10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 107)

Your future is in the hands of God not in the hands of fear. Put your future in the right hands with faith.

Hold on to Jesus and He will always pull you up when you fall. Hold on to Jesus and you will see that He has always been holding on to you!

Change is coming. Today is not your final destination. Thank the One who changes everything. God has a new tomorrow for you. Stay in faith!

Start a love revolution. Revolutionize your heart. Revolutionize your mind. Let God’s love invade you. Let it change you on the inside and you will start a love revolution on the outside with Jesus lifted high on a banner of hope!

With God as the focus of your life, you are heading in the right direction. Step by step you are getting closer to Him, closer to love, closer to the truth, closer to wisdom, closer to who you are meant to be in Him!

Keep dancing for the Lord even when the world wants you to sit down and be miserable. Keep going. Keep praising. Keep loving. The Holy Spirit leads the dance. Let Him make you dance and step over the bitterness and the negativity of the enemy. Keep dancing for the Lord no matter what!

The Lord keeps an eye on you all the time. He never lets you out of His sight. He watches over you and protects you. Keep an eye on Him in return. Never let Him out of your sight. You will see His protection and His love for you.

There is a world around you that needs the Jesus in you. Start sharing the One who dwells in you so others can receive the One who died for everyone including the ones you think don’t deserve a chance in your world. Jesus is for everyone! Share Him with everyone!

The fruit of your love for God won’t fall of the tree of knowledge. With His love comes wisdom. His love is attached to the wisdom from His Word. Don’t dissociate God’s love from His Word. They are One. They are a package deal. God is love! God’s Word is love. Interpret His wisdom through the pages of His love!

There are more people living in mental jails than we think. Everyone faces a life sentence in their minds but the Holy Spirit and the Word of God can bail them out. Renew your mind with their help and you will be out of that cell in no time!

Suggested reading: Colossians 3:17; Romans 12:1; Acts 20:35

Hope for Monday

Saying that Monday is the hardest day of the week for a lot of people is an understatement. Getting yourself going and motivated on a Monday morning can be very difficult. Some people even experience the harshness that comes with Monday morning as early as Sunday afternoon. Monday seems to be a bear. It’s like a big animal that weighs tons and that lies on your back preventing you from getting up and from walking. Monday can be paralyzing but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Lord is with us on Monday just as much as He is with us on the weekend. Days don’t faze Him. Days don’t change Him. He changes the day. He will make your Monday your best day of the week if you let Him or as good a day as all the other days. There is hope for you today to have an amazing Monday. God has hope for you every day. It doesn’t matter what the day is, God’s hope is available in abundance. The hope of a great Monday is here today. Don’t let your Monday take God’s hope away from you. Start your Monday with hope and end your Monday with hope. Start your Monday with God and end your Monday with God!

On this Monday, tell the Lord “My hope is in You and You alone. Monday is here and so are You so great things will take place today. Thank You Lord for this awesome Monday.” This prayer/declaration is good for every day. I suggest that is how you start your day every day during prayer. You need to impress your mind with the truth that God is going to bless you today and that today is the day the Lord has made so you are going to rejoice. Hit your fears of Monday with your faith in God. Paralyze the fears with the power of hope. Fears don’t allow hope into your mind and heart but hope can oust out fears when it is based in the Lord. God’s hope is much stronger than your fears but the enemy doesn’t want you to know that. God’s hope is a light that shines in every darkness no matter how obscure it is. Cling on to God’s hope first thing in the morning. Cling on to the light of hope and the noise of darkness in your head will disappear. There is enough hope to go around in the Lord for every single day of your life and more. Trust that the supply of hope from the Lord is unlimited.

When God is your hope, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance. He might try to derail you and make you fall but your hope will get you back up and get you going again. Your day might be starting off the wrong way but the God of hope will make a way so your day turns into a great day. Don’t let a bad start intimidate you. Don’t let bad news make you think that you have a bad life. For every bad news there is news that transcends time. The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ defeats all bad news. There is hope today because of the good news of Jesus. He said that He had come to set the captives free, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind. The Monday blues will attempt to keep you in a prison of confusion, bitterness and sadness. Jesus came to set you free. You are not staying in that prison. Monday is going to be a wonderful day because your wonderful Lord is going to hang out with you all day. Thank the Lord for your Monday with Him. Thank Him for spending the day with Him. Thank Him because with Him you can face all of Monday. Thank Him because Monday is the day He created just for you to enjoy. You have the hope of freedom today Monday. God’s promises are the same every day. Hope is here to stay because Jesus is here to stay. Enjoy your Monday!

Suggest reading: Psalm 71:5; Luke 4:18; 1 Timothy 6:17

God made you for a great purpose

I asked God for a verse that I could meditate on and pray into my life. I find that when I spend time asking the Holy Spirit for revelation about a verse, that revelation becomes a part of me and stays with me for some time. Once it is in me, I pray that it gets into my life and that it turns into something that I live out. I don’t want to read the Word of God and never apply it. It doesn’t make sense to me. God’s Word is alive and when we accept it, whatever verse we embrace is meant to be applied. It transforms us and it gives us more of God’s life. I love how alive the Word is. It speaks to me and it changes me. When I asked for a verse, the Lord gave me Ephesians 2:10. I looked it up and read it a few times. It says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This verse blows my mind. It started pouring some solid revelation into my spirit almost as soon as I read it. You and I friend, are God’s handiwork and we have a beautiful purpose. If today you are struggling with who you are or if you don’t know what your purpose in life is, let me remind you that you are God’s handiwork and you were made for a great purpose.

You are God’s handiwork. What does handiwork mean? Handiwork is something that someone has made or done. It is plain and simple but it can be a lot of different things. It can be small or it can be big. It can be of little significance or it can be of great importance. God the creator of Heaven and earth made you. To Him you are not of little significance. You mean the world to Him and you matter greatly. He values you and He is proud of how He made you. To Him you are not small. To Him you are a masterpiece and you have great attributes. You are not like anyone else and you are just the way you should be. The Lord delights in you and He is very glad that you are who you are. You were created in Christ. You are the Lord’s spitting image. There is God in you. He is a part of you and He wants you to see Him in you. Don’t undermine who you are. Who you are is how God wants you to be. You are unique and a special part of God. Next time you think you are not worthy, remember who made you. He believes you are exceptional and He would love for you to understand that. You were not created in the enemy. You are not the fruit of hate. You were made by love, God’s love. His love is perfect. His love has no fear in it. Don’t be afraid of who you are. Don’t be afraid of God in you but celebrate Him in you. Thank God for creating you. Not in a bragging way but in an accepting way.


Not only were you made by God but you were made for a reason
. There is a purpose to your life. Your main purpose is to know God. Know God, love God and love others. Knowing God is a life-long journey that never ends. There is always more that you can get to know and experience. What a great purpose! You were also made to do good works. What do those good works look like? I think they are different for everyone. Anything that blesses others is good work. Anything that exalts the Lord is good work. Anything that pleases God is good work. Anything that helps build the kingdom of God is good work. Anything that promotes God’s love is good work. Anything that gets people closer to God is good work. You could make a list for yourself but I am sure you know what good works look like. Stay in a partnership with the Holy Spirit and you will do all the good works that God has planned for you to do. God made you a wonderful and loving “worker who can do a lot of good in this world in His name. Enjoy how God made you. Enjoy your purpose. Enjoy the good work!

Suggested reading: Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:10

The power of your testimony

What does your life say about you? What does your life say about God? What is your testimony? Are you aware that you have a testimony? There is a story that is told through your actions, your words and your thoughts. It is a story that is apparent to the world. The sum of who you are is displayed in that story every day. People are watching, people are taking notes, people are listening to what your testimony has to say. You have the power to make a testimony that praises the Lord or that mirrors the world. Choose the story God wrote for you and live it out. You have a powerful testimony and it is time you let the world see it and read it. What happens to you is not what makes you but how you react and interact with what happens to you is what you are made of. You are a child of God that has the DNA of the Father and you can act, think, love, walk, speak like your Father. You can choose to be like Him or you can choose to be your own person and forge a personality that is not what He wants for you. Today I am here to remind you that you have a powerful testimony and you can choose to lean on the Spirit of God and be the person the Lord designed you to be. Remain in God and He will remain in you. Fill yourself up with the Lord and your testimony will give Him glory. Stick with what truly matters and what truly mattes is that Jesus is glorified through your daily testimony.

 

I love how the Bible reveals that the testimony of two witnesses is true. God has a plan for you and when you agree with His plan and you trust Him, you become the second witness and the plan is true. Your life is powerful lives when it is God-centered. God has already seen how powerful your life was. He is the number one witness. Now, He is waiting on you to be the second witness and to verify that what He said in His Word about you was true. You and I are the second witnesses. We can testify by staying in line with the Word and staying in faith. Friend, let your life speak about how good God is. Let your life echo God’s kindness. Let your life tell the world that God loves everyone and that He can give peace, joy and freedom. Stand up in the court of life every day and be that second witness that confirms what God’s Word says. Be a witness to God’s greatness. Be a witness to God’s holiness!

 

The word of your testimony allows you to triumph in life. What you say matters. What you say has power. You can curse and you can bless. You can bring peace or you can bring chaos into your life with your words. Therefore, it is important to know that you are constantly giving an account of your testimony when you speak. When you glorify the Lord through your words, power is released into your life. Praising and worshiping Him through your words and actions are very great ways of giving a positive testimony that honors God. The world needs your positive testimony. The world needs your words of affirmation and your words of hope. What you present to the world goes a long way. Don’t underestimate the power of your testimony. Sound the horn of joy with your actions and your words. Be the reflection of the Lord that the world longs for.

 

You can be under scrutiny and under a lot of pressure when you bear testimony to the Lord. Not everyone accepts what you tell them and how you shine Jesus into the world. However, the Lord warned us and said that it would happen and He also said we shouldn’t be afraid when persecution takes place. You have to stand firm and keep your testimony strong. Life will try to change the narrative but with the help of the Holy Spirit you can continue to speak of the goodness of God and be the witnesses that don’t waver and that don’t faint under pressure. God has an army of angels that will always assist you. When you stay in faith, everything always works out for the best. Let your testimony be seen every day. Praise the Lord and rejoice over Him always! Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: Luke 21:13; John 8:17-18; Revelation 6:9

Receiving God’s blessings

Receiving a blessing from God can be a life changing experience. I think it always is but we don’t always perceive it that way. We notice the huge blessings that shutter our world and give us goosebumps. The so-called smaller blessings are not as noticeable but they are also from God. God is a giver and He is a lover. He gives a lot and He gives happily. Everything He gives is good. He gives perfect gifts. Like I said it’s not always easy to see what He gives us and to recognize what we get as a gift from God. God’s blessings are all around us and they should be pointed out, recognized, appreciated, cherished and embraced. I can see how in my life I notice the big blessings and they rock my world. They make me stop and worship. They make me look at life differently and they make me feel good. Those blessings freeze time and give me a re-evaluation of who God is, a new appreciation for God. However, I have learned that I should appreciate all God’s blessings. I should receive them and enjoy them. Big or small they are all from God and they are very good. You see, the point is to acknowledge that all things from God are good, noble, pure and amazing. God gives amazing blessings. Some of the ones that I used to consider small blessings can be giant blessings to other people. The key is to accept them for what they are and rejoice over them. Receiving God’s blessings is a necessity because it is a form of accepting God for who He is. In the natural when we get a present from someone and take it and like it, we are showing that we are accepting the person and accepting their care for us. Receiving God’s present is receiving God’s presence, receiving a piece of Heaven, receiving a smile from the Lord. Today I want to encourage you to identify God’s blessings in your life and see them for what they are.

 

What do God’s blessings look like? They come in all different forms. A blessing is defined as God’s favor and protection. The favor part comes into play when we get something that stands out for the ordinary. These can be spiritual blessings, materialistic blessings or physical blessings. God pours favor and gives exceptional gifts all the time. When we are in Him and we stay in faith, His favor rests upon us. I have gone through periods of blessings that were clearly a presentation of God’s favor. It’s not because of who I am but because of who He is. I believe that we ought to receive God’s blessings and favor with humility. We have to understand that His favor is because of who God is. It’s all Him. We are the recipient of His love and we are not worthy of it but He makes us worthy. Through Him we receive, through Him we live, through Him we are blessed. We can’t buy how way through His blessings. He is the giver that gives mercifully. His grace is outstanding. Are you aware of His ongoing goodness? Do you see how kind and loving He is in your life? Do you count your blessings? Do you understand what they look like?

 

There is so much we can take for granted. There is so much that we think is normal in our lives and we don’t even think they are blessings from God because they appear to be part of our lives and they will always be there. Sometimes we don’t see the value of what we have until it is gone or taken away. A few years ago, we lost power on several occasions because of some bad winter storms. I slept in a cold house and it made me appreciate my heating system a lot more. Some people don’t have heat which is just a normal part of life for other people. Heat is a blessing. It’s not a given for everyone. It’s one of those things that we can see as a small blessing but we should really be grateful for it and thank God for it. I like to make a list of all my blessings. I like to count them and to keep them in mind. It is a good way to receive them and to receive God. With God we go from glory to glory so we can expect His blessings to increase and to get bigger. A major blessing, I used to ignore is the blessing of God’s instructions. The Bible explains that when we pay attention to God’s Word, we prosper. God’s Word is one of the biggest blessings that we should be open to and receive. Treat yourself to some quality time in the Word of God and you will receive blessings that will surpass your expectations.

Suggested reading: Psalm 20:4; Exodus 23:25; Proverbs 16:20

 

Honoring God the best way we can

I have been thinking a lot about how I can honor God better. What does honoring someone mean? It means to regard him or her with great respect. It means to recognize that the person has value and is important. If I want to honor God more, I need to show Him even more respect and live my life in a way that exemplifies how I respect Him. There are times during prayer when all I want to do is be on my knees and be in reverence before the Lord. There is no particular reason other than I think He is awesome and He is so good. He deserves my utmost respect and He deserves my attention. I truly believe that honoring God starts with spending time with Him and showing Him that He is worthy of our attention. Acknowledging that there is no substitute for Him and that He means everything is a great start or a great goal. My goal is always to sustain reverence and honor toward God. Honoring God takes on a different meaning when we constantly remind ourselves of what He did on the cross. His sacrifice is unparalleled. What He did for you and me was unheard of and it will never be matched. Can you think of ways you can honor God more every day?

 

One way we respect our parents and our elders is by listening to what they have to say and obeying them. It seems like an obvious way to honor them and yet we can rebel against them and do our own things. Ignoring their advice and their wisdom can appear to be an appealing option. Why? Our minds are not always in line with our spirits. Our spirits like to do the right thing, our minds like to have a mind of their own. We tend to go with what seems good at the moment and not always consider what is good permanently. Short term solutions don’t give lasting results. However, we can make decisions that align with the wisdom and advice given by our parents and those decisions can turn out to be the best ideas to follow. The Lord is our number one parent. He is our creator and He has the role of the parent who cares about us and who watches over us. His wisdom and His advice are very important. We can’t ignore them and we can’t take them for granted. Honoring God means taking His Word seriously and listening to it. In order to listen to it, we have to make time for it. It’s interesting how when we listen to a lot of sermons and inspirational messages we feel like we have spent time in the Word. We are exposed to it but we need to invest time in it and read it for ourselves. Honoring God with time spent in His Word is the start of true wisdom.

 

Spending time in the Word gives us the magnificent opportunity to hear from God in a big way. God speaks through His Word and His Spirit. I prayerfully read the Word asking the Holy Spirit to give me revelation. Cooperating and working with the Spirit of God is a nice way to honor Him. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us. He is an amazing gift. When we work with the Spirit and respect Him, we honor God. I used to live a Christian life that didn’t take the Holy Spirit into account and it was a dull life. Embracing the Holy Spirit is honoring God. Think about that. I also believe that sharing God with the world and talking about the great gift from God is a way we can honor God. We can’t keep Him for ourselves. He is too good to be kept a secret. We don’t have to always use words to share Him. Our actions and the expression of His love through us speak volumes. There is so much we can tell the world about our Father. There is so much the world needs to hear and what we do can guide the narrative and write chapters of praise and love toward the One who died for us. If your life talks about God all the time and describes His goodness and His kindness, it is a great testimony. Honoring God with our lives is powerful. Let’s keep our lives in the sanctity of God’s essence by following Him, imitating Him and presenting Him to the world. Let’s honor God as much as we can!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 6:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:20

 

While you are waiting

Waiting for a breakthrough, a miracle or a blessing can be a frustrating experience. It can also be a lapse of time when we lose hope and we give up on our answers from God. While we are waiting, thoughts can grow and rob us of the joy of living in the present. There is something special about the wait. It can be especially bad or very beautiful. God sees beauty in the waiting. He is a God of patience and He wants us to cherish every moment of every day and that includes the waiting period. When we are hoping for the best, we must remember that we are with the best in that very moment. Jesus is the best! The length of the wait doesn’t change the depth of God’s love. Many characters in the Bible had to wait for a long time to get to their promise land so to speak. What we are waiting for is a land of many promises where honey and milk flow and where peace is the centerpiece. As you are reading this message you are probably waiting for something to happen in your life. You are waiting for an answer, for relief, for peace to come back or for joy to visit you. I am here to tell you that while you are waiting your Lord is the same. While you are waiting, know that your number one answer is in the waiting. God has something for you now that will bless you and that will help you. Dig into the waiting period and find the treasures the Lord has available for you before your breakthrough comes. It doesn’t matter if it’s around the corner or miles away; it will happen and the wait will give you what you need in the meantime.

 

I used to get so demoralized when I was waiting for something to happen in my life. I used to get so blue and sad thinking that it would never take place. The wait for me was synonym to the impossible. The longer the wait, the greater the suffering for me. Then I learned that with God nothing was impossible. I found out that God had defeated the impossible and for Him the impossible didn’t exist. The wait started to look differently. It didn’t equal impossible anymore. What did the wait mean? I received the revelation that God was in the waiting. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. Where there is patience, there is a fruit from God. I decided to take that fruit and eat it on daily basis. If God was a God of patience, I needed to be patient and develop God’s fruit. I love fruit and that fruit has turned out to be more satisfying than any strawberries and pineapples in the world. If I were to liken patient to an actual fruit, I would say it’s a hybrid of my two favorite fruits, the ones I just mentioned. Patient is sweet and it gives great satisfaction. It can look harsh and prickly on the outside like a pineapple, meaning that it can seem to be hard to eat but once you open it, it is delicious and fulfilling. It is like a strawberry because it is soft and it is seeded. Each seed gives life to more fruit. Patience yields seeds of peace. Once you are eating the fruit of patience, you get the benefit of peace and contentment. I have noticed that peace is a “side effect” of patience when we trust in the process. Patience also works with faith and the seeds of patience can also be described as pockets of faith. You need a lot of them for patience to work. Just the way strawberries have many seeds, the many seeds of faith are inside the fruit of patience.

 

I have talked a few times before about what to do while we are waiting. One of the things Jesus tells us about fasting, is that when we do fast, we shouldn’t act like we are fasting. We shouldn’t act like we are going through a hard time. We shouldn’t show it to people. I believe the same is true about waiting. While we are waiting, we shouldn’t show it to people. We shouldn’t talk about agony, frustration or how tough it is to wait. We should go about our normal business and enjoy it all. Wait should equate to praise and not to pain. If we see the wait as pain, we have lost the battle before it even started. Wait stands for “while angels intervene today.” I made this up but it is encouraging. God’s angels have been placed in charge of protecting you and helping you. They are working on your situation while you are waiting and they are intervening on many levels that you can’t see or understand and they are doing it today. Today might seem like a normal day in the waiting process but God is acting behind the scenes and He has commissioned angels to assist you and make sure things move in your favor. Praise while you wait. Enjoy every day and work on your passions. Work on what God has given you. Focus on your talents, focus on your God-given abilities and serve the Lord with all your heart while you are waiting. Be active for Jesus while you are waiting. He is active on your behalf while you are waiting. Honor Him. Be God’s instrument while you are waiting for the end of your symphony. Stay positive, stay creative, stay in faith. While you are waiting, life with God is still happening. Make the most of it!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:16-18; Galatians 5:22; Romans 5:2-4