What is God building in your life?

Before He started His ministry on earth, Jesus was a carpenter. A carpenter is someone who repairs or makes wooden structures and objects. I love that carpenters make and repair. This concept exemplifies what the Lord does. Jesus is the carpenter of my life. He fixed my life and He made it what it is now. He gave me eternal life. That is what He does. He didn’t just do it for me. He did it for anyone who believes in Him. When He died on the cross, people thought it was the end. It was just the beginning of the structure He was building. He was making something that would last forever and that no one could undo. Jesus built eternal life. He repaired our lives and fixed them with salvation. He redeemed us of our sins and  built a bridge between the Father and us. That bridge of salvation is a structure that we can count on. It is indestructible. Jesus undid death and replaced it with His resurrection. Now, His resurrection power is the permanent structure that lives in us. If you have Jesus, His power lives in you. It is building you up and it is fixing you and making things new. God is at work in your life. If we remain in Him and His words remain in us, He will build something amazing in our lives. What is God building in your life today? He is repairing your life and making a life that is blessed by His presence.

What the Lord is building in you is a powerful structure that relies on His Son. The Lord wants to builds reliance in us. What He is building in our lives requires work on our part and faith. The Lord would never force anything into our lives. We have to agree and we have to believe. We can’t be passive and expect Him to do something good inside of us. That powerful structure of dependence on Jesus can be put together when we take a step of faith and we trust that God is at work in our lives. The process started when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and it continues every single day. Our salvation and our lives with Christ are an ongoing journey. We can help the Carpenter repair our lives by having total faith in Him and by letting Him be the part of us that He should be. We could choose to privilege the world and its ways or we can choose Jesus and let Him develop His mind in us. We can share the mind of Christ as we renew our thinking with His Word and we are in contact with His Spirit. Let’s always choose Jesus. Let’s always choose Jesus over the world. Let’s get to know Him better thanks to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is in us and with us and that relationship can be amazing. The Lord gives us the wood we need and it is up to us to finish the work by leaning on the Spirit and adoring the Lord. Adoration and worship are crucial here. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and in His temple there should be rejoicing and celebration. We are a place of worship that should be active all the time. It is sad when we don’t answer the call and we deprive our temple of praising the Lord. When we do that, we are like a church where the lights are never turned on, Jesus is forgotten and there is no fruit and no progress. God can build a tree of hope inside of us when we keep our hopes in Jesus and we actively engage with Him. The structure of peace and joy the Lord desires for us to have is attainable. It can be made when we spend time in the Word of God, we pray every day, we walk in love, we stay in faith and we exalt the Lord. God is building a wonderful structure of faith, love and hope in you, friend. Give Him permission to place the beam of joy, the joist of love and the structure of faith inside of you. As you rely on God, He will fix what needs to be fixed in your life and He will create a new you. God can build anything and He built you for a time like this so stay in faith and keep on going. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 15:7; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 John 5:14

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 143)

Let God’s Word live rent free in your mind. Let it permeate your spirit and dominate your heart. Give it a home in your spirit and it will make you a powerhouse of faith.

Talk about what the Lord has done any chance you get. Don’t worry about your praise report. Don’t worry that it’s not as big as your neighbors’. Report what the Lord has done. That is all that matters. Give God the glory!

Every time you think you can do it on on your own and you take control of the situation, you stand in the way. You stand in the way of what is the best way. You stand in God’s way!

Don’t engage in conversations with fear. It will try to convince you and say that all is lost. Tell fear to be quiet by having conversations with God and by telling your mind that your faith is bigger than your fear.

Jesus is the portal to Heaven. He is the way, the truth and the life. Go through Him in everything you do. Rely on Him in everything that happens. Trust His love and know that it is true. Jesus is the way when there seems to be no way!

Take the pulse of your faith. Monitor it and adjust it. Use the Word of God to regulate your faith. Let God give you the rhythm of your faith. He knows how to change the beat of your hope.

Rebuke bitterness. It will give you a bitter spiritual taste. It will spoil your spiritual appetite and it will leave you hungry for more negativity. Find the soothing manna from Heaven. Jesus has set a table before you where bitterness doesn’t exist. Eat at His table. Refuse to join the negative meals the enemy is serving you.

The anchor to your soul will keep you grounded and will keep you stable even in the midst of the wildest oceans. Jesus is that anchor!

The peace that comes from the Lord can shutter the stress that comes from the world. Adhere to His peace by thanking Him and by declaring that it is in you.

Hope is God’s reply to our distress. Let’s take His reply and apply it to every question we have in our lives. His hope will answer everything!

Suggested reading: Colossians 1:27; 1 Peter 1:13; 1 Peter 5:10

How to follow Go throughout the day

I want to follow God anywhere and everywhere. I want to be dedicated and walk with Him hand in hand all day. It sounds ideal and it is feasible. Do I do it every day? I do what I can. Some days are easier than others but knowing how amazing and how good the Lord is, it is hard for me to stay away from Him for long or to disconnect from Him. When the world becomes overwhelming and I am more influenced or impacted by the world, I know that something is wrong. People talk about balance. In this case I don’t believe in balance. I believe the scale should tilt in God’s direction. The scale should indicate that we are more of God than the world. We are vessels and we can be filled with God or with the world. We are filled with both. The question is, what is dominant in our lives? We are vessels that sail on the sea of the world and we hit icebergs and obstacles that give us holes and the sea of the world starts drowning us on the inside. We can’t stay afloat because the weight of the world is too much. However, we can stay in the Lord and we can be filled with more of Him when we make a conscious effort to stay in Him. Today I want to talk about staying filled with God, remaining in Him and following Him all day.

I love how Jesus declared “Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”* His encouragement is very powerful. He is not telling us to do something impossible. We can remain in Him. The key is to find all the strategies and techniques that allow us to stay in Him. As soon as we leave our prayer time in the morning, the world is ready to assail us and to take over our attention. I wish I could stay in my prayer closet all day but it is not physically possible. What I can do is stay in prayer throughout the day by doing a series of things that keep me in prayer. I first had to remind myself for a while that the Lord heard the prayers of the heart and I didn’t have to say anything out loud for me to be heard. I have inner prayers throughout the day. What is the connection between prayer and following God? The obvious answer is that Jesus prayed when He was on earth and He says we should pray. We should pray without ceasing. When we are in prayer, we are very aware of God’s presence. Prayer is communicating with God and it means that He talks to us as well. It’s a two-way street.  When we pray throughout the day, we get messages, bits of information and comforting words. I have found that my inner prayers give me inner strength and they calm me down when I need it. They alert me to what the Lord wants me to do and I can follow His directions when I am tuned in. To be tuned in, it is important to have frequent prayer sessions. Find the best way you can have those recurring inner prayers and you will see how much easier it is to follow God.

Following God implies letting Him lead the way. We can’t follow someone who is behind us. We need to put ourselves in the position of the follower and trust that God knows where He is taking us and that He is a perfect leader. I have to admit that sometimes I get ahead of God and I act as if He should be following me. I fall flat on my face and realize that I can’t be in control. I am a follower and He is the head. We, Christians are part of the body but we can’t keep acting like the head. We have a role to play and when we wait for directions faithfully and act on them, we fulfill our part. I have noticed that what we see, what we hear, what we say and what we feel can interfere with our following the Lord. We can’t help most of those things but we can prevent them or we can react to them with God’s help. I try to see the Word as much as I can. I try to avoid any tv shows or tv programs that can hinder my faith or that can stall my walk with the Lord. I also make sure I read things that are connecting me to God. I would say we need to choose what we hear and see carefully and that includes music. Some songs are derailments and hurdles that prevent us from following God because they get to our core and churn emotions and feelings that dissociate us from God. Choose the music you listen to wisely and make that a strategy that helps you follow the Lord.

Another powerful strategy is to contradict the world all day long. Whatever is negative and bad, can be very counterproductive to your walk with God. When you hear pessimism and negative ideas and thoughts, contradict them and challenge them with God’s Word. For every negative word, say two or three positive words. For every ounce of doubt, add a pound of faith and hope. Refuse to agree with all the negativity. Be the voice of positivity. Be a voice for the Lord. Be the voice of hope you are designed to be. The Lord is the vine and we are the branches. Let’s be the strong branches that can uphold the hope of the Lord wherever we go and walk in love every day. That is the best way to follow God!

Suggested reading: *John 15:4-5; Galatians 2:20; 1 John 2:6

God is a refiner

To refine is to remove impurities or unwanted elements from a substance. It also means to improve by making small changes or making something more subtle and accurate. God is the ultimate refiner. He purifies, He changes and He removes impurities like no other. Our lives can’t be the same when we let the Refiner do His job. How willing are you to let the Refiner do something new and pure in your life? Are you willing to give Him your life so He can refine it? It’s not a sacrifice. It’s an honor and a privilege. Coming to the realization that the Lord can refine our lives is a blessing. Preparing ourselves to being refined and changed by Him is priceless.

The fire of the Holy Spirit can refine us and burn all things that weigh us down and that we don’t need. I present my life to the Lord on the altar of His love and I ask for refinement and change but I need to let go first and let God be in control. We can’t hold on to our lives with both hands and hope the Lord will take them away from us by force. He is gentle. He is caring and loving and He won’t remove what we love dearly. It’s a lesson I am learning and my goal is to get to a point where God can purify my heart without my ego or my insecurities getting in the way. Today I want to invite you to give all of you to the Lord and let Him refine you. Burn for Him and only for Him with a heart that is surrendered.

The process of refinement and purification is not always an easy process. Like I mentioned before there is a need for letting go and being open to the fire of the Lord. Burning is a powerful action that results in transformation. In the natural when we burn something it comes out looking differently. There is a transfiguration that happens. When God burns us, He changes us for the best. The process leads to beauty. He burns the ugliness and leaves us looking beautiful. We come out of the ashes and we rise up thanks to a touch of His love. God will take the worst parts of our lives and refine them. He can take our shortcomings and our worst traits and refine them. His burning process leaves a mark on our soul and spirit.

The mark of the Lord shows through the light that comes forth when we have been refined. The process will not always be easy but it is always worth it. David asked the Lord to purify his heart and renew his spirit. His prayer wasn’t in vain. God has the power to purify any heart and renew any spirit. You and I are examples of how God renews spirits. We got saved and with salvation came the transformation of our spirits. That was just the beginning. Now we have to press on and allow the Lord to purify us continually.

I am not sure we are always aware of what needs to be purified in our lives. The Holy Spirit can convice us and show us what needs to be put through the holy fire of the Lord. The Lord’s Spirit can open our eyes to all the areas that need to be refined. Besides, God the refiner is excellent at changing parts of our lives that are not in line with His will. I am not just talking about sin and the purification of what we do. I am referring to fine tuning the situations in our lives. Problems and trials can also go through the refining process. If there is something in your life that is not going well or that is not where it should be, call on the Lord, the Refiner.

The Lord will make things right. He will tune your life so it is in harmony and goodness will follow you. He will burn the tribulations and put them through His fire until you have the victory. God the refiner can do that and He will do it if you put your life in His hands. Don’t hesitate to give it all to Him. Give Him the good things and the bad things. He will do what He does best and make everything be in line with His will for you life. Let God the refiner refine your circumstances and bring you peace and joy again! He is going to improve you and make changes that will transform your life.

Suggested reading: Psalm 51:10; 1 John 1:7; 2 Corinthians 7:1

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 101)

Let God’s love in you be bigger than the hate that is in this world. Let’s God love in you be bigger than the fear the enemy wants to see develop in you.

No stress, no worries. Jesus comes on time and He helps all the time. His timing is perfect and His help is on point.

Don’t just look at what you want to see. Look at everything the Lord wants you to see. Look with the eyes of faith and you will God’s hand everywhere you look.

Darkness roams in bright daylight. Test all spirits. Not every light is from God but God’s light always pierced all shades of darkness even the lightest shades!

With God you have nothing to worry about. He will always give you a reason to believe and the peace and wisdom to rejoice in everything.

If your church is divided because of who rules your world, refocus on who the ruler of your life is. Be sure that Jesus is the ruler and not anyone or anything else.

God has a plan. God is the plan. Let God unfold in your life. Let Him be the reason for every season of your life. Let God prosper you. God won’t harm you but He is your hope and your future.

Our minds try to “Google translate” God and we end up missing the meaning of what He is saying. Let’s interpret God with the help of the Holy Spirit who speaks God’s language fluently!

There is a price to pay when we want to stay in faith despite some events of our lives. This price is praise; it costs less than we think and its reward is priceless!

The Lord goes before you wherever you go so you should travel with the assurance that He is your insurance no matter where you are.

Suggested reading: Psalm 67:7; Numbers 6:24-25; James 1:17

The power of not taking God for granted

I made a resolution for 2020. It has been brewing in my spirit for a few days now and I have finally set it free and now I can express it and talk about it. My main resolution for the new year is to not take God for granted. It may sound like something most of us don’t do and at first glimpse it sounds like not a valid resolution but it is. I have been scanning my life, my habits, my lifestyle and my thought patterns for a few days. It appears that even though I am grateful to God most of the time, there is still room for growth. Not taking God for granted means acknowledging Him in all my ways. In my thoughts, in my habits and in my lifestyle.

Are my habits a reflection of my awareness of God? I can think of many examples when I put God on silent and go on with my life. The pauses are not long but they are there. God doesn’t take a break from us so I can’t afford to take a break from Him. I get so engulfed in my life at times that God is a tiny wave in the ocean of the busyness of life. He shouldn’t be a small curling body of water; He should be the motion that commands which way the ocean should go. When our ocean is steered by the affairs of life and we have no control, we need to bring God back to the forefront. The One who can walk on water should be walking all over our lives, leading us, guiding us and being the center of our universe.

Not taking God for granted implies taking Him seriously all the time and letting Him come first. He is God. He is on a throne and we should keep Him on the throne. There is nothing and no one more important than the Lord. No one and nothing deserves the pedestal we give them. As this new year is starting, I am consciously removing all the things and people I have put on a throne. They are not as many as they used to be but some of them are still sharing the spotlight with the Lord. There is something majorly wrong with that picture and I am working on reframing it and making it the picture perfect it is supposed to be.

God deserves to occupy the whole picture and everything else should be in the background. He is the alpha and the omega and the finisher of our faith. Without Him we wouldn’t be here. Without Him I wouldn’t be where I am now. He doesn’t take me for granted. He makes me a priority. I want Him to be my number one. Not just in words but in action and in truth as well. I’m going to look at everything I have and be thankful for all of it because I have a lot thanks to the Lord. I am not going to waste anything, any food, any time, any words and any money. My goal is to be a good steward of what the Lord gives me and use it for His glory.

When we take someone or something for granted, we assume that they will always be there and we don’t need to focus on them now. They will be there so we can attend to them later when we have time. I live in the tri-state area and many people I know take some of the most amazing monuments around for granted thinking that they don’t have to go visit them since they will always be there. I know a lot of people who have never been to the Statue of Liberty but it’s on their bucket list. The Statue is less than two hours away. I don’t want to make God wait until I have time to attend to Him.

I do pray a few times a day but I can acknowledge God more in all I do in between prayers. That is what I am talking about. Paying attention to the Lord more than ever. I also want to remind myself of His past goodness and how present it is. I have experienced a lot of amazing things in my life and I want to resuscitate them more often. Not to live in the past but to remind myself of how big my God is. I don’t want to rejoice when good things happen and then just move on to the next best thing forgetting about what happened. God is the best. He deserves my best attention. My resolution is to give Him my full attention. I hope it resonates with you. Happy new year! Let it be the year of the awareness of God in our lives.

Suggested reading: John 16:13; Romans 12:9; 1 John 3:18

Don’t worry about God

When you worry and wonder how you are going to get through a certain situation, you are really worrying about God. You are wondering if and how He is going to come through. You are doubting that He is God enough to help you. It sounds a bit harsh but it is true. I have been there many times. When I have needed money, I have found myself planning in my head how the money would come. I think of this source and that source and I imagine how it should all happen. It is good to save and budget. This is not what I am referring to. I am talking about visualizing how my needs will be met. The problem with my approach is that I look at material things as the source. If I need money, I will obviously think of money but I shouldn’t focus on the money that much. I should instead focus on my provider. Whatever the issue is, the victory comes from the Lord. He is the One fighting all our battles. The victory is sweet but the Lord is sweeter. In all circumstances He should be the center of our attention and we should regard Him as more than able.

It’s easy to perceive God as powerful and almighty when everything is going well. We can praise and worship Him all day. All is good. God is good. When good things happen, we thank God for them. They certainly come from Him. When life is good we see God as a good God and a strong and invincible God. We don’t worry about His ability to bless us and to love us. We have an image of a loving God who can’t fail. There is nothing to worry about. Now, when things get tough and we run into problems and tribulations come from all sides, we panic. It’s a normal reaction since we are human. However, if we stay in that state of panic and fear, we are truly doubting God. We unconsciously or consciously don’t see the powerful God we are familiar with in good times. We stay up at night and worry about how things are going to work out. It’s not our job to worry. Our job is to agree with the Lord when He says He will provide our needs and bless us at all times. I once heard deep down on the inside “Don’t worry about Me.” I was praying and God was shaking me up showing me that I was worrying about His power. God doesn’t change when things get bad. He doesn’t lose His ways. He doesn’t run around trying to figure out how to help us. He is not broken. He doesn’t need to be fixed. He fixes all situations.

Worry about God needs to be replaced by confidence in God. It’s easier to have confidence in someone when we know them well. Building a strong relationship with the Lord is extremely helpful. I suggest studying the Word of God as often as possible. Prayer should be a habit. It should be a daily habit that is second nature. We should be so into prayer that we couldn’t spend a day or even half a day without it. I am in Europe for the holidays and there are days when I have not been able to pray as much as I usually do and I realize how valuable and important prayer is. I know you might feel like you have heard it all before. I have as well but it is a reminder that can save you next time you hit rock bottom. Remember that the Rock at the bottom will get up back on top. Jesus is the Rock that can never be broken and that can never be defeated. Develop your vision of Him being invincible because that’s how He is. Don’t worry about Him. He can handle your life. There is nothing He can’t do. Stay encouraged and stay in faith!

Suggested reading: Mark 5:36; Mark 11:22-24; John 7:38

God breaks bottles when you pray

As soon as I started praying last night, I saw myself toppling bottles that were lined up on an open shelf. There was a line of bottles, too many to count but as my words of prayer resounded in my heart, I saw myself breaking all the bottles one by the one. The Lord explained that when we pray, we ruin the enemy’s plans for our lives and for the lives of the people we pray for. The bottles represented the evil plans that were supposed to take place. There were many of them. Some bottles were labeled “accident” and some were labeled “failure.” It takes a lot of prayer to break some of the plans of the enemy.

Prayer is a bigger necessity than a lot of us know. Imagine praying for someone who never gets a break and the Lord gives them a change of life because of the words you utter on the person’s behalf. Prayers do a lot even when we don’t see it. What the Spirit of the Lord showed me in that vision was powerful because the bottles/the evil plans started to be destroyed as soon as the prayer started. Never underestimate the power of your prayers! When you pray in the name above all names, nothing can stop blessings from coming. When you stand strong in prayer and you don’t give up, the enemy has to flee. When you pray from your heart to God’s heart, something unprecedented takes place. Let prayers flow out of your heart every day. Let them be between you and the Lord about you and the world. Keep a prayer list handy and submit it to God with praise and thanksgiving.

Prayers have different aspects to them. They can be requests and they can be gratitude prayers. I have found that praying over and over again about something implies thanking the Lord over and over again about the outcome. A request comes first. It’s a knock on God’s door but the knocks that come after that should be “thank you knocks” where you go to God just to say thank you. “Dear Jesus, I am just dropping by to say that I adore You and I want to thank You for blessing my prayers and for answering them the best way you know how” is a valid follow-up knock.

The initial knock is crucial but the knocks that come after that are very important as well. They speak of our faith. If we have faith when we pray, we will speak with assurance during prayer and thank God that He heard us. If we ask repeatedly to be heard, we have to check our faith and go back to square one. “God, did You hear what I asked last week?” is just an expression of doubt. Our prayers need to mirror faith and reflect it all the time.

Believing that we receive what we pray for is essential. Prayers should never be blindsided aims at some random targets. We don’t pray and hope we will land somewhere. We pray knowing that “the eagle has landed” and we are on our way. Faith attached to prayer produces results that are tangible. Faith attached to prayer will show you that God is toppling the plans of the enemies. You don’t need to know how. You just have to trust that He is doing it.

Remember that the power behind your prayers is not yours; it’s the Lord’s. The image of myself breaking the bottles was symbolic. I did the praying but God did “the doing” so to speak. Go to war in your prayer closet by spending time in victorious, faith-filled prayers and God will break bottles left and right. Praise Him loud and clear during prayer time. Spend more time praising than begging. Your prayers are powerful because you are praying in the name of Jesus. Believe it and trust in the process. Impact your world one prayer at a time!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:12; Matthew 6:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The gift that keeps on giving

A couple of years ago I wrote a Christmas message about Jesus being the gift that keeps on giving. Today I want to reiterate that message. Jesus came to save us and to give us eternal life. Life in Him is like nothing we can imagine until we enter this new life. We go from darkness to light. The change in my life was like night and day. I got saved at an early age but I didn’t know the Lord for a while. It was as if I had been given an admission ticket to the best amusement park in the world but I didn’t know how to get on any of the rides. I could see the rides. I could see how great they looked but I had no clue how I could actually get on them. When I accepted Jesus completely and I started embracing His plan for my life, I saw a drastic transformation of my life.

I wasn’t just changed; my life was altered and changed for the best. That is what Jesus does. He changes us on the inside and He gives us a better life on the outside. The inward change opened my eyes to a life worth living in Him. I found myself walking around the amusement park holding Jesus’ hand so to speak. Every ride became accessible. Every ride brought a lot of joy. Every ride was part of this gift package that I had received in Jesus’ name. It doesn’t mean that everything was easy in my life but it meant that I could deal with life better with the One who was holding my hand.

A gift is given willingly to someone without payment and without any expectation of anything in return. At least that is the definition of the gift of life that Jesus gives. His gift is free of charge. He paid the price for all of us. He paid the highest price for the highest sins and the highest problems in life. Whatever you have done can be forgiven. You could be the worst sinner in the world according to society, Jesus will forgive you if you repent. There is nothing that can separate you from the love of God. Your mind, shame and the enemy’s lies can create a gap between you and the Lord but the gift is still there ready to be taken and open. When I opened the gift of salvation, I needed a guide, a manual like I alluded before.

The Holy Spirit is the One who can show us how to navigate through this new life and He does come with the gift of salvation. Jesus sent His Spirit to dwell in us and that truth needs to be taught and to be taken into consideration so we can live out our salvation. The gift of the Holy Spirit is like a gift that has millions of other gifts inside of it. The joy and the peace of the Spirit are amazing gifts that will make your life so much better. When trials come, the Spirit of Jesus will give you the strength and the power to go through the bad times with hope and calmness. The world can’t give you that. Only the Lord gives perfect gifts.

We know God by faith and we are told not to rely on our senses to know God. Faith is what connects us to God and it is our entrance ticket into His kingdom. We can’t rely on our feelings and emotions in order to know God better. However, the Lord will always have an impact on our feelings and emotions when we draw close to Him. He will give us good feelings and He will temper our emotions. He gives us balance and He becomes our gauge for life. He replaces sadness with joy. God can and will work on our emotions when His Spirit is our guide and our best friend.

I have seen so many changes in myself due to my relationship with the Holy Spirit. He gives me so much peace and so much hope even when everything seems lost. The gift of the Lord never lets you down. Jesus will continue to give you more and more. There is no stopping and there is no taking away. He gives and He builds up. With the Lord you will always go from glory to glory. On this Christmas Day, celebrate the One who keeps on giving and let every day be a Christmas Day where Jesus is celebrated. Merry Christmas!

Suggested reading: John 14:15-31; John 15:26; Acts 2

God wants you close to Him

God never ceases to amaze me. I don’t understand everything about Him but I know a few things that have impacted the way I see Him. I didn’t know He was all about love for a long time. Those who taught me in church about Him were very good at loving with their words but their actions went in the opposite direction. Love speaks and love acts. The same goes for God. He speaks and He acts and those two things together were not what I knew about God. I was under the impression that God only spoke to certain people and only acted on behalf of certain people. I learned that a lot of us were not worthy of God’s love so I never looked for it. That kind of teaching is very damaging spiritually and it can take people years to recover from the scars it leaves. When I got saved, it all changed. It did not change overnight but the process of living out my salvation started. God never stop to amaze me. He speaks and He acts and I love that He does that for anyone who is willing to get to know Him. He is no respecter of persons and He will never exclude anyone. If you were ever told that you had to earn God’s love or that God remains silent or that He doesn’t listen, I am here to tell you that those are lies. God is alive and well. He is in love with you. He wants you to hear what He has to say and He is always listening to you.

Walls have been built between God and us. The enemy has diligently worked on making sure those walls keep us from knowing God. His evil scheme has even infiltrated some churches and some doctrines have divided people who were always meant to become friends of God but who end up being alienated. I was one of those victims and I was blind to the truth. I knew of God but I didn’t know God. I knew what other people said about Him but I had no idea I could get to know Him for myself. Those walls of separation need to come down. We need to hunger for God and let Him know how serious we are bout being intimate with Him. There should be no buffer and no interference. We can have direct access to God. He is closer than our skin like the song says. He is right there waiting for us to speak and talk to Him. If you believe that there is no way you can communicate with God, take a step toward opening the lines of communication. Get in your prayer closet, your prayer room, or open your heart to God and pray. All you need to do is acknowledge His existence. Start talking to Him on a regular basis. Have private time with Him. Don’t let a day go by without talking to Him. If you do that, you will see the walls fall apart. The more you communicate with Him, the more real He will become. Talk and listen. Give Him time to reply to your questions, to guide you and to give you love through His words. God is love and He tells us how much He loves us if we have the right ears to hear.


The Word of God is a great entry way into the world of the Lord. You can read the Bible in so many different ways but let me suggest reading it from the Lord’s perspective. We can’t fully know His perspective but we know that He operates in love and through love. Love should be the filter we use to read the Bible. Embracing that God is all about love is embracing His true nature and His essence. If you want to have a close relationship with Him, accept His love. Pray that He opens your eyes to His love. There is a bright light shining from the Lord and it is His love. There are no dark spots, no shady areas in the Lord and anything that you learn about Him that depicts some type of anger or darkness is not the real God. I feel like every week I am discovering another aspect and another angle of God’s love and it is huge. It is bigger than I once imagined and I want to get the full picture, at least to the extent that I can. God never ceases to amaze me and the magnitude of His love is astounding. We don’t deserve it but yet we can have it. God wants you close to Him. Very close!


Suggested reading: Exodus 24:1-2; Psalm 145:18; James 4:8