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, May 6, 2020.

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Different Now

Coming back home for the first time is almost like an out of body experience. No matter if you were off at college, backpacking through Europe, or at basic training the feeling is the same. You have been with you the whole time so you feel the same, but everyone who sees you remarks about how different you are. They always say they can’t quite put their finger on it, but there is just something different about you. You may have put on a few pounds, or grown a few inches, but that is not what they are talking about. They mean that you have changed.

What we don’t realize is we are going through it is experiences change us. What we see, know, learn, and go through change who we are. Sometimes those experiences change us for the better, if we are not careful, they will sometimes change us for the worse. What we do know is they will change us and others will see it.

Friends, people should see a different us when we give our lives to God. When we become God’s chosen people we are brought into a royal priesthood and become part of a holy nation. We become people who are transformed from who we are into who we should be. That transformation takes place on the inside but it can be seen on the outside. It can be seen in how we walk, how we talk, and how we act. We become living testimonies to what God can do, and who he can make us. So know this, we are chosen by God and when he chose us he made us different. So walk in the light so others can see what God can do.

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, May 5, 2020.

And you are also among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. Romans 1:6

A Prized Possession

I have moved a lot in life. Between school, work, and family I have gotten moving own to a science. I know who to call, what boxes I need, and can drive a U-Haul like nobody’s business. Yet, none of those are really the key to a successful move. A successful move comes down not to knowing what to take with you, but knowing what not to take with you. Every time I move, I use it as a chance to pack and to purge. With each move, I make the decision of what needs to come with me, and what gets donated or trashed because it is not going to make the trip. It is typically a pretty long process of going piece by piece to make sure I get it right, except for one box.

When I move there is one box that is always in the move pile, my prized possessions. My prized possessions are not necessarily the things with the most monetary value, but rather the things that mean the most to me. I keep them separated in a small box that I always move personally. I can’t risk these things being lost, damaged, or in any way harmed because of how much they mean to me. Some of these things I have had a short time, and others I have had for decades, but all of them are irreplaceable to me.  They belong to me and wherever I go, they go.

Friends, we are God’s prized possession and we belong to Jesus. No matter what, you are loved and valuable to him. Where he goes you go. Regardless of what may happen in life and no matter what the world may say, you are valuable simply because you belong to Jesus. You don’t have to be a doctor, a lawyer, or an Indian Chief, you are valuable just the way you are. Like all valuable things, he cares for you, protects you, and will always provide for you. So be encouraged, at all times and in all places you belong to him.

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, May 4, 2020.

If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29

The Family Tree

Nobody escapes elementary school without having to do a family tree. It is typically an arts and crafts exercise that allows a student to trace back their roots. You get a picture of a tree, with branches and you are supposed to fill in the slots. You start with yourself and your siblings and then begin to trace back your “roots” generation by generation. From your parents to your grandparents, to your great grandparents, and on and on as far back as you can go. There was an interesting thing to be about the picture of the tree though. The tree starts with you and then goes up putting your family in the branches, but every tree has roots not just branches.

It was the roots in the picture that got me thinking. If tracing your tree up, gets you your ancestors, where do the roots go. The roots are what are designed to hold up the tree and nourish it from the bottom up. It is the roots that give the nutrients that give life to all of the branches, from the lowest to the highest. It is the roots that make the tree able to stand, keep going, and keep growing so what are the roots?

Friends, when we belong to Christ, our roots are not just in our family, but in the family of faith. We become part of the body of Christ, tracing our family tree back to Abraham and become heirs of the promises that God made to him. Our family tree does not just go up, but it also goes down. So next time you have to help with a family tree, remember not just to do the branches that go up and out, but also to remember the branches that go deep connecting us to our entire family tree.

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, May 1, 2020.

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10

In Your Heart

I was a daring child. Like most little boys I believed two things, 1) I was indestructible and 2) anything I saw on television had to be true. It was because of these two beliefs that my friends and I took to stair jumping as a competition. The game was very simple. You start on a step and then jump to the floor. Whoever jumped from the higher step won. So you would go up higher and higher trying to out-jump each other. So one day I was going jump for jump with one of my friends. We had gotten almost to the top of the stairs. He went first and made the jump. I stood there, looked at the flight of stairs, got ready to make my jump when I said, “You win.”

It was at that moment that I realized that I didn’t really believe that I was indestructible. At that moment, something inside of me told me, you should not do this. It doesn’t matter if Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat had done it on Saturday, you were not going to do this. My friend was excited that he won, but he was curious about why I didn’t try. I told him, “In my heart, I didn’t believe I could make it.” What I was just beginning to understand then, that I fully know now, is you can believe anything you want to, until you have to believe it.

Friends, what you believe matters. It affects how you think, how you act, what you do, and how you will live. It is important that you believe the right things about God. When you believe the right things about God it gives you the courage to live fully, freedom from fear, and the ability to live to your full potential. So set your hearts on the things of God. Believe in your heart that He is a good and loving God. Believe in your heart that he makes all things work together for those who believe. Believe that in all ways and at all times that God is good. If you believe this in your heart it will change your mind and set your life in the right direction.

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, April 30, 2020.

“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. John 16:31

Believe Now

One of my friends is about to celebrate his twentieth wedding anniversary. While being married for that long is an accomplishment for any couple, it is a real accomplishment for this couple. When they first met, my friend’s now husband was utterly smitten with her, but she had wholly ensconced him into the “friend zone.” No matter what he did, she was not moved. He would bring her flowers. She thought it was sweet but not romantic. He would hold every door, pull out every chair, and do all the things that a good guy was supposed to do. Her response, “Sweet, but there is just no spark.” I was floored because she was always complaining about how hard it was to find a “good guy.”

One day, a strange thing happened. My friend got sick, and her now husband didn’t come to check on her. No call. No soup. No running errands. No nothing. She was blown away. What she didn’t know at the time was he wasn’t ignoring her, he was out of town on a business trip. It was while she was sick that she realized that she missed him. She realized that he had been the “good guy” that she had been looking for all along. It took him not to be there, for her to realize that he was exactly who she had been looking for the whole time. In short, she now realized that he was the man he always said he was and had shown he was. He was the man she not only needed, but she realized he was the man she wanted.

Friends, sometimes we can take people for granted. Because they are always there, we don’t realize how much they mean to us until they are gone. Many times, we don’t understand how good God is to us until we think he is gone. If you look back on your life, I think you will begin to realize some things. I think you will recognize that God has been protecting you, keeping you, and watching over you the whole time. I think you will realize that what you have been looking for to make your life complete has always been there in the form of a loving God. Friends, what you don’t want to do is wait too long to realize what has always been there. You want to believe now, while you have time. Believe now, because you have all the evidence you need. Believe now, and know that he is God.

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, April 29, 2020.

Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her. Luke 1:45

Trust Issues?

I have a love affair with cars. Since my dad gave me my first Matchbox collectible, I have been completely and totally hooked on cars. I have had model cars, puzzles of cars, remote control cars, and pedal cars until I worked my way up to my first actual car. I was so excited to finally have a car, which means I made all the first time car buying mistakes. I was enamored with the looks of the car, the stereo system, and I had a salesman that told me all the great things about the car. As you can imagine, I was more than ready to sign on the dotted line and take possession of my new ride. Plus, the salesman had told me that they stood behind all of their cars, so I had nothing to worry about.

Needless to say, not long after taking possession of the car, I found out that it was not all that is was cracked up to be. There were problems with the starter, issues with the brakes, and lets not even begin to discuss the transmission. So I went back to have the car fixed because they stood behind all of their cars. What I found out was that they stood way behind their cars. As a matter of fact, they stood so far behind their cars that it took a call from my “attorney” to get all of the things fixed that they knew were wrong when they sold it to me. It is because of experiences like this that many of us have trust issues.

It is because we have believed people who didn’t tell us the truth that we all can have trust issues from time to time. We are not sure who we should and should not believe so we can drift into not believing anyone. If that happens long enough, it can even affect our ability to believe anyone, even God. Friends, no matter what else has happened, you can always believe God. God is not a man, so he does not lie. What he says, he means, and it comes to pass. So when you hear a promise from God, you can believe it. You can believe it because he has a perfect track record of standing by his word. Just look at all he’s already done in your life, and you know he can, and will, come through.

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, April 28, 2020.

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:3

Shoot Your Shot

“You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.” I’m not sure who first said that, but it is good advice. The idea is, if you don’t try, then there is no way for you to succeed. Now, if we are all honest, there are plenty of things that we did not try that we still wonder how they would have worked out. What if I had applied to my dream school? What if I had asked for that promotion? What if I had asked that girl to the prom? All of these questions leave us with an endless loop of woulda, coulda, and shoulda that we can’t answer simply because we did not act at the time. And what’s worse is we could have had the answers if we weren’t afraid to ask the question.

Fear has killed more dreams than rejection ever could. When we are afraid, we will talk ourselves out of the very things that God may be calling us into. Fear tells us the story of everything that could go wrong, how embarrassing it will be for us, and why we would be better off if we just didn’t try. So we convince ourselves to do less, settle for less, and ultimately be less because we are afraid of what might be. It does not have to be that way ever again.

Friends, the Lord does not want you to be afraid any longer. All things are possible for those who believe, but you have to believe. When we replace fear with believing we can do more than we imagined. Believing gives us the ability to look for a yes, where we feared a no. Believing provides us with the mindset to trust God’s goodness, where we used to dread the enemy’s trickery. In short, as you go forward, shoot your shot and believe that it will go in. After all, it just might.

Be Blessed,

Rev