Having a God invasion

I am longing for a God invasion. I want Him to invade every part of my life and fill up every empty cell that needs His presence. Our lives have compartments or departments and we can either fill them with God or fill them with the world. If our lives were a big department store, how many stores would have Jesus on the front door? How many windows would display His love? Would people window shop and realize that what we had to offer was all about God? Would they walk by and not notice the windows because they were empty? I want every room and every department in my life to be vibrant with God’s presence. It’s a work in progress but I believe it is worth spending time exploring. How much space are we giving to the Lord? We should let Him occupy all the spaces. He should be the One leading a spiritual revolution in our lives and not the world.

Have you ever done an inventory of all the departments in your life to see what they truly look like? Have you ever taken a deep look into the mirror of your life to see what everything looks like? We are rushing all the time. We don’t take the time to stop and ponder. We don’t take the time to stop and meditate on the Word or on the world. What do I mean by mediate on the world? I mean taking the time to see how much of the world is in us. It’s taking the time to discover how much influence the world has on us. I think we do a great job in many departments. God is in our spiritual department. We give Him a great space but He should be in all departments. The idea of giving free range to God in my job department used to sound strange to me. I used to think that I needed to have a “God life” and another life so to speak. The truth is a life without God in it is not a life well-spent.

The Lord has the right to inhabit every department of our lives. Free will gives us control over how much we allow to be taken over by Him. If there are departments in your life that are occupied by fear and worry, they have not been turned over to the Lord. He can’t cohabit with any form of negativity. Letting God enter the inhabited rooms starts with praying over them in His name. Just say a simple prayer expressing how you are giving up control over that area and you are welcoming the Lord into that space. Give Him full access. Give in to the Holy Spirit. Speak life over that department. Speak positively about it. Then introduce daily praises to God regarding that department. Know that God is in control of all departments and act accordingly. Refuse to fear and refuse to worry. Celebrate how good God is in everything. Before long you will see what a God invasion looks like and how amazing it is!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 46:1; John 17:16

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The taste of the fruit of love

Yesterday I talked about “Merry Christians”, Christians who have the joy of the Lord and who hold on to it no matter what. One of the characteristics of this group of people is also their awareness of the power of love. They associate joy with love and they know that love is above everything. They know that love is stronger than anything and that to have a successful Christian walk, love is needed. Jesus, their fountain of life is also their fountain of love. They eat, breathe and drink love all the time. Love is a fruit of the Spirit and its taste is more delicious than any exotic treats you have ever had. The Bible explains that “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Faith is fundamental in our walk and hope is the light we should carry but love is greater than they are. Love is the blood that runs through the Christian DNA. It was shed in our hearts by the Lord Himself. Merry Christians express love all the time.

One thing I need to specify is that you and I belong in that group. We are the Merry Christians that wear love as a breastplate but we have bouts of amnesia when we forget our real identity in Christ. With love we always have a choice, we can choose to live by it or we can choose to put it in the back room and take it out of the closet on rare occasions. Love shouldn’t be an option. Love is what makes us stand out. Have you noticed how sometimes people present the fruit of love as a beautiful ripe fruit but when you take a bite of it, it is rotten at the core? I believe this happens when we don’t anchor our love in the Lord. Our love fruit should look beautiful inside and out. It should contain the seeds of love and not the seeds of hate or deception.

The fruit of love should stay connected to the Tree of Life, the Holy Spirit. This means that we are called to let the Holy Spirit guide us in love. There are times when we will be led to do things that are out of our comfort zone but inside of the Holy Spirit love zone. His zone gives priority to others. It’s a judgment free zone where anyone is invited to come no matter who they are, where they come from and what they have done. It’s not always easy but as we stay attached to the Tree, we can do it. The fruit of love has a distinct taste. It is flavored with peace. It doesn’t create divisions, it doesn’t build walls between people and it doesn’t criticize others. Let’s cultivate all the fruits of the Spirit but above all else let’s focus on love. It is the father of all fruits given by the Father to His beloved children. Let’s keep sharing the good fruit!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 17:17; Mark 12:29-31; Romans 12:9-10

Merry Christians

When I first started going to church on a regular basis I was taken aback by how happy the people seem to be there. They were so welcoming and smiling all the time. They spent a great deal of time laughing and joking around greeting each other with love and joy. They had so much joy that I wished I could bottle some up and take it back home with me. They had something I didn’t have. I was a baby in the Lord and I knew that I was lacking something. It was clear that these people truly had joy and they were not faking it. Their joy made me feel uncomfortable and I didn’t know how to interact with them. What was their secret? What made them “Merry Christians”? After all I also had a relationship with the Lord but theirs appeared to be amplified. I was determined to find out how I could be in on the secret and how I could get rid of this uneasy feeling I had when I was around them.

Merry Christians are not a majority. It’s rare to find a joyful Christian who makes it his or her priority to stay connected to the Lord in a way that His joy invades their being. Our problem is that we let our mind weigh in too much. We lose control of our thoughts because we don’t know the authority we have in Christ. Our problem is that our body, our feelings and our emotions are given too much power. We focus on them more than we focus on what the Lord has to say about our lives. Our spirit is craving for a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit but our body’s thirst for gratification takes precedence. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Merry Christians are spiritual Christians. Not in a haughty “thy shall know the Word” kind of way but in a loving and joyful way.

Merry Christians understand the importance of joy being our strength and they know they can only sustain that joy if they stay plugged into the fountain of life. They are Jesus lovers. They are Holy Spirit listeners. They are addicted to Love, God’s love. They see the best in everything. Their cup is overflowing but when it gets knocked off the table, it is half full and not half empty. They adhere to positivity and they are magnets for positive everything. They indulge in thanksgiving and gratitude is their middle name. They are passionate about the Lord and they adore the presence of the Holy Spirit. They don’t like to grieve the Spirit and they are constantly learning ways to walk in the Spirit. Their foundation is love and their purpose is to share that foundation with the world. They are givers and not receivers but they receive an uncontrollable amount of blessings because of their disposition. They sing day and night in their heart. They sing songs that praise the Lord no matter what their moods dictate. When I let go and let God, I joined the Merry Christian group. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else today. Find comfort in the joy of the Lord. Join the group!

Suggested reading: Ecclesiastes 9:7; James 1:2-3; 1 Peter 1:8-9

A new week with God

When worry creeps in it’s because I just see myself having to do everything and take care of everything. My mind likes to look ahead and make me feel like I am on my own and I will have to deal with life on my own. Then I am reminded that God is with me today and He will be with me tomorrow, the day after and every day after that. We don’t have to do life alone. We are not doing life alone but our mind is very good at picturing ourselves in isolation from God. Our mind sees God as a part time Person who doesn’t take care of us all the time because how could He? What we need to do is tell our mind that the Lord is already in the future and He will handle every day as we trust in Him. Put this week in God’s hands. You are not the one in charge of your own happiness and your success. God is!

Worry is the illusion of our life lived outside of God. However, God has full access to our lives and He belongs in our circle all the time. He is not in the house on Sundays only. Just because we are not aware of Him on Monday morning doesn’t mean that He is not around. Think about the biggest breakthrough you have ever had. Think about the biggest blessing you have experienced. The God who did that for you will do it again. Those amazing times must have felt like you were having a God day and not just a good day. A God day is what you should expect from God. It might not look like a “signs and wonders” type of day every time but every day with God is a good day whether we see it or not.

Worry is the enemy’s diversion from the truth. He blinds us with the curtain of worry so we can’t see that the Lord is standing right there by our side. Worry gives you a dark set of glasses that mask the beauty of the Lord. Instead of seeing the Son of God, you see the father of fear in action. The enemy, the father of fear, loves to exalt himself in our mind and control our emotions and feelings by magnifying himself. Take off those glasses. Take those fearful thoughts into captivity. Punch them at the root with the Word of God. Declare protection and victory in Jesus’ name. You are not in charge of this coming week. The Lord has this week in the palm of His hand and He is also holding you there safely. Don’t worry and don’t fear. God is in control all the time. Rejoice in Him. Rejoice today. Celebrate Him. He has showers of love for you this week. Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: Psalm 9:9; Psalm 55:22; Philippians 4:6-7

How much do we know?

Yesterday I was hanging out at my friend’s place and he was showing me all the cool stuff he could do on his tv. I have the same Smart Tv but I had no idea I could do all these different things. I have had this tv for 3 years and I have only used about 50% of what it can do. I had to have someone show me the potential that was available. This made me think of all the potential we have in our Christian walk but we only just use a small percentage of it. There is so much more we can do and experience but our limited knowledge of it keeps us from reaching that higher potential. How much do we really know? How can we make sure we get to a higher level of what is rightfully ours in Christ?

My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Knowledge is fundamental. Knowing what is ours can set us free and prevent us from being destroyed. The Lord knows that the more we know, the more power we have. Knowledge is power. It is power to live a life filled with God’s provisions and God’s direction. The Bible talks about the Holy Spirit as our guide and counselor. If we have no knowledge of that truth, we miss out on so much. We can just think that we are meant to fend for ourselves and do this life without God’s support through the Holy Spirit. There are many other truths in the Word of God. We need to get an understanding of those truths and then we can live them out. The Holy Spirit is the One who will lead us on the path of truth. He can reveal more things to us than we think. He has unlimited wisdom and knowledge and the amazing thing is that He can make it accessible to us. He can use various sources to get us to “Truth land.” There isn’t just one route to get there.

Receiving knowledge is an empowering experience that is worth more than gold. The Lord said that lack of knowledge can produce destruction. Destruction is causing so much damage to something that it is hard to repair it or it doesn’t exist anymore. When “we get destroyed” we get to a point where our emotions or our spiritual makeup are so damaged that it is difficult to fix them. I want to avoid that type of destruction at all costs. How can we avoid it? By reading the manual and learning more about the Christian life. The manual is the Bible. Now, we can also have the Holy Spirit explain all the features of the Christian walk the way my friend explained what I could do with my tv. Stay in the know. Make time for the Word. Make time to pray and communicate with the Lord. The more you know, the more powerful you are in Christ!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 5:13; Proverbs 19:2; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

God can heal your situation

A lot of people around me have a cold or even the flu. I never hesitate to get medical help when I need it. I pray about it but I believe God uses the medical field to heal people. When we are ill, we often are in a terrible state of misery. We are unhappy and downhearted. Now, ailments are not the only things that make us feel that way. Problems and trials can make us sick. They can induce a state of total misery. We can’t go to a doctor to get “healed” from our problems and tribulations. It would be nice. However, there is one doctor who knows the right prescription for our predicament every time. God is the healer of all circumstances. The headaches of life have one beautiful cure; the Son of God and what He did on the Cross.

This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” (Matthew 8:17). I liken problems and trials to infirmities. They can have the same end results. They make us sick. Jesus took care of them all on the Cross. It is for us to believe and access the healing for the ailments or the issues through faith. If your problem today is causing you to feel ill, know that the Lord provided a cure for you over two thousand years ago. He can still heal all situations. He can make you feel better. He can restore you back to health. There is hope. Your problem is not the final version of this chapter of your life. There is a new edition that is about to come out. Stand your ground. This is not the end.

God as the Healer gives us the medication we need. There is a set of pills and tablets for whatever problem we have. The key is to pray for revelation and direction. The Holy Spirit is the best Physician assistant. He can support you and guide you in all circumstances. He is way overqualified for the job so don’t worry that He doesn’t know how to help you. He does. When you call upon the Lord, you push resurrection power into your dilemma and healing gets on the way. When you call upon the Lord and you stay in faith, there is no problem He can’t cure. Faith opens the door the leads you to peace. Call on the best Doctor around. Confide in Him. Pray to Him. He can heal all of your situations.

Suggested reading: Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 1:22; 1 Peter 2:24

Things will work together for good

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). This is one of the verses that I stand on all the time. I don’t just stand on it, I live by it. I know that it holds a powerful truth that is relevant to my life every day. A couple of days ago my brother shared that verse with me and my siblings in an email after he had experienced a trying time but he stuck with God and he held on to the promise. If today if you feel like things will never turn around for you, remember Romans 8:28. If you have fallen and you need to get up again, use that verse to prop you up and stand up again.

God has a plan for our lives. The enemy also has a plan for our lives. Those two plans don’t go hand in hand. The enemy’s plan is for us to fail. He comes to steal our peace and our joy. God’s plan is for us to prosper in everything. His plan is to restore what the enemy has stolen. If you are not in peace today, if your joy has left the building, let me remind you that restoration is coming. Let me remind you that things will work together for good because you love the Lord and He loves you more than you will ever love Him.

Hold on to hope and hold on to the promises. God can turn your situation around in no time. He can hit you with a blessing that will leave you wondering where it came from. You see, the adversity is very good at shocking us with unexpected trials. He specializes in unfair situations. God on the other hand specializes in restorative conditions. He knows how to bring back peace. He knows how to breathe life into your circumstances again. If you are waiting for God to act on your favor, you are not waiting in vain. Those prayers you are saying are being heard. Your praises despite of the tears are resounding in Heaven. God is bringing you to the doorstep of your breakthrough. The door will open soon. Stay in faith!

I can talk from experience and say that all things work together for good because of the Savior who cares for us. I can read accounts of God’s goodness over and over again in His Word. I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that positive changes have a way of finding a home in your circumstances. The Lord is not done with you. He has a purpose for you and there is a reason why you are where you are today. Whether you are in a good place or enduring difficulties the Lord has not left your side. Good things are coming. Blessings are on their way. Things will work out. Things will get better. God will make it better. You love God. You are called of God. Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: 1 Peter 5:10; James 1:12; Romans 5:3-5