Rejoice! God’s not even close to the end of His blessings for you. Blessings that you can’t even imagine are on the way. No eye has seen, nor ear has heard all that God has in stored for you. Things may look bleak today but joy is in the forecast for tomorrow.
“Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 NIV
“You hear O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.” Psalm 10:17 NIV
Now see here, this pity party has gone on for far too long. You are not a failure. You are not worthless; you were wonderfully created by the Most High. You are so important to God that he knows exactly how many strands of hair that you have on top of your head. He did not spend all that energy on creating you just so that you could give up now. You have not spent all this time having faith in him to lose heart. God gave you a dream for a reason. You don’t have to understand it now. Has he ever done anything for no good reason? Who are you to set God’s time table? Who are you to question his plans?
I know things suck right now. I know you’re frustrated, hurting, confused and stressed out but you are so close to your dream, you just can’t give up. Don’t you know that’s exactly what Satan wants you to do–to give up? Do you really want to give him that satisfaction? There are always wounds during a battle but God is a healer. I know you’re tired but God can renew your strength.
Stop magnifying your problems and magnify the one who is greater than your problems. God will do what he has promised. He doesn’t lose. You are not alone in this. God even has people praying for you when you can’t seem to pray for yourself. Now, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and shake off that doubt. Lift your head and hands up and start giving God the praise that he deserves!
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV
“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.” Psalm 30: 11-12 NIV
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.” James 1:17-18 NIV
All the glory goes to you, Lord. You are worthy to be praised. You’re worthy for who you are, which is holy and righteous. You are almighty, yet still full of mercy and grace. In my darkest hour, you are with me. You are patient, kind and gentle.
I praise you for your blessings. I praise you for your love. I praise you for your instruction and wisdom. I praise you for your healing. I praise you for your comfort when my heart is broken. I praise you for your encouragement.
Thank you, Lord, for your protection. Thank you for taking care of my family. Thank you for listening to me every single time I come to you. Thank you for doing everything that you have promised.
Sometimes, I get caught up in the chaos of this world and I don’t take the time to thank you like I should, to praise you like you deserve. I forget that my success, my blessings and my gifts are not of my own doing. I’m here because of you. I triumph because of you. I’m a blessing to others because of you. All the glory goes to you, Lord.
“Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” Psalms 113: 2-3 NIV
“The tongue has the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18: 21 NIV
Open your mouth and praise the Lord. Open your mouth and speak life. Open your mouth and rebuke evil. Open your mouth to confess that Jesus is Lord.
Don’t stay silent when you’re in pain. Go ahead and cry out to the Lord. When you’ve been told that there is no cure or that God’s promises won’t be fulfilled, shout out the Word. Scream, “I am healed by his stripes! God loves me so much that he gave his only son! God will fulfill that which concerns me! All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me!”
You’re not shy when it comes to talking about how bad things are. You’re not afraid to complain. Why are you scared to speak what you know in your heart to be true? God loves you. He came so that you can have an abundant life. Open your mouth and move some mountains. Sing his praises. He hears you and so does the enemy. They tremble at the mention of the name of Jesus and they rejoice when you speak doubt and hatred. Now, do you want to make the enemy tremble or rejoice? I don’t care if you yell, just open your mouth.
“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.” Psalm 145:21 NIV
“I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.” Leviticus 26:9 NIV
Make way, God is coming through and He is carrying a boat load of blessings just for you. Get rid of the clutter of doubt and confusion. Take out the trash of bitterness, anger and unforgiveness. Sweep the floors of the dirt of envy, greed and hatred. Remove the dust of fear that covers all the surfaces. Wash the walls of the filth of shame and guilt leftover from your past. Clean the windows so that you can see God’s grace and mercy shining through. Open the doors to let in the fresh air of love, peace and wisdom flow through.
God is coming through and our houses must be in order. We have to be prepared to receive our blessings. The past has expired and God wants to replace it with our future. Stock up on His Word. Rejoice! God is coming through!
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For just in a little while.” Hebrews 10: 35-37 NIV
“I am the bread that came down from heaven.” John 6:41 NIV
He is my sun in the rain. He is the sanity in my crazy. He is the right in my wrong. He is the common sense in my stupidity. He is the wisdom in my confusion. He is the hand that catches me when I fall. He is the joy in my pain. He is the calm in my chaos. He is the healer in my sickness. He is the protector in my recklessness. He is the light in my darkness. He is the courage in my cowardice. He is the confidence in my awkwardness. He is the supernatural in my natural. He is the comforter in my loneliness. He is the balm that soothes. He is in the words I write. He is the air I breathe. He is the reason for living. He is my past, present and future. He is the gift to my soul. He is in me. His love surrounds me and his light shines through me. Who is he, you ask. He is Jesus, my Lord and Savior.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV
He didn’t come so that we could be oppressed. He wasn’t subjected to ridicule and humiliation so that we could be depressed and lonely. He didn’t have a crown of thorns placed on his head so that we could be confused. He wasn’t beaten and tortured so that we could be powerless and allow life to beat us down. He didn’t hang on a cross so that we could live in fear. He wasn’t pierced in his side so that we could live in sickness and poverty. His blood wasn’t shed so that we would continue to live in darkness. He wasn’t raised from the dead so that we would lose hope.
Jesus suffered, died and was raised from the dead so that we could have an abundant life. He loves us. Enough is enough. It’s time that we know and walk in the truth.
We’ve had enough of being depressed. He left us joy. We’ve had enough of walking in fear. We have the power of God inside of us. We’ve had enough of being oppressed by the enemy. He can deliver us. We’ve had enough sickness. He can heal us. Again, I say, enough is enough. Let us reclaim our rightful inheritance as a child of the Most High.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV
“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 NIV
Is there a dream or situation in your life that seems dead? Even though it looks hopeless, it is still tugging at your heart. It could be a business you wanted to start, a book, play or movie you wanted to write. Maybe there’s a house you wanted or a degree you’ve been wanted to go for. It could even be a situation you’ve been struggling with, such as a failing marriage or a troubled family member. You’ve all but given up on losing weight, having children or finding a husband or wife.
Have you allowed these hopes and dreams to become a passing fantasy? Was it because you’ve allowed doubts and negative thoughts to creep into your mind; thoughts like, I’m too old or young? I’m not smart or strong enough. I don’t have enough money or connections. I’m not gifted enough. Do you feel like you’ve made too many mistakes or you have missed too many opportunities?
Let me tell you something. God’s calling on your life is still there. God’s word will not return void. Even if you have veered so far off the path that He has laid out for you, and you feel hopelessly lost, God still knows where you are. It doesn’t matter how deep in darkness or how close to rock bottom you are. God can lift you up and turn you around. He is the author of life so He already knows the ending. Pick up your faith and get back into agreement with the Lord. He will bring those dead things back to life. Just as He called Lazarus to arise and live again, He will speak the same thing in your life.
Don’t you ever give up on something that God has called you to do. Whenever those negative thoughts slither inside your mind, remember what the Lord says about your life. Continue to stay in faith. Continue to read the Word. Continue to pray. Stay close to the Lord, He will give you strength and wisdom, which is always plentiful and yours for the taking.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” Matthew 7: 7-8 NIV
“They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.” Psalm 145:6 NIV
When life is constantly beating you up, it’s easy to forget that we have someone that’s more powerful in our corner. Sometimes, our hurt, frustration, anger and bitterness blinds us to this fact. Even in times of trials we must never forget that our God is El-Shaddai, God Almighty. His power is endless.
If He parted the Red Sea to help the Israelites escape danger, He will part seas for us. If He used all the injustices against Joseph to place him in a position of prosperity, He will do it for us. If He granted great wisdom to King Solomon, He will grant it to us too. If He delivered a man possessed with a legion of demons, He will deliver us. If He can heal someone who is hearing impaired and unable to speak, He will open our ears and loosen our tongues to speak of His glory. If He can bring Lazarus back from the dead, He can cure our cancer. If He can heal the paralyzed, He can guide our steps. If He used Moses, the prophets and the apostles to spread His Word, He can use us too. If He can restore honor to a prostitute, He can restore us too.
All these mighty works that the Lord has done didn’t stop after the apostles died or after the Bible was written. God still has the power. It is up to each and every one of us to believe. Mark 6:5 NIV says, “He could not do miracles there, except lay his hands on a few people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith.” I don’t want to limit God’s power and blessings in my life because of my lack of faith. When in the darkness, let the Lord be your light. When life beats you down, look up to your Heavenly Father, His power is unlimited.
“They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” Psalm 145:5 NIV
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 NIV
I have a secret weapon. It defeats my enemies. It tears down walls. It loosens chains. No matter what circumstance, I am always armed.
My secret weapon is praise. I praise God when I’m happy and when I’m hurting. I praise God when I’m among friends and when I’m surrounded by my enemies. I praise God for success and when I’m rejected.
I know it seems strange to some when I lift my hands and rejoice with tears in my eyes and I look defeated. They don’t understand the nature of my weapon. When I praise the Lord, I am trusting Him to take care of me. I am acknowledging the fact that there is no problem greater than Him. As an added bonus, I’m confusing the enemy too.
There is no special skill required to use this powerful weapon. All you need to do is say, “thank you, Lord. I know that you are almighty. All things are possible with you.”
Now, the next time the devil attacks, have faith and take out your secret weapon.
“Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting.” Nehemiah 9:5 NIV