Give thanks to God

One of the main reminders I get from the Holy Spirit is to thank God. He is a big advocate for gratitude to the Father. He constantly talks about thanking God and He does it no matter what is happening in my life. I find it normal and necessary to thank the Lord for His goodness, for His love and for His blessings. Thanking Him when all is well is extremely easy. Now, thanking Him when I am facing hardships is a different story. The Holy Spirit still tells me to thank the Lord when I am going through a tough patch. To Him, my circumstances should never matter because Jesus remains the same. I shouldn’t take a break from thanking God just because I am having a bad day. I shouldn’t stop thanking God just because someone close is struggling or because I am having financial difficulties. Thanking God should be a way of life. It is a way of living a better life. It is a way of incorporating the Lord beautifully in our lives. It is the way! As this new week begins I want to invite you to thank God more. Double or triple your thanksgiving to the Lord. Turn up the volume of your gratitude and you will see how it changes your attitude.

“Thank you” are two powerful words. They show that we appreciate others and that we see what they do for us. They are a declaration of gratitude that can go a long way. I thank people all the time for different reasons and I am working on thanking the Lord all the time for different reasons but I am learning that there should not be a specific reason why I thank Him. I can just thank Him for being God and He is God all the time so my thanksgiving should never stop. God will always give you many reasons to say thank You but you should develop the habit of thanking Him at all times. Just say “Thank You, Lord” throughout the day. Add a smile to it. Make it a heartfelt declaration. Thank God for being God. Do it a few days in a row and you will see how you start changing on the inside. You will have a more positive outlook on life. You will approach every situation with a thankful heart. Before you know it you will thank the Lord before taking an exam, before starting work and before having to deal with difficult people. Your thanksgiving will flow naturally and it will overtake negative feelings and bad emotions. You can’t thank God and be mad at the same time. When your thanksgiving is from the heart, it defies all negativity.

It is God’s will for you to give thanks in all circumstances. Think about it! You can do God’s will every day by thanking Him. If you have no idea what God’s will is for you, just know that thanksgiving is a big part of His will for you. He knows that thanksgiving opens doors of blessings and it transforms the atmosphere. When you feel bitter, when you feel sad, when you are tired, thank God for being God. Recalibrate and focus on the Lord instead of focusing on your feelings and your doubt and fear. Thanksgiving accompanied by faith can crush the head of fear and doubt and keep you at peace. Thanksgiving gives you joy. It is a celebration. A celebration of the Lord and the Spirit of God loves to celebrate the Lord. When you thank God, you allow the Spirit to come into your circumstances in a bigger way. You set the tone for victory and you pave the way for triumph. Give thanks to God for He is good. Give thanks to God for He is with you all the time. Give thanks to God for He will always make a way. Give thanks to God for nothing is impossible to Him. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Hebrews 12:28; Colossians 2:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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)*

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

Consider it pure joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so you can be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4). Who would think that it is a good idea to consider it pure joy when we face trials? I think we tend to consider it pure torture when we face trials but the Lord doesn’t see it that way. His recommendation is to maintain joy in the midst of trials. He says we should hold on to joy even when things are rocky and chaotic. His joy is our strength and if we remain joyful in the hard times, we will have the power we need to stay strong. Nothing is better than having what it takes to face anything that comes our way. With Jesus we always have what it takes and He has put joy in our hearts so that we can stand tall when the enemy wants us to be small and diminished. Joy increases our potential to face the day. Fear and doubt decrease our ability to deal with life. When they are high, life seems impossible to bear. When we adhere to negative thoughts, we turn up the volume of defeat and failure. When we tap into the joy of the Lord, we turn up the volume of victory and triumph. Today I want to reiterate what the Lord says and encourage you to count it all joy. Don’t get excited because you are suffering. Get excited that you are going to make it through the trials and you are going to get some nice faith muscles.

Trials can be debilitating. A trial is a test, a problem or a difficulty. Problems make us wonder and they make us doubt. Difficulties stall us and make us wonder how we are going to make it. Tests just make us anxious and they hurt our faith. Now, we are not supposed to see trials as the end all be all. We have to think about what we have to deal with the trials and more specifically who we have on our side. The Lord is the solver of all trials. He is the deal breaker. Life deals us a bad hand sometimes and the Lord breaks that deal. He makes things right. He restores and repairs. We can choose to keep our eyes on the deal breaker or we can choose to let the deal break us. We all get dealt some bad cards but the Lord holds us in the palm of His hand and He holds the cards that give us access to a better life, to a better situation and to a better tomorrow. Don’t let the trials of life control your emotions and your feelings. You are going to make it through them thanks to the Lord. Keep thinking about it. Keep thinking of victory and not failure. Keep thinking triumph and not defeat. Keep thinking that it is going to get better and not that it is going to get worse. It could get worse before it gets better but with the Lord, it will get better. Your goal, friend, is to hang in there and keep persevering in faith. The more you do it, the stronger your faith will be. The rewards that come from having a strong faith are endless. You will be able to handle anything the enemy throws at you. Nothing will be impossible to you because of the greater One who lives in you!

Staying joyful when things are bad is ground for more joy. The Lord sees us and He gives us more joy. His joy can multiply and it can bring on even more strength. I remember a time when I had no idea how I was going to make it. I was about to embark on a new journey with a new job and I moved to a new place. I didn’t have much money. I was still a student. It didn’t look like it was wise to look for a place to live and to make a move to another part of the state. I did it all in faith. I didn’t give up on the dream the Lord had put in my heart. He had told me I would be an educator and I would have a choice of where I would like to work. I had tried years before and failed miserably. However, the dream came back stronger and I couldn’t ignore it. I went with it. I applied for two jobs and I was offered both jobs. It was up to me to decide which one I wanted. I prayed about it. The Lord pointed out which one I should choose. I trusted Him. I walked in faith. I turned down one of the jobs and the one I chose actually paid $10,000 more than the other one. I have been working there for over ten years now and I have enjoyed every single day. This job has been a blessing. Everything came together. The Lord provided amazingly when I had nothing. I stayed joyful even when I had little money. He took care of it. His joy gave me the strength to make it. That difficult experience allowed me to grow in my faith and to always expect that the Lord would come through for me. Consider it pure joy, friend even when it makes no sense and when you feel like crying. You are building faith muscles. Stay strong! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 1:17; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:6-8

Dealing with anger

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

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

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

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

Being a doer of the Word

When I was praying the other day, I was encouraged to look up James 1:22. That verse says “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” I had read this verse before but I knew the Lord wanted me to pay close attention to it for a reason. I listen to the Word every day. I listen to it and take notes, mental notes and physical notes. I ponder on the Word. I meditate on what I listen to. I pray over what I listen to. I take the Word in and I let it marinate in my spirit. It always swirls around my mind and lands in spots that need to be reinforced in my thinking. I found the Word to be a very powerful tool when it comes to renewing my thinking. I love to use the Word to my advantage and the best way I use it is by giving it a chance to change me on the inside. That change is reflected in the outside but there is one area where I can miss it easily; when it comes to being a “doer of the Word” I need more practice. I do what the Word says in my areas of my life. I am a prayer warrior, a faith soldier and a praise giver. Now, what am I lacking? A lot. There is a lot in the Word of God that I can put into action and getting that reminder through James 1:22 was just what I needed.

After I read the verse, I asked the Lord for more direction and more information. What He sweetly whispered to me on the inside, is that being a doer of the Word is something that should be natural, habitual and not optional. As believers we are called to being doers of the Word every single day. When we are in public and in our private lives. We can’t follow the Lord only when everyone is looking. We should also follow Him in our thinking and in our hearts. A doer of the Word puts God first in everything he or she does. A doer of the Word listens to the Word more than they listen to the world and they always apply what they hear in the Word of God whether they feel like it or not. A doer of the Word zeroes in on the spirit and puts his/her flesh under. A doer of the Word is moved by the heart of God and always sees opportunities to love others. We can all be doers of the Word on a regular basis. It takes dedication, discipline and determination but the Lord would never tell us to do something impossible.

If we only listen to the Word and don’t apply what we learn, the Bible says that we are like a man who looks in the mirror and immediately forgets what he looks like. The Word is our mirror and it shows us who we are in Christ and what we should look like on the inside. The reflection of the Lord should always be seen in our actions, our words and our thoughts. A doer of the Word is not afraid to shine the Lord’s light and to be more like Him any chance they get. A doer of the Word is in sync with the Lord by communicating with Him all the time. A doer of the Word welcomes the Holy Spirit and adores Jesus. I believe that is very important. Jesus is the center and we ought to reverence Him and honor Him. As we do what the Word inspires us to do, we lift up Jesus. We lift Him up when we interact with others, when we go about our daily routine, when we think about life and when we are alone. Jesus is a 24/7 motivation. He is the goal. He is the goal of what we should aspire to be like.

We can’t be doers of the Word without the love of Jesus. Focusing on everything that the Bible says and ignoring love is being a mistaken and a misled doer of the Word. It’s having the wrong priorities and misunderstanding Jesus. As long as we strive to love like Jesus and we are in communion with His Spirit, we will be doers of the Word that can sustain their ability to do as the Word says. The good news is that the Lord is assisting us and helping us become good doers of the Word. All He is looking for is a willing heart. Open yourself to being the doer of the Word the Lord wants you to be. Take one step at a time with His help. It will get easier. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 13:17; Romans 2:13; James 1:22-25

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