“Let it be known and understood by all of you, and by the whole house of Israel,
that in the name and through the power and authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
Whom you crucified, [but] Whom God raised from the dead, in Him and by means
of Him this man is standing here before you well and sound in body.”
“Whom you crucified, [but] Whom God raised from the dead”
Peter and John’s statement to the high priest and Sadducees spoke to me. The enemy’s
plan was to destroy Jesus and it seemed like he was able to carry out his plan when
Jesus was crucified but that’s not what happened. Just when the enemy thought he was victorious
God intervened and changed the narrative. Jesus was raised to life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The enemy who seemed to have won, lost and lost in a spectacular fashion.
Like I said earlier, this spoke to me because when it seems like the enemy has the upper hand
he really doesn’t. God has a plan for us and that plan is of victory.
It may seem like the game is over and the enemy has won but it’s not over and he hasn’t won,
not by a long shot.
It may appear hopeless but keep trusting God. He will turn your bleak situation around.
Joseph experienced this truth in such an amazing way. This is what the word says about him,
“And the patriarchs [Jacob’s sons], boiling with envy and hatred and anger, sold Joseph into
slavery in Egypt; but God was with him,
and delivered him from all his distressing afflictions and won him goodwill and favor and wisdom
and understanding in the sight of Pharoah, King of Eygpt, who made him governor over Egypt
and all his house.”
Acts 7:9, 10
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. His situation was hopeless indeed. There were no relatives
in Eygpt, everyone spoke in a foreign language, and he was a slave so that meant he was treated like an
animal. The game seemed like it was over. It seemed like the enemy had won.
But the Bible tells us that “God was with him.”
And because He was with him Joesph was delivered from all his distressing afflictions. What the enemy had
planned for him came to nothing. The Lord saved him and turned his situation around.
And that’s the God we serve. He is helping us in the most difficult of situations.
He will always reverse what the enemy is trying to do. What the enemy has planned will not come to pass
in our lives. This is not the time to give up. We need to keep trusting. God will save us even when it
seems like victory is nowhere in sight. He will save us when things are at their worst. We are not defeated.
So if you are in a place where you feel like there is no hope and no chance of things turning around know
that God will turn things around in your life.
He can be trusted.
Bless you, friends!
“And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh.
Everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.
No one thought that I would be able to have Abraham’s child.
But I have given Abraham a son while he is old.”
This spoke to me deeply. We live in a world saturated with darkness and in the darkness,
it’s hard to see God’s hand. It’s hard at times to see the good things He is doing for us.
Sarah was promised a child from God but she was barren and as the years went by she passed
the age of childbearing. It may have seemed like it was over but God was not done. He was going
to fulfill His promise to her. He fulfilled His promise to her!
He gave her a baby like He promised.
Where there was disappointment and hoplessness the Lord replaced it with laughter.
And that’s all we can do when He does good things for us. That’s all we can do when
He is faithful.
You may be in a dark place right now where nothing seems to be going right but know your
situation will turn around for the better. You will laugh again. The Lord will fulfill what He promised
you. It may seem like the dark times will never end but they will. You will have victory, and you will
have success. The Lord will not let you down.
What are you believing for currently? Don’t give up. Keep your hope alive.
A day is coming filled with laughter, your laughter!
Expect Him to move on your behalf.
Bless you, friends
“There, at the Temple Gate, was a man who had been crippled all his life. Every day he was carried to this gate
to beg. He would ask for money from people going into the Temple. The man saw Peter and John going
into the Temple and asked them for money.”
The man thought his problem was not having money but his problem was much deeper than that.
Peter and John knew what he really needed. I believe the Lord led them that way at that precise time.
He wanted to help the crippled man so He sent Peter and John.
Yeshua knows exactly what we need even if we don’t. That is why we trust Him with our lives.
We may not know how to articulate the things in our hearts but He can. Trust that He knows.
There is nothing about our lives that surprises Him. He knows it all.
The beggar asked for money but got what he really needed. The Lord knew what he really needed.
“Peter and John looked straight at him and said, “Look at us!” The man looked at them; he thought
they were going to give some money.
But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold, but I do have something else I can give you:
By the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth – stand up and walk!”
I am not saying don’t ask for money. What I am trying to show is that the Lord knows exactly what you need
so trust Him completely where your needs are concerned. Depend on His goodness to give you exactly what
you need, when you need it.
You may not know what you really need but He does, so stop panicking about your life.
Pray with that understanding, live with that understanding.
People may not know where you are at in your life right now, and they may not know the cry of your heart
but that’s okay because Yeshua does. He knows where you are exactly. He knows everything that’s in your
heart. He knows exactly what you need for the season you are in!
He loves you so much.
I don’t believe YAH wants us to ever settle in one place. We are on a journey and the destination
is heaven. But something does happen in this life that makes us lose our focus. It may be disappointment,
pain, really good times and the list goes on….
There are a variety of reasons we lose our focus and stop moving.
YAh showed me something the other day. A bus stop came to mind and he showed me how I had gotten
comfortable there because as you know,
you can never really set up camp at a bus stop. A bus stop is not really a destination in itself.
A bus stop accommodates people who are going somewhere and people who are coming from
somewhere but not an actual destination and that’s the place I got comfortable at. I can’t explain it
but I just thought that was the destination but I was so wrong. The settling was so subtle……if it wasn’t
for the Lord I would never have snapped out of it.
I got comfortable. I confused the place I am at as the destination when all it is, is a
bus stop. You cannot have a life at a but stop. It was never intended for that.
A bus stop helps you get to where you are really going and on this journey we are on there will be many
“bus stops”. But don’t mistake them for destinations because they are not.
So the goal is to always keep moving in YAH.
There is so much more journeying to be done. Don’t lose focus of where you are going.
Don’t get so comfortable at the bus stop that you think it’s the destination.
Something like that happened in the word. Let’s take a look at it,
“That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole
city was gathered together at the door.”
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place,
and there He prayed.
And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him and they found Him and said to Him, “everyone
is looking for you.”
And He said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”
The disciples got it wrong. They thought they had arrived at their destination. Yeshua could have set up camp
there but He didn’t. He knew what He was called to do and because He knew, He also knew He hadn’t arrived
at His destination.
We can learn something from that story. We need to keep moving in what YAH has called us to do. You don’t
have to see the whole picture to move, you only need to move when He says move.
I don’t want to set up camp at the bus stop. The next bus is rolling in to take me to my destination but
there are many “bus stops” along the way. I need to constantly be aware of where I am and understand
the Lord is directing and guiding me.
What about you? Have you gotten comfortable at the “bus stop”?
Do you have an idea of Yeshua’s plan for your life?
Bless you friends
“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….
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together
for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
All things work together for good to those who love God.
I love this!
As I look at all the bad things that have happened in my life to this point
it’s comforting to know that the Lord is working all those things together for my good.
The good and the bad all being worked together for my good!
What an amazing thought!
Life may be hard at the moment but take heart friend, He is working all things
together for your good.
You may have had a difficult past that you think you can’t recover from but be encouraged, the Lord is working your situation together for good.
Things may seem dim, bleak and hopeless right now but it will get brighter.
There will be a turn around I assure you. The darkness will turn to light. the closed
door will open, the defeat will be overcome by victories.
Hold on to this word because it is also prophetic. ALL THINGS are being worked
together for your good even if it doesn’t seem like it. No matter how hard the enemy
tries to derail your life the word says YAH is working ALL THINGS together for your good!
Will you take Him at His word? Will you believe Him?
His word is true and cannot be challenged. As you look at your life rest in the knowledge that the
Lord is at work in your life. You are not alone. His hand is on you.
He is so good! He is faithful and He can be trusted. Put all of your hope in Him.
Bless you friends….
“And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir,
but one who will come from your body shall be your heir.”
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.”
And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
Genesis 15: 4-6
Happy New Year friends!! I hope you have had a blessed holiday. I am really excited for all YAH has
in store in the new year.
Without further delay let’s jump into the word today.
For a long time I have believed that YAH has an incredible plan for my life. I am not about to settle for
where I am in this season of my life.
And you shouldn’t settle too. Trust Him with your life and watch Him do wonders with it.
“YAH has a great plan for your life”
I have heard those words many times and I am guessing you have too but my question to you is, have
you fully grasped their meaning? I thought I had an idea but I was wrong.
Let’s take a look at Abraham,
YAH took him outside and told him to count the stars if he was able to.
“So shall your descendants be” YAH told him.
But did Abraham understand what that meant? Did he fully grasp what YAH was telling him?
What blows my mind is the fact that YAH spoke to Abraham about having descendants as countless as the
stars but at that time Abraham and Sarah couldn’t have children! (Genesis 11:30)
How crazy was that? It would have made sense for YAH to speak to a couple who could bear children, but no,
instead He spoke to a couple that COULDN’T have children!
He is the God who does the impossible! Why do you think He did that? He wanted to show how powerful
You may look at your life and think He can’t do the impossible but that’s just not true.
Something else that blows my mind about Abraham is that even though he and Sarah finally had a child they
would never be able to have descendants as countless as the stars without YAH’s help. I don’t even think they
knew what the Lord meant by that. They probably had an idea that YAH’s promise would transcended
their lives but I am not sure if they knew to what extent.
We are still benefiting from the promise YAH made to Abraham all that time ago!!!
There is was nothing Abraham could do in his strength to make sure he would have descendants as countless
as the stars, absolutely nothing!
Trusting YAH was the only way to ensure the promise would come to pass.
Every aspect of YAH’s plan for Abraham needed Him. Without YAH the plan would not work.
But there is something very crucial we need to understand about this whole thing, even though Abraham may
not have understood the full extent of what YAH was telling him the word tells us;
“And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
Abraham didn’t need to have the whole picture; all he needed was to believe the Lord.
You may think nothing can happen for you but things can and will happen. You need to believe in the
Lord like Abraham did.
We cannot stop believing in the Lord. He has a plan for our lives and even though we may not see
the full picture we must believe!
He has a purpose for your life and He wants to show you what it is. If you have no clue
then pray, ask Him to reveal it to you. He is not trying to hide it from you.
And if you do know the plan know that it’s not the entire picture. There is so much more, more than
you could ever imagine or make up. Trust Him to direct you step by step.
“Then He brought him outside and said, Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to
As I close remember it’s your faith that is the key. It’s not your strength or willpower but your faith
in the Lord. How much do you trust Him? He will bring everything He has planned for to pass.
Every promise He has given you, He will fulfill……
“And the Lord visited Sarah as He said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.”
Bless you friends.