Take a step, attempt, try……


I went to a camp recently with the kids that I teach. It was our first time going to this particular

camp site and the kids really enjoyed it. Compared to other camp sites this one had a lot more activities.

One of the activities we did was the climbing wall. It was really high and after the kids got their turn, I gave it

a shot and got half way up. My arms felt like lead and I had no power to pull myself up to the top.

I have to admit it was a bit intimidating before I did the climb.

The kids responses were varied. Some were afraid, some were hesitant, and some were happy.

 

Anyway, after the exercise the instructors got the kids together for a feedback session. After all the feedback,

the instructor said something that really stuck with me. He didn’t have a sheet that rated everyone

on how high they went and there was no prize giving ceremony for the people that made it to the top.

Instead, he congratulated everyone for attempting. In his eyes, attempting the course was winning.

The mere fact of putting on the harness and taking the first step up the course was the victory. It didn’t

matter to him who won.

 

That really struck me. There is so much emphasis today on being number one, and winning but could that

be a partial picture?

Is there a place for a first step, an attempt, pursuing, trying?

 

The journey we are on is long and hard. Yeshua is not looking for number one. His desire is for us to

finish the race. No matter how difficult things are take the step, attempt, try. If you fall, get back up and

try again. Just don’t stay in one place, don’t freeze, don’t give up. Rely on Him for strength.

 

Bless you

 

Rolain

 

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It really starts with me…!


 

It feels like I haven’t written for ever but it’s been just over a

week. I attended a children’s ministry training and a few days

later I went for a Children’s ministry camp. It’s been kids,

kids, and more kids and I love it. Camp was amazing. I know the

kids had fun but I enjoyed it just as much as they did.

A scripture has been on my heart ever since I got back.

 

“Yet you ask, Why does He reject it? Because the Lord was witness

[to the covenant made at your marriage] between you and the

wife

of your youth, against whom you were faithless. Yet she is your

companion and the wife of your covenant [made by your marriage

vows].

And did not God make [you and your wife] one [flesh]? Did not

One make you and preserve your spirit alive? And why [did God

make you two] one? Because He sought a godly  offspring [from

your union]. Therefore take heed to yourselves, and let no one

deal treacherously and be faithless to his wife of his youth.

Malachi 2:14, 15

 

I love this passage of scripture. In this passage we see how God

loves marriage. He created it. But there is something else. From

this passage we learn one of the reasons God created marriage.

 

“And why [did God make you two] one?

Because He sought a godly offspring [from your union]. “

Malachi 2:15

 

One of the reasons God brings two people together in marriage

is because He is seeking a godly offspring from their union!

Let me take it a step further, He already knows your

child and the plan He has for him or her! When God joins

two people together He is not just thinking about the two

people but He is thinking far ahead. He is thinking about thier

children and their children after them and so on! God has a plan

for your children. He loves them and He is thinking about them.

 

So, young man, don’t rush when it comes to choosing the woman

God has for you. There is so much more than meets the eye. He

wants to bless you and He wants to bless your children and thier

children after them. Young women, wait on God’s timing!

He is faithful.

 

“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord [the only Lord].

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and]

heart and with your entire being and with all your might.

And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be

[first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then]

 

You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate,

and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and]

hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your

 house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and

when you rise up.

Deuteronomy 6:4-7

 

This verse ministered to me deeply. It starts with me, it starts with

you. God wants to work on you first so you will be able to teach your

kids. He wants His words to be lodged deep inside you first.

His words must first do thier work in you before they can impact

the next generation.

 

Young man, young woman, is the word first in your life?

Do you have a relationship with the Lord?

If yes, is it deep, is it growing?

Do you love the Lord?

Is He the most important thing in your life?

 

 

Like I said in the beginning, there is so much more to

marriage than meets the eye. Young man, God expects you

to lead your family but how will you lead if you have not

allowed the Lord to lead you?

 

The responsibility of teaching children the word of God lies

on the man. It’s your responsibility young man. It’s an

awesome responsibility and one not to be taken lightly.

Are you living your life in a way that will benefit your future

generation?

God sees generations when He looks at us. Let’s remember our

actions have a direct impact on the future generation!

 

Rolain

 

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The conclusion of the believer’s story.


As believer’s we go through so much.
Trials, testing times, challenges, hard times, times of confusion, are all among some of the things we face.
Is this the kind of life God has sentenced us to??
Does He enjoy seeing us confused?
Does He laugh wickedly when we are bowed down in pain?
Does He look forward to seeing us helpless??

Psalm 118:15 says:

Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? 

Another translation says it like this:

From the tents of God’s people come shouts of victory: “The Lord is powerful! (‭Psalms‬ ‭118‬:‭15‬ CEVDCUS06)

Yes there is pain, confusion, testing times, trials and so on but at the end of the day there will be rejoicing in the camp of the righteous!!!!

Did you hear me?

THERE WILL BE REJOICING IN THE CAMP OF THE RIGHTEOUS!!

The pain, the trials, the testing times WILL come to an end!

Victory is our portion!!

Breakthrough is our portion!!

The enemy will not have the last say in our lives. God will have the last say and because of that we will rejoice and shout! We will come out triumphant because God is on our side!!

Don’t listen to the negative voice that says:

There is no way out

You will never win

You will die

The winter is never going to end

You are going to lose

No one loves you

God has abandoned you

You will never get well…….!

It’s ALL lies!! Lies I tell you!

Let’s read that verse again:

From the tents of God’s people come shouts of victory: “The Lord is powerful! (‭Psalms‬ ‭118‬:‭15‬ CEVDCUS06)

God will come through for you. He will not leave you! The enemy will fail, his scheme’s will fall in a heap! He will be defeated and you will shout, you will sing in triumph because of the great things God has done for you!!

But this is the thing, we should be be praising Him in the pain, in the midst of the trials! One way or the other shouts, and triumphant songs will be heard in the camp of the saved!!! We will shout in faith! We will sing those triumphant songs in faith because we know He is with us!!

No matter how bad it looks know it will change! Shouts of victory will ring out in your camp! You will not die but live and praise the Lord for all He has done for you! Amen

Rolain