God is talking to you

I didn’t realize for a while that God spoke all the time. I didn’t know we could tune in and hear Him. I used to think that God spoke only in certain circumstances and He was not willing to talk to us that much. In my eyes we were not deserving of hearing from God. I was so wrong. I had been misled. God wants to communicate with us and to be in touch with us all the time. He doesn’t stop talking just because we are not listening. He doesn’t hide and He doesn’t stop revealing Himself to us. We are usually out of sync and we are usually so preoccupied by the voices of the world that we can’t hear God. At this very moment, God is talking to you. At this very moment, God is talking to me. He is always ready to share Himself with us. We are the ones who need to make the effort to listen. We need to be receptive and to be open. Today I want to encourage you to listen to God. I want to remind you that the Lord has messages for you and He can’t wait to hear back from you. God has opened the gates of His heart and He is waiting for you to come in and listen to what He has to say in His beautiful house.

God’s doors are always wide open. He is welcoming all of us and He wants all of us to be comfortable inside the walls of His love. His love speaks. His love invites us and reminds us that we are part of His family. When God speaks, things happen. When God speaks, revelation sets us free. When God speaks, life is imparted to us. I love that we can go to God and feel safe and respected. When I turn to God, I know He is paying attention to me and He cares about what I have to say. Now, I challenge myself and make sure that I listen to Him and pay attention to what He has to say. I interact with Him through His Word. His Word is a safe place where I can hear God’s voice. In His Word, He expresses Himself and He tells me what I need to know. His Word is a powerhouse of wisdom and knowledge and it is an abiding place where His voice resounds and His every word comes coated with love, life and hope. Everything God says comes forth with an amount of love that is out of this world. Everything God says gives life. His words can revive our dead hope and bring us back to faith. Everything God says gives us a boost of hope. Open the Word of God and you will hear the voice of peace talk to you.

Friend, God is speaking to you today. He made his Word available to you so you can have quick access to His mind. He is sharing His mind with you so that you can defeat what is raging against you in your mind. God speaks to you so you can speak against the lies of the enemy. God speaks to you to reassure you and to comfort you. There are words of comfort for you every single day of your life and God will make sure you hear them when you tune in. Tune in by opening the Word. Tune in by spending time in prayer. Tune in by meditating on His Word. Tune in by showing that you have a willing heart and an open mind. God is speaking to you and what you hear Him say is going to blow your mind when you take the time to listen. Pray and ask the Lord to help you hear Him. Pray and ask the Lord to open the eyes of your understanding. Thank God for His voice. Thank God for His words to you. When you are open, you will realize that God will find many ways to speak to you. He can use circumstances, people, visions, dreams,  the fruit of His Spirit and ways that work just for you. Enjoy His voice! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 68:33; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 4:12

Keep smiling!

The Lord’s smile is wide and bright. He is always smiling. He is always rejoicing and His joy is out of this world. Jesus smiles at everyone. He doesn’t frown and He doesn’t hate anyone. He is the King of love and the King of joy. We need to see Him that way. We need to see Him for who He is. His smile is healing and powerful. Jesus smiles. Yes, He does, friend. Today I want to reinforce the truth that we have a joyful God who wants us to spread His love and His joy. He is looking for people who will let His smile shine through. He wants to smile through you and me. He wants to touch the world with His smile. He desires for everyone to be impacted by His love and you and I can be major contributors to this distribution of love. We ought to keep that spiritual image of our smiling God. Too many people have been introduced to a God who punishes and who segregates. Too many words have been twisted and false doctrines and ideas have been formed despite the reality that Jesus is love. God is smiling today. God is smiling this very minute and someone needs His smile. Someone is looking for His love. Someone could be saved by His smile. We can be the vessels of His love and we can give Jesus a face so the world can see His truth. Let’s be the faces of the Lord. Let’s be the smiles that heal this hurting world.

First it is important that we learn that the Lord smiles at us. It is such a reassuring thought. It is a comforting truth that we should carry in our hearts. He is constantly smiling and inviting us into His joyful realm. When we are down, He smiles to bring us back to joy. When we are happy, He smiles and joins in our happiness. God smiles and everything changes. I have had many instances when I was a bit discouraged and during prayer I saw the Lord’s smile. I didn’t literally see His face but He showed me He was smiling by comforting me and giving me a major dose of hope. His smile is contagious. His smile is very special. His smile spells out love. His smile can change our moods and our days just like that. God doesn’t intend for any of us to be sad but life happens and circumstances can steal our smiles. However, for every stolen smile, there is a smile from Heaven that can make us forget the pain and suffering. Like the Bible says, “A glad heart makes a cheerful face” and God’s heart is definitely glad and His face is cheerful. Remember that He is smiling at you now because He loves you and rejoices over you all the time. There is nothing you can do that will make God stop loving you and smiling at you.

You probably know people who can use a smile today. You probably know people who are distraught and discouraged. They need the Lord’s smile. They need the power of His smile and you can help spread His cheer and bring peace back into those people’s lives. Keep smiling, friend! Keep embracing the Lord’s love and joy and keep spreading the peace. Your smile is crucial because it can make someone’s day. It is significant because it represents Jesus and it can be the only Jesus some people will ever know. Your smile matters. The Lord in you matters and people are longing to meet Him. Introduce Jesus to the world through your smile and through your positive disposition. There is Someone sacred and unique behind your smile. There is Jesus and He will show you what to do to assist someone who needs His smile. You can give hope. You can demonstrate that there is always a way and that Jesus is life. Don’t underestimate your smile. Let Jesus smile through you. Let His love flow through you. He is smiling at you so you can smile at others and heal them with His love. Keep smiling! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Zephaniah 3:17; Proverbs 15:13-14; 1 John 3:1

Your daily ray of sunshine

Jesus is my ray of sunshine even on a cloudy day. It took me a while to get to the point where I could see the sun on a bad and dreary day. It started when the Lord revealed that what we feel on the inside shouldn’t be dependent on what’s happening on the outside. He also said that His Spirit is always in us. Every believer has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her. Now, not every believer knows that truth or understands it. We can easily ignore the Spirit of Jesus and live our lives the way we want without acknowledging the presence of the Lord. When we live that way, we miss out on a lot. We miss out on a life with the Savior, the best life ever! I loved receiving the revelation of God living in me. I took it seriously and I gave Him a chance to be part of my everyday life and to express Himself in me. What I needed to do was to prioritize my time with Him and exalt Him. We exalt so many things every day. Things that shouldn’t be put on a pedestal. Things that take precedence over God when they should be put in the back seat. Jesus said He was the truth, the way and the life. When we are aware of who He is, we see His light and His love shining brightly every day.

The truth is that every day has Jesus in it. We might not feel like we are having a “Jesus day” at times because our feelings can be very misleading. We shouldn’t rely on our feelings and emotions because they often mirror what’s going on in our lives or they are affected by our circumstances. Jesus stays the same in us. His Spirit remains the same no matter what the weather is and no matter what is happening in our lives. A cloudy day can be a day when we are having a hard time, when we are struggling and when things go wrong. A sunny day can be a day when everything is going well and we are having a great time. On a cloudy day, Jesus is still the Son of God and He is still mighty. On a sunny day, Jesus is still the Son of God and He is still mighty. I have had my share of cloudy days and I have had seasons where the sun wouldn’t come out. However, I had the sun in me and I focused on that. What works the best for me is having celebration time on bad weather days. I go into my prayer room and I lift up Jesus.

Celebrating Jesus is a powerful habit that is underrated. We want the miracles and the breakthrough first and then we will celebrate Him. It doesn’t work that way. We ought to celebrate Him all the time for no particular reason other than the fact that He is God and that He saved us. Jesus is reason enough to celebrate. When we do celebrate Him, something wonderful and beautiful happens. His light shines. He inhabits the praises of His people so celebrating Him brings Him into the scene and He comes with so much joy and peace that we forget about the bad things that are happening. The more time we spend celebrating Him, the more we are changed on the inside. We acquire a new mindset and our hearts are filled with hope. Jesus is the ray of sunshine you need today. Tap into His love!

The love of God is the most powerful and most radiant force in the universe. His love can do anything. Jesus is that love that changes everything and when He shines, no clouds can defeat Him and no bad weather can stop Him from blessing us. Don’t focus on the storms, friend. Focus on Jesus. Focus on the ray of sunshine. His ray of sunshine will pierce that overcast weather of your life and you will end up seeing the sun. Sometimes all we need is just that ray of sunshine and we have enough hope to expect the sun to come again. The sun will come again, friend. Don’t get discouraged. Better days are coming. In the meantime, enjoy the Lord and have a celebration. You will gain the strength you need to face anything. Stay encouraged and know that the sun is here, in you. Jesus is your daily ray of sunshine. Don’t forget that! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 22:3; Psalm 50:23; Philippians 1:6

No matter what, you still have God

If I could edit my life and delete some chapters, I would. However, I will never remove what led me to Christ and my encounter with Him. It was a long time ago. I was a teenager. What I remember the most is that hope entered my life when Jesus became my Savior. I saw the light of hope. I saw something different. My spirit changed and my mind was positively impacted. I remember thinking that my future was bright and the devil was going to stop messing up with me and with my family. I was right about a bright future. I was wrong about the enemy. As a young Christian, I believed that once you get saved you have blessings after blessings and no trials and no tribulations. I was wrong and God helped me understand the truth. Believers have tons of problems. 

Believers can be persecuted and treated very poorly. Believers are not immune to the attacks of the enemy. Believers are prime targets. Believers can suffer a lot but believers have Jesus. We have Jesus. We will always have hope and always have solutions and a way out of our misery. God will always prevail. No matter what we go through, God will always win if we stay in faith. As a young Christian, I didn’t know much about faith. It sounded like something very hard and tedious. Then I found out that because I believed in Jesus I had faith. It was as simple as that. I had a tiny mustard seed of faith but I had faith. Now, the Lord taught me that it is my faith that moves His hand in my favor and I should hold on to faith, develop it, let it grow and persevere.

Today I want to remind you that the Jesus who saved you is still with you and He can still bless you. As a matter of fact, He is an expert when it comes to blessings, deliverance, freedom, peace and victory. Look at Jesus today. Keep your eyes on Him. He will stand by you through trials and tribulations. He never said that this life would be easy but He said He had conquered the world. Your current problems are part of what Jesus conquered. Thank Him for the victory. Praise Him for setting you free. Speak with faith about your situation. Know that it is taken care of and Jesus did what needed to be done. I know the enemy is probably whispering lies into your mind telling you that nothing can save you and things will never get better. He is a liar. Tune him out by turning up the praises. Let your praises be louder than the fears that are creeping into your head. Jesus did it all. You are not going to fail and you are not going to be in this predicament forever. Don’t lose hope and don’t focus on your difficulties. Open your Bible and your eyes of faith will be wide open. Your situation is not hopeless!

The Lord is a permanent fixture in your life. People come and go. Situations change. Events come and go but Jesus stays. He hasn’t left your side. He hasn’t given up. He hasn’t vanished. His love is there for you. His presence is intense even when you don’t sense it. That is why the enemy is afraid of you because of Jesus in you. He is very afraid but he also knows that you are not always tapping into your relationship with Jesus  and your faith in Him wavers. The enemy takes advantage of any small crack and he puts his nonsense into you through the small aperture. Plug the holes of doubt with the Word of God. Every time doubt talks to you, talk back with Scriptures. Remind yourself that Jesus is with you and that He will always prevail. Yes, you will have problems in this world. No one can avoid them but the Lord will help you overcome them. Present every problem to God. He will assist you and bless you. God can always help and that is something very important for you to remember. Your problems will try to tell you how big they are and you have to tell them how big your God is. No matter what, you still have God. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Joshua 1:9; Psalm 16:8; 2 Corinthians 12:9

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

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 189)

Let God speak to your heart privately. Set aside time to listen to Him. Give Him time and savor your moments with Him.

“Trust Me, I know what I’m doing” is what the Lord is telling you today. Listen to His voice. Give Him a chance to show you what He can do. Give yourself a chance to get out of your misery as you lean on God in the middle of your troubles.

God’s love in your life is accounted for. There is an unlimited provision of His love for you. It is a done deal. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Embrace God’s love. Let it bless you and protect you.

Faith is like a net you cast in an ocean of blessings. You don’t always know what you are going to get but you know you will get something and it will be very good in Jesus’ name!

At the end of the day God is still on the throne. No matter what you go through, God will see you through. He is still almighty and He is still powerful. Don’t lose hope. Victory is yet to come!

Praise is your remedy. It will heal your body, soul and spirit. Praise Jesus today and every day and you will have the key to freedom and breakthrough all the time.

Save your praises for Jesus. Compliment and encourage the world but praise the Lord and only the Lord. Put Him on a pedestal. Exalt Him. Let Him be bigger than anyone else. All praise belongs to Him!

Jesus the author of your faith holds your future. This means that you are not looking ahead with fear and doubt. You know that your future is in good hands and you have nothing to worry about. The Lord will be there every step of the way and He will always make a way!

God doesn’t think like the world. He knows and understands how the world thinks but His ways are higher than our ways. Pray that the Lord opens the eyes of your understanding and shows you His ways. Pray that you think more like Jesus and less like yourself!

Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy! You can make it and you will make it beautifully in Jesus’ name. The Lord is with you. He will make things happen for you. He will encourage you and help you. Don’t get discouraged. God is on your side!

Suggested reading: Psalm 91:4; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Timothy 2:13

God welcomes you

I remember the time when I was new to Jesus. I didn’t know Him well. I was excited about Him because He sounded so nice and so loving. I needed love. I know we all need love and the love He has to give is like no other. What intrigued me about Him was not only His eternal love but His integrity and His unwavering faithfulness. To me He was this faithful Savior whose love was deeper than the ocean and taller than Mount Everest. There was a giant aspect to Him. Every time I saw something tall or deep, I said to myself that Jesus was taller or His love was deeper. I liked learning about Him but I decided to know Him for myself. I set on a journey to find the real Jesus and to get as close to Him as possible. I didn’t want Him to be a person in a book. His Book was beyond anything I had read but I also understood that there was a real Person from the Book living outside the divine pages. I discovered that He was extremely approachable. He is closer than we think and He watches over us. The faithful loving Savior I was getting to know was very interested in having a relationship with me and that changed my perspective.

The religious Jesus who had been introduced to me slowly faded away as I got closer to the Jesus who loves and who reigns with majesty. I didn’t discard the Word of God. I read it every day but I made sure I talked to Jesus. I made sure I kept the lines of communication open and I gave Him my time. I knocked on His door and asked Him if I could come in. How did I do that? I prayed. It’s as simple as that. I said a genuine prayer. I asked Him to show me the real Him. I prayed for His Spirit to enter my life in a big way. I was honest and I was broken. I needed fixing and He took care of that. God is always so good and so caring. Every time we turn to Him with a sincere heart, He intervenes and He replies. I knocked a few times before I received a response. I think my head got in the way of His reply. He had spoken to me but I was too closed off to hear Him. What I found out is that not only does He love to reply to our prayers but He loves to give us more than we ask.

I asked for a seat at the table of the King so to speak. I asked for a corner seat so I wouldn’t be in the way and so that more important people could be seen. Everyone is important to the Lord. There are no front seats at His table. There is no VIP section and there is no protocol. We all have the same seats. We all have the same access to the King. He didn’t give me a small seat on the side like I thought He would. He sat me front and center where everyone else sits and He welcomed me with open arms. Jesus doesn’t reject anyone. I have learned that through the years. He has taught me that everyone who has walked the earth and who will walk the earth is welcome. He loves every single one of us. The King of Kings adores you and me. Once we get ahold of that truth, we can sit at His table and enjoy the feast before our eyes.

Today I want to reiterate that Jesus welcomes you all the time. He wants to spend time with you and He desires for you to get to know Him better. He wants to be closer than a brother. He wants you to understand that you are in His heart and He would do anything for you. He has a wonderful seat for you at His table and there are amazing dishes waiting for you. In His presence, you will find the water of peace, manna from Heaven, the fruit of the Spirit, and food for your soul such as peace and joy. There is plenty for you to enjoy. His lavish table is meant to show you how much He cares about you. Sit with Him every day. Spend time with His Spirit. Become intimate with the Lord. Adore the Father. Rejoice over the Son. You can get to know God more and you can have the confidence that He will always welcome you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 23:5; Luke 22:30; Romans 15:7

Don’t believe the lies

Every day our minds are bombarded with thoughts that we accept, we reject or we question. The enemy is a professional “bomb dropper.” He likes to drop thoughts into our minds that get us confused and scared. He has such easy access to our heads that a lot of the thoughts he injects into our thinking appear to be our own thoughts or they seem to be true when they are lies. The enemy is a thief and what he loves to steal is our peace. The thoughts and ideas he drops are meant to steal our peace. He doesn’t like any of us to live in harmony with God’s serenity. Peace is something he hates and he will do his best to prevent us from walking in the truth of the Lord. 

The Lord’s truth paves the way to peace and freedom and as long as we are on the wrong path, the enemy is content. He is the king of lies and promotes the biggest lies. It is important that we watch what we think so we don’t buy into the lies and turn them into our reality. One of the biggest lies of the enemy is that God doesn’t love us. How could God love us since we are sinners? That is what the enemy suggests to our minds. Doubting God’s love is detrimental to our faith and to our well-being. Now, most of the lies of the enemy fall under the umbrella of that lie. When we are scared and we doubt, it is mostly because we don’t believe that God’s love is powerful enough to get us through life. If we believe that God’s love is the strongest force in the universe, we don’t dread anything. 

Today I want to remind you that the enemy is a liar and God loves you more than anything. His love is the key to peace, to the truth and to deliverance. You might be struggling today and you might need to hear that God loves you. It is the truth. Hold on to that truth and use its power against all the lies of the enemy. You are loved. You are adored. You are blessed. You are highly favored. You are a child of God. All these are truths that you can brandish like a weapon in front of the enemy. Learn to recognize the lies. Learn to stop and think about God before you buy into what the enemy wants you to think. The Word of God defeats all lies. You can find all you need in God’s Word. You will find all the ammunition you need to conquer your negative thought life. Thoughts have a life of their own. They create a whole world that can be far from the truth or a world that was never supposed to be our truth but we accept it.

The Bible is referred to as the word of truth. You can be sure that the enemy doesn’t like the word of truth so use it as much as you can. The enemy hates hearing believers who speak the word of truth and who stand by that word. When he sees that Christ followers mean what they say and trust what Jesus says, he is diminished. The Word of God says that we should resist the devil and he will flee. When we proclaim the Word of God over our lives and we hold it as the ultimate truth in our lives, we resist the devil. When we refuse to adhere to the enemy’s lies, we resist the devil. When we declare Jesus as our Savior all the time, we resist the devil. When we argue with the negative chatter and we enjoy the positive discourse of the Lord, we resist the devil. Friend, the truth will set you free and it will challenge the lies of the enemy. Speak the truth of the Lord as much as you can.

You have the power to squash the lies of the enemy. Be relentless in your effort to let the truth of the Lord dominate your life. Stand strong and keep standing. Resist the devil. That resistance starts in your mind. Don’t let the lies get you down. Don’t let the lies tell you that you won’t amount to much. Don’t let the lies stall you and slow you down. Don’t let the lies mislead you. Lift up the Lord in your head. Celebrate Him and enjoy His truth. He loves you and His love for you will never die so the lies of the enemy will never be true. Anything that pops into your head that contradicts the Word of God is not worth your time. Focus on the goodness of God and know that God’s love is more than enough. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 8:31-32; John 14:6; John 17:17

God is greater

When I overthink and I spend time focusing on the negative, bad things seem so huge. I lose sight of God but fortunately the Holy Spirit brings me back to His reality and He reminds me that greater is the Lord that is in me. Greater is the Lord that is in me than the devil that is in this world.*That is what the Bible says. That is what the Lord Himself declares. Next time your mind blows the devil out of proportion, take control of your mind but reminding yourself that greater is the Lord in you. Take an inventory of everything that is bad in your life and push God’s truth against that list. Say “Greater is the Lord that is in me than the bills that are piling up in front fo me.” You can also say “Greater is the Lord that is in me than the anxiety that is fighting against me.” Anything that is bad and evil is not greater than Jesus. Jesus died on the cross and conquered death. The enemy, the devil is under the umbrella of death. He was defeated. Jesus in you is greater! You have nothing to worry about. The enemy might be blowing fear into your heart but the One who is sitting in your heart is more powerful. Give the Lord a chance to dominate your heart, your feelings and your emotions. You can do that by proclaiming that He is bigger and greater that anything that is against you.

So many strongholds are formed in our minds when we keep rehearsing bad scenarios and when we dwell on our problems. Nothing can get resolved when we visit our problems over and over again. They can appear bigger and they can foster other problems that did not exist in the first place. When we are aware of how powerful the Lord and we get ahold of that truth, we are on the right path. Now the goal is to use that truth and not let it sit in us. It has to be expressed and it has to be sustained. Greater is the Lord that is in us but the enemy is relentless and he knows that if he can weaken our minds and glorify himself in our heads, he has won the battle. He has not won. Jesus won. As bad as things may seem, they can be reversed and they can be changed by our Lord almighty. There is a lot of peace in the Lord and His peace can transform all situations. When things are not going well and my head feels like it’s going to explode, I call on the peace of the Lord. I understand the importance of calming the storm within so I can better deal with the problems that I am facing. Problems have a way of paralyzing our thinking and our bodies but when God’s peace enters the scene, hope is set in motion again. God’s peace is greater than the confusion and the chaos of the enemy. Ask for peace. You will get stronger and your faith in God being greater will increase.

Are we willing to believe God or are we going to buy into the enemy’s lies? His lies like I implied earlier, magnify him and they can be intimidating. God is the One who intimidates the devil. The devil doesn’t want you and me to discover that truth. Remember that Jesus destroyed the plans of the enemy on the cross. It is a done deal and whoever believes it will reap the benefits. There is a harvest of blessings that come from trusting that greater is the Lord in you than the enemy that is in the world. Go for the biggest harvest you can get. Go for healing. Go for debt cancellation. Go for peace. Go for joy. Go for blind faith. Go for the impossible. Greater is the Lord that is in you and the enemy can’t stop you because you are filled with the love that changes the world. Friday night might be here now and you can’t see how you will make it to Sunday but you have the One who bridges the gap between life and death so your Sunday is coming. Rejoice. Jesus is greater than any problems you might face. Stay encouraged and keep standing in faith. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: 1 John 4:4*; 1 John 5:4; Ephesians 6:12-13

Every step you take

Every step I take I have to look on my left and on my right and I wonder if I am taking the right step. I double check and make sure that I am on the right track. How do I do that? I ask God. I ask Him for help, for guidance and for assistance. I know that every step I take God is walking with me. One thing I am learning is to walk at God’s pace and not to get ahead of myself. I have an idea of what I should do and where I should go but if that idea is mine and it hasn’t been screened by the Lord, I can get lost. When God says He is with us, He is telling us that He is there to show us the way and not just to keep us company. I think sometimes we do things without thinking and we believe that it is ok because God is with us. God is with us not to confirm what we believe is right but to affirm Himself so we can follow in His footsteps. God is here to lead the way and to take us through the path of His righteousness. We are nothing without Him. We might think that we can get away with things without Him but we are highly mistaken when we decide to go it alone. 

Today I want to remind you that God is with you to help you and to be a model for you. He is our role model. He is our guide. He is our reference. He is our helper. He is not sitting on the sideline watching us do whatever we want. He is teaching us how to do what He wants for our lives because it is the best thing for our lives. Remember that there will always be help and advice when you lean on the Lord. Lean on Him before you take a step. Lean on Him when you are at a crossroad. Don’t cross until He gives you the green light. That light might take a while to turn from red to green but it’s because God desires for you to be safe. He will never send you on the road of life if there is danger on the way. I have found myself in dire straits many times because I was counting on my own understanding and I was doing my own thing. I have taken steps that have led me to deserted places where aridity was prevalent. Nothing good came out of those experiences in the wilderness. I turned left when God was telling me to turn right. I ignored Him and I missed His directions. Friend, stick with God and go to Him first before you do anything. 

God can lead your steps. God can show you the right way. The closer you are to Him, the clearer you will hear His directions. I have had a tendency to ask friends and family for advice. I think a lot of us do. It’s not a bad idea. However, I do believe that turning to God first will help us find the help we need. He can put the right people on our path. He can reveal the way to go. He can make our path clear. He can light the way. He can dictate what step to take and hold our hand while we walk with Him. We are meant to walk with God. God is not meant to walk with us and follow our steps. He is the leader. He is the director. He will direct our steps in ways we can’t do on our own. God knows where our feet should land and what places we should avoid. It is my prayer that you take every step with God and that you recognize that your journey is not a lonely adventure. You are with the Lord of lords and the King of kings and every step you take is a step toward freedom and success when you lean on the Lord. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 3:5-6; James 1:5-6