Winning the battle of the mind

What we listen to ends up creating a framework in our minds. The more we listen to the same things, the more of a hold they have on our thinking. If we listen to negative banter all the time, we will develop a negative mindset. Negative banter comes in the form of what we actually hear out loud and in the form of the thoughts that pop into our heads. This is why we have to guard our minds and be careful what we let in. I learned that I had been too passive when it came to my thinking and it ultimately affected my belief system. I believed in God but my mind had holes in it. Holes that allowed negative thinking to seep in and to plug in the missing parts with negative parts. We have to be a lot more active in our heads. Thank God, the Lord gives us weapons to use against negative thinking. He knows the importance of what we hear and what we let grow in our minds. He clearly says in His Word that we should renew our minds. I know His encouragement is extremely crucial. God loves our faith. If our faith is tampered with and it is lacking substance, it is not solid and it is not the kind of faith that is pleasing to God. He wants us to have blind faith or total faith in Him. That kind of faith comes from hearing the message of the Bible over and over again and trusting it. We ought to make it a part of our thinking and it has to be engrained in us. The number one tool against negative thinking is positive listening. Positive listening based in the Lord. When we listen to the Word of God and we meditate on it, we go through the process of positive listening. It is active listening. Listening here is not just hearing and forgetting about what we hear. Positive active listening is listening to the Word of God, dwelling on it and giving it a chance to become a part of us. Then the Word invades our belief system and it stays inside of us.

Today I want to encourage you to watch what you listen to and make sure that the Word of God is a priority in your life. Friend, it will help you fight the negative thoughts the enemy wants you to dive into. He desires for you to drown in his oven of mental confusion. He is the king of overthinking and he uses that technique to weaken our faith and to isolate us from God. Overthinking doesn’t find constructive solutions and it keeps us in a mental jail that has no way out. Overthinking creates horrible realities that did not exist in the first place. Overthinking gives us faith in the negative and it sows deep seeds of doubt in us. It takes advantage of the fragile state of mind it promotes and uses that fertile soil of doubt for more doubt to grow. If you are battling overthinking now, distract yourself. Get out of that mindset by imposing another mindset on top of it. That mindset should be the mindset of the Lord. Get into the Word. Read encouraging passages that you have highlighted. Tear down the obsessive thinking by injecting the light of the Lord. God’s Word is a powerful light that can remove negativity. Be resilient. Keep going into the Word. Dig deep and find the strength you need. It is there for you. God will give you the power to overcome what is eating you inside. Trust Him. He will do that for you. He has what it takes. It is in His Word and it can destroy the strongholds of the enemy. The Word of God is so amazing and so strong. Stick with it and you will see a big change in your thinking. It will happen for you.

The Holy Spirit is a great ally. He will assist you in your fight against negative thinking. He will remind you of the love of the Lord and how much He takes care of you. This battle is already won. Now, you can get over the bad thinking. Get into partnership with the Spirit of God and arm yourself with His Word. Ask Him to guide you on this journey to a more positive way of thinking. The Holy Spirit always magnifies Jesus and that is a great way to conquer negative thinking. Stay focused on Jesus. Let your adoration of His majesty be a daily occurrence. Worship and praise Him more. Friend, it does work! It makes a huge difference in your mind. Praises are the gates of Heaven showing up at the threshold of your mind willing to come in and to transform you. I love getting lost in praise and worship. I come out of those beautiful sessions altered. My mind is more positive and my faith is intensified. However, I have to keep doing it. One praise session a week is not enough. Negativity doesn’t take a break so we shouldn’t take a break either. Let’s be active worshippers who listen to the Word of God as much as possible. Let’s work with the Spirit of God. Let’s be receptive to His guidance and let’s stay close to Jesus. We will win the battle of the mind when we fill our minds with the Lord. We can do this! We can win the battle of the mind in the name of Jesus! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Romans 12:12; 2 Corinthians 1:22; 1 Peter 1:13

God says you are beautiful (repost)

As a kid when I found out that we all had different fingerprints, I was fascinated. We are all unique in many ways. We have a special imprint on our fingers that distinguishes us from others. God created us all in a unique fashion. Yet we tend to try to blend in and be like the rest of the world. Our personalities and our looks are more like a uniform than a distinctive outfit. If we could look at people’s hearts and see right through them we would be presented with a diversity of people that is not apparent to the naked eye. It’s the diversity and variety that we don’t always display that underline God’s creation and its beauty. I have met people who didn’t want to explore their artistic talents because they were afraid to be judged or to not be accepted by others.

There was a time when being a Christian wasn’t something I talked about because I didn’t want to be too different. Today I am writing this message as an invitation to stand out instead of blending in. If your relationship with Jesus is what makes you unique in your community, among your friends or family, don’t hide it under a bushel. Celebrate how unique you are because of whom you have a relationship with. Encourage others to stand up and stand out for Jesus. Don’t be afraid. You are not in this alone and you were never meant to achieve this alone. Your Holy Spirit connection makes you perfectly and beautifully special!

Jesus on earth was beautifully unique. He called Himself the Son of God and yet He didn’t follow religion. He stood up against the nonsense of the religious people who had created a series of doctrines that painted a wrong picture of God. Many people sided with them. It was the popular and the “right thing” to do. If someone marginally acted outside these sets of rules, they were considered heretical. Jesus wasn’t afraid of being controversial. Why? He knew who He was and He knew the truth. He knew what His DNA revealed and He loved who He was. His fingerprints were unique and He let His uniqueness stand out in crowds. He didn’t try to blend in and be loved by everyone. He spoke up and He spoke for love despite what others said and believed. His conviction was exemplary. People didn’t follow Him because He was just like anyone else. People were drawn to love and drawn to the breeze of fresh air that He brought with His ideas and His revelations.

You were made perfectly and beautifully special. What is unique about you is not only how you were made but also the fact that you are linked to the King of kings. It’s time you let your “unique you” shine and celebrate the One and only Lord who died for you. Look into your heart and discover what makes you you. The passions and the desires that God put in you need to come alive. Let them rise up as you let your faith rise up to new levels. As you embrace the unique way you are, you ought to embrace your trust in the Lord. The Lord has given you the tools to brighten your world when you tap into the genuine version of yourself. You were never meant to be just like anyone else. Look at your fingers and be reminded of how special you are. Jesus was etched on your heart and that is a truly wonderful blessing. You are blessed, friend. Let that blessing resound among the noise of crowds of people who are desperate to look like one another. Stand up and stand out for Jesus! The world needs more people like you; perfectly and beautifully special people!

Suggested reading: Psalm 139:14; Jeremiah 29:11; John 1:12

No complaints

There are a lot of challenges on social media. Some of them I don’t really understand. I guess they are really entertaining for some people who get a kick out of them. Some challenges are quite interesting and they bring a lot to the people who take them. I like to challenge myself. I don’t do it in a competition against others but I challenge myself against myself. I have started praying for direction about some challenges that I should take for my spiritual growth. The one the Holy Spirit suggested recently was the “no complaint” challenge. The Lord inspired me to spend a week without complaining about anything. He put it in my heart to be complaint-free for a whole week in my actions and in my words. The goal is for that week to eventually turn into a month and to turn this whole thing into a lifestyle. A life with no complaints is a life well-lived to the glory of God. We complain so much. Complaining is part of our DNA and it comes naturally to a lot of us. Complaints take on different forms and they are hard to perceive at times. We don’t call complaining by its right name when it is so ingrained in us. God wants us to be honest with ourselves and to call a spade a spade. Today I want to invite you to take the “no complaint” challenge with me. Decide that from now on you will pay attention to your complaining and you will work on eliminating it from your life. It is a process and it takes work and effort but it produces great fruit. Jesus calls us not to complain but to rejoice in all things and to keep a grateful heart.

The other day after my morning prayer, I went over the things I needed to take care of that day. I had quite a few errands to run and a meeting to attend. Then the invigorating thought that I had nothing to complain about came to mind. I had a lot to do but in reality none of it was bad. None of it made my life difficult. None of it made me miserable unless I chose to be miserable. None of if was negative in itself. It might have been tedious but a lot of people would love to have the tedious tasks I had. I needed to see them as blessings and not as annoyances. I was blessed to be so busy. I was blessed to have a full schedule. The Lord was whispering to my heart that I had nothing to complain about. I could choose to complain but if I did I would be choosing to do something that the Lord doesn’t want me to do. I would be going against His will and I would be magnifying my flesh instead of letting my spirit take over. My spirit wants to embrace the fruit of the Spirit because I am saved. Your spirit, friend, wants to feed on the fruit of the Spirit and express those wonderful nine traits. Love is at the top of the (spiritual) fruit pyramid. Love doesn’t complain. Love doesn’t focus on what’s wrong. Love sees the good and rejoices over the goodness of the Lord even when things are not going well. Love rejects complaining and that is what I need to adopt in my life. The love attitude is everything!

The “no complaint” challenge consists in simply not complaining about anything. Complaints can be verbal or physical. Our bodies know how to express complaints very well. Look around and observe people and you will notice how body language speaks negatively very easily. The “no complaint” challenge encourages us to not speak about anything negatively and to no complain about anything including small little things. We can do it. We can make sure we don’t say anything that puts the Lord down. Complaining is actually undermining the Lord. When we complain we tell Him what He gives us is not good enough. We tell Him the people in our lives are not good enough. The Bible tells us to watch what we say and to not give way to negative talk. Complaining is negative talk. You might feel better when you complain but it hurts you more than you know spiritually. It creates holes in the fruit of the Spirit that are trying to grow in your life. You end up with half of the apple of love and half of the strawberry of patience so to speak. Our fruit in the Lord should be complete and negativity causes things to decay and fall apart in no time. Complaining is a sport for some of us and we ought to give it up and take on more positive challenges. Love is the best challenge we can take on and when we walk in love we definitely walk in God’s will. Spend the next week focusing on what you say and banish complaints from your life. You will see some very positive changes every day. Stay positive. Stay with Jesus. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Ephesians 4:29; Philippians 2:1-18; James 5:9

What patience can do for you

I was on a train that was going very slowly the other day. I felt that if I got off the train and started walking, I would get to my destination faster. The train was painfully slow but all I could do was sit there and be patient. I could have lost my cool and entertained a lot of negative thoughts but the Lord pointed out a few very interesting things. He showed me that since the train was going so slowly I could admire the scenery. I could see the beauty around me that I had missed every time the train had gone fast in the past. I could enjoy the trees and the beautiful flowers. I could see things I had never noticed before. That is what the Lord pointed out. He didn’t encourage me to lose my temper. He didn’t want me to focus on the time and to think that I was going to be late. He directed me to stay in the moment and to rejoice over my surroundings.

That slow train ride was a nice step back. A step back from the busyness of my mind. A step back that was truly a step forward. Why? God is patient and He is not in a hurry. Slowing down allowed me to get closer to God and to be more like Him. That a step forward in my book. That is a step forward in His Book. The Bible teaches us about patience but we are often in a hurry to get to the end of a chapter of our lives when we should let every page unfold. We want to know how it will all end when the Lord wants us to go through a natural process of identifying every section of our story and making the most of it all. What leads to the end is just as important as the end and sometimes more important. Every chapter of our lives matter and they should be lived out to the fullest and appreciated. Patience is more than a virtue. It’s the key to great treasures that can only be discovered if we take the time.

When I was on the slow train, I enjoyed that slower pace. I didn’t at first but once I got on God’s page, I understood the value of slowing down. Like I said, it draws us closer to God and it enables us to develop a wonderful fruit of the Spirit. Without patience we can miss out on so much. Without patience we can forfeit our faith. Faith works with patience. There is no way around it. You can’t walk in faith if patience is not by your side. You can’t walk in love if patience is not your friend. You can’t have hope if patience is not part of the equation. Patience is a key that opens many doors. It is a master key that fits in many locks. When we rush around and try to open a door, we can’t get the key to turn properly because we are distracted by our own impatience.

Patience gives us the ability to make things fit the right way and to find the proper way to do things. I can think of many times when I did a bad job at school because I wasn’t patient. Now if I am impatient with the things of the Lord, I will not gain wisdom and I will misinterpret what He is trying to tell me. Patience and meditation go hand in hand. I meditate on God’s Word every day and I need to be patient when I meditate. I need to be patient with myself and patient with the messages I am getting. God doesn’t always reveal everything right away. Sometimes when I pray I don’t hear Him if I am too scattered in my thoughts and I am rushing around. I get the best of out of prayers when patience is involved and I wait on the Lord.

“Wait on the Lord” is an encouragement I often get. How can I wait on the Lord if I am not patient and I am not slowing down? I have noticed that when I pray for something or I expect the Lord to intervene in my life and I wait patiently, it is more likely to happen. I have found that life is what happens when you don’t look at it. In other words, great things in life take place when we don’t keep starting at them and wait for them to manifest. Patience tells us to focus on the Lord and not focus on the creation. Patience tells us to focus on the good and not pay attention to the bad.

Patience works with faith and it is always positive. Patience has a positive outlook on life. Patience is strong. Patience gives us the strength to hold on. If you are struggling with patience today, I invite you to invite it into your life. Pray for more patience. Get used to getting on the slow train and enjoy what is around you. Walk slower. Walk with God. Don’t run to the end of the chapter. Engage with the beginning, the middle and the end. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes during the whole process. Slow down and enjoy the moment. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Ephesians 4:2

Limited God

God is almighty and all-powerful. There is nothing He can’t do and there is no one bigger and stronger than Him. To Him belong greatness and power. He is full of love and full of hope. You will never meet anyone more loving than the Lord. You will never meet anyone more hopeful than the Lord. Nothing is impossible to God and His love is the biggest love in the universe and yet we don’t get to know Him well. We have a limited version of God and unless we spend time in the Word and work on our faith, we will know a limited God. That is not the real God. That is not the true representation of God. When we get saved, our spirits are born again but our minds are the same.

We get to know God through our limited and non-renewed minds. It’s something I had not thought about when I first became a Christian. I saw some of the great things Jesus could do. I read the Bible and marveled at the Lord’s majesty but I had a limited and a small God mentality. It took me years before I started working on my vision of God. He is so merciful that I had many glimpses of His greatness. Every glimpse helped. Every glimpse made Him a little bigger. Today I am here to encourage you to work on your vision of God and to let Him grow in your mind and in your heart. You might have a big God now but He can always get bigger so to speak.

The Bible says that without faith we can’t please God. Like I said before, God is full of love. If we don’t have faith He doesn’t hate us and He is not disappointed in us but faith connects us to Him. Faith is what allows us to know God and to see Him. Now, there is a spectrum of faith. Our faith can be a mustard seed or it can be the size of a mountain and anything in between. A mustard seed of faith is enough. We can’t get discouraged if we have little faith because God can work with what we have. With the mustard seed of faith we can see the impossible take place in our lives. We have to keep working on it. We ought to use that mustard seed and expand it so that our vision of God gets bigger. A small God won’t get us far. A vision of a small God won’t get us far. Let me share what helped me with my vision of God.

The Word of God tells us that God is omnipresent. He is everywhere all the time. I meditated on that for a while. I read in Romans chapter 8 that nothing could separate us from God’s love. That blew my mind. It means that I could be stuck at the bottom of the ocean and God would still be there. I thought of the worst places I could imagine and realized that God would be there with me. There is nowhere in the world that you and I could be without God. There are no situations where we are without God. He is that powerful. He is that big. I have traveled to a few countries on different continents and God was there every time. He is so big. He has no limitations so we need to take the limits off of God in our thinking.

Think about the great things the Lord did in the Bible and the things He has done in your life. Focus on His greatness by thinking of His amazing accomplishments. Think about His miracles. Don’t consider them as things of the past. His miracles are still available today. God is as big today as He was when He parted the Red Sea for the Israelites when they were led by Moses. He is still as big as when He turned water into wine. He still as big as when He did something for you that took you by surprise. Your last breakthrough was not the end of your blessings. It was just a part of a continuation of miracles that will keep happening as you fine tune your vision of God.

Expect great things. Expect miracles. Expect your big God to do the impossible. Expect positive and breathtaking changes in your life. Expect the God of miracles to be your God. He is. You just need to embrace that truth and to keep it alive in your spirit and in your mind. Don’t limit God because of some personal experiences that have gone wrong. Expand God and stretch your mind. Wherever you are, God is with you. Whatever you are going through, God is with you. The almighty God of the Bible is your God. Enjoy Him! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: 1 Chronicles 29:11; Jeremiah 32:27; Luke 1:37

Put on the shoes of peace

For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.”* This verse encourages us to wear the gospel of the Lord because it gives us peace. The Gospel is a pair of shoes. Those shoes symbolize peace. We can wear the shoes of peace every day. We can adhere to the Gospel and experience its peace every single day. Friend, be sure to wear the shoes of peace before you step out of your house. Start the day with the Gospel. God is His Word so you are invited to start your day with God. Before you do anything else, interact with God. Before you get involved in the affairs of life, get involved with God. Before anxiety and angst get ahold of you, let the peace of the Lord overtake you. The shoes of peace are so vital. They help us walk through the valley of the shadow of days and through the lands of misery. You and I will always have to face the lands of misery and despair but we can walk with confidence because the shoes of peace keep us anchored in the truth that always sets us free. Peace that surpasses all understanding is a fruit of the Spirit. It is a gift from God and it should be embraced and accepted. It is easy to put on just like a pair of shoes. The shoes of peace are part of the armor of God. You wouldn’t go to war without shoes on. You shouldn’t go to war without peace. You shouldn’t go out in the world without a good pair of shoes. The peace of the Lord can be your base and your foundation. Walk with peace and you will walk in victory. Walk in peace and trust that God is still God today!

When I was in college, some of my friends walked barefoot everywhere. We had a common lounge and those guys didn’t bother to put on shoes. I am used to wearing shoes or slippers everywhere so seeing them without shoes was a bit odd for me. Most of the time they were fine but there were the occasional times when they would step onto something that hurt them or that made them bleed. When we venture in the world without the shoes of peace, we can hurt ourselves and step on things that can steal our peace. I like a good pair of shoes and I take care of my shoes. It’s important that we take care of the peace of the Lord and that we love it. His peace can get us anywhere and it can bless us anywhere. Wouldn’t you want to have peace all the time? Peace is what we always need because the Lord is always in peace. He can work in our lives from the platform of peace but if we are confused and in a chaotic state, He can’t do much for us. It doesn’t mean that He is powerless but we won’t be able to access Him when we don’t have peace. Peace keeps us close to God and close to His peace. Take off the shoes of peace and you will notice that your head is not thinking straight and fear can slip in easily.

Peace reminds us that we dwell in safety in the hands of the Lord. Peace tells us that God is in control and we have nothing to worry about. When we are in sync with peace, we can do anything. We are not afraid to walk and we go places. The shoes of peace are a guarantee that we are protected, shielded and we are constantly surrounded by the Lord. Think about the function of shoes. Shoes are meant to cover our feet and to support our bodies. Peace will cover you and it will support you. Walk in the shoes of peace in faith. Trust that what the Lord promised He will deliver. When you start the day by putting on the shoes of peace, peace will abound. That morning start in the Word of God will do wonders for you. That is how you put on the shoes of peace. You spend time in the Word early and you pray. Prayer and Bible time will fasten those great shoes on you and you will experience peace throughout the day. Have prayer time and Bible time as the foundation of your day and peace will visit you all day long. God’s peace will strengthen you and it will carry you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 4:8; John 14:27;  Ephesians 6:15*

Walking with the Holy Spirit

Being friends with the Holy Spirit sounds outrageous to some people even in the church. However, Jesus sent us His Spirit so He would be with us. The Spirit of God is our comforter and our counselor and He is closer than a brother. He is in us. He is with us. He doesn’t leave our side and yet we don’t always welcome Him or pay attention to Him. I believe that the more we ignore the Spirit of God and the less active He is in our lives. Ignoring Him shows that we don’t have faith in Him. The Bible says that without faith we can’t please God. Anyone who wants to come to Him has to believe that He exists. The Amplified Bible says that without faith it is impossible to walk with God. I like that explanation because it underlines the need to walk with God and the best way we can do it is by walking with His Spirit. His Spirit is the best representative of Jesus. The Holy Spirit always points in the direction of the Lord. He is His promoter and His advocate. You can’t know the Father unless you go through the Son and you can’t understand the Son unless you walk with His Spirit. Walking with the Holy Spirit is vital and yet it is not a well-known need in the church. We tend to build ourselves up before we build a strong relationship with the Spirit of Jesus. Today I want to encourage you to walk with the Holy Spirit. Get to know Him. Embrace Him and be closer to Him.

Anyone who wants to approach God needs to believe He exists and believe that He cares.* The Holy Spirit exists. He is more real than the chair I am sitting on. He is more real than the trees and the valleys that I see. All these things are real but the Spirit of the Lord is even more real because He has always been around and He will always be around. The chair I am sitting on will disappear one day but the Spirit of God will never go away. He is here to stay and He decided to dwell in the hearts of the believers. He is in your heart, friend. He dwells in you and you are His temple. Host Him well. Take care of Him. Talk to Him. Invite Him into everything you do. Listen to Him. Open your Bible and read what He has to tell you. Meditate on what you read and you will hear Him talk to Him beautifully and clearly. He is alive. He is alive and well. Add that truth to your bank of wisdom and be sure to withdraw from it every single day. Get into prayer mode first thing in the morning. Stand in front of your bank of wisdom and knowledge. When you pray, spend time listening to the Lord and you will get great dividends that are more precious than gold. The ATM of the Lord is full of gems and nuggets of wisdom that will make you spiritually rich. You will be made aware of the presence of the Spirit of the Lord in your life. Do it daily and the Spirit will be real to you.

The Holy Spirit cares about you. He does. He cares about you and He wants the best for you. When you walk hand in hand with you, you learn how to lead a great life in the name of Jesus. All the wisdom you receive from Him should be cherished and kept. The Spirit of the Lord will open your eyes to His love and you will always find comfort in Him. Walking with the Holy Spirit implies walking in peace and joy. It implies that you are accepting His love and you are walking in faith knowing that you are cared for and you have nothing to worry about. Don’t walk with the Spirit one day a week. Church on Sunday is great but your walk should continue every day of the week. You will develop more intimacy with the Lord on your daily walk than you do during a few hours at church. I know some amazing people of the Lord who don’t have a church to go to on Sunday but they have the sweetest and the strongest relationship with Jesus that I know. Their secret is that they acknowledge the Holy Spirit and they interact with Him every single day. Be friends with the Holy Spirit. Make room for Him. Thank Jesus for Him. Live your life with Him. Great things happen when we walk with the Spirit. Hold on to Him and make Him a priority in your life. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:13-14; Luke 12:31; Hebrews 11:6 (Amp)*

God will carry you

About three years ago I wrote a nugget of wisdom that I like to revive from time to time. It says “The Lord has carried you this far. He’s not going to drop you. Your problems and circumstances are not too heavy for Him. He can handle all the weight the enemy is adding to your life.” I feel so much comfort when I read it. The Lord carries me every day. That is how I see Him and that is what I expect Him to do. He takes care of me and He holds me all the time. There isn’t a day when He doesn’t carry me. He makes sure that I don’t get hurt and that I don’t get damaged. Accidents happen and bad things take place but it doesn’t mean that the Lord stops carrying me. It is because He carries me that I am resilient and I refuse to give up. I can get discouraged at times. It is part of being human but the Lord doesn’t let me go down the rabbit hole of hopelessness. His hope pushes me forward and it wakes me up from the nightmare that the enemy wants me to accept as my life. Things get better. Things change. Things improve because the Lord carries me. Today I want to remind you that the Lord is carrying you right now. He will carry you tomorrow and He will continue to hold you and to assist you. You can expect His hand to be over you and to protect you. Don’t get distracted by the bad breaks. They can be very bad but they don’t stand a chance against the goodness of God. Have courage. Stay strong. The Lord will carry you and get you to the finish line.

Even if you are going through a valley of trials and tribulations today, the Lord is still carrying you. He has gotten you this far and He is not ready to let you down. He can’t. It’s not in His nature. God will give you the means to make it through the worst times. He is so powerful that nothing can get in His way and nothing is too difficult for Him. Take comfort in His love for you. You are protected and you are loved. God will make sure that you can make it to your destination. It may take a long time but it will happen. Stand strong in His might. Stay strong and hold on to the truth. The truth is that you are surrounded by the Lord and He is with you all the time. Don’t look left and right. Look at the Lord straight ahead of you. He is taking care of what’s on your left and what’s on your right. Think about how a little child is carried around by her father. She has no fear. She feels secure. She knows she is in good hands. She recognizes that she is in a safe zone in her father’s arms. You are in a safe zone in your Father’s arms. Know that you are shielded. Say it to yourself. Declare God’s protection over your life. Declare His power and His protection. You are in the best hands there is. God carries you all the time despite your awareness of His goodness. Make His goodness real in your life by talking about it and by thanking Him for carrying you.

Your problems are not too heavy for the Lord. He can hold them in His hand and crush them. Today decide to see your problems as the elements of the enemy that can’t destroy the peace in you. Refuse to back down and enjoy the power of God’s hand in your life. God is not only carrying you but He is giving you the power to carry on when things go sour. When the tribulations are so intense, He gives you the ability to keep walking and to keep going. When the sadness is too much to bear, He reminds you that He bore your sorrow on the Cross. The Lord carried you on that cross. He had you in His mind and He had you in His heart. He carried your burdens and He put an end to the misery. Don’t accept misery and sadness. Don’t give them a space in your life. You are above them thanks to the power of the Lord. God is carrying you and holding you way up high about the darts of the enemy. No matter what you are going through right now, God is still carrying you and you are going to make it. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 46:4; Philippians 4:13; 1 Peter 5:7

Great is His faithfulness

Another week and another chance to see how faithful our Lord is. I love that God is always faithful. It is something that I celebrate every day but at times there is some resistance in my head. Sometimes I go down the wrong path of thinking and my mind tries to tell me that God is going to fail me and He won’t be faithful. I have been in situations where I couldn’t see God’s faithfulness. The problem was that I was trying to see it with my eyes and I was looking for it around me. God is faithful no matter what. He stands on His throne in His glory and nothing can change that His faithfulness sits on His throne with Him. He promised to bless us and to never leave us. His love is faithful and it stays with us. If Jesus is your Savior, His faithfulness will accompany you all the days of your life. Because it is such a powerful truth, you can expect the enemy to do his best to demonstrate that God’s faithfulness is overrated. The devil is the king of lies and deceit. He will never hold the truth. Remember that. Even when things look bad and hopeless, God’s faithfulness is intact. The enemy will play up the bad things that are happening to you so you can believe that God can’t get you out of your problems.

God’s faithfulness is a guarantee and when we stay in faith and we keep standing despite the adversity, we will see the glory of God shine and His faithfulness will be evident. God said that He will protect us and that is always true. His protection is all around you, friend. Keep that in mind and keep saying that to yourself. You might be in some type of danger now but God’s protection is greater and stronger than anything you are facing. His protection will get you through anything. Not just a few circumstances but all of them. Praise Him for His faithful protection. Declare His protection over your life. Declare that God cares and that He watches over you faithfully. God promised He would send a Savior. He said He would send Someone who would cover all our sins and save us from eternal death. He kept His promise. He sent His Son. His Son came to earth and fulfilled the promise even though there were many attempts to end His life prematurely. When He was on the cross, it looked like death had won but God had not changed His promise. He had not altered what He was going to accomplish and Jesus conquered death. The promise stood strong and it is still alive today. God’s promises are all still alive and your trials and tribulations can’t control them. Tell the Lord you are ready to see His promises fulfilled in your life today.

One of God’s biggest promises is that He loves us. He is faithful with that promise and He keeps on loving us even when we keep on messing up. His faithful love is packaged in His mercy and grace. Think about how merciful the Lord has been and how His grace has carried you. I can quote many instances when God’s grace has saved my life. My whole life is a testimony to God’s grace and faithfulness. I am thankful for His faithfulness. I am inviting you today to expect God to be faithful and to add that truth to your daily declarations of faith. Remind yourself and your circumstances that God is always faithful. Start the week with that promise on your lips and in your mind. Let your heart be filled with the promise and stay strong no matter what comes your way. You will experience God’s faithfulness. Don’t get discouraged. God is always good and always faithful. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 33:4; 2 Thessalonians 3:3

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 172)

When you’ve got God’s mind on your mind and you can’t be shaken, His peace has settled in your heart.

God helps you be more like Him. God helps you be more like the you He designed. God helps you love yourself more. God helps you love your neighbor more. God helps you be more like love!

Don’t run against the stream of your destiny. Don’t run in the lane of someone else’s destiny. Don’t run in the wrong direction. Don’t run against God. Don’t run against hope. With God hope runs after you. With God love runs after you. With God your destiny runs with you!

God is as active behind the scenes as He is on center stage. Ask Him to show what He is actively doing in every part of your life. He will give you the lens of faith so that you can see His hand actively working for you.

Let God deal with the Goliaths of your life. He will give you the exact slingshot you need. It could be His Word, faith, love, hope, peace, joy or anything that He sees fit. God can handle all the giants that come your way. Pray and He will take care of them.

Sometimes you don’t receive from God because you are not ready for His blessings. Sometimes you have to wait a very long time for God’s answer and for His blessings but it doesn’t mean you won’t be blessed. Pray for patience. Your blessings will come.

Pray for everyone. Pray for those you know. Pray for those you barely know. Pray for those you don’t know. Speak blessings into their lives. Speak peace, joy, love and healing into their lives. Many people are not “spoken for.” Speak for everyone in the name of Jesus!

Worrying is giving the devil a continued audience where he can wreak havoc by building strongholds in our minds. When worry comes, turn to Jesus the Prince of Peace. Listen to His voice through His Word and the devil will get quiet.

There are no storms too big for the Lord. Remember that He is your anchor and He is with you in the boat. You are not going to drown. You will walk on water with Him!

Your cry for help has been heard. It was heard before you knew you needed help. The Lord will always listen to your cry and send help. Don’t get discouraged. God heard you! God will save you!

Suggested reading: Job 14:7-9; Romans 15:4; 1 John 3:3