What patience can do for you

I was on a train that was going very slowly the other day. I felt that if I got off the train and started walking, I would get to my destination faster. The train was painfully slow but all I could do was sit there and be patient. I could have lost my cool and entertained a lot of negative thoughts but the Lord pointed out a few very interesting things. He showed me that since the train was going so slowly I could admire the scenery. I could see the beauty around me that I had missed every time the train had gone fast in the past. I could enjoy the trees and the beautiful flowers. I could see things I had never noticed before. That is what the Lord pointed out. He didn’t encourage me to lose my temper. He didn’t want me to focus on the time and to think that I was going to be late. He directed me to stay in the moment and to rejoice over my surroundings.

That slow train ride was a nice step back. A step back from the busyness of my mind. A step back that was truly a step forward. Why? God is patient and He is not in a hurry. Slowing down allowed me to get closer to God and to be more like Him. That a step forward in my book. That is a step forward in His Book. The Bible teaches us about patience but we are often in a hurry to get to the end of a chapter of our lives when we should let every page unfold. We want to know how it will all end when the Lord wants us to go through a natural process of identifying every section of our story and making the most of it all. What leads to the end is just as important as the end and sometimes more important. Every chapter of our lives matter and they should be lived out to the fullest and appreciated. Patience is more than a virtue. It’s the key to great treasures that can only be discovered if we take the time.

When I was on the slow train, I enjoyed that slower pace. I didn’t at first but once I got on God’s page, I understood the value of slowing down. Like I said, it draws us closer to God and it enables us to develop a wonderful fruit of the Spirit. Without patience we can miss out on so much. Without patience we can forfeit our faith. Faith works with patience. There is no way around it. You can’t walk in faith if patience is not by your side. You can’t walk in love if patience is not your friend. You can’t have hope if patience is not part of the equation. Patience is a key that opens many doors. It is a master key that fits in many locks. When we rush around and try to open a door, we can’t get the key to turn properly because we are distracted by our own impatience.

Patience gives us the ability to make things fit the right way and to find the proper way to do things. I can think of many times when I did a bad job at school because I wasn’t patient. Now if I am impatient with the things of the Lord, I will not gain wisdom and I will misinterpret what He is trying to tell me. Patience and meditation go hand in hand. I meditate on God’s Word every day and I need to be patient when I meditate. I need to be patient with myself and patient with the messages I am getting. God doesn’t always reveal everything right away. Sometimes when I pray I don’t hear Him if I am too scattered in my thoughts and I am rushing around. I get the best of out of prayers when patience is involved and I wait on the Lord.

“Wait on the Lord” is an encouragement I often get. How can I wait on the Lord if I am not patient and I am not slowing down? I have noticed that when I pray for something or I expect the Lord to intervene in my life and I wait patiently, it is more likely to happen. I have found that life is what happens when you don’t look at it. In other words, great things in life take place when we don’t keep starting at them and wait for them to manifest. Patience tells us to focus on the Lord and not focus on the creation. Patience tells us to focus on the good and not pay attention to the bad.

Patience works with faith and it is always positive. Patience has a positive outlook on life. Patience is strong. Patience gives us the strength to hold on. If you are struggling with patience today, I invite you to invite it into your life. Pray for more patience. Get used to getting on the slow train and enjoy what is around you. Walk slower. Walk with God. Don’t run to the end of the chapter. Engage with the beginning, the middle and the end. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes during the whole process. Slow down and enjoy the moment. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Ephesians 4:2

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 175)

Doubt will try to rob you of your faith. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep Him at the core of your beliefs. Seek His face daily. Talk to Him daily. Praise Him daily. Read His Word daily and you will be winning against doubt daily!

God is good all the time not just part of the time. His love for us is a full time ministry. He does not stop ministering to us with His love. He is God 24/7. Remember that next time you are going through a tough season. God is the same year round!

When life gives you lemons, react with the fruit of the Spirit. Stay calm. Keep walking in love. Tap into God’s joy. Embrace His peace. Wait patiently. Life will get better and sweeter in Jesus’ name!

God has big plans for your life. There is a big picture that has many parts to it. Get a bigger picture of the big picture by getting into the Word of God. You will gain a better understanding of the picture perfect life God has for you!

Your present suffering doesn’t compare with the blessings that are coming your way. God will make a way. There is no way that He won’t make tomorrow a better day. Hang in there. Stay encouraged! God is preparing something amazing for you!

God will remind you that He doesn’t change but He can change everything. He will remind you that life can be full of bad surprises but He has conquered the world and He will turn things around for you. Trust the Lord that changes things for the better! Trust Jesus!

The end of the road is sometimes the start of a new path with the Lord. If you feel like this is the end, remember that with the Lord there are new beginnings. Your new beginnings are here. God is taking you in a new and better direction.

Every minute spent with God in the privacy of your prayer room is a precious and powerful minute. Your prayer room is mobile. It goes with you everywhere you go. Pray anywhere. Talk to God anywhere. Stay in faith anywhere. Be blessed anywhere!

The Lord is your defender. He wins your battles for you. He always goes before you. Trust that He is always taking care of you. Trust that He is defending you even when the battle is hard.

Rest in the Lord. Relax in the arms of the Father. Don’t go too fast. Take the time to enjoy your life in Christ. Walk at the Lord’s pace and you receive peace that surpasses all understanding.

Suggested reading: Psalm 121:1-8; Romans 16:20; Philippians 4:9

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 174)

There is a light at the end of the tunnel but look around and you will see that the light of the Lord is inside the tunnel. When you are going through dark times, the Lord is with you. Don’t be scared. Don’t get discouraged. God’s light is protecting you in the tunnel!

God wants you to take your time. Don’t rush. Don’t run too fast. Stay at His comfortable pace. Learn as you walk side by side with the One who loves and adores you. God’s timing is the best. Let Him be your time keeper!

God is going to do something amazing for you. He is going to turn your rain of sadness into a bright summer day of joy. God has you in the plan of His hand and He is going to change everything around you for the best. He will change your heart as well in the process! Stay encouraged!

Just because you can’t handle it doesn’t mean that God can’t handle it. Give Him the wheel. Let Him take care of you and of your situation.

You might be down today but hope is on the way. The Lord is ready to pick you up and take you places. You are not going to stay in this state of misery. With the Lord, you are headed to a place of bliss where you will be more than happy!

Jesus is the One who can change your life forever. When you attach your life to His life, you can’t fail. You can’t lose. Jesus is the victory that never leaves you. He fought for your life and won all the battles. Live your life for the One who gives you the best life!

Love will heal your broken heart. Jesus is love. He will heal your broken heart. Healing is coming. Hold on tight to promise of a better tomorrow. Jesus is with you today preparing you for a better future. Don’t lose hope!

Rest in the Lord. He will give you all you need and more. Rely on Him. Rest in the palm of His hand. You are in good hands. You have nothing to worry about!

God is for you. He is not just for other people. He will take care of you. He is boy just taking care of other people. He is on your side and He will get you to the other side of your problem. Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 30:17; Isaiah 38:16-17; Psalm 147:3

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 173)

The mind gets full. The heart gets heavy and the spirit suffers. Jesus can make us light again. Let’s cast our cares upon Him and we will be free from life’s heaviness!

Before Christ you had no life. After Christ you became a new person. Before Christ you were dead inside. The Lord’s resurrection is now your success story. You live through Christ and in Christ. Celebrate Jesus, the life of the party.

When you keep walking in faith despite your circumstances, the enemy will attack your thoughts and try to build negative strongholds in your head. Turn your thoughts over to the Lord. Find refuge in Him and let Him be your fortress of positivity.

Whatever tries to be bigger than you is never bigger than God. God can destroy what is trying to destroy you. Trust Him in all circumstances!

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. His ability to heal you and to bless you hasn’t changed. Keep hoping for a breakthrough in His name!

Where you came from is not necessarily where you are now. You are not in the past anymore. With God all things are new. You are a new creature in Christ. You are not your “old you” anymore. Remember that!

There is a change of plans happening in your life today. What the enemy had meant for evil, Jesus is changing for good. Hold on to God’s plans for your life. They are amazing and they are true blessings. Stay encouraged!

Your hotline to Heaven is found in your prayer life. Make sure you stay in touch with God every day. He will always pick up when you call. He will always listen when you are on the line. He is never too busy to answer your call and He will never hang up on you!

Focus on what you know you see in Jesus’ name. Focus on what faith is showing you and not on what doubt is flashing in your face. Don’t worry about the blind spots and keep driving in faith. Believe that God will show you what the human eye can’t see through the power of faith.

God is always faithful and He will show you that despite the adversity He is standing by you. Trust Him and rely on Him even when the world is falling apart around you. God will restore everything and give you more than before!

Suggested reading: Psalm 33:20-22; Psalm 56:3-4; Romans 8:28

Great is His faithfulness

Another week and another chance to see how faithful our Lord is. I love that God is always faithful. It is something that I celebrate every day but at times there is some resistance in my head. Sometimes I go down the wrong path of thinking and my mind tries to tell me that God is going to fail me and He won’t be faithful. I have been in situations where I couldn’t see God’s faithfulness. The problem was that I was trying to see it with my eyes and I was looking for it around me. God is faithful no matter what. He stands on His throne in His glory and nothing can change that His faithfulness sits on His throne with Him. He promised to bless us and to never leave us. His love is faithful and it stays with us. If Jesus is your Savior, His faithfulness will accompany you all the days of your life. Because it is such a powerful truth, you can expect the enemy to do his best to demonstrate that God’s faithfulness is overrated. The devil is the king of lies and deceit. He will never hold the truth. Remember that. Even when things look bad and hopeless, God’s faithfulness is intact. The enemy will play up the bad things that are happening to you so you can believe that God can’t get you out of your problems.

God’s faithfulness is a guarantee and when we stay in faith and we keep standing despite the adversity, we will see the glory of God shine and His faithfulness will be evident. God said that He will protect us and that is always true. His protection is all around you, friend. Keep that in mind and keep saying that to yourself. You might be in some type of danger now but God’s protection is greater and stronger than anything you are facing. His protection will get you through anything. Not just a few circumstances but all of them. Praise Him for His faithful protection. Declare His protection over your life. Declare that God cares and that He watches over you faithfully. God promised He would send a Savior. He said He would send Someone who would cover all our sins and save us from eternal death. He kept His promise. He sent His Son. His Son came to earth and fulfilled the promise even though there were many attempts to end His life prematurely. When He was on the cross, it looked like death had won but God had not changed His promise. He had not altered what He was going to accomplish and Jesus conquered death. The promise stood strong and it is still alive today. God’s promises are all still alive and your trials and tribulations can’t control them. Tell the Lord you are ready to see His promises fulfilled in your life today.

One of God’s biggest promises is that He loves us. He is faithful with that promise and He keeps on loving us even when we keep on messing up. His faithful love is packaged in His mercy and grace. Think about how merciful the Lord has been and how His grace has carried you. I can quote many instances when God’s grace has saved my life. My whole life is a testimony to God’s grace and faithfulness. I am thankful for His faithfulness. I am inviting you today to expect God to be faithful and to add that truth to your daily declarations of faith. Remind yourself and your circumstances that God is always faithful. Start the week with that promise on your lips and in your mind. Let your heart be filled with the promise and stay strong no matter what comes your way. You will experience God’s faithfulness. Don’t get discouraged. God is always good and always faithful. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 33:4; 2 Thessalonians 3:3

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 172)

When you’ve got God’s mind on your mind and you can’t be shaken, His peace has settled in your heart.

God helps you be more like Him. God helps you be more like the you He designed. God helps you love yourself more. God helps you love your neighbor more. God helps you be more like love!

Don’t run against the stream of your destiny. Don’t run in the lane of someone else’s destiny. Don’t run in the wrong direction. Don’t run against God. Don’t run against hope. With God hope runs after you. With God love runs after you. With God your destiny runs with you!

God is as active behind the scenes as He is on center stage. Ask Him to show what He is actively doing in every part of your life. He will give you the lens of faith so that you can see His hand actively working for you.

Let God deal with the Goliaths of your life. He will give you the exact slingshot you need. It could be His Word, faith, love, hope, peace, joy or anything that He sees fit. God can handle all the giants that come your way. Pray and He will take care of them.

Sometimes you don’t receive from God because you are not ready for His blessings. Sometimes you have to wait a very long time for God’s answer and for His blessings but it doesn’t mean you won’t be blessed. Pray for patience. Your blessings will come.

Pray for everyone. Pray for those you know. Pray for those you barely know. Pray for those you don’t know. Speak blessings into their lives. Speak peace, joy, love and healing into their lives. Many people are not “spoken for.” Speak for everyone in the name of Jesus!

Worrying is giving the devil a continued audience where he can wreak havoc by building strongholds in our minds. When worry comes, turn to Jesus the Prince of Peace. Listen to His voice through His Word and the devil will get quiet.

There are no storms too big for the Lord. Remember that He is your anchor and He is with you in the boat. You are not going to drown. You will walk on water with Him!

Your cry for help has been heard. It was heard before you knew you needed help. The Lord will always listen to your cry and send help. Don’t get discouraged. God heard you! God will save you!

Suggested reading: Job 14:7-9; Romans 15:4; 1 John 3:3

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 171)

We have to dip our spirit into the ink of the Word of God and let God write our lives that way. Let God do all the writing through the emergence of our spirits as you are filled with the Word!

God wants you to exalt Him. Put Him above everything. That mountain of troubles that you keep facing, He should be above it. Put Him on top of your lists and put Him above all your wishes. Let Him be your number one wish!

The barriers of prayer keep you in a safe place. They confined you to a place of peace and joy. They enclose you where God wants you and they keep the enemy at bay.

Some of us are professional worriers called to be prayer warriors whose power to pray worry away is waiting for us to take a stand and pray!

May your actions and your words tell people that you know God. May your actions speak loudly about God. May your actions be about love.

Don’t despair and don’t worry. Just trust the Lord and be merry! Don’t panic and don’t fret. Just trust the Lord and you will be all set!

God is still moving. God is still performing miracles. God is still healing. God is still loving. God is still giving. God is still God and no weapon from the enemy can change that.

The blood of Jesus covers your sins and makes you whiter than the snow. Thank God for His blood. Thank God for the purity that is over your life in the name of Jesus!

With God you get freedom power. You get liberty. You get peace. God will set you free every time you fall into the traps of enemy. Just trust God. Praise the God of freedom!

The thought of giving up can be strong. The thought of losing hope can be strong. The thought of not having it all together can be strong. The truth of Jesus is stronger than any negative thought!

Suggested reading: Psalm 46:1; Matthew 7:7; Hebrews 4:16

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 170)

Even on your worst day you can still have a lot of joy and a lot of peace. Have more Jesus on those days. Increase your prayer time and your praise time. Jesus is the same even on the rough days!

There is always room for you with God. He always welcomes you and invites you. You will never be left out and you will never be abandoned. God adores you!

God will wake you up from your nightmares and He will make some of your biggest dreams come true. Keep dreaming with the Lord and great things will happen to you in the name of Jesus!

Sometimes God pushes the pause button and He wants you to slow down and take break. Rest in Him. Rest in His arms. Go at His pace and stop the race against the clock!

Be someone’s “God’s person”. Represent God to someone. Be the light someone needs. Be God’s love to someone. Be the person of faith someone needs in their life. Be the Word of God to someone!

You will never succeed if you don’t take a chance. Step out in faith and take a chance. Take a leap of faith and you will land in success. Trust God with every step and every leap!

You are blessed to be a blessing. The Lord is blessing you so you can bless others. He is opening the floodgates from Heaven so your life is flooded with love and blessings and the overflow is touching lives around you. You are highly blessed in the name of Jesus!

God’s presence can be your biggest weapon. Pray, praise, worship and love without ceasing and His presence will be obvious to you. Spread God’s presence wherever you go!

God is going to release joy in your life. He is going to open the gates of gladness and flood you with glee and delight. Hang on to the God of joy. Great things are coming!

Suggested reading: Psalm 47:1; Proverbs 10:28; James 1:2-3

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 168)

God will rescue you. Help is on the way. Hang in there. Something great is coming and God is orchestrating all the details. Hold on to Him. He will deliver you and bless you!

You are God’s warrior. You are a child of the Lord Almighty. Don’t be a worrier. Don’t let your mind fool you and tell you you won’t make it. Give your worries to God and He will give you the power to win every battle!

Jump into praise before you jump to the wrong conclusion. The conclusion is that God always wins in the end and you are the beneficiary of that victory.

God is not the God of time to time. He is the God of all the time. He never changes. He never fails. His love always prevails.

God’s love always makes a way. When you can’t see a way, look at God’s love and you will discover that God has made a way and His love will guide you through it all.

The only guarantee about tomorrow is that God will be there for you. Trust that He will be. Stay in the present knowing that tomorrow is taken care of.

Life can be cruel. Life can be relentlessly torturous but it can also be filled with peace and strength when we make the Lord the center of our lives. Live your life through Jesus and for Jesus and you will experience the best things life has to offer.

There is food from Heaven for our spirits and it can be found in the Word of God. Stay in the Word and you will get manna from Heaven. It will keep you full and spiritually satisfied.

You need daily encouragement from the Lord to face the daily discouragement from the world. Listen to what the Lord has to say in His Word and you will be able to handle the world!

Things will change. Things will shift. Things will get better. Things will improve. Things will be new. Things are not going to stay the way they are now. Have hope. God is in charge of the things in your life. Trust Him!

Suggested reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1; Isaiah 43:19; 2 Peter 2:9

God cares about your heart

I used to think that God was a distant entity who didn’t mingle with us humans very much. He was hard to approach and He was standoffish. Little did I know that He was the total opposite. He cares more than anyone I know. He cares more than my family and my friends. He is interested in all of us and in every part of our lives. He knows all there is to know about us and yet He acts like every part is very meaningful to Him. He could hate us because of who we are, because we are all sinners but He died for us so we could be redeemed and we could have a relationship with Him. That is just so amazing when you think about it! He has restored us and made us part of His family. One thing that God made clear to me is that He cares about my heart. He cares about my feelings and my emotions. I had never known Him to be that caring and I feel bad for all the people who have been misled and who believe that God is not concerned with our hearts. He is. What we think, what we feel and what we experience all matter to Him. God wants us happy and joyful. He wants to be the center of our lives because He knows that is the best thing for us. He is not arrogant, self-centered and selfish. The best thing we can ever live and experience is a relationship with Him and that is what He desires for us all to have. The very best is what we deserve in His eyes. Finding peace, joy and love is not an impossible goal. It can all happen when we stay close to God and we let Him lead our lives and impress us with His goodness. Our hearts go through so much because of everything that goes on in this world. The world will always be in turmoil and there will always be reasons for us to be troubled but Jesus cares. Jesus cares about your heart and mine. Remember that every day Jesus cares about your heart.

Jesus died for you. He died for your heart. He died so you would have a good life and you would be joyful. Joy is important to Him. He is joy. He is not a sad God. Whoever tells you that you have to be sad and down to please God is not well-informed. God would never want you to have the opposite of Him. He would never want you to have a life where the enemy is ruling your heart and filling it with negative junk. That junk is not from God and it will never be. Your heart is the engine of your spiritual being. Your heart is the core of your character and of your faith. When your heart is troubled, your faith is affected and your personality is contaminated for lack of a better word. Your heart is the director for the movie of your life. Your heart takes you into the right direction and into the wrong direction. Out of the abundance of your heart come good things or bad things. God cares about what’s in your heart and He encourages you to make sure that your heart is governed by Him and by love. Love should be the headmaster of your heart. God should be the king of your heart and everything else should be subject to Him. Take a look at what’s in your heart. You will find out what’s in it when you pay attention to what you say and to what you think about the most. Your thoughts and ideas will always find their way to your heart so it is crucial that you filter them and that you have a good handle on them. Jesus is the best filter!

God is very interested in what’s in your heart like I have been saying and that means that He has a plan for your heart and it is possible for your heart to be kept strong and to be joyful. God can help with your heart. He can show you how to keep it strong and how to fill it with joy and peace. The first step is to put Him in your heart. Know and understand that there is no substitute for God. He has to be the One you focus on and you adore. Develop a relationship with Him. Make Him the focus of your thoughts. You can achieve that by reading the Word, by praying more than usual and by praising the Lord. Don’t wait for church to praise and pray. Don’t wait for Sunday to talk to God. Give Him a chance to talk to you every day. Your heart can easily be impacted by the world so there is a need for a stronger relationship with the Lord. It takes time, effort and dedication but is it the best thing you can do. When you do, God will impart His peace and make your heart feel safe. He will pour joy into you and make your heart be glad. He will shower you with His love so you can give out His love to the people in your life. God cares about your heart and He has the power to keep it blessed and free from worry. God will remove worry and fear from your heart when you give your heart to Him. Trust Him with your heart! He will make you glad!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3; John 14:1; John 16:22-23