Category: Inspirational


Storms don’t last forever. It is scientifically proven that storms usually come to an end. The common idiom “after a storm comes a calm,” means that things will likely improve after a difficult and stressful season. Jesus did not promise that you will go through life on this earth without any difficulty. He reminded you that “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Therefore, if you are going through a difficult storm in your life right now, it will eventually come to an end. God is always on time, and He knows the right time for everything. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Although it may appear that Jesus is sleeping during your storm, it is crucial for you to have faith and ride out your storm with Him; because at any moment He can calm your storm. Mark 4:35-41 recounts the moment that Jesus was in a boat on a lake with His disciples. But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. During the storm, Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat. The disciples woke Him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.

Burden is defined as a load, but not just a typical one. It is a very heavy load. Therefore, if you have a burden carrying around, it is one that is weighing you down because it is very heavy. What burden are you carrying around with you right now?

Your burden could be a troubled marriage or relationship, a stressful job, a wayward or disabled child, a loved one who is struggling with a debilitating or terminal illness, grieving the loss of a loved one, a difficult financial situation, or even a stagnant spiritual life. Notwithstanding, if you do not identify the situation as a burden, you will not be able to give it to the Lord.

You are encouraged to cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you. He will not permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22). Likewise, do not just give him some of the burden, but all of it. Also, do not become anxious to take back the burden when you already gave him control of it. You are reminded to cast ALL your anxieties on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

It is Finished!

One of Jesus’ last words from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30) is an important utterance. After this utterance, he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. It was not to say that his life was over, as he would be resurrected on the third day after his crucifixion. However, it was an utterance to his father in Heaven to say that the purpose that he came to earth to accomplish was finished.

The Greek word translated for “It is finished” is tetelestai, meaning paid in full. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins. Therefore, because it is finished, this life on earth is not our final hope. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Happy Easter!

Today someone close to me witnessed a man on a bridge about to jump to his death. He said, “I can’t do this thing call “life” anymore.” Fortunately, the police came and dissuaded the man from jumping to his death. He was taken into crisis for evaluation and help. After hearing about this incident, I began to pray for the people who are in despair and feel hopeless because of whatever challenges or crisis that they are currently facing in their lives.

There are so many things that are happening in the world around us at this time. COVID-19 has devastated many lives and continues to have an impact on society today. There are natural disasters, such as tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and volcanic eruptions to name a few. There is a war currently unfolding in Ukraine, as Russia invaded that country. Furthermore, the UN reported that some countries are currently facing famines.

Jesus spoke about the signs of the times and the end of the age, as he sat on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24). He told his disciples who asked him about the signs of the Lord’s coming and the end of the age that there will be many people who will come in His name, saying, “I am the Christ” and will deceive many (v. 4-5).

There will be wars and rumors of wars, but do not be troubled for all these things must come to pass. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows. Christians will be hated, persecuted and killed for His name’s sake. Many people will be offended, betray one another, and hate one another. Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But those who endure to the end shall be saved. And the Gospel will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come (v. 6-14).

In the midst of despair in this world, you can still have hope. This hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in your heart by the Holy Spirit who was given to you (Romans 5:5). Jesus comforted you that you can have peace in Him; however, in the world you will have tribulations; but you should be of good cheer, He has overcome the world (John 16:33). You are reminded to cast your anxiety on Him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5;7). In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Disclaimer: If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please reach out immediately to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-8255, which is available 24/7.

Ask, Seek, Knock

The will of God is important in prayers. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14). This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10). Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).

God never gives us anything to do that He does not give us the strength to do.

Jack Hyles

God Will Protect His Purpose

When God calls you, he will protect his purpose that he has called you to fulfill. Satan will stop at nothing to allow people in your life to try and interfere with his purpose; however, God will not allow this to happen. He is God, and whatever he ordains to be fulfilled, it will be, as long as you stay in obedience and yield to his will. The Lord assures you that heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35).

The reason some people leave your life is because they would have interfered with his purpose. Although this may be a hurtful experience when they leave, let them go! If they were destined to be a part of your purpose, then they would have no doubt stayed with you. Although you may not see it now; in the end you will realize that they would have interfered with what God wants you to do. Notwithstanding, God will replace the people who have left you with people of purpose who will support the calling that God has placed upon your life.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). When God calls you out of the world, do not expect that people are going to love you because you are following God and fulfilling his purpose for your life. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you (John 15:19).

All things considered, you may not see the hearts of people, because you are looking on the outward appearance; therefore, you do not know that they would have become a hindrance to his purpose. However, the Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). That is why God will let people leave your life, in order to protect his purpose that he has called you to fulfill.

Discovering Your New Purpose

The New Year is finally here. Although some goals may have been achieved in the previous year, others may not. This is another chance to start fresh and discover your new purpose. God has not called the already equipped people. He equips the people He calls. You may be worried about your finances, your health, disfunction in your family life, or you may already have a busy schedule; however, God wants to see your faith (Hebrews 11:1).

If God has given you a vision, it’s now time to act on this vision. More importantly, you should pray, fast and ask the Lord for his directions. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). Be that as it may, when God has already sanctioned your walk; all you have to do is to ask him to guide your steps.

Do not let the enemy whispers doubts and lies regarding your ability. The enemy comes to steal, kill and to destroy. However, God came so that you can have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). There are going to be critics and naysayers who will stop at nothing to distract you from discovering your new purpose. Quit trying to please these people, as you look forward to your destiny. Life is too short to live it being distracted by others. Each of us has a number at which time we will cease to be on this earth (Job 14:5; Psalm 90:12).

At the end of your journey here on earth, you will not be standing before these people, you will be standing before God. He will determine how well you have spent your time while here on this earth. If it is pleasing to him, then you will hear; well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord (Matthew 25:23). 

Happy New Year!

Rejoice At His Birth

Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel, which means God with us (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth (Luke 1:14). And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son (1 John 5:11).

God Give Me Grace

Are you going through a stressful situation where you have prayed and asked God to deliver you? It may be a bad financial situation, an ongoing health issue, a bad relationship or marriage, a stressful job, or even a church that you feel that you want to leave, but have to wait on God to release you. Your stressful situation could be any of the above, or others not mentioned here. However, you may wonder if God has all the powers why are you still going through it. Notwithstanding, it is perfectly okay to wonder.

The Apostle Paul spoke of being conceited because of a greatness that was revealed to him in a vision. As a result, a thorn was given to him in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass him, to keep him from becoming conceited. He pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave him. But the Lord said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul stated that, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

Consequently, you will have to wait on God’s will and timing to answer your prayers. On the other hand, while you are waiting, you may become frustrated and impatient as you are only human. This is the moment when you should stop and refresh yourself, and say, “God give me grace.” He will give you the grace to endure, until he delivers you.

It is sometimes difficult to give thanks in challenging circumstances. However, life is not without its fair share of trouble (John 16:33). Notwithstanding, when you look at the glass half-full instead of half-empty, you are inclined to give thanks in all circumstances.

 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV). Therefore, think for a moment, and see what you can still give thanks for in your life, despite any challenges that you may have overcome or may now be experiencing.

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