Spend time with God today…..


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Don’t underestimate the power of a quiet time.

This is something the Lord has been showing me in this season. It seems like the amount of distractions

have increased exponentially today. But we must keep at it, we must fight through, we must put down the

phone/turn off the TV and spend time with Him.

This is something we must take seriously. Let me show why;

 

“The council members were astonished as they witnessed the bold courage of Peter and John,

especially when they discovered that they were just ordinary men who had never had religious training.

Then they began to understand the effect Jesus had on them simply by spending time with him.

Standing there with them was the healed man, and there was nothing further they could say.”

Acts 4:13

 

“Then they began to understand the effect Jesus had on them simply by spending time with Him.”

 

I love this so much. Something happens when we spend time with Yeshua. We are empowered, we are

changed. Look at the disciples for instance,

They had changed. The Pharisees who killed Yeshua noticed something different in them.

They were bold, and fearless and had just performed a miracle. They had only seen that in one other man,

Yeshua!

Time with Yeshua had changed them. They were no longer the same. They were filled with the Holy Spirit.

All of this and more happened as they spent time with Yeshua.

I have found this to be true in my life. The more time I spend with Him the more sensitive I am to His voice

and leading. The more empowered I am…..

 

The world is getting darker and darker in need of light. We can be that light, the answer to the darkness but

we need to spend time with Him. The disciples were able to turn the world upside down because of the

empowerment they got from spending time with the Him and I believe that’s His desire. He wants us to

be a light in the sphere’s we are in.

It’s in His presence we find peace, purpose, identity, strength, joy and love. So in other words everything we need.

The answers to the storm we are facing are found in His presence.

The strength we need to endure are in His presence.

The wisdom we need now, is in His presence.

There is always room to be better and I want to be better. I want to spend more time with Him.

Let’s do all we can to spend as much time as we can with Him…..

Blessing to you

 

Rolain

 

 

 

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And the fans waited in anticipation….


THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

What a world cup this has been! There have been surprises at every corner and the team you thought

had a chance is probably gone home. Anyway, I was watching the France vs Belgium game the other

day and I remember the feeling and emotion I had. What a game it was, the suspense, the action, the

spectacle.

But then I saw something that triggered a thought. I saw something to this effect;

I saw fans standing in anticipation. In the frame I saw, there was no one sitting. The expectancy from

both sides was palpable.

They were waiting for a goal.

This is a great picture of how we should be waiting on the Lord. Your expectancy as you wait should

be palpable.

 

No one goes to watch a game like this, feeling meh;

 

 

Fans are energetic, excited, and expectant, something like this;

 

I learned a lesson seeing those fans. There is a way to wait upon the Lord. Having an attitude of

whatever happens, happens is not the way we wait. We should be waiting with an expectancy and

excitement that YAH will come through, that He is answering our prayers because He is!

 

“In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before You and wait

expectantly.” 

Psalm 5:3

 

Have a great weekend friends…..

 

Rolain

Watch what goes in……


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

contaminate:

to soil, stain, corrupt, or infect by contact or association

 

Today I will be talking about the contamination that happens in our hearts. We really do need to be careful

what we hear, who we hang out with, what we watch, what music we listen to….

Because it’s through those things we can contaminate ourselves.

 

Let me share a story with you of something that happened this week;

I was with some people who were speaking really negatively about a situation concerning the country.

The more the conversation went on the more uneasy I became. I could literally feel the fear creep in to me

as they spoke. I wanted to get out of there but I didn’t. I stayed. (wrong choice)

 

There is so much in this world that can contaminate and pollute our hearts so we must be on our guard

at all costs (Proverbs 4:23).

What are you listening to on a daily basis?

Who are you hanging out with?

What are you watching?

 

It’s hard to hear Yeshua’s voice when your heart is corrupted. It’s especially difficult to move in faith

when fear has entered your heart.

It’s hard to pray for healing when all you have filled yourself with, is words of death.

Stay away from toxic conversations. Reduce the amount of news you watch or read if that’s what gets

you out of peace?

Stay away from things that make you fearful and terrified, anxious and worry.

Those are the things that contaminate and pollute.

Guard your self at all costs!

 

Bless you

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He knows exactly what you need…..


“There, at the Temple Gate, was a man who had been crippled all his life. Every day he was carried to this gate

to beg. He would ask for money from people going into the Temple. The man saw Peter and John going 

into the Temple and asked them for money.” 

Acts 3:2

 

The man thought his problem was not having money but his problem was much deeper than that.

Peter and John knew what he really needed. I believe the Lord led them that way at that precise time.

He wanted to help the crippled man so He sent Peter and John.

 

Yeshua knows exactly what we need even if we don’t. That is why we trust Him with our lives.

We may not know how to articulate the things in our hearts but He can. Trust that He knows.

There is nothing about our lives that surprises Him. He knows it all.

 

The beggar asked for money but got what he really needed. The Lord knew what he really needed.

 

“Peter and John looked straight at him and said, “Look at us!” The man looked at them; he thought 

they were going to give some money. 

But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold, but I do have something else I can give you: 

By the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth – stand up and walk!”

Acts 3:4-6

 

I am not saying don’t ask for money. What I am trying to show is that the Lord knows exactly what you need

so trust Him completely where your needs are concerned. Depend on His goodness to give you exactly what

you need, when you need it.

You may not know what you really need but He does, so stop panicking about your life.

Pray with that understanding, live with that understanding.

 

People may not know where you are at in your life right now, and they may not know the cry of your heart

but that’s okay because Yeshua does. He knows where you are exactly. He knows everything that’s in your

heart. He knows exactly what you need for the season you are in!

He loves you so much.

 

Bless you

 

Rolain

The “bus stop”.


I don’t believe YAH wants us to ever settle in one place. We are on a journey and the destination

is heaven. But something does happen in this life that makes us lose our focus. It may be disappointment,

pain, really good times and the list goes on….

There are a variety of reasons we lose our focus and stop moving.

YAh showed me something the other day. A bus stop came to mind and he showed me how I had gotten

comfortable there because as you know,

you can never really set up camp at a bus stop. A bus stop is not really a destination in itself.

A bus stop accommodates people who are going somewhere and people who are coming from

somewhere but not an actual destination and that’s the place I got comfortable at. I can’t explain it

but I just thought that was the destination but I was so wrong. The settling was so subtle……if it wasn’t

for the Lord I would never have snapped out of it.

 

I got comfortable. I confused the place I am at as the destination when all it is, is a

bus stop. You cannot have a life at a but stop. It was never intended for that.

A bus stop helps you get to where you are really going and on this journey we are on there will be many

“bus stops”. But don’t mistake them for destinations because they are not.

So the goal is to always keep moving in YAH.

There is so much more journeying to be done. Don’t lose focus of where you are going.

Don’t get so comfortable at the bus stop that you think it’s the destination.

Something like that happened in the word. Let’s take a look at it,

 

“That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole

city was gathered together at the door.” 

 

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, 

and there He prayed. 

And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him and they found Him and said to Him, “everyone

is looking for you.” 

And He said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 

Mark 1:32-39

 

The disciples got it wrong. They thought they had arrived at their destination. Yeshua could have set up camp

there but He didn’t. He knew what He was called to do and because He knew, He also knew He hadn’t arrived

at His destination.

We can learn something from that story. We need to keep moving in what YAH has called us to do. You don’t

have to see the whole picture to move, you only need to move when He says move.

I don’t want to set up camp at the bus stop. The next bus is rolling in to take me to my destination but

there are many “bus stops” along the way. I need to constantly be aware of where I am and understand

the Lord is directing and guiding me.

 

What about you? Have you gotten comfortable at the “bus stop”?

Do you have an idea of Yeshua’s plan for your life?

 

 

Bless you friends

 

Rolain

 

 

 

He leads us on purpose……


“Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps 
you take to get there.”
Proverbs 16:9
There is one fact we can’t deny, the Lord is directing our every step. I look at where I am and where
I have been and can clearly see the Lord’s hand in where I am now. I could have never in a thousand
years planned where I am now. I shudder to think where I would be today if I was left alone to direct
my own steps.
But I can also see countless times I fought, scratched, shouted to go the way I thought was right,
because the Lord’s way didn’t seem to be the best, the times I thought He made a grave mistake.
At the time it didn’t make sense, it was confusing and frustrating but the Lord kept urging me to trust
Him even when I didn’t understand what He was doing. We can trust His leading.
Let’s look at the word for a bit and go deeper into a story that shows us how the Lord leads our steps.
From the time of Yeshua’s birth to His death and resurrection, the good news was only preached to the
Jews. After His death his followers reached out to His chosen people, the Jews. No one saw the bigger
plan. Yeshua had died for everyone and not just the Jews so He needed someone – Peter.
“Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.”
Acts 9:32
This was important because in Lydda, Peter healed a man who was paralyzed and was bedridden for 8 years.
When he healed the man the word tells us everyone in Lydda and Sharon  turned to the Lord (Acts 9:35)
Peter being in Lydda was important because in a nearby town of Joppa a woman named Dorcas who was well
known by the community died. The disciples in Joppa heard Peter was in Lydda and since it was so close
they sent for him. (Acts 9:38)
Side note: Peter may have had no idea why what was happening was happening but the Lord did. There was
something much bigger going on that Peter wasn’t aware of. But as the Lord directed Him, he followed obediently. 
Let’s move on.
Peter arrived in Joppa and brought Dorcas back to life. (Acts 9:40) which was amazing. Peter may have thought
that was why he had come to Joppa which was partly true but there was more. Something much bigger,
something that would impact the world. It’s while Peter was in Joppa that we hear of Cornelius the Roman
centurion who was visited by an angel and was commanded to send for Peter.
Peter goes without reservations and sees the “Gentiles” receive the Holy Spirit like the Jews!
The way of salvation was now officially opened to the “Gentiles” and Peter was instrumental in that happening.
He was obedient to the the Lord’s leading. He never complained or grumbled. He trusted!
Don’t take Lord’s leading lightly. You are where you are for a reason. Stay humble, be obedient, trust
that He knows what He is doing. He sees the bigger picture and we don’t but that’s okay because He has
our best interests at heart. We just need to trust Him and know He would never led us to destruction.
There is a purpose in His leading, there is love in His nudging.
Bless you friends.
Rolain

Why do you believe what you believe?


Whether we like to admit it or not, our beliefs play a very big role in how our lives turn out.

But as I thought on this a bit more I realized something very important, something that has

changed the way I look at beliefs.

 

We were not born with beliefs! 

 

That was an ah-ha moment for me. The light switched on!

We were not born with beliefs. We were not born with the idea of not being clever enough, or not rich enough,

not handsome or pretty enough and so on. We picked up those beliefs, we inherited them, we made a choice to

integrate them into our lives, the positive and the negative.

We don’t have to live with outdated beliefs about ourselves, life and the other things we deem as important.

The toxic beliefs we have picked up can be changed by YAH’s grace. You don’t have to live with toxic beliefs

any longer. There is an opportunity for change.

 

We didn’t know better and accepted and believed certain things but think about Gideon for a bit with me.

He had some toxic beliefs, outdated beliefs about himself.

 

“But Gideon answered, “Pardon me, Lord. How can I save Israel? My family group is the weakest in 

Manasseh. And I am the least important member in my family.” 

Judges 6:15

 

Someone told Gideon he was the least important. He accepted what people said about him and his

family at some point. He wasn’t born with those beliefs.

But thank YAH for His grace because He came and changed the negative beliefs Gideon had by using

him to deliver his people!

We need the Lord’s help friends. There are beliefs we have picked up that we don’t even know we have.

The Lord can shine the light and expose those beliefs.

Watch who you listen to. What are you accepting as truth about yourself?

Whose words are you accepting as truth for you?

These things all matter when it comes to adopting the right beliefs.

Blessings to you…..

 

Rolain

He wants to use you….His power is available


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with wisdom and eloquence, lest 

the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”

1 Corinthians 1:17

 

There is a power available to us, a power far greater than we have ever imagined.

When Christ died on the cross and rose again we were delivered.

We no longer had to rely on our own strength. We were empowered by what happened on the

Cross.

But let me tell you, I am convicted reading this because I don’t think I have been using this power enough.

I try at times to use my own strength, to get the focus on me but that’s not what Christ intended.

He is my strength, He is the reason I can do stuff.

 

The men and women of old did mighty acts not because they were amazing on their own but because

they accessed the power of YAH. They were very clear about who the “power” was.

 

I look now at my life and see a severe deficiency. I am not using the power of Christ to its limit.

When I teach I could be relying on the the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and use me more. I don’t ever want to

be okay with using my own eloquence, wit, cleverness and many other things to get by.

There is only one thing that touches and changes the heart of a man/woman and that is the Spirit of God.

I am just a vessel, not the power!

 

And here lies the problem, whenever I think I am the power and not the vessel I empty the Cross of Christ

of its power. When I stand in front of the kids I teach on Sunday or wave a flag for worship and think “it’s me”

I empty the Cross of Christ of its power.

 

The Lord wants to use us to do some incredible things but they can only be done when we lean on His

power, His ability, His strength.

We are called to minister in His power and not our own. I hope you have been challenged by the

word you have read today. To touch people, to do what Christ has called us to do we need His power.

We can’t do it on our own steam.

 

Bless you friends……

 

Rolain

 

 

The life He wants us to have……


THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy,”

John 10:10

 

This is a very known passage of scripture, a scripture that gives us insight into who the enemy is and

what drives him. The plan is very clear and we know what he is about.

But how many of us know the last part of that scripture which talks about another plan, Yeshua’s plan

for us. Let’s take a look at it,

 

“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)”

 

I love this! He wants us to enjoy life and have it to the full. Despite what our circumstances say, the Lord

wants us to have abundance, He wants us to enjoy life!

Are you experiencing these things?

If I am honest with myself I don’t look for those things enough. I don’t demand them enough!

 

That doesn’t mean a life without trials and challenges.

Those things will come but there will also be victory, there will be peace, there will be

freedom, there will be reconciliation, there will be forgiveness a whole host of other things.

His plan for us is good and only good.

 

And the thing we need to realize about this is that the Lord’s plan is stronger than the enemy’s plan.

Yes his plan is all bad but he doesn’t have the final say. The Lord has the final say and He says, He has 

come so we may have life and enjoy life and have it in abundance!! 

The enemy would like us to believe his plan is our reality but he is a liar. The stuff he stole will be restored,

and his weapons will not accomplish what they were designed for. They are powerless against us because

the Lord is our Shield and Protector.

Yeshua has the final say over what our lives will be, not the enemy.

Have a great weekend friends…..

 

Rolain

God is looking for confidence……He will act!


I have been wrestling with something I read recently. I have been thinking about how I use my faith

daily. Faith is not just for looking into the future but it’s for this moment, for this season I am in right now,

for the situation I am facing today.

Faith was never meant to be a badge we wear. Faith is alive and active.

When you have faith there is a boldness, a surety even when there isn’t anything tangible to hold on to,

even when things are dark. Let me share a story with you that will shed light on what I mean.

 

I was reading Jonathan’s story and was deeply challenged by his faith. There was a time he, his dad and

army were trapped by the Philistines. To make the situation worse he and his dad were the only ones

who had swords! (read 1 Samuel 13:19-22)

So picture this, Jonathan and his dad with a small army of about 6000 men (1 Samuel 13:2) with only

two swords among them facing a countless army!

 

“and the Philistines gathered to fight with Israel, 30000 chariots and 6000 horsemen and troops like sand

on the seashore in multitude.”

1 Samuel 13:5

 

Jonathan and the army with him were outnumbered and out-weaponed! (I hope that’s a thing! 🙂  )

But instead of shrinking back in the moment he used his faith. Like I said, we are not supposed to wear

our faith like a badge, and it’s not to be used only when trusting YAH for the future, it’s meant to be

used today in the situation we are facing now. That’s what Jonathan did, he trusted in the Lord and made

a move.

 

“And Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, Come, and let us go over to the garrison of these

uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For there is nothing to prevent the Lord from

saving by many or by few.”

1 Samuel 14:6

 

What confidence! He didn’t even hesitate. That’s the confidence I want to live in. Jonathan trusted Yeshua

and saved himself and the army with him which was impossible by the way.

The enemy he faced was “supposed” to win because they more in number and ridiculously out-gunned

him but that was not the case.

 

And that is what I was wrestling with. I believe know Yeshua wants me to have that kind of confidence.

He wants me to use my faith in the situations I am facing right now.

He wants me to advance boldly in faith, not timidly. The calling He has called me to demands I do that!

 

What about you? Are you advancing boldly, assured Yeshua will come through for you, assured He has

heard your prayer and will act. In the place you are in right now, trust Him and expect Him to move.

There is every reason to be confident in Him. He will not let us down friends.

 

So as I end I want to highlight the two main points I was trying to get across:

  • Have faith
  • Be confident in your faith

 

Bless you friends…..

 

Rolain