The Lord gave him a picture…..


“Then God led Abram outside. God said, “Look at the sky. There are so many stars
you cannot count them. And your descendants will be too many to count.”
Abram believed the Lord. And the Lord accepted Abram’s faith and that faith made
him right with God.
  
Genesis 15:5, 6
The Lord led Abram outside and gave him a picture of his life and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
But as I look back at my life I see how I allowed people to give me a picture. The enemy was in the mix
as well and did everything in his power to enforce the picture he had given me
because I didn’t know better. It took years to break the negative picture I had been
given and thanks to God the healing is still ongoing.
The Lord has a picture for you too. The picture is amazing and glorious but there is so much opposition
from the enemy. he doesn’t want you to walk in the plan God has for your life because that’s what the picture
is about. It’s about where God wants to take you. It’s about what He has in store for you.
But the enemy uses fear, abuse, manipulation and a whole lot of other things to blind you to God’s picture.
Don’t accept the enemy’s pictures. They are all lies.
his pictures get you depressed, fearful, anxious, greedy, and weak.
his pictures are all void of goodness, peace, love, fulfillment, faith, joy and every other good thing
God is.
Reject them at every turn. But you need help. You need the Lord’s help.
The good news is this, the picture you have now can be changed. That’s what happened to me.
My picture was really bad but the Lord came and changed it. He replaced the dark, hopeless,
fearful picture and replaced it with His life-giving, fresh, new, energizing picture!
And that’s what He does for us as His children.
As I end I will leave you with a scripture that sums up what I have been talking about,
“Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, 
which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).”
Jeremiah 33:3
Blessings to you, friends
Rolain
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Written in a book.


“My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and 

curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region

of darkness and mystery].

Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever

they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.” 

Psalm 139:15, 16

 

“and in Your book all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there

was none of them.”

 

I love this!!  Your life is not random. The events that happen are not accidental. The Lord took care

when He made you. There was thought, there was effort, there was intent.

When your life gets crazy and you have no idea what is happening know that YAH knows everything

about your life. There is nothing that happens in your life that catches Him by surprise, nothing!

He is in control of everything. All your days have been written in His book.

 

I am so encouraged to know all the days of my life have been written by Him. Even when I can’t

make sense of what’s happening the Lord knows and that makes the difference.

When I am overwhelmed or discouraged about the way things are going the Lord knows.

When I seem to be at a dead end, there is actually more journeying to be done.

The Author of my story loves me and is good so I don’t need to panic or fret.

He has the best in mind for me.

 

Turn to Him in your confusion. Call out to Him when things don’t go according to plan.

He wrote all your days in His book. Not some but all!

So the darkness you in now will change. The problems you have will be solved. The questions, the

concerns and the pain will be fixed and answered. The Lord is not done with you yet.

His plan for your life is amazing so trust Him with it…..

Blessings to you friends…..

 

Rolain

 

 

 

….the men told them things that made them afraid!


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“I was 40 years old then. When I came back, I told Moses what I thought about the land. 

The other men who went with me told the people things that made them afraid. But 

I believed the Lord would allow us to take the land.” 

Joshua 14:7, 8

 

This was Caleb speaking to Joshua and he was talking about what happened when the 12 spies

got back from spying out the land of Canaan. That was the land YAH had promised his people.

But instead of going to possess it like the Lord promised 10 of the spies managed to strike fear

into the heart of the nation which stopped them dead in their tracks.

I want to zone in on a specific part of the verse I just shared;

 

“The other men who went with me told the people things that made them afraid.” 

 

We have to be careful what we are hearing from others. There is so much stuff happening around

us that can make us afraid which in turn paralyzes us and makes us inoperable.

This is not a casual call I am making but a desperate one.

As much as we can, we need to beware of what we allow ourselves to hear.

 

Israel failed to enter YAH’s promise land because of 10 men who told them things that made them

afraid.  This is serious.

 

Our country is about to have elections and there are a lot of people saying things that have the potential

to make me afraid but I have made a choice to block out those negative conversations. I have to do that

if I want to hold on to YAH’s promises concerning the nation. I know YAH has an amazing plan for my nation

but listening to all the negative things people have to say about what’s happening or going to happen will

not help me declare and hold on to what I need to hold on to.

 

You cannot operate in faith and fear at the same time. It’s either you believe or you fear. It’s that simple.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for news and trying to keep up to date with a situation, or things

happening around you but it gets tricky when those things perpetuate fear and dread instead of

faith and hope. You decide.

 

Joshua and Gideon refused to believe what the 10 men said. They were fully confident that YAH could

deliver them.

On the flip side, are you the one telling people things that make them afraid? It’s so easy to talk about the

bad things. Let’s change what comes out of our mouths.

When you do talk about a problem make sure you have a scripture, or word of encouragement that speaks

directly to the problem. Don’t leave the room or person on a negative.

 

“The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a well of life, but the mouth of the 

wicked conceals violence.” 

Proverbs 10:11

 

If you have heard or read things that have made you afraid then bring them to YAH.

Ask Him to replace that fear with faith and peace and hope.

One of my friends had destructive words spoken to him that were directly targeted to what YAH

had called him to.

Those words hit him hard, harder than he could ever imagine. He is still dealing with the effects

of it today.

Negative words are destructive.

Let’s learn to speak life and healing. That brings glory to YAH.

With that I am out…..

 

Blessings to you friends….

 

Rolain

 

 

 

Turning potential into something tangible and real.


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Everyone is born with potential. There is not a single person born without it.

How many times have you been told you have potential? I can’t count the amount of times

I have been told so.

But I was thinking about something that can nullify the incredible potential we all have, and that

thing is our beliefs.

 

Beliefs are stronger than potential

 

A person with the most incredible potential to be a soccer star will crash and burn if he doesn’t believe he can

be a soccer star. If he believes in his heart he cannot be a great soccer player then that’s that.

There is nothing that is going to change the end result. Only by Yeshua”s grace can the result be changed.

 

We need to look at the beliefs we have today. They really are powerful. Let’s not treat them lightly.

Potential cannot turn into anything substantial and tangible if the belief is wrong.

This spoke to me deeply.

It is absolutely vital to scrutinize the beliefs we hold about our lives. The Lord has an amazing

purpose for our lives, filled with much potential, and much promise but holding the wrong beliefs

is one of the things that can stop us dead in our tracks.

We need the Lord’s help in this area. He can show us where we are holding the wrong beliefs.

Look at Yeshua’s promises for you. Are the beliefs that you have helping you achieve them or

hindering you?

 

He wants you to reach your full potential friends. He wants to help you overcome

outdated beliefs. Moses and Gideon are really good examples of this. They had some warped

beliefs about themselves but in His patience and grace Yeshua changed the negative beliefs they

had. Before they could move forward the limiting beliefs they held on to had to be addressed. Those

beliefs had to go. It’s the same for us. Old beliefs that are limiting us need to go, beliefs that are hindering

progress need to go. It’s not an easy task by any means. We need the Lord to help us. He is the One

who can help get over outdated beliefs. He is the One that can help us get new ones….

Blessings to you friends…..

 

Rolain

 

The life He wants us to have……


THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy,”

John 10:10

 

This is a very known passage of scripture, a scripture that gives us insight into who the enemy is and

what drives him. The plan is very clear and we know what he is about.

But how many of us know the last part of that scripture which talks about another plan, Yeshua’s plan

for us. Let’s take a look at it,

 

“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)”

 

I love this! He wants us to enjoy life and have it to the full. Despite what our circumstances say, the Lord

wants us to have abundance, He wants us to enjoy life!

Are you experiencing these things?

If I am honest with myself I don’t look for those things enough. I don’t demand them enough!

 

That doesn’t mean a life without trials and challenges.

Those things will come but there will also be victory, there will be peace, there will be

freedom, there will be reconciliation, there will be forgiveness a whole host of other things.

His plan for us is good and only good.

 

And the thing we need to realize about this is that the Lord’s plan is stronger than the enemy’s plan.

Yes his plan is all bad but he doesn’t have the final say. The Lord has the final say and He says, He has 

come so we may have life and enjoy life and have it in abundance!! 

The enemy would like us to believe his plan is our reality but he is a liar. The stuff he stole will be restored,

and his weapons will not accomplish what they were designed for. They are powerless against us because

the Lord is our Shield and Protector.

Yeshua has the final say over what our lives will be, not the enemy.

Have a great weekend friends…..

 

Rolain

Expect Him to move in your life today……..Part 2


I wasn’t planning to do this but after I wrote the first part I realized

I had to go deeper. I want to break this topic down and talk about

the process, how do we

“Expect YAH to move in our lives today?”

I am going to introduce three things that could help you.

 

  1. Bring your past to Him

You may have had a difficult past but you can let go. You don’t

have to let it dictate what your future will be like.

Bring your past to the Lord. He doesn’t want you holding on to

it any longer. Your future is brighter and full of hope.

I used to hold on to the past so tight that it became a part of me.

I used to wear it like a badge everywhere I went. And even though

what happened to me was serious, YAH wanted me to release it

to Him so He could show me a future He had planned for me.

Friends, don’t let your past ruin what YAH has for you now…

 

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not 

perceive it.” 

Isaiah 43:18

 

2. Change the words you are speaking

 

“And behold, a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for

twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His

garment; 

for she kept saying to herself, if I only touch His garment,  I shall

be restored to health. ” 

Matthew 9:20, 21

 

The woman kept speaking what she was believing for. There is

power in the words we speak. What comes out of your mouth

has an impact on your life. Speak life, speak what you believing

for and don’t fall into the trap of speaking negatively.

 

“A good man eats good from the fruit of his mouth, but the desire of

the treacherous is for violence. 

He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide

his lips comes to ruin.” 

Proverbs 13:2, 3

 

3. Spend more time with YAH 

I put this as the last thing because I find it so hard. I am constantly

fighting distractions left, right and center. And the crazy thing is, I

created most of the distractions!! That’s so messed up!

We need to spend more time in His word, more time speaking to

Him and listening to Him.

 

 

I will leave you with those three things to ponder on.

I hope those points will help you on your journey.

The Lord wants to move in your life for sure. Be expectant.

Bless you friends…..

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

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

 

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