Morning Coffee 3/28/12

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.” 1 Timothy 2:3-7

Many of us are working hard to secure our future financially. We work crazy hours week in and week out just to position ourselves to retire after 30 or 40 years with high hopes of being financially secure. We work hard everyday not just because we have to but because we want to model for our young people how to be responsible, and dependable. It is true that we work because we have to pay bills but I am sure that there is more to it for you than that, at least I hope that it is. Either way we know that today’s youth play a huge role in our future, so we have to shape their minds and hearts to be prepared.

What about working hard to secure our future spiritually? While we are going through our daily routine, how much attention are we giving to what God has called us to do? Here the Apostle Paul was talking to young Timothy helping to prepare him to live for Christ. He was training young Timothy on how to be a great leader that not only others can trust but one that God can trust.

When we think about the full knowledge of God, who really qualifies to share the truth and how does the youth today know how to identify those individuals? When I read 1 Timothy 1 it brings me to accept the actuality that just like Paul, I too am one of the worst of sinners but by the grace of God He has considered me trustworthy and appointed me to His service. We are all in that same position so our approach to helping these young people know and understand the truth should be taken from these pages in 1Timothy.

We have to be a Paul to these young Timothy’s and help them understand that they are like Timothy or help them grow to desire to be like Timothy. This is where identity comes in. When you look at the text above if we share it from the right context I believe that we can turn on the light to letting these young people know that they too are included in God’s plans. The Bible says that God wants all not just some people. God wants these young people to come into knowing the full knowledge of the truth which is made so clear in versus 5 and 6 above.

We have to help these young people recognize who they really are in Christ and how to discern who has been appointed to God’s service so that they can be discipled. We have to dedicate the same time if not more to truly make a major impact on the lives of the youth for Christ sake as we do trying to secure our financial future. We have to help them see that when they interact with us it is not by accident, it is an appointment by God (the proper time) for them to grow to know who they really are in Jesus Christ. Equally important, they have to understand that God appointed us to lead them to that truth and they have to see how much we value Jesus by the way we represent His name.

Don’t forget that while we are securing our financial future, we have to invest in our youth to secure our future spiritually as well.

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.
Email: morningcoffee2011@yahoo.com

Morning Coffee 3/26/12

“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,” Philippians 1:29

Once you read this text it makes you think. Reading the part about suffering for Christ may not sit well with many people. According to a report by “Christian Today” done in 2011, 51% of the people in the world believe in God. 18% of the world doesn’t believe in God and 17% are undecided. I don’t know about the remaining percent of people. However, it appears that not many people are too sure about believing in Christ either.

This text is actually liberating when you dig deep into its meaning. First, the word “granted” means a privilege so in essence the text is saying, “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.”

The question may arise here as to why it would be considered a privilege to believe in and more especially suffer for Christ? Suffering for Christ could come in many different forms. People may talk about you because of your belief or strong faith in Christ, you may be treated differently, or you just may find that you have some people who are against you. We have to keep in mind that if there were no cross then there wouldn’t have been a crown. So we may experience temporal suffering now but the eternal glory is the reward.

A lot of our suffering is self-made as a result of sinful behavior but that is not the same suffering that Paul was talking about. Suffering for Christ develops our spiritual muscles and gives us the strength and courage to face whatever enemy we may encounter. The blessing in this thought is that according to scripture we have victory in Jesus Christ, so our side always wins.

Ultimately, our faith in God implies an oneness with Jesus Christ and a fellowship with His suffering according to Philippians 3:10. To suffer with Jesus Christ proves our union with Him, and our union with Christ insures our salvation. So count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds. The truth is we were destined to face trials, it is just liberating to know that we are doing it with Christ so in that we will always experience victory.

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr
Email: morningcoffee2011@yahoo.com

Morning Coffee 3/21/12

““But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”” Jeremiah 17:7-8

God’s chosen people were on a sinful path and the truth of the matter is that many people in the world are on the same path, we have probably been there before ourselves. Here in this text God was using Jeremiah to warn the people of Judah about changing their ways. He told them that He was going to correct them because of their apostasy (falling away from faith) and their idolatry (worshiping false gods) if they continued down the path of destruction. In the same breathe He said that He would heal their land if they would just repent and turn back to the one true God.

Judah means “praised or celebrated” and even though by their name it seems as if they were destined for greatness, they were cursing God by their lifestyle. This is so typical today as well. We are all destined for greatness however so many are placing themselves in position to almost be disqualified from God’s grace and mercy because of a conscious decision of the way they live.

Sometimes my boys do something that is sure to get them in trouble and even though they are apologetic and want to change for the better in that situation, I still have to correct them. This is the same situation here with Judah, though they didn’t turn back to God. Jesus Christ died for our sins however God will correct our sinful behavior. It is our obligation to remain steadfast in our trusting God. Just like with my boys, my correction for them is in their best interest and that is the same way that God views it for us.

This text is about trusting God especially when times are tough. Regardless to if God is correcting our sinful behavior or if He is allowing a trial in our lives for reasons unknown to us we should still remain steadfast in trusting him. We have to lean on His word in Romans that says that all things work together for the good of those who love Him. God has our best interest at heart. So when we are experiencing difficult times in our lives and we confidently place our trust in Him, God becomes our trust, our security, our leaning post. He empowers us to stand firm in the face of adversity and not worry or be afraid in the midst of our struggle. For the unbeliever who is always observing, this becomes encouraging to them and it allows us to witness to them through our lifestyle. God gives us peace even through our struggle and our steadfastness allows us to produce fruit for His kingdom. As long as we stand firm and stay rooted in the word of God, we
have nothing to fear. Just know that because of your trust and faith in God, He will still provide what we need to bear fruit.

God Bless,

Jesse Watson Jr.
Email: morningcoffee2011@yahoo.com

Morning Coffee 3/14/12

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

A very good friend of mine, who is a brother to me, lost his father this week. In the same breath someone who is a little sister to me lost her sister this week as well. It was much unexpected as anyone could imagine and this has shaken the foundation of the family. There is no proper way to prepare or be ready for death, it is something that you have to try to pull yourself together to be strong and deal with when it happens.
I read John 11 this morning and it was the story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Jesus had received word that His dear friend Lazarus had died and His words to everyone were that Lazarus was just sleep. Four days had past before Jesus arrived to where Lazarus was and Martha came out to meet Jesus when she heard that He was coming. As you can imagine the same statement that any of us who really believe in God and the power of His might was stated by Martha. She said that if Jesus was there then her brother wouldn’t be dead.

Many people sometimes question God in untimely deaths of loved ones. They may start with “God why did you let this happen?” and sometimes it can go as far as “God if you really are who you say you are this wouldn’t have happened.” This is not the case for everyone. Others just question the timing and the Bible is showing us that Martha and Mary felt the same way we sometimes feel. Martha’s faith in God wasn’t shaken, she just wished that Jesus had been there so that she wouldn’t have lost her brother. This text shows us that everything happens in God’s timing no matter how much we want to control it and He knows best.

So Martha went on to acknowledge that God will give you what you ask and Jesus told her that Lazarus would rise again. Her response was that she knew he would in the resurrection at the last day. Here we see the authority of Jesus Christ when He responded with our text for today. Even though the void we feel when we lose a loved one won’t physically bring them back, we can have comfort in knowing that all who believes in Christ will still live eternally with God. Also, the love of God fills that void allowing us to have the strength to continue moving forward.

This kind of loss is often difficult to deal with and we always find ourselves looking for strength to carry on. The words from one of Fred Hammond’s songs say it perfectly:

“Now that I’m a full grown man who can wipe my tears away?
And who’s on the other end when I lift my heart to pray?
And who’s always by my side to help me make it through?
Yes my Father is my Heavenly Father is!”

God said that He would never leave us or forsake us. He said that if we believe in Him we will not perish but have eternal life. Do you believe?
I do and in a time such as this, I find my strength in Him. Look to God to help you through the rough times.

God Bless,
Jesse Watson Jr.
Email: morningcoffee2011@yahoo.com

Morning Coffee 3/7/12

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139:23-24

To a certain degree we all live secret lives; at least we think we do. For most of us it is unconscious because we are not deliberately trying to hide anything about who we really are or what we are really going through. We just classify it as there are certain areas of our lives that are just private and we choose not to share it. If we all can be honest about this one point, then we can truly have a breakthrough today.

We tend to be pretty guarded with who we share our innermost thoughts and feelings with because we can’t trust everybody and rightfully so. What happens though if there is really no one that you trust enough to share what you are going through? What if you trust a person just enough to share a little of your story and then they say or do something that causes you to shut down; then what do you do?

The text here places the psalmist in a unique situation. He is in a place where he is tired of running from the truth, so instead he chose to go to the one who he understands knows the whole story anyway. The psalmist asked God to search him and know his heart. Well the truth here is that God can already see what we feel and think without us asking, so what was the psalmist really saying?

The truth here is that he distrusts himself and he recognizes that the heart can become very corrupt and we could deceive ourselves. He is being very sincere in asking God to protect him from falling to self-deception or indulging in any false hope about himself. The psalmist uses the words test me and the King James version says try me. This would suggest a thorough inspection by God of his heart, just as metal for example has to be tried or tested to prove its authenticity.

He wants God to examine his outward conduct and more importantly inner thoughts, the place that controls his will and secures his affections. This guy wants the truth to be revealed so that he can get past it and move on. We have to submit the same prayer to God for ourselves. We have to admit that there aren’t too many people that we trust that much with what we really think and how we really feel. We give subtle hints sometimes to test the water but that gets us no where. We have to be honest with ourselves and pray that God searches our heart and reveal the truth to us and help us to deal with some of the things that are holding us back. We should also pray that God guide our steps to someone that we can trust to help us along our journey. If you won’t be real with yourself, then at least be real with God and stop thinking you are hiding from Him what He already knows and has the solution to.

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 3/5/12

“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6: 6-7

The response and reaction to life’s situations by our children is a reflection of what is being taught in the home. I have heard several times before that children can only be what they see and this has been proven time and time again. My boys love to read because we always read to them so they have grown to love it. They don’t know the lyrics to the latest hit record on our local R&B/Hip Hop stations because they don’t listen to it. However, you can play certain R&B, Country, or Gospel (Gospel Hip Hop) and they will blow your mind.

There are a number of things that our children do that reflects what we expose them to. They are not perfect by far however, we are doing our best to make positive deposits into their little minds and hearts so that it will have a chance to grow into something big one day. This text is saying to us that God’s testimonies must be taught to our children and we have to be diligent in doing our part to make sure that they understand them. It is not going to be an easy task but if we feed them a little bit at a time they will surely get it. It is going to require patience, faithfulness, and discretion to make the impact that we need to make.

This is not just for our own children but it is for all children. On yesterday, I went to a city park to be a part of “I Agree with Chad.” This is a high school student here in Houston who organized an event to share his testimony and hopefully lead others to Christ. There were hundreds of teenagers who participated and it helped me to see this text in action. All of the young people who participated, including Chad, have been expose to God and His power to some degree and their presence yesterday confirmed that at least they know that God is real and He will provide.

Make it a point to be obedient to the word of God and expose His truth to your children and all youth who are around you. The first step according to the scripture is that you have to have this message confirmed and sealed in your heart first. I have a cousin who was teaching children’s Bible study and she felt convicted because she wasn’t really clear what she believed. As a result of her being real with herself, she stepped down until she could get her heart and mind on the same page with God’s plan. These young lives depend on us for guidance and direction; we have to get our spiritual compass tweaked so that we can give proper directions. Line up with God’s word and be a beacon light for our young people to follow. Every deposit you make into our youth is an investment in our future.

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.