Hope in Jesus

I talk about hope a lot because God is a God of hope. I didn’t know that when the God I was familiar with was a God of religion and restrictions. I was always under the impression that hope was limited to a few privileged believers in God. Isn’t that sad? Some of the doctrines I subscribed to were very dismissive and void of hope. They focused on being pious and on getting rewards from God based on what I did right. Every time I made a mistake, I felt guilty and unworthy. There was no real hope for redemption or for salvation to tell you the truth. I completely misunderstood what God was all about and I had no hope. I didn’t believe that things could get better in my life. I did my best to please God but hope was never something I experienced. This all changed once I got in touch with the real God.

I got in touch with God by entering into His gates through Jesus. Jesus became my doorway to God, my doorway to Heaven and my doorway to the truth. One of the first things that stood out about Jesus was how much hope He gave me. The more I got to know Him, the more I was filled with hope. First, there was hope for salvation. I became aware of His salvation and of His role in the whole process. He had died on the cross for my sins and I could receive salvation through Him. He was the guardian of all good things and hope was part of them. When you encounter Jesus, you can’t help but become hopeful. Life takes on a new meaning. You are in the presence of hope and it changes your perspective and your outlook on life.

If you are looking for hope today, remember that it is still alive and well and you can always find hope in Jesus. Don’t look at your hopeless circumstances. Change your focus and look at Jesus. Spend time reading about Him and talking to Him. He will give you hope. You will discover that He is the hope of the world and that with Him everything is possible. With Him, life is not a series of failures and defeats. With Him, life is a series of challenges that get resolved and defeats that get defeated. Yes, Jesus will defeat your defeats. Isn’t that amazing? He will turn your worst situations into blessings and rivers of hope will flow through your life.

There is nothing that the Lord can’t change and nothing He can’t fix. When you have Jesus, you have the best chance to make it. He is a situation changer. He is a hope giver and His hope is never in vain. He doesn’t fake His hope and His promises. He keeps His promises and one of them is to give you hope to get through anything in life. You have the Savior of the world in you and with you and hope is never going to leave you. You might lose sight of it. You might forget about it. You might not believe in it but it doesn’t mean that hope is not there. It is always there and it always fulfills its purpose. Hope’s purpose is to confirm God’s goodness and it is a great witness to His faithfulness.

When you hope in Jesus, you hope in love, life-changing power and endless possibilities. You never know what God can do in your life when you have His hope in you. He can stretch possibilities and multiply blessings. He can reverse the course of your life and put you on a path where peace and joy will be strewn all over the place. God’s path for your life is paved with hope. Every step of the way you should believe there is hope. Every step of the way you should keep in mind that things are not the way they look but they are the way the Lord says they are. Faith will help you walk through the worst valleys and climb the highest mountains. The King of hope will carry you through everything and you will be able to overcome the most difficult circumstances.

Jesus is the hope you need today and you will never be disappointed when you fix your eyes on Him and you refuse to succumb to the world’s problems. Problems will never go away but neither will Jesus and if you have Jesus, you have all you need. If you have Jesus, you have all you need. Keep your hopes up. Keep your hopes in Jesus. Keep walking and trusting and you will never go astray. Hope is a blessing that will always walk by your side. Stay strong. Stay encouraged and stay hopeful. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 16:9; Jeremiah 17:7; Romans 5:5

God’s light

When I got eye surgery, my life completely changed. I went from having to wear contacts or glasses all the time to be being able to see all the time without any assistance. It was like night and day. I never thought that I could ever see that clearly without glasses. It was as if I had stepped into a new dimension. Everything looked so real and so true. It is hard to explain but what I can say is that it was one of the best moments of my life in terms of transformation. However, the best moment of my life, hands down, was when I got saved. It was a similar experience but on a much higher level. I went from being spiritually blind to being able to see the light. I had lived in darkness for a while. I had had glimpses of hope and glimpses of who the Lord was all about but those glimpses didn’t compare to the real thing. They were nice previews that gave me a reason to pursue Jesus. Those insights into who the Lord was were like contacts and lenses that allowed me to see the truth for a short time. When I got saved, the light became permanent and I was able to see what I had been missing my whole life. The light of the Lord is such a powerful tool in our lives and we should never underestimate it. We should cherish God’s light and His truth and keep walking in it with our spiritual eyes wide open.

The Word of God is a lamp into our feet. His Word is the lamp that can guide us into all things. We can never stay in the dark when we follow the lamp of the Lord. We should actually spend a lot of time in His Word so we can be enlightened and filled with wisdom. The amount of darkness that is in the world is huge and we need to work against so many principalities and powers. The power to counteract those evil forces is only found in the Lord and His Word gives us instructions on how to stay in His light and how to avoid the traps of darkness. When I read the Word of God, it is like a light is turned on and I can see into some of the mysteries of God. This happens when I read and study the Word prayerfully. When I get in sync with the Spirit of God, His Word comes alive and I dive into the wonderful world of our Savior. I love spending time in the Word especially when the world is so chaotic. I find peace and I find joy when I am in the Word. I strongly encourage you to make it a habit to turn on the light of the Lord and to stay under the rays of His great love. His light will refresh you and invigorate you. It will open your eyes and it will close the doors to the darkness that tries to mislead you. God’s light is the truth that you need to be set free so embrace His light, embrace His Word.

When someone turns on a light, darkness scatters. Some people would say that darkness disappears and I love that idea as well. God, the light, can make your darkness disappear when you turn on His light. Your enemies, your fears and your doubts will scatter when you turn on the light of the Lord. How do you turn it on? Like I mentioned earlier, the Word of God is the light you need and being familiar with it is crucial. Making sure that the Word of God has an important part in your life is extremely helpful. Jesus brings light and He is the light so daily communion with Him also allows you to turn on the light that will always set you free. Jesus will not only give you insights into who He is and how He made you but He will teach you how to live a fulfilling life in Him. He is the light that keeps on giving more light so don’t expect Him to ever be extinguished in your life. He is always on. You might have to adjust how you connect with Him but He is always on and always ready to shine in your life. He is like that permanent contact lens that enables you to see clearly at all times. Jesus will help you deal with all forms of spiritual blindness so stick to Him and stay close to Him. He is the best light you will ever find. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading:Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 6:23; 2 Peter 1:19

What faith does

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that good things can happen to us. Sometimes it’s hard to see a bright future when all we’ve seen is a miserable life. Sometimes good things seem too good to be true. Sometimes misery is our number one enemy. Sometimes hope is not on the agenda of our lives. Sometimes peace is not our companion. Despite all that we have a Lord who is not the God of the sometimes but the God of all the time. He is good all the time and He is able all the time. With Him we can take a step back and rethink how we see life. It can be dismal and it can look bad but the One who can change the worst life is on our side. He is the One you should be looking at and not our situation. Faith shows us God’s reality and that is the one reality that we should be focusing on. What does it look like? It looks like the opposite of all the bad things we can imagine. It looks like the opposite of what the enemy wants us to believe. It looks good and it looks bright. It is not a picture perfect put together by the expectations of the world. It is God’s picture perfect and it can turn a bleak image into a beautiful portrait.

Today I want to remind you that sometimes life is bad but God is good all the time. A bad day or a bad month don’t make God bad. He is not the source of our problems. He is the author of our solutions. Just because we can’t see the end of the tunnel doesn’t mean that there is no end. The end of the tunnel of torment will come. You will be propelled to the end when you least expect it and faith can show you the end way before it happens. It is faith that should be drawing a picture of our reality. Imagine living a life where faith is all we know, all we see and all we go by? That life is attainable. God provides it and we can embark on it. It is a powerful journey. The journey of faith doesn’t ignore the trials but it doesn’t give them value. Faith always values God’s promises over the world’s problems. Faith sees how God can turn bad into good. Faith is an eyesight. It is the eyesight that gives you access to the world of the impossible. It gives you access to a world where God is always in control and your emotions have no control. It is also a language that contradicts the language of the world.

My recommendation is that you adopt the language of faith. Learn how to speak it fluently. Get the lingo from God’s Word. Practice speaking faith as much as possible. Remember that faith is not influenced by emotions and feelings so don’t let them get in the way. Speak above your feelings. Speak above the pain. Speak against the thoughts that are keeping you captive. Speak with authority against the army of the enemy that is trying to destroy you. Speak great things into existence. Speak miracles into your life. Speak against the storms of doubt. Speak what you want to see happen in agreement with God’s will. Just like any other language, faith has a grammatical structure. There are subjects and action verbs. The main subject is the Lord and the action verbs are verbs of confidence, verbs of power, verbs of love and verbs of accomplishment. Faith speaks in the present tense about events that are in the future. Faith sees now even though nothing is happening. Faith has the confidence that every good thing can happen. Faith doesn’t doubt and it doesn’t use the phrase “what if” unless it is in a positive context. Faith keeps every sentence God-centered, love-centered and hope-centered. Faith is an active mode. It is not passive. It is reactive and it is productive. It will always produce great fruit in our lives. Speak the language of faith more and more and become fluent. It will change the way you approach everything in life in Jesus’ name!

Suggested reading: Psalm 46:10; Hebrews 11:1; Galatians 2:16

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 116)

The Lord says “See Me for yourself and not through the eyes of the blind.” Don’t let other people’s limited vision dictate how you see God.

Jesus died so you could live like you were in Heaven now. Accept His redeeming life and live His life in you today.

What you are sowing in love every day is landing on fertile soil and you will see plants and flowers grow in due time. Keep it up! God is blessing you!

God has ways to get you through the worst mazes and the worst dilemmas. He will make a way and bring you out better and stronger!

We will sing together again. We will praise together again. We will pray together again. We will spend time together again. We rise up together again. We are winning this together again. We are rejoicing together again. God is with us always and stay with us whether we are alone or together.

You and God” is how you grow. You and God is how you glow. Let it be just you and God and you will always know. You will know that there is no one like the One who makes you glow through His love and through His flow.

You are God’s most beautiful story so remember who is narrating your life. Jesus is speaking every part of your life into existence. Trust the author and love His Book!

Jesus loves with no reservation. You don’t have to call and try to get a spot in His house. You are always welcome. You are always invited. You don’t need a reservation to be loved by Him!

God’s unfailing love is a shield. It’s a safety net that will catch you when you fall and get you back up. God will never fail you! Praise Him!!!

God has what you need and there is a timestamp on it. When it’s time, it will happen and nothing will be able to stop it from taking place. The time will come. Jesus is faithful!

Suggested reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 2 Timothy 2:13; 1 John 1:9

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 115)

For some of us this is the biggest trial of our lives. However, this big trial doesn’t change the big Advocate we have. The Holy Spirit is still coaching us through life, comforting us and pointing us to Jesus. Trials don’t change the Lord. The Lord can change anything including this trial!

Misplaced faith is believing that God can do what He says in the Bible for others or to others but not for us. Blind faith is believing that God can do absolutely anything in our lives and we trust Him without ever questioning Him.

Jesus is always vibrant with love. Just one look and everything else vanishes. His love is a flame that never goes out. Let His vibrant love burning in your life. Embrace Him. Adore Him!

God will carry you and take you to a place where everything you see seems new. Everything you feel seems light and everything you think is about Him!

Our job is not to judge people but to love them the best we can. When we judge others it is more a reflection of our character than an denouncement/exhibition of their flaws.

They say the devil is in the details and I say the Lord knows the details of our lives. Let Him handle the details and let the devil be the liar whose details you don’t trust.

The Lord is a Rock that can’t be moved but yet is He moved by your tears. Turn to the Rock who would move heaven and earth for you!

God holds your life. Keep smiling in faith. With Him there is nothing to worry about! Let Him hold every part of your life.

Prayers are needed every day. There are unspoken prayers that never leave the hearts of men and never reach God’s ears. These prayers need voices today that will bring answers tomorrow. Give a voice to your heart today.

The road with God is not always roses and flowers. Sometimes the path is thorns and bushes but Jesus will remove the thorn from your side and get you out of the bushes. Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 31:3; Galatians 2:20; 1 John 3:1

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 114)

Give people some encouragement every day and it will go a long way. Give people some peace every day and it will change their day. Give people some love every day and it will bless their day. Give people Jesus every day and He will pave the way!

The Lord can take all this negativity and darkness and turn it into “ground” for bigger miracles. Things that no one has seen before. The enemy will amplify the darkness but Jesus is going to overthrow it as we stay in faith and pray.

Stand up for those who can’t stand. Stand up for those who keep bending. Stand up for those who keep folding. Stand up for those who keep falling. Stand up in the name of Jesus and help those in need of strength by keeping the stand of faith.

When you are all over the place, go to the one place where your heart can be comforted, your mind can be fed and your soul can be healed. Go to the Word of God. It is a place of healing, love and peace.

Let God take care of everything. He will show you what you can do and He will help you with what you can’t do. God can do it all and He will help you through it all.

The end of your misery starts with the end of your disconnection from God. Get that connection going again and the sorrow will go away again.

If we stopped worshiping the Lord, rocks would start singing. Let’s sing and let’s make sure that our songs are strong like the rocks that adore the Rock of your salvation.

When life tells you you have a hundred problems, tell life that you have Jesus. You have one Savior, one God, one Lord. He can deal with your hundred problems in one powerful way; His way!

God keeps on preparing new mercies to put on the table before. Expect new blessings and new beginnings every day. What’s coming to you is bigger than what happened to you yesterday.

Speak from the bottom of your heart. Speak from the heart of God. Speak from the platform of love. Speak encouragement and speak blessings into people’s lives. Speak the language of God. Speak the language of love!

Suggested reading: Lamentations 3:22-23; Psalm 30:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:8-9

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 113)

Your song to God sounds like noise to some people. It sounds good to other people but to Jesus it sounds heavenly.

The world is sick and getting sicker every day. Pray for a global blood transfusion. Pray for the blood of Jesus to be the blood transfusion that circulates throughout all nations. Pray for the world to receive Jesus in those times of pain and suffering.

Put worry on mute with the Word of God. Let God’s voice be louder than your fears.

When you have blind faith, you can see everything that God can see and even though you see what the world sees, your eyes stay on Jesus!

The prayers of the believers are being heard and the Lord is moving through the nations pouring peace into His people and raising an army of messengers of hope. Keep praying for the world!

It is all handled and you are still in the palm of the Lord’s hand so you have nothing to worry about. God will continue to handle the matters of your life. Keep trusting Him!

The Holy Spirit has been singing about Jesus through the voices of many people who are devoted to the Lord and who let Him to speak through their adoration!

Don’t let the hands of fear stifle your praise. Let your praise silence all fears!

Hope is still around. It is still feeding the faith of those who are relentlessly trusting the Lord. Adhere to hope. Be strong and find courage. Hope is never in vain.

Carry the Word of God in your heart. Carry the light of the Lord in your heart. Carry the power of peace in your mind. Carry the love that never fails. Carry Jesus wherever you go!

Suggested reading: Psalm 75:1; Daniel 2:20; Ephesians 1:6

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 112)

Pray the funk away and let praise be the fragrance that keeps that funk away! Don’t let the negative feelings steal your joy!

During trying times and regular times the enemy will try to destroy you. He doesn’t take a break and he doesn’t care what time it is. However, God’s love is relentless. It is strong in all seasons. Rely on God’s love in good times and bad times.

When you stay joyful in the Lord that’s when you take advantage of His DNA in you. He is a joyful God. Express the joy of the Lord in you and you will express the Lord for everyone to see.

God will listen to you even when you don’t know what to say. Your unspoken prayers manifested through your tears are heard loud and clear.

You don’t depend on the world’s economy. You belong to the Kingdom of God. In His Kingdom there is no shortage of anything. God provides all the time, in good times and bad times. Be Kingdom-minded and not “world-limited.”

Let God prove you wrong. Let Him show your doubts and fears that they are unfounded. Let God prove Himself right in the middle of your darkest hour. God is the same yesterday, today and forever!

God’s goodness is running after you so let it catch you. Let it grab your mind. Let it touch your heart, let it make you walk with peace and confidence and run with zeal and joy.

Today you are going to make it. Today the blessings of the Lord are still going to accompany you wherever you are. Stay in faith. God is not going to let you down but He is going to lift you up as you lift up His name!

In times like these our lives’ purpose gets highlighted. It’s up to us to recognize the signs and get on board with our purpose.

There is a plan for protection and blessings that the Lord has for each one of us. It is served on a platter of love and it is consumed with the utensils of faith, hope and peace.

Suggested reading: Psalm 39:7; Romans 15:13; 1 Timothy 6:17

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 111)

The Holy Spirit will always give you peace to face the day and joy to celebrate Jesus! Trust the Holy Spirit. Thank Jesus for His Spirit!

Fall in love with Jesus and everything will fall into place. Stay in love with the world and everything will be out of place. Love the world with Jesus’ love and everything will be in the right place.

God’s love is a blanket that wraps us up in peace. Lean on His love and you will be in peace.

God’s love is contagious and it can be passed around the world. This love contamination starts with you and me! Keep spreading the love!

Jesus’ love pierces the power of the enemy so that peace and joy can come out of the wounds of pain and suffering!

Faith puts us where we ought to be. Faith gives us access to the blessings of the Lord. Faith sets the record straight even when the enemy tries to erase the powerful Word of the Lord in us.

Fear has no power over you. It has been lying to you and taking you on the wrong path. Today you can get back on track and let the Lord remove all fear as you pray for peace. He is generous and He will give you an abundance of His peace that surpasses all understanding.

You can break a hundred times and the Lord will fix you a hundred and one times. God is preparing you for something amazing. Praise Him even when you are broken! He is mending you and blessing you!

Let the Lord refine you and define you. Let His fire burn your life so it is a sweet melody that echoes His love and goodness. Let God refine you and define you. Let His fire make you a model of love and purity to His glory. Let God refine you and define you so that your life is a testimony to His glory!

Load up on God. Load up on His goodness. Load up on His promises. Don’t let them leave your sight. Stay close to them and meditate on them. Load up on God’s love. It never leaves and it never fails!

Suggested reading: 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 John 3:1; 1 John 4:8

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday ( Part 109)

Blind faith doesn’t make sense to our minds but it makes total sense to God. Let’s go with God’s sense and let’s forget about our senses when it comes to faith!

Go to the top and come down victorious. Go to the top of the mountain and be where faith is. Go all the way to the top and stay away from the valley. God is with you in the valley and on the mountaintop but He will keep you on top when you ascend with faith!

Don’t lose confidence. Stay bold. Let your voice be heard. Let it come out. Be bold for the Lord. Be bold and let His voice be heard. Be bold and speak up for love!

Jesus is a piece of the puzzle. He is the missing piece that completes the big picture. When you find Him, it all makes sense. When you find Him, you find the meaning of life.

You are a planter of truth. God is using you to plant the truth in the middle of the bushes of lies. Keep sowing His seeds and the truth will set people free!

You are a butterfly now so stop thinking like a caterpillar. Stop crawling through the path of difficulties. Fly. Keep flying. The freedom of the Lord is your wings. Use His freedom to go higher. Don’t default to the caterpillar mentality. It will bring you under.

Don’t doubt the Lord but doubt the enemy. Doubt what he has to say to you. Doubt his lies, doubt his thoughts. Doubt his way of talking about you. Doubt the enemy and resist him. He will flee!

May God bless you and prepare you for a harvest of joy, peace and love. Get ready to receive baskets of blessings that are too big for your head to understand but the perfect size for your heart to embrace.

God’s faithfulness can go through the walls of lies the enemy has erected. Don’t lose hope. Nothing can break the Lord’s promises. Hold on to His faithfulness and you will receive the fruit of His goodness!

Pay more attention to the music of the Lord than the music of the world. Stay tuned to Jesus’ lyrics. Keep the songs of the Holy Spirit in your heart and listen to the melodies from Heaven. God always has a song for you that will comfort you, transform you, bless you and keep you focused on His love.

Suggested reading: Psalm 46:10; John 7:38; Hebrews 11:1