Word of the day.
Does the Lord see our pain and afflictions? Does He stand afar looking at all the things we go
through? Does He stand afar refusing to intervene, letting the enemy have His way in us?
He does see our pain and afflictions. The news gets better, He does not watch us from afar.
He is protecting us and watching over us. The enemy would like us to think we are alone but
that’s not true. Let’s take a look at what YAH says about that;
“I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy and steadfast love, because You have seen my affliction,
You have taken note of my life’s distresses, and You have not given me into the hand of the enemy;
You have set my feet in a broad place.”
Psalm 31:7, 8
The Lord sees our pain friends. He sees what we are going through but He doesn’t stop there. He
comes in and protects us. He comes in and helps us.
Don’t stay discouraged. The Lord is with you and will stop the enemy from accomplishing his evil plan in
your life. He will set your feet in a broad place. That’s a promise!
Bless you friends…..
“Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of
Mary and her sister Martha.”
Mary and Martha were going through a really hard time. Their brother
Lazarus was very sick. They must of thought the sickness was serious
if they had to send for Jesus.
“Therefore the sisters sent to Him saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love
Yeshua’s response is something I really believe we need to embrace and receive
in this season. The world around us is crumbling. The systems that have been established
for so long are shaking and breaking.
Can we keep on looking to man as things are getting crazy and crazy?
How can we explain the pressure that we experience on a day to day basis??
Let’s look at Yeshua’s response after being told that Lazarus was sick;
“When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death,
but for the glory of God, and the Son of God may be glorified
The amazing thing is this, Yeshua knew things would get harder for the
sisters. He knew Lazarus would die. And that’s what makes His declaration
Through Lazarus sickness and eventual death Yeshua knew He would be glorified
because He would have the opportunity to show the people His power!
He would have an opportunity to show the people how weak the enemy really was
by raising Lazarus from the dead!
That’s amazing to think!!
The enemy may try to lie to you that he is more powerful than God but he really isn’t.
Your pain and hardship is an opportunity for Yeshua to be glorified.
Understand this, He doesn’t go around causing chaos so He can then come in and
save the day. If He did, then we would be in real trouble.
The God we serve is loving and merciful. He would never let harm come to us. It’s the enemy that
goes around causing chaos hoping we would be destroyed in the process. But like I said, the enemy
is not as strong as he thinks he is.He is a defeated foe!!
The enemy thought he had dealt this family the ultimate blow but he was SO wrong!
He had no idea that the evil he had planned would be an opportunity for Yeshua to be
glorified. Let’s look at how badly he was beaten;
“Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’
sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.
But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many
of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. ” (emphasis mine)
The enemy was defeated badly!
So in your situation know that the enemy has no chance. It may seem like he has the
upper hand at the moment but YAH will turn your situation around because He is stronger
and has already defeated him!
I want to show you one more thing,
“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 from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.”
John 11:45, 11:53
After reading the response to the amazing miracle Yeshua performed by
some of the Jews and the Pharisees one things is clear to me.
The enemy hates all that is good!
What an amazing miracle Yeshua performed but there were still people who
totally missed it. All they had was hate in their hearts for Yeshua.
They even went as far as plotting the death of Lazarus who did nothing but
get raised from the dead!! That really gives us insight into what the enemy really thinks
about YAH and us.
Let that sink in, the enemy hates all that is good and I don’t just mean that in a general way,
he also hates everything good in your life!
He doesn’t want anything good happening for you. He would love it
if he could take you out. He wants to see you discouraged and hopeless.
It would bring him satisfaction to see you fail and miss YAH. He hates
you and wants you gone! Let me rephrase that, he hates us and wants
But we are under the protection of the Almighty! No matter how hard he tries
and no matter what kind of weapons he fashions they will not prevail over us
because we belong to YAH. He is protecting and watching over us.
In the hard times have faith. Look to YAH. He will carry you through.
He will be glorified in your dark times. The enemy may try but he cannot respond
to that truth!
Praise to Yeshua!!
Bless you friends!
“The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents and private dwellings
of the [uncompromisingly] righteous: the right hand of the Lord does valiantly
and achieves strength!”
I love the picture this verse paints. What a statement right?
This verse is prophetic for me in this time. There were seasons in the past
where the sound of rejoicing had been heard in my home.
But not at the moment.
There are things I am waiting on God for, things I am praying for
and that is why this verse spoke to me.
The victorious rejoice, the sick woman who has had her prayer for healing
answered rejoices, the man who has finally gotten a job rejoices, a young
man or woman who has received a full scholarship to the university of their
Like I said before, this verse is a prophecy, a prophecy for the person who is in the
dark right now, for the person who is crying out to God for an answer, for
It’s declaring that, even though things may seem to be falling apart
in your life and things may seem like they are never going to get better,
and the pain will never go away, don’t despair because the day of rejoicing will
come. The day of rejoicing will come friend.
The healing will come, the breakthrough will come, the answer will come,
salvation will come!
That is a promise!
Let’s read that verse again,
“The voice of the rejoicing and salvation is in the tents and private dwellings
of the [uncompromisingly] righteous: the right hand of the Lord does valiantly
and achieves strength!”
No matter what the enemy throws at us there will be rejoicing and salvation in our
homes. No matter how hard he tries to keep us down he will not succeed. Let’s
look at another amazing passage of scripture,
“When the Lord brought back the captives [who entered] to Zion, we were like
those who dream [it seemed so unreal].
Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing.
Then they said, among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.
The Lord has done great things for us! We are glad!. “
I love this passage of scripture! The people of Israel condemned themselves when
they forsook the Lord.
They were taken captive because of their unfaithfulness to God.
Their enemies thought they had won. They thought they had eradicated them
for good. But that was not the end of the story for them.
He delivered them from the land of their captivity!
He turned their mourning and their darkness into rejoicing, into laughter!
There was singing and laughter where there was once dismay, pain and crying.
Where there was guilt and condemnation there was now favor and grace!
Where there was hopelessness there was now hope!
This was their testimony,
“The Lord has done great things for us! We are glad!”
Your winter will end. The sound of rejoicing and salvation will be in your home!
You will not die, but live!
Believe in God’s word. No matter what you facing today believe there will be rejoicing
and salvation in your home. You will be rejoicing because God has been good to you.
There will be rejoicing because your prayers have been answered.
You will rejoice because the Lord has been faithful and continues to be faithful to you!
As I end I want to leave you with one more scripture,
“I shall not die but live, and shall declare the works and recount the illustrious acts
of the Lord.”
Bless you friends……
“But when some where hardened and did not believe, but spoke
evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and
withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of
Tyrannus. And this continued for two years, so that all who
dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews
Acts 19:9, 10
Look at what happens when God gets a hold of someone.
Paul’s life was not meaningless. God used him in such a
The word says he reasoned daily at the school of Tyrannus for
two years and because of that “all who dwelt in Asia heard the
word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.”
That is pretty mind blowing if you ask me.
The whole of Asia got to hear the good news because of Paul!
Did that happen because Paul was qualified? No!
That happened because of God.
Look at what else happened through Paul,
“Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul,
so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from
his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil
spirits went out of them.”
Acts 19:11, 12
“And many who had believed came confessing and telling their
deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought
their books together and burned them in the sight of all.
And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty
thousand pieces of silver.
So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed. “
Don’t look at your life and think it’s ordinary because it’s
not. God has a plan and purpose for you.
That will look different for us of course.
Your mission is not the same as my mission.
Your gifts and your experiences are unique, specially designed
to help you accomplish what God has called you to do.
Don’t despise what you are doing today.
Paul was reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus for two
years! Did he know the whole of Asia would hear what God
had put in his heart? I don’t know.
But everyday for two years he went to the school and spoke
the good news. It didn’t seem like much.
I don’t think he knew this was how the whole of Asia would
hear the good news!!
But God was in control, guiding him. He knew the truth.
As I close this post I want you to see the bigger picture.
Your life is important to God.
The world says you are a statistic but not God.
Don’t be discouraged where you are today.
Your life has meaning.
God is in control of your life.
God bless you friends!
I finally finished reading, Live, Love, Lead written by Brian
Houston. What a journey it’s been. I loved every chapter
of it. I would like to share something he said in the last chapter
that spoke to me deeply. It has been a source of peace for me
in this week:
“We know that all things work together for good to those who
love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
“Simply put, life has moments that we could not describe as
good, some simple inconveniences and other serious trials.
But in case there is any doubt, let me drive the point home
In Romans, the Bible is talking about ALL THINGS.
All things means inconvenient things, difficult things, upsetting
things, hurtful things, confusing things, painful things,
shameful things, sorrowful things, and ucertain things.
God wastes nothing, and somehow, he weaves everything
together for his glorious future, as only he can. All things
includes connections and disconnections, things coming
together and things falling apart, your best day and your
worst day, opportunities gained and opportunities lost,
good seasons and tough seasons, problems and solutions,
conflicts and resolutions, trials and triumphs, relationships
and acquaintances, sickness and health, poverty and wealth.”
What a profound thought. I have always read that scripture
but the way it was explained really blew me away. God works
ALL THINGS for our good. No matter how bad, no matter
how confusing, no matter how frustrating, all things work
together for good. God knows exactly what He is doing.
I am comforted that in the hard times, God is working things
out for good.
It’s amazing to think that the bad that has happened is not the
end of my story. There is a better end.
You may be going through hell but God is working things out
for your good. The enemy may think he is working things out
for the worst but he is seriously misinformed. No matter what
he throws at you, God is working it out for your good! He is
working all things together for your good. There is a man in
the bible who experienced this truth first hand. His name was
Jonathan, saul’s son, had a son whose feet were crippled.
He was five years old when the news [of the deaths] of
Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. And the boy’s nurse
picked him up and fled; but it happened that while she was
hurrying that while she was hurrying to flee, he fell and became
lame. His name was Mephiboseth.
2 Samuel 4:4
Of no fault of his own, Mephiboseth was crippled. That must of
been hard to deal with. He didn’t ask to be crippled. It just
happened. What were his thoughts like?
Where there days he wanted to give up?
Did he hate his life?
Had he forgiven his nurse who dropped him? Things would
of been very different if she had been more careful.
To top that all off, his father had been killed in battle. How
much of his father did he remember?
Did he see King David as the enemy?
Did he think things would ever turn around for the better?
He may of thought things would never change but the fact is,
God turned his situation around for good. In the baddest of bad,
God turned things around for good in his life.
“And the king said, “is there no longer anyone left of the house
(family) of Saul to whom I may show the goodness and
graciousness of God?”
Ziba replied to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan,
[one] whose feet are crippled.”
2 Samuel 9:3
David gave him everything that king Saul
owned. He also told him he would eat at his table for the
rest of his days. (2 Samuel 9:11-13)
Things turned around for good in a way Mephiboseth never
imagined! No man could ever orchestrate how things would
turn out for him.
But God who is true to His word turned things out for
Mephiboseth in such an amzing way.
I love that.
I love that through the pain, the confusing times, the intense
times, the good times, God is working all those things out for
And that is true for you. He is working all things together
for your good! The enemy will not win. Things will not stay as
they are. God is working all things for good. Will you trust
he is working all things together for your good? You may not
see it, and it may not seem like it but things are working
together for your good! That is the God we serve and He is
worthy to be praised! Amen
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THOUGHT OF THE DAY
[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
Psalm 27:13, 14
My heart jumped when I read this scripture in
the morning. As we live this life there needs
to be an expectation!
An expectation that God, the Maker of heaven
and earth and the whole universe will be good to
The world we live in wants us to believe that there
is nothing good in it.
It wants us to live in fear.
It wants us to believe the situation is hopeless,
that life is hopeless!
But it’s not true people!!!!
As believers we have God our Father!
As believers we have a chance, a very good chance!
God has good things in store for us.
God wants us to believe that!
He wants us to expect Him to show up!
If that expectation dies we die!
I don’t know what situation you are facing
today but please hope again. Expect the Lord’s
This is what I have been declaring for the past
couple of days:
For You send blessings of good things to meet him;
You set a crown of pure gold on his head.
For You send blessings of good things to meet
You set a crown of pure gold on my head!
What are you saying? What are you expecting?
Today, believe you will see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living!
I believe you will see it if you expect it, if you dare
to believe that God is good and He is busy doing good
things for you!
The last part of that scripture says,
Wait and hope for and expect the Lord;
It’s not easy to hope especially when the picture
on the ground looks bleak.
It’s not easy to hope when the bank account is empty.
It’s not easy to hope when things are not working out.
But the key is to believe that you will see the goodness
of God in the land of the living!
In the pain, in poverty, when things seem bleak
believe you will see the goodness of the Lord!
Amen and AMEN!!!
That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to Him, the whole city lined up at His door! He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew His true identity, he didn’t let them say a word.
While it was still night, way before dawn, He got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with Him went looking for Him. They found Him and said, “Everybody’s looking for You.”
Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so i can preach there also. That is why I’ve come.” Mark 1:32-39
I guess the disciples were pretty confused! Why did Jesus want to go to another town when the whole city was lined up at their door??!!! It was something they probably couldn’t comprehend. They had become rock stars literally overnight, people knew them by name but the star of the show wanted to leave, let me rephrase that, was leaving…..!
It wasn’t like they were doing something meaningless. They were teaching the masses, healing the sick, casting out demons and so much more, amazing things were happening at that place, but Jesus wanted to leave..!!!
They were popular but that was not enough of a reason for Jesus to stay. Have we missed something in this day and age? It seems like being popular takes precedence over everything else.
Jesus didn’t do what he did so He could be popular. He wasn’t looking at how many “likes” or “comments” he got. His mission was to save us and that took precedence over everything else!
He wept for people, His heart broke for people, He reached out to the outcasts, He ministered to the little children, and the list goes on and on…..He did things that made Him unpopular but that didn’t matter……the call of God on His life was more important to Him. Please understand what I am saying, I am not attacking you if you have a large following and I am not saying get rid of your following if you have one….Jesus was always been followed but his focus remained on the real mission, saving people! The magnitude of the people that followed Him didn’t change His focus.
What is important to you as you live this life? Is being popular more important than ministry? Does it take precedence over everything else in your life? Let us evaluate our hearts as we walk the path God has set before us.
While it was still night, way before dawn, He got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with Him went looking for Him. they found Him and said, Everybody’s looking for you.” Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so i can preach there also.” This is why I’ve come. Mark 1:38, 39.
Jesus was clear about what was important to Him after he prayed. He may have been clear before but the word showed Him going to pray and making a non-negotiable decision. You may be confused about your purpose or confused about what is important but prayer will make it clear, very clear! That is how powerful prayer is…….
THOUGHT OF THE DAY.
Know this and don’t ever forget it; It’s not because of any good that you’ve done that God is giving you this good land to own. Anything but! Your stubborn as mules. Keep in mind and don’t ever forget how angry you made God, your God, in the wilderness. Deuteronomy 9:6, 7
These were the words spoken to the Israelites by God. And even though they were directed to the Israelites that reminder is for us as well.
There is nothing we can brag about. We have nothing to show that will prove it was because of our own efforts. God has blessed us not because we were the brightest and smartest. He didn’t chose us because we grew up in the right neighborhood. It wasn’t because we had a lot of money. It wasn’t because we were so talented.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing that we can give credit to for where we are and what we have. It is all God! Yes, He uses people but He is the One behind it all…
That’s good news for us because it is not by our works. We don’t have to try and work at it. We don’t have to rely on our knowledge. We don’t need to compete for God’s attention by proving we are better than the next person. We don’t have to sit down and think up ways to stay in God’s “good books”. It was purely grace which means anyone can experience that same favor and grace!!