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

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

Finding rest in the Lord

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

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

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

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

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

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 175)

Doubt will try to rob you of your faith. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep Him at the core of your beliefs. Seek His face daily. Talk to Him daily. Praise Him daily. Read His Word daily and you will be winning against doubt daily!

God is good all the time not just part of the time. His love for us is a full time ministry. He does not stop ministering to us with His love. He is God 24/7. Remember that next time you are going through a tough season. God is the same year round!

When life gives you lemons, react with the fruit of the Spirit. Stay calm. Keep walking in love. Tap into God’s joy. Embrace His peace. Wait patiently. Life will get better and sweeter in Jesus’ name!

God has big plans for your life. There is a big picture that has many parts to it. Get a bigger picture of the big picture by getting into the Word of God. You will gain a better understanding of the picture perfect life God has for you!

Your present suffering doesn’t compare with the blessings that are coming your way. God will make a way. There is no way that He won’t make tomorrow a better day. Hang in there. Stay encouraged! God is preparing something amazing for you!

God will remind you that He doesn’t change but He can change everything. He will remind you that life can be full of bad surprises but He has conquered the world and He will turn things around for you. Trust the Lord that changes things for the better! Trust Jesus!

The end of the road is sometimes the start of a new path with the Lord. If you feel like this is the end, remember that with the Lord there are new beginnings. Your new beginnings are here. God is taking you in a new and better direction.

Every minute spent with God in the privacy of your prayer room is a precious and powerful minute. Your prayer room is mobile. It goes with you everywhere you go. Pray anywhere. Talk to God anywhere. Stay in faith anywhere. Be blessed anywhere!

The Lord is your defender. He wins your battles for you. He always goes before you. Trust that He is always taking care of you. Trust that He is defending you even when the battle is hard.

Rest in the Lord. Relax in the arms of the Father. Don’t go too fast. Take the time to enjoy your life in Christ. Walk at the Lord’s pace and you receive peace that surpasses all understanding.

Suggested reading: Psalm 121:1-8; Romans 16:20; Philippians 4:9

React to life with Jesus

When I was praying the other day I kept saying a bright sun on the beach. The light was amber and very beautiful. It was interesting that I kept getting those gorgeous images because it was actually cloudy and rainy outside. The message the Lord was giving me was stronger than the weather. It was stronger than the sadness that seemed to blanket the area where I live. God is joy and His joy doesn’t depend on our circumstances and on our environment. It is always strong and powerful and it shines all the time. I stayed in prayer a little longer just so I could keep experiencing the great joy that was bright and encouraging. His light encouraged me. It made me look at His beauty and I forgot the greyness that was outside. We all go through seasons where clouds are all we can see. There is no hint of sun or of good weather. Sometimes those seasons last for months. We can be victims of those bad weather patterns or we can react to them with Jesus. When we react with Jesus, it doesn’t matter how cloudy our situation is. He is sunny and bright and full of hope. Every cloud has a silver lining and that silver lining is Jesus. You and I can see Him even when it’s raining. You and I have the assurance that He is going to make everything alright. He is the Sun that never goes to sleep. The Sun that shines in all kinds of weather. Today I want to invite you to react to life with Jesus. Let Him be your first reaction. Let Him be your reflex. Let Him guide you and help you react to whatever happens to you.

I usually check the weather forecast before I go out. I dress accordingly. I wear what I believe is the best outfit for that day. I try to be prepared. I don’t like surprises. If it’s going to rain at some point, I have an umbrella with me. When I start my day, I check the weather forecast during prayer. I check what the day is going to be like spiritually and emotionally. The Lord tells me the same thing every day. He tells me that I am ready and I am prepared for the day because I have Him. He is my strength, my fortress and my beacon of hope. No matter how bad the weather gets, He is with me. His weather forecast never changes. It doesn’t take into consideration the storms of life and the showers of pain and despair. His forecast considers Jesus as the only One who can weather the storms. He shows me that when I react with Him, by trusting that I have nothing to fear, He makes my day an amazing day. When something bad happens, our reaction to that bad event is more important than the event itself. Let’s say you receive an unexpected bill and you don’t have enough money to pay it off. You can panic and fall apart or you can give the bill to the Lord and let Him build you up in that circumstance. He builds you up when you give faith a chance. He makes you stronger when you react with faith. You give Him your small seed and He turns it into a tree by the end of the day as long as you stay in faith. React with Jesus to the bills of life. React with Jesus when you get bad news. React with Jesus when hope seems lost. React with Jesus when you don’t know how you are going to make it. React with Jesus and the sun will shine again!

I used to love the concept “What would Jesus Say?” I liked to remind myself that in all circumstances, Jesus would tell me to stay strong and to keep going. Now, it is much easier to get that reminder because my spirit hears His encouraging words all the time. When a storm is on the horizon and I can’t see it, He encourages me and tells me to hold on to Him and hold on to hope. When we hold on to Jesus during the storm, we can’t drown and we can’t fall off the boat. When we face life with Jesus, we are more than conquerors. We have overcome because He has overcome the world. React with Jesus all day long. Use His words. Use His Word and speak against whatever is going on in your life. React with Jesus by rebuking negative thoughts and all kinds of negativity. When something bad happens and you pray, you are reacting with Jesus. When you are having doubts but you choose to praise the Lord and to give Him thanks, you are reacting with Jesus. When life gets in the way but you choose to believe that Jesus will make a way, you are reacting with Jesus. When everything is good and you lift up His name, you are reacting with Jesus. When the enemy tells you to give up and you give God praise, you are reacting with Jesus. When you are in pain and you can’t go to sleep but you declare that by His stripes you were healed, you are reacting with Jesus. Choose Jesus over doubt. Choose Jesus over fear. Choose Jesus over giving up. Choose Jesus over discouragement. Choose Jesus over giving in to the flesh. React with Jesus and your life will be a lot better. May God bless you and protect you and remember that the Lord will always love you!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 30:19; John 15:16; 2 Peter 3:9

Keep fighting doubt

Doubt is the enemy of faith. The devil uses doubt to separate us from God and from the benefits of our lives in Christ. He knows that a believer who walks in faith and who doesn’t doubt is a dangerous believer. A believer who applies his faith and never questions God is a menace to the enemy. When we walk in faith, we not only walk hand in hand with God, we walk with power, with hope, with love, with peace and with joy. The enemy’s plan for our lives is that we never get to experience all those blessings and he doesn’t want us to grow in the knowledge of the Lord. Faith zaps the power of the enemy in our minds. Faith is a killer according to the enemy and he can’t stand it. The enemy knows the Bible and he even believes God is real and powerful. He shakes in his boots but he does his best to make sure that people are afraid and full of doubt. Doubt creates division in the kingdom of God and a divided kingdom can’t stand strong. What should we do about doubt? We should actively remove it from our lives. We should delete it and replace it with faith in every area of our lives. Let’s not give doubt the satisfaction of hurting our walk with Christ. Let’s not give doubt a chance to destroy our spiritual lives. Doubt has to go. We can’t let it win and we can’t host it in our hearts and in our minds. Today I want to encourage you to fight doubt and to magnify faith in your life. Grow in faith. Work on developing your faith and doubt will have no room in you.

Jesus once told His disciples “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here.”* Jesus was walking on the water and His disciples couldn’t believe their eyes. They actually didn’t believe that it was Him. They had never seen anything like that and doubt took over. Doubt was active in their minds and they couldn’t get over the fact that Jesus was standing on water. I would have had the same reaction. Witnessing such a powerful miracle would make me question everything I knew. That is what God does at times. He makes us question what we have learned and what we are used to by exposing us to His ability to perform miracles that defy all understanding. The key here is to trust and obey. Trust that God can do it. Trust that God is who He says He is and obey Him. He will most likely ask you to take a leap of faith and it is in your best interest to obey Him. When doubt comes, turn away from logic and from reasoning. Keep them quiet. Don’t listen to what your mind is telling you. Open your mind to what the Lord is saying and doing in your life. The best way to be able to have that is open to God in many situations is to spend time in the Word of God. Read your Bible. Pray with your Bible. Pray to receive revelation from the Word of God. Ask His Spirit to pierce your reasoning with the arrow of faith. Ask Him to strengthen your spiritual core as you decide to follow Him blindly. Have a blind faith mentality. Jump into the promises of the Lord with your heart. Whatever He says goes!

Doubt gets strong when we look at our bad circumstances and we focus on them. Doubt is powerful when all we see is the negative situation and we lose sight of the Lord. If you want to fight doubt, keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep talking to Him. Keep connecting with Him. Have a relationship with Him where intimacy is supreme and trust is established. Sharpen your faith. This comes through trial and error. When things get bad, don’t let your mouth speak doubt into your life. When things get bad, get stronger by professing your faith. Faith comes by hearing so when things are bad, listen to the Lord and don’t pay attention to the negativity that looks so potent. We can give power to anything when we make it our focus and we don’t consider anything else. Make Jesus your focus and don’t consider anything else. Make that a habit. Faith doesn’t come overnight. It comes through repetition, perseverance and resilience. Know that the Lord has won all battles so you are going to make it. Faith thanks the Lord before things materialize. Faith is grateful for the things to come and the things the eye can’t see. Faith sees a lot. Doubt can’t see hope and blessings. Doubt has no vision. Faith sees God at work all the time. Doubt doesn’t like to hope for the best. Faith knows that the best is yet to come and it patiently waits. Doubt makes you erratic and impatient. Don’t give in to those behaviors. Seek the Lord and patiently wait in faith. Keep fighting doubt with hope and with your focus on Jesus. You will win that battle. You will walk hand in hand with hope. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that the Lord will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 14:27*; Hebrews 11:1; Ephesians 3:16-17

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 174)

There is a light at the end of the tunnel but look around and you will see that the light of the Lord is inside the tunnel. When you are going through dark times, the Lord is with you. Don’t be scared. Don’t get discouraged. God’s light is protecting you in the tunnel!

God wants you to take your time. Don’t rush. Don’t run too fast. Stay at His comfortable pace. Learn as you walk side by side with the One who loves and adores you. God’s timing is the best. Let Him be your time keeper!

God is going to do something amazing for you. He is going to turn your rain of sadness into a bright summer day of joy. God has you in the plan of His hand and He is going to change everything around you for the best. He will change your heart as well in the process! Stay encouraged!

Just because you can’t handle it doesn’t mean that God can’t handle it. Give Him the wheel. Let Him take care of you and of your situation.

You might be down today but hope is on the way. The Lord is ready to pick you up and take you places. You are not going to stay in this state of misery. With the Lord, you are headed to a place of bliss where you will be more than happy!

Jesus is the One who can change your life forever. When you attach your life to His life, you can’t fail. You can’t lose. Jesus is the victory that never leaves you. He fought for your life and won all the battles. Live your life for the One who gives you the best life!

Love will heal your broken heart. Jesus is love. He will heal your broken heart. Healing is coming. Hold on tight to promise of a better tomorrow. Jesus is with you today preparing you for a better future. Don’t lose hope!

Rest in the Lord. He will give you all you need and more. Rely on Him. Rest in the palm of His hand. You are in good hands. You have nothing to worry about!

God is for you. He is not just for other people. He will take care of you. He is boy just taking care of other people. He is on your side and He will get you to the other side of your problem. Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 30:17; Isaiah 38:16-17; Psalm 147:3

Permanent Jesus

“Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever” is one of the scriptures I rely on the most. It makes me look at Him as the eternal Savior that He is and He has never changed and will never change. This has some major implications for my faith. My faith has to be in a Jesus who He is love, who performs miracles, who is the King of Peace and who saved the world. He is bigger than what my little mind can fathom. He is a huge Savior. He is not on a human level. I feel like my life goal is to know Him as much as I can and to be aware of the fact that He never changes. I call Him “Permanent Jesus” because He also never leaves me. He is a permanent fixture in my life. His presence is permanent and His traits are permanent. If you were to paint a picture of my life, Jesus would be in the background. I hope He would be noticed the most in the depiction of my life. His love is permanent and His power is permanent. Life changes. Circumstances change but Jesus will never ever change. Please let that sink in. Meditate on that truth. Permanent Jesus is the One you need and He is the true Lord. When you turn to Him, you turn to the Lord of the Bible. The God of miracles. The Lord of the impossible. The One who incarnates love and the One who never abandons His people. Your God is here to stay. The evil in this world might be rampant since the devil is the king of this world but Jesus is bigger than the devil and His goodness will always triumph over evil. His permanent victory should be added to what you can expect in your life. Expect the best and expect victory all the time!

My life used to be a series of failures, tests and trials. Trouble and suffering were pretty permanent. I couldn’t erase them and I didn’t know anything better. “Permanent evil” was a daily visitor in my life. The evil of this world was a natural occurrence in my life. Once you get saved and you are on the other side, you can’t help but feel bad for those who know evil as the permanent fixture in their lives. We are to show the world that there is more to this life than oppression and disappointment. There is a permanent love that transforms everything and that gives a new meaning to life. That love is Jesus and He is unmovable. Once you understand that He doesn’t change and He doesn’t leave, you are equipped with a truth that keeps you strong and that keeps you going even when things are tough. You are backed by the Creator of the universe. You are surrounded by His presence. You are filled with His Spirit. You are protected by His angels. You were saved by His blood. Your life is defined by Him. What a wonderful thing it is! Declare that your life is defined by Him and that you are blessed by the permanent Savior who never fails and who never lets you down. Jesus will add good days to your life. He will take all the bad days you had before Him and replace them with blessed days that will exceed your expectations. 

Jesus is permanent. What does this mean for you? It means that you have access to a fountain of love and hope that never runs dry. It means that even when the world seems to have won, God is still in control. It means that you have an advantage over evil. You have goodness on your side and God’s goodness always wins. Today I want you to remember that no matter what you are going through, the Lord is not leaving you. I know that circumstances can look impossible. I know that things can get very bad but even when they are, Jesus is still very good. His goodness is going to crush your bad situations and bring peace and joy again. Hold on to the One who stays and celebrate that He loves you and nothing and no one can separate you from His love. “Permanent Jesus’ ‘ is rejoicing over you and that won’t change. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:5 Hebrews 13:8