Hold on to the hope of the world

As long as you have Jesus, you have hope. Hope will never die. Hope came back from the dead. You might think that all hope is lost because you are in a bad situation but hope is alive and well. Jesus is the hope you need today. Go to Him and see what He has to say. If He were to appear to you today and talk to you, He would say that there is still hope. He would tell you that He died not only for your sins but for your hope. He died so that your hope would remain alive. He took all the problems of the world including yours and He put them to death so you could find life in Him. He is the way, the truth and the life and He is blowing life into your desperate situation now as you are reading this message. He is talking to you and smiling at you. He is encouraging you and reminding you that with Him, nothing is impossible. He is rebuking the lies of the enemy and the doubts. He is calling you to rise up and walk. Walk in faith. Leave the doubts behind. Leave the desperation behind. Leave the fears behind. Jesus is standing by your side and He is promising a new day, a new hope and a new future.

When things don’t go well, we tend to predict a bad future for ourselves. The fears we have are usually about the future. We put ourselves in a box where there is no way out. We think of how bad things are going to get. We can’t count on anything good. We believe the outcome of our present circumstances is going to be very negative. God has a different take on the matter. For Him, hope is present and it is available. What He wants us to do is to draw nearer to Him and tap into His love and His peace. He has all we need and He can give us the hope we long for. He is the hope. When I am not doing well, I get a big dose of Jesus. I turn to Him. I talk to Him. I let Him comfort me and I fix my eyes on Him. Fix your eyes on Jesus and He will fix your situation. Fix your eyes on Jesus and you will see a rebirth of hope everywhere. The One who conquered the world conquered your biggest trials. There is hope, friend! There is a lot of hope.

Jesus came to save the world and to preach good news. His good news is accompanied by the hope of a better day. Things might look bad now but they are going to get better. Jesus guarantees that. Take His word for it. Things are going to improve beautifully when you rely on Him. Put your hope in Jesus, the hope of the world. Let the hope in you speak for you. Don’t give a voice to the doubts and to the fears. Let Jesus in you talk about what’s going on. When you give Him the microphone, you will realize that every word that comes out of your mouth is a word of hope. You can’t turn to Jesus,  lean on Him and not ooze positivity and joy. His joy is going to hit you and take you on a journey of hope. The joy of the Lord is your strength. You get all the power you need from the Lord. Power to make it today and power to make it tomorrow. Tomorrow is bright. Jesus will make it shine. Don’t get discouraged. Hold on to Jesus, the hope of the world. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 39:7; Romans 8:18; 1 Peter 5:10

What is God building in your life?

Before He started His ministry on earth, Jesus was a carpenter. A carpenter is someone who repairs or makes wooden structures and objects. I love that carpenters make and repair. This concept exemplifies what the Lord does. Jesus is the carpenter of my life. He fixed my life and He made it what it is now. He gave me eternal life. That is what He does. He didn’t just do it for me. He did it for anyone who believes in Him. When He died on the cross, people thought it was the end. It was just the beginning of the structure He was building. He was making something that would last forever and that no one could undo. Jesus built eternal life. He repaired our lives and fixed them with salvation. He redeemed us of our sins and  built a bridge between the Father and us. That bridge of salvation is a structure that we can count on. It is indestructible. Jesus undid death and replaced it with His resurrection. Now, His resurrection power is the permanent structure that lives in us. If you have Jesus, His power lives in you. It is building you up and it is fixing you and making things new. God is at work in your life. If we remain in Him and His words remain in us, He will build something amazing in our lives. What is God building in your life today? He is repairing your life and making a life that is blessed by His presence.

What the Lord is building in you is a powerful structure that relies on His Son. The Lord wants to builds reliance in us. What He is building in our lives requires work on our part and faith. The Lord would never force anything into our lives. We have to agree and we have to believe. We can’t be passive and expect Him to do something good inside of us. That powerful structure of dependence on Jesus can be put together when we take a step of faith and we trust that God is at work in our lives. The process started when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and it continues every single day. Our salvation and our lives with Christ are an ongoing journey. We can help the Carpenter repair our lives by having total faith in Him and by letting Him be the part of us that He should be. We could choose to privilege the world and its ways or we can choose Jesus and let Him develop His mind in us. We can share the mind of Christ as we renew our thinking with His Word and we are in contact with His Spirit. Let’s always choose Jesus. Let’s always choose Jesus over the world. Let’s get to know Him better thanks to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is in us and with us and that relationship can be amazing. The Lord gives us the wood we need and it is up to us to finish the work by leaning on the Spirit and adoring the Lord. Adoration and worship are crucial here. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and in His temple there should be rejoicing and celebration. We are a place of worship that should be active all the time. It is sad when we don’t answer the call and we deprive our temple of praising the Lord. When we do that, we are like a church where the lights are never turned on, Jesus is forgotten and there is no fruit and no progress. God can build a tree of hope inside of us when we keep our hopes in Jesus and we actively engage with Him. The structure of peace and joy the Lord desires for us to have is attainable. It can be made when we spend time in the Word of God, we pray every day, we walk in love, we stay in faith and we exalt the Lord. God is building a wonderful structure of faith, love and hope in you, friend. Give Him permission to place the beam of joy, the joist of love and the structure of faith inside of you. As you rely on God, He will fix what needs to be fixed in your life and He will create a new you. God can build anything and He built you for a time like this so stay in faith and keep on going. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!


Suggested reading: John 15:7; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 John 5:14

God brought you this far

God brought you this far. He is not going to let you down. He is not going to drop you. He is not going to leave you stranded. He will finish the good work He started in you. He will finish the good work in your life. Don’t give up! God is still working with you. God is still working on your situation. Keep the faith! There are some great things coming your way because God is making a way where you thought there was no way. It sounds cliche but it also sounds like Jesus. That is what He will always say. He will always say that He is way, the truth and the life. When you have Him, you always find your way out of trouble. You always have hope of better days. Those better days are not too far. Hold on a little longer. Show your faith longer. I understand that obstacles and hurdles seem to be all over the place and you can’t see good things in your future. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean that they are not ahead of you. Jesus has gone before you and He has laid out everything you need and He will provide for you. Don’t look at what you don’t have. In Him you have all you need. There are blessings today that might be invisible to you but with faith they can be revealed. God is by your side and He is going to take you places you had never thought existed. He brought you this far and He will guide you to a destination that is so peaceful and so good that it will blow your mind and surpass your understanding. God is not done blessing you. He is not done carrying you!

When I look back and see how far I have come I can’t help but thank the Lord. He is the One who has made so many things possible in my life. I have a better awareness of His work in my life and of His plan. Good things in my life have not been coincidences or luck. It’s been Jesus all along and He is here to stay. I know that when things get complicated and difficult, we are under the impression that God is done. We feel like He has left and He has moved on to other people. That is not how God is. In His Word He promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He also said that He was the same yesterday, today and forever. Your future is still in His hands. Your present is blessed by His presence. God doesn’t give up. God doesn’t turn around when He sees difficulties on the way. He destroys what tries to destroy us. God has the ability to do the incredible and to do the less expected. Faith connects us to Him and it gives us the hope and confidence that God is sovereign all the time. Express your faith today. Tell yourself that God is still God and that He has brought you this far and He will get you to the finish line. There is nothing to fear and nothing to be worried about. Worry won’t move you forward. It will always stall you and hurt you.

I have no idea what you are going through today. I am telling you to keep the faith and you might think that it is a tall order. You feel like you have given your best to this thing called faith and you have run out of it. Look to Jesus. He is the author of your faith. Faith is in His power, His truth, His love, His abilities, His sovereignty, and His omnipotence. You are not trying to have faith in your ability to make things happen. Your faith is exalting the One who died for the world and who came back to life. Revive your vision of Jesus. Go back to His Word. Read about Him. Read Him. Revisit Him. Relearn Him. He is the deliverer, the ruler of the universe and the King of kings. He wants you to stay in fellowship with Him and trust that your journey is not over. He is with you on the journey and He created this journey for you. Think about that! He made this plan just for you and He will see it through. You have made it this far thanks to Jesus and He is going to help you finish this amazing adventure. Keep your hopes up. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!


Suggested reading: Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13, 1 Peter 5:10

God can’t change

They say that the only thing that is constant is change. I say that the only One who is constant is God. Think about that as the new week begins. Things will change this week. You can expect that. You can expect changes accompanied by challenges and you can also expect good and positive shifts. We can’t predict what’s going to happen but we can predict that God will be the same. Isn’t that reassuring? God is consistent and He is true to Himself. He is faithful to His Word and faithful to who He is. I love to meditate on that truth. I love to defy the changes in my life and the challenges I encounter by professing that my God never changes.

Things can get difficult and hard but my God is always good and powerful. If you need a boost this week, remember that God will never change. Remember that you can always have hope and great expectations because you have God. You might have problems but you also have God. Let me say that again. You might have problems now but you also have a God who can solve all problems. Your problems are never bigger than your God. The negative changes in your life are never more powerful than your constant and amazing God. God is going to change your situations, friend. Don’t let your circumstances change how you see God. Let Him change how you see your circumstances.

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.*” Another translation of this verse says that God’s plans are firm. God’s plans for your life are firm, friend. Nothing can move them. Nothing can change them. There are no difficult situations that can change God’s firm plans. God’s intentions for your are extremely good and they are firm. Praise the Lord whose plans are unchanged. Praise the Lord who never wavers and who never fails. Your faith gives you access to His blessings. His blessings are available to you every single day, 24/7. They are ready to touch your life now. God’s blessings are firm and they are life changing.

Expect great changes in your life even when things shift in a bad way. God’s consistent love will impress the negative changes in your life and remove them. The plans of God’s heart will defeat the enemy’s plans. Say it out loud. When you are in a pickle, talk about the One whose power changes everything. The Lord said Himself that He doesn’t change. Our minds change Him. Our experiences give us the wrong picture of Him. He is good all the time. I tell myself that God is good all the time. Making that declaration is a reflex for me and it helps a lot. I say it whenever I get a chance and I say it when something bad happens. It allows me to renew my mind and to exalt the Lord who never changes.

God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19). God will never change His mind about you. He said He would love you and protect you and that will always be the case. God has made His mind up about you and in His mind you are wonderfully and fearfully made. In His mind you are worth dying for. In His mind you were saved by His blood and you are under His covenant. In His mind there is nothing He can’t do for you. In His mind there is always hope for you. In His mind there is always power to change your life. Find out what He says about you in His Word and trust that everything He said still stands. God is not human. Think about that. He is above all humans and He is always, always the same God. Go into this week with the confidence that your God will be able to change anything that might go wrong this week. Stay in faith! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 33:11*; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8

Nothing without God

I am nothing without God. I wouldn’t be here without Him. I am not the center of my universe. I can’t be. I used to be and things didn’t work out well. I didn’t know what I was doing. When Jesus first became my savior, I had no idea that putting Him first meant living a better life. It sounded too much like a sacrifice I wasn’t willing to make. My whole being was telling me that God was there for me and I wasn’t there for Him. I let my flesh dominate me. My spirit didn’t agree but my body and my mind were strongly convinced that God was more like a genie that was there to fulfill my wishes. I have heard similar ideas  in the church. People believe that God loves us so much that He would do anything for us. It is true. He sent His Son for us but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t serve Him. It is quite the contrary. As believers we should have a God-centered mentality where God means everything, God is who we need and He is more important than us. It is the idea of dying to self and decreasing so He can increase.

As a young Christian I used to think that I was doing well on my own. I used to think that I could manage on my own and I didn’t need God. God could give me a lot but most of what I had or I was able to do was because I was a strong independent individual. I was so wrong. I was so flawed. I was so imperfect. Self-righteousness is extremely dangerous and it was something that I adhered to without completely understanding it. I had the wrong approach. I used the verse “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” but I kept Christ out of the equation. In my mind, I could do all things. When I was in high school, I believed that I was a very good student because of my abilities and I never thanked God for giving me the wisdom and the knowledge I had. I came to the conclusion that I was very smart and I developed a slight (intellectual) complex. According to God, no one is better than anyone. According to God, we are nothing without Him and we need Him desperately all the time and not just when we are desperate.

It was when I realized that I was nothing without God that my life changed. That realization set some great things into motion. It taught me that I had to be more devoted to God. It showed me that I had to honor God and revere Him. It led me to make the sacrifice of praise and worship the Lord from the bottom of my heart. It stressed the importance of giving my whole heart to the Lord. God is everything and with Him I become something. God is everything and with Him my life is short of being perfect. God is everything and with Him I am on a journey where my worth is in Him. God is everything and without Him I am not the salt of the earth, I have no flavor and my life fades away easily. God is everything and with Him I find peace and freedom and I can grow spiritually.

We are nothing without God but we find meaning in Him. God should be at the center of everything we do and especially at the center of our hearts and minds. I have to redirect my thoughts and my intentions often to make sure they have the stamp of approval of the Lord because He is the One who is in control. I give Him control. I give Him first place. I have found that when I make Him the most important person in my life, He demonstrates that I matter to Him greatly. I make Him my priority and I understand that I mean the world to Him. I don’t want to put myself first anymore. I strive to follow the Lord and to exalt Him. My life is a daily praise to the King. I am not the most perfect worshipper but I do my best to please Him and to lift Him up. Friend, you are nothing without the Lord but with Him you are everything. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 14:6; John 15:5; Ephesians 2:8-9

God cares about your heart

I used to think that God was a distant entity who didn’t mingle with us humans very much. He was hard to approach and He was standoffish. Little did I know that He was the total opposite. He cares more than anyone I know. He cares more than my family and my friends. He is interested in all of us and in every part of our lives. He knows all there is to know about us and yet He acts like every part is very meaningful to Him. He could hate us because of who we are, because we are all sinners but He died for us so we could be redeemed and we could have a relationship with Him. That is just so amazing when you think about it! He has restored us and made us part of His family. One thing that God made clear to me is that He cares about my heart. He cares about my feelings and my emotions. I had never known Him to be that caring and I feel bad for all the people who have been misled and who believe that God is not concerned with our hearts. He is. What we think, what we feel and what we experience all matter to Him. God wants us happy and joyful. He wants to be the center of our lives because He knows that is the best thing for us. He is not arrogant, self-centered and selfish. The best thing we can ever live and experience is a relationship with Him and that is what He desires for us all to have. The very best is what we deserve in His eyes. Finding peace, joy and love is not an impossible goal. It can all happen when we stay close to God and we let Him lead our lives and impress us with His goodness. Our hearts go through so much because of everything that goes on in this world. The world will always be in turmoil and there will always be reasons for us to be troubled but Jesus cares. Jesus cares about your heart and mine. Remember that every day Jesus cares about your heart.

Jesus died for you. He died for your heart. He died so you would have a good life and you would be joyful. Joy is important to Him. He is joy. He is not a sad God. Whoever tells you that you have to be sad and down to please God is not well-informed. God would never want you to have the opposite of Him. He would never want you to have a life where the enemy is ruling your heart and filling it with negative junk. That junk is not from God and it will never be. Your heart is the engine of your spiritual being. Your heart is the core of your character and of your faith. When your heart is troubled, your faith is affected and your personality is contaminated for lack of a better word. Your heart is the director for the movie of your life. Your heart takes you into the right direction and into the wrong direction. Out of the abundance of your heart come good things or bad things. God cares about what’s in your heart and He encourages you to make sure that your heart is governed by Him and by love. Love should be the headmaster of your heart. God should be the king of your heart and everything else should be subject to Him. Take a look at what’s in your heart. You will find out what’s in it when you pay attention to what you say and to what you think about the most. Your thoughts and ideas will always find their way to your heart so it is crucial that you filter them and that you have a good handle on them. Jesus is the best filter!

God is very interested in what’s in your heart like I have been saying and that means that He has a plan for your heart and it is possible for your heart to be kept strong and to be joyful. God can help with your heart. He can show you how to keep it strong and how to fill it with joy and peace. The first step is to put Him in your heart. Know and understand that there is no substitute for God. He has to be the One you focus on and you adore. Develop a relationship with Him. Make Him the focus of your thoughts. You can achieve that by reading the Word, by praying more than usual and by praising the Lord. Don’t wait for church to praise and pray. Don’t wait for Sunday to talk to God. Give Him a chance to talk to you every day. Your heart can easily be impacted by the world so there is a need for a stronger relationship with the Lord. It takes time, effort and dedication but is it the best thing you can do. When you do, God will impart His peace and make your heart feel safe. He will pour joy into you and make your heart be glad. He will shower you with His love so you can give out His love to the people in your life. God cares about your heart and He has the power to keep it blessed and free from worry. God will remove worry and fear from your heart when you give your heart to Him. Trust Him with your heart! He will make you glad!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3; John 14:1; John 16:22-23

Your hiding place

God is your hiding place. He is your place of refuge. He is your shelter and your protector. He will always shield you and take care of you when you trust Him. There is no other place to be than to be in the house of the Lord and you and I are there. We might take a trip and leave His shelter but He always welcomes us back and He even keeps an eye on us when we go astray. God will protect you from trouble. It doesn’t mean that there will be no trouble. It means that when trouble comes knocking at your door, the Lord is there to answer the door. This all depends on your faith and you don’t need a lot of it for this to happen. Declare every day that the Lord is your refuge and your shield. When you get up in the morning be sure to make that powerful declaration. The more you do it, the more of a reality it will become to you. Be like David in the Psalms and talk about God’s goodness and His power. Just like David, make God synonymous with refuge and fortress. Don’t look for shelter in the wrong places. God is where true refuge and true shelter exist. Outside of Him there is no real protection. You can find a temporary shelter but when the storms are raging, the shelter will collapse. Join me today in celebrating our God, our refuge. Let’s stand our ground knowing that the King of kings, the Lord of lords is our protector always and forever.

I have gone through seasons when the storms were so bad that I couldn’t seem to find a place to hide and to stay dry. I have gone through periods when I was soaking wet with trials and tribulations. Those times weakened my spirit when I didn’t turn to the Lord. Those times made me stronger when I relied on the Lord. You see, storms will always happen. It is up to us to decide how we are going to react to them and how we are going to face them. I have made up my mind and decided that I would face them with the Lord even when He seems nowhere to be found. I seek His face daily and that has helped a lot. If we look for God only in times of trouble, we will have a harder time finding Him. If we seek Him every day, finding Him will be easy. It has to be part of our daily routines. It should be a reflex, a habit, a bit part of our lives. We should dwell in the house of the Lord. We should be dwelling in our hiding place. Let’s settle there and stay there. Let’s be comfortable with God and get to know Him. Let’s be aware of His goodness and His protection at all times. There are many places we could go but our hiding place should be our permanent address. Let’s forget about Sorrow lane and Sad avenue. Let’s avoid places like Fear street and Doubt road. God, our hiding place, is what our address should be.

What is a hiding place like? It’s a place where you are safe and you are happy. God goes that extra mile and gives us joy on top of the world’s happiness. When we dwell in Him, our joy is exponential. Our hiding place has a lot to offer and joy and peace are two of the benefits of living with God. In His place of refuge, you can grow spiritually. You can learn about love and faith and you can develop into the person you are meant to be. God will nurture you in His hiding place. He will raise you and bring you up in a beautiful way. You will learn how to step out in faith by spending time in His house. You can build up faith muscles and strength in your hiding place. You can stay undercover and enjoy the fruit of the Spirit every day. Know that it is not a place where you will hide from your problem but it is a place where your problems can’t get the best of you. They can taunt you and harass you but the Lord is at the door like I said earlier. He will always put a stop to the harassment and He will always surround you with His power and His kindness. Friend, you have the best hiding place. Live there all the time. Let prayer and praise keep you in your hiding place. Communicate with the Father daily in His house. Put on the garment of praise in His place and focus on Him. He has mansions for you in Heaven and He has a secure place to be right here, right now. Don’t be intimidated by the attacks of the enemy. Remind him that you are in the house of the Lord and he can’t harm you. Enjoy your hiding place. With God, you are always in the right place at the right time which is all the time!

Suggested reading: Psalm 32:7; Psalm 119:114; Colossians 3:3

How great is God’s love for you!

As I am getting closer to God, there is something that is becoming more and more obvious. I am discovering that God loves us unconditionally and in a very powerful way. I can’t gauge His love for us based on my human experience with love. His love is a giant compared to human love. His love is bigger and deeper than the oceans on this planet. We can’t measure His love and we can’t fully comprehend it but we get many glimpses of it and get comfort from those glimpses. I want to get as close to God as possible and in order to do that, I need to embrace His love for humanity and let it settle in my heart. I used to have so many walls around my heart that prevented me from approaching God and from accepting His love. Those walls were not meant to protect my heart but they were meant to keep me captive and to separate me from the love of God. However, there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love. He will always find a way to tear down the walls of the enemy and to touch our hearts. We have a role to play in that process. We need to open our hearts. The walls can come down but if we guard ourselves and we don’t allow ourselves to be loved, we will not know true love. Sometimes we feel unworthy. Sometimes we just don’t know and understand what being loved feels like and looks like. We have an idea of it portrayed in the media but that is not God’s love. We have the love from our family. It can be extremely strong but it’s not God’s love. There are many cases where there is no love at all and that makes it even harder to welcome God’s love. Today I want to invite you to open yourself even more to God’s love. Know that He adores you and you mean a lot to Him. He wants you to take His hand and let Him show you how much He cares for you.

How deep is God’s love for you? No one can answer that question except for God Himself. He tells us in His Word that He sent His Son for us. His Son died so we could live and live more abundantly. He did what it took to demonstrate the most powerful love in the universe. Your life now, your Christian life now, exists thanks to Jesus. It exists thanks to the Love that wouldn’t let go and that went all the way so there could be a way for you and me to conquer death. The Love that died for us did the impossible. It came back to life and it has never stopped living since. God’s love for you is alive, friend. It is alive and well and it will never leave you nor forsake you. It is an ardent love that can do all things. God’s love is the most powerful force in the universe and it is directed to you. You are the recipient of this amazing love so it is time you acted like the loved one that you are. Don’t let people ruin the love of God for you. Don’t let them describe it the wrong way. It is not human. It is not limited and it is not selective. God chose you and me. God loves you and me. God loves everyone. No exception. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It is a lie. We also need to remember that you and I are not loved more because we are Christians. God loves people from all religions, all ethnicities, all backgrounds, all walks of life. Every single person you will ever meet is loved by God. There is nothing superior about us just because we believe in Christ. God is no respecter of people and His love is always the same. This also means that there is nothing you and I can do that will ever make God love us less. It doesn’t give us a license to sin but it explains why God will always forgive us. The enemy will whisper to our ears that our sins are keeping us away from God and that we don’t deserve His love.

Friend, you deserve God’s love all the time. There are no special times when it is more acceptable for God to love you. His love for you has no conditions and no clauses. There is no fine print that says that His love is not guaranteed. It is always present and it is always vibrant. Rejoice in the Lord because you are loved. If you can’t find a reason to thank the Lord, thank Him for loving you. Thank Him for being with you all the time and for what He did for you on the cross. Celebrate Jesus. Celebrate the Love that will never let you down. Sing of His great love. Laugh and be merry because you are loved. Get filled with the joy that comes from His love. Next time you are facing difficulties, take some time and rejoice over the love of God. Take some time and shake off the pain and the misery by focusing on the Love that can’t die. How big is God’s love for you? You might never find out but know that it will always be bigger than the biggest love you can imagine. Nothing can separate you from God’s love. Nothing! Stay encouraged and enjoy the love that is coming to you from the One who died for you!

Suggested reading: John 10:28-30; Romans 5:8; Romans 8:38-39

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 162)

Praise is about Jesus and not about our feelings but He gives us feelings when we fix our eyes on Him.

Praise is an attitude of the heart that openly gives to Jesus and receives Jesus.

In the middle of the biggest distress, God can still come and change the script of your life. Don’t dwell on the pages of sorrow. Embrace the Book of Life and accept what the Word of God has to say about your situation.

The enemy will keep on trying to charge you for crimes you did not commit. Remember that God is the judge and that He is in your favor. He will get you out of the guilt and the confusion that the enemy uses against you.

Humble yourself before the Lord and pray. Keep seeking His face and approach Him with reverence. A humble heart goes a long way. Pray with the right agenda and you will learn the beautiful ways of the Lord’s humble and powerful love.

The Lord rejoices over you and He sings over you. His songs are upbeat, uplifting and encouraging. Tune in to His tunes and you will hear a symphony of love.

The results are in! You are going to make it and you are going to win. Jesus guarantees your victory. Don’t lose hope. Wait until He gets you to the finish line knowing that it all ends very well in the name of Jesus!

God painted a picture of your life. He never forgets what it looks like and He enjoys looking at it. Ask Him to show you what your life looks like and you will be impressed by what you see.

God’s goodness had no end. Your blessings have no end. Your victories have no end. Your hope has no end. Your joy has no end. Pray to the Lord who has no end and your life will be a series of “no ends” to His glory!

Don’t worry about the strong winds. God’s love is your anchor and it will keep you in one place. You will not be moved and you will not be shaken when you rely on the Lord and His unshakable love.

Suggested reading: Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 12:25; Colossians 3:15

Following God

Following God is not always easy but it’s the best thing we can do. It’s not living a life on a bed of roses like I used to think. I used to believe that because I was a Christian I would never have bad days and I would never have difficulties. I was young and innocent. I had the faith of a child but I didn’t understand that faith was not the absence of problems. My childlike faith was met with a lot of resistance and it disappeared after a while. I was very confused and I didn’t understand what God was all about. I felt let down by God when in reality He was always my ally and my comforter. I misunderstood what following God meant. I had my own version of it in my head that didn’t agree with the Lord’s reality. Jesus Himself said that in this world we would have tribulations. For some reason I didn’t discover that verse until I was older or maybe I didn’t embrace it and I ignored it. Tribulations and trials are part of everyone’s life, even Christians’ lives. God doesn’t make us “problem-proof” but He solves our problems and He helps us overcome them. Following God will not be a walk in the park but it will always be a walk with the Creator of the universe and that is enough to keep us safe, calm and confident. Following Jesus implies having a lot of confidence and trust in Him. It is a blind walk toward eternity. It is a walk that doesn’t end just because there are hurdles and obstacles on the way. It is devotion to the Lord and surrender to His majesty. It is making Jesus our priority and walking in His footsteps knowing that we are on the right path no matter what life throws at us. Today I want to encourage you to follow the Lord. Follow Him all the time. Acknowledge that your best spot is the spot you occupy when you are behind Jesus and He is leading the way.

Following God is following His heart before anything else. It’s having an intimate relationship with the Father and letting our lives echo the sentiments of His heart. It’s staying close to God and becoming a spitting image of the Father. Like I said earlier, it’s being aware that Jesus is always before us and that He knows what He is doing. It’s having the best role model in the world and imitating Him. It’s letting love invade us and stay in us. We can’t follow God if we don’t adopt His love and embrace it. God without love is not God. We can learn from the Bible and have a lot of knowledge about the things of the Lord but if we don’t apply it all with love as our guide, we won’t amount to much. We will be like the Pharisees who intellectualized God and who denied that love was of the utmost importance. Following God is not following a doctrine or a man-made ideology. It’s idealizing God and putting Him on a pedestal. We can’t follow God if we keep putting ourselves ahead of Him. We ought to always hold on to His commandments and to His way of living and of thinking. We can learn about them in His Word and be “doers of the Word” who are indeed following the Lord’s principles and His wisdom. His wisdom should be our source of knowledge and our wisdom should take a backseat.

There is a lot of blindness involved in following God. We have to keep being blind to the world. Not pretending that the world doesn’t exist but not giving the world power over us. When our circumstances are bad, we can’t let the world intimidate us and we can’t take things at face value. Following God is a blind walk that uses faith as a flashlight in the darkest times of our lives. When we walk behind the Lord, we tell ourselves that nothing can separate us from His love and we will always be in good hands. We know that He is our protector and our refuge so we can keep on walking with peace in our hearts. Friend, you will never go wrong when you follow the Lord. You will always be where you should be. It’s not always going to be easy but it will always turn out to be the best thing you could ever do. Follow the Lord. Remain in Him. Let His words remain in you. Make Him the center of your life. Let Him be your life. His love will support you and His Spirit will guide you. Keep following the best role model in the universe!

Suggested reading: John 15:4; John 16:33; 1 John 2:6