Morning Coffee 10/17/18 Pushing & Shoving

Hello Family

Recently i was away visiting family to celebrate my uncle and aunt finally getting married. But thats not the topic of this devotion. On the morning of our second day there my father and i were jolted from our sleep by knocking on our hotel room door and my mom shouting from the bathroom for one of us to answer the door.

My dad threw his robe on and answered the door. My uncle asked “Are you guys alive?” My mom hearing my uncle replied ”oh i overslept we were supposed to meet you guys downstairs at 6:30.” My dad and I were totally oblivious to this arrangement. so my aunt and uncle leave to eat and we start getting dressed and washed up.

Normally my father will sing a classic hymn as he is getting ready and i have come to enjoy his singing in the morning. But this time he reached way back and stared singing a song called one day at a time with Jesus. These words grasped my foggy half awake mind.

“Do you remember, when you walked among men?
Well Jesus you know if you’re looking below
It’s worse now, than then.
pushing and shoving, and crowding my mind.
So for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time.”

The moment was funny but the song was and is so very appropriate. We overload our self with planning and making the next move. we try to fix and line up nine months from now and we totally miss what needs fixing today. We may have been jolted from our sleep put in a slight rush to get ready but the song my dad sang was a reminder to slow down and flow with things as they come. Nothing wrong with planning but look at what God has in-front of us now.

 

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer        

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Morning Coffee 9/24/18 Only You Know

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We all have elders in our life. The individuals who God uses to help shape and mold us. These individuals are important to have and there is nothing wrong with going to them for advice or receiving the wisdom that they pour out to us. But at the end of the day we have to line that up with God’s plan for our life. We sometimes  can receive advice or wisdom and act on it without consulting God.

I respect all the elders in my life and i am grateful for them. But i have to turn to God and say “what do you have to say about this?” And if it is in line with God’s purpose for me i move forward with it. but if its not I have to respectfully set it aside and seek God on the next steps. The people in our lives who are our advisers are people just like us we cannot honer them more than we honer God.

We may not be able to fully explain to them the direction God has directed us and they may not be able to fully understand. We cannot get caught up in that. This is why a deep personal relationship with our heavenly father is so important. With out it we may let go of something that comes around only once. and once it is let go of it may not comeback around. Only you know how God is leading you. He is the only one there with you, watching you 24/7/365.

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer        

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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 9/3/18 Only you can live this life

Hello Family,

God knew you before you were born. before you were the warm glow on you mothers face. He knows ALL your strengths all of your downfalls. Knowing this why do you think that he would assign you a life that would end in defeat and leaving you unable to accomplish what he commissioned you to do?

Let me take you back to the very foundation of your life. Back way before you were even conceived, imagine you spirit sitting with God and the two of you a looking at life scenarios for you to live out. And He picks one out and you agree to live it out. Because you know that it is gonna work out and He is gonna guide you every step of the way. Deep down within our spirit we know God has us but we allow the things of this earthly realm to shake and rattle us. And we sometimes want to lay down in defeat. With God we are more than able. but sometime we forget God.

I can’t reach the people God wants you to reach, I can’t handle the test you are going through right now and i don’t want to handle it. and you can’t reach the people God called me to reach you cant handle my test. Why? Because my life is for me and your life is for you.

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer  

     

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Morning Coffee 8/30/18 God is Calling

 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 NLT

Hello family,

We read scriptures like this and we nod and say “amen, yes Lord!” But what happens when it is time to apply it? Now more than ever God is looking for a return on his investment. He sacrificed his one and only son to restore us to himself. We can become so attach to or love ones that they become a  idol. We may mean well by our actions but what if we were holding our self and them back from achieving what God planned. When parents send there child off to college they are letting that child go and releasing them to become successful adults. It is the same with the Church (body of Christ) Its time to be willing to lay it all on the line for Gods purpose no matter what or who it cost us.

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 6/6/18 Taking Out The Bowman

Hello family,

The Bowman otherwise known as an archer is a key piece in any army. The arrow of the bowmen weakens the enemy’s forces before the infantry attacks. Without the bowmen things would be a different story. Without the bowman there is no arrow to hit the heart of the enemy.

So, who are the bowmen? The bowman are the Fathers the men, married, single or even divorced. Ladies this is not a knock against you, if anything it’s a knock for you. My brothers this is not a man hype message But God sending a message for us to get in line under his order that He laid out before creation. I’m not sure how long we will be on this subject, but this has been building in my sprit for past few months.

In Genesis God created an order and this worlds system has pulled us out of order. I’m an 80’s baby/90’s kid, young enough to be considered a millennial. My life span falls in a unique place in time. I’m old enough to remember reruns of shows like I love Lucy, Mr. Ed, The Walton’s, Father knows best, Little house on the prairie, etc. As I sit here reflecting over the shows I grew up with and then observe the shows that are out now. You can see a shift and a clear pattern. Somewhere between Little House on the Prairie and Modern Family, the Bowman has been demoted, devalued or put out altogether. And this shift has been successful in influencing us all.

Now if men are the bowmen then the children are the arrows that are aimed and shot out into this worlds system. And if there is no bowman or the bowman does not fully understand and guard his position he can’t properly shoot or aim his children (physical, adopted or spiritual) in the right direction. So, when they grow up if not corrected they end up shooting off target arrows.

We are going to pause here for now. But if you are a natural born man, think in this during your day. You are someone’s bowman. There is a person, one or more that God is using you to aim them in the right direction. They don’t have to be your blood child you don’t have to even be married. You are someone’s bowman.

 

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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