“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….
“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!
“And her [promised] husband, being a just and upright
man and not willing to expose her publicily and to shame
her, decided to repudiate and dismiss (divorce) her quietly
But as he was thinking this over, behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, descendant of
David, do not be afraid to take Mary [as] your wife, for
that which is conceived in her is of (from, out of) the Holy
Matthew 1:19, 20
I love this passage of scripture. It challenges me so much as
a man. Joseph could of easily exposed Mary. It would of
been okay but he didn’t. He could of made her pay but
instead he decided to put her away quietly, secretly!
He didn’t know she was
pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit and
yet he sought to protect her!! In my eyes, Joseph is
THE man! What he did inspires and encourages me.
I could go and on but that is not why I shared his story
It’s been quite a week I must say. There have been things that
have happened this week that have made me think about
singleness more than usual.
For the record, I am at peace in my singleness. I decided
some time ago I would wait, really wait! God spoke to me
about how important this season is and if you would like
to read what He showed me then please click here.
Like I said before, this week, actually this past month has
been hectic. It started with a couple I met at a church
social. In short, the husband didn’t understand why I was
still single and actually suggested I wanted to get married
at fifty!! He then proceeded to try and hook me up with
a girl, not a specific girl but any girl. (you should of seen
the look on my face…haha) I was shocked!
That incident rattled me I must admit. I doubted if
I was doing the right thing – waiting!
I doubted if I really heard from God.
Is my head in the clouds?
Does God really have someone for me?
Those are the kind of thoughts I was dealing with.
A lot of people I know have been either getting engaged,
dating, or married. So you can imagine, I was not in a good
It took a long time to get to a place of complete
trust in God for my wife. In the post I linked above I talked
about how I believed God was orchestrating my love story.
I was content with that. I was at peace that God was orchestrating
my love story. He was orchestrating the most amazing story not
because of anything I had done (not on the basis of never sleeping
with any girl or dating) but because He loved me. The reason He
would bless me with a wife was because He is good. All my
efforts to stay “pure” were rags in His eyes! They didn’t impress
Him and He was calling me to trust Him completely. He was
calling me to give Him this area of my life completely and I did.
It had been hard or so I thought, that was until the married
man I told you about said all those things.
After that I doubted everything God had promised me. As
friends were getting married and so on that doubt grew bigger
I even almost considered settling……
It was bad friends……yes, it WAS bad because God renewed
my faith this week. He showed me something in His word
that gave me hope again! I would like to share what He showed
I shared Joseph’s story because there is a truth I want you to
God was the integral part of Joseph and Mary’s union. On his own
Joseph would of left Mary but God intervened. He was involved,
He was directing his path……
There are many more examples in scripture where we see
God directing the affairs of men concerning who they were
Remember Isaac and Rebekah. God led Abraham’s servant
right to Rebekah who was the daughter of Bethuel who was
Abraham’s relative (He was either a brother or nephew. I
am not too sure)!!!!
(read Genesis 24)
But this is the point, God was directly involved. He was not
idly sitting by watching Abraham’s servant. He was directing
him in his every step!
When it comes to our lives, that is what
He is doing. He is not idly sitting with crossed fingers hoping
we make the right choices. He is orchestrating things in our
lives but we have to let Him have His way.
And that’s what I did. I renewed my decision to wait on Him.
Things will come and rock my faith but I will keep on trusting.
If you are waiting on God for the person He has for you
know that He can be trusted. He will not let you down.
People can talk, and let them. Your faith is in God and He
cares deeply for you.
It may seem like nothing is happening and time is going but
God WILL come through.
He is the One who is orchestrating your love story and
what a story He is orchestrating!
He can be trusted!
Blessings to you friends…..
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“And He brought him outside [his tent into the starlight] and
said, Look now toward the heavens and count the stars – if
you are able to number them. Then He said to him, so shall
your descendants be.
And he [Abram] believed in (trusted in, relied on, remained
steadfast to) the Lord, and He counted it to Him as righteouness
(right standing with God).
Genesis 15:5, 6
I love this scripture and I really love how God works. I love how God
is always trying to make us see more. Abram had left what he had
always known to follow the Lord. The Lord had told him to
pack up and leave to a place unknown. Did Abram know what
was waiting for him? I seriously doubt that.
Before God called him did he have a vision for his life? He probably
did but I don’t think it was as big as what God had planned.
And that is why God had to take him outside. He had to give him
another picture. It’s interesting to note how many times God kept on
telling Abram about his purpose…..He didn’t just tell him one time!
The picture Abram had would not help him walk
in God’s amazing promise. So God took him outside and showed
him something outrageously beautiful if there is such a thing!
God showed him something which was naturally impossible. It
was impossible, plain and simple. But that didn’t stop God.
As I read this I can see how God did this for me. I didn’t have the
right picture before I became a Christian. I had another picture,
a picture created by the abuse that went on in the house, a picture
carefully crafted by everyone who didn’t see God’s amazing plan.
They thought they were being nice, they thought they were
been realistic, some thought since they knew me better than
the majority they could tell me what my life would be like. But
it was all lies and I didn’t even know it. ………
“You are not going anywhere in life”
“You don’t have what it takes to make it in this world”
“You are so dumb”
“Look at where you grew up”
“Abused people don’t have a future”
“Don’t dream big”
On and on it went. But I was young and no one taught
me to say no to what was being said. I didn’t know better so
I agreed with everyone…..Every single negative word became
a part of me and every negative word formed the “picture”.
Then I became a Christian. I still had the messed up “picture”.
It dictated everything in my life. It dictated what I was to expect
in life, which wasn’t very much. It dictated what kind of friends
I should have. It dictated the kind of life I was to pursue!
But God intervened and showed me another picture. At first I
rejected it. Lies….It was all lies! Someone was trying to set me up
again. But God persisted and took me “outside and showed me
the stars and told me to count them if I could……..”
Over time I began to believe Him. It was crazy but how could I
Changing the “picture” was the most painful thing I had to ever
endure. It tooks years and years of pain and even tears. But
God in His grace persisted and kept on showing me “His”
picture and I am forever grateful. Am I there yet? Not by a long
shot but the picture has changed drastically and continues to….
Friends, God has a better “picture” for your life. He wants
to show you the most amazing things if you let Him. Ditch the
old picture that told you how much of a loser you were, that
told you how ugly you were, that told you how insignificant you
were, that told you you had no future, that made you aim as low
as possible just in case you failed…..!
God has a better picture for your life and He is inviting you
outside to look at the stars and count them if you can……
The old picture can be changed. The enemy has lied to you
and has done something crazy. He has made you believe that
the old picture is the truth!
He has made you believe that the old picture is the real you!
He is dead wrong friends!
God’s picture is stronger than any picture the enemy can
ever fabricate. That is what he has done. I looked up the
definition of fabricate and this is what I found:
Fabricate – invent something in order to deceive.
synonyms -forge, falsify, fake, counterfeit, make up and invent
My hope is that you will understand the ‘picture” can change.
Your truth can change. There is another picture, God’s
picture. There is no other picture that can compete to His
picture. All other pictures must bow down to His. He loves us
with everything within Him. He has only the best reserved
for us. Let’s stop listening to the lies of the enemy.
As I end I will leave you with a very simple but powerful
There is more…….
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I wait quietly before God,
for my victory comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be
Psalm 62:1, 2
There is no doubt that David was a mighty man of war.
He killed his tens of thousands. He also had a crazy army.
Men who killed giants, killed lions, took on a whole army
single handedly……! David and his army were feared in the land
but as we look at the scripture above, David doesn’t rely on
any of that. For the scripture to make sense let’s look at
So many enemies against one man –
all of them trying to kill me.
To them I’m just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.
They plan to topple me from my high
They delight in telling lies about me.
Psalm 62:3, 4
So get this, there are people who want to kill David.
And it isn’t just one man but many! They are telling lies
about him behind his back and they want to topple him.
He is in some very serious trouble. Life threatning stuff
but instead of using his strength and power to take on his
enemies, he waits quietly before God!
He waits silently before God!
The enemy is strong, very strong but instead of
fighting, he waits silently before God!
Was it easy for him to wait? I don’t think so.
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
Psalm 62:5, 6
Another translation says,
Patiently wait for God alone, my soul!
For He is the one who gives me confidence.
You can almost feel the battle he is fighting on
the inside. There is the one side that wants
to do something, to fight, but he silences that part.
The warrior sees more benefit in waiting silently
before God than resorting to his weapons and fighting!
His waiting reflects his incredible faith in God! It takes
a lot to wait instead of fight.
Can you picture it?
There is David, waiting quietly
before God even though there are men trying to kill
Lies are flying behind his back but he
waits silently before God!
The enemy has gathered together, planning his
dimise, strategizing how to take him down but
David quietly waits before the Lord!
His conviction is strong:
“my victory comes from God,
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.”
“My victory and honor come from God
He is my refuge, a rock where no
enemy can reach me. “
His conviction is our conviction and our truth!
We may be in a dark place, a hopeless place but we
need to wait quietly before God.
The victory is coming!
The enemy may have us surrounded, too strong for
us, but instead of fighting back in our own strength
we need to quietly wait before God.
He will deliver us from our strong enemy!
In the storm know that God is with you. He has
not abandoned you. Don’t lean on your own understanding
but lean entirely on Him!
Our victory comes from God and only God!
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“Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel,
Why have you come out to draw up for battle?
Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants
of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves and let
him come down to me. 1 Samuel 17:8
How could Goliath speak to the people of God
like that? These were the people of God for crying
out loud. Didn’t Goliath know who they were?
That is irrelevant because God’s people lost
sight of who they really were.
When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the
Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
1 Samuel 17:11
God loved His people, He had big dreams for His
The Philistine came out morning and evening,
presenting himself for forty days. 1 Samuel 17:16
….but for forty days Goliath came and defied the
armies of God! Why didn’t they just attack Israel?
We already know Israel was greatly afraid
when Goliath came out to taunt them.
They could of taken Israel out and in a way,
The enemy managed to instill fear in the heart
of the Israel. They didn’t stop after the first
week, instead, they taunted them for forty
The enemy knew exactly what they were doing.
They knew the power of fear. For forty days
Israel saw the giant. That’s all they saw.
Fear made them see the giant and everyday the
giant kept on getting bigger. The stories kept
getting grander. During the forty days, Israel
saw nothing else but the giant. They never
saw a chance of victory, they never saw hope,
all they saw was a giant……
Fear blinded them from seeing God!
The army of God never saw their God!
You need to know that the enemy’s strategy has
not changed. He still uses fear to paralyze you, he
still uses fear to stop you from seeing God.
He still uses fear to destroy any hope you may
have. If he had his way, he would keep you in fear
for the rest of your life.
But then David came!
He had a relationship of God that was so amazing.
He loved God and his heart was for God. David
had a relationship with God that was like no other.
When he went to visit his brothers he was the only
one who saw something wrong. He was the only one
who didn’t fear the giant!
God’s presence in your life will break the hold
Because David spent time with God he could easily
identify the fear and confront it head on.
Am I saying David never struggled with
fear ever? He battled with it indeed but as
he spent time with God he overcame it.
The enemy wants you in fear because he knows
that will get your focus off God.
But when you spend time with God, you will be
able to fight the fear. David didn’t rely on his
own strength. He trusted God as he approached
As I read this story I realized the enemy will
do anything to stop us from accomplishing our
destiny. He knew God had a plan for Israel
but he used fear to stop them!
He might be doing the same thing to you today
but I am here to say there is a way out.
You don’t have to listen to the fear.
Look to God, trust Him, spend time with
Him! He is the answer.
Don’t be afraid of the future. God has an
amazing plan for your life. He is personally
I saw that so clearly today. There are some things
happening in my life that have made me fear but
God doesn’t want me to focus on the fear. He wants
me to look to Him and realize He is in TOTAL
control. Fear distorts the truth……
At the end of the day I made a decision to trust
instead of fear.
What will your decision be….?
In the past two weeks I have been feeling inadequate, not enough, useless, for the purpose God has for me. A door of opportunity has opened up for me but instead of proudly walking through it I have had doubts and more doubts! I have second guessed my ability and come up with a conclusion:
I am not the right person for the job. I am unequipped and unqualified for this.
But as I had that thought I was reminded of Jesus and the disciples! Jesus had chosen them, entrusted them with the job of spreading the good news after He was gone! They would be His hands and feet, they were to be His voice! They had some VERY big shoes to fill….
These are the men Jesus called:
– They couldn’t stay up and pray with Jesus in His most trying time! Matthew 26:45
– They fled and abandoned Him when He needed them the most. Matthew 26:56
– Peter denied Him. Matthew 26:74, 75
– They struggled to understand what Jesus was saying a lot of the time! Matthew 15:16
– They couldn’t cast out a demon because they lacked faith. Mark 9: 17, 18, 19
– They fought among themselves. Luke 22:24
This is what Jesus had to work with. These men who had so many faults, these men who let Him down so much, these are the men who turned the world upside down for Jesus. They gave their all for Him! These were the men Jesus commissioned to spread the good news! Despite their flaws Jesus used them and He still does the same thing today!
God knows your faults, your weaknesses, your failings, but He has CHOSEN YOU!
Don’t think He has made a mistake because He hasn’t!
Whatever your weakenesses know that He wants to use you! Will you let Him use you??
Don’t believe the lie that God can’t use you because you are not perfect! We are far from perfect but God can still use us!
As you can see, my fears and anxieties were very irrational. After having those feelings I realised something, God wants me to trust Him every step of the way. He knew I wasn’t qualified but He wanted me to trust Him to guide me.
I have a sneaking feeling this won’t be the last time He calls me to something out of my depth! My purpose is way out of my depth not because He is mean but because He wants me to trust Him. If I can accomplish my purpose in my own strength how would God be glorified?
God’s calling is always bigger than you, it is always out of your depth! With all your faults and short comings He wants you to trust Him! He has an amazing plan for your life…..!
As believer’s we go through so much.
Trials, testing times, challenges, hard times, times of confusion, are all among some of the things we face.
Is this the kind of life God has sentenced us to??
Does He enjoy seeing us confused?
Does He laugh wickedly when we are bowed down in pain?
Does He look forward to seeing us helpless??
Psalm 118:15 says:
Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved?
Another translation says it like this:
From the tents of God’s people come shouts of victory: “The Lord is powerful! (Psalms 118:15 CEVDCUS06)
Yes there is pain, confusion, testing times, trials and so on but at the end of the day there will be rejoicing in the camp of the righteous!!!!
Did you hear me?
THERE WILL BE REJOICING IN THE CAMP OF THE RIGHTEOUS!!
The pain, the trials, the testing times WILL come to an end!
Victory is our portion!!
Breakthrough is our portion!!
The enemy will not have the last say in our lives. God will have the last say and because of that we will rejoice and shout! We will come out triumphant because God is on our side!!
Don’t listen to the negative voice that says:
There is no way out
You will never win
You will die
The winter is never going to end
You are going to lose
No one loves you
God has abandoned you
You will never get well…….!
It’s ALL lies!! Lies I tell you!
Let’s read that verse again:
From the tents of God’s people come shouts of victory: “The Lord is powerful! (Psalms 118:15 CEVDCUS06)
God will come through for you. He will not leave you! The enemy will fail, his scheme’s will fall in a heap! He will be defeated and you will shout, you will sing in triumph because of the great things God has done for you!!
But this is the thing, we should be be praising Him in the pain, in the midst of the trials! One way or the other shouts, and triumphant songs will be heard in the camp of the saved!!! We will shout in faith! We will sing those triumphant songs in faith because we know He is with us!!
No matter how bad it looks know it will change! Shouts of victory will ring out in your camp! You will not die but live and praise the Lord for all He has done for you! Amen