When nothing seems to work out

When nothing seems to work out, God is still able. When no one seems to care, God is still in love with you. When nothing is going your way, God is still making a way for you. When you have nothing to say, God can still hear your heart. When nothing looks good in your future, God is still preparing blessings and breakthroughs. Things will never all be perfect. There will always be something missing but with the Lord, everything can be restored and more. God is more than enough. He is more than able and He loves you more than you know. Don’t look at what you don’t have. Look at God. Look at God and tell Him that He is all you need. When nothing seems to work, God is still creating miracles and giving you great things. You can spend your time focusing on everything that is going wrong in your life. It will make you feel bad about yourself and it will make your spirit sink into a dark hole. Your best option is to keep your eyes on the One who gives you everything. If you are at a crossroads today and you can’t see a future for yourself or you don’t understand why you are going through trials and tribulations, take a step back. Take a step back and let the Lord take a step forward in your life. Invite Him to change your ways. Invite Him to make a way. Invite Him to make today a better day. God can make things work for you. Don’t give up. There is always a better way, God’s way.

When nothing seems to work out it’s when we should double up on our trust in the Lord and in His love for us. The enemy wants us to fail and to give up. I have mentioned before that he hates believers that don’t give up. He hates everyone equally when the Lord loves everyone equally. You and I have a common enemy but we also have a common Lord. Jesus loves you so deeply. He doesn’t love anyone else more than He loves you. Remember that you deserve His love and you deserve things to work out. Don’t let your mind play games with you and tell you that you won’t get out of these problems. You will. God will make things work out for you. His love will make a way. His love will turn the key in the closed doors of life and open the way to blessings that will blow your mind. Things might not be working out well right now but it doesn’t mean that they won’t change for the best. They will. When nothing seems to work out, it doesn’t mean that God is broken. He is still around and He is still God. Every time you doubt or you give up, you remove God from His throne in your mind and in your heart. He is still there. He is unmovable. He is the One who makes things move and with Him they move in the right direction.

When nothing seems to work out, call upon the Lord. Talk to Him and work on seeing Him as the big Lord He is. Problems can seem so huge and so overwhelming. When nothing seems to work out, overwhelm your problems with God. Be obnoxious about it. Talk to your problems about your God. Declare that greater is the Lord who lives in you than the problems. Greater is the Lord who lives in you than the devil that lives in this world. Declare that things are going to work out for you. Speak with the mouth of faith and your problems will get quiet. Speak with the heart of faith and the bad feelings and emotions will go away. Speak in the name of Jesus and good things will be set in motion. Sometimes things take a while to work out but God can give you the patience of a saint and the joy that gives you strength.God listens to you. He doesn’t stop listening. He doesn’t stop loving. He is going to turn things around for you. You are going to forget what seemed to be bad luck. The blessings to come are not comparable to your present suffering. Hang in there. Hold on to Jesus. Stay encouraged. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; 1 Peter 1:13

God will make a way for you

I have seen God intervene in my life on many occasions. He is still active and blessing me in ways that blow my mind. One thing that has become very clear to me in the last 10 years is that God makes a way where there is no way. When all seems impossible, He shows up and transforms my situation. He has an amazing ability to change my circumstances for the better. He is an expert at doing the most extraordinary things. He has a giant heart that beats for all humanity and His love creates miracles in our lives. He parts the seas of difficulty and paves the way for greatness and goodness. God is one of a kind and He deserves our highest praises. Today I want to remind you that God will make a way for you. I want to encourage you to stay in faith and to expect God to do the impossible in your life. He can do it and He will do it. Stay strong. Stay encouraged. You are not waiting in vain. Wait patiently and in faith. Something very amazing will take place in your life when you least expect it. God is making a way for your breakthrough. It’s coming. It’s not impossible!

God will make a way for you. Think about the most incredible thing God has done. He saved humanity through His Son. The ultimate sacrifice happened and opened the door to salvation for anyone who believes. It seemed like something that could never happen but yet He made it possible. God made a way for salvation to enter the world. God made a way for peace to come. God made a way for love to show up. God made a way for joy to be available. God made a way for miracles to be real and not just a fantasy. God made a way for your life to change forever. God made a way for you to have the power to defeat the enemy in your life. God made a way for you to receive the fruit of His Spirit and to grow in the knowledge of His love. God made a way for everything that is pure and noble. God made a way for the impossible to go away. God made a way for you to be more than a conqueror in this life. God made a way for whatever you will ever need.

Today you might be stuck on a road with no way through the hurdles that are right in front of you. Things might be looking impossible. You might have run out of faith and run out of options. Now, God has an unlimited supply of options. If you can’t go straight, He will take you through His detours and make a way in the middle of chaos. He will open a path for you even though there are obstacles on the way. No obstacle is impossible for Him to remove. The way might be blocked but He can unblock anything. He can undo any situation and solve any problems. You are going to make it through the craziness of this world. Life events are not going to be able to stop you because the Lord will go before you and He will make a way for you. Trust that He can part the way and let you walk on a safe and secure land. The enemy has placed land mines on your way but the angels of the Lord are going to disarm them. You have the most powerful Lord in the universe and He has an army of angels that will minister to you when you need help. Keep your faith in the God who makes a way. Something very good is coming your way. Hold on to your faith. Don’t lose hope. God is going to make a way for you to get out of the trials and tribulations that have been blocking your path. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 40:3; Isaiah 43:19; Romans 8:31

Keep fighting doubt

Doubt is the enemy of faith. The devil uses doubt to separate us from God and from the benefits of our lives in Christ. He knows that a believer who walks in faith and who doesn’t doubt is a dangerous believer. A believer who applies his faith and never questions God is a menace to the enemy. When we walk in faith, we not only walk hand in hand with God, we walk with power, with hope, with love, with peace and with joy. The enemy’s plan for our lives is that we never get to experience all those blessings and he doesn’t want us to grow in the knowledge of the Lord. Faith zaps the power of the enemy in our minds. Faith is a killer according to the enemy and he can’t stand it. The enemy knows the Bible and he even believes God is real and powerful. He shakes in his boots but he does his best to make sure that people are afraid and full of doubt. Doubt creates division in the kingdom of God and a divided kingdom can’t stand strong. What should we do about doubt? We should actively remove it from our lives. We should delete it and replace it with faith in every area of our lives. Let’s not give doubt the satisfaction of hurting our walk with Christ. Let’s not give doubt a chance to destroy our spiritual lives. Doubt has to go. We can’t let it win and we can’t host it in our hearts and in our minds. Today I want to encourage you to fight doubt and to magnify faith in your life. Grow in faith. Work on developing your faith and doubt will have no room in you.

Jesus once told His disciples “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here.”* Jesus was walking on the water and His disciples couldn’t believe their eyes. They actually didn’t believe that it was Him. They had never seen anything like that and doubt took over. Doubt was active in their minds and they couldn’t get over the fact that Jesus was standing on water. I would have had the same reaction. Witnessing such a powerful miracle would make me question everything I knew. That is what God does at times. He makes us question what we have learned and what we are used to by exposing us to His ability to perform miracles that defy all understanding. The key here is to trust and obey. Trust that God can do it. Trust that God is who He says He is and obey Him. He will most likely ask you to take a leap of faith and it is in your best interest to obey Him. When doubt comes, turn away from logic and from reasoning. Keep them quiet. Don’t listen to what your mind is telling you. Open your mind to what the Lord is saying and doing in your life. The best way to be able to have that is open to God in many situations is to spend time in the Word of God. Read your Bible. Pray with your Bible. Pray to receive revelation from the Word of God. Ask His Spirit to pierce your reasoning with the arrow of faith. Ask Him to strengthen your spiritual core as you decide to follow Him blindly. Have a blind faith mentality. Jump into the promises of the Lord with your heart. Whatever He says goes!

Doubt gets strong when we look at our bad circumstances and we focus on them. Doubt is powerful when all we see is the negative situation and we lose sight of the Lord. If you want to fight doubt, keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep talking to Him. Keep connecting with Him. Have a relationship with Him where intimacy is supreme and trust is established. Sharpen your faith. This comes through trial and error. When things get bad, don’t let your mouth speak doubt into your life. When things get bad, get stronger by professing your faith. Faith comes by hearing so when things are bad, listen to the Lord and don’t pay attention to the negativity that looks so potent. We can give power to anything when we make it our focus and we don’t consider anything else. Make Jesus your focus and don’t consider anything else. Make that a habit. Faith doesn’t come overnight. It comes through repetition, perseverance and resilience. Know that the Lord has won all battles so you are going to make it. Faith thanks the Lord before things materialize. Faith is grateful for the things to come and the things the eye can’t see. Faith sees a lot. Doubt can’t see hope and blessings. Doubt has no vision. Faith sees God at work all the time. Doubt doesn’t like to hope for the best. Faith knows that the best is yet to come and it patiently waits. Doubt makes you erratic and impatient. Don’t give in to those behaviors. Seek the Lord and patiently wait in faith. Keep fighting doubt with hope and with your focus on Jesus. You will win that battle. You will walk hand in hand with hope. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that the Lord will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 14:27*; Hebrews 11:1; Ephesians 3:16-17

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 174)

There is a light at the end of the tunnel but look around and you will see that the light of the Lord is inside the tunnel. When you are going through dark times, the Lord is with you. Don’t be scared. Don’t get discouraged. God’s light is protecting you in the tunnel!

God wants you to take your time. Don’t rush. Don’t run too fast. Stay at His comfortable pace. Learn as you walk side by side with the One who loves and adores you. God’s timing is the best. Let Him be your time keeper!

God is going to do something amazing for you. He is going to turn your rain of sadness into a bright summer day of joy. God has you in the plan of His hand and He is going to change everything around you for the best. He will change your heart as well in the process! Stay encouraged!

Just because you can’t handle it doesn’t mean that God can’t handle it. Give Him the wheel. Let Him take care of you and of your situation.

You might be down today but hope is on the way. The Lord is ready to pick you up and take you places. You are not going to stay in this state of misery. With the Lord, you are headed to a place of bliss where you will be more than happy!

Jesus is the One who can change your life forever. When you attach your life to His life, you can’t fail. You can’t lose. Jesus is the victory that never leaves you. He fought for your life and won all the battles. Live your life for the One who gives you the best life!

Love will heal your broken heart. Jesus is love. He will heal your broken heart. Healing is coming. Hold on tight to promise of a better tomorrow. Jesus is with you today preparing you for a better future. Don’t lose hope!

Rest in the Lord. He will give you all you need and more. Rely on Him. Rest in the palm of His hand. You are in good hands. You have nothing to worry about!

God is for you. He is not just for other people. He will take care of you. He is boy just taking care of other people. He is on your side and He will get you to the other side of your problem. Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 30:17; Isaiah 38:16-17; Psalm 147:3

God will carry you

About three years ago I wrote a nugget of wisdom that I like to revive from time to time. It says “The Lord has carried you this far. He’s not going to drop you. Your problems and circumstances are not too heavy for Him. He can handle all the weight the enemy is adding to your life.” I feel so much comfort when I read it. The Lord carries me every day. That is how I see Him and that is what I expect Him to do. He takes care of me and He holds me all the time. There isn’t a day when He doesn’t carry me. He makes sure that I don’t get hurt and that I don’t get damaged. Accidents happen and bad things take place but it doesn’t mean that the Lord stops carrying me. It is because He carries me that I am resilient and I refuse to give up. I can get discouraged at times. It is part of being human but the Lord doesn’t let me go down the rabbit hole of hopelessness. His hope pushes me forward and it wakes me up from the nightmare that the enemy wants me to accept as my life. Things get better. Things change. Things improve because the Lord carries me. Today I want to remind you that the Lord is carrying you right now. He will carry you tomorrow and He will continue to hold you and to assist you. You can expect His hand to be over you and to protect you. Don’t get distracted by the bad breaks. They can be very bad but they don’t stand a chance against the goodness of God. Have courage. Stay strong. The Lord will carry you and get you to the finish line.

Even if you are going through a valley of trials and tribulations today, the Lord is still carrying you. He has gotten you this far and He is not ready to let you down. He can’t. It’s not in His nature. God will give you the means to make it through the worst times. He is so powerful that nothing can get in His way and nothing is too difficult for Him. Take comfort in His love for you. You are protected and you are loved. God will make sure that you can make it to your destination. It may take a long time but it will happen. Stand strong in His might. Stay strong and hold on to the truth. The truth is that you are surrounded by the Lord and He is with you all the time. Don’t look left and right. Look at the Lord straight ahead of you. He is taking care of what’s on your left and what’s on your right. Think about how a little child is carried around by her father. She has no fear. She feels secure. She knows she is in good hands. She recognizes that she is in a safe zone in her father’s arms. You are in a safe zone in your Father’s arms. Know that you are shielded. Say it to yourself. Declare God’s protection over your life. Declare His power and His protection. You are in the best hands there is. God carries you all the time despite your awareness of His goodness. Make His goodness real in your life by talking about it and by thanking Him for carrying you.

Your problems are not too heavy for the Lord. He can hold them in His hand and crush them. Today decide to see your problems as the elements of the enemy that can’t destroy the peace in you. Refuse to back down and enjoy the power of God’s hand in your life. God is not only carrying you but He is giving you the power to carry on when things go sour. When the tribulations are so intense, He gives you the ability to keep walking and to keep going. When the sadness is too much to bear, He reminds you that He bore your sorrow on the Cross. The Lord carried you on that cross. He had you in His mind and He had you in His heart. He carried your burdens and He put an end to the misery. Don’t accept misery and sadness. Don’t give them a space in your life. You are above them thanks to the power of the Lord. God is carrying you and holding you way up high about the darts of the enemy. No matter what you are going through right now, God is still carrying you and you are going to make it. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 46:4; Philippians 4:13; 1 Peter 5:7

What God’s love does

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”* 1 Corinthians chapter 13 is called the love chapter. What attracted me the most to God was His love. I fell in love with His love. His love drew me in. His love touched my heart and made me fall in love with the Savior. It is His love that gave me hope. It welcomed me into His world. It welcomed me into His arms. Before that, God had been a mundane being far away from me. I couldn’t dream to get close to Him or to get to know Him. I felt a major separation from Him and I didn’t understand who He was and why He was so stern and strict. The enemy likes to blur our understanding of God and give us a false picture that makes us feel unworthy and unwanted. Did God want to be close to me? He certainly did but my mind didn’t accept it and it alienated me from God. Love is what bridges the gap between God and us. Love is the way to the Father. Love is the answer and Jesus is love. When you see the love of the Father, you can’t help but notice Jesus. Jesus is everything and He is the love you and I and everyone in the world need. Love is the power that can do all things. Love creates miracles. Love sets us free. Love heals. Love blesses.1 Corinthians 13 also explains that without love we are nothing.

We can do a lot of things that are good and noble but if there is no love behind them, they are empty acts. We can’t operate efficiently without love. Love gives meaning to what we do and to who we are. We can be believers who live our lives without love, without Jesus but then we are not grounded in the truth. Jesus is the truth, the way and the life and He is love. His love is the truth that sets the captives free and as believers we ought to have love in our entire spiritual being. We could have amazing talents and gifts but without love they don’t mean much. Love is powerful because it represents salvation. We were saved because of love. Love is the flame that ignites our salvation. Love, true love from God is everything Jesus is about. When you read the whole chapter (1 Corinthians 13), you are quickly made aware of the fact that love is the most powerful force in the universe and it is the best thing you can long for and you can share. Jesus in us gives us love. He gives us that amazing power and it is up to us to engage with it and to give it life. We put it under a bushel way too often. We are more preoccupied with what appears to be principles and rules in the Bible. We use them as justification for separation and exclusion. Love unites and it brings people together. Jesus unites.

Jesus bridged the gap that had been placed between God and humanity. That is what love does. Love bridges gaps. It unites us with God and it builds bridges in our loves. It builds bridges between us and peace. It builds bridges between us and victory. It builds bridges between us and healing. Whatever blessing you need today, know that God’s love can build a bridge between you and your blessing. Jesus will unite you to your blessing. His love is everything. Embrace it. Let it be a part of your life. Let it be the biggest part of your life. Let it make you sound like Jesus and not like a resounding gong with no substance. Love is the substance of God’s power and it is what you need to express, to adhere to and to share every single day. Like I said, love creates miracles. Faith and love together make wonders. There is a wonder and a miracle in your future because God has your future in the palm of His hand and love is the motive behind everything He does. He is preparing blessings and good breaks for you. Love will always give you great things. Trust in God’s love for you and remind yourself that His love can change anything in your life. If you ever wonder what God’s love can do for you, think about the fact that there is nothing that His love can’t do. God’s love can do the impossible. Think miracles! Think love that prevails over the enemy. May God bless you and protect you and remember that God will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 136:26; 1 Corinthians 13:1*; Ephesians 2:4-5

Change your world one prayer at time

When I found out that Jesus prayed, I was taken aback at first. I had never thought that the Lord needed to pray. He prayed all the time. He isolated Himself and talked to the Father. Did He talk about Himself? Being the Lord you can be sure that He prayed for others. He prayed for the world. When I look in the Word at what the Lord did by dying on the cross and coming back to life, I see a prayer. His ultimate sacrifice was a prayer to the Father for us. He interceded for humanity. He spoke through His actions. His actions were extremely loud. He did what no one had dared to do. He did what no one had been able to do. He said what no one had said before. His declaration through His powerful action wass unparalleled. To this day no one has said a prayer as amazing as His. He prayed by dying and conquering death and His prayer has had lasting effects. Because of His prayer, whoever believes in Him can have everlasting life. His prayer changes the world of those who embrace Him every day. His prayer is a prayer of hope for the world. He saved the world and as we pray in His name, we can touch the world around us for His glory.

Do you pray for your family and friends? Do you pray for the ones in your world? Just like the Lord we are all invited to pray for others. God’s commandment to love others as ourselves is a commandment that implies that we should pray for others and not just for ourselves. God has a message He wants us to share with the world and that is the message of love. Praying for others is evidence that we love others. We ought to be praying for the people around us all the time. I have learned that my prayers should be about listening to the Lord and praying for others more than requests to receive personal blessings. The blessings will come. We are told to seek the kingdom first and all things will be added into us. Praying for others is seeking the kingdom. It’s doing the will of God and spreading His love. The prayers of a fervent believer are powerful. They can do the impossible. They can move mountains. Your prayers, dear friend, can change the world around you. The people you know, the people you see, the people you meet, all need your prayers. You might be the only person that prays for them. You might be the only one who intercedes for them. You might be the only one who cares enough for them to be blessed and to be saved. Don’t underestimate the power of your prayers spoken in the name of Jesus.

What does your community need? What do your friends and family need? They all need Jesus or more of Jesus. They need to meet the Father and to become familiar with the Holy Spirit. You are the key. You are the key the Lord can use to open doors to the broken hearted and to the lost. Pray for them. Pray for anyone you know. Pray for those you barely know. Pray for those who need a miracle today. Pray for those who need their hearts to be healed. Pray for those who need healing. Pray for those who are lost and can’t find their way home because home is a foreign term to them. Pray for restoration. Pray for liberation. Pray for peace. Pray for love. Pray for joy. Pray for people to encounter the Lord and to be on fire for Him. Pray for your world to change for the better. Pray for the needs of your people to be met. Pray for the blind eyes to see. Pray for improvement. Pray for change and God will work on it. Stay steadfast. Don’t give up. Keep on praying. Keep on believing. Your world needs your prayers. Your world needs the Jesus that you are close to. Serve as a liaison between God and the people that desperately want to meet Him. Your prayers have the power and the ability to bring change so keep on interceding and on hoping. You are not doing any of it in vain. May God bless you and protect you and remember that Jesus will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:33; Matthew 26:39; John 15:12

Embrace God’s love

God loves you. God adores you. God cares about you. God watches over you. God wants you to know Him. God wants you to know His love. God wants you to get closer to Him. God wants you. God wants you to be the person He has called you to be. That person is someone who knows God. Someone who adores God and someone who has an intimate relationship with Him. God loves you so much that He has plans for you that are way better than any plans you could have for your life. God loves you so much that He gave Jesus for you so there would be a bridge between Him and you. He desires for you to know the bridge and to take that bridge every day. Walk on the promise of a better life. Walk on the path that takes you to the kingdom every day. Walk in the power of the kingdom of God. Learn who you are in the kingdom of God. Learn that you belong in the kingdom and you are blessed. Learn that all this is for now and not for later. Jesus is your Savior today. He won’t be your Savior just in Heaven. He is your God and He can make Heaven collide with earth every day of your life. You can have daily encounters with the kingdom in this life. That is what happens when you are aware of your relationship with the Lord. The impossible is always possible. Blessings run after you. You walk with the Lord side by side. Joy, love, peace, faith, patience and strength are part of your daily bread. You eat them every day and they give your spiritual spine the power to stand in the truth of the Gospel of Jesus. Jesus is with you today and you are meant to grow in the knowledge of His love every single day. I want to encourage you today to push forward and learn that God loves you and your life in Him is so much better than the life you imagined for yourself. Embrace God’s love and your life will never be the same.

It’s hard to open up to love when you are not used to being loved. Love speaks. Love acts. Love manifests itself. Love protects. Love heals. Love sets you free. Love gives you wings. Love helps. Love covers you. Love protects you. Love encourages you. Love transforms you. Love empowers you. Love sees you through. Love blesses you. Love shields you. Love listens to you. Love talks to you. Love smiles at you. Love nourishes you. Love makes everything possible. Love doesn’t give up and it doesn’t give up on you. Love has faith. Love fuels the power of faith. Love stays. Love remains. Love doesn’t change. Love doesn’t leave. Love doesn’t judge. Love doesn’t discriminate. Love doesn’t laugh at you. Love doesn’t abandon you. Love doesn’t hold back. Love doesn’t hide. Love doesn’t lie. Love just loves you. No questions asked. Love touches you and it modifies you as it grows you. Love will never leave you the way it found you. God’s love does all the things I have just mentioned. His love is powerful. It is the most powerful force in the universe and it is directed to you. God’s love is for you. It is not for the chosen few. It is not selective and restrictive. God’s love is part of your heritage. Just because you are human you deserve God’s love. You don’t need a special ticket to be admitted into the arena of God’s love. You have always been in His arena. You need to take the next step and embrace this love that will change your life for the better.

You might be well acquainted with God’s love but remember that God is always extending His arm of love to you and His arm is very long. You can’t know how big His love is, so there will always be room to learn more and to embrace more. Don’t let the lies of the enemy stop you from welcoming more of God’s love. God forgives you. God knows you. God understands you. Let Him show you how much He values you and adores you. Reach out and grab His love. Declare every day that you are loved. When I was driving yesterday, I kept repeating “Thank You Lord that You love me. Thank You Lord that You adore me.” The power of those words make the whole experience so real to me. I encourage myself by using words that the Lord uses in His Word. I remind myself that He died for me. He died for my sins. That is huge!. There is no greater love and that love is for me. It is for you as well. Embrace His love by making those strong declarations about His love that is so unique and so true. You will never be able to find God’s love among people. His love can manifest through people but His perfect and holy love is only found in Him. You might have never known the special love that comes from parents. There might be a void in your life. However, God’s love can fill that void and give you a lot more. If you have never known love until now, there is hope. God’s love is for you today no matter what you have been through. His love heals so it will heal your heart, your mind and your soul. Accept His love. You might need to tell Him when you pray that you accept His love. It is a great thing to say. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 54:10; John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-11

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 173)

The mind gets full. The heart gets heavy and the spirit suffers. Jesus can make us light again. Let’s cast our cares upon Him and we will be free from life’s heaviness!

Before Christ you had no life. After Christ you became a new person. Before Christ you were dead inside. The Lord’s resurrection is now your success story. You live through Christ and in Christ. Celebrate Jesus, the life of the party.

When you keep walking in faith despite your circumstances, the enemy will attack your thoughts and try to build negative strongholds in your head. Turn your thoughts over to the Lord. Find refuge in Him and let Him be your fortress of positivity.

Whatever tries to be bigger than you is never bigger than God. God can destroy what is trying to destroy you. Trust Him in all circumstances!

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. His ability to heal you and to bless you hasn’t changed. Keep hoping for a breakthrough in His name!

Where you came from is not necessarily where you are now. You are not in the past anymore. With God all things are new. You are a new creature in Christ. You are not your “old you” anymore. Remember that!

There is a change of plans happening in your life today. What the enemy had meant for evil, Jesus is changing for good. Hold on to God’s plans for your life. They are amazing and they are true blessings. Stay encouraged!

Your hotline to Heaven is found in your prayer life. Make sure you stay in touch with God every day. He will always pick up when you call. He will always listen when you are on the line. He is never too busy to answer your call and He will never hang up on you!

Focus on what you know you see in Jesus’ name. Focus on what faith is showing you and not on what doubt is flashing in your face. Don’t worry about the blind spots and keep driving in faith. Believe that God will show you what the human eye can’t see through the power of faith.

God is always faithful and He will show you that despite the adversity He is standing by you. Trust Him and rely on Him even when the world is falling apart around you. God will restore everything and give you more than before!

Suggested reading: Psalm 33:20-22; Psalm 56:3-4; Romans 8:28

Think outside the box of lies

I often think about how much better my life is now with Jesus. Before Him I was living in a dark box where no light could come in and where there seemed to be no way out. I was in a box of fear, a box of trouble, a box of issues and a box of despair all at the same time. There was not much room in that box. The little space that was available to me was occupied by a lot of negativity. I hated that box. I had to think outside the box and realize that Jesus was there for me. He wasn’t confined to a small space. When you have a “box mentality”, you can’t see Jesus for who He is. You have a narrow vision of Him because of where you are. You are limited in your thinking and in your heart. I had a limited and diminished Jesus in my heart. Like I said, I had to think outside the box and stretch my mind and my heart. Was the Lord around when I was in that mental jail? Absolutely! If He had not been around, I would not have been able to get out of that inferno. Jesus watched over me and He set me free. They say that you find the Lord. I agree. I found the answer to all my questions. I found the answer to all my fears. I found the answer to all my failures. I found the answer to all my troubles. Jesus was the best answer and He will always be the best answer. He is outside the box. He is a box outside the box. His box of principles, wisdom, knowledge and hope is way bigger than the boxes of the enemy. When I found Him, He tore that box open and got me out of my misery. Today I want to encourage you to stretch your thinking and to let it grow so you can see more of Jesus. Step out of the box that is slowing you down. Come out of the box of limitations and step into the box of peace. Jesus is peace and when you focus on Him, you can’t help but see peace, experience peace and live in peace.

There is a box of our thinking. We reside in that box with our thoughts and our ideas. Very often that box is filled with anxiety and stress caused by the overthinking that goes on in there 24/7. We believe a lot of the thoughts that pop at any time. We buy into the lies that come into our heads. That box of lies is powerful especially if we give life to those thoughts by acting on them or by speaking them. We speak lies into our lives and they become our reality. Those limiting thoughts are not what the Lord wants for us. The devil comes only to steal and he is the king of lies. His plan for our lives is not what God has planned for us. We are not meant to live among lies and to live in fear and oppression. I know that when I spend too much time in the box of lies, my faith is damaged and hope dwindles. When we allow the box of lies to become our way of life, we fall into the trap of the enemy head on. We don’t have to live in that box. We don’t have to stay inside the lies. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. When we accept Him as our Savior, we get a new life, our spirit is born again but our mind is still the same. The box is still present and we have to work on it. The Lord gave us the Holy Spirit so we can destroy the box of lies and live outside that box.

As a young Christian, I hit the box of lies with the truth of the Gospel. The Lord’s truth was like a hammer wrecking havoc on the lies of the enemy. I used that hammer on the box like there was no tomorrow. I was hungry for the Word. I was hungry for the truth and the Lord always satisfied me. He fed me and He set me free from bondage and from false doctrines. For many years I made sure that the Word of God was my daily bread. I began to think outside the box of lies and I started thinking inside the box of the Lord. His box had no lid, no corners and no restrictive space. His box was freedom. His box was liberating. I got back into the negative box for some time and then I was shown the truth again. I have been living outside of the box of lies for years now. I am still exploring the box of freedom of the Lord. It is so vast that I can get lost in it and it is absolute bliss. My life with the Lord is my best life and it continues to amaze me and to bless me. Where would I be without Jesus? I would be limited in many ways and I would not understand that there is more to life than the world. There is the Lord. He is life. He is love. He is peace. He is joy. He is my strength. He is my everything. I pray that you come out of any box of negativity you might be in now. Jesus is always the answer. Jesus is always the Savior. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 14:6;  Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23