The unknown truth about the rich and the poor……


It has been four days, four days since I read that specific scripture. I have not been able to shake it. God wanted to show me something and I think I see it now. The scripture I read is in Proverbs 22;2 and it says,

The rich and the poor shake hands as equals – God made them both. 

God made the rich and the poor and they are equal. The rich have abundant possessions and are wealthy but they are still equal to the poor, to the man and women on the street who have nothing, who struggle just to get a single meal a day, who have to beg to get by day by day, the rich and the poor are equal! We don’t treat the poor like they are equal though. In fact, we demand they beg! How dare they come and embarrass us as we walk. Our money is our weapon against them! They are not our equals. We are superior over them. They must jump when we say jump. We think by having more than them makes us more superior, we are wrong……Lord please forgive us. We are equal! We need to treat them as such.

In the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” we see this kind of erroneous attitude at work. John Daggett who is very wealthy confronts Bane because plans have not gone according to plan.

Daggett tries to assert his authority over Bane because he is wealthy but it doesn’t work. Bane kills him. It’s this kind of attitude that the world has and even Christians. The attitude that looks down on the poor because they have nothing not realizing that God says we are equal!! I was that person. Yes, I had made a point to give to the poor as much as I could but I always saw them as inferior. But I see now, that was wrong. We are equal. The reason God has given what He has given me is so I can be a blessing. Why the poor are poor is none of my business, God just wants me to be a blessing. He wants me to see the poor the way He sees them. He wants me to treat them with respect and He wants me to honor them. They are human beings after all. They have families as well. They have problems and they have doubts, and they have dreams. They have desires and aspirations!!

Just know God has made the poor and rich alike. They are equal. Let us treat them the way God would like us to treat them. God bless….

Rolain

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When the doubts come……


 

“If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!”

Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.” Mark 9: 22

That is a very bold word from our Lord don’t you think? As bold as it may seem this is what I believe God is saying. The man had asked the disciples to heal his boy but they could not so when Jesus came down the mountain the man must of thought it impossible.

I have to admit and say there are things that I ask God without even thinking twice. I just know He will come through and then there are things that are harder to ask for. But from this whole passage we see this should not be so. We are to trust in God. Mark 11:22 says,

And Jesus replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. (Amplified)

When we come to God we must not come doubting. It must be in total trust. But the story continues and we see something very important.

No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, Then I believe. Help me with my doubts! Mark 9: 24

We want to believe and we do believe but doubts get in the way. What are we supposed to do? The man cried out to the Lord for help. We need help when it comes to our doubts. If you don’t struggle with doubts then bless you……But for those who struggle with it then look to God. There are no “ifs” in God’s vocabulary and there shouldn’t be in ours.

You may be in a place where you think “it’s too much, I can’t ask God for that” or “can He really give me what I have asked for” but know that there are no “ifs” when it comes to God. It’s either, ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Nothing is too big for God. Bring your requests to Him in total faith and if you struggle with doubts then cry out to him for help. He will help. He wants to help us in our areas of weakness…..God bless

Rolain.

Form your purpose.


THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

How do we accomplish what God has for us……? Proverbs 20:18 gives us some insight.

Form your purpose by asking for counsel,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

then carry it out using all the help you can get.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Form your purpose by asking for counsel, then carry it out using all the help you can get. Proverbs 20:18

God bless.

 

Rolain.P

Bring it to the light.


Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body and members one of another. 
Ephesians 4: 25

We all go through hard times, diffiult times but we need to bring those things that we are struggling with to the light. It’s a biblical principle. In the light the power of the enemy is weakened. If we are to walk in light, and reject falsity we need to be transparent with someone about what’s going on in our lives. I have done some crazy things in my life but as soon as I did that crazy thing I first asked God for forgiveness then went to my best friend and told him what I did. No sin should be left hidden. Sin in meant to be exposed. It will only get stronger if it remains hidden. This is what I strongly believe. When I commit sin I tell someone I trust. The goal, to never live with anything hidden, in the dark! It has been a great burden off my shoulders to have someone to tell about the sin in my life. Do you have that someone you can tell anything to? Read what the next scripture says,

Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to expose and reprove and convict them.
For it is a shame even to speak of or mention the things that [such people] practice in secret. 
But when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made visble and clear; 
and where everything is visible and clear there is light.  Ephesians 5:11-13

Is everything in my life visible and clear? Has every dark place being exposed? Nothing about my life should be hidden, or in the dark. And this is how we are to live. We are to live in the light but sin can hamper that. Don’t allow sin to remain hidden in your life. It will only get stronger and stronger if you let it remain in the dark. Sin hates the light. Be diligent to find a person or people you trust who you can be transparent with. It’s not easy but it’s needed. How serious are you about exposing darkness in your life? We are not an island. Let us bring ALL darkness to the light……..!

Rolain

What our lives look like………


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

I love the vivid pictures the word of God paints of our lives…….

This is just one of those pictures,

The lives of good people are brightly lit streets;

 

The lives of the wicked are dark alleys.

 

The lives of good people are brightly lit streets; the lives of the wicked are dark alleys.  Proverbs 13:9

Rolain.

 

 

He stands with you!


God smashes the pretensions of the arrogant;

He stands with those who have no standing.  Proverbs 15: 25

I have sinned and I have no grounds to expect a blessing. I have no grounds to get help! What grounds do I have to expect grace??? Or what grounds do I have to expect forgiveness??? There is nothing as Rolain, that I can stand on, completely nothing…..!!!!!

I am guilty. I deserve to die, abandoned and disregarded. I deserve to be judged harshly. Is this not the case for all mankind???
But the word of God says, He stands with those who have no standing.” When you have no grounds to stand before God, He stands with you! Such a powerful revelation. It’s all because of His grace, entirely dependant on His grace, there is not a single thing you can add! He stands on your behalf not because you got what it takes but because of His grace……..Selah! How I needed to hear that today!

He stands with me when He clearly knows I am faulty!! He knows I have nothing to show, no strength to boast about, no wisdom to brag about. He knows I have nothing and yet He stands with me.

He stands with you!

“Scrub away my guilt, 
Soak away my sins in Your laundry. 
I know how bad I’ve been; 
my sins are staring me down. 
You’re the One I’ve violated, 
and You’ve seen it all, seen the full extent of my evil. 
You have all the facts before You; 
whatever You decide about me is fair. 
Psalm 51: 2-6

Today, know that He stands with you and also know He is the only One who has seen the full extent of our evil and yet He extends grace to us……He doesn’t shrink back when He sees our sin. He stands by us never to forsake us. HE STANDS BY US…..
Thank You Lord! Such amazing grace……..

Rolain

 

The call of wisdom.


THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

  “Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?

   Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!”

    It’s through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens,   Proverbs 9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

What an amazing portion of scripture. Are you confused about your life??? Wisdom will help you.

Wisdom will bring clarity to your situation.

It’s through me that your life deepens” claims Wisdom. So deep, so profound!!

Come have dinner with me she says…….She wants you to understand what is happening in your life.

She wants you to have clarity about the confusion in your life.

She doesn’t want you living life confused and unsure. She want’s to give you understanding!

Cry out for wisdom. Don’t wait any longer.

Through wisdom, “the years of your life ripen“!

If that doesn’t get you excited I don’t what will!!!

Wisdom is amazing…….

Will you heed the call of Wisdom. She is waiting…..

Rolain

The praise of men…….


I have had a pretty crazy week. So much has happened in such a short space of time and I am not talking about light stuff. I am talking about stuff that is life changing. My world has been shaken never to be the same again. But isn’t that what life is about. Change is the only constant in life. When it comes knocking we have a choice to accept the change or resist it. That is where I am right now. I can accept the change and move forward or resist it……In all of this I want to do what God tells me to do. I want to follow His will.

With all these changes something that has been on my mind. I didn’t feel like writing this week but today I changed my mind. What has been on my mind has been the praise of man. There is so much we do because we want man’s approval but that can get us into trouble. Man’s approval is so fickle. Jesus knew this,Paul knew this. One moment people were praising them and in the next breath crying out for their blood. We can’t live to praise man. In all we do we need to make sure we are doing whatever we are doing because God told us to even in the face of resistance from man. Why do you do what you do? What is driving you, the praise of man or the praise of God???

Rolain

Break My Box


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I woke up with the strangest prayer request on my lips today. “God, I pray You’re not who I think You are.” Before I could rightly wrap my mind around what the Spirit spoke through me, my next request was, “God, I don’t want You to be who I want You to be.” I don’t want God to be the small God I keep expecting Him to be, to do just the small things I keep expecting Him to do. I don’t want to keep thinking of God in the same small ways I’ve been thinking of Him. For example, I remember hearing a tinkering noise while driving our SUV not too long ago and whispering a prayer, “God, please just let our truck last… … … and help me to stop praying DUMB prayers like this one!” The Word says we have not because we ask not, but the…

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