Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Who's Your Daddy?

Sometime ago there was a term that people were saying, which I remember from baseball… ‘Who’s Your Daddy?” And it came shortly after Pedro Martinez went to the Boston Red Sox. In playing the Yankees, he had a few pitching losses and so the fans began to shout at him, “Who’s Your Daddy?” And in one of his remarks, he said, “They were. (The Yankees).” Because he could not find a way to beat them. Anyway, like any good marketing department does, a t-shirt came out of it, which Major League Baseball soon recalled, because the Boston fans did not like it. They found it offensive.

Anyway, a few years ago when the words spoke to my spirit, I myself made a t-shirt design out of it, and recently when I saw the phrase I was reminded of it and the truth behind what Pedro Martinez had said. Which was this, that he was basically a child of the one he could not beat. In other words, a slave to the one that had him mastered. And in this case it was the Yankees.

And I heard God say this to me, that each one of us is a child to the one that has us beat. We are slaves to the one that has rule over us. To the one that we can’t seem to get over, or to get by. To the one that seems to hold something over us. Or has a hold of some kind on us.

Romans 6:16 says, and I am paraphrasing, “Don’t you know that you are a slave to the one you obey?” And so I hear God asking, “Who’s Your Daddy?” Who do you serve? Who do you obey? Who do you let have rule over you? Who do you let master you? Who do you let beat you? Exactly who are you giving in to?

Know that if you are saved, God has delivered you from something. You no longer have to be tied to the sin that so easily besets you. Submit yourself to God, to His Word, to His will for your life and allow Him to be your daddy.

The Scripture continues in vs. 17 by saying this, “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.” Our obedience to the Word of God has made us free from sin.

Who’s Your Daddy?

Pedro Martinez was beat. A word that today’s young people have coined, which means exactly that… beat, defeated. Whatever it is that you have given in to, has you beat. Whatever it is that you have allowed to overcome you, has you beat. Has you defeated. Has victory over you. Because you have given into it. You have yielded to it.

But know that God loves you. God wants nothing but the best for you. When He saves you, He fills you with His precious spirit and the Bible says He gives you all things that pertain to life and godliness. And you make Him your daddy, when you submit yourself to Him.

The Bible says that as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. So you become a child of God, a slave to Him, to His righteousness. And once you become His child you get all the rights and the privileges your daddy has.

You are not beat. And you cannot be beat when your daddy is God. And so I ask and encourage you to ask yourself… Who’s Your Daddy? But do keep in mind that God already knows the answer. You just need to.

Be blessed. God is real. And He’s my Daddy. How ‘bout you?

A servant of the Lord,

Sis. E

Because He Is God

I have often said how much God uses songs to inspire me, to motivate me. He uses them as reminders when I get a certain place, I don’t need to be. And a few years back I actually wrote about this and how “Music Is the Voice of God,” (inspired by yet another song) and today is no different.

Upon reflecting on God and His goodness and how we as the Body of Christ often don’t do a good job of speaking about it, I was reminded of a gospel song. “I Honor You” a song sung by Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Potter’s House Mass Choir. It’s a simple song that says, ‘I honor You right now. Honor You right now. Honor you right now. Just because You’re God…. I worship You, right now, Jesus… Just because You’re God… I glorify Your name, right now… Just because You’re God.’

The point is this: just because He is God, we honor Him. Just because He is God, we worship Him. Just because He is God, we glorify His name. We don’t need any other reason to do it, we do it just because He’s God. He’s worthy, just because He is God. He didn’t have to wake you up this morning, but He did. Just because He is God. He didn’t have to bring you over the roads, but He did, just because He is God. He didn’t have to bless you today, He didn’t have to keep you, He didn’t have to deliver you, to heal you. But He did, just because He is God.

You don’t need a reason to praise Him, you praise Him just because He is God. He alone is God. He is your Creator, He is your way maker. He is a sun and a shield. He is your protector. He is Jehovah-Jireh, your provider. He is God. He is your Rock. He is your very present help. He is Emmanuel, God with us. He is the Hope of Glory. The lifter of your head. He is your Redeemer. He is Master, Savior. He is the great and mighty God. He is God. And just because He is God, you ought to praise Him.

God, I honor You right now. Right now! I‘m not going to wait for my healing, I honor You right now. I’m not going to wait for you to vindicate me, I honor You right now. I am not going to wait for a blessing, I’m already blessed. I’m not going to wait for my victory, I’ve already got it! I honor You right now. Just because You are God.

I am reminded of another song by John P. Kee. He sings, ‘There’s only two times to praise Him… when you feel it and when you don’t.’ You don’t need a reason, just do it, because He is God.

I will praise the Lord while I yet have my being, the Scripture says. And I’m going to do it right now. Just because He’s God.

And He’s real.

A servant of the Lord,

Sis. E