My Desire to be a Courageous Man

It’s Friday but SUNDAY’S COMING!!!

Good Morning my friends,

I use to constantly worry about what people thought of me. I tried to be everyone’s friend. The more friends I thought I had, the harder I tried to contact with more people. I always wanted to be the life of the crowd, not by being obnoxious but as the fun crazy party guy that everyone loved to be around. I wanted the attention, the clamor of everyone’s praise and recognition. I was blinded by the world and its sinful ways.  

Today, it doesn’t matter to me who likes me. I don’t seek or want praise or recognition from anyone for how I live my life because I don’t deserve it. I have done nothing but mess my life up when I was doing it on my own.. Jesus changed my life.. He changed my heart, changed my desire and and changed my oath. I now walk humbly on a path that is lighted by my Savior. Jesus blessed me with confidence to walk boldly everyday down a righteous path instead of highway in search of worldly praise & recognition. I do my best to shine a light on my Holy Savior in allI do. My desire is to be the leader that God has designed me to be. I march to the beat of a different drum. A drum that beats according to the Holy Inspired Word of God. I know that my path will not be without obstacles or failures however when I face those obstacles or experience failure I vow to hold my head high, to jump back-up immediately, brush myself off, own my failures, ask for forgiveness and continue down the path that God has provided for me. I strive to be a man of courage, a man of influence, and a leader that is guided by God’s Will only. I pray that other men & women will see my calling and want to followJesus into eternity.. 

“That you may become blameless and pure children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”(Philippians 2:15)

Seek the face of Jesus and you will find all that you have longed for. He will fill the deepest yearnings of your heart which is intimacy with Him. You were created to desire Jesus so don’t feel guilty about taking time to be still in His Presence. You’re just responding to the guides of divinity that within you. He made you in His image and hid heaven in your heart. Your yearning for Him is a form of homesickness, a longing for your true home in heaven. Do not be afraid to be different than other people. The path He has chosen for you to travel is exquisitely for you. The closer you move to follow His lead, the more fully He can develop your gifts. To follow Jesus wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your desire to please other people. But your closeness to Him will bless others by enabling you to shine brightly in this dark world.  

“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” (Psalm 34:5)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…. Relinquish your desire to please people..  

I hope you all have a FANTASTIC day… Blessing & much love…D

ALWAYS….. Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!

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Fear, Anxiety & The Armor of God

Good Morning my friends, 

Tuesday August 4th, I start chemo for the third time in two years. I wish I could say that I’m not bothered by starting yet another round but truth be known…. It concerns me.. It concerns me because I remember how nauseous it made me this last time. I remember how it made he feel.. I remember how it changed my appetite. Yes my doctor if reducing the amount of the Cisplatin that caused all the nausea but one of the side effects of the other two drugs I will be taking is; you guessed it nausea. So many things have been racing through my mind since I learned that it was back and I will be having to go through this yet again. Although my thoughts may vary, there are two things remain constant. Those two things are my faith in Jesus Christ and NEVER QUITTING/GIVING UP. I know without a doubt in my mind that I’m going to be cancer free some day. It might be the second I take my last breath here on earth but that’s ok.. I get to spend eternity with a new body. I will NEVER give up or just stop trying to forge ahead. I can’t let this disease from the hands of Satan slow me down. I believe that God has special plans for me and the rest of my life here in the works and for me to just quit or give up is me slapping God in the face. It would be me saying that He’s not blessing me with enough to continue on. It would be me saying that Satan has more power over me than my Heavenly Father. I have news for Satan, he can’t when this battle with me because it’s already been won. It was won at the cross over 2000 years ago by my Savior Jesus Christ. My body is equipped with The Armor of God.

“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”(Ephesians 6:16) 

 Take Jesus all yours feelings, even then ones you wish you didn’t have. Fear & anxiety will plaque you. Feelings themselves are not sinful, but they can be temptations to sin. Blazing missiles of fear fly at you day and night; these are attacks are from the Satan and they come at you relentlessly. Use your shield of faith to extinguish those flaming arrows. Affirm your trust in Jesus, regardless of how you feel. Persistence will allow your feelings to eventually fall in line with with your faith. Do not hide from your fear or pretend it isn’t there. The anxiety that you hide in the recesses of your heart will give birth to fear of fear: a monstrous stepchild. Bring your anxieties out into the Light of Concentrate on trusting Him, and fearlessness will gradually lose its foothold within you.

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU.. Don’t allow your fear to cripple you.  

I hope you all have a TERRIFIC day… Blessing & much love…D

ALWAYS….. Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!

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Blazing a Path Towards Jesus

Good Morning my friends,  

After three years of writing my daily devotions, I’ve been wondering where I go from here. I will without a doubt be forging full-steam ahead however it’s been weighing heavily on my heart how do I take my devotional to next level so I can reach more people. As I’ve ponder & prayed over my thoughts one of the things I’ve tried not to do over the last three years is march to the beat of the world. Instead I’ve tried to make sure that I’m blazing a path to my Heaven Father. As a believer in Christ and the Bible, it might appear that the battle is being lost in the world that we’re living in today, however I am reminded that every time I read the book of Revelations, it’s Jesus Christ and His people that are victorious when it’s all said and done. I can assure you it’s not those that deny Christ, live in the flesh and bow down to the demands of society.. I’m going to continue to press forward and in all likelihood my next moves will be YouTube and Instagram because we are already on Facebook & Twitter, and of course have this blog. I’m not sure if anyone will be too keen looking at my ugly mug but God is leading this journey.. 

“The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” (Song of Solomon 2:13)

Jesus wants you to go away with Him. He wants you to get somewhere quiet and talk to Him and listen for His response. The world we live in is nonstop with it’s demands. Put the world on hold instead of being like most people that put Him on hold. Don’t rationalize your thoughts of putting Him on hold and make plans that someday you will find time to focus on Him. The longer people push Jesus into the background of their lives, the harder it will be for them to find Him.. Don’t be one of those whom glorifies busyness; those people have made time a tyrant that controls their lives. Those who do not know Jesus as their Savior march to the tempo of the world. They have bought into the illusion that more is always better: more meetings, more programs, more activity. Jesus calls upon you to follow Him on a solitary path, making time alone with Him your highest priority and deepest Joy. It is a pathway largely unappreciated and often despised. However, when you have choose the better way, it will never be taken away from you. Walk close to Him so that He can bless others through you.

“But few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU..  Chose to follow Christ on the path that He choses not the world.

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day… Blessing & much love…D

ALWAYS…..  Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!

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The Bottomless Pity of Self-Pity

Good Morning my friends, 

You have a choice to loath in self pity which ultimately will send you plummeting into an abyss or you can relish in confidence that you can find in knowing Jesus.. I often see people post about the woo’s that they’re experiencing in their life but yet most of the time they never seem to be willing to accept the responsibility for their current situation.  It’s never their fault and ALWAYS someone else’s.  Your circumstances in life are not caused by someone twisting your arm, but instead are a direct result from the choices you have made in your life.  The drug addict chooses to do drugs, the alcoholic chooses to drink, the weak choose to not do anything to get strong, and the broke choose not to do anything about their finances.. People want change in their life and in our society but yet they’re unwilling to make the right choices to make the changes that are needed in their own lives first.       

I fell into my bottomless pit of self-pity in the summer 2011. This was solely the result of the many poor choices that I starting making during the spring of that year. I like everyone else placed blame on everyone but myself. I even convinced myself that it was God sent. Let me tell you, if you ever make a decision that results with you having to commit sin then it’s definitely not God sent. Once I finally took responsibility for my actions, I also decided that I needed to make changes in my life. The changes I started with was in my heart. I asked Jesus to come into my heart and change it. I then chose to make changes in the direction that my life was headed. My change of direction meant going in the opposite direction from where I was previously headed. It meant changing the people I hung out with, it meant eliminating vendors, and it meant changing the things I placed in my body. How could I expect to ever change, if I continued to walk down the same path. Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.   I was ready and wanted a different result in my life, so I made the decision to make the changes and once I made those changes my life changed..  A couple years later, after reading The Traveler’s Gift, I adopted the 7 Decisions for Success from the book.  

“1. The buck stops here. I am responsible for my past and my future.

2. I will seek wisdom. I will be a servant to others.

3. I am a person of action. I seize this moment. I choose now.

4. I have a decided heart. My destiny is assured.”

5. Today I will choose to be happy. I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.

6. I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit. I will forgive myself.

7. I will persist without exception. I am a person of great faith.”

Excerpt From: Andrews, Andy. “The Traveler’s Gift.” Thomas Nelson, 2010-03-28. iBooks.   This material may be protected by copyright.

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“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:5)

Self-pity is a slimy bottomless pit. Once you fall in, you will go deeper and deeper into the mire. As you slide down those slippery walls, you’re well on your way to depression. The darkness from inside is very profound and can seem never ending and once you’re in your only hope is to look for the light of Jesus’ Presence that will be shining down on you. Although the Light may appear dim from your perspective from deep within the pit, those rays of hope can reach you at any depth no matter what. While you focus on the trust of Jesus instead of where you are, you will rise slowly out of your abyss of despair. Once you’re finally able to reach up and grasp His hand, He will pull you out of your abyss and into the Light of His Holy Presence. He will gently cleanse your soul while washing off the clinging mire. He will cover you with His righteousness and walk with you down your path of Life.

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” (Psalm 40:2-3)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU.. It’s your decision to take action and change your life..
I hope you all have a TREMENDOUS day… Blessing & much love…D
ALWAYS…..

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I Forge Ahead

Good Morning my friends, 
The past twelve days I unplug from life and went to Carrabelle Beach, FL for a relaxing vacation with my wife & boys, my mom & dad, and my sister & her family.   It was twelve days of no worries about life and the challenges I face ahead.  It’s was twelve days of clearing my head and spending some time talking to my Heavenly Father.  I started my daily devotional journey on July 23, 2012.   Almost every day for the last three years, I have shared my past & present struggles, my thoughts, my convictions, my ups, my downs, my fears, my failures, my many blessings and my battle with cancer..  What I’ve experienced during this time has been nothing less than unbelievable..  I’ve seen God at work in my life..   There have been many questions that have been confirmed by Him during my journey.  I believe that I’m in the exact place God has planned for me to be at this time in my life..  So today I continue to forge ahead..  When I surrendered my journey in life to Him, I knew it wasn’t going to be all rainbows & butterflies.  I knew I would have as many valleys as I had mountain peaks and that people would be offended.  I refuse to pursue the flesh or cave into the desires of the world.  I refuse to compromise on God’s Word because “FOR IT IS WRITTEN..”   I refuse to step without first seeking His guidance.  I refuse to plan without first praying for His direction.  I refuse to leap without first feeling His protection.  I refuse to worry about the future because it belongs to Him.  I refuse to look towards tomorrow without first exhausting all my efforts to glorify Him today. 

“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:11)

Don’t worry about tomorrow!!!  This is not a mere suggestion, but a command.  God divided time for us.  He divided our days into days and nights, so that we would have manageable portions of life to handle.  His grace is sufficient for you, but it’s sufficiency is for only one day at a time.  When we worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your fragile frame.  You stagger under its heavy load, which God never intended for you to carry..  Throw off this oppressive burden with one quick thrust of trust.  Anxious thoughts meander about and crisscross in your brain, but trusting Him brings you directly into His Presence.   As you affirm your faith, shackles of worry fall off instantly.  Enjoy God’s Presence continually by trusting Him at all times..

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” (Psalm 40:2-3)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU… Put your hope in God, for His grace is sufficient.. 
I hope you all have a MAGNIFICENT day…      Blessing & much love…D
ALWAYS…..
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Possessing not Just Professing

Good Morning my friends, 

My spiritual journey began when I was a toddler.  I can remember going to church with my mom, sister, grand parents, aunts, uncles & cousins.  I don’t remember much besides the preacher being loud, it being hot and sitting there for what seemed to be an ALL day.  I can remember as I got a little older, riding the church bus with my sister and the other neighborhood kids to Glenview Baptist and to North Park Baptist as well.
My actual walk began in April 1979 at Beacon Baptist.  I walked the aisle and made a profession of faith.  I was baptized shortly there after.  I was 10 years old professing something that I believed but in reality didn’t quite grasp.  My family & I continued going to church for a couple of years longer and then quit going all together..  When I became a teenager, I always felt that something was missing in my life.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but something wasn’t right.   Keri & I got married in August 91 and started attending Southcliff Baptist a couple of years afterwards.  It was during that time that I felt that God was calling me into the ministry.  Like Jonah, I ran from God’s calling.  Keri & I continued attending church throughout our marriage and I continued professing my faith but deep down inside there was something missing.   I did as a lot of people do in our society.  I attended church on a weekly basis but lived like hell as soon as I walked out the doors.  I drank & cursed like a sailor, I did drugs and I dishonored my wife & kids.  I played games with satan almost daily.   I didn’t worry about what I did during the week because I had my profession of faith in my pocket.   I was doing like many “believers” do everyday.  I used my profession of faith as my GET OUT OF HELL FREE card.
 I had been running from God for almost 20 years playing a game of cat and mouse with Him & satan.  God finally said enough.  He did to me the same as He did with Jonah.  He said, I’ve given you every opportunity to submit to My Will but yet you have chosen to do things your way.  He stirred my sea as He did Jonah and in April 2011, I started playing another game which eventually delivered me to the belly of my own whale.   As I watched my life spiral out of control, God continued to provide me with plenty of opportunities to exit from the belly but instead I chose to make one poor choice after another.   Despite the pain that I had brought into my family and marriage, my wife Keri NEVER gave up on me.  She continued praying and telling me that she wasn’t giving up and that I would be the one that had to give up. 
It was during this time that we started going to church at Willow Park Baptist Church.   God did with me what He did with Jonah.  God had plan for me.  He knew that in order for me to surrender to Him, I was going to have to be delivered from the pits of hell and He delivered me.  On November 13th 2011, Pastor Bosher delivered a message that changed my life forever.  During his sermon he talked about people being a professor of faith rather than possessor of faith.  He made the analogy of knowing your favorite athletes stats.  He said that we can talk about how many touchdowns they scored or home runs they hit all day but that doesn’t mean we know them.  That is only a mere profession of knowledge.  He said to make it to heaven we must have a possession of faith.  Possession of faith means that your daily life coincides with  your profession. That means you walk what you talk.  I accepted Christ as my personal Savior that morning and became a possessor of faith and haven’t looked back..  My eyes are focused on the cross and being a light in this dark world..


“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”  (Psalm 37:23-24)



Walk with Jesus along the path that He has chosen for you.  Desiring to live close to Him is a delight to His heart.  Jesus could easily grant you the spiritual riches you desire, but that is not His way for you.  He wants to forge a pathway up a high mountain with you.  The journey will be arduous at times because you don’t have all the strength you need to make it but that’s why He wants to walk with you. He wants you to lean on Him when you need more strength.  Someday you will dance light-footed on the peak but for now, your walk will be plodding and heavy.  All Jesus requires of you is to be willing to take the next step while clinging to His hand for strength and direction .  Though the path is difficult and the scenery might be dull at the moment, there will be sparkling surprises at many different points during your journey.  jStay on the path that He has selected for you.  It’s the path of Life.  


“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)



MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU..   Submit to God and allow Him to direct your climb up the mountain.


I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day…      Blessing & much love…D


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Defined by Your Heart not a Number

Good Morning my friends, 

 Low self-esteem has never been an issue with me.   Even when my weight peaked at an all-time high of 375lbs, I never lost my self-worth.   No matter how much our society tries to brainwash us, you should never let the numbers on a scale define you.   That’s done by what’s in the heart not your outward appearance.  I’ve met a lot of people that offer nothing besides their perfect appearance.   When I was in high school, I was a little over weight.   Although I was a popular guy in school,  I never garnered the attention from the girls.  I’m guessing that my sweet disposition or my shyness wasn’t very attractive to them.   In fact, I don’t even recall ever being told by anyone that a girl was even interested in me and I was totally fine with that.  I was always the guy that received the phone call from the crying girl when their boyfriend treated them like crap or was a jerk towards them.   I did my duties of lending a shoulder to cry on and never tried to take advantage of the situation.    I never quite understood why the guys that treated girls the worse never had a problem getting or having a girlfriend.  I think I might have went out on a date  2-3 times during my whole time at HHS and they were blind dates with girls from other schools.  After graduating from HHS, I lost  35-40lbs and things changed, I started getting noticed.   Of course it didn’t hurt that I had a job and was able to spend money on whatever I wanted but it still wasn’t like I had to carry around a big stick beating the girls away.   I guess I was just too nice.   
Now almost 30 years later, I can smile big.  Because when I see my female classmates, I can look them in the eyes without any repercussion and know that they aren’t remembering how poorly I treated them or how I used them for any sort of personal gain.   I didn’t understand it then but I’m happy knowing that my female classmates felt a sense safety with me.  I was a safe place from them to fall without them having to worry about anything else.  
People are defined by their actions, how they treat people, and how they make others feel not whether or not they have six pack abs,  perfect hair, firm thighs and perfect boobs.   All those latter things are superficial and will eventually fail and when they do then what?    God confirms what He looks at in 1 Samuel 16:7 when he tells Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.   God’s children need to spend more time transforming their heart than they do their body.  The desire to lose weight and be fit is not a bad thing but it needs to be done for the right reason.  It should not be done to draw the attention of others but so you can serve God with your very best..

“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” (Hebrews 3:1)

Jesus wants you to experience the riches of salvation which is the Joy of being loved constantly and perfectly.   God knows that you are constantly judging yourself based on how you look, behave or feel.  If you like what you see in the mirror, you feel a bit more worthy of His Love.   When things are going smoothly and your performance meets your expectations you find it easier to believe you are His beloved child.  When you feel discouraged, you tend to look inward so you can correct whatever is wrong.  Instead of trying to “fix” yourself, fix your gaze on Him.  Jesus is the Lover of your soul.  Rather than using your energy to judge yourself, redirect it to praising Him.  Remember that Jesus sees you clothed in His righteousness, radiant in His perfect Love.

“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”(Psalm 34:5)

“In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”(Ephesians 2:7-8)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU….    I hope your desire to be fit is not for self-aggrandizement but for the glory of God.  
I hope you all have a TERRIFIC day…      Blessing & much love…D
ALWAYS…..
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