Why my understanding of God’s greatness is compromised…..


“Then Elisha said, “hear the word of the Lord. Thus says

the Lord: Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour

shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a

shekel, at the gate of Samaria.

So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered

the man of God and said, “Look, if the Lord would make

windows in heaven, could this thing be?

And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but

you shall not eat of it.”

2 Kings 7:1, 2

 

Elisha spoke these words when Samaria was under seige by

Benhadad of Syria. There was no sign of rescue on the

horizon. They were trapped. But the man of God had a

word from the Lord. In the most impossible of

circumstances the Lord told them they would be set free!

 

We know God is the God who does big things but do we know

what that looks like in our lives?

It’s okay if we don’t see how that unravels in our lives. For too

long we have tried to envision what big looks like but it’s

impossible. We have calculated and made assumptions but we

have come up short.

 

Like Isaiah rightly states,

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways

My ways, says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways

higher than your ways,

and My thoughts than your thoughts. “

Isaiah 55: 8, 9

 

I have come to an understanding that I will never comprehend

what “big” and “great” really are but it’s okay. God has called

me to trust Him. I must understand we are not on the same

playing field. The things He does are so much greater than I

can ever imagine but that is why He is God!

That is why I worship Him and praise Him.

 

My goal in this post is to make you understand that

you will never get to a place where you understand what

“big” or “great things” mean. We hinder our progress when

we try to quantify what “big” is. We try and reason it out

in our minds which is a mistake. God is big and that’s that!

 

Let me explain where all this came from. I am trusting

God to go to Israel this year but things haven’t really

worked out for me financially. My back is against the

wall so to speak. I tried thinking about how I would

raise the money I needed but nothing came to mind. How

on earth could God make it possible for me to go but that’s where

I have made the mistake. I believe I am supposed to go

to Israel but my job is not to figure out the how.

My job is to trust. As I trust in the Lord He will come through

for me. If there is something I need to be doing He will reveal that.

But my job is never to figure out the “how”.

It’s to have faith and step out!

 

 

Yes, I don’t have the money but God will make a way.

In fact there are so many places I want to travel to and so

many things I want to do that are beyond what I am getting

paid but my paycheck is not my source, God is! He

will make a way if I trust Him. I can’t rely on my own

understanding. I can’t rely on my definition of what “big”

is…….. I don’t know what the true

defintion of “big” is, so I need to stop pretending I know.

My definition is limiting what God can do because my

understanding is incomplete and will always be…..!

 

The officer didn’t partake of God’s deliverance because

he didn’t think God was big enough. His understanding of God

hindered him from experiencing God’s power!

My understanding of “big” has been compromised by so many

things. One of those things is flesh. I am human, I am not perfect!

The world is constantly trying to get me to stop trusting in God.

It wants me to trust in other things besides God. I am being

conditioned to see first before believing. Aren’t we all?

I am conditioned to trust in my own strength. I am my own

answer I am taught but is that true? Is that what God says?

The government want me to put my trust in them. The world

has rejected God totally! And that’s the fight I find myself in. Do I

go against the norm and trust God?

In sickness, do I trust for healing? yes

When I have fallen, do I believe God will pick me up? yes

When the world writes me off as a nobody do I trust God

to do something great with my life? yes

I need to stop relying on my own understanding.

 

 

“You shall eat, not one day, nor five days, nor ten days, nor

twenty days, but for a whole month, until it comes out of your

nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you despised

the Lord who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying,

“Why did we ever come out of Egypt?

And Moses said, The people whom I am among are six hundred

thousand men on foot; yet You have said, I will give them meat,

that they may eat for a whole month.

Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough

for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for

them, to provide enough for them?

And the Lord said to Moses, “Has the Lord’s arm been shortened?

Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not.”

Numbers 11:19-23

 

Moses struggled to grasp how big God was and is. Moses had

seen God do some pretty incredible things. One would think he

would know how big God was. But according to the scripture I just

shared even his perception of “big” was still small. He couldn’t

comprehend the great things God could do and God understood.

He didn’t stike Moses down because he didn’t believe. He told

him to watch and see!

 

So to conclude, what am I saying?

 

We must understand that God is big but also understand we

don’t know what that really means and that’s okay.

We must be content in the fact that God is big!

So if you are trusting God for something big, outrageous, and

out of this world don’t give up because that thing is small to God!

He has bigger things in store for you and you don’t have to

exhaust yourself trying to comprehend how!!!.

Don’t let your paycheck determine what you can have.

You don’t have to let the economy determine how big you can

dream because the God we serve is crazy big!!!

 

And finally I would like to ask for your help. I want to go to

Israel so any kind of donations would help. If you feel comeplled

to give something towards my trip please email me and I will tell

you how to go about it. I believe God

will make a way for me to go as I step out in faith. He is really

really really big!

 

Here is my email,

rolain.errol377@gmail.com

 

Don’t let anyone or anything tell you what you can or can’t

have. God created the heavens and the earth and He is your

Father. He wants to bless you. Pursue what God has put in your

heart wholeheartedly! Trust Him to provide what you need.

He has great things in store for you. Amen!!   🙂

 

Rolain

 

photo credit: google images

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A new year…….


Hi friends!!!!

It’s good to be back! I hope the year has started well for you

and I hope you are expecting some big things to happen to you

and for you! I have been “AWOL” because our church goes on

a Daniel fast at the start of every year.

But this year my pastor challenged

us to stop social “media-ring” during the fast…..   🙂   So I

decided to stop posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter but

I realised if I was to stay off those social media sites I couldn’t

post anything on wordpress because my posts would appear on

those sites and I would be unable to respond for three weeks.

That is why I haven’t written anything until now.

 

I was glad I was still able to follow you guys though. I was

truly blessed by your posts…..

 

I am really excited about what God has in store for me this

year. In 2015 (December) I went to God with my 2016 calender

and told Him to fill it. I have plans for this year but I am still

limited in my thinking and that is why I asked Him to fill it.

He is great and mighty and not bound by what I am bound

by. He is not limited by what I am limited by and that is why

I am excited about this year. He is the One who is in control and

He is the One who is directing my steps.

I want to share a scripture that has really ministered to me

in this new year. I came across it as I read Brian Houston’s new

book Live, Love, Lead!

 

Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you

to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in.

The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t

small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as

plainly as I can and with great affection.

Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!

2 Corinthians 6: 11-13

 

I love this verse. There is a “wide-open, spacious life” 

God has planned for me…..for us!

And we can’t allow small thinking and small dreams to hinder

the wide-open, spacious life God has for us!

The truth is this, God has a wide-open, spacious life for you. Don’t

believe anyone who says otherwise. His intension is to bless your

life. It’s not because you did something right. It’s not because

of anything you have done. It’s all Him! It’s all Him friends!

It’s because He loves us that He blesses us.

 

My life is not small! God has so much more in store for me than

I have imagined for myself and the same is true for you!

He has more of Himself He wants to reveal.

There is so much He wants to teach.

Like I said, this is going to be a great year!

Have a great day friends…..

 

photo credit: google images

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

The disturbing dialogue…..and purity!


Going about my day I came across two guys talking. The conversation they had was quite disturbing and I couldn’t believe they were talking about it so casually. One of the guys was talking about his girlfriend. He was telling his friend how “hot” various parts of her body were. He went on to tell him about the tattoos she had and where they were on her body! Like I said, it was quite disturbing. To make it worse these boys were on the way from school which meant they were teens!

That got me thinking about purity. Was does it mean to be pure? As a young person what does it mean to keep yourself for the person God has for you? I don’t think not having sex before marriage is what makes you pure. There is much more….

Being pure means watching how you speak. That young boy was disrespecting his girlfriend by the way he spoke about her. If you are waiting for God’s one for you then watching how you speak is something you have to watch out. Instead of speaking in a obscene way pray for her. Speak the word. Build her up with your words. Respect her with your words. If you haven’t met her yet that doesn’t mean you have to wait. Start learning to be pure in the way you speak to the people around you. Let it be natural by the time you meet her. Speak life to your friends. Encourage them and build them up with your words.

Being pure means watching how you think. Those guys were not being pure. What are you thinking about? As a young person you need to learn how to control your thoughts. It doesn’t start when you get married. It starts now!! Change the way you think. Being pure is about being strict about what you watch because you know it will affect what you think about. There are a lot of things that can contaminate you if you are not careful.

Young men, what I have written falls heavier on you. I want you to make the connection between keeping yourself for your wife to be and thinking pure thoughts and speaking life. They are intertwined, connected! They all form together to create purity in its purest form! You can’t abstain from sex but have no control over your mouth! Or you cannot abstain from sex but always thinking about the naked women you saw on the internet! See how crazy that is. When you meet your wife you want to be completely whole, not partially whole! That is my goal and desire and I will fight for that.

We cannot allow the enemy to steal our purity. If you didn’t know that is what the enemy is doing. Bit by bit he is destroying our purity. He is doing everything he can to corrupt us. If it’s not through movies it’s through the music we listen to, if it’s not music then it’s the news we watch and the news we ready daily that puts us in a state of fear! We have all been affected but thank God for His grace because when we fall and fail He is there to pick us up! It’s hard writing this because I see how easily I fall, I see how I get deceived. I am all for purity and I am in this fight but the enemy has won a lot…….A lot of times I feel helpless and weak, like I don’t stand a chance and in a way I don’t if I am relying on my flesh. But even in the face of those kind of circumstances I will get up and dust myself off and fight.

The picture that comes to mind when I think about this fight we fight is one of Zeus and Atom, characters from the movie Real Steel. Atom is the under dog and doesn’t stand a chance against the reigning champion the mighty Zeus! During the fight Atom takes a lot of hits. Atom gets knocked to the floor constantly. But every time he gets knocked out he manages to some how get up. No matter how bad he has been beaten and thrown around he still gets up!!! And then something amazing happens, Atom begins to fight back. The champion that never got challenged, that never broke a sweat begins to get beaten. As the fight ends Zeus gets knocked to the floor which is something that has never been seen. We are Atom, we have a chance because God lives in us. He is the one that gives us the strength to stand again and again. He is the reason we don’t stay down after unrelenting attack! He is the reason we can face the fierce giants who threaten to destroy us!

Zeus and Atom!

The conclusion, purity is something worth fighting for. Don’t give up. No matter how much the enemy has stolen, you still have a chance because it is because of God you have a chance! We can face the onslaught of the enemy knowing God is with us. The enemy will  not win. We will protect this precious gift God has given to us to the death! The enemy will not steal our purity. He may be stronger, we may get knocked down but we WILL win, we WILL stand up again because God is with us! That is amazing…….!

Rolain

The disception of the media…..


Did any of you watch the Grammies? I didn’t but I heard so much, especially Katy Perry’s performance. So I decided to see what it was all about and I was shocked. How could they show such a performance on prime time television??? On top of that there was a mass gay wedding ceremony which happened during a performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. As if that was not enough Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s performance was said to be way to explicit for children. I watched a bit of Katy Perry’s performance and heard about the other two. I couldn’t believe it. Let us rewind a couple of years. A lot of the stuff the media is exposing us to now would be unheard of back in the day. What was R-rated then would probably be PG13 or something like that nowadays. Our minds have been numbed by the media. Their strategy, show something horrifying, not too excessive but enough to do it’s damage. Our minds have been seared by the media. We are constantly bombarded by violence, same sex marriages, divorce, sex before marriage, and so on, surely there must be an effect. Katy Perry’s performance was satanic and should never have been aired but this is the world we live in. We are being exposed to all kinds of junk and our minds are being seared. I want to show you some of the responses I read about Katy Perry’s performance.

– Um, did we just witness actual witchcraft during Katy Perry’s Grammy performance?

– I’m like 99% sure Katy Perry just summoned satan during her performance.

– Now all the little girls that look up to Katy Perry will worship satan.

I will stop there……There were so many tweets about the performance but what got me was the lack of shock. The statements were said as a mere statement of fact and nothing more. No outrage, disgust, hate or anything like that. If there was there wasn’t much of it. My case is this, our minds are being seared and becoming more susceptible to what the media is showing us. We need to make a stand about what we watch and what we listen to. Our kids, your kids are being attacked and not in the way you think. You think leaving your kids watching television is good but it’s not. It is destroying them on the inside……! I just would like to appeal to you to make a stand about what you watch and listen to for you and your family…. The media is working hard and smart to change the way we think. This must stop. We can’t change what the media air but we can make a decision about what we watch and listen to. Our lives and families lives depend on it.

Rolain.

The ugly truth about adultery…..


Adultery, a term that is used very flippantly these days. It doesn’t carry the same weight it used to 10 years ago. My pastor said something very profound the other day. He said, Whoever controls the vocabulary controls the conversation. And that is what is happening these days. Words that meant something before mean something else or have been totally replaced. Adultery is one of those words. The world has watered down that word through the media. It’s nothing to commit adultery these days. That is the picture the world is trying to paint, but God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God has not changed His mind about His laws over time. They still have the same power and meaning…….I am directing this post to single men and even married men. Adultery needs to be taken seriously because the enemy wants to take out family and adultery is his sure weapon. As men we have to stand and fight. We need to stand our ground and not let ignorance steal our victory. I read a scripture that totally changed my perspective on adultery. We all know what Christ said about what adultery is,

You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.

But I say to you that everyone who so much as looks at a woman with evil desire for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  Matthew 5:27, 28

But I read this same verse in my Message bible and this is what it said,

“You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.  Matthew 5:27, 28

I was really convicted when I read this scripture. How many times I have taken a few extra seconds to look at a billboard or that picture or that woman on the street. I thought that extra few seconds look didn’t mean anything but not according to the scripture. It is saying, the lingering look is even more deadly than sleeping with another man’s wife!!! Each act is deadly but this is one is deadlier. There is no middle ground here. It is blunt and to the point. Men, those magazines, those billboards we take the extra few seconds to look at, that model….it’s all corrupting the heart, the very place life starts from!!!

As children of God we have been called to live in purity. It is not an easy call but one that should be heeded. I am in no way better because I am writing this, instead it’s a revelation that I have been shown which I am sharing in the hope we can all be better men. Men who will guard their hearts and their families. Men who will walk in purity no matter what the cost.  Our responsibility as men is a serious one. Let us not take it lightly. Let us ask for God’s help as we make a stand against adultery, and as we stand for purity……God bless

Rolain