Let the light shine in you all the time

When I first started attending a charismatic church as a teenager, I was very uncomfortable because of how much people smiled. Those Christians seemed to be happy all the time. It wasn’t just happiness; they had joy. They laughed and smiled a lot. They were filled with the Spirit to the brim. There was a room with big tables for lunch after church and they would gather, eat, sing, be merry and just express the joy they had at those tables. I will never forget those “merry tables” where the Lord’s light was so present. I didn’t have their joy. I didn’t have the light that they had. At least that is what I thought. I later found out that the light of the Lord in them was also in me. I had the light of Jesus in my spirit but it was covered. It was hard to see it. When I got closer to the Lord, the light showed up but it was dimmed. It would pierce through me at times but for the most part it was faint.

I will always remember the joy I was exposed to in that church and I am glad that it is visible now in me. When Jesus is our Lord and Savior, His light lives in us through His Spirit. The key is not to let it be covered and not let it be dimmed. His light in us is for others to be led into His light. God’s love is a light that can brighten any darkness and we ought to learn how to let it shine at all times. There are many covers that obstruct the Lord’s light. Today I want to encourage you to keep the light shining and let Jesus light up your world. There are many people around you that need the Lord’s light, the Lord’s love. Be the light carrier you are meant to be and let God shine through you every day.

Have you ever walked through an area where the sun was shining but you felt like there was some darkness around? Have you ever been to a place that seemed spiritually dead even though people were rejoicing and were having a good time? There is a light that looks like the light but that is not the Light. The light that appears to be God’s light is an imitation. It is an attempt by the world to reproduce only what the Lord can give. Anyone can be happy without the Lord but there is no depth to that happiness and it is very temporary. That happiness relies on outside stimulation, on situations, on other people, on events. The light of the Lord brings happiness and joy that come from within. It is a joy that is orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. The light of the Lord is a spotlight of His joy. It features God’s traits. His light is full of love. When you are aware of the light of the Lord, you can see through the deception of the light of the world. It is the light of the Lord in you that needs to be spread. His light gets people closer to Him. His light brings the truth and it brings peace. Share the light of Jesus. Remember it and cultivate it. Don’t neglect the amazing gift of God’s light.

To be sure the light of the Lord is bright in you, spend time in His Word. His Word is a lamp and it guides us through darkness. It allows us to see truth, to receive wisdom, to apply wisdom, to impart knowledge and to stay in God’s light. Add prayer to your daily interaction with the Word of God and communion with the Holy Spirit. These habits will keep the light shining bright. People will be drawn to that light. Jesus is a magnet and when His light shines, the broken-hearted are drawn to Him. His light in you has a magnetic power that touches those who need a hug from Heaven or a word from God. With God’s light you can provide that comfort that people need and that reassurance that so many are looking for. Your love for others and your good deeds will also keep the light of the Lord on. Keep in mind that the light of the Lord always conquers darkness so love away. Be generous with your love and keep spreading the light with your joy, your peace, your patience and your kindness. Keep the light on in Jesus’s name!

Suggested reading: Psalm 119:105; Matthew 5:16; John 1:5

Keep on keeping your hopes up

Do you ever feel like every time you get your hopes up something happens that brings you down? Do you ever feel like the odds are against you? It is not unusual for us believers to go through times of opposition especially when we are being positive. The enemy hates our joy, our faith, our positive attitude and our love for Jesus and for people. He will do whatever he can to steal anything good and positive we project. He hates our optimistic attitudes and he will punch us in our spiritual face until we lose hope or until our faith is weak. It doesn’t mean that we should be afraid and we should stop being positive. When things don’t go our way, we should keep on going God’s way. We should keep our hopes up because our hope is in Jesus and not in people, in fate or in our circumstances.

What happens to us shouldn’t dictate how we react and how much hope we have. Our hope should dictate how we react and how steady we should be in our faith. Today I want to encourage you to continue to keep your hopes up no matter how low you get. Keep your hopes up even when you have reasons to feel defeated. Your feelings will always get in the way of your faith so let your faith rely on the Rock who is above all feelings and emotions. Keep your emotions in check by keeping your eyes on the Lord. God will always make a way. Have faith in that truth. Use it every single day. Say it out loud. Say it to your circumstances. Use the name of Jesus when the enemy uses the wrong names to describe you. You are not a loser. You are not a failure. You are not a prisoner of bad luck and you are not a defeated believer. You are a child of God whose hope is based on the King of kings. You are going to make it!

There is nothing wrong with being optimistic and being hopeful when Jesus is your Lord and Savior. Hope is what you should hold on to all the time. It is a normal part of your Christian life but way too often people discredit it thinking we should be more moderate and not too joyful. They don’t want to jinx things. Hope is a power. It is the power to change your mood and change your situation. Hope is a fuel that we all need in order to stay positive on the highway of life. Hope is a part of God. Hope is the enemy of doubt. Hope is everything. You can never be too hopeful. You can never have too much hope in the Lord. Even if it’s pouring outside and you get so wet that you never think you will ever get dry again, keep your hopes up. When you keep your hopes up regardless of the weather conditions of your life, your hope become your weather conditioner. Your hope will tell you what the weather is like. The storms won’t have a say. The clouds won’t have a say. Your hope will do all the talking for you. It will bring the sun out and it will keep you nice and warm in the winters of life.

Today keep on keeping your hopes up. Better days are coming. A better hour is coming. Get into praise mode and your hopes will go up. Get into praise mode and better times will come. Jesus is the King of hope and you are part of His family. You are entitled to high hopes. Don’t let people discourage you from having hope. You are not part of this world system. You are part of the kingdom of God and His system is like no other. God promises to never leave you nor forsake you. Keep your hope in that powerful promise. He won’t let you down. Keep your hopes high. Keep your faith high. Enjoy your day with the Lord!

Suggested reading: Psalm 146:5; Romans 15:13; 1 Timothy 6:17

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 107)

Your future is in the hands of God not in the hands of fear. Put your future in the right hands with faith.

Hold on to Jesus and He will always pull you up when you fall. Hold on to Jesus and you will see that He has always been holding on to you!

Change is coming. Today is not your final destination. Thank the One who changes everything. God has a new tomorrow for you. Stay in faith!

Start a love revolution. Revolutionize your heart. Revolutionize your mind. Let God’s love invade you. Let it change you on the inside and you will start a love revolution on the outside with Jesus lifted high on a banner of hope!

With God as the focus of your life, you are heading in the right direction. Step by step you are getting closer to Him, closer to love, closer to the truth, closer to wisdom, closer to who you are meant to be in Him!

Keep dancing for the Lord even when the world wants you to sit down and be miserable. Keep going. Keep praising. Keep loving. The Holy Spirit leads the dance. Let Him make you dance and step over the bitterness and the negativity of the enemy. Keep dancing for the Lord no matter what!

The Lord keeps an eye on you all the time. He never lets you out of His sight. He watches over you and protects you. Keep an eye on Him in return. Never let Him out of your sight. You will see His protection and His love for you.

There is a world around you that needs the Jesus in you. Start sharing the One who dwells in you so others can receive the One who died for everyone including the ones you think don’t deserve a chance in your world. Jesus is for everyone! Share Him with everyone!

The fruit of your love for God won’t fall of the tree of knowledge. With His love comes wisdom. His love is attached to the wisdom from His Word. Don’t dissociate God’s love from His Word. They are One. They are a package deal. God is love! God’s Word is love. Interpret His wisdom through the pages of His love!

There are more people living in mental jails than we think. Everyone faces a life sentence in their minds but the Holy Spirit and the Word of God can bail them out. Renew your mind with their help and you will be out of that cell in no time!

Suggested reading: Colossians 3:17; Romans 12:1; Acts 20:35

Don’t worry about anything

One of the messages I get the most during prayer time is “Don’t worry about anything.” Then the Holy Spirit gives me a list of what I shouldn’t worry about and He tells me not to worry about anything that would happen that day when I am praying in the morning. It is a very strong impression on the inside that catches my attention and that lets me know it is an important message. I have seen time and time again how accurate that message was. It doesn’t always mean that something bad is coming but it reminds me to always trust in God and not let worry become my god. When worry is so strong in us that we can’t see God, worry takes the place of our Lord. We give it a pedestal that it doesn’t deserve. We give it the attention that it doesn’t deserve. We make it more important than faith. We actually show faith in worry so to speak.

Worry becomes our modus operanti, our mode of operating or working. It becomes our approach to life, the way we process life and it is the system of beliefs and thoughts that we resort to. God and our faith in Him should be our approach to life. Faith should be our modus operanti. Worry takes God out of the picture and puts us in the middle of the frame because we believe we have to do it all on our own but we are limited. When God says “Don’t worry”, He is saying “Don’t rely on your own strength but rely on Me.” He is saying “Take yourself out of the frame and let Me be the bigger picture.” Worry depletes us of hope and fills us up with doubt. Today I want to pass on God’s daily message and tell you “Don’t worry about anything because the Lord is with you in everything.”

There is so much we can worry about. If we let worry dictate our lives, we can start worrying about the tiniest things. Sometimes we don’t worry about the big things but we worry about the smallest things and because they are very small, we think that worry doesn’t have a grip on us. Worry is worry. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. It is bad. Period. It is always the enemy of faith and therefore it is the enemy of God. Worry is one of those enemies we have to fight and the best way we can fight it is with God. If you look at how often you worry and what you worry about, you can gauge how much help you need with worry. The truth is we all need a big dose of hope and faith every day to either push worry away or to keep it at bay. We need to build up our faith in the Lord because it is the biggest shield against worry.

What about when we are sick or a loved one is sick? When we have no money? When we are going through a very difficult time? Is it ok to worry then so God would have pity on us? God is merciful and His grace is amazing so oftentimes He will intervene. However, He wants us to never worry. It doesn’t matter what we are going through, we shouldn’t give in to worry. When life hits you hard, banish worry. Push it away. Stand strong against it. Refuse it and rebuke it. Declare that it is not a part of you and it is not the truth. Don’t accept the lie that says it is ok for you to worry. Worry is the enemy of faith like I said earlier. Having faith is giving God something to work with. Faith pleases God. Faith activates the hand of God. Worry removes His hand from our situation. Today you can stay in faith by holding on to the hope that is in Christ. There is always hope in Him. It’s up to us to hold on to it. Don’t worry, don’t fear. The King of kings is on your side!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:34; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 103)

God is not always a blessing in disguise. He is a blessing in plain sight. He dresses the part and He shows Himself the way He truly is. The question is, are we recognizing the blessing?

Jesus gets in the way when there is no way. He makes a way and blows you away with His mysterious ways!

Consider God as the highest source for everything. Highest source for life, love, peace, freedom, wisdom, victory, deliverance, truth and joy.

Some people are only in your life for a season and only God knows the reason. Don’t try to figure out the departures and arrivals. God is in charge of everyone’s journey.

Some doors are more like windows. They are shorter and thinner so the opportunities are fewer but they are still there. Ask God to reveal the doors and the windows in your life.

Put one foot forward in faith and keep walking in love. Put the other foot forward in faith and keep running your race. Put one foot forward in faith and let God show you the way. Put the other foot forward and see how God leads you to amazing places one step at a time.

Stress and anxiety are conduits for the enemy to get into our lives. They are open doors for negativity and depression. Open the door to faith and hope and positivity will follow you everywhere.

Peace is what God gives and what we should expect. The absence of peace doesn’t mean the absence of God but God can make peace present even when there is turmoil and chaos.

The Lord gives us notifications about how much He loves us. They are reminders of His goodness and kindness. Let’s be aware of those promptings and embrace His loving nudges.

Your breakthrough will come true. Your blessings will show up. Your answers will come. Your deliverance will manifest. Your Lord will keep His promises. Your current misery is not the end!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 17:7-8; Psalm 20:4; Philemon 1:25

God has better for you

We all have dreams and wishes. Some of us see them clearly and know exactly what we want. Some of us are still trying to design our dreams and make a list of our wishes. Some of us have had those dreams and wishes for as long as we can remember and we won’t let go of them. What are our dreams based on? Are our wishes God-centered? Do we wish to have the best in this life because of how the world describes what our lives should be like? God wants us to dream big dreams and those dreams should align with His desires for our lives. We too often go passed God and create dreams that are far out because we think God gave us those dreams when in reality they were born in the realm of our ego and they are not from God. How do we know what’s best for us? What’s best for us is not necessarily what the world says is best. The world presents ideals that lure us but they are not the Lord’s best. In this message today, I want to invite to rethink what’s best for you and to open up to God’s best. What you might consider a dream could be a fantasy that doesn’t even come close to God’s best for you. God will always have better for you and when you get into His mindset, you will understand what’s best.

What is the best thing that has ever happened to you? If you are a Christian, getting saved is by far the best thing that has happened in your life. Having Jesus as your Savior is the very best thing! You entered salvation and your life was rescued from the claws of eternal death. Having a relationship with your Savior is the best relationship you can have. Now that you are saved and you are an heir to the Kingdom of God, you should expect a “Kingdom lifestyle” here on earth. Your inheritance entitles you to a lot more than you could hope for before you were saved. God’s Kingdom is the absolutely best place to be and we Christians can be in that place today. How? By faith. It’s by faith that we seize the Kingdom. It’s by faith that we reach out for the best. It’s by faith that we dream God’s dreams and see them come to pass. However, we ought to feed our faith the right manna from Heaven and not the junk food of the world in order to develop those big dreams.

The junk food of the world looks appealing, filling and delicious. It imitates God’s food. It is a diluted and processed version of God’s food. It is not sustainable and it won’t help you grow. It won’t keep you spiritually healthy even though it looks like it would. My point is that if you base your faith on what you hear in the world even if it’s not confirmed in the Word, you will have dreams that don’t align with God. For instance, your biggest dream could be to become a millionaire. God says He will provide your needs so becoming a millionaire sounds about right. It’s one of the world’s goals but is it the best that God wants for you? God tells you He has better for you. What is better than being a millionaire you might ask? Being rich in the things of the Lord is way better. Having an intimate relationship with Jesus is better. God is love and He desires for all of us to know and experience His love. His love is always better. It manifests in many ways and that is what the Lord wants us to dream about. His love is bigger than anything we can fathom so His dreams are always bigger. Expect big things based on God’s love. God loves you so much that He wants you to have better than what you want for yourself. Leave it up to Him and let Him show you the best!

Suggested reading: John 3:16; John 10:10; Ephesians 3:20

God is a refiner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 101)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dream big in 2020

A new year is about to start and with a new year come new resolutions for many of us. Exercising more, eating healthy and being more productive are popular promises we make to ourselves. How well we keep those promises is up for debate but at least we have good intentions. I say dream big at the start of the year. Have big dreams and keep track of them. Base those dreams on God’s promises. Don’t limit yourself. Write a list of big things you want to see happen in 2020. Look at what God can do in your life. Let Him be your resolution maker. Be bold with your dreams. Let them stretch your faith. A new year and a new you in Christ is reasonable according to the Lord. Great things will take place for you this year when you put your trust in God for amazing things. Signs and wonders are what you can expect. Whatever you think God will do, He will do. Jesus spoke about miracles that He will perform through us when we believe. Think of 2020 as the year when you are used by God to perform those miracles. Think of 2020 as the year when you see things you have never seen before. Make promises to the Lord. Tell Him that you are going to work on bold faith and you are going to say bold prayers this year. Stir yourself up and rely on God to get you through this new year. Hold on to your big dreams. Keep an eye on them and revive them through the year.

What big dreams am I talking about? I am talking about dreams that are so big that they seem impossible. Dreams that defy your understanding. Dreams that seem unreal. Dreams that are God-size dreams and not human-size dreams. Dreams that excite you and motivate you. Dreams that take faith and boldness. Dreams that you never dared to have before. Pray about them. Ask the Holy Spirit to assist you and He will show you what those dreams should be. Don’t make a list based on what the world dreams about. Make a list that reflects what the Lord planned for your life. His plans are big. They are from a different realm. They are not confined by human reasoning. They are designed by His understanding and they are manufactured in His heart. God has a heart that is so enormous that no one can fathom its size. Your dreams were birth in His love and His love is limitless and invincible. Dream big with your heart and not with your mind. God is in your heart. Your dreams are going to be divine!

Once you have written down your big dreams, keep on eye on them as often as possible all year long. Pray about them once and then thank the Lord for them every day. Celebrate the Lord because His goodness endures forever and He will make your dreams come true. Thank Him for giving you big dreams. Exalt Him and praise Him because He never fails. Keep your dreams between you and Him and share them with the world as a testimony when they come to pass. Some will take place this year and some will come later but stay in faith. God is faithful and He keeps His word. He would never give you dreams that won’t materialize. This is going to be a great exercise of your faith and it’s going to give you many reasons to praise the Lord in advance. Stay close to the truth all year. Stay close to faith. Stay away from doubt-inducing people and ideas. Keep your faith strong by spending time in the Word and in prayer. Keep your eyes on Jesus in 2020 and let Him make your dreams come true. Dream big in 2020!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 13:20-21

How ready are you to receive from God?

I have been traveling for the holidays. When I am not at home, I find it a bit harder to pray at times. It has become a lot easier in the past six years but I am very sensitive to the spiritual atmosphere around me. I remember trying to pray when I was in Barcelona a few years ago and it was a struggle. Thank God it wasn’t anything the Lord couldn’t help me with. He helped me break through. I strongly believe that our environment can help our prayers or can deter them. What we have to do is keep “pushing through” and the flow of prayers will come. I flow with the Spirit when I pray. It starts with praise and thanksgiving. That combination sets the ground for praying with the Spirit. He comes in and takes over and all I have to do is yield and let Him lead the way. The other night, I was in bed praying here and I found that it was very easy to pray. Everything just went so smoothly. The Lord showed me that the family member I was staying with had a very fertile soil for the things of the Lord. He has a good base that allows the Lord to come in and bless him. He prays daily and he has the faith of a child. He believes that what the Lord says is the utmost truth. I meditated on the “fertile soil” concept and I received some insights. The question I came up with is how fertile is our soil? The soil here represents our foundation, our base, our level of faith, our engagement with the Lord and our “preparation ground” as I like to call it. When our soil is fertile and expectant, God can shower us with His rain and blessings grow all over the place.

The spiritual soil we all have is our level of faith. Faith is everything because without it we would not believe in God. Now, we all have a soil that we have to maintain. We all have a measure of faith that we need to cultivate. We can actively work on it or we can be lazy and not do anything to it. Being lazy and having a non-active faith is obviously not the best solution. We ought to be laborers of faith that spend time working on our piece of land. We have control over how much faith we are adding every day, how much fertilizer we are using. The Word of God is the best source of fertilizer. If the Word stays on our shelves, it won’t do any good. No harvest has ever come out of a land that is never taken care of. It is true that the rain comes and does something to it. That is what we can compare to God’s grace. His grace is given to us without us doing anything. Yes, God does bring the rain and we see miracles come out of the soil but He also expects us to do the growing and the cultivating by studying His Word. I want my land to be so fertile that there are crops all over the place and others can come and taste the fruit of the land. Our faith is for us and for others. We can stand in faith for others until they start growing their own crops. Use the fertilizer of the Word of God daily.

Praying like I said earlier was a joy that night. It has been ever since but that night is when I got the revelation as to why it was so great. When we pray every day, when we pray without ceasing, we make our soil very fertile. Praying without ceasing can seem impossible but it means praying often and keeping a prayer attitude. Our prayer attitude is sustained when we say and do things that don’t contradict out prayers. It’s when we say and do things that line up with faith. Our words outside of our prayer time are very important. We need to watch what we say. Are we doubting God when we talk or are we supporting our belief that God will answer our prayer? A faith that is rooted in “God can do all things” is a strong faith. When your soil is constantly sprinkled with words of affirmation and words of faith, it becomes fertile and it is ready to receive from God. Keep sprinkling faith all over your foundation. Pile up faith on top of faith. Let your declarations be strong and assertive and let them speak of how great your Lord is. The more fertile your soil, the more sustained blessings you will see. Jesus said that He couldn’t perform miracles where no one believed. Don’t let your soil be a place where He can’t perform miracles. Be sure your land shouts out His praise and you will see great miracles take place in His holy name!

Suggested reading: Matthew 21:22; Hebrews 11:1; 1 John 5:5