I went to a camp recently with the kids that I teach. It was our first time going to this particular
camp site and the kids really enjoyed it. Compared to other camp sites this one had a lot more activities.
One of the activities we did was the climbing wall. It was really high and after the kids got their turn, I gave it
a shot and got half way up. My arms felt like lead and I had no power to pull myself up to the top.
I have to admit it was a bit intimidating before I did the climb.
The kids responses were varied. Some were afraid, some were hesitant, and some were happy.
Anyway, after the exercise the instructors got the kids together for a feedback session. After all the feedback,
the instructor said something that really stuck with me. He didn’t have a sheet that rated everyone
on how high they went and there was no prize giving ceremony for the people that made it to the top.
Instead, he congratulated everyone for attempting. In his eyes, attempting the course was winning.
The mere fact of putting on the harness and taking the first step up the course was the victory. It didn’t
matter to him who won.
That really struck me. There is so much emphasis today on being number one, and winning but could that
be a partial picture?
Is there a place for a first step, an attempt, pursuing, trying?
The journey we are on is long and hard. Yeshua is not looking for number one. His desire is for us to
finish the race. No matter how difficult things are take the step, attempt, try. If you fall, get back up and
try again. Just don’t stay in one place, don’t freeze, don’t give up. Rely on Him for strength.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY.
What a world cup this has been! There have been surprises at every corner and the team you thought
had a chance is probably gone home. Anyway, I was watching the France vs Belgium game the other
day and I remember the feeling and emotion I had. What a game it was, the suspense, the action, the
But then I saw something that triggered a thought. I saw something to this effect;
I saw fans standing in anticipation. In the frame I saw, there was no one sitting. The expectancy from
both sides was palpable.
They were waiting for a goal.
This is a great picture of how we should be waiting on the Lord. Your expectancy as you wait should
No one goes to watch a game like this, feeling meh;
Fans are energetic, excited, and expectant, something like this;
I learned a lesson seeing those fans. There is a way to wait upon the Lord. Having an attitude of
whatever happens, happens is not the way we wait. We should be waiting with an expectancy and
excitement that YAH will come through, that He is answering our prayers because He is!
“In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before You and wait
Have a great weekend friends…..
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!
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.”
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!*
“By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman
as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made
a promise would do what He said.
That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shrieveled
loins there are now people numbering into the millions.”
I really love those pictures! They are so powerful.
The first picture is one of an old woman (Sarah) who was way past
the age of bearing children but because she believed God would
follow through on what He promised her, gave birth to a child.
The next picture is just as amazing. The picture is of an old man
whose loins are dead and shriveled. Naturally, it is impossible
for the man to have children, he is just too old!
But from this man (Abraham) there are people numbering into
All because He trusted the Lord!
You may think you don’t have much and your life is going nowhere
but that contradicts what the word says!
Abraham and Sarah could not have children period!
It was impossible for them to have children but because they
trusted in God’s word to them they were able to have a child and
not just one but millions!
As you look at your life you may see nothing that indicates greatness
and the fulfillment of God’s promise but have faith.
Your little is exactly what God needs to move!
Don’t let your present circumstances trick you into believing
“this is the way things will always be!”
Your life may be one big mess at the moment but that doesn’t mean
It will remain like that for the rest of your life.
Things will change. Your life will change if you choose to reject
the lies of your present circumstances.
It will change if you trust God’s word for your life above the voices
of your peers, the government, and so many other “well meaning”
voices that have told you how your life will be.
Just the other day I was looking at my life. I was discouraged as I
looked at the problems.
I was discouraged at the amount of work that there is still to be
I am nowhere near perfect, not even close!
“Is this it”, I asked myself?
Have I reached my limit? Is this where my potential ends?
Is this the life I should accept?
But that is when I read the scripture I shared with you
earlier (Hebrews 11:11-12)
That gave me hope.
That encouraged me to keep trusting the Lord where I am.
My life is not over!
I have not reached my limit!
There is still so much in store for me.
There are new heights to be reached, new places to see, fresh
blessings to walk in to!
I will not let up, I will trust in the Lord even more today than I
did in the past.
Don’t call it quits friends. You are not washed up!
Your story is not ending, it has just begun!
The Lord has so much in store for you even if your circumstances
don’t say it.
He has so much in store for you even if you have nothing in your
Even when your life seems like it will always be a mess know
that things will turn around!
It may seem like nothing is happening but things WILL happen!
What’s happening around you is not a good indicator at all.
Faith is what you need! It’s only by faith that you can receive
all that He has for you. Doubt and fear will only set you back.
Trust in Him! Believe in the word He has spoken to you.
“That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shrieveled
loins there are now people numbering into the millions.”
For some of you that may not know, I work at my church’s
children’s ministry. I really love it there. It’s more than a job
to me. This is part of what I was created to do – working with
So today I had to sort out a few puzzles in preparation for Sunday.
To be honest, I was a bit worried about the puzzles.
Let me just say it’s being a “while” since I played with
I was worried I had forgotten to assemble a puzzle.
I would never hear the end of the story if I failed to assemble
Start I did and rocky it was. Panic started to set in!
Before I got carried away I spotted the pictures on the side of the
What a difference it made. Because of the pictures I
assembled all the pictures at once.
It was at that moment I realized how powerful a picture is!
Have you got a picture of where you want to go in life?
Are you holding up a picture of what you want your life to be
or are you on auto pilot at the moment, an anything goes attitude?
A picture makes all the difference!
And we are very fortunate because the Lord has pictures for us.
He has a plan and purpose for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11)
When you have a picture for your life you will not be easily
side tracked. You have purpose and are focused when you have
And make sure the picture you have is one God gave you and
not what people have given you. People’s plans for you will always
fall short of what God has in store for you.
As I close I want to challenge you to seek the Lord for the
picture. He has amazing plans for your life so don’t go
through life without a picture in front of you.
“And He brought him outside [his tent into the starlight] and
said, Look now toward the heavens and count the stars – if
you are able to number them. Then He said to him, so shall
your descendants be.
And he [Abram] believed in (trusted in, relied on, remained
steadfast to) the Lord, and He counted it to Him as righteouness
(right standing with God).
Genesis 15:5, 6
I love this scripture and I really love how God works. I love how God
is always trying to make us see more. Abram had left what he had
always known to follow the Lord. The Lord had told him to
pack up and leave to a place unknown. Did Abram know what
was waiting for him? I seriously doubt that.
Before God called him did he have a vision for his life? He probably
did but I don’t think it was as big as what God had planned.
And that is why God had to take him outside. He had to give him
another picture. It’s interesting to note how many times God kept on
telling Abram about his purpose…..He didn’t just tell him one time!
The picture Abram had would not help him walk
in God’s amazing promise. So God took him outside and showed
him something outrageously beautiful if there is such a thing!
God showed him something which was naturally impossible. It
was impossible, plain and simple. But that didn’t stop God.
As I read this I can see how God did this for me. I didn’t have the
right picture before I became a Christian. I had another picture,
a picture created by the abuse that went on in the house, a picture
carefully crafted by everyone who didn’t see God’s amazing plan.
They thought they were being nice, they thought they were
been realistic, some thought since they knew me better than
the majority they could tell me what my life would be like. But
it was all lies and I didn’t even know it. ………
“You are not going anywhere in life”
“You don’t have what it takes to make it in this world”
“You are so dumb”
“Look at where you grew up”
“Abused people don’t have a future”
“Don’t dream big”
On and on it went. But I was young and no one taught
me to say no to what was being said. I didn’t know better so
I agreed with everyone…..Every single negative word became
a part of me and every negative word formed the “picture”.
Then I became a Christian. I still had the messed up “picture”.
It dictated everything in my life. It dictated what I was to expect
in life, which wasn’t very much. It dictated what kind of friends
I should have. It dictated the kind of life I was to pursue!
But God intervened and showed me another picture. At first I
rejected it. Lies….It was all lies! Someone was trying to set me up
again. But God persisted and took me “outside and showed me
the stars and told me to count them if I could……..”
Over time I began to believe Him. It was crazy but how could I
Changing the “picture” was the most painful thing I had to ever
endure. It tooks years and years of pain and even tears. But
God in His grace persisted and kept on showing me “His”
picture and I am forever grateful. Am I there yet? Not by a long
shot but the picture has changed drastically and continues to….
Friends, God has a better “picture” for your life. He wants
to show you the most amazing things if you let Him. Ditch the
old picture that told you how much of a loser you were, that
told you how ugly you were, that told you how insignificant you
were, that told you you had no future, that made you aim as low
as possible just in case you failed…..!
God has a better picture for your life and He is inviting you
outside to look at the stars and count them if you can……
The old picture can be changed. The enemy has lied to you
and has done something crazy. He has made you believe that
the old picture is the truth!
He has made you believe that the old picture is the real you!
He is dead wrong friends!
God’s picture is stronger than any picture the enemy can
ever fabricate. That is what he has done. I looked up the
definition of fabricate and this is what I found:
Fabricate – invent something in order to deceive.
synonyms -forge, falsify, fake, counterfeit, make up and invent
My hope is that you will understand the ‘picture” can change.
Your truth can change. There is another picture, God’s
picture. There is no other picture that can compete to His
picture. All other pictures must bow down to His. He loves us
with everything within Him. He has only the best reserved
for us. Let’s stop listening to the lies of the enemy.
As I end I will leave you with a very simple but powerful
There is more…….
photo credit: google images
How did THEY do it? The great men and women who went before us? How did they achieve greatness? One thing is for sure. None of those men and women became great in a day. It took time. Look at Israel, what a great example. Jacob was one man with a promise. He would become a mighty nation! Psalm 105: 11, 12 says,
Saying, unto you will I give the land of Canaan as your measured portion, possession, and inheritance.
When they were but a few men in number, in fact, very few and were temporary residents and strangers in it.
Don’t despise the day of small beginnings. We see from this short passage that God started with a few people. He started off small. It is doing the small things that great things are born. Without the small things you cannot be great. So you may have started writing but no one knows your name, please know there will come a day when people will know your name, a day where your books will impact millions. Keep on writing. You may have started a company but it hasn’t picked up like you would want it too but know the day is coming when you will be so busy you will not know what to do with the clients that come to your place.
All great things start as small things. It is just the way it is. Don’t despise the “small” that you are doing now. It is to an end. God has a much bigger plan in store for you. It takes time for “small” to turn into great. You need to keep at it. keep pushing, keep trusting, keep declaring, keep on working. God knows what He is doing. I need to constantly remind myself of this truth. God is doing something and I must not despise the day of small beginnings. He is making me stronger, preparing me for the great and so it is with you. King David looked after his fathers sheep. But God was preparing him out there. He fought the lion and the bear out there. God was preparing him for the giant and more. He was preparing him to be a king as he was doing the “small”. Did he know what God was up to, I don’t know! People saw but didn’t understand. His own family didn’t see it. People don’t usually tend to see what God is doing but keep on with what He has shown you.
What you need to do, is see beyond the “small” as you do the “small”. Do you understand?? When you do the “small” see the end result. See the “small” in it’s completed state. If you are at school aspiring to be a doctor keep the picture of the doctor up. When things get hard at school, having the main picture in front of you will help you. It takes faith to see ahead. You can only see the big picture by faith! The “small” you are doing now is the key. Don’t despise it. The “small” is setting your foundation down and making it stronger. That is where greatness starts…..