Nehemiah 8:10 – Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 

Do you wear sorrow and pain as a badge of honor or holiness? If you do, you have been deceived. Though affliction is part of this life, it never brings glory to God. What makes Jesus famous is His people who overcome; His kids who walk through hurt, rejection and betrayal but do not stay in those places. Pain is only temporary. When you choose Him in pain, you will find purpose.

Declaration: I choose the joy of the Lord and garments of praise. Sorrow does not glorify God. 


Jesus commanded His followers to “make disciples of all the nations.” Yes, you’re to tell others about the greatness of Christ. In doing so, you go after your own greatness—your upgrade to the next level of Jesus Freak. Does God want this for you? You bet He does!

When you multiply the Kingdom, Heaven applauds. But what about when you blow it trying to bring a message of hope to a friend, or fail to be a winning witness to a co-worker? What happens when you mess up? Heaven applauds!

“…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace: the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” -Isaiah 55:12

Yes, Heaven applauds your effort because you are not charged with the results—God is! Now, the Devil will try to convince you of just the opposite. He will tell you that God is disappointed—that He is angry at your failure. Did I tell you Satan is the “father of lies” who stands at the throne accusing you day and night? God’s Word says he is.

When you’re afraid to mess up, you freeze up and refuse to move forward. If the enemy can convince you that you are going to get in bad trouble if you don’t do everything perfect, it’s a huge win for Hell. 

The enemy wants you cowering in a corner afraid of the very one who loves you most—Father God. Satan wants to convince you that you are messed up so you might as well just give up. Be healed of that mess. Yes, healed! Those bloody stripes were to combat ALL the work of the Devil including his lies.

Know that God encourages and empowers you to continuously do great things when you know you are loved and He is pleased with you, just like He was pleased after each day of creation. Despite it, and you, being a work in progress, He says, “It is good!” 

From my book: Living Life /Forward