“When you go to war against your enemies, you might see horses and chariots.
Their army might be bigger than yours. But don’t be afraid of them. The Lord your God
will be with you. He brought you out of Egypt.”
As I read this scripture I look at the battles I have faced and still face. There is no battle I have
thought was a breeze. Every battle has been intense, bigger than me.
There is no battle that has been small. The purpose of the enemy’s attack is to take me out.
He doesn’t attack just for kicks, no! His motivation is real, deadly.
How many times I have felt overwhelmed and powerless because of the trials and storms that have
come my way. The scary truth is that without YAH the enemy would have snuffed me out a long
Israel were called by YAH to a land flowing with milk and honey. In the natural that was
mission impossible! They would not be able to possess the promise land because the nations
they would have to face were stronger and mightier than they were. To possess the promise
land they would have to face giants! Never mind the promise land, they had to leave Egypt first!
Like I said, mission impossible!
Let’s look at two scriptures,
“They told Moses,”We went to the land where you sent us. It is a land where much food grows!
Here is some of its fruit. But the people who live there are strong. Their cities are walled and large.
We even saw some Anakites there. ”
Numbers 13:27, 28
“Then Caleb told the people near Moses to be quiet. Caleb said, “We should go up and take the land
for ourselves. We can do it.
But the men who had gone with him said, “We can’t attack those people. They are stronger than we are.”
Numbers 13:30, 31
“We can’t attack those people. they are stronger than we are.”
The spies were correct technically speaking. They were weaker than the people occupying the promise land.
They were never going to defeat them on their own. But that is why they needed the Lord. With
Him on their side they would defeat the stronger nations.
No matter how threatening the trials we face are, we need to know that YAH is with us and because
He is with us we will come out victorious. No matter how hard things get, we will be saved not because
we are strong enough but because YAH is the One who is strong enough.
As I end this post I want to leave you with one final thought.
The storms that come our way will always be bigger than us but we are not alone as we face them.
So maybe you feel overwhelmed because of the bills you have to pay and you feel like there is no
way out, know that there is a way out because YAH is with you.
Maybe your family broke up and your future is suddenly unclear, know that things will work out
for your good because the Lord is with you.
No matter the problem you are facing right now, know that the Lord of Hosts is fighting for you.
The devil will not win. He is a defeated foe and doesn’t stand a chance against the Lord of Lords!
Don’t be discouraged, put all of your hope in the Lord. He will help you in your most trying time.
Where you are weak He is strong!
“And I will bring you into the land concerning which I lifted up My
hand and swore that I would give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob;
and I will give it to you for a heritage. I am the Lord [you have
the pledge of My changeless omnipotence and faithfulness].
Moses told this to the Israelites, but they refused to listen to Moses
because of their impatience and anguish of spirit and because of their
Exodus 6:8, 9
This verse spoke to me this week. In the midst of crazy battles this scripture spoke to me.
The Israelites had a word from YAH but they refused to listen to Him
because of their impatience, anguish of spirit and cruel bondage.
The fact they were impatient spoke to me because in the midst of storms
and trials we need to be patient. It’s not an easy thing to be patient when you are in a fire.
In the trials I am facing in this season I am have been challenged to be patient.
Patience is important because it reflects our faith in YAH’s ability to bring us through the storm.
No matter what you going through be patient. He will carry you through the storm soon enough. He will deliver you most definitely.
Let’s look at one more scripture that brought everything into perspective for me concerning being patient,
“Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exalt and triumph in our troubles and
rejoice in our sufferings knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce
patient and unswerving endurance.
And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity).
And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.”
Amazing right, or crazy depending on how you see it! Exalt and triumph in your troubles!
Rejoice in your sufferings!
It’s really hard to do if I am to be honest. The pressure can get so much that rejoicing
is the last thing I want to do but one thing is clear from reading this scripture,
YAH has a plan in the storm. The enemy has a plan too, to destroy but not YAH.
He is thinking about growth, blessing, new levels, maturity, endurance and so much more….
We need to change how we look at trials and challenges. We don’t need to be afraid. YAH will bring us
through. He is at work for our good.
The title might be a bit much but I thought it would be really fitting for what I am about to write….
As men we have been told about the Proverbs 31 woman. Every Christian single man wants her. He prays for her.
Ladies, you may think you know Proverbs 31 but what you know cannot be matched with what we as men know about Proverbs 31. We sleep Proverbs 31, drink it, meditate on it, dream about it and so on and so on!
By now you must be thinking to yourself, common Rolain, let’s be serious please! 🙂
OK, let’s be serious. We may not drink it, and meditate on it as much as I say or dream about it but the fact remains, it is important to us. We want a Proverbs 31 woman. Ladies, you have been told to be a Proverbs 31 woman but what does that mean? We read stuff like this and are in awe… :
– A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman – who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. Proverbs 31:10
– She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm. Proverbs 31: 17
– She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat. Proverbs 31:27
As men we read this and develop this crazy idea that you are perfect!!! I don’t say this in a derogative way. For years I has this perfect image of a Proverbs 31 woman. My wife will be flawless I thought to my self. She will be perfect……But is that what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman??
Ladies, this goes the other way as well. If my wife is expecting someone perfect then she is going to be seriously dissapointed!
I am human and I am trusting God to guide me in righteousness everyday. I lean on His mercy and grace everyday! I sin everyday! Does that mean I am not Mr Right???
Does being a Proverbs 31 woman mean perfection and flawlessness??? After all, Proverbs 31 doesn’t mention anything about her struggles with sin and failings or so we think! It doesn’t mention her having any battles so we think. We don’t see her in a confused state and we don’t see her struggling with fears so we conclude she is perfect! But that is not the picture Proverbs 31 paints. It paints a picture of a woman racked with sin who puts God first!! Don’t hide your imperfections. Men, don’t hide you faults. Our job is to put Him first. He should be the One you praise and direct the glory to.
But the truth is this. The Proverbs 31 woman is not perfect. Her trust is in God daily. She falls and makes mistakes. Ladies, Mr Right is in the same boat. He is flawed more than you know. Sin has left its mark! Don’t look for perfection. Expecting perfection from a person is impossible. They will never be perfect in this life. So if that is the case, what are we to look for in Mr Right and The Proverbs 31 woman? The end of Proverbs 31 puts it nicely:
Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears The Lord, she shall be praised! Proverbs 31:30
This is what makes the Proverbs 31 woman a Proverbs 31 woman. Her strength is in God. Her confidence is in God. She is not perfect but she has a relationship with a perfect God! Mr Right has flaws. He doesn’t try to hide them and paint a false picture of who is. He shouldn’t! His trust is in God. This is what defines them, their relationship with God. We are all a work in progress. So as I end, men, we need to go into a relationship with the right image. You are flawed but so is the woman God has for you. She is not perfect and the same goes for you too…..Let us depend on God to help us in our relationships!
THOUGHT OF THE DAY.
We all have wars to fight. We cannot run away from battles. They are a part of life but how are we to deal with them?
How do we become victorious? We find the answer in the book of Samuel.
David strengthened himself with trust in his God. He ordered Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, Bring me
the Ephod so I can consult God. Abiathar brought it to David.
Then David prayed to God, Shall I go after these raiders? Can I catch them?
The answer came, go after them! Yes, you’ll catch them! Yes, you’ll make the rescue!
1 Samuel 30: 6-8
When the Philistines got word that David had been made king over all Israel, they came on the hunt for him.
David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. When the Philistines arrived, they deployed their forces in Rephaim Valley.
Then David prayed to God: “Shall I go up and fight the Philistines? Will you help me beat them?
Go up, “God replied. Count on me. I’ll help you beat them.”
2 Samuel 5:17-20
Later there was a repeat performance. The Philistines came up again and deployed their troops in the Rephaim
Valley. David again prayed to God.
This time God said, don’t attack them head-on. Instead, circle around behind them and ambush them from the grove
of sacred trees. When you hear the sound of shuffling in the trees, get ready to move out. It’s a signal that God is going
ahead of you to smash the Philistine camp.
2 Samuel 5:22– 24
Time and time again we see this pattern throughout scripture. Whoever it was, they always sought The Lord first.
As we face the battles that come our way we need to realize we can come to God. He is our Defender and He will fight for us.
The mistake we make is we think we can do it on our own. But it’s not true!!!! We are not strong enough, and smart enough. We need
Gods help. He is the One who will deliver us. I have tried at times fight on my own only to fail. David as great as he was,
and as great as an army he commanded always sought The Lord first. He didn’t rely on his own strength and on the strength of his mighty men.
Who are you relying on when you go to war?
Is it the weapons you possess or the connections you have or the family you come from or the riches you possess?
The experience you have, the intellect you possess????
That means nothing if you don’t seek The Lord. You will fail if you go out alone!!!
Rely on The Lord when you go to war! Rely on God when you face the giants in your life!