Give it all to God

When I have a lot going on and I feel the burden of all the things that are happening in my life, peace seems out of reach. It is mostly because I focus on the problems more than I focus on my Savior. The burdens of life can be so heavy that we forget that Jesus carried them on the cross. He said “Cast your cares upon Me” and yet we find a way to walk around with so many cares and concerns that our backs are about to break. Our walk with God becomes a very slow walk where we can barely put one foot in front of the other. It appears that the Lord is far in front of us and we are moving at the speed of a turtle with a heavy load on its back.

Problems will always come but they can also be handled. If we try to handle them on our own, we will not succeed. We might manage to deal with some things but the bulk of the problems will still be taunting us. Casting our cares upon the Lord is always the best solution. Today I am inviting you to cast all worries, all fears and all cares upon the Lord. Don’t give in to fear and don’t let worry form a crown of concerns around your head. The more you carry the cares, the more your mind will be tormented and the less your faith will grow.

Whatever you are facing today was carried by the Lord on the cross. There isn’t a single thing that Jesus didn’t take care of on the cross. You might be facing new problems and some new adversity that you had never encountered before. The enemy knows how to reinvent himself by adding new pain and new suffering. He knows how to come up with situations that will make you want to crumble. He is vicious and he is watching. He is like a thief in the night who comes through a window when everyone is sleeping and takes all he can while our guard is down. God is watching over you and He is with you even at night. Thank Him for His protection and thank Him for caring so much. Thank Him that no more what new tricks the enemy uses, you can still give all your cares to the Lord.

Thank God that He has carried your burdens and renounce them. Every time you feel the heavy burden, go into prayer mode and get rid of them. Talk to the Lord about your problems. Talk with the Lord about your problems. Do some of the talking and then do a lot of the listening. He will reassure you, talk to you, guide you and help you. Communicate with Him as much as you can. When you are doing well and when you are having problems. Keep the line of communication open. Talk and listen. Listen and follow His lead. Follow His lead and praise Him for His directions. Praise Him and stay strong. Stay strong and keep going. Keep going and keep thanking Him. Keep thanking Him and give Him all your cares. Don’t carry what was meant to be handled by the Lord. Let go of the fears and the worry and let God be in charge of your soul and your mind. Put your mind at peace by spending time with the Father.

Give it all to the Lord. Give Him everything that is weighing you down. Anything and everything that just doesn’t feel right. Give it all to God. The pain, the headaches and the struggles. Give them all to God. Don’t keep them inside. Release them with simple words of rejection when you pray. Reject the negativity and hand it all over to the Lord. I often pray, “Lord take all my doubts, my fears and my confusion. I give it all to You.” I see myself giving them to the Lord. I see myself getting rid of all that bad stuff. I see myself putting it all in the trash and the Lord takes the trash to the dumpster for me. I don’t need to know how He does it. I just have to believe that He is taking care of it. Send your worries to the dumpster. Send your cares to the recycling center. God will recycle your concerns and turn them into moments of great joy and peace. Cast your cares upon the Lord. He will get rid of whatever is bothering you today. Trust Him! Give it all to God!

Suggested reading: Psalm 55:22; Luke 12:23; 1 Peter 5:7

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 144)

You’ve got Jesus. You’re going to make it. Don’t let your mind argue with what your heart knows. It’s the truth!

God is not a god of compromise. He doesn’t compromise His traits, His character and His promises. He doesn’t negotiate and trade favors. He is genuine, faithful, real and authentic.

Pray for the rain when it’s too hot. Pray for the sun when it’s too dark. Pray for the impossible when nothing seems possible. Pray for the best when the enemy tempts you with the worst. Pray every day and you will get God’s best.

The Lord is a giver. The enemy is a thief. God will give you back everything the enemy has stolen and more. Expect restoration. Expect retribution. God the giver is going to make things right in your life!

Let God be your first option and you will not need a backup plan. Let God be your plan A and you will never need to resort to plan B. Let God’s plan be your plan!

God is true to His Word and He blesses it. Whoever speaks His Word continually reaps the blessings. Speak the Word daily!

The flame of hope should always be burning in your heart. Don’t put it out. Don’t let your mind and your circumstances put it out. Hope is alive and well. Jesus is alive and well!

Make “God choices” today. Choose Him in everything you do. Let His wisdom guide you and you will make the right choices every time.

God will increase you and not decrease you. Have faith in His increase. Know that you are going from glory to glory.

The Lord is singing over you. He has a melody with your name in it. He has lyrics about you. He is singing about how much He loves you and how wonderful you are. Tune in and listen to His love song for you.

Suggested reading: Proverbs 18:10; 1 Chronicles 16:1; John 14:27

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

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 138)

Peace. Jesus has it. Love. Jesus has it. Truth. Jesus has it. Joy. Jesus has it. Freedom. Jesus has it. Hope. Jesus has it. Power. Jesus has it. Healing. Jesus has it. Deliverance. Jesus has it. Everything. Jesus has it. Jesus has everything you need and more!

You will conquer the fear of the world when you give into the peace of the Lord. Let the Lord’s peace enter the core of your belief system. His peace will chase away fear and anxiety. Ask for peace and you will get it in Jesus’ name!

There is only one king and His name is Jesus. Everyone should bow at His name. Every problem, every trial should bow at His name. Don’t be intimidated by how stubborn your tribulations are. Stay in faith and you will see them bow down before the King. No one and nothing is stronger than the Lord.

The fruit of the Spirit is like a necklace you wear around your spiritual neck. Every bead is a powerful fruit. Your necklace is complete. The bead of love is the biggest bead. It always activates the necklace. Wear the necklace of the Lord with pride!

The Lord is the world that your world needs. Let Him become your world. Let Him define your world. Let Him transform your world. Let the Lord be your world!

Evacuate the worry zone. Don’t linger in the fear house. Escape from the stress cabin. Run to the house of the Lord. Dwell in His house. Inhabit the premises of His love. Reside in His presence.

God speaks in a language that defies hate speech. One word from God and darkness dissipates. One verse from God and the enemy flees. One song from God and fear and worry get confused. Speak the language of the Lord and your world will hear love, peace, joy, freedom and salvation!

The enemy’s lies try to bury the truth of the Lord but like a Phoenix coming ouf of the ashes, the truth will emerge. God’s truth is bigger than the enemy’s lies. Stick with the truth and the lies will flee!

Sometimes the best way to describe Jesus is through our lifestyles, our actions and our deeds. Words don’t need to be spoken. Actions need to be spoken. Our lifestyles and our love for others speak louder than words.

There are times when what you want is not what God has planned for you. Let Him decide. Let Him plan your life. God always knows best!

Suggested reading: Psalm 119:114; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 136)

Don’t worry about the rain. Don’t worry about the pain. Don’t worry about what’s vain. Don’t worry about the gain. Don’t worry about missing the train. Don’t worry about anything. Trust that God is with you in everything!

Monitor your feelings. Keep an eye on your emotions. Take the temperature of your temper. Gauge your spirit with the stick of the Holy Spirit. Renew your thoughts with the Word of God.

Let Jesus go viral in your mind, body, spirit and soul. Let Him be dominant in your thinking and reigning in your heart. Give Jesus the number one spot in your life that negativity has been claiming for years.

Don’t let what you see be bigger than what you don’t see. What you see is heightened by fear. What you don’t see is highlighted by faith. What you see is in the flesh and what you don’t see is perceived by your spirit. Your flesh is weak but remember that your spirit is willing.

The world will try to overwhelm you but you should let the Lord invade your world. Let Him mean the world to you and He will transform you so you can make an impact on your world every day.

Our thoughts should be noble and pure. Adding worry into the mix only generates trouble. Keep your thoughts positive by focusing on the King of positivity. Focus on Jesus.

Hold on to God’s promises and you will promise to give peace, love and joy to whoever needs them.

God is with you on this journey. He is the companion that never leaves your side. He walks with you, runs with you and slows down with you when you acknowledge Him on this path you are on. You are never alone!

Tomorrow is not guaranteed but God’s love is always a given. Stay in the present with God’s love as your guarantee. When hardships come, show the enemy that you have God’s warranty and He will fix your life at no cost!

There is a joy that surpasses all understanding. It comes from the same source as the peace that surpasses all understanding. God is the source. Stay plugged into Him and you will receive everything you need.

Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3; Psalm 32:8; Hebrews 13:8

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 135)

10 NUGGETS OF WISDOM FOR YOUR SATURDAY (Part 135)

Don’t rent any space to negative thoughts in your mind. Evict them with the power of the Word of God. Don’t let them settle in your thinking space and don’t entertain them. The Word of God has the authority to keep you “negative thought-free!”

Lord, I’ll serve anywhere” is what our spirits should cry out. Wherever He leads us we should follow.

Just because a storm is not going to come to where you live doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pray against it. Pray against other people’s storms. Pray for protection. Pray for favor for other people.

“Worry is not from Me” says the Lord. Banish it. Don’t adhere to it. Don’t accept it. Don’t follow it. Don’t be friends with it. Worry is from the enemy. Faith is against the enemy.

Don’t outrun God. Have patience. Slow down. Catch up with God by slowing down your pace. You might be running a race you shouldn’t be running in the first place. Run with God. Walk with God. Slow down with God.

Don’t always talk from experience. Talk from the Lord’s experience. Talk from what He went through on the cross, talk from His resurrection and His salvation. His salvation is your experience today and every day!

Peace is a fruit that grows on trees of serenity in fields of calmness. God is massive producer of peace. Go to Him when you need a harvest of tranquility.

Lift up your hands and praise the Lord. Lift up your hands and hail the King. Lift up your hands and sing to God. Lift up your hands and adore the Lord. Lift up your hands on a good day. Lift up your hands on a bad day. Lift up your hands and praise the Lord every day!

In the worst situations, God is still the best. He is the One with all the solutions. He is the One with all the answers. He is the One with all the victories. He is the One with all the freedom. In the worst situations, God is still God. Don’t give up. He is on your side!

God loves you more than you will ever know. God loves you and He will always bless you. God loves you and He always will. God loves you when no one else does. God loves you and He will always protect you. God loves you and His love for you will never go away. Remember every day that God loves you and your circumstances can never change His love for you!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:16

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 132)

Let God light your world with His Word. His Word is a lamp into your feet. It will show you the way to peace even when you are walking in the valley of the shadow of death.

Don’t hesitate to ask God for help. He will send you angels in disguise and He will send you instructions and solutions through the Holy Spirit.

God’s love leaves an indelible spot on your heart. You can try to erase it but it will never go away. Don’t try to be spotless when it comes to God’s love.

God’s open doors are waiting for you to step inside houses of miracles. Step in with faith and make yourself comfortable in the places the Lord has prepared for you!

Focus on the wonders of Jesus. He is a wonderful Lord who will never let you wonder if He is going to love you because His love is always a wonder that never changes!

The Lord is a lighthouse. You can always see Him in the storm. Keep looking at Him. He will guide you through the rockiest storms and He will get you ashore safely. He is the lighthouse that lights the world!

Don’t let the voices of the opposition oppose the Word of God in you. Quiet the voices by being loud. Be loud with hope. Be loud with the Lord’s promises. Be loud in your faith.

God has an update for you regarding your current circumstances and it’s all good news. His update is about the blessings that are coming. They are going to change your tough situation. Read about the update in His Word. It’s all there!

Don’t give up! Better days are coming. Stay in faith. Stay with God. You have been walking in the desert but you are about to find the promised land. It’s closer than you think. Keep walking. You are heading in the right direction!

Love without boundaries. Love without judging. Love without fear. Love without doubt. Love without restrictions. Love without conditions. Love without reservation. Love without manipulation. Love with God’s love. Love your neighbor as yourself!

Suggested reading: Nehemiah 8:10; Matthew 22:39; 2 Thessalonians 3:3

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 130)

There is a way out of our problems. It’s the way into the Word of God. Get inside the Word and you will find your way out of what’s being destroying you.

Don’t make Jesus the minister or the president of your life. Make Him the King of your life. Let Him reign supreme over your life.

When you feel cornered by the enemy, remember that God is in your corner. He will make a way out where there seems to be no way.

Don’t form opinions that are not supported by love. Undo the judgment and the criticism and let God’s love show you how He sees people.

Jesus is the bread of life. He has a slice of peace, hope, love and joy for you every day. Indulge and have the bread of life daily. Wisdom and peace will accompany every day!

How much Jesus are you giving to the world? How much of the world are you giving to Jesus? Jesus in you can change the world around you. The world in you can undermine Jesus in you.

Don’t give God your leftovers. Give Him your first fruit. Give Him your time and attention. Make Him your priority. Let the world be left over and God be first in all you do!

A mustard seed goes a long way. It gives flavor and aroma to your life. Sprinkle the mustard seed of faith on everything that you do. Sprinkle it on your thoughts and your emotions and you will see the power of faith over fear.

Be thankful for nothing. Be thankful for everything. Be thankful for anything. Be thankful for the Lord. Be thankful for His love. Be thankful for His mercy. Be thankful for His grace. Be thankful that He made you the way you are. Be thankful for Jesus!

The Lord has everything in place in order to put your life back into place. Place your faith in His hands and your life will never be out of place.

Suggested reading: John 7:38; John 20:29; 2 Timothy 4:7

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 129)

Jesus has what it takes. He has what it takes to make your life so much better. Take what He has to give you and you will give your life a chance to be so much better!

God always picks up our calls. He always listens and He always has something to say. Sometimes we are too busy talking that we don’t realize He is at the end of the line. He doesn’t hang up and He doesn’t ignore our calls. We need to be patient and leave a brief message at times. He will always get back to us at the right time.

Everything is seasonal but the Lord’s season is permanent. His season is always in the background. During summer and during winter the Lord is the same.

Your debts today might be outstanding but so is the Lord your God. He is going to stand out by removing the debts and by blessing you. Don’t get discouraged!

Hope is the substance of faith and the main ingredient in a spiritual recipe for success.

At the end of the day, God remains God and our troubles will go away. Go through the day with God. Hold on to Him. The end of the day is near and it will be much better than you expect. God is faithful!

The Lord feeds you as you are sitting at His table. Grow an appetite for what He has to give you so you can receive the spiritual blessings He has for you. Pray that you desire what is best for you and not just what you think is best. God has a table for you with everything that will bless you and that will fill you up!

There is a way of life that is not accepted by the world. It is a life surrendered to Jesus. A life where we die to self and live for Him. That way of life is the real life the world can’t accept but it is the best way to live!

God is not just giving you a tour of His open house. He is inviting you to stay in His house, settle in His house and enjoy His house. The house of the Lord is a fortress of love where peace lives and joy abounds. Stay in His house!

We learn a lot from the school of life but the school of the Spirit of God gives lessons that last for a lifetime. Be a student of the Lord for life!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 27:19; John 6:35; Ephesians 5:15-16

Become friends with joy

It took me a while to understand that the joy of the Lord was my strength. I didn’t have joy for a while. I saw people at church filled with joy and they weirded me out. Having joy just wasn’t normal for me and those people displayed something that seemed very unnatural and yet it was also very appealing.They laughed all the time. They hugged all the time. Their joy appeared to be coming from nowhere and from everywhere at the same time. I wanted to approach the happy and joyful people. I wanted to be friends with them but I wasn’t sure how they would accept my sadness and my lack of the substance they had.

Joy was the substance that made them stand out and they associated it with God. Their joy came from God who was always in their mist. They were always hanging out together and the Lord was with them. He is with all of us but those folks had a strong awareness of His presence and they constantly referred to Him. It was “Jesus this and Jesus that” with them. They couldn’t get enough of the joyful Jesus and I was intrigued. My Jesus at the time was more somber and more serious. They knew Jesus in a way that I didn’t and their relationship with Him inspired me.

I became friends with the happy people and the more time I spent with them the more I saw the beautiful things Jesus could do in people’s lives. That joy, that amazing power that was working in their lives was from the Lord and not coming from them. They knew and they celebrated Jesus. They never presented the joy as something they had earned or something they had created. Jesus was the author of their joy and they adored Him. That was key. They adored the Lord and they embraced His presence.

Jesus is a joyful Lord. He is full of joy and He is full of life. His joy and His new life were dominant in the happy people and I was determined to understand their secret. It wasn’t after a few years that I got to the bottom of it. It wasn’t what I read and what I was told that revealed the secret. It was living out the joy of the Lord for myself that showed me what those people had. How did I discover the joy? For me, it came through sessions of praise and worship. I strongly believe that there is nothing more powerful than praising the Lord. Praising is a celebrating and exalting someone by expressing warm approval and admiration.

When we admire the Lord and “approve” of His majesty and sovereignty He comes onto the scene. He inhabits our praises and He shows up. He is full of joy so joy comes in. I got into the habit of praising the Lord every day. It changed how I prayed and it gave me a lot of joy. God’s joy is contagious. We can’t spend time with God without being contaminated with His joy. When joy is present, we feel strong and confident. We have peace and we know that nothing is impossible. Why is that?

When we praise the Lord regularly, we discover that His joy can come in even when we are feeling down. His joy can pierce into the darkest clouds and refresh the atmosphere. His joy is our strength. It is more powerful than the sadness and the sorrow of the enemy. Just the way I became friends with the happy people, I also became friends with joy. I started inviting the joy of the Lord every day no matter how I felt. That is the amazing thing about the joy of the Lord. It’s not conditional. It doesn’t care about our circumstances. It cares about Jesus and He is the most joyful One. Be friends with joy and you will break up with sadness. Praise the Lord!!!

Suggested reading: 1 Chronicles 16:26-27; Nehemiah 8:10; Philippians 4:4