When you are going through ordeals

When you are saved, when you have healed from something thanks to the Lord or when you are making spiritual progress, the enemy attacks you even more. When you are saved, there is a bridge between you and the Lord that is put in place. When you are healed, there is a new structure in your life that removes the pain and the suffering and that goes over them. When you make spiritual progress, your walk with the Lord is stronger and you are walking on a powerful and  holy ground. The enemy doesn’t like any of this and he wants to break it all. He wants to break the bridge to your salvation. He wants to break the healing. He wants to break your progress. He wants to break you. He doesn’t like to see you standing praising the Lord and rejoicing in His glory. The enemy is here to steal and he will do whatever it takes to steal the blessings of the Lord in your life. Don’t sit back and relax just because the Lord has blessed you tremendously. Praise Him for the blessings and remain spiritually alert. Don’t live in fear of losing what you have though. Live in hope that God will protect you and continue to bless you. Be vigilant and make sure that you have closed all the doors where negative thoughts can enter and where doubt and fear can come in. That is why it is crucial to stay in the Word of God and to stay encouraged in Jesus. Jesus conquered the world and He conquered everything bad that will ever come your way. Let me say this again. Jesus conquered everything bad that will ever come your way.

Stand tall and stand on the holy ground of the Lord. Have Him as your foundation. Let Him be your source for everything. He is faithful and He will never let you down. You see, when you are going through an ordeal, the enemy wants you to think that the Lord is not faithful and that He won’t be able to help you. It is a lie. Rise above the circumstances and the lies. Climb into the Word of God and stay there. Your current ordeals might be horrible but the Lord is greater and there is something very amazing coming your way if you stay in faith. Things are going to turn around and blessings are going to be poured into your life in an unprecedented manner. The enemy doesn’t want you to believe that. He is trying to steal your hope so you don’t trust Jesus. Take back the narrative by abiding by the Word of God and giving God the pen again. Do what the Bible says. Rejoice in all times because the Lord Jesus is your Savior. When I was going through a difficult time the other day, the Holy Spirit told me during prayer time that praising the Lord was how I was going to win the battles. I do it frequently but when things go wrong, I pause and think over things just like anyone else until the Spirit pulls me out of my state of misery and sheds light on my situation. His light always shows that greater is He that is in me than the devil that is in this world.

You are going to make it through these trials, friend. The Lord is backing you up and He is staying with you. Focus on celebrating Him. Don’t dwell on your problems. Dwell on the Lord. Lte Him be your passion again. Find ways to lift Him up during the day. Speak against the lies of the enemy. Rebuke the ordeals and refuse to accept them. They might be here for a moment but they are on their way out. They are not staying. In Jesus’ name they are being forced out of your life as you stay in faith. Your faith is kicking them out. Your praise is giving them the boot. The confession of your trust in Jesus is deleting them from your life. When you are going through ordeals, you are a victim of the enemy and that should not surprise you. It shows that God is doing great things in your life. Keep your eyes on what the Lord is doing. When you are going through ordeals, you are equipped to face them and to overcome them. Remember that truth. Anything bad that comes your way cannot destroy you because of the greater One that lives in you. That is what you should believe and what you should keep in your heart. There are blessings that have a set date and a set time to be delivered in your life. They will show up and they will show you that God is still in control. Stay strong today. Stay in the peace of the Lord. Nothing is impossible to God and God is with you all the time. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 145:3; Psalm 147:5; Jeremiah 32:27

What is the recurring theme of your life?

A theme is the subject of a talk, a piece of writing or a person’s thoughts. What is the recurring theme of your life? What is the topic or the subject that keeps coming back in your life? Can you decide what the theme of your life is? I believe it is a question of perspective and we can choose what the recurring theme of our lives is going to be. Some themes seem to be imposed on our lives. Some themes can be highlighted more than others. We can side with one theme and recognize it as the recurring theme. Are we choosing the Lord’s theme for our lives to be recurring or are we siding with the terrible theme the enemy keeps bringing up? We can say “Bad things always happen to me” or “The Lord always blesses me.” I choose to highlight the recurring theme of the Lord in my life. Looking back, I can see how blessed I have been despite all the hardships and the heartaches. The losses and the failures could be a recurring theme that I adhere to but I am not a defeatist. In Jesus’ name I am now allowing myself to see the cup as more than half full. My cup overflows. It’s been overflowing and that is the theme that is repeating itself in my life. I have made up my mind and I am determined to underline God’s amazing theme in my life. When life gives me reasons to doubt or to give up, I take the marker of faith and I boldly highlight the theme of blessing and overflow in my life. Today I want to encourage you to go with God’s recurring theme in your life. Identify it. Embrace it and keep highlighting it. God’s recurring theme for you will become the most popular topic in your thoughts when you keep holding on to it.

 

A person’s thoughts are a bundle of positive, neutral and negative thoughts. The neutral and “idle” thoughts easily slip into the negative thought category. Thoughts have many sources and some come about because of what happens to us. When bad things happen, we can focus on them so much that they appear to be what our lives are made of. Friend, your life will always have its share of challenges but the Lord Himself challenged your trials on the cross and gave you a way out of every single bad occurrence in your life. It’s up to you and me to tune out the negative, refocus and declare the goodness of God in our lives. His goodness is more present than we realize. It is in the background, the foreground and it should get into the playground of our minds. God’s goodness is a topic that our hearts long to sing and celebrate but our heads tend to emphasize the bad things more. Jesus came to give us life and to give it to us more abundantly. What a beautiful theme! That abundant life is not going away. Once we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, that life is ours forever. God’s salvation is not temporary. It is not optional in the life of the believers. It is what makes our lives. God’s goodness is recurring. God’s kindness is recurring. God’s love is a never ending cycle. God’s protection is recurring. God’s promises are recurring. The Lord is faithful and just and He will bless us over and over again. Let’s get rid of the “bad life” mentality and let’s see how  the “God life” is our reality.

 

I am not advocating ignoring all the difficulties and the problems you might be encountering. I am not in favor of being blind to the suffering. I am here to promote good over evil. God over the enemy. Positivity over negativity. Blessings over curses. The evil in this world is undeniable. However, God’s goodness can’t be put under a rock and left there until we decide that it’s time for good things to happen again. God’s time is all the time. God is present all the time. God is good all the time. He has a specific timing for some events in our lives but that doesn’t mean He stops being good in between the breakthroughs and the blessings. I declare myself blessed every morning and I expect my day to demonstrate the blessings and to show me the goodness of God. To get there I need my faith to be what I use to react to life. I call things into life as if they were. My faith gives a voice to the blessings that belong in my life. My faith is a spokesperson for God’s goodness in my life. My faith sings the recurring theme of God’s overflowing blessings in my life. My faith is getting blinder and blinder by the day as I get bolder and bolder every day. I love God’s theme for my life and I repeat it out loud, in my heart and in my mind. If the blessings don’t show up, I show them off. I boast in the Lord’s goodness. There is always something to be grateful for and to recognize as a blessing from the Lord. Your recurring theme is a blessed theme. Let that be the topic of your life!

Suggested reading: Psalm 67:7; Numbers 6:24-25; James 1:17