You have all you need

“You have all you need” is something I hear a lot when I am praying. I hear it especially when I have a lot on my mind. When I start to think about what I don’t have and what I need, the Holy Spirit gently whispers to me that I have all that I need. He comforts me and reassures me and then it is up to me to trust Him and to walk in faith knowing that I don’t have to worry about anything. Why? Because it is true. With the Lord as my Savior, I have all I need. Jesus died on the cross for me so I could have all I need. The Holy Spirit dwells in me so I have all I need. Love covers me and protects me so I have all I need. God is with me 24/7 so I have all I need. Jesus supplies my needs according to His riches in glory so I have all I need. The peace that surpasses all understanding is in me so I have all I need. I walk by faith and not by sight and my faith tells me and shows me that I have all I need. I could easily find something to worry about every day but the Lord won’t let me. He is there to open my eyes to the reality of His Gospel. He takes care of me and that is the end of the story. I don’t have to add negative endings. I don’t have to rewrite His beautiful story by overthinking and creating wrong scenarios in my head.

God is our provider, friend, so we have all we need. Now, take some time to meditate on that truth. Hold on to it all day long. Apply it to every circumstance and to every situation you find yourself in. Think about what it means for you all the time. Think about the power of that truth in your life. You have all you need from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed and during the night. It is not the way you might be thinking so you might need to renew your mind regarding this great declaration. Do the work. Work on your thinking and let your mind see the light. Jesus made it clear that you have nothing to worry about. Your mind likes to worry and it makes everything dark. Walk into the light of Jesus’ words. Trust His words more than you trust the dark picture of your life. That picture is not a real picture. It is a sad distortion of God’s amazing picture of your life. In His picture you are all set. In His picture you lack nothing. In His picture you have the best of the best all day long.

“You have all you need” says the Lord and that includes provision in all matters. Let’s say you have an interview and you are getting ready for it. Remember that in Jesus’ name you have all you need which implies that you have what it takes to pass the interview. The Lord will be with you in that room while you are being asked about your skills and what you can bring to the table. You have all it takes to do well and to be a blessing in that job. That is what you bring to the table. You have the Holy Spirit in you and you believe in Jesus. That is what you bring to the table. You don’t have to talk about the Lord. Your actions and your words will speak for you and demonstrate that you are a child of the Lord and as a child of the Most High, you have all you need. You are a success. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. You are blessed. You are favored. You are a blessing who doesn’t favor some people more than others. You are a  light in this world and you have the light of the Lord in your heart. You have all you need.

My prayer today is that you always remember that Jesus has done it all. He did it on the cross for once and for all and you are reaping the benefits of His precious sacrifice. All day long you have all you need. You lack nothing. Start thinking that way. Start speaking that way. Start believing that way. It is the truth and nothing can change the truth. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8; 2 Peter 3:13

A song for Jesus

Last night I thanked the Lord for the great evening I was having. There was nothing special going on other than I was with Jesus. It was all that mattered. I smiled a lot. I was very content. I was so glad I was spending time with the Lord with no distractions. I listened to a song about Jesus. One of the lyrics was about magnifying the name of Jesus and the singer said that this song was forever His. It was a great song for Jesus. When the Lord hears us, our voices are like music to His ears. He listens to what we have to say. What does your song to Jesus sound like? Is your song about how great He is? Is it  a song of thanksgiving? Is it a song of doubt and fear? Is it a song of complaints? Today I want you to think about what you tell the Lord and what you don’t tell Him for that matter. What does your song to Him sound like? What messages does your song send Him?

I talk to the Lord more and more outside of my prayer time. I used to have set times for me to talk to Him which didn’t make sense. When you think about it, Jesus is always there and He is always listening. He doesn’t listen to us more just because we are praying. We don’t have to make an announcement and say we are going into prayer for Him to listen. He hears our every thought and our every word and He loves it when we talk to Him. You might think that since He hears what is inside we don’t need to speak. We do or better said we need to express what’s inside. He wants to hear us express our faith, our love, our gratitude, our respect, our enthusiasm out loud if we can. If inner thoughts are all we can give Him, it is fine as well. What we need to do is express something to Him. Silent prayers are prayers too. Words spoken in our hearts are words too. All of them are a song we sing to Jesus and we should pay attention to what that song sounds like.

I don’t want my song to Jesus to sound like a cranky old country song that expresses sadness and remorse all the time. My song to Him has to be joyful. My song to Him has to be a tribute to His goodness and to His love. I am working on my song every single day now. I work on the lyrics and I make sure that the chorus echoes my love for Him. Jesus is the main topic of my song. My song to Him used to be too much about myself until I learned that I was here to adore Him and worship Him. Have you ever heard praise and worship songs that are more about the person singing than they are about the Lord? Songs that describe how wonderful the singer is and how much he or she accomplishes. Our songs to the Lord should be melodies about the King of kings. When I thanked the Lord for the nice evening I was having, I sang part of the nice song I have for Him. I encourage you to thank Jesus all the time about anything and everything. Gratitude is a beautiful song. Thanksgiving is a good thing to sing.

When we talk to the Lord we should magnify Him and glorify Him. Let’s take moments to just adore the Lord with no hidden agenda and with no reason other than to give Him the glory. We ought to do that more and more. We are meant to worship Him. That is our number one priority and that is why we were created. We have taken many steps away from our number one purpose but we can get back there by making sure we talk to Him with love and adoration. Think about what you tell the Lord on a daily basis. Express your love. Express your joy. Express your gratitude. Express your needs as well but don’t let them be all you talk about. Jesus wants to hear you. He is waiting for you. Sing your song to Him every day! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 59:16; Psalm 63:3-4; Colossians 3:16

Your firm foundation

What is the foundation of your faith? Who do you believe in the most? Do you have faith in Jesus or do you believe in someone else more than Him? It sounds like a silly question but if you think about who you rely on in times of trouble, you might be surprised to see that Jesus is not your first resort. Let’s say you get some bad news. Do you reach for the phone and call a friend or a relative? Do you panic and try to hide under your desk? Do you thank Jesus right away for being your help in times of trouble? Do you say confidently that Jesus is your foundation and you have nothing to worry about? When I was praying yesterday morning I had a great vision about Jesus being our foundation. The Holy Spirit took me on a tour of a place that looked firm and solid. I saw a ground that looked very nice and very strong. There was something very special about it. I quickly understood that the ground I saw was Jesus, our firm foundation.

When Jesus is our foundation, we can stand on Him and keep standing no matter what happens in our lives. There might be earthquakes brought about by sad news and bad events but with Jesus as our foundation, we can’t sink. We can’t drown when troubled waters invade our circumstances. We can see mud and soft grounds around us but our firm foundation keeps us standing. Friend, if you are a believer, you stand on solid ground. It is time that you and I took a strong stand on our firm foundation. It is time we decided to not be shaken by anything that takes place in our lives. It is time we kept on standing tall. It is time we praised the Lord even when we are facing adversity. We have the strongest foundation there is. Let’s live our lives like we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are on solid ground all the time.

Jesus is not sinking sand or a soft soil. He doesn’t bend under pressure and He doesn’t give up when the going gets tough. We are the ones who give up. He remains strong and firm. We ought to always rely on Him. The real Jesus who can’t be defeated and who can’t lose any battles. How do you get to know Him? Through His Word and through isolated and devoted time with Him. He is a Rock. He is a fortress. He is the winner of all winners. He is the firm foundation that will never let you down. He is the firm foundation that you can count on all the time. Meditate on that. You can always count on Jesus. You can count on Him even when it appears that you can’t get out of trouble. Stand on Him. Walk thanks to Him. Run with Him. Don’t let Him out of your spiritual sight. Follow His lead. Your firm foundation never disappoints.

Jesus is the firm foundation that can withstand anything. He is unbreakable. The enemy might be trying to weigh you down so you collapse and fall off your foundation but Jesus will hold you up. He won’t let the enemy get the best of you. Jesus is so solid that all the devils in hell can’t make Him break. There is nothing and no one that can destroy your foundation. Your foundation is all set. Now, it’s up to you to stand on Him and to let Him be part of you. Let Jesus be the biggest part of your life. He said that if His words remained in you, you could ask what you want and you will get it as long as it is in line with His will. When Jesus’ words are the backbone of your life, you can’t fail. You have the best foundation ever. Let His words abide in you and you will walk on solid ground all the time. Trust Him. Believe in Him. He won’t let you down. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will never leave you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 7:24; John 15:7

The nature of God

What is the nature of God? What characteristics does He have? Do you ever ask yourself those questions? What are God’s most important traits? I think those questions are important because the way we see God will underline what we expect from God. We can have faith in what God is and sometimes our faith is based on a wrong approach and wrong perspective. We can also focus on aspects of God while missing the most crucial traits and characteristics of the Lord. I used to see God as a God of provision more than anything else. He does provide for us and He cares about His children but is that the most significant aspect of who He is? God is love. Before anything else God is love. He has love and He is love. If we want to get to know Him better, we have to remember that He is love and that His love is eternal, indestructible and always powerful. The nature of God is found in love. Think about what that implies and let that truth correct and mold your vision of God.

God has always existed. God has always been around. God is everywhere. God is always everywhere at the same time. God is powerful. God has the power to do anything and to change anything. God is love. God is love all the time and He has love for everyone. Love is where it all starts but love has always existed. It might have come into your life at a certain point but it has always been there. I believe it is necessary to see the power and the magnitude of love. It is helpful to understand that love has always been around and that it has stood the test of time. The most powerful force in the universe is with you and in you. God is with you. His nature is with you. His love is with you. The nature of God is living in your life and you should get to learn more about it and to embrace it. We have so many representations of God in the world. There are filtered presentations of God that are not accurate. Get to know God through God. Know love, know God. Know God and you will always know love.

If anyone portrays the nature of God with a lack of love, don’t take it at face value. Question anything and anyone who removes love from who God is. Love is what saved you. Love is what saves you. Love is what helps you. Love is what keeps you going. Love is behind the blessings and the miracles in your life. Love gives meaning to your relationship with God. Love is the link that connects you to God. Love is the reason you are here today. Love is spiritual and remember that God is spirit. His nature is to be Spirit. We ought to worship Him in spirit and in truth with love as our backdrop. You can worship the Lord with music and you can worship Him with prayers and with actions motivated by love. When we have a relationship with God, we can’t help but imitate Him. We take after Him and the number one thing we should show the world is the love that is in God. We have His love and we need to give that love to the world. We can’t be a church that thrives on judgment and on criticism. We can’t be a church that puts love on the back burner because when we do, we redefine God and we don’t do Him justice.

The nature of God is in you and me, friend. We are the ones that can give the world a better idea of who God is and what He is all about. God is light and in Him there is no darkness. We carry His light and we carry His love. Let’s take the nature of God in consideration every day and let’s give His incredible nature a chance to shine through us. There is so much pain and so much sadness in this world. People need the nature of God. People need to be touched by love. People need to be introduced to the Lord who saves, loves, helps, protects, cares, provides because He is love. My prayer is that we will all be servants of love that share God’s love and that silence the wrong representations of God. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 4:24; 1 John 1:5; 1 John 4:8

Do not listen to fear

“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”* Faith is confidence. Faith is bold, faith is strong and faith knows without a doubt that God is God and that He is faithful no matter what. Faith has a language. Faith speaks. Faith speaks the words of the Lord. Faith speaks with confidence and boldness and it only talks in line with the Word of God. Sometimes when you are facing a situation, faith will talk to you and it is up to you to listen to it or to go with something else. Fear talks as well. Fear is chatty and obnoxious and it loves having the floor. If faith is not dominant in your life, fear will grab the mike and “serenade” you with awful songs of doubt and worry. Fear can easily be louder than faith so we need to guard ourselves and protect ourselves against the lies of fear. Today I want to encourage you to not listen to fear. Give fear time out every time it tries to get in your head and take you for a spin. The Lord says “Fear not,” in His Word hundreds of times. He has the power to help you silence fear so that faith is all you hear and all you speak.

“For we live by faith, not by sight.”** With faith in God, we don’t rely on what we see. We rely on what we know is true in Jesus’ name. Fear loves to look at what is in front of it. Fear walks by sight, by sound and by our human senses. Fear also operates greatly in the mind and uses thoughts and ideas to influence our lives in a negative way. Fear creates many scenarios that are not based on the truth of the Lord. Fear creates its own reality that appears to be extremely real so we focus on it and we accept it. When we let fear control our thinking and bring up negative emotions and feelings, we are giving fear an audience. Our goal as Christians is to not listen to fear. Fear will always have a voice but we don’t have to pay attention to it and we shouldn’t adhere to it.

Fear has a very familiar voice. It is a voice we have heard since we were little. It came into our heads and it has stayed there. It is dormant at times but as you know, it always wakes up and wreaks havoc. One thing I suggest is that you get used to the voice of faith. The voice of faith can be heard throughout the Word of God. Pick up your Bible and dive in. Pick up your Bible and listen to faith and hope. Don’t just listen but also make that voice your own. Speak it. Speak faith into everything. Speak faith into every situation. When fear speaks, put it down with words of faith. Fear will scream and be deafening but you have a great helper. Have you ever thought of asking the Holy Spirit to help you against fear? Turn to Him. He will give you tips on how to turn down the volume of fear and turn up the voice of faith. You will be able to recognize the voice of faith as well when you spend time in the Word and in fellowship with the Lord.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.# God wants you to walk in faith and to have hope all the time. He doesn’t want fear to cripple you and to keep you captive. The more you listen to fear, the less you will be able to hear God’s voice and to walk in the fullness of His blessings. Fear is there to steal your joy and your peace and to destroy your faith. Destroy fear by speaking words of faith as much as you can. Do it even when fear keeps hanging on to you. Faith will come. Faith will grow if you stick to it and you abide in the Word of God. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:1*; 2 Corinthians 5:7**; Romans 15:13#

The power of gratitude

“Thank You, Lord” is something I say more and more. I used to reserve my gratitude for my morning prayer session. I always start my day with praise and thanksgiving. It has been a practice of mine for almost ten years. I actually used to do it almost twenty years ago and then I went through a wilderness period before I got back on the praise horse. Gratitude is such a powerful habit and it is even better when it is a lifestyle. We can be grateful with our words, our actions and our thoughts. When I decided to thank the Lord throughout the day, my life changed for the better. My prayer life was enhanced and my connection with the Lord got stronger. The Lord inhabits the praises of His people and He loves their thanksgiving and gratitude. Today I want to encourage you to amplify your gratitude and to have a gratitude lifestyle.

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and the readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness. Gratitude is not always a reflex or a habit but it is something we should pursue and become accustomed to. God loves it when we have a gratitude attitude. When we thank Him for everything and we stay positive it touches His heart. Yes, gratitude keeps us in a positive mindset and it gives us the power to rise above any negative events and thoughts that come our way. Gratitude is focusing on the Lord and  on His goodness. It is a way for us to get a dose of powerful thinking and powerful speaking. When we speak gratitude we make the decision to overcome the bad things that could be happening to us. We refuse to yield to the enemy’s taunting and we let the Lord be our priority. Gratitude is a super power because it destroys the attacks of the enemy. No weapon formed against us shall prosper when we trust the Lord and we keep an attitude of gratitude.

We ought to use the power of gratitude as much as possible. I sometimes catch myself sliding into a negative mindset and gratitude takes me out of that ditch. I lift up my hands and I give my heart a voice of thanksgiving and the Lord gets all the glory. Gratitude puts us on a different level. Think about all the people you know and how much complaining goes on when you spend time with some of them. Whining is very easy. Gratitude is harder to come by. When you are a person of gratitude and you keep thanking the Lord, you are on a higher spiritual level. You partake in the joy and the peace of the Lord. Gratitude will always bring joy to the table and it will always reveal the table that the Lord has for you. Gratitude gives you a seat at the table of the Lord where blessings abound and miracles happen. Stay at the table of the Lord. Stay in gratitude mode.

My prayer is that you adopt this great lifestyle of gratitude and you constantly thank Jesus for everything. You don’t need a reason to thank Him. Just thank Him for who He is and what He does. Be ready to show appreciation for the Lord at any time of the day. Keep saying thanks even when the day is not nice to you. Thank Jesus for getting you out of the mess of the day. Thank Jesus for His love that is all around you and in you. Thank Jesus for the people in your life. Thank Jesus for loving every single person you will ever meet. Show appreciation and return kindness. Be kind to the Lord by following His guidance, by walking in love with everyone and by rejoicing over Him all the time. The power of gratitude is in you. Let it out and enjoy every day with the Lord. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Philippians 4:6-7; James 1:17; 2 Corinthians 4:15

The child of God that you are

I had a very amazing time in prayer yesterday morning. It was one of those prayers when I listened more than I talked. I started like I always do by praising the Lord and by showing gratitude. I quickly got very overwhelmed by His love. I was so excited and so happy like a little kid at a candy store. I opened my heart and let out my gratitude and thanksgiving. There was so much joy because I was just content to be with the Lord. That one-on-one time was more than enough. It was the highlight of my day very early in the day. It felt like nothing could beat that beautiful moment but with the Lord we can always expect more. I prayed for some time and then I got quiet and I knew I needed to listen and to pay attention to what the Holy Spirit had to say. I was under the impression that the Lord was smiling at me. He was smiling back at my gratitude. I paused and I marveled at His presence and at His love that seemed thick and tangible. What He said next touched me to the core.

The Lord reminded me that I was a child, that I was His child. He took me down the path of great reminders and encouragement. We are His children and we have to remember that we are heirs of the King of Kings. We have inherited the Kingdom of God and we have access to Him and to His blessings all the time. His love is available 24/7 and He is a Father who adores His children and who has done everything for us. He sent His Son for us. His Son came to earth, walked the earth, died on the cross, resurrected from the dead and ascended to the Father. He is now seated at the right hand of God interceding for us. Jesus’ intercession is a powerful truth I had not been focused on. Friend, Jesus is interceding for you with the Father and God rejoices over you, His dear child.

As a child of God, I am blessed and I am favored and so are you, friend. The message of the Lord was a message about seeing myself as the child of God that I am. I strongly encourage you to meditate on that truth and to pray over what it really means. You are a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ. It means that you are loved, you are filled with the Spirit of God, you have the fruit of the Spirit in you, you are blessed with heavenly blessings, the Lord supplies your needs with His riches and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. As a child of the King, you have access to Heaven. Not just when you go to be with the Lord but you have access today. What does that entail? It entails access to miracles, signs and wonders. If you don’t believe in them, spend time asking the Lord to show you what they are and to help you develop your faith in them because they are here and they can impact your life in a beautiful way.

Child of God, praise the Father! Praise Him every day. Rejoice over Him because He rejoices over you. Go into your day with the confidence that God is with you and that He cares about you. You are not an orphan. God never leaves you and He never abandons you. You are a loved child. You are very special to God. His love is your strength. His joy is a superpower and His peace is sublime. Remember every day that you are a precious child of God. Remember every day that your heavenly Father makes your life better and there is a collision between Heaven and earth when your faith is active and solid. You are in this world but you are not of this world. You belong with God and you belong with His blessings. Don’t let the problems of this world make you think that you are not blessed because you are. Claim your blessings in Jesus’ name and claim your identity in the Lord. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 8:14; Galatians 3:26; 2 Corinthians 6:18

Refuge and fortress

Don’t panic if you feel like you are not going to make it. Don’t panic if you think that you are going to fail because you made a mistake. Don’t panic if you think that you have no shelter and nothing to protect you right now. God is your refuge and your fortress. He is the reason why you are going to make it today and tomorrow. You might have heard that many times before and I am here to remind you that the truth contained in those words still holds true today and it will never be erased or deleted. It is easy to delete things on the computer of life. We make one mistake and we delete something that was right and that was good. One action can delete the great efforts that we had made. God’s blessings can’t be deleted. Your sins and your mistakes don’t have the power to delete God’s goodness from your life. Don’t give in to the temptation and feel like you are not going to make it because of what you have done. God is faithful and He stands by His promises. He promised to protect you, to cover you and to shield you. Don’t panic. God is the refuge that keeps you safe and that keeps you sane even when the world around you is chaotic.

I remember making a mistake that was going to impact my future. I had thought I had made the right decision and it turned out to be a disaster. I panicked and I felt like nothing could make up for my mistake. I had not been following the Lord’s guidance and I fell flat on my face. I didn’t know where to go for comfort and for protection. We all need to be protected from the negative thoughts that can pop up when we make mistakes. We all need a place where we can be dusted off, lifted up and encouraged. After some stubborn time, I turned to God for help. I read in the Bible that He was my refuge and my fortress. A refuge is a place where you can always be safe. A fortress is a stronghold that can’t be torn down and that can’t be entered unless you have the key. Repentance and prayer were my key. I turned the key as I was on my knees talking to the Lord. The first thing He told me was to not worry and to not fear. Then He explained that He would restore me and help me back on my feet. He did just that. He kept me in His loving arms and He whispered peace and encouragement throughout the whole process of restoration.

God is the refuge we need every day. He is not quick to judge and not quick to punish. He is the opposite of that. He is quick to love and quick to build us up. He has only great intentions for us. Panic is an agent of the enemy that paralyzes us and that makes us forget that we have a refuge. When we panic, we run out of the fortress of the Lord and we look for help and for answers in all the wrong places. Your answers and your help are in the Lord, friend. Don’t look any further. Don’t look for help where you can get into more trouble. Your refuge is not going anywhere. Your fortress is strong and it can’t be destroyed. Stay in the Lord. Even when it hurts and even when you don’t see a way out. Sometimes we don’t see a way out because we are supposed to stay inside. We are supposed to stay in the fortress of the Lord so we can be protected. The answer is often inside so we should meditate on the Lord and pray. We will get exactly what we need. The Lord will restore us and He will stretch our faith during that process. Stay in the refuge and find peace in the fortress. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 16:1; Psalm 46:1; Proverbs 30:5

How big is your God?

How big is your God? How powerful is your Savior? How amazing is Jesus? He is only as big, as powerful and as amazing as you see Him. It requires faith to know God. It takes trust and commitment. You can’t know God without faith and your faith can only take you as far as you let it take you. It is important to ask ourselves how big our God is. It is important to pause and to meditate on how we see God. We ought to test our faith and remove the limits of our minds. Faith grows when we stay in the Word of God but our minds can get in the way. Our minds can take us away from the beauty and the magnificence of the Lord. We have to constantly renew our minds so that our faith can grow. The Bible makes it clear that God is omnipresent, almighty and most powerful. He can do the impossible and He can perform miracles. He is invincible and no one is like Him. Now, our job is to move up the ladder of faith and to get as high as we can.

When our faith is up there, no matter what we face, we have the blessed assurance that God will see us through. The faith that is up the ladder is mustard seed on steroids. We are given a mustard seed of faith when we accept Jesus as our Savior and it is up to us to water the seed or to let it shrink. Shrinkage happens when we don’t know anything about our spiritual lives. When we let things happen and we passively live our lives, the seed gets smaller. As our seed of faith gets smaller, so does our vision of God. We are children of the living God and we have to give our faith a chance to live and to grow. Today you and I can decide to magnify our vision of the Lord so we can proudly say that we believe without a doubt that our God is bigger than anything. He is bigger than the enemy and his agents. He is bigger than all difficulties.

Our God is more powerful than any adversity and any bad predicaments. He doesn’t get stomped and He is never puzzled. He is not like us. He doesn’t think like us. We should work on thinking more like Him and on sharing the mind of Christ. When we feed our faith some great manna from Heaven, our God stands strong in our minds and in our hearts. The truth is that He always stands strong. Our reality at times is that He is nowhere to be seen or He is not strong enough to reverse our circumstances. That is not true. We can live in the truth and it will set us free. The truth of the Gospel can set us free from a limited mindset and from fear, anxiety and worry. When we know that our God is big and unbeatable, we live worry-free and we stay in peace.

Friend, your God is much bigger than you will ever know but you can get to know Him enough to enjoy His goodness and His faithfulness. Your faith in Him can grow and it will grow as you take the right steps. Stay in the Word no matter what. Pray as much as you can. Pour your heart out to the Lord. Prick up your ears and listen to His love and to His wisdom. Stay up to date in your faith by staying filled with hope. God Almighty is on your side all the time. Don’t look at how big the giants are in your life. Tell those giants how big your God is. He cannot be defeated. Stay in faith. Keep going and keep trusting the God of the impossible. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 1 Peter 1:13

When life gives you lemons

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” they say. When life gives you lemons, use the fruit of the Spirit and turn a sour situation into something sweet. The fruit of the Spirit is what we should use every day and what we should focus on. There are so many bitter and tough situations that can make us feel bad and resentful. I know that it is easy to resent life when things are not good. We tend to swallow the sour grapes and we can’t digest them. We overthink and we try to figure out how we can get out of a bad situation but we are left with a negative taste and we can’t think straight. The Holy Spirit comes to our rescue. Not only does He come to save us but He also has a whole setup that allows us to deal with every situation in life. Life might give us lemons but the Spirit gives us fruit for every occasion, peace in every circumstance, and joy in every setting. We are blessed to have the fruit of the Spirit and we ought to let it grow and use it every day.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This is a powerful fruit we are given when we accept the Lord into our lives. The Holy Spirit comes and dwells in our spirit and He gives us all we need. Now, it doesn’t mean that we access all He gives us. The fruit of the Spirit is a spiritual element of our lives in Christ and we have to let our spirit tap into the fruit. Every day can be a struggle when it comes to accessing the fruit of the Spirit because we have to contend with the flesh. The flesh is weak but the spirit is willing. Being kind, being patient, and showing love are not something our flesh wants to display. Our flesh will fight us every chance it gets. This is why it is important we surrender to the Lord and we give in to His Spirit. When we do, we can flow with the Spirit and the fruit can be uncovered. I love fruit and I eat it every day. I love the Spirit of Jesus and I interact with Him every day. It is crucial that I spend time in communion with the Lord through His Spirit. It gives me a chance to express the fruit of the Lord.

When life gives you lemons, remember that you have fruit from God and His fruit is pleasant and sweet. For every bad thought, there is a great positive thought from the Lord. For every bad fruit and bad seed that life throws at us, there is a fruit that is good all the time. Love, joy, peace, and the rest of the fruit are amazing gifts that are free of charge. It doesn’t take much to express the good fruit. It takes a willing heart and a surrendered mind. We ought to think in line with the Word and think that we have the fruit of the Spirit. That is where it all starts. It starts in our thinking. If we think that we don’t have what it takes to make it in this Christian walk, we won’t tap into the power of love. Let’s keep in mind that we are children of the living God and that love is a fruit that dominates our lives. Peace, joy, forbearance, and the rest are how we can face anything in life. The sour lemons of life might be abundant but the power of the fruit of the Spirit is much greater and much better than the bitterness and the sourness in this world. When life gives you lemons, give back the fruit that changes everything. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 26:40-43; Galatians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:12-17