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


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

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 251)

God is telling you today not to worry. He supplies your needs and He takes care of you. It’s His job to bless you! Stay encouraged!

There will be a way. There is a way. Jesus is the way. Trust that He will make a way. You will get a better way because Jesus is always the way!

God will step into your darkness and give you His light of hope. His hope will shine brighter than the sun. His hope is your bright future. Don’t give up! Stay strong in the Lord!

Just because you don’t have everything you are hoping for right now doesn’t mean it is all lost. God will supply your needs and give you more than you wish for!

Seek the God of the impossible and He will make incredible things possible. Seek the God of peace and His peace that surpasses all understanding will invade your situation.

There is a thank you from Heaven coming your way. Thank you for stay strong. Thank you for loving the Lord. Thank you for loving your neighbor as yourself. Thank you for being you!

The God who saves is going to save you. His help is on the way. He is not going to let you down. Don’t lose hope!

When God is the best part of your life, your life is in good hands. God transforms your life. God makes your life better. God enriches your life. God blesses your life.

Your solution is around the corner. God has it for you and it is going to make everything clear and simple. Don’t lose hope!

God can turn your life around just like that. Don’t underestimate the power behind His love. He loves you and He is going to prove it to you!

Suggested reading: John 3:16; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8

In God you will find…

In God you will find everything you need. You will find things that you need that you are not aware of. Our needs are a list of material and financial requests most of the time. We think we know what we need. We think that we know the solutions and the answers to our problems. We have a list of needs based on the world’s standards and expectations. We look at what’s in the world and we write our list based on what we see. That is a normal reaction. We are in this world but not of this world. We have a Heavenly Father who wants us to desire Him above all things. His standards are not the world’s standards. His expectations are not the world’s expectations. He is Spirit. The spiritual is important to Him. 

The world operates in the flesh and in the physical and the world wants us to have more of the world in us so to speak. The money, the possessions, the world success and all these things presented to us is what the world tells us we need. If we don’t have a certain amount of the “world’s needs” met in our lives, we haven’t made it according to the world. The Lord has a different definition of success. According to Him, loving our neighbors as ourselves is how we win. Seeking His kingdom first is being successful. Leaning on His understanding is how we make it. Living in harmony with the Holy Spirit is the best way to live. We can find all of these wonderful things in the Lord. We can find true love, peace, joy, wisdom, hope, long-suffering, humbleness and more in God. These are our real needs. We need them all to function properly in our Christian walk.

In God we can find all we need including the desire to have more of God in our lives. I have financial needs like anyone else. They need to be met. They need to be taken care of. I can’t deny that. However, I am learning that my biggest need is to have a willing heart. A heart that is surrendered to God. A heart that beats for God more than it beats to the rhythm of the mighty dollar. My number one need is to follow Christ and to be more like Him. I need Him in my life. I need Him to be the center of my life. That need increases every day and it is met every day when I spend time with Him. In God I find the true desires of my heart. The Word says when we delight in the Lord, He gives us the desires of our heart.* This can be understood as our desires and needs are met when we delight in the Lord.

 I believe that it also means that when God is the delight of our heart, He gives us what we truly desire. He removes some needs and desires that are not what we should go after. He gives us new desires. Desires that align with His will. Desires that are after His heart. What we need is to go after God’s heart and let His heart fill up our heart. His heart is out of this world. His heart is bigger than this world. His heart can change this world. We need the heart of God. We need the love that changes the world. We need the love that is bigger than worry and fear. We need faith. We need faith and love. That is what we need every day and we can find faith and love in God every day.

Friend, in God you will find faith and love. In God you will find peace, joy and patience. You will find all the fruit of the Spirit. It is not a small basket of fruit. It is a basket that is too big to sit on the kitchen counter of your life. God has all you need in abundance. Not only does He have your physical and material needs in abundance, He also has your spiritual needs in abundance. I strongly believe that our spiritual needs come first and they can be satisfied in the Lord. Let’s delight in Him and we will receive what we need. We need love every day. We need His love every day and we need to give love to others every day. We need peace that surpasses all understanding. We need the joy of the Lord that is our strength. Everything we need is in God. 

We shouldn’t look for spiritual balance outside of God. We shouldn’t look for hope outside of God. We shouldn’t look for peace outside of God. In God we will find hope. In God we will find the truth. Not the truth described by the world but God’s truth. God’s truth can be very different from the world’s. It’s His truth that we should hold on to. In God you will find a meaning of life that gives your days a new color and a new breath. Let God’s truth breathe new life in you. In God you will find a reason to live and a reason to keep going. God has it all. Every single need is provided by God. Keep finding yourself in Him. Keep finding your life in Him. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 37:4*; Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8

Put it all in God’s hands

Your fears, your suffering, your anxiety, your doubts, your problems, your shortcomings. Put them all in God’s hands. Go to the Lord in prayer and give Him all the negativity that has been gnawing on your life. All the bad thoughts need to go. All the bad feelings need to go. All the tension needs to go. Give them all to the Lord. Turn them over to Him. Do it every day. Do it when you pray. Do it with your praise. Do it with your worship. Do it with your thanksgiving. Give it all to God. Do not hold on to the “bad gifts” from the enemy. Don’t accept them. Don’t open them and stare at them.

 Don’t entertain the “bad gifts.” Send them back to the sender. Refuse to live in bondage. Refuse to live in fear. Refuse to live with the weight of the oppression of the enemy. The Lord wants you to go to Him and give Him your heavy burdens. God’s hands are big enough to hold all your problems and dispose of all of them. There is nothing you can ask the Lord to take from you that He won’t take. Trust Him. Rely on Him. Put it all in His hands. God has infinitely more than you can expect. He wants your troubles and your difficulties. He can get rid of your troubles and your difficulties. Go to the Lord with your full heart of despair and He will give you a heart filled with hope!

Go to the Lord in prayer. There is nothing that you can tell the Lord that He hasn’t heard or that He doesn’t know how to solve. Your current problems might be new difficulties to you. They might be horrible things you have never experienced before but it doesn’t mean that the Lord doesn’t know how to take care of your situation. Put your circumstances in His hands. Say a simple prayer. Say a prayer of surrender. Say a prayer of trust and faith. Tell Him that you can’t do it on your own and He will own your problems. He will take them and He will delete them from your life. It might not happen overnight but it will happen in the name of Jesus.

The moment you turn to the Lord by giving Him your trials, the victory is set in motion. The cross is where your problem was nailed. Now it’s through your faith in the Lord that you receive the victory. It will come. Your problems will get solved. Keep your eyes on the cross knowing that it is the end of your misery. Put all the heaviness on the Lord. His yoke is light. His burden is light. He will trade your burden for something beautiful and light. You don’t have to live this way. Live God’s way by giving Him what is getting in your way!

Every morning I declare that my life is in God’s hands. Every day I declare that God is in control. Every day I thank the Lord for taking care of my life. Every day I go to the Lord with songs of praise and thanksgiving. Every day I give my burdens to the Lord. His mercies are new every day and so are the burdens of the enemy but his burdens don’t trump God’s mercies. God’s mercies are amazing drops of love from Heaven. Each drop wipes away the dirt put on our lives by the low blows of the enemy. Remember that greater is the Lord that is in you than the devil that is in this world. 

Greater is the love that is in you than the hate that is in this world. Greater is the solution that is in you than the problems that are in this world. Greater are the hands of the Lord than the arms of torture of the enemy. Whatever you are going through right now, put it all in God’s hands. His hands are where your answers are. Trust God with everything and He will bless you in everything. Stay strong. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 118:8; Proverbs 3:5; Romans 15:13

The prayer bridge

Prayer is the confirmation of our established relationship with God. As believers, we have a relationship with God. We have a covenant with the Lord. Jesus bridged the gap between God and us and when we accept Him as our Savior, there is a permanent bridge in our lives. Prayer is the vehicle that allows us to walk on that bridge anytime of the day. Prayer is the stamp in the passport of our salvation. Prayer is the link to Heaven that is available anytime. I used to see prayer as a solemn act. I used to see it as a petition and a request. It was a one way street that got me what I wanted. I had a mistaken view of my relationship with God. Prayer didn’t happen all the time. It happened in times of need. What kind of a relationship did I have? I was taking advantage of God so to speak. God was like a genie.

 Prayer made me walk on the bridge but I didn’t let God walk on it. I prayed to talk to God and to get my needs met but I wasn’t aware of His presence. I wasn’t concerned with what He had to say. What I had to say was more important. I am learning that prayer is a two way street, a two way bridge and it expresses the awareness of God’s presence in our lives. I pray to talk to God and to listen to God. I pray because God is my Father and I want to spend time with Him. I pray because I have a beautiful relationship with God and I acknowledge it every day. I pray anywhere and everywhere because God is anywhere and everywhere. I listen to God anywhere and everywhere because God talks anywhere and everywhere. Today I am inviting you to spend time on the bridge of prayer and to reinforce the bridge with your daily communication with God.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”* Prayer is powerful. Prayer helps us and strengthens us. Prayer gives us the ability to walk this Christian walk and to stay in the Spirit. We have so many temptations every day that aim at separating us from God. They are distractions that take us away from God. Distractions that want our flesh to take over so we are less spiritual. Prayer like I said is a bridge and it is a bridge to the spiritual. It helps us stay connected to the Holy Spirit and when that happens, our spirit gets stronger. Our spirit gets fed manna from Heaven. Our spirit has the fruit of the Spirit in development. When we pray, we stay plugged into God. Our flesh will always try to unplug our relationship and to get us to be lazy spiritually.

 Prayer is extremely spiritual. That bridge we have is a big deal. We ought to be on it all the time. Prayer is not overrated. Prayer is always a good idea. When you are feeling weak and your flesh gets strong, pray. Make it a habit. Pray to display the relationship you have with God. Pray out loud if that helps. That helps me. Pray and show yourself strong spiritually. Pray and declare that the Lord is listening all the time and He is talking all the time. Seek His face daily. Listen to Him daily. Get on that bridge and sit there peacefully. God has something to tell you every day so get onto the prayer bridge and get to the heart of the Lord.

Prayer has become a lifestyle and I am so grateful to the Lord for it. It has reshaped my life and it has given me the confidence that my God never leaves me. There are times during the day when I have more focused prayer times. It is usually first thing in the morning and before bed but I have added deeper prayer sessions during the day at random times. I have also developed an ear for the Lord. He talks all the time and I am ready for Him most of the time. I hear Him when I am on a train. I hear Him in crowded places. I hear it when I am interacting with people. I have learned to be on the bridge wherever I go. Sometimes a few simple words of thanksgiving make it easier for me to get into prayer mode. 

“Thank You, Lord” are three exceptional words. When I thank Him, I claim that He hears me anywhere. Thanking Him is recognizing Him. It sounds simple but it is very important. I practice silence a lot with the intention of hearing the Lord. It is becoming easier and easier. My prayer for you today is that you stay on the bridge of prayer and you understand that God is permanently by your side. He is always willing to talk and willing to listen and He constantly talks and constantly listens. Keep praying. Keep seeking His face. You will strengthen the relationship you have with Him. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 17:6; Matthew 26:51*; Romans 8:26

All you need

If all you have is the Lord, you have all you need. You have all it takes to make it. You have all it takes to succeed. Your needs are met. Your blessings are here. Your victory is guaranteed. You have all you will ever need. You are all set. You can count on the victory. You can expect to walk through life with hope, blessings and love. Think about what it means to have the Lord. Think about what your life was like before the Lord. Think about the lives of those who don’t have the Lord. You have it all. You have an amazing life. Now, it might not look like you have much. You might say that you are lacking this and that. You might feel like you have less than others. 

You might look at your life and say that you are not blessed. The problem is if you look at your life and accept things at face value, you deplete your life of the high value that the Lord has put in your life. God wants you to consider it all joy. God wants you to see life through the eyes of faith. It’s not about what you see in the natural, it’s about what you know through faith. You can rearrange your life by speaking faith. You can see the blessings and the miracles by looking at life through faith. You have all you will ever need and it is time you rewired your thinking. It is time you put things into perspective, God’s perspective. You have all you need and I am here to talk you through this reality.

I have mentioned the financial difficulties I had earlier this year. When I look at how things were then and how they are now, it is like night and day. I went through a long night. My finances were not only in the red but they were in the dark as well. It was as if someone had turned off the light in the financial department and I couldn’t see money anywhere. Money came and went right away. The bills and the needs were bigger than usual. One day I wondered how I would possibly make it. I remember sitting in my car after talking to a clerk at my bank. What the person told me was not encouraging. The enemy wanted me to panic and to give up. I got mad. I was mad. I was mad for being in a situation where I felt that it wasn’t my fault. I will never forget that Friday afternoon.

All I could see was that I didn’t have what I needed. I kept looking at my circumstances. I kept planning for the next few months and the plans didn’t look good. Then the Holy Spirit said what He had to say and what He said was that I had Jesus and I had all I needed. Friend, those words are how I remember God saved the day. Those words meant everything. God’s perspective sounded way better than what my mind was thinking. I took God’s words and ran with them. I drove home and declared that I had Jesus and I had all I needed. I kept declaring that for a few days. That truth set me free. I stopped looking at what I didn’t have and I focused on the One I had. I praised Him. I praised Him harder. I praised Him louder. I had all I needed and more.

All you need is the Lord. All you need is in the Lord. I am not just talking about finances. In every area of your life, you have all you need when you know and recognize that your Savior is all you need. When you put all you trust in the Lord despite your circumstances, your circumstances are in good hands. He holds you and He holds your life. You are not a victim of your circumstances. You are a winner through all circumstances. God makes you win. God makes you succeed. God helps you. God supports you. It doesn’t matter what you go through, you have what you need. Fix your eyes on the Lord and everything will be provided. The Lord is the One that matters all the time.

Your circumstances can be very bad but the Lord is always very, very good. When the enemy shows you what you lack, tell him who you have. Tell him that you have all you need and you are blessed all the time. It’s not about the size of your need. It’s about the size of the One who meets all your needs. You are all set. You have been all set. That reality is in your words. What you say about your situation is important so talk about how the Lord has you in the palm of His hands and He is your provider in everything. Stay strong and stay in faith. With the Lord you already have all you need. Your needs will always be met. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:31; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 9:8

What God says about your day

Listening to God first thing in the morning is one of my favorite things to do. I wake up very early so I can have some quality time with God. I praise, I pray, I worship, I listen, I write. I spend some  time basking in the presence of the Lord before my day gets busy. I love what the Lord has to say about my day. I used to listen to the voices of doubt and worry first thing in the morning. I used to lay in bed and listen to sadness and fear. They were the companions I woke up to every morning. It was a bad habit and I didn’t know any better. I didn’t know that as a believer I could wake up and spend time with God. I didn’t know that hope and peace could be my early morning companions.

 I didn’t know that I didn’t have to listen to misery and I could listen to the voice of wisdom and love. God’s love is that voice. It is the voice that speaks wisdom and that reassures us with His love. What God has to say about our day is the total opposite of what the negativity has to say. I chose to go with God’s version of my day. I am so grateful for what He has to say and I know that He doesn’t change His tune during the day. He is consistent. His hope, His love, His peace and His wisdom are consistent every day. God will never say anything negative and discouraging. God will never speak doubt and defeat. What He has to say about your day is always uplifting and invigorating. It is more than positive. It is hope in its best form. It is always a message of joy. It is a promise that today will be an amazing day.

I have a friend who always says that he has the best day ever. He always speaks about the wonders of God throughout His day. He understands that life has snares, traps and evil tricks planted by the enemy but He also knows that God is always by his side. I love his attitude and I see God’s hope in him all the time. It is very inspiring. What my friend says about his day echoes what the Lord tells me about my day first thing in the morning. When I am quietly listening, I hear hope. I hear joy. I hear a love that is loud and beautiful. I hear peace. I hear victory. I hear the best things I will hear all day. God always says that I will make it through the day because He has always conquered the world. He tells me to rejoice. 

God tells me to keep the joy going. He tells me to embrace His peace. He tells me that today is the day He has made and I should rejoice and be glad in it. He tells me that today is going to be amazing. He tells me that today is going to be a great day. He tells me that throughout the day He will remind me of how much He loves me and what I mean to Him. It is up to me to stay tuned throughout the day. The enemy and his agents will always try to get my attention and distract me away from God’s promises. I hang on to what God has to say about my day. I hold on to hope and I don’t let go. God only has great things to say to us about our day. It is what He says that matters. What happens can be bad and sometimes very bad but nothing changes what God says about our day. We ought to react to the day with God’s words and promises.

“Today is going to be an awesome day” says the Lord. Let’s believe what He says. Let’s prefer His version of our day and let’s not believe the lies of the enemy. God has provided for today. He has a solution for every problem. He has a blessing that will make us forget the problems of the day. He has ruled in our favor in the court of the trials of life. God knows what will happen today and He sticks to His words. It is going to be an awesome day despite the tribulations and the opposition. Greater is the Lord that is in you than the devil that is in this world. God is saying that your day is going to be one for the books. He wrote about it in His Book. Stay encouraged. God has plans to bless you and to prosper you today. Your day is in His hands. Your day is in good hands. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 84:10; Psalm 118:24; John 20:19-20

Seasoning the world with the salt of the Lord

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”* We are the salt of the earth. The Lord makes us the salt of the earth. We have a powerful flavor that comes from the Lord. Our favor Is unique and it makes things tasty. We are to go into the world and season it with the salt of the Lord. Think about what salt does to a dish. It gives it great flavor. It prevents it from being bland. It gives it meaning so to speak. It enhances its natural flavors. It gives it life. It makes it good and delicious. The salt we have in us is a God-given trait. It is God in us that gives the world a good taste.

 God makes us salt of the earth so we can spread the good news, spread love and let His character in us bless others everywhere we go. We are the season that the dishes of the world need. There is a lot of bland food around that is missing the salt of the Lord. Bland lives. Bland situations. Bland circumstances. You and I can make a change in this world by seasoning it with hope, love, faith and blessings from the Lord. Let’s be the salt of the earth that we are meant to be. Let’s season away with gusto and with enthusiasm. 

When I cook, I don’t add a lot of salt. For me, a little salt goes a long way. I am very sensitive to flavors so I don’t need a lot. I see the salt of the Lord as a powerful flavor. A little bit of it goes a long way. When His salt touches my life, it has a strong and lasting impact. The seasoning of the Lord can change my entire day, my entire circumstances, my entire mood and my entire perspective. Love is the main ingredient. Love is what makes the salt of the Lord such a rich and robust flavor. That amazing love is the seasoning the world is lacking. The world wants love. The world wants flavor. The world wants hope. The world wants peace. The world wants joy.

 All of these elements come with the salt of the Lord. We are the salt that gives the world all the blessings that it needs. We can be a blessing to many people. The salt of the Lord has endless sodium. It’s the sodium that revives lives, that restores hope and that enhances joy. I pray that we hold on to the salt of the Lord and that we constantly have an awareness of the salt that we are supposed to carry and give out. Salt is not meant to stay in a bottle. It is meant to go out and to be added to food. Salt fights blandness. Let’s attack the blandness of the world with the seasoning of the Lord. 

The verse at the start of this message, Matthew 5:13, warns us against losing our saltiness. We can lose our flavor when we don’t stay in the Lord. We ought to pray and to remain in the Lord. Because we are saved, we are connected to the Lord. However, when we go astray, we can believe that the connection is gone when it isn’t. When we think that way, love is harder to tap into. It is not as easy for us to tap into the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit has all the salt. The fruit has the seasoning we are intended to share. It is our duty to maintain the fruit and to grow it so that we don’t lose our saltiness. There are many people out there that need the salt of the Lord. Let’s not lose our flavor.

 Let’s continue to be the salt of the earth. We are also the light of the world and wherever we go, so does the light of the Lord. Let’s not put the light under a bowl with salt behind it. Let’s put the light on a stand and let’s sprinkle the salt of the Lord around us. We can do this, friend. We can do it in the name of Jesus. Let’s season the world with the salt of our loving God. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 5:13*; Luke 14:34-35; Colossians 4:6