What is God building in your life?

Before He started His ministry on earth, Jesus was a carpenter. A carpenter is someone who repairs or makes wooden structures and objects. I love that carpenters make and repair. This concept exemplifies what the Lord does. Jesus is the carpenter of my life. He fixed my life and He made it what it is now. He gave me eternal life. That is what He does. He didn’t just do it for me. He did it for anyone who believes in Him. When He died on the cross, people thought it was the end. It was just the beginning of the structure He was building. He was making something that would last forever and that no one could undo. Jesus built eternal life. He repaired our lives and fixed them with salvation. He redeemed us of our sins and  built a bridge between the Father and us. That bridge of salvation is a structure that we can count on. It is indestructible. Jesus undid death and replaced it with His resurrection. Now, His resurrection power is the permanent structure that lives in us. If you have Jesus, His power lives in you. It is building you up and it is fixing you and making things new. God is at work in your life. If we remain in Him and His words remain in us, He will build something amazing in our lives. What is God building in your life today? He is repairing your life and making a life that is blessed by His presence.

What the Lord is building in you is a powerful structure that relies on His Son. The Lord wants to builds reliance in us. What He is building in our lives requires work on our part and faith. The Lord would never force anything into our lives. We have to agree and we have to believe. We can’t be passive and expect Him to do something good inside of us. That powerful structure of dependence on Jesus can be put together when we take a step of faith and we trust that God is at work in our lives. The process started when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and it continues every single day. Our salvation and our lives with Christ are an ongoing journey. We can help the Carpenter repair our lives by having total faith in Him and by letting Him be the part of us that He should be. We could choose to privilege the world and its ways or we can choose Jesus and let Him develop His mind in us. We can share the mind of Christ as we renew our thinking with His Word and we are in contact with His Spirit. Let’s always choose Jesus. Let’s always choose Jesus over the world. Let’s get to know Him better thanks to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is in us and with us and that relationship can be amazing. The Lord gives us the wood we need and it is up to us to finish the work by leaning on the Spirit and adoring the Lord. Adoration and worship are crucial here. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and in His temple there should be rejoicing and celebration. We are a place of worship that should be active all the time. It is sad when we don’t answer the call and we deprive our temple of praising the Lord. When we do that, we are like a church where the lights are never turned on, Jesus is forgotten and there is no fruit and no progress. God can build a tree of hope inside of us when we keep our hopes in Jesus and we actively engage with Him. The structure of peace and joy the Lord desires for us to have is attainable. It can be made when we spend time in the Word of God, we pray every day, we walk in love, we stay in faith and we exalt the Lord. God is building a wonderful structure of faith, love and hope in you, friend. Give Him permission to place the beam of joy, the joist of love and the structure of faith inside of you. As you rely on God, He will fix what needs to be fixed in your life and He will create a new you. God can build anything and He built you for a time like this so stay in faith and keep on going. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!


Suggested reading: John 15:7; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 John 5:14

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 189)

Let God speak to your heart privately. Set aside time to listen to Him. Give Him time and savor your moments with Him.

“Trust Me, I know what I’m doing” is what the Lord is telling you today. Listen to His voice. Give Him a chance to show you what He can do. Give yourself a chance to get out of your misery as you lean on God in the middle of your troubles.

God’s love in your life is accounted for. There is an unlimited provision of His love for you. It is a done deal. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Embrace God’s love. Let it bless you and protect you.

Faith is like a net you cast in an ocean of blessings. You don’t always know what you are going to get but you know you will get something and it will be very good in Jesus’ name!

At the end of the day God is still on the throne. No matter what you go through, God will see you through. He is still almighty and He is still powerful. Don’t lose hope. Victory is yet to come!

Praise is your remedy. It will heal your body, soul and spirit. Praise Jesus today and every day and you will have the key to freedom and breakthrough all the time.

Save your praises for Jesus. Compliment and encourage the world but praise the Lord and only the Lord. Put Him on a pedestal. Exalt Him. Let Him be bigger than anyone else. All praise belongs to Him!

Jesus the author of your faith holds your future. This means that you are not looking ahead with fear and doubt. You know that your future is in good hands and you have nothing to worry about. The Lord will be there every step of the way and He will always make a way!

God doesn’t think like the world. He knows and understands how the world thinks but His ways are higher than our ways. Pray that the Lord opens the eyes of your understanding and shows you His ways. Pray that you think more like Jesus and less like yourself!

Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy! You can make it and you will make it beautifully in Jesus’ name. The Lord is with you. He will make things happen for you. He will encourage you and help you. Don’t get discouraged. God is on your side!

Suggested reading: Psalm 91:4; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Timothy 2:13

God welcomes you

I remember the time when I was new to Jesus. I didn’t know Him well. I was excited about Him because He sounded so nice and so loving. I needed love. I know we all need love and the love He has to give is like no other. What intrigued me about Him was not only His eternal love but His integrity and His unwavering faithfulness. To me He was this faithful Savior whose love was deeper than the ocean and taller than Mount Everest. There was a giant aspect to Him. Every time I saw something tall or deep, I said to myself that Jesus was taller or His love was deeper. I liked learning about Him but I decided to know Him for myself. I set on a journey to find the real Jesus and to get as close to Him as possible. I didn’t want Him to be a person in a book. His Book was beyond anything I had read but I also understood that there was a real Person from the Book living outside the divine pages. I discovered that He was extremely approachable. He is closer than we think and He watches over us. The faithful loving Savior I was getting to know was very interested in having a relationship with me and that changed my perspective.

The religious Jesus who had been introduced to me slowly faded away as I got closer to the Jesus who loves and who reigns with majesty. I didn’t discard the Word of God. I read it every day but I made sure I talked to Jesus. I made sure I kept the lines of communication open and I gave Him my time. I knocked on His door and asked Him if I could come in. How did I do that? I prayed. It’s as simple as that. I said a genuine prayer. I asked Him to show me the real Him. I prayed for His Spirit to enter my life in a big way. I was honest and I was broken. I needed fixing and He took care of that. God is always so good and so caring. Every time we turn to Him with a sincere heart, He intervenes and He replies. I knocked a few times before I received a response. I think my head got in the way of His reply. He had spoken to me but I was too closed off to hear Him. What I found out is that not only does He love to reply to our prayers but He loves to give us more than we ask.

I asked for a seat at the table of the King so to speak. I asked for a corner seat so I wouldn’t be in the way and so that more important people could be seen. Everyone is important to the Lord. There are no front seats at His table. There is no VIP section and there is no protocol. We all have the same seats. We all have the same access to the King. He didn’t give me a small seat on the side like I thought He would. He sat me front and center where everyone else sits and He welcomed me with open arms. Jesus doesn’t reject anyone. I have learned that through the years. He has taught me that everyone who has walked the earth and who will walk the earth is welcome. He loves every single one of us. The King of Kings adores you and me. Once we get ahold of that truth, we can sit at His table and enjoy the feast before our eyes.

Today I want to reiterate that Jesus welcomes you all the time. He wants to spend time with you and He desires for you to get to know Him better. He wants to be closer than a brother. He wants you to understand that you are in His heart and He would do anything for you. He has a wonderful seat for you at His table and there are amazing dishes waiting for you. In His presence, you will find the water of peace, manna from Heaven, the fruit of the Spirit, and food for your soul such as peace and joy. There is plenty for you to enjoy. His lavish table is meant to show you how much He cares about you. Sit with Him every day. Spend time with His Spirit. Become intimate with the Lord. Adore the Father. Rejoice over the Son. You can get to know God more and you can have the confidence that He will always welcome you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 23:5; Luke 22:30; Romans 15:7

God is greater

When I overthink and I spend time focusing on the negative, bad things seem so huge. I lose sight of God but fortunately the Holy Spirit brings me back to His reality and He reminds me that greater is the Lord that is in me. Greater is the Lord that is in me than the devil that is in this world.*That is what the Bible says. That is what the Lord Himself declares. Next time your mind blows the devil out of proportion, take control of your mind but reminding yourself that greater is the Lord in you. Take an inventory of everything that is bad in your life and push God’s truth against that list. Say “Greater is the Lord that is in me than the bills that are piling up in front fo me.” You can also say “Greater is the Lord that is in me than the anxiety that is fighting against me.” Anything that is bad and evil is not greater than Jesus. Jesus died on the cross and conquered death. The enemy, the devil is under the umbrella of death. He was defeated. Jesus in you is greater! You have nothing to worry about. The enemy might be blowing fear into your heart but the One who is sitting in your heart is more powerful. Give the Lord a chance to dominate your heart, your feelings and your emotions. You can do that by proclaiming that He is bigger and greater that anything that is against you.

So many strongholds are formed in our minds when we keep rehearsing bad scenarios and when we dwell on our problems. Nothing can get resolved when we visit our problems over and over again. They can appear bigger and they can foster other problems that did not exist in the first place. When we are aware of how powerful the Lord and we get ahold of that truth, we are on the right path. Now the goal is to use that truth and not let it sit in us. It has to be expressed and it has to be sustained. Greater is the Lord that is in us but the enemy is relentless and he knows that if he can weaken our minds and glorify himself in our heads, he has won the battle. He has not won. Jesus won. As bad as things may seem, they can be reversed and they can be changed by our Lord almighty. There is a lot of peace in the Lord and His peace can transform all situations. When things are not going well and my head feels like it’s going to explode, I call on the peace of the Lord. I understand the importance of calming the storm within so I can better deal with the problems that I am facing. Problems have a way of paralyzing our thinking and our bodies but when God’s peace enters the scene, hope is set in motion again. God’s peace is greater than the confusion and the chaos of the enemy. Ask for peace. You will get stronger and your faith in God being greater will increase.

Are we willing to believe God or are we going to buy into the enemy’s lies? His lies like I implied earlier, magnify him and they can be intimidating. God is the One who intimidates the devil. The devil doesn’t want you and me to discover that truth. Remember that Jesus destroyed the plans of the enemy on the cross. It is a done deal and whoever believes it will reap the benefits. There is a harvest of blessings that come from trusting that greater is the Lord in you than the enemy that is in the world. Go for the biggest harvest you can get. Go for healing. Go for debt cancellation. Go for peace. Go for joy. Go for blind faith. Go for the impossible. Greater is the Lord that is in you and the enemy can’t stop you because you are filled with the love that changes the world. Friday night might be here now and you can’t see how you will make it to Sunday but you have the One who bridges the gap between life and death so your Sunday is coming. Rejoice. Jesus is greater than any problems you might face. Stay encouraged and keep standing in faith. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: 1 John 4:4*; 1 John 5:4; Ephesians 6:12-13

God brought you this far

God brought you this far. He is not going to let you down. He is not going to drop you. He is not going to leave you stranded. He will finish the good work He started in you. He will finish the good work in your life. Don’t give up! God is still working with you. God is still working on your situation. Keep the faith! There are some great things coming your way because God is making a way where you thought there was no way. It sounds cliche but it also sounds like Jesus. That is what He will always say. He will always say that He is way, the truth and the life. When you have Him, you always find your way out of trouble. You always have hope of better days. Those better days are not too far. Hold on a little longer. Show your faith longer. I understand that obstacles and hurdles seem to be all over the place and you can’t see good things in your future. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean that they are not ahead of you. Jesus has gone before you and He has laid out everything you need and He will provide for you. Don’t look at what you don’t have. In Him you have all you need. There are blessings today that might be invisible to you but with faith they can be revealed. God is by your side and He is going to take you places you had never thought existed. He brought you this far and He will guide you to a destination that is so peaceful and so good that it will blow your mind and surpass your understanding. God is not done blessing you. He is not done carrying you!

When I look back and see how far I have come I can’t help but thank the Lord. He is the One who has made so many things possible in my life. I have a better awareness of His work in my life and of His plan. Good things in my life have not been coincidences or luck. It’s been Jesus all along and He is here to stay. I know that when things get complicated and difficult, we are under the impression that God is done. We feel like He has left and He has moved on to other people. That is not how God is. In His Word He promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He also said that He was the same yesterday, today and forever. Your future is still in His hands. Your present is blessed by His presence. God doesn’t give up. God doesn’t turn around when He sees difficulties on the way. He destroys what tries to destroy us. God has the ability to do the incredible and to do the less expected. Faith connects us to Him and it gives us the hope and confidence that God is sovereign all the time. Express your faith today. Tell yourself that God is still God and that He has brought you this far and He will get you to the finish line. There is nothing to fear and nothing to be worried about. Worry won’t move you forward. It will always stall you and hurt you.

I have no idea what you are going through today. I am telling you to keep the faith and you might think that it is a tall order. You feel like you have given your best to this thing called faith and you have run out of it. Look to Jesus. He is the author of your faith. Faith is in His power, His truth, His love, His abilities, His sovereignty, and His omnipotence. You are not trying to have faith in your ability to make things happen. Your faith is exalting the One who died for the world and who came back to life. Revive your vision of Jesus. Go back to His Word. Read about Him. Read Him. Revisit Him. Relearn Him. He is the deliverer, the ruler of the universe and the King of kings. He wants you to stay in fellowship with Him and trust that your journey is not over. He is with you on the journey and He created this journey for you. Think about that! He made this plan just for you and He will see it through. You have made it this far thanks to Jesus and He is going to help you finish this amazing adventure. Keep your hopes up. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!


Suggested reading: Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13, 1 Peter 5:10

Reassurance

How reassuring it is that God is always in control even when we don’t know what to do! He knows what to do all the time and He can do it the impossible all the time. We can have the blessed assurance that in our worst times God can help us and He can bless us. If I didn’t have the Lord, I don’t know where I would be. I would be living a life where panic were constant and where confusion were dominant. God reassures us. He does it in His Word. If you need to be comforted today. If you need reassurance, open the Word of God. Our Bibles gather dusts sometimes. We think that memorized scriptures are enough. They help and they can save lives but the Lord has something to say to you and me today. We can hear Him by opening His Word and letting the conversation begin. We should let Him guide us in His Word and show us where we should go. I have found my way through a path of comfort and reassurance many times when I have yielded to the Spirit of God.

How do we yield to the Spirit for reassurance? We have to remember that the Word of God was inspired by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit will never contradict His Word. Now, that doesn’t mean that our understanding of the Word can’t contradict the Spirit of God. Sometimes we believe that we know how to interpret the Word and if anything goes against our interpretation, we say that it goes against God. We need wisdom and revelation from God to understand His Word and we shouldn’t merely rely on our understanding. That is how wars were started and discrimination ruled nations. God knows His Word more than anyone else so we should ask Him to open our spiritual eyes to the truth of His Word so we are not misled. One of the powerful truths of the Word is that God is a comforter and He will always encourage us and reassure us.

I love reading the Psalms. David and the other authors of the Psalms are very good at describing God as our refuge and our fortress. It is so reassuring and it is very uplifting. I often turn to the Psalms for reassurance. I find peace in that book and I sense God’s protection when I read it. God is our shield and He is our tower of protection. This means that He protects us against the attacks of the enemy and He can also protect us from ourselves when are minds are going wild and doubt and fear dominate us. God can knock down fear with a few words. He can remove doubt with a few encouraging words. His Word is filled with encouragement that can ban the lies of the enemy from entering our hearts and from creating havoc. The power of the Word of God is greater than we imagine and it is that power that will give us the reassurance we need to face the day. Dive into the Word every day and you will have spiritual immunization to face the darts of the enemy and to stay strong spiritually and emotionally. 

I find a lot of comfort and reassurance when I pray because the Holy Spirit reminds me of God’s goodness. I get quiet during prayer time so I can hear the love of God speak and so His peace can lift up my spirits. If the Lord were to sit down with you today, He will shower you with His love through His words. He will reassure you and tell you that you have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. He would describe what He is doing in your life that you can’t see. He would talk about the angels that He has placed around you. He would encourage you to stand the course and trust that He can do all things. He would tell you that the best is yet to come and the present is where He wants you to be now. He would talk about how His love will always make a way for us and how He is holding you in the palm of His hand. He would sing over you and declare victory over your life because He died for your life. God is still in control and His reassurance is still available today. Open your Bible. Pray to God. Trust His protective hands and enjoy your life with Him. You have nothing to worry about! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 46:1; Psalm 62:8; Hebrews 4:16

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 188)

Be sad for the world when it’s hurting but don’t let that sadness prevent you from being the light of the Lord. You are the light Jesus can use to bring joy and peace into this world. Shine for the Lord!

The little you might have today doesn’t compare with the abundance you will have in the future. The Lord is taking you to a place of wealth. Spiritual, emotional and physical wealth. Trust that God will provide all your needs and you will dwell in the land of abundance.

Keep smiling! The day might not be going the way you want it to go but the Lord is watching over you and He is not leaving you. That is reason enough to smile. The enemy wants you to cry but keep smiling. God is on your side!

God is good at everything so let Him be part of everything. Invite Him I to every corner of your day. Make room for Him in everything you say. Let Him handle the affairs of your life. Let Him show you how much He cares about every part of your life!

Your biggest problem is not a burden to God. Your biggest trial is not a hurdle to God. Your biggest tribulation is not a struggle to God. Your biggest pain is not an affliction to God. Ask God for help with your circumstances because to Him nothing is too big and nothing is impossible!

Storms will always come and sometimes they show up without any warning. The Lord knows how to calm any storm and if you trust Him, He will calm the storm in you first. His peace will help you weather any storm and you will find the victory in Him!

Be happy wherever you are even when you are in a bad spot. Don’t rejoice over the bad place you are in but be joyful because the Lord is always with you. He will transform your bad environment into a land of peace!

Those who walk by faith, walk in peace. Those who walk by faith, walk in love. Those who walk by faith, walk with a smile. Those who walk by faith can be tripped but they get up and keep walking. Those who walk by faith, walk with Jesus. Join the walk of faith today! March down the streets of hope as you keep your eyes on the promises of the Lord.

The Lord supplies so much. He is a non-stop River of love. Jump into His river. Jump into His love. You will never lack anything. You will never be lonely. You will never be restless. God supplies our needs according to His riches in glory. His love gives with no end!

Many are the roadblocks on our journey but the Lord goes before us and He removes them one by one as we stay in faith. Look at your next roadblock as an opportunity to build up your faith and to stay strong!

Suggested reading: Psalm 32:7-8; Proverbs 10:18; Luke 12:25-26

Sit down with God

I recently started a new job that I am enjoying so far. I can see that there is potential for me to be absolutely in love with this job and I thank God for it. With this new job comes a salary reduction. The other day my mind was very active and thoughts of how my new salary might affect my lifestyle a little bit popped into my head. I was tired so my head went places it shouldn’t go especially because I have a Savior who is more than enough. I was thinking about how my job is my source of income and I needed to supplement my revenue. However, when I got into prayer, the Lord beautifully told me to change my thinking and to remember that He is my source of income. He is my source for everything and when I have that mentality, peace settles in my mind and I have a much more positive outlook. It is so true. The Lord is my source and He supplies my needs according to His riches in glory. At the end of the prayer, the Holy Spirit gave me a very interesting invitation. He said deep down inside, “Sit down with the Lord. Take a seat and be still with Him.”

I loved that invitation so much! The Lord is still and calm all the time. He is composed and in control. He is never hyperactive and He never panics. He is the perfect role model when it comes to calmness and serenity. God knows everything that is going on everywhere and yet He never gets upset and He never loses His cool. He is the King of patience and the King of hope. His invitation the other day was a gentle request to take the time to be with Him and to be like Him. We get so frantic about some life events that we forget that God goes about things in a totally calm way. I sat down with God. I prolonged my prayer and just sat there. I took the time to know that He is God. I took the time to be silent and to contemplate the stillness and the beauty of the Lord. I sat down and listened. I sat down and relaxed my overactive mind. I sat down and enjoyed the company of the Lord. I sat down and smiled. I sat down and slowed down. I sat down and everything seemed to be alright. I sat down and gave God a chance to work in me and to do a wonderful work I couldn’t do on my own. Sit down with God, friend. Slow down. Embrace the moment with Him and just be. No need to move around in a frenzy. Take the time to be with the Father. Take the time to be a child of the Father. Take the time to receive love from the Father. Sit down with Him!

As I sat there, a lot of great memories flooded my mind. The Lord took me down memory lane and reminded me of His goodness in my life. He pointed out the times when He had intervened in my life and how He has always provided. He has always been there. He was there before I was aware of His existence. He was there when I was nowhere to be found and I was millions of miles away from Him living a life of rebellion. He was there when I was happy and when I was down. That great moment when I was sitting down and being still with Him was a reminder that He has provided more than I could imagine. He has been by my side and He has taken care of me. God has sat down with me to calm me down when I didn’t know what to do. God has held me in His arms when I didn’t know how to feel better. God has carried me in His arms when life was too dangerous for me to navigate on my own. God has sat down next to me and watched me fall asleep when loneliness was getting intense. He sits with all of us. He invites all of us to sit down with Him and appreciate His kindness and His gentleness. Friend, sit down with God today. Take a break from your hectic day. Sit down and seek His face. Sit down and thank Him for being there for you. Sit down and know that He is always God and He will always supply your needs. Sit down with God and

He will whisper words of comfort and words of encouragement to your heart. Enjoy moments of peace with God every day. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you. 

Suggested reading: Psalm 63:1; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 11:28-30

God sings over you

I have mentioned before how I sometimes hear songs in my head. Songs that don’t exist. Songs that warm my heart because they come with so much joy and peace. They are songs dedicated to Jesus and sometimes they are just melodies that keep me calm. Melodies that have no lyrics but I know they are about Jesus. The other day I was sitting in my kitchen getting ready to have some one on one time with the Lord when I heard a very beautiful melody. It was just so incredible. I wish I could have recorded it. When I started praying, the Lord told me that He sings over us and that melody was an example of that. He loves each and every one of us and He sings over us and about us. His songs are extremely beautiful. They are a reflection of what He thinks about us. To Him we are the most important person in the world. Each and every one of us matters to Him greatly and He looks at us with oceans of love.

We can’t know the depths of these oceans because if we did, we would drown in His love. At times I wish I could be carried away by God’s love and just float on His mercy and grace. We don’t have to go far to find His love. We don’t have to be special to experience His love. We just have to believe that when He says He loves us, He means it. God is a God of His word and He is faithful. Nothing we can ever do can separate us from His love. He will always sing over us and He will always rejoice over us. Now, if you know you did something wrong or if you feel guilty about a sin in your life, know that God will forgive you. Don’t let guilt and shame keep you away from God. Repent and let go of what is distancing you from God. Repent and trust that God has forgiven you. Repent and ask for help so that sin doesn’t keep causing you to fall and stumble. God loves you and that’s all there is to it!

Think about the best songs and the best melodies you have ever heard. Combine them and multiply them by a thousand and you still won’t be able to duplicate the joyful songs that the Lord sings over you. I think that if we had more faith in how much God loves us, we would have a stronger walk with Him and we would be able to face life more easily. There is no power greater than God’s love. The most sophisticated weapons are not stronger than God’s love. The most desperate situations are not bigger than God’s love. The most debilitating circumstances are not stronger than God’s love. God’s song about you is an expression of a love that has no end and that can’t fail. Learn to embrace God’s love for you. Accept the work that Jesus did on the cross. Accept the resurrection power of the Lord. That power lives in you and it has been placed in you by God’s love. His song about you echoes what He did for you and it depicts the greatest sacrifice that has ever taken place. That sacrifice was because of you. Jesus had you in mind. Jesus did it all for you. Thank Him for His outstanding love. Thank Him for not ever changing His love for you. Thank Him for the songs He sings about you. Thank Him for rejoicing over you.

If you could hear the lyrics of the songs the Lord sings about you, you would be amazed. You would be in awe. You would be in tears. The extreme beauty of His love for you would pierce you and enter the depth of your being. It would be such a wonderful experience that you would never be able to see yourself in a dark light. You are a ray of sunshine according to the Lord. Think about it! He rejoices over you! The Lord Almighty is excited about you. He gets to spend every day with you and your company makes Him joyful. Sing back to Him. Sing over Him. Rejoice over Him. Show Him that you love Him and you appreciate Him. Use the best words your heart can come up with and direct them to the Lord. Let Him hear how delighted you are to be in His presence. Be confident that His love is permanent and keep that truth in the middle of your heart. The Lord is singing about you as we speak. Smile and enjoy His singing. God so loved you that He gave His only Son for you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 18:19; John 10:10

Count on God

I wrote a nugget of wisdom the other day about how great God is and how He can handle anything. Our biggest problems are not a burden to God. He is not afraid of anything that comes our way. He is never shocked and He is never intimidated by anything. It baffles my mind to think that the worst news I have ever received was not something that puzzled God. Bad news always takes me by surprise and it is hard to shake. God knew it was coming and He has never lost His cool. He has never said that He couldn’t face my circumstances and He had to take a leave of absence. The way God is in the Bible is always the same. He never changes. He is as almighty as He ever was. He is as powerful as He ever was. God will always be God no matter what is going on in our lives. What does that mean for our lives? It means that when things are bad, God can still make things right. It means that God can change the worst situations and those situations can never change Him. They might twist God’s reality in our heads and make us think that God is not in control anymore. That is a lie. The enemy wants us to believe that God is nowhere to be found when the going gets tough. Today I want to encourage you to count on God even in the middle of your worst nightmare. Count on God on the good days and on the bad days. He will never let you down.

Counting on God implies faith and it implies that we are not going to bend and we are not going to break under pressure. We are human so things can get to us but when we put faith between us and what is happening to us, we come out victorious. When we put Jesus between our trials and ourselves, we come out victorious. When we let the Bible be the authority in our lives even when problems are piling up, we come out victorious. When we stand our ground on the promises of the Lord even when the storms are raging, we come out victorious. We can count on God all the time. My suggestion is that you get used to counting on God for the small things. Count on Him in your everyday life. Count on Him to bless you and protect you. He said He would follow you and cover you. Count on Him for that. He said that He would listen and answer when you knock. Count on Him for that. He said that no weapon formed against you shall prosper so count on Him for that. He gave His life for you so you could have eternal life so count on Him and know that you have eternal life in Him. Count on Him all the time. Call on Him. Let His name never depart your lips even when you are under attack. He will always fight your enemies for you.

When you find yourself at the bottom of a pit and you can’t see your way out, you can still count on God. It is amazing how dependable the Lord is. He will move Heaven and earth to get you out of that pit. All He needs is your faith and you reliance on Him. He will create a miracle to get you out of the pit. He will invent what doesn’t exist just so you can get out of the pit. He will soften the blows of the enemy and make you life better. He will show you that there is so much more in this life for you than the enemy talks about. You are going to go from glory to glory thanks to Jesus. You can count on His incredible love. His love will carry you and set you free. You can count on His powerful peace. His peace will allow you to walk though the darkest valleys and not be afraid. You can count on His invigorating joy. His joy will be your strength and it will give you the ability to remain strong. Keep your hope in the Lord. Count on Him no matter what. He will get you through anything. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 118:6; Jeremiah 1;19; Romans 8:31-39