Tear down the old perceptions given to you.


God had amazing plans for David’s life but unfortunately no one saw the amazing potential God put in him.

When Samuel visited his family to choose a king, his father literally forgot about him! Samuel had to press Jesse if there was anyone else! Crazy right.

His brothers didn’t see a thing.

(1 Samuel‬ ‭17:28‬)

 

And then David was brought before king Saul because of the way he spoke about Goliath. He was fearless and courageous. But even then, king Saul didn’t see what God saw.

 

“And Saul said to David, You are not able to go to fight against this Philistine. You are only an adolescent, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17:33‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

 

“You are not able to go to fight”

 

He didn’t even know David and what he had gone through till that point. But he told David, he couldn’t fight the giant!

Man saw nothing when they looked at David but God saw a mighty warrior and that meant everything.

I touched on a bit of this in my previous post, we need to be careful who we allow to define who we are. God is the true source and He knows who we really are.

You need to break free of words, ideas and other people’s perceptions of who you are that have kept you living below your true potential. It’s clear from David’s story that no man really knows your true potential. They may have an idea but they don’t know the full potential God has put in you.

But breaking free can only be done by the power of God. You need the Holy Spirit to come in and reveal the true picture of who God created you to be and He will if you ask Him.

As you take the step be assured the Lord is with you. He desperately wants you to know who you really are. He wants you to know and experience the amazing things He planned for you more than you will ever know.

So make the decision today!

 

Bless you friends!

 

Rolain

Don’t let your past be a stumbling block.


““But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”

But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.”

‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭9:13-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

Before the Lord appeared to Saul he had done some terrible things. He was killing and imprisoning God’s people and who knows what else. But despite all those things the Lord had a plan for his life. Yes Paul did some crazy things in the past but the Lord had a new future for him. Paul’s past didn’t stop the Lord from using him mightily.

If you have had an unpleasant past know that it doesn’t have to determine what your future is going to be like. The Lord has a wonderful future in store for you.

But here lies the challenge: Can we let go of the past?

The enemy wants us to hold on to it. That’s one of the strategies he uses to derail us.

There was a time the past was a reference point for everything I did. When new opportunities came I looked at them through the lens of the past. “I can’t do that because of my past” were the consistent thoughts I was having. But thanks to the Lord who was patient with me and changed all that.

Stop letting the past determine your future. The Lord has amazing things in store for you despite your past. No matter how dark your past has been, the Lord wants you. He wants to give you a second chance. Like Paul, will you say yes to Him?

Remember, there is no sin that is too much for God. No matter what you have done, there is forgiveness and grace. Don’t let the past keep haunting you. There is healing, forgiveness, grace and second chances in the name of Jesus.

Say yes to Him today!

Bless you friends

Rolain

Please Lord, send someone else…


“But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”

Exodus 4:10 NLT

 

The Lord was going to deliver His people from Pharaoh and Moses was the person He would use to bring about the deliverance. But Moses was not on board with that. Instead of jumping all in he protested and protested. The Lord keep assuring him with His words and with signs but Moses kept protesting.

 

But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.””

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭4: 13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

Moses doubted he could do what God was calling him to do. Even with God encouraging him, Moses stayed put.

Maybe it was years and years of telling himself he was not good enough, maybe it was because of how he spoke but whatever it was nearly derailed him from walking in God’s amazing plans.

I have been working on a project and it has been challenging getting it done. I am nearly done but as I was reviewing the progress I had made I heard a voice. This voice sounded like me and kept telling me the work I had done to this point was not good enough. It was so critical, so negative, so hopeless. But in my quiet time the Lord revealed what was really going on. That voice wasn’t my voice but the enemy’s.

The enemy doesn’t want us walking in and accomplishing God’s purposes. He wants us to doubt and second guess everything we do until we stop.

Moses nearly stopped.

The Lord is with you every step of the way. Don’t doubt God’s calling on your life. Trust Him as you take that step.

Stop listening to the enemy’s voice. It can be so subtle, invading our minds like a thief in the night.

The Lord has amazing things in store for you. Stop putting off that thing God is telling you to do no matter how scary it is. This is the time to act. Bring those negative thoughts you Him. Don’t hold on to them not matter how convincing they seem.

The Lord wants to use you so start doing what He wants you to do.

Blessings to you friends

Rolain

God sees what you are going through.


Thought of the day

“I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy and steadfast love, because You have seen my affliction, You have taken note of my life’s distresses, And You have not given me into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a broad place.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭31:7-8‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

 

You have a reason to hope and praise the Lord because what you are going through hasn’t gone unnoticed. He sees everything you are going through. He knows all the things that are stressing you out, big and small.

You are not going through the valley alone. He is with you always.

“You have taken note of my life’s distresses”

And not only does He see but He acts. He is fighting for you and making a way for you. He is a shield around you. Don’t panic or fear. The Lord will bring you through the difficult things you are facing because He is faithful and because He loves you so much.

Bless you friends

Rolain

Plans gone wrong!


“Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “Hushai’s advice is better than Ahithophel’s.” For the Lord had determined to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, which really was the better plan, so that he could bring disaster on Absalom!”

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭17:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

Ahitophel’s advice could have ended David’s life if it was followed but God stepped in and delivered him by frustrating Ahitophel’s counsel and plan.

The enemy is always planning against you but his plans will come to nothing. They will not come to fruition because the Lord is protecting you. Like He did for David the Lord is stepping in and frustrating the enemy’s plans.

Remember Haman who had plans to eliminate the Jewish people. (Read the book of Esther)

It seemed like his plans were rock solid but God stepped in again and frustrated them.

“Then Harbona, one of the king’s eunuchs, said, “Haman has set up a sharpened pole that stands seventy-five feet tall in his own courtyard. He intended to use it to impale Mordecai, the man who saved the king from assassination.” “Then impale Haman on it!” the king ordered. So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai, and the king’s anger subsided.”

‭‭Esther‬ ‭7:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

The truth is this: No weapon formed against you will prosper.

Don’t be afraid of the plans the enemy has against you and the weapons he creates to take you out because the Lord will guard you and make sure you are safe. The only plans that are coming to reality are the ones the Lord has made.

I pray and declare that all His good plans over your life come to pass. There is no plan that the enemy has created that is strong enough to succeed over you.

So don’t lose heart. The Lord will be your Shield wherever you go!

Bless you friends!

 

Rolain

Look ahead with confidence


“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.””

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17:37‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

As David faced Goliath his confidence was in the God who had delivered him from the lion and the bear.

David knew Goliath had no chance against him because of what God had done before.

As you look ahead it’s important to remember what the Lord has done for you. As He brought you through last year with all its challenges and trials He will bring you through this year.

You can look ahead with confidence because the Lord who rescued and delivered you from the trials and challenges last year will do it again and again. He never let David down. He didn’t let the giant be victorious over him.

And it’s the same with you. He won’t let you down. He will deliver you and rescue you from the enemy who is standing against you. You can trust the Lord always!

Bless you friends

Rolain

Don’t give up.


Perseverance outlasts persecution

This is one of my pastor’s favorite sayings. But it’s more than a saying. It’s a kingdom principle. That’s what he taught me and it’s true. 

When Jesus came to earth He persevered. He didn’t give up or throw in the towel when things got intense. No, He pushed on towards His goal and He achieved it.

Don’t throw in the towel in this season. Keep looking at the prize. Keep persevering and know as you do,  the door will open, the breakthrough will come the prayer will  be answered. The Lord will carry you through. He can be trusted. 

But you need to keep moving forward no matter how hard it is. Keep taking that step then another then another. 

As I wrote this today I was reminded of a video that perfectly illustrates perseverance.

Here is the link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V38QYllfYtM&t=36s

I came across it as I was preparing to teach some kids. Even though it is for kids I really enjoyed it and I think you will too. It has no sound but the message gets  across and if you have kids you can show it to them too🙂

Bless you friends

Rolain

An opportune time.


“Know the importance of the season you’re in and a wise son you will be. But what a waste when an incompetent son sleeps through his day of opportunity!”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:5‬ ‭TPT‬‬

 

As I was reading this verse I thought about the season we are in now. I think it’s safe to say this is an important time in history. Will there be another time like this in our lifetime? I don’t know.

The world has stopped momentarily. We don’t know how long this season will be but one thing is certain, God knew this time would come. There must be more to this season that just staying at home. There must be more.

COVID-19 has taken many lives, interrupted everything, and now we look ahead where nothing is certain or concrete.

But there must be more. I believe God has something to say in this season. I believe God has things to show us in this time we are at home. There is sharping, surgery, cleansing, and revealing He wants to do.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to come out of this the same.

I don’t want to look back at this time and see no changes made, no lessons learned, no new vision and purpose!

We need to maximize this unique time we are in. God wants to speak to us, to work on our hearts, and so much more as the distractions we faced have been greatly reduced.

Don’t come out of this season with nothing. There is something God has for you.

Bless you friends

Rolain

God has a plan in this season


“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

Hey friends!

It has been a while since I have written and I am glad to be back. So much has happened this year and I believe God has so much in store.

Jeremiah 29:11 has been on my mind in this season. A season that has caused fear and uncertainty for the year ahead.

The corona virus has brought the world to its knees and no one knows when this will end.

But in this season God has not stopped working. His plan for our lives has not come to a halt.

His purpose for us is very much alive. Don’t be discouraged. Know that God has a plan in this season. His name will be glorified in the midst of pain, fear and death.

Be expectant in this season. He is looking for people who will say yes to Him.

Lord, show us what you have in store for us in this season.

 

Bless you friends

 

Rolain

God has a name for you.


“And they journeyed from Bethel and had but a little way to go to Ephrath [Bethlehem]

when Rachel suffered the pangs of childbirth and had hard labor. 

When she was in hard labor, the midwife said to her, Do not be afraid; you shall have this son

also. And as her soul was departing, for she died, she called his name Ben-oni [son of my sorrow]; 

but his father called him Benjamin [son of the right hand]. 

Genesis 35:16-18

 

As Rachel was dying she called her son Ben-oni and rightly so in her mind because she was about

to die. Because of the pain she was experiencing she named him but Jacob gave him another name.

A name of blessing which spoke of God’s plan and purpose for his life.

 

The temptation is great to listen to the names people call us because we think they “know” us.

We allow the words of man to define us because we think they really do know us. Either because

they have been friends for a really long time or because they are family but the truth of the matter

is that God is the only One who really knows us. We need to look to Him to tell us who we are and

not man.

 

I am not saying we should stop listening to the encouraging words of friends, family, mentors, teachers

and the other people in our lives but what I am saying is that we need to be very careful we don’t stop

with what they tell us we can be or do.

 

Rachel is a picture of man who makes decisions about us and speak based on what they see.

Jacob is a picture of God and what He sees. Even when it’s not clear to us or anyone else, God knows

the plans He has for us.

He knows all the great things we will do and that’s what He speaks over us.

 

“Jabez was honorable above his brothers; but his mother named him Jabez [sorrow maker], saying, 

Because I bore him in pain. 

Jabez cried to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and 

that Your hand might be with me, and You would keep me from evil so it might not hurt me! 

And God granted his request.”

1 Chronicles 4:9, 10

 

Jabez was given a name by man but he prayed for God to bless him. He was tired of being called

Sorrow-Maker. He knew God had something better for him so he prayed and God granted

his request! I love that so much. You don’t have to live by what man says you can or can’t do.

Just because man thinks you can’t doesn’t mean that’s true. What matters is what God thinks and

says about you!

 

For a long time I lived by other people’s scripts. I was okay with living in the box they made for me. But

when I gave my life to Christ things changed radically. The Lord opened my eyes to what He had in store

for me. He showed me a glimpse of what He had in store which was so much higher and greater than

what man said I could do. Bit by bit the chains began to be broken off.

Don’t let man define what you can do. Let God’s word be what directs you and drives you.

Don’t be limited by all the perceptions and images man has put on you.

 

God has an amazing plan for your life.

Let go of the words that have been spoken over you that have limited you and live

by who God says you are.

 

Bless you friends

 

Rolain