“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!
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Everyone is born with potential. There is not a single person born without it.
How many times have you been told you have potential? I can’t count the amount of times
I have been told so.
But I was thinking about something that can nullify the incredible potential we all have, and that
thing is our beliefs.
Beliefs are stronger than potential
A person with the most incredible potential to be a soccer star will crash and burn if he doesn’t believe he can
be a soccer star. If he believes in his heart he cannot be a great soccer player then that’s that.
There is nothing that is going to change the end result. Only by Yeshua”s grace can the result be changed.
We need to look at the beliefs we have today. They really are powerful. Let’s not treat them lightly.
Potential cannot turn into anything substantial and tangible if the belief is wrong.
This spoke to me deeply.
It is absolutely vital to scrutinize the beliefs we hold about our lives. The Lord has an amazing
purpose for our lives, filled with much potential, and much promise but holding the wrong beliefs
is one of the things that can stop us dead in our tracks.
We need the Lord’s help in this area. He can show us where we are holding the wrong beliefs.
Look at Yeshua’s promises for you. Are the beliefs that you have helping you achieve them or
He wants you to reach your full potential friends. He wants to help you overcome
outdated beliefs. Moses and Gideon are really good examples of this. They had some warped
beliefs about themselves but in His patience and grace Yeshua changed the negative beliefs they
had. Before they could move forward the limiting beliefs they held on to had to be addressed. Those
beliefs had to go. It’s the same for us. Old beliefs that are limiting us need to go, beliefs that are hindering
progress need to go. It’s not an easy task by any means. We need the Lord to help us. He is the One
who can help get over outdated beliefs. He is the One that can help us get new ones….
Blessings to you friends…..
I came across one of the most amazing passages of scripture
today! It’s so beautiful, it makes my heart leap! I never noticed it
before but today, I noticed!
“Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers.
And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to
Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. “
(the last part is what I want you to see. It’s the amazing passage
“and she happened to come to the part of the field
belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech! “
Don’t worry, I haven’t lost my marbles…haha
I love that phrase because it shows the beauty of how God
works in the lives of people! Let me explain,
I have written so much on Ruth. She is totally amazing and no, I
will not stop writing about her! 🙂 She is one of my favourite people
in the bible. So no surprises if I tell you I was reading Ruth today!
I shared on this particular scripture before but I got another
revelation today that I would like to share. In actual fact, it’s been
on my mind and heart the whole day. The truth it teaches is so
“So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the
field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find
And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”
Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers.
And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to
Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.
Ruth 2:2, 3
I love this…..My heart jumps at how good God is.
Ruth thought she was simply going to glean grain but God
had much more in store for her. God was directing Ruth’s
steps in such an amazing way. On the surface, her gleaning
grain seemed so mundane, so ordinary but it wasn’t. In the mundane
God led her to the field of Boaz. At the time, she didn’t know
who he was. She had no idea she would be married to him.
He was a man of God and he would cherish her all the days
of her life.
She had no idea she would be a descendant of David and
Jesus Christ!!! She would be part of the lineage of Jesus Christ!
Wow….What an honor! All made possible by God who just
“happened” to lead her to the field of Boaz!
Her story teaches us that no step we take is aimless, of no
purpose! Every step we take has a purpose!
God is directing our every step. In the seemingly mundane
details of our lives, He is guiding us. He has carefully
prepared our every step.
Don’t take for granted the leading of the Lord. Don’t doubt He is
leading you to something amazing.
“A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his
steps and makes them sure. “
“Man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a
man understand his way? “
“The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by
the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself
with his every step].”
Today, I was reminded what it means to be led by God.
This is not a “nice” passage of scripture. A ‘feel good” passage.
This is truth and it’s alive, powerful and active. I was challenged
to believe, to have faith.
I declared, like Ruth, God is directing my steps!
God is directing our steps and that is amazing!
Like Ruth, He is directing your steps!
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The Pharisee stood [ostentatiously] and began praying
to himself [in a self-righteous way, saying]:
God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men –
swindlers, unjust (dishonest), adulterers – or even like
this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all
that I get.
But the tax collector, [merely] standing at a distance, would
not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but kept striking his
breast, saying, O God, be favorable (be gracious, be
merciful) to me, the especially wicked sinner that I am!
Luke 18:12, 13 (AMP)
The year is about to end and as it does I want to touch
on a few things I think we need to reflect on before we get
into 2016. The word I am about to share has really been
on my mind for some time. This word brought attitudes
to light, attitudes that were not of God.
Just because you think you are humble doesn’t mean
you are humble. This is the kind of erroneous thinking
I had. But this scripture blew that out of the water.
I thought I was humble but truth be told, I was proud!
I couldn’t see it because my pride was cloaked in a
false sense of humility.
But to walk in the plan God has for us we need to be
humble! The tax collector was a perfect example of
what it meant to be humble.
I think humility is being able to stay small in our own eyes!
It’s having the wisdom to see that God is in control and
understanding that without Him we are lost.
Humility strips every selfish thought and idea we have.
Humility puts off our own strength and puts on God’s.
Humility doesn’t take pride in it’s own wisdom but
looks to the Lord for true wisdom!
The Pharisee stayed big in his own eyes. He saw himself
as more in his own eyes, as very important, while the tax collector
stayed small in his own eyes!
Who are you in your own eyes?
Please understand what the tax collector did and didn’t do.
He didn’t talk negatively about himself. He didn’t tell
God how useless and pathetic he was. He didn’t tear himself
down. That is not humility.
He knew he was a sinner in deep need of grace and mercy!
I hope you notice the difference. Stop the negative self talk.
It’s not biblical.
It’s so important we stay “small in our own eyes”.
Let us look at another passage of scripture that will help
us understand this truth:
Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and
he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother’s
name was Jekoliah; she was from Jerusalem.
He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as
his father Amaziah had done.
He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed
him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God
gave him success.
2 Chronicles 26:3
God had a plan for Uzziah. Actually, He had great plans for him.
Like Uzziah, God has great and amazing plans for us. But look
at how the story changed……
But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall.
He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple
of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.
2 Chronicles 26:16
The priests were the only ones allowed to burn incense but
because Uzziah was proud (failed to remain small in his own
eyes) he never walked in the full promises of God!
God had made Uzziah powerful but he failed to realise
When I start thinking I can’t do certain things because they are
beneath me or I am too important to do them
or if I think I should
only do certain things because I am important, that is a good
indicator I have become
proud. God wants me to walk in everything He has for me
but pride will destroy that very quickly!
Let us be like the tax collector. He remained small in his own eyes
and because of that the Bible says he went home justified!
My desire and prayer is that I walk in true humility, that
I stay small in my own eyes for the rest of my life!
Stay small in your own eyes!
God bless friends……
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Paul was one of the greatest apostles that ever lived. He was
a man who obeyed God 110%, no make that 150%, actually make
that 200%……I think you get the picture! 🙂 When I read the
life of Paul I am challenged by his obedience. Let’s look at the
things he accomplished because he was obedient.
He got to share the gospel with Felix who was Governor at
the time. He was a man who had lots of influence.
Read Acts 24:10-26
Paul shared the gospel with King Agrippa and his wife
Bernice. God brought Paul before powerful men
and women to share the gospel.
Acts 25 and chapter 26
By the way he carried himself and his faith in God,
Paul was able to minister to the Roman soldiers
Read Acts 27:42, 43
Because of his obedience Paul ministered to a whole
tribe on the island of Malta.
Read Acts 28.
During imprisonment in Rome, Paul wrote a lot of
the books in the new testament. It is said he wrote,
Ephesians Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.
After imprisonment it is said he wrote Hebrews,
Titus, 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy.
Now for the crux of the matter. I will share a scripture that I
believe is the key that opened the door to all the ministry he did:
After several days of visiting, a prophet from Judea by the name
of Agabus came down to see us. He went right up to Paul, took
his belt, and, in dramatic gesture, tied himself up, hands and feet.
He said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: The Jews in Jerusalem
are going to tie up the man who owns this belt just like this and
hand him over to godless unbelievers.”
When everyone heard that, we and everyone there that day
begged Paul not to be stubborn and persist in going to
Jerusalem. But Paul wouldn’t budge:
Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene
and making it even harder for me?
You’re looking at this backward. The issue is Jerusalem is not
what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the
Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can’t you see that?
Wow right…..Paul had an understanding of obedience. He knew
being obedient allowed Jesus to work through him. And because
Paul was obedient, Jesus did a mighty work in him and through
Let’s bring this principle home. God has a plan for each and
everyone of us but we can only walk in that plan when we are
obedient! That revelation hit me hard! I am in a situation where
I have a decision to make. I can either be obedient even though
it’s difficult and uncomfortable or disobey! But the word is very
clear, Jesus works through our obedience!
He has this amazing, uncomprehendible (if there is such a word)
plan for us. It’s just to big to fathom. I don’t think Paul knew all
that God had in store for Him but he simply obeyed, and
trusted! We need to do the same……
I want to live a life of obedience to God and I ask Him to
help me. I rebel a lot and I fight and push back but He wants
me to obey. He wants us to obey!
Will you learn a lesson from the man who lived a life of obedience?
“And when he saw that it was pleasing to the Jews, he proceeded further and arrested Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread [the Passover week].
And when he had seized [Peter], he put him in prison and delivered him to four squads of soldiers of four each to guard him, purposing after the Passover to bring him forth to the people.
So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent prayer for him was persistently made to God by the church (assembly). Acts 12:3-19
This year I made a decision to change the way I pray! I can’t pray the same way I prayed in 2014. There must be a change! So I started praying for others more frequently. I decided to take it seriously. I always knew it was the right thing to do but this year I got more serious about it. And then I came across the scripture above! Let me show you how it challenged me:
Peter was in deep trouble. Herod had arrested him and was planning to kill him to please the Jews! But the bible tells us,
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. Acts 12:5
When I read this I realized something, our prayers have power, whether we are praying into situations we are facing in our own lives or whether we pray for people, our prayers have power.
The church prayed and Peter was delivered out of prison! He was rescued out of Herod’s hands! But get this, the church didn’t understand the power of prayer because when Peter came to their door they didn’t believe Rhoda! It can’t be so with us. We must pray with the understanding that our prayers are powerful and God answers prayer. I want to encourage you to pray for someone. Your prayer is important. It will make a difference in that person’s life.
The enemy doesn’t want us praying for each other.
Think about that! He too knows the power of prayer and he will do all he can to keep us from praying for each other. I will not stand for it, will you? Your prayer has the power to change someone else’s life!
Declare with me,
When I pray things happen.
My prayers have power.
When I pray chains are broken.
When I pray angels respond.
One last thing I want to share with you is this:
Peter was in the most hopeless of situations.
He was guarded by four squads of soldiers of four soldiers each.
He had two soldiers in his cell!
He was bound with two chains in his cell!
There were soldiers outside his cell!
If that is not a hopeless situation I don’t know what is. But it is through prayer Peter was set free! No matter how hopeless it seemed he was set free because of prayer! And that for me shows me the power of prayer. Don’t despise the power of prayer! When you pray for yourself or are praying for someone else, know your prayer has power! God is so good……Amen!
So much has happened this year. A lot of good has happened but bad things have happened as well. As a country we have gone through some really hard times but as I reflect on all that has happened I realize God has brought me this far! Through all the times of testing, trials, challenges, and disappointments, God has been faithful. He has been with me every step of the way. He has been by my side and has not abandoned me.
What has YOUR year been like? Are you looking forward to 2015? Are you dreading it? Do you get fearful when you look at 2015? Can I confess something to you?
In the natural it looks like 2015 is going to be worse than 2014.
It looks like nothing is going to change for me.
It looks like I have come to the end of the road.
It doesn’t look like any doors could open for me.
I know God has a plan for me but going into 2015 I have no idea what He has in store!
Can you believe that? I am just being honest. Our country is going through a lot and it looks like things are just going to get worse but…………….
I was convicted the other day as I was thinking like this.
Since when did my circumstances determine what God had for me???
My circumstances have rarely being “just right” for God to work, but He has done amazing things! God does not wait for circumstances to get better to work! He doesn’t wait for the drought to finish to provide! He doesn’t wait for the sick person to get stronger to heal! He doesn’t wait for the poor to get rich to bless him!
What He waits for is FAITH! It is faith that compels Him to move on your behalf. So what does that mean?
As you read Hebrew 11 you will see how men and women of God were able to look ahead by faith and obtain the promises God had promised them!
By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. Hebrew 11:5
By an act of faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. Hebrews 11:7
By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. when he left he had no idea where he was going. Hebrew 11:8
So what am I trying to say?? 2014 was a difficult year and it had it’s fair share of challenges, challenges that could deceive me into thinking 2015 is going to be the same or worse but I can choose to believe different.
You can choose to believe different!
You can declare what God has shown you by faith! Even if it sounds crazy, and even if it looks like it’s impossible, trust God!
2015 is going to be a great year for me!
The doors that were closed in 2014 will be opened for me in 2015!
New opportunities are waiting for me in 2015!
Blessing and prosperity are waiting for me in 2015!
God’s favor is with me 100 fold in 2015!
My country is going to turn around in 2015!
God is going to perform amazing miracles in my country in 2015!
My church is going to a new level in 2015!
Going is going to do something really significant in our church in 2015! Something that will impact the world!
2015 is a year God is going to establish me!
My circumstances say I am crazy for speaking like this, but my circumstances are not the god I worship!! I serve a real and powerful God who says,
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jeremiah 29;11
What do you see when you see 2015? You can choose to see 2015 in the natural, what you see is what you get. So if you had a bad year then next year will be the same or even worse and there is no hope!
Or you could choose to believe in God and believe He has a great year in store for you! Your faith will be tested but it will make you stronger.
Can you imagine how Noah felt as he built an ark in the middle of dry ground??
What was going through Abraham’s mind as he traveled to an unknown place. He had no idea where he was going but he trusted God!!!
Your faith in God will set you apart. It may make you unpopular or seem crazy but don’t stop! God will come through for you! Don’t be discouraged, 2015 is going to be an amazing year for you if you only choose to believe in God! That is my declaration! God bless……