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

Stay calm during the storm

A few weeks ago I had to travel internationally. I was very excited about the trip since I had not been abroad much due to the current situation. I took a shuttle to the airport with three other passengers. On the way to the airport, we got a flat tire. That really put a damper on the trip. We were on the side of the road for about 45 minutes while the driver tried to replace the tire. We helped him but it was a bit challenging. My mind kept telling me that I was going to miss my flight. My spirit kept telling me to stay calm. This bad event was definitely a storm but the Lord wanted me to stay calm during that storm. My spirit was in agreement with the Holy Spirit but I had to keep my mind in check. I find the joy of the Lord in my heart. I quoted the Bible in my head and kept saying that the Lord had me in the palm of His hand. I kept saying that He would never leave me nor forsake me. I silenced the storm by speaking out for Jesus in my head. I spoke up for Him by repeating what He had to say about my circumstances. The peace that ensued was out of this world. My brother texted me and I didn’t mention what was going on because I didn’t want panic to escalate. God was keeping me calm and that was what really mattered.

When Jesus’ disciples were on a boat and there was a storm, Jesus kept on sleeping. He was not bothered by the storm one bit. His peace and His stillness are available today. Jesus can give us the peace we need in the middle of the worst stormy events of our lives. I know it sounds impossible at times. I know it seems to be too much to handle at times but the Lord of Lords can handle anything and He can provide the serenity we need no matter how big the storm is. When we were on the side of the road, the Lord softly whispered to me that I had to praise. I sang a few songs in my head and the joy increased. I found myself to be in the right place. It looked like I was going to miss my flight but at the same time, I was very content to just be there in the moment with the Lord. That is when I knew that everything was going to be alright because I was filled with peace and my mind wasn’t controlling me. The peace of the Lord is amazing and it can change our way of thinking and affect our moods in a very positive way. I chose to hold on to the peace of the Lord and tried to share that peace with the other passengers.

The tire was eventually changed and we got on our way. One of the passengers said she was going to miss her flight because now there was more traffic than before. The other two passengers, unfortunately, missed their flights. I got to the airport 20 minutes before they closed the check-in counter for my flight. There was a long line of people in front of me and I asked a gentleman who worked there to help me. He said he couldn’t and I felt panic rising up in me. I even thought to myself that I should just give up but the Spirit said “Don’t give up. Don’t you give up.” Five minutes later, a lady asked if anyone was on the 9:30 pm flight. I said that I was on that flight and she got me to the front of the line. When the Lord comes in, friend, He will get you to the front of the line if you trust Him and you stay calm. I could not have made it without the assistance of the Holy Spirit and the whole experience emphasized the importance of staying calm and trusting the Lord. You might be going through a storm now. You might be left on the side of the road and you might not know where your help will come from. It will come from the Lord. Stay in faith. Remain calm. Give that storm to the Lord and praise Him. God will help you. God will calm the storm. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27; 1 Peter 5:7

The best part of the day

I pray first thing in the morning when I wake up. I declare that today is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I make the declaration every single day. At times I need to declare that truth again later on during the day. I love the morning prayers and setting the tone with Jesus first thing in the morning. It is a great part of the day. I recently was made aware that Jesus is the best part of the day. He is there all day so all day should be the best part of the day. There is joy to be had all day. It sounds crazy to our minds but Jesus is there and He never leaves so we can enjoy all day. He is extremely good to us all day. I want to encourage you to see that the best part of your day, Lord Jesus, is always there and He can make you enjoy every moment of every day. It sounds like a stretch but nothing is too stretchable to the Lord. As a matter of fact He wants us to stretch our minds and our faith so that we know more and we believe more. 

To some the best part of the day is when they get home from work. To others it’s when they have lunch. God is every second of every minute of every hour of every day. He is not with us just when we pray. He is not with us just when we think of Him. He is in every detail and every part of every day. He is there showing us love and giving us peace. This means that at any moment of the day we can have a Jesus celebration, a Jesus recognition and a Jesus moment. A Jesus celebration is easy to understand. We can take a minute or two to praise Him randomly throughout the day. A Jesus recognition is what I call a time when we recognize that Jesus is King and we acknowledge Him in all we do. A Jesus moment is a moment when we pause and worship Him or reverence Him. It’s like a moment of silence to adore the King of kings. Every moment of the day is a moment spent with the Lord. Think about that! Meditate on that truth. Adopt that mindset. Your day is the best day because you have the best of the best by your side all day. 

The best part of the day is the part when Jesus is with us like I said. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see Jesus in every moment. You will experience more joy and more peace. You will know that His love is present and you will feel more love for others. You will be more grateful and your faith will also be positively impacted. You will have more confidence in who you are through Him. You will know that no matter what, God will have the final say. You will thank the Lord for the victory before it takes place. You will thank the Lord for His presence. You will thank Him for every minute of every day. You will understand how every hour is precious and you will cherish the time spent with the Lord. The best part of the day is following you everywhere. The best part of the day is not a moment but He is a Person who reigns no matter what. The best part of the day is the love that died for you and that came back from the dead so you would enjoy eternal life every day. Praise the Lord for every day. It is the day He has made and He is in every day with you. You are blessed, friend. You are never alone and every day is a wonderful day. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: 1 Samuel 12:24; Proverbs 16:6; Hebrews 12:28

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

Speak the name of Jesus

There is power in the name of Jesus and we need to use His name on a daily basis. We use so many names without knowing and those names are either powerless or they have negative power in them. Every time we speak fear and doubt, we speak the name of fear and the name of doubt. If we say “I will never make it” what we are truly saying is “In the name of doubt I will not make it.” When we say “This is too big or too impossible,” we are really saying “In the name of fear, I can’t see this take place.” We put a lot of emphasis on the impossible being impossible when we speak doubt over our circumstances. We need to choose the name we speak very carefully. We need to reject the names of fear, doubt, and all kinds of negativity. They are not helping us. They might feel comfortable but they are very harmful. We can’t speak ten different negative names in our lives and expect good things to happen. When can’t speak in the name of doubt and expect Jesus to bless us and to give us the breakthrough we are waiting for. We can’t speak negativity into our lives and be surprised that we are not seeing deliverance and blessings flowing into our lives. Positivity along with the name of Jesus is what brings the breakthroughs and freedom. I am inviting you to use the name of Jesus all week. Speak His name in all circumstances. You will push joy, love, peace, and hope into your life. His name saves. His name heals. His name sets us free!

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”* The name of Jesus gives us salvation. It set us free. It is by His name that we got saved. Now the power in His name is still available and His name can still save us no matter what is going on in our lives. When we speak His name in faith, things change. Miracles happen. Seas of problems are parted. Blessings flow into our lives. Hope comes back. Triumph is present. The name of Jesus is the most powerful name in the universe. The enemy trembles at the mention of His name. Imagine what would happen if you spoke Jesus’s name all day. You would see things move in the right direction all the time. You will have the confidence that bad things won’t last and that the Lord can fix anything because when we speak His name in faith He listens and He moves in your favor. God is always on the move and when you speak the name of Jesus you experience His movement in your life and it always goes in the right direction. You will see how Heaven collides with earth and how nothing is impossible in His beautiful name!

Just a mention of the name of Jesus makes a way. When I speak His name, I get bold in my faith. I have hope and I know that nothing absolutely nothing can stop the Lord from acting in my life. I might have to speak His name a few times. I might have to hold on to His name for some time but He never lets me down. His name is my refuge, my stronghold, my place of hope and love. I find comfort and peace in His name. I speak His name over the week that is coming. I speak His name over every event that I know will take place during the day including meetings and even grocery runs. I have His name with me at all times. How amazing is that! You, friend, also have the name of Jesus with you all the time. Be sure to speak it and to use it all day. Declare that in His name nothing is impossible and speak blessings into His life. When you are down or when you are unsure of what to do, speak the name of Jesus. Speak the name of Jesus against confusion, against fear, and against doubt. Speak His name against anything that rises above your peace. The enemy is a thief and he tries to steal your peace and your joy. The name of Jesus will restore peace and joy. Don’t hesitate to speak His name. Stay in the Lord and trust His name. It is a very strong tower of protection. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 14:13; Acts 4:12*; Romans 10:13

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 200)

Faith helps you tell people what you know and not what you think. Faith knows God’s truth and it sticks to the truth no matter how you feel.

God’s hope is highly contagious. Spend time with God. Spend time in His Word and you will catch His hope and spread it around. God’s hope is the best  remedy against the symptoms of doubt.

Every good thing comes from the Lord and you need to expect God’s things in your world. Expect His blessings and His love. Expect God when the enemy wants you to expect the worst. God’s best always overcomes the enemy’s worst case scenario.

God’s unconditional love covers all sins and heals all wounds. His love doesn’t discriminate and it doesn’t hurt. It doesn’t point the finger and it doesn’t judge. It doesn’t create divisions and it doesn’t blame anyone. God’s love blesses and it restores.

Let’s make God’s love the trend that never goes away. Let’s make loving others so trendy that it becomes part of every community in every nation. Let’s make God’s love popular. Let’s make His truth famous.

There are huge blessings that your mind can’t fathom. There are big dreams that your mind can’t think of. There are incredible breakthroughs that your mind can’t dream of. There is an amazing God that can change your mind!

Praise is a song in your heart that sings of God’s goodness. Praise is an action in your life that speaks of God’s kindness. Praise is a thought in your mind that thanks God for His holiness.

Fear not because God is faithful and He will always protect you and bless you. Fear not because God is in you and with you. Fear not because God has already taken care of your situation. Fear not and know that He is God!

Jesus healed the blind and He can heal your narrow vision so that faith is your eyesight and hope is your way of seeing life.

The power that raised Jesus from the dead is in you. The power to save and to change anything is in you. The power of Jesus is in you. Greater is the power in you than the lies of the enemy in this world.

Suggested reading: Psalm 42:11; Isaiah 40:31; 1 John 4:4

Bless the Lord at all times

Bless the Lord at all times. Keep praising Him. Lift up His name. Exalt Him above everything. Today Sunday is a good day to praise the Lord. Tomorrow Monday will be a great day to praise the Lord. Tuesday will be a great day to praise the Lord. Every single day of the year is a great day to praise the Lord. When you have that mindset and you know in your heart that every day is the day the Lord has made and you rejoice and are glad in it, nothing can defeat you. God is in His praises. Every time you praise Him you invite Him into your life, into your situation, into your problem, into your happy moment. Every day is the perfect day to praise the Lord but you won’t feel like praising Him every day. You see, you have to deal with your flesh. Your spirit wants to praise Jesus all the time but your body, your emotions and your feelings would rather dwell on what is going wrong and give up. Praise is the power that defies all negativity. Praise is of the spirit and it is the enemy of complaint and whining. Your flesh will do what it can to bring you down into the pit of self-pity but if you stand strong, your spirit will take you to new altitudes of praise. Choose to praise the Lord despite how you feel and despite what is happening in your life.

Decide today and tomorrow that you will praise the Lord. Make it a habit. Get used to it. Make it a lifestyle. Find things to say to praise the Lord. Find things to do to praise the Lord and do it even when it hurts and even when it doesn’t feel right. Praise often doesn’t feel right. It feels like you are betraying your mind because your mind tells you that you should be lying down and you should be miserable. Praise says “God is good all the time. In Him I can stand and I can make it.” Your flesh will try to block praise. Go past your flesh. Sometimes when praising is hard, I play some good and uplifting worship and praise music. My spirit enjoys it and my whole being catches up eventually and I have a praise party. Celebrating the Lord is what we were meant to do. We get confused because of our carnal desires that oppose praise but the truth is that we are praise machines that are great powerhouses of worship. Let’s remember who we are in Christ and let’s praise Him more than we complain to Him.

Where the Spirit of God is, there is freedom. When we praise, the Spirit of the Lord is present and in all His glory. He loves our praises. He rejoices with us. He joins us in our praise and He magnifies Jesus. His power to save and to set us free is in full swing when we praise Jesus. Expect freedom. Expect liberty when you praise the Lord. Expect a breakthrough. Expect a blessing. Expect a miracle. Expect positive changes. Expect things to turn around. Expect Jesus to get all the glory. Expect Heaven to sing and praise with you. Let your praise be loud and your fear will go silent. Praise Jesus at all times. He will bless you at all times. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t feel any difference. God is not in your feelings. He is in your praise and He will make you feel better and stronger. Stick to praise and keep doing it. It is going to be your best practice and the reflex and reaction you will have to life’s worst moments. Bless the Lord at all times. Stay encouraged. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 34:35; Psalm 63:4; 1 Timothy 2:8

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 199)

The world needs the love of God that you have in you. Be the light that people around you are craving. Be the peace that your world is lacking. Be the joy that can give people strength. Be the first responder that God made you to be!

Today you are not alone. Today you don’t have to fend for yourself. Today you are not fighting battles without an army to back you up. God is your army. God is your ally. You are protected and you are blessed. He will not forsake you and He will not leave. Today you are going to win all battles in the name of Jesus. Stay encouraged!

The power of God doesn’t change. God can do miracles. God can open the seas. God can calm the storms. God can heal. God can transform. God can do all things. Let your faith get you there!

God’s love is available every day. It is there for you Monday through Sunday. 24/7. God never takes a break from loving you. Receive His love and embrace His faithfulness!

Sit at the table of the Lord. Sit where peace is. Sit where the truth is. Sit with the love is. Sit where the joy is. Sit where the Word is. Sit where the Spirit of the Lord. Sit where there is freedom. Sit with God. You are always welcome at His table!

The peace that God gives is not of this world. It will calm the storms within even when the enemy is blasting lies into your mind. Rely on God for peace that surpasses all understanding. Nothing will derail you!

Replace worry with worship. Worship the Lord and sing His praises. Darkness will diminish and the light of the Lord will grow. Worship your way out of fear and worry. Praise the Lord!

Speak against the storms in the name of Jesus. Speak louder than the raging winds. Speak louder than the fear. Speak louder than your worries. Speak louder than the lies of the enemy. Speak louder than the impossibilities. Speak louder than the doubts. Speak in the name of Jesus and expect a breakthrough!

Let Jesus be your answer to everything. Let Jesus be your declaration in everything. Let Jesus be your thought about everything. Let Jesus be your action in everything. Let Jesus be your reaction to everything. Let Jesus be your everything!

Doubt questions God and argues with His promises. Reject doubt. Reject the argument. Side with God. Side with the truth. Know the truth so well that doubt doesn’t have power on you. Spend time in the Word of God and the questioning will diminish.

Suggested reading: Mark 10:27; Hebrews 12:2; 1 John 4:15

Keep standing

When you stand on the Lord, you stand on solid ground. Jesus is the best foundation. He is the Rock of Ages. He is the cornerstone of life with God. He is the author of your faith. Jesus is the reason why you are going to make it and the reason why you are saved. He is the only One you can stand on and He allows you to be steady in your walk. Keep standing on the Lord. Keep standing on the truth. Keep standing on the One who died for you. Keep standing on the base of your salvation. Keep standing on love. Keep standing on peace. Keep standing on joy. Keep standing on God’s promises no matter what. The enemy doesn’t like to see believers standing on the truth. He hates it. He hates the relationship we have with the Lord. What he thinks doesn’t matter. There is nothing he can do to destroy what Jesus already did so let’s have faith in the perfect sacrifice that gave us eternal life. Let’s remember that bad things do happen but Jesus happened as well and He took care of them. “Your bad things” are not permanent. “Your bad things’ ‘ have no power over the Lord. Exert the power of the Lord on your bad things by continuing to stand. Keep standing, friend. You will see amazing results!

Psalm 93:5 says “Your statutes, Lord, stand firm.” We can be firm and keep standing because our Savior is firm and He is who is all the time. He is God and He is Lord everywhere and every time. His power is constant. His love is constant. His strong foundation is constant. His truth is constant. His grace is constant. His mercy is constant. Friend, you are standing on a God who never changes and who can always do great things. He is your Rock forever. Stand because you have Him. Stand because He is with you. Stand because you are backed up by the greatest power in the universe. Stand because you are justified by your faith. Stand because Jesus stood for you before you did and He is still standing. He is still almighty. He is still unparalleled. He is still God and He still has tremendous blessings for you. Keep standing even when it is difficult. Find your strength in the Rock that no one can break and that no one can defeat.

Stand firm, friend. It is worth it. Your faith is worth it. Your hope is worth it. Jesus makes it all worth it. Keep standing. You have what it takes to make it. You have what it takes to keep walking and to keep thriving. Remember that greater is the One who lives in you than the one who is in this world. Jesus in you can weather any storm. You don’t have to do it alone. You don’t have to rely on yourself to be able to stand. Jesus will prop you up when you are slouching. He will keep you standing when you feel like you have no energy. He will be your crutch. He will be your help. He is your defender and your protector. You can stand. In His name you can stand. When you are discouraged, the Lord is looking at you and encouraging you to stand thanks to Him. Take Him at His word. Keep the faith and keep going. You are going to make it. The Lord is your best ally and He is supporting you. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 119:89-91; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Galatians 5:1

God does a good work in us

There are a lot of things I can do now that I couldn’t do before. There are things I would have never dreamed of being able to do before but now they are second nature. God has changed me and He keeps changing me as I lean on Him and I rely on Him. His Word is a lamp unto my feet and it is showing me the way. It is molding me, sharpening me and teaching me. God and His Word have revolutionized my life in ways that are just out of this world. Looking back I can see the hand of God in my life and I am experiencing the fruit of this labor of love. I worked at becoming who I am now but the deeper truth is that the Lord is doing a good work in me. He is the change in me. He is the shift in my thinking. He is the alteration in my heart that gives me hope. My heart used to be filled with fear until He altered it and He became the anchor of my heart. I can’t believe all that the Lord has done and all that He is doing but as I get to know Him better, it all makes sense. God works in us when we let Him in and the work is amazing. He gives us the ability to be more like Him and to grow beautifully. Today I want to encourage you to give God control of the areas of your life that you have been holding on to. The change and the growth come when we let go and we let God do what He does best.

Many people are trying to improve their lives by focusing on self-improvement and they search high and low for places where they can find the power to change. They want to change for the better and they are ready to try anything. I have always been interested in self-improvement and I have missed the mark many times. My problem was that I was trying to be someone the Lord didn’t want me to be. I was trying hard to be more like the world and to fit into the world’s expectations. There was a lot of inner work going on and it put distance between me and God but it got me closer to that “worldly ideal” that didn’t help me. I felt empty and I didn’t enjoy myself. I had known God for some time and I discovered that I didn’t need more of the world in me; I needed more of Jesus in me. I turned to the Word of God. A friend had suggested that I went back to the basics of my faith and it started with the Word of God. As the world became a bigger part of my life, so did the Lord. His presence in me made a difference. He became the difference. He was the light that others could see. I didn’t do it so people could see me glowing. I did it so that people could see Him shining.

God does a good work in us when His Word is in our hearts. When we allow His Word to influence our thinking, something pretty miraculous happens. The seed of the Word of truth is planted in our minds and our faith gets stronger. The work of the Word of God in us is a work that is ongoing and that we shouldn’t ignore. The Word of God will never do anything in our lives if we leave our Bible on a shelf and we never open it. The Spirit of God can bring back verses to our minds and remind us of what matters but there is a need for continued fellowship with the Word. It has to be part of our family. It shouldn’t be an acquaintance. You will notice that His work is taking place. It is the Lord that is at work in you like the Bible says. His Spirit will open your eyes to what He is preparing in your heart and to how He is restructuring you and blessing you in powerful ways. Believe that He is doing something. Be confident that He who began a good work in your will carry it on to completion. He is not letting you grow alone. He is by your side and helping you along. Marvel at the work of the Lord in you. Enjoy His attention to detail and His love for every part of your life. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 2:10