Be bold and courageous

When you rely on God and you live your life through Him, you gain a new boldness and courage. God expands your personality so to speak. He stretches out the good in you and lets it shine. The fruit of the Spirit can be seen in your life. You get a daily dose of Jesus’ love, peace and joy and you share it with the world. You get a fire in your spirit and if you keep it going, it will take you places you never knew you could reach. You will visit aspects of your personality that are new and pure. Those enhanced aspects are the results of the new birth in Christ and the daily maintenance of the birth is crucial. It’s not that we have to maintain our being saved. It is a done deal but we have to live according to the Lord and enjoy the great benefits of life in Him. We can’t be born again and live the way we used to live when Christ wasn’t our Savior. Unfortunately it happens way more often than you think. It happened to me. I got saved, I thought I was following the Lord and I did for a while but then I was mostly following my own version of being saved and Christ wasn’t necessarily the center. I didn’t carry my cross and followed Him. I carried a made up cross and followed Him at times when it was convenient. Living with Christ is not always convenient and it is never about us. It’s about Him. He gives us boldness. He gives us courage. When we remain in Him and He remains in us, we become lions of the Lord. We become bold Christians who love unconditionally and who stand for what’s right in the name of Jesus.

Boldness and courage go hand in hand. They are the willingness to take risks, to act innovatively and to do things that could frighten us. The thing is, with the Lord we become bold and courageous because we know there is nothing to fear and nothing to worry about. When we stand on the Lord and our faith is focused on Him, we can be bold and we have the courage to live this life with peace. It’s not that we are strong within ourselves. The Lord is our strength. We can walk the Christian walk and talk the Christian talk without fear. We can keep going despite the traps of the enemy and we can stand up again after a fall. It doesn’t mean that we don’t fail at times and that we don’t have difficulties. It means that through it all we are strong and courageous and we dare to believe even when the enemy is taunting us. Friend, you have boldness in you. You have courage. Let them come out as you fix your eyes on Jesus. The spirit He gave you is powerful. Don’t let yourself be intimidated by your circumstances. You are a lion or a lioness of the Lord. Roar with faith. Show that you know that greater is the One that is in you than the devil that is in this world.

There is nothing to fear and nothing to worry about. It’s easier said than done but I can guarantee you that when you make Jesus the Lord of your life every day and in everything, you will not fear and you will not worry. Let Him be your “all in all.” Let Him be the King and the ruler of your life. Follow Him. Focus on Him. Pray to Him. Be close to Him. Adore Him. Worship Him. Read Him in His Word. Be His witness. Connect Him to your world. Carry your cross and keep your eyes on Him as you walk on this journey. Let His words become your words. Let His Spirit influence your spirit. Let love be your native tongue. Let His peace that surpasses all understanding surpass your understanding. Embrace His joy and you will have strength. Be humble. Be patient. Be loyal. Be faithful. God’s boldness and courage will become a big part of your life. You will speak up for Jesus and you will speak up for love. You will walk in the valley with confidence and you will climb the mountains with hope. My prayer is that you are as bold and as courageous as the Lord intended you to be. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Joshua 1:9; John 15:7; 2 Timothy 1:7

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 194)

Run your own race. Stay in your lane. The Lord made you unique and He has a unique path for you. Don’t try to be someone else. Be all you can be in Christ and you will be just fine!

Declare that there is no limit to what God can do in your life. Believe in the God of the impossible. Stretch your faith. Expect the unexpected. Trust and rely on the One who can part the seas in your life. Nothing is too hard for God!

There is one way out of your problems today and His name is Jesus. He will always make a way where there seems to be no way. There is no way the Lord is not going to prevail today. Trust His ways. He will show you the way to victory. Stay encouraged!

Start your day with prayer. It will wake up your spiritual life and set you on a path of victory. Pray before your mind preys on you. Let the Spirit of God in you reminds you of the truth that today is going to be a great day in the name of Jesus!

God’s love is the anchor you need to help you navigate through this life. His love keeps you grounded and it keeps you safe. Count on His love. Count on His faithfulness. God’s love doesn’t break His promises!

When you let God have control of your life, He will do amazing things for you. He will paint your life in colors that you didn’t know existed. He will make things look so beautiful and He will make the beauty in you stand out. God made you an amazing individual and He created colors just for you. Embrace the colors of love of the Lord for you!

There needs to be opposition for faith to grow. Your trials today will help you build resistance and resilience. Stay strong and keep believing that Jesus paid the price for your victory. Keep praying. Keep praising. Keep rejoicing. You are stretching your faith!

When you run out of hope, remember that Jesus the King of hope never runs out of power. His love for you never runs dry. His ability to bless you never fades. His promises never become lies. His Word never fail!

Today is going to be an awesome day because it is the day the Lord has made. Stay positive by declaring that God is with you and no weapon formed against you shall prosper. God’s got you in the palm of His hand all day!

Pray for an increase of peace in your life. God is good and He gives good things. Amazing peace will settle in your heart and it will calm the storm in your mind. Stay strong in the Lord!

Suggested reading: Romans 14:1; Hebrews 11:1; James 1:3

The present link

For a long time I was missing something. I was saved but I just wasn’t quite where I needed to be. I was trying to connect with God but a missing link was apparent. The problem was that I didn’t know what the missing link was. I had a Bible, I went to church and I prayed. My prayers were a bit robotic and church wasn’t too thrilling. I had a dull Christian life. Nothing was too exciting and nothing really moved me. I saw people in church who appeared to have something I didn’t have. For a while I felt like a “low class” Christian. I felt like I didn’t fit in and I didn’t belong. I was missing the link that allowed the other Christians to be connected to life in Jesus. I was missing Jesus. I knew about Him but I didn’t acknowledge Him in all I did. He was more of a historical figure than anything else. He was a lifeless figure who came alive when other people talked about Him. My Jesus was empty so to speak and I set out to discover the Jesus who gives life and who is full of hope. I can’t say that I put a lot of effort into it but one thing I can say is that when I humbled myself and I renounced some of the things that were standing in the way of knowing the Lord, things changed. I will never forget how the Lord shook my world and revealed Himself to me. Looking back I can see that because I took one step closer to Him, He marched right into my life and transformed it. Jesus was the missing link. I had been overlooking how important it was to have a relationship with Him and how crucial the Holy Spirit was.

Dear friend, today I want to encourage you to hold on to Jesus, the present link. He is not missing and He is not deserting you. Don’t see Him as the God who is far far away. That was my issue for many years. I didn’t understand that God was with me and that Jesus was a friend who is closer than a brother. If you are going through the process of identifying the present link, spend time learning about the Holy Spirit. Read what Jesus has to say about His Spirit and spend time in the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit is an awesome Person who represents and glorifies Jesus. You need Him to link up with the Lord. You need Him to do everything that the Lord has called you to do. Recognize that He is ever present and that He lives in you. Yes, friend, the Bible clearly states that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Take care of His temple. Invite Him into your life. He is there but He won’t barge in and take control. He is gentle and He is waiting for you to accept Him and to adopt Him. You are going to have the best time of your life once you engage with the Holy Spirit every day. The link is in you. Use it and enjoy a powerful relationship with Jesus!

A link attaches two things, two people. You are attached to God thanks to Jesus. His Spirit makes sure that you stay connected to the Father. It is the most encouraging thing I have known. We don’t have to live in fear that we will be disconnected from God. The link is solid and the connection is permanent. Our minds make us believe that God detaches Himself from us. We are the ones who walk away from Him. He stays with us. You are linked to the creator of the universe. You are linked to the God of miracles. You are linked to the King of hope. You are linked to the King of kings. You are linked to the One who conquered death. You are linked to the One who makes the impossible possible. Jesus is the ever present link. You are extremely blessed, friend. Enjoy your connection. Celebrate the link to the Father. Stay strong in your faith and live your life with the awareness of the Holy Spirit in you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!


Suggested reading: Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Jesus is the way

Where there seems to be no way, Jesus makes a way. Think about how the world was before the Lord came in the flesh and died for us. There was no way out of eternal turmoil. We needed salvation. We needed deliverance. We needed peace. We needed love to win against the evil in the world. Jesus came and made a way. No one else could do what He did. He conquered death. He conquered the world. He came and changed the course of history. Jesus made a way for us to the Father. He came and reconciled the world with the Lord. He came and became the bridge for the gap that had set us apart. He came and He sacrificed Himself so we could have life in abundance. He came and He gave us life. Jesus made a way when there was no hope for peace, no hope for freedom, no hope for a change in the world. Today I am here to tell you that Jesus is still making a way. You might be stuck. You might be lost. You might be depressed and discouraged. You might not see a way out but Jesus is the way. He is the way out of your suffering. He is the way out of your mental jail. He is the way out of your nightmare. Let Him wake you up and show you the way. There is a way for you and it is made possible by the Savior of the world. Jesus is making a way for you today. Follow Him out of your misery. Let Him lead you to a place of peace. Let Him show you the way.

I have gone through seasons when there seemed to be no way. I have experienced terrible winters in the middle of summer. I have seen storms come out of nowhere and all I could do was pray and hope for the best. All I could do was get on my knees and cry out to God. Since I have become a closer friend to the Lord, my cries out to Him have become part of my routine but they are not desperate. My heart cries out and knows that I am being heard. Jesus comes to my rescue. Jesus through His amazing Spirit, reminds me that He is the way. He tells me that my prayers are not in vain and He has already answered them. There is a new confidence that comes with faith. When we have faith that the Lord hears us, we can sleep at night even when there is a tornado in the making. Jesus can still calm the storms and I have learned that He will always make a way through the worst weather conditions when we hold on to Him and we lift Him up. My reflex is praise. I praise the One who is my way out. I start praising Him more when the enemy starts pressuring me. I do praise Him all the time. Friend, don’t wait until things get more complicated in your head. Turn on the switch of praise. Recognize the source of your deliverance. Declare that Jesus is still the way today. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make a way out.

Jesus is definitely still the way today. He said that He was the way, the truth and the life. We are all set. We have the answer to all our problems. We have the solution. We have the win. We have the power to make it. Jesus is the way we need today and tomorrow. Let’s stay strong in Him. Let’s keep our eyes on the way out. Let’s celebrate His love for us and let’s keep Him up on a pedestal. Jesus will make a way where there seems to be absolutely no way. Meditate on that. What does that mean for your life? How is that making a difference today? The world will tell you that you won’t make it. The world will want you to give up. The Lord wants you to rejoice and to see the Way. The Lord will show you the victory and He will carry you to the finish line. There is a way, friend. Jesus will always be the way. Don’t lose hope. Gain faith. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 10:9; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:18

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 193)

Pray every day. Pray and know that He is God. Pray and rejoice that He is your God. Pray and trust that He is still God. Pray and believe that He will always come through for you. Pray and stay in peace because He is the God who never changes!

Greater is the Lord that is in you than the enemy that is in the world. Jesus can change anything. The power to change anything is in you. Rely on the Lord in you and doubt the enemy that is in the world. Greater is the truth in you than the lies that are in the world!

Nothing can stop the Lord from blessing you. It doesn’t matter what you are going through, the Lord will see you through and bless you more than you expect. Expect Jesus!

God will remove what is bothering you and replace it with something that will bless you and help you. God knows what you are going through and He can change the worst circumstances. Believe His helping hand. Believe He can change anything. Stay encouraged!

Praying with faith is pushing God’s power into impossible situations and expecting things to change even when all seems lost.

Only Jesus can quench your spiritual thirst. Only can Jesus can bless you beyond your expectations. Only Jesus can give peace that surpasses understanding. Only Jesus has perfect and healing love. Only Jesus deserves your unwavering worship!

God is everywhere and He is always present. Wherever you go, He is there with you. Whatever you do, He is there watching over you. Thank God everywhere. Trust God everywhere. He will never leave you nor forsake you!

Stay in a position of expectation and hope. Stay focused on Jesus. Stay focused on His truth. Expect the best God has to offer. Hope for His best. The best is yet to come in Jesus’ name!

Pursue the Lord with all your heart. Get to know Him. Become close to Him. Seek His face. Seek His kingdom. Follow Jesus. Stay in His Word. Run after His love and you will walk in peace!

Suggested reading: John 10:28-30; Acts 4:10-12; 1 John 4:15

The power of God

How powerful is God? Will we ever be able to know? I don’t think that anyone can understand the magnitude of the power of God but we can get glimpses of it and we can experience it. How come we don’t see the power of God in action a lot? Does it mean His power has dwindled? Does it mean He is less powerful? God can’t change. His power is the same as it was in the Bible. Jesus couldn’t perform many miracles in His hometown because of people’s lack of faith. People doubted Him and didn’t welcome Him. The same is happening with the power of God. There isn’t that much faith in it. A lot of people believe in the “power” of social influencers more than they believe in the power of God. In some Christian circles, the power of God is talked about as a thing of the past. In other circles, the power of God is regarded as something that is reserved for the chosen few. There are many scenarios where God’s power is not trusted or not known. We need God’s power. We need it not only for our lives but we need it to be able to serve Him and touch other people’s lives. God’s power is as alive and well just like Jesus is alive and well. Sometimes we understand that Jesus is alive but we don’t associate Him with power or we give Him limited power. He is almighty. He is all powerful. He can do all things. Today I want to encourage you to meditate on the power of God. Let it become real in your mind and in your spirit. Develop faith in it and you will see it manifest in your life.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is Your kingdom. We adore You as the One who is over all things.”* This verse is a great declaration. It should be added to our prayers. We should say it and hear it often. Remember that faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. Expose your mind to the truth that is in that verse. Let it sink in. See it as a declaration to God and as a reminder to yourself that you serve a great God. Personalize it and say “I” instead of “we.” Tell God you adore Him and tell Him that you know He is big, He is great and He is invincible. The adjective “invincible” is a great word to describe God. It means that no one and nothing can conquer God. No one can defeat Him. Keep that word on the front burner and use it as often as possible. When things get tough, you will be reminded that your problems can’t prevail against God because He is invincible. He has the power to fix anything and to remove any difficulties.

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”** When we are weak, the Lord is still strong. His power can be seen when we are weak. Have you ever experienced God’s power in your life at a time when all seemed lost? His power seems even more amazing because He takes care of something that appeared to be hopeless. His grace is wonderful. God is so powerful that even when there is no faith He can do something great for us. It is not always the case. It is all due to His grace but it does happen and those miracles leave us in awe. I can tell you about many times when the Lord showed up for me when I was down in the dumps. His power changed the course of my life on many occasions. I am in such awe of the Lord. He is my almighty Savior who can do all things. See Him as the God of the impossible. See Him as the One who has unlimited power and unlimited love for you.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”*** God is our strength. We are backed up by His power. The power of the Lord is behind us. We have all the support we need and all the power we need to make it in this life. God has the power to change every part of our lives when we trust Him and we have faith in Him. Let’s be believers that know that God is still powerful today and that experience His love and presence all the time. Let’s be readers of the Word who understand that what happened in the Bible can happen today. There are oceans to be parted in our lives and the Lord can do that. Let’s thank the Lord for His power every day. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: *1 Chronicles 29:11; **2 Corinthians 12:9; *** Ephesians 6:10

God will never leave you

God is faithful. He will never leave you nor forsake. He will stay with and He will watch over you. Faith moves His hand but His mercy and grace intervene at times in our lives when we least expect it. I can say that I was saved by His grace. I can say that He delivered me when I didn’t know Him and I didn’t deserve Him. God was there all along and He was loving me all along. I used to believe that God only loved us when we were good or when we believed in Him. He loves us at our worst and He loves us even when we have no idea who He is. His love for the world is unfathomable. It is deeper than the deepest ocean and it is more powerful than all the powers of the universe united. His love for us is huge and because He adores us, He will never leave us. Today might feel like God has left you and you can’t find Him anywhere. Our emotions, our feelings and our senses lie to us when we try to approach God. Just because we don’t feel Him doesn’t mean He is not around. Just because we can’t see Him at work doesn’t mean He is not doing great things on our behalf right now. Just because we are going through hell doesn’t mean that God has deserted us. There are times when we have to remember that God keeps His word and He says He will be there with us forever. We have to believe in the God of forever. We have to put our trust in Jesus. He died for us and when He came back to life, He sent His Spirit to be with us. Friend, the Spirit of Jesus lives in you and He is with you. You are not alone. You were not abandoned. God is with you all the time!

God is watching over you, friend. He sees your every move. He knows all your thoughts. He hears all you say including the whispers and the cries of your heart. He knows you through and through and He knows you better than you know yourself. He is behind you, in front of you, above you and under you. Wherever you go, God is there. Whatever you do, God is there. Whatever happens to you, God is there. Today I want to encourage you to have faith in God’s presence. You might need to unlearn how you perceive God and start trusting that God is always there and that no circumstances, no problems, no trials, no feelings can separate you from God. He is always willing to help you and to bless you. Trust that He is a caring Father. Learn more about Him in His Word. Take the time to communicate with Him and to show Him that you know He is around. He is not leaving your side and He will never give up on you. He is there to back you up and to assist you in becoming all you can be in Him. His Spirit is in you to teach you, to comfort you and to point you to Jesus. You are in good hands. You are in great company. God is the best friend you should always pursue. Acknowledge Him in all you do. He is there in all you do. God is with you even when you are not with Him. Think about that!

Lately when I have felt lonely, I have turned to prayer. I get on my knees and I talk to the Lord. He is comforting and He is always listening. God is with us and He wants us to be in good company. I know that when we keep our faith in the Lord, He sends good people our way. He has people for you and me. People who can be added to our families. People that become family. People the Lord has handpicked for us. God is with us through the people He chooses for us. I have been blessed by a great family and by amazing friends. God has shown Himself faithful and He has given me the people I needed. Those who make me feel loved and cared for. Do you believe God can love you through people? I strongly believe that. God is also using you, friend, to love others and to be the vessel of peace and joy that some people need. God is with you so you can show Him to the world. God never leaves you because someone might need Him anytime and anywhere. God is with you so you can extend His love and compassion to the world. Don’t neglect the Spirit of God that is in you. You are never alone and you are always able to share God’s love. Tap into His presence. Tap into His love. He never leaves you! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 4:16; Hebrews 13:5

Do not worry about anything

“Do not worry about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7) How often do we need to hear this verse? How often do we need to be reminded of that truth? I would say every day for me. I need a daily reminder and daily assurance from God. I need to hear Him say that I have no reason to worry and that when I turn to Him, He turns my mind into a playground of hope and peace. I think worry is the number one spiritual foe of the believers. Worry is the opponent the enemy uses the most against Christians. Worry works with doubt and they destroy our faith so the enemy wants all of us to worry about something. We worry about big things and small things and as long as we worry, we are under that yoke of the enemy. Worry is sneaky and it can come in through a tiny crack in our lives or it can walk into our minds through big negative thoughts. No matter what form and shape worry takes on, it is to be banned from our lives. How can this ban be put in place? The Lord tells us to pray. We ought to go to Him and make our petitions known. Our petitions are the requests that we have about anything that is causing us to worry. God never tells us to think and overthink in order to solve our problems but that seems to be our default reaction. It’s time we changed our inner settings and put in new applications. We need to apply the Word of God and listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say. If you are worried about something today, the Holy Spirit is encouraging you not to worry but to lean on the Lord and to trust Him. Pray!

I used to worry about everything. I was always quiet because there was a dialogue inside my head between negative thoughts and myself. It was a constant battle that I rarely won. Negative thoughts had established residency in my mind and they were very comfortable there. They didn’t want to leave and I had no idea there was a way to make them go away. Then I met Jesus and things started changing. It took me years before I understood that I had to renew my mind with the Word of God and with the help of the Holy Spirit. I discovered that prayer impacted me in a great and positive way. Prayer was my mind renewing technique. The more I prayed, the more I heard from God and the less power the negative thoughts had over me. Prayer transformed me. Prayer got me closer to God. Prayer spoke to me or better said, prayer helped me listen to God. I made some requests to God and waited for my answers but the Lord would keep my attention by talking to me during prayer time. He was interested in my requests and I know He still is but He wanted that time to be a time when I would listen. That is what prayer means to me now. It means letting my requests be known and listening to the Holy Spirit. He is eloquent and He is amazing. He always encourages me and tells me no to worry and not to fear. He quotes His Word and puts my worries to rest. Pray, dear friend and you will experience a positive change in your thinking and in your heart.

My prayer requests are accompanied by thanksgiving. I take the time to be grateful for what I have and for what God is doing for me and I thank Him for what is coming in my life. I also praise during prayer. Praise is one of the most powerful spiritual weapons that we have. Praise kills worry. Praise brings peace. Praise is key. Praise is a game changer. If you don’t praise every day, I strongly recommend that you do. You might think that you don’t have time. I understand that your schedule might be full but adding praise to your busy routine is not a waste of time. It will be the best time of the day once it is a regular occurrence. Praise and your situation will improve. Praise and you will receive the peace of the Lord that surpasses all understanding. Praise and miracles will flow into your life. Pray to God and make your requests known. Listen to God. Thank God, praise God and the worries that have been harassing you will leave. The Holy Spirit will give you the power to defeat worry. Stay in the Lord. Stay strong and use the weapons the Lord gave you so that worry doesn’t have a hold on you anymore. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 55:22; Matthew 6:25; 2 Thessalonians 3:16

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 192)

God will show you the other side. He will show you the better side of things. He will show you His side so you can side with hope, with peace and with love. Get on God’s side and you will never go wrong!

God created time and space. Trust His timing. Trust His place of blessings. Your time will come. Your blessings will take place. God will take care of everything in the best way and at the best time. Don’t give up hope. God has the perfect timing for your perfect blessing. Stay encouraged!

The Lord will show you valleys of gold where love and peace reign. Valleys where abundance is on every hill and blessings are on the top of the mountains and down at the bottom. God will show you that there is a way in your wilderness and you can walk through the valley of life even when the enemy wants you in the valleys of death.

Come out of your comfort zone and go into the Lord’s zone where you can serve Him better. Step into Jesus’ love. It’s not always easy to walk in His love but it is always the best place to be. Find comfort in His love and you will be a blessing to others.

If your life were a giant slideshow, trust that the Lord will add amazing slides to your life. He will delete the bad memories and replace them with new beginnings and new smiles. Trust God with your life!

God will help you stay on top on the barometer of joy. He puts you up there so you can pull other people up. God’s joy is your strength!

Don’t be afraid! Keep on walking. With God you are in great company. He will lead you and guide you. You can’t get lost. Trust the process. Trust the Lord!

God’s mercies are new every day. Today could be the day of your breakthrough. Today could be the day you make it to the finish line. Today could be the day your hope is higher than the mountains of doubt. Enjoy God’s mercies and keep waiting in faith. You never know what could happen today!

Jesus is your way out. He’s your way out of the storm. Your way out of your trials and tribulations. Take the way out. Take Jesus at His Word. Trust that your problems are not going to bury you because Jesus rose from the dead for you. Jesus is your way out all the time!

Cast your cares upon the Lord. Jesus will suppress the stress. He will mess with your mess and turn it into a message. Rest in the Lord and He will do the rest! Don’t worry about anything. Put everything in the Lord’s hands!

Suggested reading: Psalm 27:12; John 16:22; Colossians 1:11

What happens when you know the truth

The other day when I was praying, I kept hearing, “Hold on to the truth.” It was a gentle message that came to me a few times even after praying. The truth is so important. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. It also says that we will know the truth and the truth shall set us free. Jesus is the truth that sets us free. The more we know Him, the more we know the truth. How can we get to know Jesus? Like I often say, we can find Jesus in the Word of God. It is the first place we should look for Him. Knowing Him is not an impossible task. We ought to spend time in the Word and we should also get close to Him outside the Word. I love that the Word of God is the Word of truth and it is the most powerful written text. What I also am aware of is that we can’t leave the Word of God on the pages of the Bible. We have to live it out. We have to be doers of the Word and we have to apply the Word to our lives. We need to take Jesus out of the print and print Him into our lives so that every page of our existence has Jesus on it. The truth shouldn’t stay closed up in the Book. It has to come to life and our faith can make that happen. Today I want to encourage you to know the truth. Don’t just be familiar with it. Know it intimately. Know Jesus and you will stay grounded in the truth.

What happens when we know the truth? The Bible says we are set free because we come out into the light of truth. There is so much darkness around us but Jesus is the light that dissipates the darkness. When we know Jesus, we are enlightened. We can live better. We can act better. We can think better. We can love better. We can walk better. When we know the truth, we know how to live in Christ. I can’t believe I spent so many years in the dark before I knew the Lord. I have to confess that even after I got saved I wasn’t familiar with the truth. I wasn’t well-acquainted with Jesus. My mistake was that I knew Him through other people. I knew Him through sermons and messages but I didn’t have a connection with Him. The truth can only set us free if we engage with it and we interact with it all the time. Can we know the entire truth about everything? We can’t but we can get close to Jesus and know Him the best we can. If we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us. He will show us the truth in all things. His truth is supreme. His truth is more powerful than all the lies of the enemy. Jesus defeated the enemy. His truth defeated all the negativity of the enemy. Jesus brings freedom. He is freedom. Don’t let the lies of the enemy keep you in a jail of fear.

I was set free by the Lord. There is no doubt in my mind that He is my Savior. However, I have had to remain close to the truth. It is very easy to distance ourselves from the Lord. We get bogged down by life and we lose sight of God’s goodness when things go wrong. The good news is that the truth never changes. Jesus is always the same. We should remember that the truth doesn’t change. The truth is that Jesus came to save the captives free and to heal the broken-hearted. When we know that truth and we believe it wholeheartedly, we can walk with confidence and hope. When you know the truth, you don’t live in the prison of doubt. When you know the truth, you are aware of the Lord in you. You know that greater is the Lord that is in you than the devil that is in this world. When you know the truth, you don’t let negative thoughts get you down. You understand the authority of the name of Jesus and you rebuke bad thoughts and you reject failure. When you know the truth, you know that nothing is impossible with God and you are filled with joy. When you know the truth, peace is your friend and joy is your middle name. Know Jesus, know the truth. Put on the belt of truth wherever you go. With Jesus you are always free. Enjoy the freedom of His truth. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 8:32; John 14:6; Ephesians 6:14