Being a doer of the Word

When I was praying the other day, I was encouraged to look up James 1:22. That verse says “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” I had read this verse before but I knew the Lord wanted me to pay close attention to it for a reason. I listen to the Word every day. I listen to it and take notes, mental notes and physical notes. I ponder on the Word. I meditate on what I listen to. I pray over what I listen to. I take the Word in and I let it marinate in my spirit. It always swirls around my mind and lands in spots that need to be reinforced in my thinking. I found the Word to be a very powerful tool when it comes to renewing my thinking. I love to use the Word to my advantage and the best way I use it is by giving it a chance to change me on the inside. That change is reflected in the outside but there is one area where I can miss it easily; when it comes to being a “doer of the Word” I need more practice. I do what the Word says in my areas of my life. I am a prayer warrior, a faith soldier and a praise giver. Now, what am I lacking? A lot. There is a lot in the Word of God that I can put into action and getting that reminder through James 1:22 was just what I needed.

After I read the verse, I asked the Lord for more direction and more information. What He sweetly whispered to me on the inside, is that being a doer of the Word is something that should be natural, habitual and not optional. As believers we are called to being doers of the Word every single day. When we are in public and in our private lives. We can’t follow the Lord only when everyone is looking. We should also follow Him in our thinking and in our hearts. A doer of the Word puts God first in everything he or she does. A doer of the Word listens to the Word more than they listen to the world and they always apply what they hear in the Word of God whether they feel like it or not. A doer of the Word zeroes in on the spirit and puts his/her flesh under. A doer of the Word is moved by the heart of God and always sees opportunities to love others. We can all be doers of the Word on a regular basis. It takes dedication, discipline and determination but the Lord would never tell us to do something impossible.

If we only listen to the Word and don’t apply what we learn, the Bible says that we are like a man who looks in the mirror and immediately forgets what he looks like. The Word is our mirror and it shows us who we are in Christ and what we should look like on the inside. The reflection of the Lord should always be seen in our actions, our words and our thoughts. A doer of the Word is not afraid to shine the Lord’s light and to be more like Him any chance they get. A doer of the Word is in sync with the Lord by communicating with Him all the time. A doer of the Word welcomes the Holy Spirit and adores Jesus. I believe that is very important. Jesus is the center and we ought to reverence Him and honor Him. As we do what the Word inspires us to do, we lift up Jesus. We lift Him up when we interact with others, when we go about our daily routine, when we think about life and when we are alone. Jesus is a 24/7 motivation. He is the goal. He is the goal of what we should aspire to be like.

We can’t be doers of the Word without the love of Jesus. Focusing on everything that the Bible says and ignoring love is being a mistaken and a misled doer of the Word. It’s having the wrong priorities and misunderstanding Jesus. As long as we strive to love like Jesus and we are in communion with His Spirit, we will be doers of the Word that can sustain their ability to do as the Word says. The good news is that the Lord is assisting us and helping us become good doers of the Word. All He is looking for is a willing heart. Open yourself to being the doer of the Word the Lord wants you to be. Take one step at a time with His help. It will get easier. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 13:17; Romans 2:13; James 1:22-25

Dealing with anger

We experience negative feelings and bad emotions. We all face bouts of anger and times when we are just negative. It is part of human nature and it is something we can expect at some point. Now, we are invited not to go to bed angry. The Bible clearly states that we shouldn’t go to bed upset. As a kid I didn’t really understand that statement but as I grew older I could see why it is a problem and I have discovered that it is bad in general to let negative feelings and emotions rule our lives. We have to react to them. We can’t be passive and let them be daily visitors. Anger is not our friend. Anger doesn’t help. Anger doesn’t give us anything positive. Sometimes we think that a little anger is good for the soul. I have heard people talk about holy anger or a holy wrath. That type of anger or wrath is for the Lord and taken out of context it can create a doctrine that accepts anger as a welcome part of our lives. Anger should have no room in us. Being upset doesn’t get us any closer to God. God never said we should imitate His wrath. He said we should follow His love and walk in His love. Being mad at someone or being angry in general is detrimental to our spiritual being. Anger is not a spiritual fruit. It is the opposite. It is a bad apple that needs to be taken out of our spiritual basket as soon as it gets there.

Ephesians 4:26 declares, “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” We are encouraged not to give anger free reign in our lives. When anger is fed, it leads us to sin. Anger, like I said before, is not our friend. It is a trait of the enemy that he wishes everyone would have. He is angry all the time. He knows he was defeated by Jesus and people like you and me are very much aware of his defeat and that makes him angry. He is not a joyful foe. He is a bitter conquered enemy and when he rubs his anger on our hearts, we have to put a stop to that bad injection before it contaminates our spirits and leads us to do the wrong things. Anger is not from God. It separates us from God. It isolates us from the Lord. It makes us take steps away from love. Love is not angry. Love doesn’t get upset. Love doesn’t rebuke people. Love is not annoyed and it is never hostile. Hostility is a characteristic of anger. Anger pushes people to be hostile in their words and in their actions. Anger gives us all the wrong words to say free of charge and all the wrong thoughts and ideas. Spend a night in the arms of anger and you will wake up with such negativity that you will not be drawn to talking to the Lord first thing in the morning. You will want to overthink and ruminate over negative thoughts. If the sun goes down and you are angry, chances are the sun will find you angry in the morning when it rises. Put a stop to anger before it runs your night and it ruins your life.

Some people live with anger all the time. There are many reasons why that anger is so anchored in their lives and those reasons are never good. When I find myself angry, I first repent and give it over to the Lord. I do not like being angry. Anger robs me of joy and peace. We can’t be in the joy of the Lord and be angry at the same time. Anger is such a strong feeling that it wins over joy and peace if we don’t have a way to deal with it. I deal with anger through prayer. I pray myself back to peace. The Lord calms me down. The Lord removes anger when I give Him the time of day. I pray against anger in the name of Jesus. I recognize that it is bad and I reject it. I meditate every day on the Word and I find that those moments of silence help me deal with anger. The Lord empowers me when I seek His face and He gives me the power to push anger away. Anger will always show up at our doorstep but it is up to us to react against anger with love. I often speak against anger and thank the Lord for His love that is in me. His love is in all believers. Sometimes we have to unearth it and let it come to life especially when anger is raging and trying to dominate us. Do not give in to anger. Speak against it with authority in the name of Jesus. Remember that anger never leads to anything good and it alienates you from God. Take a stand against anger every day. Walk in peace and let love dominate you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 37:8; Proverbs 14:29; Ecclesiastes 7:9

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 175)

Doubt will try to rob you of your faith. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep Him at the core of your beliefs. Seek His face daily. Talk to Him daily. Praise Him daily. Read His Word daily and you will be winning against doubt daily!

God is good all the time not just part of the time. His love for us is a full time ministry. He does not stop ministering to us with His love. He is God 24/7. Remember that next time you are going through a tough season. God is the same year round!

When life gives you lemons, react with the fruit of the Spirit. Stay calm. Keep walking in love. Tap into God’s joy. Embrace His peace. Wait patiently. Life will get better and sweeter in Jesus’ name!

God has big plans for your life. There is a big picture that has many parts to it. Get a bigger picture of the big picture by getting into the Word of God. You will gain a better understanding of the picture perfect life God has for you!

Your present suffering doesn’t compare with the blessings that are coming your way. God will make a way. There is no way that He won’t make tomorrow a better day. Hang in there. Stay encouraged! God is preparing something amazing for you!

God will remind you that He doesn’t change but He can change everything. He will remind you that life can be full of bad surprises but He has conquered the world and He will turn things around for you. Trust the Lord that changes things for the better! Trust Jesus!

The end of the road is sometimes the start of a new path with the Lord. If you feel like this is the end, remember that with the Lord there are new beginnings. Your new beginnings are here. God is taking you in a new and better direction.

Every minute spent with God in the privacy of your prayer room is a precious and powerful minute. Your prayer room is mobile. It goes with you everywhere you go. Pray anywhere. Talk to God anywhere. Stay in faith anywhere. Be blessed anywhere!

The Lord is your defender. He wins your battles for you. He always goes before you. Trust that He is always taking care of you. Trust that He is defending you even when the battle is hard.

Rest in the Lord. Relax in the arms of the Father. Don’t go too fast. Take the time to enjoy your life in Christ. Walk at the Lord’s pace and you receive peace that surpasses all understanding.

Suggested reading: Psalm 121:1-8; Romans 16:20; Philippians 4:9

God will expand you

God builds us up. He strengthens us. He increases us. He grows us. He expands us. He makes us more aware of His presence in our lives. He shows us that we have Him and we can get stronger through Him all the time. He doesn’t leave us to our own demise. He doesn’t tell us that we have to fend for ourselves and find a way to make it in this life. He makes this life a beautiful life when we keep Him in it. There are just so many great things we can expect and so many wonderful experiences we can have with God. I am so blessed to have Jesus as my Lord and Savior and so are you. Do you take the time to think about how amazing it is to have Him? I know that with busy schedules it is hard to reflect on the goodness of the Lord but I have found that when I take the time to focus on Him, my life is so much better. He builds me up by giving me the courage to keep going and to walk with confidence. God builds up my faith and my confidence. I notice that a little bit more each day. He is extremely involved in my life and He gives me reasons to smile every day. I love that He is interested in building up our character and our faith. I want you to think about how powerful God is, how involved He is in your life and how He is increasing you and growing you all the time. He is increasing your ability to become more like Him. He is growing you in the knowledge of His love and He is expanding your faith one life event at a time.

God will expand you. I know it sounds a bit strange but it is something He does for us. He doesn’t want to leave us limited and diminished. There is much more to us and that much more can be found in the Lord. You are a child of faith and your faith can grow exponentially if you stay in the Lord and you see life through His eyes. He has your life taken care of. I need to write this again. God has your life taken care of. You don’t have to worry about any part of it. Don’t worry about the big things and don’t worry about the small things. You can reach a level of faith where nothing moves you, nothing bad shakes you and nothing unexpected surprises you. Getting to that point is getting a great expansion of faith and the Lord can get you there. See all life events as an opportunity to grow in faith. Bad things will happen but we are not called to fear and to worry. We are called to stay in faith and to face challenges head on with the Lord in our hearts and hope in our minds. God is a dealer. He deals hope and faith to whoever is willing to listen and to be open. You can undergo some major expansion of faith when you decide that the Lord is Lord all the time even when things are bad and you believe He will get you through it all.

God will expand your mind and your thinking. God is so good at causing great experiences to take place in our lives. Experiences that challenge our minds and that give us something good to think about. Those experiences demonstrate that God is bigger than we imagine. They point at a God who has no limits. They make us rethink what we know and they give a boost to our faith. Be on the lookout for those great experiences with God. They will make a stronger believer out of you. The most important experience being the growth of our relationship with God. That is one of the most powerful things we can experience. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself more to you. Ask Him to open the eyes of your spirit and show you what you have been missing. Ask Him to expand your heart and your mind so more love flows through you and more hope lives in you. You can go through a major expansion of faith. All you have to do is to stay in faith and remain in the Lord. Be excited! Your faith is about to grow more and more. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 4:23;  Romans 12:2; James 1:8

Your breakthrough is coming

Your breakthrough is coming. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t give up. Don’t throw in the towel. God has something for you that is going to bless you in ways you never thought were possible. Stick with your faith. Stick with God. Stick with the truth. Stick with the Word of God. Bury yourself in the Word when the world tries to bury you under a pile of torment and fear. Don’t let your mind be filled with doubt. You can do this. Not because you are special on your own but because the Lord your God is special. He makes you special and He makes you more than a conqueror. You are a warrior of the Lord. You are a strong child of God. You are a roaring lion. That is how God sees you. That is how He made you. Let out a roar of victory in the name of Jesus. You have Jesus. You won’t fail. You have Jesus and He has a breakthrough for you. Your time will come. Your blessed time will come. Hang in there a little longer. Keep your hopes up a little longer. Walk in faith and walk in love. Don’t ever get tired of walking the walk and talking the talk. Your breakthrough is part of God’s plan for your life and it is going to be just what you need. God has not abandoned you and He has not forgotten you. Great things are coming. The best if yet to come. Get excited. The Lord Almighty will do for you what no one else can do and nothing is going to stop Him.

Have you ever had to wait a long time for something good to happen? Have you ever had to stay strong longer than you thought you could? It happens to me all the time. I see the promises of the Lord in His Word and I claim them. I claim His blessings and I wait. I claim His blessings and I suffer in silence. I claim His blessings and I give up but the Lord doesn’t give up on me. When my head is down and I can’t keep up with the changes that occur in my life, the Lord reminds me that He doesn’t change but He changes everything. He shows me that there is always hope. God talks about hope. He talks about how anything is possible with Him. He doesn’t want us to lose heart. He is the source of all hope and courage and when we lean on Him, we can face anything. Friend, you can face anything today and you can hold on until your breakthrough comes. Think about what Jesus is saying in His Word and what His Spirit is telling you. He is saying that there is a breakthrough coming your way. It might not look like it today but it’s in the pipeline. It has been launched and it will reach you in due time. This great blessing that is in your future is going to break through your present trials and your present tribulations. God is going to make things easier for you.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”* There is an abundance of goodness around you because God is always around you. Your faith gives you access to that abundance and the breakthrough that you need is part of that abundance. I once thought that I didn’t have what it took to receive from God. All I had to know was that God loved me. I was worthy of the abundance of His love and so are you. We are all worthy of God’s love and we are all worthy of His breakthroughs. They are meant to give us freedom and liberty. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom and His Spirit is in you. Access the breakthroughs of the Lord by putting your faith on the line so to speak. Dare to believe. Dare to keep standing. Dare to follow Jesus no matter what. It will always lead you to a breakthrough and to a blessing. You are not going to be stuck in your current predicament forever. The Lord is going to bless you and to renew your mind through the power of what will have happened to you. You are going to experience a breakthrough that will give you a boost and that will strengthen your faith. That is what God does. Don’t let today’s pain reinforce yesterday’s heartache and rob you of the joy of tomorrow. Keep the faith. Keep on going. Your breakthrough is coming. Celebrate and praise the Lord today! Tomorrow is going to be way better than yesterday. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 54:17; John 8:32; *2 Corinthians 9:8

React to life with Jesus

When I was praying the other day I kept saying a bright sun on the beach. The light was amber and very beautiful. It was interesting that I kept getting those gorgeous images because it was actually cloudy and rainy outside. The message the Lord was giving me was stronger than the weather. It was stronger than the sadness that seemed to blanket the area where I live. God is joy and His joy doesn’t depend on our circumstances and on our environment. It is always strong and powerful and it shines all the time. I stayed in prayer a little longer just so I could keep experiencing the great joy that was bright and encouraging. His light encouraged me. It made me look at His beauty and I forgot the greyness that was outside. We all go through seasons where clouds are all we can see. There is no hint of sun or of good weather. Sometimes those seasons last for months. We can be victims of those bad weather patterns or we can react to them with Jesus. When we react with Jesus, it doesn’t matter how cloudy our situation is. He is sunny and bright and full of hope. Every cloud has a silver lining and that silver lining is Jesus. You and I can see Him even when it’s raining. You and I have the assurance that He is going to make everything alright. He is the Sun that never goes to sleep. The Sun that shines in all kinds of weather. Today I want to invite you to react to life with Jesus. Let Him be your first reaction. Let Him be your reflex. Let Him guide you and help you react to whatever happens to you.

I usually check the weather forecast before I go out. I dress accordingly. I wear what I believe is the best outfit for that day. I try to be prepared. I don’t like surprises. If it’s going to rain at some point, I have an umbrella with me. When I start my day, I check the weather forecast during prayer. I check what the day is going to be like spiritually and emotionally. The Lord tells me the same thing every day. He tells me that I am ready and I am prepared for the day because I have Him. He is my strength, my fortress and my beacon of hope. No matter how bad the weather gets, He is with me. His weather forecast never changes. It doesn’t take into consideration the storms of life and the showers of pain and despair. His forecast considers Jesus as the only One who can weather the storms. He shows me that when I react with Him, by trusting that I have nothing to fear, He makes my day an amazing day. When something bad happens, our reaction to that bad event is more important than the event itself. Let’s say you receive an unexpected bill and you don’t have enough money to pay it off. You can panic and fall apart or you can give the bill to the Lord and let Him build you up in that circumstance. He builds you up when you give faith a chance. He makes you stronger when you react with faith. You give Him your small seed and He turns it into a tree by the end of the day as long as you stay in faith. React with Jesus to the bills of life. React with Jesus when you get bad news. React with Jesus when hope seems lost. React with Jesus when you don’t know how you are going to make it. React with Jesus and the sun will shine again!

I used to love the concept “What would Jesus Say?” I liked to remind myself that in all circumstances, Jesus would tell me to stay strong and to keep going. Now, it is much easier to get that reminder because my spirit hears His encouraging words all the time. When a storm is on the horizon and I can’t see it, He encourages me and tells me to hold on to Him and hold on to hope. When we hold on to Jesus during the storm, we can’t drown and we can’t fall off the boat. When we face life with Jesus, we are more than conquerors. We have overcome because He has overcome the world. React with Jesus all day long. Use His words. Use His Word and speak against whatever is going on in your life. React with Jesus by rebuking negative thoughts and all kinds of negativity. When something bad happens and you pray, you are reacting with Jesus. When you are having doubts but you choose to praise the Lord and to give Him thanks, you are reacting with Jesus. When life gets in the way but you choose to believe that Jesus will make a way, you are reacting with Jesus. When everything is good and you lift up His name, you are reacting with Jesus. When the enemy tells you to give up and you give God praise, you are reacting with Jesus. When you are in pain and you can’t go to sleep but you declare that by His stripes you were healed, you are reacting with Jesus. Choose Jesus over doubt. Choose Jesus over fear. Choose Jesus over giving up. Choose Jesus over discouragement. Choose Jesus over giving in to the flesh. React with Jesus and your life will be a lot better. May God bless you and protect you and remember that the Lord will always love you!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 30:19; John 15:16; 2 Peter 3:9

God will make a way for you

I have seen God intervene in my life on many occasions. He is still active and blessing me in ways that blow my mind. One thing that has become very clear to me in the last 10 years is that God makes a way where there is no way. When all seems impossible, He shows up and transforms my situation. He has an amazing ability to change my circumstances for the better. He is an expert at doing the most extraordinary things. He has a giant heart that beats for all humanity and His love creates miracles in our lives. He parts the seas of difficulty and paves the way for greatness and goodness. God is one of a kind and He deserves our highest praises. Today I want to remind you that God will make a way for you. I want to encourage you to stay in faith and to expect God to do the impossible in your life. He can do it and He will do it. Stay strong. Stay encouraged. You are not waiting in vain. Wait patiently and in faith. Something very amazing will take place in your life when you least expect it. God is making a way for your breakthrough. It’s coming. It’s not impossible!

God will make a way for you. Think about the most incredible thing God has done. He saved humanity through His Son. The ultimate sacrifice happened and opened the door to salvation for anyone who believes. It seemed like something that could never happen but yet He made it possible. God made a way for salvation to enter the world. God made a way for peace to come. God made a way for love to show up. God made a way for joy to be available. God made a way for miracles to be real and not just a fantasy. God made a way for your life to change forever. God made a way for you to have the power to defeat the enemy in your life. God made a way for you to receive the fruit of His Spirit and to grow in the knowledge of His love. God made a way for everything that is pure and noble. God made a way for the impossible to go away. God made a way for you to be more than a conqueror in this life. God made a way for whatever you will ever need.

Today you might be stuck on a road with no way through the hurdles that are right in front of you. Things might be looking impossible. You might have run out of faith and run out of options. Now, God has an unlimited supply of options. If you can’t go straight, He will take you through His detours and make a way in the middle of chaos. He will open a path for you even though there are obstacles on the way. No obstacle is impossible for Him to remove. The way might be blocked but He can unblock anything. He can undo any situation and solve any problems. You are going to make it through the craziness of this world. Life events are not going to be able to stop you because the Lord will go before you and He will make a way for you. Trust that He can part the way and let you walk on a safe and secure land. The enemy has placed land mines on your way but the angels of the Lord are going to disarm them. You have the most powerful Lord in the universe and He has an army of angels that will minister to you when you need help. Keep your faith in the God who makes a way. Something very good is coming your way. Hold on to your faith. Don’t lose hope. God is going to make a way for you to get out of the trials and tribulations that have been blocking your path. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 40:3; Isaiah 43:19; Romans 8:31

Keep fighting doubt

Doubt is the enemy of faith. The devil uses doubt to separate us from God and from the benefits of our lives in Christ. He knows that a believer who walks in faith and who doesn’t doubt is a dangerous believer. A believer who applies his faith and never questions God is a menace to the enemy. When we walk in faith, we not only walk hand in hand with God, we walk with power, with hope, with love, with peace and with joy. The enemy’s plan for our lives is that we never get to experience all those blessings and he doesn’t want us to grow in the knowledge of the Lord. Faith zaps the power of the enemy in our minds. Faith is a killer according to the enemy and he can’t stand it. The enemy knows the Bible and he even believes God is real and powerful. He shakes in his boots but he does his best to make sure that people are afraid and full of doubt. Doubt creates division in the kingdom of God and a divided kingdom can’t stand strong. What should we do about doubt? We should actively remove it from our lives. We should delete it and replace it with faith in every area of our lives. Let’s not give doubt the satisfaction of hurting our walk with Christ. Let’s not give doubt a chance to destroy our spiritual lives. Doubt has to go. We can’t let it win and we can’t host it in our hearts and in our minds. Today I want to encourage you to fight doubt and to magnify faith in your life. Grow in faith. Work on developing your faith and doubt will have no room in you.

Jesus once told His disciples “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here.”* Jesus was walking on the water and His disciples couldn’t believe their eyes. They actually didn’t believe that it was Him. They had never seen anything like that and doubt took over. Doubt was active in their minds and they couldn’t get over the fact that Jesus was standing on water. I would have had the same reaction. Witnessing such a powerful miracle would make me question everything I knew. That is what God does at times. He makes us question what we have learned and what we are used to by exposing us to His ability to perform miracles that defy all understanding. The key here is to trust and obey. Trust that God can do it. Trust that God is who He says He is and obey Him. He will most likely ask you to take a leap of faith and it is in your best interest to obey Him. When doubt comes, turn away from logic and from reasoning. Keep them quiet. Don’t listen to what your mind is telling you. Open your mind to what the Lord is saying and doing in your life. The best way to be able to have that is open to God in many situations is to spend time in the Word of God. Read your Bible. Pray with your Bible. Pray to receive revelation from the Word of God. Ask His Spirit to pierce your reasoning with the arrow of faith. Ask Him to strengthen your spiritual core as you decide to follow Him blindly. Have a blind faith mentality. Jump into the promises of the Lord with your heart. Whatever He says goes!

Doubt gets strong when we look at our bad circumstances and we focus on them. Doubt is powerful when all we see is the negative situation and we lose sight of the Lord. If you want to fight doubt, keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep talking to Him. Keep connecting with Him. Have a relationship with Him where intimacy is supreme and trust is established. Sharpen your faith. This comes through trial and error. When things get bad, don’t let your mouth speak doubt into your life. When things get bad, get stronger by professing your faith. Faith comes by hearing so when things are bad, listen to the Lord and don’t pay attention to the negativity that looks so potent. We can give power to anything when we make it our focus and we don’t consider anything else. Make Jesus your focus and don’t consider anything else. Make that a habit. Faith doesn’t come overnight. It comes through repetition, perseverance and resilience. Know that the Lord has won all battles so you are going to make it. Faith thanks the Lord before things materialize. Faith is grateful for the things to come and the things the eye can’t see. Faith sees a lot. Doubt can’t see hope and blessings. Doubt has no vision. Faith sees God at work all the time. Doubt doesn’t like to hope for the best. Faith knows that the best is yet to come and it patiently waits. Doubt makes you erratic and impatient. Don’t give in to those behaviors. Seek the Lord and patiently wait in faith. Keep fighting doubt with hope and with your focus on Jesus. You will win that battle. You will walk hand in hand with hope. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that the Lord will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 14:27*; Hebrews 11:1; Ephesians 3:16-17

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 174)

There is a light at the end of the tunnel but look around and you will see that the light of the Lord is inside the tunnel. When you are going through dark times, the Lord is with you. Don’t be scared. Don’t get discouraged. God’s light is protecting you in the tunnel!

God wants you to take your time. Don’t rush. Don’t run too fast. Stay at His comfortable pace. Learn as you walk side by side with the One who loves and adores you. God’s timing is the best. Let Him be your time keeper!

God is going to do something amazing for you. He is going to turn your rain of sadness into a bright summer day of joy. God has you in the plan of His hand and He is going to change everything around you for the best. He will change your heart as well in the process! Stay encouraged!

Just because you can’t handle it doesn’t mean that God can’t handle it. Give Him the wheel. Let Him take care of you and of your situation.

You might be down today but hope is on the way. The Lord is ready to pick you up and take you places. You are not going to stay in this state of misery. With the Lord, you are headed to a place of bliss where you will be more than happy!

Jesus is the One who can change your life forever. When you attach your life to His life, you can’t fail. You can’t lose. Jesus is the victory that never leaves you. He fought for your life and won all the battles. Live your life for the One who gives you the best life!

Love will heal your broken heart. Jesus is love. He will heal your broken heart. Healing is coming. Hold on tight to promise of a better tomorrow. Jesus is with you today preparing you for a better future. Don’t lose hope!

Rest in the Lord. He will give you all you need and more. Rely on Him. Rest in the palm of His hand. You are in good hands. You have nothing to worry about!

God is for you. He is not just for other people. He will take care of you. He is boy just taking care of other people. He is on your side and He will get you to the other side of your problem. Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 30:17; Isaiah 38:16-17; Psalm 147:3

God will carry you

About three years ago I wrote a nugget of wisdom that I like to revive from time to time. It says “The Lord has carried you this far. He’s not going to drop you. Your problems and circumstances are not too heavy for Him. He can handle all the weight the enemy is adding to your life.” I feel so much comfort when I read it. The Lord carries me every day. That is how I see Him and that is what I expect Him to do. He takes care of me and He holds me all the time. There isn’t a day when He doesn’t carry me. He makes sure that I don’t get hurt and that I don’t get damaged. Accidents happen and bad things take place but it doesn’t mean that the Lord stops carrying me. It is because He carries me that I am resilient and I refuse to give up. I can get discouraged at times. It is part of being human but the Lord doesn’t let me go down the rabbit hole of hopelessness. His hope pushes me forward and it wakes me up from the nightmare that the enemy wants me to accept as my life. Things get better. Things change. Things improve because the Lord carries me. Today I want to remind you that the Lord is carrying you right now. He will carry you tomorrow and He will continue to hold you and to assist you. You can expect His hand to be over you and to protect you. Don’t get distracted by the bad breaks. They can be very bad but they don’t stand a chance against the goodness of God. Have courage. Stay strong. The Lord will carry you and get you to the finish line.

Even if you are going through a valley of trials and tribulations today, the Lord is still carrying you. He has gotten you this far and He is not ready to let you down. He can’t. It’s not in His nature. God will give you the means to make it through the worst times. He is so powerful that nothing can get in His way and nothing is too difficult for Him. Take comfort in His love for you. You are protected and you are loved. God will make sure that you can make it to your destination. It may take a long time but it will happen. Stand strong in His might. Stay strong and hold on to the truth. The truth is that you are surrounded by the Lord and He is with you all the time. Don’t look left and right. Look at the Lord straight ahead of you. He is taking care of what’s on your left and what’s on your right. Think about how a little child is carried around by her father. She has no fear. She feels secure. She knows she is in good hands. She recognizes that she is in a safe zone in her father’s arms. You are in a safe zone in your Father’s arms. Know that you are shielded. Say it to yourself. Declare God’s protection over your life. Declare His power and His protection. You are in the best hands there is. God carries you all the time despite your awareness of His goodness. Make His goodness real in your life by talking about it and by thanking Him for carrying you.

Your problems are not too heavy for the Lord. He can hold them in His hand and crush them. Today decide to see your problems as the elements of the enemy that can’t destroy the peace in you. Refuse to back down and enjoy the power of God’s hand in your life. God is not only carrying you but He is giving you the power to carry on when things go sour. When the tribulations are so intense, He gives you the ability to keep walking and to keep going. When the sadness is too much to bear, He reminds you that He bore your sorrow on the Cross. The Lord carried you on that cross. He had you in His mind and He had you in His heart. He carried your burdens and He put an end to the misery. Don’t accept misery and sadness. Don’t give them a space in your life. You are above them thanks to the power of the Lord. God is carrying you and holding you way up high about the darts of the enemy. No matter what you are going through right now, God is still carrying you and you are going to make it. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 46:4; Philippians 4:13; 1 Peter 5:7