Category Archives: Encouragement

God has got your back!


“Blessed be the LORD, who daily bears us up: God is our salvation.” Psalms 68:19

We can rejoice my friend that God has our backs. 1358081854_1ce54c050d_zThe world hurls obstacles in our path, knocking us down more times than not! Like you, I’ve had my fair share. And they continue (I’m 55). So how do we overcome these knockdowns? The world teaches the bootstrap method, powered by our pride. You’ve heard the expression, “pick yourself up by the bootstraps and get over it! Your better and tougher than that!” I practiced that for years. Never once did it produce true inner peace in me!

God chooses a virtue we seldom seek, humility. Just so you understand, I’m not talking about a random act of kindness or being humiliated. His HUMILITY is the only force this side of heaven that is powerful enough to push our pride out of the way. I’ve come to a place where I choose humility as my chief virtue each day. By pushing my pride aside, I can be filled with His Spirit. As His Humility works in me, I’m free to take His hand, be helped up, brushed off and move forward in the midst of a painful, soul rocking knockdown! The next time you get knocked down, remember two things. (1)  Choose Humility! (Want to practically learn this–read Andrew Murray’s book entitled humility, it will blow you away.)  (2) Never forgot God has got your back and best interest at heart!

The Blessing of Forgiveness

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” Psalms 32:1-2 (NKJV) The (NLT) says, “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for thoseContinue Reading

Proverbs 28:13

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13) The Message says, “You can whitewash your sins and get by with it; you can find mercy by admitting and leaving them.” This verse popped up on my phone the other day. The longer I mediatedContinue Reading

Proverbs 28:23

If you had a choice to be flattered or honestly criticized, which would you opt for? Proverbs 28:23 says, “In the end people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.”  I served as pastor of Enon Baptist Church for ten years (1994-2004). Preparing three sermons a week meant lots of study. Of the thousands of illustrations I read, this one made the top five. “Flattery isContinue Reading

In the Garden

Sometimes I read a hymn as part of my quiet time. C. Austin Miles (1868-1946) wrote the popular hymn “In the Garden”. Here’s the first verse, “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses; And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses. And He walksContinue Reading

Reflections on Psalms 31:1-5

“I run to you, God; I run for dear life. Don’t let me down! Take me seriously this time! Get down on my level and listen, and please–no procrastination! Your granite cave a hiding place, your high cliff aerie a place of safety. You’re my cave to hide in, my cliff to climb. Be myContinue Reading

Reflections on Psalm 107:4-9

  “They wondered in the wilderness in a desolate way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their souls fainted in them. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, that they mightContinue Reading

Discovering the “u” in Morning

Sunrises are one of the most majestic and peaceful things our eyes behold. For many, sunrises usher in fresh starts filled with hope and new possibilities. But depending on what season of life we are in, sunrises can signify pure drudgery as we force ourselves to get up and attempt to survive the day. I remember a hitContinue Reading

A+ Friendship

In the movie “Annie,” Miss Hannigan, Lily St. Regis and Rooster Hannigan do a remarkable job performing Easy Street. As a teenager, I daydreamed about living there. Easy Street and the adage the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence couple well together. As time passes, both prove to be illusions. Eventually, we learn the grass is greener over theContinue Reading