Dealing with anger

We experience negative feelings and bad emotions. We all face bouts of anger and times when we are just negative. It is part of human nature and it is something we can expect at some point. Now, we are invited not to go to bed angry. The Bible clearly states that we shouldn’t go to bed upset. As a kid I didn’t really understand that statement but as I grew older I could see why it is a problem and I have discovered that it is bad in general to let negative feelings and emotions rule our lives. We have to react to them. We can’t be passive and let them be daily visitors. Anger is not our friend. Anger doesn’t help. Anger doesn’t give us anything positive. Sometimes we think that a little anger is good for the soul. I have heard people talk about holy anger or a holy wrath. That type of anger or wrath is for the Lord and taken out of context it can create a doctrine that accepts anger as a welcome part of our lives. Anger should have no room in us. Being upset doesn’t get us any closer to God. God never said we should imitate His wrath. He said we should follow His love and walk in His love. Being mad at someone or being angry in general is detrimental to our spiritual being. Anger is not a spiritual fruit. It is the opposite. It is a bad apple that needs to be taken out of our spiritual basket as soon as it gets there.

Ephesians 4:26 declares, “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” We are encouraged not to give anger free reign in our lives. When anger is fed, it leads us to sin. Anger, like I said before, is not our friend. It is a trait of the enemy that he wishes everyone would have. He is angry all the time. He knows he was defeated by Jesus and people like you and me are very much aware of his defeat and that makes him angry. He is not a joyful foe. He is a bitter conquered enemy and when he rubs his anger on our hearts, we have to put a stop to that bad injection before it contaminates our spirits and leads us to do the wrong things. Anger is not from God. It separates us from God. It isolates us from the Lord. It makes us take steps away from love. Love is not angry. Love doesn’t get upset. Love doesn’t rebuke people. Love is not annoyed and it is never hostile. Hostility is a characteristic of anger. Anger pushes people to be hostile in their words and in their actions. Anger gives us all the wrong words to say free of charge and all the wrong thoughts and ideas. Spend a night in the arms of anger and you will wake up with such negativity that you will not be drawn to talking to the Lord first thing in the morning. You will want to overthink and ruminate over negative thoughts. If the sun goes down and you are angry, chances are the sun will find you angry in the morning when it rises. Put a stop to anger before it runs your night and it ruins your life.

Some people live with anger all the time. There are many reasons why that anger is so anchored in their lives and those reasons are never good. When I find myself angry, I first repent and give it over to the Lord. I do not like being angry. Anger robs me of joy and peace. We can’t be in the joy of the Lord and be angry at the same time. Anger is such a strong feeling that it wins over joy and peace if we don’t have a way to deal with it. I deal with anger through prayer. I pray myself back to peace. The Lord calms me down. The Lord removes anger when I give Him the time of day. I pray against anger in the name of Jesus. I recognize that it is bad and I reject it. I meditate every day on the Word and I find that those moments of silence help me deal with anger. The Lord empowers me when I seek His face and He gives me the power to push anger away. Anger will always show up at our doorstep but it is up to us to react against anger with love. I often speak against anger and thank the Lord for His love that is in me. His love is in all believers. Sometimes we have to unearth it and let it come to life especially when anger is raging and trying to dominate us. Do not give in to anger. Speak against it with authority in the name of Jesus. Remember that anger never leads to anything good and it alienates you from God. Take a stand against anger every day. Walk in peace and let love dominate you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 37:8; Proverbs 14:29; Ecclesiastes 7:9

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 175)

Doubt will try to rob you of your faith. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep Him at the core of your beliefs. Seek His face daily. Talk to Him daily. Praise Him daily. Read His Word daily and you will be winning against doubt daily!

God is good all the time not just part of the time. His love for us is a full time ministry. He does not stop ministering to us with His love. He is God 24/7. Remember that next time you are going through a tough season. God is the same year round!

When life gives you lemons, react with the fruit of the Spirit. Stay calm. Keep walking in love. Tap into God’s joy. Embrace His peace. Wait patiently. Life will get better and sweeter in Jesus’ name!

God has big plans for your life. There is a big picture that has many parts to it. Get a bigger picture of the big picture by getting into the Word of God. You will gain a better understanding of the picture perfect life God has for you!

Your present suffering doesn’t compare with the blessings that are coming your way. God will make a way. There is no way that He won’t make tomorrow a better day. Hang in there. Stay encouraged! God is preparing something amazing for you!

God will remind you that He doesn’t change but He can change everything. He will remind you that life can be full of bad surprises but He has conquered the world and He will turn things around for you. Trust the Lord that changes things for the better! Trust Jesus!

The end of the road is sometimes the start of a new path with the Lord. If you feel like this is the end, remember that with the Lord there are new beginnings. Your new beginnings are here. God is taking you in a new and better direction.

Every minute spent with God in the privacy of your prayer room is a precious and powerful minute. Your prayer room is mobile. It goes with you everywhere you go. Pray anywhere. Talk to God anywhere. Stay in faith anywhere. Be blessed anywhere!

The Lord is your defender. He wins your battles for you. He always goes before you. Trust that He is always taking care of you. Trust that He is defending you even when the battle is hard.

Rest in the Lord. Relax in the arms of the Father. Don’t go too fast. Take the time to enjoy your life in Christ. Walk at the Lord’s pace and you receive peace that surpasses all understanding.

Suggested reading: Psalm 121:1-8; Romans 16:20; Philippians 4:9

God will expand you

God builds us up. He strengthens us. He increases us. He grows us. He expands us. He makes us more aware of His presence in our lives. He shows us that we have Him and we can get stronger through Him all the time. He doesn’t leave us to our own demise. He doesn’t tell us that we have to fend for ourselves and find a way to make it in this life. He makes this life a beautiful life when we keep Him in it. There are just so many great things we can expect and so many wonderful experiences we can have with God. I am so blessed to have Jesus as my Lord and Savior and so are you. Do you take the time to think about how amazing it is to have Him? I know that with busy schedules it is hard to reflect on the goodness of the Lord but I have found that when I take the time to focus on Him, my life is so much better. He builds me up by giving me the courage to keep going and to walk with confidence. God builds up my faith and my confidence. I notice that a little bit more each day. He is extremely involved in my life and He gives me reasons to smile every day. I love that He is interested in building up our character and our faith. I want you to think about how powerful God is, how involved He is in your life and how He is increasing you and growing you all the time. He is increasing your ability to become more like Him. He is growing you in the knowledge of His love and He is expanding your faith one life event at a time.

God will expand you. I know it sounds a bit strange but it is something He does for us. He doesn’t want to leave us limited and diminished. There is much more to us and that much more can be found in the Lord. You are a child of faith and your faith can grow exponentially if you stay in the Lord and you see life through His eyes. He has your life taken care of. I need to write this again. God has your life taken care of. You don’t have to worry about any part of it. Don’t worry about the big things and don’t worry about the small things. You can reach a level of faith where nothing moves you, nothing bad shakes you and nothing unexpected surprises you. Getting to that point is getting a great expansion of faith and the Lord can get you there. See all life events as an opportunity to grow in faith. Bad things will happen but we are not called to fear and to worry. We are called to stay in faith and to face challenges head on with the Lord in our hearts and hope in our minds. God is a dealer. He deals hope and faith to whoever is willing to listen and to be open. You can undergo some major expansion of faith when you decide that the Lord is Lord all the time even when things are bad and you believe He will get you through it all.

God will expand your mind and your thinking. God is so good at causing great experiences to take place in our lives. Experiences that challenge our minds and that give us something good to think about. Those experiences demonstrate that God is bigger than we imagine. They point at a God who has no limits. They make us rethink what we know and they give a boost to our faith. Be on the lookout for those great experiences with God. They will make a stronger believer out of you. The most important experience being the growth of our relationship with God. That is one of the most powerful things we can experience. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself more to you. Ask Him to open the eyes of your spirit and show you what you have been missing. Ask Him to expand your heart and your mind so more love flows through you and more hope lives in you. You can go through a major expansion of faith. All you have to do is to stay in faith and remain in the Lord. Be excited! Your faith is about to grow more and more. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 4:23;  Romans 12:2; James 1:8

Your breakthrough is coming

Your breakthrough is coming. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t give up. Don’t throw in the towel. God has something for you that is going to bless you in ways you never thought were possible. Stick with your faith. Stick with God. Stick with the truth. Stick with the Word of God. Bury yourself in the Word when the world tries to bury you under a pile of torment and fear. Don’t let your mind be filled with doubt. You can do this. Not because you are special on your own but because the Lord your God is special. He makes you special and He makes you more than a conqueror. You are a warrior of the Lord. You are a strong child of God. You are a roaring lion. That is how God sees you. That is how He made you. Let out a roar of victory in the name of Jesus. You have Jesus. You won’t fail. You have Jesus and He has a breakthrough for you. Your time will come. Your blessed time will come. Hang in there a little longer. Keep your hopes up a little longer. Walk in faith and walk in love. Don’t ever get tired of walking the walk and talking the talk. Your breakthrough is part of God’s plan for your life and it is going to be just what you need. God has not abandoned you and He has not forgotten you. Great things are coming. The best if yet to come. Get excited. The Lord Almighty will do for you what no one else can do and nothing is going to stop Him.

Have you ever had to wait a long time for something good to happen? Have you ever had to stay strong longer than you thought you could? It happens to me all the time. I see the promises of the Lord in His Word and I claim them. I claim His blessings and I wait. I claim His blessings and I suffer in silence. I claim His blessings and I give up but the Lord doesn’t give up on me. When my head is down and I can’t keep up with the changes that occur in my life, the Lord reminds me that He doesn’t change but He changes everything. He shows me that there is always hope. God talks about hope. He talks about how anything is possible with Him. He doesn’t want us to lose heart. He is the source of all hope and courage and when we lean on Him, we can face anything. Friend, you can face anything today and you can hold on until your breakthrough comes. Think about what Jesus is saying in His Word and what His Spirit is telling you. He is saying that there is a breakthrough coming your way. It might not look like it today but it’s in the pipeline. It has been launched and it will reach you in due time. This great blessing that is in your future is going to break through your present trials and your present tribulations. God is going to make things easier for you.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”* There is an abundance of goodness around you because God is always around you. Your faith gives you access to that abundance and the breakthrough that you need is part of that abundance. I once thought that I didn’t have what it took to receive from God. All I had to know was that God loved me. I was worthy of the abundance of His love and so are you. We are all worthy of God’s love and we are all worthy of His breakthroughs. They are meant to give us freedom and liberty. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom and His Spirit is in you. Access the breakthroughs of the Lord by putting your faith on the line so to speak. Dare to believe. Dare to keep standing. Dare to follow Jesus no matter what. It will always lead you to a breakthrough and to a blessing. You are not going to be stuck in your current predicament forever. The Lord is going to bless you and to renew your mind through the power of what will have happened to you. You are going to experience a breakthrough that will give you a boost and that will strengthen your faith. That is what God does. Don’t let today’s pain reinforce yesterday’s heartache and rob you of the joy of tomorrow. Keep the faith. Keep on going. Your breakthrough is coming. Celebrate and praise the Lord today! Tomorrow is going to be way better than yesterday. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 54:17; John 8:32; *2 Corinthians 9:8

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

React to life with Jesus

When I was praying the other day I kept saying a bright sun on the beach. The light was amber and very beautiful. It was interesting that I kept getting those gorgeous images because it was actually cloudy and rainy outside. The message the Lord was giving me was stronger than the weather. It was stronger than the sadness that seemed to blanket the area where I live. God is joy and His joy doesn’t depend on our circumstances and on our environment. It is always strong and powerful and it shines all the time. I stayed in prayer a little longer just so I could keep experiencing the great joy that was bright and encouraging. His light encouraged me. It made me look at His beauty and I forgot the greyness that was outside. We all go through seasons where clouds are all we can see. There is no hint of sun or of good weather. Sometimes those seasons last for months. We can be victims of those bad weather patterns or we can react to them with Jesus. When we react with Jesus, it doesn’t matter how cloudy our situation is. He is sunny and bright and full of hope. Every cloud has a silver lining and that silver lining is Jesus. You and I can see Him even when it’s raining. You and I have the assurance that He is going to make everything alright. He is the Sun that never goes to sleep. The Sun that shines in all kinds of weather. Today I want to invite you to react to life with Jesus. Let Him be your first reaction. Let Him be your reflex. Let Him guide you and help you react to whatever happens to you.

I usually check the weather forecast before I go out. I dress accordingly. I wear what I believe is the best outfit for that day. I try to be prepared. I don’t like surprises. If it’s going to rain at some point, I have an umbrella with me. When I start my day, I check the weather forecast during prayer. I check what the day is going to be like spiritually and emotionally. The Lord tells me the same thing every day. He tells me that I am ready and I am prepared for the day because I have Him. He is my strength, my fortress and my beacon of hope. No matter how bad the weather gets, He is with me. His weather forecast never changes. It doesn’t take into consideration the storms of life and the showers of pain and despair. His forecast considers Jesus as the only One who can weather the storms. He shows me that when I react with Him, by trusting that I have nothing to fear, He makes my day an amazing day. When something bad happens, our reaction to that bad event is more important than the event itself. Let’s say you receive an unexpected bill and you don’t have enough money to pay it off. You can panic and fall apart or you can give the bill to the Lord and let Him build you up in that circumstance. He builds you up when you give faith a chance. He makes you stronger when you react with faith. You give Him your small seed and He turns it into a tree by the end of the day as long as you stay in faith. React with Jesus to the bills of life. React with Jesus when you get bad news. React with Jesus when hope seems lost. React with Jesus when you don’t know how you are going to make it. React with Jesus and the sun will shine again!

I used to love the concept “What would Jesus Say?” I liked to remind myself that in all circumstances, Jesus would tell me to stay strong and to keep going. Now, it is much easier to get that reminder because my spirit hears His encouraging words all the time. When a storm is on the horizon and I can’t see it, He encourages me and tells me to hold on to Him and hold on to hope. When we hold on to Jesus during the storm, we can’t drown and we can’t fall off the boat. When we face life with Jesus, we are more than conquerors. We have overcome because He has overcome the world. React with Jesus all day long. Use His words. Use His Word and speak against whatever is going on in your life. React with Jesus by rebuking negative thoughts and all kinds of negativity. When something bad happens and you pray, you are reacting with Jesus. When you are having doubts but you choose to praise the Lord and to give Him thanks, you are reacting with Jesus. When life gets in the way but you choose to believe that Jesus will make a way, you are reacting with Jesus. When everything is good and you lift up His name, you are reacting with Jesus. When the enemy tells you to give up and you give God praise, you are reacting with Jesus. When you are in pain and you can’t go to sleep but you declare that by His stripes you were healed, you are reacting with Jesus. Choose Jesus over doubt. Choose Jesus over fear. Choose Jesus over giving up. Choose Jesus over discouragement. Choose Jesus over giving in to the flesh. React with Jesus and your life will be a lot better. May God bless you and protect you and remember that the Lord will always love you!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 30:19; John 15:16; 2 Peter 3:9

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

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

Permanent Jesus

“Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever” is one of the scriptures I rely on the most. It makes me look at Him as the eternal Savior that He is and He has never changed and will never change. This has some major implications for my faith. My faith has to be in a Jesus who He is love, who performs miracles, who is the King of Peace and who saved the world. He is bigger than what my little mind can fathom. He is a huge Savior. He is not on a human level. I feel like my life goal is to know Him as much as I can and to be aware of the fact that He never changes. I call Him “Permanent Jesus” because He also never leaves me. He is a permanent fixture in my life. His presence is permanent and His traits are permanent. If you were to paint a picture of my life, Jesus would be in the background. I hope He would be noticed the most in the depiction of my life. His love is permanent and His power is permanent. Life changes. Circumstances change but Jesus will never ever change. Please let that sink in. Meditate on that truth. Permanent Jesus is the One you need and He is the true Lord. When you turn to Him, you turn to the Lord of the Bible. The God of miracles. The Lord of the impossible. The One who incarnates love and the One who never abandons His people. Your God is here to stay. The evil in this world might be rampant since the devil is the king of this world but Jesus is bigger than the devil and His goodness will always triumph over evil. His permanent victory should be added to what you can expect in your life. Expect the best and expect victory all the time!

My life used to be a series of failures, tests and trials. Trouble and suffering were pretty permanent. I couldn’t erase them and I didn’t know anything better. “Permanent evil” was a daily visitor in my life. The evil of this world was a natural occurrence in my life. Once you get saved and you are on the other side, you can’t help but feel bad for those who know evil as the permanent fixture in their lives. We are to show the world that there is more to this life than oppression and disappointment. There is a permanent love that transforms everything and that gives a new meaning to life. That love is Jesus and He is unmovable. Once you understand that He doesn’t change and He doesn’t leave, you are equipped with a truth that keeps you strong and that keeps you going even when things are tough. You are backed by the Creator of the universe. You are surrounded by His presence. You are filled with His Spirit. You are protected by His angels. You were saved by His blood. Your life is defined by Him. What a wonderful thing it is! Declare that your life is defined by Him and that you are blessed by the permanent Savior who never fails and who never lets you down. Jesus will add good days to your life. He will take all the bad days you had before Him and replace them with blessed days that will exceed your expectations. 

Jesus is permanent. What does this mean for you? It means that you have access to a fountain of love and hope that never runs dry. It means that even when the world seems to have won, God is still in control. It means that you have an advantage over evil. You have goodness on your side and God’s goodness always wins. Today I want you to remember that no matter what you are going through, the Lord is not leaving you. I know that circumstances can look impossible. I know that things can get very bad but even when they are, Jesus is still very good. His goodness is going to crush your bad situations and bring peace and joy again. Hold on to the One who stays and celebrate that He loves you and nothing and no one can separate you from His love. “Permanent Jesus’ ‘ is rejoicing over you and that won’t change. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:5 Hebrews 13:8