It’s been a month

It’s been a month since I last pinned a devotional on this blog. Isn’t it funny how fast time moves? I’m often reminded that time waits for nobody and this is why I suggest one thing to you … TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED!

If you follow me on social media, then you may know that my Grams passed away on September 6, 2020. She was the matriarch of our family and her passing, even at 90 years old, affects us deeply. You’ve heard me mention her in sermons and devotionals and you may even know the influence she has on my life, now she’s gone. Am I sad? Yes, but I’m grateful that she’s not suffering and I got to spend the last 2 weeks with her.

Anyway, allow me to change the subject before I become a mess of tears. I didn’t come with any particular subject in mind, I simply wanted you to know I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ll be back posting devotionals soon.

In the meantime, I want to share with you our virtual Bible study from last night. There’s so much going on and others who are hurt, grieving, broken, hopeless and in need and due to this, last night’s virtual service was prayer. I’m sharing it, in the hope that it’ll help someone else to know, you aren’t alone.

You can view the video by clicking HERE

In all things give thanks!

Daily Devotional – 11/25/13 “In all things …”

The bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus,” but I asked the question; what if sin is involved? Do you still thank God? Do you thank Him that He allowed you to come out of the sin so that you are now able to repent or do you not thank Him because you are in something that you shouldn’t be in? Some may say that God gave us repentance so He must have known we would sin but does that make it right? Just because there is a liquor store on every corner, does it give you the right to drink, get drunk and then drive? I’m simply asking. Should you give thanks while you are thinking about sinning, in the midst of sin or coming out of it? The bible does say, be thankful in every circumstance; right? So, I asked the question again and it was said to me (by someone I think is knowledgeable and whose opinion I welcome) that “you should give thanks for the ability to understand and acknowledge that you have sinned as well as give thanks to God for allowing you another opportunity to correct the situation where sin arises in your life. So I would say yes it can be appropriate to give thanks in that situation however, not thanking God for allowing one to enjoy one’s sin…”

But why give thanks? That’s simple; because you have the chance to do so. See, nothing happens without God knowing because not even the devil can get close to you without prior approval from your Father, so give thanks that He deemed you worthy enough to be chosen. Now, hold on, I am not speaking on sin but I am speaking on the storms, circumstances, situations and trying times that we often face. No, sin happens because we allow it to happen because we live in fleshly body but read the above answer again because even though we don’t thank God for enjoying the sin, we thank Him for knowing enough to repent for it. So, give thanks for the going in, going through and the coming out. Give thanks for the downs and the ups. Give thanks for the yes and the no. Give thanks for the well and sick days. Give thanks for the falling down and the get ups. Give thanks for the mistakes and then the ability to recognize them. In other words, “always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20).”