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The Light Within

Have you ever noticed that whenever the power goes out or you are trying to relax with a little amount of light you use an alternative source to see–such as a candle, flashlight or even a match? And everywhere you go with those sources of light, the shadows and darkness disappear?
The image above is an exact example of this. When you put a match up against the wall, you see a shadow of the stick itself however when it gets up to the flame there is no shadow. No matter where you put that light, it keeps on shining no matter how dark it is around you.

There is a Light inside of you that can never be taken away.

  • John 1:5 AMP “The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].”
  • Matthew 5:14-16 MSG “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a basket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Our source of light comes from God. Each time the Lord has appeared in Scripture, he is referenced as a beaming light. 1 John 1:5 TPT “This is the life-giving message we heard him share and it’s still ringing in our ears. We now repeat his words to you: God is pure light. You will never find even a trace of darkness in him.” Habakkuk 3:4 NLT “His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden.” Ezekiel 10:4 NLT ” Then the glory of the Lord rose up from above the cherubim and went over to the entrance of the Temple. The Temple was filled with this cloud of glory, and the courtyard glowed brightly with the glory of the Lord.”


I want to give you guys a real life example of God being our source of light:When it’s dark in your house, you typically use a flashlight that way you have a path of light directing you to where you are going, right? Well, what happens when you decide to not use a flashlight and just find your way through the dark on your own? You often end up stumbling around, hurting yourself (i.e. stub your toe if your clumsy like me) and straying further away from where you intended on being. That is how it is spiritually. God is our light that guides us through this life, whereas the enemy wants to convince you that you don’t need him; leading you astray and hurting you along the way. Why does he do this? Because he is scared of your Light. The enemy only has one objective and that is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10a). He wants you to believe that you are nothing, that there isn’t anything special about you and that your life doesn’t matter, but if you really stop to think about it, why would he try to tell you all those things if the opposite was not true? He KNOWS you’re Special, he KNOWS you’re Loved Dearly by the Most High God, he KNOWS that the Light within you is so much more Powerful than he is. Don’t let him deceive you any longer and step into the Destiny that the Lord has created for Only you. John 15:14-15 TPT “You show that you are my intimate friends when you obey all that I command you. I have never called you ‘servants,’ because a master doesn’t confide in his servants, and servants don’t always understand what the master is doing. But I call you my most intimate friends, for I reveal to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father.”
John 15:14-15 shows that God is the one who Leads you. He wants to expose his true self to you, he wants to direct your path because he knows what’s best for you. He knows the consequences that come with stumbling around in the dark, when you begin to rely on yourself or other things to guide you. Would you rather walk blindly or with God, the one whose Light exposes everything?


This comes to my next point: The reason His Light within us never fades or goes away is because the source of his Light is his Love which is unconditional, never ending, and everlasting. Jeremiah 31:3 MSG “This is the way God put it: ‘They found grace out in the desert, these people who survived the killing. Israel, out looking for a place to rest, met God out looking for them!’ God told them, ‘I’ve never quit loving you and never will.Expect love, love, and more love!” Psalm 86:15 NLT “But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” Psalm 136:23-26 MSG “God remembered us when we were down, His love never quits. Rescued us from the trampling boot, His love never quits. Takes care of everyone in time of need. His love never quits. Thank God, who did it all! His love never quits!” The Passion Translation also states “Give thanks to the great God of the heavens! His tender love for us continues on forever!” Romans 8:35-39 TPT “Who could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One?

Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations, dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love, even though it is written: All day long we face death threats for your sake, God. We are considered to be nothing more than sheep to be slaughtered! Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything! So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!” Another great version of this scripture is in The Message!
Be encouraged, the Lord is with you and wants to be that light to guide your path! We’re the Bright Ones lit up with his love, so Shine Bright and let your Light Shine!

God Bless.

Pride vs Humility

What validates us as followers of Jesus?

Is it the fact that we claim we’re Christians? Is it the social media posts we create? Or is it the christian apparel that we wear (necklaces, bracelets, shirts, tattoos)?

None of the factors listed above display Christ within us however the one thing that does is the love we have for one another. In John 13:34-35 Jesus states “So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you. For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know you’re my true followers.” Now this statement is powerful, I’m sure we’ve witnessed or encountered a lot of people who claim to be Christians but didn’t demonstrate this commandment. One thing I’ve learned recently is that whenever Jesus speaks, we should be paying very close attention.

So what is love?

Love is a choice; choosing the best and the highest good for God and others. The presence of love is what produces unity (Psalms 133). Jesus even takes time to pray for the future generations to have this unity with one another (John 17: 20-23). God hates it when we don’t get along. John 15:12-13 states “So this is my command: Love each other deeply, as much as I have loved you. For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends.” Jesus is the prime example of this sacrifice. We have to be willing to die for one another like Christ did. With all that being said there are some obstacles that come in the way of us being able to love one another the way Christ intended and one of those is pride.

Pride makes loving your neighbor a lot harder. Relationships must become our top priority. Relationships are what display the Love of Christ to others. Pride is the greatest element used when it comes to destroying relationships. There are two types of pride: inferior and arrogant. The most common is arrogant pride which is thinking more highly of yourself than one another. The other is harder to identify: inferior. Inferior pride is thinking lowly of yourself or having false humility. Pride overall is having the wrong concept in contrast to God or others.

If you’re both functioning in humility then there is no reason you both wouldn’t be able to get along. Pride is the problem and humility is the answer. Unity in any situation is simply corporate humility. Humility functions in actuality, it is choosing to be known for who you really are, nothing more and nothing less (embracing the truth with no exaggerations). Humility is a lifestyle, we have to choose daily to act in humility. A practical way to cultivate humility is through gratefulness. The Lord revealed to me that humility is knowing who He is and knowing who He says I am. One way this has challenged me, which I hope it challenges you as well is to be more aware of my mindset. Am I complaining or am I expressing gratitude? God’s character is expressed in loving kindness and because of this loving kindness our God so graciously bestows on us, we should recognize how privileged we’re as human beings. Something to ask yourself is “What have I done to deserve clean running water, food, or even a roof over my head?” The answer should be nothing. We deserved eternity in hell but God chose to redeem and clothe us with righteousness. Because Jesus humbled himself to be obedient to even death (Philippians 2:8), we need to humble ourselves and choose to be on right terms with the people around us. God would never call us to do something that we weren’t capable of accomplishing with him.

Love God, Love People. Keep it Simple. This is the solution to changing our broken world.

Get your love on!❤

Don’t Ever Let Me Go

Earlier this week I was worshiping in my free time and was listening to the song “Don’t Ever Let Me Go” by Corey Voss (incredible song by the way if you haven’t heard it check it out). While listening to this song, I would sing out to the Lord “Don’t ever let me go” and each time he would reply back “I won’t.” I could not stop smiling, I was at loss for words. Hearing a reply from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords struck me with awe. The fact that he wanted to speak to me personally wrecked my mind. Our God yearns to speak to all of his children. The Word says in Jeremiah 33:3 that if you call to him he will answer you and I believe that this still applies for today. All we have to do is be willing to get silent before him and wait to see what he has to say. During this week I was having difficulties emotionally with feeling unloved by a family member and it was beginning to really impact me even though I tried to fight it. It felt like a scab was reopening which was extremely painful for me. I didn’t know what else to do but cry out to the Lord. When I cried out to the Lord, I didn’t instantly feel better however over time I did and I came to realize that God is the only one who can fill the places that others leave void. You’re going to have a lot of disappointments in your life but your Heavenly Father will never let you down. He’s there from the beginning to end and he doesn’t plan on leaving your side. Never lose sight of God because in the end, he’ll always be the only one still standing next to you when times get tough. Psalms 73:23-26 NIV states “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” This circumstance really challenged me to always rely on him for everything, even when it comes to my emotional needs; to surrender all the hurt and pain so that he can wrap me up in his unfailing love. It reminded me that its okay to not be okay because in Christ we find Purpose for the Pain, Strength for the Struggle and Faith for the Fight. He is faithful and he will never let you go.

What a Mighty God

These past few months have been quite a ride. I recently stopped going to college. I couldn’t find anything that I was passionate about so I asked God what my next step was and he directed me to Youth With A Mission (YWAM). YWAM is a discipleship training school that helps you grow deeper with God and his Word and gives you hands-on experience in sharing the gospel around the world. I was so ecstatic I could barely contain it however that quickly faded once I realized I had no money to go. One thing I learned quickly is that God will never tell you to go somewhere without making a way for it to happen. Numbers 23:19 NLT says that “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” This season of my life has taught me a lot about depending on God in every aspect, especially finances. The Lord had told me he was going to take care of the finances. I had to fully rely on him and it definitely was not easy. It wasn’t easy still having faith when the ones closest to me thought I was crazy and that I wouldn’t end up with all the money that I needed, I faced a lot of negativity and attacks from the enemy but regardless of what anyone told me I stood on the Word of God. That was what encouraged me and kept me strong while I faced so much denunciation. Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV states “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” The bible also says that if we know what the right thing to do is and we fail to do it we’re sinning (James 4:17) therefore even allowing your family or loved ones to keep you from fulfilling the will of God on your life is still sinning. We have to do what the Lord has called Us to do regardless of the opinions of others. This is an area I’ve been challenged in lately, continuing to do the work of the Lord despite what others think or want me to do. What the Lord thinks should be the most important thing in our lives. Matthew 6:33 ESV depicts this very clearly: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” With all that being said I am happy to proclaim that the Lord our God did fulfill his promise to me. All of my funds had been provided and I was able to go to YWAM. I am without words, God is such a good God and he always takes care of his children. I am blessed to have a relationship with Him. I want this to be an encouragement to anyone who may be struggling financially or simply struggling to release a certain area of their life to God. If God ever promises you something, he will fulfill it. He always comes through even if its at the last minute. Don’t give up hope and I promise he’ll never disappoint you. He loves you and wants to be there for you, sometimes it just takes a leap of faith! He may not come when we want him to but he always does come at the perfect timing. What a Mighty God we serve!

Universe vs God

There is something that I feel led to clear up that I’ve been noticing lately. People are beginning to get the terms “universe” and “God” mixed up. Any kind of spiritual intervention is created from the Almighty God. The universe or nature itself isn’t responsible for anything good that occurs in your life. God is Elohim–the Creator and Judge of the Universe. The moon being in a certain position or certain phase does not bring you any blessings or freedom from “bad energy.” This may be a touchy subject for some people, but people really need to see the truth in it all and I’m not afraid to expose those lies. Planet Earth does Not provide you with anything whatsoever. Everything that we see was created by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We wouldn’t have the Earth if God did not create it. There is absolutely NO power in the Earth itself. There is only two sources of power: Good and Evil. There is the power that is stemmed from God, which is always good and the power stemmed from the devil which is always evil. All of us have an innate longing for a sense of purpose and identity that can only be fulfilled by God alone. There is a constant battle between darkness and light to capture your attention (Ephesians 6:12). The devil uses many tactics to mimic God’s goodness and tries to lure you in to temporarily satisfy you whether it be by alcohol, drugs, occult’s, pornography, etc. God is supreme and nothing can ever replace the role he was meant to have in your life.

Colossians 1:15-17 TPT states “He is the divine portrait, the true likeness of the invisible God, and the first-born heir of all creation. For through the Son everything was created, both in the heavenly realm and on the earth, all that is seen and all that is unseen. Every seat of power, realm of government, principality, and authority—it was all created through him and for his purpose! He existed before anything was made, and now everything finds completion in him.”

Another couple of scripture verses that stand out to me in regards to this topic are: Colossians 3:1-2, 4 and Psalm 19:1.

Without God we are absolutely nothing, we are not wise, we are not strong, we are not enough, and we don’t have it all together (Romans 3:23). We are Enough because of Christ being crucified on the cross. We are able to be wise by knowing God and seeking his Word. We are Strong through Christ alone, we can’t do anything without him (John 15:5). The only thing that gets me through the day is knowing that he resides within me and when I don’t spend enough time with God or put him on the back-burner I’ve noticed that hell breaks lose in my life. The moments when I don’t feel enough are when I don’t proclaim his Word over my life. He defines who I am, not the world or the things in it.

Never forget that scripture compares our righteousness (without God) as “filthy rags” in Isaiah 64:6 however when Christ died for us, our righteousness was restored in him. So depend on Him alone and I promise you will Never be disappointed (Philippians 4:19).

The Root of Depression

Something that the Lord recently revealed to me is that one of the main roots of depression is self worth; not knowing that you’re worthy and good enough for not only other people but for yourself as well. You spend more time criticizing yourself than you do complimenting. You often wonder whats wrong with you, or “why am I this way”? You question who you’re as a person, whether your life is making enough of an impact in others lives to even continue living. “I doubt anyone would even miss me if I were gone” is something I used to tell myself. But let me tell you, all of those things were lies from the pit of hell. Depression is something that has ran in my family, 90% of all my family members if not all have dealt with depression and/or still do. I had depression from early middle school to mid high school. I had dealt with it for a while, on and off. Sometimes I would be great and happy and then other times I’d feel the heaviness of depression. I spent countless nights crying myself to sleep because I didn’t know how to help myself. I didn’t know how to get the negative voices in my head to silence. Every flaw that I’ve ever had was constantly being brought up in my head as well as every mistake I’ve ever made. I would even feel crazy at times. I would watch TV all day long to numb the pain. I was running, I was searching but every place I turned to for healing left me more broken than the last. I felt so isolated from God, I didn’t even have the strength or courage to pray and ask for help. At one point, I felt as if it was a punishment from him for all the stuff I’ve ever done wrong in my life but let me tell you that was the FURTHEST from the truth. God didn’t give me depression nor did he ever want me to be depressed. It Breaks God’s heart to see His people in bondage. Depression is a spirit of heaviness from the devil. He Wants you to feel isolated like there is no way out except to commit suicide. He is a liar. The Word says in John 10:10 “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” The devil wants you to think that you are nothing. He is afraid of the light inside of you. He knows that your destiny involves destroying him and that’s why he does everything he can to destroy you or in this case influence you to want to commit suicide or remain oppressed. With Christ there is SO much you can do especially when it comes to fighting against the enemy however without Christ we don’t have the power or authority to do anything (John 15:5). This is why the Word emphasizes walking in the ways of the Lord and adhering to its principles because if not we can open ourselves up to the attacks of the enemy. The devil only has access to terrorize your life when you give him legal access to.

We give him legal access by the result of sin, transgression and iniquity. I won’t get into that too much for this post but if you’d like to look up some verses explaining these things here are a few: Proverbs 26:2, Psalm 32:1-2; 51:1-2, Romans 3:23; 8:7.

To clear up any of the lies the enemy has spoken to you:

You are NOT a failure. You are INTELLIGENT.

You are BEAUTIFUL/HANDSOME.

You are UNIQUE.

Your Existence does MATTER.

There is only ONE person like you on this Earth so that means No one can do what God has destined for you to achieve or reach the people that you were put on this Earth to reach.

You are LOVED. People in fact would miss you dearly if you were gone.

God DELIGHTS in using Broken things. All of his disciples were originally really messed up people. He doesn’t go for the ones that are “perfect”, God calls the people you would least expect to be a proclamation of his glory, power and goodness.

If you’re currently depressed here are some bible verses to use that can help you overcome this bondage, comment below if you need prayer for this also and I’d be happy to pray for you.

Bible Verses: Deuteronomy 31:8, Psalms 3:3; 34:17; 37: 23-24; 40:1-3; 42:11, 1 Peter 5:6-7, John 16:33, Romans 8:38-39, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Isaiah 41:10

Butterfly

It’s amazing to me how caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies. This is often the transformation we come about in Christ. We start out as ugly, purposeless beings however once we accept Jesus and become saved we transform into a New Creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). The Lord is our source of purpose. If we don’t have God in our life, what is there to look forward to or work towards? No matter what we do in life we will constantly be unsatisfied until he is at the Center. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it weren’t for Christ. I got where I am today by the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and direction. He has been leading my steps since day one and I would be a helpless mess if he weren’t in my life (Psalms 37:23-25). John 15:5 states that without God we’re powerless. We NEED God for everything. If it came down to it and I had absolutely nothing: no money, no materialistic things, etc. I would be sustained by God alone. Once we activate the presence of God in our spirit man, he begins the sanctification process. The goal of sanctification is to eventually look and act so much like Jesus that people can encounter Jesus through you and know his nature (Colossians 3:5). In fact, Galatians 2:20 states that we no longer live but it is Christ within us that lives through us. We are in union as one being, this is what enables us to do the works of the spirit referenced in Matthew 10:8. Matthew 10:6-7 TPT states “Go instead and find the lost sheep among the people of Israel. And as you go, preach this message: ‘Heavens kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch.'” I believe what the Lord meant by this statement was that we’re a representation of that kingdom realm that is accessible. We can touch others and they can receive healing, deliverance, and be raised from the dead. They can have an Encounter with the Living God by coming into contact with us. The Lord wants to consume us with his Love for his people and treat others the way Jesus did while he was on earth. We’re his outlet to other people just as Jesus was. All you have to do is willingly surrender your life to him, trust him and fly.

Countless Reasons

“I HAVE GIVEN CHRIST COUNTLESS REASONS NOT TO LOVE ME. NONE OF THEM CHANGED HIS MIND.”

Paul Washer

I’m not qualified to create this blog however by God’s grace he makes me qualified. I chose this to be the title of my domain out of inspiration of this quote. This quote really hits home with me because I am a sinner. I am no better than anyone else but I am comforted by the scripture verse “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 NLT

Nothing that we do will ever take away God’s Love. He already knew all the mistakes you’d make before you were even created. He willingly gave up his Son for us. He saw it all and still thought your existence was worth the sacrifice of Jesus. He knew the risk: hurt, rejection, disrespect, slander and yet Jesus was crucified on the cross so that you could have the opportunity to encounter God. Even if you were the only person on the earth, Jesus wouldn’t of taken back everything that he did. Luke 15:1-7 is an exact representation of this. God celebrates every time someone enters into a personal relationship with him. There is absolutely Nothing that could separate you from God’s Love (Romans 8:31-39). You’re priceless to God. In fact, YOUR very existence delights God (Psalm 18:19). So no matter what happens in this life, always remember that your Heavenly Father’s love never stops pursuing you and he desires to have a relationship with you no matter how much you think you’ve screwed up.