God’s love endures forever

When I need a boost, I spend time looking into God’s love. I know that His steadfast love never ends. My misery or any negative feeling I have ends when I focus on His love. God’s love puts an end to all forms of suffering that we might experience. Pain, sadness, sorrow and hurt can’t win again God’s love. I rub His love against my problems and my emotions and His love always prevails. If you are feeling funky today and you are not thrilled about how things are going in your life, rub God’s love against whatever is bothering you and you will see a major change. Remember that God’s love will always be stronger than anything the enemy sends your way. As a young Christian I was floored by Romans 8:38-39 that tells us that nothing can separate us from God’s love. I love how these verses enumerate all possible obstacles that might try to get between God and us. None of them can ever separate us from God and from His love. I don’t like heights and deep oceans and the Bible declares that no depth can separate you and me from God’s love. Now, think about the depth of your problems or the depth of the negative emotions that are haunting you. They might be very deep and debilitating but they can’t conquer God’s love. Rub God’s love against them but letting His love be what you lift up. Don’t exalt the bad feelings. Squash them with God’s love. Don’t let them take on a life of their own that will drag you down and hurt you.

Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever. Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”* Today I want to encourage you to join in and make that declaration. Declare that God’s steadfast love endures forever. It can’t be quenched and it can’t be deleted from your life. No matter what you do and no matter what you go through, God’s love will remain the same. It is such a strong encouragement from the Lord Himself. It is a promise He made and He always keeps His promises. When things go wrong, God’s love is not extinguished. His love is a burning fire that will remove all negativity from your life and that will make things right. His love is supreme and it is bigger than all the hate of the enemy. When you think about it, the enemy hands out his hate to all of us all the time. He does it through negative thoughts, trials, tribulations, overwhelming negative emotions and other dark schemes. He is the king of this world but that doesn’t mean he has to rule our lives. As a matter of fact, you and I should dethrone him in our lives. We should constantly make Jesus the King of our lives. We should constantly tap into Jesus’ love and reject the abuse of the enemy. We can do that by deciding to react to the bad offerings of the enemy with God’s peace and with faith. Jesus said His love was enough and that should be enough for us to keep on going and to stay hopeful.

Give thanks to God today then because His love will get you through anything. Your biggest problems are no match for God’s love. Your biggest fears are no match for God’s love. Your biggest doubts are no match for God’s love. Your biggest trials are no match for God’s love. You are going to make it because of God’s love. His love is hope and peace and it is available to you all the time. Every morning when you wake up, thank God for His love. Throughout the day, Thank God for His love. Keep a grateful heart and you will feel better. Keep a grateful heart and you will have more hope. Keep a grateful heart and you will see the goodness of God in your life. There is so much good around you and in you and God’s love is the reason for all the wonderful things in your life. The enemy will keep on trying to blind you to the goodness of God so keep thanking the Lord even when you don’t feel like it. There is hope with the Lord, friend. There is always hope. God’s love is a bulldozer that can flatten any hurdles and remove any yokes and pain. You are going to get better in the name of Jesus because of His powerful love for you. You are going to have better days in the name of Jesus because of His powerful love for you. You are going to conquer the negative thoughts that keep popping in your head because of the Lord’s powerful love for you. Things are about to change for you. God is tilting the scale in your favor. Stay encouraged and stay strong. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 118:1-2*; Psalm 136:1; Lamentations 3:22-23

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 180)

Pray from a place of victory. Praise from a place of victory. Plead your case from a place of victory through the One who won the battle for you. Stay in peace because you always have the victory in Jesus’ name!

God gives us what we believe so we need to increase our faith so we can increase what we can receive from God. He is a big God. Our faith needs to grow so His blessings in our lives can grow!

Faith is trusting God when it doesn’t make sense. When life says “Give up”, faith says “God will get you through this.” When the enemy says “You can’t make it”, faith says “Nothing is impossible to God.” Faith is trusting God when the world gives you reasons to doubt.

There is something amazing about to happen in your life. Hold on to Jesus’ promise. He promised you would have a life of abundance. Hope for an abundance of His love. He is enough. He is the abundance. He is the biggest blessing. Amazing Jesus is going to happen to you!

Praise the Lord with your life. Praise Him with your acts of kindness. Worship Him with your humbleness and with a surrendered heart. Praise Him with the sacrifice of adoration when you are weak. Worship Him with the manifestation of your love. Give God glory in everything you do.

Your dream might not be happening fast enough according to your timetable. It doesn’t matter. God has the best timetable and the best time frames for your dream and it is happening according to His schedule. Don’t give up on the dream God put in you. God is faithful!

You are going to make it. You are going to reach your destination. God is getting you there. Don’t give up. Don’t get discouraged. The road might be paved with hurdles but nothing is impossible to God. He is removing all obstacles one by one. Stay in faith!

The Love that conquered the world and that banished death lives in you. Greater is Jesus in you than the enemy that lives in this world. Stay strong and hold on to the Love that defeated all your trials and tribulations. Hold on to Jesus!

The Lord rejoices over you with joyful songs. He doesn’t ever say anything negative about you. He finds delight in you. He loves you. He adores you. Rejoice over the One who is always joyful about you!

No weapon formed against you shall prosper. No negative and dark thoughts shall prosper. Don’t entertain them. Give them to the Lord. Let Him destroy the fiery darts the enemy sends to your mind. Focus on Jesus and stay positive!

Suggested reading: 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 John 1:6; 1 John 3:18

Things will get better

Things are going to get better. With God, things can only get better. They might not get better the way you want them to get better but they will. The key is to put everything in God’s hands. The key is to let the Lord be the Lord of your life, your whole life. Hand Him everything. Not just what’s easy to give up but every area of your life including the ones that seem impossible to heal. Don’t hold on to the parts you think you can fix. God wants your whole life and He can help you with everything. I used to save some situations for myself. I used to handle some situations on my own and it never turned out great. Now I hand it all over to the Lord. I am still learning but it has been a great process. There is nothing that the Lord can’t restore and there is nothing that He can’t improve or heal. Once I had that truth locked in my head, I kept meditating on it until it became a part of my daily thinking and my daily expectations. The biggest expectation we should have is that God is going to save the day and to make things more than ok. Today you might need to hear that things are going to get better because you have the Lord. You might need to hear that God is still in control and your situation is in good hands. Give up control. Give in to God and He will bless you more than you know.

How do you give God control of everything? Take everything to the Lord in prayer. Every day. Give Him the day. Put the whole day in His hands in prayer. Start your day with prayer and declare every day that God is in control and that you refuse to take matters into your own hands because His hands are holding you and your life. He is not just in charge of you. He is in charge of your life as long as you give Him permission. He won’t budge in and interfere with your plans. He is merciful but He wants you to make the decision to rely on Him. I know it’s tricky because He is not visible. You don’t see Him but He truly is more real than anyone you know and He is more reliable. You can trust God. You can count on His faithfulness. His promises are eternal. He will protect you, shield you and love you forever. If today is bad, know that tomorrow or the day after will be much better because the Lord will make sure that He makes all things right in your life. Trust Him. Pray about it and give Him your worst situations.

When I give a tough situation to the Lord in prayer, I sense a release and hope. There is always hope when I turn to Jesus. He is always smiling with hope and with power to change anything. I have found that prayer touches me and it helps me receive peace. It gives me strength and it gives me a boost. I see myself putting things in God’s hands and I know I don’t need to carry any of it. The next step is for me to stay strong and to keep letting go and letting God take control. I have to pray more than once very often. I don’t keep asking Him. I keep saying that He is taking care of my situation and that He is handling everything for me. It is such a powerful declaration and I invite you to make that declaration all the time. Don’t keep begging for a solution but keeping thanking Him because He is the solution. I also work on being patient and on enjoying life while I wait. Knowing that Jesus is working behind the scenes helps a lot. Things are going to get better. God will make sure of it. Rely on Him. There is no situation He can’t turn around and there is nothing that can stop Him from giving you the joy and the peace you deserve. Stay strong in the Lord. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Exodus 15:2; Isaiah 41:10; Luke 12:25-26

Freedom in the Lord

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”* Freedom in Christ is something that we Christians are entitled to but we often don’t live in His freedom. There is so much bondage in the Church. There are yokes that keep believers hostage. We have not fully understood the extent of the freedom that belongs to us in Jesus. I remember when I first got saved I felt a certain freedom that I didn’t understand. My spirit was born again and free but I didn’t know what that meant. Freedom in the Lord is something that should be taught more in the Church. We as believers ought to learn about the freedom of the Lord and live it out.

This verse from Galatians tells us that we were set free in the Lord but it also says that we are susceptible to being under bondage, under a yoke. It doesn’t say that we can easily hold on to the freedom in the Lord and we never have to worry about any kind of bondage. The enemy goes around with bags of destruction and he hands out pockets of oppression to everyone including believers. It is when we are not aware of the authority we have in Jesus that we become victims of those yokes. I have talked to friends in Christian circles who were struggling with addictions and other forms of oppressions. It can happen to any of us. What should we do to stay free and to fend off the yokes of the enemy? Today I want to encourage you to stay in the Lord and to let Him fill you up to the point where every bondage is squeezed out of your system. I am going to talk about what Jesus said Himself about the situation and go over His solutions.

In Galatians 5:1, two words stand out; Stand firm. These words imply that we have to do our part. We get freedom from the Lord and it is an amazing gift but we have to work at staying free and work at being strong against the attacks of the enemy. The enemy knows us well. He knows where it hurts and he knows what makes us weak. He uses our weaknesses and makes us feel terrible because he focuses on what hurts and magnifies it. The burden that came with not being saved can be duplicated in our lives under the form of bondage and yoke. It doesn’t mean that we lose our salvation. It just means that our life in Christ is dented by oppression. We don’t get to enjoy the freedom in the Lord. The yokes show up as dark spots on the canvas of our lives.

When we get saved, we are given a clean slate and we are given the promise of an abundant life in the Lord. The enemy doesn’t stop working against us just because we are saved. On the contrary, he makes sure we don’t enjoy our lives in Christ. He doesn’t want Christians to embrace the “Christ part” of their salvation. Salvation without Christ is dull. People can be saved and never interact with Christ. It is sad but it happens. If the enemy can keep us under bondage, he will separate us from Christ little by little. “The yoke of slavery” symbolizes the yoke of the enemy who kept us captive before we had Christ in our lives. We are told to stand firm and we can stand firm when we stay in the Lord and we follow Him no matter what. We can stand firm when we exercise our authority in Christ. There is power and authority in the name of Jesus and we can win against the attacks of the enemy when we keep using the name of Jesus with hope and faith.

Jesus told us to stay in Him. He explained that He is the vine and we are the branches. From Him come all power and authority. When you let Jesus be your source and be your King, there is no room for the enemy. Jesus in you, the hope of glory. Jesus in you will push the enemy out. Resist the devil and he will flee. Resist the devil and his yoke over you won’t be strong anymore. Resist the devil and make Jesus the Lord of your life. Submit yourself to the Lord. Let Him be your number one. Praise Him. Worship Him. Tell Him you are nothing without Him.

Submit to God wholeheartedly. See Him as the head that He is. He is the vine. He gives you life, you, the branch. Without the vine, you can’t be a strong branch. Without the vine, your spirit can’t be fed. Without the vine, you don’t have what it takes to conquer yokes, bondages and addictions. Jesus will help you. Jesus will set you free every time you remain in Him and let Him do what He does best. You will keep your freedom when you exalt the King of freedom. Don’t despair. Don’t lose heart. Stand firm and know that He is God. May God bless you and protect you and remember that the Lord will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 15:5; John 15:7; Galatians 5:1*

You deserve God’s best

God is no respecter of people. Think about what that implies. Think about what it means for you and for every single person you know. It means that you and everyone you know will always be considered the same way by God. He doesn’t love your neighbor more than He loves you. He doesn’t love you more than non believers. I think that is where we miss it. We think that because we are saved, God loves us more than people who don’t have a relationship with Him. If we kept in mind that we are all the same in God’s eyes, we can avoid conflicts, discrimination and judgment. Now, since God is no respecter of people, you can rest assured that the blessings and the love He had for people in the Bible are also available to you. God will open the  Red Sea for you. God will open your blind spiritual eyes for you. Gold will turn your water into wine. God will heal you.

God will set you free. God will give you hope and a future. God will fill you with His Spirit. God will perform miracles for you and through you. You are one of His disciples. You are one of His people. It’s up to you to see yourself the way He sees you. It’s up to you to walk in faith and to trust that you are loved and adored as much as anyone else the Lord loves. Peter in the Bible is not more special to God than you are. You are as loved by God as Paul was. You are as favored by God as David was. Jesus made it all possible so now you have to make it acceptable. Accept it for yourself and embrace that truth. You are loved by God and you are highly favored and blessed. Live your life knowing that you are as blessed as anyone Jesus touched when He was on earth.

“Mercy triumphs over judgement”* God is full of mercy and His mercy is for you. He is merciful all the time. This allows you to trust that when you sin and when you go astray, God will always take you back so to speak and His mercy will cover you. You and I are not perfect and we will never be perfect but we are made perfect by the Lord. His blood was shed for our sins and He took care of all our iniquities and trespasses. I am telling you today that you deserve God’s best because of His mercy so you need to get over the fear of not being good enough. You need to take those negative thoughts and throw them away because they won’t help you and they won’t lead you into the truth.

You are loved by God all the time and even if you do something wrong, you can be forgiven. Even when you do something wrong, God still loves you. It doesn’t mean that you should keep sinning. It just shows that you can repent, receive forgiveness and move on. You can move on to a place where you know that God’s blessings for you are perfectly lined up for you. They are in His pipeline and when the timing is right, they will bless your life in a powerful way. You deserve what God wants for you and what He wants is a life of abundance and a life where you are loved and highly favored.

When I read the great deeds and the great miracles of the Lord in the Bible, I can’t help but be in awe. I used to look at His miracles as things of the past. Now I understand that the blessings of the Lord are part of our lives and with faith we can access them. I am also aware of God’s unchanging love for all of us. I put myself on the same level as any people in the Bible. I am part of the Lord’s family and His love for me is the same love He had for David or Moses for instance. When you approach God that way, you are comforted and you realize that you deserve what God has. There is no one greater than you other than Jesus. Everyone else is in the same category. The category of the people God loves. It is a huge category that includes every single person who has walked the earth and you are in that group. You will stay in that group and you were always meant to be in that group.

Now, the difference between you and a non-believer is that you have eternal life and you are blessed with a wonderful relationship with Jesus. Think about all the believers in the Bible and think of what God did for them. He can do the same for you. Most of the time your faith needs to activate the hand of God and other times His mercy and grace are sufficient. They are always sufficient but faith is something you should always work on and develop. Today I want you to celebrate the Lord because He is no respecter of persons and He will do for you the amazing things He did in the Bible and more. Stay in faith. Stay encouraged. You deserve God’s best! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you.

Suggested reading: Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; James 2:13*

Because of God

Because of God you can make it every day. Because of God you are never alone. Because of God you have life in abundance, the hope of glory in Christ and you are highly blessed. God is on your side. He is in your camp. He loves your company and He sticks with you. He is stuck on you. His love will never depart from you. You are favored and you are loved. Life will throw fiery darts at you and the enemy will form weapons against you but because of God you can expect the victory. You are here today because of God and He wouldn’t have gotten you here without a plan to protect you and to help you every single day.

Your last victory in Christ is not your last victory. See it as your latest victory and trust that there will be many, many more. You are more than a conqueror thanks to Jesus. You are not defeated. You have defeated death through the blood of the Lamb. Jesus gave you eternal life and you ought to celebrate Him for the ultimate sacrifice that provided salvation for you. Think about all you can do and all you have because of God. You can hope for the best because of God. You can hope for God’s best and know that it will happen in your life. Because of God your life will never be the same. It will always change for the best and you are going to to go from glory to glory in Jesus’ name!

Because of God no weapon forged against you shall prosper. The enemy has an array of weapons that he will always use against you. He looks at your weaknesses and uses them against you. He finds what makes you tick and he drives you crazy. He knows what hurts and he causes pain. He knows what you likes and he hates it. He robs you of your joy because it is your strength. He observes you and acts against you. However, none of those evil weapons will prosper because of God.

When Jesus is your Savior, you have a “weapon neutralizer” and a “weapon destroyer.” He will neutralize all weapons and give you victory. Some of those bad weapons will look like they are hurting you but the power of the Lord will neutralize you and you will not fall. You will not concede and you will not be harmed. Believe in Jesus and keep seeking His face. His army of angels will fight your battles and destroy the weapons of the enemy. Like I said, God is in your camp and His army never fails. He has the best weapons and He makes them available to you. Because of God you will be victorious. Don’t get discouraged. The weapons of the enemy will not knock you down. The Lord will demolish them for you!

Because of God you can accomplish great things. The Lord believes in you. He knows what you can do and He is your source of strength to do anything. With Him the sky is not the limit. The Heavens are your platform and you are blessed. Work with what Heaven has to offer. Heave has no limits and God had put gifts on your that are purely heavenly. Believe in yourself because He believes in you. You can excel at all you do because of God. Your talents are great attributes you should pursue. Because of God they are in you. God is the reason why you are here and the reason why you can do all things. Thank Him for being your inspiration and for being the power behind you. Because of God you are going to succeed and you are going to exceed your own expectations. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 54:17; John 10:28-30; Ephesians 3:20

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

Jesus is always the way

When I was praying yesterday morning, I kept hearing deep down inside that there is always a way with Jesus. I meditated on that amazing truth. It is a truth we should hold ah so anything that might happen to us. When we think about the cross and what Jesus accomplished, we can’t help but know that He did the impossible. He died on that cross and then He conquered death. Death is the ultimate trial or tribulation. It is the biggest problem and Jesus destroyed it. Anything that happens to us that is negative falls under the umbrella of death. There is a spectrum of problems from something as simple as losing keys to something as huge as a fatality. That bad spectrum was defeated on the cross. No matter how big or small your problem is, there is always a way with Jesus. Jesus is the way. Insert Him into your problems and He will add solutions to your life. I impose my solution to my circumstances. I impose my Jesus to my circumstances. He always makes a way!

Jesus is the way-maker. He makes a way out of nothing. He can create solutions that you never thought existed. He does the impossible like I always say. Don’t think that your problem will be impossible to solve. Agree with Jesus. He believes and He knows that when He came back from the dead, He took care of every problem that will ever arise on earth. Your current problems are no exception to that rule. Think of the Jesus rule. His rule states that all issues and problems have to come under the control of the Lord and that His blood conquered all. He controlled all problems when He defeated death. His resurrection power makes a way in the darkest valleys and in the most hopeless situations. The Lord is trying to get your attention today. He is reminding you that He is your way out. Don’t lose heart. The way-maker will have the final say. Let Him make His way into your dilemma and you will experience peace, victory and relief. It’s not over until The way has come your way!

Have you noticed how in very dark rooms the light can make its way through and shine a glimmer of hope? It doesn’t have to be a lot of light. A little bit is enough to bring back hope. Jesus makes His way into dark situations and all you have to do is hold on to hope. Hold on to that little light knowing that more light is coming. Hold on to that little light and have the confidence that as your faith grows so will that light. Stay in faith while the light makes its way in. Follow the light. Go to its source. Its source is Jesus. He is the One you should stare at and not your problems. I understand it is easier said than done but it does work. Jesus is the way when there seems to be no way. Be relentless and keep hoping for the way out. Be determined to stay in faith because God’s way is the best way. Jesus is the way, the truth and the light. He is going to do something incredible in your life. He is making way for great things to take place in your life. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 10:9; John 14:6; Acts 4:12

God can’t change

They say that the only thing that is constant is change. I say that the only One who is constant is God. Think about that as the new week begins. Things will change this week. You can expect that. You can expect changes accompanied by challenges and you can also expect good and positive shifts. We can’t predict what’s going to happen but we can predict that God will be the same. Isn’t that reassuring? God is consistent and He is true to Himself. He is faithful to His Word and faithful to who He is. I love to meditate on that truth. I love to defy the changes in my life and the challenges I encounter by professing that my God never changes.

Things can get difficult and hard but my God is always good and powerful. If you need a boost this week, remember that God will never change. Remember that you can always have hope and great expectations because you have God. You might have problems but you also have God. Let me say that again. You might have problems now but you also have a God who can solve all problems. Your problems are never bigger than your God. The negative changes in your life are never more powerful than your constant and amazing God. God is going to change your situations, friend. Don’t let your circumstances change how you see God. Let Him change how you see your circumstances.

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.*” Another translation of this verse says that God’s plans are firm. God’s plans for your life are firm, friend. Nothing can move them. Nothing can change them. There are no difficult situations that can change God’s firm plans. God’s intentions for your are extremely good and they are firm. Praise the Lord whose plans are unchanged. Praise the Lord who never wavers and who never fails. Your faith gives you access to His blessings. His blessings are available to you every single day, 24/7. They are ready to touch your life now. God’s blessings are firm and they are life changing.

Expect great changes in your life even when things shift in a bad way. God’s consistent love will impress the negative changes in your life and remove them. The plans of God’s heart will defeat the enemy’s plans. Say it out loud. When you are in a pickle, talk about the One whose power changes everything. The Lord said Himself that He doesn’t change. Our minds change Him. Our experiences give us the wrong picture of Him. He is good all the time. I tell myself that God is good all the time. Making that declaration is a reflex for me and it helps a lot. I say it whenever I get a chance and I say it when something bad happens. It allows me to renew my mind and to exalt the Lord who never changes.

God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19). God will never change His mind about you. He said He would love you and protect you and that will always be the case. God has made His mind up about you and in His mind you are wonderfully and fearfully made. In His mind you are worth dying for. In His mind you were saved by His blood and you are under His covenant. In His mind there is nothing He can’t do for you. In His mind there is always hope for you. In His mind there is always power to change your life. Find out what He says about you in His Word and trust that everything He said still stands. God is not human. Think about that. He is above all humans and He is always, always the same God. Go into this week with the confidence that your God will be able to change anything that might go wrong this week. Stay in faith! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 33:11*; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8

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