|Time after time God has proven to be faithful. He has shown me that He always intervenes and His plan is much better than mine. I can’t think of a time when the Lord hasn’t demonstrated His love for me. I might not have seen it when it happened but looking back I have a clear picture of His love and goodness in my life. He is the King of love and that is how I should be referring to Him first and foremost. He is the King of miracles, signs and wonders but His love is what started it all. When I zero in on how much He loves humanity, I can’t help but have hope and see a bright future. Yes, there is a pandemic. Yes, the economy around the world is affected. Yes, people are suffering but I say “No” to losing hope. I say “No” to a gloomy future and I say “No” to discouragement. Our God is too good and too faithful. He is going to pave the way for breakthroughs and deliverance. Let’s stand on His love. Let’s use His love as our cornerstone and believe that His house will never collapse. We are in His house today no matter how dismal things look in our neighborhood. I say “God’s love is going to make a way.” God’s love has made a way. God’s love is standing in the way of what’s getting in the way of our happiness. His love is like no other. God’s love will do the impossible.|
I have enjoyed studying and meditating on God’s love. I read about it in the Bible and I read about it in the pages of my life. His mercy and grace are so enormous that they can’t fit in a single book. We need collections of books to try to contain what His love does. I know I am missing out on His acts of love in my life from time to time. I realize that He has His hands in many areas of my life and I need to open my eyes more. You and I are here today because God’s love made a way. You might not be exactly where you wish you were but you are exactly where you should be. God gave His Son so you could stand tall today and enjoy the day. Is that a reality in your life? It is in mine when I keep it in mind. There is a shift in my thinking that needs to happen when problems arise. The problems are not the problem. My stand toward the problem is the problem when my mind sinks to low levels of discouragement. God’s love is still present and it not only visits me every day. It is here to stay. Get ahold of the truth that God’s love will always make a way in your life.Use that truth as the flashlight that illuminates your path when darkness seems to prevail and you can’t see where you are going.
Where you are going is a great destination and God’s love has been there and it is leading the way. His love is a guide, a lamp, a resource, a GPS, a judge in your favor and a solution to all your problems. God’s love never fails and if you are at a point where all seems to have stopped working, go back to God’s love. Build your faith up in His love. Read the Scriptures. Work with the Holy Spirit. Pray and don’t give up. God’s love is as real today as it was on the cross of Calvary. The love that died for you and that came back to life cannot be defeated. You have love on your side. Not just any love but God’s love. His love is opening doors and windows of opportunities for you. You are blessed. You are highly favored. You are highly loved by a God who can do anything. Keep your head up. Look straight ahead. There is a clear path for you with blessings strewn all over it and God’s love is the red carpet that is paving the way. You are loved more than you know by a God who is more powerful than you will ever comprehend. Have faith in His love. Trust that He is taking care of you. God’s love will make a way. Stay encouraged!
Suggested reading: Isaiah 54:10; John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-11
I have been listening to songs that talk about how our God reigns. I have been reading passages in the Bible that testify to God’s supremacy. God is supreme and He reigns. I used to forget that a lot. I would go on my day-to-day business and let other things in my life reign supreme. I lived a life where “My God reigns” wasn’t always a song on my lips. I would sing “My fear reigns” or “My problem reigns.” Then I found out that God should be on a pedestal and not the negativity that is in my life. I gave too much power to all the problems, the negative thoughts, the fear and the anxiety. I wasn’t doing a good job putting God first and even though I was saved, I acted like I was lost too often. I didn’t like my Christian life. My Jesus moments were way too sporadic and inconsistent. It was because my focus wasn’t on the right things. The Bible talks about renewing our minds and I miserably failed at that but it was mainly due to my lack of knowledge on that subject. I had heard of how my spirit was made new when I accepted the Lord as my Savior but I knew almost nothing about how important it was to line up my thinking with the Word of God. I needed to sweep away the old thinking and put down a fresh coat of God’s thinking. My mind was overloaded with insignificant ideas and with thoughts that did nothing to help me in my walk with God. My heart longed to know Jesus and my mind drove me away from Him. “My God reigns” is the refrain I needed to embrace and when I did, my life changed and my mind became transformed.
“Our God reigns” is a reality to anyone who believes it. It sounds simple but it makes a lot of sense and it is something to meditate on. It is when we spend time meditating on the Word of God that we receive some powerful revelation. The revelation here is that God is stronger than anything. He reigns and that means that He is King, He rules and He gets the final say in everything. You see, when I let life events dominate my thinking and rule over my life, I took away God’s supreme status. I put God in a category that is not His. I diminished His power and I minimized His majesty. I hurt my faith. I hurt it a lot with all the wrong thinking that circulated in my head all the time. My mind was a sieve that retained all negative thoughts and that let all the positive ones go through it. I had to give God His power back. He is always powerful but He will only be as powerful as we believe He is in our minds. If our faith in Him is not activated and not elevated to a high level, we will only have faith in small things. We are dealing with a mighty and huge God and we can’t limit Him to the small miracles of life. He doesn’t reign on the small villages of our lives so to speak. He reigns on our entire world and we need to get to that level of faith and declare Him victorious all the time.
“Our God reigns” is a declaration of triumph that makes the enemy mad and that silences him. I had to rebuke the voices that were exalting themselves above my God. The negative chatter had too much influence on me and I rejected that influence. The power of the mind is real and when we use that power to stay focused on the good things of the Lord and how amazing He is, our faith increases and our circumstances change. Our God reigns, friend. Your problems are not the winners. They should not win. God wins because He reigns. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords and that will never change. Today I am inviting you to declare that your God reigns. Shout it out. Declare it over and over again. Let your problems hear it loud and clear. Let your mind believe it and absorb it. Your God is more powerful than anything the enemy will ever throw at you. Stay strong. Nothing can dethrone your God. He is the ruler of your heart and the ruler of your life. Anything that tries to steal His seat on the throne is a lie. Today and tomorrow, our God reigns. Remember that!
Suggested reading: Psalm 47:8; Nehemiah 9:6; 1 Timothy 1:17
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29 NIV). A yoke is a device designed to pair animals together. It is a type of harness. It is not a pleasant object. It encloses the heads of the animals. A yoke is also something that keeps people in bondage and that forces them to live in a difficult or unhappy state. In Matthew 11:29, Jesus is not talking about oppression or bondage. He is talking about the opposite. He doesn’t give the way the world does. What He has to offer is light, freeing and liberating. His yoke is rest, peace and relief. When you take up His yoke, you are attached to Him and you are enclosed with Him. Imagine how powerful that is. You are bound to the Savior and you are attached to the Lord Almighty. He is the King of freedom so freedom is what you can expect. He will give you rest and peace when you tie yourself to Him. When you make Him the source of everything in your life, He gives you everything you need including rest. It is hard to make things happen on our own. There is very little peace in this world and when we turn to the Prince of peace, we are thrown into a series of peaceful episodes that bring serenity and freedom. I can’t rest on my own understanding and on my own strength. I need the Word of God and I need the power of God. Because of my human limitations, I can only go so far. Today I want to encourage you to rest in the Lord and to take up His yoke. Find rest and peace in Him. Plug into the source of all peace and you will have restful moments that will challenge the chaos and the uneasy feelings that are crippling the world.
The Lord is gentle and humble in heart. It is something to ponder and reflect upon. God is not agitated, easily irritated and proud. He is a good God and His kindness can tear down all the evil and the hatred in this world. I have found refuge in His kindness many times when the world seemed mean and hostile. People like to get into conflicts for no apparent reason and they can pick a fight with innocent people. Harsh words and gratuitous hate are rampant and they are spreading like wildfire. When I turn to the Lord, I find myself in the presence of love and I can forget for a moment that the world can be a very ugly place. I choose to be where the Lord is and I choose to meet Him where He abides. I flee the evil ways of the world and put myself at the mercy of kindness and love. That is where I can rest. That is where I am surrounded by peace. I need to part from the world and join the Lord. If I don’t do that on a regular basis, I can’t rest well and I am in a state of turmoil after a while. Spiritual rest is important. Physical rest is crucial. Why? When we are tired it is not easy to be sensitive to the Lord and to His Spirit. When we are tired, the flesh takes over and our spirit is given a backseat. If I don’t get any rest, I don’t get enough Jesus time and if I don’t get enough Jesus time, I can easily feel disconnected from God.
There is power in resting in the Lord because we renew our strength and we are given new wings. Wings that allow us to fly above worry, fear and concerns. Have you noticed that it is easier to deal with problems when you are well-rested? It is physically, emotionally and spiritually true. The amount of rest you get will allow you to face the day and you will be ready to fight the fight of faith. Little rest will not give you the boldness and the confidence you need. When I sleep enough, I wake up refreshed and my morning prayer session is phenomenal. Prayer is a great way to get some rest spiritually. Prayer enables you to lean on the Holy Spirit and to power up. Prayer is you resting in the Lord’s arms and gaining the assurance that everything is taken care of and that the Lord is on your side. After praying at night, I picture myself resting in the arms of the Lord and I fall asleep very quickly. I thank Him for His peace and for the rest He provides all the time. The power of resting in the Lord is a little underrated. Resting in the Lord is very powerful because it is an act of surrender and an act of obedience. I pray that you take up the yoke of the Lord and that you trust He can give you rest. Rest in Him and you will be able to do things you never thought possible. You will find rest for your soul. This means that your emotions and your feelings will be more under control and you will have more peace and more joy. Don’t underestimate the power of resting in the Lord!
Suggested reading: Psalm 116:7; John 15;10-14; 1 Peter 2:21-23
One of the verses that still blows my mind every time I read it or I think about it is “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” I can’t believe how powerful it is. I can read it ten times in a row and it still feels mighty and overwhelmingly encouraging. When I look at how Jesus is depicted in His Word and I know that He hasn’t changed, I have hope. I have hope for today and hope for tomorrow. Jesus has not changed. The world has changed but He hasn’t. He is still the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Many kings have come and gone since He walked the earth but His majesty is still alive and well. He has not lost any of His power, His love and His peace. If you need Jesus today, know that He is just the same He was in the Bible. Jesus still delivers, heals, loves, cares, and delivers good news. I am in love with Him and I am so honored to be able to develop my relationship with Him.
No one is greater and no one is better than Jesus. Jesus is King and I want to focus more and more on how He hasn’t changed. Think about what this means to you. Think about how Jesus is still doing what He did before. Not only is He the same but He has also given us His Spirit so we can be closer to Him and experience the same Jesus. I used to wish I had lived in the times when Jesus was on earth. The truth is I am living in those times. His Spirit is present every day and He brings me into the presence of the Lord. What I am doing is studying who Jesus is and letting His Spirit guide me through my findings. Jesus is absolutely amazing and I don’t want to lose the awe and the respect I have for Him. Today I want to invite you to discover more of Jesus. I want to encourage you to see Him as He is. He is not the Jesus who can’t keep up with the times as some people describe Him. He changes the times.
When I read about Jesus in the Bible, I find that He brought hope everywhere He went. He is the first One to deliver and execute great news that would impact the world. He was always hopeful and always sure of what He said. He spoke with authority and He spoke with love. He went around and left a trail of hope everywhere. People heard of Him and expected hope to visit their towns. His powerful message of hope preceded Him. The anticipation and the joy of some people were intense. Imagine hearing about someone who could heal you and who could change your life. You hear about it and then you find out that He will be coming to your city. You would lose sleep over the good news. When was the last time you got excited about Jesus? Not about Him coming to town but about Him being in town. He is in town today. He is in your house. His Spirit is with you. Jesus is visiting your town every single day. Think about that. He is here to stay. It’s time to get pumped up in case you have lost your enthusiasm and your excitement.
Get into revival mode. Let His Spirit revolutionize your life. Get shaken up by His love. He is still walking around doing good and spreading love. Allow Him to walk down the streets of your life. Give Him permission to heal the areas that are hurting and that are in pain. There is a whole village with needs and issues living inside of you and Jesus the healer can restore it and give you a new and better life. He can still do the impossible and there is nothing that can stand in His way. If you are going through a rough patch and you are lost, remember that the good Shepherd can lead to a great destination where you will enjoy peace, joy and a flow of love on a regular basis. The Healer will still heal tomorrow and when you maintain a relationship with Him, you have the privilege to stay in His presence and have freedom and liberation every day.
Jesus did what no one was able to do at the time. This is still true today. He still does more than anyone else and He does it all better. How come we are not seeing miracles and healings more often then? Like I mentioned before in one of my messages, it is because our faith for it has not grown enough. We don’t hear about miracles enough and we have a lot of faith in the natural and in the world with its limitations and its restrictions. Jesus’ miracle working power has no limits and that is a truth that I hope will be widespread soon. People need to hear about the miracles, see them and believe in them. At times the Jesus of 2020 is too limited. He doesn’t look like the Jesus of the Bible. That is where the problem lies. I know of people who do understand Jesus and have an impressive connection with Him but it is not the norm. There is a big movement in the world that promotes a Jesus who is weaker and diminished compared to the real Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and forever. I want to get to know Him. I don’t have all the answers about Him but I have His Word and I love how He is presented. He died on the cross for us and His sacrifice is still relevant today. He died for your sins and for mine. Trust that Jesus is still the same today. He can bless your present and prosper your future!
Suggested reading: Malachi 3:16; Hebrews 13:8; Revelation 1:8
For years as a child I was told never to go to bed angry. It was almost like a superstition in my mind that if I did go to bed upset and angry at someone, something bad would happen to me. Did it stop me from being upset? Not always. Sometimes the fury, the frustration and the anger were too strong. I don’t get mad easily but just like anyone else there are things that push my buttons and once those buttons have been messed around with I can’t contain the anger. I should say that it is much more manageable now and I have learned a few things along the way that have helped me deal with negative feelings at the end of the day. Anything negative should be dealt with before bed and I am going to tell you why it is so important.
Anger, frustration and irritation are not from God. They are operators from the enemy that try to discredit the Lord in us by making us act against His way of being and by dragging us into a path of negativity where unrest is prevalent and where one negative step leads to another. Each of one of those steps aim at driving us away from the Lord. If anger is what we let in and feed our hearts every day, a door will form that will keep the Lord outside. Eventually that door will turn into a wall that will become a stronghold that will be hard to get rid of. This goes for any negative feeling. Anything that is the opposite of the fruit of the Spirit will cause destruction and chaos in us. They can torment us and keep us in a state of perpetual confusion. Now, if any of those negative feelings are with us before we go to bed, they will find a fertile ground at night to grow roots in and they will stay with us longer. They can easily take over when they are left standing there at night. They can also get in the way of our bedtime prayers and they can keep us awake for a long time. Our minds are powerful and when they are bombarded with negativity, they fester more negativity because overthinking is a trap in which we can fall easily. Release any negative feelings before you go to bed.
I find the time before bed to be sacred. It is the time when I can unwind and when I can tell the Lord how much I appreciate all He did during the day. I try not to end the day on a sour note. Gratitude and thankfulness are what we should end the day with. They should be with us all day but I see the importance of having them tuck us into bed. They always make us more receptive to the things of the Lord. A grateful heart is a heart that knows God’s value and that doesn’t take Him for granted. Imagine how little gratitude there is in our hearts when we go to bed angry or filled with negative thoughts. It is hard to be grateful when we are bitter. It is also hard to be bitter when we are filled with gratitude. When you get overwhelmed by feelings that are distancing you from the Lord, make sure you cleanse yourself of those feelings. Attack them with praise. Attack them with prayers of gratitude. You don’t have to be mundane. Just tell the Lord how much you love Him and how much you adore Him. Just say it in your own words. Fill the atmosphere with gratitude. Fill the atmosphere with hope. Rebuke the negativity. Make yourself a bed of peace when you stay focused on Jesus before bed.
Paul addresses the revelation that it is not good to go to bed angry. He specifies that going to bed angry will make room for evil. Evil can get through the cracks of our vulnerability and make itself comfortable. Before you go to bed, face the music and make it stop. Face the negative chatter and silence it. Get into the Word of God. Do something nice, something positive for someone else. Talk to Jesus. Lift Him up. Fill your mind with His positive words. Renounce the feelings that are causing you to be angry. If you need to forgive someone, don’t wait until tomorrow. Forgive them before you go to bed. Keep your mind clear and keep your spirit open to love. When you do, you allow the Holy Spirit to flow freely. Stay on His wavelength. Keep walking in love. Stay grateful and let your last words, your last thoughts and your last actions of the day be a manifestation of your gratitude to the Lord. Before you go to bed, spend time with the Lord.
Suggested reading: Psalm 4:4; Ephesians 4:26; James 1:19
I see fear, worry, anxiety, stress and angst as one bundle. They stick together, they work together and they live together. As one dysfunctional family they function well in our lives and not in a good way. They have found their niche in our minds and they fill our hearts easily. They are like a pack that travels together. One of them might be influencing us more than the others at some point but they are united and they help each other create havoc in our day-to-day lives. If you scan your thoughts throughout the day you might notice that the negative pack has infiltrated itself in there somehow. The Lord tells us not to fear and not to be afraid. He is not giving us an impossible command. He knows that He can help us fend off the evil pack. He has the power to put that negative family back in its place and He can lock them in a place where they can’t do any harm. It takes work on our part and continued faith. We ought to develop faith in God’s ability to put up a hedge of protection around our minds, our hearts, our feelings and our emotions. That wall of protection can be built and it can stand strong as we put layer after layer and brick after brick around us in the name of Jesus. As this new week starts, I want to encourage you to build that wall of protection. Do your part and God will put in place the hedge of protection that will keep you positive and strong.
I remember when I first realized that fear did not have a strong grip on me anymore. It was after a few weeks of delving in the Word and of having a praise and prayer routine. Once I established that routine and my mind knew to expect it and my heart was on board every day, fear and its family became less powerful in my life. It wasn’t something I was looking for intentionally. It was more of a benefit from living a life rooted in praise and adoration of Jesus. He was my focus and He was the One I communicated with the most. The more I praised Him, the bigger He appeared to me. I had songs I sang every day that got me pumped up. I believe that was a major key; getting excited for the Lord was a game changer for me. Praise punched fear in the face. It put worry in an arm lock and it chased away anxiety. It became my number one remedy. It has been my daily medicine and it is still working wonders today. What I was doing without knowing was evicting the dysfunctional family that had settled in my temple, in my house, in my mind. I had not been aware that they were squatters. To me they had always been there and parting from them did not seem to be an option. It is more than an option. It should be our way of living and operating. The Lord has a very well-functioning and positive family for us. It is the family we should be living with and it is the one group we should be interacting with on a daily basis.
Peace, joy, love, faith, patience, selflessness, long suffering are among the fruit of the Spirit. They form a very positive bunch. They are a family that is always in harmony and that always makes people feel great and be in sync with the Lord. The Holy Spirit generously shares this family with us when we are open to welcoming them. They are the family that never fights and never argues. All they want to do is lift up the Lord and spread the peace and the love that He has for everyone. My praise and prayer sessions were strongly impacted by the fruit of the Spirit. I would come out of the sessions with more love than I had ever felt and more peace than I had experienced. The Holy Spirit is present and manifests Himself when we praise and pray. Doing it every day truly changes our lives and our minds. Add gratitude and Bible study to them and you have a powerful combo. It is the package that can get rid of the negative pack of fear. Load up on the fruit of the Spirit and the weeds of the enemy will be uprooted from your life. Fear, worry and stress will be replaced by peace. You will discover a whole new world where God is more dominant and the family of the enemy is under submission and underpowered. There is a solution for the daily angst. There is a key to solving the problems that come with fear and worry. There is deliverance from anxiety and angst. They can all be found in Jesus. Worship Him, pray to Him, be thankful to Him, study His Word and you will be free from the negative family that has been keeping you captive for too long. I have kept up with my praise and prayer habits and they are continuing to bless my days, to renew my mind and to fill my heart with peace and love. Praise the Lord there is freedom indeed in Him!
Suggested reading: Psalm 34:4-5; Isaiah 41:13; Luke 14:27
If God said He could give you anything right now what would you ask? Solomon chose wisdom. Solomon chose to be wise instead of becoming wealthier. He knew that wisdom was worth a lot more than money. How do we all feel about wisdom and knowledge these days? Do we think it would have a great impact on our lives? Greater than (financial) prosperity? I have seen how God has been used as a source of prosperity in the Church. Does He want to bless us? He surely does but is prosperity the biggest blessing from God? Anyone with a capital, with a good plan, good advisors and good investment skills can become rich. I think that sometimes we judge some people of God by how much money they have and we think that they must be extremely blessed. Then we find out some of the things that are going on behind closed doors and we learn how they got their money. I don’t want to generalize but I know it has happened. The size of your wallet is not a direct reflection of how close you are to God. Imagine if God gauged our spirituality based on how money we had. Being materialistic is almost being the opposite of what the Lord wants us to be. He is Spirit, He is spiritual and the spiritual aspect of our lives matters more to Him. When He says He will prosper us, spiritual prosperity comes to the front of the line. What about money and material goods? All these things will be added when we focus on God more than on His creation. I pray and ask for wisdom. I like Solomon’s choice because wisdom gets us closer to the things of God and I would rather understand Him than be lost in the world in a river of money that doesn’t lead to a sea of knowledge. Money can’t buy you God and it can’t buy you His wisdom. Today I am inviting you to seek wisdom and to develop a heart for the things of the Lord.
When this man named Simon saw that the apostles were performing miracles, he tried to buy their gifts. What he was trying to buy indirectly was their relationship with God. They were mightily used by the Lord because they knew Him, they honored Him, they made themselves available and they worshipped Him. They were led by the Holy Spirit and because of their dependence on Him they grew in wisdom. That is quite a noble goal. Growing in the knowledge of the Lord. Wisdom takes us to the heart of God and it teaches us how to teach others and how to be more like the Lord. Wisdom understands the importance of love and knows that God is love. Wisdom directs us to walk in love and to stay in love. Wisdom is an agent of the Lord that allows us to grow spiritually and to lead lives that are pleasing to God. The Lord is the King of all wisdom and He can impart wisdom freely when we desire to learn from Him. Let’s put wisdom on the top of our lists of what we should be looking for every day. I see the Holy Spirit as the best partner we can have on this quest to gain more wisdom and knowledge.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13). Wisdom bears good fruit. It helps us lead better lives and it encourages us to be good and kind to others. Wisdom is based in love and peace. It manifests love and it keeps us in the sphere of love and peace with everyone. Wisdom wants to promote others and it keeps us humble. Wisdom gets all of its beauty, its substance and its strength from the Lord. God’s widsom is much more precious than gold because it enables us to walk in His footsteps and to stay on the right path. Pure, genuine and powerful wisdom comes from God. His mouth only distributes wisdom to the ears of those willing to listen. Everything He says is wise. If you are in need of finding the path to wisdom, work your way to it by studying the Word of God. I know there was a time when I felt like I was doing enough studying just by looking up a few verses once in a while. When once in a while became every day, I started to see and understand things that were foreign to me before. Wisdom had been a foreign land where the main language was gibberish to me. When you open your heart to the Spirit of God, He makes wisdom a language that you can comprehend and He teaches you its nuance, its structure and its essence. Wisdom teaches you to be humble like I said earlier and it will correct a lot of the misinformation you had been feeding your spirit before. Wisdom from God is more precious than gold. Wisdom lasts but gold can disappear in one transaction. Wisdom has many dividends and gold is a limited revenue. Pray for wisdom and you will be richer than you would have ever imagined. God’s prosperity lays in knowledge and wisdom. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom!
Suggested reading: Proverbs 19:8; Psalm 37:30; James 3:17
Some people will give up in faith but do not give up in them. Give them more of the love of Jesus and you will give them a reason to go back to faith.
Keep trusting God, obeying God, worshiping God, adoring God. Be all about Him because He is all about you!
Add a cup of gratitude to your day. Add two cups, three cups, as many cups as you can. Gratitude is the ingredient that will make your day the best recipe ever!
Intentionally seek the Lord. Don’t let it be a coincidence. Let it be the focus of your attention. Seek His face. Look for His guidance. Listen for His voice. Make your quest for God your daily intention.
The truth can be hiding in places you have never visited. The Holy Spirit will unveil those places and reveal the treasure of wisdom and knowledge that will set you free.
Open your mouth and sing praises at the top of your lungs. You will close the enemy’s mouth and you will squash his negative thoughts when you open your mouth to honor the Lord.
Peace will come and distress will leave. Don’t give up on God’s serenity. Ask for it even when your heart is at war. Ask for it even when your mind is defeated. Peace will come and distress will leave because Jesus is faithful and His love endures forever.
Be blind to the lies of the enemy. Give faith a chance to alter your vision so that all you see is God’s promise despite the enemy’s suggestions. Blind faith is the best light in this world of darkness. Stay in faith!
Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your neighbor because God loves him or her as much as He loves you. Love your neighbor because greater is the Love that is in you than the hate that is in this world.
You are on the right path when you walk hand in hand with God. Obstacles will try to throw you off but your Companion will throw a wrench in the devil’s plans. He will turn the obstacles into stepping stones for success. Keep walking in Jesus’ name!
Suggested reading: Joshua 1:9; John 1:14; John 14:16-17
I was at a store the other day and they were playing a very depressing song. The singer was saying “Nothing’s gonna change my world” in a very defeated and sad tone. The whole song was a downer. There was no glimmer of hope. You could actually feel sadness in the atmosphere. I don’t know if many people felt it but I am pretty sensitive to that kind of thing. It seems that morose and sad stories and songs are commonplace in our world. Not just this year because of the pandemic but it has been a trend for a while. We sometimes love those sad songs and we attach our lives to them and think that the songs are the perfect mirror for our lives. We can see ourselves in the lyrics and we identilfy with the pain that is being described. How sad it is to hear someone who says that nothing can change his or her life and that there is no hope for them ever! I feel for those people because I used to be one of them. I spent years believing that nothing could change my life and that it would be a series of sad songs that no one wanted to hear because they were too disheartening.
It was bad for a while but then came Jesus. Then came a new song. Then came hope. Then God came to my rescue. Then came the biggest change of my life. Then my world was changed for the better. Friend, God can change your world and make it a much better place to live. God can rewrite the lyrics to the songs of your life, refresh your tune and give you a chorus that echoes His joy. God will take your world, flatten it up and create a world that is round and beautiful. He will take you around that globe of bliss, mercy, grace and hope over and over again. You might be walking on dry land now and your world might be all deserted and barren but the rain is coming. Oh yes the rain of the Holy Spirit is going to come down on your world and new colors, new beginnings, new breakthroughs are going to grow in the new fertile land of the Lord. God can change your world so powerfully that you will not recognize any of it. You will walk around amazed at this new region where milk and honey abound. You have seen nothing yet. God is going to make a change that will make you praise Him even more. Don’t despise where you are now. Rejoice and stay in faith as you wait for this new world to emerge. It’s in God’s plan. A new world is about to break loose into your life.
We have a new life in Christ and every day is a new opportunity for fresh blessings from the Lord. He is not slow to keep His promises and you will see in time how He is changing the world around you. It all starts on the inside. God is going to change you from the inside out and He is going to put new perspectives, new ideas, new visions and new hope in you. As you study His Word and you let Him take you on a spiritual journey by yielding to His character, change will take place. Your life is headed to a brand new environment and you will get there as you work on renewing your mind with the help of God’s Word and the help of His Spirit. There is so much that can happen inside of us when we connect with God. When we are plugged in and we take the time to get to know Him, we are transformed on the inside. God is so good and so kind that spending time with Him results in receiving goodness and kindness that we can distribute to the world in return.
Imagine seeing the world the way the Lord does. I don’t think we can completely share the Lord’s mind but we can get chunks of His thinking and adopt them. We can have His mind to some extent and let it guide the way we approach life and the way we enjoy life. That is one of my goals in life. Sharing as much of the Lord’s mind as I can. I don’t want to see the world through the eyes of the world. I want Jesus’ eyesight. I want to wear the goggles of His love and give the world a chance by seeing it through the eyes of God’s love. I want God’s Word to be my manual for life. I have seen the impact of God’s Word on my life. I strongly recommend studying it, meditating on it and embracing it. It will change your world. It will change you first.
If your world is in bad shape today, don’t worry. God can change it and He can make you forget the misery you were living in before. God almighty can shake things up and He can displace the hurt, remove the pain, destroy the hate, eliminate the debts and take away the stress you have called home for so long. Give Jesus free access to every region of your world. Let Him roam around and take care of every corner of every street. Surrender. Give in. Let Him be God of every part of your life today. Don’t be afraid to let Him get into the valleys. Give Him the mountains. Turn over any dry lands to Him. Pray for change. It will come. God will hear you. God will bless you. God will change you and He will change your world. Stick with Him. He is not done with you yet!
Suggested reading: Mark 16:15; Romans 12:2; 2 Peter 3:9