When God gives you a suitcase

I have to start packing for my next trip to Europe at the end of the week. Packing is not my favorite thing to do but I am used to it. As I was praying the other day, I kept seeing a suitcase in my mind and I thought the Lord was reminding me to start packing early. I am sure He was giving me a reminder but then I kept hearing “When God gives you a suitcase, He is getting you ready for your journey.” Now, God is coming on our journey with us. Trying to make it in this life without Him is putting ourselves in harm’s way. Dealing with life without the Lord is like trying to breathe without oxygen. We keep gasping for air but we can’t quite catch our breath. The Lord breathes life into us. He is the life we need in our lives. He is the life, the truth and the way. When He gives you a suitcase, He knows what needed to be packed. He has filled it with all the essentials and more. He hasn’t forgotten a single item. I start packing early so I don’t forget anything. I write lists but they always get longer and longer. The Lord has a list and it is complete. Friend, you are constantly on a journey and the Lord has packed your suitcase. It’s up to you to take it and use it or ignore it and pack your own bag. I am not a fan of packing so I will take what the Lord has for me. I will hold on to His suitcase and go on my merry way knowing that I have all I need to make it in this life. I have all the elements that will help me and that will meet all the needs I might have on the way. When God gives you a suitcase, be ready to be blessed and to be satisfied more than ever.

 

 

When does God give you a suitcase? All the time. He said He would provide all your needs. The suitcase is packed and ready. Your needs were meant on the Cross of Calvary. All that you will ever need is in the Lord. He has the garment of praise for you, the helmet of salvation, the boots of joy for dancing, the jacket of faith and the clothes of peace you should don when things are getting hectic. The suitcase is a bundle of blessings. It comprises of great spiritual blessings and physical blessings. God has all you will ever need in this life and it is all ready for use. You might wonder what you will have to wear depending on the seasons ahead of you. For each season, God has an item for you to wear for protection. The helmet of faith requires some trust but if you believe that God can do the most amazing things, that helmet will always stay on you. It is needed in all seasons. Keep it on all day.

 

 

You will find out at times that you are lacking a few things but just as the Lord multiplied the fish to feed thousands of people, He will multiply what’s in your suitcase. You might need to dig a little bit inside the side pockets of the suitcase to find what you need but it is there. Our God is an all-inclusive God. He has it all. His peace is there with you. It never leaves but you have to get closer to it from time to time. Why? The world can get crazy and you lose sight of what matters. One minute you are praising the Lord and the next you are cursing the day you were born because your life has taken a turn for the worse. It’s during those times that you need to find the peace that comes with the suitcase. It’s hiding behind a few items because in your fury you turned your suitcase upside down. You have removed things and taken in articles that don’t belong in the suitcase of the Lord. Pray for order. Pray that the Holy Spirit help you reorganize things.

 

 

God has given you a suitcase and as you make the most of it you will go places. You will venture into territories where faith is the only thing that is keeping you on track as fear is trying to get access into your heart. What is the most important part of your suitcase? There is a precious connection in it. It is your connection to the Lord. Guard it with all your heart. Maintain it every day. Keep it as a treasure. Don’t let anyone take your suitcase away. Don’t put it far from you when you travel. Don’t check it in. Carry it on the plane with you. Keep it where you can see it. Keep it where you can use it. God has given you a suitcase for your day-to-day journey and it is just what you need. Enjoy your travels, cherish the journey, embrace every part of it. God has given you a suitcase and it will always be enough no matter where you are!

 

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 31:8; Psalm 139:5; Hebrews 13:5

 

Show up just the way you are

I found out at an early age that some people will just never accept you the way you are. Some people are good at saying “Change and then I will like you more.” I have seen that in schools, at work and in the church as well. There is a mentality that dictates that people should be the way we want them to be or the way the world says they should be. Showing up at many people’s doorstep will not get you into their lives if you are not wearing the right outfit so to speak. Is that what the Lord says? Is that what the Bible talks about? Is this one of religion’s fabrications or is it a message from the Gospel? The Lord says, “Come as you are.”  He says “Show up as you are. Don’t worry about your outfit. Don’t change the way you look. Just show up and come in.” He doesn’t believe in the Christian mold that only accepts people on their Sunday best with everything all figured out. The Lord has everything figured out for you and He will teach you and guide you through the mysteries of who you are. He is no respecter of people. He doesn’t love your neighbors more than He loves you. I am here today to encourage you to show up at the Lord’s doorstep as you are. Show up and go in. Show up as you are and know you are loved. Don’t let anyone tell you that God would love you more if you were more like them. Don’t let anyone tell you that God wants you to change and then He will love you more. That’s emotional and spiritual bullying. The Lord is not a bully. He is a nurturer and a giver!

 

Feeling like you are not good enough is a destructive feeling meant to damage you on the inside so you never reach your potential on the outside. It’s a tactic of the enemy that has been spreading through all walks of life for a long time. It is the opposite of what God does. God’s tactic is to build us up and to show us how much He loves us all. The enemy tries to put an end to that because he knows that the children of God will thrive when they understand that they are loved and when they stay in the Father’s arms. If the enemy can make us believe that we will never be good enough for God, he has us exactly where he wants us. He puts us in a mental jail that is hard to break. He starts by making us buy into the idea that we are not good enough for other people. Then our reasoning is, “How could God love me if I am not good enough for my peers?” God is beyond our peers. God is above everyone. He has a pair of eyes that can’t compare to the blind eyes of the world. He doesn’t see color, He doesn’t see gender, He doesn’t see any of the human standards that we impose on each other. The only color He sees is the color of love and He uses it as the filter that makes us all look beautiful and amazing.

 

Friend, don’t be afraid to go to God. Show up and just be yourself. Show up and just give yourself. Show up and show Him that you love yourself. Show up and let Him teach you how to love yourself. Show up and let Him show you what love is all about. Show up and be loved. Show up and bring your burdens with you. Show up and unload on the Lord. Show up and ask. Knock on His door and He will let you in. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have done and where you have been as long as you show up. Be bold enough to knock on His door even when people around you are trying to put you at the end of the line. You deserve His love. There is nothing the Lord wouldn’t do for you. There is nothing the Lord wouldn’t give you. Show up just the way you are. The Lord loves you as you are. He made you in His image and not in the image of your peers. You are welcome into His house. He has a table set for you. A peaceful bed to lie on and a warm place where you can be yourself and enjoy yourself in Him. Show up today and every day. The Lord will let you in each and every day!

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

Trip of a lifetime 

Imagine your life being a road with many stops and different types of sceneries. You can take the scenic route, you can go down memory lane or you can travel through dangerous neighborhoods. Life is a journey but the good news is you don’t have to go on that trip alone. God is on your side. Wherever you and whatever you do, He will never leave you. (Deuteronomy 31:6). Jesus is the best travel companion you can dream of. However, you and I need to acknowledge Him during this journey on earth. Too many times we decide to go it alone and we don’t let Him lead the way. All He wants is for us to let Him be the driver. Jesus wants to drive you places you could never imagine existed. He is aware of what’s ahead on the road of your life. He knows every corner, every field, every street, every valley and every road. He has already mapped out your life. The Holy Spirit is the compass that will guide you. The Word is the map where you will find yourself situated. Faith is the power that will get you over the mountains. Prayer will make your path clear. Praise and worship will bring the presence of the Lord that you need when your feet get weary and you are craving His comfort. The Bible says that “the path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (Proverbs 4:18). Your path, when you are walking with the Lord, will get brighter and brighter. You can expect amazing things on the way. Jesus will bring you through fields of blessings. He will show you the best scenery in the land. He will make you rest in the middle of green pastures (Psalm 23:2). He will also give you the best food in the land. He will take care of you every day. You will lack nothing on your journey. His provision is abundant. You can expect Him to carry you when you are tired (Matthew 11:28). Bad neighborhoods and deep valleys are inevitable but rest assured that Jesus has overcome the world so those dark places will not ruin your trip. He will get you out of them even stronger. You will learn a lot on your journey. With every stop you make, you will gain wisdom. Do not despise the breaks you will have to take. There are there for a reason. Shortcuts will often be acceptable but the Lord might want you to take the long way and develop patience. Life is a trip but you don’t have to travel alone. Jesus is always there and He will travel with you, protect you, carry you and show you the world through His beautiful eyes. He will go before you and make the crooked places straight (Isaiah 45:2). You will be blessed in the city and you will be blessed in the country (Deuteronomy 28:3). Safe travels!Suggested reading: John 16:33; Luke 3:5; Isaiah 42:16; 1 John 1:7