10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 208)

Put all your eggs in the Lord’s basket. He will multiply them and He will create miracles in your life. Put all your cares on the Lord and He will give you a breakthrough like you have never seen before!

Don’t forget God’s track record. Don’t forget His history and His story for your life. His story is much better than the lies of the enemy. God wrote your story a long time ago. Enjoy every chapter and every page. He is in charge!

Don’t worry about anything but trust God in everything. Everything will work out for the best because the Lord is working on your behalf. Put your faith in Jesus and He will do the rest so you can get His best!

Trust God when you have a lot and trust God when you have little. It is when you have little that your faith is put to the test. The test of your faith is an exam that you can pass. Stay strong and keep believing. Your faith will get you through any tests. Don’t give up!

Thank the Lord every morning for what He is going to do with your day. Thank the Lord for how He is going to bless you today. Thank the Lord for holding your day in the palm of His hand. Thank the Lord for today because it is the day that He has made for you!

Jesus did so much for us. He died for us so we would rise from the dead with Him. Our salvation is here and now. We are born again and we are children of God because of Jesus our Savior. Let’s celebrate Jesus for what He did and what we have today thanks to Him!

Be present in the presence of the Lord. Partake in His presence by engaging with Him and staying in communion with Him all day long. Be present and enjoy Jesus in the moment. His presence never leaves so don’t miss it by dwelling in the past or by living in the future.

God will give you millions of reasons to rejoice so don’t find excuses to miss His love. His reasons are all over your life. Dig deeper and you will find the blessings that have been waiting for you. Dig deeper and you will see the light of the Lord shining through every situation and every circumstance.

Sync with the Lord every day. Get on His wavelength. Be on the same page. Upgrade your thinking and you will share the Lord’s mind. Be in the Word every day and you will be in unison with the Lord every day.

The voice of peace is louder than the voice of worry and fear but we have to tune into to that voice in prayer. Let’s pray all the time so we can hear the voice of the Lord all the time. His voice is peace, joy, love and victory. His voice matters more than the voice of the world. Stay tuned to the voice of peace!

Suggested reading: Psalm 4:8; Daniel 10:19; John 16:33

Choosing God’s music

When I was driving to work yesterday I didn’t play any music. I was in a rush when I got in my car and I didn’t have time to sync my phone and my car. It happens automatically for the most part but sometimes I have to do it manually. Driving without any music was strange. I wasn’t used to it. It wasn’t bad. I just felt a void. I decided to meditate on the Lord in my mind. It was a great exercise and I received an interesting message. I only listen to Christian music. That is my preference and it is a great way for me to stay in praise mode. Now, when I had no music, it felt empty and I wasn’t too much in praise mode. I sang and got into praise mode that way. I created this space for Jesus. People who don’t have the Lord drive through life with no music. There is a void and there is no real life. They don’t know what they are missing. They don’t know what’s lacking but they go through life without music, without the Lord. They live lives that have no melodies, no tunes and no rhythms. As a believer, we get to worship the Lord and we get to have those great moments when He inhabits our praises. However, there are times when we turn off the music and we start overthinking and overanalyzing things. We put Jesus on the back burner and we cruise through the day without Him. Our thoughts become bigger than our praise. Today I am inviting you to make sure you add music to your day every day. Add music physically and spiritually. Let Jesus be your song today. Let Him carry His tune of joy and peace. Make space for Him. Create this musical space where He is exalted. Add Jesus to your day every day!

The music I listen to on my way to work is uplifting. I have noticed that when I get into praise mode, I connect with the Holy Spirit very fast. Praise triggers the presence of the Lord and it is very apparent at times. It’s true for some songs more than others and I think it also has to do with how engaged I am in the praise experience. When my heart is in it, I can flow with the Holy Spirit very easily. It is an experience that I can’t duplicate anywhere else. Prayer also helps me get there but there is something special about praise. Praise declares Jesus as Lord and Savior. Praise is imposing Jesus over our circumstances and we see Him as the solution to all problems. I impose Jesus on my life every day through praise and prayer. I impose His majesty, His love and His power to do anything. My singing and the disposition of my heart help me add Jesus to my day. He is always present but we have to deliberately invite Him into our day and force things to line up with His Word by praising Him. There is so much power in praise. It is underrated. If you are not a person of praise, I strongly encourage you to start praising the Lord every day.

Music plays a big role in many people’s lives including myself. It adds color to our day. It adds joy but it can also add sadness. Music can change our moods and give us strong emotions. I used to be a big fan of ballads but they made me sad. My day used to be perforated by moments of sadness caused by the music I was listening to. Many words we hear are music to our ears. We have to pay attention to what and to whom we listen to the most because the words that come into our heads and marinate inside will turn into actions. They will map out our belief system and they will become strongholds. God’s words are music to our ears. It is the right kind of music. The kind of music that gives life and hope. We can’t turn off the words of the Lord. At least we shouldn’t. We ought to meditate on them and that way they will pop up in our minds when we need them. If we meditate on the world, we will think like the world and act like the world. The Lord calls us to be different from the world. We are in the world but we belong to the Lord. There is music everywhere. Our goal should be to listen to the Lord’s music, to His words and to keep it safe in our hearts. His words will help us guard our hearts and they will give us a reason to rejoice and to stay strong. Don’t drive through life without music. Choose the music of the Lord and you will have a successful life. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 25:1; Psalm 150:6; Revelation 5:13

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 206)

Don’t limit yourself in your head. With God there is more. Let His Word stretch your thinking and show you that there are no limits to what God can do for you!

Look around and see the beauty of the Lord. Look inside you and see the beauty of the Lord. Look inside your walk with God and see the beauty of the Lord. Wherever you look, you can see God. Keep your eyes of faith wide open!

When you praise God, all Heaven rejoices. When you praise God, all hell gets a beating. When you praise God, He shows up in your praises. When you praise God, the enemy gets annoyed. Praise God all the time. You will stay close to God.

God is on His own frequency and He invites you and me to join Him on the wavelength of hope. He desires that we don’t get trust the mixed signals of the world. We are always on His radar and He will give us all the peace and joy the world can’t give provide.

When you look on the screen of life, sometimes your life is a horror movie. Sometimes it’s a comedy. Sometimes it’s a drama. God brings His own reality into your life and that is what you should embrace. He will turn your horror into bliss and your drama into peace.

God has heard you. He heard you before you spoke and He is glad to see your faith. Keep trusting Him. A change is coming. Hope is not dead. Jesus is alive and well!

One thing you can be sure of is that God is still going to be God in 2022. His promises will remain the same. His power will be the same. His love for you will be the same. Expect God Almighty in 2022!

With God you have no reason to fear and no reason to worry but your mind will tell you otherwise. It will create stories where doubt is the protagonist. Reject the scenario of fear and replace it with God’s truth found in the Book of hope!

Anytime of the year God can restore your life. Anytime of the year God can give you a breakthrough. Anytime of the year God can do a miracle for you. Trust and believe God all year. He is with you all the time!

God’s wisdom is abundant. His wisdom is for everyone. Lean closer and you will hear Him speak into your mind and your spirit. He will give you the wisdom you need to navigate through the events of everyday life!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 2:6; Ephesians 5:15-16; James 1:5

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Sunday (Part 205)

God is doing something new today. His mercies are new every morning. Expect new things in your life. Expect God things in your life. He is going to replace the old with new blessings that don’t compare to your present suffering.

Don’t let yourself be pushed around by fear and anxiety. Push them around with faith and hope and kick them out of your system. God is stronger than fear.

The Lord is fully aware of your situation. He had seen it before it happened to you. He also knows how He is going to get you out of it and how the end is going to be perfect. Don’t lose hope. God knows how to help you!

Don’t let the world take over your world. Don’t let the world take over the Lord in you. Give God first place. Give God’s Word your undivided attention. Let the Lord in you be bigger than the world that is trying to dominate you.

God will put an end to this suffering. God will put an end to this pain. God will put an end to the lack and the losses. God will put an end to what is trying to end you. Stay strong in the Lord. Keep believing. God is going to do something great for you.

Jesus came to give you life and to give it to you abundantly. Thank Him for the abundance in your life. Thank Him before you see it. Thank Him because you know it belongs to you. Thank Him because He did it all for you. Jesus came to save you and your salvation is here and now.

There is nothing the Lord can’t do. There are no problems too big for Him. God can do the impossible. Remind yourself of the miracles that belong to you in the name of Jesus. Revive the hope in His name. Stay confident that the impossible is always possible with Him. Stay encouraged!

When you are sitting on the verge of a nervous breakdown, know that God is sitting there with you. He is comforting you and He is going to get you to the other side of this. Give Him your fears, your anxiety and your stress. He will remove them and give you a clean slate of peace and joy.

Know that this life with God is always about how much Jesus you put in it. How much Jesus you listen to. How much Jesus you trust. How much Jesus you speak into your life. How much Jesus you follow. Your life of victory is about how much Jesus you allow yourself to believe and to express!

There are always new beginnings with God. Today could be the start of a new chapter of your life. Trust God with your story. Believe that He has a very good plan for your life. Praise Him for new mercies and new beginnings!

Suggested reading: Exodus 34:6; 1 Chronicles 16:34; Mark 10:18

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Sunday (Part 204)

A prayer for others is never a waste of time. Pray for those you know. Pray for those you don’t know. Use your airtime with God to bless others. Pray without ceasing. Pray without limits!

Bad thoughts and bad memories are meant to be recycled. Give them to the Lord in prayer. Don’t hold on to them. Renew your mind with God’s help and your thoughts will remain positive!

Take praise breaks throughout the day. Take a moment to glorify the Lord and you will experience peace, joy and love throughout the day. Take those breaks and you will break the mental habit of negative thinking!

Through God you are more than a conqueror. Through God you are an overcomer. Through God you are going to make it. Through God you are going to win. Through God you are going to defeat the enemy. Through God you are going to get better. Through God you are blessed!

Jesus has time for you. He has all the time in the world. You don’t have to beg Him to listen to you. He is all ears and He loves hearing your voice so talk to Him with confidence. He is waiting for you!

Jesus, the maker of abundant life is with you. He gives you life without limits. He gives you hope, love, peace and joy galore. Embrace life in Jesus every day!

Don’t lose hope. God is going to do something great for you. Stay strong and be patient. You are not waiting in vain. Things are going to turn around for you. Praise God while you are waiting!

Walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh. Walk with love, peace, joy and hope and you will not walk by the flesh. Keep your heart full of the Spirit of God and you will not fulfill the desires of your flesh.

Fear and anxiety will come. They will always show up at your doorstep but don’t let them in. Don’t entertain them. Don’t listen to them. Don’t let them be comfortable in your house. Remind them that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Fear has no place in you!

You are going to make it through this tough time. You have the Lord on your side. Nothing is impossible with Him. Stay strong. Don’t give up. Great things are coming!

Suggested reading: Daniel 3:17-18; Psalm 42:11; 1 Corinthians 13:13

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 203)

God has blessings for you that are not on your radar. He has prepared things for you that are out of your sphere of your perception and anticipation. His blessings are out of range so think big.

Don’t be afraid of the night. Jesus is with you in your darkest moments. Talk to Him. Reach out to Him. Listen to Him. He is listening. He is talking. He is still holding you in the palm of His hand and He is still your light!

Develop a passion for Jesus. Let yourself fall in love with Him. Fall in love with His Word, with His ways, with His peace. Rejoice over Him. He rejoices over you!

God is in your corner. No matter who is against you. God is for you and He will protect you. Find refuge in His love and trust that He will never leave you nor forsake you!

Be a vessel of praise before you are a vessel of requests. Be a vessel of worship and not a vessel of worry. Be a vessel of love and empty yourself of every single drop of hate. Be a vessel of the Lord and pour Him into the world!

Renew your mind with the Word of God. Don’t buy into the lies. Don’t listen to the negativity. You are a child of God. You are blessed and you are more than a conqueror. That is what your mind should tell you. Listen to the voice of wisdom, the voice of the Lord!

The Word of God in you should be louder than the world in your head because greater is the Lord in you than the enemy that is in this world. You have victory in you. You have triumph in you. You have peace in you. You have love in you. You have Jesus in you and nothing is impossible to Him!

Faith is not just hoping. It’s believing when knowing. It’s knowing without any physical evidence and believing despite our feelings and emotions. Faith is trusting God no matter what and having the confidence that all will work for the best all the time!

With God, blessings always come. They might not come when you expect them but they come when you need them. Trust God for His amazing blessings and His perfect timing!

Love died on the cross and came back to life. Love won against death. Love conquered death. Love will always prevail. Jesus the King of love will always prevail. Believe in His love. Believe in Him. You will never be disappointed!

Suggested reading: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5; 1 Corinthians 16:14; 1 John 4:16

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 202)

Be glad when toxicity leaves. Some people are not meant to be part of your tribe. Let them go. It is a blessing. God knows who is supposed to be with you!

Praise the Lord when things are confusing, chaotic and when they don’t make sense. Jesus will make things work for the best and your praise will bring a change. Keep praising Jesus, the change maker!

The fall might hurt but the rise in Jesus’ name will be epic. God is going to get you up and restore you and you will be better than you were before. The fall might hurt but Jesus will heal all the pain!

You are a spokesperson for God. Don’t silence the voice of the Lord. Let people hear His love, His peace and His joy. Give a voice to the fruit of the Spirit. Give hope a voice every day so people can hear from God every day!

God’s love doesn’t change. God’s peace doesn’t change. God’s joy doesn’t change. God’s truth doesn’t change. God’s power doesn’t change. God’s blessings don’t change. God’s miracles don’t change. God’s Word doesn’t change. Jesus doesn’t change but He changes everything! Stay encouraged!

Stay positive in this negative world. Stay in peace in this chaotic world. Stay in the truth in this world of lies. Stay in faith in this world of doubt. Stay close to God in this world of division. Stay encouraged in the Lord and you will make it in this world!

It’s not over until God says it’s over. Don’t let the enemy have the final say. Don’t believe his lies. Don’t fall for his traps. God can do anything. God can bless you through anything. God can take you to your final destination and it is a place of peace, joy and victory. Let God speak about your ending!

Things can get out of control but it doesn’t mean that God has lost control. He still holds you in the palm of His hand. The chaos and the trials won’t overcome His plan for your life. God will defeat the difficulties and you will see that He was in control the whole time. Stay encouraged!

God is a Rock and nothing can break Him. He is stronger than anything that might come your way. Trust in the Rock that never fails. His power is indestructible. You are well-protected with Him and you are going to make it!

Sit still and know that He is God. The Lord wants some one on one time with you in the quiet. Sit still and listen to the silence of His voice. It is when you are still that you will hear Him best. Make time to be still and listen to the love of the Lord.

Suggested reading: Psalm 46:10; Psalm 100:3; Proverbs 19:21

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 201)

When you have hope and faith in Jesus, every day is sweeter than the day before. You go from glory to glory and the blessings keep coming to you in Jesus’ name!

Choose God over your circumstances. Choose His love. Choose His peace. Choose His joy. Choose faith over fear. Choose to follow God even when it doesn’t feel right. God will make things right when you choose to stand in faith. Choose Jesus over everything.

The light of the world lives in you. Jesus in you is the light people need. Let Him shine and let Him heal the world through you. Give Him to people you know. Give His love to anyone around. Jesus in you can change any situation so be an agent of change as you spread around the good news of His message.

The eyes of faith see what your mind can’t understand. The eyes of faith see beyond the natural. The eyes of faith gives you insight into the supernatural. The eyes of faith know what God is up to. The eyes of faith focus on Jesus and no one else.

The temptation to quit can be strong. The desire to give up can be overwhelming. Call on the One who beat death. Call on the One who dealt with the worse temptation. He will get you through it and He will make you strong. Call on Jesus!

We hear thousands of messages every day. We hear fear. We hear joy. We hear doubt. We hear faith. Let’s be careful what we pay attention to. We will hear what the world has to say but we should be more attentive to what the Lord has to say.

The journey with the Lord is full of ups and downs but the good news is that the Lord is with us all the time throughout the journey. Let’s hold on to His faithfulness and rejoice with gladness. He will never leave us nor forsake no matter what bumps are on the road.

The truth that sets us free comes from Jesus. His truth is liberating and it will always give us the freedom that the world can’t provide. Let’s stick to the truth. It will stand the test of time.

Lift up the name of the Lord. Lift up His name above your problems and your difficulties. Lift up His name and keep it high. Jesus’ name is more powerful than all the problems in the world combined. Lift up the power that is never defeated.

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. God so loved you that He gave His only Son. God so loved your life that He gave His Son’s life for you. God so loved you and the devil has no say in the matter. God so loved you so love yourself and enjoy God’s creation. God so loved you so never forget what He did for you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 4:4; John 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:16

Praying

Finding the right way to pray seemed difficult for me when I was young. I had no clue if my prayers were heard or if they were effective. I searched for the best way to pray. I read books. I listened to sermons. I was on a quest for the perfect formula and for the words that would get the job done. Did God listen to eloquent prayers more than He listened to simple prayers? Did I have to pray for a certain length of time for my prayers to be answered? How often did I have to pray? I had so many questions about prayer and the answers were hard to find. I hit a wall when it came to prayer and I gave up. I didn’t pay attention to how I prayed. What seemed to matter was that I prayed and that was good enough for me. I prayed every day and my words were not sophisticated but they represented what I felt and they carried the message to the Lord. Then I found that the Lord is not far from us. I found out that He is not up on a cloud looking down on us and that changed a lot in my spiritual life including the way I prayed. I learned that God listened and that He never turned a deaf ear. I learned that every word was important to Him and that I didn’t have to try to impress Him with my prayers. I didn’t have to sound smart and to sound pious. All I needed was to sound just like me and to speak from an honest heart. God knows what I want to say. God knows what I need. God knows who I am. God knows what my prayers are. He just wants me to speak to Him and to listen to Him. An open heart is a great entrance into a strong prayer life. I opened up and He closed my narrow views about prayer.

I discovered the great world of prayer when I was in college.  I call it a world because it is huge and it encompasses so much. Prayer is talking to God and listening to Him like I often say. It is a declaration from our hearts that says that we are dependent on God and that He means the world to us. Prayer is a petition and a request on behalf of others. We pray for others to be healed or to be blessed. When I discovered that prayer was meant to move the heart of God so that He would intervene in someone’s life, I was touched. When you think about it, prayer is a great gift to whoever we pray for. We pray that God would bless someone or that He changes someone’s life. Prayer should be selfless and it should be an expression of love. When love entered the prayer equation, it was a game-changer. Praying without love doesn’t work. With God, nothing “works” if love is not at the root of what we do. “Love others” we are told and if we do love them, we will pray for them. “Love God” we are told and if we love Him, we will talk to Him. Friend, let love be the essence of your prayers. May your prayers all be rooted in love. May love be the force behind your prayers and you will see how God moves in your life.

What is a great prayer you might wonder? The prayer that comes from the heart and that is fueled by love is a great prayer. Give love a chance to guide you in your prayers. Pray for your family. Pray for your friends. Pray for acquaintances. Pray for your schoolmates. Pray for your co-workers. Pray for people you don’t know well. Pray for your community. Pray for your country. Pray for the world. Pray for anyone. Just pray. Make it a habit. Pray every day. There are so many prayers that are waiting to be spoken. There are so many people that are longing for prayers. There are so many words from the heart that need to be released. My encouragement today is that you don’t get bogged down by how you should pray. Don’t worry about how you sound. Speak from the heart. Go to the Lord and talk to Him. He will talk to you as well in those moments. He will reveal His heart and give you love. Prayer is so important and you and I can be prayer warriors that touch the world one prayer at a time. Just pray. Just open your heart. Just talk to Jesus. The Holy Spirit will assist you and He will do what you can’t do. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:12; Matthew 6:7; Colossians 4:2

5 essential keys

There is a door that opens the way to a place where peace reigns, joy is strong and faith is everywhere. There are five keys that open that door. Each key is precious and powerful. God has given us the keys to getting to that place. It is not a place far away. If you believe in God, you might have been to that place and you might be living there. If those keys are on your keychain, I encourage you to use them all the time. Open that door and keep it open. Step inside that place and stay there. make yourself at home in that place. Get comfortable and don’t leave it. We tend to travel too much when the Lord wants us to stay in His house and enjoy His presence. Let me talk about the 5 keys today. I hope you will take the keys and open the door to a place where God is always present and doubt and fear are banned.

Key#1: Faith. Faith is the key that allows us to know God and to communicate with Him. Without faith we can’t please God. Without faith we can’t know God. We should always hold the key of faith and keep it very close to us. That key is the answer to all our problems, fear, and worries. The key of faith locks fear and doubt out of our lives. When fear and doubt try to get inside our dwelling place, faith blocks them and ignores them. They might be knocking on the door but faith keeps them away. They have no right to barge in and faith knows that well. The key of faith is the key to a healthy relationship with the Lord. It is crucial and it is very powerful.

Key#2: Love. Faith without love is nothing. We need faith to know God but it has to be accompanied by love. Love is the most important key even though I listed it as the second key. Love is why you and I are here. Love is the reason why we are saved. It is why Jesus came and died in our place. Love brought Him back to life and gave us eternal life. Love is more powerful than anything and anyone. Love conquers all. Love never fails. Love has won. Love will never lose a battle. God is love. Love is more than a symbol of God’s presence. Love is God with us. Let’s use the key of love every single day. It opens more doors than we know.

Key#3: Communion with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a Person. He is a gift from Jesus. He is the gift that keeps on giving. He is the gift that will never let us down and that will always give us what we need. He is the gift that the world needs. He is the gift that connects us to Jesus. The Holy Spirit takes us to a place of peace where Jesus is King. When we turn the key of communication with the Holy Spirit all the time, we open the door to a union and a communion that is holy and pure. We open the door to knowing Jesus, which is primordial and more than necessary.

Key#4: Prayer. Prayer will never get old. I can’t get enough of prayer and I pray every day. Jesus taught us to pray in His Word. If He talked about it, it means that it is something we should take very seriously. Prayer is talking to God and hearing from God. Prayer is the link that attaches us to the Father and that gives us access to His heart. Pray every day. Pray when you feel like it and when you don’t. Pray because God is listening. Pray because God is talking. Pray and you will be in the house of the Lord all the time. Pray and you will open the door to many blessings.

Key#5: Praise. God inhabits the praises of His people. When you pray, the presence of the Lord comes. Praise is an expression of your adoration to the Lord and He hangs out with you on a different level. Praise is faith speaking and acting. Praise defeats the enemy and gives us hope. Praise is what we need every day but we don’t turn to it enough. Praise the Lord and doors will unlock that you didn’t think could ever open. Praise is the key that opens possibilities and that gives you an advantage over your negative circumstances. Praise the Lord all the time and you will be in the house of the Lord where His joy is your strength.

You have the keys. Thank God for each one of them. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 4:1; Jonah 2:7; Mark 11:24