Why I don’t want to just speak……..


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

 

Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim).

I do not box like one beating the air and striking without

an adversary.

But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly,

discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that

after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things

pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not

stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a

counterfeit].

1 Corinthians 9:26, 27

 

I don’t know about you but as a writer there is always

this urge to share everything I learn! It has been something

that has been a continual fight to be honest.

 

“What to share, and what not to share” is the constant

question I ask myself. I have won at times and I have lost.

The issue is not just in sharing but am I living out what I share?

Do I live what I preach? Get the drift?

I don’t ever want to get caught up in sharing for the sake

of it without ever looking at my life and trying to marry the

two things, what I say and what I do.

 

As leaders we need to do everything in our power to make

sure our actions are matching up with what we are speaking.

What we say and what we do should go hand in hand.

Paul didn’t want to be disqualified from the race because of this

very same thing. He didn’t want to get to a place where after

showing people the way, he couldn’t enter himself because

his actions didn’t match his words!

 

Thank God we are not alone to do this. The Holy Spirit is here

to help us. We must humble ourselves and ask for His help.

He doesn’t want us to fail, to miss heaven. He wants us to

bring as many people as we can to the kingdom.

Thank God we have the Holy Spirt to help us.

We are not alone in this. He is helping us…..

So as I end, remember to live what you preach!

 

Rolain

 

photo credit: google images

 

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Can you count the stars…?


“And He brought him outside [his tent into the starlight] and

said, Look now toward the heavens and count the stars – if

you are able to number them. Then He said to him, so shall

your descendants be.

And he [Abram] believed in (trusted in, relied on, remained

steadfast to) the Lord, and He counted it to Him as righteouness

(right standing with God).

Genesis 15:5, 6

 

I love this scripture and I really love how God works. I love how God

is always trying to make us see more. Abram had left what he had

always known to follow the Lord. The Lord had told him to

pack up and leave to a place unknown. Did Abram know what

was waiting for him? I seriously doubt that.

Before God called him did he have a vision for his life? He probably

did but I don’t think it was as big as what God had planned.

And that is why God had to take him outside. He had to give him

another picture. It’s interesting to note how many times God kept on

telling Abram about his purpose…..He didn’t just tell him one time!

 

The picture Abram had would not help him walk

in God’s amazing promise. So God took him outside and showed

him something outrageously beautiful if there is such a thing!

God showed him something which was naturally impossible. It

was impossible, plain and simple. But that didn’t stop God.

As I read this I can see how God did this for me. I didn’t have the

right picture before I became a Christian. I had another picture,

a picture created by the abuse that went on in the house, a picture

carefully crafted by everyone who didn’t see God’s amazing plan.

They thought they were being nice, they thought they were

been realistic, some thought since they knew me better than

the majority they could tell me what my life would be like. But

it was all lies and I didn’t even know it. ………

 

“You are not going anywhere in life”

“You don’t have what it takes to make it in this world”

“You are so dumb”

“Look at where you grew up”

“Abused people don’t have a future”

“Don’t dream big”

 

On and on it went. But I was young and no one taught

me to say no to what was being said. I didn’t know better so

I agreed with everyone…..Every single negative word became

a part of me and every negative word formed the “picture”.

 

Then I became a Christian. I still had the messed up “picture”.

It dictated everything in my life. It dictated what I was to expect

in life, which wasn’t very much. It dictated what kind of friends

I should have. It dictated the kind of life I was to pursue!

 

But God intervened and showed me another picture. At first I

rejected it. Lies….It was all lies! Someone was trying to set me up

again. But God persisted and took me “outside and showed me

the stars and told me to count them if I could……..”

Over time I began to believe Him. It was crazy but how could I

not believe?

Changing the “picture” was the most painful thing I had to ever

endure. It tooks years and years of pain and even tears. But

God in His grace persisted and kept on showing me “His”

picture and I am forever grateful. Am I there yet? Not by a long

shot but the picture has changed drastically and continues to….

 

Friends, God has a better “picture” for your life. He wants

to show you the most amazing things if you let Him. Ditch the

old picture that told you how much of a loser you were, that

told you how ugly you were, that told you how insignificant you

were, that told you you had no future, that made you aim as low

as possible just in case you failed…..!

 

God has a better picture for your life and He is inviting you

outside to look at the stars and count them if you can……

The old picture can be changed. The enemy has lied to you

and has done something crazy. He has made you believe that

the old picture is the truth!

He has made you believe that the old picture is the real you!

He is dead wrong friends!

 

God’s picture is stronger than any picture the enemy can

ever fabricate. That is what he has done. I looked up the

definition of fabricate and this is what I found:

 

Fabricate – invent something in order to deceive.

synonyms -forge, falsify, fake, counterfeit, make up and invent

 

Crazy right?!!

 

My hope is that you will understand the ‘picture” can change.

Your truth can change. There is another picture, God’s

picture. There is no other picture that can compete to His

picture. All other pictures must bow down to His. He loves us

with everything within Him. He has only the best reserved

for us. Let’s stop listening to the lies of the enemy.

As I end I will leave you with a very simple but powerful

truth,

 

There is more…….

 

 

Rolain

 

photo credit: google images

 

What Is He Doing Talking Like That?


There is one thing you need to know about me. I love the Word. I really love the Word. It is what I depend on for life. It is where I get my identity from. It is also the main way God speaks to me. I really love the Word of God because JESUS is the Word! (John 1:1)
I am sharing this with you because I derive a lot of what I share from the word.
I was reading the story of Hezekiah and it really spoke to me. He really loved the Lord. But there is a part in his story that I would like to highlight. His story is in 2 Kings 18 and 19. But let us focus on 2 Kings 18:18. The king of Assyria wanted Hezekiah to surrender to him. He had already conquered all the fortified cities of Judah. (2 Kings 18:13)
So he sent the Rabshakeh and two other officials to Hezekiah and this is where it gets interesting.

What is he doing talking like that?
That is what Hezekiah’s spokesmen must of being thinking as the Rabshakeh was speaking. He was told to speak in his Syrian dialect but instead he spoke in the Jews dialect!? Why?
The Rabshakeh wanted to instill fear in the hearts of the Jews. He was trying to intimidate them. He knew if he could instill fear in their hearts he could win the war!

The enemy still uses that same trick. He tries to intimidate us. He tries to instill fear in our hearts so we can surrender. We cannot allow him to win. If he wins, the war is over. We cannot allow fear to take root in our hearts. The enemy is a liar. Listen to what he wants to do for you,
Hearken not to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria:
Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat every man from his own vine and fig tree and drink every man the waters of his own cistern,
Until I come and take you away to a land like your own, a land of grain and vintage fruit, of bread and vineyards, of olive trees and honey, that you may live and not die. Do not listen to Hezekiah when he urges you saying, The Lord will deliver us. 2 Kings 18:31,32

Are you kidding me? Really??? The first thing that got me boiling was this passage,
“Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat every man from his own vine and fig tree and drink every man the waters of his own cistern,
Until I come to a land like your own”!
The enemy wanted Israel to enjoy their increase for a season and then take them away from that and give them something that sort of resembeled that!!!!
Thats the problem. The enemy wants to take us to a place that looks LIKE what GOD has promised us but IS NOT. Don’t surrender to fear. Don’t accept counterfeits. That is what the enemy is promising. His joy is not really joy. His love is not really love. His protection is not really protection. They are all COUNTERFEITS!
What the HECK is he thinking, talking like that?!!!
What does he take us for? Does he think we were born yesterday???
I pray you don’t fall into his trap.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self control. 2 Timothy 1:7

It is time to make a stand against fear. We will not accept counterfeits of God’s blessings. We will not surrender in the face of intimidation. We will trust in God no matter what. That is what I am saying!!!!

Rolain.P