“And the Philistines gathered to fight with Israel, 30 000 chariots and 6000 horsemen and troops like sand
on the seashore in multitude.”
1 Samuel 13:5
Saul and his army were in serious trouble. The enemy outnumbered them 1000 to 1 (it could have been more).
The enemy had cornered them with no way of escape, they were trapped!
As I read this story I think about the battles, the trials, and the storms we face. They vary right?
Some are not as devastating, then there are some that have the potential to rip your world apart.
But whatever the case storms are difficult. They test us, they rock us to the core. They show us who we
really are and where our faith and focus are.
Saul and Jonathan were in real danger. To add to the fact that the army they were facing outnumbered
them 1000 to 1, they had no weapons! (read 1 Samuel 13:19-22)
The only people with weapons were Saul and Jonathan. It’s crazy to think they had 2 swords
between them! How big was Saul’s army? He had a 600 strong army (read 1 Samuel 13:15)
So as you can see, their chances looked grim. But this is where the story gets interesting because against such
overwhelming odds something amazing happened. What happened is a lesson, a strategy for us to use as we
face the terrifying storms, the trials, and the challenges.
Let’s take a look at what happened;
“One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his armor bearer, “come let us go over to the Philistine garrison
on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.”
1 Samuel 14: 1
So to backtrack a bit, the only people with swords were Saul and Jonathan but Jonathan decided to go over
to the Philistine garrison without telling his father which meant he had one sword.
With one sword Jonathan would face an entire garrison! Had he lost his mind???
Look at what he told his armor-bearer;
“Jonathan said to his officer who carried his armor, “Come.
Let’s go to the camp of those men who are not circumcised. Maybe the Lord will help us. It doesn’t matter
if we have many people, or just a few.
Nothing can keep the Lord from giving us victory.”
1 Samuel 14:6
Jonathan was brave but his dependence was on God. That’s why he was so confident, so sure.
His faith wasn’t in his ability with a sword. His faith was in a God who was stronger than any enemy
he would ever face. And it wasn’t his sword that delivered him. It was his faith in God. That made all the difference.
And that’s how powerful faith in God is.
What situation are you facing today? What kind of storm are you in? Is your faith in God or are you focused
on something else??
It’s not the people you know, your intelligence, where you work,
how much you serve in your church that will get you through the storm.
It’s faith through and through. Faith really does move mountains.
Faith in God is not a lost cause.
There are times when it seems like God is silent and taking matters into our hands seems like the next
best thing but it isn’t. Give God room to move. Put all of your faith in Him and see the things He will do.
God knows everything. There is not a single thing that gets past Him.
In your darkest season trust Him. It’s your faith in God that makes all the difference.
Bless you, friends.
Walking in faith is not an easy thing to do. There will be days you will get discouraged and doubt if
the Lord will come through for you. I have been learning to be patient as I wait on Him for my answer
to prayer but there have been days when believing is really hard. I had one of those days a few days ago.
As I brought my requests to Him thoughts of doubt flooded my mind. Will He really answer my prayers,
I thought. But as my mind was racing I began to think about the things He had done so far. I began to pull
out all the things He had already done for me. As I did that my faith began to increase. At the end of the
exercise my faith was restored. I was full of faith and AM still full of faith He will come though for me,
that He will answer my prayers.
And that got me thinking about how powerful remembrance is. We don’t give it the credit it deserves
but it is powerful.
“Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth.”
1 Chronicles 16:12
There are so many scriptures on remembrance if you want to get deeper understanding. What I experienced
was the effect it had on me as I did it. It increased my faith. My hope was renewed. Because the fact of the
matter is that the Lord HAS done amazing things for me. In different seasons of my life when I needed a
breakthrough, when I was in chains, when I was in darkness, when I was desperate, He came and saved me,
He came and picked me up, He came and fought for me, He came and delivered me.
I know the Lord has done amazing things for you too. What you need to do though is remember those
things constantly. They will help you in really tough times. The only time remembrance doesn’t
work is if nothing has happened and as we all know, that is not possible. Yeshua is constantly doing
great things throughout our lives.
“If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them? you
shall not be afraid of them; you shall well remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to
1 Chronicles 16:12
As long as we live we will always be faced with giants and they come in different forms and sizes. But
we need to remember the giants that have come in the past which the Lord defeated! There are many
defeated foes. That will help you as you face the giants standing in your way now. That’s what David
“I, your servant, have killed both a lion and a bear! Goliath, the Philistine who is not circumcised, will be
like the lion or bear I killed. He will die because he has stood against the armies of the living God.
The Lord saved me from a lion and a bear. He will also save me from this Philistine.”
1 Samuel 17:36, 37
David remembered how the Lord delivered him from the lion and bear and and that is why I think he was
so confident when he went to face Goliath. He remembered how powerful the Lord was. We need to remember
the good things the Lord has done for us more frequently. Forgetfulness is a thief and we must not allow it to
Let’s ask the Lord to help us in this area.
Will you do something for me as I close? Write down the top ten things you think are amazing that the
Lord has done for you. Ten is the minimum. If you want to write more feel free to write more. The Lord
has done so much for us and there is so much He is about to do. Let’s not forget. Let’s always
remember the things He is doing because He is always doing.
Also feel free to share a few of the things He has done for you in the comments below. Your testimony
will bless someone!
Blessings to you friends…..
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Don’t underestimate the power of a quiet time.
This is something the Lord has been showing me in this season. It seems like the amount of distractions
have increased exponentially today. But we must keep at it, we must fight through, we must put down the
phone/turn off the TV and spend time with Him.
This is something we must take seriously. Let me show why;
“The council members were astonished as they witnessed the bold courage of Peter and John,
especially when they discovered that they were just ordinary men who had never had religious training.
Then they began to understand the effect Jesus had on them simply by spending time with him.
Standing there with them was the healed man, and there was nothing further they could say.”
“Then they began to understand the effect Jesus had on them simply by spending time with Him.”
I love this so much. Something happens when we spend time with Yeshua. We are empowered, we are
changed. Look at the disciples for instance,
They had changed. The Pharisees who killed Yeshua noticed something different in them.
They were bold, and fearless and had just performed a miracle. They had only seen that in one other man,
Time with Yeshua had changed them. They were no longer the same. They were filled with the Holy Spirit.
All of this and more happened as they spent time with Yeshua.
I have found this to be true in my life. The more time I spend with Him the more sensitive I am to His voice
and leading. The more empowered I am…..
The world is getting darker and darker in need of light. We can be that light, the answer to the darkness but
we need to spend time with Him. The disciples were able to turn the world upside down because of the
empowerment they got from spending time with the Him and I believe that’s His desire. He wants us to
be a light in the sphere’s we are in.
It’s in His presence we find peace, purpose, identity, strength, joy and love. So in other words everything we need.
The answers to the storm we are facing are found in His presence.
The strength we need to endure are in His presence.
The wisdom we need now, is in His presence.
There is always room to be better and I want to be better. I want to spend more time with Him.
Let’s do all we can to spend as much time as we can with Him…..
Blessing to you
I have been wrestling with something I read recently. I have been thinking about how I use my faith
daily. Faith is not just for looking into the future but it’s for this moment, for this season I am in right now,
for the situation I am facing today.
Faith was never meant to be a badge we wear. Faith is alive and active.
When you have faith there is a boldness, a surety even when there isn’t anything tangible to hold on to,
even when things are dark. Let me share a story with you that will shed light on what I mean.
I was reading Jonathan’s story and was deeply challenged by his faith. There was a time he, his dad and
army were trapped by the Philistines. To make the situation worse he and his dad were the only ones
who had swords! (read 1 Samuel 13:19-22)
So picture this, Jonathan and his dad with a small army of about 6000 men (1 Samuel 13:2) with only
two swords among them facing a countless army!
“and the Philistines gathered to fight with Israel, 30000 chariots and 6000 horsemen and troops like sand
on the seashore in multitude.”
1 Samuel 13:5
Jonathan and the army with him were outnumbered and out-weaponed! (I hope that’s a thing! 🙂 )
But instead of shrinking back in the moment he used his faith. Like I said, we are not supposed to wear
our faith like a badge, and it’s not to be used only when trusting YAH for the future, it’s meant to be
used today in the situation we are facing now. That’s what Jonathan did, he trusted in the Lord and made
“And Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, Come, and let us go over to the garrison of these
uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For there is nothing to prevent the Lord from
saving by many or by few.”
1 Samuel 14:6
What confidence! He didn’t even hesitate. That’s the confidence I want to live in. Jonathan trusted Yeshua
and saved himself and the army with him which was impossible by the way.
The enemy he faced was “supposed” to win because they more in number and ridiculously out-gunned
him but that was not the case.
And that is what I was wrestling with. I
believe know Yeshua wants me to have that kind of confidence.
He wants me to use my faith in the situations I am facing right now.
He wants me to advance boldly in faith, not timidly. The calling He has called me to demands I do that!
What about you? Are you advancing boldly, assured Yeshua will come through for you, assured He has
heard your prayer and will act. In the place you are in right now, trust Him and expect Him to move.
There is every reason to be confident in Him. He will not let us down friends.
So as I end I want to highlight the two main points I was trying to get across:
- Have faith
- Be confident in your faith
Bless you friends…..
“One day some men from the tribe of Judah went to Joshua at Gilgal. One of those men was Caleb
son of Jephunneh. He said to Joshua, “You remember what the Lord said at Kadesh Barnea. He was
speaking to the prophet Moses about you and me.
Moses, the Lord’s servant, sent me to look at the land where we were going. I was 40 years old then.”
Joshua 14:6, 7
Caleb is officially one of my favorite bible characters now. I get pumped up every time I read
his story. He was one of the spies that was sent out to spy out the promise land and he was one
of two spies who believed YAH would deliver the Canaanites into their hands.
His faith in YAH was crazy!
His story challenged me so much. In Joshua 14, he goes to Joshua to ask for the mountain YAH promised
him all that time ago. Let me rephrase that, he tells Joshua to give him the mountain YAH promised
him. There was no asking…..
The crazy thing about this story is that Caleb was promised the mountain when he was 40 years old.
And at the age of 85 he was ready to take what YAH promised him. (Joshua 14:10) He waited 45 years for
the Lord’s promise. His faith didn’t waver in all that time. He held on firmly to what the Lord promised him.
I don’t know about you but my faith is stirred every time I read that. The Lord is faithful and will
not fail to fulfill what He promised us. We need to make sure we don’t give up and falter in our faith.
If you do falter then get back up. Put your hope in the Lord again. Don’t stay down, don’t
No matter how long it has been, hold on to your faith. Hold on to the Lord’s promise.
Caleb didn’t let his age stop him from possessing the Lord’s promise.
At 40 his faith was in YAH and at 85 his faith was still in YAH and stronger than ever!
Don’t let anything stop you from trusting YAH.
He never gave up or lost hope. He was patient and confident in the Lord’s faithfulness! His trust
was not in himself, no. His faith was in the Lord.
“So give me the mountain country the Lord promised me that day long ago. Back then you heard that
the Anakite people lived there. And the cities were large and well protected.
But now with the Lord helping me, I will force them out, just as the Lord said.” (italics mine)
Wow! That faith!
It’s not too late. The Lord has not forgotten about you so don’t throw in the towel! Hold on to the promise
even though it seems like it’s not going to happen.
To be honest with you, there were things I stopped praying about but after reading about Caleb I am back.
That’s what the Lord wants, for us to keep holding on to the promises He has made. No matter what people say,
hold on to the promise.
Don’t let go it. The Lord is faithful and will fulfill what He promised!
ACT ON IT – Firstly, write down the things YAH promised you.
Secondly, Go boldly to YAH and ask Him for those things you have stopped praying about
Thirdly, Talk to someone about it.
And lastly, Is there something you need to start doing? Caleb’s faith was in the Lord but he
had to go fight. What do you need to do today as a demonstration of your faith in YAH?
And that is it friends. Hold on to the promise of the Lord until he brings it to pass. There will be plenty
opportunity to give up but don’t. The Lord is is faithful to us always!
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
The growing continues this year. Life hasn’t reset just because it’s a new year. The battles we were
fighting are still around. The giants are still holding their ground.
But each year brings with it new hope, that life will get better, that YAH will fulfill what He promised.
That the battles we fighting will be finally won and the giants will fall (they will)
Let’s keep sober and vigilant this year. Continue fighting, continue trusting YAH.
With that I want us to look at a scripture;
“Woe to you, scribes and pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you clean the outside of the cup and
of the plate, but within they are full of extortion (prey, spoil, plunder) and grasping self indulgence.
You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and of the plate, so that the outside may be clean
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you are like tombs that have been whitewashed
which look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything impure.
Just so, you also outwardly seem to people to be just and upright but inside you are full of pretense and
lawlessness and iniquity. “
The Pharisees focused on the external a lot. They didn’t give any attention to the inside. They didn’t think
working on the inner man was important.
This year may we put more work into the inside. The outside isn’t as important as the inner man.
Let YAH come in and work in you. Don’t be like the Pharisees who thought working on the outer man
was more important.
We want to be like YAH who is holy and who calls us to be holy.
We need to take all those ugly things that have taken root in our hearts to the Lord. We don’t
want them being a stumbling block to us. This won’t take a day, a week, a month, a year.
I don’t know how long it will take. All I know right now is that I need to do this.
What about you?
“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest
of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”
As I read this scripture a few days ago certain things began to make sense.
The hardships I face when I try to live for YAH, the difficult times,
the distractions that get in the way EVERY TIME I decide to spend time with Him,
the sin that so easily begets me,
it’s all part of the enemies plan to derail me….us.
The shame, the disappointments, the condemnation, the unforgiveness that you carry is all
part of the arsenal he uses.
The enemy has declared war on us.
His plan is to kill, steal, and destroy and that doesn’t only mean physically.
He wants to destroy any hope that we have, he wants to destroy the dreams YAH has placed
in our hearts.
He wants to destroy everything good in our lives.
He doesn’t want to see us happy, prospering, winning, and at peace.
I am reminded of Lazarus when he was raised from the dead. That was a joyous time for him
and his sisters. He died and was now alive! What a miracle, what a moment!
And yet…..there were still people who were angry that Yeshua raised him from the dead!!!!
It dumbfounds me totally!!
“Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did,
believed in Him.
But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did.
Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do?
For this Man works many signs. “
The Pharisees were supposed to be rejoicing and praising YAH for the miracle they had just
witnessed and heard about but that didn’t happen. That is an accurate picture of how the enemy
thinks about us.
The enemy doesn’t want anything good happening to us.
THE GOOD NEWS
I don’t know if he understands this but no matter how much he wants us to fail, and see
us destroyed it’s not his call!!
He is a defeated foe and doesn’t have any say in the matter.
Yeshua paid for us when He sacrificed Himself on the cross.
The enemy has declared war on us but he will not win. We belong to Yeshua now.
The enemy has no say about what happens in our lives.
Bad things happen because we live in a broken world but Yeshua will carry us
through all the trials we face.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. “
We will fall down for sure but the enemy will not keep us down, he is not strong enough to keep us down.
The Lord will keep picking us up and there is nothing he can do about that.
“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.”
The most elaborate thought out plan of the enemy will always be stifled by YAH. It will not
succeed against you.
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in
judgement You shall condemn.”
We need to trust Yeshua every step of the way.
When we fall we need to confess our sins.
When we are weak we must call out to Him for help.
He is the One who will keep us.
In our own strength we don’t stand a chance against the enemy but only as
we look to the Lord do we have a chance.
The enemy has declared war on us, yes, but he has been defeated.
Yeshua is with us protecting us against the enemy!
That is really good news!
Bless you friends…..
“Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.”
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When
shall I come and appear before God?”
These scriptures paint a picture of my love for God. I really
need more of Him everyday. I am nothing without Him.
Where could I go and what could I do without Him???
He really is the love of my life!
But I am in a war right now and the results of the war will have
a huge impact on my relationship with God.
The fight caught me unawares. For some time I supplied the
enemy with the arsenal he needed to have an edge on me.
Can you imagine that?!!!
I was totally blindsided by the enemy.
You see, the war I am engaged in is not happening on a plain
that is easily recognizable.
The war I am engaged in is happening right at my doorstep, as a
matter of fact it’s happening closer than that. This war of epic
proportions is happening right in my home!
How could I miss it? How did I not recognize the enemy’s tactic?
A face to face confrontation wouldn’t have done the trick. I would
have quickly dismissed him. Instead he came slyly into my
home through television, social media, and so on. I used to spend
so much time with Yeshua in the past. When I would get home
I would make sure I spent my time in prayer, and word.
Yes I would do other things but they were not the “main” things.
Spending time with God was on the top of the list.
But one day that pattern changed.
I would get home and put on the television.
If there was nothing to watch I would go online.
There was even a time I would forgo church functions to watch
The war is real friends.
When God by His grace opened my eyes to what I was doing
I realized I had to cut things out of my life. The first thing to go was
the television. I had to look to God for help. I couldn’t do it alone.
But that didn’t go without a fight!
What the heck!!
I am slowly gaining the ground I lost in the beginning. The fight
has been brutal but I will keep fighting because my relationship
with God depends on it. He is the love of my life.
He is the One I desire above all else and I am not alone in this.
He is right by my side helping me!
I want to fall deeper in love with Him and nothing must stand in
the way of that.
Friends, as hard as that was to write the goal is to help you see
how far the enemy is willing to take the battle. Your battle will
be different from mine but you must know that the enemy will
take the battle to your home!
if you are single this post is for you especially, the time you have
now is so important. It is in this time you get deeper with God.
Don’t make the mistake I made by allowing distractions to take
away the precious time I had kept aside for God.
And if you are strong in this area then please pray for me.
I need all the help I can get!