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

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

All year madness 

March Madness just ended with obviously the victory of the best team. The team had to overcome many opponents. After a lot of hard work they got to the top. It took dedication, discipline and determination to win. Did your favorite team win? Did you enjoy the exhilaration you felt while rooting for them? Like is no basketball game but madness is a good word to describe it from time to time. For some people it’s not just March madness but April madness, May madness etc until the end of the year. Every month is a struggle. Every month they are playing the game of their life in the basketball court of the world. They get the ball and they lose the ball. Things are going well one day and then things are going array the next day. They are about to score when the opponent takes the ball from them. They don’t get much of a break on the court. They can’t sit down and rest for a minute. Life is constantly throwing balls at them and they have to catch them. If today you are feeling like you are always on your best game but you can never make a basket, don’t despair. You are not the only player on your team. The Lord is on your side. He not only guarantees that you are going to score points, He also predicts that you are going to win the game. He is the truth and He knows the truth. With Jesus on your team, you can expect great victories. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is settled. It is a fact. You and I have the victory in Jesus. The key is to invite Him on our team. First, recognize that you can’t do this alone. You might have accepted Jesus in your heart and you may be a Christian but if you don’t rely on Him in every part of your life, you have not embraced His fullness. Jesus wants to be involved in your life all the time. Be dependent on His wisdom and not on yours. The Bible says that “we shouldn’t lean on our own understanding but we should trust in the Lord with all our heart and submit to Him in all our ways.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Don’t you think that Jesus would make a better player than you? He can dribble like no other. He can take matters in His own hands and turn things around while your opponent is trying to catch your ball in vain. He will block shots for you. The next step is to acknowledge your entire team. Jesus is the captain of your team and the other players come in different forms and shapes. Some of them are angels around you and others are family and friends you can rely on. Make sure that your team consists of members that all speak the same (spiritual) language and that they are aware of all the techniques and strategies of the captain. Angels are all set. They obey the Lord and they are there to help you. Select the human members cautiously. Surround yourself with believers that know how to encourage you and support you. People who love the Lord and who will obey Him when He tells them to make a move on the (basketball) court. People who use prayer as a technique to advance on the court of life and who will follow strategies outlined in the Word of God. 

Finally, don’t be afraid to play and make progress no matter how scary the other team looks. Jesus said we should not fear and we shouldn’t worry. He promised the victory. There will be tears and sweat at times but you will not be defeated. The victory will be so sweet that you will forget the bitter taste of all the hard work. If you are experiencing April madness right now, stay in the game. Stay in faith. Jesus won’t let you down. Prepare yourself to make basket after basket. With the Lord no one can stop you! You are on the winning team!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 20:4; John 16:33; Ephesians 6:10

  

Time to retaliate 

Yesterday was one of those days when you wake up super tired and you are feeling blah. I was also very sore from working out the day before and the pain was giving me a headache. After praying, I heard in my spirit “retaliate with love” when I was getting ready for work. The Bible says that ” if you show love to your enemies, it will be like putting burning coals on their head and the Lord will reward you” (Proverbs 25:22). That verse came to my mind instantly and I knew the Lord was preparing me for the day by suggesting to retaliate with love. I finished grading quizzes and it was obvious that a lot of kids had not studied and I was getting annoyed but I remembered I had to retaliate with love. “To retaliate” means to fight back, to hit back or to respond. I decide to respond to my disappointment with love. I rarely get mad but I was tired and when you are tired the flesh takes over and you walk less by the spirit. We are told that “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” in Matthew 26:41. Instead of getting upset I took the time to show the kids where they had made mistakes. I thought “hmm how would Jesus handle this?” He would not show anger but would teach with meekness. Then at a meeting with my colleagues the negativity was getting high and again I got the strong impression that I needed to retaliate with love. You should have seen the look on their face when I said we couldn’t end the meeting before saying one positive thing that happened that day. It truly sent some positive ions into the air. They are buying into it and we will be doing that every day. Praise God for that!!! When I got home I found a bill I wasn’t expecting. My first thought was “practice what you preach. Do what you describe in your messages every day”. Then “retaliate with love” came to mind. Friend, I praised God and worshipped and said thank you for every single detail of my life I could think of. I went on for 20 minutes until that unexpected bill dwindled in my thoughts. It does work. It lifted my spirit so high I got lost flying away on the horizon. Things looked back but I decided to show God some love and tell Him how great He is. It did wonders. From then on my day got better and better. At night I was so excited, it took me a while to fall asleep. Friend, retaliate with love. When things go wrong, show love. Show the enemy whom you belong to. Show your circumstances that despite of it all you know God is still on the throne. Retaliate with love when people are getting under your skin. You will not only display God’s character but you will bless someone as well. His love can get you out of bad situations because Jesus operates in love. Show love and He will show you what He can do for you and we know there is nothing He can’t do. Time to retaliate!Suggested reading: Mark 14:38; Luke 6:31; Romans 12:9; Mark 12:31; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8