If you are ever seeking for the Bible to provide a list of things a believer should do, the Apostle Paul provided a simple one for daily living. He begins this to do list at I Thessalonians 5:11:

  • Comfort and edify one another (verse 11)
  • Respect all leaders (verses 12–13)
  • Treat everyone with kindness (verse 15)
  • Rejoice always (verse 16)
  • Pray without ceasing (verse 17)
  • Give thanks (verse 18)
  • Do not quench the Spirit (verse 19)
  • Test all teachings (verses 20–21)
  • Avoid evil (verse 22)

In the midst of everything, Paul says:

“Rejoice always,”

I Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This one scripture has two words, but they are so important and so powerful to the life of a believer. Why? As a Christian, we are supposed to be the most relaxed, the most grateful, the most optimistic people on this earth. Again, I ask why?

Even in our darkest days, we can draw strength from a higher source – a source that the world does not have because the joy of the Lord IS our strength.

Psalm 28:7 (NKJV)

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

If we operate in the fullness of God, we will respond to circumstances differently than the world does. It takes faith to obtain strength from an entity you cannot see. It also takes an unacknowledged source of faith to operate in anxiety; but the two cannot exist together.

So what are you going to do? I encourage you to place your hope in God, and the reality of His promises. Then watch how your mindset begins to shift from temporary satisfaction to consistently rejoicing.

Psalm 42:11 (NIV)

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

A Life of Truth

Dear Heavenly Father,

In a world where lies are pawned off as truths, and the truth is masked by some, to remain important and relevant in the eyes of the public, we recognize that YOU are truth. Everything you have ever said or done is honest, right, and good. Help us to value your words of truth as valuing you. If we do not find your words valuable, as they were spewed from your mouth, there is no way we value and honor who you are because your word and who you are cannot be separated.

It is a fact that you told us in the word was in the beginning with you and was/is you.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 NKJV

It is a fact that your word became flesh and dwelt among us.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NKJV

It is a fact that your word is pure and without fault.

It is a fact that we are cleaned from the guilt of sin, through your word.

Help us learn to say the truth in love and not in hurt. From this moment and going forward, help us to love the truth.

I humbly ask that you would accept this moment of meditation of your truth, in Jesus name, amen.

“The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever.” Psalms 119:160 NLT

Take Notice

Have you ever felt drained from life? No, I’m talking about feeling as if life was sucking the life out of you? Every time you think you are making progress, something from an unexpected source, feels as if it is pulling the oxygen from your lungs. Even more so, when you decided to completely surrender your life to the the Lord, you were hit and hurt on every angle.

We must remember that with the Lord, the pain we experience produces a purpose.The Lord always provides us with examples of affliction, sufferings, patient endurance and triumph.

In 2 Corinthians the 11th chapter, we learn of some of Paul’s sufferings for Christ Sake:

  • 5 different times, he was whipped by the Jews and received 39 stripes.
  • 3 times he was beaten with rods.
  • He was stoned once.
  • He shipwrecked 3 times.
  • He spent an entire day and night adrift at sea, left for dead.
  • He had been robbed, gone without food and water and enough clothing to keep him warm.

One beating alone could have handicapped or even killed Paul. Yet after allllll of this, Paul says: “I believe God.” Paul looked beyond his personal afflictions and recognized his sufferings equipped him and empowered him.

Paul endured many afflictions. He went from being an atheist to an activist of Jesus. I felt something right there- I’ll say that again:


What about you? After all the hardships, pains and tragedies in life, will you believe God? Or will you give up at the sign of struggle or the moment your prayer isn’t immediately answered? After all, Jesus told us:

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

The world may press us hard, but God’s strength, presence, and comfort will not allow us to be crushed.

If you see someone not like themselves on today, help them by noticing them. Take notice: Give a smile, give an encouraging word, pray for them, give a listening ear.

Be willing to help someone live!

Expect the Great

With every breath…

I realize your mercy. You have blessed us with so many good things and I believe there is so much more to come.

I live because your plan was life for me. Help me to always glorify you with my life.

  • Because of you, I expect the great.
  • Because of you, I can excel in great.
  • Because of you, I can influence great.

Because of you, I live with great expectations. I surrender my will for yours.

In Jesus name, amen.

You Bring Me Joy!

Oh Father, my Father. I simply want to say thank you for joy. It is an amazing gift to have joy in the midst of tumultuous times.

This joy, however, is not as a result of the dire circumstances and challenges we face today, but rather in the consolation of knowing that you can make it all better and not only that you can, but you will, if only we learn to tap into the authority we have within us, through you.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” Ephesians 3:20 NKJV

In the midst of our sorrows, you bring us joy. When I am surrounded by frustration, uncertainty, fear, anxiety and what appears to be a relentless problem that will not go away, your joy carries me and gives me strength to endure.

You bring me joy!

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!” Philippians 4:4-5 MSG

When life challenges you to focus on everything that is wrong, settle your heart and mind to focus on what matters most and think on those things. If we be honest, life has never been easy, but somehow you made it through. Only now, you have the promises of God to help you get through. Move with Him, not against Him so that you find peace in the midst of crisis. The joy is not fictitious- it is assurance and trust in Jesus that He sees, He knows, and He will lead you beside still waters.

Oh yeah, brace yourself through the storm.

Don’t let this storm take you out. It’s only for a moment. The storm is where you learn how to persevere so go ahead and cry. Get situated, lay down the anchor of hope, take down the sails, put on your life jacket and ride out the storm.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians‬ ‭4:8-9‬ ‭MSG‬‬

This is where it runs out!

What you speak produces what you see. If you change what you say, you will see a change in what you see. Let’s start here:

  • I will not have diabetes, asthma, or CHF.
  • My family and I will live, prosper and be in good health, even as our soul prospers.
  • My children will excel far beyond what I could ever think or imagine.
  • My children will not succumb to peer pressure, life pressure, and world pressure.
  • My children will not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • I will have favor with God and man.
  • As the Lord enlarge my territory, those I’m surrounded by and connect with will be enlarged as well.
  • My life will bring glory to God.

We must learn to stop giving power to generational curses and speak generational blessings.

I am determined to speak life into my life and those surrounding me. What about you?

I’ve Already Won

Today we find ourselves in a fight. A fight for justice, peace, health, sanity, and life itself.

As you fight for your family, your city, your country, your spiritual being, allow me to remind you of the power of God.

  • Is there an army too big for Him to subdue?
  • Is there a battle too hard for Him to overcome?
  • Is there an enemy too strong for Him to beat?

Here is your mid-week reminder:

There is NOTHING too hard for God.

“I am the LORD, the God of all living things! Is anything too hard for me?Jeremiah 32:27 CEB

Nothing or no one can defeat Him. No scheme or strategy can undermine Him. No weapon can prosper against Him. If you are in Him and He is fighting for you, you can proclaim victory as well: no weapon formed against you will prosper, no evil scheme can outwit you, no enemy can defeat you.

Lay aside your weapon and ask the Lord to take over, rest in His peace, and thank Him for His protection.

There is peace in knowing that you’ve already won.

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 NIV

Thank You for Being a Friend

When you think about relationships what comes to mind? What are your relationship goals?

Most often when asks these questions, people consider marital or dating relationships, but there are so many other relationships that require cultivation and goal planning.

The relationship expectations you define for corporations determine which jobs you’ll apply for and the companies that both you and others would identify as good employers.

The expectations you define with clothing stores and grocers, identify where you feel most comfortable shopping and who has the best deals and quality products.

Even the expectations of a technological tool i.e. computers and mobile phones, dictate if you are an android user or have an iPhone preference.

Who and what cultivates your relationship with the Lord? What goals do you put in place to ensure your relationship grows with Christ? Do you inspect personal relationships that expect the love of Christ to be put on public display?

Establish relationships that encourage and strengthen your relationship with God.

Let’s pray:

Father, you are such a faithful friend and confidant. You are more concerned about our lives than we are. You created us to be in relationships – more importantly those that lead to loving you.

Lead us into relationships and connections that encourage us to be more like you.

Thank you for being a friend- the epitome of a true friend.

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 NKJV

The Light of Christ

It is easy to find a small source of light in a dark room….

  • The digital clock on the cable box.
  • The small blue light wrapped around the charging cord from your laptop.
  • The display screen from your home alarm system.
  • The night light shining from underneath the bathroom door.

No matter where you are in that dark room, you can identify the light and navigate to find its source.

The lights described above are “little” lights.

The Bible says we are a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. I would not consider city lights on a hill, little lights.

Think about the view of a city in the evening, when flying on an airplane. The view of a city from this point gives a different perspective of the city.

Does your light provide a different perspective on life? Are people drawn to it? Can they see it in the midst of darkness? Or do we blend right in?

If we are the light of Christ, why are we so overtaken with darkness?

Reset, change the battery, whatever you need to do. It’s time to get serious and intentional.

The presence of light in darkness is something that is unmistakable.

You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5:14, 16‬ ‭CEB‬‬