There is another level…….


“Arise [from depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you – rise to a

new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory

of the Lord has risen upon you”

Isaiah 60:1

 

There is another level to move up to in the new year.

This is what has been on my mind in the past few weeks. The level I have been on has been great

for the things I have done so far but that needs to change.

This isn’t about new year resolutions. This is about my life and your life.

Consider this, there is another level, a higher level to operate from than the one you are now.

In your relationship with God, there is another level you can go to. You can go deeper in your

relationship with Him.

There is a new level of revelation, a new level of sensitivity to His voice, a new level of hunger for

His word, a new level of prayer you can go to…..

In your career, there is another level you can go to, in your personal life, there is a new level of

growth you can go to.

I could go on and on but I think you get the picture.

We need to understand God has more in store for us, so we don’t stop dreaming, so we don’t

stop aspiring. No matter your age, it’s not time to slow down. It is time to pick it up, it’s time to

advance, it’s time to pursue, it’s time to engage because there is more, there is another level for us.

Our light is growing brighter and brighter.

 

“But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn,

that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in]

the perfect day [to be prepared].

Proverbs 4:18

 

So what about doubts, limitations, hesitations, fears and a host of other things that are holding us

back from going to the new level? They are not going to just sit back and let that happen without a fight.

I can’t ignore the fact that it’s because of those things I am still on this level. I have been too weak

to advance on my own. I failed countless times. So why would this be different?

Aren’t I doomed already? Aren’t we all doomed to fail?

 

That would be true if we were trying to do this in our own strength. YAH is with us and no matter the

amount of times we have fallen and failed He has picked us up and will continue to.

We can’t give up, we can’t lose hope!

YAH will take us to the new level if we truly look to Him.

Even though we haven fallen we still have hope! The things that have held us back will not be able to

hold us back for ever. YAH will win for us because He has already won the war.

Trust Him, cry out to Him for your life.

You don’t have to remain in the same place. It’s time to arise……..

 

“Arise [from depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you – rise to a

new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory

of the Lord has risen upon you”

Isaiah 60:1

 

Blessings to you friends!

 

Rolain

 

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There is a “truth” that limits and disarms us…..


I read something very interesting a few days ago on one of the writer’s platforms I am

on. The writer was talking about how hard (impossible) it is for African writer’s to be

authors! He talked about the odds an African writer has to be a success.

But this guy had done his homework. He wasn’t just winging the article. It wasn’t

some random post he did on the spur of the moment. It wasn’t a mash up of thoughts from someone

who didn’t know what he was talking about. On the contrary, It was a well researched article. He had

the stats to prove his point, results from surveys and so on. It was a really well written,

accurate post.

Even though the the facts were there, even though I could see the graphs and the results of

surveys done I didn’t believe it. Even though it was a well written article the truth he was

talking about was “his truth.”

It’s a truth the author experienced in his own journey but it doesn’t have to be my truth!

 

 

I won’t except his truth. If I do, then as a writer I am doomed. I would better just stop now or

minimize the dream to a size that fits that truth! (That’s not going to happen)

We need to be very careful about the truth we are hearing on a daily basis. There is only one

truth and that is the Word of God. All other “truth”can and should be challenged and examined.

The other problem is this, just because someone is an “expert”in a certain area we easily accept

what he or she has to say. Again, we need to be very careful about the “experts” we allow to speak

into our lives.

I am not advocating you not listen to anyone but to simply be careful about the truths you accept.

Make sure the people you listen to have your back. Make sure they are passionate about you fulfilling

God’s call on your life. Make sure they are not intimidated by you.

 

So as I conclude I want you to think about something;

 

What “truth”are you living by today?

Is the “truth”you living by the real truth?

Is the “truth” you living by limiting you? Do you have to adjust your dreams because

of the “truth”you are living by?

 

Remember that the only truth that is beyond contention is the Word of God.

That is the truth we are to live by and accept wholeheartedly.

All other truth no matter how water tight it seems can be contested and challenged.

Analyze the truth you live by today and hold it up to the unchanging word of God.

Does it line up to the word or does it contradict it?

If it contradicts the word of God you probably shouldn’t be living by it…..discard it!

If it lines up, you are on the right track!

 

Bless you friends

 

Rolain

 

The way is narrower than you think.


THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

“Strive to enter by the narrow door [force yourselves through it], for many,

I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.”

Luke 13:24

 

I love the picture this verse paints.

Many people think that once they get born again there is no more

work to be done. But that’s not true.

We need to constantly be aware of how we are living out our faith.

 

It’s no secret what the enemy’s agenda is, seek, kill and destroy.

We need to constantly take stock of where we are.

What are our thoughts like? Are they in line with the word of God?

Are our spirits healthy or are they starving?

Is our relationship with God getting more and more intimate or

are so lost that we can’t see or hear Him anymore??

Is He the One we put our entire faith in or are we still doing things

in our own strength??

 

The word today is a simple one,

 

There is work to be done.

The life of a believer is not one lived on auto pilot.

In humbleness of heart we need to constantly come to Yeshua crying out

for His help, pleading with Him to renew us day in and day out.

Without Him we will fail over and over again.

 

Without Him we won’t finish the race that is set before us.

That’s something we need to understand through and through!

 

” Strive to enter by the narrow door [force yourselves through it]”

 

*I just want to make it clear that I am not advocating we work our way to heaven.

Yeshua paid for our sins and there is nothing we can do to assure ourselves of

heaven. He did it all. It is done!*

 

Rolain

 

He helps us to bear fruit.


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“And He told them this parable:

A certain man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he came

looking for fruit on it, but did not find [any].

 

So he said to the vinedresser, see here!

For these three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree

and I find none. Cut it down! Why should it continue also to use

up the ground [to deplete the soil, intercept the sun, and take up

room]?

 

But he replied to him, leave it alone, sir [just] this one more year,

till I dig around it and put manure [on the soil].

 

Then perhaps it will bear fruit after this; but if not,

you can cut it down and out.”

Luke 13:6-9

 

As I read this parable I thought about my life. Am I consistently bearing fruit?

I want to always bear fruit. I don’t want to be stagnant and unproductive.

 

What about you?

Are you consistently bearing fruit or is there nothing to show?

Are you stagnant?

 

We have another chance at this friends. Yeshua will not leave us as we are.

He is the Vinedresser after all!

He is working in our lives helping us to bear fruit.

If you desire to bear fruit in every season then let Him in and do His work.

His desire is that we bear fruit in every season!

Bless you!

 

Rolain

 

On paper……


On paper I am not supposed to be where I am today. It doesn’t

make sense.

On paper, it tells of a totally different life than the one I am living now.

I am not supposed to be here.

But here I am and it wasn’t any of my doing!

 

So today I was thinking about all the bills that have to be paid,

and all the places I am yet to travel to, and all the other things that

require money and once again, on paper I won’t be able to do all

that I want to do. My salary is not going to make all that happen.

 

So on paper my life is comprised of paying bills and keeping my head

above water! But as look back at the good things that have happened to me

I see how my salary has never been enough. In fact, my salary had very

little say in the things that have happened to me and for me!

It was YAH all along! Everything good that has happened to me and I mean

everything is because of YAH’s grace and mercy on my life.

It all happened because He is good and because He loves me!

 

So it may seem like it’s bad on paper right now but that is not a true

reflection of my life. I serve a God who is great and mighty!

Let me share a few scriptures with you,

 

“Then came the word of the Lord to Jeremiah, saying,

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh;

is there anything too hard for Me?”

Jeremiah 32:26, 27

 

“Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance,

and the ends of the earth for your possession.”

Psalm 2:8

 

“Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count

the stars if you are able to number them.”And He said to him, “So shall your descendants

be.”

Genesis 15:5

 

“Jesus replied, “truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt,

not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say

to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea, and it will be done.”

Matthew 21:21

 

The point is this, let’s trust YAH for the desires He has put in our hearts.

Let’s call to Him to help us with every problem in our lives.

Don’t let your salary determine what you can or can’t do.

Don’t let it determine what you can or can’t have.

The God of the universe has so much in store for you so don’t

let what’s on paper make you down size your dream.

Everything YAH has in store for you far exceeds the figure on your

payslip. Look to Him instead. He will open doors your salary can’t.

 

What’s on paper is not a true reflection of the amazing things YAH has

in store for you. Don’t settle for a life the paper creates.

What’s on the paper is so limiting. It closes the door to ALL that

YAH has for us.

 

As I close know there is more in store for you.

But to experience the more you need to trust YAH.

Don’t go by what’s on paper…….

 

Bless you friends!

 

Rolain

Build right!


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!”

Acts 5:37-39

 

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.”

Psalm 126:1

 

Rolain

When I am at my weakest…..


“He delivered me from my strong enemy,

From those who hated me;

For they were too strong for me;

They confronted me in the day of

my calamity,

but the Lord was my support.”

2 Samuel 22:18-20

 

I love this chapter. King David sang this song

when God delivered him from all his enemies,

and Saul.

God is a God of war and our enemies don’t stand

a chance against Him!

No matter how strong your enemy is the Lord will

deliver you!

 

“They confronted me in the day of my calamity but

the Lord was my support”

 

Of all the times to attack, the enemy chose to attack him

in the day of his calamity! Simply said, the enemy chose

to attack him when he was at his worst and weakest!

That wasn’t good news for David.

At his worst and weakest he was vulnerable.

He didn’t stand a chance!

 

 

The enemies tactics haven’t changed. He still tries to attack you

when you are at your weakest.

Why do you think it’s so easy to think negatively

when you are discouraged and crushed??

Some of the reason is because we are flesh and we

have a natural proclivity to be negative but the other

part of that is because we have an enemy

who doesn’t want us to accomplish all that God has for us!

As I look at the times I was discouraged and

down I remember how easy it was to think negatively.

But the truth of the matter is a bad day is simply a bad

day. It’s not a reflection on what the rest of your life will be.

It’s not a forthcoming attraction of what you are to expect in your

life!

 

 

“They confronted me in the day of my calamity,

but the Lord was my support”

 

The Lord is my support at my weakest.

That is why the enemy will not win.

I may be at my weakest and I may be having the worst day

but the Lord is my support!

I don’t have to fear because God is by my side.

 

When you are at your weakest turn to God.

He will deliver you from your strong enemies.

The enemy will not cut you down. He will not be

victorious over you!!

 

Believing God when life is hard.


 

“[What, 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 the Lord. “

Psalms 27:13, 14

 

It’s so easy to expect good things when everything is going well

for you. It’s actually hard to be negative when doors in your

life are opened and everyone loves you but what happens when

things go wrong??

What if nothing is working in your life?

What if everyone hates you?

What if things are falling apart?

It’s in those times, when expecting goodness isn’t so easy.

 

I have had a couple of rough weeks and to be honest it’s been

hard to expect the Lord’s goodness. Things have not been going

the way I wanted them to. . I have been public enemy number

one at times. In those circumstances it’s been hard to be

positive.

In my sad state it was easy to start thinking negatively.

It was so easy to tear myself down.

But that was not where God wanted me to stay.

He wanted me to focus on His goodness.

 

The enemy wants us depressed. He wants us to feel hopeless.

He wants us to believe nothing good will happen in our lives.

He wants us to believe God doesn’t care about us.

He wants us to experience God’s goodness period!

But the Lord wants us believe we will see His goodness in the

land of the living!

What are you believing today?

Do you believe you are finished?

Do you believe nothing good will happen for you?

Do you believe your circumstances won’t change?

 

The word for us today is to wait, hope for and expect the Lord!

It’s not easy to do those things but we have to be brave and

courageous!

We must expect the Lord’s goodness!

 

The author writes,

“what, what would have become of me had I not believed that

I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living?”

 

We can’t let the bad circumstances steal our hope?

We can’t allow the fear in the world to shape our expectations.

We can’t let the bad things that happen to us in life take God

out of the picture.

No matter how bad things are God wants us to believe we

will see his goodness!

He wants us to believe things will get better.

He wants us to believe that bad situation will turn around.

My encouragement to you is to expect the Lord’s goodness

in the land of the living!

Wait, hope for and expect the Lord!

He wants us to expect His goodness because He will

turn the bad to good. He will turn that bad situation into

good. He will not let that

winter last forever. He will answer our prayers.

He will give us that breakthrough we are trusting Him

for.

What will you do today???

 

Bless you friends!

 

Rolain

Puzzles and life…..


For some of you that may not know, I work at my church’s

children’s ministry. I really love it there. It’s more than a job

to me. This is part of what I was created to do – working with

children.

So today I had to sort out a few puzzles in preparation for Sunday.

To be honest, I was a bit worried about the puzzles.

Let me just say it’s being a “while” since I played with

traditional puzzles.

I was worried I had forgotten to assemble a puzzle.

I would never hear the end of the story if I failed to assemble

the puzzles…haha

Start I did and rocky it was. Panic started to set in!

Before I got carried away I spotted the pictures on the side of the

box.

What a difference it made. Because of the pictures I

assembled all the pictures at once.

 

It was at that moment I realized how powerful a picture is!

 

Have you got a picture of where you want to go in life?

Are you holding up a picture of what you want your life to be

or are you on auto pilot at the moment, an anything goes attitude?

A picture makes all the difference!

 

And we are very fortunate because the Lord has pictures for us.

He has a plan and purpose for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11)

When you have a picture for your life you will not be easily

side tracked. You have purpose and are focused when you have

a picture.

 

And make sure the picture you have is one God gave you and

not what people have given you. People’s plans for you will always

fall short of what God has in store for you.

 

As I close I want to challenge you to seek the Lord for the

picture. He has amazing plans for your life so don’t go

through life without a picture in front of you.

 

Rolain

 

 

In her rejection she met Jesus…….


rejected

 

What a week and weekend it’s been. My church’s annual Prayer

Conference has just ended and what a conference it was!

The word I heard was rich and truly life changing. With that said

I want to share one of the messages that resonated within me.

There were a few that stood out so I thought this was where I

should start from.

The speaker was a Hebrew scholar and he shared a story we all

know. He spoke about the woman Jesus met at the well, a story

we are all acquainted with I hope! (John 4)

The speaker cleared up some misconceptions about the Samaritan

women we have been taught.

After he spoke I went online to find out if what he said was true and

it was.

 

This post is inspired by the message I heard.

When I verified a lot of what he said I knew I had to write what he

revealed to us.

As I start I want to go over a few things we have been told about

the Samaritan woman at the well.

 

  • She was an immoral woman as she was married five times and the man she was currently living with was not her husband!

 

“At this Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband and come

back here.

 The woman answered, I have no husband. Jesus said to her,

you have spoken truly in saying, I have no husband.

For you have had five husbands, and the man you are now

living with is not your husband.

In this you have spoken truly. “

John 4:16 – 18

 

  • In Jesus time women would go to the well towards the evening but the Samaritan woman went to draw water at noon.     (John 4:6)

She was trying to avoid the other women and that seems to confirm

the story that she was immoral.

 

Now that I have stated the popular assumptions let’s get into

the truth.

 

Let’s start with the statement about the Samaritan woman being

immoral.

 

  • In Jesus time women could not divorce their husbands! Yes you heard that right, they “could not” divorce their husbands.

The men were the only ones who could divorce their wives. There

is a lot of information on the internet backing that up if you have

time to search for it.

Read this!

 

  • The penalty for adultery and so on in Jesus time was death so there was no way the Samaritan woman would be allowed to live if she really slept with five different men                       (read Leviticus 20:10)

 

The only way the Samaritan woman could have been married

five times was if she was divorced all those previous times!!!

 

When the speaker shared this, my heart broke for her.

This story was a story of rejection. The Samaritan woman had

been divorced five times.

She had been rejected five times.

 

If she wasn’t an adulterer why did she avoid the women by going

to draw water at the well at noon?

 

The speaker suggested she might have been barren which was

probably why she was avoiding the women and why she was

divorced so many times.

There was a chance she was ridiculed because of that. The word

doesn’t talk about the women being barren so I suggest you do your

own investigations to verify that.

 

So here we have a Samaritan women who had been divorced five

times and had been rejected by the women in the

community. She may have been barren which means she could

of felt rejected by God.

When she met Jesus, He knew her rejection. But instead of rejecting

her He spoke to her.

He didn’t reject her but spoke to her! He accepted her even though

she was a Samaritan.

 

“The Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that You, being

a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and] a woman, for a drink?- For

the Jews have nothing to do with the Samaritans-“

John 4:9

 

 

I love this story because the Samaritan woman experienced

rejection but Jesus welcomed her. He didn’t reject her!

He wanted to save her and did just that.

 

We can take comfort in knowing He won’t reject us!

Man will reject us but not Jesus!

He loves us so much!

 

As I read the story of the Samaritan woman I can identify with her

rejection.

My life was ridded with rejection from friends, family and people I

looked up to.

That rejection damaged me growing up.

It was only by Yeshua’s grace that I was set free of rejection.

 

You might be feeling rejected today but know that Jesus loves

you and accepts you!

He has not rejected you!

Man WILL reject you but not Jesus. He loves you and wants to take

away the rejection you are living with.

Like the Samaritan woman Jesus loves you!

Be encouraged friends!

 

The true life story of the Samaritan woman is one of my favorite

stories now!!!  🙂

 

Bless you friends!

 

Rolain

 

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