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