Morning Coffee 9/15/18 You Can’t Pick Your Disciples

Hello family,

As Christ ascended into heaven, he commanded us to “go and make disciples of all nations!” He didn’t say find the ones that we are comfortable with, that will only call us at convenient times.

As we walk out the path of life God has us on God will place people in our lives that He wants us to disciple. For some people, you are the only “Jesus” they will see. The Christ living in you needs to be deposited into them and you are that vessel. I am guilty of trying to “pick my disciples” and having expectations and plans that God didn’t set for them.

You want to draw someone closer to Christ and help them grow in the faith? forget your battle plans, drop your expectations and hear them through the filter of the Holy Spirit and hear the Holy Spirit without your filter. All of the twelve disciples followed Christ but Christ didn’t find them in the same place.

 

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer        

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Morning Coffee 8/9/18 God I Don’t Trust You!

Hello family,

“Do you trust me?” When God asked me this question last night my response was a delayed yes. Why was it delayed? It was delayed because i really had to do a heart check. You see God didn’t ask if I trusted Him twenty percent or fifty percent. He asked me “Do you trust me?” Period.

When we (Christians) are asked questions like “Do you love Jesus?” Or “Do you trust God?”  We  fire off an instant “Yes!” almost befor the question is finished. I am not trying to cast judgment on if you trust God or not, that is not my place. But why would God ask me or you this question if He saw nothing within our heart that is contrary to the “yes” that so quickly leaves our mouth?

Jesus asked Peter three times “Do you love me?” (See John 21:16). Put yourself in the sandals of Peter and replace peter with your name. Read the passage as if it was you by the fire with Jesus (in all honesty, it is us by the fire). It makes you think and process doesn’t it? You see each time Jesus asked “Do you love me” It filtered deeper into peters heart and soul, pulling out anything that contradicted his “Yes”.

After  Jesus asked His heart piercing questions he then gave Peter the action he needed to take to apply his love and trust for God.  Family when God tells us to move one way and we move another, we are saying to God “I don’t trust you.”. Ill give you an example. I am currently writing this on a iPad at my local Starbucks, my laptop is on the table next to me. Obviously it is the more effective tool to use, but I cannot use it because my charger is at home. When i was packing my back pack i heard the Holy spirt say “Grab your laptop cord while you are getting your phone charger.” I replied “ nah, I can get it later.” Now here i sit writing this devotion on a much smaller keyboard my long giant fingers bumping occasionally into the touchscreen causing me to type words where I don’t what them. And I cannot do the other things i planned to do because my laptop battery is unreliable.

God gave me instructions because He saw what was coming by I thought i had a better plan. Disobedience does not just apply to the Big “sins” Disobedience applies to the little “take you laptop cord” things too. When we are disobedient our actions are saying “God I don’t trust you. My plan is better”

 

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer        

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Morning Coffee 8/8/18 Relationship

Hello family,

“Do you trust me?” This is the question God posed to me as i was cleaning the dishes from dinner and a cover of Till I found you by Phil Wickham played from my phone. Do we Fully Trust God to take the script we have been writing, throw it out and start rewriting our story? Are we getting so caught up in the uncomfortable changes God leads us to, that we end up missing out on the break through that we have been begging God for?

“Without faith it is impossible to please God”- Hebrews 11:6. All seven billion people currently on this planet are born with with an mustard seed amount of faith, you don’t have to download it, it comes pre-installed. We just have to apply it to God and not anything else. That small amount of faith is the key to your obedience to God. Once that obedience is unlocked it then unlocks more faith. But starts when we remove that mustard seed faith from our understanding and apply it to acknowledging God in all His ways not ours. This can come in the simplest of tasks. After all why would God tell you to move the big when you can’t move the small.

 

 

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer        

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Morning Coffee 6/4/18 Remember

Remember when I walked with you in the cool of the day?

Remember when you shifted your schedule, so you could stay?

What happened my child?

Why did you go away?

Hello Family

God, where are you? We all have asked this question at some point in our walk. Like a child that walked away from his parents in a busy shopping mall we stress, cry and scream “where are you?!” Believe it or not it is not God who moved, its us.

We like the child in the shopping mall are drawn away and distracted by the “candy” of this world. And when we look up from what distracted us, we don’t see God. But God was leading us, He was making the path straight for us, being a pillar of cloud by day. And a pillar of fire by night. But we took our eyes off Him and decided that this other way is quicker. So now we find our self-lost unable to get back on track, what do we do?

Revelation 2:4 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp-stand from its place—unless you repent. It doesn’t have to be something dramatic and big. You could have simply stopped your late night quiet time with the Lord, you could have stopped writing a devotional series God put in your hands. It is more often the subtle things that get us furthest off track from God. God has not moved, we are the ones that moved. He is calling us back in alignment with him. God has not left you, return to those things that fertilized your relationship with him, return to your first love.

 

Much Love God Bless

B, Sawyer

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Morning Coffee 3/6/18 Stone In A Pond Pt 2

19 “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20 by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NASB

Hello Family,

If you take a stone and throw it into any body of water the waves from that stone will affect the entire body of water.

If we can have an impact on this planet by doing good and obeying the call of God, we can certainly leave a negative impression on this blue planet orbiting in God’s universe. We don’t have to look far for an example. But for the sake of this devotion we will look at king Saul. When he started out it was all good, Saul’s desire was simply to please the Lord. As time passed his heart took pride, greed and other attitudes that derailed Him from his initial call.

Ultimatly God had to rase up David to replace Saul. We can complicate things when we begin to allow impurities to contaminate the mission God called us to.There is such a stark contrast between the church in countries with less freedom and the “church” here in the united states of America.

IT’S TIME TO REMOVE THE IMPURITIES. And it starts with you!

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer        

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Morning Coffee 3/3/18 (Featuring Casey Blake) I Close My Eyes To See

Hello Family,

B. sawyer here, the devotion below is written by a close friend of mine Casey Blake. It is my pleasure to introduce her to you. She is now apart of morning coffee devotions and as God leads you will devotions written by her. God has placed a great gift in her and i am humbled to have a front row seat in her life to see the gifts in her unfold. so please let god speak to you with what she has written.

Much Love

B. Sawyer

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

My kids are stuck on this soundtrack lately. It’s to a movie called The Greatest Showman. If you haven’t seen it you should. It’s a secular movie but with many many spiritual parallels all throughout. This morning as I was getting ready, the lyrics to one of the songs kept playing through my mind, like it was on repeat, a cry straight from my heart.

But say that you’ll bring me along

To the world you see

To the world I close my eyes to see

I close my eyes to see”. —A Million Dreams, The Greatest Showman

That last line, “I close my eyes to see” it just kept playing redundantly, touching this place in my spirit that needed refreshing. You see, she is singing about these dreams, they aren’t just big dreams they are “impossible” dreams! New job, moving upstate, starting over, new ministry, or new relationship sort of dreams. The ones Joseph had, the dreams that were so UNBELIEVABLE they had to be from God because no human could even think them up! I am in a season where I just have to close my eyes in order to see all that God is doing… because He is doing those things inside of me. My outside circumstances are changing and will always change but what He is faithfully doing in me, that’s what I long to see.

My faith is built on knowing that God comes through everytime I can’t see the answer. When my inadequacy takes over, when my sin is glaring, when I have just hurt someone so close to me… His faithfulness, his ability to mold me and make a way out of no way- that’s what He uses to fix the situation and to love me back to life. If that doesn’t make you wanna shout… nothing will!

I am CONFIDENT in what I can’t see- knowing that my Jesus is actively and intentionally writing my story, creating every plot twist with my growth and best interest at the center of His  heart for me.

Close your eyes and see what He has for you… don’t just ask Him to show you- actually look beyond what you can see!

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Morning Coffee 3/3/18 Business As Usual

Business As Usual

Sunday three services starting bright and early at eight.

Wednesday  night bible study roles around. Its the end of “hump day” and we are feeling great.

Friday night youth group full of “lock ins” and other forms of fun.

Saturday morning rises and we look back on the week and we pat or self on the back saying “job well done!”

Hello Family,

Let me ask you a question. What if the normal procedure to any one of the weekly events was interrupted for one person? What if God. extended Sundays eight AM service that normally ends at nine until noon, just for one soul to be healed. What if God halted your brisk pace through the book of psalms for two weeks so one person can get the peace they have desperately been searching for? What if the youth lock in was cancelled so a young persons heat can be unlocked?

Would you get frustrated because your “business as usual” was interrupted or would you see with the loving discerning eyes of God and obey the movement of the Holy spirit?

12 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?” – Matthew 18:12 NLT

 

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer        

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Morning Coffee 2/22/18 Everything In Common

32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. – Acts 4:32 NLT

Hello Family,

What if there were no boarders? What if you looked at the map of the world and every boarder and boundary was gone? What if there were no county lines no zip codes or area codes or country codes? what if every form of land calming or property separation was gone? What if we had no denominations? What if we all had blue skin and green hair all seven billion of us?! What could you claim as you own? what area or town could you say you represent? The only dividing line God sees is if your heart is after Him or after this world. That is the only division God acknowledges and acts on. Everything else doesn’t mean a thing! this devotion is not going to end in a direct given specific point. That is for you and the Holy Spirt to discuss. But do think about the scenario that was placed before you.

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer        

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Morning Coffee 2/21/18 When It’s God

Hello Family,

When God speaks peace is always involved. When the enemy or our flesh speaks confusion, disillusionment follows. God Will place things before us or tell us things. And He will bring peace and confirmation to back up what He is presenting. But then something (A person, a situation, etc) will come and shake our faith in what God showed us. Now we have two choices we can Stand on our faith in God in what He has placed before us or. we can be blown over by the winds of doubt. But see If your faith is planted in God you will bend but not break or fall over. But if your faith is planted in something else you won’t be able to stand for long.

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer        

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