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

Turn the page once and for all

It’s easy to be crippled by guilt and shame and to be haunted by mistakes from the past. The enemy loves to keep us in a place where the past is very present and where he highlights all the things that went wrong in our lives. He gets people to believe that their past defines their future. There is Someone who stands between our past, our present and our future. There is Someone who took on the burden of all our mistakes and failures. His name is Jesus. Some of us are well acquainted with Him but we sometimes miss His redemptive character and His power to forgive and erase our sins and our past faults and inaccuracies. Jesus died for our sins. It is something to celebrate all the time. He is our Redeemer and our Savior. He saved us from the power of sin. It doesn’t mean that we are flawless and we never sin. We sin all the time but we have a Savior who forgives when we ask Him and who gives us a new slate as a fresh start. His work on the cross stands between sin and us. He is the bridge to redemption, the bridge to salvation. Without Him we can’t even start to wish to be saved. He is love incarnated and love forgives all sins.

 

I have found myself in a zone where my head couldn’t seem to move on from past mistakes. It is the worst feeling. I have learned that not being able to move on from the past will keep us from receiving from God. God wants to bless us all the time and He can’t bless us when we don’t have faith to be blessed. The guilt and shame give us the impression that we are not worthy and they stop the flow of blessings. Today I want to encourage you to turn to the Father for forgiveness. I want to encourage you to trust that Jesus died for you and that you don’t need to live in the past. Ask for forgiveness and be quick to forgive others yourself. The power of forgiveness opens doors that stay wide open. Turn the page. The Lord is on a totally different chapter of your life. He has read the forgiveness chapter and He is waiting for you to catch up and be on the same page He is today!


There have been a few times when I have been stuck while reading a book
. I get stuck on a page when the plot doesn’t make sense or I am missing the point. I have to read the page over. Sometimes I go back to the previous page to get the whole picture. It hasn’t happened often. When we get stuck in the past and we can’t go forward, we are stuck on a page that we don’t understand. We go over it in our minds repeatedly and we try to make sense of it to no avail. We pray to God and ask for answers. He has already moved on and all He wants is for us to ask for forgiveness or for us to forgive ourselves. God doesn’t keep counts of all our mistakes. That’s the enemy’s job. Those difficult pages of our lives shouldn’t be considered the end of our stories.

 

God forgives us every time we ask Him. The first step is to recognize that we need to be forgiven and then verbalize our sin to Him and ask Him to cover it with His blood. God forgives and He doesn’t go back and relive our sins like we do. He deletes them and He keeps on loving us. When we make a mistake and we revisit it all the time, we doubt God’s promise to forgive us. We need to push the revived thoughts away and rebuke them. Shame and guilt are two strongholds that can be brought down by the power of our confession. When we confess that we are forgiven and that Jesus did what it took to set the record straight, then we can conquer all the condemnation.

 

Turn the page, friend. Don’t read what was confusing and what happened to be a weakness. We all have weaknesses and we all have shortcomings. The enemy wants you to stay on one page so you can’t grow spiritually. We do have to stay in one place at times to learn and grow but living in the past, living in our past failures only feeds negativity and stalls us. Praise the Lord for His forgiveness. Take it one step further and forgive others. We receive blessings so we can bless others and forgiveness is a blessing. Turn people’s pages and don’t read their old chapters again. Move on and keep walking in love. The power of forgiveness will bless you spiritually. Turn the page once and for all!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:14-15; Ephesians 4:31-32; 1 John 1:9

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 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

Dream big in 2020

A new year is about to start and with a new year come new resolutions for many of us. Exercising more, eating healthy and being more productive are popular promises we make to ourselves. How well we keep those promises is up for debate but at least we have good intentions. I say dream big at the start of the year. Have big dreams and keep track of them. Base those dreams on God’s promises. Don’t limit yourself. Write a list of big things you want to see happen in 2020. Look at what God can do in your life. Let Him be your resolution maker. Be bold with your dreams. Let them stretch your faith. A new year and a new you in Christ is reasonable according to the Lord. Great things will take place for you this year when you put your trust in God for amazing things. Signs and wonders are what you can expect. Whatever you think God will do, He will do. Jesus spoke about miracles that He will perform through us when we believe. Think of 2020 as the year when you are used by God to perform those miracles. Think of 2020 as the year when you see things you have never seen before. Make promises to the Lord. Tell Him that you are going to work on bold faith and you are going to say bold prayers this year. Stir yourself up and rely on God to get you through this new year. Hold on to your big dreams. Keep an eye on them and revive them through the year.

What big dreams am I talking about? I am talking about dreams that are so big that they seem impossible. Dreams that defy your understanding. Dreams that seem unreal. Dreams that are God-size dreams and not human-size dreams. Dreams that excite you and motivate you. Dreams that take faith and boldness. Dreams that you never dared to have before. Pray about them. Ask the Holy Spirit to assist you and He will show you what those dreams should be. Don’t make a list based on what the world dreams about. Make a list that reflects what the Lord planned for your life. His plans are big. They are from a different realm. They are not confined by human reasoning. They are designed by His understanding and they are manufactured in His heart. God has a heart that is so enormous that no one can fathom its size. Your dreams were birth in His love and His love is limitless and invincible. Dream big with your heart and not with your mind. God is in your heart. Your dreams are going to be divine!

Once you have written down your big dreams, keep on eye on them as often as possible all year long. Pray about them once and then thank the Lord for them every day. Celebrate the Lord because His goodness endures forever and He will make your dreams come true. Thank Him for giving you big dreams. Exalt Him and praise Him because He never fails. Keep your dreams between you and Him and share them with the world as a testimony when they come to pass. Some will take place this year and some will come later but stay in faith. God is faithful and He keeps His word. He would never give you dreams that won’t materialize. This is going to be a great exercise of your faith and it’s going to give you many reasons to praise the Lord in advance. Stay close to the truth all year. Stay close to faith. Stay away from doubt-inducing people and ideas. Keep your faith strong by spending time in the Word and in prayer. Keep your eyes on Jesus in 2020 and let Him make your dreams come true. Dream big in 2020!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 13:20-21

How ready are you to receive from God?

I have been traveling for the holidays. When I am not at home, I find it a bit harder to pray at times. It has become a lot easier in the past six years but I am very sensitive to the spiritual atmosphere around me. I remember trying to pray when I was in Barcelona a few years ago and it was a struggle. Thank God it wasn’t anything the Lord couldn’t help me with. He helped me break through. I strongly believe that our environment can help our prayers or can deter them. What we have to do is keep “pushing through” and the flow of prayers will come. I flow with the Spirit when I pray. It starts with praise and thanksgiving. That combination sets the ground for praying with the Spirit. He comes in and takes over and all I have to do is yield and let Him lead the way. The other night, I was in bed praying here and I found that it was very easy to pray. Everything just went so smoothly. The Lord showed me that the family member I was staying with had a very fertile soil for the things of the Lord. He has a good base that allows the Lord to come in and bless him. He prays daily and he has the faith of a child. He believes that what the Lord says is the utmost truth. I meditated on the “fertile soil” concept and I received some insights. The question I came up with is how fertile is our soil? The soil here represents our foundation, our base, our level of faith, our engagement with the Lord and our “preparation ground” as I like to call it. When our soil is fertile and expectant, God can shower us with His rain and blessings grow all over the place.

The spiritual soil we all have is our level of faith. Faith is everything because without it we would not believe in God. Now, we all have a soil that we have to maintain. We all have a measure of faith that we need to cultivate. We can actively work on it or we can be lazy and not do anything to it. Being lazy and having a non-active faith is obviously not the best solution. We ought to be laborers of faith that spend time working on our piece of land. We have control over how much faith we are adding every day, how much fertilizer we are using. The Word of God is the best source of fertilizer. If the Word stays on our shelves, it won’t do any good. No harvest has ever come out of a land that is never taken care of. It is true that the rain comes and does something to it. That is what we can compare to God’s grace. His grace is given to us without us doing anything. Yes, God does bring the rain and we see miracles come out of the soil but He also expects us to do the growing and the cultivating by studying His Word. I want my land to be so fertile that there are crops all over the place and others can come and taste the fruit of the land. Our faith is for us and for others. We can stand in faith for others until they start growing their own crops. Use the fertilizer of the Word of God daily.

Praying like I said earlier was a joy that night. It has been ever since but that night is when I got the revelation as to why it was so great. When we pray every day, when we pray without ceasing, we make our soil very fertile. Praying without ceasing can seem impossible but it means praying often and keeping a prayer attitude. Our prayer attitude is sustained when we say and do things that don’t contradict out prayers. It’s when we say and do things that line up with faith. Our words outside of our prayer time are very important. We need to watch what we say. Are we doubting God when we talk or are we supporting our belief that God will answer our prayer? A faith that is rooted in “God can do all things” is a strong faith. When your soil is constantly sprinkled with words of affirmation and words of faith, it becomes fertile and it is ready to receive from God. Keep sprinkling faith all over your foundation. Pile up faith on top of faith. Let your declarations be strong and assertive and let them speak of how great your Lord is. The more fertile your soil, the more sustained blessings you will see. Jesus said that He couldn’t perform miracles where no one believed. Don’t let your soil be a place where He can’t perform miracles. Be sure your land shouts out His praise and you will see great miracles take place in His holy name!

Suggested reading: Matthew 21:22; Hebrews 11:1; 1 John 5:5

What about the people in your life?

Yesterday was one of my closest friends’ birthday. We celebrated her after work. It was nice spending time with her. She is a great person who has a burning heart for the Lord. Her life mission is to help as many people as possible. She comprehends that God is about love and that He is a selfless God. Her understanding of who God is makes her the altruistic person that she is. She is one of the people I respect the most and I am blessed to know her. Do you ever make an inventory of the people in your life and thank God for them? I try to do that more and more. God has put people in our lives for a reason. I have learned so many lessons from my interactions with some of the amazing people in my life. I believe that if we looked at everyone we knew and saw them for who they are, we would look at people with Jesus’ eyes. What are the people like in our lives?

 

Some people are very easy to love and some are hard to be around. Some we should spend as much time with and others should be avoided. However, God loves them all. It doesn’t mean that we should hang out with toxic people all the time. Good company makes for good events. When we spend time with the positive people in our lives, good things happen. Spending time with my friend yesterday reminded me of how when two people who have Jesus as their Savior get together, God is with them. We had a glorious time talking about the Lord among other things. That precious time should be celebrated and encouraged. There are many things we can be thankful for and being thankful for the people who are a blessing in our lives is important. I never used to thank God for people as much. I used to focus on what He did for me and what He gave me. God gave me wonderful people I thank Him for every day. It’s time we celebrated the people in our lives and prayed for everyone we know. Some people will never be mentioned in prayers unless you and I pray for them.

 

Praying for everyone I know became a habit a few years ago. I started going through a whole list of people naming them one by one. I didn’t say a “blanket prayer” that would cover all of them. I tried my best to be as specific as I could. It takes time and I don’t do it all the time but it is a powerful way of praying. I make sure to pray for others first. The Holy Spirit reminds me of some of the needs that the people in my life have. The Lord loves it when we pray and He sees His reflection in us when we pray for others because we are doing what He desires for us to do. “Pray at all times” is repeated in the Bible and if we take that commandment or recommendation to heart and attach it to the central message of love, we understand that prayer is initially meant to bless others. When we pray with love, we pray with power. Arm your prayers with love and you will see what God does in the lives of the ones you pray for. Prayer changes things. Prayer blesses. Prayer protects. Prayer helps. Prayer brings life. Pray for people you know and you will contribute to some of the positive changes in their lives.

 

Now, you might say ‘What about the people I know that don’t believe in God?” I strongly believe that those people should be at the front of the line in your prayer requests. They should be in your prayers daily. Pray that the Holy Spirit touch them. Pray that He would melt their hearts and give them understanding. Pray that the eyes of their spirits open to the truth of God’s love. Everyone deserves prayers. Someone might have prayed for you to get saved and look where you are now! You can be that prayer warrior that labors spiritually in his or her prayer closet so that someone else’s life might be changed forever. We should “be Jesus” to everyone and not just to the people who believe in Him. People are turned off by how some Christians treat them because they don’t believe. Christians have chased around non-believers screaming that they should repent right away or they will go to hell. We need to think of how we approach people and rethink our methods if what we do is outside of love. My prayer today is that you celebrate the people God put in your life and that you give an open invitation to everyone around you. That invitation should welcome them to the kingdom of God and not direct them to the kingdom of condemnation. Enjoy the people in your life and thank God for every one of them!

Suggested reading: John 3:16; John 15:12; Romans 13:10