Take steps of faith

I was walking with a friend the other day and all of a sudden I noticed how fast we were going. We focused on what we were talking about and not so much on the walk itself. Our conversation was the motivation. We had a great conversation that occupied our minds so much that we didn’t realize how far and how much we walked. It made me think about the steps I take every day toward the destination the Lord has for me. When I am focused on Him and my thoughts are centered around Him, I made progress and I go far. I don’t spend too much time thinking about how I will get to my destination. I think about the One who gets me there and it is amazing how far I get. The Lord wants us to move forward and to make progress in life. We are on a spiritual path and every step we take matters. That is why we have to watch our steps and be careful how we walk. The best way to walk is with the Lord. We can walk forward with Him by our side and when we follow His steps we can never go wrong. Today I want to encourage you to take a few steps forward with the Lord. Trust His lead. Trust His guidance. Walk with Him. Take steps of faith. Don’t hold back. Don’t waver. Don’t hesitate. Walk and keep walking. Walk with confidence and walk in peace. The Lord will get you where you need to go. Take the steps of faith that will put you on the right track.

Faith can be intimidating because it believes before seeing and we are so programmed to believe after seeing. It makes more sense to us that what we see if what we trust. Faith doesn’t make sense and yet it is more reliable and more powerful than our natural senses. It is a spiritual sense if you will that surpasses the natural. I think of it as my supernatural power and I love how we can grow in it and learn more about it. A lot of it has come through experience for me. I find myself in situations where I have to rely on faith and the thougher the situation, the more faith I need. I have been through times when I had to mature in faith overnight. At least that is how it felt. I had to take steps of faith. Going backwards was not an option. It was either faith or fail. Faith pushed me forward and it spoke gently telling me that the only way was up. Faith understands that we can go from glory to glory and we can make strides. Faith is about advancement and not regression. There are great steps of faith that you can take in every area of your life. Steps that will distance you from fear. As you know, faith is the opposite of fear so when you take a step of faith, you take a step away from fear. Don’t you want to walk away from fear? If you do, start taking steps of faith on a daily basis.

You are going to walk far with the Lord. You are going to walk away from your past and walk away from fear and doubt. Don’t look back. Look ahead. Know that your steps are God directed and they are taking you somewhere great. So take steps of faith. Walk and go to where your mind doesn’t think you can go but your heart knows you can get there easily with God. The steps you take in faith are never in vain. They will always produce great results. They might feel like you are walking in the dark and you are lost but with faith you don’t need to know how you are going to get to your destination.You just need to trust that your steps are the right steps. Faith knows without a doubt that the walk with God is safe and secure. Go for a walk with the Lord every day. Focus on Him more than on anything else and you will see that you are going far and you are making progress. Enjoy the walk!

Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:6; James 2:14-26

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 160)

God’s plan is not always convenient. It’s not always easy. It’s not always simple but it’s God’s plan. Trust Him. Trust His logic and His process.

You don’t just need help. You need hope. Jesus has it all. He is it all. He is hope and help. He will get you through it.

God’s love is all over you. You are the incarnation of His love. What you speak and what you do has the footprint of love. Keep spreading God’s love and keep walking in the love that changes everything!

Follow God wherever He goes. It’s not about God following you wherever you go and adapting to what you want to do. It’s about you being led by God and adapting to what He wants you to do.

Beware of the distractions that take you away from God. They seem insignificant at first until they turn into bridges of separation.

Banish conditional trust. Let your trust in God be consistent no matter what your circumstances are. Condition your conditions with faith!

There is a pathway to peace, joy and love and His name is Jesus. He will always take you to the most peaceful places and the most joyful destinations!

The reward of continued faith is a life of victory and love. Faith without love doesn’t work. Walk in faith and walk in love and you will walk in triumph all the time.

Pursue the dreams God has given you. Bring them to life with the power of faith and with the hope of the Lord in you. Don’t give up on your God-given dreams!

God loves you more than the whole world combined. His love is deeper than the Atlantic, wider than Mount Everest, bigger than all the continents and stronger than any human love that exists.

Suggested reading: Psalm 136:26; Isaiah 54:10; 1 John 4:9-11

The best song you will ever sing

I love music! Like many people, I listen to music every single day. I couldn’t imagine my life without music. There are songs that I sing when I am driving or when I am by myself. Those songs are Christian songs. Some I call “feel good songs.” They don’t really exalt the Lord but they have a good and comforting message. Then there are songs that give Jesus all the glory. Those are my praise songs and my favorite songs by far. I find that songs that focus on Jesus are very powerful and very beautiful. I sometimes get songs in my head that I have never heard before but I sing them. I let the lyrics roll out of my heart and come out of my mouth. I join the choir of Heaven and sing those new songs to the Lord. They sound amazing to me and they always come when I need to up my praise game or when I am full of joy. Whatever our hearts are full of will always come out. When my heart is full of appreciation and gratitude, praises come out.

I want to be that Christian who will always praise the Lord even if life is trying to make me doubt and make me fall. Life can try to squeeze the words “I give up” out of me but “Amen. God is great” is what will come out instead. What is the best song I have ever sung? I can think of a few songs but I know that my life is the best song I will ever sing if I stay in the Lord and He remains the focal point of my life. Our lives are songs. They have rhythms, they have lyrics, they have a beat and they have a chorus. When Jesus is your chorus and your refrain, your life is a sweet song that gives God the glory. I choose to sing Jesus with my life. I don’t always get it right. It is often out of tune but my heart is in it and I will continue to sing the best song I could ever sing to His glory.

What does your life say about you? What is the main theme of the song of your life? What do you focus on and what do you want your legacy to be? These are poignant questions that are not always easy to answer. I invite you today to examine your life and to try to line up the lyrics of your life with the Word of God. When His Word defines our lives, when we rely on His Word to make sense of our lives, we produce a melody that is pure and holy. God’s Word has all the lyrics we need to create a great song and to lead a life that is pleasing to God. Is it always going to be perfect? Not at all but Jesus is perfect and He gives meaning to our lives.

 My main chorus is all about Jesus. He is why I am here, why I live and why I enjoy this life. Jesus should always be the refrain that comes back over and over again. When things go well and when things go bad, Jesus should still be the One we worship and praise. He told us to remain in Him and to live our lives through Him. He is the best reason to celebrate life and the only One who is worthy of all our praises. When you think about it, you would have nothing without Him and you would be nowhere. Jesus puts us on the map of life and gives us a place to stay, a place to grow and a place to rejoice. Let Him be your chorus. Let Him be the main theme of your life and your song will be marvelous and inspiring.

The best song you will ever sing is the song that gives Jesus credit for everything. It is the song that puts Him first and that makes you take the back seat. It is the song that doesn’t worship the world but that lifts up the name of Jesus. It is a song about love and about the cross. It is a song of joy, a song of peace and a song of faith. It is all about the love of God. It is all about loving others like ourselves. It is all about peace. It promotes peace with others and peace within. It is all about joy. It rejoices all the time even when life is rough. It is all about faith. It keeps every lyric Jesus-centered and it sees things before they happen.

This song doesn’t rely on circumstances but it is a song that knows that everything will be alright no matter what. It is not a song of fear but a song of victory in the Lord. It is encouraging, uplifting and motivational. Your life can be that song. Your life can be all about Jesus, all about love, all about peace and all about faith. Let your life be in sync with the Lord. Trust Him. Sing about Him. Let His love echo in your body and His peace resonate in your mind while His joy dances in your heart. You are singing a song every day with your life and it can be very powerful. Keep singing Jesus to the world through your thoughts, your actions and your words!

Suggested reading: Exodus 15:2; Psalm 21:13; Ephesians 1:3

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 159)

Make God your priority and not your exception. Put Him at the front of the line. Think of Him first. Count on Him first. Pray to Him first. Thank Him first.

Without Jesus you can feel artificial and generic. With Jesus you know you are unique and special. God made you exceptional so understand that you are not superficial.

God is rebuilding you piece by piece by giving you peace and more peace. Let God put together the pieces of your life that needed His peace to make your life the piece of art that it was meant to be!

Better days are on their way. Better feelings and better emotions are coming. God is about to you take off of that roller coaster of emotions and put you on a boat of peace. Stay encouraged!

There is nothing that your God can’t do. Let Him show you how impossible is not in His vocabulary. Let Him give you His way of speaking that will impact your way of thinking. The impossible will become natural when you rely on the Lord who is supernatural!

God is telling you today not to fear. He is telling you that your worst worries are not grounded in the truth. He is telling you that He is the truth, the way and the life. Follow Him. Don’t adhere to the lies attached to the fear. Embrace the truth and the peace that come with Jesus.

When you remain in the Lord, nothing can shake you. The earth under you will move but you will not be shaken and you will not be troubled. Your heart will be filled with peace because the Lord is the King of peace and in Him there is no noise and no confusion.

God gives and He will always give you the best. Don’t expect any less. Keep hoping when His best is not here yet. Don’t lose hope. God always delivers and He always keeps His promises.

The love you experience with God has no human counterpart. It doesn’t exist in this world. It is out of this world and yet God makes it available for you in this world. You deserve His love today. Praise Him for His love and for His goodness!

Trust that God hears your prayers. Change your thinking and believe that God listens to you and that He will answer your prayers in His timely fashion. Your prayers are never in vain.

Suggested reading: Psalm 34:17-18; Isaiah 65:24; John 4:6

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 158)

Jesus shouldn’t be your “just in case” resort. He should be the case. He should always be the reason. He should always be your first resort because He can plead your case and make you win for the best reasons.

Sometimes you have to walk back to peace. You have to take the necessary steps to go back to God’s serenity. Retrace your steps with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He will remind you how to go back to the place where His love is dominant and His joy is your strength.

God can help you. He is more than qualified to help you. He has the ability and the power to do it. He has the right heart and the right mind to help. He helps intentionally and wholeheartedly. He loves you. He will never let you down!

Learn to rejoice in the Lord when nothing is happening. Learn to rejoice in the Lord when there is no reason to rejoice. Learn to rejoice in the Lord just because He is God!

Stay calm and know that God is still God. Today He is holding you the way He held you yesterday and the way He will hold you tomorrow. Tap into His peace and you will be able to face anything today and any day!

You can only stand on holy ground if you stand on Jesus. Standing on other deities is like standing on sinking sand. Find your stability in Jesus and will even walk on water.

The one who walks around with God’s peace in his mind, Jesus’ love in his heart and the Holy Spirit’s wisdom by his side will never fail.

You are the vessel that the Lord can fill so you can help people navigate through the oceans of misery and pain. You can be the anchor that people need. Let God fill you up!

There is a lot more coming your way from Heaven than the hell you have been going through. Your visit in the land of the opposition was temporary. Heaven is your final destination. Jesus will get you there with many previews here on earth.

Love will get you out of trouble again. Love will win again. Love will show up again. Love will reign again. Don’t give up. Jesus’ love never fails!

Suggested reading: Psalm 39:7; Job 5:15-16; Mark 9:23

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 154)

Trust God. He knows what He is doing. Trust God. He knows what you need. Trust God. He always has the perfect timing. Trust God. He will get you through this!

When you lean on God, you lean on love, peace, joy, wisdom, mercy and grace. You lean on freedom, healing and deliverance. You lean on hope, endless possibilities and miracles. Lean on God and you will lean on the power of love manifested!

There is something to be said for private praise. Moments between you and the Lord and no one else. In those moments, intimacy is built, faith is developed and hope is extended.

Things in Heaven are constantly the same. The joy, the peace, the celebration never cease. It is non stop praise and Jesus is at the center. He is the generator. The generator that can’t be turned off!

Let your words of faith be louder than the screams of fear in your head. Let your words of praise be louder than the whining that is tempting you. Let your words of love be louder than the hatred that is rampant in the world.

In the middle of the worst storm the Lord remains your best ally. In the middle of chaos the Lord still gives peace. In the middle of a crisis, the Lord still comes to your rescue.

The Lord took care of everything you will ever need on the cross. Go back to the cross and be reminded that His huge sacrifice bought your freedom and your redemption forever!

Close your eyes and go to bed at night. Jesus is wide awake and He is watching over you. Don’t worry. The Lord has you in the palm of His hand. Sleep easy!

God’s love for you will never end. You are loved and you are blessed. Remember His love every day especially on the days when the world seems to hate you and you feel like you are out of luck. God’s love for you will never change!

Talk to God about what’s going on in your life. He knows it all but He wants to hear that you rely on Him. Make Him your number confidant and you will see that He will also share secrets with you.

Suggested reading: 2 Chronicles 7:14; Mark 11:24; 2 Corinthians 1:3

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 152)

When you think Jesus first, you set yourself up for success. You prepare yourself to be a blessing and to be blessed. Let Jesus always come first no matter who you deal with and no matter what you are faced with.

There is hope for you and His name is Jesus. There is hope for you and His love never fails. There is hope for you and His salvation is here today. There is hope for you and He will never go away. Jesus will always be the hope of the world!

Gather your thoughts around Jesus. Get them all in one place where they can listen to Jesus and they will change their minds about changing you. Let Jesus be the One who influences your mind and He will change you on the inside out.

Don’t rely on men to give you a breakthrough. Rely on Jesus to break through the worst situations. He will always come through for you!

Jesus is not human. He is from a totally different ballgame. He is a game changer. He is not one of the players. He is not the one who plays games with your mind. Jesus will put an end to the mind games of the enemy.

Don’t just celebrate Jesus on Christmas Day. Celebrate Him every day. His death and resurrection are giving you a new life every day!

Jesus came to save the world. Jesus came to save you. Jesus came to change you. Jesus came to resurrect you. Jesus came to love you. Jesus came for you.

Today is going to be an amazing day because Jesus is going to be with you. He will bless you and help you today. Enjoy the day because the Lord made it. Rejoice over Him. He has great things in store for you today!

In the name of Jesus you will not be a victim of your circumstances anymore. In the name of Jesus anything is possible. Call on the name of Jesus. Praise the name of Jesus. Count on the name of Jesus!

Talk to the world about Jesus. Talk to your world about Jesus. Talk to yourself about Jesus. Talk to your circumstances about Jesus. Talk to the enemy about Jesus. Talk to your fears about. Talk about Jesus and your faith will rise!

Suggested reading: John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12; 1 Timothy 2:5

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 149)

Be vulnerable with God. Be at His mercy. Let Him hold you in the palm of His hand. Surrender. Be the clay and let Him to be the potter. Let God be God in your life!

Believe in the impossible every day by declaring that God can do the impossible in your life every single day! What you say matters. Say what God has to say about your situations all the time.

Never pass an opportunity to praise the Lord. Every excuse is a good excuse to exalt Jesus above everything. Do it often. Do it whenever! Do it when it hurts. Do it when you are joyful. Do it when it’s confusing. Do it when you have clarity. Do it all the time!

God’s plan for you is so good that no one can duplicate it or imitate it. Stick with His plan. Trust that He has the best plan. Embrace His plan for your life. It is detailed and well-prepared.

God opens a world of possibilities that clashes with your world of difficulties. Let Him change your world and bring great things out of nothing.

Wisdom from above destroys the misconceptions and misunderstandings of this world. God’s wisdom clarifies and polishes the ideas that need to be purified and made brand new. Out with the old patterns of thinking and in with the new ways of God’s thinking.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Join the worship of the angels and let the melodies of Heaven be louder than the noise of the world. Fill your heart with praise and give a voice to the worship within. Lift up the name of Jesus. Lift His name above all names!

The Lord makes rivers in the desert. He will make peace in the middle of the storm. He will make joy in the middle of sorrow. He will make miracles in the middle of the impossible. He will make healing in the middle of sickness. He will make you whole in the middle of your brokenness.

There is hope beyond the clouds. Don’t look at the sky and see darkness. Look at the sky and see what’s above the storm. Faith will show you the sun and the beautiful weather that is coming. Rejoice over the sunshine even when it’s raining.

There is power and authority in the name of Jesus. Face the day with the name of power. Face the adversity with the name of authority. Face life with Jesus and you will see His power and His authority over everything in this world.

Suggested reading: Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:21; Philippians 2:9

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 148)

We need our daily bread from Heaven. We need to hear from God every day. We can’t have one hot meal a week and expect our spiritual bodies to grow. Let’s stay hungry for the Word and let’s maintain an appetite for the Lord.

Don’t substitute God’s plans for “something better.” God has the final plans that are way better than the plots of the enemy and the creations of your mind. God doesn’t have a plan B!

Pure joy comes from God. He gives raw concentrated joy from Heaven that no earthly happiness can beat. Embrace His outpouring from Heaven. Trust that His joy can be your strength and trust that He has a supernatural way of blessing you even when sadness is all around you.

There is always good news coming from God. His good news will stay the same. Jesus is still the same. Jesus still saves, blesses and heals. Take His good news and let it crush the bad news you get. God’s news is always the best!

Don’t sell yourself short. Jesus paid the price for you and you are priceless in His eyes. You were worth dying for and He still loves you the way He did on the cross.

Don’t buy into the negative movies the enemy projects on the screen of your mind. Let God direct the movie of your life! He has one scenario, one plot and one outcome. Through Him you always win in the end!

The Lord goes before you. He paved the way for you so that trouble won’t trouble you. Pain won’t pain you. Hurt won’t hurt you. Harm won’t harm you. Obstacles won’t hinder you. The Lord goes before you. You have nothing to fear and nothing to worry about!

Don’t let your timeline get in the way of God’s timing. He has the perfect timeframes and He knows what time it is. Trust Him. Everything will happen at the best time!

Pride alienates us from God. When we humble ourselves, we get closer to the heart of the Father. Let’s separate from pride so we can unite with Christ!

Look for love in all the right places. Look for love in Jesus, in His Word, in His promises, in His Spirit, in your relationship with Him, and in everything He does for you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 54:10; Galatians 2:20; 1 John 4:7-8

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 147)

God’s got you in the palm of His hand. His helping hands are busy working for you. Learn to recognize what His helping hands look like.

God will take you through the fire, through the storms, through the winter, through the pain. He will get you through your worst seasons. Don’t try to settle in the rain when He has the sun waiting for you. Stay strong through the fog. Sunny days are coming your way!

Gratitude is the key to (spiritual) success. Turn the key to success every single day. “Thank You , Lord” gets the engine started. Thanksgiving keeps it going. Praise keeps you running.

If it’s stealing your joy, it has to go. If it’s stealing your joy, it has to be dealt with. If it’s stealing your joy, give it to the Lord. If it’s stealing your joy, it has to be arrested. If it’s stealing your joy, God will put it in jail and justice will prevail!

God sings all over you. Melodies from Heaven are all around you. Music on the harp is invading your space. Let God sing His beautiful songs over your life. He will take care of the soundtrack of your life and He will write the lyrics of your beautiful song.

Sometimes life is a steep hill and you need to be pulled up. The Lord is always giving you His hand ready to help you up. Don’t get discouraged by the hills of life. God will always get you to the top.

God is smiling at you. Smile back. Smile when the world wants you to frown. Smile despite the sadness. Smile despite the pain. Smile with the Lord and everything will be alright!

God sees you the way He made you. God sees you through the love that created you. God sees you through the lens of mercy and grace. God sees you. Start seeing yourself through the power of the Word of God. His Word displays the vision He has of you.

Find new words of worship. Find your own words of worship. Exalt the Lord with words from your heart. Find words from your soul. Words that lift up the King with emotions from the depth of your heart.

Be ready to receive from the Lord. Expect more. Expect an avalanche of blessings. Be on the lookout for His mercy. Be prepared for His goodness to dump a river of joy and peace into your life. Be ready to receive from Jesus!

Suggested reading: Numbers 6:24-26; Psalm 20:4; Philemon 1:25