No Matter How Bad Things Get, God Is With You.


I was having one of “those days” a few days ago.

You know, those days your faith is low and things don’t seem to be

happening. My prayers didn’t seem to be getting answered and for a

little bit, I thought God didn’t care. I actually thought He was ignoring me!

But later that day, the answer to my prayer came and God proved once again,

He can be trusted. I don’t like it when I doubt God and when I do it makes me

wonder. But I guess that’s part of the downside of being human. We are not

perfect and we make mistakes and that’s why we need a Savior, Jesus.

As I journaled the events of the day I penned these words, which are the title

of this blog post,

“No matter how bad things get, God is with me”

And it’s true. You may be having a bad day but I want to encourage you with this

truth. In the bible we see this truth in action.

In Luke 7:12-16 we see Jesus arriving to a city called Nain and there is a funeral procession

happening. A woman has lost her only son and she is going to bury him. Things are

really bad for her but at that moment, she meets Jesus. I don’t believe it was an accident

Jesus being there. I believe He went there FOR her. He wanted to help her at her lowest point.

And He did just that. He raised her son from the dead and gave him back to her.

When things were at their worst for the woman, Jesus stepped in and turned things

around for her.

So even when your hope and faith fail, remember, Jesus doesn’t fail.

He knows what you are going through and there is no problem you go through, that

God doesn’t see. Trust in Him no matter what happens.

Bless you friends!

Rolain

The truth about failure


 

How do we respond to failure?

What kind of mindset do we adopt after we fail?

How we respond and the kind of mindset we should have when failure comes is so important

if we are going to grow and learn.

There is a train of thought out there that goes along the lines of, failing makes you a failure.

But is that true? Do our failures make us failures?

No it is not true. As long as we live on this earth we will have to deal with failure,

we will make mistakes, but those things do not need to dictate who we are as people or

what we are going to accomplish.

 

One of the most important questions we need to ask is, how does Jesus see us even though we

fail and make mistakes?

For the answer to that question we are going to look at Peter.

As you know he was a disciple of the Lord and loved him much. But one day before Jesus was

to be crucified, Peter was told he would deny the Lord.

Peter obviously denied it and declared his devotion and that he was ready to die with the Lord.

But as we all know Peter denied the Lord. He messed up big time. He failed Jesus and it seemed

like all was lost. How can anyone bounce back from that?

Imagine the headline in the newspapers the next day,

PETER DENIES JESUS!!

 

But let’s focus our attention on an interesting passage of scripture,

 

“Simon, Simon, satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you,

Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Luke 22:31

 

Jesus knew Peter would deny Him!

But instead of abandoning him or washing His hands of him, Jesus prayed for him and encouraged him.

Peter’s failure did not change the way Jesus saw him. It did not change the Lord’s plans for his life.

And this is important for us to understand. Even when you fail and make mistakes the Lord is with you.

He hasn’t abandoned or disowned you. Failure doesn’t mean the end of you.

It wasn’t the end of Peter.

 

It seemed like Peter’s story was over when he failed but we all know how powerfully he was used

in the creation of the early church. He was instrumental in the building of it.

And that’s how good the Lord is. Don’t allow your failures and mistakes to stop you in your tracks.

We are to grow and learn from our failures but never to stop and die.

Jesus has amazing things in store for you in the midst of failures. So because you are a son and daughter

of God you are not a failure but a victor and that’s the best news! 

 

On one last note, if you would like to get a copy of my devotional, click here. 

Blessings to you friends!

 

Rolain

 

He didn’t condemn her…


“This they said to try (test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger. However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

‭‭John‬ ‭8:6-7‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

 

 

Jesus was the only One without sin in that group. He could have thrown the first stone and be totally justified but He didn’t.

He didn’t condemn the woman but in the eyes of the people she was. Instead of condemnation He extended grace to her.

 

 

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

 

You don’t have to go on living with condemnation. Get rid of condemning thoughts at all costs. Jesus doesn’t condemn you so why let other people condemn you?

Condemnation from people is tough but self condemnation is just as bad if not worse.

Stop passing sentence on your self because of the mistakes you have made. Jesus forgave you, so you can forgive yourself.

Instead of condemnation, the Lord has extended grace to you. Take it.

The enemy condemns. He wants to see you depressed and ashamed. He wants to see you buried in guilt, unable to look yourself in the mirror.

He is the accuser and wants you buried.

 

 

“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.

Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.””

‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭3:1, 3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

 

Approach the throne of grace with your condemnation and lay it at Jesus’ feet. Let Him replace it with love and grace.

He wants to free you of condemnation. Today is the day of deliverance.

Bless you friends

Rolain

His faithfulness will not stop.


“It is true that some Jews were not faithful to God. 

But will that stop God from doing what He promised? No! 

God will continue to be true even when every person is false.” 

 

We mess up, we make mistakes, we rebel and disobey at times but those things won’t stop

God from doing what He promised us. Our failures and short-comings are not the things that

will stop God from doing the miraculous in us and through us. He knows we are not perfect.

He knows He is the only one who is faithful and true and He doesn’t expect us to be perfect.

Let’s stop holding up our weaknesses as a reason for not being used. God will use us despite our

short-comings.  Nothing can stop His faithfulness towards His people. Not even sin!

 

I am not saying we should ignore the sin in our lives and just do what we want but I am saying

we should not think God won’t use us because we are broken and imperfect.

He will perform every good thing He promised us and that should give us joy.

He loves and cares for us in a way we can’t even begin to comprehend. Trust Him,

rely on His faithfulness!

Bless you, friends…

 

Rolain

He takes the painful things in our lives and makes them beautiful…….


*I was reminded of something I wrote some time back and that is why I am writing this post today.

This post is dedicated to everyone who has made mistakes and think God has turned His back 

on them. As you will read, that is not true. He loves you and will do all He can to get you back 

on track.*

 

“And when the morning was past, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became 

his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.” 

2 Samuel 11:27

 

This was one of David’s darkest periods of his life. He slept with Bathsheba and got her husband killed.

To make things worse he was blind to his sin. He never repented, he never confessed his sin. Somewhere,

somehow his heart became hardened. I want to stop here for a bit.

 

We all make mistakes, we all mess up in life. What we need to pray for is for the Lord to correct, and to intervene

like He did for David. He could have left him in his sin but He didn’t. He confronted him about what he

did and delivered him. Because He loved David, the Lord sent Nathan.

The Lord knew David wasn’t going to snap out of sin on his own so in His mercy and grace He stepped in.

We need YAH to step in for us always. We can’t fight sin on our own. We need Him.

 

David messed up bad but the Lord didn’t abandon him. He was patient with him even when he was blinded.

He was blinded for nine months but the Lord never left. When the baby was born the Lord sent Nathan.

We need His mercy and grace more than we know. We will fall, we will make mistakes but the Lord

will not abandon us when we do. He will pick us up, He will confront us and He will deliver us.

 

But the biggest thing we need to overcome is thinking the Lord’s plan for our life, His goodness, and His

mercy stops when we mess up.

That’s not true. There is hope. Let me show you why I think so,

 

“David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went to her and lay with her; and she bore a son and she 

called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved [the child]. 

He sent [a message] by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and [Nathan] called the boy’s [special]

name Jedidiah [beloved of the Lord], because the Lord [loved the child].”

2 Samuel 12:24, 25

 

Out of the horrible mess David was in, the Lord turned it into something beautiful. And that’s how

good Yeshua is. David’s life was not over. The Lord didn’t take back all the amazing things He promised

him. I think of David’s other wives, Abigail to be precise. She was amazing. Surely YAH could have used

her to show David how great, and amazing He was?? He didn’t. Instead, He took a

horrible moment, a terrible situation in David’s life and turned it around into something beautiful.

 

There is a lesson here for all of us. The Lord can take what’s painful, what’s horrible and turn it into

something beautiful. David could not take the glory for what happened. All glory went to YAH.

It was very clear He had performed a miracle in His life.

Don’t throw in the towel today. You may be in distress, guilty, condemned because of something

you have done but the Lord can turn it around. He has not abandoned you friend. He has not

turned His back on you. And that is why He is our God!

No matter how dark your past has been, He can and will light it up. There is nothing too hard for

the Lord. Put all your hope in Him. Call out to Him. Don’t stay silent.

With that have a great weekend friends….

Blessings to you.

 

Rolain

 

 

He leads us on purpose……


“Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps 
you take to get there.”
Proverbs 16:9
There is one fact we can’t deny, the Lord is directing our every step. I look at where I am and where
I have been and can clearly see the Lord’s hand in where I am now. I could have never in a thousand
years planned where I am now. I shudder to think where I would be today if I was left alone to direct
my own steps.
But I can also see countless times I fought, scratched, shouted to go the way I thought was right,
because the Lord’s way didn’t seem to be the best, the times I thought He made a grave mistake.
At the time it didn’t make sense, it was confusing and frustrating but the Lord kept urging me to trust
Him even when I didn’t understand what He was doing. We can trust His leading.
Let’s look at the word for a bit and go deeper into a story that shows us how the Lord leads our steps.
From the time of Yeshua’s birth to His death and resurrection, the good news was only preached to the
Jews. After His death his followers reached out to His chosen people, the Jews. No one saw the bigger
plan. Yeshua had died for everyone and not just the Jews so He needed someone – Peter.
“Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.”
Acts 9:32
This was important because in Lydda, Peter healed a man who was paralyzed and was bedridden for 8 years.
When he healed the man the word tells us everyone in Lydda and Sharon  turned to the Lord (Acts 9:35)
Peter being in Lydda was important because in a nearby town of Joppa a woman named Dorcas who was well
known by the community died. The disciples in Joppa heard Peter was in Lydda and since it was so close
they sent for him. (Acts 9:38)
Side note: Peter may have had no idea why what was happening was happening but the Lord did. There was
something much bigger going on that Peter wasn’t aware of. But as the Lord directed Him, he followed obediently. 
Let’s move on.
Peter arrived in Joppa and brought Dorcas back to life. (Acts 9:40) which was amazing. Peter may have thought
that was why he had come to Joppa which was partly true but there was more. Something much bigger,
something that would impact the world. It’s while Peter was in Joppa that we hear of Cornelius the Roman
centurion who was visited by an angel and was commanded to send for Peter.
Peter goes without reservations and sees the “Gentiles” receive the Holy Spirit like the Jews!
The way of salvation was now officially opened to the “Gentiles” and Peter was instrumental in that happening.
He was obedient to the the Lord’s leading. He never complained or grumbled. He trusted!
Don’t take Lord’s leading lightly. You are where you are for a reason. Stay humble, be obedient, trust
that He knows what He is doing. He sees the bigger picture and we don’t but that’s okay because He has
our best interests at heart. We just need to trust Him and know He would never led us to destruction.
There is a purpose in His leading, there is love in His nudging.
Bless you friends.
Rolain

Run to Him always……


THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“Be glad that you are His. 
Let those who ask the Lord for help be happy
Depend on the Lord and His strength. 
Always go to Him for help. “
Psalm 105:3, 4 (ICB)
This is something so easy to do but do we always do it?
Do we go to the Lord for help ALL the time?
I don’t. I catch myself at times striving in my own strength, worrying, fretting, and panicking.
I forget to go to Him always.
But the word is clear, “Always go to Him for help”
Don’t hesitate, ask Him for help. Even if you made the mistake, the wrong decision, go to Him
for help. He is our strength and able to help us in every situation we going through no matter
how difficult and complex.
“Some sat in gloom and darkness.
They were prisoners suffering in chains.
They had turned against the words of God.
They had refused the advice of God Most High.
So he broke their pride by hard work.
They stumbled, and no one helped.
In their misery they cried out to the Lord.
And he saved them from their troubles.
He brought them out of their gloom and darkness.
He broke their chains.”
Psalm 107
Psalm 107 is one of my favorite chapters in the bible. It shows us how merciful YAH is and
in the midst of our weaknesses and failings He extends grace to us and helps us.
Yes, we are weak, and yes we are going to make mistakes but don’t let guilt and condemnation
stop you from asking Him for help. The enemy is behind that. He wants you to keep silent.
He doesn’t want to see you delivered, freed and helped.
ACT ON IT  – The action point is simple today: Think about areas in your life you haven’t asked YAH for help
and cry out to Him. Ask Him for help right now!
Make sure you write down the things that come to mind so you can have a record of how YAH helped
you in difficult times.
If you can’t go to Him for help because you feel guilty and condemned then meditate on the following two
scriptures (there are so many more)
1. Romans 8:1
2. Psalm 103:8-12
And that is all I have to share with you today. He is our Helper!
Bless you friends.
Rolain

No matter how hard things are, the Lord has a plan.


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“Joshua spoke to the men who had spied out the land. Joshua said, ‘Go into the prostitute’s

house. Bring her out. And bring out all the people who are with her. Do this because of the

promise you made to her.

So the two men went into the house and brought out Rahab. They brought out her father,

mother, brothers and all those with her. They put all her family in a safe place outside the

camp of Israel.”

Joshua 6:22, 23

 

Rahab’s life was going one way before the spies came. She was a prostitute and as you might

of guessed, she was welcomed by some and rejected by others!

Her life must have been hard I can imagine.

But despite what people saw YAH saw something entirely different.

She had made so many mistakes with no way out but that was all about to change.

The Lord had a plan for her life and despite her past, her mistakes, bad decisions and people’s

opinions of her that plan was completed.

YAH turned her life around in a way no one could ever imagine.

 

The word today is simple;

YAH has a purpose for your life, full stop!

Don’t let your past hinder what YAH has planned for you.

Don’t let the opinions of others stop you from trusting the Lord for something amazing.

Don’t let your current situation deter you

Rahab was a prostitute. In the eyes of everyone around her she wasn’t much but not so in

the eyes of YAH. He saw something different.

The Lord sees you differently to what man sees.

It doesn’t matter if you not strong enough, smart enough, rich enough and so on,

the Lord has something amazing planned for you.

And that’s all I have to share today.

Bless you friends!

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

Jars of clay!


I am in awe how God has

made a decision to work with broken vessels!

That’s right, He has made a conscious and deliberate decision

to work with and through us.

He knows we are not perfect, He knows we will fail, He knows

we will mess up, He knows we will rebel and yet He still uses us!

 

It’s amazing to think that God would choose us as flawed as we

are and work with us.

It’s because of Him we are something.

He calls the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.

That’s the way He works.

We are nothing on our own. Our lives make sense when God is

added to it. We don’t glory in our strength but in God’s.

 

As you go through your day today I want you to remember that God

has chosen you despite your weaknesses.

You don’t have to perfect to be used by Him.

He created you and knows everything about you.

Lean on His strength and not on yours.

Blessings to you today!

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inside job!


 

new-birth

“So observe and practice all they tell you; but do not do

what they do, for they preach, but do not practice. “

Matthew 23:3

 

Jesus was speaking to the multitudes and his disciples about the

Pharisees. The things they did were so crazy.

 

“Now Jesus turned to address His disciples, along with the

crowd that had gathered with them.

The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in

God’s law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on

Moses. But be careful about following them.

They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it

into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all

spit-and-polish veneer.

 

Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer

shawls one day and flowery prayers the next.

They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking

in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance

of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting

called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend’.”

Matthew 23:1-9

 

They were all about the outward man. They

wanted to be seen, they wanted to be respected, and a whole

heap of other things but they missed something very

important – the inner man. They were not interested about who

they were on the inside. Let me share a scripture with you that

will bring more understanding of what I am saying,

 

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world-your mind and 

heart-put right. 

Then you can see God in the outside world.”

Matthew 5:8

 

How much time are you putting into working on the inner man?

How much time are you putting into changing the way you think?

How much time are you putting into developing your character?

How much time and effort are you putting into loving God with

all of you?

The Pharisees focused on the wrong things.

Because of that they missed Jesus.

If we are to grow in our relationship with God we need to take

more time focusing on the inner man.

We need to be real with ourselves about who we are and bring

it to Jesus. Where is your heart? Where is your mind?

Are you becoming like Christ daily?

Let’s not make the same mistake the Pharisees made.

Let’s get the inside man right first.

 

 

What’s the point of being in a position of power and influence

but you lie, cheat, steal, tear down people, and gossip??

Who are you helping if you have all the money in the

world but are rude, arrogant, brash, cruel, angry

all the time, unloving, uncaring and so on???

 

Let’s take more time working on the inner man. You are blessed

when you do that.

Bless you friends

 

Rolain