Blessings on the way

I don’t know who needs to hear the following message but it came to me like rapid fire and I strongly believe the Lord is talking to someone who needs it today. It could be you, friend! God’s blessings will come. God’s blessings will come back. They are not too far. They have not vanished. What you have to do is hang onto hope and trust that things are going to get better. You are going to have a better tomorrow. Your present day sufferings don’t compare to the glory that’s to come. Jesus’ glory is going to shine in your life again. You are going to see His love manifested in a big way. His love never dwindles and nothing can stop Him from loving you. You are not going through a hard time now because God doesn’t love you as much. You are going through this season because life has its ups and downs but even when you are in the valley, God is watching over you. Don’t fret. Don’t panic. The Holy Spirit is in you and God is with you. Great days are coming. You have seen nothing yet. What God is going to do for you is going to silence the negative thoughts and the fears that have been crippling you. The best is yet to come and that is an understatement. God is lining up blessings that are going to take your breath away. The blessings are going to rain on your life. It is going to be a heavy downpour of God’s goodness. This is going to be unprecedented but God can turn it into a lifestyle for you.

A few weeks ago when I was praying, the Lord softly asked me to embrace His life of blessings. I believe He blesses us and I believe in miracles but I needed a nudge. I needed a deeper revelation about the life of blessings He has for us. It is not a life void of difficulties. It is a life where blessings overcome trials and tribulations are conquered. I have said this before but I have to say it again. Jesus never promised that we would live on a bed of roses with no problems. He declared that the problems would come and He also said that He had conquered them. When we stay in Him, when we trust Him despite the hard times, blessings come.There are many blessings listed in the Bible and you, dear friend, are entitled to them as you keep your faith in Jesus. You have the blessed assurance that if you knock on His door, He will answer. Knock away. Let your prayers be knocks on the door of Heaven. The Lord is right there and He can give you what you need and more. Expect a life of blessings. Expect miracles. Have faith in the miraculous. It doesn’t matter if nothing extraordinary is happening around you. Dig inside your heart and you will find the peace that is a true miracle. God gives only good things and He is doing a great work in you. He is not done. He is not finished. You are going to go from glory to glory.

A life of blessings is a life lived with the awareness of Jesus and with faith in His Word. Jesus is the biggest blessing of all and when you lean on Him, only great things ensue. He rights your wrongs and He fixes your life. Not only can He fix what’s broken but He can replace it with blessings out of this world. His blessings are making their way to you, friend. It is a truth that you should keep close to you. Write it on the walls of your heart. Engrave it in your mind. Speak it all the time. Jesus loves you. He died for you. He died so you would have life in abundance. Abundance is being delivered into your life. Grab it with your hands of faith. Reject the lies of the enemy. It is going to get better. Things are going to be really good for you. The Lord is taking extremely good care of you. Declare His blessings into your life. Embrace His life of blessings. Embark on a higher journey of faith where you dare to believe in the impossible. You are going to make it and you are going to bless so many people because God’s blessings for you are meant to spill out and touch others. Don’t throw in the towel. Amazing things are going to take place. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 32:27; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Ephesians 3:20

Something can be done

One of the many things I have learned about the Lord is that with Him it’s never too late. He doesn’t show up when all is lost. He doesn’t come after the fact.  He always wins and He is never too late. Now, we can think that there is no hope and the enemy has the final say. Some terrible circumstances can easily seem like things will never get better. Some situations can seem extremely hopeless and we have to settle for them. That is not what the Lord tells us. He has the final say. He is never defeated by any of our tribulations. For Him just because it appears to be the end doesn’t mean that it is the end. It took me a long time to understand this but there is a powerful example in the Bible. When Lazarus died, His family saw it as the end. Jesus came to see Him days after He had found out that His friend was sick. Jesus wept with compassion but He didn’t give up and He didn’t say, “I arrived too late. Nothing can be done.” No, Jesus knew what He could do and bringing Lazarus back from the dead was not too difficult for Him. He did it effortlessly. Why? Because He can do all things and no obstacle can stand in His way including death. If you think that nothing can be done about your circumstances, I want you to think again. Put on the cap of faith and change your thinking. Think in line with the Lord’s thinking. Your situation is not dead. Let Jesus resurrect it and bring it back to life better than it was. Something can be done and the Lord is going to do it. Don’t lose hope!

What is the Lord going to do about your present circumstances? I have no idea but what I know is that nothing you are going through is too hard for God to fix. Your worst nightmare can turn into a dream with the Lord. He has the ability to make things better in a way that no one can match. Something can be done about your trials today. First you need to take it to the Lord in prayer. Go to Him and put it all in His hands. It sounds like something you have heard for a while but I am telling you, it makes a difference. God loves it when we depend on Him and when we seek His face. Seek the Lord. Search His heart and find out what He has for you. Love is what you will find and His love can do all things. His love will move mountains for you and dig valleys for you if need be. He would move Heaven and earth to make things line up perfectly for you. God knows a lot about doing incredible things and His miracles are still available today. Pray to Him and put all your trust in His hands. He will take your suffering, heal your wounds and put life into your situation. When you believe Him, nothing is too late. He is not late. Be ready for blessings and breakthroughs to be poured into your life.

Thank the Lord that something can be done for you. Tell Him that you will not worry about it and you are glad He is in control. You might have to thank Him a lot and that is just fine. The Lord wants us to be thankful all the time. Thanking Him for what He is going to do is a great expression of your faith. He is going to do something for you. He won’t let you down. He is going to change things around and bless you in ways that you won’t understand. His blessings will surpass your understanding and you will see His hand at work in your life. When we stay in faith, God is faithful and He does what He does best; He does the impossible. Something can be done about your situation so don’t believe the lies of the enemy and don’t dwell on how things look. God has a plan for you and He is working on making things great in your life. There is hope. You have Jesus so there is hope! Keep praying and keep worshipping Him. A breakthrough is on the way. Something great is going to be done about your circumstances and the Lord is orchestrating it. Stay strong and stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 19:26; Romans 10:9; 2 Timothy 2:13

Eyes on Me

When kids are not paying attention in class and they are being disruptive, some teachers tell them, “Eyes on me.” By saying that they are getting the kids’ attention and they are helping them refocused. Sometimes kids have side conversations and they are distracted. “Eyes on me” brings them back to where they should be. This makes me think of what the Lord is telling us all the time. He is saying, “Eyes on Me” when life gets in the way and we can’t focus on Him. He is saying, “Eyes on Me” when we get too distracted to remember that He is God and that He has our back. When we lose our focus on Jesus and we panic, He is saying, “Eyes on Me.” When we have side conversations and all we can think about is what we see, He is saying, “Eyes on Me.” Our side conversations can be expressions of doubt, complaints, gossiping or anything that is not pleasant to God. Can you think of some side conversations that you have on a daily basis? I can think of a few in my life. I am working on stopping them before they happen. I don’t want to speak doubt or complain. Those conversations don’t help me spiritually. They don’t serve me and they don’t help me grow. I want to keep my eyes on Jesus and not pay attention to the turmoil around me. We can’t avoid seeing what is going on in our lives but we should keep our eyes on the One who can change our lives.

Today I want to encourage you to listen to the Lord who is telling you, “Eyes on Me.” The Bible invites us to walk by faith and not by sight. Our sight is powerful. It connects us to the world and we makes sense of what is going on through our sight. God wants us to have a different approach. He tells us to apprehend the world through our faith. He wants us to use our faith in order to see the world. Our eyes of faith should be bigger than our physical eyes. Our eyes should see Jesus as being stronger and better than what the world presents to us. In this world we will have trials and tribulations and we can see their effects on our lives. However, Jesus has conquered the world. We ought to see the effects He has on our world more than the havoc the enemy is wreaking in our lives. Jesus is the filter through which we should see everything. When bills are piling up, our eyes should be on Jesus who can move any mountains including the mountains of debt. He said that our faith can do anything. Our faith in Him can move any mountains. Let’s keep our eyes on Him and activate the mountain moving power that we were given. Faith is the power that defeats all problems. Jesus is the author of our faith. Let’s keep our eyes on the author because He can rewrite any bad stories life deals us.

Walking by faith and not by sight is not trusting our senses more than our God. You could replace sight by hearing for instance. Don’t walk by what you hear but walk by faith. Many times fear and doubt come from what we hear. We hear some bad news. We hear that the economy is bad. We hear that many people are sick. What we hear can be powerfully disturbing. No matter what we hear, our eyes should still be on Jesus. No matter what we hear, we should give priority to the Word of faith. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. Let’s not have faith in the horror stories of the world. Let’s tune them out and let’s stay tuned on the Word of God. Daily Bible reading and studying is important. What God says in His Word is gold. We should value His gold more than the silver of the world. Friend, I understand that things might be looking bad for you right now but I guarantee you that if you keep your eyes on Jesus, things will start looking better. Continue to turn to Him. Look at what He did in His Word. He can still do it today in your life and more. Walk by faith in Jesus and not by the sights of the world. Your faith in Jesus can conquer any trials and tribulations in your life. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 17:20; Mark 11:23; 2 Corinthians 5:7

God is in control

“God is in control and He cannot fail.” This powerful declaration is what I want you to use all day. I want you to say it boldly when you are doing well and when worry is attacking you. You have nothing to worry about because you have the Lord. It is easier said than done at times but it is the ultimate truth. We get so used to worrying that we almost find it comforting. It doesn’t seem normal not to worry. We use the excuse that we are human after all. Yes, we are human and worry is part of our human DNA but greater is the One who lives in us than all the worries of the world. When we let worry dominate our thinking, we go back to our old ways. We are new creatures in Christ and as born again believers, we are blessed with the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. Now, we have to live our lives with the awareness of the Spirit in us and we need to let go of our old thinking patterns. We are encouraged to renew our minds. That is an ongoing process. We can’t be soft when it comes to our thinking. We should be alert and we should keep working on it. When we say that God is in control and He can never fail, we are pushing worry away and we are remodeling our thinking. There is not enough room for God and for worry in our heads. That is how we should look at the situation. One of the two will take up more space than the other. Let it be God. Let it be God all the time. We can win the battle of the mind when we constantly put God first and declare His majesty and power over everything.

God is in control. He knows exactly what He is doing. He can do all things. He has an amazing plan for all of us. His plan is for us to have life and to have it in abundance. Think about all the good things God has done for you. Think about the peace, the love, the joy and the faith He wants you to experience. Yes, you can have faith. Faith is one of the desires of God for your life. He wants you to walk in faith all the time. Faith pleases God. Faith connects you to God. Faith shows you God. Faith reminds you over and over that God is in control. Faith is one of your best friends. Hang out with faith. Spend a lot of time with Jesus and your faith will get stronger. Time spent with the Lord means time spent away from worry. There is this one praise song, there is this one prayer that can dissipate all fear and encourage you in the Lord. God is in control and you don’t have to try to figure everything out. He has the solution to all your problems. He has the perfect setup for your next miracle. He can move things around so you can find peace in the middle of confusion. His hand can reach you wherever you are. He is in control all the time and everywhere. There is more that He can do than you will ever imagine. Stretch your faith. Stretch your thinking. Declare with boldness that God can do all things. Declare with boldness that nothing can get in His way. Declare with boldness that God is going to make a way for you today. There is nothing to worry about!

God cannot fail. Do you know how many times I have failed in my life? Too many times to count. As a kid I used to fail Math tests from time to time and I was very discouraged. Those Math problems didn’t make sense to me. Those equations were too difficult to solve. God can solve all problems. God makes us win. He takes our failures and turns them into successes. God is a master at doing things right. When we give Him the pen, He writes beautiful paragraphs into our lives. When we give Him control, He makes everything perfect. All He asks is that you and I trust that He is in control and that His ways are higher than our ways. Worry doesn’t help. Worry doesn’t move the hand of God. Worry doesn’t get us closer to God. Worry clouds our judgment and it prevents us from hearing from God and from receiving from God. Attack your worries and fears with the Word of God. Be relentless. Keep speaking God’s sovereignty over your life. You have nothing to fear. God is in the house and He has closed the door so the enemy can’t get in. Believe Him. He is keeping you safe and He is pouring blessings into your life. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Luke 12:25; Matthew 6:27; 1 John 4:4

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 195)

Don’t get discouraged. The Lord is telling you, “We’re in this together.” You are in the best company. Trust that the Lord is with you during your trials. He is going to reverse your situation. Stay encouraged!

The devil might try to keep us in the dark about a lot of things but the Lord will keep us in His light! Follow the light and the darkness will never conquer you.

There is more peace coming to you today. Jesus, the prince of peace is going to shower you with peace that will make no sense but it will be just what you need. Trust in His peace. Embrace His peace!

You can stay awake all night or you can let God handle everything. Put it all in His hands. Pray your cares away. Give it to God and let it go. Sleep on His promises and wake up to His new mercies. God’s got this!

The power that makes it possible to have a great day is available to you. Jesus gives you access to His power and to His blessings. Rely on Him all day. Praise Him. Stay in faith. Stay positive. Stay strong. Today is going to be amazing. Thank God for today!

Don’t let your feelings get above the truth. Don’t let your emotions get stronger than your faith. Don’t let your circumstances make you doubt your God. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. You are still blessed. You are still covered!

The mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart. Trust every single word that comes out of God’s mouth. Believe that everything He says is from His heart and He has the best intentions for your life. You are in His heart. He talks about you with love. Listen to His Word. His heart beats for you!

With God you won’t miss the elevator. He will take you all the way to the top. The ride will not always be smooth but you will always get to the top. The enemy might try to push your buttons and make you get off before you get there but the Lord will stop him. Stay the course. God is taking you to the top!

God has not abandoned you. God has not left you. Your mind might be a wilderness where God has deserted you but it is mirage. God is still there. He is in your heart and He is by your side. He promised to never leave you nor forsake. Stand on His promise and you will walk out of the desert of doubt!

How sweet it is to be loved by God! He loves you. He adores you. He is delighted to spend the day with you. Receive a hug from Heaven every day. God has you in the palm of His hand!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 49:16; John 10:29; Acts 11:21

Your coping mechanism

The other day when I was praying, the Lord reminded me of how everything is possible with Him. I feel like there is a special resurgence of that message. It was strong at some point in many churches and then life happened and the message died down a little bit. My observation is that some churches preach self-preservation and survival but Jesus is not the focus of their message. It is great to be encouraged and to learn coping mechanisms but Jesus should be our number one coping mechanism. He should be the One we trust to help us handle this life. He shouldn’t be a last resort and He shouldn’t come after trying a plan A where He is nowhere to be found. Jesus is your plan A who never fails. Jesus is your coping mechanism who gives you what you need. He is your strength and He is your ability to face anything. I often read the Bible and get excited about the power that is available in the Book and in my life thanks to the Word of God. Diving into the Word and swimming in it on a daily basis allows me to stay afloat through the tough times and to get to the shore of peace when I need to. I can’t talk enough about the power of the Bible and I have to add that the power of Jesus Christ is alive and well. You can find it in His Word and you can find it in your life. We are meant to experience Jesus and to let Him become our default setting. We are not supposed to deal with the harshness of life alone. Jesus is there for us. He is there for a reason. Today I want to encourage you to have Jesus as your coping mechanism.

A coping mechanism is a strategy people often use in the face of stress or trauma to help manage difficult situations. These tough situations can be big or small. People find strategies to deal with them. I am saying today that Jesus should be our coping mechanism. He is not a strategy. He is a Person who can deal with anything and who has seen everything. Your worst problem is not a shock to Him. Nothing that happens to you will ever traumatize Him or intimidate Him. Get that out of the way and remember that the Lord can handle anything in the world. No matter where you are and no matter what you are going through, you have a Savior that will not be scared and that will not bow down. He will not run away and leave you stranded. He will take care of you and give you what it takes to face your problems. You see, the Lord is interested in how we react to things. He wants to change us so we can deal with anything. When we pray and ask for help, His help is on the way but it doesn’t always take on the form that we expect. Let’s say you were going through financial difficulties. When you pray to the Lord, He listens so He is going to do something about your situation. What He desires for you first is to be at peace. He is going to work on your heart and on your emotions and be that coping mechanism that you can use in the face of your financial crisis. Being calm is crucial. Once we are calm, we are more receptive to the Lord.

God is looking at your heart and He will make sure that your heart is not troubled. He hasn’t turned a deaf ear. He is not ignoring you. He will become your coping mechanism if you let Him. What does that entail? It entails that when the storms are raging, you can get peace through Christ. You can put Him between the storm and yourself. You can rely on Him to calm you down and to bring you to a place of serenity where your problems won’t bother you. It is the truth. Your coping mechanism can do that for you. He has what is called peace that surpasses all understanding. It is out of this world and it comes from Jesus. He has become my coping mechanism and I am glad to report that He doesn’t let me down. Thanks to Him I can cope and I can handle things that used to drive me crazy. He is soothing. He is appeasing. He is encouraging and He is comforting. React to life with Jesus. Your coping mechanism will never break down and He won’t disappoint you. Trauma and drama are part of life. We can’t escape them but with Jesus we can handle anything. Stay strong in the Lord! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 46:1; Matthew 7:7

God’s love is following you

I used to feel like I was taking one step forward and two steps back in my Christian walk. It mostly happened because I was listening to the lies of the enemy way too much. I felt guilty a lot and I was convinced that God didn’t love me as much as He did because too many bad things were happening in my life. I thought that if God loved me I wouldn’t have that many problems. Our problems and our issues are not the result of a lack of love on God’s part. He loves us more than we will ever know. It’s very important to understand that God loves us and nothing can separate us from His love. It is fundamental to our Christian walk. We can’t walk with someone we think doesn’t care for us. It makes things complicated and we are always walking on eggshells thinking that if we make one mistake the person is going to hate us. God adores you, friend. He is never mad at you and He is never disappointed in you. This doesn’t mean that you should go and do just about anything you want. However, if you sin and yes you are bound to sin, if you repent, He will forgive you. No one is immune to sin but everyone is loved by God. His perfect love covers all sins. If you are having a hard time accepting God’s love for you, I am here to encourage you and to tell you that His love for you is real and it never changes. His love is with you today. His love is following you. God is following you everywhere you go. You are never alone. God’s love is following you and it is blessing you. Embrace it. Invite it more into your life by faith. Experience it!

I love the idea that God is always with me, following me. It helps a lot in times when I feel alone. God is there and His love is right behind me. Now, if you spend time in the Word of God, you will find out that love is what caused God to give His Son for us and to save us. God’s love is the center piece. It is the essence of God. It is His purpose and His mission. He is love and He will never abandon us. Think about it! God’s love will never abandon you. The resurrection power of the Lord is following you everywhere. You always have access to the love that changed the world, the love that causes miracles to happen. God’s miraculous love is active in your life and you can access it through faith. The love that heals the sick, that parts the seas and that calms the storms is right by your side. You have all you need with God. Your job is to tap into His love and recognize it. I suggest that you thank the Lord for His love daily. Thank Him in the morning. Thank Him at night. Thank Him during the day. Reverence His love and celebrate Him. Love, the purest and the strongest kind of love died on the cross for you. It died for your sins and it died for a better life for you. That sacrificial love is following you and watching over you. The most amazing love the universe has ever seen is watching over you.

Problems have a way of following us and hanging on to us. They are hard to get rid of and they seem to always be present. Well, friend, you have the One true Deliverer who is glued to you and He will get between you and your problems when you put it all in His hands. You have nothing to fear. God’s love is the best protection you can get. Be sure to bring to the forefront in your praises and in your prayers. I find that the more I talk about God’s love, the more I experience it. God knows exactly how to show His love to us. He has many expressions for all of us. He might be showing love to you differently from how He is showing love to someone else. Don’t compare God’s love for you with His love for someone else. Don’t compare your blessings with someone else’s blessings. Don’t compare the answers to your prayers with someone else’s answers. God’s love for you is unique and specific. Focus on what is just between you and God. In God’s eyes you are precious and beautiful. Enjoy His point of view. Trust His opinion of you and remember that His love is following you all the time. You are in great company! May God bless you and protect you and keep in mind that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:9-10

The giver and the thief

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”* The enemy is a thief who only wants to steal, kill and destroy. That is what defines him. He doesn’t take a break from those cruel activities. He will never change and he will never stop. Now, we have the Lord who is the opposite. He gives life, He restores and He rebuilds. He will never change and He will never stop giving. He is the ultimate giver who can give us back what the thief has stolen and more. Jesus destroyed the works of the devil by dying on the cross and coming back to life. That power that nullified the enemy’s power is still alive today. We can tap into it with faith and we can thank God for it all the time. It doesn’t mean that the enemy can’t steal from us or that he can’t destroy things in our lives. He is relentless and he will try whatever he can. That is why the Bible tells us to be alert and to stay in faith. Faith is our protection and our safety net. Faith in Jesus guarantees that we get back what is taken. I have had a lot of things taken through the years just like anyone. Things happen. The enemy happens but so does Jesus. Jesus will give over and over again even when we don’t ask for anything. Let’s stick with the giver. Let’s not bow down to the thief in fear. With Jesus we are all set. We have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear.

Have you ever heard of a thief who keeps stealing from the same house? I would think that it is rare but it is standard for the enemy. He comes back all the time. He doesn’t want our house to be at peace. When we chase him out, he doesn’t get it. He doesn’t learn his lesson. He shows up again. He doesn’t always come after a great prayer session, a beautiful praise session or after a victory. He comes when we are at our lowest. When we are tired. When we have a lot going on. He takes advantage of our weaknesses and he inserts himself into our lives with more chaos. When the devil tried to tempt Jesus in the desert, it was at the end of His fast. It was at a time when He was hungry and tired. However, the Lord had what it took to face the enemy. He used the Word of God and the devil left Him. We have the same Word and we can use it when the enemy tries to steal our joy, our peace and our sanity. The Word of God will also put the enemy down and make him go away. Resist the devil and he will flee. The Bible is what allows us to resist the devil. Knowing it well is crucial because you never know when you are going to need to quote a scripture that will cripple the enemy.

As a kid I was scared of thieves. I was petrified by the idea of someone sneaking into my house and stealing from my family. I lived in fear with that thought for a few years and the thought never came to pass. It was just in my mind and it debilitated me for no reason. The enemy does that. He works on our minds and creates problems that don’t exist. Oftentimes fears are based on ideas that marinate in our heads but that never yield anything concrete. We can live in fear of many things that will only live inside our minds. The enemy wants to steal our peace and our minds are his battlefield. The Word of God declares that we can share the mind of Christ. Sharing His thoughts is the best way to live. He will drop His thoughts into your mind and into your spirit when you are attached to Him and you keep following Him despite everything. Remember that He is a giver and He will give you peace. He will give you joy. He will give you strength. He will give you comfort. He will give you laughter. He will give you smiles. He will give you bliss and He will give you a mountain of blessings. Don’t worry about the thief. Jesus is in the house and He is guarding you. Stay in faith. Resist the enemy with the power of the Word of God. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 10:10*; Acts 3:21; James 4:7

3 practical practices

When I was praying yesterday morning, the Lord guided me through a meditation about some of the tools He gives us. He said that He has equipped His people with some great tools that we don’t always use. I want to be actively involved in the use of those tools. They are meant to help us lead a successful Christian life. God cares so much about us that He would never leave us without any defenses and without any means of dealing with this life. It is sad when we live our lives in Christ thinking that we have to fend for ourselves and we don’t do anything to keep up with the blessings and with the wonderful life Jesus provided for us. There are several tools that are wonderful practices but today I am going to focus on three of them; the practice of positive confession, the practice of prayer and the practice of praise.

THE PRACTICE OF POSITIVE CONFESSION

There is power in what we say. The Bible tells us that the tongue has the power of life and death. What we say matters. What we say can influence our lives in a good way or in a bad way. We are encouraged to renew our minds. We can do that with the Word of God and with the Holy Spirit. It is important to keep our minds focused on the Lord so that what we say is positive. What we think about the most, we end up talking about. It is crucial that we fill our minds with the words of the Lord. His words should be our words. We don’t have to repeat what He says verbatim even though it is a great habit to have. However, we should speak in agreement with His Word. We should always be positive in what we say. We should be the people who believe in being positive and who always have something nice, pure and noble to say. Our words should shed a positive light in the world around us. If we always talk about how bad things are, if we are always complaining or gossiping, we are not being good stewards of what the Lord gave us. He gave us hope, love, life, joy, peace and other great things. They should be reflected in what we say. Positive confession is a practice that bears good fruit. Sometimes I use it to counteract the thoughts in my mind. Speak positively every day. Speak like Jesus would and you will be in line with His blessings for your life.

THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER

Jesus prayed so we should definitely pray. I have written a lot about prayer and I will continue because it is one of the most significant tools we were given. The Holy Spirit is the One who helps us pray. Every time you think you should pray, it’s the Holy Spirit inspiring you. Every time you pray, He is assisting you. You don’t have to be eloquent. You just have to open your heart and pray. You have to be receptive and to be attentive because the Lord has a lot to say and you should expect to hear from Him during prayer time. Prayer is one of the two most powerful tools in my life. I love it and I can’t live without it. Once you get used to it, you fly with it. The Holy Spirit prays with us and that is a beautiful experience. Pray like Jesus. Follow what He says about prayer. Worship the Lord first. Repent, forgive, celebrate Jesus, pray for others, make your personal requests known and thank the Lord in advance. Pray with faith and love. Pray for your world. Pray for the world. Pray for others every single day. Your prayers matter. Your prayers are heard. Believe that. You can pray in Jesus’ name and make a change in this world. Keep that practice going. Pray despite your circumstances. 

THE PRACTICE OF PRAISE

When you pray, it is good to enter the gates of the Lord with praise and worship. Now, praise and worship can take place any time of the day and they should actually be a part of what we do every day. We should be people of praise. We should sing to the Lord with our voices and with our hearts. Praise is not always a song. It can be a thought, a sentence, an action, a deed. Praise lifts up Jesus. Praise recognizes that Jesus is King. Praise is powerful. When everything is dark around us, the practice of praise brings back the sun. It brings back hope and joy. Praise is the other most powerful tool in my life. It changed my life because it showed me that Jesus was my life and that I had a great life through Him. Praise made me aware of Jesus and it has opened my eyes to the truth that nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible with Him. If you can’t pray, start with praise. Praise will usher your spirit into a state of prayer and reverence. I praise before I pray. Actually praise is part of my prayers every single time. I also enjoy praising the Lord throughout the day. I try my best through my actions but I also spend time singing to Him and declaring His majesty. When His glory comes down, the praise sessions are even more powerful. Keep the practice of praise going all the time. Praise will break the power of the enemy in your life and open the heavenly gates. Praise away!

Use the tools of the Lord all the time. Ask Him to reveal more to you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 18:21; Luke 3:21; Luke 6:12

Be bold and courageous

When you rely on God and you live your life through Him, you gain a new boldness and courage. God expands your personality so to speak. He stretches out the good in you and lets it shine. The fruit of the Spirit can be seen in your life. You get a daily dose of Jesus’ love, peace and joy and you share it with the world. You get a fire in your spirit and if you keep it going, it will take you places you never knew you could reach. You will visit aspects of your personality that are new and pure. Those enhanced aspects are the results of the new birth in Christ and the daily maintenance of the birth is crucial. It’s not that we have to maintain our being saved. It is a done deal but we have to live according to the Lord and enjoy the great benefits of life in Him. We can’t be born again and live the way we used to live when Christ wasn’t our Savior. Unfortunately it happens way more often than you think. It happened to me. I got saved, I thought I was following the Lord and I did for a while but then I was mostly following my own version of being saved and Christ wasn’t necessarily the center. I didn’t carry my cross and followed Him. I carried a made up cross and followed Him at times when it was convenient. Living with Christ is not always convenient and it is never about us. It’s about Him. He gives us boldness. He gives us courage. When we remain in Him and He remains in us, we become lions of the Lord. We become bold Christians who love unconditionally and who stand for what’s right in the name of Jesus.

Boldness and courage go hand in hand. They are the willingness to take risks, to act innovatively and to do things that could frighten us. The thing is, with the Lord we become bold and courageous because we know there is nothing to fear and nothing to worry about. When we stand on the Lord and our faith is focused on Him, we can be bold and we have the courage to live this life with peace. It’s not that we are strong within ourselves. The Lord is our strength. We can walk the Christian walk and talk the Christian talk without fear. We can keep going despite the traps of the enemy and we can stand up again after a fall. It doesn’t mean that we don’t fail at times and that we don’t have difficulties. It means that through it all we are strong and courageous and we dare to believe even when the enemy is taunting us. Friend, you have boldness in you. You have courage. Let them come out as you fix your eyes on Jesus. The spirit He gave you is powerful. Don’t let yourself be intimidated by your circumstances. You are a lion or a lioness of the Lord. Roar with faith. Show that you know that greater is the One that is in you than the devil that is in this world.

There is nothing to fear and nothing to worry about. It’s easier said than done but I can guarantee you that when you make Jesus the Lord of your life every day and in everything, you will not fear and you will not worry. Let Him be your “all in all.” Let Him be the King and the ruler of your life. Follow Him. Focus on Him. Pray to Him. Be close to Him. Adore Him. Worship Him. Read Him in His Word. Be His witness. Connect Him to your world. Carry your cross and keep your eyes on Him as you walk on this journey. Let His words become your words. Let His Spirit influence your spirit. Let love be your native tongue. Let His peace that surpasses all understanding surpass your understanding. Embrace His joy and you will have strength. Be humble. Be patient. Be loyal. Be faithful. God’s boldness and courage will become a big part of your life. You will speak up for Jesus and you will speak up for love. You will walk in the valley with confidence and you will climb the mountains with hope. My prayer is that you are as bold and as courageous as the Lord intended you to be. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Joshua 1:9; John 15:7; 2 Timothy 1:7