The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Friday, February 28, 2020.

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8

Enough To Spare

There was one rule in elementary school that all of us remember, “If you don’t have enough for everybody then put it away.” Now it was not a written rule. It was never found in a syllabus, but we had all heard it at one time or another. It was pronounced whenever someone would try to sneak a snack in class. The teacher would say, if you don’t have enough for everyone, then you can’t eat it.” This was a great way to keep order in the class unless Chris Franklin was in your class.

One day in the third grade Chris was trying to have a snack in the back of the class. Of course, he got caught and the teacher told him the rule. So he put his chips away and went back to doing his school work. The next day, Chris did the same thing and when the teacher stopped him to remind him of the “rule” Chris stood up, went to his locker and pulled out a box of chips and started giving them out to everyone in the class including the teacher. What our teacher didn’t know was Chris’s parents ran a corner store. When she told Chris the rule the day before he went home and decided to bring a full box of chips to school the next day from home because he had more than enough to share. Needless to say, that day we feasted in class, including the teacher.

Friends, when you are connected to God you will have enough to spare. God has the cattle on a thousand hills and everything else on the earth. When we are children of God, God supplies enough for us and will give us enough for others. God is a generous God and wants us to be generous as well. So never be afraid to go to God for anything, as our father he will give you enough and enough to spare.

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 Thursday, February 27, 2020.

God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 1 Corinthian 1:30

Joined At The Hip

When I was in daycare my best friend was named Jason. Jason and I went everywhere together. From the moment we got to school we were together. We played together. We had breakfast together. We finger painted together. We hung out at recess together. We had snack time together. We sat on the bus together. We were partners on field trips together. We were together so often that our teachers often would comment that it was like we were joined at the hip. If you saw one of us you expected to see the other no matter what.

For believers that is the type of relationship we are supposed to have with Christ. The word tells us that God has joined us with Christ Jesus and made him into wisdom. Think about that for a minute. As a follower of Christ, we are joined with him and he is wisdom. So wherever we go, wisdom goes with us. When we are at work we should have good answers to hard questions because wisdom is with us. When we are on a date we should be able to see through people’s representatives and see the person for who they really are because we have wisdom with us. In fact, everywhere we go and in everything that we do, we should be doing it well because we have wisdom with us.

Friends, when you become a believer you are joined with Christ. Being joined with Christ means that where we go, he goes. The problem that causes us sometimes is there are places we go, that we don’t think Christ should be. There are environments that we enjoy, that we know would make Christ uncomfortable. The problem is joined, means joined. Christ is always there, always with you and always wants the best for you. The decision that many of us have to make is to remember that no matter what Christ is always there. Since Christ is always there make sure of three things: 1) That you are listening to him because he can give you wisdom, 2) that you are only going places where both of you should be so you don’t have to feel uncomfortable because Christ is there, and finally 3) that you are getting all the benefits that come with having a relationship with Christ because at the end of it all you are joined at the hip.

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, February 26, 2020.

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us. 2 Timothy 2:12

We’re In This Together

All of us have at one time or another had to work on group projects. Now the words group project either conjure up great memories or push you to want to scream. It all depends on what type of group you were working with. The best groups have people who are all working hard towards a common goal. They are helping, supporting and working with each other, even in the difficult times, because they know that in the end, they are in it together. By contrast, the worst groups are a completely different experience.

When we are in a bad group, we know it from the beginning. In a bad group, everyone is in it for themselves. While we are working together, in a bad group, people just want to do “their” part and not be bothered with anyone else. They don’t want to meet, they don’t want to help, and they just want to do their part. And when the project does not meet expectations, everyone in the group says they don’t know what happened because they did “their” part. So they deny each other and everyone walks away with a bad taste in their mouth that can last for years to come.

Friends, you have to be in it together. Walking with the Lord is a perfect example of a good group project. The Lord promises us that he will be in it with us at all times. He promises that he will suffer with us. He will walk with us. He will be with us. Finally, he promises that in the end,  we will reign with him. Notice, the reigning doesn’t come without the walking, the being and the suffering In other words, we don’t get the great ending if we don’t do our part along the way. So make sure day by day that you remember that you and the Lord are in this together.

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, February 25, 2020.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

Just Wait And See

Have you ever had an experience that was so unpleasant that you wish it had not happened? You know the kind of experience that makes you wish that day could be erased from the record books, and all that went with it would go away. I know I have. There have been days that were so bad that if I had a magic bottle and a genie I would have wished the day away. I would have wished away the pain, the problems and all that went with that day. The funny thing is if I had done that I would have messed up everything that happened in my life after that.

We want to minimize pain and discomfort in our lives, but we often miss what comes on the other side of pain and discomfort. For many of us, pain and discomfort have been the catalyst to great things in our lives. For some of us, it was the pain of a bad job or getting fired that pushed us into a better opportunity. For others, it was the pain of bad parents, that pushed us to want to be great parents for our kids. If we look back we will often see that it was the bad days, the painful moments and the things we wish didn’t happen that pushed us into some of the greatest times of our lives.

Friends, sometimes what we have to do is simply give it a minute. In the moment of pain, there is nothing that we want more than to make it go away. What we need to do is not make it go away but rather we need to see what God’s going to do with this. The amazing thing about God is that for those of us who love him, he can take the worst moment and use it to make the best outcomes. For God’s people he promises that nothing is wasted, nothing is purposeless, and nothing is without meaning. With God, the best day, the worst day, and all the days in between are working together for your good. So the next time you have one of those days, know that God will do something with it for your good, just wait and see.

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, February 24, 2020.

So there is no condemnations for those who belong to Christ. Romans 8:1

A Prized Possession

A friend of mine still has his first car. He has had other cars since then and has several now, but in the back of the garage is his first car. It still runs, but it is a complete mess. It has rust almost everywhere, the seats are all worn out, and while it does run, you really need a gas mask to be in the same vicinity of the care because of the smoke that it pours out. Every so often someone will ask him why he still has that old “beater.” His answer is very simple and the same every time I have seen him asked, “It’s mine.”

Because it was his first car, it was the one with the most memories. It is the first car that he paid off the loan on. So he remembers the sacrifices that it took to do that. He was in an accident in that car and walked away without a scratch so he remembers how that car protected him. He met his wife while he had that car, so he remembers that his life changed in that car. So many things in his life are tied to that car that he won’t let go of it. When others see it, they see a hunk of junk. When he sees it, he sees the story of his life. So while it would be easy for someone else to throw it away it belongs to him and he’s keeping it.

Friends, that is how God sees us. When we belong to Christ, he does not see our faults and flaws, he sees his prized possession. While others might want to give up on you and toss you aside, Christ knows who you are, what you’ve been through, and knows what you are still capable of doing, even now. When you belong to Christ, you belong to him. He won’t let you go. He won’t throw you away. And no matter what anyone else sees, he still sees the best in you. So the next time you feel worthless, or someone tells you about all of your flaws, remember that no matter what shape you are in, if you belong to Christ, you are a prized possession.

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 Friday, February 21, 2020.

For God so loved the world that He gave his only son so that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

You Have To Believe

You can believe anything that you want to until you have to believe it. What we believe becomes what we do. If we believe we are fast, we will get into races, run, and expect to win. If we believe we are smart, we will confidently approach educational opportunities, and expect to do well. If you believe you are attractive, you will walk into rooms with your head held high, expecting others to find you attractive as well. What you believe is what you become. What you believe is not only important to you, it is also important to God.

Because what you believe is what you become, we will never receive the fullness of the blessings of God unless we believe God. When we believe God, we walk differently, we talk differently and we act differently. When we believe God we take him at his word and we act accordingly, simply because we believe it. When you start to walk in the ways of God because you believe the things of God, you will start to manifest the blessings of God. Those blessings will come not because of who you are, but because of who you are becoming, because of who He is.

Friends, if you consider yourself a believer, then you have to start walking in what you believe. God promises us that if we believe in his son we will have eternal life. Believing in his son means following him, and his ways. Believing in his son means praying prayers with the expectation that they will be answered. Believing in his son means caring for people, working to help those in need, and doing the impossible because we can with God on our side. So let’s start walking, talking and acting on what we believe.

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 Thursday, February 20, 2020.

But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27

You Can Do That

I love talking to little kids. They are so filled with wonder, hope, and expectation. When you talk to little kids there is no such thing as can’t for them. They have a can-do spirit, a can-do attitude and there is nothing that they don’t think they can do. They have big dreams. They have amazing goals. There is nothing that they don’t think they can do. Interestingly, when you talk to those kids years later, something has shifted. Somewhere along the way, those bright, high expectation having kids become jaded teenagers and if you’re not careful cynical adults. I always wondered what happened that took away hope and wonder and replaced it with doubt and limits.

I have come to believe that we lose the wonder and expectation of our childhoods when people tell us we can’t do something. When people start telling us that something is not possible, or that we are not capable, it slowly but steadily wears away at what we think is possible. We begin to reign in our hopes and dreams and make them into more manageable, more “realistic,” more acceptable thoughts that people think we can do. We narrow what we want to make sure that we can do it so that others approve. There is just one problem, somewhere in the basement of our being, and in the back of our thoughts that little kid is back there yelling, what about what we wanted.

Friends, when God puts a dream in you as a child, it is meant for you. It is what God is telling you that you can do. Yes, it is big. Yes, it is daring. No, nobody has done that before. Yes, that is the point. That is your thing. That is what God has for you and God wants to do it with you. God wants you to lean in, depend on him, and work to do that big thing that has been nagging you and pulling at you for all of those years. God does not want you to shrink down to a manageable size, God wants to expand you to a size where to get it done you need him, So today I want you to know, no matter what they said, with God is it possible.

Be Blessed,

Rev