God’s goodness

God is good. I am not saying that because I had a great day and I am feeling great. I am not saying that because life is good and everything seems to line up nicely these days. God is good regardless of how I am. God is good and nothing can change that. God is good and my good day is not why He is good. He is God on His own. He is good even when my day is bad. He is good when my boat is sinking and my hope is going down the drain. God is good at all times. When I realized what that meant, I started seeing my life in a new light. The goodness of God trumps the bad times and the hard times. The goodness of God makes up for the meanness of men. The goodness of God opens doors that no people can open for you. The goodness of God takes you and me on a journey where blessings are present and joy can reign despite the pain. The goodness of God is bigger and stronger than any evil in this world. The goodness of God is a power that can change anything and everything. The goodness of God is permanent and no one and nothing can alter it. God is good when we are bad. God is good when we are suffering. God is good when we are lacking. God is good when we are lost. The truth is that everything that is bad that happens to us can be derailed by God’s goodness. When we pray. When we believe. When we have faith in God’s goodness, our situations are modified for the best. His goodness triumphs.

Today I want to encourage you to trust God’s goodness and to live with the awareness that He is always good and He is always God and none of the chaos in your life can win against His goodness. “Good wins over evil” they say. God wins over evil all the time. It doesn’t mean that the evil in this world can’t meddle with our lives. It will always plot against our joy and our peace but we have a God whose goodness erases the bad and the evil and restores goodness in our lives. God’s goodness rubs against our bar circumstances and it replaces the bad with good and with very good. David sang of the goodness of God. He knew God well and He had no doubt that He was good all the time. He knew that God would get him out of the valley of the shadow of death and He would protect Him. God is an umbrella that covers us and that prevents the rain of misery to soak our spirits and to destroy our lives. There are rain showers that are so strong that we can’t seem to ever get dry but we can find comfort in the peace of the Lord and in His love. We can find a shelter that will give us all the power to make it in all seasons. Remember that God’s goodness is that power and it can defeat anything that tries to defeat you! God is good today and He will be good tomorrow and you can trust that His goodness will carry you through any type of stress.

God abounds in goodness. This means that He has enough goodness for everyone in this world and He will never run out of goodness. When something good happened to me, I used to think that it was all I could get for a while. I used to believe that I had reached a quota of God’s goodness and I had to wait for a long time until other good things could take place. That was such a lie. I bought into something that was not scriptural and that didn’t help me at all. God has more goodness than we can ever imagine. We can’t fathom the depth of His love and the depth of His goodness.There is an abundance of blessings in the Lord and they can keep on coming into our lives. God is extremely generous and He even gives us good things when we don’t ask. His mercy and grace are abundant and He showers us with things and great events that we don’t deserve. God is so good that He gave His only Son for us. That is how good He is and what He did on the cross covered our sins and transgressions and bridged the gap between the Father and us. My prayer for you is that you experience God’s goodness every single day. I pray that you get to know Jesus so well that He becomes your best friend. That is the best thing that can happen to you. Our good God can make that happen. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Exodus 34:6; 1 Chronicles 16:34; Mark 10:18

The fear of the Lord

Fearing the Lord is something I didn’t understand for a while when I first became a Christian. I took it literally and I thought I was supposed to be afraid of God. Then I understood that I was to reverence Him and to respect Him. I was to be afraid to disappoint Him. Now, I see that we are meant to fear the Lord and it means that we are to honor Him and to respect Him at all times. Fearing the Lord is showing Him that we put Him on a pedestal and that we follow Him and His Word. Without the fear of the Lord we would run amok and just do whatever we want and then repent or not repent and do it all over again. The fear of the Lord stops us in our tracks and makes us think twice. There is power in the fear of the Lord. It guides us and it reroutes us when necessary. I have been reading Psalm 15 a lot lately and I have been studying it. Verse 4 mentions those who fear the Lord. Psalm 15 talks about those who fear the Lord and describes them as people who stay strong in their walk with the Lord and who act right and tell the truth. The fear of the Lord is not a negative thing. It is an expression of awe and adoration and it keeps us in line so to speak. When we fear the Lord, we want to please Him and to follow His lead. When you follow the Lord, you stay in faith and you keep trusting the Lord. Fear the Lord and you will defeat fear. Fear the Lord and you will do His will. Fear the Lord and you will always walk in love.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of the Lord works hand in hand with wisdom. When we fear the Lord, we have to pay attention to who He is and to what He says and we can find out more about that in His Word. The fear of the Lord leads us to the Word of God and it opens our minds to a new way of thinking. The fear of the Lord is a step toward the renewing of our minds. We learn from the Word and we grow in the Word when we fear the Lord. We spend time getting to know Him and getting closer to Him. During that process we can’t help but gain wisdom. There is so much to know and so little time. We can’t know it all but we can be on our way and we can enjoy the journey. The fear of the Lord will give us so much knowledge and so much precious information that we will become a fountain of wisdom that can quench the thirst of those who long to know Jesus. The fear of the Lord makes us be more like Jesus and it is a wonderful thing. It is the best thing that can happen to us after salvation. The fear of the Lord helps us turn away from our old ways and we develop and become the person the Lord wants us to be.

The fear of the Lord helps us turn away from evil and focus on love. God is love and when we fear Him, we walk in love so we can walk close to Him. The fear of the Lord is the motivation to love that we have inside of us. When we are saved, God is in us through His Spirit and we can choose to lean on Him or we can ignore Him. When we fear the Lord, we acknowledge the Holy Spirit in all we do and love is at the top of the list of our actions. Love is in our words, our actions and our thoughts. We can lean on love if we choose to. We can fear the Lord and be more like Him. We can be vessels of love and we can follow the wonderful lead of the Holy Spirit. He has a lot to do with the fear of the Lord. He reminds us of that fear and He encourages us to live in this holy fear. Fear the Lord and enjoy His fountain of life. The fear of the Lord is greater than any treasure in the world like the Bible says. Get to know the Lord as much as you can. You will live a life of wisdom, of love, of faith, of peace and of joy. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 15

God will pay you back

When I got back from the trip I mentioned yesterday, everything went very smoothly. The flight was shorter than expected. I went through customs very quickly. My luggage arrived on the belt after I was done with customs. The shuttle I was taking to go home showed up 10 minutes after I had picked up my bags. I was the only passenger on the shuttle which never happens. I was home in no time. This was God paying me back for what had happened on my way to the airport. He made up for the flat tire, the rush and the complicated people I had to deal with. It was payback time and I am very grateful to the Lord for that. It was the best coming home present I had ever received. I don’t remember being able to get home that fast after an international flight. I didn’t see it at first until a friend pointed it out to me. She was so right. Sometimes we go through trials and we have to stay in faith despite the difficulties. Sometimes we have to stay strong and hold on to the promises of the Lord even when it hurts. Sometimes we go through tough times and we have no idea why things are so bad. The enemy gives us a hard time and he wants to see us break. When we trust the Lord and we don’t let our faith be shaken, God restores everything and He pays us back for each difficulty we endured. Today I want to encourage you and remind you that God will pay you back. Your current suffering can’t compare to the blessings that are to come. God will make it happen. He will get you through this rough time. 

Stay in faith during those times when nothing seems to be going your way. I know it is easier said than done but when you do, you are building a fortress of faith. Every trial gives you the opportunity to lay down one more brick. Your Lord is your refuge. He is your strong tower. He is your fortress and you have to embrace that truth and build up your faith in His ability to get you out of any situation. It is not going to be easy and Jesus never said it would be but it will get easier. Your faith will get you where you need to be and every problem will be solved. The fortress you are building will serve you for life. God is holding you in the palm of His hand and He is not going to drop you even if you are going through something very intense. The intensity of your problems doesn’t decrease the power of the Lord. Let the Lord show you how powerful He is. There are times when we need to go through very bad times to discover not only what our faith is made of but also to see how big our God is. Your headache today is going to be gone tomorrow. Tomorrow might not come as soon as you think but it will come. God will pay you back with extreme peace for every ache and pain.

God will pay you back because He restores what the devil has stolen. He will give you peace and joy again. He will replace what the enemy has taken from you and give you something better and greater. Think about how the world was lost because of what happened in the garden of Eden. The Lord made it up to us by sending His Son for our sins and Jesus paid the price for our salvation. Jesus paid us back.  Now, on the cross He took care of your life. This means that every difficulty that will ever take place in your life was taken care of. He knew what you would go through. He saw it all. He experienced it all and He destroyed it all. Your faith can give you victory. Your faith can see you through this. Keep trusting the Lord. Keep believing. Nothing is impossible to God and you are going to see how His power can make things right. He is going to blow your mind and restore your life in an amazing way. Stay strong in the Lord. Stay encouraged. Payback time is coming. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: 1 Samuel 26:23; Luke 14:14; Romans 8:18

Stay calm during the storm

A few weeks ago I had to travel internationally. I was very excited about the trip since I had not been abroad much due to the current situation. I took a shuttle to the airport with three other passengers. On the way to the airport, we got a flat tire. That really put a damper on the trip. We were on the side of the road for about 45 minutes while the driver tried to replace the tire. We helped him but it was a bit challenging. My mind kept telling me that I was going to miss my flight. My spirit kept telling me to stay calm. This bad event was definitely a storm but the Lord wanted me to stay calm during that storm. My spirit was in agreement with the Holy Spirit but I had to keep my mind in check. I find the joy of the Lord in my heart. I quoted the Bible in my head and kept saying that the Lord had me in the palm of His hand. I kept saying that He would never leave me nor forsake me. I silenced the storm by speaking out for Jesus in my head. I spoke up for Him by repeating what He had to say about my circumstances. The peace that ensued was out of this world. My brother texted me and I didn’t mention what was going on because I didn’t want panic to escalate. God was keeping me calm and that was what really mattered.

When Jesus’ disciples were on a boat and there was a storm, Jesus kept on sleeping. He was not bothered by the storm one bit. His peace and His stillness are available today. Jesus can give us the peace we need in the middle of the worst stormy events of our lives. I know it sounds impossible at times. I know it seems to be too much to handle at times but the Lord of Lords can handle anything and He can provide the serenity we need no matter how big the storm is. When we were on the side of the road, the Lord softly whispered to me that I had to praise. I sang a few songs in my head and the joy increased. I found myself to be in the right place. It looked like I was going to miss my flight but at the same time, I was very content to just be there in the moment with the Lord. That is when I knew that everything was going to be alright because I was filled with peace and my mind wasn’t controlling me. The peace of the Lord is amazing and it can change our way of thinking and affect our moods in a very positive way. I chose to hold on to the peace of the Lord and tried to share that peace with the other passengers.

The tire was eventually changed and we got on our way. One of the passengers said she was going to miss her flight because now there was more traffic than before. The other two passengers, unfortunately, missed their flights. I got to the airport 20 minutes before they closed the check-in counter for my flight. There was a long line of people in front of me and I asked a gentleman who worked there to help me. He said he couldn’t and I felt panic rising up in me. I even thought to myself that I should just give up but the Spirit said “Don’t give up. Don’t you give up.” Five minutes later, a lady asked if anyone was on the 9:30 pm flight. I said that I was on that flight and she got me to the front of the line. When the Lord comes in, friend, He will get you to the front of the line if you trust Him and you stay calm. I could not have made it without the assistance of the Holy Spirit and the whole experience emphasized the importance of staying calm and trusting the Lord. You might be going through a storm now. You might be left on the side of the road and you might not know where your help will come from. It will come from the Lord. Stay in faith. Remain calm. Give that storm to the Lord and praise Him. God will help you. God will calm the storm. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27; 1 Peter 5:7

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 201)

When you have hope and faith in Jesus, every day is sweeter than the day before. You go from glory to glory and the blessings keep coming to you in Jesus’ name!

Choose God over your circumstances. Choose His love. Choose His peace. Choose His joy. Choose faith over fear. Choose to follow God even when it doesn’t feel right. God will make things right when you choose to stand in faith. Choose Jesus over everything.

The light of the world lives in you. Jesus in you is the light people need. Let Him shine and let Him heal the world through you. Give Him to people you know. Give His love to anyone around. Jesus in you can change any situation so be an agent of change as you spread around the good news of His message.

The eyes of faith see what your mind can’t understand. The eyes of faith see beyond the natural. The eyes of faith gives you insight into the supernatural. The eyes of faith know what God is up to. The eyes of faith focus on Jesus and no one else.

The temptation to quit can be strong. The desire to give up can be overwhelming. Call on the One who beat death. Call on the One who dealt with the worse temptation. He will get you through it and He will make you strong. Call on Jesus!

We hear thousands of messages every day. We hear fear. We hear joy. We hear doubt. We hear faith. Let’s be careful what we pay attention to. We will hear what the world has to say but we should be more attentive to what the Lord has to say.

The journey with the Lord is full of ups and downs but the good news is that the Lord is with us all the time throughout the journey. Let’s hold on to His faithfulness and rejoice with gladness. He will never leave us nor forsake no matter what bumps are on the road.

The truth that sets us free comes from Jesus. His truth is liberating and it will always give us the freedom that the world can’t provide. Let’s stick to the truth. It will stand the test of time.

Lift up the name of the Lord. Lift up His name above your problems and your difficulties. Lift up His name and keep it high. Jesus’ name is more powerful than all the problems in the world combined. Lift up the power that is never defeated.

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. God so loved you that He gave His only Son. God so loved your life that He gave His Son’s life for you. God so loved you and the devil has no say in the matter. God so loved you so love yourself and enjoy God’s creation. God so loved you so never forget what He did for you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 4:4; John 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:16

The best part of the day

I pray first thing in the morning when I wake up. I declare that today is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I make the declaration every single day. At times I need to declare that truth again later on during the day. I love the morning prayers and setting the tone with Jesus first thing in the morning. It is a great part of the day. I recently was made aware that Jesus is the best part of the day. He is there all day so all day should be the best part of the day. There is joy to be had all day. It sounds crazy to our minds but Jesus is there and He never leaves so we can enjoy all day. He is extremely good to us all day. I want to encourage you to see that the best part of your day, Lord Jesus, is always there and He can make you enjoy every moment of every day. It sounds like a stretch but nothing is too stretchable to the Lord. As a matter of fact He wants us to stretch our minds and our faith so that we know more and we believe more. 

To some the best part of the day is when they get home from work. To others it’s when they have lunch. God is every second of every minute of every hour of every day. He is not with us just when we pray. He is not with us just when we think of Him. He is in every detail and every part of every day. He is there showing us love and giving us peace. This means that at any moment of the day we can have a Jesus celebration, a Jesus recognition and a Jesus moment. A Jesus celebration is easy to understand. We can take a minute or two to praise Him randomly throughout the day. A Jesus recognition is what I call a time when we recognize that Jesus is King and we acknowledge Him in all we do. A Jesus moment is a moment when we pause and worship Him or reverence Him. It’s like a moment of silence to adore the King of kings. Every moment of the day is a moment spent with the Lord. Think about that! Meditate on that truth. Adopt that mindset. Your day is the best day because you have the best of the best by your side all day. 

The best part of the day is the part when Jesus is with us like I said. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see Jesus in every moment. You will experience more joy and more peace. You will know that His love is present and you will feel more love for others. You will be more grateful and your faith will also be positively impacted. You will have more confidence in who you are through Him. You will know that no matter what, God will have the final say. You will thank the Lord for the victory before it takes place. You will thank the Lord for His presence. You will thank Him for every minute of every day. You will understand how every hour is precious and you will cherish the time spent with the Lord. The best part of the day is following you everywhere. The best part of the day is not a moment but He is a Person who reigns no matter what. The best part of the day is the love that died for you and that came back from the dead so you would enjoy eternal life every day. Praise the Lord for every day. It is the day He has made and He is in every day with you. You are blessed, friend. You are never alone and every day is a wonderful day. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: 1 Samuel 12:24; Proverbs 16:6; Hebrews 12:28

Faith without borders

I get to travel a few times a year and I love it. I love seeing other cities and other countries. I love the process of traveling and I love getting to my destination. I have traveled to Europe a lot. They have a system where there are no borders between 26 countries. They call that area the Schengen zone. There are technically no borders in that space. Citizens and travelers with the required paperwork can freely travel in those countries. It gives you the feeling that you can just go anywhere and you have no limitations. At least that is my impression when I travel there. I can just go and go and go. I once traveled to four different countries and it was very easy. I felt very free and I loved the whole experience. There was so much freedom that it reminded me of the Lord and how free we are in Him. It also made me think of faith.

Being able to travel to many places brought faith to my mind. Our faith should have no borders. It should have no limitations and no restrictions. It should be free to go to any place, even the places we never thought we could reach. We should expand our faith. We should give it a chance to grow and to freely travel to where the Lord wants us to go. God has no limitations. He can do anything, anywhere. When we have a faith that has no limitations like Him, anything can happen. How can we make our faith free of restrictions? We have to feed our faith. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. The God of the Bible is almighty and He can do much more than we can imagine. We should let our faith connect with His mind and His perspective through His Word. Our faith can mirror God’s thoughts and God’s will. We can have blind faith and know that nothing is ever impossible for our God. I suggest you think of faith as a land of endless possibilities where there are no boundaries and no borders. It is a lavish land with everything you can think of and everything you would never think of. It is a land that you can’t exhaust. There is always more and more and you can’t ever see all of it. It is expandable and it is huge. Faith is expandable and it can’t be stopped by our limited minds.

God’s will for our lives is for us to prosper in all we do, to get as close to Him as possible and to enjoy our new life in Jesus. The salvation that was provided for us is eternal life where blessings and the fruit of the Spirit are present. It is a life where fellowshipping with the Lord is an everyday occurrence. Jesus saved us so we could have a powerful connection with Him. Let’s develop our faith so we can get to know Jesus as intimately as possible. Faith without borders knows Jesus and knows the truth of the Gospel. Faith without borders keeps our eyes on Jesus and no one else. Faith without borders trusts in God’s presence even when we feel out of place. It puts us back in the presence of God by giving us eyes that see beyond the natural. Faith without borders adores the Lord in all circumstances even when we traverse foreign lands that feel unsafe. Faith without borders knows that God is with us wherever we go. Faith without borders takes us to the heart of the Lord all the time. My prayer is that your faith has no limitations and that you can fly to high altitudes of faith where you can never be shaken. May God bless you and protect and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 3:16; Ephesians 3:20; Psalm 37:1

Praying

Finding the right way to pray seemed difficult for me when I was young. I had no clue if my prayers were heard or if they were effective. I searched for the best way to pray. I read books. I listened to sermons. I was on a quest for the perfect formula and for the words that would get the job done. Did God listen to eloquent prayers more than He listened to simple prayers? Did I have to pray for a certain length of time for my prayers to be answered? How often did I have to pray? I had so many questions about prayer and the answers were hard to find. I hit a wall when it came to prayer and I gave up. I didn’t pay attention to how I prayed. What seemed to matter was that I prayed and that was good enough for me. I prayed every day and my words were not sophisticated but they represented what I felt and they carried the message to the Lord. Then I found that the Lord is not far from us. I found out that He is not up on a cloud looking down on us and that changed a lot in my spiritual life including the way I prayed. I learned that God listened and that He never turned a deaf ear. I learned that every word was important to Him and that I didn’t have to try to impress Him with my prayers. I didn’t have to sound smart and to sound pious. All I needed was to sound just like me and to speak from an honest heart. God knows what I want to say. God knows what I need. God knows who I am. God knows what my prayers are. He just wants me to speak to Him and to listen to Him. An open heart is a great entrance into a strong prayer life. I opened up and He closed my narrow views about prayer.

I discovered the great world of prayer when I was in college.  I call it a world because it is huge and it encompasses so much. Prayer is talking to God and listening to Him like I often say. It is a declaration from our hearts that says that we are dependent on God and that He means the world to us. Prayer is a petition and a request on behalf of others. We pray for others to be healed or to be blessed. When I discovered that prayer was meant to move the heart of God so that He would intervene in someone’s life, I was touched. When you think about it, prayer is a great gift to whoever we pray for. We pray that God would bless someone or that He changes someone’s life. Prayer should be selfless and it should be an expression of love. When love entered the prayer equation, it was a game-changer. Praying without love doesn’t work. With God, nothing “works” if love is not at the root of what we do. “Love others” we are told and if we do love them, we will pray for them. “Love God” we are told and if we love Him, we will talk to Him. Friend, let love be the essence of your prayers. May your prayers all be rooted in love. May love be the force behind your prayers and you will see how God moves in your life.

What is a great prayer you might wonder? The prayer that comes from the heart and that is fueled by love is a great prayer. Give love a chance to guide you in your prayers. Pray for your family. Pray for your friends. Pray for acquaintances. Pray for your schoolmates. Pray for your co-workers. Pray for people you don’t know well. Pray for your community. Pray for your country. Pray for the world. Pray for anyone. Just pray. Make it a habit. Pray every day. There are so many prayers that are waiting to be spoken. There are so many people that are longing for prayers. There are so many words from the heart that need to be released. My encouragement today is that you don’t get bogged down by how you should pray. Don’t worry about how you sound. Speak from the heart. Go to the Lord and talk to Him. He will talk to you as well in those moments. He will reveal His heart and give you love. Prayer is so important and you and I can be prayer warriors that touch the world one prayer at a time. Just pray. Just open your heart. Just talk to Jesus. The Holy Spirit will assist you and He will do what you can’t do. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:12; Matthew 6:7; Colossians 4:2

5 essential keys

There is a door that opens the way to a place where peace reigns, joy is strong and faith is everywhere. There are five keys that open that door. Each key is precious and powerful. God has given us the keys to getting to that place. It is not a place far away. If you believe in God, you might have been to that place and you might be living there. If those keys are on your keychain, I encourage you to use them all the time. Open that door and keep it open. Step inside that place and stay there. make yourself at home in that place. Get comfortable and don’t leave it. We tend to travel too much when the Lord wants us to stay in His house and enjoy His presence. Let me talk about the 5 keys today. I hope you will take the keys and open the door to a place where God is always present and doubt and fear are banned.

Key#1: Faith. Faith is the key that allows us to know God and to communicate with Him. Without faith we can’t please God. Without faith we can’t know God. We should always hold the key of faith and keep it very close to us. That key is the answer to all our problems, fear, and worries. The key of faith locks fear and doubt out of our lives. When fear and doubt try to get inside our dwelling place, faith blocks them and ignores them. They might be knocking on the door but faith keeps them away. They have no right to barge in and faith knows that well. The key of faith is the key to a healthy relationship with the Lord. It is crucial and it is very powerful.

Key#2: Love. Faith without love is nothing. We need faith to know God but it has to be accompanied by love. Love is the most important key even though I listed it as the second key. Love is why you and I are here. Love is the reason why we are saved. It is why Jesus came and died in our place. Love brought Him back to life and gave us eternal life. Love is more powerful than anything and anyone. Love conquers all. Love never fails. Love has won. Love will never lose a battle. God is love. Love is more than a symbol of God’s presence. Love is God with us. Let’s use the key of love every single day. It opens more doors than we know.

Key#3: Communion with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a Person. He is a gift from Jesus. He is the gift that keeps on giving. He is the gift that will never let us down and that will always give us what we need. He is the gift that the world needs. He is the gift that connects us to Jesus. The Holy Spirit takes us to a place of peace where Jesus is King. When we turn the key of communication with the Holy Spirit all the time, we open the door to a union and a communion that is holy and pure. We open the door to knowing Jesus, which is primordial and more than necessary.

Key#4: Prayer. Prayer will never get old. I can’t get enough of prayer and I pray every day. Jesus taught us to pray in His Word. If He talked about it, it means that it is something we should take very seriously. Prayer is talking to God and hearing from God. Prayer is the link that attaches us to the Father and that gives us access to His heart. Pray every day. Pray when you feel like it and when you don’t. Pray because God is listening. Pray because God is talking. Pray and you will be in the house of the Lord all the time. Pray and you will open the door to many blessings.

Key#5: Praise. God inhabits the praises of His people. When you pray, the presence of the Lord comes. Praise is an expression of your adoration to the Lord and He hangs out with you on a different level. Praise is faith speaking and acting. Praise defeats the enemy and gives us hope. Praise is what we need every day but we don’t turn to it enough. Praise the Lord and doors will unlock that you didn’t think could ever open. Praise is the key that opens possibilities and that gives you an advantage over your negative circumstances. Praise the Lord all the time and you will be in the house of the Lord where His joy is your strength.

You have the keys. Thank God for each one of them. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 4:1; Jonah 2:7; Mark 11:24

Speak the name of Jesus

There is power in the name of Jesus and we need to use His name on a daily basis. We use so many names without knowing and those names are either powerless or they have negative power in them. Every time we speak fear and doubt, we speak the name of fear and the name of doubt. If we say “I will never make it” what we are truly saying is “In the name of doubt I will not make it.” When we say “This is too big or too impossible,” we are really saying “In the name of fear, I can’t see this take place.” We put a lot of emphasis on the impossible being impossible when we speak doubt over our circumstances. We need to choose the name we speak very carefully. We need to reject the names of fear, doubt, and all kinds of negativity. They are not helping us. They might feel comfortable but they are very harmful. We can’t speak ten different negative names in our lives and expect good things to happen. When can’t speak in the name of doubt and expect Jesus to bless us and to give us the breakthrough we are waiting for. We can’t speak negativity into our lives and be surprised that we are not seeing deliverance and blessings flowing into our lives. Positivity along with the name of Jesus is what brings the breakthroughs and freedom. I am inviting you to use the name of Jesus all week. Speak His name in all circumstances. You will push joy, love, peace, and hope into your life. His name saves. His name heals. His name sets us free!

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”* The name of Jesus gives us salvation. It set us free. It is by His name that we got saved. Now the power in His name is still available and His name can still save us no matter what is going on in our lives. When we speak His name in faith, things change. Miracles happen. Seas of problems are parted. Blessings flow into our lives. Hope comes back. Triumph is present. The name of Jesus is the most powerful name in the universe. The enemy trembles at the mention of His name. Imagine what would happen if you spoke Jesus’s name all day. You would see things move in the right direction all the time. You will have the confidence that bad things won’t last and that the Lord can fix anything because when we speak His name in faith He listens and He moves in your favor. God is always on the move and when you speak the name of Jesus you experience His movement in your life and it always goes in the right direction. You will see how Heaven collides with earth and how nothing is impossible in His beautiful name!

Just a mention of the name of Jesus makes a way. When I speak His name, I get bold in my faith. I have hope and I know that nothing absolutely nothing can stop the Lord from acting in my life. I might have to speak His name a few times. I might have to hold on to His name for some time but He never lets me down. His name is my refuge, my stronghold, my place of hope and love. I find comfort and peace in His name. I speak His name over the week that is coming. I speak His name over every event that I know will take place during the day including meetings and even grocery runs. I have His name with me at all times. How amazing is that! You, friend, also have the name of Jesus with you all the time. Be sure to speak it and to use it all day. Declare that in His name nothing is impossible and speak blessings into His life. When you are down or when you are unsure of what to do, speak the name of Jesus. Speak the name of Jesus against confusion, against fear, and against doubt. Speak His name against anything that rises above your peace. The enemy is a thief and he tries to steal your peace and your joy. The name of Jesus will restore peace and joy. Don’t hesitate to speak His name. Stay in the Lord and trust His name. It is a very strong tower of protection. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 14:13; Acts 4:12*; Romans 10:13