You Are Not The Only One

April 17th, 2014

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My brother, my sister, you are not the only person who has ever sinned.  You are not the only person that repeated the same mistakes over and over again.  You are not the only person who had a heart to do right but your actions did wrong.  You are not the only person to go off on someone at work, home, church, in the store, bank or in traffic.  You are not the only one the world said, “would never be anything!”  You are not the only one who has faced great opposition from every angle.  You are not the only one to cry all night long.  You are not the only one to scream for help.  You are not the only one to feel alone in this crowded world.  You are not the only one who feels head over heels in debt.  You are not the only one who worries about their bills each month.  You are not the only one who wonders if life will ever get better. 

My friend, through all that you have been through in life, I want to tell you one important thing (that you may have forgotten about.)

GOD STILL LOVES YOU! 

You are not the only one God sent His son (Jesus) to die in place of, but you are one of them.  You are not the only one God can and will forgive, but you are one of them.  You are not the only one who has a purpose-filled life, but you are one of them.  You are not the only one God desires to use for His glory, but you are one of them. 

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 5:8 & Mark 10:45 

May God Bless you at Your point of need! 

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

When Your Promise Appears Threatened?

April 16th, 2014

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Has God ever promised you something that dropped you to your knees in worship?  Has God ever promised you something that others tried their best to destroy or prevent from happening?  Has God ever promised to take you somewhere you know man could never take you?  Has God ever promised you something that your current bank statement did not compliment?  Has God ever promised you something that made you question if He really said it or not?  Has God ever promised you something that your current living conditions did not agree with?  Has God ever promised you something that your level of education did not compare with?  Has God ever promised you something that eyes have not seen nor ears have not heard?  If He has …

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My friend, what do you do When Your Promise Appears Threatened?  What do you do when people tell you it will never come to pass?  What do you do when everything around you appears to be going in the opposite direction of the promise?  What do you do when no one seems to believe in you or the promise?  During this time, there are two things you must always do.  Number one: you must always remember Who made the promise.  The Bible declares in 2 Corinthians 1:20 - For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  If God made a promise to you, bank on it.  It shall not nor will not fail.  The Lord does not make any promises He cannot nor will not keep.  It does not matter who believes as long as you believe He will do it.  People will doubt when they see nothing happening, but they will come back and celebrate after it has come to pass.  Beware of people who are quick to doubt and walk away from you.

My brother, my sister, what do you do When Your Promise Appears Threatened? Number two: you must always remind yourself of the promise He made you.  Never expect other people to encourage you along the way.  If they do that is great.  But if you always expect it from them, you may become sorely disappointed.  Learn to encourage yourself in the Lord.  Sometimes people cannot encourage themselves, therefore it is difficult for them to encourage you.  The Bible declares in Hebrews 10:36 - For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  There’s never a question of, can God do it but when will God do it?  No matter if others walk away in disbelief always remind yourself of the promise and Who made it.  Prayer for Today: Father, there is no lying in You.  Therefore, whatever You promise it shall come to pass.  In the name of Jesus … Amen! 

Scripture Reading for Today: Numbers 23:19 

May God Bless you at Your point of need! 

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Just Before Your Breakdown …

April 15th, 2014

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever found yourself on the verge of giving up?  Things have become more than you are willing to handle.  Things have become more than you feel you can bear.  You have tried everything and everyone but to no avail.  Have you ever prayed for a better tomorrow but it seemed the same as yesterday?  You hoped a good night sleep would cause the problems to disappear, but when you woke up the next morning, there was the same problem waiting on you.  You found yourself reaching for the bottle of alcohol or the bag of drugs.  Someone told you that was the answer.  Do you realize alcohol and drugs only relieves you of the problem temporarily?  God is not a temporary God.  He desires to give you permanent relief.

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My friend, Just Before Your Breakdown … God will send a breakthrough.  He knows when to step in and He knows how to step in.  He knows how much you can handle and He knows when the load has become to much for you to bear.  He knows everything about you.  Have you ever found yourself saying, “if one more thing goes wrong I am going to scream?”  The Lord knows how you feel.  It is not a coincident that God intervenes just when you needed Him the most.  The Bible declares in Psalms 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  If you can ever hold on, you can and will see the manifestation of God’s power.  The Lord is not worried about the size of your circumstance.  In the words of Bishop TD Jakes, “stop telling God about your problems, and start telling your problems about your God!” 

My brother, my sister, what are you dealing with today?  What matter kept you walking the floors last night?  What dilemma causes you to toss and turn each day?  Do you realize this is not the Lord’s will for your life (Psalms 121:4)?  God desires for His children to have peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).  Yes there will be challenges along the way, but God will not suffer your foot to be moved (Psalms 121:3).  Beloved, Just Before Your Breakdown … God will send a breakthrough.  Just when the enemy tells you to curse God and die, the Lord will step in.  Just when friends and family walk away in doubt, the Lord will step in.  Just when the bank says no, the Lord will step in.  Just when tuition is due but money is low, the Lord will step in.  Just when everyone has forgotten about you, the Lord will step in.  Do not breakdown … breakthrough!  Prayer For Today: Father, please give me the strength to hold on and hold out!  In the name of Jesus … Amen!

 Scripture Reading for Today: Isaiah 40:31

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

There Is Still Hope!

April 14th, 2014

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Many times in life, we find ourselves rebounding from the mistakes we said we would never make again.  The places we said we would never go again, we find ourselves there.  The people we said we would never hang around again, we find ourselves around them.  The things we said we would never do again, we find ourselves doing.  In the beginning you were very sincere when you made the committment.  You had every intent on fulfilling the promise(s) you made.  Somewhere along the way, you either fell away from your word or you just totally ignored it.  Whatever it was, you found yourself back to square one … again.  A repeated cycle.  A repeated mess.  A repeated relationship.  A repeated promise.  Have you been there?  Are you there now?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  It can be very frustrating when you find yourself doing the same things over and over and over again.  Just like a hamster on a wheel, you are just running in place.  You are tired as a result of it, but you soon realize no progress was ever made.  You thought things were looking better, but out of nowhere things changed.  With one step forward, life knocked you back two to three steps.  My friend, There Is Still Hope!  In everything we experience in life, God desires for us to realize there is hope for better days.  Each day you wake to see a new day, is a another day God is trying to show you He is still in control.  The Bible declares in Romans 8:24 - For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  Yes things appear dark all around you.  Yes many people have counted you out.  Yes you want to give up on yourself and life.  Yes you wish you could stay in bed all day.  However, you know you must face today. 

My brother, my sister, what are you dealing with today?  What situation or dilemma are you stuck dealing with?  What relationship or friendship are you trying to fix today?  The Bible declares in Romans 15:4 - For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Beloved, There Is Still Hope!  There is hope for a turn-around.  There is hope for your current struggle to turn into a peaceful change.  There is hope for all things.  I do not know what you are going through today.  I do not know what causes you to cry.  I do not know the difficulties you experience.  These I do not know.  But I do know God is able to bare your load and mine.  I do know God is concerned about your daily activities.  I do know God can and will console you during your lowest points of life.  I do know God can change your surroundings.  I do know God is able to meet each of your needs without ever running out.  There Is Still Hope!  Do you believe it?  Prayer for Today: Father, You know exactly what I am facing today.  You know the pains and heartaches I bear.  I need Your help today.  Please help me.  In the name of Jesus … Amen!

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 15:13 

May God Bless you at Your point of need! 

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Word for the Weekend (April 12-13, 2014)

April 12th, 2014

Isaiah 55:11 (NLT) - It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

Point to Remember: The Lord never speaks any idle words. Whenever He speaks, His words are intentional and designed to accomplish that which He purposed. Regardless of how the wind blows, or how people feel, the Lord’s words will still fulfill what He ordained. Therefore, stop allowing the enemy or his imps to tell you or attempt to convince you that God has forgotten what He said about you or what He promised to you. The same word He spoke is the same word He will honor. Beloved, the Word of The Lord is guaranteed to reap a harvest. If He spoke a word, where He spoke it was deemed good ground. When He speaks a word, He will also make sure (just as a seed) it gets watered. (SN: The Lord holds Himself accountable for the word He speaks and will always honor His word.)

Go Tell It!

April 11th, 2014

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My brother, my sister, each one of us have endured trying times in our lives.  Everyday has not been a bed of roses.  We have lost several loved ones along the way.  We have endured nights where we wet our pillows with tears.  We have experienced close friends walking out of our lives.  We’ve had people tell us we would never be able to recover from the blow life hit us with.  Some have overcome marital infidelities.  Some have bounced back from financial hardships and the deep hole of debt.  No matter what it was, we all have experienced something that caused us to drop to our knees.  With all of this in mind, today’s devotional is my challenge to you.

Beloved, it is time for us, as children of the Most High God, to open our mouths and tell of the Lord’s goodness.  It is time for us to, Go Tell It!  Tell what you might ask?  It is time for us to tell others how faithful the Lord has been to each one of us.  We have overcome, not because we were “so good” or “so holy,” but because the Lord brought us out.  Do you realize there are people around you who are currently experiencing what God brought you out of?  The Bible declares in Revelation 12:11 -And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  Do you realize the more we testify about where the Lord brought us from, the more glory, honor and praise we give to the Lord?  Somebody needs to here from you.  Someone needs to know there is hope.  Someone needs to hear that God still hears and answers prayer.

My friend, Go Tell It!  Go tell everyone, everywhere what Lamentations 3:22 states:  It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  Prayer for Today: Father, wherever You send me, I will tell others about Your excellent power.  I will tell others about Your faithfulness toward mankind.  Here am I Lord, send me!  In the name of Jesus … Amen! 

Scripture Reading for Today: Matthew 28:19-20 

May God Bless you at Your point of need! 

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

When Times Appear Dark

April 10th, 2014

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever lost someone who was very dear to your heart?  Maybe this person was a spouse, future spouse, best friend, relative or someone you knew at church.  While we know death will take place, it is never easy to get use to it.  You never imagine your life without this person by your side.  This is the same person who believed in you when no one else did.  This is the same person who consistently encouraged you when you wanted to give up on yourself and life.  Have you ever found yourself mad at God because you felt He let you down?  You are mad because you feel God dealt you a bad hand.  The questions that often are accompanied by pain begin to leak out of your mouth: “Why me?”  “What did (s)he do to deserve this?” “Where were you when we needed you?”  You know it was not the Lord’s fault but pain causes you to blame someone.

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  Each of us endure trying times in life.  As a matter of fact, Job said it best in Job 14:1 - Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.  We never picture life causing us any challenges or tragedies.  We expect the “ever so often” arguments with family and friends.  Those we can handle, but we never imagine dark days.  My friend, what do you do When Times Appear Dark?  What do you do when getting out of the bed appears harder today than it did yesterday?  What do you do when crying is easier than ever before?  I rose up today, under the power of the Holy Spirit, to tell you that you shall LIVE!  I know it is hard, believe me I do, but there is still life to live.  There is still purpose to fulfill.  There is still lives to impact for the glory of God.  There is still sinners to save for the Kingdom of God. 

My brother, my sister, what are you going through today?  Who have you lost in your life?  Does life appear over for you now?  I beg the difference.  You shall not die but live.  The pain is there, but God still has work for you to do.  Beloved, what do you do When Times Appear Dark?  You continue to trust and depend on God for strength to make it through each day.  The Bible declares in  2 Corinthians 12:9 - And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness… At your lowest point in life, God is at His strongest.  This is not to say that God has weak points.  No, no, it is to inform you that God is now able to carry you through the dark days of life.  He is able to hide you in the shadow of His wings.  This is not the time to live defeated, but the time to call on the name of the Lord.  Prayer for Today: Father, help me overcome the times when it appears dark in my life. Help me to trust totally in Your power and strength.  In the name of Jesus … Amen!  

Scripture Reading for Today: Ephesians 6:10

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

The Excuses Stop Here!

April 9th, 2014

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever known someone who makes excuses about everything?  No matter what you ask them to do they always make up a reason not to do it.  Have you ever been surrounded by coworkers who want advancement but offer no service?  They always complain about the office but never offer solutions to the problems.  Have you ever been overlooked because of your outer appearance?  Since you did not fill the “description”, you were looked over.  Have you ever wanted to do something but talked yourself out of it?  You never saw it done before so fear causes you to change your mind.  Have you been there?  Are you there now?

 

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My friend, The Excuses Stop Here!  If you ever want to enjoy the blessings of God, you must learn to move beyond the excuses.  The Lord is aware of your mistakes, but He still desires to use you.  He knows your limitations, but He still desires to use you.  The Bible declares in Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.  When the Lord called you, He called you as you were.  The Excuses Stop Here!  The excuse that you are not ready to come must end today.  In spite of all you have done in your life, God has remained faithful toward you (Lamentations 3:23).  When you were in your sins, God remained in-love with you (Romans 5:8).  After all He has done for you, the least you could do is stop the excuses. Stop creating reasons to avoid living for Him.  The Excuses Stop Here!

 

My brother, my sister, what reasons are you using to prevent yourself from serving the Lord?  What if God used the same excuse when it was time to answer your prayers?  The Excuses Stop Here!  The excuses you use prevent God from working mighty in your life.  Excuses place a wall between you and the Lord.  The Bible declares in Hebrews 12:1 - Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.  Beloved, the enemy desires for you to use excuses when it is time to praise and magnify the Lord.  The enemy will use anything to keep you from serving the Master … anything.  You must become determined to quench every excuse.  God deserves more.  The Excuses Stop Here!  Challenge for the Day: Make up in your mind that you will not allow anything nor anyone to stop you from living for the Lord.

 

NO MORE EXCUSES!!!

 

Scripture Reading for the Day: Romans 8:38-39

 

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Its Not How You Stand, But Who You Stand On!

April 8th, 2014

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  So often in our lives, we face challenges that we were not prepared to face.  We experience unforeseen circumstances without any prior notification.  Our investments and planning appear wasteful.  You tried to do everything right, but the pressures of life still caused you heartache.  The person you thought would always be there, is now unavailable.  The places you loved to visit are now out of business.  The things you loved to do are now unsatisfying.  Yesterday’s excitements, have no affect on today’s sorrows.  With one phone call, everything appears out of order now.  Your dreams and desires seem unreachable.  Have you been there?  Are you there now? 

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  Have you ever felt like there was more pain than health?  Have you have ever felt like there was more sorrow than joy?  Have you wondered how you were going to get back up from this one?  In times past, you would bounce back with no problem.  But this latest situation has taken more out of you than ever before.  What do you do when everyone seems determined to destroy you?  You have been standing (as best as you can.)  What do you do when the questions of life are raging in your mind?  My friend, Its Not How You Stand, But Who You Stand On!  Yes, you are known as a fighter.  Everyone can count on you.  However, there will come a time in each of our lives when our strength will not be enough (Job 14:1).  The Bible declares in 2 Corinthians 12:9 - And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.   

My brother, my sister, there will come a time when all you will know how to do is stand still.  You will have tried everything.  You will have called on everyone.  You will have thought of everything.  To no avail!  Be not dismayed.  It is at our lowest points of life that God desires to show Himself the strongest.  Beloved, Its Not How You Stand, But Who You Stand On!  The Bible declares in 2 Corinthians 12:10 - Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  Until we have run out of natural options, we will never truly trust in an eternal God.  Until we have run into the wall, we will never truly turn to the Lord.  Until we deny our flesh, we will never truly worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.  Standing is what is required of us, but how you stand does not matter, who you stand on does.  Prayer for Today: Father, help me to always stand on You.  Your Word is true and it is dependable.  In the name of Jesus … Amen! 

Scripture Reading for Today: Isaiah 55:11

May God Bless you at Your point of need! 

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Have You Forgotten How Blessed You Really Are?

April 7th, 2014

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  I often wonder if we understand how blessed we really are.  Many times we forget to tell God thank you when we rise in the mornings.  We forget about those who lost their lives prior to that morning.  We often forget to bless God for the food we receive each day.  We forget about the people and families who go to bed hungry each night.  So often we enter and exit our doors at home without ever telling God how much we appreciate His provision and protection.  We forget about the people living in homeless shelters or on the streets, as well as the people who experienced burglary or assault the night before.  Have you told God thank you today?  Have you thanked our God for watching over you while sleeping last night?  Have you thanked our God for another day of life?  There are many people who rose out of bed with a fatal disease and illness, but they rose with praise on their lips and thanksgiving in their hearts.  What about you?  What’s on your lips or in your heart?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  How often do you forget to tell God thank you?  When our peers do something nice for us, or give us a nice gift, we instantly reply with a thank you.  When the Lord blesses us, we act as though He took too long to respond.  My friend, Have You Forgotten How Blessed You Really Are?  In the Old Testament times, when the people committed sins, the priest was the only one who could atone for their sins.  Read Leviticus 16:30.  The people did not have access to the presence of God like we do today.  There was a certain time and a certain way the priest could enter God’s presence to atone for the people’s sins.  But when Jesus gave His life on Calvary’s cross, He atoned for our sins once and for all.  Read Matthew 27:51.  Through the love of Jesus, we are now able to approach our Father in His name.  Have You Forgotten How Blessed You Really Are?  The Lord has been so good to us.  When we deserved to die, He spared our lives (mercy); and when we did not deserve it, He blessed us anyway (grace).  What a mighty God we serve.

My brother, my sister, I do not care what the enemy has attempted to do.  I do not care what others have said about you.  In spite of it all, you are blessed.  Read John 10:10.  The enemy is out to destroy us because he knows God has His hand on us. Have You Forgotten How Blessed You Really Are?  Beloved, you owe the Lord a radical praise today.  A praise that comes out of your mouth.  Not just a hand clap, but a praise where words exit your mouth.  No longer are you allowed to say, “I praise God within.”  When you needed God to do something quick in your life, He blessed you openly (not in secret.)  Read Matthew 6:6.  My friend, you are a child of God.  You are amongst the promise generation.  You are a part of the Abrahamic covenant (Genesis 12:1-3).  How?  Because of what Christ did for you.  Have You Forgotten How Blessed You Really Are?  Prayer for Today: Father, forgive me for ever taking You for granted.  Thank You for always watching over me.  I am blessed because You chose to bless me.  Today, I walk in it.  In Jesus’ name … Amen!

Scripture Reading for Today: Psalm 100

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee