“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!
As I look back at the year and look at all that has happened I can’t help but
thank YAH. There have been good things that have happened as well as bad things
but the thing that matters is that I am standing!
I was speaking to a friend of mine recently about the challenges he and his
family were going through. It was a hard year for them but once again YAH
I would like to share a scripture that I read this morning which I have read many
times but really came alive this morning for me which encouraged me concerning
the trials and storms we face,
“We are like a bird escaped from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken, and we have escaped!”
Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”
Psalm 124:7, 8
No matter what kind of trap the enemy sets we are like the bird spoken about
in the verse. YAH always rescues us!
We always escape! The trap will not accomplish its purpose.
No matter how difficult a situation is, YAH will deliver us.
No matter how foolproof the enemy thinks his plan is it will not succeed.
As I look back at some of the storms I have been in I am amazed how I survived.
I was not supposed to survive but I did! It’s only by His grace that I am here.
Be encouraged friends. There is a way out of the deep waters you are in.
YAH has a made a way out. Don’t lose hope!
Trust Him in the storm you in.
Our help is in the name of the Lord!!
It’s been an amazing weekend indeed.
If you didn’t know, I work at my church’s children’s ministry. It’s such an honor
This weekend was amazing because we had a grade seven graduation. Grade seven’s
are twelve year old’s and every year we release them from children’s ministry with a
dinner and graduation. The dinner happens on a Friday night and the actual graduation
happens on Sunday in the main service. It was really emotional because as leaders we
have been with the children from the time they were six. So seeing them become
men and women of God before our very eyes is something so amazing that cannot be put into words.
My desire for them is that they grow deeper into YAH and not stray from the
path they are on.
But that got me thinking about the next generation. We need to do all that we can to teach them
the way of the Lord!
You may not be serving in a children’s ministry like I do but I want to challenge you,
Is there something you can do?
I encourage you to read Deuteronomy 6:6.
I know it addresses the parents but we can get involved!
David writes in the book of Psalms,
“So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might
to another generation, your power to all those to come. “
There is a generation that is coming that needs to know there is a God who
loves them and has a plan for their lives.
There is a generation that needs to know there is a God who will never forsake them.
There is so much they need to know about YAH and His ways……
The enemy doesn’t want the next generation to grow up knowing YAH.
He wants to take them out. But we can’t let him!
When YAH sees you, He doesn’t just see you, He sees the generations in you.
Look at Abraham.
YAH had a plan for his life and that plan included the generations in him!
So I will ask the question again,
Is there a way you can touch the next generation?
Bless you friends
“He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me;
For they were too strong for me;
They confronted me in the day of
but the Lord was my support.”
2 Samuel 22:18-20
I love this chapter. King David sang this song
when God delivered him from all his enemies,
God is a God of war and our enemies don’t stand
a chance against Him!
No matter how strong your enemy is the Lord will
“They confronted me in the day of my calamity but
the Lord was my support”
Of all the times to attack, the enemy chose to attack him
in the day of his calamity! Simply said, the enemy chose
to attack him when he was at his worst and weakest!
That wasn’t good news for David.
At his worst and weakest he was vulnerable.
He didn’t stand a chance!
The enemies tactics haven’t changed. He still tries to attack you
when you are at your weakest.
Why do you think it’s so easy to think negatively
when you are discouraged and crushed??
Some of the reason is because we are flesh and we
have a natural proclivity to be negative but the other
part of that is because we have an enemy
who doesn’t want us to accomplish all that God has for us!
As I look at the times I was discouraged and
down I remember how easy it was to think negatively.
But the truth of the matter is a bad day is simply a bad
day. It’s not a reflection on what the rest of your life will be.
It’s not a forthcoming attraction of what you are to expect in your
“They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the Lord was my support”
The Lord is my support at my weakest.
That is why the enemy will not win.
I may be at my weakest and I may be having the worst day
but the Lord is my support!
I don’t have to fear because God is by my side.
When you are at your weakest turn to God.
He will deliver you from your strong enemies.
The enemy will not cut you down. He will not be
victorious over you!!
“[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed
that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good
courage and let your heart be stout and enduring.
Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. “
Psalms 27:13, 14
It’s so easy to expect good things when everything is going well
for you. It’s actually hard to be negative when doors in your
life are opened and everyone loves you but what happens when
things go wrong??
What if nothing is working in your life?
What if everyone hates you?
What if things are falling apart?
It’s in those times, when expecting goodness isn’t so easy.
I have had a couple of rough weeks and to be honest it’s been
hard to expect the Lord’s goodness. Things have not been going
the way I wanted them to. . I have been public enemy number
one at times. In those circumstances it’s been hard to be
In my sad state it was easy to start thinking negatively.
It was so easy to tear myself down.
But that was not where God wanted me to stay.
He wanted me to focus on His goodness.
The enemy wants us depressed. He wants us to feel hopeless.
He wants us to believe nothing good will happen in our lives.
He wants us to believe God doesn’t care about us.
He wants us to experience God’s goodness period!
But the Lord wants us believe we will see His goodness in the
land of the living!
What are you believing today?
Do you believe you are finished?
Do you believe nothing good will happen for you?
Do you believe your circumstances won’t change?
The word for us today is to wait, hope for and expect the Lord!
It’s not easy to do those things but we have to be brave and
We must expect the Lord’s goodness!
The author writes,
“what, what would have become of me had I not believed that
I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living?”
We can’t let the bad circumstances steal our hope?
We can’t allow the fear in the world to shape our expectations.
We can’t let the bad things that happen to us in life take God
out of the picture.
No matter how bad things are God wants us to believe we
will see his goodness!
He wants us to believe things will get better.
He wants us to believe that bad situation will turn around.
My encouragement to you is to expect the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living!
Wait, hope for and expect the Lord!
He wants us to expect His goodness because He will
turn the bad to good. He will turn that bad situation into
good. He will not let that
winter last forever. He will answer our prayers.
He will give us that breakthrough we are trusting Him
What will you do today???
Bless you friends!
“The Lord was with Judah, and [Judah] drove out the
inhabitants of the hill country,
but he could not drive out those inhabiting the [difficult] valley
basin because they had chariots of iron. “
“But the Benjamites did not drive out the Jebusites who
the Jebusites dwell with the Benjamites in Jerusalem to this
The Israelites failed to drive out the nations they were supposed
to drive out after Joshua died.
The Lord instructed them to utterly destroy the
surrounding nations (Deuteronomy 7:1-3) but somewhere
along the way the command from God was forgotten or ignored.
On paper the enemy was definitely stronger than Israel but
that was not a new revelation. They already knew that.
God had already proved Himself again and again that He
was stronger than the enemies who came against them.
So what happened?
Did they forget that God was more powerful than the enemy?
Did they compare their own resources and weapons against
those of the enemy?
Whatever they did robbed them of the promise God made to them.
They were promised land by God but were not able to possess it.
Was it fear?
Did they look at the iron chariots and let fear consume them?
Did they look at all the other tribes failing to possess their land
and think it was normal to fail? (read Judges 1)
Even though tribes were failing to possess the land didn’t
mean God had changed His promise.
He wanted Israel to possess the land. He didn’t want His
people to settle for less than he had promised.
He wanted them to dominate and rule.
But they settled.
They had to share the land with the enemy.
That was not God’s plan.
What have you settled for today?
No matter how hard things get, God does not want you to settle.
He wants you to possess the land. He wants you to walk into
EVERYTHING He has planned for you. The enemy on the
other hand would love you to settle.
Are you relying on your strength to fight the enemy?
Look to the Lord’s strength as you face the enemy. When you
rely on your own strength to get you through a situation or problem
you are setting yourself up to fail. God is the One who is supposed
to fight your battles. When the enemy confronts you face to face
turn to the Lord for help. He is stronger then every problem
in your life. There is no problem stronger than Him and the
enemy knows this.
Are you following the crowd?
What kind of environment have you surrounded yourself
with? I spoke about this in my previous post. The people that
you surround yourself with have a great impact on your life.
Get rid of the negativity in your life.
Just because someone says something is impossible doesn’t
mean it’s true for you.
Always remember, someone else’s truth doesn’t have to be your
Your truth is what God has told you.
We make the mistake of accepting other people’s truth about
finances, health, family and so on when that truth directly
contradicts God’s word!
Let’s be aware of that.
The bottom line is this, God is stronger than the enemy.
We don’t have to fear, we don’t have to settle.
We can boldly confront the enemy knowing we are
not facing him alone.
You don’t have to downsize your dream.
God does not want you to downsize your dream.
The enemy on the other hand wants you to do that.
He wants you to fail.
He wants you to think small, he wants you to not expect much.
But it’s all a lie!!
God has so much in store for you.
There is no limit to what God has for you.
Make sure you pursue everything God has for you.
Don’t listen to the enemy.
Don’t listen to people who put limits on what you can trust God for.
Make sure you are following what God has told you.
Hold to that path rigidly!
God bless you friends!
This is part two of a four part series I am doing on David. If you
missed the first post click here to read.
“So David said to Joab and to the leaders of the people, “Go
number Israel from Beersheba to Dan, and bring the number of
them to me that I may know it.”
1 Chronicles 21:2
“But Levi and Benjamin he did not include among them, for the
king’s order was detestable to Joab.
And God was displeased with this [reliance on human resources]
and He smote Israel. “
1 Chronicles 21:6, 7
This was another one of David’s mistakes. I would like to
make myself clear before I move on. My goal is not to discredit
David. God called him a man after his own heart so instead I
want us to learn from the challenges he faced. The enemy was
not just going to let him walk freely into God’s glorious plan. The
enemy would fight him with everything. There
are some very valuable lessons we can learn from David’s
battles. Let’s move on…..
David decided to count Israel. Why?
The answer is found in verse one of the same chapter,
“Satan [an adversary] stood up against Israel and stirred up
David to number Israel.”
1 Chronicles 1:1
David counted Israel because the enemy filled him with fear, doubt
and lies! That is how satan stood up against him. Everything
was going well for David but the enemy used fear and lies
against him. “Does God really have my back?”
“Am I really safe?”
“Did God really mean all that He promised me?”
Where these the kind of things going through David’s mind?
And is David alone in this? I don’t think so….
I have allowed fear to paralyse me at times, I have allowed the
lies of the enemy to get my attention off God a lot.
David began to rely on what he had. Fear drove him to lean
on weapons, human resources and so on. Fear made him forget
God was by his side never to leave him! Fear made him doubt
God’s goodness and faithfulness.
How the enemy has done this to me so many times. He whispers
the lie that God has abandoned me, that God doesn’t have my
best interests at heart, that faith in God is futile because He will
surely let me down but it’s not true!
Our trust should always be in God. We should never rely on
man, a government, a system, the money and other resources
we have. Don’t rely on your strength, don’t rely on how smart you
are. Instead, trust God! He wants us to trust in Him.
Where is your hope and trust at the moment? Is it in man? Is it
in the stuff you have or the stuff you have accquired? Is it in the
elaborate plans you have formulated for yourself?
I want to challenge you to trust in the Lord completely. The
enemy will always try and make you doubt, he will always
try and use fear but don’t let those things dissuade you from
trusting in the Lord. Hold on tightly to God’s
David repented of his sin and God restored him. He can do the
same for us. Trust in the Lord completely. He can be trusted!
Jabez was honorable above his brothers; but his mother
named him Jabez [sorrow maker], saying, because I
bore him in pain.
Jabez cried to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You
would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your
hand might be with me, and You would keep me from
evil so it might not hurt me!
And God granted his request.
2 Chronicles 4:9, 10
This is a very well known story. Jabez life was not going
well. Nothing seemed be going well for him.
The bible tells us, “Jabez was honorable above his brothers,
but his mother named him Jabez [sorrow maker]”
As he grew up those words became a part of him. Every where
he went those words were being reinforced!
But this is the thing, his mother called him “Sorrow Maker”
because SHE had a painful experience!
It’s crazy to think how her experience shaped the life of her
It’s sad because her truth was not Jabez’s truth. God did
not create Jabez to be a sorrow maker. That was not what
God had in mind when He made him.
Like Jabez, we have believed other people’s “truth”.
Just remember, thier truth no matter who they are
is their truth. It becomes your truth when you accept it.
For a season, “sorrow maker” was the truth Jabez lived
by. For a season he allowed his mother’s words to shape
him and define him.
What about you my friends? What “truths” have you
allowed into your lives?
For a long time I lived by other people’s truth’s. They
saw me a certain way and imposed what they saw.
But God showed me how to live by His truth! Taking advise
is okay, accepting correction is okay but I am constantly
reviewing what other people are trying to impose on me.
I want to live by God’s truth and not man’s.
The problem with living another person’s “truth” I found
is this, their truth always falls short of God’s truth. Their
“truth” always puts me in a box. It creates a very small
world to live in when God’s world is so much bigger and greater
than I can ever imagine!
Encouraging words from friends I accept, words that build
I accept, words that inspire me to be all that I am I accept
because that’s all in line with God’s truth. If it doesn’t
match up to His truth I probably won’t listen to it.
God wants us to break free of the negative words people
have spoken over our lives. We have to make a decision
to live by the real truth.
I am not saying stop listening to everyone. Instead I am
saying be more careful what you listen to. If it contradicts
what God has put in your heart then say no. Don’t just accept
anything anyone says.
Let’s get back to Jabez.
God’s plan for Jabez was to always bless, protect, and enlarge.
And when he realised what was happening he cried out to
God for help. And guess what, God granted his request!
Jabez was tired of living the way he was living. He wasn’t
happy with his circumstances. He didn’t want things to
remain the same any longer.
There was a time Jabez’s name was associated with sorrow but
God changed that and now it is associated with blessing!
What the enemy meant for harm God turned for good….
And He will do the same thing for you if you cry out to
So whose “truth” will you live your life by?
God bless you friends!!
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(This is a special post in honor of Women’s Day.)
In the last week of January we had a men’s conference. We
had a great time of worship and fellowship. As great as that was
that is not what stood out for me. The word our pastor preached
really drove home the importance of the mission and assignment
God has given us men. It was a message that challenged me to
the core. As men we have a huge responsibility that must not be
taken lightly. (don’t worry ladies, it will all make sense in a bit) !!
I would like to share a very familiar passage of scripture:
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food
and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom,
she took some and ate it.
She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”
Did you see that? I certainly didn’t the first time I was shown.
Eve took a bite of the fruit (not an apple as some people think)
then gave it to Adam who was with her…..
Adam was with her when Eve was being tempted!!!
Why didn’t he stop the enemy?? Who knows! Maybe he froze,
maybe he didn’t know what to do but the fact remains, he was
supposed to protect Eve and he didn’t. Things would of been
much different if he did so!
And look at how crafty the enemy was. he knew God’s order
and protocol. He knew man was the head, the cover but
instead of attacking him, he went to Eve!
Let me pause here for a bit and say this, men and women are
equal in value. Man is not better than woman.
But what the enemy has done is, he has got us to focus on the
wrong thing. The issue is not if women can do what men can
do and who is better at everything. For centuries men and
women have been trying to prove who is better. From the
time we start walking we are pitted against each other.
What an embarrasement for a guy if a girl beats him!
I would love to tell you how I was beaten by a girl in a chilli
eating competition but I will have to put that on hold!
I never lived that down for quite a while especially when I
considered myself the chilli master! 🙂 Anyway………..
If we have been thinking like that then we have been deceived. The
real issue is about what God had in mind when He created man and
women because He had a clear idea.
God made man and women in His image and we all know that
there is no part of God that is weak or useless, but as men we
have this idea that women are weak, and that they are meant
to be slaves and do our every bidding. They are not encouraged to
pursue the call of God on their lives and so on…
God has a purpose for men and He has a purpose for women!
God made man to be the head. To lead their family, to guide
them and protect.
This is what God says about His purpose for women,
“Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficent, satisfactory)
that the man should be alone;
I will make him a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary)
This verse has been misundertood so much but we really need
to take the time to study it and even ask God to show us what
He intended in the very beginning. God didn’t create her to be
your own personal slave! (are you kidding me??)
There is so much more, and remember, women are a very
specific expression of God! To understand Him better, He made
Let’s keep moving…..
When we read Genesis 3 again it’s interesting to note that
when Eve took a bite of the fruit, nothing happened!
“When the women saw that the fruit of the tree was good
for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining
wisdom, she took some and ate it. ”
It’s only when she gave the fruit to Adam and he took a bite that
their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked.
“She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and
he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized
they were naked;
Genesis 3:6, 7
Could all of this been exactly what the enemy had planned?
Did he use Eve to get to Adam?
Was that his plan, to take the man out?
It’s an interesting thought…….
But look at what happens after that,
“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord
God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day,
and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
But the Lord called to the man, “Where are you?”
Firstly, God knew exactly what happened. He was not clueless!
What’s interesting though is that He called Adam! God held him
responsible for what happened.
We see God talking to Adam from verse 9 till verse 12.
Man as the head was responsible but Adam still blamed Eve
who in turn blamed the snake. It’s important to note that God
confronted Adam first!
So what is the take home here?
Women, God gave you a purpose. Don’t let anyone dimish your
worth because of their lack of understanding. Pursue all that
God has called you to do whatever that may be.
Men, we are to lead, guide and protect. In marriage we must
make sure we are doing that. We are responsible for how we lead
Single men, we are to learn what it means to lead, guide and
protect the way God planned.
The last point is this, our value is the same. No gender is
better but when it comes to function we are very different.
We need to understand that does not make us less of a person.
We must embrace our God given differences and honor each other!
God bless you friends and Happy belated Women’s day!
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