“Then Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God.”
Mary and Martha thought Yeshua would heal their brother but He never got to them in time. Lazarus
died and by the time He got there Lazarus had been dead for four days.
How hard that must have been for the sisters. They had put their hope in the Lord but He never
showed up in time. Lazarus had died end of story. Yeshua would have to pay his condolences
when He came but that’s not what happened. When He arrived, He challenged them in their faith.
The story was far from over.
“Then Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?
The glory of God Yeshua was speaking about was answer to prayer, breakthrough, Lazarus being
raised from the dead.
But the sisters needed to keep believing if they were to see the glory of God!
That spoke to me this week. If I am to see the glory of God in my life I need to keep believing.
What does the manifestation of God’s glory look like in your life today?
Is it healing, restored relationships, breakthrough of finances……
The sisters had put their faith in God. It was hard seeing their brother’s health fade away.
Where was the Lord? Had He forgotten about them? Did He love them as much as they thought?
(the bible tells us they had a close relationship)
But in a moment of time it seemed like their faith in God was misplaced. “He couldn’t even come on
But the Lord as we know had not forgotten. He loved this family and would do something amazing
He would bring Lazarus back from the dead and that is why He challenged them to keep believing.
We need to keep believing friends. As you put your hope in God you WILL see the glory of God
manifest in your life. That’s the message today.
The glory of God will be manifested in your life so keep believing. The Lord is faithful and won’t
back down on His promises. Even when it’s difficult believe and see His glory!
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
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.
“Later, Zechariah’s wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant. She did not go out of her house for five
moths. Elizabeth said, “Look what the Lord has done for me! My people were ashamed of me,
but now the Lord has taken away that shame.”
Luke 1:24, 25
I love this story for so many reasons. Elizabeth couldn’t have children and in her time people looked
down on her because of that. She didn’t decide to not have babies. She just couldn’t. It was out of her
control but I don’t think people understood that. They looked down on her because of it and that’s all
we need to know.
As I read this story it really spoke to me. As I look at my life there are a lot of things that haven’t
come to pass and sometimes it can be frustrating especially when it seems like the next person is
getting everything they prayed for and more. I have had to deal with people who thought there was
something wrong with me. I have had to deal with the shame of unanswered prayers which is so
hard. Where do you even begin explaining why God hasn’t answered your prayers in a certain area??
There have even been times I thought God had forgotten about me because certain things had not
If you are in a similar situation as me then this story provides hope. Elizabeth was being ridiculed, and was
the talk of the town because she couldn’t have children but God did something amazing. He answered
her prayers and gave her a child. He took away her shame.
I believe God will take your shame, whatever it is. Just keep praying, keep trusting God. What you praying
and trusting God for will come to pass. Don’t lose heart. This is the thing, people will always talk. There
is nothing you can do about that but you can do something about your response. Don’t be discouraged
by other people’s words. God will fulfill what He promised no matter what the next person thinks. His
promises are never dependent on another persons opinions and ideas.
Maybe all your friends have gone to university but for one reason or the other you are still waiting to go,
God will answer your prayer.
You may still be single and the majority of your friends married. Just know that God knows exactly where
you are. Don’t panic or fret. He will answer your prayer.
Whatever it is, know that God will come through for you. He will take away your shame. Keep your eyes on Him!
Bless 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…..
*I was reminded of something I wrote some time back and that is why I am writing this post today.
This post is dedicated to everyone who has made mistakes and think God has turned His back
on them. As you will read, that is not true. He loves you and will do all He can to get you back
“And when the morning was past, 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 was evil in the sight of the Lord.”
2 Samuel 11:27
This was one of David’s darkest periods of his life. He slept with Bathsheba and got her husband killed.
To make things worse he was blind to his sin. He never repented, he never confessed his sin. Somewhere,
somehow his heart became hardened. I want to stop here for a bit.
We all make mistakes, we all mess up in life. What we need to pray for is for the Lord to correct, and to intervene
like He did for David. He could have left him in his sin but He didn’t. He confronted him about what he
did and delivered him. Because He loved David, the Lord sent Nathan.
The Lord knew David wasn’t going to snap out of sin on his own so in His mercy and grace He stepped in.
We need YAH to step in for us always. We can’t fight sin on our own. We need Him.
David messed up bad but the Lord didn’t abandon him. He was patient with him even when he was blinded.
He was blinded for nine months but the Lord never left. When the baby was born the Lord sent Nathan.
We need His mercy and grace more than we know. We will fall, we will make mistakes but the Lord
will not abandon us when we do. He will pick us up, He will confront us and He will deliver us.
But the biggest thing we need to overcome is thinking the Lord’s plan for our life, His goodness, and His
mercy stops when we mess up.
That’s not true. There is hope. Let me show you why I think so,
“David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went to her and lay with her; and she bore a son and she
called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved [the child].
He sent [a message] by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and [Nathan] called the boy’s [special]
name Jedidiah [beloved of the Lord], because the Lord [loved the child].”
2 Samuel 12:24, 25
Out of the horrible mess David was in, the Lord turned it into something beautiful. And that’s how
good Yeshua is. David’s life was not over. The Lord didn’t take back all the amazing things He promised
him. I think of David’s other wives, Abigail to be precise. She was amazing. Surely YAH could have used
her to show David how great, and amazing He was?? He didn’t. Instead, He took a
horrible moment, a terrible situation in David’s life and turned it around into something beautiful.
There is a lesson here for all of us. The Lord can take what’s painful, what’s horrible and turn it into
something beautiful. David could not take the glory for what happened. All glory went to YAH.
It was very clear He had performed a miracle in His life.
Don’t throw in the towel today. You may be in distress, guilty, condemned because of something
you have done but the Lord can turn it around. He has not abandoned you friend. He has not
turned His back on you. And that is why He is our God!
No matter how dark your past has been, He can and will light it up. There is nothing too hard for
the Lord. Put all your hope in Him. Call out to Him. Don’t stay silent.
With that have a great weekend friends….
Blessings to you.
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
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“When I was in trouble, I called to the Lord.
And He answered me.”
There is a place to run to when we are in trouble.
There is a Person to turn to when things go bad.
His name is Yeshua. He hears our prayers. He ALWAYS hears us.
Pray to Him with confidence. When you are in trouble call out to Him.
He wants to help you. He wants to carry you out of the pit you are in. Put aside the lie that says He is
not listening. It’s not true.
“I love the Lord, because He has heard [and now hears] my voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.”
Psalm 116:1, 2
He hears and He answers. That’s the way He does it. Don’t remain silent. Open your mouth and
pray to Him as long as you live……
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Let’s make something very clear, there is no justification to side with doubt. There is no situation in life that
makes it okay to walk in doubt . No matter how bad things are, or impossible they seem, we should always
side with faith.
I did that recently. I was in a situation where the odds seemed bleak and guess what I did? You guessed right,
I began to doubt if YAH would come through. I am not talking about doubting and then coming back to my
senses and trusting YAH. No, I am talking about a resignation, a buckling to the pressure and deciding the
situation was lost, making a decision that nothing could be done!
We need to always have faith no matter how dim things appear. There is a a story in the bible that perfectly
illustrates what I am talking about;
“Jesus was still speaking to her when some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler.
The men said, “Your daughter is dead. There is now no need to bother the teacher.”
But Jesus paid no attention to what the men said. He said to the synagogue ruler,
“Don’t be afraid; only believe.”
Mark 5:35, 36
Yeshua did not allow the man to entertain doubt. As soon as the men spoke to the ruler, Yeshua urged
him to believe, to not falter, to not doubt.
One could argue that there would be nothing wrong if the man simply accepted the news and went his
way. His daughter had died after all. But Yeshua wouldn’t have any of that. He challenged the man’s faith.
He challenged him to take his faith a step further.
Like I said in the beginning, there is no situation that warrants us to walk in doubt and unbelief.
We need to always side with faith no matter how dark a situation seems. Even when everyone is telling
you there is no way, side with faith, stand on it, declare it.
Doubt is not from YAH. Doubt makes it hard for Him to work in our lives.
Doubt makes it hard for us to see His power and miracles. It makes no room for Him to move.
When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were commanded to bow down to the kings statue this is how
“You can throw us into the blazing furnace. The God we serve is able to save us from the furnace and your
power. If He does this, it is good.
But even if God does not save us, we want you, our king, to know this:
We will not serve your gods. We will not worship the gold statue you have set up.”
There was no compromising even in the face of a blazing furnace. They would trust YAH even if it meant
death! And that’s the kind of attitude we should have when it comes to faith.
Doubt must have no room in our lives. We should always choose faith.
Even when the whole world is doubting, choose faith. Don’t ever side with doubt.
“The just shall live by faith” is what the word teaches us so let’s do exactly that, walk by faith.
Bless you friends!