When I am weak I am Strong

Psalm 8:1-2

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.”

Psalms 8:1-2NLT

We would never see a baby and think of him or her as strong. Yet, God puts his strength in the most unusual places and people to reveal his glory.

I don’t know how many times I have heard the saying that a person was made aware of the existence of God when they held their baby in their arms for the very first time. The complexity, fragility, wonder and strength of a baby are not easly ignored. 

There is strength in what we see often as our weakness. I know that we don’t like the sound of being weak, we don’t like our shortcomings, but they seem to be an opportunity to see God work in us, through us and with us to bring his glory and his presence in this earth. 

He uses the weak to show the strong hispower. Jesus himself came as a baby in a world waiting for a superhero. He came in weakness yet with a strength that offered the world salvation and eternal joy 

It’s not what it seems in the kingdom of God. If you are paralyzed to move on because you are  thinking about your weaknesses too much, don’t be. 

GOD knows your weakness, they are not surprising to him,  what you see as shortcomings are not a deficiency, he is ready to demonstrate his power through them if we approach him like a baby, eager to listen learn and believe that he is able.  If he uses the giggles of the infants and the singing of a toddler as a fortress against the enemy, imagined what you see as weakness given to him can achieve?

I want us to see our weakness as a place where God can channel His strength and grow us in becoming humble and courageous in life.  

Let me read you something from the Scripture

Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. 

Amen, when I am weak, He is strong in me.

The gossip song

Psalm 7

What do you do when falsely accused, or when you hear that your friends have gossiped about you and slandered your reputation?

When that has happened to me, I usually get upset, angry and start building a case to protect myself next time I see them. I desperately want to clear my name. Still, I must confess that in many cases, I, have been a participator in similar ‘gossip parties” too.

I don’t know why, but it is so attractive to us to want to know juicy information about other peoples life. I mean, look at the tabloids, newspapers and most of magazines and tv programs, most of their content is just gossip and slander information.

We like information that makes us feel better about ourselves especially by putting others down.

“It is crazy to think that pulling someone else’s life apart can put ours together” 

Today’s psalm is, in fact, a song about gossip where we see clearly the effect that slander has in someone’s life. Words cut deeper than the blade and often times those wound never heal.

Gossip erodes and destroys every relationship where present, for it betrays trust and loyalty. Slander like an earthquake flattens and dismantles the very core of our beings.

The scripture says it very clear:

Words kill, words give life;
    they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.

Let choose our words wisely today my friends and if we are in a situation where gossip has being shared, change the conversation if you can or get out, run.

(see Proverbs 11:9,13, James 1:19-27)

On waiting and ‘how long?’ quesions.​​

Psalm 6:3

Waiting, how long?

I don’t like delays. I mean who likes to wait in lines in the supermarket or airports? It is in our nature to want instant answers, we want it all and we want it now. This pattern is often similar in how we relate to God.

When we ask him for something we expect a quick and good answer straightaway.

God though, is never in a hurry, He is never late, but never rushing nevertheless.

I know that some of us have questions and longings that need an answers right now. We don’t understand why God does not do his magic to help us.

Doesn’t he care that our health is in trouble, or that our marriage is in the brick of divorce, or that our child is in the weong path, or that our finances are running dry?

We have prayed and waited and prayed and waited, still nothing.

Waiting is hard, still, God is in the waiting, he is working and moulding us. It can be a difficult and confusing time, I am right now in one of the ‘waiting seasons’ and its tough… trusting God is the way forward.

For us, believers waiting is not a static stage of our lives, but its, in fact, a very active and productive time. I don’t understand many delays that God allows, but I know He is in “the waiting” with us. He is working in our weakness, our character formation and how we relate to him and in our circumstances.

It has been said many times that God is often waiting on us and not us in Him, whatever be the case my friend let us find Him in our waiting and walk with Him as he leads.

(see Isaiah 40:29-32, 2 Peter3:9, Isaiah 64:4)

Starting your day right.

Psalm 5:3

Starting your day right, wisdom , choices

Do you ever wish that you started your day differently? We all get the same amount of time every day 24h each still, some people seem to use their time more wisely and efficiently than others. What is the one thing that makes the difference?

Many studies have shown that almost all of the executives wake up before 6 am, and more than half of of the millionaires wake up at least three hours before their workday actually begins.

In today’s psalm we see a similar pattern.

Every morning
    you’ll hear me at it again.
Every morning
    I lay out the pieces of my life
    on your altar
    and watch for fire to descend.

Psalm 5:3 MSG

How we wake up and how we start each day is very important. I know that these days we separate people into ‘early risers’ or ‘night owls’ but I am with our writer, David and Suprgeon on this.  

“The morning hour carries gold in its mouth.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

Dedicating the first hour, or minutes we wake up to time with our God set the day in the right direction.

Before we press the button to hear the news, let us hear first the Good News.

Before we face the world, let us read the Word.

Before we encounter any problems, let us be in his presence.

I am not alone witnessing the benefits of starting each day with time with God. Just observe the lives of people we see as successful, happy and established, I promise you they have a good morning routine.

Starting the day right means being with God and meditating in His presence. This habit contributes to our health, wealth and wisdom.

(see Mark 1:35, Lamentations 3:22-23)

Wordless Prayer

Psalm 5:1

Prayer can be mysterious, but it is never complicated. Most prayers are the outpouring of our hearts, some of them have words. The psalmist starts our today devotion with a lament prayer. A prayer that hasn’t got any word and that’s fine with God. Our prayers can be whispers or just one-worded “help”, they can be liquid (tears only) or just a simple conversation between friends where we pour out our hearts in any conditions they they might be.

Jesus himself prayed and taught his disciple how to pray starting with.

Our Father… what a start … and not directed to any father because our earthly fathers might be harsh and disappointing to us, but Our Heavenly Father, the creator of the universe, the one that supplies never run down, the source of anything good and pleasing is hearing our prayers.

So we can go to him and say “daddy”, simple and bold like that, and know that we wll have his full attention.

Whatever rests heavy in your heart today my friend, big, small and everything between, lets have the confidence and approch his throne of grace and pray, for through jesus we have access all time.

( see 1 John 5:14-15 , Romans 8:26, Hebrews 4:16 )

The Gift of Peace

Sleep, Peace, Contentment

Psalm 4:8

Counting sheep when I could not fell asleep as a child or even now has never worked for me. I have been a “light sleeper’ for as long as I remember and that has made me appreciate any sleep I get.

We are designed to sleep, sleep is really important to us. Life tends to look brighter after a good night of sleep. Sleep is our God-given reset button to start again, awake anew, to begin again.

What to do when we can’t sleep? What to do when the worries and problems of life keep us awake constantly?

Jesus said: I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid

Peace is sleep’s best friend and God has gifted to us through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a gift we can’t program or produce, fabricate or buy, it’s given to and it is available to us right now, always.

Lets receive that gift of peace that surpasses understanding and fill our consciences with that assurance.

(see Proverbs 3:24 , Philippians 4:7)

Present Pessimism

Psalm 4


 ”Who will help us at this time? Who will point out the way to a solution, to a good outcome? Who will take care of us, the economy, the future? ( see verse 6) 

I do not know what questions are concerning your mind today my friend, I do not know if you are pessimistic about your job, your marriage, the education of your children, your life… all I know is that we all have concerns. 

Our tendency is to see the worse in each other or believe the worst outcome of events. How can we change that? We learn today that we can ask God to smile upon us. What does that mean?  

Have you ever been discouraged and demoralized and suddenly a stranger smiled at you and you felt energised and for the rest of that day that smile gave you hope? 

Imagine the smile of God? The favour and the grace of the creator of the world. The goodness of all goodness shifting it’s direction towards us. It will be the beginning of the turning of our expectations and plans for the better for sure. Let’s ask with the writer. 

“Many say, “Who can show us anything good?” Smile upon us, LORD!”

(See Numbers 6:24-26)

Dealing with Fear and Axiety ​

Psalm 3

Have you ever been chased down to be harmed or even killed by someone you thought was family or a close friend? 

Isn’t it true that our biggest surprises in life come from people we love and we thought were on our side.   

King David has been hunted down to be terminated by is own son Absolmon. He is running for dear life, you can feel his fear and terror in the first two verses of this psalm. 

I wonder what is the process that you follow when in fear and anxiety?

I know that fear that comes when we feel threatened and in danger can be good and helpful to us, but fear that lingers in the body for far too long and at times we can’t even find a reason why is there has become toxic and dangerous and needs to be treated, spoken to and solved.

King David leads us in the way he deals with fear. He starts by stopping and shuffling the train of his thoughts and redirects them to a place where fear has no power. Fear might be present but has no power. 

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory the one who lifts my head high. (v3) 

David stops fear and panic at their tracks and proclaims; Wait, a minute fear, sto, panic, yes you are real, yes, you are present, but so is God.

‘My God is a shield around me -he argues, not just like any shield that protects from the front only, but all-around protection that covers me entirely.’

Then he continues, ‘God, you are my glory, meaning you are the one that my significance comes from, not my achievements he reasons, not my wins in life, not my titles, not my children, not my marriage, not my money ( although all them are good things), but you – who I am in you is my real identity and significance.

And lastly, David says, you are the one that lifts my head high, you are the one that bring me honour and joy. There is no one that raises us highly as God does, it doesn’t matter how triles and tribulations, fear and anxiety knocks us down, God always comes to lift our head high and give us joy. 

He is our:Defence, Honour , Joy 

Then, he does something that I know pushes fear even further away from intimidating us. He prays and cares for his people. He knows that his son is not what people need as King, so he invites God to bless and bring deliverance for the sake of the people he loves. 

I have witnessed that all the times that we remove our eyes from ourselves and focus on helping and investing in other peoples lives, we kick fear and anxiety even further away from damaging and hurting us.  

We see later in the psalm that David arises with new strengths and rests and sleeps in the comfort that God has his life in his hands. 

(see Genesis 15:1, Isaiah 60:19)

Why all the fighting?

Psalm 2

Does it feel like the world has gone mad? The nations are at war with one another, there are committees and meetings between governments to work out problems that seem common sense and simple to solve, yet remain unsolved. The news and the cable tv are littered with drama and disaster.

There are conflicts in marriages, families and communities that seem to never untangle. Is it always been like this? Why? What is going on in the world? 

Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one.”

Psalms 2:1-2 NLT

The relentless attempts of us to get rid of God it is not new to our generation for its effects stretched wide in our story of the human race. 

The idea that we are far better off without any faith in the transcendent seems to leave the world always wanting and restless. 

Like a raging sea that never sleeps, the world conspires in vain. We all labour and pursue stuff that we think will calm the raging sea inside of us and make us happy and more in control, but we soon understand that we are left with neither. 

What is the answer to our restlessness and turmoil?  

Surrender, yes, as we learn it here, the simple yet hard act of surrendering. ’Kiss the Messiah’ … we read today. Submit to him, his love and grace, his will and direction, his peace and salvation, his righteous and justice, his truth and goodness… all this by faith through grace, no works, no tries, no forcing ourself or proving ourselves to be worthy. He came to give us peace with him, peace within us and piece with anyone else, even more so, he came to give us life.

Are you tired of striving? Surrender at his loving arms today. 

‘Because you have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.’ Augustine, Confessions, 1.1.1.

(see James 4:1-3 / John 3:16/ Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

Spirited and Successful

I want to be full of life and strength. I want to be successful and thriving in whatever season of life I am in. I want to be steady and beautiful, generous and kind.

That is what we all crave, right? 

There is a yearning inside of us for the best in life. It’s a good and reasonable longing. 

For if we are created by an incredible God who has put heaven and eternity in our hearts, then the desires of our souls that long for perfection are justified. 

How can we be that person though?

We find the answer is in our conclusion of Psalm 1. 

We have learned so far that Happiness is possible and available to us, ( the theory ) happiness is not a direct result of any outside conditions but a byproduct of our relationship with our creator and who we are ( not what we do). 

We saw yesterday that continual meditation in the Scriptures is crucial to lasting happiness (the practice) and today we see the result of what happens to us if we establish ourselves into that path.

You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom.”

Psalm 1:3 MSG 

What a result my friend! We become like a tree, strong and stable ( not like chaff, easily blown by wind and tossed by the sea) 

We are constantly nourished and looked after, always bearing fruit and blossoming. 

We don’t change colour because of the shift in weather or become spiky and dry for lack of nutrients. We don’t lose our vividness with times and become lifeless. The passing of time makes us even better, for our souls get renewed day after day.

We are happy in being who we were made to be.  

(See Jeremiah 17:8, John 15:5-6, 2 Corinthians 4:16 )