10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 118)

God has a plan for your life. Remember that it is His plan and not yours. He will work it out for you. He will implement His plan and He will provide. Trust in His plan. Let Him be the God who has a plan for your life.

God didn’t call you to be someone else. He called you to be you. It’s when you are you that you will see the true power of you. You are unique. You are amazing. You are loved. You are meant for great things. You are meant to be the child God created. Let Him be your Father. Be His child!

God rejoices over you. He is speaking about you with the cloud of witnesses cheering for you. God is watching over you. He has His eyes on you and His angels are around you. God is in love with you. He pours love into you and His love is in His presence all over you.

Life can teach lessons that we need to repeat over and over again. God teaches lessons that will get us to the next chapter when we pay attention.

Sometimes we just tear down the walls of the house of the Lord with our unbelief and our free will. Let’s keep His house standing. Let’s keep faith as the foundation for His house and let’s build up the walls with hope.

Your prayers should not be minimized. Your words of hope should not be taken for granted. Your praises should not be diminished. Your testimony should not be silenced. Your heart should be strengthened and your faith should be highlighted. Don’t give up on what brings you close to God!

Some people will read and receive the Word of God in you. Some people will never learn how to read God in you. Some people are waiting for you to teach them how to get to know the One who lives in you.

God’s love is not the theme of an episode on the soap opera of your life. Leave the drama behind. God’s love is the main plot of your life. Love is the reason why you breathe. God’s love is the reason why you live.

Perk up and stay alert in the Lord. Drink the cup of His zeal and the cup of His awakening. Stay awake with God. Stay awake through His Spirit. Don’t slumber and don’t snooze spiritually. The adrenaline of the Spirit of God will keep you going.

God is knocking on the door of your heart every day. If you let Him in, He will come and rejoice with you. Pray that you hear the knocks. Pray that you see the door and that you can turn the handle even when your mind is trying to keep you inside the house of chaos and confusion.

Suggested reading: Matthew 7:7; John 10:9; Revelation 3:20

When your faith takes a beating

Faith is like a muscle that we can flex. It needs to be strengthened and it needs to be exercised. Faith is like a muscle that gives a punch to our tough circumstances. It is the punch that knocks the opposition down. The stronger the faith, the stronger the punch. When life comes at you with some low unexpected blows, your faith can retaliate with peace, with confidence in God and with hope. Strong faith or blind faith doesn’t look at the situation at all. It looks at Jesus who handles all situations. Blind faith doesn’t see defeat. It sees victory. It doesn’t allow fear to dominate us. It dominates fear by putting it in a headlock. Faith calls the shots when the enemy tries to shoot us with bullets of discouragement. Faith gives us courage.

Faith gives us boldness and resilience. However, sometimes bad circumstances keep piling up. They form a mountain that is too heavy for us to bear. Our faith muscles get weak under the pressure of that pile of negativity. We try to stay strong but the enemy finds the weakness that atrophies our faith. What should we do when our faith takes a beating? When our ability to deal with life’s punches is diminished, we need to increase the One who killed death and its cohort of negativity. Today I want to encourage you to keep fighting the good fight of faith even when you are feeling too weak to lift a faith muscle. Remind yourself of where your strength comes from. Remind yourself of Who is fighting your battles. Get back in the ring and let the best Coach spot you, guide you and strengthen you. You might have lost a few battles along the way but the Lord won the war for you and you will get to the finish line, the victory line.

It’s amazing how much stronger we can get if we work out regularly following an effective workout routine. I used to exercise with a trainer and I would notice great changes in my body week after week. Faith works the same way. When you exercise it regularly, you get great results. Exercising implies putting pressure on our bodies in order to develop resistance and strength. Exercising our faith means applying pressure to it so that we can build it up. How do we do that? First, we need the proper foundation. The Word of God and the counsel of the Holy Spirit provide the foundation and the background we need. Our faith should be based on what God says. Our faith should be rooted in the Lord and His promises. We ought to have a personal connection with God where we are fed the truth and we are given the spiritual food that will nourish our faith. This should be a daily occurrence. God’s Word should be a part of our lives on the regular. Meditating on the Word gives us the faith structure on which we can build our house of faith.

When our foundation stays in place by regular “inhaling” of God’s Word, practice should be welcomed. The only way we are going to practice is by applying what we learned. Applying faith happens when things go wrong and faith is our resort. If everything is always going well, we can’t apply our faith and we can’t develop it. We dread trials and adversity. They are destabilizing but we can look at them as opportunities to get more faith muscles. If there is no pressure on our faith muscles, they won’t grow. When life beats you up and leaves your spiritual, your emotional and your physical body in a bad condition, run to the One who can recondition everything. The beating can deplete you of faith but it doesn’t mean that your Lord is weaker. Our faith can fluctuate but Jesus stays the same.

When your faith gets a beating, look to the founder and the author of your faith. Take yourself out of the picture and let the Lord show you the bigger picture. In the bigger picture He will point out that He is in control. He is in every part of the picture of your life. He is constant and He is still in control. Talk to the Holy Spirit. Let Him coach you back to faith. Pray and ask for help. Tell the Lord you need assistance. Focus on Him. Focus on His muscles so to speak. He will reveal Himself mighty and powerful again. He will lift you up and give you a boost again. The author of your faith is also the author of the victory chapters of your life. There are many of those chapters and when you leave it up to Him, He starts writing a new chapter where hope is everywhere, peace is back on the throne of your mind and faith makes a comeback with a bigger punch. Don’t give up. When you are weak, the Lord is strong. Keep praying when you are weak. You will see how strong your God is!

Suggested reading: Psalm 73:26; Isaiah 40:29; 2 Corinthians 12:10

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

The restoration of God’s restoration

The mindset that many people have adopted these days is that things can’t get better and that a lot that has been broken can’t be fixed. There is a strong feeling that we can’t get out of the hole that this pandemic has dug in our lives. Hope has left the building and doubt is a permanent resident in many homes. All we can think about is how bad the situation is getting and there seems to be no end to the chaos. “How will this get fixed?” many are wondering. What will it take to get back to a normal life? Is there a way to go back to normal or are we heading toward a new normal that is dismal and discouraging? There is a way. There is hope. There is a truth that will make things right. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the One who can and who will fix this. He knows the way to do it, He holds the truth that will set people free and He has the life that changes everything. What we all need is to restore our faith and our hope in God’s power of restoration. God is still the same. He is the God of miracles and the God of restoration. He will give us what we need and He will fix everything that is broken. Not just some things but everything when we believe. Today I want to encourage you to go back to where your faith once was or to reach the place where your faith sees restoration and reparation.

The word “reparation” usually refers to the making of amends for a wrong one has done by paying money or by helping someone to whom a wrong was done. God is in the business of reparations. When Jesus died and rose again, the biggest reparation was paid to the world. He made amends for the wrong the enemy did to the world and for the wrong sin did to humanity. He made things right with God and He helped every human being that will ever believe in Him. He fixed the biggest problem the world would ever face and His reparation is still true today. Whatever you are facing today can be fixed. It was fixed on the cross and now your faith can make it come to pass. Go back to the cross today. Go back to what Jesus did for you. Spend time in the Word, study it and meditate on it. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. Like many people nowadays what you hear is gloom and doom and your faith has been damaged by the terrible reports. Scary things are happening in the world but they don’t change the good news of the Gospel of Jesus. He came to set the captives free. He came to set you free. This is not the end. Jesus will put an end to this. Build your faith back up. Go up the hill of hope. Get out of the valley of desolation. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever!

God will restore what was taken from you and give you beauty for ashes, hope for every doubt that has been sown in your heart and peace for every storm of worry that is thundering in your mind. “Restoration” is a powerful process. God will restore your life to where it was before and more. You see, with the Lord there is always an increase. You go from glory to glory. This means that His restoration is better than the world’s restoration. When something is restored in the world, it goes back to the way it was before. With the Lord, the restoration goes to a higher level. Life is restored according to His standards and not according to the world’s standards. I remember that after I spent a time in the wilderness even though I had been saved, God’s encounter or re-encounter took me to another level. He gave me peace that I had never known before. He opened my heart to worshiping Him more than ever and He put a zeal in me that I didn’t know existed. God is going to bless you in ways you never knew were possible. Stay in faith. Get into the habit of declaring that God is restoring your life. Keep on praying and keep on praising. Your Sunday morning is coming. It won’t be Friday night forever. Stay encouraged. God’s restoration is about to impact your life. Praise Him!

Suggested reading: Amos 9:14; Isaiah 61:7; 1 Peter 5:10

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

Praise God today more than ever

Praising the Lord should be at the same level all the time. We should be praising Him in good times and in bad times. If there is a time we might want to praise Him more it’s during the bad times. Praising Him is an act of faith and faith pleases God. Praising Him opens the doors to Heaven and brings the presence to the Lord into the scene. Your scene right now is most likely pretty dismal. With everything that is going on in the world, it would be hard not to feel stressed and discouraged. God sees your scene. God is familiar with your current scene. He knows how you are feeling and what you are going through. However, there are no scenes He can’t turn into peace. God can take the chaos you are experiencing and make it a peaceful scene. He can change you on the inside so you can deal better with the outside. The ugly scene that is before your very eyes every day will take time to be resolved but it doesn’t mean that you can’t go through it with peace. Praise is your best resort. It is what you and I need today.

 

You and I need to focus on the One who changes everything. Praise will change you so you can change the world around you. Praise will make you focus on Jesus so you can share Him with the world around you. Praise will heal you so you can help heal the world around you. Praise will give you strength so you can be strong for the people around you. Praise will increase your faith so you can deal with the world around you with blind faith. Praise will give God the glory so you can understand that you are nothing without Him. Praise will magnify Christ so the problems in your life can be minimized. Praise away today. I say praise and you won’t be defeated by the scene around you. Praise and magnify the Lord. Let Jesus be magnified today more than ever. Get going with the praise and the negativity will get out of your way. May Jesus be magnified. Everything is going to change for the best for you when you let Jesus be magnified. Let your praise be heard louder today more than ever before!

If there is one thing that stands out when we read the book of Psalms is that David was an amazing psalmist. He did not write all of psalms but most of them. His tone is sometimes sad, desperate, frightened but it is also joyful and full of praise. If you don’t know where to start with praise, start with the Psalms. Psalm 100 is a great praise Psalm. You will find some beautiful inspiration there. Praising the Lord is something that is in your heart as a Christian. You might be doing it regularly or you might need to learn how to unearth this gift in you but it is there. Praise is a weapon. It’s a weapon against the blues, against fear, against defeat, against discouragement. Many a times I have let myself become an instrument of praise when things were not going well in my life. I have given myself to praise like David the shepherd who was a psalmist. There are so many things that can defeat us and bring us down. There are so many opportunities for us to give up. It’s when things are tough that we have to get tougher and praise is a great way for us to get that tougher skin.

 

Like I said earlier, praise brings God onto the scene. Discouragement can be defeated by God. Anything negative and bad that you are going through can be defeated by God. When you praise, you give Him control. You let Him come in and do what He does best. First, He blesses you by changing your heart and putting hope in it and then He goes to work on your situation. There are better days ahead of you despite the epidemic and praise brings those better days to you today. In times like these you need to go to your refuge and get a refill of hope. Praise can get you there. You need to enter the Lord’s gates and stay in His house for a while. Praise can get you there. Decide today that you are going to praise instead of letting fear destroy your faith. These days can be challenging but the Lord is still with you. Praise will remind you of how present He is and how powerful He is. Praise Him and let doubt fall apart. Praise Him and let victory be in your heart and on your mind. Praise Him and He will reset your spirit. He has so much peace for you and He wants you to have it now. Let Christ be magnified today and tomorrow will look better than ever!

Suggested reading: Psalm 100; 1 Chronicles 16:23-31; Jeremiah 20:13

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