Morning Coffee 6/27/12

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

 

I wanted to revisit this thought because it is becoming a worldwide epidemic. There are so many people who have been or will be placed in a position to succeed beyond their wildest dreams, however fear will paralyze them. Our deepest fear has the ability to suck all of the power out of us and cause us to settle for mediocrity as if it is the norm. God has called us to a greater place and He has given us a great power to withstand the tricks of the enemy and be over comers. We are all positioned to exceed our expectations and become more successful than we have ever imagined, however our innate ability to give the enemy our power, stunts our growth. We allow him to convince us that we are not worthy of overcoming hardship, trials, and rough spots in our lives and he takes full advantage of it.

 

If we can just learn to get past ourselves and become more disciplined in this thought that we have power beyond measure supplied by a source that will never die away, then we can walk in our destiny as God intended. The author of the book A Return To Love, Marianne Williamson said it best:

Our Deepest Fear

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

 

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

 

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

 

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,

 

Gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

 

Actually, who are you not to be?

 

Your playing small does not serve the world.

 

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

 

So that others people won’t feel insecure around you.

 

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

 

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.

 

It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

 

And, as we let our light shine, we consciously give Other people permission to do the same.

 

As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

 

We are all called to greatness and to walk in the light and the power of God. By standing on His word we not only elevate ourselves beyond our self-inflicted limitation, we also empower others to do the same. Claim it and walk in it.

 

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr.

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Morning Coffee 6/14/12

Out of the mouth of children we have ordained praise. Psalm 8:2

 

It was in the temple where the Jewish children saw the miracles of God and cried out, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Children can be so bluntly honest that many times we may not know how to receive it. Many times as adults when we listen to little children speak especially about God, their words sometimes cut because they are so sincere and honest. In the same thought, many times what utters out of their mouth is exactly what we need to hear.

 

Yesterday, on the way to work, I had a conversation with my oldest son. I asked him what he has learned at Vacation Bible School so far. He said that he learned that ‘God is faithful’. To me this was such a profound statement coming from a 7 year old even though I had heard it and said it before. So I proceeded to test my thought and ask him what it meant. I did that because we have been in a habit of teaching him not to say things that he doesn’t understand or know the meaning to. My son said to me, “it means that when you are tempted God will give you a way out.” Wow!!!!!

 

So of course it turned into devotion time in the car. I shared with him and the rest of my family in the car that what the Bible is saying is that no matter what situation you find yourself in God will always be there for you. You never have to feel like you are alone because He will always be there. If you are in a tough situation and feel like you can’t make it through it, God will provide a way out. I told him that with God you never have to fear anything because He is always there and always provides a better way out of any situation. We even discussed how no matter how down you are or how much trouble you cause, God will still always be there even when everyone else turn their back on you. You can count on God always and you can trust God always, no matter what.

 

I just wanted to share the blessing with you that the Lord shared with me on yesterday. Also, if my son plays with your children be prepared for your children to come and tell you one day that my son said God is faithful.

 

God Bless,

Jesse Watson Jr.

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Morning Coffee 6/7/12

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26

In this text James introduce to us a series of situations where faith was activated and we get to see the results of that. The first observation was about Abraham and his son Isaac. God tried Abraham’s faith by asking him to sacrifice his son. Isaac represented Abraham’s legacy and the heir to all that God had promised Abraham. He also waited a long time to have this son so when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac Abraham was sad but willing to obey God. When God saw how serious Abraham was about his faith and the way he put what he believed into action, God gave Abraham a ram in the bush to sacrifice instead. Here is a classic situation of what you open yourself up to when you activate your faith.

The text today is saying that just having faith is not enough; you have to do something with it to show God that you really believe in Him and what He can and will do. Here the Bible uses a metaphor to help us understand that by not activating your faith is like a body with no Spirit; dead or useless. Dead faith is no faith at all and it shows that it has no practical worth. We show that our faith is dead when we don’t apply the principles we have learned to experience.

Earlier this year, I had a review at work and my conversation with my manager was simply that I didn’t feel that the company was using me I the right manner. The basis of that statement was because of my experience and time at the company doing the same thing. I also discussed with them that I wasn’t being paid what I was worth. When I asked about the company’s career development plan, I discovered that there was no plan so I had to make a decision. I activated my faith and believed God for change. An opportunity for a position with another company arose and I interviewed for it but the company immediately started doing layoffs. This delayed my process and the position I interviewed for ended up being a short term contract. God moved on the heart of the young lady I interviewed with and she wanted to consider me for a more permanent position. I never stopped believing and the young lady who found the position for me encouraged me to stay hopeful. I
received a phone call from the hiring manager one day out of the blue saying that they had a position that was more stable but I had 24 hours to make a decision. I prayed about it and realized that it was God who set it all up because I activated my faith. Needless to say, I took the position and today is my 2nd day on the job. The Lord blessed me with a promotion and a raise all in this one move of faith.

Blending faith and works is as close as the body and the spirit. When the two unite and work together the result is life. Faith without works has no movement but when you activate your faith God will move on your behalf. What are you saying that you are trusting God for but you are not really activating your faith? In this situation you can’t just talk about it, you have to be about it. God wants to see where you really stand. He has what you need and want waiting on you to move your faith to action. If you are believe God for anything right now just start pressing towards it and believe that God will work in your favor. He will supply what you need and in some cases more.

Is your faith dead or alive?

God Bless,
Jesse Watson Jr.
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