Do Your Part

Those who know me know that I love to watch westerns. My chosen western actor is, of course, John “The Duke” Wayne. I have had several to make me aware that The Duke was prejudiced and didn’t like black people. In order words, I believe they were trying to let me know that as a black, I shouldn’t be make a white man who was prejudiced, my chosen actor. I was also approached by several in regards to recently taking my children to witness the arrival of the President – Donald Trump. Not knowing that I was taking my children to witness a historical moment, several wanted to make me aware that Trump is not for “blacks.” This is what I want to make people aware of – God called me to love, not hate. I don’t have a heaven or hell to put The Duke, Trump or whoever else that is labeled as racist, in but God does. Right now, there are many blacks that can’t stand the ground I walk on and would probably do a lot to make my existence here on earth disappear. Are they racist, too? Yet, God called me to love them, too. We are all called to view all people in the image of God, of equal status, show no favoritism, love others as you love yourself and to remember that Jesus Christ died for all people. This is what I stand on and because Christ is the foundation of it, I will not shakened by feelings and thoughts that doesn’t line up with the Word of God. If racism is found in the hearts of man, God will take care of that. Loving is my part and when I do my part, God does the rest. Are you doing your part? Or are you giving more lip service and less love accompanied with action? “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28 ESV).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Being Faithful With Your Gifts

Well, I have to be honest – I did not feel like writing today. Even though writing is my ministry, I still did not feel like writing. God blessed me with giftedness in writing and He wants me to use it to lead others. Leading others requires faithfulness. I had to choose faithfulness over my feelings today. God gives us gifts so that we may bless others. We all have God-given gifts. What is yours? Are you using your gifts to bless others? What about when you don’t feel like it – will you choose faithfulness over your feelings? God does not give us gifts to flaunt around for our own glory; He gives them so that we can exercise them for His glory. Should you grow weary from doing the Lord’s work, allow the grace and peace of God to restore you so that you don’t lose your faithfulness. I had to do that today! Our gifts are important ingredients in the recipe of God’s Plan. When we choose to be unfaithful with our gifts, the entire recipe is affected and the body of Christ suffers. I love what the Good News Translation says – “So we preach Christ to everyone. With all possible wisdom we warn and teach them in order to bring each one into God’s presence as a mature individual in union with Christ” (Colossians 1:28).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

What’s That Stinky Smell?

Stacy Lynn’s Devotion for 11/12/2019:

Skunks can spray for a distance up to ten feet and their odor can be smelled up to almost three miles! Skunks have a stench that just can’t be overlooked. What is that stinky smell in your life? Is it that sin that you allow to hold you in bondage? Our sin creates a stinky smell that is very difficult to be overlooked by the Lord. God basically told Israel that they stunk in Jeremiah 5. He told them, “Your wrongdoings have kept these (blessings) away; your sins have deprived you of good” (Jeremiah 5:25). In other words, their sin blocked them from the blessings of God. God hates sin because it corrupts, damages and destroys us. He has no intention on rewarding us for our sin when we know better. God wants to give us blessings but many of us choose the evil path that looks easy and fun, rather than doing good. This is why God allows us to reap the unpleasant consequences of our choices and actions when we do so. If He didn’t, many of us would continue to do what is hateful and indecent. If we continue to do what is not pleasing in the eyes of God, He will allow us to have what we want; however, none of us will enjoy what we will get! Sin smells bad to God and it smells bad to us as well. You can’t get over this stinky smell by covering it up; you have to wash it away by coming to Jesus. Make Him the Lord and Master of your life. Commit to practicing righteousness rather than sin. So take a sniff at your life right now. Does it stink?

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Focus on How God Sees You

Stacy Lynn’s Devotion for 11/07/2019:

What others see in you may make you feel unloved, rejected and worthless. I know this because I, myself, have felt like dog poo on the bottom of someone’s shoe all because I was too focused on what others saw in me. Often times, what others see in you is what lies within them, but it’s easier for them to cast that sight on you rather than admit that it lies within themselves. I indulged in God’s Word and gained the knowledge and wisdom of knowing who I am and how God sees me! God sees the BEST in you even when you feel or have done the WORST. In the Bible, many saw Sarah as a woman who was barren but God saw Sarah as the mother of all nations. Many saw David as a young shepherd who was very poor but God saw David as Israel’s mighty king. Many saw Joseph as a poor prisoner but God saw Joseph as a powerful Minister of Egypt. God sees much value in you! “Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than any birds” (Luke 12:24).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Be Set Free

Demons from the past are all in to control us. How do they attempt to control us? We focus on all that has been done to us and all that we have done. We turn to unhealthy ways to cope with it all like alcohol, smoking and drugs. Some of us isolate ourselves. I have good news concerning those demons of the past! God has the power to free our hearts, our minds and our souls. We cannot do it in our own strength. When we surrender our lives to Christ, we become who He wants us to be. Remember Mary Magdalene? She was possessed by seven demons and she probably withdrew from others as much as she possibly could. Casting out seven demons is something that only the Power of Jesus could do. After Jesus healed her, she followed him for the rest of her life. Mary Magdalene was even the first person who saw Jesus as the Risen Lord.  Are demons of your past holding you captive today? Are bad memories holding you in a pit of darkness, isolation and shame? Jesus can set you free! His healing touch can erase those bad memories! His Healing turns ashes into beauty, darkness into light and sorrow into joy. His healing sets us free to live a life of abundance that He has planned for us. I tell what I know for myself. “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:17-18 NIV).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Without Jesus, You Have Nothing

You can travel here and there. You can do this and do that. You can buy this and buy that. You can meet all the people you choose to meet. You can be highly educated in this and in that. You can earn every degree possible. But where’s Jesus? If can have all of that but without Jesus, you have nothing. You can be into Jesus but Jesus may not be in you. You can have a Christian vocabulary, Christian beliefs, a Christian image, Christian fellowship, a Christian environment or Christian family. But where’s Jesus? You can have all of that but without Jesus, you have nothing. If you are breathing today and reading this, then God has given you another opportunity to open the door for Him. It’s time to admit to Him that you have indulged more in getting and doing “this and that” more than indulging in Him. Today, open the door of your heart to The One who came to this earth and died on the cross to pay for the sins of each one of us. Make the choice to tell Him, “Jesus, I’m Yours.” Will you do that on today? “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV)..

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Taking the Plank Out of Your Own Eye

If you are always complaining and grumbling about others, experiencing a series of bad relationships with different people, and always hugging negativity – perhaps it’s time to do a self-evaluation. Sometimes, the problem isn’t others; sometimes, the problem lies within YOU. The greatest thing you can accomplish in this is ACKNOWLEDGING that you have some issues that need to be dealt with. You can’t change something that you don’t see a problem with, right? Taking a good look at your own life and making the changes God wants you to make may be very difficult. It’s easier for you to look at others, instead, and blame them for all the wrong. It’s easier to point out their mistakes. You think the problem will get better if that other person changes; however, it is YOU who needs to make the change. Those around you may have their faults, bad habits and sins but God wants you to focus first on your part. He wants you to take the plank out of your own eye. Ask God to reveal your part to you. Confess that you have these issues. Ask for forgiveness. And allow Jesus to show you what changes to make so that you can climb the mountain instead of going around it over and over again. “You aren’t the only one who has problems but be one who take yours to the Lord. Be the one who gets into the Word of God so that you apply to your situations in life. How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5).

Have a Blessed Monday,
Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Why Are You Competing?

A lot of people today have a problem with competing against one another. Most of the time, it includes attitudes of arrogance, anger, greed, envy, jealousy or selfishness of some kind. Competing with others in an unhealthy way can cause you to think on an impulse which leads you down rocky roads filled with potholes. You can end up in a home or vehicle you can’t afford, with a job making more money but dealing with more stress, with credit card bills higher than your blood pressure, pushing your children into doing things they have no interest to do because you want them to keep up with someone else’s kids, or with a relationship or marriage that you pretend to love on social media but hate behind closed doors. You can end up depressed and with low self-esteem when you lose the competition. It’s not worth it. This is unhealthy competition that adds no measure to your life whatsoever. Check yourself. Why are you competing? Is it because of one of the attitudes I listed above? Or is that you care too much of how people think of you? There is only one thing we have to prove in life and that is our love for Christ. This means if the “you” didn’t do so well in this on yesterday then the “you” today should be competing with the “you” of yesterday in terms of living out your love for Christ better today. Healthy competition is being better TODAY than you were YESTERDAY. Living out your love for Christ comes with blessings and these blessings enable you to bless others. “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8 NLT).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Depend on Jesus

I dropped out of the college of depending on people. My emotions literally failed. After God tugging on my heart, I enrolled in the college of depending on Him. My parents were my safety net for years and years not considering that my parents had lives too live, too. I allowed my emotions to fall victim to broken promises of others time after time again. I even possessed fear about stepping out of the world and being set apart for the Lord. God said enough was enough and told me to DEPEND ON HIM. It was scary at first but God reminded me that He has not given me the spirit of fear but the spirit of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). God’s Spirit of Power gives me strength to persevere when little hope can be found. God’s Spirit of Love enables me to avoid harmful emotions of anger and resentment in hard times. God’s Spirit of Love enables me to trust that He will sustain me in any situation. God’s Spirit of a Sound Mind enables me to have disciplined mind that doesn’t fall victim to false emotions that attempt to control me. When you live a life of faith, the devil will attempt to assault you mentally and emotionally. God has not given you the spirit of fear! Depend on God to see you through. Allow the Word of God to guard and defend your mind, safeguard your emotions, and shield you from the arrows of the enemy. In stressful situations, get alone with the Lord and give Him your concerns. Just as a branch depends on a vine, our dependence on God is the vital connection with Him to guarantee a fruitful life. Depending on God is not something we do in emergencies; it is the realization that we cannot trust even our next breath apart from His Will.

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Jesus Understands

I am so glad that Jesus understands the life of a single mother like myself.. I am so glad that He never leaves me alone. Aren’t you glad that Jesus understands your life as well? Aren’t you glad that He never leaves you alone? Or do you not know or feel that He understands? Well, He does. Jesus knows temptation. Poverty. Frustration. Weariness. Disappointment. Rejection. Sorrow. Ridicule. Loneliness. He has been to all of these places in life so yes, He knows and He understands. Christ never stands distant from any pain.. He can crawl into the darkest places of our lives, comfort us and give us strength to stand again. As for me, I don’t know how I would function without having Christ in my life or without having a relationship with Him. I have been in some dark and messy places but Christ stepped right in my darkness and messiness. If you are in darkness or have some messiness going on in your life, know that you are not alone. You have the Best Friend along beside you who wants to wrap His Loving Arms around you and infuse you with His Strength. Will you let Him? “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery