He said, “Come”!


“As Jesus went into Capernaum, a centurion came up to Him, begging Him,

and saying, Lord, my servant boy is lying at the house paralyzed and distressed

with intense pains.

And Jesus said to him, I will come and restore him.

But the centurion replied to him, Lord, I am not worthy or fit to have You

come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant boy will be cured.”

Matthew 8:5-8

 

Our faith in God is so important we can all agree. The word says, “without faith it’s

impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6)

The story of the centurion reveals something amazing about the faith we are supposed

to walk by.

Before the centurion came to Jesus the pattern was this, Jesus would go and lay hands on the

sick person or the sick person would come to him.

But when the centurion went to Jesus and offered to go with him to heal his servant, the

centurion said no. He knew all Jesus had to do was say the word and his servant would be

healed!

 

Look at Jesus response to the centurion’s faith,

 

“When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you,

I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”

Matthew 8:10

 

The centurion’s faith was very unorthodox.

He didn’t look at what everyone else was doing.

He had a revelation of Jesus and held on to that.

He knew there was no limit to his faith in God even if it meant asking for something

that seemed impossible.

Jesus didn’t tell the centurion to fall into line and trust the way everyone was trusting.

He marveled at the unorthodox faith of the centurion.

 

Don’t hold back when it comes to trusting in God.

No matter how big, and impossible it seems, keep trusting Him.

Don’t let people tell you what to trust Him for and how to trust Him.

He wants you to exercise your faith in Him.

 

Let’s look at one more story,

 

“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea,

they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!”And they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not

be afraid.”

And Peter answered Him said, “Lord if it is You, command me to come to You

on the water.”

So He said, “Come.”

And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to

Jesus.

Matthew 14:25-29

 

Again we see someone exercise their faith in an unorthodox way. Peter broke all

protocol if there ever was any, concerning faith. At Jesus command he jumped out of the

boat and walked on water. When Peter asked Jesus to call him to walk on the water,

Jesus didn’t complain and tell Peter to tone it down! No!

He encouraged Peter to step out. When Peter started sinking this is what He said to him,

 

“But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried

out, saying, Lord, save me!

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him,

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt? “

Matthew 14: 30, 31

 

Peter’s faith wasn’t perfect but he still walked on water. His sinking is evidence of that.

But his rushed, raw, unchecked, bold, imperfect faith made him walk on water.

Jesus didn’t stop him from jumping out of the boat.

Jesus told Peter to “COME”!

 

Friends, it’s time to take the limits off our faith.

 

I was speaking to a friend a few days ago and he was telling me about the struggles

he was facing applying for university. He told me he was now looking at doing his

course on line because it was “easier”.

My friend is so talented and God fearing and I know God has great things in store

for him but I was afraid to tell him to keep trusting God to go to university. So I ended

my conversation and left it like that.

I made the mistake of looking at his situation through natural eyes and agreed with him.

I was meant to challenge him to throw off the limits.

I was meant to encourage him to trust the Lord for anything and everything, to make him

see that the Lord could and will open any door for him.

When I see him again I will do so and not hold back.

 

Are we letting the circumstances around us determine what we trust God for?

God wants us to trust Him for the impossible, whatever that may be.

Even if it seems crazy to the people around us, we must trust!

He will answer our crazy prayers. God loves it when we exercise our faith.

 

We must be like the centurion and Peter. We must be bold and ask Jesus for whatever

He has put in our heart no matter how impossible it seems.

We can’t be conventional with our faith.

We need to take the “training wheels”off our faith because what the training wheels

really are, are hindrances, and obstacles.

Let’s ask God to help us to break the box we have put Him in.

He doesn’t live in a box. He lives in a place where anything is possible.

Remember, we are the ones who see limits, not God. He doesn’t see

limits.

With faith there are no “out of bounds”areas, there are no areas that are “sectioned off”.

Everything is open game when we talk about faith.

Don’t shelve anything unless God tells you to.

My prayer for us is to throw off all restraints when trusting God.

 

God, help our unbelief. Now is the time to trust.

It doesn’t take great faith to move a mountain.

According to Matthew 17:19, 20 all it needs is faith as small as

a mustard seed to move a mountain!

 

Let’s not wait for our faith to be “perfect”

Let’s start now. God will come in and work with our mustard seed faith.

He will start moving with the faith we have now!

Amen!

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

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In the darkness God has an answer!


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We are going through a difficult time in our nation Zimbabwe.

Just look at the news and you will see

what I mean. In this kind of atmosphere it is very easy

to think ones life is pointless and aimless. Can God make a way

for us in such darkness?

Is this intense darkness stronger than God’s glorious

light?

How will God’s plan work itself in such circumstances?

 

You may be in the same situation I am in, a situation where

things seem so bleak, so dark. What is the answer?

For the answer, let’s go to the word.

There is a man I would like to talk

about. Things looked bleak for him. His life

seemed like it was over. There was no answer in sight for him.

His name was Aeneas!

 

“Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he went

down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.

There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedfast

for eight years and was paralysed. “

Acts 9: 32, 33

 

Aeneas was paralysed.  His circumstances told him his life was

over. He couldn’t move.

He was bed-ridden for eight years and paralysed. I can’t

imagine how he felt. Did he have hope things would turn around?

I highly doubt it. But even though he was bed-ridden for eight

years God had a plan for his life. Even though he was paralysed

God had a plan.

 

“And Peter said to him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [now]

makes you whole. Get up and make your bed! And immediately

[Aeneas] stood up.

 

Then all the inhabitants of Lydda and the plain of Sharon saw

[what had happened to] him and they turned to the Lord.”

Acts 9:34, 35

 

Did you see that? ALL the inhabitants saw what happened

and turned to the Lord! It’s amazing to think the key to a

whole town’s deliverance and salvation came through a

paralysed man! The enemy had a plan for Aeneas and we know

this because sickness and death are not part of God’s plan. It’s

the enemy that kills, steals and destroys.

But God’s plan prevailed because God is always stronger

than the enemy. There is not a time the enemy is stronger than

God, never!

 

When I read this story I was in awe. How God works is beyond

what you and I can comprehend.

I don’t know if Aeneas knew what God was going to do.

I don’t know if he knew God would use him to turn the hearts

of an entire town or city…..

 

What I do know is that Aeneas had been bed-ridden for eight

years and was paralysed but God had a plan for him. No matter

how bleak things seem God has a plan. No matter how dark

things may appear God has a plan. His plan will prevail.

Trust in the Lord.

That’s my declaration.

God bless you friends….

 

Rolain

 

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When we can’t see God’s plan for us……


When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

Luke 5:4, 5

There is a something I have been declaring to God for the past couple of days which says, 

I can’t see Lord! But I make a decision to trust You. 

I have come to a place where there are a lot of things that don’t make sense.A lot of things that are happening that I don’t understand. I don’t have control over a lot of things, a lot! I can’t see the whole picture. But even in these circumstances I make a decision to trust God. Like Peter who had been fishing for the whole night and caught nothing. Jesus told him to cast his net and even though he didn’t understand, he obeyed God. He couldn’t see the end result but he just obeyed. That is how I feel.  

You may be unclear of the future, or unclear about other things that are happening in your life but God is in control. He can be trusted. He sees everything. He sees the beginning and the end. When things get confusing, when things are unclear, you can either fret and panic or wait on God. You can trust God. He has a plan for you and even though you may not see the whole picture trust in Him.

Let us be like Peter and just obey. Let us be like Peter and just trust! 

“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.”

God bless

Rolain

In trouble, he slept like a baby……..!


Everyone faces trouble. Everyone faces storms and trials  and testing in their lives. That is one thing we cannot escape. I had a really bad day today. One of those days where you want to just throw in the towel. It really has been a crazy day. This is the thing though, troubles and problems are a part of life and my job is to learn to cope, learn to trust God in the midst of confusion and hopelessness……So in the midst of all that I read a pretty amazing story. The story was about Peter when he was arrested by Herod. The word says,

All the time that Peter was under heavy guard in the jail house, the church prayed for him most strenuously.

Then the time came for Herod to bring him out for the kill. That night, even though shackled to two soldiers, one on either side, Peter slept like a baby. And there were guards at the door keeping their eyes on the place. Herod was taking no chances!    Acts 12: 5, 6

I could not believe what I read. Peter was surrounded by guards and was even shackled to the guards. He was in very real trouble. He was going to die the next day but the word says he slept like a baby! He never complained or worried. He was not fearful, instead he slept like a baby. I would of being freaking out if I was in his shoes. Herod had doubled the guards. He was not taking any chances.

I want to have that same kind of attitude. Peter was in perfect peace. James had just being killed but that never phased Peter. His trust was in the Lord. His faith in God was deep, and unshakable. He was in a storm but he knew who was watching over him. When the storms of life come how do you respond? When trouble comes what thoughts come to mind? Let us  learn from Peter. I want to walk in the kind of peace he walked in. The fact that he wasn’t in fear showed where his faith was at. Your response to situations determine where your faith is at.

The lesson for me is, rely on God. In the midst of pain and confusion trust Him. Let the peace of God reign. Remember Peter……….

Rolain

Failing Jesus…..!


But again he denied it falsely and disowned Him. And after a short while, again the bystanders said to Peter, Really, you are one of them, for you are a Galilean and your dialect shows it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Then he commenced invoking a curse on himself [should he not be telling the truth] and swearing, I do not know the Man about Whom you are talking!  And at once for the second time a cock crowed. And Peter remembered how Jesus said to him, Before the cock crows twice, you will utterly deny Me [disclaiming all connection with Me] three times. And having put his thought upon it [and remembering], he broke down and wept aloud and lamented. Mark 14:70-72

We all know Peter’s story and we like to even reference him when we have really messed up but the truth of the matter is his story is an answer to a serious question. How do we as broken vessels serve a God who is perfect? And is there hope for us in our fallen state?                                                        Peter had denied the Lord! In the natural there couldn’t be another chance. In Peter’s eyes he had failed. There was no hope for him. But as we read on we see, there was hope. God gave Peter a second chance!

Like Peter we fail God not just once but on a daily basis!! We cannot escape sin. But know this, God has given you a second chance. Note I said “He has given you” and not He will give you! God has given you a second chance. God knew we would not be able to live up to His standard but He still gave us a destiny. He still loved us enough to give His Son for us….!

Whatever you have done know that God is merciful. He can erase any sin no matter how bad you think it is. He HAS erased your worst sin! Take courage and run to Him. He is the God of second chances and more!!!

Rolain

 

The Danger of Comfort!!!


I love quotes a lot. One of my favorite quotes says,

“Ships in the harbor are safe, but that’s not what ships are built for”.

You will agree with me that this is a very popular quote. As I was thinking about it I decided to go and try and find stories of ships that were destroyed in the harbor. I couldn’t find even one story. I searched and searched with no luck. Seriously, I could not find anything. I didn’t find a headline that said, SHIP DESTROYED WHILE IN HARBOR! Nothing. Interestingly enough I found more than enough stories about ships that were destroyed out at sea. Then it hit me. We are scared to take risk at times. We prefer to be comfortable and we prefer to be safe but this is the thing, we are not made to live in the harbor. We are meant to be out there taking risks. We are meant to be stepping out like Peter in faith!!! It’s out at sea that we see God. Actually it’s where God meets us! It is out in the sea that we see the miraculous. Being in the harbor is safe and comfortable but there is no growth. Someone once said comfort breeds laziness and I think he is right. Out at sea is pain and sorrow, and fear of the unknown but better that than lazying around in the sun, thinking about what could of being and moaning over chances not taken because of fear!!!! Enough of saying, “I wish I could of” or “what would of happened if I” or “If only I”…….ENOUGH!!!!!!
You were NOT created to live in comfort and safety  but you were created to impact the world. You were created to grow and change the world around you. Amen……

Rolain

Holiness Is Deliberate…..


This was something God spoke to me about a few weeks ago. God is holy and He has called us to be holy. (1 Peter 2:9)  But what does being holy mean to you?
When I think of holiness I think of consecration. I think of being set apart. But this is the thing, a lot of people don’t understand about holiness. Holiness doesn’t just happen. It is a very deliberate thing. God strengthens us as we cry out to be holy but He doesn’t just make you holy with a click of a finger! Instead, He reveals areas of your life that you need to surrender to Him. He also asks you to give up things that He knows will defile you.

This is a partnership. I like the way someone illustrated this life we live. He said, we think God is looking at us with all of our sin and shaking His head but instead He wants to stand with us looking at our sin and discussing how it needs to be dealt with!


I like that illustration very much. Holiness is deliberate. Once we understand this principle we will live our lives very differently.
God understands how weak we are so He is not expecting us to do things in our own strength. Instead, we are to look to Him and cry out to Him for help. We need to get accountable, read the word, pray, fellowship but most importantly of all trust in the Lord and rely on His strength to help you be holy!

So as I end please remember, Holiness is deliberate!!!

Rolain.P