Truth Moment

Truth moment. Well…I am writing to you today because this is what I do. But I am in pain (not complaining, but grateful) because I was involved in an automobile accident yesterday while traveling to work. I walked away with muscle sprain in my lower back and shoulders and mild whiplash. The mild whiplash is a reinjuring of the major whiplash I had five years ago. Not fun. But grateful for my life.

Truth moment. I was in the far right lane and when I looked to my left, all I saw was a white vehicle making an illegal u-turn from the opposite direction and into my lane. To avoid hitting the vehicle, I shifted to my right and ended up jumping the curb and running into a building. Thankfully, the person behind me saw the entire incident and pulled over to make sure I was okay. (**sidenote – see…there are still some people with good hearts in the world**).

Truth moment. When I was finally able to get out of my car, I saw the person from the other vehicle walking back to the scene. I will admit that at this moment, my humanity stepped in when she asked if she had anything to do with the incident. I quickly snapped back, “You were the one who caused it!,” and walked away. In hindsight, this was a moment to extend grace and mercy, but I was too shaken to extend anything.

Truth moment. The police arrived at the scene rather quickly, and contrary to popular opinion, they were very sympathetic to me considering what happened. They assisted me with everything from obtaining the other party’s information. The police also called the towing company to transport my vehicle because I was too scrambled to do it myself. I added this to say…all lives matter…respect the uniform!

Truth moment. One of the business owners came out and informed me that only a few seconds before, she was standing there with a small child. This situation could have been so much worse. I could have struck this woman and someone’s child. This means that additional families were almost impacted by this other driver’s lapse in judgment. When the police reviewed the building owners’ video footage, the video determined that a few seconds before, there was a young gentleman on a bike that barely made it across the street before my vehicle hit the building. Another family almost impacted by this poor decision. Thankfully, I did not strike any one inside the building when I collided into building. That is a very sobering thought that I would have had to live with for the rest of my life…

Truth moment. I am grateful because God spared all of these lives and families the agony of receiving tragic news as a result of the incident. They are none the wiser that their lives were almost taken in a split second because of a poor decision. But God spared them. In all honesty, it is worth the pain I feel today. I would rather be in pain than to know that some one lost their lives as a result of my actions resulting from someone else’s poor decision making.

Truth moment…if my wife and I had not prayed yesterday morning…it could have been much worse…


Psalm 125

“They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity. Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts…” (vv. 1-4).

God is our Confidence and our Rock. We lean heavily upon Him in the good and bad times. He is sure to be faithful even in the moments when we are not. He skillfully leads and guides us as we attempt to navigate through each of life’s storms. His love for us never wavers regardless of how low we may have fallen. The assurance of waking up with Him on our side brings such a peace within that we readily run to Him for protection and we know for certain that we will not be given over to the schemes and destructive plans of the enemy. Even when the winds change and the waves begin to become overwhelming, God is standing by our side the whole time. Everything will be alright…

A New Level

“Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel…” (Josh. 1:2).

As we prepare ourselves to enter the Promised Land, we must engage in one more exercise of faith: the putting aside of anything within our lives that will hinder us or cause us to turn away from serving God wholeheartedly. Over the past countless months, we have prepared by engaging in an intensive of the commandments of the Lord. We have taken our time to glean as much from the commandments as we possibly could at the present moment. Now is the time to apply all of which we have learned.

I firmly believe that God is getting ready to take us into a new area of our lives, but we have to remain focused upon Him in order to enjoy it completely. God has to be the Preeminent One in our lives. He has to take precedence above all others. He is the One Who is going over before us and will fight our every battle (Deut. 31:3).

The Word of the Lord to us this day is…”Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee…” (Deut. 31:6). But in order to activate this covenant, we must be willing to give up everything that prevent us from serving God and placing Him at the forefront of our lives. I am willing to do this…are you?

Take Courage

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust…” (Ps. 91:2).

In the midst of adversity, we must learn how to push through until the end. We know that this is life is certainly not without struggle, especially the life of a believer. We can rest assured that we are not without hope and that God will remain faithful and true to His Word (Phil. 1:6). And so we must comfort and encourage ourselves and others with these words. The Bible teaches us that “…iron sharpens iron…,” therefore, we must strengthen one another in the Lord (Prov. 27:17).

This is sometimes difficult and the enemy would have us to believe that it is sometimes impossible, but the God of our salvation has let us know that He has already made a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). He also comforts us with the knowledge of past victories and the assurance for both present and future security in our deliverance by the Strength and Power of His right hand (Ps. 91).

So take courage, my friends, God is always standing by…even when it does not feel like it…

The Treasures Of God

“…Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures…” (Deut. 32:34)

…For who hath known the mind of the Lord…“(1 Cor. 2:16)? This question brings even greater conflict to the mind of those who are already conflicted. Conversely, it is a demonstration of the Infinitude of God’s wisdom and how His ways and thoughts are far higher than ours, which gives us more reason to trust in Him regardless of our inability to fully comprehend what is in His mind (1 Cor. 2:7, 9; Deut. 29:29; Is. 40:13, 14; 55:8, 9).

It is at the Lord’s discretion for the time and manner in which He chooses to reveal these secret things to us. Many times we are not adequately prepared to receive them, therefore, it would be unwise to disclose them. Why? Because in our human and finite inability to fully comprehend the times and seasons in which God moves and works within His creation, we would move according to our own projected time schedule.

With this in mind, we must understand that our timing may not be in sync with God’s timing. As a result, we run the risk of jeopardizing God’s purpose and plan for the surrounding world, and God is unwilling to take this risk along with us. Therefore, He withholds certain aspects of His plans for us to protect us from ourselves.

“O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out…” (Rom. 11:33)

The Peace Of God

“And the peace of God, which passed all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 4:7).

During my time of personal devotion, I struggled through my reading of the Word and with walking away with nothing. But as I neared the end of my time, a song came on entitled, ‘Philippians 4:7’, by Fred Hammond and Radical For Christ. The song began to minister to me because it spoke to my current situation. So I went back to my Bible and read the Scripture itself. As I begin to read the verse, God’s peace swept over my soul and lifted the burden that I was carrying and which had caused me to lose yet another night of sleep.

God’s peace is a healing balm and brings comfort to the weary soul. It restores the joy that once resided within and brings a smile to your face as you begin to bask in the ever-abiding presence of the glory of the King. It reassures us that we truly are never alone and that He is with us every step of the way in our life’s journey. Our Heavenly Father will not allow anything to harm us as He will continue to be our Shield and Buckler against the forces of darkness. We can rest easy as the peace of God envelopes us and calms the storms within our lives.