Keep expecting great things

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

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

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

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

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The God who can turn it around

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God is ready

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get excited about today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In God you will find…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep going today

Keep going. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Your faith is not in vain. Your trust in the Lord is not in vain. You are going to make it. Things are going to turn around. God will make sure of it. Your faith will see you through. What you are doing is going to yield some amazing fruit. Faith is always the best choice. Faith is always the best path. It might take a while for your situation to get better but it will get better. There are so many good things coming your way. A change is on the way and the Lord is putting it all together. Stay calm and stay in peace. I know that the chaos that is raging today can be very disheartening but you are going to pass the tests of life and thanks to the Holy Spirit, you are going to pass them with flying colors. I have been in situations where I wanted to give up.

 I have had my back against the wall. I have seen how hard circumstances can be and how easy it is to crumble and fall. However, I have also seen the goodness of God in action in my life. His goodness is so much more powerful than the evil that is in this world. His goodness is so much stronger than the adversity that tries to derail me. The enemy is out to get us and he doesn’t stop but God’s love and God’s power also don’t stop. The greater the affliction, the greater the hope of a new day, a better day. God can do all things. God can do great things and He certainly can do amazing things for you. Today I am encouraging you to keep going. Keep believing. Keep hoping. Keep praying. Keep adoring the Lord. God is going to turn things around!

With God, you are always going places. With God, you go from hardships to blessings. The hard situations that are brought about by the enemy will be turned into blessings. With God, hope is never extinguished. There is always movement in the right direction with God. You are heading to a better place. Keep that in mind. You might not feel like things are moving and you might want to stop walking and stop hoping but you are on the move. You are going to a place where there is more peace, more joy, more love and more victory. Keep going. Don’t slow down. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop fellowshipping with the Lord. Don’t change your good habits. 

Don’t change the amount of time you put into praising the Lord. Keep walking in love. Keep doing good things. Keep spreading love. Keep smiling. Keep helping others. Keep being the positive force that people know. Keep representing the Lord. Keep being a spokesperson for peace and justice. Keep speaking the truth. Keep holding on to the truth. Nothing that you are doing for the Lord goes unnoticed. The crowd of witnesses is cheering you on. Keep going. You are headed in the direction of success. The blessings that are coming are going to make you forget your present suffering. God is faithful!

When I feel like giving up, the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit tells me to keep going. I get these encouraging speeches deep down on the inside. I listen to the Lord but I don’t always act like I heard Him. I am learning to be more diligent and to completely yield to the Holy Spirit. He knows best. He knows what to do and He never leads us in the wrong direction. When God says keep going, He says it because He is the One who makes it up. We keep going because He is our strength. We keep going because He has what it takes to help us get to the finish line. In our own strength we can’t do it all. In our own strength we can’t go past the point of pain and suffering. 

Thanks to the Lord we can go beyond that point and keep going. I can’t count how many times the Lord has carried me. He has given me the ability to keep going and to stay hopeful. He promises a change for the better. He promises that there is a way and that a breakthrough is coming. Let’s trust Him. Let’s rely on Him. Let’s stay close to Him. Let’s stay close to hope. Let’s go in the Lord’s direction. Better days are on the way! Keep going, friend! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 12:2; 1 Peter 5:10

Seasoning the world with the salt of the Lord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t spoil the fruit

The other morning the Lord woke me up with this very precious nugget of wisdom. He said “Don’t let anyone boil the fruit of the Spirit in you.” My first reaction was to thank Him. I have been on a thanking kick and it has been phenomenal. Thanking the Lord is always the right thing to do and it transforms you. It changes you before your circumstances are changed. That is an important side note. Please take note of it. Thanksgiving is not just a holiday in November in the USA. It should be an everyday occurrence. We should thank the Lord as much  as we can and for as many things as we can. After thanking the Lord for His nugget, I meditated on it. I had been dealing with an individual who had been trying my patience. I had actually gone to bed the night before thinking about how I could deal with him. The answer came in the morning. The wisdom of the Lord spoke and gave me what I needed. When we let someone get under our skin, we are letting them boil our fruit so to speak. We are letting the situation spoil the fruit of the Spirit by putting it in boiling water. We are letting the situation ruin our fruit.

 I had an interesting visual. I saw the fruit in boiling water and it sat there for a while. It sat there until it looked bad and inedible. It sat there after the boiling process and eventually it got spoiled. It looked rotten. It didn’t look appetizing. Patient and love are fruit of the Spirit and they were completely damaged in the vision I had. God was getting my attention. Something had to be done before the fruit in me started boiling. I wasn’t far into that spoiling process so I knew there was time to fix it all. The nugget of wisdom was what I had needed to hear. I had to preserve the fruit and let it grow. I had to display the fruit and make sure that the young man could benefit from the sweetness of the fruit. I wasn’t to serve him grapes of wrath but I had to show him that he was the apple of God’s eye.

The phrase “the apple of your eye” is from the Bible. It means that you treasure and cherish someone. In Psalm 17, David is talked about as being the apple of God’s eye. We are all the apple of God’s eye. He loves us all the same. He loves us all the time. Love is a fruit of the Spirit. It is the most important part of the fruit. We can say that the fruit of the Spirit is like a huge apple. It is an apple of love that has patience, faith, joy, peace, long suffering and other elements in it. When we preserve the fruit, we maintain love and all its other friends. The fruit of the Spirit is how we become closer to God. We ought to cultivate it and to let it grow in our lives. 

The fruit of the Spirit  is meant to be a blessing not just to us but to others. We should learn to deal with people by giving them the fruit of the Spirit. We should give them some good, healthy and tasty fruit. We can’t spoil the fruit. We shouldn’t let it rot and we definitely shouldn’t let circumstances boil the fruit. The fruit is meant to be in a basket of peace and joy for everyone to see. Let’s not put it in a pot of anger and frustration. Let’s not turn the fruit into a sauce of jealousy, fury and disappointment.  The fruit is meant to remain intact and to display the beautiful colors of the love of the Lord.

I took that message to heart. I repented for getting mad at that person and for starting to boil the fruit. I thought about the behavior I was trying to correct in that young man over and over again and that overthinking was spoiling the fruit. How can we prevent the fruit from rotting? The fruit is given to us by the Holy Spirit and we need His assistance. We need to acknowledge Him in all we do. We need to depend on Him and to rely on Him. We need to pray for others before we prey on them with our anger, if you will. We need to go full throttle with the fruit even when we don’t feel like it. We need to go overboard with love. 

We can’t ever give too much love. We can’t ever pray too much for others. We can’t ever help others too much. When the boiling point is felt, our reaction should be to follow the lead of the Spirit, turn to peace, pray for patience and walk in love. The fruit will grow. The fruit will help. The fruit will be a blessing to that other person. Dear friend, we carry the fruit of the Spirit. The world needs some delicious fruit. There are too many bitter lemons around us. Let’s offer the apple of love to everyone in our lives. May God bless you and protect you and remember He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 17:8; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 John 4:16

You are blessed

You are blessed. Wherever you go, you are blessed. The Bible says so. The Bible declares that you are always blessed and that God’s blessings are chasing after you. Because of what is going on in your life you might think that you are cursed and that bad luck is after you. God’s blessings are following you, friend. God is with you. His blessings are in your life. You are a magnet for blessings. You are highly favored and highly blessed. Today I want to encourage you to embrace the Lord’s blessings and to trust that His blessings are chasing after you. 

God has many amazing blessings for you that are waiting for you. Faith is what opens the door to the blessings. Believe and trust that the blessings are rightly yours. See yourself as an heir or an heiress to the blessings of God. This is a promise from the Most High God. Claim His promises. Declare what the Bible declares about you. You have Jesus. You have all you need. You have Jesus. You have blessings galore. You have Jesus. You are going to succeed. You have Jesus. Angels are working on your behalf. You have Jesus. You are highly blessed!

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord makes His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lifts up His countenance upon you and gives you peace.”* This declaration of blessings is how the pastor’s wife at my church ends every service. It is a great reminder of God’s blessings in our lives. I love it when she says it to the congregation. I say it to myself and about myself. “The Lord blesses me and keeps me” is what I confess at times when I pray or at random times during the day. I am blessed because God says I am blessed. I listen to what He has to say about me. 

If I spend a lot of time listening to what the world has to say, I end up thinking that I have no blessings. I put myself in the line of desperation. I stand in line waiting for the next bad break to take place. Bad breaks happen to all of us but they don’t take away the fact that we are blessed in the name of Jesus. Your blessings are not conditioned by your life. They are conditioned by the Lord. The one condition to receive blessings is to have received Jesus as our Savior. He is what matters. The world doesn’t dictate our blessings.  Bad days don’t prevent us from being blessed. We are blessed every single day. We might not see the blessings but they are there and more of them come when we stay in faith. 

Say to yourself that you are blessed no matter how you feel and not matter what the thoughts say in your head. Talk to your circumstances and tell them that you are blessed. Tell them that you are not intimidated by the difficulties and the trials. Tell them that the Lord has conquered the world and blessings are your inheritance. Tell them that your blessings are here to stay and they are a great gift from God. Say that you are highly blessed all the time. Speak faith. Speak the truth of the Lord. The more you do, the more it will hit your reality. You are going to experience amazing blessings. You are going to have amazing peace. You are going to have amazing joy. 

You are going to start counting blessings and you will lose track of how many you have. God is a God of abundance. Your faith, your praise, your positive declarations and your thanksgiving bring that abundance into your life. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Seek His face. Seek His kingdom and all those powerful blessings will come into your life. Jesus is the best blessing one can have. When you center your life around Him, you are divinely blessed. Keep trusting Him. Keep following Him. His blessings will chase after you! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Numbers 6:24-26*; John 1:16; Ephesians 1:3

God is on time

A few years ago I wrote a message about how it is not too late. With God it is never too late. God can act at the midnight hour. God can act when we think He is not going to show up. God has the perfect timing. God knows time better than we do. God is never too late. God is always on time, at the right time. I feel like we need to hear this message again today. We live in a society where time is of the essence and we want to get everything right away. We are in the age of instant gratification. Look at what our expectations are now with the iPhone, with streaming a whole season of a show in just a few hours. Times have changed and we have made sure that everything is available more immediately. We see it as progress and as a great achievement. In some cases I believe it is very useful but it can be detrimental to our faith and to our walk with God. We can’t put God in these instant parameters. 

We can’t accelerate God. We can’t push Him to do what we want Him to do when we want it. The instant God idea we have in our mind is not accurate. Can God perform instant miracles? Absolutely! However, that is not His default. He wants us to seek His face and to wait on Him. His encouragement has not changed. His principles have not changed. Just because it is 2022 doesn’t mean that God is now telling us to expect Him to do things instantly. He is not following today’s trends. He is the trend that never changes. He is the trend we should follow. He defines the time. He doesn’t succumb to time. Our time frames are not His time table. He has His own plans. He has His own agenda. He has His own perfect timing. It’s time we reevaluated our expectations and we sought God. We ought to wait patiently and trust that God is always on time even when it seems He is late. He’s never late.

When I talked about God not being late, I mentioned the time when Lazarus had passed away and His family told Jesus that it was too late. Jesus didn’t see it that way. Even though Lazarus had been dead for a few days, the Lord said it wasn’t too late. You see, to God nothing is impossible. God has no limitations and time is certainly not one one them. Jesus resurrected Lazarus and it was very easy for Him. He showed that “too late” was not in His vocabulary and it still isn’t. We need to think of our Savior as the One who is never late. This should be a priority when it comes to renewing our mind. We ought to work on changing the way we perceive the Lord’s timing.

 We need to replace our schedule with His and trust that He is always on time. He is not delayed by traffic. He is not delayed by an inability to set us free and to help us. No, God can help us and He will when it is the right time. He is not going to let us down. He is going to provide for us and to bless us. We just have to hold on to His promises and stay in faith. God is on time and He is going to do great things for you and for me on time. Thank Him for His perfect timing. Use that phrase when you pray. Use that phrase when the enemy says that it is too late. There is always a plan and there is always a set time. If your breakthrough is not here yet and you have been trusting the Lord, it is not time yet. Time will come. Your set time is on the way. God is preparing something beautiful and timely for you!

God is always on time and He waits for us to be ready. Sometimes nothing is happening because we are not prepared for what’s to come. We are not in the right place to receive our blessing or our miracle. We think we are but we have more waiting and maturing to do. God is a God of waiting and of patience. A lot of great things take place when we wait. The process of waiting and staying in faith is extremely important. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and cultivating the fruit is a powerful habit. We can harvest so many blessings when we cultivate the fruit of the Spirit. God is Spirit and He loves it when we grow spiritually and we draw closer to Him. When we are patient and we believe that God will intervene on time, we get closer to God. We become more like Him.

 

We are imitators of the Lord and that is a precious thing. Let’s learn to have “God is on time” as our reaction to life events. Let’s be patient believers who wait in faith knowing that the time will come for our answer and for our blessings. Let’s seek God’s will first. Let’s do a deep dive into His heart and into His will. He is always on time so it is never too late. We have no reason to fear and to panic. God has every situation under control. He is an amazing God whose timing is impeccable.  Praise God for His timing! May God bless you and protect you and remember He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1; Proverbs 16:9; 2 Peter 3:8-9