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

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

Make up your own song 

Yesterday was the day when many churchgoers celebrated God with singing and sometimes dancing. Church services start with praise and worship. It’s my favorite part of church. I sometimes wish we could praise and worship the whole time. The presence of the Holy Ghost is manifested during that time. His sweet and amazing presence is there. There is nothing like it. Singing to the Lord is a spiritual tool that deserves all of our attention. Singing the lyrics of the powerful songs we sing in church is vital to our spiritual well-being. Singing to God period is crucial. Today I am inviting you to make your own song. Sing your own words. Create lyrics that come to you naturally. Sing from the heart in the privacy of your home. Make it a daily singing session. You don’t have to have a beautiful singing voice. To God you sound like an angel. All you have to do is sing to Him with your own words. If singing is hard for you, speak to Him with your own words. They will sound like lyrics to Him. He is crazy about your voice. It’s music to His ears!

You probably have a lot on your mind and a lot in your heart. You probably have a lot you need to express and purge but you are afraid to tell the Lord because you don’t want to be negative. Bottling frustration, anxiety and anger is not healthy. Turning it all over to the Lord is a healthy exercise. If you have a sad song you need to sing, sing it to the Lord. Tell Him how you feel when you can’t take it anymore. Tell Him how sad you are and how things seem out of control. Unload unto the Lord. He is the One we should go to with our weaknesses and our fears. Dumping it all on people will contaminate them with negativity. Some people are very strong in the Lord and can handle it but there are people who will surprise you with their reaction and not in a good way. God can take it. God can handle it all. Sing your sad country song to Him but that song is not popular on the Heaven airwaves. Sing it only once and let it go. Let God handle it. The song that will be a hit on the heavenly airwaves is your own song of gratitude. Play that song every day. The crowd of witnesses will join you with every lyric. 

A song of praise is a song of victory. It’s a song that recognizes that the Lord is above all things, that He is Almighty, loving and powerful. A song of praise is a joyful song. It’s a song that makes you forget the daily burden of life. It’s a song that makes you want to dance and that celebrates God’s goodness. We all have a different way of expressing ourselves. We all have a different set of vocabulary words. Make up a song with words that resonate to you. Words that make sense to you and that are familiar to you. Just like when you pray, God will already know what you are going to say. Express your gratitude every day with words from your heart. Make it simple or make it complicated but just make it “you”! Personalize your song. Thank Him for things that He did for you and things you believe He will do. Thank Him for how He loves you and how you love Him. Make up your song today. God is a personal God and He is interested in your individuality. Happy singing!

Suggested reading: Psalm 33:1-3; Psalm 96:1-2; Ezra 3:11

The language of prayer 

Prayer is the language we use to communicate with God. It’s a language that pleases God. He wants to hear us speak it to Him. He loves it so much that He encourages us to use it all the time without ceasing. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, the Bible says we should ” Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” You can see in this verse that praying is sandwiched between two slices; the slice of rejoicing and the slice of giving thanks. We should always accompany our prayers with thanksgiving. We should thank the Lord that He hears our prayers. Thanksgiving and rejoicing are so important that they should surround prayer just like in this verse. Rejoicing here can be seen as a celebration. What is there to celebrate? Who deserves a celebration? We need to celebrate the Lord and rejoice over our relationship and covenant with Him. Praise and worship are a beautiful form of celebrating Jesus and rejoicing over Him. Praise, prayer and thanksgiving go hand in hand. I always front load my prayers with praise and thanksgiving. I rejoice first by worshipping the Lord with my own words and with music. The words that I choose to start my time with the Lord are crucial because they set the mood. They are powerful words that create an atmosphere. They are the words that bring the Holy Spirit to the scene in an amplified manner. All those words of praise and worship are part of the language of prayer because prayer and praise go together. Communicating with God through prayer means presenting not only our requests to Him but our words of gratitude as well. There is incredible power in prayer especially when it is tied to words of gratitude and to rejoicing because the verse says that this is the will of God. Doing God’s will opens doors that the enemy can’t shut. Doing God’s will is seeking His kingdom and when you seek His kingdom He will meet your every need (Matthew 6:33). Learn to speak the language that God loves to hear. He doesn’t want to hear complaining, whining and words of defeat. He loves words of joy, words of faith, words of love. Speaking the language of prayer might sound like a foreign language to you at first if you are not used to it. Just like in the natural, learning a new language takes practice and discipline. They say that immersion in the country of your target language will help you learn it faster. Immerse yourself by spending time in an environment where the language of prayer is spoken fluently. Find a strong prayer partner, go to a church that believes in the power of prayer, keep hearing words of faith. Make that language yours by hearing it as much as you can. In no time you will get the perfect accent and pronunciation. Every time you start speaking that language, the words will come to you easily. You will begin to dream in that language of prayer. Words of gratitude will come out of your mouth without you noticing it. In no time you will learn the lingo and you will get all the nuances of the language. God is talking to us all the time. Sometimes we just can’t hear Him or we don’t understand His accent, so to speak. The more fluent you become in the language of prayer, the easier it will be for you to comprehend when the Lord is talking to you because you will be speaking the same language. So friend, if you are not too familiar with the language of prayer, let me encourage to start with baby steps and just open your mouth and practice. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Go to an “immersion program”. Speak the language that God loves to hear on a daily basis. You will get amazing, amazing results!Suggested reading: 2 Samuel 22:50; Psalm 35:28; Jeremiah 17:14; John 16:24; Hebrews 13:15; Philippians 4:4; Revelation 7:12

  

God’s prayer thread 

Imagine Raphael is a 25 year-old Christian man who uses Whatsapp all the time. He is always on friends’ thread. Every time he writes, it says “Raphael is typing.” Raphael is also a prayer warrior. He is always on God’s thread. Every time he prays it says “Raphael is praying” above the thread of the prayers that God receives every day. When Raphael communicates on Whatsapp he doesn’t always get a response but he assumes his friends get his messages. Now when Raphael prays God always sees his prayer requests but Raphael doesn’t always get a response. Does it mean God doesn’t care? No, God always replies to our prayers but the Bible tells us His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8). As soon as he submits the request on God’s thread, the Lord put things in motion. It may appear as if God is not typing back for a while but He is taking care of the request. Every time you and I pray, the same thing takes place. God sees our prayers being typed on His thread. He doesn’t ignore any prayers. His way of replying can be many different ways. Our prayers often involve more than one person. God wants to get them ready and it sometimes takes time. You might be ready to get your answer but all parties are not. The same God who wants us to be patient is a patient God. He will not rush because He is doing it the best way. Now, friend know that God as an appointed time for everything. The Bible says “I choose the appointed time” (Psalm 75:2). You will get an answer on His thread when He deems that it is the right time. It will come for sure but do not get discouraged if God is not typing a reply in the next few minutes. Stay in faith and every time you pray believe that the answer is on the way. God cares about you and He will also take care of you. He knows what you are going to ask before you even start typing. He knows Whatsapp!Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:13-16; Luke 15:11-24; Proverbs 14:29; Psalm 37:7