Who are you surrounding yourself with?


“Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about

six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children.

A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds-a great

deal of livestock.”

Exodus 12:37, 38

 

When the Israelites left Egypt they left with a mixed multitude. The bible doesn’t

say much about the mixed multitude.

They could of been running away from the Egyptians.

Maybe as they saw all the miracles God performed they

thought they would see more miracles where they went.

Maybe some left because people were leaving.

 

Whatever the case Israel never left alone. At first you think nothing

of it but things aren’t what they seem.

 

“Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving;

so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat?

We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons,

the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up;

there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!”

Numbers 11:4-6

 

My question to that is, who made the Israelites remember??

 

As I read these scriptures I couldn’t help but think of the people we allow

in our lives. We need to be very careful who we allow in our lives.

 

I know I can’t blame the mixed multitude for all the Israelites problems.

The Israelites were to blame for a lot of the bad that happened along the

way. But at the same time I can’t ignore the fact that the mixed multitude

were part of the problem!

 

Having the wrong people in your life could be disastrous.

You need to be very careful who you call friend.

Who are you walking with?

Do they have your best interests in mind?

Are they positive or negative people?

Do they challenge you to pursue the dreams God has put in

your heart no matter how impossible it seems or do they shoot

them down??

Are they always complaining, always whining, always speaking

about the bad?

 

This is a hard post to write but it must be written. If you are to grow

in the Lord, if you are to pursue the dreams God has put into your heart

you will need to look at the people you have surrounded yourself

with.

 

Make sure you have people who will push you to trust in the Lord.

Surround yourself with people who will encourage you

Surround yourself with people who will challenge you and be real with you.

Surround yourself with people who will remind you of God’s promises.

 

Don’t tolerate negativity in your life.

Be wise in choosing your friends.

 

God bless you friends

 

Rolain

One thing that can stop God’s power in your life…..


“And the woman [in due time] bore a son and called his name Samson;

and the child grew and the Lord blessed him.

And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in Mahaneh-dan

[the camp of Dan] between Zorah and Eshtaol “

Judges 13:24, 25

 

I used to think Samson as the most arrogant of the heroes of the

bible. I thought he was brash, proud and conceited but I was wrong.

He was humble.

He knew where his true strength came from.

 

Let’s take a look at a scripture,

 

“Samson was very thirsty, and he prayed to the Lord and said, You have

given this great deliverance by the hand of your servant, and now shall I

die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?”

Judges 15:18

 

When spending time with God he addresses himself as “servant”.

With all his strength and power he humbled himself before God.

He never once gave himself the glory.

We never read of a time where he praised himself.

Samson was a humble man.

 

Let’s take a look at one more scripture,

 

“And when he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him.

And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon [Samson], and the ropes

on his arms became as flax that had caught fire, and his bonds melted

off his hands.”

Judges 15: 14

 

“The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Samson”

 

That wouldn’t have been possible if Samson was arrogant and proud.

He knew God was the reason for his strength and power and that is why

he was used so mightily.

 

This is the lesson I want you to take from the life of Samson.

With all his strength and power he never became proud and arrogant.

He knew God was the source of his strength.

Because he was humble he was in a position to be used mightily by God.

He put God first in his life and that is why he did what he did.

He never once praised himself.

If he was prideful he wouldn’t have been used.

 

To be used by God we need to be humble. We need to always put Him first.

Pride takes God out of the picture and makes us believe we can do it on our own.

Pride wants to go on its own.

Pride thinks it doesn’t need God or anyone for that matter.

One of our prayers should be to be humble.

No matter how much God does for us we must remain humble.

No matter the great heights He takes us to we need to remain humble.

It’s only when we are humble that we can be used by Him.

 

Bless you friends

 

Rolain

 

 

How does God deal with our shortcomings?


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that

we are dust. “

Psalms 103:14

 

God is not a task master. He isn’t looming over us with a stick waiting for us to

trip up so He can inflict punishment.

Like the word says, “He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on

His heart] that we are dust.”

 

He knows we are weak. He knows we are not smart enough.

He knows how fragile we are.

 

But what happens is that we forget God knows we are dust and we crush

ourselves when we fall. We think our sin catches Him off guard but it doesn’t.

He knows our weaknesses and struggles.

 

The word is clear about how we should look at our weaknesses,

 

“Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this  and begged

that it might depart from me;

But He said to me, My grace  (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough

for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully];

for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show

themselves most effective in [your] weakness.

Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that

the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over

and dwell) upon me!

2 Corinthians 12:9

 

God knows our frame so like Paul we need to embrace our weaknesses.

Like Paul we need to gladly glory in our weaknesses and infirmities.

 

God’s power and strength are made perfect in our weaknesses.

So as I end this post remember that God knows our frame, He

knows we are dust. We don’t have to put on a facade for Him.

He is not impressed with our show of strength. He wants to be

our strength, period!

Bless you

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

Puzzles and life…..


For some of you that may not know, I work at my church’s

children’s ministry. I really love it there. It’s more than a job

to me. This is part of what I was created to do – working with

children.

So today I had to sort out a few puzzles in preparation for Sunday.

To be honest, I was a bit worried about the puzzles.

Let me just say it’s being a “while” since I played with

traditional puzzles.

I was worried I had forgotten to assemble a puzzle.

I would never hear the end of the story if I failed to assemble

the puzzles…haha

Start I did and rocky it was. Panic started to set in!

Before I got carried away I spotted the pictures on the side of the

box.

What a difference it made. Because of the pictures I

assembled all the pictures at once.

 

It was at that moment I realized how powerful a picture is!

 

Have you got a picture of where you want to go in life?

Are you holding up a picture of what you want your life to be

or are you on auto pilot at the moment, an anything goes attitude?

A picture makes all the difference!

 

And we are very fortunate because the Lord has pictures for us.

He has a plan and purpose for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11)

When you have a picture for your life you will not be easily

side tracked. You have purpose and are focused when you have

a picture.

 

And make sure the picture you have is one God gave you and

not what people have given you. People’s plans for you will always

fall short of what God has in store for you.

 

As I close I want to challenge you to seek the Lord for the

picture. He has amazing plans for your life so don’t go

through life without a picture in front of you.

 

Rolain

 

 

You don’t have to stay as you are!


Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah)

he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old 

[previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. 

Behold, the fresh and new has come! “

2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

 

“The old has gone and the new is here!”

 

I love this passage of scripture. It really is good news for us as

sons and daughters of the Most High.

A few weeks ago I did a test that helps you identify what your

God given gifts are. I have done this test several times

throughout my life. In the past I always had a really low

score for administration which wasn’t good.

But when I did the test this time around, my administration

gift wasn’t low any more. It wasn’t in the top three but it was high

enough.

That really left an impression on me. Change had happened and

I have the Lord to thank for that.

The Lord is constantly working on me. Day by day I am being

renewed into the person He created me to be.

Does that mean I won’t make mistakes? No!

Does that mean change is a walk in the park? Heck no!

 

“And Saul was [not only] consenting to [Stephen’s] death

[he was pleased and entirely approving].”

Acts 8:1

 

Paul was a mess but God intervened in his life and turned it

around in such an amazing way. Paul is our example.

If God could totally transform Paul into a mighty man of God

who did mighty exploits for the kingdom, He can certainly do the

same thing in our lives.

 

What is your attitude towards change?

 

We need to change our attitudes.

God wants to change us but we need to get our attitudes

right.

If you think you will never change you are wrong. The Lord

has already made you new!

Who you are now can change with the Lord’s help alone.

You cannot change yourself! You need help.

 

The point of this post is to make you see that you can change

because you have already been changed into a new creation.

You may see flaw after flaw as you look at yourself but remember

the Lord is with you. He is with you changing you to be more

like Him.

You don’t have to stay as you are.

 

“The old has gone and the new is here!”

 

God bless you friends!

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living life in your own strength…..


“Moses told [the Lord’s] words to all the Israelites, and they

mourned greatly.

And they rose early in the morning and went up to the top of

the mountain, saying

Behold, we are here, and we intend to go up to the place which

the Lord has promised, for we have sinned.

But Moses said, why do you transgress the command of the Lord

[to turn back by way of the Red Sea], since it will not succeed?

Go not up, for the Lord is not among you, that you be not struck

down before your enemies. “

Numbers 14:39-45

 

The twelve spies had got back from scouting Canaan and

ten of the twelve brought back bad news. Joshua and Caleb

where full of confidence that God could bring them into the

promise land but the other ten thought otherwise. Anyway

after the news Israel in it’s entirety complained and grumbled.

Talk of going back to Egypt was going around and the people

were about to stone Joshua and Caleb when the Lord intervened!

 

They would not inherit the land God promised them because

of their lack of faith. Their children would be the ones who

would enter the promise land.

Anyway to cut a long story short, the people were very sorry

for how they reacted and decided to take up their weapons

and take the land God had given them. Moses told them it

was too late and they had to turn back but they thought it a

small feat to attack the Canaanites and Amalekites.  So off they

went without Moses and the ark of God (His presence) and

lost! (Numbers 14:44, 45)

 

The Israelites took for granted God’s presence with them.

They thought they could storm the Canaanites in their own

strength but they were dead wrong. It was because of God

they were able to destroy nations stronger than themselves!

 

This Sunday I was reminded who is really in control. Like

the Israelites I forgot who was really in control. I had become

proud. I forgot the reason I do all I do is because of His grace

and mercy on my life. There is no other reason behind it. I am

able to teach because He enables me to!

 

“My glory is great because of His aid”

 

That sums up everything.

The reason I write, the reason I am

able to teach, the reason I am where I am is because of Him.

It’s not because I am smart or because I “know” people!

It’s not because I grew up in the right neighborhood.

It’s not because I am eloquent and so on and so on….

 

I am able to do all that I do because of God. It’s all Him!

Without God I would lose. The enemy would win hands

down.

My enemies in the natural ARE stronger than me and I could be

extinguished if I was alone. But I am not alone!

The Lord is with me and He is the reason I win, He is the

reason I succeed. He is the reason I am still here.

 

We need God friends. I hope you realize just how much you

need Him in your life. He does so much and at times we can

take it for granted. We can think it’s because of our strength

but it’s not. He is the One who has carried us this far.

The Israelites thought their strength was enough but they

were so wrong! They needed God desperately if they were

ever going to enter the promise land.

As I close I want to encourage you to always seek His guidance.

He is the reason we win and He is the reason we are alive.

Don’t forget that friends!

Bless you

 

Rolain.

 

 

 

 

 

He keeps His promises!


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

focus-on-god

“The Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for her

as He had promised.”

Genesis 21:1

 

That is a very powerful passage of scripture! Sarah would not

remain barren because the Lord visited Sarah as He said He would

and because He kept His promise! That’s the God we serve.

He doesn’t take back promises, He isn’t fickle, He isn’t

undecided.

 

In the natural Sarah had no chance. She waited and waited

for God’s promise. For years and years she waited.

It didn’t seem like anything was happening. She may have even

lost hope but it wasn’t over. Because God visited her she had a

chance! It was because the Lord kept His word that she managed

to have a child in her old age!!

 

You have a chance today friends.

 

Your situation may appear grim, it may look like nothing is

changing and it may seem like there is no hope.

But because of the Lord things will change! Like Sarah

the Lord will visit you.

I don’t know what you are going through at the moment but

God is faithful. He will keep His promise to you.

 

“And listen! Your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also 

conceived a son, and this is now the sixth month with her

who was called barren. 

For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God 

shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. ” 

Luke 1:36, 37

 

You have a reason to hope in the midst of darkness.

You have a reason to laugh in the midst of pain because

the Lord will fulfill everything He promised you.

That’s who He is, and that is what He does!

 

“For behold, the instant the sound of your salutation reached

my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that there

would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from

the Lord. “

Luke 1:44, 45

 

Mary believed the Lord would visit her. She believed He would

keep her promise to her and because she believed she was blessed.

 

“And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that

there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken

to her from the Lord. “

Luke 1;45

 

You are blessed when you believe the Lord will visit you.

You are blessed when you believe the Lord will keep His

promise to you.

 

I encourage you to not let go of the promises of God.

Even when things are dark, even when it seems God

has changed His mind (which He hasn’t), believe in Him.

He will visit you, He will do for you as He has promised!

Amen!

 

Rolain

 

Do not fear change!


changing

 

     “The only thing that is constant is change”

 

How many of you have heard that quote before?

In my church it has become a mantra we live by. The one thing

you can expect in this life is change. We cannot escape change.

Change is a part of life but there is problem or ‘was’ a problem.

I never liked change!

I fought it with all I had. It was crazy.      🙂

 

As time has gone by my relationship with change has improved.

Please note, I have used the word “improved”.

I have gotten much better when change has happened.

And this year I decided I would step it up even more. Instead of

dreading change I would welcome it. I would go with the flow, I

would throw myself into the change that was happening instead

of resisting it.

 

As I look back at all the change that has happened in my life

I can see how difficult it has been.

From a change of friends, to a change in career, to a change

of environment and so on it’s been hard. I guess that is why

I didn’t like change.

 

It’s always been testing, it’s pushed me out of my comfort zone,

it’s made me change the way I think and the way I see things,

it’s pushed me to change how I do things.

 

I want to share a scripture with you,

 

And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied

on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything

in common;

And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and

their movable goods) and distributed the price among all,

according as any had need.

 And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with

united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including

the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and

simplicity and generous hearts,

Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all

the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily

those who were being saved [from spiritual death].”

Acts 2:44-47

 

What an amazing picture of the new testament saints. Things

were really going well for them.

  • They sold their goods and distributed the money among

those who had need

  • They assembled regularly in the temple with united purpose
  • They broke bread in their homes
  • They praised God and the Lord kept adding to their number     daily those who were being saved.

Like I said, things were going really well for them. Some amazing

things were happening in their midst.

Did the saints know things would change?

Did they think the way they were living at that moment in time

would always be?

 

But things did change. Let’s look at another scripture,

 

“And Saul was [not only] consenting to [Stephen’s] death [he was

pleased and entirely approving]. On that day a great and severe

persecution broke out against the church which was in Jerusalem;

and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and

Samaria, except the apostles (special messengers).”

Acts 8:1

 

After Stephen was killed a severe persecution broke out and the

church in Jerusalem had to scatter.

Was the change pleasant? No!

Was it something anyone expected? No!

 

But this is what I want you to see that God showed me about

change. In the midst of the change God was with the saints!

He never left them. Change in this context seemed

disastrous but God’s will prevailed!

 

God showed me He would be with me through whatever change

that came my way. No matter the change

I had no reason to fear because He was right by my side.

He always has a plan in the midst of change.

He won’t abandon me when change happens.

When change happens I need to look to Him to guide me,

help me and preserve me!

 

Be comforted friends. You might be going through change but

know that God is with you in the change and that’s what matters.

The enemy may have other plans for the change but

that won’t come to reality because Jesus is with us.

We don’t need to fear change anymore because we will never

be alone in it!

Remember this when you are going through a change,

Jesus being with you though the change is the most important

thing about change.

 

Bless you friends

 

Rolain

 

In her rejection she met Jesus…….


rejected

 

What a week and weekend it’s been. My church’s annual Prayer

Conference has just ended and what a conference it was!

The word I heard was rich and truly life changing. With that said

I want to share one of the messages that resonated within me.

There were a few that stood out so I thought this was where I

should start from.

The speaker was a Hebrew scholar and he shared a story we all

know. He spoke about the woman Jesus met at the well, a story

we are all acquainted with I hope! (John 4)

The speaker cleared up some misconceptions about the Samaritan

women we have been taught.

After he spoke I went online to find out if what he said was true and

it was.

 

This post is inspired by the message I heard.

When I verified a lot of what he said I knew I had to write what he

revealed to us.

As I start I want to go over a few things we have been told about

the Samaritan woman at the well.

 

  • She was an immoral woman as she was married five times and the man she was currently living with was not her husband!

 

“At this Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband and come

back here.

 The woman answered, I have no husband. Jesus said to her,

you have spoken truly in saying, I have no husband.

For you have had five husbands, and the man you are now

living with is not your husband.

In this you have spoken truly. “

John 4:16 – 18

 

  • In Jesus time women would go to the well towards the evening but the Samaritan woman went to draw water at noon.     (John 4:6)

She was trying to avoid the other women and that seems to confirm

the story that she was immoral.

 

Now that I have stated the popular assumptions let’s get into

the truth.

 

Let’s start with the statement about the Samaritan woman being

immoral.

 

  • In Jesus time women could not divorce their husbands! Yes you heard that right, they “could not” divorce their husbands.

The men were the only ones who could divorce their wives. There

is a lot of information on the internet backing that up if you have

time to search for it.

Read this!

 

  • The penalty for adultery and so on in Jesus time was death so there was no way the Samaritan woman would be allowed to live if she really slept with five different men                       (read Leviticus 20:10)

 

The only way the Samaritan woman could have been married

five times was if she was divorced all those previous times!!!

 

When the speaker shared this, my heart broke for her.

This story was a story of rejection. The Samaritan woman had

been divorced five times.

She had been rejected five times.

 

If she wasn’t an adulterer why did she avoid the women by going

to draw water at the well at noon?

 

The speaker suggested she might have been barren which was

probably why she was avoiding the women and why she was

divorced so many times.

There was a chance she was ridiculed because of that. The word

doesn’t talk about the women being barren so I suggest you do your

own investigations to verify that.

 

So here we have a Samaritan women who had been divorced five

times and had been rejected by the women in the

community. She may have been barren which means she could

of felt rejected by God.

When she met Jesus, He knew her rejection. But instead of rejecting

her He spoke to her.

He didn’t reject her but spoke to her! He accepted her even though

she was a Samaritan.

 

“The Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that You, being

a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and] a woman, for a drink?- For

the Jews have nothing to do with the Samaritans-“

John 4:9

 

 

I love this story because the Samaritan woman experienced

rejection but Jesus welcomed her. He didn’t reject her!

He wanted to save her and did just that.

 

We can take comfort in knowing He won’t reject us!

Man will reject us but not Jesus!

He loves us so much!

 

As I read the story of the Samaritan woman I can identify with her

rejection.

My life was ridded with rejection from friends, family and people I

looked up to.

That rejection damaged me growing up.

It was only by Yeshua’s grace that I was set free of rejection.

 

You might be feeling rejected today but know that Jesus loves

you and accepts you!

He has not rejected you!

Man WILL reject you but not Jesus. He loves you and wants to take

away the rejection you are living with.

Like the Samaritan woman Jesus loves you!

Be encouraged friends!

 

The true life story of the Samaritan woman is one of my favorite

stories now!!!  🙂

 

Bless you friends!

 

Rolain

 

photo credit: google images

 

A story like no other….!


my-story

 

Did you know your story is unique? The story God has written

for you is like no other. No one else has your story. That is how

great God is. He has given every man and woman a story and

that story is not the same.  Our stories are all unique. That

blows my mind.

I posted these thoughts on my Facebook page but I want to go

deeper. It’s important to know your story is unique.

Without that understanding you will live your life comparing

yourself to others. God never meant us to live someone

else’s life. I will say that again,

 

God never meant us to live someone else’s life!

 

No one else has your story. Your story is unique.

God is not lazy. He never copies and pastes stories.

And that’s why you have to very careful when judging others.

Everyone is on a journey.

 

Let’s look at the story of Hannah and Peninnah.

 

” When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give to

Peninnah his wife and all her sons and daughters portions [of the

sacrificial meat].

But to Hannah he gave a double portion, for he loved Hannah,

but the Lord had given her no children.

[This embarrassed and grieved Hannah] and her rival provoked

her greatly to vex her, because the Lord had left her childless.”

1 Samuel 1:4-6

Hannah was on a journey. At this point her story had

only just begun but Peninnah didn’t understand that. She didn’t

understand God had a different story for everyone. As hard

as it was to understand and accept God had written a unique

story for Hannah.

Peninnah came in at a critical part of Hannah’s story thinking it

was the WHOLE story. How wrong she was.

God had something amazing in store for Hannah.

Don’t despise where you are at this moment in time. God is

the One who has written your story and He is so faithful!!

Please remember that your story is original. No one else

has a story like yours. There is no need to compare your story.

Run YOUR race and not the next person’s.

Let’s encourage each other in this friends.

God bless you

Rolain