Finding Peace In The Storm.

I believe a storm is either coming your way or you in a storm right now or one has just passed!! The crazy thing about this situation is, storms are vital for growth. If you are to become all God has for you then you need storms, we ALL need storms! We don’t pray for storms to come but we pray that we will learn what we are supposed to learn and see what we are supposed to see and grow from it. With that said, how are we supposed to carry ourselves in a storm? Storms will always come but how do we deal with them? Your attitude determines everything when you are in a storm. So it is important what kind of attitude you have. It will determine if you are victorious or if you fail.
Proverbs 15:15 says,
All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].
The word foreboding is an interesting word because it implies a feeling of coming evil. Predicting evil in your life is not being realistic and it is not God’s way. In fact that is the type of attitude that will stop your breakthrough in the midst of the storm. Anxious thoughts and forebodings are short circuiting your growth! The right attitude is key when you are in a storm.
King David is a great example of what your attitude should be like in the midst of a storm. In Psalm 57 we are given a lot of insight into King David’s attitude. This psalm was written when King David was fleeing from Saul and he was hiding in a cave!! He was in a really bad place. King Saul was trying to kill him and he was hiding in a cave! Here are a few things that I see:

– The first thing to note is King David doesn’t ask for the death of his enemy. He doesn’t complain and grumble about why he is where he is. Instead he looks to God. This is what he says,
Be merciful and gracious to me, O God, for my soul takes refuge and shelter and confidence in You; yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge and be confident until calamities and destructive storms are passed. Psalms 57:1

Where are you focused during a storm? Are you panicking and fretting? God wants you to look to Him. He is the Lord over your storm. He is in control and I think King David knew that.

– The other thing to note is the way he spoke. In the midst of the storm, running away from Saul who was trying to kill him, hiding away in a dark cold cave he was speaking life over his situation!!! Speaking about God he says,
He will send from heaven and save me from the slanders and reproaches of him who would trample me down or swallow me up, and He will put him to shame.
Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! God will send forth His mercy and loving-kindness and His truth and faithfulness. Psalms 57:3

What is coming out of your mouth during the storm? King David spoke the answer, He spoke God!! Are you speaking more death by complaining and whining or are you speaking God into your situation?? That is something to think about.

– The next point is so important. King David praised God. There is something powerful when we praise God. King David was a worshiper and we need to learn to praise God when we are in a storm. Praising God puts things in the right perspective. Praising God will help you focus on the right thing, God!

Be exalted, O God,above the heavens! Let Your glory be over all the earth!
Psalms 57:5

In the midst of the storms of life we need to worship God. As we do that we magnify God in our lives. Our troubles will seem smaller against a Great and Mighty God because they are! God is bigger than any problem we will ever face!!

– The last thing I would like to highlight is where his heart is at. King David had his heart fixed on God and that needs to be the same for us. In the midst of the storm King David’s heart was fixed on God. It was not focused on what was happening around him but on God!

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is steadfast and confident! I will sing and make melody. Psalms 57:7

Is your heart fixed on God? Have you made  decision to focus on God? It so hard to focus on God when everything is going crazy around you. I know, I have been there. We need to make a decision to focus on God. Like I said, our attitude in the midst of a storm determines everything!

God wants us to grow and become more like Him. Will you embrace the storms of life or run away from them? It’s your decision….



Has My Free Access Before God Being Denied??

Free Access Before God Denied???
I was having my time with God when a scripture jumped out at me. It made me think about how my approach before God has been. The scripture is in Ephesians 3:12 and it says;
In whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).

So as I am reading the verse I realise that I am not that confident before God. I am not unreserved in my approach to God all the time. But we are meant to come to God in boldness and in confidence without fear.
But why do a lot of us come to Him afraid and unsure? Something is very wrong if we can’t. I want to come to the Lord in boldness and confidence all the time. He is my Father. He really loves me. I want to be unreserved in my approach to Him without fear or doubt.

As I was thinking about all this there were a few things that came to mind. I am fearful in my approach to God because of sin. I know God says I am forgiven when I confess my sin but sometimes I think He is still angry with me. Are you in the same boat? Is there sin that you have committed that you think God cannot forgive? God is true to His word when He says He has forgiven us. God wants us to come to Him boldly.

The other thing that could be a hinderance is having a lack of faith that God hears our prayers. But He does. The word says He delights in our prayers. He loves the prayer of a righteous man. He hears your prayers. He doesn’t disregard them.
The goal is to come to God in boldness and confidence without fear. We need to have an unreserved approach to God. He is our Father who loves us deeply.

The key is coming to God in faith. It is because of our faith that we come to Him in confidence and boldness. It is through faith that we eradicate fear and doubt.

We have free access to God by faith. Let us go to Him in boldness.


Even In Death?!

There was a time when I was going through a very very tough ordeal. I had no one to look to. I had no help. It seemed like all was lost. My faith had been crushed. I thought I was done for.
All I had was God. He had to come through or else I was finished. That is how bad my situation was. As I was seeking God, He gave me this scripture:
The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing and calamity, but the [consistently] righteous has hope and confidence even in death. Proverbs 15:32

I have shared this verse in a post before but not like this.
I would like to share it with you. I hope it helps you in tough times like it did for me.
The part of scripture that spoke to me was the last half which said “but the [consistently] righteous has hope and confidence even in death.

The Word is powerful because it creates amazing pictures of how life is to be lived, of who we really are, of our Lord Jesus Christ and much much more.
So here I was in my pain and feeling like I was done for and then God spoke to me through this scripture.
I have been made righteous by what Jesus did for me on the Cross. As a righteous person I was to have hope and confidence even in death! What a mind changing principle.
I realised that no matter how bad things where I needed to have hope and confidence in God even in death, even when things seemed dark, even when things seemed hopeless. And I realised that was the essence of faith. Despite the chaos and confusion happening around me I needed to look to God and trust Him. Even in death I was to look to God!
And that is what I did and continue doing.

What struggles are you facing? Do you feel like giving up? Are you tired of waiting for God? Are you in a life and death situation?
God is calling us to have hope and confidence in Him even in death!
He is calling us to do that because He will deliver us. Don’t give up. Things may seem hopeless but there is hope. Things may seem dead but there is life. Things may seem dark but light has come.
There is one thing that you must always fight for and that is your faith in God. The enemy will always try to destroy your hope in God. But as humans we need hope. We cannot do without it. He will try and crush it because if he does he has won.
But as sons and daughters of God we must look to God even in death! Even in death!
He can be trusted. . . .

My faith and Your faith- part 2.

In part two of this three part faith series i am going to try and explain how faith should be used.
I am going to base my hypothesis on two scriptures. Let us look at Psalm 84:12 – O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]!
The second scripture is very similar to the first scripture that i have just shared.
Incline Your ear, O Lord and answer me, for i am poor and distressed, needy and desiring.
Preserve my life, for i am godly and dedicated; O my God, save Your servant, for i trust in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, without fear or doubt]. Psalm 86:1,2.

These two scriptures have a lot of similarities. But they also contain a very important aspect of faith a lot of us forget.
The first scripture in Psalm 85:12 is talking about how blessed the man is who trusts in God. You are blessed if you trust God according to the word. But the Amplified version goes on and expounds on what it means to trust God. According to the Amplified version trust means to lean on, believe on and confidently look to God without fear and misgivings. That is how trust is defined.

I believe faith really works when we CONFIDENTLY look to God. And the confidence stems from a knowing that God is true to His word and He will never let us down no matter what.
A lot of people have faith but they are in fear. They are struggling with doubt every step of the way. But we need to take it a step further . We may have fear in the midst of our faith but we need to learn to silence it. Fear is a natural reaction but when it begins to get in the way of our faith in God that is when it needs to be dealt with. The second scripture i shared says we should trust God without fear or doubt. These are the two enemies of faith, fear and doubt! These terrible two have the ability to short circuit the blessings of God in our lives. God wants us to trust Him and be confident in His power without succumbing to fear and doubt.
These terrible two need to be destroyed at all costs. They are the reason your faith is not working.
Another thing i want you to see from these two scriptures is that faith is also about attitude. Being confident is not just an external attitude but something internal. It’s about knowing in the deepest part of you that God can be trusted and nothing being able to shake that.
If we say we trust God but we have doubts and fears which are not dealt with then we seriously need to examine our definition of faith.
I remember on various occasions that i would still have fear even after i decided to trust God. I could not understand it. I thought the fear would instantly leave as soon as i made a decision to trust God but i was wrong. It always seemed to be there. Until i realised that i needed to bring that fear under the authority of Jesus Christ. I would still trust God despite the fear i felt and after a while the fear whould lessen. That is what you need to do when you in fear. If doubt comes which i am sure it will you need to hold on to the word He gave you.
So remember, faith works when you are confident that God has heard you and is working on your behalf. It also works when you fight against fear and doubt.
And that concludes the second part of my faith series. I pray it helps you in your walk with God.


Stuttering- Triggers.

In my previous post i was discussing what i think the cure for stuttering is. I really believe that the cure is confidence. The more confident you become the less you stutter. But it is possible to be confident but still stutter. How does that happen?
This is the question that i will be dealing with in this post.
There is an answer to that question. Let me use myself as an example. I had been applying the steps i have been sharing with you, like changing how i see myself, getting rid of the labels people put on me, being a man of conviction and others. I was really seeing change. I was really excited. But as months went on i still stuttered. It was confusing not to mention frustrating. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what was going on.

But then i saw it. One day i saw a pattern. There were times where i was confident and other times when i was not. Those times i was not were almost the same all the time. I could see the pattern clearly. The times i stuttered the most was when i was talking to people who had authority. God showed me that the abuse from my dad is what caused me to stutter. My dad was the authority head in the family and as a young boy i became scared of him which caused me to stutter. Fast forward a few years and i saw how i was scared of people in authority. I had no confidence in front of teachers, coaches, and bosses. I never knew how to relate to them. I could not communicate with them especially if that authority head was harsh. That was just the worst.
So picture this: I am at school and i am afraid of people in authority which in this case is my teacher and headmaster and prefect. My teacher asks me to read something which i stutter through. The teacher doesn’t understand stuttering so he ridicules me which encourages the students to also make fun of me. That is how i can describe a large chunk of what school was like for me.
But that all started because of what i experienced at home. That was a trigger and it had to dealt with.
What are your triggers? What are the things that cause you to stutter? You need to deal with them and get over them. If you are confident but you stutter then you have a trigger or triggers. It is possible to have more than one. I had two main triggers. If you need help please don’t hesitate to ask me. I will help where i can. The important thing is to confront it face on. That’s what i did. I will be writing about different ways you can do that. Some of the steps that i have written can help you. You are not alone in this.

The other trigger for me was reading. I would stutter whenever i would read. And that was because of what happened at school. People made fun of me when i would read. So when i started working i would avoid reading in public like a plague. If i did read i would stutter which solidified even more why i should not read. No one laughed straight to my face but i would think they were laughing. I was highly critical of everyone i met. In the back of my mind i would think they were all laughing at me. It was bad. And that also had to be dealt with. I am much better now. Those triggers are gone but i have work at keeping them that way. Do i fall at times, yes! There are times when i don’t apply what i have learnt. But those times are rare and getting more rare by the day.

The triggers in your life can be abolished. But it takes time and support. You can’t do this by yourself. Ask God to show you what the triggers are in your life. That is what He did for me. I had no one to help me. But God was there. And He can do the same for you. I am also here to help you.
All you have to do is ask.
I hope this post helped. If you have any questions just ask me. If you need help i will do the best that i can. If you have anything to contribute please feel free to post it. That ends my post on triggers and i look forward to hearing from you.


Stuttering- What can cure it?

I have been giving a few suggestions on what will help you stop stuttering. These suggestions are not things i made up but are things that i have tried and have seen work. I don’t stutter anymore. When i do it’s rare. I still use these principles that i am teaching you. As you now know, i believe stuttering can be stopped. I seen it in my life. And that is why i am here. When i stuttered in the past there was no one to help me. I was made fun of by people who didn’t understand. But i want to change that. I want you to know that you are not alone in this. There are people who understand what you going through. There is a way.

I have also realised that i have not told you what i believe the cure is. I have been giving you suggestions on how you can stop but i have never actually told you what the cure is. So in this post i will be addressing that.
I was physically abused as a child. That had an affect on my speech. I have been a stutterer as long as i can remember. And it wasn’t easy. By the end of it all i had no self-esteem. My confidence had been destroyed, totally! But God intervened and helped me. If it wasn’t for His help i don’t know where i would be today.

Down the years i realised how there was a direct correlation between my self-esteem and my improvement! The more confident i became in who i was the less i stuttered. My confidence grew and grew until i stopped stuttering completely! I couldn’t believe it. And that is what i believe the cure is- having confidence and a high self-esteem.
It’s having a confidence in who you are and having a confidence in who God says you are. Do you know who you are in God? Do you know what He says about you? These are all important questions that need to be answered. There is a story in the word that backs up what i am saying. That story is in Exodus and it’s about Moses. It’s believed that he stuttered. (Exo 4:10)

God then sends him his brother Aaron to speak on his behalf because Moses can’t see fluency. All he sees is his speech impendment. Maybe he had been ridiculed by his friends. Maybe he had been told what a wierdo he was because of the way he spoke. Maybe he had tore himself down so much because of it. But whatever the reason, it made him just see stuttering. Even when God assured him He would be with him he still said no.
(And the Lord said to him, Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the dumb, or the deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you shall say.
And he said, Oh, my Lord, i pray You, send by the hand of [some other] whom You will [send].
Then the anger of the Lord blazed against Moses; He said, Is there not Aaron your brother, the Levite? I know he can speak well. Also, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be overjoyed. Exo 4:11-14)

Is that the way you see as well? Do you just see stuttering? People may be telling you how much potential you have and the things you going to do but all you see is stuttering! That needs to change.
Anyway let’s move on. Aaron is now speaking on behalf of his brother Moses. Moses tells him what to say and Aaron then speaks. That was the arrangement.
But then we see a change. In exodus 8:9 we see Moses speaking to Pharoah! We also see a change in the way things are supposed to be.
In Exodus 7:19 it reads; And the Lord said to Moses, say to Aaron, Take your rod and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt,
This is the way things are supposed to be, this is the arrangement. Nothing wrong with that right. But the change comes one verse later.
In Exodus 8:1 it reads; Then the Lord said to Moses, Go to Pharoah and say to him, Thus says the Lord, Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
Did you see that? God tells Moses to talk to Pharoah instead of telling Aaron to go and speak. Then later on in the chapter we read:
Moses said to Pharoah, Glory over me in this; dictate when I shall pray [to the Lord] for you, your servants, and your people, that the frogs may be destroyed from you and your houses and remain only in the river. Exodus 8:9

Moses is now speaking to Pharoah directly! What has changed? I believe Moses came to a realisation that God was true to His word. I believe Moses was confident because he finally believed what God said about him.
I believe our confidence comes from knowing who we are in God. Can you apply this if don’t know Christ? I don’t know the answer to that question. The steps i write about can be used by anyone i guess. They are very practical steps anyone can use. So if you don’t believe in God and you struggle with stuttering, you can still use the steps. But my desire is that you come to know God. He is the Saviour of the world. He is the One that saved me. Without Him i would not be where i am today. And i want you to know that He does care about you. You just have to invite Him into your life.

So that is what i believe about stuttering. Confidence is the answer. It is the cure, or can i say it helps in the process of being cured. One thing i don’t want you to be is narrow minded when it comes to the cure. This is what has worked for me. Something else may have worked for someone else. It’s just a matter of time before you find out other ways. I know for a fact that there are people who have stopped stuttering. You just have to find them out. For now i encourage you to apply the principles i am still going to teach you. Use the ways i talk about. They will make a difference in your life. Remember and never forget that stuttering is not for life.


Conviction- Part 2.

Your personal convictions [on such matters]-exercise [them] as in God’s presence, keeping them to yoursef [striving only to know the truth and obey His will]. Blessed (happy to be envied) is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves [who does not convict himself by what he chooses to do]. Rom 14:22
At the end of the previous post i was talking about how a man or woman of conviction sticks behind what he decides. He or she is confident about what they decide to do. They are sure of themselves. To be a man or woman of conviction you need to be confident about who you are. Know who you are. If you don’t know who you are look into the word of God. Your identity comes from Him and no one else.

The second part of that scripture says:
But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy conscience) about eating, and then eats [perhaps because of you], stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful]. Romans 14:23

There was a time i remember when i seen this principle in action. I was invited to a friends house for lunch. It was a bit difficult for me i have to admit. At that time i still lacked confidence and had no self esteem. It was bad. Anyway, as lunch was being prepared my friend and i were watching tv. I didn’t want to watch tv. I thought it was a waste of time. There were so many other things we could do. But guess what? I didnt say a thing. Later that day my friend and their family had visitors. It was cool but still awkward for me. One of the visitors started smoking and to make it worse he was right next to me. So all that smoke came my way. But guess what, i still never moved away!I stayed put. The smoke was killing me but i never said a thing or moved. At the end of it all i did not enjoy, all because i tried to please people despite what i really felt. I never stuck to my convictions. I was not true to my convictions. Was that a sin, maybe. But how many of us have the same things happen where we don’t stand up for what we think is right? Its important that we stick to our convictions. We stand condemned if we don’t.

But thats the other thing, a lot of us don’t know what to stand up for! We have been taught to just live. We let life pass us by because we don’t know what our purpose is. We allow life to happen to us instead of making life happen. Why are you here on this earth? You have a purpose. Everything on this earth has a purpose. Think about a knife. When someone created it, he had a purpose in mind? A knife was not made just for the sake of just making it. It was made to cut things, specific things. You can’t use a butter knife to cut a whole cow. Thats just crazy.
But just like that knife, you have a purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has a purpose for you. A plan of peace and not evil. You have an assignment on this earth. You have a mission. But you have to ask God to show you.
Martin Luther King Jr knew what his assignment was and that is why he was so strong in his coviction. Same goes for William Wallace and Mother Teresa.
Jesus Christ knew His assignment. He gave His life for the assignment. He is a man of conviction.
Let me touch on the last part of that verse.
“For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin. Romans 14: 23
Everything we do must be in faith. Without faith we are nothing. Without faith we cannot please God says Hebrews 11:6. Conviction and faith must go together. They cannot work without each other.
All these things that i have spoken about contribute towards being a man or woman of conviction. You need to have faith. You need to be cofident in who you are and remember that your identity comes from God. You need to ask God to reveal what your assignment is on this earth. What is your God-given mission? You do have one. Everyone does.
And that is the conclusion of how to be a man or woman of conviction.

Rolain. P