection of who you are and well you keep your house together. Some people go as far as to just hide under the bed or in the closet until their company leaves. There may even be a designated room that holds everything in until you open the door. Either way your house only has the appearance of being clean at that point. The truth of the matter is if you are not in a habit of regularly cleaning your house then it is really always on half clean. Just for the record a half clean house is still dirty.

Well your body is like your home and the Holy Spirit dwells within you. The question is did you clean up before the Holy Spirit arrived? For most of us probably all of us the answer is no so the Holy Spirit became our motivation to get it clean. We could have been at our lowest point when we received Jesus Christ in our life and being blessed with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. So now that the Holy Spirit dwells within you how well are you keeping your house now? The Holy Spirit is a guest that you have invited in and the truth is the Holy Spirit deserves to dwell in a clean environment. So the question is are you just doing spring cleaning or has your temple become something that you do your best to keep clean daily. We have all kept some anger, frustration, possibly jealousy, envy in our house and it made it dirty.
We can all get in the habit of doing a daily cleaning no matter how tired we get some times. No house guest wants to stay in a home that is dirty or unclean. I guarantee if you just make the effort to clean up daily your Holy guest will be more than willing to help.

We can’t afford to just to keep pushing all of the jealousy, hate and all of the other things that keep us dirty under the bed or in the closet. The Holy Spirit will expose it and you will have a decision to make. Many of us don’t like to do anything half way because we don’t like for people to halfway do anything for us. No matter how we look at it a half clean house will always still be dirty. Let us get into a habit of really cleaning our house and our Spiritual house up on a daily basis.

God Bless

Jesse R. Watson Jr.