10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 176)

Trusting the Lord shouldn’t be conditional or optional. It should condition our thinking and it should be our number one option all the time. Let’s put God first. Let’s trust God first!

You are never too far from your next blessing. Wait patiently and celebrate Jesus daily. He is going to bless you in ways that you never thought were possible!

The rain will stop. God will make it stop and He will shower you with blessings that will change your day for the better. Stay strong in the rain and expect the sun to come out again because the Son of God is always shining!

Sometimes God puts you in a situation where all you can do is pray. He wants to hear from you and He wants you to listen to Him. Pray every day so you know what to say and what to listen for when you are in a desperate situation!

You can’t get a bigger God. You need a bigger faith! God is big enough to take care of your biggest problems. Let your faith see Him for the God that He is.

Give God full custody of your life. Let Him make decisions for you, care for you and protect you!

Jesus is the key so open the doors of opportunities and blessings with Him in mind.

Don’t mind the thoughts that say that you won’t amount to anything. They are not from God. They are from the enemy who is trying to rob you of the truth of the Lord. The Lord loves you and He knows your worth. You were worth dying for. That is what Jesus thinks of you!

God did it before and He will do it again. Expect miracles. Expect blessings. Expect changes. Expect God to be God. He will deliver!

Thanks to God you will discover that there is always hope. There is always something better coming. There is always a solution and there is always love for everyone.

Suggested reading: Lamentations 3:22-23; John 15:13; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Nothing without God

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

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

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

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

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

Finding rest in the Lord

I was very tired the other day but I couldn’t relax properly. My mind was racing. When we are tired, we are more susceptible to negative thoughts and their power over us. I had to do something. Then I heard deep down inside “Rest in Me. I am your power.” I love it when the Holy Spirit gives me encouragement when I least expect it. It happens at the most random times. One time I heard Him say something very powerful as I got off the couch. His encouragement ushered me into a long praise session. Sometimes it only takes a few words from the Lord to set our heart ablaze. I needed His fire. I needed something that would consume the fatigue and the negativity that was trying to take over me. “Rest in Me” was just what I had been waiting for. My mind longed for words from the Lord that would put to sleep the bad thoughts and the discouragement that was escalating inside. I said a prayer. Prayer is my point of contact with God. When I join my hands, something amazing happens. I flow with the Holy Spirit and I am very quickly reminded of the presence of the Lord. It is interesting how we can be feeling down one moment and then we get overwhelmed by the presence of the Lord and His joy hits us like a jolt. I prayed for rest. I prayed so I could unwind and find peace in His arms.

The Lord listens to our prayers and if we believe that what we ask in His name we receive, there is no way we won’t receive it. I asked for rest and I received a blessing. Peace settled in my heart and the Lord’s serenity invaded the room I was in. I think sometimes we perceive things as being on the outside when they are really taking place on the inside. God gave me His peace. That peace that surpasses all understanding. He said He was my power. He is our power. He is the power that can quiet the thoughts of the enemy and that can burn all the negativity we face. Finding peace when my mind was all over the place was such a strong encouragement that it led me to think about all the times the Lord had intervened in my life in a powerful way. Going down Merry lane like I like to call it, can give us rest. Going down the road of memories of God’s interventions in our lives can give us peace and help us stay in faith and have hope. Unrest often comes when hope seems gone. Unrest is a fruit of the enemy. There is the fruit of the Spirit and there is the bad fruit of the enemy. The enemy’s fruit is dark and filled with doom and chaos. The fruit of the Spirit is ripe, bright and filled with hope. I took a bite at the fruit of the Spirit and rest came rushing in.

When you find rest in the Lord, you could be in the middle of a crisis but the Lord is all you know. God can transform your mood and make you joyful even when you have reasons to cry. When you find rest in the Lord, your circumstances don’t mean anything. The Lord is your everything. When you find rest in the Lord, you feel like you could walk on water and no storm can stop you from walking. When you find rest in the Lord, you don’t overthink but you are overjoyed. You have joy that puts an end to anguish and agony. When you find rest in the Lord, you let Him take over and you sit in the passenger seat. When you find rest in the Lord, you find a treasure that you share with others and that keeps on giving. When you find rest in the Lord, tomorrow is nothing to worry about and today is a great day. When you find rest in the Lord, the enemy is upset but your heart is at peace. Find rest in the Lord today. Say a prayer. Ask for help. Talk to the Lord of lords. Go down Merry lane. Embrace His restful arms and stand in peace. Stand tall in the assurance that you can rest and you have nothing to worry about. Find rest in the Lord and not in the world. The Lord will give you peace so you can be strong again. May God bless you and protect you and remember that the Lord will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 62:1;  Matthew 11:28; Mark 6:31

Be ready for anything

Be ready for anything. Be ready for the good. Be ready for the bad. The bad often prevails in our lives by seeping into every area of our lives in a big or small way. However, Jesus said that despite the tribulations we would have in this world, we should not worry. Why? Because He said He had conquered the world. Anything can happen at any time but Jesus is King anytime and all the time. No matter what comes your way, Jesus can get in the way. He can get in the way of what will try to destroy you, to rob you and to make you fail. Jesus is the reason why you can face anything. He is the reason why you can be ready for anything. He also tells us in His Word that we can do all things through Him who gives us strength. The Amplified version of that verse reads, “ I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who ]infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.”* You truly can be ready for anything because Jesus is your strength. Anything that comes your way will find Jesus there with you. Any problem and any trial will have to contend with the Lord. Remember that and you will rise above any problem that you might encounter. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever so the strength to face every day is the same today as it was when Jesus walked the earth. The Holy Spirit will give you the power to deal with anything. When God says anything, He means it!

This week could be a week of many “anything’s’. You could be taken aback by some of the things that take place. Take a deep breath and before you react with fear, react with Jesus. Keep in mind that He is on your side and He is your strength. Say it out loud. Talk about how powerful He is and declare that nothing is impossible with Him. Nothing can stop Him from blessing you and nothing can derail you because He is with you. Some of the things that might take place are going to look like a series of bad episodes that present themselves as an obstacle course. It might look really bad and impossible to traverse but it shouldn’t frighten you. Getting through difficulties at times is a long process and you might feel like you are very far from a destination where peace resides. Jesus is your passport to that destination. He has all the visas you need to go through trials and come out unscorched. You will go through hot lands and deserts but He is going with you and He has all the immunization you need. He will give you rain when you are too hot and warmth when things get cold. It doesn’t matter what situation you find yourself in. What matters is the One who is your defender and your protector. Face the day with Him. He has conquered the world including every single problem you will ever have to handle. He can heal any situation and restore anything that the enemy has stolen. He will restore your joy and your peace. He will help you stay strong at all times. It is up to you to decide not to give up.

You have strength for all things. You have strength 24/7. You have Jesus 24/7 and He is your strength. One thing that works for me very well is to tap into the Lord’s joy. The Bible says that His joy is our strength. When a problem arises, I get into joy mode. The best way for me to get there is through a praise and worship session. I lift up my hands and the fear and doubt come down. I lift up my hands and boldness and confidence rise up. Jesus empowers me and He gives me hope. It is amazing and it is all thanks to Him. Give Him the glory for He gives you the power to make it every single day. Today the Lord wants to empower you through this message. He wants to remind you that anything can happen but He is more powerful than anything. He also wants you to be ready for anything that is good. Expect good things. Have faith for miracles, blessings and breakthroughs. Don’t be afraid of the bad things but be thankful for the good things that are coming your way. He is a waymaker and His way is the best way. Be in sync with His way by trusting that He has great plans for your life. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 41:10; Philippians 4:13*; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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