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You're going to get there

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. Do you know you're going to get there? Oh yes. You're going to get where the Lord has for you to go and what He has for you to do, especially if you believe what G alatians 6 :9 says, which is “let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Clearly, that verse is referring to those who don’t give up. It means your season will flourish and blossom into the awesome things the Lord has in store for you. It means that although you may indeed grow tired and weary sometimes, the key is that you do not give up and say, 'that’s it, I’m done.' Never give up on the plans God has for you. He wants His plan manifested on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6 :10 says  His will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven,  remember? So, continue on. Keep those goals and dreams front and centered, that the Lord placed inside of you. Don't let anything or anybody stop

Anything is possible for those who believe

Do you know you can overcome anything if you believe you can? It doesn't matter what it is, you can beat it. In  Matthew 19 :26, "Jesus looked at them [disciples] and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” That's right, anything is possible with God. His kingdom is possible and His kingdom is available to anyone. God will move mountains and level them for His people. Yes, the Lord will make the crooked places straight.  Other reminders of the possibilities with God? Luke 1:37, "For nothing will be impossible with God"; Mark 11:24, "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you; and Jeremiah 32:17, 'Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You."  And the scriptures go on and on. Thus, God made it so we would understand that He

God has not forgotten about you

I've come to remind you that God has not forgotten about you. He still has favor, grace and mercy for you and that His promises never come back void when we believe Him at His word. He is also and always still, a forgiving God. We have to have faith that He will do what He said He would.  Consequently, when we put all our trust in God and not the enemy (the devil, because he is a liar, a big one), God will be there forever and ever, amen. While the enemy wants to convince God's people that there's nothing for them, God is saying He still has something for you. Remember, Jeremiah 29 :11 and don't forget it. It says, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God hasn't forgotten about you. So rely on Him and His word, then start speaking life over your life. Proverbs 30 :6 says "he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. " Start seeing

Rejection is God’s protection

Have you ever heard the phrase, "rejection is God's protection?" Well, I do believe it's true sometimes. Yes, sometimes there are people, places, and things the Lord knows doesn't mean us any good and He ensures we encounter roadblocks at every turn concerning them. I know it's a difficult pill to swallow when we really want to be approved or accepted by certain people we want in our lives, or for certain places to open up to us, or to be able to obtain certain things. Yet, it seems we are locked out at every opportunity, right? Well, that is sometimes God's protection for us and of course that is a great thing.  God has better for us and He knows when timing is not in our favor. So, instead of trying to make things happen in our own strength, which usually results in failure and utter disaster (I know from experience), we have to let God work, then wait on Him. Waiting means continuing to go forward with the road He has us on and staying focused on

God is still moving

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters"  Genesis 1 :1/2.  God is real folks and His spirit still hovers over the earth. That means that although God doesn't have a human body, He is nevertheless, still everywhere.  1 Timothy 1 :17  says,  "to the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."   God is available to us at anytime and we can have a great relationship with Him. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have reciprocal communication with the Lord. My life would be so much different -- so unfulfilling with no direction. I don't know about you, but I want to know God is dwelling among us in this world, because that makes it so I (we) will be ok. It's about knowing He is still alive and that His spirit is looming right now at

Eyes on God

Where are your eyes looking?  Proverbs 4 :25 says, “l et your eyes look directly forward and your gaze be straight before you.” That scripture means to stay focused on continuously gaining wisdom and insight from God. It means looking towards  The Light  and not having anything to do with the darkness. It means to take the road of goodness. It doesn't mean we won't ever have problems. It just means we will walk with more power throughout our challenges when we walk in the light. We will be able to speak life to any situation.  Proverbs 4:10-12  says, 'the years of our lives will be many when we walk in the way of wisdom; that our steps will not be hampered and when we run we will not stumble.'  Walking in the light is about keeping our eyes gazed on the Lord; staying in tune with what He has to say; and relying on Him to help us walk with a straight gaze. Isn’t that awesome? God is great. 

Staying with God

"Do not fret  [worry]  because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong" (Psalm 37:1).  Translation? You're not missing anything not being a part of the "hip cool" crowd. Trust and believe that. All that matters is that you position yourself around the people with a vision who live for the Lord. They are the ones who will become more in life, because they will be able to possess natural  and  supernatural power. Now,  that's  power. Consequently, it doesn't matter if things seem boring or ordinary, because you can best believe there is much movement behind the scenes. And you can best believe that God is going to show people how it's done through your life. You have been serving Him and serving Him some more. Don't think any of it has been in vain. God honors those who honor Him. Yet, serving and honoring God doesn't mean everything will go perfectly, because we will still have our challenges. Challenges make us strong

Your faith

I never tire of  Hebrews 11 :1 . It says ‘faith is the assurance or confidence of the things we hope for and the conviction or evidence of the things we don't see.’ In other words, we don't have to naturally see what we want, to believe it's going to be manifested in our lives. We can trust that God will bring it to fruition.  That's faith.  Have faith. Hebrews 11:1 is one of those scriptures that sums up our foundation in Christ. We absolutely cannot go forward without faith. And we can't go forward thinking we have to have everything figured out. Faith doesn't work that way. We won't be able to figure it all out. God is not limited in what He can do. He's the same everyday, which means He's reliable and steady. He can and will do anything anywhere anytime He wishes no matter what. So, our best bet is to simply rely on Him and have faith that He will honor everything in His word concerning our lives.

Transformed and renewed

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. Romans 12 :2 says,  "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."  It's about staying focused on God. It's easy for us to get distracted by so many things, but we must use as much discipline as possible in order to meditate (reflect, ponder, think) on the things of the Lord. For those of you on the right road, stay on it and don't veer off from the positive road you're on. That's exactly what the enemy wants us to do, but don't get sidetracked, stay focused. It doesn't matter what comes against you, God has your back. Focus is the key though. Focus is the key to transforming our minds and continuously renewing it by reading God's word and keeping an on-going relationship with Him. You know what that means? It just means seeking His

Keep looking up

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” ( John 8 :12).  I just want to encourage you to keep looking up, follow the light, and to keep the plans God has for your life, front and centered. Continue to look up towards heaven no matter what you're going through. If you're not going through anything, then great, continue to ensure your gaze is still on the Lord. No matter where we are in life we have to keep God as the center of our lives and not get too busy for the Father. We must remember what He did for us and the blood He shed for each of us. Looking up ensures that we are looking towards the light, because Jesus is the lLight and He sits on high. No need to look low, because we won't see Him there. So look up, look high, and be fixed on the Lord.  "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in dark

You will make it

Today I have more great news for you and that is, you’re going to make it. So just in case there was any doubt, I’ve come to remind you that God never gives us more than we can handle. We can get through anything with Him.  John 16 :33  says,  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Are you going through anything particularly challenging today? Whatever you're going through or the challenges that may be in front of you, you can get through them and you will make it. I am confident of that very thing, because those who believe in the Lord’s resurrecting power, know that He is able to do far more exceedingly than we can ever imagine. We just have to trust Him when it seems our back is against the wall; when it seems all the chips are down; and when it seems our life has been turned upside down. I know from experience that you will get through everything that has been a str

Encourage yourself beyond your circumstances

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. Do you know that no matter what you may be going through, you can encourage yourself in the Lord? And the Lord will give you the strength and power you need in order to get through? Yes, He will do it. He did it for David when David probably found it difficult to understand how he would endure. But, guess what? God was with him and God blessed him too. There are so many things I love about David. One of those things is that he encouraged himself in the Lord beyond the challenging circumstances he found himself in ( 1 Samuel 30 :6). When it seemed all was lost, David didn't give up. When everyone turned their backs on him, he stayed with his vision. When his family and community were taken, he went forth with what God told him to do. David never left the Lord in spite of his circumstances. I love that he did the opposite of what some of us would do, he stayed with God, he didn't run away from God. And he didn&#

The last will be first and the first will be last

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. Have you ever heard the parable about the workers in the vineyard? It comes from Matthew 20 :1-16 and it goes like this: “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.  “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,

Live to please God

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. 1 Thessalonians 4   speaks to living a life for God, which can indeed be a full joyous life. Verses 1/2 say,  "Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more. For you remember what we taught you by the authority of the Lord Jesus."  Let's not make living for the Lord difficult. Let's do what it is He wants us to do in spirit and in truth. Living a life pleasing to God doesn't mean we will get everything right though. No, we will surely stumble and fall short for sure. Living a life pleasing to God means living a life of praise, love, worship, and faith towards Him. It means knowing He is the ruler and guider over our lives at all times. Isn't it great to have a great protector and a great watcher over our lives that we can praise and worshi

Walking tall with God

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. Do you know that when you're walking with the Lord, you're walking tall? I know it's not always easy in this world to walk with Christ, because so many things come against us, right? Yet here's the thing, we must continue to walk strong and continue to take refuge in Him no matter what comes our way. He is constant, steady, reliable, and consistent. And He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, which helps make our walk doable. Faith is also a large part of the Christian walk and it has to be exercised in order to continue walking tall with the Lord. We have to be alright with walking by faith and walking in the trust we have in Christ, which means to walk, not by what we see in the natural, but what we see spiritually. 2  Corinthians 5 :7  says, " for we walk by faith, not by sight."  That's very important to our walk with God, because our faith is doing the walking for us, sort of

You will get there

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. Do you know that when God says you're blessed, you're blessed? Do you know that when God's promises are yes and amen, there are some great things in store for you? Do you know you're going to go where it is He said you would go? Yes, you will get there, so don't grow all weary and throw in the towel. Have faith and believe God at His Word, ok? For, His Word never comes back void or empty. Sometimes it's easy to get frustrated that certain things aren't happening fast enough, but we can't get discouraged. God is aware that we want certain things manifested in our lives. Yet timing is crucial. I know that more today than ever. There were some things I tried to rush and they fell through, because I didn't want to exercise patience. But God doesn't rush anything simply because we want things yesterday. We can't become so desperate for things that we start going out of the will of

Winning with God

We've heard many people tell the story of David and the evil giant Goliath, but I've never heard anyone say that there were actually two giants in the story. One was Goliath and the other was David.  Yes David.  1 Samuel 17   tells the story of how David killed the giant punk Goliath by casting a stone that hit him in the forehead. Goliath wasn't used to anyone going up against him. He would taunt the people of God and they were all afraid of him. He was a bully that ran his mouth all the time, but David was the one who eventually shut it forever.  Who would have ever thought the little ruddy David would be the one who defeated a great big giant? Goliath was the natural giant standing at "six cubits and a span"  (v 4) , which according to Wikipedia, meant he stood at 9'6"! Yet David was the real giant and although he was naturally short compared to even regular sized men, he ran towards Goliath. He didn't run away. That's the epitome of

God is out in front

Are you aware that God is out in front of you and on each side of you in protective mode? Yes, He is the ultimate protector and it gets no better than that. So just in case you may be thinking even for one minute, that they are limits on God, I'm coming to tell you there's not. He's the infinite God who never runs out of resources and ways to help us. He will protect us against people, places, and things, because He is the ultimate protector. So, don't get down, don't grow weary, and don't you dare give up, God is out in front of you and on each side of you in protective mode. And with His protection and support, who can go against you?  Romans 8 :31 says, "If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  God is out front.

The forgiving light

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." ( 1 John 1 :5-7). God is where goodness and mercy endures forever. When we walk with Him, we walk in His glorious light. And when we walk with Him, we are forgiven. In other words, " If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:8/9).  1 John 1  is a great reminder that we are to look no further when it comes to knowing where our love and the glorious light is, which shines so

You have to keep going

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. This is just another reminder that although we all fall short, God still loves us and we have to keep going forward regardless. Yes, we've all made bad decisions that some of us call mistakes, yet we can't let them stop us from moving to where it is God wants to take us. Jeremiah 29 :11 says, He has great and awesome plans for us, because He wants us to have a hope and a prosperous future. And He knows that although we may not have gotten it all right, we are all His children nevertheless and He wants the best for. So we can't beat ourselves up. I did that for many many years, because of all the bad decisions I made, all the mistakes I made. And let me tell you, I'm not looking back. We can't look back because of the mistakes, the mishaps that happened, that may be even happening now, or will happen. All we can do is stayed prayed up and try our best to live the life God wants us to live. It's

Heart of a godly champion

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. Did you know that when you're in Christ, you have the heart of a godly champion? That means you can take maximum pressure and come right back after that pressure. That means you can push yourself like an Olympic athlete and act as though it were no big deal -- business as usual. That's why they train so hard. They know it will be a time when they will have to exercise much force and work to their maximum speed, strength, endurance, and stamina, all physically, mentally, and emotionally -- and probably even spiritually. And if they're going to win the gold medal, the trophy, or the prize they can't sweat and give up or give in under the intense and magnified pressure. They're champions and they refuse to lose. Remember David when he went against the giant, Goliath in  1 Samuel 17 ? David already knew he would win before the battle (or lack thereof), began. He trusted the Lord coming and going. He was a c


Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. Strive: to devote serious effort or energy,   endeavor, to struggle in opposition,  contend ( Does any part of that definition fit you? Are you striving? If the Lord has you here, that means striving means you must go on. All of us.  Because a godly life offers so much. God wants us to go out of our way to connect with Him. I don't mean pray only when things get tough. I'm talking about praying without ceasing, which means on-going communication with God. Yes we can all make the time to strive to open ourselves up to the Lord. It's something each one of us can dedicate our lives to. Jesus said,   “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" ( Matthew 22 :37). We can all strive to do that no matter what is going on in our lives, right? Right. 

More than a conqueror

Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post. Do you know you are more than a conqueror through Christ? That's right. That means you're more than a winner, you're more than a victor, and you're more than a champion. So, we have to continue having faith that God will bring us through anything we may be going through. We can overcome any situation, because of the God we serve -- the God who lives in us -- and the God who loves us. He will always be there for us. In other words, we have already won the battle, we have already won the victory, yet this is the thing though: we can't give up that faith to the enemy. We can't give up and just run away from what is in front of us. We have to go forward, because God has got us covered. Romans 8 :37-39  says: "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future,

God’s yes

Do you know that when God says you're going to be blessed with a promise He's made to you, it's going to happen? Because when God said it was going to get done, it's going to get done. Nobody can stop it, nobody can block it, and nobody can influence the outcome. What God has your name on, is for you and only you.  You see, with God’s yes and when He makes a promise, He stands by it and when we take Him at His glorious Word (the bible) -- when we put all our faith in Him, then there's no reason to think He will do anything less. He wants to bless us and He wants us to live an abundant life. He doesn't want us to stop living, He doesn't want us to give up, and He doesn't want us to ever lose hope that He will do what He said He would do. Isn't that great news? Embrace it and stand on it.  "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory

No condemnation for those in Christ Jesus

Do you know there's no condemnation (wrong) for those of us who live with Christ Jesus in our heart? That doesn't mean we can live like the devil, it just means we have been set free from the bondage of living according to our flesh and we are therefore, living according to the spirit that dwells within us. It means we are now new creations through the God who lives in us. Oh yes, Romans 8 :1-4 says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." That also means that the slate has bee