“And the Philistines gathered to fight with Israel, 30 000 chariots and 6000 horsemen and troops like sand
on the seashore in multitude.”
1 Samuel 13:5
Saul and his army were in serious trouble. The enemy outnumbered them 1000 to 1 (it could have been more).
The enemy had cornered them with no way of escape, they were trapped!
As I read this story I think about the battles, the trials, and the storms we face. They vary right?
Some are not as devastating, then there are some that have the potential to rip your world apart.
But whatever the case storms are difficult. They test us, they rock us to the core. They show us who we
really are and where our faith and focus are.
Saul and Jonathan were in real danger. To add to the fact that the army they were facing outnumbered
them 1000 to 1, they had no weapons! (read 1 Samuel 13:19-22)
The only people with weapons were Saul and Jonathan. It’s crazy to think they had 2 swords
between them! How big was Saul’s army? He had a 600 strong army (read 1 Samuel 13:15)
So as you can see, their chances looked grim. But this is where the story gets interesting because against such
overwhelming odds something amazing happened. What happened is a lesson, a strategy for us to use as we
face the terrifying storms, the trials, and the challenges.
Let’s take a look at what happened;
“One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his armor bearer, “come let us go over to the Philistine garrison
on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.”
1 Samuel 14: 1
So to backtrack a bit, the only people with swords were Saul and Jonathan but Jonathan decided to go over
to the Philistine garrison without telling his father which meant he had one sword.
With one sword Jonathan would face an entire garrison! Had he lost his mind???
Look at what he told his armor-bearer;
“Jonathan said to his officer who carried his armor, “Come.
Let’s go to the camp of those men who are not circumcised. Maybe the Lord will help us. It doesn’t matter
if we have many people, or just a few.
Nothing can keep the Lord from giving us victory.”
1 Samuel 14:6
Jonathan was brave but his dependence was on God. That’s why he was so confident, so sure.
His faith wasn’t in his ability with a sword. His faith was in a God who was stronger than any enemy
he would ever face. And it wasn’t his sword that delivered him. It was his faith in God. That made all the difference.
And that’s how powerful faith in God is.
What situation are you facing today? What kind of storm are you in? Is your faith in God or are you focused
on something else??
It’s not the people you know, your intelligence, where you work,
how much you serve in your church that will get you through the storm.
It’s faith through and through. Faith really does move mountains.
Faith in God is not a lost cause.
There are times when it seems like God is silent and taking matters into our hands seems like the next
best thing but it isn’t. Give God room to move. Put all of your faith in Him and see the things He will do.
God knows everything. There is not a single thing that gets past Him.
In your darkest season trust Him. It’s your faith in God that makes all the difference.
Bless you, friends.
“[Those aboard] mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps;
their courage melts away because of their plight.
They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits end [all their
wisdom has come to nothing].
Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.”
“Their courage melts away because of their plight”
I can understand that. Life throws things that have the potential to melt away your
courage. It can throw things that render you hopeless and weak.
Situations that leave you clueless and powerless.
But what I want to look at and discus is how you deal with those situations. There will always
be giants stronger than us. We will always be faced with hard things that we don’t have answers to.
But knowing how to deal with those situations will make all the difference.
Psalm 107:23 paints a vivid picture for us. There were sailors out at sea and a storm
arose. The sailors knew a lot about the sea and you would expect that knowledge would help them,
but it didn’t. Their wisdom came to nothing. With all their experience and knowledge there was
nothing they could do. They didn’t have answers.
All hope they had of being saved was crushed. Their courage was lost.
But things turned around because of one thing and one thing alone, God. Their situation turned around
not because they were skilled, not because they were sailors and had tons of experience, and not because
of their strength.
When they cried out to God in their trouble He heard and saved them. The bible says it this way,
“Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.”
When you are at your wits end, when your courage is lost because of the enormity of the
storm cry out to God. He doesn’t expect you to deal with the storm by yourself. He expects you to call Him.
He expects you to trust Him in the fiercest of storms.
When the sailors cried out to God, He delivered them from their distress.
What are you going through today? What trouble are you facing?
Has your courage gone because of your plight? Is your hope lost?
Don’t lose heart in the storm.
God is with you and He will carry you through.
Bless you friends
1: to diminish or destroy by degrees:
a: to eat into or away by slow destruction of substance (as by acid, infection, or cancer)
b: to wear away by the action of water, wind, or glacial ice flooding eroded the hillside
c: to cause to deteriorate or disappear as if by eating or wearing away inflation eroding buying power
The eating away of your faith doesn’t happen suddenly. It happens in degrees. It’s barely visible and
before you know it your faith is wrecked.
We need God’s help against this attack. The Lord is by our side always and no matter how many attacks
the enemy launches he will not succeed. Don’t lose heart in the fire. Don’t give up in the fiery storm.
He will save you every time! Keep hope alive.
And this is the thing, your faith may be as small as a mustard seed but that’s enough for the Lord
to work with.
Things WILL get better, the storm will pass. Hold on to your faith.
No matter how intense the storm gets ask Him to give you strength to keep holding on.
Bless you friends….
What is your attitude like in difficult times, when things, are going wrong for you, when nothing
seems to be working in your life? I have been thinking about this today and I think it’s
so critical what your attitude is like.
I am being tested in this at the moment. Things are really bad in my country at the
moment and it’s so hard to have a good attitude in the midst of what’s going on.
Just because it’s easy to have a bad attitude doesn’t make it right to have one. A bad attitude
doesn’t cultivate faith, hope, and peace. It cultivates the exact opposite.
Having a good attitude in the midst of hardships is critical.
Look at Paul for example. He went through a lot of difficult things. He had every reason to have
a bad attitude towards life but he didn’t. There is a difference between being discouraged and having
a bad attitude and I think Paul did have days when he was discouraged but I don’t think he had a bad
attitude in the trials he was facing. His focus was on God who was His strength and help.
“Are they serving Christ? I am serving Him more. (I am crazy to talk like this.) I have worked much
harder than they. I have been in prison more often. I have been hurt more in beatings. I have been
near death many times. Five times the Jews have given me their punishment of 39 lashes with a whip.
Three different times I was beaten with rods. One time they tried to kill me with stones. Three times
I was in ships that were wrecked, and one of those times i spent the night and the next day in the sea.
I have gone on many travels. And I have been in danger from rivers, from thieves, from my own people,
the Jews, and from those who are not Jews. I have been in danger in cities, in places no one lives, and on
the sea. And I have been in danger with false brothers. I have done hard and tiring work, and many times
I did not sleep. I have been hungry and thirsty. Many times I have been without food. I have been cold and
without clothes. Besides all this, there is on me every day the load of my concern for all the churches.”
2 Corinthians 11:23-29
He also said,
“We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not
give up. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8, 9
“Always be happy. Never stop praying. Give thanks whatever happens. This is what God wants for you
in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16
Bad attitudes have a way of twisting how we see life. It blinds us from seeing God’s hand in our
life and gets us focusing on the negative. Instead of being joyful and being a light, a bad attitude sucks
the life out of us and makes us sharp and painful towards others. Instead of speaking words of
healing we cut down and kill with our words.
Ask for the Lord’s help when you have a bad attitude because it has to go. (I am speaking to myself
A person with a good attitude sees the total opposite. Even when the storm is raging the person with
a good attitude sees God always! He or she will always be optimistic when everyone else is being pessimistic.
It’s hard to move in faith when you have a bad attitude.
Remember the solider in the story of the four lepers in the old testament? (2 Kings 7:3)
He failed to believe the word from Elisha in a time of famine. That is an apt picture of how destructive a
bad attitude is.
And with all that I will conclude. Have a good attitude in life. You won’t get far in life with a bad attitude.
This is my challenge to you.
Blessing to you all.
“Martha had a sister named Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to Him teach.
Martha became angry because she had so much work to do. She went in and said, “Lord, don’t
You care that my sister has left me alone to do all the work? Tell her to help me!”
Luke 10:39, 40
This story spoke to me today. I know I have made Martha’s mistake so many times. Instead
of sitting at Yeshua’s feet I have been hard at work doing, and doing and doing.
I would like to believe Mary was as hard working as Martha but when Yeshua came to their house
she knew what was more important.
“Martha became angry because she had so much work to do.”
I was challenged to spend more time at His feet when I read this. I tend to be really busy and not spend time
at His feet.
The fact of the matter is, we need to spend time at His feet as much as we can. We cannot go far if we
are busy all the time. I know this scripture is used a lot in the context of serving in the church but
it goes deeper than that. Sitting at His feet should be natural for us. Let’s look at how Yeshua responded
“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things.
Only one thing is important. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will never be taken away from her.”
Wow! What a statement!! There is peace, comfort, wisdom, love, joy, clarity and so much more at His feet.
I neglect all that when I am always busy, when I don’t make sitting at His feet a top priority like Mary did.
To deal with the pressures of life we need to stop and spend time with Him. Sitting at His feet is the
answer and it’s exactly what we need right now. You could be facing situations that are getting you
stressed and frazzled but the answer is taking the time to sit at His feet. Don’t ignore Him.
Make time for Him. He has all the answers you need!
Blessings to you friends…..
Walking in faith is not an easy thing to do. There will be days you will get discouraged and doubt if
the Lord will come through for you. I have been learning to be patient as I wait on Him for my answer
to prayer but there have been days when believing is really hard. I had one of those days a few days ago.
As I brought my requests to Him thoughts of doubt flooded my mind. Will He really answer my prayers,
I thought. But as my mind was racing I began to think about the things He had done so far. I began to pull
out all the things He had already done for me. As I did that my faith began to increase. At the end of the
exercise my faith was restored. I was full of faith and AM still full of faith He will come though for me,
that He will answer my prayers.
And that got me thinking about how powerful remembrance is. We don’t give it the credit it deserves
but it is powerful.
“Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth.”
1 Chronicles 16:12
There are so many scriptures on remembrance if you want to get deeper understanding. What I experienced
was the effect it had on me as I did it. It increased my faith. My hope was renewed. Because the fact of the
matter is that the Lord HAS done amazing things for me. In different seasons of my life when I needed a
breakthrough, when I was in chains, when I was in darkness, when I was desperate, He came and saved me,
He came and picked me up, He came and fought for me, He came and delivered me.
I know the Lord has done amazing things for you too. What you need to do though is remember those
things constantly. They will help you in really tough times. The only time remembrance doesn’t
work is if nothing has happened and as we all know, that is not possible. Yeshua is constantly doing
great things throughout our lives.
“If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them? you
shall not be afraid of them; you shall well remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to
1 Chronicles 16:12
As long as we live we will always be faced with giants and they come in different forms and sizes. But
we need to remember the giants that have come in the past which the Lord defeated! There are many
defeated foes. That will help you as you face the giants standing in your way now. That’s what David
“I, your servant, have killed both a lion and a bear! Goliath, the Philistine who is not circumcised, will be
like the lion or bear I killed. He will die because he has stood against the armies of the living God.
The Lord saved me from a lion and a bear. He will also save me from this Philistine.”
1 Samuel 17:36, 37
David remembered how the Lord delivered him from the lion and bear and and that is why I think he was
so confident when he went to face Goliath. He remembered how powerful the Lord was. We need to remember
the good things the Lord has done for us more frequently. Forgetfulness is a thief and we must not allow it to
Let’s ask the Lord to help us in this area.
Will you do something for me as I close? Write down the top ten things you think are amazing that the
Lord has done for you. Ten is the minimum. If you want to write more feel free to write more. The Lord
has done so much for us and there is so much He is about to do. Let’s not forget. Let’s always
remember the things He is doing because He is always doing.
Also feel free to share a few of the things He has done for you in the comments below. Your testimony
will bless someone!
Blessings to you friends…..
“My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and
curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region
of darkness and mystery].
Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever
they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.”
Psalm 139:15, 16
“and in Your book all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there
was none of them.”
I love this!! Your life is not random. The events that happen are not accidental. The Lord took care
when He made you. There was thought, there was effort, there was intent.
When your life gets crazy and you have no idea what is happening know that YAH knows everything
about your life. There is nothing that happens in your life that catches Him by surprise, nothing!
He is in control of everything. All your days have been written in His book.
I am so encouraged to know all the days of my life have been written by Him. Even when I can’t
make sense of what’s happening the Lord knows and that makes the difference.
When I am overwhelmed or discouraged about the way things are going the Lord knows.
When I seem to be at a dead end, there is actually more journeying to be done.
The Author of my story loves me and is good so I don’t need to panic or fret.
He has the best in mind for me.
Turn to Him in your confusion. Call out to Him when things don’t go according to plan.
He wrote all your days in His book. Not some but all!
So the darkness you in now will change. The problems you have will be solved. The questions, the
concerns and the pain will be fixed and answered. The Lord is not done with you yet.
His plan for your life is amazing so trust Him with it…..
Blessings to you friends…..
The Lord wants to do some incredible things in you and through you and because of that you need
to pay attention to what you are exposing yourself to consistently. You need to take a long hard look at the
people you call your friends and ask yourself if they are encouraging you in your faith or are killing
your faith. You need to take a long hard look at all that you digest (social media, music, media) and ask
yourself if it’s strengthening your faith or killing it.
How is it at home? Have you created an environment for Yeshua to speak to you easily or are there
just too many distractions? (I am dealing with this right now)
All this matters. Like I said in the beginning, the Lord has incredible things in store for you.
Let’s look at a story in the bible that will bring home what I am talking about.
In Mark chapter 5 a man named Jairus meets Yeshua. His daughter is near death and has come to
the Him for help. The Lord agrees to go with Jairus and we pick up the story when Yeshua
arrives at the house.
“And when He had gone in, He said to them, Why do you make an uproar and weep? The little
girl is not dead but is sleeping.
And they laughed and jeered at Him. But He put them all out, and taking the child’s father and mother
and those who were with Him, He went in where the little girl was lying.”
Mark 5:39, 40
The Lord was about to perform a miracle but in order to do that He had to put out the people
who were laughing and jeering at Him. He had to change the environment. It would be impossible for
Him to do what needed to be done if the people stayed.
And that is why the parents stayed. They may have had their doubts but their little faith was enough.
All the Lord needs is a little faith. But doubt, and fear are a different story.
In the very next chapter we look at how the Lord could not do any miracles except heal a few people here
and there because the majority of people didn’t trust Him, doubted Him.
“But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor (deference, reverence) except in his [own]
country and among [his] relatives and in his [own] house.
And He was not able to do even one work of power there, except that He laid His hands on a few
sickly people [and] cured them.”
Mark 6:4,5 (emphasis mine)
If there is no faith it makes it hard for the Lord to move, very hard!
But to my main point, the Lord had to change His environment by putting out the negative crowd.
If the Lord did that how much more do we need to? We need to take a long hard look at every aspect
that makes up our environment that I mentioned earlier and start making some decisions.
If we are to walk in all the amazing things the Lord has for us we need to cut off the things that
are weighing us down, the things that keep us in fear, the things that make us doubt YAH, the things
that contradict the word the Lord gave us about your lives. When I talk about things I am also talking
about people. We have some really toxic relationships and think it’s okay but it’s not. Those toxic
relationships are doing you major harm.
We need to ask for the Lord’s help and wisdom. This can only be done successfully with Him.
On that final thought enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Bless you friends