We are better together. We are a better couple when we come together. We are a better community when we come together. We are a better church when we come together.
Where we are today is not a guarantee of where we will be tomorrow. One of the things in Scripture is its honesty about our future. The bible lets us know, that all of us are going to experience a certain amount of pain, trials, and tribulations in this world.
Some of the things we never expected to happen, happened. We never thought we would lose our job. Never thought we’d flunk a grade. Never thought our kids would get hooked on drugs. Never thought our boyfriend or girlfriend would dump us. Never thought we would be divorced.
Never thought we’d end up in jail. Never thought we’d be betrayed. Never thought we’d be victim of a horrible crime. Never thought cancer would invade our bodies. Never thought we’d get pregnant. Never thought we’d become an addict. Yet somehow they did happen.
When these crises happen, we need to have somebody to help us get back up again. When we are in fellowship in a small group of God’s people, we can find the support and encouragement we need to make it through these situations and stand up tall for God once again.
God can use any experience you’ve gone through for His honor and glory. Unfortunately, we try to hide the painful things we have gone through and pretend all is well and always has been. There is somebody you may know who is just going into what you have already been through and come out of victoriously. You could make all the difference in his or her life.
God could put you both in the same church, job, school or some other group to make that difference possible. Jesus saved you, because He intended to use you. It takes a sacrifice of time to be used by God. Whether you accept your role or not, you are a minister of Christ. Say it with me. “I am a minister of Christ.”
I remember at an early age what calling people names could do to someone. When we are called names it can sometimes have an adverse reaction for the name caller, depending on the the name used.
We often called people who wore glasses “4 eyes”. Because the 2 eyes they were born with was unable to see clearly, thus requiring external assistance for corrected vision…
As we get older we would soon realize we need additional eye exams to keep our vision correct.
Once examined we realize how beneficial it can be to be four eyes.
In addition to using our eyes for our vision we also enjoy sharing what we see to others.
When we share what we are able to see to others it will make them 4 eyes also.
They will become IGNITED! INSPIRED! INFLUENCED! IMPACTED to see great things in themselves and others.
I want to you all to see in yourself what I see in you.
Yes! You may see yourself in the battle of your life.
But I want you to keep fighting until your victory is won.
Keep fighting, praying, fasting, pressing, progressing, moving, reading and believing.
Keep trusting, trying, travailing, living, giving, and going.
I see you victorious and walking in in your purpose.
Keep using your 4 eyes because it ain’t over, until your victory is won.
Open me first! What are you waiting for this Christmas? Are you longing for anything? What are you expecting to receive? Are you looking forward to anything special this Christmas? GIFTS, FOOD, FAMILY AND/OR FRIENDS…
Many of us during gift giving time are so excited about gifts that we can’t decide which gift to open first. Beloved, in a nutshell, Christmas is a marvelous, moving, message about Jesus the Christ! How can we not find what we’ve been looking for?
And, how can we keep quiet about it? Because once we have Jesus the Son of God, we have everything.
Many of you have probably anticipated opening your presents and gifts but if you don’t have the gift of Jesus, you will always be looking for fulfillment in other gifts that will never sustain you…
I want to invite you to a birthday party. It’s the birthday of Jesus. It’s His party but He wants to give you a present. He wants to give you the gift of Himself. Will you take Him?
As we celebrate Jesus, I want to make sure you thoroughly understand that Jesus is in the business of giving people the gift of a fresh start. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done; it doesn’t matter where you’ve been; it doesn’t matter how bad you think you’ve blown it: Jesus will give you a fresh start.
The apostle Peter says several things happen once you give your life to Jesus:
- You open up your life to God and get to know him.
- You’re given a brand new life, which gives you everything to live for.
- You get a future in heaven.
You can say it this way: You get your past forgiven, you get a purpose for living, and you get a home in heaven. What a gift! Your past, present, and future are taken care of as you put your trust in Jesus. A fresh start
“Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:30 MSG).
Rev. Dr. Darryl L. Jones Bio
Rev. Dr. Darryl L. Jones is a native Atlantan (Grady Baby). He is married and deeply in love with the lovely Tisa Sheree Jones and they are blessed to have 4 wonderful children (April, Darryl II “DJ”, Michael and Kennedy).
He’s the Senior Pastor of Champions 4 Christ Christian Church located in Atlanta Georgia.
He earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Liberty University (Lynchburg Virginia).
In addition to that he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) Atlanta Georgia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Morris Brown College in Atlanta Georgia.
He is the author of the book based on his dissertation “A Strategy for A Successful Christian Sexual Education Ministry in the African American Church”.
Additionally, Dr. Jones along with his wife Tisa are the founders of “Your Relationships Matter” www.yourrelationshipsmatter.com a business developing, maintaining and strengthening healthy relationships skills via workshops, seminars, individual and group consulting, blog and newsletter.
You can also find them @yrmonline on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Dr. Jones is a humble servant of the Lord who is a sought after preacher was called to preach but was born to love and serve God and the people of God.
Dr. Jones has a unique way of blending biblical truths and academic scholarship into everyday language.
Dr. Jones count it all joy whenever anyone thinks enough of him to invite him to share the love, grace and mercy of God through the preached word of God.
Rev. Dr. Darryl L. Jones
God Will Provide…
God wants to prosper us, so that we will be able to accomplish the work He has given us of discipling the world. We are called to reap the spiritual benefits of the world, and we need resources to do this. God prosper us under the New Covenant which is sealed by the blood of Jesus?
In our covenant relationship, God is our Father and as His children we have direct access to Him. Whatever we need to accomplish the task He has given us, He will provide it.
Jesus said: “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you … ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23-24).
Jesus also declared: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11).
I got excited when I paid attention to the words “how much more”? I thought what if you and I applied this to our financial situation: -How much more will our Heavenly Father supply our financial needs! -How much more will our Heavenly Father prosper us!
How much more will our Heavenly Father use us to extend His Kingdom!
God wants to bring us out of financial bondage into a new position of strength in our finances where we are looking to Him as our source and depending upon His divine provision to accomplish supernatural purposes.
Before we can fulfill God’s purposes in this kingdom building assignment, we must have a breakthrough where we are no longer depending upon our own limited abilities, but we are looking to God for His supernatural provision. We must stop focusing on our resources and our materialistic desires and place our focus on His Kingdom.
When Jesus first commissioned His disciples and sent them out on a discipleship campaign to make champions 4 christ by preaching the Kingdom of God and healing the sick, He sent them without money or food. He told them, “Take nothing for the journey-no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic” (Luke 9:3).
I wondered, why did Jesus send His disciples out with nothing? After some thought I believe He did this so they would learn to depend upon God’s supernatural provision. He did not want them to trust in their own limited resources, but to draw from God’s unlimited power.
As they went from city to city, God supernaturally provided their needs. There was divine provisions and they did not lack anything. Later, Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out with no purse or (provision) bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” They answered, “Nothing!” (Luke 22:35).
Jesus sent the disciples out with nothing, but they lacked nothing! That is truly divine provision! YES!!! GOD WILL PROVIDE!