THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“Jephthah was from the people of Gilead. He was a strong soldier.
His father was named Gilead, and his mother was a prostitute. Gilead’s wife
had several sons. When they grew up, they forced Jephthah to leave his home.
They said to him, “You will not get any of our father’s property. You are the son of another
Judges 11:1, 2
Jephthah didn’t have the greatest story and because of it he was judged and treated wrongly. He didn’t
have a say in who his dad married but he was treated like he did have a choice. He was an outcast through
no fault of his.
Our past can be so powerful, so real, so tangible.
But there is a truth we must embrace and accept. YAH used Jephthah mightily despite his upbringing.
Yes, he didn’t come from a perfect family but that didn’t stop YAH from using him.
His past did not determine what YAH could do through him.
The enemy tries to make us think we are useless and worthless because of our past but
he is wrong. The Lord’s purpose for our lives is stronger than our past, period.
I can attest to this for sure. The enemy tried to use my past to derail me and I believed the lie
for a time but YAH delivered me. The past had a vice grip on me that I could not break free from.
I could not accept the good things the Lord had for me because of my past.
But all praise to Him for changing the story……
What He did for me, He can do for you.
Don’t believe the lies of the enemy.
The Lord can and will use you if you put your faith in Him. He will take your
life and do the impossible. Don’t let the past dictate what you can and can’t do. Don’t let it
determine who you will become. Don’t let it stop you from accepting all the good things YAH has
Jephthah could have simply accepted what everyone said about him but he didn’t. He trusted YAH
and was used by Him.
Remember, YAH’s purpose for your life is stronger than your past.
ACT ON IT – It’s not enough to talk about something. There needs to be action.
YAH used Jephthah in a mighty way even though his past wasn’t great.
Think on and write down a few ways your past has impacted your life to this point?
What can you do today to make sure your past doesn’t dictate your future?
Have you surrendered your past to the Lord?
Get with a friend or partner, or whoever you confide in after reading this post and
talk about your answers to the above questions
Make sure you are not walking this journey alone.
Be blessed friends…..
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“Joshua spoke to the men who had spied out the land. Joshua said, ‘Go into the prostitute’s
house. Bring her out. And bring out all the people who are with her. Do this because of the
promise you made to her.
So the two men went into the house and brought out Rahab. They brought out her father,
mother, brothers and all those with her. They put all her family in a safe place outside the
camp of Israel.”
Joshua 6:22, 23
Rahab’s life was going one way before the spies came. She was a prostitute and as you might
of guessed, she was welcomed by some and rejected by others!
Her life must have been hard I can imagine.
But despite what people saw YAH saw something entirely different.
She had made so many mistakes with no way out but that was all about to change.
The Lord had a plan for her life and despite her past, her mistakes, bad decisions and people’s
opinions of her that plan was completed.
YAH turned her life around in a way no one could ever imagine.
The word today is simple;
YAH has a purpose for your life, full stop!
Don’t let your past hinder what YAH has planned for you.
Don’t let the opinions of others stop you from trusting the Lord for something amazing.
Don’t let your current situation deter you
Rahab was a prostitute. In the eyes of everyone around her she wasn’t much but not so in
the eyes of YAH. He saw something different.
The Lord sees you differently to what man sees.
It doesn’t matter if you not strong enough, smart enough, rich enough and so on,
the Lord has something amazing planned for you.
And that’s all I have to share today.
Bless you friends!
I can’t believe we are already in March. Time is moving at an unbelievable pace.
As I look at the past two months I can say “things” have happened but I can also
see how there have been a lot of things that haven’t happened as well.
I have goals I want to accomplish which I have made throughout the year.
At the end of the year I review them and see how much progress I have made.
But as I look at the past two months I know I haven’t made as much progress as I thought
I would make.
These two months haven’t been smooth sailing as well. The enemy has tried to get me off
my game and his plan worked for a time. I am still recovering from his attacks…..
So yes, March is here and it doesn’t seem like much has happened as far as accomplishing
goals goes……So what do I do?
Does change only happen at the start of the year?
Do I have to wait for a new year to make the change?
Or can something be done now? Can a turn around happen today?
“For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of
2 Corinthians 6:2
Today is the day according to that word. I don’t have to wait for end of the year to make
the changes that need to be made. I don’t need to wait for end of the year to tweak things
and try again.
We all have today to start anew.
Today is another opportunity given to us. We don’t need to beat ourselves up.
You don’t have to wait for end of the year to make the changes you need to
make. You don’t have to wait for the end of a year for YAH to turn your life around.
Today is the day. Today is the accepted time.
Don’t be despaired because things are going all wrong for you. You can cry out to the Lord right
now for mercy, for help!
Today, His mercy is available to you, His grace, His empowerment to do what He has called ‘
you to do. When we fall we can get up and try again.
We need His grace to live out this life.
We need His grace to move to the next level.
Be encouraged today friends.
There is a new hope today!
“Jesus asked the boy’s father, “how long has he been like this?
From childhood,” he answered. It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him.
But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“If you can? said Jesus. Everything is possible for one who believes.
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
“If you can do anything” was what the man told Yeshua. He wasn’t sure He could
heal his son. Nothing had worked till that point.
But this is the thing, when coming to the Lord you need to have faith. Faith as small as a mustard
seed is better than coming to Him with nothing.
The man’s faith failed him……
I understand that totally. My faith in the Lord has failed a few times not because He failed me
but because I was either impatient or I didn’t understand.
Nothing is impossible for Him and that’s the truth.
He helped the man in his moment of weakness.
He can do the same thing for you and me when our faith falls.
So when you lose hope, when you think He can’t do something cry out to Him for help.
He can help you in your moment of weakness.
He wants us to always come to Him in faith no matter how small it is.
The enemy on the other hand wants to destroy any kind of faith we have in YAH.
He wants us to worry, be anxious, and fear.
Don’t let him win. Don’t believe the lies he tells you.
The Lord is forever faithful. He can be trusted and no matter how bad things seem He will
come through for you. He will fulfill everything He promised you. He will never let you down!
Hold on to the word with all that you have. Come to Him in faith always no matter how small!
“Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Entreat the Lord, that He may take away the frogs
from me and my people; and I will let the people go that they may sacrifice to the Lord.
Moses said to Pharaoh, glory over me in this; dictate when I shall pray [to the Lord] for you, your servants,
and your people, that the frogs may be destroyed from you and your houses and remain only in the river.
And [Pharaoh] said, Tomorrow. [Moses] said, Let it be as you say, that you may know that there is no one
like the Lord our God.”
I am stumped! The land of Egypt was overrun by frogs (this was the second plague in a series of plagues).
When Pharaoh couldn’t get rid of them he called Moses and Aaron to pray to YAH to get rid of them.
When they came, Moses gave him an interesting proposition if you can call it that,
“dictate when I shall pray [to the Lord] for you, your servants, and your people, that the frogs may be
destroyed from you and your houses and remain only in the river.”
Instead of saying “immediately” Pharaoh told Moses to pray “tomorrow”!!!
And that’s what got me stumped! Why wait till tomorrow???
The plague could have stopped immediately but instead, the plague would stop the next day!!
How many of us are like that though?
How many of us are tolerating today waiting to pray tomorrow??? (I am guilty of this!!)
Yeshua is waiting to move in your life today not tomorrow, next week, next month or next year.
He wants to move in your life today. He wants you to pray today, to put your faith in Him today!
You may think you need to wait for everything in your life to get right before you pray but that’s a lie.
The time is now!
The time to seek Him is now, not when you are perfect.
Pharaoh’s problem could have been solved straight away but he decided tomorrow would be the day.
Please get the heart of the message. Now is the time to get your breakthrough.
Yeshua is ready to move today and not tomorrow.
Don’t wait to ask, don’t wait to pray.
Your victory is not scheduled for some day in the future so be expectant today.
Expect YAH to move in your life today because today is the day!
Bless you friends….
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together
for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
All things work together for good to those who love God.
I love this!
As I look at all the bad things that have happened in my life to this point
it’s comforting to know that the Lord is working all those things together for my good.
The good and the bad all being worked together for my good!
What an amazing thought!
Life may be hard at the moment but take heart friend, He is working all things
together for your good.
You may have had a difficult past that you think you can’t recover from but be encouraged, the Lord is working your situation together for good.
Things may seem dim, bleak and hopeless right now but it will get brighter.
There will be a turn around I assure you. The darkness will turn to light. the closed
door will open, the defeat will be overcome by victories.
Hold on to this word because it is also prophetic. ALL THINGS are being worked
together for your good even if it doesn’t seem like it. No matter how hard the enemy
tries to derail your life the word says YAH is working ALL THINGS together for your good!
Will you take Him at His word? Will you believe Him?
His word is true and cannot be challenged. As you look at your life rest in the knowledge that the
Lord is at work in your life. You are not alone. His hand is on you.
He is so good! He is faithful and He can be trusted. Put all of your hope in Him.
Bless you friends….
THOUGHT OF THE DAY.
As the year is coming to an end I have been thinking about my beliefs.
What we believe is really important in the bigger scheme of things.
Because the truth of the matter is, what you believe will always override potential.
No matter how much potential you have, what you believe will determine
what you do and can do in life.
I remember reading how circus elephants are trained. When they are young
they tie them to a tree or something they won’t be able to break. When
they grow up the trainers still tie them to that same object fully convinced they won’t
break free and the elephants despite their incredible size and weight don’t break free
even though they could if they tried. They have been conditioned from childhood that
they can’t break the cord so they don’t try!
YAH has put so much potential in us but if we think we can’t do it then that’s exactly
what will happen, we won’t do it!
We need to get rid of outdated beliefs. Those negative beliefs will stop us dead in our tracks.
YAH has so much in store for us but we need to take a long hard look at the beliefs we hold
in every area of our lives.
The conditioning has been going on for a very long time and that is why we need to take time
when looking at the different beliefs we hold.
The way you will know a belief is wrong is by holding it up to the Word of God.
The word is TRUTH, not A truth but THE truth.
And realize that all it takes for a belief to be a negative belief is it to be inconsistent with the
word of God. It doesn’t need to be out rightly wrong or bad, it just needs to be slightly different from
what the word of God says!
I know there are some outdated beliefs I am still operating in, holding on to.
But I bring them to YAH and ask Him to change them with new beliefs, beliefs that
are based on His unchanging TRUTH.
It’s only by changing my beliefs that I can fully maximize my potential.
You can’t work at your maximum potential if your beliefs are wrong.
As we say goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018 let’s look at the erroneous beliefs that
we have been living with. Beliefs that we didn’t necessarily give ourselves but were kind of
given to us when we didn’t know better.
What beliefs are you living by today?
Let the Word of God be your measure.
Are the beliefs you living by propelling you or stifling you??
Are they in line with the Word of God or contradicting it?
As I close remember that self belief will always override potential.
YAH has a bright future for you (read Jeremiah 29:11) so get rid of outdated beliefs
that will stop you from walking into the amazing things He has for you.
Bless you friends….
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous
to be moved.”
This is something we have to learn continuously.
I have to remind myself to constantly bring it all into His hands. I find myself trying to handle life
on my own but that is not the way it’s supposed to be. The more I try to “handle it” the more
stressed I get and the more wrong decisions I make!
We were never meant to carry the troubles we
are carrying at the moment.
We were never meant to hold on to them.
They were meant to be put in YAH’s mighty hands.
He wants to take on the burden you have right now. The worries, the burden’s you are carrying
right now will crush you.
You don’t have to face the pain alone.
You don’t have to put on a brave face in the face of adversity.
Put it all in His hands!
You don’t have to worry about directing your life because He wants to do that. He wants you to trust Him
with your life. Put it into His hands and stop trying to drive!
Bring it all friends, the pain, the fear, the uncertainty, the questions, the shortcomings, the failures,
the confusion, the guilt and condemnation………
Don’t hold on anything, and most importantly don’t own anything!
Sometimes we take ownership of stuff we are not meant to take ownership for.
Put it all in His hands, full of faith He will take care of it.
As I conclude I would really urge you to meditate on Matthew 11:28-30.
Blessings to you my friends!
It’s been an amazing weekend indeed.
If you didn’t know, I work at my church’s children’s ministry. It’s such an honor
This weekend was amazing because we had a grade seven graduation. Grade seven’s
are twelve year old’s and every year we release them from children’s ministry with a
dinner and graduation. The dinner happens on a Friday night and the actual graduation
happens on Sunday in the main service. It was really emotional because as leaders we
have been with the children from the time they were six. So seeing them become
men and women of God before our very eyes is something so amazing that cannot be put into words.
My desire for them is that they grow deeper into YAH and not stray from the
path they are on.
But that got me thinking about the next generation. We need to do all that we can to teach them
the way of the Lord!
You may not be serving in a children’s ministry like I do but I want to challenge you,
Is there something you can do?
I encourage you to read Deuteronomy 6:6.
I know it addresses the parents but we can get involved!
David writes in the book of Psalms,
“So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might
to another generation, your power to all those to come. “
There is a generation that is coming that needs to know there is a God who
loves them and has a plan for their lives.
There is a generation that needs to know there is a God who will never forsake them.
There is so much they need to know about YAH and His ways……
The enemy doesn’t want the next generation to grow up knowing YAH.
He wants to take them out. But we can’t let him!
When YAH sees you, He doesn’t just see you, He sees the generations in you.
Look at Abraham.
YAH had a plan for his life and that plan included the generations in him!
So I will ask the question again,
Is there a way you can touch the next generation?
Bless you friends