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, September 19, 2019.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I Don’t Feel Like It

Have you ever had that day when you just didn’t feel like it? It wasn’t that you were sick, not feeling well or anything, in particular, had happened, you just did not feel like it. You didn’t feel like getting out of bed. You didn’t feel like going to work. You certainly didn’t feel like dealing with people. If it had been left up to you, you’d have gone back to bed, and started over tomorrow. But alas, that is not the real world. In the real world, there are times when we simply have to push through. We have to keep going no matter how we feel. It is in those moments these that we have to pull it together and do what we have to do even when we don’t feel like it.

I believe this is what the writer of 1 Thessalonians had in mind when saying, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I think the writer knew that there would be times when we didn’t feel like praying. There would be times when we didn’t feel like rejoicing. There would certainly be times that we didn’t feel like we had anything to be thankful for. Yet it is in those times that we are supposed to rejoice anyway, pray through it, and still be thankful, even though we don’t feel like it.

Feelings are a tricky thing. They can change in the blink of an eye. You can be feeling down and then the right song comes on, or you see a rainbow in the sky and suddenly all of your feelings change. If we get caught up in where our feeling have us, then we will never push forward past what we feel in the moment. That is why we have to gather the will to do, what we don’t feel like doing sometimes. When we make the decision to will ourselves beyond our feelings we can push through to do what we have to do no matter how we feel. So next time you don’t feel like it, remember sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. So rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances even when you don’t feel like 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, September 18, 2019.

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. Matthew 18:20

I Was Expecting You

As a person from the northern United States, I learned a lot about southern culture when I went to college in the deep south. You see in the south, it is a more genteel culture. There are rules and norms that one must abide by for their behavior to be acceptable. My friends and I ran squarely into those cultural norms when we went to visit one of our other friends who is from the south. We would often pop by his house to grab him or hang out without notice, because it was just what we did. His mother being a refined southern lady was not amused. One day she informed us that we were to call before coming over in the future. We said yes ma’am and went about our business. Until the next time, we decided to pop by.

The next time we decided to pop by we were met at the door by our friend’s mother. She looked at us and told us that our friend could not come out and we could not come in. She reminded us that we were told to call before showing up in the future. We assumed that she had been joking, but she sent us on our way and told us where a payphone was. So we went and found the payphone and asked if we could stop by. She told us she would be delighted to receive us and that we could come right over. When we got there she greeted us warmly and invited us into her home with the words, “I’ve been expecting you.” That day we learned to never show up at her home if she was not expecting us.

Friends, many times we don’t make the mistake of showing up unannounced, but the mistake of not expecting Jesus to show up when we gather together. When we gather in prayer, in worship or any other time in the name of Jesus we should be expecting him to show up. When we gather in the name of Jesus we should not expect it to be business as usual but we should expect a visit from the Lord every time. We should expect mountains to move. We should expect prayers to be answered. We should expect healing, deliverance and breakthrough. We should expect miracles, impartations and the presence of the holy. In short when we gather we should expect to see the Lord.

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, September 17, 2019.

So if the son sets you free, you are truly free. John 8:36

The Great Escape

Harry Houdini was probably the greatest escape artist of all time. During the early twentieth century, Houdini time and time again took on difficult escape challenges. Each escape that Houdini performed was more difficult than the last. If Houdini escaped from handcuffs, next he would escape from handcuffs while trapped in a giant milk can. After escaping from a giant milk can, Houdini escaped from a Chinese water torture cell. After escaping from the Chinese water torture cell, Houdini decided to escape from a coffin, submerged in a swimming pool for an hour and a half. Each escape was more dangerous than the one before, but Houdini always escaped.

What has always been fascinating to me is that after each escape Houdini, willingly bound himself up again, to try to escape again. You would think that after one death-defying escape Houdini would have counted his blessings and moved on, but he kept coming back for more because he thought he could escape. Many of us are like Houdini in that we keep getting trapped in situations and problems and trying to escape. When we do escape, as opposed to counting our blessings and changing our ways, we oftentimes will go back and find a new problem to entangle ourselves in and try to escape all over again. The funny thing is, we think we are trapped by our problems but we are really trapped by the cycle of getting into and out of trouble. We are trapped by freeing ourselves from one issue, only to repeat the process with a different issue.

Friends, it is important to remember that Houdini wasn’t really and escape artist, he was an illusionist. The illusion was that he created over and over again was that could escape from his perdacaments on his own. That is the same illusion that many of us live under. We escape from one thing on our own, simply to put ourselves into another problem to get out of. We present the illusion that we are free, but we are simply just changing in and out of being trapped in the cycle of being trapped and freed. When we truly want to break free we have to do something different. We can’t just get in and out of problems but we have to break the cycle that puts us into problems. That is something that can only be done with the Lord. You see when the Lord frees us, he does not free us from the problem, he frees us from the cycle. The Lord does not just get us out, he makes sure that we never go back, making us truly free indeed. So when you are ready to be free, call on the Lord and let him break the cycle and set you free indeed.

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, September 16, 2019.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

When on vacation I am not a really adventurous person. Give me a beach, a pool, and someone who will drop off food and a coke at these places and I am good. The only thing is, when you go on a group trip, everybody does not see vacation the same way. A few years ago my buddies and I went on a vacation together. We all needed a chance to relax and recharge so we booked the flights and went on vacation. While I had my typical pool, beach and food plan, one of my buddies had something else in mind. You see he is an adventurer and he planned an adventure day for the whole crew.

The next thing I know we are on a rickety bus headed into what can only be described as the jungle. As we get there my buddy is explaining that we are going on an adventure hike. What sets an adventure hike apart from a normal hike is that on an adventure hike, there may or may not be an actual path along the way. We might from time to time have to improvise. So as we are hiking, we come to an old wooden rope bridge. As I walked up to the bridge I realized that this was going to be a life or death situation and no matter how adventurous we wanted to be, this was a bridge too far. So we turned around and went back to the bus and returned to the resort.

On the way back to the resort I started thinking about the bridge that we were going to go across that day before we turned back. When that bridge was built it probably was sturdy. That bridge had probably gotten people across that valley before. The problem was it was meant to be a temporary bridge that had taken on permanent use. I wasn’t willing to risk my life or that of my friends on something that was going to be here today and gone tomorrow. Unlike that bridge, the word of God is permanent. It is not here today and gone tomorrow, it stands forever. It can be used generation after generation, time and time again, to get us from where we are to where we want to be. So today, take a minute and evaluate what you are building your life on and trusting the lives of your loved ones to as well. Is it here today and gone tomorrow or is it the word of God that will stand forever?

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, September 13, 2019.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

Always There

It is funny how you get used to things. Not too long ago my wife and I received a digital assistant for our home. So whenever we need something we just call her name and ask for it. If we need a kitchen timer we call her name and she gives us the time. If we need to know the weather, we call her name and she gives us the weather. If we need a movie time, we call her name and she gives is a movie time. We became so accustomed to being able to call her name and ask for things that we got multiple digital assistants so that no matter where we were in the house we could call her name and get access to whatever we needed. It was great until it wasn’t.

My wife and I have gotten so accustomed to having our digital assistant around that we just mindlessly depend on her for what we need. The problem that this created is that she is not always there. When the internet goes down in the house, no assistant. When the power is out, no assistant. But worst of all, when we travel, no assistant. My wife and I found ourselves in a hotel room calling for our digital assistant and wondering why she didn’t answer. We had become so accustomed to her always being there that it didn’t occur to us that when we left home, she was no longer there to help us.

One of the joys of the Lord is that he promises to always be there. When we commit ourselves to do the work and the will of the Lord, he commits himself to always be there. He commits to being there in good times and bad times. His commitment is not contingent on internet access or the availability of power. Most of all, no matter where you go, He is always there. So never be afraid to call on the name of the Lord, for those doing his will, he promises that he will always be there.

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, September 12, 2019.

The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly. Isaiah 60:22

All Of  A Sudden

If you have ever been to the Department of Motor Vehicles in any state you know that it can be quite the long affair. No matter what you are going to the DMV for you know there will be a long line. You know that you will be asked to take a number and then you will sit and watch the counter waiting for your number to come up. What you also know is that you don’t have time for this and if they would just open all of the windows this would go a lot faster. We all sit there wondering why “they” won’t just hire enough people to fill all of the windows and get people in and out of here in a reasonable amount of time since nobody wants to sit here waiting.

One day while sitting at the DMV the most amazing thing happened to me. I was “patiently” waiting for my turn when all of a sudden all of the windows opened up. All of a sudden they were calling person, after person, after person to the windows and people were getting in and out. I was absolutely amazed. When I got to the counter I had to ask the person assisting me what happened. How did there suddenly become all these new windows open? She told me, that they had been in a staff meeting and then their supervisor released them everybody was now available to serve people.

As I walked back to my car, with my new driver’s license in hand, I realized that sometimes waiting on God can seem like being at the DMV. We see God moving but He seems to be going way too slowly. We wonder why He just won’t open up a window and pour out the blessing that we need. What we don’t realize is that God opens windows when He is ready to open a window, but when he does open a window everything changes. When God opens a window all of a sudden a little becomes a lot, small becomes big, and what you have been waiting to see suddenly becomes a reality. So take heart, you may be waiting, but God, in His time, will open the windows and all of a sudden everything will change.

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, September 11, 2019.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2

LifeGuard

I learned how to swim late in life. When I was younger it wasn’t a priority, but I hit a certain age and decided that I should know how to survive should I ever be on a luxury cruise and it hit an iceberg and I wound up in the water. So I decided to take swimming lessons to make sure that if I ever wound up in the water I would be able to survive.

Swimming lessons were not what I thought they would be. I assumed that I would be in a class of people all learning together. As the only person in my “age group” learning to swim I was given a personal instructor. My instructor could tell that I was a little apprehensive about the water and learning to swim. He took me aside and looked me in the eyes and said, “I’m 6’2”, I weigh 200 pounds, and I am in Marine training. I won’t let you drown.” And with that, he threw me in the water and taught me how to swim.

Friends, like my Marine swim instructor, God promises he won’t let you drown. No matter what you are facing, going through or dealing with, He will always be there with you. He will make sure that the waters do not engulf you, the fires do not burn you, and nothing that that comes against you will prosper. So fear not, you will survive the water and the flames because you have a personal lifeguard that will always be there.

Be Blessed,

Rev