Life is constantly teaching us stuff and to grow we need to learn what we are being taught.
Unfortunately there is a lesson I had to relearn this year (this week to be more precise) that I ignored
last year. It’s so frustrating because the lesson had a financial cost. That really got me thinking though.
How many lessons have we ignored that keep coming back but we just don’t learn. For whatever reason
we make a decision to do nothing.
But YAH wants us to learn the lessons that come our way. Those lessons once learned will make us grow.
I am reminded of the Israelites. They too didn’t learn their lesson and because they didn’t, they had to go
round the same mountain.
“And the Lord spoke to me [Moses], saying,
You have roamed around this mountain country long enough; turn northward.”
It’s time to stop going round the same mountain. It’s time we start learning the lessons we are supposed
to learn. I am tired of going round the same mountain. I want to grow, I want to move.
I don’t learn because it’s hard at times, or because of laziness and so on and so on….
But that needs to stop.
It’s time to move!
ACT ON IT – What lessons have you refused to learn because they are difficult?
Ask the Lord to show you the most critical lesson you need to learn so you can grow.
Bless you friends
“I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me.
But the Lord said to me, “My grace is enough for you.When you are
weak, then my power is made perfect in you.” So I am very happy
to brag about my weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and all
kinds of troubles.
All these things are for Christ. And I am happy, because when I am
weak, then I am truly strong.”
2 Corinth 12:8-10
This scripture spoke to me today. It really is an amazing scripture. We have been taught
to be strong. Weakness is not an attractive trait to have at all according to the world’s
standard. So as much as we can we put up a front. We try to appear to be strong but we got it backwards
It’s when we are weak, that Yeshua’s power is made perfect in us!
In our weakness we are truly strong!
I don’t know how that works exactly but isn’t it great??
“So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and
all kinds of troubles.”
Trials, troubles, sufferings are part of life but it’s in those times we see YAH’s grace
the clearest. It’s in those times we see His hand moving on our behalf working all things
together for our good. It’s in those times we see His power.
We need to embrace our weaknesses. Bring your weaknesses to the Lord without hesitation.
He knows everything about you.
Hiding weaknesses is not an attractive trait in the Lord’s eyes. He wants to show Himself strong
on your behalf but He can’t do that if you are trying to be strong.
He is waiting for you to cry out to Him.
That only happens when you acknowledge you are weak.
Remember, when we are weak, then we are truly strong!
Have a great holiday friends.
I pray you have an amazing Passover weekend or for some of you easter.
Grace and peace to you!
He is our Deliverer!
“God has not beheld iniquity in Jacob [for he is forgiven], neither has He seen
mischief or perverseness in Israel [for the same reason]. The Lord their God
is with Israel, and the shout of praise to their King is among their people.”
This is a pretty amazing verse if you ask me. Balak hired Balaam to curse
the people of Israel but things were not going according to his plan.
Blessing was happening instead of cursing. Balaam could only speak what YAH
told him. But that’s not the amazing bit, whats amazing are the words YAH put in
Balaam’s mouth to speak (declare).
Up to this point Israel had rebelled against YAH in so many ways. They were back
in the desert because they failed to believe YAH could take them to the promise land
even though they were by the “door”.
They complained, tested, grumbled, and worshipped other gods (the golden calf) so you would think
YAH would allow the cursing to happen as a way of punishment for all the wrong things they
had done to that point. But that is not what happened.
Instead of allowing Balaam to curse them, He let him bless them!
He had forgiven them completely. Through all the bad they did and all the bad they were
going to do YAH still forgave them. He didn’t hold their sin against them.
This is a picture of how merciful our God is. We deserve worse because of our sin
but that’s not what we get.
The Israelites failed YAH so many times and yet He still loved them, He still forgave them,
He stopped Balaam from cursing them.
Do we really understand how great YAH’s love is for us?
I think the enemy lies to us that our sin is unbearable to YAH and because it’s so
unbearable, He will keep His distance from us. That’s a lie.
I am not saying it’s okay to sin, what I am saying is that YAH loves us no matter what.
There are consequences for sin and that is shown by the Israelites who never made it into the
promise land because of their unbelief.
But to say that the Lord hates us and can’t stand us because of sin is a lie. When He sees
us, He sees His children. He loves us so much.
You may have messed up and are continuing to mess up but know that you can repent.
Confidently cry out to Him when you fall. He doesn’t disown you when you sin. He picks
you up and that’s how much He loves us
We are truly blessed….
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“Some people dig a fork into the pie but are too lazy to
raise it to their mouth. “
The poor people! They have the tools (the fork), they have the
blessings from God, the opportunities from God (the pie) but are
too lazy to eat the goodness laid out before them!!
May that not happen to us friends.
May we use our gifts and talents in the right way.
May we take the opportunities God has given us.
May we be not like the lazy man who sits and does nothing!
I have to admit I act like that man a lot. God has laid out a clear
plan and path for me and I get so distracted. It’s getting better
though. I am fighting the distractions but there is still work to
I am not doing enough of what I know I am supposed to be
I don’t want to be that man !
I will not be that man!
What about you?
Are you staring at the pie?
Let’s enjoy the pie together friends!
God has so much in store for us.
We need to step out.
We need to say no to somethings.
We need to say yes to somethings.
Let’s not let laziness get the best of us…..!
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that
we are dust. “
God is not a task master. He isn’t looming over us with a stick waiting for us to
trip up so He can inflict punishment.
Like the word says, “He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on
His heart] that we are dust.”
He knows we are weak. He knows we are not smart enough.
He knows how fragile we are.
But what happens is that we forget God knows we are dust and we crush
ourselves when we fall. We think our sin catches Him off guard but it doesn’t.
He knows our weaknesses and struggles.
The word is clear about how we should look at our weaknesses,
“Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged
that it might depart from me;
But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough
for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully];
for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show
themselves most effective in [your] weakness.
Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that
the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over
and dwell) upon me!
2 Corinthians 12:9
God knows our frame so like Paul we need to embrace our weaknesses.
Like Paul we need to gladly glory in our weaknesses and infirmities.
God’s power and strength are made perfect in our weaknesses.
So as I end this post remember that God knows our frame, He
knows we are dust. We don’t have to put on a facade for Him.
He is not impressed with our show of strength. He wants to be
our strength, period!
“As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace
For He says,
In the time of my favor I heard you and in the day of salvation
I helped you.
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of
2 Corinthians 6:1, 2
We still have a chance. Today is a new day. The word is clear,
“NOW is the time of God’s favor”
“NOW is the day of salvation”
You may have messed up yesterday, but you have a second chance
It’s not too late for you.
“Again He sets a definite day, [a new] Today, [and gives
another opportunity of securing that rest] saying through
David after so long a time in the words already quoted,
today, if you would hear His voice and when you hear it,
do not harden your hearts.”
Today you have another opportunity to do things the right way.
Now is the time to get up and head in the right direction.
Don’t stay down.
God has not abandoned you.
Your dream may seem “dead” but it really isn’t.
No matter how bad you have messed up know that God has given
you a wonderful opportunity to start again today!
You don’t have to give up on your dreams.
You don’t have to “hang up the cape” so to speak.
There is grace today, there is favor today, there is forgiveness
today, there is opportunity today and there is a second chance
What an amazing God we serve!
As I got ready to serve at church today I had a thought;
I am not worthy to stand before the Lord.
I am not worthy to serve before His people.
Today is Resurection Sunday and it is a strong day!
Jesus conquered the grave and set us free and here I was
having these thoughts.
My mind immediately went to the movie “Thor”
Yes people, I was thinking about “Thor” during church! 😦
I thought about his hammer and how the only person able
to wield it had to be “worthy”!
There was a time in “Thor” when he wasn’t worthy. His dad
banished him from Asgard and took his hammer.
As he banished him to another world he sent the hammer
after him and spoke to it saying, “anyone worthy enough would
wield it”. Those are not the exact words but they were something
to that effect.
But this is the thing, can we be worthy?
Thor became worthy after he realised the errors of his ways.
By his own strength he became worthy but I think they got it
We cannot become worthy on our own. It’s impossible!
In fact, I don’t think it’s about that at all.
On this earth we will always be flawed. We will sin and struggle
with sin but it’s because Jesus Christ is worthy that we can
stand before Him!
“Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “
Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”
And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was
able to open the scroll, or look at it.
Revelation 5:2, 3
No one was worthy to open the scroll!
No one IS worthy still…..!!
No one but Him!
“So I wept much, because on one was found worthy to open and
read the scroll, or to look at it.
But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion
of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open
the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”
And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the
four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb
as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes,
which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him
who sat on the throne.
Revelation 5: 4-7
It’s a long passage of scripture and I encourage you to read
the whole chapter but the point is this. He was and is the only
One who is worthy! Our mission is not to become worthy but
we are to trust in the saving power of the cross every single
day of our lives. We are to trust in the One who is worthy!
That’s what this day is about.
Death, the enemy, thought he
had won but he was wrong. Jesus Christ was the winner.
He saved us and made us righteous. Because of Him we can
I don’t serve because I am worthy because I am the man,
because I am perfect, far from it! I serve because God makes
me able to serve.
On this strong day I realised I am unworthy, yes! But because
of what He has done He has makes me able to stand.
I rely on His grace and mercy consistently because without it
I would be a dead man walking, I would have no future, no hope,
He is the One who is worthy! Amen and amen!!
Happy Resurrection Sunday to you all!
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In approximately 7 days I will be leaving for Australia. I will be gone
for two weeks. I hope I will be able to write when I am there.
I am going for a conference with my pastor. For more information
about the conference please click here. It would be so amazing
if I met you there!!!
But this post is about something deeper than going to Australia.
It will be my first time to visit and I am so excited. At the same
time I am blown away, I am amazed at how good God is.
I have no words honestly. God continues to bless me not because
I did something right but because of His unending, boundless,
grace. I stand here in awe knowing full well that I had nothing
to do with being blessed. I sin every day, I ignore God, I lash out
at God and the reward is blessing???
My testimony is, if God could do it for me then He can
certainly do it for you! I don’t deserve to be blessed the way
I have been blessed. I can’t make sense of any of this. It just
doesn’t make sense. A few months ago I was blessed with a car!
Can you imagine that? A friend wanted to see me after church so
I went and saw him. After speaking to him briefly he handed me
car keys! I was wrecked for weeks with no words
to say. I tried talking to God after that but no words came. I was
shell shocked for lack of a better word. And now, I am going to
Australia! I have no words……
God is surely the God of the impossible. If He can do it for me,
He can do it for you. I totally believe that. There is nothing special
about me. I am just someone God blessed. I know this is
just the beginning. I would be foolish to think this was it!
There is more, so much more and I am not talking about
What are you trusting God for?
Don’t stop praying, don’t stop believing. God will answer
He has amazing things in store for you, friend. You may think
You don’t deserve His blessing but that’s just it, none of us
deserve anything from God. We have sinned and the only thing
we deserve is death but He gives us life instead!
My prayer is that you will look at my life and be encouraged.
I am not showing off. I am hoping you will see the faithfulness
of God through my testimony. He is the reason I am blessed.
I cannot give that credit to anyone else.
After everything that has happened I am encouraging you
to not shrink back, don’t give up on that thing you are
praying for. God hears your prayers.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Then Jesus turned to the captain and said,
“Go. What you believed could happen has happened.”
At that moment his servant became well.
Matthew 8:13 (MSG)
I read this scripture last night and thought to myself,
Is faith really that simple? Have I made it out to be
complicated, and mysterious?
I was challenged by the Roman centurion’s faith. It was
Jesus offered to go to his house but the centurion refused!!
If I was in his shoes my answer would be a big yes!
“Off course You can come to my house Jesus……”
But not the centurion! He had so much faith in Jesus that
he knew just a word from the Savior would heal his
servant!!! Can you imagine that? That was bold!
“What you believed could happen has happened. At that
moment his servant became well.”
As I meditated on that verse I looked at my own life.
What am I believing for in my life?
What do I believe can happen in my life?
You may have the same questions and let me tell you,
these are important questions.
The Roman centurion believed Jesus would heal his servant
and he received what he believed.
In my believing, in your believing, are you confident Jesus
will come through for you?
Do I believe I will get what I am believing for, do you?
Like I said, these are important questions and they must be
There are things I am trusting God for and after reading this
scripture I am challenged to hold on to what I believing for
no matter how “impossible” they seem.
God will not let me down. When I put my faith on the line
He will respond, it may take time at times, or He may respond in a
way I am not expecting which is almost always the case but
the fact is this, He will respond when I believe in Him, when
I trust in Him completely and He will most definitely respond
He is control friends. Don’t be afraid to believe in Him.
He responds when we put our trust in Him and that is a
fact! All glory to Him!