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!
THOUGHT OF THE DAY.
” And after this one rose up Judas the Galilean, [who led an uprising] during the time of
the census, and drew away a popular following after him; he also perished and all his
adherents were scattered.
Now in the present case let me say to you, stand off (withdraw) from these men and let
them alone. For if this doctrine or purpose or undertaking or movement is of human origin,
it will fail (be overthrown and come to nothing);
But if it is of God, you will not be able to stop or overthrow or destroy them;
you might even be found fighting against God!”
As I read this scripture a few thoughts ran through my mind.
Are the things I am doing of God or of human origin? Am I 100% certain that God
is in it?
Gamaliel the Pharisee understood this principle.
He knew that if something was birthed of God it could not be stopped!
No matter how hard that thing was fought and resisted it would not be
stopped. Seek God’s guidance in all that you do. There is a blessing in that.
God cares about what you are doing today.
In all that you do make sure God is in it. Make sure it’s born of God and not man.
If it’s born of man it will not last. It was be stopped and burned up.
Make sure you are not using your time on the wrong things.
If you are not sure if what you doing is of God then pray.
If you not at peace about anything you doing then that’s a good indicator
it’s not from God.
God wants you to be focused on the right things.
He doesn’t want you to waste time on the wrong things.
Ask Him to come and make things clear.
He cares about you and is passionate about you accomplishing
the things He has for you.
As I close I want to encourage you with one more scripture,
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.”
“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!
“And the Philistine said, I defy the ranks of Israel this day;
give me a man, that we may fight together.
When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine,
they were dismayed and greatly afraid.”
1 Samuel 17: 10, 11
One would think that would be the perfect opportunity for the
Philistine’s to attack Israel.
It would be an easy battle for them.
Saul and ALL Israel were dismayed and fearful.
But the enemy didn’t attack.
Instead of attacking, Goliath came out morning and evening
for FORTY days!
Yes, forty days!!
“The Philistine came out morning and evening presenting
himself for forty days.”
1 Samuel 17:16
That is so crazy to think. It’s like the enemy enjoyed seeing
Israel cower in fear.
They loved seeing the Israelites in fear.
“David left his packages in the care of the baggage keeper
and ran into the ranks and came and greeted his brothers.
As they talked, behold, Goliath, the champion, the Philistine
of Gath, came forth from the Philistine ranks and spoke the
same words as before, and David heard him.
And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from
him terrified. “
1 Samuel 17:22-24
And this went on for forty days, morning and evening!
Who knows how long it would have gone on for if David had
not come along.
And this my friends, is one of the enemies most effective strategy.
He wants you to live in fear as long as possible.
He wants you to be paralyzed by it.
He wants you to be bound by fear to a point where you can’t
think and you can’t step out in faith.
You don’t have to go far to find it. Fear is everywhere. It’s the
headlines you read on your way to work.
It’s in the 8:00 news.
It’s littered on your Facebook page.
Because the Israelites were gripped with fear they could not
move in faith.
Fear blinded them to the truth.
They forgot the Lord Almighty was stronger than the enemy
they were facing.
The enemy used fear to stop the Israelites from moving
forward in their purpose.
We can’t let fear win friends. If left alone it will steal
everything good in our lives.
“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
We need God’s help to overcome fear. God has brought me
so far as I look back at my life. I was so fearful but He continues
to take me to new levels of boldness. This is not an easy battle
friends. But we are not alone facing this enemy.
Fear’s hold on our lives must be broken.
The God we serve is stronger than every fear we face.
He is stronger than the author of fear!!
Blessings to you
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath
to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
[Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed;
and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated
and cowardly and unsettled.]
John 14:27 (emphasis mine)
It’s a choice to walk in peace.
When things get crazy you have a choice to be at peace or lose
The word is very clear about this,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be
When things are not going your way do not let your hearts
It’s not easy staying in peace but Jesus wants us to fight for it.
Refuse to succumb to anxious thoughts.
Refuse to panic and fret.
“Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed;
and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated
and cowardly and unsettled. “
There is so much opportunity to lose our peace today.
Put on the news, read the papers, talk to people and you will
see it as clear as day.
But Jesus goes against the grain. He doesn’t advocate us
succumbing to fear. Instead He tells us to stay in peace.
He encourages us to walk in the peace He has given us.
Today the word is simple, stay in peace no matter what!
When fear, terror, confusion, and anxiety come, stay in peace.
Easier said than done I know.
But we are not alone. The Holy Spirit will help us in our
The bad news will keep coming but despite being surrounded
by such darkness hold on to peace.
We can’t afford to live without peace.
Peace is found in His word, it’s found in prayer as you
commune with Him.
Let’s choose peace today!
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Bless you friends….