10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 116)

The Lord says “See Me for yourself and not through the eyes of the blind.” Don’t let other people’s limited vision dictate how you see God.

Jesus died so you could live like you were in Heaven now. Accept His redeeming life and live His life in you today.

What you are sowing in love every day is landing on fertile soil and you will see plants and flowers grow in due time. Keep it up! God is blessing you!

God has ways to get you through the worst mazes and the worst dilemmas. He will make a way and bring you out better and stronger!

We will sing together again. We will praise together again. We will pray together again. We will spend time together again. We rise up together again. We are winning this together again. We are rejoicing together again. God is with us always and stay with us whether we are alone or together.

You and God” is how you grow. You and God is how you glow. Let it be just you and God and you will always know. You will know that there is no one like the One who makes you glow through His love and through His flow.

You are God’s most beautiful story so remember who is narrating your life. Jesus is speaking every part of your life into existence. Trust the author and love His Book!

Jesus loves with no reservation. You don’t have to call and try to get a spot in His house. You are always welcome. You are always invited. You don’t need a reservation to be loved by Him!

God’s unfailing love is a shield. It’s a safety net that will catch you when you fall and get you back up. God will never fail you! Praise Him!!!

God has what you need and there is a timestamp on it. When it’s time, it will happen and nothing will be able to stop it from taking place. The time will come. Jesus is faithful!

Suggested reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 2 Timothy 2:13; 1 John 1:9

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 115)

For some of us this is the biggest trial of our lives. However, this big trial doesn’t change the big Advocate we have. The Holy Spirit is still coaching us through life, comforting us and pointing us to Jesus. Trials don’t change the Lord. The Lord can change anything including this trial!

Misplaced faith is believing that God can do what He says in the Bible for others or to others but not for us. Blind faith is believing that God can do absolutely anything in our lives and we trust Him without ever questioning Him.

Jesus is always vibrant with love. Just one look and everything else vanishes. His love is a flame that never goes out. Let His vibrant love burning in your life. Embrace Him. Adore Him!

God will carry you and take you to a place where everything you see seems new. Everything you feel seems light and everything you think is about Him!

Our job is not to judge people but to love them the best we can. When we judge others it is more a reflection of our character than an denouncement/exhibition of their flaws.

They say the devil is in the details and I say the Lord knows the details of our lives. Let Him handle the details and let the devil be the liar whose details you don’t trust.

The Lord is a Rock that can’t be moved but yet is He moved by your tears. Turn to the Rock who would move heaven and earth for you!

God holds your life. Keep smiling in faith. With Him there is nothing to worry about! Let Him hold every part of your life.

Prayers are needed every day. There are unspoken prayers that never leave the hearts of men and never reach God’s ears. These prayers need voices today that will bring answers tomorrow. Give a voice to your heart today.

The road with God is not always roses and flowers. Sometimes the path is thorns and bushes but Jesus will remove the thorn from your side and get you out of the bushes. Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 31:3; Galatians 2:20; 1 John 3:1

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 114)

Give people some encouragement every day and it will go a long way. Give people some peace every day and it will change their day. Give people some love every day and it will bless their day. Give people Jesus every day and He will pave the way!

The Lord can take all this negativity and darkness and turn it into “ground” for bigger miracles. Things that no one has seen before. The enemy will amplify the darkness but Jesus is going to overthrow it as we stay in faith and pray.

Stand up for those who can’t stand. Stand up for those who keep bending. Stand up for those who keep folding. Stand up for those who keep falling. Stand up in the name of Jesus and help those in need of strength by keeping the stand of faith.

When you are all over the place, go to the one place where your heart can be comforted, your mind can be fed and your soul can be healed. Go to the Word of God. It is a place of healing, love and peace.

Let God take care of everything. He will show you what you can do and He will help you with what you can’t do. God can do it all and He will help you through it all.

The end of your misery starts with the end of your disconnection from God. Get that connection going again and the sorrow will go away again.

If we stopped worshiping the Lord, rocks would start singing. Let’s sing and let’s make sure that our songs are strong like the rocks that adore the Rock of your salvation.

When life tells you you have a hundred problems, tell life that you have Jesus. You have one Savior, one God, one Lord. He can deal with your hundred problems in one powerful way; His way!

God keeps on preparing new mercies to put on the table before. Expect new blessings and new beginnings every day. What’s coming to you is bigger than what happened to you yesterday.

Speak from the bottom of your heart. Speak from the heart of God. Speak from the platform of love. Speak encouragement and speak blessings into people’s lives. Speak the language of God. Speak the language of love!

Suggested reading: Lamentations 3:22-23; Psalm 30:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:8-9

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 112)

Pray the funk away and let praise be the fragrance that keeps that funk away! Don’t let the negative feelings steal your joy!

During trying times and regular times the enemy will try to destroy you. He doesn’t take a break and he doesn’t care what time it is. However, God’s love is relentless. It is strong in all seasons. Rely on God’s love in good times and bad times.

When you stay joyful in the Lord that’s when you take advantage of His DNA in you. He is a joyful God. Express the joy of the Lord in you and you will express the Lord for everyone to see.

God will listen to you even when you don’t know what to say. Your unspoken prayers manifested through your tears are heard loud and clear.

You don’t depend on the world’s economy. You belong to the Kingdom of God. In His Kingdom there is no shortage of anything. God provides all the time, in good times and bad times. Be Kingdom-minded and not “world-limited.”

Let God prove you wrong. Let Him show your doubts and fears that they are unfounded. Let God prove Himself right in the middle of your darkest hour. God is the same yesterday, today and forever!

God’s goodness is running after you so let it catch you. Let it grab your mind. Let it touch your heart, let it make you walk with peace and confidence and run with zeal and joy.

Today you are going to make it. Today the blessings of the Lord are still going to accompany you wherever you are. Stay in faith. God is not going to let you down but He is going to lift you up as you lift up His name!

In times like these our lives’ purpose gets highlighted. It’s up to us to recognize the signs and get on board with our purpose.

There is a plan for protection and blessings that the Lord has for each one of us. It is served on a platter of love and it is consumed with the utensils of faith, hope and peace.

Suggested reading: Psalm 39:7; Romans 15:13; 1 Timothy 6:17

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 111)

The Holy Spirit will always give you peace to face the day and joy to celebrate Jesus! Trust the Holy Spirit. Thank Jesus for His Spirit!

Fall in love with Jesus and everything will fall into place. Stay in love with the world and everything will be out of place. Love the world with Jesus’ love and everything will be in the right place.

God’s love is a blanket that wraps us up in peace. Lean on His love and you will be in peace.

God’s love is contagious and it can be passed around the world. This love contamination starts with you and me! Keep spreading the love!

Jesus’ love pierces the power of the enemy so that peace and joy can come out of the wounds of pain and suffering!

Faith puts us where we ought to be. Faith gives us access to the blessings of the Lord. Faith sets the record straight even when the enemy tries to erase the powerful Word of the Lord in us.

Fear has no power over you. It has been lying to you and taking you on the wrong path. Today you can get back on track and let the Lord remove all fear as you pray for peace. He is generous and He will give you an abundance of His peace that surpasses all understanding.

You can break a hundred times and the Lord will fix you a hundred and one times. God is preparing you for something amazing. Praise Him even when you are broken! He is mending you and blessing you!

Let the Lord refine you and define you. Let His fire burn your life so it is a sweet melody that echoes His love and goodness. Let God refine you and define you. Let His fire make you a model of love and purity to His glory. Let God refine you and define you so that your life is a testimony to His glory!

Load up on God. Load up on His goodness. Load up on His promises. Don’t let them leave your sight. Stay close to them and meditate on them. Load up on God’s love. It never leaves and it never fails!

Suggested reading: 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 John 3:1; 1 John 4:8

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday ( Part 109)

Blind faith doesn’t make sense to our minds but it makes total sense to God. Let’s go with God’s sense and let’s forget about our senses when it comes to faith!

Go to the top and come down victorious. Go to the top of the mountain and be where faith is. Go all the way to the top and stay away from the valley. God is with you in the valley and on the mountaintop but He will keep you on top when you ascend with faith!

Don’t lose confidence. Stay bold. Let your voice be heard. Let it come out. Be bold for the Lord. Be bold and let His voice be heard. Be bold and speak up for love!

Jesus is a piece of the puzzle. He is the missing piece that completes the big picture. When you find Him, it all makes sense. When you find Him, you find the meaning of life.

You are a planter of truth. God is using you to plant the truth in the middle of the bushes of lies. Keep sowing His seeds and the truth will set people free!

You are a butterfly now so stop thinking like a caterpillar. Stop crawling through the path of difficulties. Fly. Keep flying. The freedom of the Lord is your wings. Use His freedom to go higher. Don’t default to the caterpillar mentality. It will bring you under.

Don’t doubt the Lord but doubt the enemy. Doubt what he has to say to you. Doubt his lies, doubt his thoughts. Doubt his way of talking about you. Doubt the enemy and resist him. He will flee!

May God bless you and prepare you for a harvest of joy, peace and love. Get ready to receive baskets of blessings that are too big for your head to understand but the perfect size for your heart to embrace.

God’s faithfulness can go through the walls of lies the enemy has erected. Don’t lose hope. Nothing can break the Lord’s promises. Hold on to His faithfulness and you will receive the fruit of His goodness!

Pay more attention to the music of the Lord than the music of the world. Stay tuned to Jesus’ lyrics. Keep the songs of the Holy Spirit in your heart and listen to the melodies from Heaven. God always has a song for you that will comfort you, transform you, bless you and keep you focused on His love.

Suggested reading: Psalm 46:10; John 7:38; Hebrews 11:1

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 108)

Devotion, dedication and adoration are friends with prayer. Let your prayer life be a devotion to God, a dedication to His love and an adoration of the Lord. Devote time to prayer every day. Pray with love, pray for others first. Adore the Lord and praise Him when you pray!

Jesus’ love circulates through your heart, passes through the veins of your spirit and spreads throughout your body manifesting kindness and compassion. Don’t let hate and bitterness block your spiritual arteries.

The Lord is breaking the back of what’s been holding you back so give it all to Him. Trust Him with your life. Let Him reshape it and make it right.

With God there is only one way. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He leads the way and He blesses your way!

The voice of God is louder than all the voices of the world but we need to train our ears to hear it. We need to get quiet before God and He will get louder before the world.

Jesus died on the cross for us. His sacrifice brought freedom and should be remembered daily. Thank the Lord for the sacrifice that caused your freedom. Remember the eternal impact it has on your life every day.

There is a celebration that can’t be stopped. There is a prayer that can’t be derailed. There is a shout of praise that can’t be confined. There is a love that can’t fail. There is a hope that tramples fear. Celebrate, pray, praise, love and hope in the name of Jesus!

When you lay at the feet of the Lord, you end up at the head of table. There is a table in front of you that the Lord has prepared for you. Humble yourself and the Lord will elevate you.

Nothing can stop what God has planned for you. Delays can’t stop His plans, setbacks can’t stop His plans and trials can’t stop His plans. Keep your eyes on God’s Word and you keep your eyes on God’s plans for your life.

The Lord gives peace that surpasses all understanding. Understand that His peace won’t always make sense. Do not lean on your interpretation of His peace but rely on His version of a peace that calms everything.

Suggested reading: Job 22:21-22; Luke 1:78-79; Matthew 5:9

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

Your breakthrough will come

Waiting can be difficult. Being patient can seem unattainable. Hoping can be lost. Pain can be very present. Anguish can be our daily bread and worry can be our late night companion. However, one thing remains true; Jesus never changes. When we can’t see Him and we can’t understand Him, He can show up out of nowhere even though He has not gone anywhere. Waiting for God is never waiting in vain. He is there but the waiting usually has to do more with us than with Him. We wait and wait and think we have to wait until God is ready. God is always ready and always available. The moment we cry out to Him, He goes into action. He knows what we cry about. He has always known but He needs to do a work in us before we get our breakthrough at times. Are you waiting for a breakthrough? Know that Jesus is here. Know that your breakthrough is on the way. Know that pain will go away. Know that hope is here to stay. Know that a miracle is coming. Know that miracles are still around today. Your breakthrough is heading your way. Jesus never changes but He changes everything. He is going to change your situation and He is going to change you as well as you get to your next breakthrough.

I read Psalm 22 earlier today. It is a poignant cry for help. It is a prayer for deliverance. It starts with so much pain and it ends with so much hope and healing. In that psalm, David goes from agony to harmony. He is in agony at first trying to get an answer from God that He can’t find anywhere. Then he gets to a place where he is in harmony with the Lord again and he is filled with joy and faith. Your place of agony is not your final destination, friend. It’s a stop you visit for a while but with God you will get moving again and you will land in the promised place of victory. Your cry for a breakthrough is being heard. Let it out and let God in. God is not going to let you down. Remember that your heart is what He is after so to speak so He is going to work on your heart while you are waiting. He will turn the cry into a shout of victory but there is a process. Go step by step with the Lord while you are walking toward the victory. Let Him be the focus of your heart. Don’t let the agony get the best of you. The enemy doesn’t want anything more than to see you agonize over your circumstances and lament instead of persevering.

Name your breakthrough. Name your need. Name your suffering. Name your lack. Name the source of your distress and give it to God. Like David, cry out and give God the specifics of what is tormenting you. Do it so you can hear it yourself and see it for yourself. Do it so you have more clarity and trust that God will help you identify it all and He will heal it completely. When you try to identify what is going on and what you need, God will take you down the path of inner discovery and recovery. You will be made aware of what needs to be changed on the inside. Sometimes our trials lead to a rebuilding of our spirits and of our faith. Your breakthrough will take place and God will break through the walls that are keeping you from growing or from receiving your victory. If you could see the angels at work on your behalf, you would be amazed. God commissioned them to bless you and help you. They will target your heart and get you to a place of peace when you trust in the Lord completely. Be attentive and be open to God’s wisdom while the breakthrough is on its way. Be still and know that He is God. Your breakthrough will come. Stay in faith!

Suggested reading: Psalm 22; Psalm 46:10; Hebrews 13:8