Slow down and listen to God

Years ago before I experienced a spiritual transformation, God told me to slow time. He did not directly tell me to slow down but He showed me the way to a slower pace and to a life where I desired to wait on Him and to seek His face. I had a very busy life like most people but what I didn’t know was that God takes His time and He wants all of us to take our time. God doesn’t rush and He is never in a hurry. I needed to be on the same page. I needed to slow everything down so I could catch up with Him. We can never be on God’s wavelength when we are going too fast and we don’t pause and meditate on Him. I discovered that it was much more important to hear from God than to talk to Him. In order for me to hear from Him, I had to seek His face and be quiet. I decided to get up at 5 am every day so I would have time for Him. In retrospect I now see that it was the Holy Spirit who was instructing me to get up early. This was my way of slowing down. Waking up when everyone was sleeping and when it was very quiet turned out to be a very powerful change in my life. It allowed me to make room for the Lord first thing in the morning. I didn’t have to rush. I just had to spend time in His presence and that habit is still in place today. I get my strength for the day from that precious moment in the morning. Today I want to invite you to slow down and to listen to the Lord. Listening to Him is more crucial than talking to Him. He is God. He is much more interesting than we are. Take the time to tune in and to connect with the Lord every single day. Slow down and walk at His pace. Slow down and listen to what He has to say.

Slowing down may look different for you. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the best way you can slow down. You might not have to wake up early. You might be led to take a break in the morning and isolate yourself. You might be led to turn off all electronics, all noises early in the evening and have an encounter with the Lord that way. You might be led to have “slow time” with God a few times a day. There are perfect ways that work best for you and that is what you should be after. Go after what the Lord wants you to do. If you desire to see a change in your prayer life and in your spiritual life at large, find a way to slow down and be sure that you keep up that habit. Look for what God has for you when it comes to quiet and slow times. Don’t compare yourself with others. You might fall into the trap of comparison that leads to disappointment if you don’t get the same results as other people. The goal is to connect with God in a private setting and to make time for Him on a daily basis. He wants us to listen to Him. He tells us in His Word to seek His face. There is too much noise in the world and it prevents us from seeing God. Slowing down leads to connection that leads to revelation that leads to transformation. Slow down and know that He is God!

What I was also guided to do was to praise the Lord first before being quiet in front of Him. Nowadays, I still praise first from time to time. I rely on the Holy Spirit and my early morning session varies. Most of the time I make noise first before I dive into some deep quiet time. My noise is the praise that shuts up the negative voices of the enemy and that exalts the Lord. Praising first paves the way for the Lord to show up and to make Himself known. He is always around but at times I have to get into the zone so to speak and get connected to His presence. Praise also helps me slow down. Praise focuses on Jesus and it takes away the pressure of the world, the pressure of hurrying up and of being busy all the time. I praise and I slow down. I pray and I slow down. I get quiet and I slow down. I seek the Lord’s face and I slow down. I sit there and I slow down. Friend, slow down every single day and listen to the Holy Spirit. You will get to know Him better and you will recognize His gentle voice. God is hard to hear in the middle of the daily noises that try to catch our attention. Jesus withdrew from the crowds to pray. Do the same thing. Step away from your busy life and spend some quality time with the Lord. It is never a waste of time and it is never in vain. Enjoy a slower pace and God will get louder. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 2:1-5; Mark 4:24; John 8:47

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

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

Change your world one prayer at time

When I found out that Jesus prayed, I was taken aback at first. I had never thought that the Lord needed to pray. He prayed all the time. He isolated Himself and talked to the Father. Did He talk about Himself? Being the Lord you can be sure that He prayed for others. He prayed for the world. When I look in the Word at what the Lord did by dying on the cross and coming back to life, I see a prayer. His ultimate sacrifice was a prayer to the Father for us. He interceded for humanity. He spoke through His actions. His actions were extremely loud. He did what no one had dared to do. He did what no one had been able to do. He said what no one had said before. His declaration through His powerful action wass unparalleled. To this day no one has said a prayer as amazing as His. He prayed by dying and conquering death and His prayer has had lasting effects. Because of His prayer, whoever believes in Him can have everlasting life. His prayer changes the world of those who embrace Him every day. His prayer is a prayer of hope for the world. He saved the world and as we pray in His name, we can touch the world around us for His glory.

Do you pray for your family and friends? Do you pray for the ones in your world? Just like the Lord we are all invited to pray for others. God’s commandment to love others as ourselves is a commandment that implies that we should pray for others and not just for ourselves. God has a message He wants us to share with the world and that is the message of love. Praying for others is evidence that we love others. We ought to be praying for the people around us all the time. I have learned that my prayers should be about listening to the Lord and praying for others more than requests to receive personal blessings. The blessings will come. We are told to seek the kingdom first and all things will be added into us. Praying for others is seeking the kingdom. It’s doing the will of God and spreading His love. The prayers of a fervent believer are powerful. They can do the impossible. They can move mountains. Your prayers, dear friend, can change the world around you. The people you know, the people you see, the people you meet, all need your prayers. You might be the only person that prays for them. You might be the only one who intercedes for them. You might be the only one who cares enough for them to be blessed and to be saved. Don’t underestimate the power of your prayers spoken in the name of Jesus.

What does your community need? What do your friends and family need? They all need Jesus or more of Jesus. They need to meet the Father and to become familiar with the Holy Spirit. You are the key. You are the key the Lord can use to open doors to the broken hearted and to the lost. Pray for them. Pray for anyone you know. Pray for those you barely know. Pray for those who need a miracle today. Pray for those who need their hearts to be healed. Pray for those who need healing. Pray for those who are lost and can’t find their way home because home is a foreign term to them. Pray for restoration. Pray for liberation. Pray for peace. Pray for love. Pray for joy. Pray for people to encounter the Lord and to be on fire for Him. Pray for your world to change for the better. Pray for the needs of your people to be met. Pray for the blind eyes to see. Pray for improvement. Pray for change and God will work on it. Stay steadfast. Don’t give up. Keep on praying. Keep on believing. Your world needs your prayers. Your world needs the Jesus that you are close to. Serve as a liaison between God and the people that desperately want to meet Him. Your prayers have the power and the ability to bring change so keep on interceding and on hoping. You are not doing any of it in vain. May God bless you and protect you and remember that Jesus will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:33; Matthew 26:39; John 15:12

Think outside the box of lies

I often think about how much better my life is now with Jesus. Before Him I was living in a dark box where no light could come in and where there seemed to be no way out. I was in a box of fear, a box of trouble, a box of issues and a box of despair all at the same time. There was not much room in that box. The little space that was available to me was occupied by a lot of negativity. I hated that box. I had to think outside the box and realize that Jesus was there for me. He wasn’t confined to a small space. When you have a “box mentality”, you can’t see Jesus for who He is. You have a narrow vision of Him because of where you are. You are limited in your thinking and in your heart. I had a limited and diminished Jesus in my heart. Like I said, I had to think outside the box and stretch my mind and my heart. Was the Lord around when I was in that mental jail? Absolutely! If He had not been around, I would not have been able to get out of that inferno. Jesus watched over me and He set me free. They say that you find the Lord. I agree. I found the answer to all my questions. I found the answer to all my fears. I found the answer to all my failures. I found the answer to all my troubles. Jesus was the best answer and He will always be the best answer. He is outside the box. He is a box outside the box. His box of principles, wisdom, knowledge and hope is way bigger than the boxes of the enemy. When I found Him, He tore that box open and got me out of my misery. Today I want to encourage you to stretch your thinking and to let it grow so you can see more of Jesus. Step out of the box that is slowing you down. Come out of the box of limitations and step into the box of peace. Jesus is peace and when you focus on Him, you can’t help but see peace, experience peace and live in peace.

There is a box of our thinking. We reside in that box with our thoughts and our ideas. Very often that box is filled with anxiety and stress caused by the overthinking that goes on in there 24/7. We believe a lot of the thoughts that pop at any time. We buy into the lies that come into our heads. That box of lies is powerful especially if we give life to those thoughts by acting on them or by speaking them. We speak lies into our lives and they become our reality. Those limiting thoughts are not what the Lord wants for us. The devil comes only to steal and he is the king of lies. His plan for our lives is not what God has planned for us. We are not meant to live among lies and to live in fear and oppression. I know that when I spend too much time in the box of lies, my faith is damaged and hope dwindles. When we allow the box of lies to become our way of life, we fall into the trap of the enemy head on. We don’t have to live in that box. We don’t have to stay inside the lies. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. When we accept Him as our Savior, we get a new life, our spirit is born again but our mind is still the same. The box is still present and we have to work on it. The Lord gave us the Holy Spirit so we can destroy the box of lies and live outside that box.

As a young Christian, I hit the box of lies with the truth of the Gospel. The Lord’s truth was like a hammer wrecking havoc on the lies of the enemy. I used that hammer on the box like there was no tomorrow. I was hungry for the Word. I was hungry for the truth and the Lord always satisfied me. He fed me and He set me free from bondage and from false doctrines. For many years I made sure that the Word of God was my daily bread. I began to think outside the box of lies and I started thinking inside the box of the Lord. His box had no lid, no corners and no restrictive space. His box was freedom. His box was liberating. I got back into the negative box for some time and then I was shown the truth again. I have been living outside of the box of lies for years now. I am still exploring the box of freedom of the Lord. It is so vast that I can get lost in it and it is absolute bliss. My life with the Lord is my best life and it continues to amaze me and to bless me. Where would I be without Jesus? I would be limited in many ways and I would not understand that there is more to life than the world. There is the Lord. He is life. He is love. He is peace. He is joy. He is my strength. He is my everything. I pray that you come out of any box of negativity you might be in now. Jesus is always the answer. Jesus is always the Savior. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 14:6;  Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23

Forgive yourself

I was watching tv the other day and during a show someone said “Forgive yourself. Those two words resonated in my heart and then the Holy Spirit took over and delivered a message. Forgiving oneself is not easy. It is often thought a necessary step to finding peace. It is a concept that is used in many psychological practices but it is even more profound than we imagine. The Lord said we should love others as ourselves. We should forgive others. That is part of loving others. Now the question is, how much do we love ourselves? We are supposed to love others as ourselves. We can love others based on how much we love ourselves. If we don’t love ourselves much, we won’t be able to love others too much as well. We can think we can but deep down we are not capable of showing a lot of love. For a while I never knew that I needed to love myself. It is so crucial and it is so healing. 

When I got saved, I found out that Jesus loved me and He had died for me. I was touched by this amazing love and I didn’t know what to do with it. I let it be for a while until I had to dig deeper into His love. We can’t fully experience a good Christian life until we have embraced God’s love. When we embrace His love, we are made aware of how much we should love ourselves because God loves us and He has the best tastes in the universe. He loves you and me and everyone you will ever meet in your life. You and I are worthy of love. We are worthy of God’s love. Think about that! There is a lot to love about ourselves and God can show us where to begin to love ourselves. For me it started at the cross. I saw that the cross, this extraordinary representation of love was meant for me. I died at the cross with the Lord. My sins and my iniquities died on the cross. Love hung on that cross for me and I can’t take that lightly. I can’t take the ultimate sacrifice for granted and I felt a need to receive that love and to hold on to it. Jesus is love and He is my Savior. Love saved me. Love touched me so I can touch others with love. 

I decided to take the steps to loving myself because of what the Lord revealed to me. I also realized that the more I would love myself, the more I could love others. Then I discovered that I had to forgive myself if I were to forgive others. When I pray, I ask for forgiveness every day. I also forgive those who have hurt me and I pray for them. The Holy Spirit taught me to be good to myself and to forgive myself. I used to get so mad at myself for some of the things I did. I missed it like they say, all the time. I am human and being saved and filled with the Spirit doesn’t mean that I will not make mistakes and that I will not sin. I once heard someone say that because he was saved he was sinless. That really bothered me. He was basically saying that he was Jesus and there is only one Jesus. No one is exempt from sinning. Forgiveness is a beautiful demonstration of love. Forgiveness is a part of the language of love. Forgiveness is a manifestation of God’s love toward us and if we believe that God forgives us when we ask Him, we ought to forgive ourselves as well. Directing God’s love to ourselves is not being conceited. It’s being a good follower and doer of the Word. 

My prayer is that you get to a point where you can forgive yourself every day. Pray about it. Ask God to help you with the process. You will experience a freedom you had never had before. Forgive yourself as the Lord forgave you. Forgive yourself daily. Don’t give yourself permission to sin daily but forgive yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to help you with whatever you are struggling with. Be gentle with yourself. We can be our worst critics. The Lord is not criticizing you and putting you down. He loves you. He sings all over you and rejoices over you. Thank Him for His love and focus on how powerful it is. Forgive yourself and stay in faith. Unforgiveness can hinder your faith because it hurts your love walk and you need to walk in love in order to walk in faith. Love is the most important force in your life and you have enough of it for others and for yourself. May God bless you and protect you and remember that God will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:14; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13

Jesus is with you in the boat

Last week was pretty rocky. I felt like I was in a boat on a crazy ocean with waves taller than the tallest building in town. I didn’t drown but I thought I might. Problems came from everywhere and I had to stand in my spiritual boat and hold on to the mast. I didn’t want to fall off the boat and I knew what I had to do. I had to remember that I had an anchor. Jesus is my anchor but I was looking at the storm that was causing the waves forgetting that I had the best anchor there is. Jesus stabilized my boat once I calmed down. He made things better and He helped me fall asleep in the middle of the chaos and the confusion. You know how it is when you have a lot of problems and you can’t sleep. Your mind keeps racing and going into all directions. Jesus gave me peace. It was a week of trials but the Lord was the judge and He decided that things were going to be in my favor. Calming down was not easy but the Holy Spirit reminded me that not only is Jesus my anchor, He is also with me in the boat. He is with me when the storm is raging. He is with me as the sun is shining. He stands there and He is not moved by the rocky seas. He is not intimidated by the storm and He is not frightened by the chaos around me. He is always still. He is always calm. When the storm comes and I look at Jesus, He calms the storm. He makes things good again. He acts in my favor and He makes me get through the worst storms. Last week the storm was big but my Lord was bigger.

When things were bad,  I wasn’t alone even though my circumstances were trying to tell me that I was. When things get tough, there is a feeling of loneliness that attaches itself to the problems and that makes things worse. Jesus was with me and I had to hold on to that. What I did was take a step back. I took a step back and looked at my situation. I didn’t want to look at everything from my human perspective. I had to get into faith mode and that’s what happens when I take a step back. What does that look like? I take a step back by letting the Lord take a step forward. I let Him lead the way and show me what I should do and what He wants me to do. I prayed. My step back took place in prayer. I prayed and told the Lord that I couldn’t deal with all that was happening on my own. I thanked Him that He was with me in the boat. My boat was going through some turbulence but the Lord was stable and steadfast. I needed His stability. When Jesus was in the boat with His disciples, He slept. There was a storm but He slept. His reaction when He woke up demonstrated how stable, powerful and sure of Himself He was. He was not scared of the storm. He was not bothered by it one bit and I needed to adopt that attitude. I spoke against the storm in Jesus’ name and I saw a change.

The change that came from the Lord was manifested in me. He changed my perspective. He changed the way I was looking at that storm. He showed Himself bigger than the storm. After I prayed and asked for help, the Lord went to work on me and He gave me peace. All of a sudden, I sensed a peace that was spreading all over my mind and my spirit. It came in gently but it settled in me nicely. That peace could not be defeated and the storm of the problems I was facing didn’t seem so menacing. Jesus was with me and I had all I could ever need. Next time you are going through a storm and your boat is like a rocking chair, cry out to Jesus. Know that He is with you in that boat and He is not going to let you drown. He is your anchor and your helper. He is your protector and your shield. There are no storms too big for Him. Nothing will harm you. Look at your next storm and say “The Lord is with me in this boat. I will not perish and I will not be defeated.” You have an anchor that will keep you in the sea of peace. Stay strong! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 43:2; Luke 8:22-25; Matthew 8:24-27

The apple of God’s eye

God loves you and He adores you. You are the object of His affection and of His powerful love. No one and nothing can ever take that away from you. Be sure to line up your thinking with that truth. Meditate on it every day. Spend time recognizing that you are loved and that you are God’s favorite. We are all God’s favorites and yet He makes it an individual and unique experience. God loves you more than you will ever know but you can know a lot about His love. Pursue His love. Pursue who He is and you will learn more about this ardent and strong love He has for you. He gave His Son for you. He did the impossible for you. He changed the course of history for you. He hung on a cross for you. He died for your sins and for your infirmities. He conquered death for you. He came back from the dead for you. He gave you resurrection power. He sent His Spirit to be with you and to stay in you. He made blessings available to you and they are still here for you. God loves you and you are the apple of His eye. Think about how He sees you. When He looks at you, He sees only you. That is how He makes His love so specific and so individualized. As this new week begins, remember that you are the apple of God’s eye. Remember that He sees you and He loves you. He is going to continue to cherish you and to bless you. God’s love is going to remain with you all week long. God’s love is going to get you through the week. God’s love is going to protect you and shield you. Praise the Lord for His everlasting love for you. His love will never ever change!

When you love someone, you are ready and willing to do anything for him or for her. God’s love will do anything for you. Anything that is in sync with His will. There are thousands of promises in God’s Word and they are all operated by His love if you will. God’s love is the power behind His promises. God’s love is the fuel for all miracles and blessings. God’s love is the reason you are here and the reason why you are going to make it and to succeed in this life. God’s love for you is all set. It is up to you to accept it, to embrace it and to get to know it. You might need to spend some time unlearning some of the things you were taught about God. You are going to need to read His Word and ask His Spirit to reveal God’s love to you. His love is hard to fathom and yet it is very available and it is there for you any time. God’s love has been knocking at the door of your heart for a very long time. When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you welcomed His love into your life. Now you might need to go back to welcoming His love and to host His love in your life. Let His love be in everything you do, everything you think about and everything you talk about. Host His love and you will experience a transformation that you didn’t think was possible. Give God a chance to show you that His love for you is unparalleled, genuine, beautiful and rich.

You are the apple of God’s eye. You mean everything to Him. When I first found out that God loved me in an amazing way, it threw me off. He took all my misconceptions about God and threw them all out the window. I kept looking out that window for a while trying to hang on to all the false ideas about God but His love got the best of me. Once you experience His true love, you can’t settle for less. What I learned was that God’s love could move mountains. It moved the mountains of shame, the mountains of low self-esteem and the mountains of despair that had been sitting in my life. His love gave me hope and it still gives me hope every day. I have learned that I live thanks to His love and everything I experience will be fine because His love will always come to my rescue and it will always back me up. I have also seen how God’s love tracks me and finds me even when I get lost or I go astray. I can’t thank the Lord enough for His love. If you don’t know what to be thankful for or what to praise the Lord about, thank Him for His eternal love. Thank Him because you are the apple of His eye. He loves you so much so you don’t have to worry about anything. If you are going through a difficult time now, hang on to God’s love. His love will set you free and it will deliver you from whatever is trying to destroy you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 54:10;  John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-11

Stand your ground

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). Every time I go through trials and tribulations, I read this verse or I recite it to myself. It is so true and so powerful. We will always have problems. There is no way we can be on this earth without any tribulations. I once heard of a man who asked a pastor to pray that he would never have any problems again. The pastor said “Do you want me to pray that you die?” As long as we are alive, we will have opportunities to exercise our faith while facing the tribulations of life. Jesus said He had conquered the world so while we are waiting for the answer to our prayers, we should keep on standing. We should keep on hoping and keep on believing. The Lord can do all things and He conquered everything that will ever try to destroy us. Whatever you are going through today and whatever will happen tomorrow, do not forget that Jesus conquered the world. The enemy wants you to fall apart and to collapse. He doesn’t want to see any Christians standing. When life gets tough, stand your ground. You are standing on holy ground. You are standing on the Word of God. You are standing on the promises of God. Keep standing. Don’t let those problems shake you. Don’t let them intimidate you. They have been conquered and your faith will make things happen for you. Stand your ground in the name of Jesus. Stay strong and keep going!

A friend and I were saying the other day how easy it is to have faith when all is well. It is a strong message I had received from the Lord years ago and to this day it has been eye opening.. God knows that in our weak moments we need faith and we need Him so He stands by our side. He doesn’t leave. He gives us hints and He gives us signs that show that He is still there. He keeps us going and He keeps us standing. What we need to do in good times and in bad times, is hold on to Him. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus when the sun is shining and when it’s raining cats and dogs. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. His promise that He conquered the world is the same yesterday, today and forever. In the face of adversity, it is very easy to give up but the world with all of its trials and tribulations was defeated. Next time you are in the middle of a crisis, say out loud that Jesus conquered the world and He took care of your problems. Keep saying it and keep believing it. That is how you will be standing your ground. The goal is not to give in to the negative thoughts that come as part of the baggage of trials and tribulations.

Negative thoughts and thoughts of discouragement will come. You can’t avoid them but what you can do is not give them life. As long as you don’t say them out loud and as long as you don’t act on them, you are in good shape. Distract your mind. Fill it with God’s love. Fill it with joy. Fill it with the Word of God. Sing. Shake off the negativity. Do a dance. Dance as a sign of adoration and worship. David danced before the Lord. Dancing for the Lord is more powerful than we think. It is part of worship and it can help us get rid of negative thoughts. When your problems are all you can think about, put something else in front of you. Look at something. Focus on something from the Word of God. Block the negativity with God’s positivity. Dive into the Word. Take a stand against the feeling of despair. Take a stand against what the enemy wants you to experience. Don’t react with emotions. React with God’s motion. God will make you move in the right direction. He will move you into the direction of positivity and hope. Hold on to hope. Hold on to the hope that says that Jesus conquered the world. You are going to be more than ok. You are more than a conqueror. Don’t give up! Stand your ground. The best is yet to come. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: 2 Samuel 6:14-22; Proverbs 31:25; Romans 15:5