You will get stronger

When we stay in faith and we persevere despite what life throws at us, we are not doing it in vain. We are never pursuing God in vain. We are never seeking God in vain. We are always on the right track as long as we are trying and we are open to the Lord. Faith is always worth it. Faith is always our best bet. Faith is always the best path. Why should we stay in faith and keep going? First of all it is God’s will for us and staying in faith produces more faith. If you stay in faith and you keep pushing, you will get stronger. When I work out at the gym, I see some nice results when I keep at it even when it is hard. I have had to push myself. I have had to look beyond the pain and beyond what looked like limitations. I have had to believe that I would get more toned and I would get more muscles. If I looked at myself in the mirror and focused on what hasn’t changed, I wouldn’t be walking in faith. Faith doesn’t look at how things are and accepts them for what they are. Faith believes beyond appearances and beyond circumstances. Faith has its own set of eyes. The eyes of faith see into the heart of God and see blessings and hope everywhere. It is worth staying in faith because when we get stronger, we can face anything with more ease. Today I want to encourage you to stay hopeful and to hang on to faith. Keep walking in love. Keep tapping into joy. Keep embracing peace. Keep speaking over your life with hope. Keep seeking the Lord’s faith. Keep going and you will get stronger. You will get stronger and you will become a stronghold of faith.

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.”* God gives power to His people. When you stay in faith, you stay in the pool of those who can get power from the Lord. You stay confident in the One who can give you what you need to make it. You can be weak and powerless but your faith opens the door to strong and powerful. Your faith gives you access to the strength of the Lord so expect that you will become strong. Stay in faith knowing that strength is coming and you are building muscles of hope in the name of the Lord. Your faith is extremely important and extremely powerful when you maintain it and you stick with it. You are not believing in the power of a genie. God is a tower of strength that will supply a power bigger than anything that can come your way. Let your faith talk about the power of the Lord. When you praise God, talk about His strength and emphasize His ability to do the impossible. Lift Him up and exalt Him for being God. Being God means being the most amazing One. He is the most amazing One and you can rest assured that He will give you strength. Your faith muscles are growing every time you profess that the Lord will make you stronger.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10). Don’t look at how weak your faith has been. Don’t look back at moments when you collapsed and crumbled. God is going to restore you and He is going to build you up. Stay in faith and you will see that come to pass. There is no way you can’t get stronger in the Lord when you hold on to Him. This is what you should do. Every time something bad happens, declare that the Lord your God will get you through it and declare that you have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. Speak about the Lord’s restoration power. Speak about how every bad situation contributes to your muscle gain. You are training to become stronger in your faith and the bad things that take place in your life are excuses to do more spiritual push ups and to increase the weight of dumb bells of life. Those dumb bells will seem heavy at first but you will discover that with persistent faith they will become lighter and lighter. Your resilient faith will help you carry that weight.

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3). God is faithful. He always does His part. His part is to strengthen you. It will happen. It is happening as you are staying in faith. Every brick of faith you are putting on top of another brick is a step closer to you becoming a powerhouse of hope. You are going to get stronger. Don’t get tired of loving others. Don’t get tired of praying. Don’t get tired of praising. Don’t get tired of being grateful. The Lord sees you and He will bless you. Everything good and noble that you are doing is not done in vain. One day you will realize that your faith is stronger. Until then, keep going. Keep hoping and believing. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 40:29; Psalm 73:26; 1 Chronicles 16:11

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

Pray God’s will into your life

A few days ago, I talked about the importance of believing when we pray. Whatever we ask, we should believe that we will receive it. I also mentioned that what we pray for should be in agreement with God’s will. What is God’s will for us? His will is described in His Word and He only has good intentions for us. God will not give us everything we want because everything is not good for us. His desire is to bless us and to prosper us. Anything that will not be a blessing to us and that will not prosper us in any way is not something that God wants for us. That mansion we have been praying might not exactly be what God has planned for us. It could be but we shouldn’t be surprised if it’s not in His will for us. I used to say that God could make me a millionaire but He couldn’t trust me with all that money. That money might become a god in my life and I would lose the best connection I have going on. God gives us what we need and more. “The more” is that extra cherry on the cake and it is often meant to be shared with others. God answers our prayers so we get what we need and so that we can hand the overflow to others.

One thing I had never thought about was how because I wasn’t asking, I wasn’t getting anything.  I thought that since God was God He didn’t need to hear about all my needs. However, He clearly says in His Word that we are not getting what we need because we are not asking. This means that there is a need to be a request first and that request must be in line with God’s will like I mentioned earlier. Today I want to encourage you to ask God. Don’t underestimate or overestimate your requests. Bring them to the Lord. Bring them to the throne of God and see what He does and what He has to say about it. The first thing I suggest you ask is that He gives you discernment. Ask Him to show you what His will is and to open the eyes of your spirit. Make a list of your needs and scan them with the power of discernment that only the Lord can provide. You will find many answers in the Word of God. Read it prayerfully and read it with your coach. The Holy Spirit is your coach. He can help you decipher some of the mysteries of God’s will and He can always point you in the right direction.  I pray to the Holy Spirit before I read my Bible and I thank Him for illuminating me and enlightening me. He is the best at showing the truth and He is the ultimate expert at giving us the revelation we need. He will do that for you. Make it a habit and you will discover what you should be asking God for.

God knows exactly what you need and He can give it to you as you stay in faith. We can’t go to the Lord and ask Him with doubt. We can’t try to ask Him and hope for the best. We ought to ask Him knowing that He will provide. If it’s in His will, it will come to pass. There is no doubt about it. There are some many blessings listed in the Bible that can be prayed into our lives. I would start there for sure. Pray God’s will into your life. Pray according to His heart. He will show you what’s in His heart and His Spirit will whisper the prayers to you. It implies that you should be in sync with the Lord. Agree with His Word. Develop a sense of reverence and honor for the Word. Let it be your reference book and your way of life. It should overtake the world in your mind and in your heart. Daily study and reading is often required. Carve some time in your daily schedule so you can devote time to the Word of God. I am telling you that it’s going to make your prayers very powerful because they will echo God’s will for your life. Get filled with the Word of God. Pray God’s desires for your life. Thank God for His will. Thank God for how He is blessing your life. Things will change and blessings will follow you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 7:7; John 14:13-14; James 4:3

The God of miracles

What do you need now? What do you need for your situation to get better? You might need a miracle or at least it might feel like a miracle is what it would take for your circumstances to improve. The good news is that God is in the business of miracles. He is the inventor of miracles and He has a lot of experience with miracles. As a matter of fact, miracles are in His veins. God is a miracle. That is how I see Him. He came into my life and saved me. He is the miracle I had been waiting for so long. I am getting to know Him and I am learning about His miracle-working power. He is more proficient in miracles than anyone you will ever meet. Therefore, you should go to Him. Turn to Him today. Ask for your miracle. Pray to Him. Be a relentless prayer warrior and show Him that you know He is the miracle maker. God is a miracle maker. What seems like a miracle to us is just another normal act to Him. Parting the seas, turning water into wine are just everyday occurrences for Him. We don’t see them happen because we don’t have the faith for it. It sometimes takes corporate faith for major things like that to take place. Get to know the God of miracles. In the Bible you will find many accounts of His miracles and you will be amazed by His power and by what He can do. He can do the impossible. If there is one thing you should retain from this message is that God can do the impossible. Your miracle is not that far away and it is not something God has to come up with after a long period of reflection and planning. God can reverse any situation, restore anything that needs to be fixed and improve any circumstances. There is something great that will happen to you when you rely on God. You don’t have to bring a huge amount of faith to Him. All He needs is your mustard seed of faith and a heart that is open and willing to receive from Him. The God of miracles can take your situation and make it so much better that you will completely forget that you were in distress at one point.

The parting of the Red Sea is one of the miracles in the Bible that has had the most impact on me. It is an act of God that represents what God can do very well. Who could part the seas and make a path for people to walk on if not God? I am sure that with today’s technology men could do something similar but we are talking about an event that took place centuries ago when such a thing was inconceivable. I have been faced with a Red Sea of my own before. A barrier, a huge hurdle, an impossible situation that kept me from reaching a place of peace. I have contemplated that sea and thought many times that there was no way I would be able to go through it or to come out of it in one piece. My heart used to get broken a lot and I would find its many pieces on the threshold of hope with too much discouragement to even think of repair and restoration. However, God has come through for me all the time. He has picked up the pieces and put my heart back together better than it had been before. God is not intimidated by the seas. It doesn’t matter how big and rocky the oceans of your life are. God can part them and neutralize them. With one word He can make them move away from your path and He can make you walk on dry land. Think of the dry land as the path to your miracles. Many are the paths of the Lord so be assured that no sea can stop Him and He will not only make your path clear but He will make sure that it leads to a great miracle.

When I started thinking about how miracles are nothing extraordinary for God, it helped my thinking align with God’s. Miracles are amazing events that defy logic and nature. God is an amazing God who defies logic and nature and it is in His nature to create miracles. Trust and believe that the miracle you need today is something that God will do for you very easily. Trust and believe that God loves you very much and He is more than willing to shower you with miracles. Trust and believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and He has never stopped performing miracles. Join the group of believers that know without a doubt that miracles are for us today. Join the group of believers that understand that God is the miracle-worker that the world needs today. The outcome of your current situation doesn’t hinge upon your abilities, your money, your intellect and your luck. It all depends on your Savior and He is the God of miracles. He is the One who is going to solve your problem. He is the One you should put in charge of your situation by faith. It is not over yet. Your miracle can still take place. God is not too late and He is not limited by time and space. He has enough room to create something miraculous in your life and He always has the perfect timing. You are so blessed! You are a child of the God of miracles! Stretch out your hand over your sea of problems and the Lord will drive it away from you and make a way for dry land and there will be a path to your miracle!

Suggested reading: Exodus 14:21; Jeremiah 32:27; Mark 10:27

You can count on God

How many people can you count on? How many people can you go to for help and for advice? How many people can you call in the middle of the night and you know for sure that they will pick up the phone? How many people can you rely on all the time? I would think that most of us have a small group of friends and family members we can count on. There are different degrees of reliance and different degrees of help we can get. Not everyone will be there for us and once we discover that, we can get very disappointed. At least that was my experience. We are all humans and we have our limits. However, there is Someone we can always count on and who will never let us down. The Lord is the One who is more faithful than any human beings. He is reliable at all times even in the middle of the night. He doesn’t look at the phone and picks up if He feels like it. God is no respecter of persons and He is there for all of us. He is always willing to help and always willing to take care of us. He is our lamp and our salvation. We don’t have to fear anything and anyone. He is the stronghold of our lives. David declared it and we should repeat it. God is a reliable stronghold and fortress always present in times of trouble and in any season. It doesn’t matter what season you are in today, you can count on God.

A stronghold is hard to destroy and when the Lord is your stronghold, you can rest assured that He can’t be destroyed. His faithfulness is part of who He is and nothing can alter it, remove it and destroy it. He is faithful and that is something we should remember all the time. When things are not going well, God’s faithfulness is still good and reliable. When we go through beautiful seasons, His faithfulness is very beautiful. When we go through tough winters, His faithfulness is very beautiful as well. Your stronghold can’t let you down. Keep that truth in the middle of your heart. Live by it. Live by the fact that you can count on the Lord. It will change the way you look at things, the way you look at life. Life is so much better when we have someone we can always count on and when that someone is the Lord, we have the best companion ever.

When I read in the Bible that we shouldn’t put our trust in mere humans, it made me think of how much I trusted people more than I trusted God. I think that trusting people is a normal reaction but it is a reaction that we ought to change. Not only because people can let us down but also because God knows best and He is the ultimate helper and counselor. It makes more sense to trust in the creator of the universe than to trust in people with limited abilities to help. Should we mistrust people in our lives? I truly don’t think that is the answer. I believe that we should trust God first and He will use people to help us. We should go to the source of all solutions first and let Him take control of the situation.

Trust in the name of the Lord. Trust in the power of His love. Trust that He will always protect you and get you out of trouble. If you are facing a tough season now, keep in mind that you can count on God. You can count on Him to assist you during this season and to get you through it. Help is on the way. The end of your misery is on the way. You can count on things to get better in the name of Jesus. You can count on relief and peace. You can count on Jesus. He is not going to let you down. He has something amazing for you. Don’t lose hope. He can be trusted at every hour of the day and during any time of the year. Great things are going to happen to you. God’s faithfulness is pushing hurdles away and making things right for you. You can count on God! Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 2:22; Psalm 118:8; Jeremiah 32:37

The art of rejection

Rejection is the act of not accepting, believing or considering something. We experience rejection at some point in our lives. Rejection is a negative experience but it can be a very positive experience as well. I call it the art of rejection. When we don’t accept and don’t believe what the enemy is doing in our lives, rejection is a positive experience. I call it an art because it is the application of our creative skill or imagination. We can find ways to reject what the enemy does and the more we do it, the more skilled we become and it ends up being a positive expression of that skill. The skill of rejection is powerful. It comes with faith, hope and perseverance. We can stand our ground and refuse to be subject to what the enemy does in our lives. We can reject his negativity and stay in faith. When we have hope in the Lord, we are skilled believers that know how to reject the enemy. We can reject negative thoughts. We can reject negative situations. We can reject negative words. We can reject fear. We can reject doubt. We can reject discouragement. We can reject the enemy altogether. We can reject everything that stands in our way in the name of Jesus. We can reject anything that comes against the Word of God. We can reject negative reactions to what happens to us. We can reject conformity to the world. Today I want to encourage you to practice the art of rejection and give the devil the boot. Don’t let him take advantage of you and lie about your life. He is a liar and he has no business dictating you how you should conduct yourself and lead your life. Reject his suggestions. Reject his lies. Do it in the name of Jesus!

The Bible tells us to resist the enemy and he will flee. This means that resisting him is not impossible and it also means that it is something we should be doing all the time. We let the enemy take too much ground in our lives. He is not entitled to any space in our lives. He has no right to rule over our lives or over any part of our lives. He is an outsider that should remain an outsider. However, he infiltrates himself into our thinking, our actions and our words but it is time we put a stop to his squatting habits. We can take a step back and look at what he has stolen. God can restore anything the enemy has taken from us. I believe it is important to reject the enemy’s lies about our lives being broken forever. He tells us that what we lost is gone forever. He tells us that God can’t fix our lives and He can’t give us what we have lost. All those ideas are lies we should be rejecting until our faith in God’s ability to restore us is stronger. Make it a priority to reject the lies of the enemy on a regular basis. Find a scripture that denies what the enemy says. For instance you can reject the lies by saying that greater is the Lord that is in you than the enemy that lives in this world. Every time the enemy whispers how devastating he is and how damaged you are, remind him that Jesus is much greater and much more powerful than him. Remind him about the cross. Talk about the Lord’s resurrection and the enemy will run. Do it as often as you can. Reject the enemy. Don’t buy into his schemes. You have the Savior on your side and in His name you can reject the foolishness of the devil.

When you submit yourself to the Lord, you instantly reject the enemy. You put yourself under the protection of Almighty God and you trust in His love for you. Submitting to the Lord implies knowing and believing that He has won against the enemy. His victory is still valid today and you can use it to reject the enemy. When negative thoughts come to mind, rebuke them in the name of Jesus. Replace them with words of the Lord. When something bad happens to you, reject any kind of negative reaction. Reject whining, getting discouraged and being negative about the situation. Refrain from saying anything that doesn’t exalt the Lord above your circumstances. God will assist you when you submit to Him and you reject the enemy in the name of Jesus. Like I said before, reject the enemy every day. Let it become an art and you will see how good you get at it. It will become a habit and you will do it mindlessly. The Bible says that we should watch and pray that we may not enter into temptation. Let’s watch what we do and say. Let’s pray we have discernment. Sometimes we are not aware of what we let the enemy do to our lives and we don’t know what to reject. The Holy Spirit is a great helper who gives us the power to be sober-minded and to find out what the enemy is doing to us. My prayer today is that you keep rejecting the enemy and you keep including the Lord in everything you say or do. The art of rejection is a great expression of the authority that belongs to us in the name of Jesus. Keep expressing it!

Suggested reading: Matthew 26:41; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8

Take steps of faith

I was walking with a friend the other day and all of a sudden I noticed how fast we were going. We focused on what we were talking about and not so much on the walk itself. Our conversation was the motivation. We had a great conversation that occupied our minds so much that we didn’t realize how far and how much we walked. It made me think about the steps I take every day toward the destination the Lord has for me. When I am focused on Him and my thoughts are centered around Him, I made progress and I go far. I don’t spend too much time thinking about how I will get to my destination. I think about the One who gets me there and it is amazing how far I get. The Lord wants us to move forward and to make progress in life. We are on a spiritual path and every step we take matters. That is why we have to watch our steps and be careful how we walk. The best way to walk is with the Lord. We can walk forward with Him by our side and when we follow His steps we can never go wrong. Today I want to encourage you to take a few steps forward with the Lord. Trust His lead. Trust His guidance. Walk with Him. Take steps of faith. Don’t hold back. Don’t waver. Don’t hesitate. Walk and keep walking. Walk with confidence and walk in peace. The Lord will get you where you need to go. Take the steps of faith that will put you on the right track.

Faith can be intimidating because it believes before seeing and we are so programmed to believe after seeing. It makes more sense to us that what we see if what we trust. Faith doesn’t make sense and yet it is more reliable and more powerful than our natural senses. It is a spiritual sense if you will that surpasses the natural. I think of it as my supernatural power and I love how we can grow in it and learn more about it. A lot of it has come through experience for me. I find myself in situations where I have to rely on faith and the thougher the situation, the more faith I need. I have been through times when I had to mature in faith overnight. At least that is how it felt. I had to take steps of faith. Going backwards was not an option. It was either faith or fail. Faith pushed me forward and it spoke gently telling me that the only way was up. Faith understands that we can go from glory to glory and we can make strides. Faith is about advancement and not regression. There are great steps of faith that you can take in every area of your life. Steps that will distance you from fear. As you know, faith is the opposite of fear so when you take a step of faith, you take a step away from fear. Don’t you want to walk away from fear? If you do, start taking steps of faith on a daily basis.

You are going to walk far with the Lord. You are going to walk away from your past and walk away from fear and doubt. Don’t look back. Look ahead. Know that your steps are God directed and they are taking you somewhere great. So take steps of faith. Walk and go to where your mind doesn’t think you can go but your heart knows you can get there easily with God. The steps you take in faith are never in vain. They will always produce great results. They might feel like you are walking in the dark and you are lost but with faith you don’t need to know how you are going to get to your destination.You just need to trust that your steps are the right steps. Faith knows without a doubt that the walk with God is safe and secure. Go for a walk with the Lord every day. Focus on Him more than on anything else and you will see that you are going far and you are making progress. Enjoy the walk!

Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:6; James 2:14-26

God will assist you

I heard one of my students tell another kid that he would assist him and help him. I thought that was very nice and very mature of him. The kid was stressed about school and he wasn’t sure how he was going to be able to study for a certain subject. I loved seeing compassion in action. The student who offered his help felt compassion for the other student. He was confident that he knew the material very well and he could help the other kid. He was aware of his knowledge and of his abilities and he decided to put them to work for someone else. That made me think of how our Lord tells us all the time that He will assist us. We don’t always hear Him but when we panic and we are stressed, He is there telling us that He will assist us. I know that it is hard for me at times to hear His encouragement but I am learning to turn to Him right away before anxiety and stress set in. I am learning not to let those negative agents grow in me and take over my mind and my feelings. Negative thoughts and negative feelings can push us to do the wrong thing and they blind our judgement and our faith. They are like dark projections that overshadow the light of our faith. We have faith. Whether it is a mustard seed or a mountain. If we believe in God we have a portion or an amount of faith if you will. That portion gets stronger and more solid with time when we exercise our faith. When stress is in the house, we have to give it the boot and kick it out with the power of faith. Our faith should rise up and say “I am not going to panic. My God is going to assist me.” Today I want to remind you that God will always assist you. He has the knowledge and the ability to help you and to get you out of any bad predicament.

The Lord says we don’t receive because we don’t ask. It is harder to ask for help when we feel so helpless and our emotions are controlling us. God has all the help and all the power we need to make it in any situation. I believe it is important to develop strategies that lead us to resort to God right away. For some people writing things down on a piece of paper is effective. For other people, saying things out loud helps. For another group of people, reading the Word right when life hits them with bad news is the best way to deal with tough situations. Whatever works for you is what you should do but find a way to make God your go-to source of solutions. If you pressure the circumstances with God’s presence with all the different forms that work for you, you will see a difference. You will see hope get in the way of what is trying to destroy you or harm you. God will assist you and when you have faith in His strength and His divine assistance, things change. You will see your situation improve and your mind will be more at peace. I like to saturate myself with as much of the Lord as possible. I like to remind myself that no matter what, the Lord will assist me. He has the biggest heart that exists and His heart moves Him to do the impossible for you. His assistance is amazing and powerful. Keep in mind every time you have problems that the One you are turning to is most capable and willing to move Heaven and earth for you. He also paid the price for you and took care of your burdens on the cross so you don’t have to carry all this negative weight yourself.

We have an assistant every day of our lives. He is in us and with us. The Holy Spirit is the best assistant there is and He will never leave. Even when things seem worse than usual, He doesn’t leave. Even when we “don’t feel” God, He doesn’t leave. A few words of faith uttered from our hearts is all it takes to reverse those bad situations, those bad days and those bad seasons. When we acknowledge that the Lord is assisting us through His Spirit, we are on the right track. He starts giving us advice and He starts encouraging us. The Holy Spirit will always give us hope and give us peace. Friend, keep your head up. Go into every situation knowing that God will assist you. Even if things get very bad, He will still be very good. You have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. The best assistant in the universe is helping you and taking care of you. Walk in peace and walk in faith. Things will always turn out for the best with the One who can do the impossible. Thank Him for His assistance and for caring for you so much! Praise the Lord!

Suggested reading: Matthew 7:7; John 15:7; Hebrews 4:16