Keep on keeping your hopes up

Do you ever feel like every time you get your hopes up something happens that brings you down? Do you ever feel like the odds are against you? It is not unusual for us believers to go through times of opposition especially when we are being positive. The enemy hates our joy, our faith, our positive attitude and our love for Jesus and for people. He will do whatever he can to steal anything good and positive we project. He hates our optimistic attitudes and he will punch us in our spiritual face until we lose hope or until our faith is weak. It doesn’t mean that we should be afraid and we should stop being positive. When things don’t go our way, we should keep on going God’s way. We should keep our hopes up because our hope is in Jesus and not in people, in fate or in our circumstances.

What happens to us shouldn’t dictate how we react and how much hope we have. Our hope should dictate how we react and how steady we should be in our faith. Today I want to encourage you to continue to keep your hopes up no matter how low you get. Keep your hopes up even when you have reasons to feel defeated. Your feelings will always get in the way of your faith so let your faith rely on the Rock who is above all feelings and emotions. Keep your emotions in check by keeping your eyes on the Lord. God will always make a way. Have faith in that truth. Use it every single day. Say it out loud. Say it to your circumstances. Use the name of Jesus when the enemy uses the wrong names to describe you. You are not a loser. You are not a failure. You are not a prisoner of bad luck and you are not a defeated believer. You are a child of God whose hope is based on the King of kings. You are going to make it!

There is nothing wrong with being optimistic and being hopeful when Jesus is your Lord and Savior. Hope is what you should hold on to all the time. It is a normal part of your Christian life but way too often people discredit it thinking we should be more moderate and not too joyful. They don’t want to jinx things. Hope is a power. It is the power to change your mood and change your situation. Hope is a fuel that we all need in order to stay positive on the highway of life. Hope is a part of God. Hope is the enemy of doubt. Hope is everything. You can never be too hopeful. You can never have too much hope in the Lord. Even if it’s pouring outside and you get so wet that you never think you will ever get dry again, keep your hopes up. When you keep your hopes up regardless of the weather conditions of your life, your hope become your weather conditioner. Your hope will tell you what the weather is like. The storms won’t have a say. The clouds won’t have a say. Your hope will do all the talking for you. It will bring the sun out and it will keep you nice and warm in the winters of life.

Today keep on keeping your hopes up. Better days are coming. A better hour is coming. Get into praise mode and your hopes will go up. Get into praise mode and better times will come. Jesus is the King of hope and you are part of His family. You are entitled to high hopes. Don’t let people discourage you from having hope. You are not part of this world system. You are part of the kingdom of God and His system is like no other. God promises to never leave you nor forsake you. Keep your hope in that powerful promise. He won’t let you down. Keep your hopes high. Keep your faith high. Enjoy your day with the Lord!

Suggested reading: Psalm 146:5; Romans 15:13; 1 Timothy 6:17

Your breakthrough will come

Waiting can be difficult. Being patient can seem unattainable. Hoping can be lost. Pain can be very present. Anguish can be our daily bread and worry can be our late night companion. However, one thing remains true; Jesus never changes. When we can’t see Him and we can’t understand Him, He can show up out of nowhere even though He has not gone anywhere. Waiting for God is never waiting in vain. He is there but the waiting usually has to do more with us than with Him. We wait and wait and think we have to wait until God is ready. God is always ready and always available. The moment we cry out to Him, He goes into action. He knows what we cry about. He has always known but He needs to do a work in us before we get our breakthrough at times. Are you waiting for a breakthrough? Know that Jesus is here. Know that your breakthrough is on the way. Know that pain will go away. Know that hope is here to stay. Know that a miracle is coming. Know that miracles are still around today. Your breakthrough is heading your way. Jesus never changes but He changes everything. He is going to change your situation and He is going to change you as well as you get to your next breakthrough.

I read Psalm 22 earlier today. It is a poignant cry for help. It is a prayer for deliverance. It starts with so much pain and it ends with so much hope and healing. In that psalm, David goes from agony to harmony. He is in agony at first trying to get an answer from God that He can’t find anywhere. Then he gets to a place where he is in harmony with the Lord again and he is filled with joy and faith. Your place of agony is not your final destination, friend. It’s a stop you visit for a while but with God you will get moving again and you will land in the promised place of victory. Your cry for a breakthrough is being heard. Let it out and let God in. God is not going to let you down. Remember that your heart is what He is after so to speak so He is going to work on your heart while you are waiting. He will turn the cry into a shout of victory but there is a process. Go step by step with the Lord while you are walking toward the victory. Let Him be the focus of your heart. Don’t let the agony get the best of you. The enemy doesn’t want anything more than to see you agonize over your circumstances and lament instead of persevering.

Name your breakthrough. Name your need. Name your suffering. Name your lack. Name the source of your distress and give it to God. Like David, cry out and give God the specifics of what is tormenting you. Do it so you can hear it yourself and see it for yourself. Do it so you have more clarity and trust that God will help you identify it all and He will heal it completely. When you try to identify what is going on and what you need, God will take you down the path of inner discovery and recovery. You will be made aware of what needs to be changed on the inside. Sometimes our trials lead to a rebuilding of our spirits and of our faith. Your breakthrough will take place and God will break through the walls that are keeping you from growing or from receiving your victory. If you could see the angels at work on your behalf, you would be amazed. God commissioned them to bless you and help you. They will target your heart and get you to a place of peace when you trust in the Lord completely. Be attentive and be open to God’s wisdom while the breakthrough is on its way. Be still and know that He is God. Your breakthrough will come. Stay in faith!

Suggested reading: Psalm 22; Psalm 46:10; Hebrews 13:8

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 107)

Your future is in the hands of God not in the hands of fear. Put your future in the right hands with faith.

Hold on to Jesus and He will always pull you up when you fall. Hold on to Jesus and you will see that He has always been holding on to you!

Change is coming. Today is not your final destination. Thank the One who changes everything. God has a new tomorrow for you. Stay in faith!

Start a love revolution. Revolutionize your heart. Revolutionize your mind. Let God’s love invade you. Let it change you on the inside and you will start a love revolution on the outside with Jesus lifted high on a banner of hope!

With God as the focus of your life, you are heading in the right direction. Step by step you are getting closer to Him, closer to love, closer to the truth, closer to wisdom, closer to who you are meant to be in Him!

Keep dancing for the Lord even when the world wants you to sit down and be miserable. Keep going. Keep praising. Keep loving. The Holy Spirit leads the dance. Let Him make you dance and step over the bitterness and the negativity of the enemy. Keep dancing for the Lord no matter what!

The Lord keeps an eye on you all the time. He never lets you out of His sight. He watches over you and protects you. Keep an eye on Him in return. Never let Him out of your sight. You will see His protection and His love for you.

There is a world around you that needs the Jesus in you. Start sharing the One who dwells in you so others can receive the One who died for everyone including the ones you think don’t deserve a chance in your world. Jesus is for everyone! Share Him with everyone!

The fruit of your love for God won’t fall of the tree of knowledge. With His love comes wisdom. His love is attached to the wisdom from His Word. Don’t dissociate God’s love from His Word. They are One. They are a package deal. God is love! God’s Word is love. Interpret His wisdom through the pages of His love!

There are more people living in mental jails than we think. Everyone faces a life sentence in their minds but the Holy Spirit and the Word of God can bail them out. Renew your mind with their help and you will be out of that cell in no time!

Suggested reading: Colossians 3:17; Romans 12:1; Acts 20:35

God is listening

God listens to us. He is always listening. He listens to our thoughts, our ideas, our hearts, our fears, our requests and our intentions. He is not deaf to our tears and He is not deaf to our prayers. He is there and He is always attentive. One thing we need to be aware of is simply the truth that He does listen. When we don’t get answers to our prayers, we can lose hope and think He didn’t hear us. It’s easy for us to have this perception that there is a whole world between God and us when in reality He is near us all the time. God listened to all of us before we even spoke. How? He heard what we would need in this life and gave us the best answer to all our inquiries; He gave us His Word. The Bible is God’s answer to humanity’s cries and needs. He heard us. He heard what every single one of us will ever say and He replied with love. His Word is the incarnation of love and it is the answer we will need for every situation that will ever arise. If you think that your messages to God are not getting through to Him, open His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you navigate through the Word and to help you find what you are looking for.

It blows my mind when I think about how much God loves us and because He does, He has provided for all our needs. He has even taken care of our needs before He heard them like I said. The chronological order is not us having questions first and Him answering them. The answers came before the questions and the answers are the truth. Truth is always truth and that is part of what makes truth the truth with God. What He says was true thousands of years ago and it will still be true thousands of years from now. God knew what we would request and His anticipation led to a Book that has an answer for every tribulation. What are you telling God today? What are you asking Him? Think about these two questions and believe that the answer has already been supplied.

God listened to your heart before it was even beating. Even though He heard everything you will ever say, He still gives you personal attention and specific answers. The Holy Spirit plays a major role in the listening and answering process. The Lord indicates that we should quiet our minds before Him and listen. When we listen to Him, we get a better understanding that He does listen to us. He gives us answers before we formulate questions. He does it during quiet time but He can also do it at any time. He is God! He gives signs. He gives messages through many venues. He is not limited when it comes to speaking to us. God’s ears are attentive to every prayer. We need to be at a place where we know that God listens. This is a place of faith that we ought to stay in. Trust that God is a listener. Trust that He is not deaf to anything you say. Trust that the answer existed way before you spoke. God promised He would listen to what you say. Take Him at His word and have the confidence that what you have to say matters to Him. Have the confidence that you matter to Him! Keep talking to Him. He has already heard it all and He will show you that He is paying attention.

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:12-13; 1 Peter 3:12; 1 John 5:15

Don’t worry about anything

One of the messages I get the most during prayer time is “Don’t worry about anything.” Then the Holy Spirit gives me a list of what I shouldn’t worry about and He tells me not to worry about anything that would happen that day when I am praying in the morning. It is a very strong impression on the inside that catches my attention and that lets me know it is an important message. I have seen time and time again how accurate that message was. It doesn’t always mean that something bad is coming but it reminds me to always trust in God and not let worry become my god. When worry is so strong in us that we can’t see God, worry takes the place of our Lord. We give it a pedestal that it doesn’t deserve. We give it the attention that it doesn’t deserve. We make it more important than faith. We actually show faith in worry so to speak.

Worry becomes our modus operanti, our mode of operating or working. It becomes our approach to life, the way we process life and it is the system of beliefs and thoughts that we resort to. God and our faith in Him should be our approach to life. Faith should be our modus operanti. Worry takes God out of the picture and puts us in the middle of the frame because we believe we have to do it all on our own but we are limited. When God says “Don’t worry”, He is saying “Don’t rely on your own strength but rely on Me.” He is saying “Take yourself out of the frame and let Me be the bigger picture.” Worry depletes us of hope and fills us up with doubt. Today I want to pass on God’s daily message and tell you “Don’t worry about anything because the Lord is with you in everything.”

There is so much we can worry about. If we let worry dictate our lives, we can start worrying about the tiniest things. Sometimes we don’t worry about the big things but we worry about the smallest things and because they are very small, we think that worry doesn’t have a grip on us. Worry is worry. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. It is bad. Period. It is always the enemy of faith and therefore it is the enemy of God. Worry is one of those enemies we have to fight and the best way we can fight it is with God. If you look at how often you worry and what you worry about, you can gauge how much help you need with worry. The truth is we all need a big dose of hope and faith every day to either push worry away or to keep it at bay. We need to build up our faith in the Lord because it is the biggest shield against worry.

What about when we are sick or a loved one is sick? When we have no money? When we are going through a very difficult time? Is it ok to worry then so God would have pity on us? God is merciful and His grace is amazing so oftentimes He will intervene. However, He wants us to never worry. It doesn’t matter what we are going through, we shouldn’t give in to worry. When life hits you hard, banish worry. Push it away. Stand strong against it. Refuse it and rebuke it. Declare that it is not a part of you and it is not the truth. Don’t accept the lie that says it is ok for you to worry. Worry is the enemy of faith like I said earlier. Having faith is giving God something to work with. Faith pleases God. Faith activates the hand of God. Worry removes His hand from our situation. Today you can stay in faith by holding on to the hope that is in Christ. There is always hope in Him. It’s up to us to hold on to it. Don’t worry, don’t fear. The King of kings is on your side!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:34; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 106)

God gives wisdom but sometimes we coat it with hate and judgement. Then we deliver a perverted version of His wisdom and hold it for truth and build doctrines that alienate us from God’s love.

Jesus has a label for you. It says “Wonderfully and fearfully made.” Don’t adhere to the labels the world put on you if they contradict God’s stamp on your life.

When you plunge into God’s heart you understand that He crowns you with love and gives you boldness to live out His mercy and grace.

God has signs and wonders that will make you wonder. Look for the signs, embrace the wonders and stay in awe of Him!

Your biggest battles are also God’s battles. He doesn’t just take care of your small fights. He is there with you when you have to slay giants and He always gives you the victory!

When your mind gets carried away, you are thinking about the worst when your heart knows what’s best. Trust the best that the Lord has for you. Let faith direct your thoughts and breakthrough will ensue.

Peace comes from God and pushes anxiety out of your heart. Pray for peace every day and accept that God has peace for you every day and you will be able to enjoy what God has for you every day.

Since Jesus is the best role model alive, why do we like to follow examples that are dead? Let’s look at the Lord for inspiration and forget the ones whose actions lead to death.

The Word of God is the Word of love. We can interpret it many different ways but love should be our main translation tool. The Bible was never meant to be a tool for judgement but an instrument for love.

Worry removes the hands of the Lord from our situations and it puts us in control of what God should be in charge of.

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:25-27; Luke 12:25; Colossians 3:15

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 105)

God gets you there at the right time. His timing is better than any clocks in the world. He knows the time and the hour and He is never wrong.

When you stay in the Lord, you trust the Lord, you believe in His Word, God is firmly planted in your day!

Don’t let yourself be a prisoner of your emotions. Set yourself free by letting the Lord be the guardian of your feelings and your emotions.

Two truths and a lie; God loves you, God will protect you and the enemy can’t be defeated. The enemy is a liar and he can always be defeated in the name of Jesus.

Finding peace in the middle of chaos and confusion is always possible when you turn to Jesus in the middle of chaos and confusion. He is the regulator that makes all things right again!

God can do more good in a second than the evil the enemy can spread in a lifetime. Trust that God will do good things in your life and trust that it will take Him no time to bless your life!

God pours His wisdom into your heart through His Word and through His Spirit. Open your heart to Him. Let Him enter the darkest parts of your heart with the light of His love.

Rest in the arms of the Lord and your peace will be unparalleled. Rest in the arms of the Lord and your joy will be unprecedented. Rest in the arms of the Lord and your love will be undefeated.

God is a master at blessing and loving. Expect blessings, expect love. Have faith in the blessings and the love and you will have the power to face the adversity and the trials of life.

Find comfort in God’s constant presence. He never leaves you and He never forsakes you. He is with you in the valley and on the mountaintop. You are never alone!

Suggested reading: Joshua 1:9; Psalm 145:18-19; John 14:27

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 103)

God is not always a blessing in disguise. He is a blessing in plain sight. He dresses the part and He shows Himself the way He truly is. The question is, are we recognizing the blessing?

Jesus gets in the way when there is no way. He makes a way and blows you away with His mysterious ways!

Consider God as the highest source for everything. Highest source for life, love, peace, freedom, wisdom, victory, deliverance, truth and joy.

Some people are only in your life for a season and only God knows the reason. Don’t try to figure out the departures and arrivals. God is in charge of everyone’s journey.

Some doors are more like windows. They are shorter and thinner so the opportunities are fewer but they are still there. Ask God to reveal the doors and the windows in your life.

Put one foot forward in faith and keep walking in love. Put the other foot forward in faith and keep running your race. Put one foot forward in faith and let God show you the way. Put the other foot forward and see how God leads you to amazing places one step at a time.

Stress and anxiety are conduits for the enemy to get into our lives. They are open doors for negativity and depression. Open the door to faith and hope and positivity will follow you everywhere.

Peace is what God gives and what we should expect. The absence of peace doesn’t mean the absence of God but God can make peace present even when there is turmoil and chaos.

The Lord gives us notifications about how much He loves us. They are reminders of His goodness and kindness. Let’s be aware of those promptings and embrace His loving nudges.

Your breakthrough will come true. Your blessings will show up. Your answers will come. Your deliverance will manifest. Your Lord will keep His promises. Your current misery is not the end!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 17:7-8; Psalm 20:4; Philemon 1:25

God is a refiner

To refine is to remove impurities or unwanted elements from a substance. It also means to improve by making small changes or making something more subtle and accurate. God is the ultimate refiner. He purifies, He changes and He removes impurities like no other. Our lives can’t be the same when we let the Refiner do His job. How willing are you to let the Refiner do something new and pure in your life? Are you willing to give Him your life so He can refine it? It’s not a sacrifice. It’s an honor and a privilege. Coming to the realization that the Lord can refine our lives is a blessing. Preparing ourselves to being refined and changed by Him is priceless.

The fire of the Holy Spirit can refine us and burn all things that weigh us down and that we don’t need. I present my life to the Lord on the altar of His love and I ask for refinement and change but I need to let go first and let God be in control. We can’t hold on to our lives with both hands and hope the Lord will take them away from us by force. He is gentle. He is caring and loving and He won’t remove what we love dearly. It’s a lesson I am learning and my goal is to get to a point where God can purify my heart without my ego or my insecurities getting in the way. Today I want to invite you to give all of you to the Lord and let Him refine you. Burn for Him and only for Him with a heart that is surrendered.

The process of refinement and purification is not always an easy process. Like I mentioned before there is a need for letting go and being open to the fire of the Lord. Burning is a powerful action that results in transformation. In the natural when we burn something it comes out looking differently. There is a transfiguration that happens. When God burns us, He changes us for the best. The process leads to beauty. He burns the ugliness and leaves us looking beautiful. We come out of the ashes and we rise up thanks to a touch of His love. God will take the worst parts of our lives and refine them. He can take our shortcomings and our worst traits and refine them. His burning process leaves a mark on our soul and spirit.

The mark of the Lord shows through the light that comes forth when we have been refined. The process will not always be easy but it is always worth it. David asked the Lord to purify his heart and renew his spirit. His prayer wasn’t in vain. God has the power to purify any heart and renew any spirit. You and I are examples of how God renews spirits. We got saved and with salvation came the transformation of our spirits. That was just the beginning. Now we have to press on and allow the Lord to purify us continually.

I am not sure we are always aware of what needs to be purified in our lives. The Holy Spirit can convice us and show us what needs to be put through the holy fire of the Lord. The Lord’s Spirit can open our eyes to all the areas that need to be refined. Besides, God the refiner is excellent at changing parts of our lives that are not in line with His will. I am not just talking about sin and the purification of what we do. I am referring to fine tuning the situations in our lives. Problems and trials can also go through the refining process. If there is something in your life that is not going well or that is not where it should be, call on the Lord, the Refiner.

The Lord will make things right. He will tune your life so it is in harmony and goodness will follow you. He will burn the tribulations and put them through His fire until you have the victory. God the refiner can do that and He will do it if you put your life in His hands. Don’t hesitate to give it all to Him. Give Him the good things and the bad things. He will do what He does best and make everything be in line with His will for you life. Let God the refiner refine your circumstances and bring you peace and joy again! He is going to improve you and make changes that will transform your life.

Suggested reading: Psalm 51:10; 1 John 1:7; 2 Corinthians 7:1

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 101)

Let God’s love in you be bigger than the hate that is in this world. Let’s God love in you be bigger than the fear the enemy wants to see develop in you.

No stress, no worries. Jesus comes on time and He helps all the time. His timing is perfect and His help is on point.

Don’t just look at what you want to see. Look at everything the Lord wants you to see. Look with the eyes of faith and you will God’s hand everywhere you look.

Darkness roams in bright daylight. Test all spirits. Not every light is from God but God’s light always pierced all shades of darkness even the lightest shades!

With God you have nothing to worry about. He will always give you a reason to believe and the peace and wisdom to rejoice in everything.

If your church is divided because of who rules your world, refocus on who the ruler of your life is. Be sure that Jesus is the ruler and not anyone or anything else.

God has a plan. God is the plan. Let God unfold in your life. Let Him be the reason for every season of your life. Let God prosper you. God won’t harm you but He is your hope and your future.

Our minds try to “Google translate” God and we end up missing the meaning of what He is saying. Let’s interpret God with the help of the Holy Spirit who speaks God’s language fluently!

There is a price to pay when we want to stay in faith despite some events of our lives. This price is praise; it costs less than we think and its reward is priceless!

The Lord goes before you wherever you go so you should travel with the assurance that He is your insurance no matter where you are.

Suggested reading: Psalm 67:7; Numbers 6:24-25; James 1:17