Bless the Lord at all times

“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praises shall continually be in my mouth.” ~ Psalm 34:1 

It’s easy to praise God when things are going well in our lives. When something good happens to us, we usually say “Thank God”. But what about when things are going bad in our lives; when our situation has gone from bad to worse? What if you get a report from the doctor that wasn’t what you expected or what if you lost your job and don’t know if you’re able to pay the mortgage?

Whether we get a promotion on a job or a demotion, God did not change. He didn’t change when our situation was good and He didn’t change when our situation was bad. He’s still God and He’s still good. That’s why the Psalm tells us the bless the Lord at all times. When things are going bad and when things are going good.

God continually deserves the praise because of who He is and everything He is. Continually means regularly or repeatedly. That mean every day, every hour, every minute and even every second we should bless the Lord. Of course we can’t physically praise 24/7 (even though we wish we could), but we can’t stop praising Him because of how we feel. It doesn’t matter about how we feel, the Lord deserves to be praised because He’s worthy to be praised. In addition, praise can change you internally. You cannot complain when you are praising and worshipping the King of kings.

So, when you’re tempted to get discouraged, don’t be. Just start praising the Lord and eventually in due season, God will turn your situation around.

Defeating Depression

Depression is a sad reality that happens. Over the past year I’ve been going through a depressive stage in which I felt worthless and hopeless. I would be encouraged for a while, but quickly fall back into a depression. I didn’t want to read my bible or talk to God. Suicidal thoughts began to flow over my mind and I wanted God to end my life and take away my current pain because I didn’t see a way out of my darkness. The cloud of depression overtook my perception and the enemy had me where he wanted me. However, God never allowed me to fall too far away from him.

God would allow the people around me to speak life and encouragement to me. He would allow me to listen to sermons that hit my situation right on the head and encourage me to hang on in there. After a while, I decided to search the web for scriptures on depression and came across this scripture – Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Knowing that God was with me and would give me strength even when I wanted to give up, even when I wanted to not try anymore, even when I wanted to take myself out of this world, gave me hope. Just knowing that He was with me and cared for me was enough to encourage myself out of my depressive state. So, if you’re experience thoughts of depression or suicide, I encourage you to open the bible and seek God. Most of all DON’T GIVE UP.

Know that when we are weak, He is strong. Don’t ever think that you are worthless or your life doesn’t matter because it does. God wouldn’t have put you on this earth had it not been for him creating you for a special purpose. You are here for a reason! Depression is the enemy speaking lies to you and telling you that suicide is the only way out.

It’s not! Do NOT choose suicide. Know that GOD LOVES YOU. If no one else loves you or understands you, remember HE does. He doesn’t want you to do this. He has a special plan for your life and he didn’t put you on this earth for you to take it away. We all have dark moments in our lives. I admit I still have my dark moments, but I know that God is my light. God is my hope. God is my joy. God is my peace. God loves me. God placed people around me that love me and it would hurt me to see others hurt because of the decision that I chose.

Seek God for a way out and seek help from a professional if you need further help. You are not alone. God knows the plans he has for us and it is for GOOD and not for evil. If you need help please seek help from a professional counsel or call 1-800-273-8255. You don’t have to battle this alone.

Trusting God’s GPS system

This is one of my past blog post from January 2013, but I felt the need to re-post it because it’s one of my favorite posts that I’ve written. 

I love my GPS. I have a bad sense of direction, so having my GPS is a heaven-send to me. As I drive to a place that I’ve never been, I rely on the GPS to guide me. I have to trust that it’s going in the right direction and it’s going to lead me the destination that I want it to go.

I got me thinking: Isn’t life like a GPS. We are lost, we don’t know what direction to go into. Most of the time we’re wandering around or following people that don’t know where they’re going. But the great thing is that God is our map. In fact, he has mapped out every destination that we are going to. He knows how long it was take us to get there and where we have go to reach out destination.

I admit were times when I would tell the GPS where I would like to go and it takes me down a direction where I start to question it. Sometimes, I think I know a better way or a short cut and I veer off the path. However, when am am lost, the GPS always re-calculates and get me back on the right path, but it usually takes me longer. If I only trusted the GPS system, I wouldn’t have had to make crazy detours or get lost. The GPS would have got me there faster.

That’s how we get sometimes. When we don’t trust God, we’re saying, “God, I know a better way” or “I know a short cut”. Those short cuts usually end up taking longer and the “better way” gets us lost or going in circles. When God has revealed to you a destination, trust his direction. He holds the map. He knows where He’s going. Most of all you will reach your destination or your “destiny” at the allotted time. So instead of getting stressed out, relax and trust the path he’s leading you on. It will be a smooth ride.

Put your hope in the Lord

Sometimes you can be tired – not so much as physically tired, but mentally tired, emotionally tired, spiritually tired. Your trials and tribulations have zapped so much energy away from you that sometimes you feel so weakened  that you want to just give up and surrender. But don’t give up. Life is tough. It’s not for the faint at heart. It’s only for the strong.The great thing about life is that we don’t have to depend upon our on strength to keep going.

Isaiah 40:29-31 says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” God gives us strength when we are weak. He knows that trials of this life can make us weak in all areas of our life, but when we put our hope in Him – He promises to give us strength.

So when you feel weak and feel like you can’t go any further – put your hope in the Lord. Trust in Him to give you strength and you will soar with the eagles without tiring.