Do Not Allow Anything or Anyone Steal Your Joy!

April 21st, 2015

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  The Holy Spirit has instructed me to tell you one thing today and then end the devotional.  In obedience to Him, I will do just that and nothing more.

Beloved, …

Do Not Allow Anything or Anyone Steal Your Joy!

The devil is determined to do just that.  Therefore, he will send whatever it takes to rob you of all God has given to you.  Guard yourself from the traps and assaults of the devil.  The Bible declares in Philippians 4:4 - Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Scripture Reading for Today: Jude 1:24

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

If It Had Not Been For The Lord

April 20th, 2015

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  I often wonder what life would be like if everyone displayed love one to the other.  I often wonder what life would be like if we treated each other the way we wanted to be treated.  I often wonder what life would be like if we allowed ourselves to be used for the glory of God … daily.  I often wonder how America would be if God’s people would humble themselves and repent for any wickedness we may have been involved in.  Have you ever taken the time to evaluate your life?  I mean seriously take time to analyze the errors of your ways.  At my current age, I fully understand where I am in life is because of the grace, mercy and love of God.  My past consists of many sins.  It consists of things that only God Himself could forgive and wash away.  What about you?  Do you remember and appreciate the miraculous work God has performed in your life?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My friend, If It Had Not Been For The Lord … who was on your side, the enemy would have killed you years ago.  There are many things we have done, knowingly and unknowingly, but the grace of God was displayed to us.  There are traps we set for others and traps others set for us, but God would not allow any of it to come to pass.  Do you realize when you were operating outside of the Lord’s will, He was still watching over you?  Yes the sin(s) we were engaged in displeased Him, but His unconditional love for us would not allow Him to destroy us.  Yes the filth in our mouth and hearts were blocking Him from truly using us, but His unconditional love for us would not allow Him to give up on us.  The Bible declares in Isaiah 59:19 - … When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

My brother, my sister, please do not allow your flesh to be puffed up in pride.  All of your abilities are possible because God saw fit to let it be.  You are replaceable.  Just because you think it is not possible, does not mean God cannot raise up someone else to take your place.  God is more concerned about His people glorifying Him, not about how many cars, homes, clothes or accounts they have.  He is more concerned about us living righteous before Him, not how many degrees, titles, accolades, applauds, members or followers we have.  Do you realize all of the stuff we acquire is temporary?  When we leave this earth, someone else will claim ownership of the things you leave behind.  Beloved, If It Had Not Been For The Lord … the devil would have taken you out during the last storm.  The Bible declares in Psalms 91:1-2 - He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Scripture Reading for Today: Psalms 46:1

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Holiness Is A Lifestyle!

April 17th, 2015

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever met someone who acted as if they never did anything wrong, thought anything wrong, went anywhere wrong or said anything wrong?  This person was high and mighty in their own eyes.  No matter what people said or did, this person always appeared more superior than anyone else.  They acted as if they were the perfect example of Christianity.  They acted as if they committed no sins.  They acted as if Jesus died for only them.  Have you ever found yourself in conversation with a self-righteous person?  A person who loved to point out the sins of everyone else.  A person who loved to tell others about your recent mistake(s).  A person who used intercessory prayer as a time to spread your business all over the church.  A person who found great pleasure in having their name high and lifted up.

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  Isn’t it amazing to see people act as if the blood of Jesus only remitted their sins?  They act as if He only rose again to save them.  Man Please!  I find discomfort being in the presence of “holier than thou” individuals.  My friend, Holiness Is A Lifestyle!  It is not based on certain attire you wear on First Sunday.  It is not based on your church’s denomination.  It is not based on who your grandmother or mother was.  It is not based on how you say, “Amen” or “Hallelujah.”  God is not impressed with these things.  He is not moved by the size of our church’s memberships.  God is concerned about us.  He is concerned about how we are living, especially when the limelight is not shining in our face.  The Bible declares in 1 Peter 1:16 - Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

My brother, my sister, I mean no disrespect to your church or your church’s leadership, but it is time for us to teach and preach truth.  Holiness is not acquired because you spend every available moment at the church.  It is not received because you serve on the praise team.  If you were not a minister of the Gospel, or a deacon, or an evangelist, or an usher, or a mother, God would still desire holiness from you.  Webster defines holiness as having a divine quality; sanctified.  Beloved, Holiness Is A Lifestyle!  Even if you do not have the “title,” you are still required to live a life of holiness.  Even if no one knows your name, you are still required to live a life of holiness.  Whether you are married or single, you are still required to live a life of holiness.  Whether you are male or female, you are still required to live a life of holiness.  The Bible declares in 1 Peter 1:15 - But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

Scripture Reading for Today: Leviticus 20:7

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Are You Faking or Faithful?

April 16th, 2015

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever found yourself in the middle of spiritual warfare?  It appears as if you are catching hell on every side.  No matter what you do, how you do it, when you do it, where you do it, or why you do it, things appear chaotic in your life.  The people you thought would always be there for you are now turning against you.  The job you thought was secure is now in jeopardy.  The little money you had in the bank is now almost gone.  What do you do?  Where do you turn?  The more you attempt to do, the worse things appear to be.  Its warfare.  You are under satanic attack and no one can help you but the Lord.  Have you ever endured so much assault until you were begging God to take you out?  You had no more strength to fight.  There were days when you did not want to get out of bed or leave the house.  Just tired of being tired.  Have you ever been there?  Are you there now?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  Life has a way of forcing you to pray.  As long as things are going well in each of our lives, we tend to stray from our prayer closets.  As long as we are not being attacked, we do not feel the need to seek the Lord for daily guidance and direction.  But when life hits us with an uppercut, we instantly run to our Father for protection.  Isn’t it amazing how our Father’s loving arms are avoided when we are on the mountaintop, but as soon as we are knocked down into the valley we are screaming for His help?  Now we want to fast and pray.  Now we want to pay our tithes.  Now we want to attend church faithfully.  Now we want to treat others with respect.  My friend, Are You Faking or Faithful?  The Bible declares in Luke 16:10 - He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

My brother, my sister, do you realize God knows if you are really sincere?  Do you realize God knows if your promises are sincere?  Child of God, the body of Christ is missing true faithfulness.  We show more faithfulness to our churches, but not our God.  We are more faithful to our jobs, but not our God.  We show more faithfulness to our spouses, but not our God.  We display more faithfulness to the world, but not our God.  Beloved, it is the Lord who makes all you have possible.  What is church without the presence of God?  What is your job without God’s presence?  What is your life without the Lord’s involvement?  Are You Faking or Faithful?  The Bible declares in Lamentations 3:22-23 - It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  Today, you have another chance to increase your faithfulness toward the Lord.

Scripture Reading for Today: 1 John 1:9

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

I Want To Speak Into Your Spirit!

April 15th, 2015

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My brother, my sister, many of you are experiencing some traumatic moments in your life.  Some of you are dealing with the loss of loved ones.  Some are battling financial hardships.  Some have marital turmoil or relationship hurdles.  A few of you have received unfavorable doctor reports.  Some are battling unemployment or demotions.  Some have contemplated suicide.  Many have walked the floor worrying about things you cannot change.  Some have cried until they can no longer cry anymore.  There are some who wonder when it will be their turn.  Can you relate?  Are you there now?  Some of you are hanging on by a wing and a prayer.  Some have considered walking away from everything and everyone … including the church.  Some of you have battled depression.  Some of you are headed to divorce court.  

Beloved, today I WANT TO SPEAK INTO YOUR SPIRIT.  I SPEAK … 

  • That the peace of God will enter into your mind and destroy all confusion sent by the enemy; (Philippians 4:7) 
  • That the joy of the Lord is your strength; (Nehemiah 8:10)

  • That you will use wisdom when making decisions; (Proverbs 4:7)

  • That you will gain understanding of your God-ordained assignment; (Psalm 119:104)

  • That the plots of the enemy against you are canceled in the name of Jesus Christ; (John 10:10)

  • That the blessings of God will overtake you; (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)

  • That you are a blessing to the nation; (Malachi 3:12)

  • That your children are purpose-filled by the Lord; (Matthew 21:16

  • That no weapon that is formed against you will prosper; (Isaiah 54:17)

  • That the healing hand of God will cancel every sickness or disease and replace it with wholeness; (Isaiah 53:5)

  • That your are no longer a victim but a victor in Jesus’ name; (I John 4:4)

  • That He which has begun a good work in you will complete it in you; (Philippians 1:6)

  • That you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you; (Philippians 4:13)

  • That your God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory; (Philippians 4:19)

  • That the lies of man have no power over your life; (Psalm 110:1) 

  • That the generational curses in your life are broken from your life; (Matthew 11:29)

  • That your finances are pressed down, shaken together and running over with abundance; (Luke 6:38)

  • That you are blessed to be a blessing; (Hebrews 6:14)

  • That you are fearfully and wonderrfully made by the hand of God; (Psalm 139:14)

  • That you are free to praise the Lord; (Psalm 150:6)

  • That you have the authority to bind every demon and ungodly spirit. (Matthew 16:19)

Scripture Reading for Today: Proverbs 3:5,6 

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee 

Lord, Help Me Forgive Me!

April 14th, 2015

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  What do you do when your heart is heavy?  What do you do when you are disappointed with yourself?  How do you forgive yourself?  Is it possible?  So often in our lives, we find ourselves in bondage to past hurts and pains.  You thought you were healed until a familiar situation arose.  Your decisions are now haunting you.  Your fears are now trying to attack you.  What do you do?  Have you been there?  Are you there now?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My friend, everyone makes bad decisions.  We all come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).  Many people live defeated lives because they fail to forgive themselves.  Many believe God has yet to forgive them, but that is untrue.  When you ask God to forgive you, He does it instantly.  The Bible declares in 1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.   Today, you must say, ”Lord, Help Me Forgive Me!“  After God has forgiven you, it is important for you to forgive yourself.  You must pick yourself back up again.  You must vow to never allow it to happen again.  You must allow God to cleanse you completely.

My brother, my sister, are you able to say, Lord, Help Me Forgive Me?“   When you realize all that Christ has done for you, His love is evident toward you.  The Bible declares in Romans 5:8 - But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.   He died so you may live.  He died for the sins you committed.  He bled for you.  He suffered for you.  Yes you made bad choices in life.  Yes you failed in the past. Yes you hurt others; but God is able to heal you.  Lord, Help Me Forgive Me!“   Thought to Remember: Hidden hurts are not healed hurts.

Scripture Reading for the Day: James 5:16

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Are You A Believer Only … Or A Follower Also?

April 13th, 2015

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever met someone who had great ideas but never followed through with them?  This is the person who can tell you how to get out of a bind, but when this person is in the same predicament (s)he does not follow his/her own advice.  This person talks big but lives small.  They believe God can do great things in everyone else’s life, but they question if He can do it in their own lives.  Have you ever met someone who has great leadership qualities but (s)he appears content with following the ways of others?  You know God has created them to lead but this person tries to avoid it at any cost.  Do you know anyone like this?  Are you this person?  This is the person who, right before passing away, always says, “I wish I had done this when I had the chance!”

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My friend, I am going to come right at you today.  Are You A Believer Only … Or A Follower Also?  Until yesterday, I was under the impression that a Believer and a Follower were one in the same.  To my surprise they are not.  A Believer is one who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us; a Follower is one who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, in what He did for us and also follows His Word and examples.  The Bible declares in Psalms 37:23 - The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.  Do you realize God wants us to graduate from believing to following?  The best way to display your belief in the Lord Jesus is to be found following and living according to His Word.

My brother, my sister, where are you in your life?  Are you fully following the Lord?  Have you grown beyond the milk (Hebrews 5:13-14)?  Do understand, when you are a follower of the Lord Jesus, you follow Him wherever He leads you.  When you do not understand where He’s taking you, you still follow.  When everything around you appears unfamiliar, you still follow.  When the ways of this world are weighing heavy on you, you still follow.  When family and friends have given up, you still follow.  Beloved, Are You A Believer Only … Or A Follower Also?  The Bible declares in Psalms 23:2-3 - He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Child of God, could it be possible that God is trying to make you into a follower?

Scripture Reading for Today: Psalms 119:105

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Did God Say Move?

April 10th, 2015

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever sat back and wondered, “what does the Lord want me to do in life?”  You notice how everyone around you appears to be walking in their destiny.  They seem happy doing what it is they’re doing.  For some reason you assume their smile equates to a wonderful career or ministry.  Have you ever felt as if you missed your season to move on to something greater?  Within you feel as if you have done all you were assigned to do on that job and now you are seeking God for the next assignment.  While you know the time has come for a move, you do not want to move without clearly hearing the voice of the Lord.  Have you ever been there?  Are you there now?  (If you can relate, please read on; If this is not you, please forgive me for wasting your time.)

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  Allow me to ask you a few questions.  What makes you think it is time for you to move on?  What makes you think your assignment is complete?  What makes you think you’ve missed your season?  Who said you missed the move of God for your life?  Having been in ministry for a certain period of time, I have met many people who have prophesied at me and into my life.  (There is a difference.)  Whenever someone prophesies at you this means they’re speaking in the flesh but when they’re prophesying into your life they’re speaking in the spirit.  The Bible declares in Numbers 23:19 - God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?  My friend, Did God Say Move?

My brother, my sister, you must understand God confirms Himself.  Since He knows we will second guess everything, He makes sure to confirm what He spoke in our lives through us reading a particular scripture, hearing a specific sermon, during our prayer time and/or direct prophecy (understand all prophecies of God can and will be confirmed.)  The Bible declares in Deuteronomy 18:20 - But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.  Beloved, Did God Say Move?

Scripture Reading for Today: Matthew 24:35

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

What About You?

April 9th, 2015

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever met someone who spent all of their time focusing on the life of someone else?  They spend every waking moment trying to figure what ’so and so’ is doing with all of their time.  Before you can tell them what you heard, they already know.  This is the person who claims to know everyone’s business.  Have you ever met someone who spent their time seeking the approval of others?  No matter how much God does in this person’s life, (s)he does not respond unless his/her peers say so.  This is the person who allows the opinions of man to control whatever (s)he does.  Even if the Lord instructs him/her to do something else, this person will disobey God in order to remain amongst the crowd.  Do you know anyone like this?  Are you this person?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  Do you realize in order for you to fully serve and obey the Lord, you must first know Him (personally) for yourself?  You cannot know Him based on your grandparent’s or parent’s relationship.  You must know Him for yourself.  After performing many miracles, Jesus had the opportunity to sit down with His disciples to prick their brains.  According to Matthew 16:13 - When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  Before this moment in time, the disciples were following the Lord wherever He went and doing whatever He instructed.  I find it amazing how, as the disciples, we can have people surrounding us each and every day and they still not truly know who we are.  My friend, forget what everyone else is saying, What About You?  Who is Jesus the Christ to you?

My brother, my sister, after the Lord Jesus asked His disciples who the people said He was (Matthew 16:14), He then asked the question that each of us must answer for ourselves: He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  (Matthew 16:15)  Do you realize there are people who have been in church most of their lives, but they cannot answer this question correctly?  They know the Lord through the eyes of someone else.  They attend church, not out of love for the Lord, out of habit and formality.  Beloved, forget what everyone else is saying, What About You?  Simon Peter answered the question with the best possible answer: And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  (Matthew 16:16)  Child of God, until you can answer the Lord’s question for yourself, you are not really living … you’re just alive.

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST TO YOU?

Scripture Reading for Today: Matthew 16:17-19

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

If God Cannot Do It, It Cannot Be Done!

April 8th, 2015

It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever found yourself stuck between two feelings?  On one side you believe things can get better, but on the other end you are doubting.  Its not that you doubt God’s abilities but after enduring the same situation for so long, you fail to see how or when things will change.  After praying and fasting things still seem to be the same way they’ve always been.  No changes.  No new outcomes.  No new developments.  Things are the same.  Have you ever found yourself in a situation where there appears to be no way out?  You are too far in to be out and too far out to be in.  Yes you want relief but you know it will cost you something.  What do you do?  Where should you turn?  Have you been there?  Are you there now?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My friend, I wonder if you still believe things can get better for you?  I wonder if you have already thrown in the towel?  I wonder if you have enough faith to trust in the Lord or have you given up already?  Do you realize God does not operate based on your timetable or agenda?  Do you realize God does not answer to anyone?  Do you realize all power is in the Lord’s hands?  Do you realize God can snatch you out … even when it appears you are on the verge of drowning?  The Bible declares in Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Child of God, If God Cannot Do It, It Cannot Be Done!  No matter how crazy things appear in your life, God can bring peace into the matter.  No matter how much the devil sends your way, God is still your refuge and strength.

My brother, my sister, what are you dealing with today?  Is it your marriage?  Is it your place of employment?  Is it your finances?  Is it your ministry?  Is it your child(ren)?  Is it your health?  WHAT IS IT?  Beloved, I have come to tell you that no matter what it is, If God Cannot Do It, It Cannot Be Done!  If God cannot fix the matter, then the matter will never be fixed.  The Bible declares in Psalms 118:8 - It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.  After all God has brought you out of, do you now doubt whether He can deliver you from this current situation?  What you are dealing with today is no where near what the Lord delivered you from before.  He is the same God.  He has the same power.  He has the same abilities to do the same thing He did before.  Trust in the Lord and watch what He does for you.

Scripture Reading for Today: Psalms 37:3

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee