April 2016 - 1onONE with Damon Davis
Why Me?

Why Me?

In life, there are always circumstances that make us wonder, “Why me?” When bad things happen — a lost job, a bad medical diagnosis, the death of a loved one, a failing relationship — it’s easy to fall into a victimized, defeated mode of thinking. We live in an imperfect, fallen world, and negative things happen all of the time. Eventually, it’s easy to fall into a defeated mindset where you just cope with your circumstances. But here’s the thing — God didn’t design us to be victims. He designed us to conquer every situation and to walk in victory through Christ. The problem is that too many of us internalize the defeat that happens to and around us. We give into the negative things that end up defining and developing our values, way of thinking, and sense of self. It becomes the world that’s writing the script for your life — not God’s Word! It’s time to gain control over that negative, victimized thinking. Zero Victim, written by my good friend Pastor James Ward, is a guide to breaking out of the victim mentality for good! Now, I’m not saying that we’ll never be faced with challenges or hard times. In fact, trials and struggles will always be present in this life. The difference between being a victim and walking in victory comes from how you respond to those challenges. In fact, sometimes, challenges are divinely assigned to build your character! It’s how you look at it that matters. The people who are successful in life are those that learn to manage their challenges instead of being managed...
Don’t Let Temptation Drive You to a Fatal Mistake!

Don’t Let Temptation Drive You to a Fatal Mistake!

Temptation All of us, at one point or another, are faced with temptation. It can be as simple as running a red light to get where you’re going on time, or texting and driving — only to end in a fatal wreck. But over time, those small temptations open the door to bigger ones. It’s amazing what people will do when they think they won’t get caught. They assess the risk, and as long as they’re not caught, “one more time” is okay. One temptation, one mistake, one bad choice can change your life forever.   My recent 1onONE guest, Pastor Clydell White, shared how his world was turned upside down due to his temptations that sent him to prison. Clydell’s story starts with him working as a youth minister. Like so many of us, he often struggled financially to make ends meet. When he was at his lowest point, Clydell was faced with temptation. He was approached by a man with an offer — if he would create counterfeit checks, the man would pay him $5,000. He told himself the same lie we all have at one point or another: once won’t hurt. As you can imagine, “once” turned into “just one more time.” And one more. And one more. Eventually, all of those “one more times” came back to change his life forever. For Clydell, it came in the form of two detectives knocking at his door at 4AM to arrest him. Rather than being defined by his mistakes, Clydell has written a transparent, tell-all memoir called I Once Was A Preacher. And I’m telling you, I was...