Daily Devotional – 1/30/19 “You have the power!”

When David got ready to fight Goliath, there were folk around him who’d already counted him out. “He’s too small.” “Who do he think he is?” “He’s no match for that giant.” “He’ll never make it.” He was even taunted by Goliath, who was bold enough to cross enemy lines to confront him. Goliath tells David in 1 Samuel 17:44, ““Come here,” he called to David, “and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”” David responds, in 1 Samuel 17:45, “You come against me with a dagger, spear, and sword, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” You know how the story ends, right? David killed Goliath with a stone to the forehead. Afterwards, though (because the sermons usually stops there), David, bible shares, ran and stood on Goliath, took Goliath’s sword and cut off his head. Here’s what I don’t want you to miss. The Philistines didn’t move until after David had cut off Goliath’s head. Why am I sharing this? Two few reasons actually.


1. Some of you are more focused on what folk are saying and it’s causing you to lose sight of the task at hand. Let them talk, you’ve got a battle to win!
2. You may have knocked your opponent down and even killed him but those with him, won’t leave until you make a drastic move.

In other words, you need to let those who are bold enough to walk into your face/space to taunt/kill you, know you ain’t scared! I said what I said! No, you don’t have to cut off their head, like David but you might have to cross enemy lines, stand on their back and take their sword just in case! Look, God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). It doesn’t matter that you don’t look the part, you got power. You may not have the armor but you got power. May have never fought in this kind of fight but you got power. Power from a God who never fails us! David’s power didn’t come from a sword, he didn’t have one. David’s power didn’t come from his armor, he didn’t have any. His power came from the God he worshipped, trusted, loved and served. You have the same power but you’ve got to stop listening to the hecklers and trust the God you serve because He’ll never place you in a battle He hasn’t equipped you for. Even if it happens to be a battle He’ll let you lose, He always has His reasons why. You have the power but you’ve got to believe it, tap into it then use it.

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Daily Devotional – 12/5/18 “The right words matter!”

The backup camera on my car stopped working. We took it to the dealership for repair and because we have an extended warranty, it’s covered. Well, we get a call saying the warranty company denied the claim because the service agent told them the wires to the camera were cut. So, we pick the car up, after paying out-of-pocket, only to see the notes from the technician that clearly state, the wires were broken. Can you guess who is about to have every penny reimbursed? See, had the service agent used the correct word, there wouldn’t have been a problem but he didn’t and this is a prime example of how much the right words matter. It’s not just in this case but life in general. Using the right words matter because they can mean the difference between life or death and approved or denied. You don’t have to believe me but the wrong words can determine guilt or innocence, ask somebody on trial. You don’t have to believe me but the wrong words can cause chaos or calm, ask a person sitting in a doctor’s office waiting to hear test results or at the bedside of a loved one. You don’t have to believe me but say the wrong thing in an interview or an interrogation and see how it works out for you.

The right words matter because the wrong words in a book can cause a bad review. The wrong words on a business marquee can cause bad business. The wrong words in a contract can cause all kinds of trouble. This is why I’ll share it again, the right words matter and you have to be careful what comes out of your mouth. This is why you have to think before you speak, especially when you are emotional. You have to think before you respond, when you are angry. You have to think before you post because the wrong words, in the wrong place can cause unnecessary havoc. Think before you react because you can tear down, in a moment, what took years to build. Be careful of your words because they can potentially do harm. This is why the Bible shares in Matthew 12:37, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” The right words matter beloved and they have power, you simply have to use sound wisdom to choose the kind of power you want to speak.