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*

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

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 173)

The mind gets full. The heart gets heavy and the spirit suffers. Jesus can make us light again. Let’s cast our cares upon Him and we will be free from life’s heaviness!

Before Christ you had no life. After Christ you became a new person. Before Christ you were dead inside. The Lord’s resurrection is now your success story. You live through Christ and in Christ. Celebrate Jesus, the life of the party.

When you keep walking in faith despite your circumstances, the enemy will attack your thoughts and try to build negative strongholds in your head. Turn your thoughts over to the Lord. Find refuge in Him and let Him be your fortress of positivity.

Whatever tries to be bigger than you is never bigger than God. God can destroy what is trying to destroy you. Trust Him in all circumstances!

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. His ability to heal you and to bless you hasn’t changed. Keep hoping for a breakthrough in His name!

Where you came from is not necessarily where you are now. You are not in the past anymore. With God all things are new. You are a new creature in Christ. You are not your “old you” anymore. Remember that!

There is a change of plans happening in your life today. What the enemy had meant for evil, Jesus is changing for good. Hold on to God’s plans for your life. They are amazing and they are true blessings. Stay encouraged!

Your hotline to Heaven is found in your prayer life. Make sure you stay in touch with God every day. He will always pick up when you call. He will always listen when you are on the line. He is never too busy to answer your call and He will never hang up on you!

Focus on what you know you see in Jesus’ name. Focus on what faith is showing you and not on what doubt is flashing in your face. Don’t worry about the blind spots and keep driving in faith. Believe that God will show you what the human eye can’t see through the power of faith.

God is always faithful and He will show you that despite the adversity He is standing by you. Trust Him and rely on Him even when the world is falling apart around you. God will restore everything and give you more than before!

Suggested reading: Psalm 33:20-22; Psalm 56:3-4; Romans 8:28

Great is His faithfulness

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

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

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

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

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 172)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The God of miracles

What do you need now? What do you need for your situation to get better? You might need a miracle or at least it might feel like a miracle is what it would take for your circumstances to improve. The good news is that God is in the business of miracles. He is the inventor of miracles and He has a lot of experience with miracles. As a matter of fact, miracles are in His veins. God is a miracle. That is how I see Him. He came into my life and saved me. He is the miracle I had been waiting for so long. I am getting to know Him and I am learning about His miracle-working power. He is more proficient in miracles than anyone you will ever meet. Therefore, you should go to Him. Turn to Him today. Ask for your miracle. Pray to Him. Be a relentless prayer warrior and show Him that you know He is the miracle maker. God is a miracle maker. What seems like a miracle to us is just another normal act to Him. Parting the seas, turning water into wine are just everyday occurrences for Him. We don’t see them happen because we don’t have the faith for it. It sometimes takes corporate faith for major things like that to take place. Get to know the God of miracles. In the Bible you will find many accounts of His miracles and you will be amazed by His power and by what He can do. He can do the impossible. If there is one thing you should retain from this message is that God can do the impossible. Your miracle is not that far away and it is not something God has to come up with after a long period of reflection and planning. God can reverse any situation, restore anything that needs to be fixed and improve any circumstances. There is something great that will happen to you when you rely on God. You don’t have to bring a huge amount of faith to Him. All He needs is your mustard seed of faith and a heart that is open and willing to receive from Him. The God of miracles can take your situation and make it so much better that you will completely forget that you were in distress at one point.

The parting of the Red Sea is one of the miracles in the Bible that has had the most impact on me. It is an act of God that represents what God can do very well. Who could part the seas and make a path for people to walk on if not God? I am sure that with today’s technology men could do something similar but we are talking about an event that took place centuries ago when such a thing was inconceivable. I have been faced with a Red Sea of my own before. A barrier, a huge hurdle, an impossible situation that kept me from reaching a place of peace. I have contemplated that sea and thought many times that there was no way I would be able to go through it or to come out of it in one piece. My heart used to get broken a lot and I would find its many pieces on the threshold of hope with too much discouragement to even think of repair and restoration. However, God has come through for me all the time. He has picked up the pieces and put my heart back together better than it had been before. God is not intimidated by the seas. It doesn’t matter how big and rocky the oceans of your life are. God can part them and neutralize them. With one word He can make them move away from your path and He can make you walk on dry land. Think of the dry land as the path to your miracles. Many are the paths of the Lord so be assured that no sea can stop Him and He will not only make your path clear but He will make sure that it leads to a great miracle.

When I started thinking about how miracles are nothing extraordinary for God, it helped my thinking align with God’s. Miracles are amazing events that defy logic and nature. God is an amazing God who defies logic and nature and it is in His nature to create miracles. Trust and believe that the miracle you need today is something that God will do for you very easily. Trust and believe that God loves you very much and He is more than willing to shower you with miracles. Trust and believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and He has never stopped performing miracles. Join the group of believers that know without a doubt that miracles are for us today. Join the group of believers that understand that God is the miracle-worker that the world needs today. The outcome of your current situation doesn’t hinge upon your abilities, your money, your intellect and your luck. It all depends on your Savior and He is the God of miracles. He is the One who is going to solve your problem. He is the One you should put in charge of your situation by faith. It is not over yet. Your miracle can still take place. God is not too late and He is not limited by time and space. He has enough room to create something miraculous in your life and He always has the perfect timing. You are so blessed! You are a child of the God of miracles! Stretch out your hand over your sea of problems and the Lord will drive it away from you and make a way for dry land and there will be a path to your miracle!

Suggested reading: Exodus 14:21; Jeremiah 32:27; Mark 10:27

The art of rejection

Rejection is the act of not accepting, believing or considering something. We experience rejection at some point in our lives. Rejection is a negative experience but it can be a very positive experience as well. I call it the art of rejection. When we don’t accept and don’t believe what the enemy is doing in our lives, rejection is a positive experience. I call it an art because it is the application of our creative skill or imagination. We can find ways to reject what the enemy does and the more we do it, the more skilled we become and it ends up being a positive expression of that skill. The skill of rejection is powerful. It comes with faith, hope and perseverance. We can stand our ground and refuse to be subject to what the enemy does in our lives. We can reject his negativity and stay in faith. When we have hope in the Lord, we are skilled believers that know how to reject the enemy. We can reject negative thoughts. We can reject negative situations. We can reject negative words. We can reject fear. We can reject doubt. We can reject discouragement. We can reject the enemy altogether. We can reject everything that stands in our way in the name of Jesus. We can reject anything that comes against the Word of God. We can reject negative reactions to what happens to us. We can reject conformity to the world. Today I want to encourage you to practice the art of rejection and give the devil the boot. Don’t let him take advantage of you and lie about your life. He is a liar and he has no business dictating you how you should conduct yourself and lead your life. Reject his suggestions. Reject his lies. Do it in the name of Jesus!

The Bible tells us to resist the enemy and he will flee. This means that resisting him is not impossible and it also means that it is something we should be doing all the time. We let the enemy take too much ground in our lives. He is not entitled to any space in our lives. He has no right to rule over our lives or over any part of our lives. He is an outsider that should remain an outsider. However, he infiltrates himself into our thinking, our actions and our words but it is time we put a stop to his squatting habits. We can take a step back and look at what he has stolen. God can restore anything the enemy has taken from us. I believe it is important to reject the enemy’s lies about our lives being broken forever. He tells us that what we lost is gone forever. He tells us that God can’t fix our lives and He can’t give us what we have lost. All those ideas are lies we should be rejecting until our faith in God’s ability to restore us is stronger. Make it a priority to reject the lies of the enemy on a regular basis. Find a scripture that denies what the enemy says. For instance you can reject the lies by saying that greater is the Lord that is in you than the enemy that lives in this world. Every time the enemy whispers how devastating he is and how damaged you are, remind him that Jesus is much greater and much more powerful than him. Remind him about the cross. Talk about the Lord’s resurrection and the enemy will run. Do it as often as you can. Reject the enemy. Don’t buy into his schemes. You have the Savior on your side and in His name you can reject the foolishness of the devil.

When you submit yourself to the Lord, you instantly reject the enemy. You put yourself under the protection of Almighty God and you trust in His love for you. Submitting to the Lord implies knowing and believing that He has won against the enemy. His victory is still valid today and you can use it to reject the enemy. When negative thoughts come to mind, rebuke them in the name of Jesus. Replace them with words of the Lord. When something bad happens to you, reject any kind of negative reaction. Reject whining, getting discouraged and being negative about the situation. Refrain from saying anything that doesn’t exalt the Lord above your circumstances. God will assist you when you submit to Him and you reject the enemy in the name of Jesus. Like I said before, reject the enemy every day. Let it become an art and you will see how good you get at it. It will become a habit and you will do it mindlessly. The Bible says that we should watch and pray that we may not enter into temptation. Let’s watch what we do and say. Let’s pray we have discernment. Sometimes we are not aware of what we let the enemy do to our lives and we don’t know what to reject. The Holy Spirit is a great helper who gives us the power to be sober-minded and to find out what the enemy is doing to us. My prayer today is that you keep rejecting the enemy and you keep including the Lord in everything you say or do. The art of rejection is a great expression of the authority that belongs to us in the name of Jesus. Keep expressing it!

Suggested reading: Matthew 26:41; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8

Take steps of faith

I was walking with a friend the other day and all of a sudden I noticed how fast we were going. We focused on what we were talking about and not so much on the walk itself. Our conversation was the motivation. We had a great conversation that occupied our minds so much that we didn’t realize how far and how much we walked. It made me think about the steps I take every day toward the destination the Lord has for me. When I am focused on Him and my thoughts are centered around Him, I made progress and I go far. I don’t spend too much time thinking about how I will get to my destination. I think about the One who gets me there and it is amazing how far I get. The Lord wants us to move forward and to make progress in life. We are on a spiritual path and every step we take matters. That is why we have to watch our steps and be careful how we walk. The best way to walk is with the Lord. We can walk forward with Him by our side and when we follow His steps we can never go wrong. Today I want to encourage you to take a few steps forward with the Lord. Trust His lead. Trust His guidance. Walk with Him. Take steps of faith. Don’t hold back. Don’t waver. Don’t hesitate. Walk and keep walking. Walk with confidence and walk in peace. The Lord will get you where you need to go. Take the steps of faith that will put you on the right track.

Faith can be intimidating because it believes before seeing and we are so programmed to believe after seeing. It makes more sense to us that what we see if what we trust. Faith doesn’t make sense and yet it is more reliable and more powerful than our natural senses. It is a spiritual sense if you will that surpasses the natural. I think of it as my supernatural power and I love how we can grow in it and learn more about it. A lot of it has come through experience for me. I find myself in situations where I have to rely on faith and the thougher the situation, the more faith I need. I have been through times when I had to mature in faith overnight. At least that is how it felt. I had to take steps of faith. Going backwards was not an option. It was either faith or fail. Faith pushed me forward and it spoke gently telling me that the only way was up. Faith understands that we can go from glory to glory and we can make strides. Faith is about advancement and not regression. There are great steps of faith that you can take in every area of your life. Steps that will distance you from fear. As you know, faith is the opposite of fear so when you take a step of faith, you take a step away from fear. Don’t you want to walk away from fear? If you do, start taking steps of faith on a daily basis.

You are going to walk far with the Lord. You are going to walk away from your past and walk away from fear and doubt. Don’t look back. Look ahead. Know that your steps are God directed and they are taking you somewhere great. So take steps of faith. Walk and go to where your mind doesn’t think you can go but your heart knows you can get there easily with God. The steps you take in faith are never in vain. They will always produce great results. They might feel like you are walking in the dark and you are lost but with faith you don’t need to know how you are going to get to your destination.You just need to trust that your steps are the right steps. Faith knows without a doubt that the walk with God is safe and secure. Go for a walk with the Lord every day. Focus on Him more than on anything else and you will see that you are going far and you are making progress. Enjoy the walk!

Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:6; James 2:14-26

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 160)

God’s plan is not always convenient. It’s not always easy. It’s not always simple but it’s God’s plan. Trust Him. Trust His logic and His process.

You don’t just need help. You need hope. Jesus has it all. He is it all. He is hope and help. He will get you through it.

God’s love is all over you. You are the incarnation of His love. What you speak and what you do has the footprint of love. Keep spreading God’s love and keep walking in the love that changes everything!

Follow God wherever He goes. It’s not about God following you wherever you go and adapting to what you want to do. It’s about you being led by God and adapting to what He wants you to do.

Beware of the distractions that take you away from God. They seem insignificant at first until they turn into bridges of separation.

Banish conditional trust. Let your trust in God be consistent no matter what your circumstances are. Condition your conditions with faith!

There is a pathway to peace, joy and love and His name is Jesus. He will always take you to the most peaceful places and the most joyful destinations!

The reward of continued faith is a life of victory and love. Faith without love doesn’t work. Walk in faith and walk in love and you will walk in triumph all the time.

Pursue the dreams God has given you. Bring them to life with the power of faith and with the hope of the Lord in you. Don’t give up on your God-given dreams!

God loves you more than the whole world combined. His love is deeper than the Atlantic, wider than Mount Everest, bigger than all the continents and stronger than any human love that exists.

Suggested reading: Psalm 136:26; Isaiah 54:10; 1 John 4:9-11

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 154)

Trust God. He knows what He is doing. Trust God. He knows what you need. Trust God. He always has the perfect timing. Trust God. He will get you through this!

When you lean on God, you lean on love, peace, joy, wisdom, mercy and grace. You lean on freedom, healing and deliverance. You lean on hope, endless possibilities and miracles. Lean on God and you will lean on the power of love manifested!

There is something to be said for private praise. Moments between you and the Lord and no one else. In those moments, intimacy is built, faith is developed and hope is extended.

Things in Heaven are constantly the same. The joy, the peace, the celebration never cease. It is non stop praise and Jesus is at the center. He is the generator. The generator that can’t be turned off!

Let your words of faith be louder than the screams of fear in your head. Let your words of praise be louder than the whining that is tempting you. Let your words of love be louder than the hatred that is rampant in the world.

In the middle of the worst storm the Lord remains your best ally. In the middle of chaos the Lord still gives peace. In the middle of a crisis, the Lord still comes to your rescue.

The Lord took care of everything you will ever need on the cross. Go back to the cross and be reminded that His huge sacrifice bought your freedom and your redemption forever!

Close your eyes and go to bed at night. Jesus is wide awake and He is watching over you. Don’t worry. The Lord has you in the palm of His hand. Sleep easy!

God’s love for you will never end. You are loved and you are blessed. Remember His love every day especially on the days when the world seems to hate you and you feel like you are out of luck. God’s love for you will never change!

Talk to God about what’s going on in your life. He knows it all but He wants to hear that you rely on Him. Make Him your number confidant and you will see that He will also share secrets with you.

Suggested reading: 2 Chronicles 7:14; Mark 11:24; 2 Corinthians 1:3