Morning Coffee 2/7/12

“I lift up my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121

After reading this psalm one gets the impression that the author was really having a moment of despair. The great news is that they knew where to go to get help. The word ‘help’ in Hebrew is Ezer (when used as a noun) and it refers to assistance or the one who provides the assistance. When being used as a verb ‘azar’ in the Old Testament it referred to military assistance such as God’s help in battle. Here it is used as God’s personal assistance for those who cannot help themselves.

It is obvious that the psalmists was in a position of distress and were looking for help maybe because they didn’t see an escape route that they could create or rely on. When we look back at our lives, there have been many times that we have felt beaten and didn’t know what to do. The difference here though is most of the time when we were in those positions we didn’t look up; instead we held our heads low in self-pity. Instead the psalmist gives us a new perspective by looking upward to an Omnipotent God. ‘I will’ signifies a choice of one’s will. We all have the freedom to choose our actions and the psalm is saying to choose to look to God for help in time of trials and affliction.

I have in the past had an issue with going to others for help with anything. My thought was I could figure it out myself or just deal with the issue until. I realized that I had to humble myself to be open to receive help from others. That attitude reflected my openness to allow God to help me as well and I didn’t know that then. Looking to God for help signifies that you believe that He can take care of whatever you are going through. It also gets you in a habit of understanding that as a child of the Most High God, you will have some adverse times in your life and you recognize that you are in continual need and dependence upon God for help.
This text is an absolute to where help really comes from to resolve what you are dealing with. The only one, who has the power, patience, and love to walk with us through our storm until it ends, is God. The psalm is divided into two sections the anticipation of divine help and the assurance of divine help. Being sure of where your help comes from makes the process a growing experience.

God Bless,

Jesse Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 2/3/12

“Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8

There is one thing in life that is hard to prepare for and often times difficult to deal with in the moment, that is death. The mental and emotional ride that you take during this time is something that you can’t see coming, it just hits you and you have to deal with it. Everyone is unique so everyone will deal with this time in they’re lives differently. For me I am normally trying hard to be the rock for everyone else, so the emotional part usually hits me like at tone of bricks at some point.

The Apostle Paul gives us his take on dealing with death in this text and it is really the one way that we should all adopt as truth, even for ourselves when we are going through. The first scripture that comes to mind when someone passes away is the text for today, but what does it mean. Paul gives us insight into his thoughts on facing death with confidence and even expectancy. His view is here for us to mimic as believers by grace through faith. He understood that death was not the end but in fact the beginning of everlasting life with God.

Paul’s Journey was a bold one and he knew that taking a stand for God would ultimately lead to death for him. So his faith was so strong in the Lord that he accepted his fate and marched on in the boldness of Christ to proclaim the word of God. In his stand and understanding is where we find strength in dealing with death.

The text helps us to understand that when believers pass they go immediately to be with God. He even shares this with us in Philippians 1:23, “I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” So his message to us is for us not to sorrow as if we have no hope because the word of God promises the believer an immediate reception in glory.

This will help us from a mental and emotion position because it gives us comfort in knowing that God is always in control. He knows what is best and our purpose is to live for Him in such a way that when we die we will spend eternity with Him. Paul shares here with us that it should be more emotional for us to be away from God in a physical sense. When facing death we have to push ourselves past being selfish. What I mean here is, wanting that loved one to be here with us when we know that being with God is a better place. It is also where we all hope to be someday in His time. Find comfort in knowing that God has already walked this life out for all of us and when the times comes there is nothing that we can do about it. He will fill that void that we have with His love and we have His spirit dwelling in us for comfort.

Psalm 59:16 says it best, “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.
“Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8

There is one thing in life that is hard to prepare for and often times difficult to deal with in the moment, that is death. The mental and emotional ride that you take during this time is something that you can’t see coming, it just hits you and you have to deal with it. Everyone is unique so everyone will deal with this time in they’re lives differently. For me I am normally trying hard to be the rock for everyone else, so the emotional part usually hits me like at tone of bricks at some point.

The Apostle Paul gives us his take on dealing with death in this text and it is really the one way that we should all adopt as truth, even for ourselves when we are going through. The first scripture that comes to mind when someone passes away is the text for today, but what does it mean. Paul gives us insight into his thoughts on facing death with confidence and even expectancy. His view is here for us to mimic as believers by grace through faith. He understood that death was not the end but in fact the beginning of everlasting life with God.

Paul’s Journey was a bold one and he knew that taking a stand for God would ultimately lead to death for him. So his faith was so strong in the Lord that he accepted his fate and marched on in the boldness of Christ to proclaim the word of God. In his stand and understanding is where we find strength in dealing with death.

The text helps us to understand that when believers pass they go immediately to be with God. He even shares this with us in Philippians 1:23, “I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” So his message to us is for us not to sorrow as if we have no hope because the word of God promises the believer an immediate reception in glory.

This will help us from a mental and emotion position because it gives us comfort in knowing that God is always in control. He knows what is best and our purpose is to live for Him in such a way that when we die we will spend eternity with Him. Paul shares here with us that it should be more emotional for us to be away from God in a physical sense. When facing death we have to push ourselves past being selfish. What I mean here is, wanting that loved one to be here with us when we know that being with God is a better place. It is also where we all hope to be someday in His time. Find comfort in knowing that God has already walked this life out for all of us and when the times comes there is nothing that we can do about it. He will fill that void that we have with His love and we have His spirit dwelling in us for comfort.

Psalm 59:16 says it best, “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.
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