When you get to the end of your rope

When you get to the end of your rope, the Lord is on the other side. He is there pulling you gently toward Him. His sweet nudge can be hard to perceive but His Spirit will open your eyes to His love that is drawing you closer to Him. If you feel like you are at the end of your rope today, pray for that nudge to be revealed. Pray for your eyes to be open. Pray for love. Pray for God’s love. Open up your heart. Be transparent with God. Cry out to Him and let Him know you can’t see His love; you can’t feel His touch and you can’t make it without His mercy and grace. God loves you to the moon and back and He is there holding that rope that you think is useless at this point. The end of your rope is the start of God. He will pick up where hope left off. He will give you the courage and the desire to keep going. He is about to inject you with a strong dose of hope that will keep you going. Don’t give up. God is not giving up on you. He knows you can make it. He knows you can make it through Him. He is the strength you need. He is the love that is missing. Love will make a way. His love will make a way. If you are at the end of your rope, let God pull you toward Him. The end won’t happen until He says it’s over and it will end well with Him!


Know that God has been at the end of your rope before
. Jesus reached the end of the universal rope for you and me. He did it not only for our sins but to also to give us salvation, freedom, to heal us and lead to where we can be more like Him. At the cross He saw you. He saw your struggle; He saw your pain. He felt your tears. He felt your agony. He saw your mind and He saw your heart. He knew what went on inside of you. Your thoughts of despair and of ending it were all there in front of Him. He took them and made them His own and they died with Him. He came back to life with the victory that you and I will need every day of our lives. Your problem today, your discouragement and your suffering were conquered on the cross. Jesus gave them the death sentence. It’s time you and I lived like justice was served. It is all taken care of. Your rope might look like it’s cut but God has a way of restoring everything and your rope is going to be much longer than you can imagine. Hang on to it because Jesus is on the other side holding it and keeping it sturdy for you.


If people in this world haven’t been able to help you, know that our God who is in this world but also out of this world, has all the help you need.
He will bring relief and peace and give you serenity in ways that no one else can. The Lord adores you and He will give you a piece of Heaven so you can deal with the harshness of the earth. Life throws things our way that make it seem like it’s the end. God gives us hope to help us deal with the feeling of the end. There is always more. God always gives more. When it looks like it’s over, there is more to come. Friend, hold on to hope. Don’t get discouraged. There is an abundance of love and peace coming your way. God will give you what you need. His timing is precious and it is perfect. Stay with Him while you are waiting. Stay in faith and let hope take over. Celebrate that the Lord your God will never leave you. He is adding miles to your rope and you are going to do amazing things thanks to Him and have wonderful times sponsored by His love. If you are at the end of your rope, know that God is the owner of that rope and He won’t let you down. Stay encouraged!

 

Suggested reading: Isaiah 41:10; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Ephesians 6:10

 

Making God famous on the inside

One of the nuggets of wisdom that I recently wrote and that I will share next weekend is about fame and notoriety. Are success and fame goals we should pursue for ourselves? Is it important to become famous? Is it a way to advance on our spiritual path? For many people, being popular and known is being successful. If they can be famous on social media, they have it made. The more followers, the more success. That is the definition of fame and success in the world nowadays. Why is it so crucial? I believe that part of it stems from a lack of love.

People are trying to plug in the holes left from the absence of God’s love in their lives. There is a void that they try to fill. It is also a question of feeling powerful and not just feeling loved. Power is appealing and it is tempting. We can’t control what happens to us most of the time so we try to find a form of power, something we can manipulate. Does God love famous people more than people who have no notoriety? Absolutely not. Does God want His people to be superstars with millions of followers? Well, I believe that it depends on how the fame is used and perceived. All we do should be done for God’s glory and to exalt Him. Making God famous is key here. Exalting ourselves above Him is dangerous because we are putting the focus on His creation and not on the creator.

When I was praying about fame and success, trying to understand it all, I heard that making Jesus famous in our hearts and minds is more fulfilling that making ourselves famous in the world. God should be the celebrity we honor and worship and the first step before making Him known to others is to make Him be adored on the inside. Is Jesus the celebrity that your body, mind, soul and spirit adore? If not, that is where it should start. Today I want to encourage you to make Jesus famous in you. Let your soul exalt Him. Let your heart keep Him nice and warm inside and let your body honor Him. Work on your mind so the Lord is the One that you think about the most and that guides your thought process.

What is a powerful way we can make the Lord famous inside of us? Relying on the Holy Spirit can get us there. The Spirit of the Lord always points to Jesus. He extols Him and He can’t lift up anyone else. I talk to the Holy Spirit. I thank Him for keeping me centered on Jesus and for helping me in all I do. I acknowledge in all my ways the best I can. He guides me and He opens me up to the Lord. He speaks gently and He speaks of love and it is always about Jesus, related to Jesus, and connected to Jesus in one way or another. Accepting God’s love, accepting that He is love is a good way to make Him famous in our hearts. Love has to be the biggest part of the picture we have of God in our minds and hearts. It has to be the frame and the picture. It has to invade all the visions of God that we have. It has to be an anchor in our minds, in the way we think. The Holy Spirit makes that happen when we keep the door to our soul wide open for Him.

If Netflix is more popular in us than Jesus, how will we make Him famous when we don’t know Him well enough? I now there is nothing wrong with having hobbies and entertainment in our lives. We need them but when they are our only outlets, we run the risk of knowing the world better than we know the Lord. It’s easy to be well acquainted with the world. We are always in it and the world gets inside of us. Knowing the Lord intimately requires more work. We ought to try our best to be as intimate as we can with God so that He is on the inside of us more than the world is. We can read His Word, pray, have communion with Him, praise Him, thank Him and let His Spirit have His way in us. When we make the conscious effort to see all these things happen, the Lord will be more popular inside of us. Our mind, soul and spirit will be in harmony with Him. When we get there, we can present Him to the world more easily. Let’s make Jesus famous on the inside so we can introduce Him to the world on the outside!

 

Suggested reading: Psalm 96:3; Mark 16:15; Matthew 24:14

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 103)

God is not always a blessing in disguise. He is a blessing in plain sight. He dresses the part and He shows Himself the way He truly is. The question is, are we recognizing the blessing?

Jesus gets in the way when there is no way. He makes a way and blows you away with His mysterious ways!

Consider God as the highest source for everything. Highest source for life, love, peace, freedom, wisdom, victory, deliverance, truth and joy.

Some people are only in your life for a season and only God knows the reason. Don’t try to figure out the departures and arrivals. God is in charge of everyone’s journey.

Some doors are more like windows. They are shorter and thinner so the opportunities are fewer but they are still there. Ask God to reveal the doors and the windows in your life.

Put one foot forward in faith and keep walking in love. Put the other foot forward in faith and keep running your race. Put one foot forward in faith and let God show you the way. Put the other foot forward and see how God leads you to amazing places one step at a time.

Stress and anxiety are conduits for the enemy to get into our lives. They are open doors for negativity and depression. Open the door to faith and hope and positivity will follow you everywhere.

Peace is what God gives and what we should expect. The absence of peace doesn’t mean the absence of God but God can make peace present even when there is turmoil and chaos.

The Lord gives us notifications about how much He loves us. They are reminders of His goodness and kindness. Let’s be aware of those promptings and embrace His loving nudges.

Your breakthrough will come true. Your blessings will show up. Your answers will come. Your deliverance will manifest. Your Lord will keep His promises. Your current misery is not the end!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 17:7-8; Psalm 20:4; Philemon 1:25

God has already been there

The other day I was talking to a close friend about how amazing it is that God is omnipresent. He is omniscient. He is everywhere at the same time. He has been to the past, He is in the present and He has been to the future. It seems so unreal but yet it is so true. God has been to every part of your life, present, past and future. When I was talking to my friend, I told her that God had been to the meeting I had to attend later that day. He had been to every class I had to teach that day and He has lived and seen everything that will ever happen. He is never taken aback by anything. He is never surprised by anything. He has been everywhere and He can take you and me everywhere.

Wherever you have to go physically, emotionally and spiritually, God has been there. God is ahead of you and He will accompany you. It’s always reassuring when we travel to an unknown place with someone who already knows the place. Having a well-traveled guide is key. That is what God is. He is the company that goes with us and knows exactly what to expect on our journey because He has visited it and He is still there. Your situations and circumstances are not foreign to God. There is absolutely nothing that will ever stop God from traveling with you. Your worst tribulations don’t scare Him. Your strongest fears don’t derail Him. Your darkest secrets won’t keep Him away from you. He saw them way before they were formed in your heart and He still loves you. My message today is to remind you that God has been where you are going and He will always be with you. He can always protect you, bless you and love you no matter where you are.

Do you ever play your day in your mind before it starts? Do you ever wonder how parts of the day are going to go? There is usually some apprehension and some anxiety attached to the unknown and what we picture is not always the most positive picture unless we are very anchored in faith and hope. We all have moments when we get nervous about an upcoming event. Now, if we take into consideration that the Lord has already been to those events, we can look at them from a very different angle. We can see ourselves more as spectators of those events and the Lord as the main actor. When we leave everything in God’s hands, He takes care of everything. All we have to do is show up with faith and let Him be in control. It’s not the easiest thing to do. It takes practice and when we do it that way, we stay in the Lord’s way. He has a way of making all things work out for good. Your interview next week has already been visited by the Lord. The exam you have to take has already been taken by the Lord. The move you have to make has already been made by the Lord. He has been there and He will get you there with flying colors.

 

Next time you get scared of something that is coming up, declare that the Lord has been there and you have nothing to worry about. God took care of it before you have to go there. It will be handled nicely by the One who created the universe. There is nothing to fear and nothing to worry about. Not only has He been there but He is right by your side when you are there so you can rest assured that He will help you deal with whatever you have to deal with. Think about it. He is by your side and He will never leave you nor forsake you. You don’t have to do anything by yourself. God is your helper and your guide. His Spirit will show you what to do and His presence will cover you. You are covered everywhere you go. Step out in faith and keep walking. You are going places and the Lord has paved the way for you. Stay encouraged!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 31:8; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5-6

You are the missing link

When I was praying the other day, I had a vision of two chains. One was in gold and the other one was made of silver. They were up in the air and the silver chain was trying to reach the gold chain but it couldn’t. There seemed to be some human emotions going on in that interaction. The silver chain was lower than the other one and it was extending its arm in an effort to hold on to the gold chain that was supposed to pull it up. I meditated on this vision and that is how I received this revelation. I knew it was important otherwise the Lord would not have brought it up to my attention. It came out of nowhere when I was praying. I find that oftentimes the Holy Spirit comes out of nowhere with ideas and revelations that take us everywhere. He gives us messages that broaden our horizons and that gently guide us through a maze of discoveries and secrets that help us grow spiritually. He speaks in parables; He speaks through signs and He speaks in ways that require for us to spend time and ponder on what He is telling us.

 

The message in that vision became clear quickly as the meaning unfolded during my quiet prayer time. The Lord was showing me how when we pray, we bridge the gap for others. We can pray for ourselves and that is encouraged, but prayer is an expression of God’s nature and His nature is found in the giving more than in the receiving. Prayer is giving some of our time and love to others. It’s blessing those who need an intervention from God. Isn’t it beautiful that we can get involved in people’s lives by pressing on in faith through prayer? The main message contained in the revelation was that there is a need for us to pray more for other people. God is looking for men and women who are willing to stand in the gap in prayer and help people reach a higher level in life. This higher level can be a higher level of peace, of love, of joy, of freedom, or of deliverance. There are millions of silver chains in the world that try to hold hands with the gold chains and receive a blessing, a healing or some loving.

 

Once the silver chain manages to reach the gold chain, they form one long gold chain hooked by love and resting in harmony. Do you know of anyone who is going through a “silver chain season” and who longs to reach the gold chain status? Do you have friends or family members that don’t know how to make ends meet and that need prayer? Do you ever see strangers struggling, people who have no idea that there is a gold chain out there that they could hang on to? Everyone needs prayers. There are no exceptions. There are a few things that everyone has in common. Two of them are that God loves everyone and everyone can benefit from prayers in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, put God’s love for everyone with everyone’s need of prayers and that is where you and I come in. We have been given God’s love and we can pray through this love and with the power of that love. You and I are the missing link that can join the silver and the gold.

 

The silver chain could have been something else but for some reason that visual spoke to me the most. It looked as if the silver found its greater value once it was attached to the gold. God sees everyone through the eyes of love and to Him we are all golden. Silver has less value than gold and many people see themselves with little value. Some people consider themselves to be copper or fake silver. Now, it is thanks to prayers that the silver chain was able to become one with the gold chain. That image was very symbolic; prayer helps recover the value that the enemy has taken away from people. How? Prayer activates the hand of the Lord. It allows Him to uncover hidden treasures and expose the beauty that was buried by pain, trials, low self-esteem, problems, fear, anxiety and other negative agents.

 

Let’s be the missing links and let’s pray for others. Let’s pray that they discover how much God loves them and how much value they have. When someone feels loved and valued, he or she can thrive and grow. The Lord is all about growths and blooming. He wants to see His people reach their potential and enjoy the amazing individuals that they are. We can pray for healing, financial blessings and peace and we should but we shouldn’t forget to pray for people to see how incredible they are in God’s eyes and how wonderfully and fearfully God made them. Today I encourage you to pray for family, friends, strangers, anyone. Pray for peace of mind, for peace in their hearts, pray for a revelation from God, pray for a touch from God, pray for deliverance by God. Thank God for everyone and pray for everyone. You will see silver chains turn into gold chains and miracles will take place before your very eyes. Keep praying. You are the missing link!

Suggested reading: Psalm 139:14; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13; Ephesians 6:18

God has better for you

We all have dreams and wishes. Some of us see them clearly and know exactly what we want. Some of us are still trying to design our dreams and make a list of our wishes. Some of us have had those dreams and wishes for as long as we can remember and we won’t let go of them. What are our dreams based on? Are our wishes God-centered? Do we wish to have the best in this life because of how the world describes what our lives should be like? God wants us to dream big dreams and those dreams should align with His desires for our lives. We too often go passed God and create dreams that are far out because we think God gave us those dreams when in reality they were born in the realm of our ego and they are not from God. How do we know what’s best for us? What’s best for us is not necessarily what the world says is best. The world presents ideals that lure us but they are not the Lord’s best. In this message today, I want to invite to rethink what’s best for you and to open up to God’s best. What you might consider a dream could be a fantasy that doesn’t even come close to God’s best for you. God will always have better for you and when you get into His mindset, you will understand what’s best.

What is the best thing that has ever happened to you? If you are a Christian, getting saved is by far the best thing that has happened in your life. Having Jesus as your Savior is the very best thing! You entered salvation and your life was rescued from the claws of eternal death. Having a relationship with your Savior is the best relationship you can have. Now that you are saved and you are an heir to the Kingdom of God, you should expect a “Kingdom lifestyle” here on earth. Your inheritance entitles you to a lot more than you could hope for before you were saved. God’s Kingdom is the absolutely best place to be and we Christians can be in that place today. How? By faith. It’s by faith that we seize the Kingdom. It’s by faith that we reach out for the best. It’s by faith that we dream God’s dreams and see them come to pass. However, we ought to feed our faith the right manna from Heaven and not the junk food of the world in order to develop those big dreams.

The junk food of the world looks appealing, filling and delicious. It imitates God’s food. It is a diluted and processed version of God’s food. It is not sustainable and it won’t help you grow. It won’t keep you spiritually healthy even though it looks like it would. My point is that if you base your faith on what you hear in the world even if it’s not confirmed in the Word, you will have dreams that don’t align with God. For instance, your biggest dream could be to become a millionaire. God says He will provide your needs so becoming a millionaire sounds about right. It’s one of the world’s goals but is it the best that God wants for you? God tells you He has better for you. What is better than being a millionaire you might ask? Being rich in the things of the Lord is way better. Having an intimate relationship with Jesus is better. God is love and He desires for all of us to know and experience His love. His love is always better. It manifests in many ways and that is what the Lord wants us to dream about. His love is bigger than anything we can fathom so His dreams are always bigger. Expect big things based on God’s love. God loves you so much that He wants you to have better than what you want for yourself. Leave it up to Him and let Him show you the best!

Suggested reading: John 3:16; John 10:10; Ephesians 3:20

God is a refiner

To refine is to remove impurities or unwanted elements from a substance. It also means to improve by making small changes or making something more subtle and accurate. God is the ultimate refiner. He purifies, He changes and He removes impurities like no other. Our lives can’t be the same when we let the Refiner do His job. How willing are you to let the Refiner do something new and pure in your life? Are you willing to give Him your life so He can refine it? It’s not a sacrifice. It’s an honor and a privilege. Coming to the realization that the Lord can refine our lives is a blessing. Preparing ourselves to being refined and changed by Him is priceless.

The fire of the Holy Spirit can refine us and burn all things that weigh us down and that we don’t need. I present my life to the Lord on the altar of His love and I ask for refinement and change but I need to let go first and let God be in control. We can’t hold on to our lives with both hands and hope the Lord will take them away from us by force. He is gentle. He is caring and loving and He won’t remove what we love dearly. It’s a lesson I am learning and my goal is to get to a point where God can purify my heart without my ego or my insecurities getting in the way. Today I want to invite you to give all of you to the Lord and let Him refine you. Burn for Him and only for Him with a heart that is surrendered.

The process of refinement and purification is not always an easy process. Like I mentioned before there is a need for letting go and being open to the fire of the Lord. Burning is a powerful action that results in transformation. In the natural when we burn something it comes out looking differently. There is a transfiguration that happens. When God burns us, He changes us for the best. The process leads to beauty. He burns the ugliness and leaves us looking beautiful. We come out of the ashes and we rise up thanks to a touch of His love. God will take the worst parts of our lives and refine them. He can take our shortcomings and our worst traits and refine them. His burning process leaves a mark on our soul and spirit.

The mark of the Lord shows through the light that comes forth when we have been refined. The process will not always be easy but it is always worth it. David asked the Lord to purify his heart and renew his spirit. His prayer wasn’t in vain. God has the power to purify any heart and renew any spirit. You and I are examples of how God renews spirits. We got saved and with salvation came the transformation of our spirits. That was just the beginning. Now we have to press on and allow the Lord to purify us continually.

I am not sure we are always aware of what needs to be purified in our lives. The Holy Spirit can convice us and show us what needs to be put through the holy fire of the Lord. The Lord’s Spirit can open our eyes to all the areas that need to be refined. Besides, God the refiner is excellent at changing parts of our lives that are not in line with His will. I am not just talking about sin and the purification of what we do. I am referring to fine tuning the situations in our lives. Problems and trials can also go through the refining process. If there is something in your life that is not going well or that is not where it should be, call on the Lord, the Refiner.

The Lord will make things right. He will tune your life so it is in harmony and goodness will follow you. He will burn the tribulations and put them through His fire until you have the victory. God the refiner can do that and He will do it if you put your life in His hands. Don’t hesitate to give it all to Him. Give Him the good things and the bad things. He will do what He does best and make everything be in line with His will for you life. Let God the refiner refine your circumstances and bring you peace and joy again! He is going to improve you and make changes that will transform your life.

Suggested reading: Psalm 51:10; 1 John 1:7; 2 Corinthians 7:1