10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 238)

Your faith is not in vain. You are doing the right thing by believing in God. You are on the right path. You are taking the right steps. Your faith is taking you in the best direction there is. Keep going. Keep walking. Your faith is a blessing to you and to people around you!

The time is coming when your breakthrough is going to be obvious to you and to people in your life. The Lord has prepared it and it is coming to you. Stay in faith!

God is not done blessing you. He is going to do great things for you. Don’t lose hope. He is working on your behalf. He loves you 24/7!

Jesus gives substance to your existence. He gives flavor to your life. He gives color to your mind. He gives depth to your soul. He gives sparkles to your heart and He gives you a reason to keep going.

The power of the Holy Spirit is real. Power to change you, to bless you, to protect you and to heal you. He also has the amazing power to connect you to Jesus. Thank God for the Holy Spirit!

Don’t let fear manipulate you. Stand against it. Speak against it. Speak the Word of God against it. You are a child of God. You are protected and you are blessed. That’s the truth!

Don’t unplug from God when things are not going well. It’s in those moments that you need to be the most connected. Pray more. Praise more. Read the Word more. Confess God’s power more. Remain in God and His blessings will remain with you.

There is more from God. This is not the end. You have seen nothing yet. Stay in faith. The best is yet to come. Trust the process. There will be amazing progress!

God’s love for you is stronger than all the love of the world put together. Jesus cares for you more than you know. Believe that He is interested in your current circumstances and He won’t let you down because He adores you!

Make it a habit to thank God throughout the day. Take a break from your busy life and take the time to thank the Lord. Make thanksgiving part of your everyday life. Express your grateful heart every day!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 54:10; Psalm 136:26; 1 John 4:7-8

Hearing God’s sweet voice

Have you ever wished you could hear God audibly? Have you ever wished you could hear His voice clearly as evidence of His existence? I wished that for a long time. Hearing His voice audibly was something I wanted as a young Christian. Then I started spending time in the Word and learning about the still voice of the Holy Spirit. I learned that the Spirit of Jesus was a Person and that He spoke powerfully in the Holy Scriptures. There is a way we can approach the Word of God and receive revelation and gain wisdom. There is a way we can hear God’s voice and Jesus made a way for us. He said He would send us His Spirit and His Spirit would teach us all things. His Spirit is God and God is His Word. Now, we need the key to unlocking the mysteries of the Word of God and the key is the Holy Spirit. He is alive and He speaks all the time. When we lean on Him and we rely on Him, we hear the voice of God.

I can’t emphasize how important it is to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit and to take Him into great consideration when we think about God. We can’t know God without His Spirit and we can’t know Jesus without His Spirit. If we want to hear God’s voice, we are going to have to prayerfully read His Word and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. We can pray for His help but we should also expect it and nurture our relationship with Him. How do we do that? The Spirit points us to Jesus. Any small inclination or nudge to lift up Jesus or to even think of Him comes from the Holy Spirit. If we want to have a strong relationship with the Spirit of God, we ought to answer His calls. He is not loud and He is not obnoxious so we have to pay attention to His gentle voice and respond. Every little thought you have about God, about Jesus, about praying, about walking in love, about reading the Word is a message from the Holy Spirit. Every one of those thoughts is the Spirit talking to you. You can learn how to heed His voice and to react to Him. The best reaction is to yield to Him. No matter how small what He is telling you seems, it is worth giving it your attention.

God wants you to hear Him and to receive His beautiful messages. They are not always big and flashy. One of His common messages to us is to pray and to love Him and to focus on Him. I have heard the voice of the Lord a thousand times without knowing it was Him. I missed His voice because I was looking for a vision or some type of huge manifestation. My mind was after the thunder and the lightning when my heart knew that God was a lot more humble and discreet than what my imagination was telling me. His voice is in the stillness. His voice is in the whispers of the heart that encourage us and that speak of His love. God loves you and me and He is telling us every day that He does. All we have to do is be still and embrace the softness of His voice. When I want to hear from God, I either sit still or I open His Word and open my heart to His Spirit.

My message today is simple; give God a chance to express Himself to you. Do it by reading your Bible, praying daily and responding to His nice reminders and to His gentle guidance. Don’t wait until you can hear an audible message from Him because you might wait a lifetime. He is audible in His Word and until you and I make it a habit to study His Word, we won’t have much of a chance to hear His amazing voice. Let’s also thank Him every day for His Spirit and include Him in all we do. God loves talking to us and we should never forget that. You can hear His sweet voice every day! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Luke 11:28; John 10:27; Romans 10:17

Growing in faith

Do you ever look back and see where you used to be? I am thousands of miles away from where I was before thanks to the Lord. I have leaped and landed in a much better place thanks to the Lord. I keep on leaping. I keep on jumping and faith is making the leaps possible. I am nowhere close to where I used to be and I have to give God the glory. I am not saying that I have arrived and I am done. I am far from the finish line and I still have a lot of maturing to do but praise God I am not where I was 10 years ago or 5 years ago. I think we should all give God credit for helping us grow and for the changes in our lives. Does God do all the work and drags us along on a cloud of success? First of all He is not up in the sky on a distant cloud and second of all, He expects us to do a lot of the work. We have to work on our faith and we have to keep walking. Sometimes we don’t realize that the hardships and the obstacles are helping us grow. When faced with a problem, we can either face it head on with faith or we can collapse and give up. Every trial and every tribulation is an opportunity to grow. Once you adopt that mindset, you will see your problems in a different light and you will see God’s light.

I used to wonder why so many negative things were happening to me. Bad things happen to all of us and our reaction to those negative events is more important than the events themselves. It’s not fun to be going through tough times. There is no doubt about it but our faith can benefit from those circumstances. It can be painful and it can be exhausting but in the long run it is very much worth it. Jesus told a woman, “Your faith healed you.” It takes blind or solid faith to be able to get to that place where your faith heals you. Your faith in Jesus can create miracles and can change your life. Imagine having that kind of faith all the time. It is very much possible. The more difficulties you go through and stay in faith, the closer you are to having a faith that cannot be shaken. If nothing bad ever happened to you, your faith would not develop. It would stop growing. Then if something bad happened, you would not have much to go on. Your faith is only as strong as your reliance and dependence on Jesus. The more you rely on Him and the better you react to life events. The more you rely on Him and the less you look for answers in the world.  If you run to the world first when things are not going your way and save Jesus for later, you need to hit the “faith reset” button.

I have had to reset my faith many times. I thought I trusted the Lord with all my heart and then some bad circumstances showed me that I had more faith in myself than I did in Him and I wasn’t enough. I am not enough. The world is not enough. Jesus is more than enough. He is the author of our faith or at least He should be. He should be the cornerstone of our hope and the foundation of our faith. We should always start and finish with Jesus when it comes to faith. We should react with Jesus to all life events from beginning to end. It’s easy to get intimidated by the opposition and run to people but Jesus should be our first resort. He should be our reflex like I wrote years ago. He is the reason why we have faith in the first place and we should continue with Him instead of substituting Him with the world. Today’s trials are building your faith, friend, if you see them as stepping stones. They are meant to break you but in Jesus’ name you can use them to build you. Don’t fall under pressure. Walk with faith. Stand your ground. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. The Lord is with you and you are gaining some amazing muscles of faith. Keep going! Stay encouraged. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:1; Hebrews 12:2-3; Ephesians 16:17

The Lord is good to all

The Lord is good to all.* This verse from Psalm 145 should be the foundation for how we see ourselves and others. Let me explain. God loves everyone and He is good to everyone. Now, as you know that doesn’t mean that everyone loves Him and that everyone is good to Him. However, this verse implies that God is no respecter of persons and He can touch anyone or bless anyone. Think about your life before you got saved. Were you particularly good to God? Did you love Him? You mostly didn’t and yet He came into your life. You had to accept Him but He was good enough to come to you. You had the chance to make Him your Savior because He was so good that He presented Himself to you and gave you the opportunity to enter salvation through Him. This also means that anyone can get saved. Not everyone will be saved but everyone can be saved. Remember that when you are dealing with people. God loves them all! We are not more special to Him  just because we are saved. We should remember that God is good to us all the time. His goodness doesn’t run dry.

When you are interacting with someone, you are interacting with a person that the Lord loves. A person that the Lord is good to. That person might not be aware of God’s goodness but it is there and it is always available. This verse revolutionized my thinking. I used to think that God was only good to those who love Him. The difference is that the interaction between God and a believer is different. A believer who understands his or her covenant with God can experience great blessings and can enjoy a beautiful relationship with the Lord. A person who doesn’t know Jesus, doesn’t walk in the fullness of the best covenant there is but that person can still experience God. Like I said, even though we didn’t have a relationship with God, we were given a wonderful opportunity to make Him our Savior. We should also think of some of the good things that happened to us before we were saved. Every good gift is from God. Everything that is good is from God. We had glimpses of the goodness of God without necessarily being able to identify them as blessings from God.

The truth that God is good to everyone is very important when it comes to praying for others. We should pray for anyone and everyone. God will not just bless believers. God heals and He is not in the business of healing believers and not healing non believers. God is good to all so He can heal all. Don’t let the enemy make you believe that God is only good to Christians. Your prayers are needed. Your prayers are crucial. Pray for everyone. Pray knowing that God loves the person or the people you are praying for. God loves the person that you like the least and He loves that person as much as He loves you. God would like to use you and me to reach those who don’t know Him. We can preach great messages through our actions and through the love we display for Him. Let’s keep in mind that God is good to everyone and sometimes His goodness is manifested through us. Let’s be the ones who hand out God’s goodness to a world that has been dealt a bad hand. God’s goodness starts with you and me at times and we have to keep that in mind. Let’s have open hearts and open minds and God will use us to spread His goodness. God is good to all and that includes you and me! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 145:9*; Romans 10:12; James 1:17

Hold on to the hope of the world

As long as you have Jesus, you have hope. Hope will never die. Hope came back from the dead. You might think that all hope is lost because you are in a bad situation but hope is alive and well. Jesus is the hope you need today. Go to Him and see what He has to say. If He were to appear to you today and talk to you, He would say that there is still hope. He would tell you that He died not only for your sins but for your hope. He died so that your hope would remain alive. He took all the problems of the world including yours and He put them to death so you could find life in Him. He is the way, the truth and the life and He is blowing life into your desperate situation now as you are reading this message. He is talking to you and smiling at you. He is encouraging you and reminding you that with Him, nothing is impossible. He is rebuking the lies of the enemy and the doubts. He is calling you to rise up and walk. Walk in faith. Leave the doubts behind. Leave the desperation behind. Leave the fears behind. Jesus is standing by your side and He is promising a new day, a new hope and a new future.

When things don’t go well, we tend to predict a bad future for ourselves. The fears we have are usually about the future. We put ourselves in a box where there is no way out. We think of how bad things are going to get. We can’t count on anything good. We believe the outcome of our present circumstances is going to be very negative. God has a different take on the matter. For Him, hope is present and it is available. What He wants us to do is to draw nearer to Him and tap into His love and His peace. He has all we need and He can give us the hope we long for. He is the hope. When I am not doing well, I get a big dose of Jesus. I turn to Him. I talk to Him. I let Him comfort me and I fix my eyes on Him. Fix your eyes on Jesus and He will fix your situation. Fix your eyes on Jesus and you will see a rebirth of hope everywhere. The One who conquered the world conquered your biggest trials. There is hope, friend! There is a lot of hope.

Jesus came to save the world and to preach good news. His good news is accompanied by the hope of a better day. Things might look bad now but they are going to get better. Jesus guarantees that. Take His word for it. Things are going to improve beautifully when you rely on Him. Put your hope in Jesus, the hope of the world. Let the hope in you speak for you. Don’t give a voice to the doubts and to the fears. Let Jesus in you talk about what’s going on. When you give Him the microphone, you will realize that every word that comes out of your mouth is a word of hope. You can’t turn to Jesus,  lean on Him and not ooze positivity and joy. His joy is going to hit you and take you on a journey of hope. The joy of the Lord is your strength. You get all the power you need from the Lord. Power to make it today and power to make it tomorrow. Tomorrow is bright. Jesus will make it shine. Don’t get discouraged. Hold on to Jesus, the hope of the world. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 39:7; Romans 8:18; 1 Peter 5:10

What is God building in your life?

Before He started His ministry on earth, Jesus was a carpenter. A carpenter is someone who repairs or makes wooden structures and objects. I love that carpenters make and repair. This concept exemplifies what the Lord does. Jesus is the carpenter of my life. He fixed my life and He made it what it is now. He gave me eternal life. That is what He does. He didn’t just do it for me. He did it for anyone who believes in Him. When He died on the cross, people thought it was the end. It was just the beginning of the structure He was building. He was making something that would last forever and that no one could undo. Jesus built eternal life. He repaired our lives and fixed them with salvation. He redeemed us of our sins and  built a bridge between the Father and us. That bridge of salvation is a structure that we can count on. It is indestructible. Jesus undid death and replaced it with His resurrection. Now, His resurrection power is the permanent structure that lives in us. If you have Jesus, His power lives in you. It is building you up and it is fixing you and making things new. God is at work in your life. If we remain in Him and His words remain in us, He will build something amazing in our lives. What is God building in your life today? He is repairing your life and making a life that is blessed by His presence.

What the Lord is building in you is a powerful structure that relies on His Son. The Lord wants to builds reliance in us. What He is building in our lives requires work on our part and faith. The Lord would never force anything into our lives. We have to agree and we have to believe. We can’t be passive and expect Him to do something good inside of us. That powerful structure of dependence on Jesus can be put together when we take a step of faith and we trust that God is at work in our lives. The process started when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and it continues every single day. Our salvation and our lives with Christ are an ongoing journey. We can help the Carpenter repair our lives by having total faith in Him and by letting Him be the part of us that He should be. We could choose to privilege the world and its ways or we can choose Jesus and let Him develop His mind in us. We can share the mind of Christ as we renew our thinking with His Word and we are in contact with His Spirit. Let’s always choose Jesus. Let’s always choose Jesus over the world. Let’s get to know Him better thanks to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is in us and with us and that relationship can be amazing. The Lord gives us the wood we need and it is up to us to finish the work by leaning on the Spirit and adoring the Lord. Adoration and worship are crucial here. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and in His temple there should be rejoicing and celebration. We are a place of worship that should be active all the time. It is sad when we don’t answer the call and we deprive our temple of praising the Lord. When we do that, we are like a church where the lights are never turned on, Jesus is forgotten and there is no fruit and no progress. God can build a tree of hope inside of us when we keep our hopes in Jesus and we actively engage with Him. The structure of peace and joy the Lord desires for us to have is attainable. It can be made when we spend time in the Word of God, we pray every day, we walk in love, we stay in faith and we exalt the Lord. God is building a wonderful structure of faith, love and hope in you, friend. Give Him permission to place the beam of joy, the joist of love and the structure of faith inside of you. As you rely on God, He will fix what needs to be fixed in your life and He will create a new you. God can build anything and He built you for a time like this so stay in faith and keep on going. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 15:7; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 John 5:14

God brought you this far

God brought you this far. He is not going to let you down. He is not going to drop you. He is not going to leave you stranded. He will finish the good work He started in you. He will finish the good work in your life. Don’t give up! God is still working with you. God is still working on your situation. Keep the faith! There are some great things coming your way because God is making a way where you thought there was no way. It sounds cliche but it also sounds like Jesus. That is what He will always say. He will always say that He is way, the truth and the life. When you have Him, you always find your way out of trouble. You always have hope of better days. Those better days are not too far. Hold on a little longer. Show your faith longer. I understand that obstacles and hurdles seem to be all over the place and you can’t see good things in your future. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean that they are not ahead of you. Jesus has gone before you and He has laid out everything you need and He will provide for you. Don’t look at what you don’t have. In Him you have all you need. There are blessings today that might be invisible to you but with faith they can be revealed. God is by your side and He is going to take you places you had never thought existed. He brought you this far and He will guide you to a destination that is so peaceful and so good that it will blow your mind and surpass your understanding. God is not done blessing you. He is not done carrying you!

When I look back and see how far I have come I can’t help but thank the Lord. He is the One who has made so many things possible in my life. I have a better awareness of His work in my life and of His plan. Good things in my life have not been coincidences or luck. It’s been Jesus all along and He is here to stay. I know that when things get complicated and difficult, we are under the impression that God is done. We feel like He has left and He has moved on to other people. That is not how God is. In His Word He promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He also said that He was the same yesterday, today and forever. Your future is still in His hands. Your present is blessed by His presence. God doesn’t give up. God doesn’t turn around when He sees difficulties on the way. He destroys what tries to destroy us. God has the ability to do the incredible and to do the less expected. Faith connects us to Him and it gives us the hope and confidence that God is sovereign all the time. Express your faith today. Tell yourself that God is still God and that He has brought you this far and He will get you to the finish line. There is nothing to fear and nothing to be worried about. Worry won’t move you forward. It will always stall you and hurt you.

I have no idea what you are going through today. I am telling you to keep the faith and you might think that it is a tall order. You feel like you have given your best to this thing called faith and you have run out of it. Look to Jesus. He is the author of your faith. Faith is in His power, His truth, His love, His abilities, His sovereignty, and His omnipotence. You are not trying to have faith in your ability to make things happen. Your faith is exalting the One who died for the world and who came back to life. Revive your vision of Jesus. Go back to His Word. Read about Him. Read Him. Revisit Him. Relearn Him. He is the deliverer, the ruler of the universe and the King of kings. He wants you to stay in fellowship with Him and trust that your journey is not over. He is with you on the journey and He created this journey for you. Think about that! He made this plan just for you and He will see it through. You have made it this far thanks to Jesus and He is going to help you finish this amazing adventure. Keep your hopes up. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13, 1 Peter 5:10

God can’t change

They say that the only thing that is constant is change. I say that the only One who is constant is God. Think about that as the new week begins. Things will change this week. You can expect that. You can expect changes accompanied by challenges and you can also expect good and positive shifts. We can’t predict what’s going to happen but we can predict that God will be the same. Isn’t that reassuring? God is consistent and He is true to Himself. He is faithful to His Word and faithful to who He is. I love to meditate on that truth. I love to defy the changes in my life and the challenges I encounter by professing that my God never changes.

Things can get difficult and hard but my God is always good and powerful. If you need a boost this week, remember that God will never change. Remember that you can always have hope and great expectations because you have God. You might have problems but you also have God. Let me say that again. You might have problems now but you also have a God who can solve all problems. Your problems are never bigger than your God. The negative changes in your life are never more powerful than your constant and amazing God. God is going to change your situations, friend. Don’t let your circumstances change how you see God. Let Him change how you see your circumstances.

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.*” Another translation of this verse says that God’s plans are firm. God’s plans for your life are firm, friend. Nothing can move them. Nothing can change them. There are no difficult situations that can change God’s firm plans. God’s intentions for your are extremely good and they are firm. Praise the Lord whose plans are unchanged. Praise the Lord who never wavers and who never fails. Your faith gives you access to His blessings. His blessings are available to you every single day, 24/7. They are ready to touch your life now. God’s blessings are firm and they are life changing.

Expect great changes in your life even when things shift in a bad way. God’s consistent love will impress the negative changes in your life and remove them. The plans of God’s heart will defeat the enemy’s plans. Say it out loud. When you are in a pickle, talk about the One whose power changes everything. The Lord said Himself that He doesn’t change. Our minds change Him. Our experiences give us the wrong picture of Him. He is good all the time. I tell myself that God is good all the time. Making that declaration is a reflex for me and it helps a lot. I say it whenever I get a chance and I say it when something bad happens. It allows me to renew my mind and to exalt the Lord who never changes.

God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19). God will never change His mind about you. He said He would love you and protect you and that will always be the case. God has made His mind up about you and in His mind you are wonderfully and fearfully made. In His mind you are worth dying for. In His mind you were saved by His blood and you are under His covenant. In His mind there is nothing He can’t do for you. In His mind there is always hope for you. In His mind there is always power to change your life. Find out what He says about you in His Word and trust that everything He said still stands. God is not human. Think about that. He is above all humans and He is always, always the same God. Go into this week with the confidence that your God will be able to change anything that might go wrong this week. Stay in faith! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 33:11*; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8

Nothing without God

I am nothing without God. I wouldn’t be here without Him. I am not the center of my universe. I can’t be. I used to be and things didn’t work out well. I didn’t know what I was doing. When Jesus first became my savior, I had no idea that putting Him first meant living a better life. It sounded too much like a sacrifice I wasn’t willing to make. My whole being was telling me that God was there for me and I wasn’t there for Him. I let my flesh dominate me. My spirit didn’t agree but my body and my mind were strongly convinced that God was more like a genie that was there to fulfill my wishes. I have heard similar ideas  in the church. People believe that God loves us so much that He would do anything for us. It is true. He sent His Son for us but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t serve Him. It is quite the contrary. As believers we should have a God-centered mentality where God means everything, God is who we need and He is more important than us. It is the idea of dying to self and decreasing so He can increase.

As a young Christian I used to think that I was doing well on my own. I used to think that I could manage on my own and I didn’t need God. God could give me a lot but most of what I had or I was able to do was because I was a strong independent individual. I was so wrong. I was so flawed. I was so imperfect. Self-righteousness is extremely dangerous and it was something that I adhered to without completely understanding it. I had the wrong approach. I used the verse “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” but I kept Christ out of the equation. In my mind, I could do all things. When I was in high school, I believed that I was a very good student because of my abilities and I never thanked God for giving me the wisdom and the knowledge I had. I came to the conclusion that I was very smart and I developed a slight (intellectual) complex. According to God, no one is better than anyone. According to God, we are nothing without Him and we need Him desperately all the time and not just when we are desperate.

It was when I realized that I was nothing without God that my life changed. That realization set some great things into motion. It taught me that I had to be more devoted to God. It showed me that I had to honor God and revere Him. It led me to make the sacrifice of praise and worship the Lord from the bottom of my heart. It stressed the importance of giving my whole heart to the Lord. God is everything and with Him I become something. God is everything and with Him my life is short of being perfect. God is everything and with Him I am on a journey where my worth is in Him. God is everything and without Him I am not the salt of the earth, I have no flavor and my life fades away easily. God is everything and with Him I find peace and freedom and I can grow spiritually.

We are nothing without God but we find meaning in Him. God should be at the center of everything we do and especially at the center of our hearts and minds. I have to redirect my thoughts and my intentions often to make sure they have the stamp of approval of the Lord because He is the One who is in control. I give Him control. I give Him first place. I have found that when I make Him the most important person in my life, He demonstrates that I matter to Him greatly. I make Him my priority and I understand that I mean the world to Him. I don’t want to put myself first anymore. I strive to follow the Lord and to exalt Him. My life is a daily praise to the King. I am not the most perfect worshipper but I do my best to please Him and to lift Him up. Friend, you are nothing without the Lord but with Him you are everything. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 14:6; John 15:5; Ephesians 2:8-9

God cares about your heart

I used to think that God was a distant entity who didn’t mingle with us humans very much. He was hard to approach and He was standoffish. Little did I know that He was the total opposite. He cares more than anyone I know. He cares more than my family and my friends. He is interested in all of us and in every part of our lives. He knows all there is to know about us and yet He acts like every part is very meaningful to Him. He could hate us because of who we are, because we are all sinners but He died for us so we could be redeemed and we could have a relationship with Him. That is just so amazing when you think about it! He has restored us and made us part of His family. One thing that God made clear to me is that He cares about my heart. He cares about my feelings and my emotions. I had never known Him to be that caring and I feel bad for all the people who have been misled and who believe that God is not concerned with our hearts. He is. What we think, what we feel and what we experience all matter to Him. God wants us happy and joyful. He wants to be the center of our lives because He knows that is the best thing for us. He is not arrogant, self-centered and selfish. The best thing we can ever live and experience is a relationship with Him and that is what He desires for us all to have. The very best is what we deserve in His eyes. Finding peace, joy and love is not an impossible goal. It can all happen when we stay close to God and we let Him lead our lives and impress us with His goodness. Our hearts go through so much because of everything that goes on in this world. The world will always be in turmoil and there will always be reasons for us to be troubled but Jesus cares. Jesus cares about your heart and mine. Remember that every day Jesus cares about your heart.

Jesus died for you. He died for your heart. He died so you would have a good life and you would be joyful. Joy is important to Him. He is joy. He is not a sad God. Whoever tells you that you have to be sad and down to please God is not well-informed. God would never want you to have the opposite of Him. He would never want you to have a life where the enemy is ruling your heart and filling it with negative junk. That junk is not from God and it will never be. Your heart is the engine of your spiritual being. Your heart is the core of your character and of your faith. When your heart is troubled, your faith is affected and your personality is contaminated for lack of a better word. Your heart is the director for the movie of your life. Your heart takes you into the right direction and into the wrong direction. Out of the abundance of your heart come good things or bad things. God cares about what’s in your heart and He encourages you to make sure that your heart is governed by Him and by love. Love should be the headmaster of your heart. God should be the king of your heart and everything else should be subject to Him. Take a look at what’s in your heart. You will find out what’s in it when you pay attention to what you say and to what you think about the most. Your thoughts and ideas will always find their way to your heart so it is crucial that you filter them and that you have a good handle on them. Jesus is the best filter!

God is very interested in what’s in your heart like I have been saying and that means that He has a plan for your heart and it is possible for your heart to be kept strong and to be joyful. God can help with your heart. He can show you how to keep it strong and how to fill it with joy and peace. The first step is to put Him in your heart. Know and understand that there is no substitute for God. He has to be the One you focus on and you adore. Develop a relationship with Him. Make Him the focus of your thoughts. You can achieve that by reading the Word, by praying more than usual and by praising the Lord. Don’t wait for church to praise and pray. Don’t wait for Sunday to talk to God. Give Him a chance to talk to you every day. Your heart can easily be impacted by the world so there is a need for a stronger relationship with the Lord. It takes time, effort and dedication but is it the best thing you can do. When you do, God will impart His peace and make your heart feel safe. He will pour joy into you and make your heart be glad. He will shower you with His love so you can give out His love to the people in your life. God cares about your heart and He has the power to keep it blessed and free from worry. God will remove worry and fear from your heart when you give your heart to Him. Trust Him with your heart! He will make you glad!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3; John 14:1; John 16:22-23