Help yourself to God’s best

As I was praying the other day, I saw giant platters that were served to people. There were snacks and drinks on the platter that I had never seen before. People were grabbing some of the snacks with excitement and leaving some on the platters. As a matter of fact a lot of snacks were left. The idea was that God serves us blessings. He comes into our lives with giant platters of blessings and we accept some of them and reject some of them. We don’t fully believe that we can have it all. We don’t fully believe that all these blessings can be for us. 

We shy away from some major blessings because they are too good to be true. They are too big and too amazing but the Lord is telling us “Help yourself to all of My goodness.” God’s blessing are rich treasures from Heaven dropped on earth. They have to be received with faith. Today I want to encourage you to trust and believe that God has great things for you. Help yourself to the heavenly snacks. Help yourself to the snack that are out of this world. Help yourself to God’s goodness. It is for you. It is available today and it will bless you greatly!

Help yourself to God’s best. Reach out for the miracles. Reach out for the blessings. Reach out for His peace. Reach out for His joy. God has your best interest in mind and when you take the time to get to know Him, you learn about His goodness. His goodness is a bridge that can fill all the gaps in your life. I had so many gaps in my life. There was a lot of void and emptiness. I had lacks and failures in my life. I didn’t even know what I was missing. When you don’t have the goodness of God, you can’t understand that there is better out there. I used to think that I had what I deserved and I couldn’t expect more. I couldn’t want more. The little I had was not enough but it was what I thought was meant to be mine. Then I received Jesus as my Savior and I found out there was more to life. 

I found out that life with Him was a major collision between Heaven and earth. My eyes were opened to some great possibilities but even then I didn’t know I could help myself to God’s goodness. I had glimpses of His beautiful love but I was too coy to grab it. God’s love is the biggest gift there and it is available to you and me. We ought to expect His love and we should get ahold of it with faith. Faith is the hand that helps us help ourselves to God’s goodness. Faith allows us to tap into God’s best. Faith gives us access to God’s blessings and it shows us that His blessings keep on coming. I am sitting at the table the Lord set before me and I am helping myself to all the love and all the goodness I can get. 

Friend, enjoy the table the Lord has set before you. Sit at the table every day and eat the  good things of the Lord. Learn that you are entitled to His best. Learn that everything He has put before you is rightly yours. Help yourself to joy. Help yourself to peace. Help yourself to hope. Help yourself to breakthroughs. Help yourself to blessings after blessings. Help yourself to the impossible made possible. Help yourself to Jesus. Fill yourself life with Jesus. Fill your heart with Jesus. Fill your day with Jesus. Have Jesus’ words at every meal. Make your day a living feast where the Lord’s words are your main source of nourishment. Help yourself to wisdom and knowledge from God. Do it all with faith. Don’t hesitate. Don’t fear.

 Sit at the table and help yourself to the amazing life the Lord has for you. Today might not be your best day but as you reach out in faith and help yourself to the best, your day will change. Praise and thanksgiving can change any bad day into your best day so make them a habit. They will give you a helping of hope and a helping of peace. Help yourself to the promises of the Lord, friend. Do it daily and do it with gusto. God has great blessings for you that require a little bit of faith on your part. Keep believing and keep trusting Him. His goodness endures forever! Stay encouraged. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you! 

Suggested reading: Luke 18:16; Matthew 11:12; Ephesians 3:20

God’s plans haven’t changed

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”* God’s plans for your life haven’t changed, friend. He knew what He was going to do in your life way before you were born. His promise of having a plan for your life dates back to the Old Testament and it is still relevant today. He has plans to bless you. He has plans to do good things for you. He has plans to give you a good future and hope. If good things haven’t happened in your life yet, don’t lose hope. God’s plans will take place in your life. It is not over yet. God is going to bless you above your expectations and He is going to do good things in your life. 

You might have gone through a tough season most of your life. You might have experienced tragedy after tragedy but none of that can take away God’s plans for your life. His plans are superior to the plans of the enemy. His plans are better than any trial you have had. Your bad days don’t compare to the good days God has for you. God is good all the time and His goodness will prevail in your life. The wait might be long but it is worth it. Stay in faith. Thank God for His plans for your life. Great and amazing things are on their way. 

God doesn’t forget about you. He doesn’t bless others and overlook you. He doesn’t give more to a select few. Your faith in Him gives you access to His best. You deserve the best. You deserve His love. You will get the best and you will see His love in action. What you need to do is believe that you are in God’s plans right now. You are not outside of His plans. God is blessing you today. Think about the biggest miracle you have ever had. The miracle of salvation. The miracle of having Jesus as your Savior. That is part of God’s plans. He planned the coming of His Son a long time ago. He planned to send His only begotten Son who was going to die for your sins. He knew the plan. His plan worked and His plans for you will work as well.

He knew the plan of His Son’s death, His burial and His resurrection. Through that plan He blessed you more than anyone could bless you. Through that plan He gave you eternal life and redeemed you. Through that plan He gave you peace, love, joy, blessings and victory. That plan was for good and not for disaster. The enemy had a plan for you for disaster. The Lord defeated the enemy and restored your life. What a beautiful plan! What a great victory! God knew the plans He had for you and they worked out for the best. You got the best plan possible and it is still affecting your life in an extremely positive way. 

Expect great things! Expect God’s plans to show up in your life with mountains of blessings and showers of breakthroughs. His plans for you are incredible and yet they are true. You have seen nothing yet. God’s plans for your life are not done. They are not taking a back seat and they have not been stalled. God is the God of all blessings and you are the recipient of those blessings. Count on the blessings. Count on the great plans. Count on God every day. Count on being blessed and on receiving favor every day. Count on the Holy Spirit. Count on the fruit of the Spirit. His fruit is part of the plan. His fruit is a delicious spiritual part of the plan. Forget about the plans you have for your life unless they align with God’s plans. Forget about the plans of the enemy for your life and declare that God has greater plans for you.

 Refuse to settle for less than God’s best. Refuse to settle for the plans that are not God’s plans. There are miracles on the way to you as we speak. Yes, friend, God’s plans include miracles. Believe in the miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. You will see great things come to pass. God’s plans for your life have not changed one bit. You are blessed every day. You are a blessing every day. Get on God’s plans and trust that these things are your reality. Nothing is impossible to God and that is part of the plans in your life. Stay encouraged and keep praising the Lord for His plans. May God bless you and protect you and remember He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:11; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17

Keep the light on

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”* Friend, you are the light of the world. The light of the Lord is in you. Let that light shine. Let Jesus in you shine so that people can see the light. We live in a world where there is a lot of darkness. The devil, the prince of darkness, is roaming around putting off lights or keeping people in absolute darkness. The world needs the light of Jesus. The world needs your light. Don’t hide it. Don’t put it under a bowl. I understand that it is very easy to keep our lights dimmed or to turn them off. 

Life events and bad breaks push us to dim the light and at times we don’t even feel like switching it on. There is so much power in Jesus, friend. The biggest power in the universe is in Jesus and He is in you. Turn to Him every day. Keep the light on by keeping in contact with Him. That light that He put in you is for you and for others. Today you might need to revive that light. Today you might need to be aware of His light. Today you might need to turn the light back on. Today is a great day to be the light of the world that you are and to brighten people’s day. Be the light. Be the light of Jesus. Be love. Be peace. Be joy. Be the child of God that you truly are. Revive the child of God in you if you need to or keep being that child. 

If we remain in the Lord and He remains in us, our light shines brightly. Staying in the Lord and being doers of the Word is how we keep that beautiful light on. God said “Love Me and love your neighbor as yourself.” That commandment is about shining the light of love and giving it to anyone and everyone. God’s love is the light that can dissipate all darkness. His love is the reason why we are here today. His love is the reason why His Son died for us. His love is the light of salvation that destroyed the darkness of death. His love is shining and giving hope to the world. We need to keep shining and we need to keep loving. So many people around us are miserable and feel unloved. So many people have not seen the light and we might be the only light they will get to know. 

We ought to love unconditionally and to be Jesus to the world. The light of the world is the light that sets people free. When we keep the light on, we keep love on and we keep hope on. There is so much that can be done through the light in us. Let’s not dim it. Let’s not succumb to our circumstances and let them change our lights. When the darkness of the world is pressing against us, we should turn the light up and make it shine brighter. It is in those moments that our praise needs to be louder and our prayers need to be stronger. The precious light of the world is priceless and it was given to us through an incredible sacrifice. Let’s not sacrifice the light and compromise it. No matter what happens, let’s keep the light on. 

Faith plays a big role in keeping the light on. As we know, faith works with love. Without love faith is empty. Your good deeds will amount to nothing if love and faith are not behind them. The light in you can change someone’s life. Your good deeds fueled by the love of God can change someone’s life. Those great deeds are the light of the Lord in action in your life. When you love, bless and help others, you are displaying the light of the Lord. His light is a reflection of your connection to Him. Jesus’ light is extremely bright and we should shine it constantly. When we don’t feel like shining that light, we should jumpstart it and put it on display despite how we are feeling. 

We can raise our hands and praise the Lord until the light is apparent again. We can spend time in the Word of God until the light is visible again. Whatever works for you is what you should do to keep that light on. On days when you are cranky, do something nice for others. On days when you “don’t feel God,” talk to someone about Jesus. On days when everything is dark, thank Jesus. Thank Him for anything and everything. Keep that light on. Keep the love on. You are making a difference in this world! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 5:14-16*; John 8:12; 1 John 1:5

You can make it in Jesus’ name

In Jesus’ name you can make it. You can make it today and you can make it tomorrow. Nothing can stop you except for the thoughts of discouragement that like to pop into your head. If you listen to them and you give them an audience, you will slow down and make no progress. You will believe that you can’t make it but the Lord says that through Him you can do anything.  Through Him you can make it and you can make it with flying colors. You have the God of the impossible with you and in you. 

You have the One who is more than enough and who can do all things. You are going to get through whatever you are going through today and whatever you will go through tomorrow. Making it is in your DNA. You are a child of the Most High God and you are highly blessed and highly favored. Believe it. Trust it. Stay in the faith zone. Stay encouraged. Jesus is with you and nothing can stop Him in your life so get with the program and declare His sovereignty over your life. Life throws hardships your way that push you back and that derail you but God is unbreakable and all the hardships of life can’t destroy Him.

Do you ever feel like God is broken when things are not going well? Do you ever feel like He is defeated when you are going through a crisis? It’s all a lie and the enemy wants you to fall for that lie. Whenever something bad happens, God is still the God of miracles. Bad things don’t interfere with His power. Bad things don’t mean that you can’t get through them. Don’t dwell on the bad things. Don’t spend time pondering and wondering how you are going to make it. Keep Jesus in the middle of your mind.

 Keep Him nice and warm in your heart. When you are facing difficulties, you need to lift up Jesus. You need to hold on to your confession of faith and let it be louder than your fears. You need to keep Jesus on a pedestal and thank Him because you are going to make it. Declare His name. Declare that in His name there is power and freedom. In His name there is all you ever need. In His name there is victory. Declare every single day at the start of the day that in Jesus’ name you are going to make it and nothing can stop you.

Take control of the thoughts of discouragement by rejecting them one by one. Speak to them. Tell them No. Tell them No in the name of Jesus. Refuse them and refuse your circumstances. Don’t take the bad things at face value. Yes, things might look bad. Yes, things might be bad but your God Almighty can turn anything bad into something amazing. Call upon Him. Call upon His power. You are going to make it no matter how bad and awful things look. You walk by faith and not by sight so don’t go by what you see, feel or hear. Greater is the One that is in you than the devil that is in this world. The other day I woke up tired and the voice of discouragement tried to get in my ear. I did not go for it. I refused to get discouraged. 

I literally stood up and said, “No, I am going to make it in Jesus’ name.” I spoke about the power of Jesus in my life and the atmosphere changed. My attitude changed. My thoughts changed. My day changed. It could have gone the wrong way but I knew that in Jesus’ name I always have the victory. Friend, you are going to make it today in Jesus’ name. Rejoice over Him. Praise Him. Nothing is impossible to the one who believes and you believe. Stay strong. Stay hopeful. Stay centered on Jesus. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 27:4; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Romans 8:28

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 244)

Don’t give up but give in to Jesus. Give in to His truth. Give in to His love. Give in to His promises. Give in to His power and authority. Give in to His hope and you will conquer the day every day!

God supplies our needs according to His riches in glory. His riches are plentiful. There is more than enough for you every day. Expect God to bless you every day!

God is the God of all comfort. He can comfort us when we have troubles. He can comfort us when all seems lost. His comfort is a blessing in all seasons. Trust the God of all comfort!

God can do it. God will do it. God is going to rescue you and to help you. Put all your trust in Him. He is good all the time!

What sits on your mind during the day will sleep with you at night. Be sure that the Word of God sits on your mind and peace and hope will sleep with you every night!

Turn off your ego and let Jesus shine. Let His light be your guide and your mode of operation in all you do!

Keep your eyes on Jesus! Remember that even if you blink and stumble, He is still before you smiling and loving you.

Keep believing in Jesus. Blessings are going to chase you down and they will make you forget today’s pain and sorrow. Jesus loves you!

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son for you, friend. Your salvation is here. Enjoy the Son of salvation! Enjoy Jesus!

Suggested reading: Job 12:12; Proverbs 2:6; James 3:13

Celebrate the Lord every day. Find a reason to thank Him and to lift Him up. Rejoice over Jesus and His joy will keep flowing in your life!

Believing in healing today

Jesus walked the earth and healed many people. Healing is something that made Him stand out. He performed healing miracles that had never been seen before. He could do anything. He could heal anyone who believed. He had so much love for people and healing was an expression of His love. Does Jesus still heal today? Absolutely! How do we know that? The Bible tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. His healing power is the same yesterday, today and forever. His love is the same yesterday, today and forever. How come we don’t see a lot of healing taking place today then? Jesus’ miracles were limited in places where there was no faith. When He was in Nazareth, Jesus did not perform many miracles because of people’s unbelief. It doesn’t mean He couldn’t do it or that His power wasn’t present.

 Jesus was faced with unbelief and it takes faith to receive from God. Without faith we can’t please God. Without faith we can’t receive from God. His mercy and grace sometimes come into play and we receive God’s unmerited favor but faith is what heals us, blesses us and gets us in contact with God. Healing is available today. Jesus is still the Healer today. We just don’t hear much about His healing power and we don’t have much faith in it because it is not preached too much and it is not presented enough to the body of Christ. We can’t be a body that believes in a partial God. We can’t believe Jesus for one thing and reject other parts of His love. Like I said healing is part of His love. His love has no limits. His healing has no limits. Its only limitation is our lack of faith in it.

Today I am inviting you to develop faith in the Lord’s healing power. Learn about it. Meditate on it. Find Scriptures that support healing. Make healing part of your belief system. Start believing more. Start healing. The Lord has a healing plan for you that involves all sorts of healings. I see a lot of pain and hurt around me. People need emotional healing. People need to be healed from past traumas. People need to be healed from feelings and emotions that paralyze them. Whatever healing you need today, know that Jesus is still the Healer. He can touch you and heal you. He can use many venues to perform healing so stay open to His healing. Don’t limit it to one way you think it should be done. God’s Word has the power to heal. My advice is that you start there. 

Start with the Word. His Word is a lamp into your feet so it will guide you to healing. His Word is medicine. It heals the soul and it strengthens the spirit. Do you need physical healing? Jesus has it. Do you need spiritual healing? Jesus has it. Do you need emotional healing? Jesus has it. Do you need psychological or mental healing? Jesus has it. The Word of God will give you the foundation for your faith in healing. Then it will be up to you to do the work and to meditate on the Word until you believe without a doubt. It is not always easy and it will take time but it is time well-invested. Jesus still heals today. Start the healing journey today. Don’t give up!

I also suggest surrounding yourself with believers that believe in the Lord’s healing power. Listen to sermons and messages about healing. Let healing become a common vocabulary word in your day to day interactions. Speak about healing. Speak about it by confessing that you believe in it. Let it be something that you are known for. Let healing be popular in your mind and in your heart. Let Jesus’ healing power go viral in the core of your beliefs. Keep putting Jesus’ words about healing in your thinking pattern. Healing is for us today. Jesus is for us today. You can be healed and you can be set free. It may sound contrary to what you have been taught. It may even offend you but you can reverse your thinking and renew it with the truth of the Word of God. 

They say it takes 21 times to develop a habit. Develop a habit of faith in healing. I don’t know that 21 will be your number here but keep going. Persevere until you see a change in what you believe. Ask the Lord to assist you. The Holy Spirit is your best ally when it comes to developing faith so rely on Him. Healing today is not commonplace but there is a place where healing flows. It is a place of faith that any believer can reach and that includes you. Take your daily dose of the Word of God. Pray. Focus on Jesus. Build Him up in your head. He will change your life with His healing power. Don’t be a Nazareth. Be a place where faith abounds. Praise God for His healing power that never changes. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 13:58; Mark 6:5; Romans 10:17

Pump up your faith

A few years ago I learned that I needed to pump up my faith. I needed to pump it up first thing in the morning. I had to start my day with a spiritual workout so that I had enough faith for the day and so that my muscles of faith would help me deal with any heavy weights the enemy was going to throw my way. What does “pump it up” mean? It means to stretch and to expand our faith in a way that it will last throughout the day. It means to get excited in the Lord so that His joy would be our strength throughout the day. I learned to wake up my faith and to blast the volume of the Lord’s  joy first thing every day. It is easy to wake up and to get carried away by negative thoughts and by negative feelings. 

We ought to catch that negativity and subject it to the authority of the Lord. My pump up sessions are still relevant today and they are a combination of praise, worship, prayer and the Word of God. The Word of God is where you can find the power to get stronger and to stay strong. The Word of God is the fuel for your spiritual workout. It gives you boosts of faith and it gives you hope. We all need to start the day with hope. We all need to start the day with Jesus and we can do that every single day. 

When the concept of pumping up my faith was first introduced to me, I literally did jumping jacks in my bedroom. I got out of bed and I jumped up and down with songs in my mouth. My body could benefit from the exercise and my spirit longed for that jumpstart. I praised the Lord with singing and with movement. Movement can be very helpful. With movement we step away from bad thoughts. There is something about movement that helps us dig out the bad and put it away. Movement is powerful. Movement removes and replaces. Try it. Try moving around when you are praising God or when you are making positive declarations. You will see a shift in your thinking. 

I pump up my faith with movement and with positive talk. It isn’t just positive talk. It is talking to Jesus. I talk to Him first thing in the morning before I talk to anyone else. He is a great listener and I know that because He always has something to say. The encouraging messages I receive in the morning stir up my faith and give me wings to fly above worry and fear. God is the most inspiring One and when you pump up your faith by turning to Him, you will get some amazing encouragement. 

To me nothing pumps me up more than Jesus. He is my go to encourager and He is the focus of my faith sessions. I strongly encourage you to pump up your faith by staying focused on Jesus. Lift Him up. Exalt Him. Adore Him. Pray to Him. He is the cornerstone of your faith and He deserves your undivided attention first thing in the morning. That focus on Him is everything. That focus on Him is what will expand your faith and what will widen the scope of your hope. Jesus will give you the hope that no one else can give you. Your muscles of faith will get stronger and stronger as your devotion to Jesus remains steady and constant. 

Do it every day. No need to do jumping jacks but start the day with dedicated time to Jesus. Get into His Word. Read the Scriptures. They are the creatine that your spiritual body craves. They are the tools for a successful day. They are the words that will renew your mind and that will get you to share the mind of Christ. They are what you need to hear every day. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. Pump up the joy by celebrating Jesus. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy the joy of the Lord. Thank Him for His joy. Pump up your faith in the morning, friend. You will have incredible days. You will have Jesus-filled days. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 10:17; Galatians 3:2; Colossians 3:16

Staying calm

Years ago there were a lot of popular phrases that started with the words “Stay calm.” Staying calm is so important. It is a lot more important than you think. God calls us to be calm. God wants us all to be calm and to trust Him. When we are calm, He can operate in our lives in a great way. Staying calm is an act of faith. Staying calm is a posture of faith. Staying calm allows us to pray and to stay in peace. Peace and calm go hand in hand. Practicing calmness is a great habit. I start my day being still and waiting on the Lord. I wait on the Lord a few times a day. I love those moments. 

The presence of the Lord is stronger during those moments because the Lord is calm. He is always still, calm and collected. When we are still, we are on God’s wavelength. There is no chaos and commotion in the Lord. There is always peace. Invite the peace of the Lord every day. Embrace it. Spend time on it and give it to others. You and I have the Spirit of the Lord in us and we can tap into His peace anytime. We don’t have to make special arrangements and special appointments to receive the Lord’s peace. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit and we are fruit bearers in the name of Jesus.

Today I am encouraging you to be still and to enjoy the peace of the Lord. Take the time to slow down and to be still. Be still and know that He is God. Be still and meditate on God. Be still and let peace invade your core. The more you do it and the more peace you will experience every day. I remember when I first became more serious about the Lord, His peace was out of this world. It still is but I am used to it now and I love it so much. One day when I was teaching, my students were rowdy and they were not paying attention to my instructions. I felt anger rise in me. I am a calm person by nature but that day I was getting mad. Then all of a sudden I felt the peace of the Lord squash down the anger and press down the fury that was about to be unleashed.

 It didn’t feel natural. It didn’t feel human. It was the peace of the Lord that surpasses all understanding. It was powerful and I praise the Lord for His out of this world peace. The enemy wants us to let things get under our skin. That is not God’s will for us. When we let people or things get under our skin, we let the enemy win. We let our flesh take control when we should be following the lead of our spirit. When something starts getting under your skin, get under the Spirit of God and focus on the Lord. When things are starting to irritate you, take time to be still and to know that He is God. Anger doesn’t help. Anger doesn’t make things better. Unleashing the beast is not a fruit of the Spirit. It is a fruit of the flesh.

Don’t let anything or anyone get under your skin. Fight those feelings and those emotions. If you are starting to get mad at someone and you don’t have the peace of the Lord, pray for that person. Pray. Talk to the Lord about that person. Thank the Lord for something about that person. Find something nice to say to the Lord about that person. This will seem counterintuitive but it is exactly what the Lord wants you to do. You see, staying calm takes on different forms and one of them is to forgive others, to walk in love with others and to pray for others. The enemy would love for you to gossip about others and to talk behind their back. The Spirit of God wants you to say nice things about others and to pray for them “behind their back.” 

Staying calm is staying in peace with everyone. It is not easy but we can do it with the help of the Spirit of Jesus. Let’s practice being still and being in control of our emotions by turning to the Lord when anger tries to get us. There is so much peace available in the Lord. We have access to it all. We can’t live angry. We can’t live mad. We can’t live with anxiety. Every day we can spend time being still and enjoying the Lord’s presence. Like I said, it will give us peace and it will remove anger and negative feelings toward others. Let’s be vessels of peace who know how to be still and who acknowledge God in all our ways. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you.

Suggested reading: Psalm 37:7; Psalm 46:10; James 1:19

Everything you need

Everything you need is in the Lord. Everything you will ever need is in the Lord. In Him you can find peace, hope, joy, love, success, truth, wisdom, freedom and blessings for every single day. God has it all and He wants to give it all to you. Your salvation is in Jesus and with it comes the best life you can have. It is one thing to be saved and it is another thing to live in the fullness of your salvation. God has an array of amazing experiences and amazing events that He wants you to enjoy. Life in Jesus is life lived with Love. He is love and He has a lot of love for you.

 Every day you should be experiencing His love. Every day you should be recognizing His love. His love is truly all you need. Everything you need is in God’s love. Do you embrace His love or do you find yourself not worthy of it? If you want to have a fulfilled life, acknowledge God in all your ways, walk in the power of His love and accept His mightily love. Trust that you are worthy of His love all the time. You will walk in peace and you will walk in victory. You will realize that you have everything you need and more. You have Jesus. You have everything!

I can think of a whole list of things I need on a daily basis. A lot of the items on that list are more wants than needs. What do I really need? What do I really want? Some of the needs are basic needs that are necessary. However, I have been on a journey of discovery. I have been discovering what I truly need. I used to think that my primordial needs were material and physical. God is helping me rethink my needs and He is remodeling my thinking. Jesus is what I need first and foremost. He is always there but I need to get to the point where He is my number one priority. I need to see Him as my unique source for life and as my number one resource. He is my fountain of life and it is that awareness that matters greatly. 

Jesus is my number one need. I am learning to share His mind and to be more like Him. I am learning to tap into the fruit of His Spirit and to let Him dominate my life. A “Jesus domination” is what I need. It sounds funny but it describes the best thing that could happen to me and to all of us. He deserves to dominate my mind, my actions and my words. I need to be possessed by His Spirit and to be led by His love. I need to fully embrace His love and to stay in the peace of His presence. I have Jesus. I have all I need. Jesus is everything to me and that should be an everyday reality. 

When we lack something we can panic and we can try to fill the gap any way we can. People turn to pills, to drugs, to different venues to make up for what’s missing. When we don’t feel love, we look for it in all the wrong places at times. We crave human love. It is a natural need but we don’t look for the love that covers all loves. God’s love is the most powerful force in the universe and beyond. God’s love is everything and when we agree that His love is available for us, we are on the right track. Once I started thanking God for His love a long time ago, my life changed.

 My life changed because I declared a truth that my spirit had been longing to hear. We have God’s love. We are all set. We have God’s love. We are extremely blessed. The Lord said that we should seek His kingdom and everything else will be added unto us. This means that when we pursue His love, when we walk in His steps and we remain in Him, we have everything we need. The material needs will be met. The physical needs will be met. The spiritual needs will be met. The emotional needs will be met. When our heart is running after God’s heart, we have the right attitude and it will produce some great fruit in our lives. Friend, you have everything you will ever need in Jesus. Praise Him. Remain in Him. Hold on to Him. May God bless you and protect and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Philippians 4:19; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 3:15

Bad days

Bad days don’t change God. I have said that before and I will keep declaring it. God is the same all the time. Bad days don’t change His identity and they don’t take away His power. Why are bad days so bad then? How come we can feel like God is distant on bad days? He is not. He is still around. The bad things that happen on bad days blur our vision and chip away at our faith. When things go wrong, our feelings and emotions are heightened. Our flesh is on alert and wide awake. Our minds get bombarded with negative thoughts and with overwhelming thoughts. Bad days magnify our weaknesses. It is on those days that we ought to rely on the Lord more. He tells us that He is our strength when we are weak. Friend, Jesus is your strength on bad days. He is the power you need to make it through all the bad days of your life. Take all the bad days you have had and add all the ones you will have and you will get a season of bad days that is not too bad for the Lord. Jesus can deal with anything and He can do anything. He is the God of miracles and He is the God who can take care of everything that is happening in your life including all the trials and tribulations. If you are having a bad day today, remember that greater is the One who is in you than the one who is causing all the bad things today.

The devil is a defeated foe. He doesn’t act like he is and he wants all us to believe that he has the power to steal, kill and destroy and that no one can stop him. Jesus stopped him. Jesus conquered him. Now, the enemy is the king of this world until Jesus comes back but that doesn’t mean he will destroy you. You have Jesus, the King of Kings on your side. You have the One who put a stop to death. Your Jesus can reverse what the enemy does. Every bad break, every trial and every tribulation can be reversed by the Lord. If the enemy is only here to steal, kill and destroy, keep in mind that the Lord is here for the exact opposite. The Lord is here to give, revive, build and restore. Your bad days are not going to be the end of you. Lift up the name of Jesus, the giver of life and the builder of a better today and tomorrow. When you are having a bad day, turn on the switch of praise and celebration. It won’t be easy and it won’t always feel natural but it is a great way to get out of the funk. Celebrate Jesus today and your day will get better. Bad days are real but they are also a matter of perspective. Change your thinking and your reasoning during a bad day. See the silver lining and keep your eyes on Jesus. Your bad will start looking pretty good in no time.

Bad days are inevitable and the best answer to a bad day is a good reaction or what I call a God reaction. How would God react to your bad day? He would react with hope, peace and joy. Easier said than done. I know but there is power in your spirit for you to get to hope, peace and joy. That power is the Holy Spirit. What He wants is for you to jump on board His train. On His train there are only good things. To get on the train you have to move from the mental space you are in and get into the peace space. A lot of it starts in our thinking. We have to tear down the thoughts that come with the bad day and replace them with words of hope. The Word of God has mountains of words of hope and when I have a bad day, I climb those mountains and I get myself to a higher place where my thinking is positive and my mind is on the Lord. It works so well. Sometimes I have to push myself and make myself do it but once I am there, the bad day looks a lot different. Jesus said we would have bad days but we should be of good cheer because He had conquered the world. The world here includes all the bad days, all the suffering, all the pain, all the problems and tribulations. Jesus will turn your bad day into a great day. Hold on to Him. Put Him first. Don’t focus on the bad that is taking place but keep your mind on Jesus. Bad days will come but Jesus will be there waiting for them with you. You are going to make it through your next bad days in Jesus’ name. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 10:10; John 16:33; Revelation 7:14