God will pay you back

When I got back from the trip I mentioned yesterday, everything went very smoothly. The flight was shorter than expected. I went through customs very quickly. My luggage arrived on the belt after I was done with customs. The shuttle I was taking to go home showed up 10 minutes after I had picked up my bags. I was the only passenger on the shuttle which never happens. I was home in no time. This was God paying me back for what had happened on my way to the airport. He made up for the flat tire, the rush and the complicated people I had to deal with. It was payback time and I am very grateful to the Lord for that. It was the best coming home present I had ever received. I don’t remember being able to get home that fast after an international flight. I didn’t see it at first until a friend pointed it out to me. She was so right. Sometimes we go through trials and we have to stay in faith despite the difficulties. Sometimes we have to stay strong and hold on to the promises of the Lord even when it hurts. Sometimes we go through tough times and we have no idea why things are so bad. The enemy gives us a hard time and he wants to see us break. When we trust the Lord and we don’t let our faith be shaken, God restores everything and He pays us back for each difficulty we endured. Today I want to encourage you and remind you that God will pay you back. Your current suffering can’t compare to the blessings that are to come. God will make it happen. He will get you through this rough time. 

Stay in faith during those times when nothing seems to be going your way. I know it is easier said than done but when you do, you are building a fortress of faith. Every trial gives you the opportunity to lay down one more brick. Your Lord is your refuge. He is your strong tower. He is your fortress and you have to embrace that truth and build up your faith in His ability to get you out of any situation. It is not going to be easy and Jesus never said it would be but it will get easier. Your faith will get you where you need to be and every problem will be solved. The fortress you are building will serve you for life. God is holding you in the palm of His hand and He is not going to drop you even if you are going through something very intense. The intensity of your problems doesn’t decrease the power of the Lord. Let the Lord show you how powerful He is. There are times when we need to go through very bad times to discover not only what our faith is made of but also to see how big our God is. Your headache today is going to be gone tomorrow. Tomorrow might not come as soon as you think but it will come. God will pay you back with extreme peace for every ache and pain.

God will pay you back because He restores what the devil has stolen. He will give you peace and joy again. He will replace what the enemy has taken from you and give you something better and greater. Think about how the world was lost because of what happened in the garden of Eden. The Lord made it up to us by sending His Son for our sins and Jesus paid the price for our salvation. Jesus paid us back.  Now, on the cross He took care of your life. This means that every difficulty that will ever take place in your life was taken care of. He knew what you would go through. He saw it all. He experienced it all and He destroyed it all. Your faith can give you victory. Your faith can see you through this. Keep trusting the Lord. Keep believing. Nothing is impossible to God and you are going to see how His power can make things right. He is going to blow your mind and restore your life in an amazing way. Stay strong in the Lord. Stay encouraged. Payback time is coming. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: 1 Samuel 26:23; Luke 14:14; Romans 8:18

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 201)

When you have hope and faith in Jesus, every day is sweeter than the day before. You go from glory to glory and the blessings keep coming to you in Jesus’ name!

Choose God over your circumstances. Choose His love. Choose His peace. Choose His joy. Choose faith over fear. Choose to follow God even when it doesn’t feel right. God will make things right when you choose to stand in faith. Choose Jesus over everything.

The light of the world lives in you. Jesus in you is the light people need. Let Him shine and let Him heal the world through you. Give Him to people you know. Give His love to anyone around. Jesus in you can change any situation so be an agent of change as you spread around the good news of His message.

The eyes of faith see what your mind can’t understand. The eyes of faith see beyond the natural. The eyes of faith gives you insight into the supernatural. The eyes of faith know what God is up to. The eyes of faith focus on Jesus and no one else.

The temptation to quit can be strong. The desire to give up can be overwhelming. Call on the One who beat death. Call on the One who dealt with the worse temptation. He will get you through it and He will make you strong. Call on Jesus!

We hear thousands of messages every day. We hear fear. We hear joy. We hear doubt. We hear faith. Let’s be careful what we pay attention to. We will hear what the world has to say but we should be more attentive to what the Lord has to say.

The journey with the Lord is full of ups and downs but the good news is that the Lord is with us all the time throughout the journey. Let’s hold on to His faithfulness and rejoice with gladness. He will never leave us nor forsake no matter what bumps are on the road.

The truth that sets us free comes from Jesus. His truth is liberating and it will always give us the freedom that the world can’t provide. Let’s stick to the truth. It will stand the test of time.

Lift up the name of the Lord. Lift up His name above your problems and your difficulties. Lift up His name and keep it high. Jesus’ name is more powerful than all the problems in the world combined. Lift up the power that is never defeated.

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. God so loved you that He gave His only Son. God so loved your life that He gave His Son’s life for you. God so loved you and the devil has no say in the matter. God so loved you so love yourself and enjoy God’s creation. God so loved you so never forget what He did for you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 4:4; John 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:16

Praying

Finding the right way to pray seemed difficult for me when I was young. I had no clue if my prayers were heard or if they were effective. I searched for the best way to pray. I read books. I listened to sermons. I was on a quest for the perfect formula and for the words that would get the job done. Did God listen to eloquent prayers more than He listened to simple prayers? Did I have to pray for a certain length of time for my prayers to be answered? How often did I have to pray? I had so many questions about prayer and the answers were hard to find. I hit a wall when it came to prayer and I gave up. I didn’t pay attention to how I prayed. What seemed to matter was that I prayed and that was good enough for me. I prayed every day and my words were not sophisticated but they represented what I felt and they carried the message to the Lord. Then I found that the Lord is not far from us. I found out that He is not up on a cloud looking down on us and that changed a lot in my spiritual life including the way I prayed. I learned that God listened and that He never turned a deaf ear. I learned that every word was important to Him and that I didn’t have to try to impress Him with my prayers. I didn’t have to sound smart and to sound pious. All I needed was to sound just like me and to speak from an honest heart. God knows what I want to say. God knows what I need. God knows who I am. God knows what my prayers are. He just wants me to speak to Him and to listen to Him. An open heart is a great entrance into a strong prayer life. I opened up and He closed my narrow views about prayer.

I discovered the great world of prayer when I was in college.  I call it a world because it is huge and it encompasses so much. Prayer is talking to God and listening to Him like I often say. It is a declaration from our hearts that says that we are dependent on God and that He means the world to us. Prayer is a petition and a request on behalf of others. We pray for others to be healed or to be blessed. When I discovered that prayer was meant to move the heart of God so that He would intervene in someone’s life, I was touched. When you think about it, prayer is a great gift to whoever we pray for. We pray that God would bless someone or that He changes someone’s life. Prayer should be selfless and it should be an expression of love. When love entered the prayer equation, it was a game-changer. Praying without love doesn’t work. With God, nothing “works” if love is not at the root of what we do. “Love others” we are told and if we do love them, we will pray for them. “Love God” we are told and if we love Him, we will talk to Him. Friend, let love be the essence of your prayers. May your prayers all be rooted in love. May love be the force behind your prayers and you will see how God moves in your life.

What is a great prayer you might wonder? The prayer that comes from the heart and that is fueled by love is a great prayer. Give love a chance to guide you in your prayers. Pray for your family. Pray for your friends. Pray for acquaintances. Pray for your schoolmates. Pray for your co-workers. Pray for people you don’t know well. Pray for your community. Pray for your country. Pray for the world. Pray for anyone. Just pray. Make it a habit. Pray every day. There are so many prayers that are waiting to be spoken. There are so many people that are longing for prayers. There are so many words from the heart that need to be released. My encouragement today is that you don’t get bogged down by how you should pray. Don’t worry about how you sound. Speak from the heart. Go to the Lord and talk to Him. He will talk to you as well in those moments. He will reveal His heart and give you love. Prayer is so important and you and I can be prayer warriors that touch the world one prayer at a time. Just pray. Just open your heart. Just talk to Jesus. The Holy Spirit will assist you and He will do what you can’t do. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:12; Matthew 6:7; Colossians 4:2

5 essential keys

There is a door that opens the way to a place where peace reigns, joy is strong and faith is everywhere. There are five keys that open that door. Each key is precious and powerful. God has given us the keys to getting to that place. It is not a place far away. If you believe in God, you might have been to that place and you might be living there. If those keys are on your keychain, I encourage you to use them all the time. Open that door and keep it open. Step inside that place and stay there. make yourself at home in that place. Get comfortable and don’t leave it. We tend to travel too much when the Lord wants us to stay in His house and enjoy His presence. Let me talk about the 5 keys today. I hope you will take the keys and open the door to a place where God is always present and doubt and fear are banned.

Key#1: Faith. Faith is the key that allows us to know God and to communicate with Him. Without faith we can’t please God. Without faith we can’t know God. We should always hold the key of faith and keep it very close to us. That key is the answer to all our problems, fear, and worries. The key of faith locks fear and doubt out of our lives. When fear and doubt try to get inside our dwelling place, faith blocks them and ignores them. They might be knocking on the door but faith keeps them away. They have no right to barge in and faith knows that well. The key of faith is the key to a healthy relationship with the Lord. It is crucial and it is very powerful.

Key#2: Love. Faith without love is nothing. We need faith to know God but it has to be accompanied by love. Love is the most important key even though I listed it as the second key. Love is why you and I are here. Love is the reason why we are saved. It is why Jesus came and died in our place. Love brought Him back to life and gave us eternal life. Love is more powerful than anything and anyone. Love conquers all. Love never fails. Love has won. Love will never lose a battle. God is love. Love is more than a symbol of God’s presence. Love is God with us. Let’s use the key of love every single day. It opens more doors than we know.

Key#3: Communion with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a Person. He is a gift from Jesus. He is the gift that keeps on giving. He is the gift that will never let us down and that will always give us what we need. He is the gift that the world needs. He is the gift that connects us to Jesus. The Holy Spirit takes us to a place of peace where Jesus is King. When we turn the key of communication with the Holy Spirit all the time, we open the door to a union and a communion that is holy and pure. We open the door to knowing Jesus, which is primordial and more than necessary.

Key#4: Prayer. Prayer will never get old. I can’t get enough of prayer and I pray every day. Jesus taught us to pray in His Word. If He talked about it, it means that it is something we should take very seriously. Prayer is talking to God and hearing from God. Prayer is the link that attaches us to the Father and that gives us access to His heart. Pray every day. Pray when you feel like it and when you don’t. Pray because God is listening. Pray because God is talking. Pray and you will be in the house of the Lord all the time. Pray and you will open the door to many blessings.

Key#5: Praise. God inhabits the praises of His people. When you pray, the presence of the Lord comes. Praise is an expression of your adoration to the Lord and He hangs out with you on a different level. Praise is faith speaking and acting. Praise defeats the enemy and gives us hope. Praise is what we need every day but we don’t turn to it enough. Praise the Lord and doors will unlock that you didn’t think could ever open. Praise is the key that opens possibilities and that gives you an advantage over your negative circumstances. Praise the Lord all the time and you will be in the house of the Lord where His joy is your strength.

You have the keys. Thank God for each one of them. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 4:1; Jonah 2:7; Mark 11:24

Jesus, I truly…

The other day I saw a big sign on a church that read “Jesus, I truly trust in You.” I love seeing this sign and I embrace its message. I trust in the Lord and I want everything in me to declare, “Jesus, I truly trust You.” However, there are times when everything in me is saying “Jesus I truly don’t know what to do” or “Jesus, I truly want to trust You but right now I am struggling.” I am human just like anyone else and with that comes doubt and fear at times. I am learning to overcome them and to delete them from my life. One thing I know for sure is that I can’t conquer them on my own. Every I have to say “Jesus, I truly need You.” I say it when I pray in the morning. I say it a few times during the day. I am dependent on Him. I am not good enough or strong enough to make it on my own. I need Him. I have to rely on Him. I can’t live without Him. It is very humbling when we confess that we are nothing without God. When I first started saying that during prayer time, my flesh didn’t like it. My flesh would tell me that I could do a lot on my own and I had to trust that I was strong enough. I was made strong outside of God in my life and I could turn to God once I had run out of energy of my own. The truth is that without Jesus I am nothing and with Him I am someone and that someone is an overcomer. “Jesus, I truly need You and trust You” is one of my mantras and I live by it. What do you tell Jesus on a daily basis? What comes after “Jesus, I truly..”?

I am inviting you today to spend time watching what you tell the Lord. Do you rely on Him wholeheartedly? Does your “Jesus, I truly..” declaration end with words of desperation, words of hope or words of doubt? I didn’t know for the longest time that my prayers and my actions were proclaiming “Jesus, I truly am lost.” I was lost even when I thought I had been found. I was lost in myself and I couldn’t see anyone in me. The Lord was in me and He tried to get my attention a few times but I was buried in my ego and I cared about myself more than I did about the Lord. “Jesus, I am truly ok on my own” was another unconscious declaration I made. Jesus should be the center of our lives which means we should be on the periphery looking in. We shouldn’t be on the center looking out and seeing Jesus as an option among other options. He is our best option. He should be our only option. We ought to remain in Him and let Him remain in us. Once we do, we will always declare that He is all we need and we will understand that total reliance on Him is crucial. We will echo what the sign on the church said and our trust in Him will be unshaken.

Staying full of the Lord and full of His Word is a powerful way to keep trusting Him and to have strong faith in Him. When the Word of God is a big part of our lives and we study it and meditate on it, our faith skyrockets. We have to be diligent and keep at it and it produces great fruit. What I loved about the sign on the church is that it was out in the open for everyone to see. It was bold and it was strong. I want my declaration of trust in the Lord to be bold and strong. I am letting it stand in the open so that every time the enemy walks by me he can’t help but see my bold declaration. The enemy is like a lion waiting to devour us so he is always around us doing drive by’s and walk by’s and he doesn’t ever get tired. Let’s be strong and never tired to say that we truly trust in the Lord. Let our faith be heard and our hope in the Lord be visible. Our actions can show how much we trust the Lord. Let’s be the children of God who adore Jesus and who depend on Him completely. Let’s brandish a spiritual banner that reads “Jesus, we truly trust You” no matter what is going on in our lives. Let’s stay in the Word and lift up the Lord. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!


Suggested reading: Jeremiah 17:7-8; John 15:7; 1 John 4:16

Your daily Thanksgiving


When I was praying the other day I was so grateful for the Lord. I was grateful for His love and for who He was. I am grateful for Him every day. Every days is Thanksgiving for me. I can’t start my day without praise and thanksgiving. I don’t need a reason to be thankful. There is so much to be thankful for. The problem is that my mind gets in the way and looks at what I don’t have or IT tries to focus on what others have. It is a very detrimental approach. It is not what the Lord wants us to pay attention to. We all have blessings. If we have Jesus as our Savior, we have reasons to celebrate and we have blessings to be grateful for. Your Thanksgiving is not just on the last Thursday of the month if you leave in the USA. It is every day. Thanksgiving is a daily occurrence in the life of the believer or at least it should be. Have your Thanksgiving session a few times a day. God loves to hear how thankful you are. He wants you to have a praise and thankful attitude and leave your complaints behind. You can sit at the table of the Lord and enjoy His Thanksgiving meal. There are so many things on His table that you can be thankful for. There is enough food for thought for you to focus on. Wisdom from the Lord is available at His table and it is worth all the money in the world and more. Today I encourage you to stay at the table of the Lord and be thankful for Him. Don’t wait for Sunday or for the end of November to be grateful. Your Thanksgiving should be ongoing and it should be a lifestyle.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”* If you wonder what God’s will is for you, look in the Bible and you will find out what His will is. His will for you is to rejoice, pray and give thanks. Rejoice in the Lord. Not just when everything is going well but all the time. You might wonder how you will be able to do that. Ask the Lord for help. When you are down and rejoicing is the last thing on your mind, ask the Holy Spirit to give you His joy. You can rejoice in the middle of the worst times of your life. Not because you are going through a tough season but because the Lord is with you during that season. Rejoice and pray. Pray any time. Pray when life is great. Pray when life is tough. Pray because the Lord talks to you during prayer. Prayer is as much about Him talking to you as it is about you talking to Him. You might find that sometimes prayer is more about God telling you how much He cares and how safe and protected you are. He tells you not to worry and not to fear. Those are great reasons to be thankful for. Give thanks in all circumstances because the Lord is good in all circumstances. His will is that you give thanks. It is a wonderful habit to have. It is what He desires. It is a great way to please God and to remain in His will. Give thanks every single day. Your daily Thanksgiving keeps you in God’s will!

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”** Stay rooted in the Lord and let your faith be centered around Him. Abound in faith with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is an expression of your faith. It is more than gratitude. It is thanking the Lord for what you don’t see with your natural eyes. Let your faith create new songs of worship and thanksgiving in you. Your faith should be attached to your thanksgiving. You should thank God for what you have and for what you know you have in faith. Thanksgiving is not just based on the natural. It should be based in the supernatural as well. You have a supernatural God who does the impossible. Be thankful for the impossible made possible. Every day start your day with thanksgiving and with praise. You will develop a positive mindset and your day will be off to a great start. Thank God for God. Thank God for Jesus. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. Rejoice, pray and thank God for all He does and who He is. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: 1 Chronicles 16;34; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18*; Colossians 2:6-7**

Paint your future with faith

The other day when I was praying, the Lord put a very interesting message in my heart. His message was about painting. Now, I can’t draw to save my life and I certainly can’t paint but the message was deeper than I thought. He said “Paint the future that faith is telling  you to paint and not the future that  your mind is saying you will have.” He said “Let the eyes of faith show you what your future will be like.” Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen* according to the Bible. I love this definition of faith and it fits perfectly with the message I received from the Lord. Faith knows. Faith doesn’t doubt that God is in control and it knows that everything will be fine in the name of Jesus. Faith sees a bright future. Faith doesn’t ignore problems and difficulties but it doesn’t worry about any of them. Blind faith only sees Jesus and nothing else. Blind faith sees life through the colors of the love of Jesus. Blind faith is not color blind. It can see all the shades of love, peace, joy and victory. The Lord loves our faith because it gets us closer to Him. Today I am here to invite you to paint a picture of your future with the colors of faith. Paint a picture of your future with the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen. Paint it with the brushes of hope and the brushes of confidence. God gives you the inspiration of faith. Embrace it. Find His inspiration in His Word and start painting things that will blow your mind. Faith sees big. Faith sees the impossible. Faith sees the love of God in action. Faith knows without a shadow of a doubt that God will be with you all the time and that He will never leave you.

What did my future look like when I started painting it in my mind? I saw a valley. It was the opposite of the valley of the shadow of death. I call it the valley of hope. A bright and amber sun was covering the entire valley and there was absolutely no shadow. I could see everything. Everything was out in the open and everything was beautiful. The valley represented my life with Christ. It is in the light. It is His light and it is my happy place. There were rivers of joy going through that valley. There were bushes with flowers that had colors that only Heaven could hold because to me they were out of this world. I saw peace taking a stroll through the valley. Peace was everywhere and it was in harmony with the fruit of the Spirit. I saw trees with patience and love hanging on every branch. I saw humbleness and selflessness on every path. I saw truth and wisdom all over the area. They were so prominent that they seemed to be in every fiber of every leaf and every plant in that valley. I saw faith talking to the mountains and instructing the people that were happily walking around the valley. Hope was always in every part of the valley and that was a big factor in my future. Hope is what got me places in that valley. The eyes of faith showed me all this beauty and they can do the same thing for you.

My prayer is that you look at your future with the eyes of faith and with the assurance that great things are part of your future and that  they will never stop to turn up in your life. My prayer is that you put away the bad image of your future that the enemy has lodged in my mind. Your future is bright in the name of Jesus. Hold on to the promises of the Lord. He promised to take care of you and that is what you should remember every single day. Will you have bad days when you see your future through the lens of faith and hope? Absolutely. However, with faith you will get through the worst days and you will remain joyful. Peace will be a big region in  your valley and you will receive a lot of encouragement from the Lord. Start painting your future, friend. Let God show you that what is coming is going to be amazing. Let God show you that even though you might be going through a valley of difficulties, there will always be a place of hope and joy that will overcome that valley. Stay in faith. Look at your life with faith. Hang on to the Word of God. Hang on to the love of the Lord. Paint your future with the brushes of hope. God will never leave you nor forsake. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:1*; Ephesians 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:7

Let God handle it

Go to God first. No matter what you need or what you want, go to God first. We tend to turn to people for help. It is a natural instinct. However, God should be the first Person we turn to. We should always check in with God first. I am learning the importance of relying on the Lord before counting on anyone else. I am not saying that we should cut people off or we should isolate ourselves. God will use the right people when we talk to Him first about our situation. He sees and knows the bigger picture and He will always take care of all the details when we lean on Him. He can handle any situation. He can handle any problem and any issue we might have. If you are facing difficulties today. If you are at a loss, let God handle your situation. Talk to Him before you talk to anyone else. Give Him the chance to bless you before anything can mess you up. He knows what to say and He knows how you should think about your circumstances and how you should approach them. 

“Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”* This verse taken from chapter 21 in the Book of Joshua, declares that God can do all things. All of His promises come to pass. He can’t fail. He can’t be defeated. There is nothing we can present to God that He won’t be able to handle. Think of your worst situation and know that it is not insurmountable for God. He promises to bless you and to protect. He promises to watch over you and He will always keep His word. Now, when you are going through a tough time, God doesn’t get discouraged. He doesn’t scratch His head wondering how He is going to fix things. He is not afraid of anything. You might be concerned and you might fear what’s going on but keep in mind that your God is fearless and He will get you through anything and everything. There is something amazing awaiting you on the other side of your problems. Keep pushing and keep knowing that God is handling your business now and He is doing something great behind closed doors. He is telling you today that it is handled. Trust Him. He keeps His promises and He still performs miracles today.

I stand on Luke 1:37 a lot. It says that “For nothing will be impossible for God.” That blows my mind. I actually read this scripture all the time and every time I do, I am in awe. There are no limits to what God can do. This is a very good reason why we should let Him handle everything that happens in our lives. The creator of the universe is the most capable Person we will ever encounter. God can and will make things right in your life, friend. Give Him your worst nightmares. Give Him your biggest problems. Give Him your dilemmas and your difficulties. Give Him your best moments and your best seasons as well. Let Him handle all parts of your life. Whatever is going on, good or bad, give it to God. Give it to God and be merry. Give it to go and be at peace. Give it to God and praise away. Give it to God and remain strong. Give it to God and expect the best. Give it to God and see how He handles it all. Thank God that He can help you. Develop the mindset of the one who knows without the shadow of a doubt that God can handle his or her life. You are in perfect hands. God is on your side. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Genesis 18:14; Joshua 21:45*; 2 Timothy 2:13

Bind love around your neck

Every time I read the book of Proverbs, I get a lesson on how to treat others and how to grow in wisdom. It appears clearly that being kind and loving others are linked to spiritual maturity and wisdom. I am learning that God is more interested in the shape of our hearts than in the size of our wallets for instance. He is more interested in how much room we give to His Spirit in our hearts and not how successful we are. He is interested in all aspects of our lives but He is Spirit and the spiritual part of our lives is very important to Him. In the book of Proverbs we find a lot of figurative language and there is much to decipher but some of the messages are clear. They are about acquiring wisdom and understanding of the things of the Lord. Like I said before, love is connected to wisdom and we can’t grow in the knowledge of the things of the Lord if we don’t acknowledge love. Kindness is something that gets put on the back burner a lot these days. We see a lot of selfish behaviors everywhere. God is not a selfish God and He invites us to be more like Him. He wants to spread His love in our hearts and it is our mission to recognize that we need to be vessels of love and that if we want to get closer to God, love is going to have to be our way of life.

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”* This verse found in the 3rd chapter of the book of Proverbs sums up a powerful message from the Lord. Love should always be in us. Love should guide us. Love should direct our steps. Love should be in our minds and in our hearts. Love should be our motivation and our intention. Love should be our goal. Love should be our house. We should live in the house of love all the time. No need to step outside and walk down the streets of meanness and wickedness. There is already too much hate out there and it is sad when we see it coming out of the church. The Lord never said that we should love a chosen few and discriminate against those whose lifestyles or habits are deemed impure. God is love and He asks us to walk with Him and walk in love. We ought to bind love around our necks. Sometimes our necks have too many chains around them and none of them are chains of love. We put on imitation chains of kindness when we are called to wear the pure and unchanging love of the Lord.

What do you have written on the tablet of your heart? Do you have your own agenda? Do you have a list of dreams in your heart? I believe that it is wonderful to be ambitious and to have great dreams in our hearts but the most crucial writing in our hearts should be love. Love should occupy the most space in our hearts. The Holy Spirit is in our hearts and we should embrace Him and let Him decorate the rest of our hearts with love and great intentions to bless others. There is so much love that is missing in this world and you and I have the power to broadcast a love that changes lives. Let’s work in unison with the Spirit of God and give love to anyone we interact with. God is no respecter of persons and the same goes with love. Love sees no color and passes no judgement. When we focus on love and we stay on the path of God’s love, we will have favor and we will be shining lights that disperse the darkness that is so rampant.

Bind love around your neck today. Carry it everywhere you go. Give it freely. Walk and run in love. Let love be your everything. Be an agent of love. Be an agent of the Lord. Be an agent of change. You are not only going to grow in wisdom when you stay in love but you are also going to do great things for the Lord. Stay encouraged in love. Keep spreading kindness and peace. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 3:3-4*; Luke 6:28; Romans 12:14

Saying I love You to God

I remember a few years ago, out of the blue, I told Jesus, “I love You so much.” It struck me that I usually told Him I loved Him when I was praying or when I was praising Him. I didn’t tell Him I loved Him enough.  I needed to increase the frequency of the love letters I wrote to Him in my mind. I decided to have a stream and a thread of “I love You’s” sent to the Lord on a regular basis. Adoring the Lord is our life purpose. Praying Him. Lifting Him up and loving Him. It is going back to the basics and we need that at times. We need to go back to simply loving God and showing Him that we love Him. We need to quit thinking primarily about what we can gain from God and think about what we can do to demonstrate our love for Him. He is to be worshipped and to be put on a pedestal. Unfortunately, way too often, He has to share the podium with other idols and things that we love too much. We don’t always realize it but we have small and big idols in our lives and we believe it is harmless because it is not hurting us but it is hurting our relationship with the Lord. 

“Love the Lord with all your heart” is what we are commanded to do and it is not a tall order. It is the best advice, the best commandment and the best wish we could have for anyone. We should wish that people could get to the point where they love the Lord with all their hearts because it is the best thing for them. It is a blessing to know the Lord and to love Him. It is a miracle to get saved and to do life with Jesus. It is an honor to walk with the Lord. It is amazing to have His love in our lives and to be able to love and to grow in this love. I am convinced that we ought to keep sending “I love Yous” to Jesus. They don’t have to be words. They can be actions and deeds. They can be thoughts. They can be reactions. We have many ways to express our love for Jesus and every one of those ways are avenues that we should explore and become familiar with. Every day is a great opportunity to tell Jesus we love Him. Every day we can walk down the road of gratitude, thanksgiving and adoration and make sure that we stop by all the places where our love is expressed and our intention is to magnify the Lord.

When we love someone, we like to spend time with them. I do spend one one one time with the Lord and I strongly suggest that you do the same. It is what changed my spiritual life. I understand that sometimes we are cozy where we are and we don’t feel. There is always more and keeping that in mind is important. We can always get closer. We can always get to know Him better. The search and the quest to know Him more will never end. There is more love to be given and more love to be expressed. What would God want me to do? Is a wonderful question to ask. When we love someone, we wonder what we could do to make them happy. What could you do today to tell Jesus you love? What can you do to please Him? Love your neighbor like yourself is a perfect start. My prayer for you today is that you tell Jesus you love Him in the best way you know how and that the Holy Spirit will reveal others ways you can express that love. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you so love Him back all the time!

Suggested reading: Luke 10:27; 1 John 4:19; Romans 5:8