Pray God’s will into your life

A few days ago, I talked about the importance of believing when we pray. Whatever we ask, we should believe that we will receive it. I also mentioned that what we pray for should be in agreement with God’s will. What is God’s will for us? His will is described in His Word and He only has good intentions for us. God will not give us everything we want because everything is not good for us. His desire is to bless us and to prosper us. Anything that will not be a blessing to us and that will not prosper us in any way is not something that God wants for us. That mansion we have been praying might not exactly be what God has planned for us. It could be but we shouldn’t be surprised if it’s not in His will for us. I used to say that God could make me a millionaire but He couldn’t trust me with all that money. That money might become a god in my life and I would lose the best connection I have going on. God gives us what we need and more. “The more” is that extra cherry on the cake and it is often meant to be shared with others. God answers our prayers so we get what we need and so that we can hand the overflow to others.

One thing I had never thought about was how because I wasn’t asking, I wasn’t getting anything.  I thought that since God was God He didn’t need to hear about all my needs. However, He clearly says in His Word that we are not getting what we need because we are not asking. This means that there is a need to be a request first and that request must be in line with God’s will like I mentioned earlier. Today I want to encourage you to ask God. Don’t underestimate or overestimate your requests. Bring them to the Lord. Bring them to the throne of God and see what He does and what He has to say about it. The first thing I suggest you ask is that He gives you discernment. Ask Him to show you what His will is and to open the eyes of your spirit. Make a list of your needs and scan them with the power of discernment that only the Lord can provide. You will find many answers in the Word of God. Read it prayerfully and read it with your coach. The Holy Spirit is your coach. He can help you decipher some of the mysteries of God’s will and He can always point you in the right direction.  I pray to the Holy Spirit before I read my Bible and I thank Him for illuminating me and enlightening me. He is the best at showing the truth and He is the ultimate expert at giving us the revelation we need. He will do that for you. Make it a habit and you will discover what you should be asking God for.

God knows exactly what you need and He can give it to you as you stay in faith. We can’t go to the Lord and ask Him with doubt. We can’t try to ask Him and hope for the best. We ought to ask Him knowing that He will provide. If it’s in His will, it will come to pass. There is no doubt about it. There are some many blessings listed in the Bible that can be prayed into our lives. I would start there for sure. Pray God’s will into your life. Pray according to His heart. He will show you what’s in His heart and His Spirit will whisper the prayers to you. It implies that you should be in sync with the Lord. Agree with His Word. Develop a sense of reverence and honor for the Word. Let it be your reference book and your way of life. It should overtake the world in your mind and in your heart. Daily study and reading is often required. Carve some time in your daily schedule so you can devote time to the Word of God. I am telling you that it’s going to make your prayers very powerful because they will echo God’s will for your life. Get filled with the Word of God. Pray God’s desires for your life. Thank God for His will. Thank God for how He is blessing your life. Things will change and blessings will follow you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 7:7; John 14:13-14; James 4:3

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Help is on the way

I love watching first responders’ shows. I think that the responders’ work is amazing and inspiring. Those are people who save lives every day and who sometimes put their lives on the line to make sure that other people live. It’s remarkable! As a kid I loved Superman because he saved people and that concept of saving had a strong impact on my heart. Facing danger to save someone is so admirable. Superman is great but Jesus is greater. When I was old enough to understand what the Lord had done on the cross, I found my Superhero. I found the One who gave up His life so we could live. He did it for me and He did it for anyone who would welcome Him into his or her heart. Jesus is my hero and He is the most inspiring One there is. He did what He did so we wouldn’t have to do it. He didn’t save us so we would die for others. He saved us so we could live for others and testify to His glory. 

With Jesus, there is always hope. When you find yourself in one of those accidents of life and you are not sure how you are going to make it, remember that there is always hope. The moment you pray to God, help is on the way. You might be stuck in that accident for a while but help is on the way. Put your hands together and pray. Help will find you. Keep in mind that there is nothing that can separate you from God’s love. God will find you wherever you are. Whether you are beaming with faith or whether you are down in the dumps with no hope. Nothing can hide you from God. He always sees you and He always knows where you are. When you are facing problems, it’s easy to feel lonely and abandoned. The truth is that you are not alone. God is with you and He is sending help your way. Dear friend, don’t get discouraged today. I am here to tell you that help is on the way. Stand your ground. Keep praying. Keep hoping. Keep believing. Help is always on the way when you turn to Jesus.

I was reading the news the other day and the more I was reading and the more I felt like it was the end of the world. The way things are presented leave very little room for hope. The good news you get is very small and it is always followed by something horrific. The world doesn’t take a break from hurting, from suffering and from chaos. People are facing horrible situations around the globe and it seems that the enemy finds new methods to torture people and to keep them away from God. The opposition will tell you that hope is hopeless and there is no help for the helpless. The Lord will tell you that hope is still alive and there is help coming your way. Choose to believe the Lord. Hang on to hope. Hang on to the tiny little bit of hope you have. It will trigger a chain reaction that will bear good fruit. 

A little bit of faith is all you need to allow God to crack the shell of despair and to rescue you. God is a rescuer. He is a protector and the Savior. He has an army at the ready for you. You could be in the worst predicament and He would still be able to get to you and help you. Help is always available with the Lord. There is nothing and no one that can neutralize His power and His ability to help. Like I said before, pray. Turn to Jesus. Say a simple prayer. Ask Him for help and He will set things in motion. Keep Him in mind. Clear your mind of the lies of the enemy. One way to be able to do that is by spending time in the Word. When you do, hope grows stronger and stronger in your heart.

Help is on the way today so rejoice over what the Lord is doing even if you don’t see it. He is behind the scenes lining up favor and blessings. You don’t have to understand it all. All you have to do is hope and trust that things will change. Have a Holy Ghost party while you are waiting. It sounds contradictory to what the world tells you to do but I am telling you that if you celebrate the Lord during your times of trial, He will turn things around for you. He will reverse your situation. He will send help and you will get out of your nightmare. God has better dreams for you. You are going to be able to sleep soundly knowing that He is always there for you. Tell yourself that help is on your way. Thank Jesus. Thank Him for His goodness. Things are going to get better. Things are going to get much better. Angels are being dispatched as we speak. Don’t lose hope. Jesus is the hope that will carry you through all your trials and tribulations. Stay strong. Something amazing is coming your way in the name of Jesus!

Suggested reading: Psalm 82:3-4; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Timothy 4:18

God’s mercies never end

God’s mercies never end. They are new every morning. His blessings never end. There is an infinite supply of them for you. God is merciful and He will always provide for you. Your last blessing and your last breakthrough were not the end of the story. There are many more chapters ahead of you and God will continue to pen your story. There is more to come. With God, there is always more to come. Expect it. Expect great things. You see, with the Lord you go from glory to glory, from mercy to mercy, from blessing to blessing. He is a giving God who loves to give more than we can imagine. You and I belong to “the Lord of more to come.” You and I are part of the family of the Lord who gives more than enough. The abundant nature of God is sometimes overlooked but today I am here to underline it and to remind you that there is so much more to come into your life and you should embrace it, accept it and thank God for it.

You deserve what God has for you. You deserve God’s best. You deserve His blessings and His mercies. Not because you are special but because of Jesus. It is true your Savior is special and He makes you the blessed recipient of His love. His mercies and blessings are part of the package deal that comes with His love. God so loved the world that He gave Jesus so you could have blessings upon blessings and so you could have an amazing life. Jesus is the biggest blessing there is. Having Him in your life is more than enough. All the mercies from Heaven are found in Jesus and He is your Savior so you are all set. Don’t underestimate the power of your relationship with Jesus. It is an incredible relationship that covers you with the blood of the Lamb. There is so much more than meets the eye with Jesus and that is why faith is important. It gives you access to abundant blessings from Heaven without relying on what you see. Faith gives you a clear vision of God’s blessings.  Great and wonderful things are going to happen to you in the name of Jesus. Your next blessing is going to overtake all the blessings you have experienced. Trust that it is true. Believe that blessings from the Lord are a lifestyle for you. You were meant to live that life. You were meant to go from glory to glory. Live it out.

God’s mercies don’t end. They can’t end. You might be going through a quiet season where you are not seeing much going on but God is still actively blessing you. He is setting up your next breakthrough and He is preparing a way for you. Don’t give up hope. God is full of surprises and there are things in your future that will blow your mind and that will make wonder. You will wonder how a God so big and so powerful can do so many great things for you. He loves you and that settles it. Don’t let your past or your sins rob you of the blessings. Jesus is the bridge between you and the Father and He makes all things possible. His mercies are new every morning and they are not reserved for an elite group of people. They are for you. Think of them as a river. They are a river that can’t be quenched and that can’t stop overflowing. Be ready for the overflow. Brace yourself for the Lord’s overflow and stay there. Enjoy it and praise the Lord because His mercies never end.

Suggested reading: Lamentations 3:22-24; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 1:3

The joy of the Lord is very powerful

When I was introduced to the joy of the Lord, I had to pause and wonder if what I was experiencing was real. It was like being in a dream but I was living that dream and everything about it was better than life but it was part of my life. I can’t explain it well. All I can say is that it is out of this world and it is typical of Jesus. He is a joyful Lord. He is so happy and so full of joy all the time. I used to see Him as a stern and somber God. I was extremely mistaken. He is the king of light and He is a true Sunshine. His presence brings warmth and love and the joy that stems from them is incredible. When Jesus steps into the room, everything falls into place and joy radiates. I was in a dark room for a long time but when He stepped inside my sad space, everything changed and His joy touched my heart. I wasn’t used to it. I had seen it in other people’s lives at church and it made me feel uncomfortable. What was up with those happy people? Why were they so smiley and so friendly? Once I got the joy bug, I became one of them and it was very natural. The Lord’s nature was gently pushed into me and it became part of my spiritual system. My spiritual DNA was rerouted and it pointed towards a new and better direction. When the joy of the Lord comes upon you, you can’t help but think of Jesus. You know it is coming from Him and you just want to lift Him up. His joy is so intense and powerful that you want to share it and to go around and distribute it.

How did the joy of the Lord first come into my life? It happened when I was in college praying in my bedroom. I was praising the Lord and I felt overwhelmed by peace and then joy came. It was very powerful. I smiled and laughed for no reason.  I remember not thinking of my problems in that moment the way I used to. Nothing seemed impossible. Everything was just good and excellent. That joy was boiling in my spirit and making me feel amazing. It was on the inside and I felt it on the outside. It seemed that I was being touched by God and just a simple touch produced a lifetime supply of His wonderful joy. Prayer and praise time was by far the best time of the day and it was my refuge. I started the day with the joy of the Lord and it helped me get through the day. I ended the day with His joy and it allowed me to cleanse myself from all the negativity that had tried to get into my mind and my spirit during the day. Where the Lord is, there is joy. I want to encourage you to tap into the joy of the Lord. The joy of the world is temporary but the joy of the Lord is eternal. It doesn’t mean that you are going to be floating on cloud 9 all the time. It means that when you need it and sometimes when you don’t expect it, His joy is going to save the day and brighten your life in ways you never thought possible.

I had known happiness even though it wasn’t a permanent resident at my house. I knew what it felt like and how good it was. Encountering the Lord and His joy was way better than happiness. His joy is based on Him. It has nothing to do with our circumstances or with some good news we receive. It is from Him. It is Him. Jesus is the joy the world needs. Jesus is the joy that can be your strength if you let it be part of your life. You need to get into His joy circle and spend time in there. Then you will experience joy on a regular basis. Joy will not be a visitor in transit but it will be an inhabitant of your life. I still pray and praise the Lord daily. It has become a powerful habit that yields powerful results. I wish I could pray and praise all day but I can’t. What I can do is insert prayer and praise into my day and joy shows up. When the joy of the Lord gets ahold of you, faith reaches new levels. His joy is like a mountain whose top you can’t see and you just rejoice over the fact that it seems endless and it is abundant. God’s joy can erupt like a volcano and burn the misery and the fears that are in the dark valleys. His joy can come into your darkest moments and give you the strength and the ability to make it with flying colors. The joy of the Lord is very powerful and it is available to you today. Praise the Lord. Get into joy mode. It doesn’t matter how you feel. Take a few steps towards joy and the Holy Spirit will do the rest. The joy of the Lord is your strength and it is invincible. Stay in the Lord and you will be joyful!

Suggested reading: Psalm 47:1; Nehemiah 8:10; 1 Peter 1:8-9

The meditation of your heart

What do you think about the most? What occupies your mind space? What thoughts do you entertain the most? I was reading my Bible the other day and came across the passage where David asked the Lord to help him with the meditation of his heart. He wanted God to be his number one thought. He wanted his heart to be filled with the Lord so that negative thoughts had no place to be. He wanted his mind to be filled with God thoughts and not human thoughts that separate us from God. It is interesting to see that it was a prayer. It tells me that we can also pray for the meditation of our hearts to be all about God. It also tells me that there is a need for us to work on those thoughts and to guard our hearts against the negativity that is so rampant and so present everywhere. We often talk about how bad things are in the world and they are but we need to look on the inside and see how we can neutralize the bad that is happening there. Our thinking has a lot to do with how effective our faith is and how strong in the Lord we can be. A mind that is focused on the things of the world will not bear much fruit for the Lord. How can we avoid negative thoughts? How can we keep our hearts centered on God? It takes work, effort, diligence and prayer like David shows us. Today as we start this new week I am inviting you to take the “guard your heart” challenge with me. Work on staying focused on Jesus. Work on filtering your thoughts and making sure that negative thoughts don’t get the best of you. Work on the meditation of your heart so that it helps you share the mind of Christ and stay strong in His love.

We all meditate. We all spend time thinking about something. Whether it is our grocery list, upcoming exams, a difficult situation we are in, a person we love, a person we can’t stand. Our minds are always busy and at times we can’t keep up with what is going on there. However, the Lord encourages us to watch our thoughts and to control what is going on in our minds. He talks about renewing our minds and guarding our hearts. He would never ask us to do something impossible so we ought to get to a place where we believe and know that our minds can be changed and our hearts can be protected. Starting the process with a prayer like David did is a great way to start. David prayed that the words of his mouth and the meditation of his heart be pleasing to God. What words and what thoughts are pleasing to God? Anything that is pure and holy is pleasing to God. Does He like it when we have negative thoughts and we let them take control of our lives? Absolutely not! Negative thoughts will always be present but we can resist them and we can deal with them. Pray to the Lord that your words and thoughts are pure before Him. Thank Him in faith for His help and His assistance. Have the confidence that His Spirit will coach you and give you guidance so you can fight against the negativity. In David’s prayer we noticed that our words and our thoughts are connected. Sometimes our thoughts turn into words and I have also seen my words turn into thoughts. If I repeat what I have heard and I stick to that pattern, my thoughts can get negatively or positively impacted by my words. The goal is to wash away the negative thoughts and feelings and to replace them with what is acceptable to the Lord. Rebuke the negativity. It is of the devil. Resist the devil and he will flee.

In order to keep my thoughts and my words in line with the Lord’s mind and with His heart, I do a lot of rebuking and I do a lot of inputting. I input God’s Word in my mind as much as possible. I meditate on his Word. I do that every morning and during the day. I start the day with inspiration from the Lord. I get quiet before Him and listen. Verses come to mind. Encouragement comes to mind. I experience comfort and hope. I put myself at His mercy right from the start of the day. I set the tone for the day and my heart is learning to hang on to God’s love and to His comfort throughout the day. It is becoming easier to reject the negative chatter in my mind and to face the negative feelings that try to rob me of my joy. It is all happening because of how I let my heart meditate on the Lord and on His words. He has to be our priority and we should give Him an audience before we listen to what the world has to say. That is how we can develop protection around our hearts and our thoughts. It takes time and it takes discipline but it is worth it. Pray to the Lord and ask Him to give you the strength and the wisdom you need to get through this process. You will see how God becomes the meditation of your heart in no time. Stick with it and keep going. You are going to experience a change in your thinking and a warmth in your heart that wasn’t there before. Stay strong. Guard your heart and renew your mind. The meditation of your heart is going to be beautiful!

Suggested reading: Psalm 19:14; James 4:7; 1 Peter 2:5

This is what God says about you

God is who He says He is and you are who He says you are. He is a God of His Word. He doesn’t lie and He doesn’t compromise. Who does He say you are then? First He says that you are loved. Whoever you are, know that you are loved by Almighty God. Nothing about you can stop Him from loving you. It doesn’t matter if you believe in Him or not, He loves you and nothing can ever change His mind about you. His Son died on the cross for you and came back from the dead so you would have abundant life in Him if you accept Him as your Savior. Think about how every single person you will ever meet is loved by God just as much as you are. We all have something in common; we are all loved and the biggest and most powerful sacrifice was performed for us all.

If you are a believer, God says that you are saved. You are born again. Your spirit was renewed and you have a new life running through your spiritual veins. There is new hope, new mercies and new blessings available to you every single day. You have a Father who adores you, who protects you and who takes care of you. That is what the Lord says about you and He doesn’t lie. You have abundant life in Jesus. That means that there are no limitations to what the Lord can do in your life. You can grow spiritually. You can make mountains move with your faith. You can be healed. You can be encouraged in Him. You can be comforted and counseled by His Spirit. You have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. That is what the Lord says about you.

As a host of the Holy Spirit you can worship and praise the Lord. Now it’s up to you to choose to grow in the things of the Spirit and to acknowledge His presence all the time. You see, the Lord says that we are to renew our minds with His Word. Even though we have the Spirit and our spirits are new, our minds are still a work in progress. One thing we need to work on is believing with our minds and our hearts that God is always with us and that with His Spirit

comes power. Power to live this life in Christ and to be conquerors all the time. God says you are a conqueror and that your faith saves you. He says that your faith activates His hand. Recognize that you are the person of faith that the Lord talks about and walk in the power of His love.

God also says that you have nothing to worry about and that He gave you a strong spirit that is not weak. This is something important that you ought to confess daily and to remind yourself daily. Fear is the enemy of faith. God doesn’t give fear and He doesn’t promote fear. He promotes faith and He encourages you in your faith. You can defeat fear in the name of Jesus. God tells you not to fear in His Word about 365 times. It is not something you should ignore. You have the power within you to beat fear because the Lord is with you. You are a person of faith who lives above fear. Believe it. Be in agreement with it.

God also says you are blessed. You are blessed wherever you go because He goes with you wherever you go. Stand on that truth and walk on your path with confidence knowing that you are blessed. God even says that you are highly favored. That is not a simple statement. It is a big statement made about you. It is part of the package deal of your salvation. God’s favor is on you and you are blessed in all you do and everything you touch is blessed. He also says that you are a blessing. Let Him use you to bless others. Serve with love and be a blessing to someone today. You are a blessing that can change someone’s world. That is what the Lord says about you. Get on the same page. Thank Him for all He says about you. He knows you better than you know yourself and everything He says about you is true and it should all be accepted in faith. Make a pact with God and agree that you will take Him at His Word and be grateful that He is a God of His Word. You are loved. You are saved. You are a person of faith. You conquer fear. You are blessed and you are a blessing.

Suggested reading: Numbers 6:24-26; Romans 10:9-10; 2 Timothy 1:7

God makes (good) things happen

God makes good things happen. God makes breakthroughs take place. God makes the walls of limitations come down. God makes things change for the best. God makes life better. God makes peace come into your life. God makes joy your strength. God makes the impossible possible. God makes all things right. God will make good things happen for you. He is the God of the second chance, of the third chance and of a new chance. The enemy might be creating havoc in your life but God will ruin the plans of the enemy. Trust that God makes good things happen. You are not going to be in a mess forever. God has a plan and it is always good. Good things will happen again. Good things are happening now. God is working in your favor and He is moving mountains as we speak. If you are feeling discouraged today, I am here to remind you that God will make good things happen in your life. He has not forgotten about you and He is not limited in any way. Your breakthrough is on the way. Your new day is coming. Don’t worry. God makes things take place that you never thought could happen. It’s coming. The good is going to replace the bad. Hang in there. God is bringing the positive changes you have been waiting for.

Yesterday morning I woke up with the powerful reminder that God makes good things happen. He is good all the time and He is with us all the time. When we pray to God, we put pressure on the bad things that are happening in our lives. Our prayers are pushing those things out of the way. There is a spiritual battle happening when we pray and God has won that battle. We have to keep praying and keep believing. Good things will materialize and they will transform our lives. I understand what it is to feel demoralized and to feel defeated. Those are negative feelings that the enemy loves to see us experience. He loves pain and suffering. He delights in affliction and robbery. The enemy is a thief but God brings back justice. God restores what the enemy steals. He replaces our grief with gladness and singing. He takes the pain and puts a fresh coat of joy over the walls of our hearts. God makes things right and good again. There is no sadness and no fear that God can’t remove. Keep on praying and keep on praising. You are breaking the hand of the enemy over your life. You are giving God free reign to do what He does best. You are inviting Him to rescue you, to bless you and to change you and your circumstances.

God makes good things happen even when things should be going in the wrong direction. People will even tell you that you are at the end of your rope. People will even feel bad for you because they see there is no hope. Don’t listen to what people have to say unless it is uplifting and encouraging. God is not saying this is the end. God doesn’t believe things will not get better. God doesn’t sit back and let you go through ordeal after ordeal. God is pushing you in the right direction. When things are bad, God is whispering that He is here to make it all better. Pay attention to His voice, to His signs, to His guidance. If you are not hearing anything, open your Bible. His voice will be clear and loud. He has exactly what you need in His Word and what you need is hope. Hope that He will make things good again. He keeps His Word. He is faithful. Good things are in the making in Jesus’ name. You have nothing to worry about. Things are going to get so much better. Just wait and see how God makes good things happen. Stay in faith and stay in peace. God is doing something new in your life!

Suggested reading: Matthew 5:45; Romans 8:18; Romans 8:28

Surely goodness and mercy will follow you

“Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6). I read Psalm 23 every single day. I believe it, I know it by heart and I thank God for it. I am confident that the Lord’s goodness and mercy will follow me every day of my life. I have seen it happen and it will continue to be a reality in my life in Jesus’ name. It is true for you as well, friend. God’s goodness and mercy will follow you every day of your life. If you don’t confess this powerful truth, I encourage you to make it a part of your daily prayers and your daily thanksgiving. It is good news. It is great news. God’s goodness is with you wherever you go. It is never leaving you and it will always chase you down. It doesn’t matter how deep in the valley you are, God’s goodness is down there with you. It is attached to you. You are a magnet for God’s goodness because the Lord is in you and with you. Don’t get intimidated by how dark it gets in the valley. God is with you and His goodness is a light that will always guide you, bless you and protect you. God’s mercy is also following you and not letting you out of its sight. God’s mercy always has an eye on you and it will always intervene especially when you least expect you. Bad things might be after you every day. Negativity might try to get stuck on you all the time but remind the enemy that God’s goodness and mercy are with you all the time. Remind the opposition that greater is the Lord that is in you than the devil that is in the world. God’s goodness and mercy will always be your allies. The enemy will not win!

When I am going through a hard time, it feels like I am being followed by bad luck. I get the feeling that no matter where I go, bad circumstances will find me. The enemy plays tricks with my mind and does his best to convince me that I am cursed or that I am doomed. It is crazy how fast negative thoughts can travel through our minds and take a seat there for a while. Good thoughts are harder to hold on to. Bad thoughts are easily adopted. Now, the Bible tells us to continually renew our minds. We need to kick out the bad thoughts. We need to get them out and keep them out. The Word of God is the best tool we can use against the bad thoughts. When the enemy is saying that we will never get out of the valley, we can take the Word of God and spray it all over the negative thoughts so to speak. We ought to speak out and speak God’s truth over our situations. God’s Word is the truth and the truth will always set us free. If there is a battle right now in your mind between good and evil, grab the weapon of the Lord and point it at the evil that is trying to take root in your thinking. Keep doing it. Be relentless. Declare that surely goodness and mercy will follow you and that all thoughts that are coming against that truth are not allowed in your mind.

Psalm 23:6 also states that we will live in the house of the Lord forever. Forever is now. When you got saved, you had a place in the house of the Lord. it started back then and it will be true forever. You are living in the house of the Lord now and it doesn’t matter if you are visiting the valley of the shadow of death. You are still in the house of the Lord. What’s in His house? An abundance of goodness and mercy. There is love galore. There is tons of peace and joy. There is more hope than you can count. It is pasted on every wall. All the goodness of God is present in huge volumes and you have access to all of itl even when you are going through a tough season. God will season your tough times with many sprinkles of goodness and mercy so now you should rejoice. Live it up knowing that you are in the house of the Lord. Embrace His house and make the most of it. The enemy wants you to cry and it is ok if you do but gladness will replace your tears very soon because goodness is after you. You are going to make it, friend. Don’t pay attention to how things look. Look at the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands and stay positive and strong. God’s goodness and mercy are a great reason for you to celebrate today. Things are going to change and they will change in your favor because you have God’s favor on your life. Stay encouraged. Don’t give up! Surely God’s goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life and you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever in Jesus’ name!

Suggested reading: Psalm 23; psalm 27:4; 2 Timothy 4:18

The best song you will ever sing

I love music! Like many people, I listen to music every single day. I couldn’t imagine my life without music. There are songs that I sing when I am driving or when I am by myself. Those songs are Christian songs. Some I call “feel good songs.” They don’t really exalt the Lord but they have a good and comforting message. Then there are songs that give Jesus all the glory. Those are my praise songs and my favorite songs by far. I find that songs that focus on Jesus are very powerful and very beautiful. I sometimes get songs in my head that I have never heard before but I sing them. I let the lyrics roll out of my heart and come out of my mouth. I join the choir of Heaven and sing those new songs to the Lord. They sound amazing to me and they always come when I need to up my praise game or when I am full of joy. Whatever our hearts are full of will always come out. When my heart is full of appreciation and gratitude, praises come out.

I want to be that Christian who will always praise the Lord even if life is trying to make me doubt and make me fall. Life can try to squeeze the words “I give up” out of me but “Amen. God is great” is what will come out instead. What is the best song I have ever sung? I can think of a few songs but I know that my life is the best song I will ever sing if I stay in the Lord and He remains the focal point of my life. Our lives are songs. They have rhythms, they have lyrics, they have a beat and they have a chorus. When Jesus is your chorus and your refrain, your life is a sweet song that gives God the glory. I choose to sing Jesus with my life. I don’t always get it right. It is often out of tune but my heart is in it and I will continue to sing the best song I could ever sing to His glory.

What does your life say about you? What is the main theme of the song of your life? What do you focus on and what do you want your legacy to be? These are poignant questions that are not always easy to answer. I invite you today to examine your life and to try to line up the lyrics of your life with the Word of God. When His Word defines our lives, when we rely on His Word to make sense of our lives, we produce a melody that is pure and holy. God’s Word has all the lyrics we need to create a great song and to lead a life that is pleasing to God. Is it always going to be perfect? Not at all but Jesus is perfect and He gives meaning to our lives.

 My main chorus is all about Jesus. He is why I am here, why I live and why I enjoy this life. Jesus should always be the refrain that comes back over and over again. When things go well and when things go bad, Jesus should still be the One we worship and praise. He told us to remain in Him and to live our lives through Him. He is the best reason to celebrate life and the only One who is worthy of all our praises. When you think about it, you would have nothing without Him and you would be nowhere. Jesus puts us on the map of life and gives us a place to stay, a place to grow and a place to rejoice. Let Him be your chorus. Let Him be the main theme of your life and your song will be marvelous and inspiring.

The best song you will ever sing is the song that gives Jesus credit for everything. It is the song that puts Him first and that makes you take the back seat. It is the song that doesn’t worship the world but that lifts up the name of Jesus. It is a song about love and about the cross. It is a song of joy, a song of peace and a song of faith. It is all about the love of God. It is all about loving others like ourselves. It is all about peace. It promotes peace with others and peace within. It is all about joy. It rejoices all the time even when life is rough. It is all about faith. It keeps every lyric Jesus-centered and it sees things before they happen.

This song doesn’t rely on circumstances but it is a song that knows that everything will be alright no matter what. It is not a song of fear but a song of victory in the Lord. It is encouraging, uplifting and motivational. Your life can be that song. Your life can be all about Jesus, all about love, all about peace and all about faith. Let your life be in sync with the Lord. Trust Him. Sing about Him. Let His love echo in your body and His peace resonate in your mind while His joy dances in your heart. You are singing a song every day with your life and it can be very powerful. Keep singing Jesus to the world through your thoughts, your actions and your words!

Suggested reading: Exodus 15:2; Psalm 21:13; Ephesians 1:3

Amazing God

When I think about my life, when I think about where I am now, I am amazed. I am not amazed at what I have accomplished but I am amazed at God. I can’t believe how much He has done and how much He still does every day. Kudos to God! My life would be in shambles without Him. My life would be a lost cause without Him. They say that “you find God” but I feel like He found me. I was stuck in a rut, in a rut of bad luck and there seemed to be no way out. I went around and around looking for the exit sign but all I could find were stop signs. Those signs stopped me from making progress. They stopped me from finding freedom. They were red and white; red for pain and white for blank. There was a blank page in my life. There was nothing worth writing about. My future was blank and bleak. I had nothing to hold on to and nothing to hope for. Then Jesus found me. He came into the tower of perdition where I had been locked out and He found me. It took Him no effort to find me and to get me out. He heard my heart’s cry. He listened to the muffled tears and to the echo of my fears. My heart was filled with fears that resonated in the chamber of my spirit. Fear is what I knew growing up. Fear was attached to my ankles like a shackle I couldn’t get rid of. When Jesus came, amazement and awe came as well. A new peace I had never known settled in my heart and removed the chains that had bound me for so long. God is an amazing God and one of the amazing things about Him is that He doesn’t stop being amazing. Your God is amazing today and He will continue to amaze you tomorrow. Don’t become complacent. Recognize His amazing nature. God is going to amaze you in ways that you didn’t think were possible.

When I pray, I sometimes address God by saying “Amazing God.” I like to glorify Him and to give Him credit for all the good things in my life. My salvation, my life with Jesus are the best part of my life. He blessed me with a great family and with a life that sings His praises. I want my life to keep on singing how great and amazing He is. I think we can fall into the trap of being satisfied with the bare minimum when it comes to our relationship with God. We pray a little, we praise a little, we thank a little and we are content with the cycle of recognizing God a little. There is much more to be said about God than we’ll ever be able to so I strongly believe that we should declare how amazing He is as much as we can. Our thoughts should be heralding His majesty. Our words should be a melody that has only eyes for Jesus. Our actions should reflect our gratitude and our positive attitude toward the One who set us free. We were set free by the Son of God. How amazing is that?I I can’t get over it and I don’t want to get over it. Let’s stay in awe of the Lord. Let’s rejoice over Him and tell the world that our God is amazing and He is full of an amazing love for every single one of us. His love has no limits, no restrictions and no boundaries. God’s abundant love is what attracted me to Him and I will remain in His love. Our amazing God will never stop loving us and that should be enough for us to be amazed every day.

It is so easy for me to get frustrated or irritated when things go wrong. I was heading in that direction yesterday at work. I got to work early and I couldn’t get something to work properly. I felt the frustration trying to get ahold of me and to hold me down. Those negative feelings do just that. They hold us down and keep us down. They don’t help. Giving in to frustration is never productive. I knew what was happening and I didn’t like it but I kept dipping my toe in it. Then the Holy Spirit gave me the reminder I needed. He gently said “Thank God because He is always amazing.” He is. He is still amazing when things go wrong. He is still amazing when we are struggling. I decided to follow the Spirit and I told the frustration that my God is a God of love. I let His amazing love touch me and take me away from those terrible feelings. I gave in to God and He gave me the strength to overcome that negative feeling. God is so good and so amazing all the time. Life events will distract us and take us for a spin in places that don’t exalt the Lord. It is up to us to see God for who He is and to praise Him for being amazing. It is that sacrifice of praise that makes a difference when we are having a bad day. Friend, remember how amazing your God is. Bad days and good days don’t dictate how great God is. He is great and amazing constantly. Give Him all the glory. He is going to amaze you when you keep focusing on His goodness. Don’t let a bad day steal the beauty of your praise to the Lord. Glorify Him when things get hard. He is amazing. He will make things right for you. Stay in awe!

Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 10:17; Nehemiah 1:5; 2 Peter 1:17