He turns dark situations into light!! (part 4)


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This is the last post in my series on David. I love the word

because there is so much to learn. I have really enjoyed

this series. David truly was a man after God’s heart!

Let’s get going.

Some time ago I wrote a post on David titled “nine months

later……”

In that post I talked about David and Bathsheba.

 

“When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was

dead, she mourned for her husband.

And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her

to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son.

But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

2 Samuel 11:26

 

That was the key scripture I used. David sinned and he didn’t

even know it!

David didn’t repent straight away. We know from the above

scripture that Bathsheba was in a time of mourning.

She also gave birth to a son and still David hadn’t repented!

For at least nine months we know David was in sin and he didn’t

even know it. Even when the prophet Nathan came and told

him a story that would expose David’s sin, David still didn’t

get it. Nathan had to tell David, he was the one he was talking

about in the story!

 

But we know the end of the story and I would like to pick up

the story there.

 

“Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her

and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name

Solomon. Now the Lord loved him, and He sent word by the

hand of Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah,

because of the Lord. “

2 Samuel 12:24, 25

 

This scripture amazes me. David and Bathsheba were not a

good thing. Death, pain, seperation, darkness had come

into David’s life because of that relationship.

But then something amazing happens, Solomon!

I think of Abigail, she was an amazing woman. Why didn’t

Solomon come through her?? I know, it’s a crazy thought but

I hope you understand where I am going with this.

I don’t think it brought a smile to David’s life when he thought

about Bathsheba. He killed someone because of her. He was

seperated from God in that time. There is no record of what

transpired during those nine months. David didn’t do any

exploits during that time. It was just a dark time for him

and Bathsheba.

 

I have a theory…..

 

“Now satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number

Israel. “

1 Chronicles 21:1

 

The enemy’s plan was to take out David. Bathsheba was how he

was going to do it. This was not the first time the enemy had

tried to take him out. he tried a few other times but God always

delivered him! And that’s why I believe Solomon came through

Bathsheba and not Abigail or David’s other wives. The Lord

would use what the enemy meant for harm for David’s good.

The enemy would not win! God would be glorified in the very

situation that was meant to kill David!

Please understand me, I am not saying Bathsheba was the

enemy. The enemy used that situation to try to destroy

David. He was supposed to be out at war but he chose to stay.

(read 2 Samuel 11:1)

The fight was always against satan and he would of won if

God had not stepped in!

 

As God was with David, He is with you and with me. God is our

Deliverer! The enemy will not win no matter what weapon he

fashions! I really believe that.

Even when David was blind to the sin in his life God came in

and saved him! God is so good friends!

What a testimony it was for David and Bathsheba. They would

look at Solomon and remember God’s goodness and mercy.

He turned such a dark situation into something glorious!

Be encouraged friends. God will not leave us alone. God will be

with us as He was with David.

David wasn’t perfect. But his life is a testimony of what a loving

God can do in a life of a man or woman who loves Him! I pray

this is a blessing to you like it was to me! Bless you!

 

Rolain

 

Acting wisely….part 3


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Hi friends…..

This is the third of a four part series on David. I hope you have been

enjoying it thus far. If you missed part one please click here.

If you missed part two click here.

 

And David went out wherever Saul sent him, and he prospered

and behaved himself wisely”

1 Samuel 18:5

 

What do you do when someone tries to bring you down?

What do you do when your boss always tries to stifle your

ideas?

 

I was in a similar situation some months back. It wasn’t my

boss I was dealing with but a fellow believer in Christ. They

were put in charge of a project I was involved in and from the

word go it seemed like this person had something against me.

Any ideas I had were shot down. They would accuse me of a lot

of things, things I didn’t do.

But to make things worse, I didn’t respond in the right way. I

fought back too. I talked about the person, avoided them and

many other shameful things. It seemed like I had become a

monster! I hated that season. There was a time in that dark

season I asked for God’s help. I wanted to act different, respond

different. I wanted to honor God in that situation. It seemed

like the enemy was enjoying what was going on but I wasn’t

enjoying it anymore and it was in that time that

God led me to the scripture I shared in the beginning.

David was in a similar situation. Saul was jealous of Him. He

wanted him dead. Can you imagine working for a boss who

wants you dead?

 

“And Saul cast the javelin, for he thought, I will pin David to the

wall. And David evaded him twice. Saul was afraid of David

because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul.

So Saul removed David from him and made him his commander

over a thousand;

and he went out and came in before the people.

David acted wisely in all his ways and succeeded, and the Lord

was with him. “

1 Samuel 18:11-14

 

This is the amazing thing about this story,

even though Saul tried to kill David,

David acted wisely in all his ways, he behaved himself wisely!

 

There is no record of David murmuring about Saul. There is no

record of David trying to pin Saul to the wall or of David having

a shouting match with Saul. The Word says, he acted wisely!

Even after being demoted David still acted wisely!

I learned a huge lesson that day. I believe God gave me an

answer. Has it been easy to apply? Heck no but I am trying.

I ask for God’s help when I am losing it.

I pray this will help you when you are in a similar situation.

There is one more thing I would like to show you that I thought

was very interesting about David,

 

“Then the Philistine princes came out to battle, and when they

did so, David had more success and behaved himself more wisely

than all Saul’s servants, so that his name was very dear and highly

esteemed.

1 Samuel 18:30

 

There is that phrase again, he behaved himself more wisely!

 

I can see it. Saul’s men where boasting of the great victory. They

were probably boasting about David but he didn’t get swept up

in all of that. David didn’t build himself a monument after battle,

he didn’t brag about his awesomeness! He didn’t talk about

the poor men who tasted his sword, no! Instead, David behaved

himself wisely! And because he did God esteemed him highy.

We need to learn to act wisely like David did.

Being humble is one way we can behave wisely. Watching how

we use our words is another way.

At the end of the day, God wants us to behave wisely. We honor

Him when we do.

And with that being said, I have come to the end of this post.

Blessings to you my friends……

 

Rolain

 

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When man relies on himself…..(part 2)


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This is part two of a four part series I am doing on David. If you

missed the first post click here to read.

 

“So David said to Joab and to the leaders of the people, “Go

number Israel from Beersheba to Dan, and bring the number of

them to me that I may know it.”

1 Chronicles 21:2

 

“But Levi and Benjamin he did not include among them, for the

king’s order was detestable to Joab.

And God was displeased with this [reliance on human resources]

and He smote Israel. “

1 Chronicles 21:6, 7

 

This was another one of David’s mistakes. I would like to

make myself clear before I move on. My goal is not to discredit

David. God called him a man after his own heart so instead I

want us to learn from the challenges he faced. The enemy was

not just going to let him walk freely into God’s glorious plan. The

enemy would fight him with everything.  There

are some very valuable lessons we can learn from David’s

battles. Let’s move on…..

 

David decided to count Israel. Why?

The answer is found in verse one of the same chapter,

 

“Satan [an adversary] stood up against Israel and stirred up

David to number Israel.”

1 Chronicles 1:1

 

David counted Israel because the enemy filled him with fear, doubt

and lies! That is how satan stood up against him. Everything

was going well for David but the enemy used fear and lies

against him. “Does God really have my back?”

“Am I really safe?”

“Did God really mean all that He promised me?”

Where these the kind of things going through David’s mind?

And is David alone in this? I don’t think so….

 

I have allowed fear to paralyse me at times, I have allowed the

lies of the enemy to get my attention off God a lot.

David began to rely on what he had. Fear drove him to lean

on weapons, human resources and so on. Fear made him forget

God was by his side never to leave him! Fear made him doubt

God’s goodness and faithfulness.

How the enemy has done this to me so many times. He whispers

the lie that God has abandoned me, that God doesn’t have my

best interests at heart, that faith in God is futile because He will

surely let me down but it’s not true!

 

Our trust should always be in God. We should never rely on

man, a government, a system, the money and other resources

we have. Don’t rely on your strength, don’t rely on how smart you

are. Instead, trust God! He wants us to trust in Him.

Where is your hope and trust at the moment? Is it in man? Is it

in the stuff you have or the stuff you have accquired? Is it in the

elaborate plans you have formulated for yourself?

I want to challenge you to trust in the Lord completely. The

enemy will always try and make you doubt, he will always

try and use fear but don’t let those things dissuade you from

trusting in the Lord. Hold on tightly to God’s

word!

David repented of his sin and God restored him. He can do the

same for us. Trust in the Lord completely. He can be trusted!

Amen!

 

Rolain

 

The challenges of a righteous man….(part 1)


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Good day friends!

I will be doing a four part series on David the man after God’s

heart. David loved God with all of his heart but it wasn’t easy.

He went through a lot and his relationship with God was tested

immensely! I want to talk about some of the challenges he faced.

There is no doubt God had an amazing plan for David’s life but

we need to realise that the enemy didn’t sit back and let it be. he

fought and at times he seemed to be victorious BUT

God was with David and saved him from all of his trials! I hope

and pray this series is a blessing to you. Let’s get started….

 

“Then the Jebusites said to David, You shall not come in here.

But David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the City of David.

And David said, whosoever smites the Jebusites first shall be

chief and commander. Joab son of Zeruiah [David’s half sister]

went up first, and so he was made the chief.

1 Chronicles 11:5, 6

 

This was one of David’s worst decisions. This decision would

impact his life in a way he would never expect. Instead of

seeking the Lord like he always did he turned to his flesh!

He left the decision of who would be his chief and commander

to a test of physical strength! Now get me right, there are a

few things Joab did right but the bad things far outweigh the

good.

You might think I am over exaggerating but look at the

consequences of David’s decision:

 

Joab murders Abner against David’s wishes.

(Read 2 Samuel 3:21-30)

Okay fair enough, Abner had killed Joab’s brother Asahel but

Joab still went against David’s wishes.

 

Joab kills Absalom, David’s son (Read 2 Samuel 18:14, 15)

Yes, Absalom took over David’s kingdom and even sought

to kill him but after being instructed by David (2 Samuel 18:5)

to not kill Absalom, Joab still went ahead and killed him.

 

Not convinced Joab was the wrong choice? Let me share a

few more incidents that will convince you otherwise:

 

Joab kills Amasa (Read 2 Samuel 9:10)

 

Joab betrays David by supporting Adonjah rather than Solomon

the promised king. (1 Kings 1: 7)

 

To conclude read 2 Samuel 23:8-39

All of David’s mighty men are mentioned but Joab’s name

is not there.

 

Look at how one decision made in the flesh impacted David’s

life. David always sought the Lord in his decision making.

But this one decision made in the flesh cost him much.

We need to always seek the Lord when making decisions. And

please understand,

I am not talking about deciding between drinking coffee

or tea tonight. 🙂  That’s not the kind of decision making I am

talking about. I hope you get the gist of what I mean.

David made a mistake. He made a really important decision

without seeking God and he paid a hefty price for it.

May we always seek the Lord in everything we do.

As we seek the Lord for His direction and guidance in the

decisions we have to make know it pleases Him.

It shows Him our faith in Him.

So as I end the lesson is this,

 

Seek the Lord! Things go horribly wrong when God is taken

out of the decision making process. Seek the Lord in every decision

you make!

Bless you….

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

In the darkness God has an answer!


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We are going through a difficult time in our nation Zimbabwe.

Just look at the news and you will see

what I mean. In this kind of atmosphere it is very easy

to think ones life is pointless and aimless. Can God make a way

for us in such darkness?

Is this intense darkness stronger than God’s glorious

light?

How will God’s plan work itself in such circumstances?

 

You may be in the same situation I am in, a situation where

things seem so bleak, so dark. What is the answer?

For the answer, let’s go to the word.

There is a man I would like to talk

about. Things looked bleak for him. His life

seemed like it was over. There was no answer in sight for him.

His name was Aeneas!

 

“Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he went

down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.

There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedfast

for eight years and was paralysed. “

Acts 9: 32, 33

 

Aeneas was paralysed.  His circumstances told him his life was

over. He couldn’t move.

He was bed-ridden for eight years and paralysed. I can’t

imagine how he felt. Did he have hope things would turn around?

I highly doubt it. But even though he was bed-ridden for eight

years God had a plan for his life. Even though he was paralysed

God had a plan.

 

“And Peter said to him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [now]

makes you whole. Get up and make your bed! And immediately

[Aeneas] stood up.

 

Then all the inhabitants of Lydda and the plain of Sharon saw

[what had happened to] him and they turned to the Lord.”

Acts 9:34, 35

 

Did you see that? ALL the inhabitants saw what happened

and turned to the Lord! It’s amazing to think the key to a

whole town’s deliverance and salvation came through a

paralysed man! The enemy had a plan for Aeneas and we know

this because sickness and death are not part of God’s plan. It’s

the enemy that kills, steals and destroys.

But God’s plan prevailed because God is always stronger

than the enemy. There is not a time the enemy is stronger than

God, never!

 

When I read this story I was in awe. How God works is beyond

what you and I can comprehend.

I don’t know if Aeneas knew what God was going to do.

I don’t know if he knew God would use him to turn the hearts

of an entire town or city…..

 

What I do know is that Aeneas had been bed-ridden for eight

years and was paralysed but God had a plan for him. No matter

how bleak things seem God has a plan. No matter how dark

things may appear God has a plan. His plan will prevail.

Trust in the Lord.

That’s my declaration.

God bless you friends….

 

Rolain

 

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What He does when we wait…(Guest post)


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Hi friends! This is a very special post. Today, I have asked my good

friend Meilisa from Living the Imposibilities blog to talk about waiting

on God.

I have spoken a lot on waiting and I like I always say,

“God makes us wait because He loves us”. Meilisa has

a revelation from God  about waiting  I believe you need to hear

as she has been waiting on God too….I am so glad I found Meilisa’s

blog. She is someone who loves the Lord and loves His word deeply.

Her love for God and His word bleeds profusely through her posts.

I strongly encourage you to visit her blog. I believe

you will be blessed as I have been blessed. With that said,

Let’s get moving…..Meilisa, take it away! 😀

 

Meilisa

Waiting. What’s the first thing popped out in your mind when you hear that word? Some of you may sigh as the eyes rolled and skip into the next topic. Some may hate that word. And some of you may have it as your full-time job. Who likes to wait? In this instant era, I bet no one’s gonna like to wait. Who’s gonna like to be hanging in an uncertain condition?

But do you know this kind of mundane activity has being mentioned in Bible? It even repeated for several times! We know that every little things mentioned in Bible is necessary. Have you ever think why the Bible emphasize the thing most people don’t like such as waiting?

Remember Grandpa Ab and Grandma Sarah? (Genesis 15,18) God has promised them to give them ascendant. But in order to get fulfilled the promise, they waited for years!

And what about Laz? (John 11) He was dying. His sisters were asking for Jesus to come heal him. His sisters waited for Jesus. They waited!

I had been through waiting season too. I was asking God for help. I was waiting for His miracle to let me pass the entrance test of my study. The standard was actually too high to be reached by me. I studied hard as well as I prayed hard. I was in doldrums and nothing to do with that but wait on God. I waited. I waited. I waited. And then the result came. I failed.

You might have your waiting season too. Or maybe you are now in it. You’re trapped in it. You couldn’t move forward nor backward, because waiting made you stuck on that point. And the paucity of waiting is that you don’t know what would there be on the edge of your waiting. But truly I would say, to wait is mentioned frequently in Bible which means it’s necessary.

Someone once ever said, “as we wait on God, God is working.” It might be true, but practically it’s not like that. Let’s think if it’s true, doesn’t it mean that God work slowly? For example, if you have waited God to give you a bacon for a year, then God need also a year to make a bacon. But what if you need to wait for 30 years for a healing? Do you think God is that slow to heal people? It’s absolutely not. God only need to say let there be, and there will be. God can work in the speed of single blink of eye. So what’s the matter now?

The matter is, God waits, too.

(Wait, did you just say, God waits?)

Let’s take a look at the grand lovely couple back, Abraham and Sarah. What did Abraham and Sarah wait for? A promised son. And as I’ve said that God waits, then what did God wait for? It’s Abraham’s oldness and Sarah’s barren.

Does it make sense?

(No.)

Let’s jump into the Lazarus’s epoch. What did Maria and Martha wait for? Healing from Jesus to their brother, Lazarus. And if it’s true that Jesus waits, what did Jesus wait for? It’s Lazarus’ death.

One more realistic example. I did wait on God to help me pass the admission test of my school. But at that time, what did God wait for? God waited for the sentence “not passed” printed.

It’s upside down much?

When I got revealed this truth, I was breathless in awe. To know that I and God wait on together, isn’t it beautiful? You and God wait together! But, why does it seem God wait for our failure?

No, He’s not waiting for your failure. He waits for the “your day”.

Imagine your beloved ones (could have been anyone) would have birthday in weeks. You prepared all the things needed to surprise them. You’ve bought the gifts. You’ve booked the venue. You’ve contacted their friends to come. You’ve prepared the candles, balloons, and flowers. You’ve learnt to cook their favorite dishes. Before the birthday, all things needed was ready. But, would you present it all to the birthday one once it ready? No. To make it perfect, you’ve waited for the exact date of the birthday. You would wait for the right hour on that day. Why? Because it’s just insane if you present it not on the birthday. Rather, it would not be special. And it same goes to God. He waits for “your day”.

Now, when is the “your day”? We could not know it exactly. But as we see Abraham and Sarah, “their day” was when Abraham get old and Sarah could no longer bear a child. And Lazarus’ day was when he already dead. “My day” was when I got informed the test was failed. But it’s the day that He had been waiting for! The day when you come to your limit. The day when surrounds you are the impossibilities. The day when all the doors seem closed. He waits for that! He waits for the moment when you see no way. And BAAM! He comes up!

What’s the point of God’s waiting actually? I’ve been thinking that it might be to show us that human are nothing and God is everything. It might be true. But that was not the main point. The point is that the “your day” would give maximum glory to God and you would experience the maximum joy in that glory (Bloom, 2013:124). It is true that God wants the best for you. Our God is not a so-so God. He is “most”, “best”, “maximum” The superlative predicate is His.

If I could ask, which newspaper would you go-get and buy, whose headline was “A Man from Bethany Has Being Healed by Jewish Carpenter” or whose headline was “A Dead Man Has Being Risen by Jewish Carpenter”? I guess you’ve got the point.

And let’s get back to the situation when you’ve prepared the surprise party for your birthday one. As you were preparing it, you’ve already imagined your beloved face when you surprise them, have you? Who’s excited about this? I bet you who have prepared the surprise would be more excited than the birthday one. And it same goes to God who’s more excited to surprise you than you who would get surprised. Doesn’t we worship the mighty God who owns the universe yet has a kind-loving heart?

All I want to encourage is that God is good. I know to wait is boring. Or you’ve been crying every night hoping your situation could be changed. Or you no more able to hold on. The anxiety attacked and adversary laughed at your failure. I would say it’s not easy, but you are handled by the most high’s pierced hands. If God instruct you to wait, take heart! He’s not punishing you. He’s blessing you instead. He’s not letting you waiting in vain. Abraham and Sarah’s waiting was not in vain. Maria and Martha’s either, they saw His brother coming from the death. My wait either, I am now officially registered as the student of the school I thought I would not be in it. And surely your wait either! No wait in God is in vain. Rather, He’s excited to surprise you more than you excite for His help. All things you are waiting for has neatly wrapped in colorful box with your name on it. He has marked “your day” on His calendar. He counts down the day! Don’t grow weary. He loves to work for those who wait for Him (Isa. 64:4). Don’t give up! You and God wait together. Don’t be fainted. For He has prepared the best for you. And it’s all well-done prepared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope…

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning…

O people, hope in the Lord!

For with the Lord there is steadfast love and with Him is plentiful redemption…

And He will redeem you from all your iniquities…

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How can I add to that…..! God is so amazing!

God is waiting! I really love that. He is waiting for your

appointed time. He is not waiting clueslessly. No, He is

waiting and He knows the exact day, time and how you will

receive what He has promised you.

 

As we end I would like to thank Meilisa for sharing what God showed

her. I hope you have been blessed by it.

Please remember to visit her blog……!

 

Meilisa’s bio: 

A dreamer ambivert saved by grace.

Right-brained performer, Left-brained thinker.

Deeply encountered by God mostly thru’ music and books.

Love any things new and any things colored in mint! 😀

 

 

 

Rolain