Keep expecting great things

Keep expecting from God. Keep expecting great things. Keep expecting the impossible. Keep expecting the incredible. Expand your faith. Expand your expectation bucket. Let God fill it up with great things that are out of this world. You are believing and trusting a God who is out of this world and who created the world. He can do much more than the eye can see. He is beyond your wildest imagination and He is a creator of huge dreams. Keep dreaming. Keep hoping in the Lord. Let Him take your small expectations and turn them into dreams that defy the imagination. God has plans for you and His plans are bigger than your agenda for your life. The enemy has his own agenda but don’t let his plans scare you. God is with you and His promises never fail. Keep expecting breakthroughs and wonders. The God of great wonders has many extraordinary things in store for you. Stay in His store where all is possible. Shop around with faith and take hold of your beautiful destiny.

Keep expecting miracles. Miracles didn’t die after Jesus ascended to Heaven. Jesus is with you every day. He is the God who never leaves. He is the God of miracles who never leaves. I wrote about this before. Jesus was not able to perform many miracles in His home town because not many people believed. Today Jesus can perform great miracles in your life. Believe that He can. Trust that His miracles are following you because Jesus is always with you. Stir up your faith and seek God’s face. His face is radiant and smiling with love and joy. His face is reassuring and His face is shining upon you. His miracles radiate in His love. He can do the impossible and when you keep seeking His face, His ability to do the impossible becomes a reality for you. Meditate on what God can do and He will show you that He can do more than the human mind can fathom. Share His mind. Share the mind of Christ by spending time in His Word and by praying. You will hear the impossible when you pray and God will make it possible for you. A lot of it has to do with your level of faith. God can increase your faith. Work with His Spirit. Surrender your thinking and He will renew your mind. Expect mind-blowing experiences with God. Great things can happen anytime with Him. He is with you all the time and His wonderful working power is available all the time.

Expect blessings be expected solutions. Life can be very hard. The enemy doesn’t take a break from assailing us in whichever way he can. However, we can be blessed in the middle of a bad break. Jesus also doesn’t stop from blessing us. Bad things happening doesn’t mean that we can’t be blessed. The Lord is an expert at blessing us despite our bad circumstances. Ask Him for a breakthrough. Ask Him for a blessing. Ask Him for a solution to your problem. Ask Him for an answer and expect big. Expect a big breakthrough. Expect a big blessing. Things can be very bad right now but with your faith expecting the best, everything will turn around. Don’t worry and don’t give up. Expect the opposite of what the negative thoughts are telling you. The God of miracles is working in your life and He adores you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 10:21; Luke 18:27; Acts 3:16


Affordable living

Do you ever think about what you can’t afford? Do you ever say to yourself, “I wish I could afford this and that?” Do you ever think you can’t afford a good living? You can afford a life of triumphs, victory, peace and overcoming. Jesus paid the price so you could afford a priceless life. He paid the price for a life where love wins, peace abounds and blessings are always present. Jesus conquered death on the cross. Jesus made it affordable for you to have an amazing life. Life in Christ is a life of hope and joy. You can afford that life at no cost. The Lord provided salvation and it is the best life you could have. Salvation is for here and now. It is not for later when you go and be with the Lord. The eternal life that was purchased at a high price is available today. You are living your best life now through Christ. You might say, “So how come I am facing so much opposition? How come I have so many trials and tribulations?”

Jesus said that in this life we would have trials and tribulations but we should be of good cheer because He has conquered the world. His life of salvation juxtaposed itself over the trials and the tribulations. Your daily trials and troubles don’t take away from the work that was done on the cross. You are still saved and you are still blessed. It is during those tough times that you need to hold on to the promise of a great life. Your life in Christ doesn’t take a break when the going gets tough. You can still claim victory. You can still claim blessings. You can still claim that you have an amazing life in Christ. You are highly blessed and highly favored. Don’t let today’s trials steal your peace and your joy. They will try. They will make you think that you are cursed or that you have a bad life. The battle is in your thinking. The battle is in your heart. When life wages war on the inside, be sure to speak victory and to speak Jesus over everything. That is when you experience victory on the inside and it shows on the outside.

Keep working on maintaining peace on the inside. Keep praying. Keep praising. Don’t give up. Jesus won. Your victory is here. Those thoughts of defeat and those bad circumstances won’t get the best of you unless you let them take away your faith. The promises of the Lord still stand so stand in faith. Faith is not easy but it is achievable in the worst conditions because during your worst times, Jesus is still your best bet. Rely on Him. Proclaim that you can afford peace. Proclaim that you can afford joy. You don’t have to pay for any of it. Jesus will always foot the bill. The only sacrifice you need to make is the sacrifice of praise. Praise can seem like a sacrifice when it is hard to praise God because of your difficulties. However, you have the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Start praising the Lord even if you don’t feel like it and you will see the beautiful life you have thanks to Christ.  He is the best part of your life. He is your life. He is the affordable life you have and He is not going to make you pay for anything.

Don’t let anyone and anything make you think that you can’t afford a good life. You have Jesus. You have all you need. His love is out of this world and it makes your life a living Heaven. Through thick and thin, Jesus is with you. He does life with you and He blesses you. You are highly loved and highly valued by the King of Kings. Thank Him for the life He gave you. This life is permanent. This life is full of amazing possibilities and great opportunities will always roll in. Stand your ground. Stay strong in your faith. Enjoy life in Christ every day. You can afford the peace that surpasses all understanding and the joy that is your strength. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 1:4; John 14:6; 1 John 5:20

The God who can turn it around

When I first got saved, I believed in the unbelievable. I had a strong childlike faith. I was young and I believed God could do anything. I expected miracles. Jesus saving my life was the biggest miracle of all. I never knew such a wonderful thing could happen so when it did, I was filled with a lot of hope. My life changed significantly for the best. I had something I had never had before. Hope was something new to me and it was amazing. I remember holding on to the scripture about our faith moving mountains. I thought it was the most powerful statement I had ever heard.

 I kept picturing mountains of difficulties being moved out of my life. I can still picture those mountains in my head. They looked massive but God was bigger. My God was huge. He was above anything that existed including mountains. No one and nothing I was familiar with could move mountains. My understanding was that God could move them. Then I realized that my mountains were not moving. The trials and tribulations in my life sat there like an oversized mount Everett. I couldn’t understand it. What was I doing wrong? What was God doing wrong? Were the mountains actually too big for my God?

My faith and my hope decreased. That mustard seed of faith became a speck of faith. It was invisible to my spiritual eyes. I was lost. I couldn’t see above the mountains. The mountains were unmovable. What had happened to my God? It took me a while to get to the point where my faith got strong enough. I was doing something wrong. My faith in God could move mountains and I had to focus on building it up. The mountains in my life were there to help me get my faith stronger. It took me years to come to that conclusion. God was not weak. God was still able to do the impossible. I just let my circumstances blind me to the truth of the power of God. I had to pump up that seed of faith and make it bigger.

 I expected God to do all the work. He expected me to have faith and to maintain my faith no matter what. He showed me that He could turn around the worst situations. I experienced losses, failures and bad breaks. However, I had the God who could turn anything around. He was the God of the breakthrough, the God of miracles, the God who can do anything. I kept believing. I kept trusting that the mountains would be removed. The enemy kept telling me that those mountains were too high. The Holy Spirit kept telling me that no mountain was too high for my God. The enemy presented all situations as irreversible circumstances. God kept telling me He could turn anything around. I kept listening to the Lord. I kept going. He kept delivering.

Friend, the God who can turn it around is your God. Your mountains are not an obstacle to Him. The dilemma and the problems you are facing are not too difficult for Him. He can take your situation and make it something amazing. He can make a path in the middle of the wilderness and turn your dry season into a rainy forest of blessings. Give Him your circumstances. Expect Him to turn things around. Expect Him to remove those mountains. 

Expect Him to do it easily. It could take some time but God is always on time. He will turn around the things that your mind says are irreversible. He is an expert at that. No matter what you are facing today, God can turn it around. Remember that every day. Miracles still take place. Mountains are still being moved. Good things are still here today. Your God is still on the throne and He is still in charge of you. Stay strong. Stay in faith. God will turn it around. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 17:20-21; Matthew 21:2; Mark 11:23

God is ready

God is ready. God is ready to bless you. God is ready to listen to you. God is ready to speak to you. I think that sometimes we think that God is on standby and He needs more time before He reveals Himself to us. That is how I used to think. God is an ever-present God. He is here now and He will be here tomorrow. He was here yesterday. He has never changed and He has never been more present than today. If we start seeing Him as the God who is always present and always ready, we will reach another level in our faith. God is patient. That is a fact but that doesn’t mean that He is waiting for a while before He interacts with us. We tend to wait for miracles and blessings. 

Tomorrow sounds like a more reasonable idea. Blessings can take a while to come to pass but that doesn’t mean that God is not ready to be with us today. When He says we should seek His face, we should read it as “We can seek His face and find Him.” There is no doubt that we ought to wait for certain things. However, let’s not wait to communicate with God. Let’s not miss out on some of today’s blessings. Let’s not expect God to only be ready to talk tomorrow. He is talking to you and me now. He is ready to hear from us and He is ready to love us and to hold us. 

God holds us in the palm of His hand. This promise is not reserved for tomorrow. It is in the present tense which shows us that it is happening now. What does that imply? It implies that we are safe in God’s hand today. It implies that God is close to us today. It implies that He is totally ready to protect us and to keep us safe today. We are the ones who need to get on God’s page. He’s been waiting for us to stir up our faith and meet Him here and now. Does this mean that everything we ask for will come today? No. It means that today we can walk in faith. Today we can walk hand in hand with God. Today we can communicate with Him and be highly blessed. 

There are many blessings waiting for us today. God is ready to bless us beyond our wildest expectations today. He is ready to shower us with love and with hope. Once I started spending time with God in the here and now, I discovered that there was an amount of love bigger than life that was ready to bless my day, every day. “God might not be ready to talk to me” is what I used to think. It wasn’t an effective way to approach the Lord. It put distance between the Lord and me. God is closer than we think all the time. He is closer than a brother. He is closer than the air we breathe. He is our oxygen and our source of life. Let’s not wait for the source of life to show up tomorrow when He has been giving us life all along. 

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”* Jesus is the way today. Jesus is the truth today. Jesus is the life today. He is ready to connect us to the Father. He is ready to share His truth. He is ready to be the life we need. Let’s focus on Who He is today. Let’s focus on Him no matter what. Let’s fix our eyes on the One who is ready to be our God today and forever. Let’s be ready to receive Him all the time. Let’s be ready to listen to Him and to talk to Him. When we pray and we seek His face, He listens all the time and He smiles all the time. His love is ready. Think about it! His love is ready for you. 

You don’t have to do anything special. You can’t gain His love through your actions. He paid for your sins. He is ready to forgive every time you repent. He is a ready God. He is a willing God. He is an ever-loving God. God is ready to tell you today that you matter to Him. He is ready to show you what that means to Him. He is ready to talk to you about His love for you. He is ready to stay true to His Word. He is ready to be the God you have been waiting for. Wait no more. Be present with God. He has been with you and He will never leave you. Blessings are ready to overtake your life. Have faith in God’s presence today. Have faith in the love that will never go away. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 14:6*; Ephesians 3:18-19; 1 John 4:18

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 252)

Don’t worry. Don’t fear. God is on your side and He is always ready to help you and to bless you. Your problems are not too big for Him. Trust Him!

Open your heart to the Prince of Peace. Give Him all you are. Give Him all you have. He has more than what you need and His peace is a healer. It will heal your heart and cure your mind!

You are going upstream and not downstream. The Holy Spirit is leading you in the direction of success and blessing. Keep flowing with the Spirit. You are going from glory to glory!

Go to the house of the Lord. There is much rejoicing in His house. You are always safe and secure in His house. His house is the dwelling place of love, joy, peace and hope. Stay in the house of gladness!

Seek God’s prosperity. His prosperity is the riches of His love. Seek His commandments of love and stick with them. That is how you will prosper in all your ways. Seek His kingdom first and everything else will be added unto you!

Lift up your eyes and keep your eyes on the Lord. That is where your help comes from. That is where your victory comes from. Keep your eyes on the Savior and you will see great and mighty works take place in your life.

God is asking you to prove Him right. He is telling you to put Him to the test so He can show you that He always reigns and He always wins. Put all your faith in Him. He is going to prove the enemy wrong and give you peace and justice!

When you call on the Lord in your distress, He answers you. Look for the answers from Heaven. Expect answers. Expect solutions. Expect blessings. Expect breakthroughs. Expect Jesus!

Negative thoughts will always rage war in your head. However, the Lord has won all battles including the battles of the mind. Get your victory by renewing your mind with the Word of God. Let it reshape your thinking and restore peace and hope.

Praise God for He is good all the time. Praise God for He cares for you all the time. Praise God for He is faithful all the time. Praise God for His mercy and grace are here forever. Praise God!

Suggested reading: Psalm 122:1; Psalm 123:1-2; James 5:13

Remain in the powerhouses of the Lord

God’s words are the powerhouses that all of us should inhabit. We should be inside those words and they should live in us. I see them as powerhouses where we can find refuge and where we can stay. The Lord said, “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”* We can remain in the Lord when we remain in His words. When what He says in His Word is what we live by. Words are extremely important. The words we trust, the words we speak, the words we listen to, the words we live by. There is power in all words. Power to give life and power to give death. Some words take us on the path of life and some words bring us down the path of death. There are positive words and negative words. 

The words of the Lord are beyond positive. They breathe life into us and they bless us. They are powerhouses because they host all the power we need to make it in this life. They are strongholds of love, hope, peace, joy, mercy and grace. If we abide by those words and we remain in the Lord, when we pray we can ask whatever we want (in line with His will) and it will happen. The powerhouses make things come to pass in our lives. The words of the Lord create and change things. The words of the Lord have the power to ignite blessings and to turn on the switch of positive changes and breakthroughs. Let’s pay attention to the words we stand by and we believe. Let’s stay in the powerhouses of the words of the Lord. Words matter a great deal. 

I learned about the power of words early in my Christian walk. I am still learning about their power and one thing I understand is that what I say produces good outcomes or bad outcomes in my ice. What I listen to builds up my faith and tears down my faith. Music has always been a big part of my life. I used to listen to songs that stayed in my mind and in my spirit for days. The lyrics of the songs were strongholds in my life. They make me feel a certain way. They gave me sensations and feelings that were not always positive. I had a very melancholic spirit. I had a lot of sadness in me due to my life circumstances and it was enhanced by the songs I allowed into my life. The words of the song were my daily companion and I wasn’t in good company.

 When I became more serious about the Lord, my playlist completely changed. I ditch what is deemed secular music and I only listen to Christian music. I am not saying that is what you should do. That’s what works well for me. The songs of praise and worship have filled up my spirit and they have helped me stay strong in the Lord. Those great lyrics are powerhouses. They are about Jesus. They are about my Savior. They are about love, hope and peace. They quote the Scriptures. They quote the truth. I listen to that music a lot. It has done wonders for me and it has enabled me to stay in the powerhouses of the Lord. Powerful words are constantly feeding my spirit. Hope is more present in my life because I am more “present in the Lord.”

The Lord’s words remain in me. Now, that doesn’t mean that the enemy doesn’t have access to my word bank. He still spews lies and negative words and I still have to watch what I hear and what I say. The goal is to remain in the Lord by using His words. Listening to them, digesting them, embracing them Is primordial but so is using them. I don’t speak using lyrics of the songs I listen to. Sometimes I do but for the most part I keep my words positive by speaking the words the Lord gives me. I get inspiration from the Holy Spirit. That comes from meditation and prayer. I speak the words of life the Lord wants me to speak. I am working on doing it more often. When things are not going well, my words dictate how things are going to go. If I keep my words positive and in line with the words of the Lord, things improve. My attitude improves, my mood improves and my hope improves.

 I want to stay in the powerhouses of the Lord and speak the truth about my life. I am not defeated. I am not lost. I am found in the Lord and I am more than a conqueror through the Lord who is my strength. When I pray and I ask for something, I have the confidence that God listens and that He will give me what I need because I remain in His powerhouses, in His words. Friend, watch what you listen to and watch what you say. Keep speaking the words of the Lord over your life. Keep staying in the powerhouses of the Lord by abiding by His words. There is power in what you say. Keep saying the truth and keep speaking life. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 18:21; Matthew 12:37; John 15:7*

Thanks be to God

Every year I say the same thing; thanksgiving to God shouldn’t be limited to one day. Don’t get me wrong I love the idea of having a Thanksgiving day. I love the holiday and I am thankful for it. (Pun intended). I also love that we can thank God every day of the year. My everyday thanksgiving is a great tradition. I embarked on that tradition years ago and it has been a great blessing. There is power in thanking the Lord in everything. There is joy when we thank the Lord. I think that thanksgiving is the answer to a lot of our problems. For one thing, thanksgiving shifts the attention from the problem to the solution. Thanksgiving keeps our eyes on our Savior and it gives us hope. We can have hope every day. With the Lord there is hope every single day. No matter what life throws at you or what the enemy tells you, there will always be hope. Hope in the Lord should be the anchor of our lives.

 Hope in the Lord should be the theme of our lives. My life has been so much better since I have been trusting the Hope that gives life. I thank Him for His hope. If you don’t know what to thank the Lord for, thank Him for the everlasting hope you find in Him. He tells us in His Word to be thankful all the time. We can start with hope. We can start with Him. Let’s thank the Lord for Who He is. Let’s thank Him for His love, for His precious sacrifice, for His blood, for His salvation. We don’t have to thank God for what is happening in our lives right now. We should. By all means we should but we should thank Him with the attitude of faith. We should thank Him for the things that are not here yet but that we believe will take place. Thanks be to God every day and always. He is good every day and always. He is God every day and always. Let’s thank Him as much as we can.

“Thanks be to God” is what my spirit declares when my mind gets discouraged. It took me a long time to get to the point where I could just thank the Lord despite my circumstances. My spirit loves to thank the Lord. I have been thanking Him for the simplest things. I have been thanking Him for big things. I have been thanking Him for holding me in the palm of His hand. Isn’t that huge? God holds us. He carries us. He transports us from one blessing to the next. He makes sure that we are protected and we are covered. He sees us as gems that are a real treasure. His love for us is beyond any love we will encounter in this life. That’s wild! That’s amazing. 

Thank God for His love that is out of this world. This powerful and tremendous love is all directed to us. What a blessing! What an honor! We are highly blessed and highly favored. That’s an everyday reality. We can thank Him for that all the time. We can praise Him for that all the time. We always have something to thank the Lord for. It’s ok if it’s the same things over and over again. What He wants us to do is thank Him. Thank Him for keeping an eye on you and for making you the apple of His eye. You are so dearly loved, friend. That deserves a strong hallelujah and a big “Thank You.”

When we thank the Lord in all things, we acknowledge Him in all things. God is with us all the time and He is never going to leave. He wants us to invite Him into everything we do. Before we start a task, we should thank God for the task. Before we start work, we should thank God for work. Before we go on a trip whether it is a trip to the grocery store or to another country, we should thank God for the trip. Before we eat, we should thank God for the food. Before we go to bed, we should thank God for the night. Thanking God is a great attitude that makes our days better. It influences our moods and our emotions. 

I want to be a non stop thanksgiving machine. I want to thank God in my sleep. I want Thanksgiving to be a reflex in my life. I pray that you and I are vessels of continued thanksgiving. The Lord is so good all the time. We can do this all the time. Let your thanksgiving be heard, friend. Thank the Lord all the time. Enjoy Him and embrace Him all the time. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 106:1; Colossians 4:2; 1 Timothy 4:4-5

Get excited about today

Get excited about the Lord. Get excited about His Word. Get excited about His love. Get excited about His promises. Get excited about His peace. Get excited about His Spirit. Get excited about what He says about you. Get excited about what He does for you. Get excited about the Lord because He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I start my day by rejoicing over the Lord. I start my day with praise. I start my day with a dance in my heart and joy in my entire being. I get excited. I get excited about my day because I know I am going to spend it with the Lord. He is the One I need to be with all day. He is the One who makes my day a better day. He is the One who can get me through any day. I have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. He wants me to go into the day with faith, hope, joy and the awareness of His presence. 

Every day is a great day when we know that God is in every day and He will hold our hand and bless us throughout the day. The enemy wants you and I to start the day thinking about what could go wrong. He wants us to focus on our problems and on our shortcomings. He depicts a dismal picture that he would like for us to hold up high all day so that it is all we see all day. God has a totally different picture of our day. He is the picture frame of our day. He is in the background. He is in the structure. We can find Him in everything good and there will be many good things. God never leaves the picture of our lives. He keeps an eye on everything and He can help us through everything. Let’s rejoice today. Let’s get excited about the day. Not because we have something  great scheduled. That is always nice but because God is in our schedule every day. He makes our schedule. He makes our days better. He is the best part of our day and He is in every part of our day! 

“Rejoice always” is what the Lord is saying today. He is always excited about our day. He is always excited about spending the day with us so we should be excited as well. There are so many reasons why we shouldn’t get excited about the day. The opposition makes sure that our joy and our peace are taken away from us. He is a party pooper and a joy killer. However, Jesus is the reason for today and we can be glad and rejoice every day. He is the reason for our victory and the reason why we are here. We are in great company. We are going to be a great company all day. When the negative thoughts come at you first thing in the morning, kill them with faith. Declare that today is the day the Lord has made and He will be by your side all day. 

Declare that it is going to be a blessed day because the Lord blesses you and you have all you need in Him. You see, focusing on lack and failure depletes our minds of the richness that lies within us. The Holy Spirit is in us and He is all the riches we need. He is powerful and He is wonderful. He is a true treasure. He is hope. He is love. He is peace. He is joy. He is everything that is good, pure and wonderful and He dwells in us. That is such a good reason to be excited. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. Thank God for caring and for giving us His Spirit. Get excited about how the Spirit guides you, teaches you, shows you Jesus and supports you every day. Come what may, you have the Spirit of Jesus in you. Get excited about today. It is another day with the Spirit of the Lord. 

My rejoicing in the morning comes in the form of praise, worship and thanksgiving. Sometimes I don’t have the words to express my gratitude and my reverence to the Lord. I marvel at His love. I am so thankful and so honored that He loves me. He loves you, friend. He adores you. That’s exciting isn’t it? It is the best thing ever. People might not like you. People might reject you but the Lord will always, always love you. I get excited about that every day. It helps so much. It makes the start of my day better and it stays with me all day. The adversity tries to remove that truth from my mind as soon as I am done praying. I hit the negativity with words of faith and words of praise. Nothing can separate us from the love of the Lord.

 Nothing can stop God from being with us. Romans 8:38-39 are scriptures that I get very excited about. They read, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What a tremendous promise! Stand on it every day and get excited about your day. It’s going to be a day to remember. It’s going to be a blessed day despite the trials and tribulations. You are in great company all day. Get excited! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 97:12; Psalm 118:24-26; Romans 5:1-2

When the praises stop

I woke up with a singing heart the other day. My heart was singing “thank You” to the Lord. It was a beautiful song. It was a song of adoration. I know that I am supposed to keep the song going all day. I know that I was meant to worship and adore the Lord all day. I know that my praise is the song of my testimony. I need to worship more. I need to change the refrain of my life when my mind is overwhelmed and the praises stop playing. When the worship stops playing, God is still good. When the praises stop playing, God is still God. When the worship stops playing, I am still blessed. When the praises stop playing, God is still on the throne. What do you do when the praises stop playing? What do you do when all you hear is music of defeat and pain? When your soul is wounded and it has no place for worship, what do you do? 

I want to be a 24/7 praise music box. I want the praises to ooze out of my pores and to keep going no matter what. We are instruments of praise, dear friend. We are singers of adoration and the singing is done through the way we live, the way we think and the way we speak. At least that is how it should be. Today I want to encourage you to keep praising and keep singing with your lives. I want to encourage you to pick up the music when it stops. Keep going. Turn up the volume of your praises. Switch on the vocals of worship and don’t let the music die. When the praise stops, you can still sing. You can still raise your hands and lift up the Lord. When the praise stops, you still have the ability to praise. When the praises stop, you have a way to turn it back on.

We all have seasons when praising is hard. We all have moments when worship is not what we want to do. We all have times when we can’t hear the praise in our hearts and when we don’t feel like worshiping the Lord. Life has ways of turning off the music. Life events can shut down the praise and worship and play a sad melody that has nothing to do with the Lord. It is in those moments that we have to double up our strength and do the opposite of what our flesh and our mind tell us to do. Like I said earlier, we are instruments of praise. Praising the Lord is our number one function. Without praising Him we don’t function well spiritually. Without praising Him, we don’t get into His presence properly. 

Without praising Him, we are not fulfilled. Our heart longs to praise Him whether we realize it or not. Praise is spiritual oxygen that gives life to all our spiritual organs including the heart of faith. Praise is an expression of faith and hope. Praise is singing hope into our lives and celebrating the One who gives us life. Praise is what the devil hates and he will do whatever he can to kill our praise and worship. He will do whatever he can to destroy the way our lives sing praises to the Lord. He pushes the button of the CD of our lives and stops the music. I am sure you know how he does it because you have experienced it and you could be experiencing it now. You can push the CD back in and play your praise again.

When the praises stop playing, you have to identify the source of the interruption. Check and see if you are plugged in correctly. Check the power source. Check the cord. Have you disconnected from the Lord? Are your circumstances forcing you to stop the music? Have you spent too much time focusing on the world? Are habits getting in the way? Did you think you could worship the Lord in a way that had nothing to do with Him? We come up with our own praises sometimes and we are not obsessed with the praising part than we are with the One who should be praised. Praising can be an idol when we forget that Jesus should be at the center. We forget that when we are more concerned with our good deeds and actions but we leave Jesus out of the equation. He is the power source. His Spirit is the electric we need to play the praise songs. When the music plays, we ought to ask the director of the orchestra for help.

The Holy Spirit orchestrates our lives and He is the One who assists us with the praising and the worshiping. He always points us in the direction of the Lord. When the praises stop playing, praying should take place. Pray to the Lord. Repent if you need to. Surrender to Him. Put yourself at the mercy of His Spirit and tell Him you can’t do it without Him. When the praises stop playing, remember that Heaven is singing praises all the time and you can join in anytime. There are always ways to praise the Lord with your life. If you can’t praise Him the way you used to, find new ways. Ask Him to show you how to praise Him. Friend, He will help you. He will support you and the music will come back on. Use Him as your headphones and He will reveal amazing songs you can sing with your life. Don’t give up on praising the Lord. You need to do it and you have the best assistant to do it. As a believer, praise is always in your heart. Unearth it. Bring it to the surface with prayer and thanksgiving. Keep praising the Lord! May God bless you and protect you and remember He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 104:33; Psalm 113:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Nothing can break your God

They tried to get rid of Him. They tried to kill Him. They put Him on a cross and they buried Him but it didn’t keep Him from coming back. He didn’t stay in the tomb. He didn’t lose the battle. Our God is indestructible. No one and nothing was able to kill Him. He rose from the dead and He has been alive ever since. Centuries after centuries have not changed a thing. Many centuries later the Lord Jesus Christ is still alive. Have you ever thought about it that way? People come and go but He came and never left. Those three days in hell brought victory. He wasn’t defeated. He is the One who defeated death. Your God is still alive, friend. Your God is still God and nothing will ever change that. No one will ever conquer Him.

 If you are going through a tough season now and your God looks like He is broken because you are in distress, think again. Nothing can break your God. He is alive and well. He is still with you. He is still reigning. God can’t be broken into pieces. You might have that subconscious image in your head but He is not broken. Fears and doubt might be depicting a torn and broken picture of God but God is intact. It’s time you fixed the image of God in your mind. It’s time you realized that He is not broken and He is undeniably greater than all the adversity and the opposition that are against you. God is for you. It doesn’t matter who is against you. The unbreakable God is your God.

Broken dreams and broken promises hurt. We picture one thing and the opposite happens. We are told some wonderful things and then people let us down by not keeping their promises. God gives us dreams and He wants us to dream big. Those dreams can take a long time to come to pass but what God gives us is real and it can’t be broken. God like I said can’t be broken so His dreams and His promises also can’t be broken. He is a solid God. He is the One who can do all things. I know from experience that when some of God’s promises took a while to take place, I felt broken. I felt abandoned and the promises were broken in my head. 

The enemy loves to make us feel like there is something broken in us or around us. He loves to kill, steal and destroy and he does that to our faith and to our dreams. The reality is that God is faithful. The road to our breakthroughs and to our blessings is paved with bad breaks and trials but God’s promises are above all tribulations. God doesn’t give us dreams that He can’t fulfill. God doesn’t make promises and then takes them back. Your worst days can’t defeat your God. Your worst pain can’t defeat your God. Your worst nightmare can’t win against God. Nothing can take God down. He is a wall that no one can tear down. He is a fortress that no one can destroy.

God is our refuge and fortress. No powers of the enemy can go into that fortress. No powers of the enemy can destroy that fortress. God will always stand there in all His glory and there is nothing the enemy can do about it. A fortress is a stronghold. It is also defined as a person or a thing not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance. God is all of that. He is a stronghold. He is a stronghold of love, hope, peace and joy. He can’t be shaken. He can’t be broken. He can’t be killed. He is the stronghold that will always get you through anything in life. He is the stronghold that not only can’t be broken but He also has the ability to destroy the forces of the enemy. He is a stronghold like no other. 

He has always stood strong. He has always been and He will always be. He can’t be touched by outside influence and disturbance. Find refuge in Him. Stay in Him. Stay within His gates. Remain in Him and He will remain in you. Remember that He can’t be broken. Remove the broken images from your mind. They are lies from the enemy. God will always stand and He will always keep His promises. He is faithful and He loves you. Nothing can break your God. Even your current problems can’t break your God. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 16:1; Psalm 46:1; Ephesians 2:4-6