The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

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Here is the Daily Dose for Friday, June 19, 2020.

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7:11

Father Knows Best

There is a particular episode of the American sitcom The Cosby Show that I will never forget. This episode centered around the Huxtable son Theo wanting an exclusive shirt made by designer Gordon Gartrelle for an upcoming date. Theo goes out and purchases the shirt, but does not want his parents to know the shirt cost $95. When his parents discover this fact, they demand that he return it to the store and get a more moderately priced shirt. Theo’s sister Denise, who had taken home economics, offers to purchase the materials and make Theo a shirt just like the one he has to return to the store for his date. Needless to say, this does not work out a planned.

When the night of the date comes, Theo puts on his replica shirt only to find out it is not exactly a replica. The shirt is ill-fitting, the sleaves are of different lengths, and it looks completely ridiculous. Needless to say, Theo is crushed and now has nothing to wear for his date. That’s when his father tells him to go upstairs into his bedroom, and there is a box with the original shirt in it for him to wear. When Theo asks why his father didn’t return the original shirt he tells him, “Son, I’ve been around here for a long time, I knew how this was going to work out.” In the end, Theo does not need the shirt, but out of his love for his son, Theo’s father was prepared to let him have the shirt anyway.

Friends, fathers really do know best. They have been around long enough that they can see the road ahead and make preparations for them because they love their children. This is all the truer for our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows what we need before we know what we need, and has prepared a way for us to have it because he loves us. So fret not about the things that you need, and go to your heavenly Father. In his eyes, nothing is too good for His children because he loves us that much.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

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Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

Better Advice 

Revenge is a dish best served cold may be the worst advice that anyone has ever given. Like many things, it sounds good if you say it real fast and don’t think about it. To serve revenge cold, the first thing you have to do is take it very personally. When we take things personally, we carry them with us and make them a part of us. That is the last thing we should do when we have been offended. Secondly, to serve revenge cold, you have to keep thinking about it. Long after whatever happened has happened, you have to keep thinking about it to remember to serve revenge cold. Finally, there is no such thing as good revenge. Revenge starts a cycle that ultimately leads to the destruction of both parties. Yet the saying keeps being repeated.

If we are honest, the phrase keeps being repeated because when we have been wronged, we want the person who hurt us to feel the pain that we are feeling. We want the scales of justice to be balanced by giving back to them what they gave to us. There is only one problem, that is not how hurt works. Hurting someone else does not take away your hurt. All hurting someone does is bring you down to their level, and that is the last thing that you should want for you.

Friends, when you are wronged, don’t return evil for evil. The only way to overcome evil is with good. If you saw a fire burning, you wouldn’t throw more fire on it, you would throw water on it. Overcoming does not mean adding to something and making it larger later. Overcoming means that you have succeeded in dealing with something and not allowing it to be your master. No matter how you have been wronged, don’t get them back, overcome, and get past it.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 1 John 5:4

Undefeated

I love watching Rocky movies. I have seen all of them, including all the new Creed movies at least three times each. What I love about these movies are the boxing sequences. While the writing and the storylines can be hit or miss, the boxing action never disappoints. They shoot the films in such a way that it takes you into the ring with the boxers and allows you to experience the fight for yourself. You get jarred by each punch. You can see the pain on the face of the fighters. It is almost as if you can feel the sweat landing on you when a hard punch is thrown. It really is fantastic to watch. It is so well done that you actually forget that you already know who is going to win.

Unlike in a real boxing match, in the Rocky fights, you already know who is going to win the fight at the end. What you are watching for is to see how they win the fight. They win the fight the same way we win in real life. Number one, they don’t give up. No matter how hard they are hit, the winner of a Rocky fight never gives up. Number two, they keep punching. The winner of a Rock fight keeps punching. No matter if they are tired, hurt, or feeling like they just can’t win, they keep on punching. Finally, the winner of the Rocky fight keeps believing in spite of the odds. They never let the fact that the fight seems over make them doubt that they can win.

Friends, for the believer, life is like a Rocky fight. You are going to win in the end, you just don’t know how you are going to pull it off. Every child of God defeats the evil of the world. Through our faith, we are undefeated. We are on the side of a God that does have not and will never lose. Now, that does not mean we won’t get hit, knocked down, and be hurt from time to time; that’s just part of the fight. But no matter what happens, don’t give up, keep punching, and always believe. That is how you remain undefeated.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

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Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Cosigned

I still remember going to buy my first car. I had saved up my money and knew exactly what I wanted to purchase. So I went to the dealership for a test drive. I met a friendly salesperson who took me on the test drive, showed me all the features of the car, and convinced me that it was the best car ever made. I was prepared to buy the car, but I had no idea how buying a car actually worked. Once I decided on the vehicle and agreed to a price, I was introduced to the finance manager. That was when the real fun began.

We left the showroom and went down the hall to a small office where we talked about how I would actually purchase the car. We talked about how we could structure the financing for the vehicle. We ran numbers, looked at interest rates, and of course, ran my credit. This was long enough ago that there were not instant approvals. So the finance manager had to call around to get me approved. Since I was young with limited credit, he told me I should start looking for a cosigner just in case. So I called my dad to ask him two questions. One, what is a cosigner, and two would he cosign for me. My dad explained to me that a cosigner is a person that signs the financing paperwork with you to guarantee that if you don’t pay the bill, they will, and he agreed to cosign for me if I needed him to do so.

Friends, there will be times in life when you can’t make it on your own. In your power and might, you simply will not be enough to get where you are trying to go. The glory of God is for believers; he stands ready to be our cosigner. God promises us that where we are weak, he will strengthen us. When we can’t make it, he will help us, uphold us, and carry us through. So when the weight gets to be too much, or the issue more than you can bear, call the cosigner and let him give you his strength.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, June 15, 2020.

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

 

Divine Restoration

It is incredible what you will watch on television if you can’t find the remote. One day my wife left the tv on HGTV. HGTV was not my cup of tea, but I couldn’t find the remote, so I was stuck. There was a home restoration show coming on, so I figured I’d watch until the first commercial then get up and find the remote. Boy, was I wrong. Before I knew it, I had been sitting there for three hours watching a marathon of home restoration shows.

What amazed me the most about the show was not that they pulled off the restorations, but the vision that they had at the beginning of the projects. The homes that they restored looked like they were beyond repair to me. Some of them had animals living in them, others had fire damage, and some were just shells of themselves. Yet, the designers and builders could see what those homes could become if they were put back together the right way. What had happened to those homes in the past didn’t matter, it was the vision of a restored future that mattered most.

Friends, there are times that we can find ourselves in a state of disrepair. Like the houses in those shows, it can seem like our best days are behind us. We may have been through things that tore us down and left us falling apart. The good news is no matter what condition God finds us in, He has a vision for our restoration. God can take what seems lost, forgotten, or falling apart and restore it to greatness. So no matter where you are or what you have been through, know that God has a vision for your future, and he can restore you.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

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Here is the Daily Dose for Friday, June 12, 2020.

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13

Make The Call

I am not a great swimmer. I can swim, but it does not feel natural to me yet. So whenever I go to a pool or a large beach, I always introduce myself to the lifeguard. Every time I do it, the lifeguard looks at me like I am a little off. I guess people don’t go introduce themselves to lifeguards often, but I do. I tell them my name, and I make sure I get their names as well. Now I am a friendly person, but I also have an ulterior motive to get their name.

A while ago, I read a study that said when people hear their name called, they naturally respond. So I took that knowledge to my swimming experiences. If something goes wrong, I want to yell out “HELP ME” and the lifeguard’s name. If the study that I read is correct, then yelling the lifeguard’s name with “HELP ME” will make them more likely to hear me and come running to save me. I haven’t had to use it yet, but I am prepared every time.

Friends, we all need to be saved sometimes. Sometimes we need to be saved from fear. Sometimes we need to be saved from distress. Sometimes we need to be saved from people. No matter what the situation, if you call on the name of the Lord, you will be saved.

Be Blessed,

Rev

 

 

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

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Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

Pass It On

I was in a drive through the other day, and the most amazing thing happened. When I got to the window to get my order, I was about to pay, and the person handed me my food and told me the car in front of me had paid for my food. I didn’t know the person in front of me and would probably never see them again, but they had paid for my food. I was shocked. The person in the window told me it had been happening all day. One person did it, then everybody else just paid for the person behind them. So I decided to pay for the person behind me as well to keep the party going.

As I was driving away munching on my fires, I wondered what made the first person do it? What was it that inspired them to pay for their food, and the person behind them as well? As I munched, I realized that they why didn’t matter. What mattered was all the people that got blessed by their actions that day. Not the blessing of free food, but the blessing of buying food for a person they had never met. The blessing of doing something good for someone who they don’t know and may never see, but you know that you made a difference in their lives.

Friends, we can have the feeling of doing something for someone we don’t know every day by praying for them. Every day we can go to God for others and ask for them to be blessed. It is easy to ask for your own blessings, but we have to make an effort to pray for others. When we pray for others, we are blessing them without them knowing. So the next time you pray, pray for someone else, you never know someone else may be praying for you too.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

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Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Moving Day

My niece was terrified of the dark. When she spent time at our house, everything was fine until it was bedtime. Like most kids, she was never really ready to go to bed, but that wasn’t the problem. Once she settled down and went to sleep, she would often start crying in the middle of the night. We’d check on her, and she would go back to sleep, but after a while, it was so often that we had to have a chat. So I asked her what was wrong. She told me she couldn’t tell me. After some talking, she finally said, “There’s a monster in the closet.”

I was shocked to find out that after all this time, there was a monster living for free in my home. I got her out of bed, and we decided to go get rid of the monster. We got a baseball bat, and some lemon pledge and went monster hunting. The problem was, we couldn’t find him. We checked all of the closets, looked out the window, and made sure the alarm was on so he couldn’t get back in, but he was gone. Once she talked about the monster, we got rid of the monster, and he never came back. My niece slept like a baby from that night on.

Friends, many of us are living afraid of the monster in the closet. We are carrying around all manner of frightening scenarios in our minds. One of the greatest tricks of the enemy is keeping us afraid of what may be. When we are fearful of what may be, we often won’t talk about it. We keep it to ourselves and carry it from place to place. In short, it gets to live rent-free in your head. The only way to kick those monsters out is to talk about them. Tell the Lord what makes you afraid. Once you get it out of your head and lay it before the Lord, you will see it may not be real, it’s not as frightening as you thought, and God cares enough for you to take care of it. So don’t give free rent to monsters in your head. Lay them before the Lord, and they will move out.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:12

Line of Sight

You a phone call just about anywhere in the world these days. Cell phones and cell coverage has become so complete that you never have to worry about being out of touch. That was not always the case. I am just old enough to remember when cell phone coverage was not a given. You wanted to make sure you were in a big city and in a hot zone if you needed to make a call. If you were away from a hot zone or in the suburbs or a rural area, you might be out of luck. It was such a ubiquitous happening that it had a name, dead zones.

A dead zone was an area where there simply was no coverage. Cell phones work off what is called line of sight technology. To get s signal, you need to be in the line of sight of a cell tower. A single tower covers a pretty expansive radius, but there is a limit to the area it includes. So you need another tower as you get further and further out to cover more and more space. So if you wandered into an area where the tower could not see, you were in a dead zone, and you could not connect.

Friends, while cell phones have dead zones, I am glad God does not. God’s line of sight is never-ending. You can be in the furthest reaches of the Himalayan Mountains or standing in downtown New York City, and you will get through to God. You can be in the highest points of joy or in the most bottomless pit of depression, and you are still in God’s line of sight for connection. So take some time, no matter where you are and have a talk with the Lord. There are no dead spots, and the conversation may bring you to a bright spot in life.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, June 8, 2020.

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Constant Contact

Someone once asked me when was a good time to pray. The person that asked me was a good friend who I knew to have a very “Type A” personality. They scheduled and controlled everything for maximum efficiency. When I say everything, I mean literally everything. They scheduled coffee breaks, bathroom breaks, their lunch differently depending on the restaurant to ensure they arrived at the optimal window of time to get in, out, and back to work. There was not a second wasted or unplanned in their life, and it had made them very successful. So when they wanted to build out their spiritual growth, naturally, they took the same approach.

My answer was simple, “All of them.” The person looked at me bewildered because this was not going to solve the problem that they were facing. “All of them” was way too wide and far too inexact of an answer for their liking. So I explained further that all times are an excellent time to pray, depending on what the need was. In the morning is an excellent time to have a prayer of thanksgiving for starting the day. Before a meeting is a great time to pray for strength and wisdom for what is ahead. In the car is a great time to pray for patience to not blow your horn and have road rage. In the evening is a great time to pray a prayer of peace to close out the day and get some rest for tomorrow. The next time I saw this person, they showed me their datebook, and there it was 6 times a day scheduled for prayer.

Friends, we often think of prayer as something to do every now and then, it isn’t. Prayer is an ongoing conversation with the Lord. Take a look at your phone. How many times a day do you call and text your friends? How many group chats about this, that and the other are you in? How many Slacks and WhatsApp conversation are you responding to at work in a day? We are in constant communication with the world around us, and the thought of not being connected scares many of is to death. We should be in the same constant communication with the Lord.

Be Blessed,

Rev