As I considered my options I couldn’t help feeling discouraged. It seemed like I would not
get the breakthrough I was looking for. Should I even keep trying to pursue this opportunity
I asked myself?
I have been seeking the Lord for the next steps in my career and I took the step and tried something
new but I was stopped dead in my tracks. Did I hear God wrong?
Was this the direction he wanted me to go in?
We all have doors the Lord wants us to go through but there are times when it seems like the door is
tightly shut. At times it feels like the doors the devil has closed can’t be opened again but the Lord helped me
to see the truth. The devil is not that powerful. He doesn’t have the power to close a door and keep it closed.
“And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Philadelphia write; These are the words
of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David,
Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open;
I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See!
I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut;”
“And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; he shall open and no one shall
shut, he shall shut and no one shall open.”
From God’s word, it is clear that when God opens a door, the devil has no power to close it and when
a door is closed he has no power to open it. So just because the devil closes a door doesn’t mean
it will stay closed. That door will be opened. We must not let him deceive us into believing the door
can’t be opened. When I got this understanding I continued pressing forward. I did not give up.
I have faith God will breakthrough for me.
Before I go any further I want to add something,
The only time we should stop trying to go through a door is if God has said no but other than that,
we need to by faith keep going through the door. So what I am writing about are the doors the devil tries
to close. Those are the doors we need to bust open.
All doors the enemy has closed are meant to be gone through. It can be so discouraging when
things don’t seem to be working out but don’t stop praying and moving in faith.
The enemy is always trying to close doors that God wants us to go through. In the book of Ezra,
we read how the Israelites started rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. They were making progress but the
Samaritans opposed them. (Ezra 4:4) They didn’t want the Israelites to finish so they wrote and sent
a letter to the King of Persia who was the ruling power at that time. The letter was malicious and was
the enemy’s way of closing the door on the Israelites. The Samaritans got their wish because the
king commanded the building of the temple to be stopped immediately.
The door had been closed.
“Then the work on the house of God in Jerusalem stopped.”
But that was not the end of the story.
All the doors the enemy closes can be opened. He has no power to keep any door closed. Always remember
In the next chapter the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah prophesied to the Israelites. They encouraged the
people to start building again which they did. The Samaritans tried to stop them again this is what
“Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the province [west of] the River, Shethar-bozenai, and your associates,
the Apharsachites who are [west of] the River, keep far away from there.
Leave the work on this house of God alone; let the governor and the elders of the Jews build this house
of God on its site.”
You can read all of the good things the king decreed but the point is this,
The enemy tried to close the door of opportunity on the Jews but he had no power to do anything.
The door God opened for His people would stay open no matter how hard the devil tried.
Don’t give up when the door seems to be closed on you. If God has not closed it then the
door is still open. The devil has no power to close and keep a door closed.
It is only God who has that power.
What to do when a door seems to be closed by the devil?
The bible is very clear on what we are to do when that happens.
“Keep asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find;
keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking
finds; and to him who keeps on knocking [the door] will be opened.”
Don’t give up on the things God has put on your heart. Keep asking, keep seeking and
Don’t be discouraged when things don’t work out. Keep looking to God. Keep praying to Him.
Things will work out for you. He will breakthrough for you!
Don’t let the devil deceive you in thinking the door can’t be opened. It’s not true.
Every door that he “closes” is not really closed!
Be encouraged today friends.
“And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit)
to his stature or to the span of his life.”
How powerful is worry? I am not talking about the negative effects of worry, like stress, depression,
mental illness and so on. Those are all the negative effects of worry that we are well acquainted with.
But what good things can worry really do?
The bible tells us there is nothing good about worry and it also shows us just how powerless worry is.
I am thinking like this because just the other day I was worrying and stressing about something.
After some time I realized worrying had accomplished nothing. There was no progress made, even a
But instead of something good coming out of it the more anxious and fearful I got about
“Does worry add anything to your life? Can it add one more year, or even one day?
So if worrying adds nothing but actually subtracts from your life, why would you worry
about God’s care of you?
The bible commands us not to worry. It reinforces the truth that God knows what we need
and will take care of us always. No matter what happens we will always have what we need.
Think about all the great things God has done, like creating the heavens and the earth,
all the animals, sea life and so much more and think about how much effort it would take
Him to grow an extra strand of hair for you or add an inch to your height. He would do
those things as an afterthought or with His eyes closed but the word shows us that worry
can’t even do something as minuscule as that.
After all, is said and done we cannot expect worry to help us with anything we face. There is never
a time worry is good for us. Worry cripples our faith in God. It brings in doubt and fear.
It always makes things worse for us.
The word tells us,
“Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life,
what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on.
Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent]
We need God’s help because worry can feel so powerful, and real. It is in those times we
need to call on Him. Worry knows there is an answer for us but blinds us to it.
Its mission is to get our focus off God who is the way out and get us to panic, fear,
and be anxious. It wants to kill faith in the life of a believer. The less we walk in faith
the happier it is.
But we must choose faith no matter how real the threat of failure seems to be.
When it seems like that breakthrough is not going to come to pass we must keep trusting.
You may be feeling overwhelmed with the troubles you are in but stay in faith. God will
pull you through.
It may seem like He is late and the enemy is upon you but God will rescue you. He will not
abandon you and leave you helpless.
You might be on your last cent and have no idea where the next dollar is coming from but
He knows. He is the One who makes a way when there seems to be no way! Take heart.
Lord help us to walk by faith more and more in our daily life.
Help us to choose faith over worry, fear, and doubt always!
Blessings to you friends!
“After this, David inquired of the Lord saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?
And the Lord said to him, Go up. David said, To which shall I go up?
And He said, To Hebron.”
2 Samuel 2:1
When David was faced with a difficult situation he sought the Lord. He sought the Lord for
answers whenever he could. He rarely did his own thing and seeking the Lord was why he
He never boasted to be the most intelligent or strongest. His confidence was in the Lord and it showed
in how he dealt with problems.
When he didn’t know the next step to take, the direction he was supposed to go or when a problem was
bigger than him he ran to God for help and answers.
I was encouraged by that. What happens when we are in over our head or when we are out of ideas?
What do we do when we are confronted by troubles that threaten to stop us dead in our tracks?
Do we look to people or to God?
Going to God should be the first thing we do. He will help us no matter what we face.
Going to God made a difference in David’s life.
Going to God gave him victories wherever he went.
Going to God gave him the answers he needed.
When you go to the Lord for help, He will step in and help you. Situations will change,
and problems will be solved when God gets involved.
The word is simple today.
When you don’t know what to do, ask the Lord for help.
When you need help against a powerful enemy ask the Lord for help.
Don’t try to do it on your own. The Lord is with you.
“David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver
them into my hand? And the Lord said to David, Go up, for I will surely deliver [them] into
2 Samuel 5:19
Bless you friends
“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall or fail).
You can put it down now. You don’t have to carry that weight any longer. The Lord wants to carry
the burdens YOU are carrying. We go through life with the weight of the world on our shoulders
but that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. When we are under immense pressure we need to cast
it on to the Lord’s shoulders.
Remember, there is nothing too heavy for Him. There is no weight on earth or heaven that can
crush Him. Sometimes we carry our burdens because we think He will let us down and will abandon
us when we need Him the most but God is not man. He is always faithful and will never ever
let us down.
You will not slip, fall or fail.
This doesn’t mean there will be no bad days, days you feel like giving up, or days you feel hopeless.
It means through it all you will not be moved.
When you fall you will get up.
When your back is against the wall the Lord will come in and save you.
When you are in chains, the Lord will rescue you, free you.
You will not be moved because the Lord is with you.
Cast it all to Him. Don’t leave one single thing. Learn to walk light.
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns,
once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
1 Peter 5:7
Give it all to Him. Your worries, your concerns, your fears, your anxieties, and your troubles.
He will help you with all the trouble you face. He knows what you going through and will not leave
Turn to Him today!
Bless you, friends
“[As for me] I am poor and needy, yet the Lord takes thought and plans for me.
You are my Help and my Deliverer, O my God, do not tarry!”
Is the Lord ever late?
As I think on this question there are things I am trusting Him for. Some of those things
are things that need to happen in the next few days and the next month. Some of the other things
have passed the timeline I made for them.
Is the Lord ever late?
As I continued to meditate on Psalm 40:17 Jairus came to mind.
His daughter was really sick and if nothing was done she would die. He decided to go to Jesus for help.
If there was anyone who could help He could. (Mark 5:22)
Everything seemed to be going well. Jesus had agreed to go to see his daughter but on the way,
some of his friends met him and told him not to worry the Teacher any longer. His daughter
didn’t make it. She had died.
Jesus was late?
But when all seemed lost, when it seemed like Jesus was late something incredible happened.
“Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not
be seized and struck with fear; only keep believing.”
Jesus continued on to Jairus’s house and brought his daughter back to life!!
When it seemed like He was late, He really wasn’t.
Help us, Lord, to wait on You when all seems lost, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense!
The last story that came to mind was of Lazarus and his sisters. (John 11)
He was very sick and on the brink of death so his sisters sent for Jesus.
He loved this family very much. (John 11:5)
So you would think Jesus would go immediately but He didn’t.
“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [They were His dear friends, and He
held them in loving esteem.]
Therefore [even] when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days longer in the same
place where He was.”
John 11:5, 6
By the time He got to Lazarus, He found out he had been dead for four days! I think it’s almost definite
that the sisters thought Jesus was late, extremely late! I can imagine them seeing their brother getting worse
and worse and feeling so powerless. Where is He? Why is He late?
That’s what I think they were asking themselves. And eventually, their brother died.
What emotions were they going through?
I can identify with that because there have been things in my life I have been trusting God for that haven’t
come to pass yet and it’s been years, like over fifteen years of waiting on the Lord. Earlier in my walk with
Him I thought He didn’t care. I thought He enjoyed seeing me suffer. I thought He enjoyed getting my
hopes up only to crush them but I was so wrong. As I have grown in my walk with Him I have begun to
understand that the Lord is never late! His word shows us this truth so powerfully. There are so many stories
of Him coming through for His children at just the right time. Their idea of early might have been
wrong but God always came through at the right time.
What are you waiting on Him for, today?
As we ask the Lord to not tarry may we understand that He is never late. He comes through
at the right time. It may not be when we expect it but it’s at the right time.
He knows what you need. He has heard your prayers. He will not ignore you and He does not delight in
getting your hopes up. He wants to give you what you are trusting Him for.
Don’t lose heart and give up. The Lord will not tarry.
He loves you!
We live in a world that is saturated with evil. But how do you respond
when bad things happen? Just the other day I got some news that was bad but I had to stop myself. How was
I going to respond to it. was I going to freak out and lose it? Was I going to let fear get the best of
We always have a choice of how we respond to bad news.
Jairus was in trouble. His daughter was very sick and he needed help. That is when he decided to go to
Jesus for help. All was going well. He met with Jesus and told Him his problem and Jesus agreed
to go with him to his daughter. But on his way to his daughter something happened;
“While He was still speaking, there came some from the ruler’s house, who said [to Jairus],
Your daughter has died. Why bother and distress the Teacher any further?”
In that split second Jairus’s world collapsed. His daughter died. Despair was already walking through the
door of his soul.
Like I said before, we live in a world that is saturated with evil. Bad things happen. But how we respond
is so important. Let’s move on.
Despair was almost through the door but before it could make itself comfortable Jesus stepped in.
“Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue,
Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.”
In the face of bad news, Jesus told Jairus to believe and not give in to fear. He told him to believe
that He could turn things around.
We don’t have to give in to the bad news that comes our way. I don’t know what kind of news you
have received today but you don’t have to accept it. There is another option. You have another
choice. You can keep on believing…
You can decide to keep trusting God instead of giving in to fear, instead of accepting the bad news
you have been given. It takes faith to do that. Choosing to trust God over believing the bad news
takes faith and only faith.
King David was another man who had to deal with some really bad news. When he got back to
Ziklag he found his home had been plundered. The enemy had taken everything of his and his soldiers.
Their families were taken, their possessions were gone. There was nothing left. There was even talk
among the soldiers of killing David. He was in a really bad place but he did something really amazing.
Let’s take a look at what he did;
“David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them
all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters.
But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
1 Samuel 30:6
His hope in the face of the bad news was in the Lord. He didn’t let fear overcome him. Instead,
he encouraged himself in the Lord. He reminded himself of how good the Lord was to him.
He brought to remembrance how the Lord delivered him from his enemies!
(That’s what I think he was doing!)
How do we respond to bad news? I hope you can see it’s really important how you respond.
You can either accept what has happened or make a decision to put your hope in the Lord.
Let’s make the right decision today, the decision to trust God.
Bless you, friends!
“So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, send me David your son,
who is with the sheep.”
David was in an isolated place away from people and yet Saul knew where to find him.
How did that happen?
He was alone for the most part of his day. It wasn’t the coolest, hippest place to hang out
I can imagine but it’s in that place that David’s relationship with God was developed. It’s in that
place he communed and worshipped God. He learned to trust God in that place. It’s in that place
he fought a lion and a bear and God delivered him from them both. (1 Samuel 17:37)
You might be in a place where people don’t see you or even recognize you but know this,
the Lord knows exactly where you are. Be patient where you are. The Lord is at work in you
and is directing your every step.
“Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse,
The Lord has not chosen any of these.
Then [he] said to Jesse, Are all your sons here? [Jesse] said, There is yet the youngest;
he is tending the sheep.
Samuel said to Jesse, Send for him; for we will not sit down to eat until he is here.
Jesse sent and brought him. David had a healthy reddish complexion and beautiful eyes and
The Lord said [to Samuel], Arise, anoint him; this is he.”
1 Samuel 16:10-12
David’s father forgot about David and had to be asked if he had another son but that will never
happen with God. Like I said before, He knows where you are.
Don’t despise the place you are in today. It might not be the most exciting place to be or the most
fulfilling and can even be frustrating but God has a plan for your life. He knows what He is doing.
“Now Eliab his eldest brother heard what he said to the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled
against David and he said, Why did you come here?
With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and
evilness of heart; for you came down that you might see the battle.”
1 Samuel 17:28
“With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?”
Did David’s brother have an understanding of what was happening in the wilderness with
those “few sheep”?
I don’t think he had the slightest clue.
The place of isolation was very important. It prepared David to fight Goliath and win!
It prepared him for the things God planned for him.
So today, don’t underestimate what God is doing in you and through you. He has not forgotten you.
He is working in and through the circumstances you are facing and even though it may seem like
you are alone you are not.
I was getting frustrated with where I was in my life but I began to realize that God was in total control.
He IS in total control and there is nothing that happens in my life or your life that catches
Him by surprise. You may have been in a place for a long time and it seems like things won’t change
but I am here to say that things will change for you. God is faithful and will not abandon you.
Man will let you down but not God. Look to Him alone.
He sees you in your place of isolation!
Bless you friends
“[Those aboard] mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps;
their courage melts away because of their plight.
They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits end [all their
wisdom has come to nothing].
Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.”
“Their courage melts away because of their plight”
I can understand that. Life throws things that have the potential to melt away your
courage. It can throw things that render you hopeless and weak.
Situations that leave you clueless and powerless.
But what I want to look at and discus is how you deal with those situations. There will always
be giants stronger than us. We will always be faced with hard things that we don’t have answers to.
But knowing how to deal with those situations will make all the difference.
Psalm 107:23 paints a vivid picture for us. There were sailors out at sea and a storm
arose. The sailors knew a lot about the sea and you would expect that knowledge would help them,
but it didn’t. Their wisdom came to nothing. With all their experience and knowledge there was
nothing they could do. They didn’t have answers.
All hope they had of being saved was crushed. Their courage was lost.
But things turned around because of one thing and one thing alone, God. Their situation turned around
not because they were skilled, not because they were sailors and had tons of experience, and not because
of their strength.
When they cried out to God in their trouble He heard and saved them. The bible says it this way,
“Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.”
When you are at your wits end, when your courage is lost because of the enormity of the
storm cry out to God. He doesn’t expect you to deal with the storm by yourself. He expects you to call Him.
He expects you to trust Him in the fiercest of storms.
When the sailors cried out to God, He delivered them from their distress.
What are you going through today? What trouble are you facing?
Has your courage gone because of your plight? Is your hope lost?
Don’t lose heart in the storm.
God is with you and He will carry you through.
Bless you friends
What is your attitude like in difficult times, when things, are going wrong for you, when nothing
seems to be working in your life? I have been thinking about this today and I think it’s
so critical what your attitude is like.
I am being tested in this at the moment. Things are really bad in my country at the
moment and it’s so hard to have a good attitude in the midst of what’s going on.
Just because it’s easy to have a bad attitude doesn’t make it right to have one. A bad attitude
doesn’t cultivate faith, hope, and peace. It cultivates the exact opposite.
Having a good attitude in the midst of hardships is critical.
Look at Paul for example. He went through a lot of difficult things. He had every reason to have
a bad attitude towards life but he didn’t. There is a difference between being discouraged and having
a bad attitude and I think Paul did have days when he was discouraged but I don’t think he had a bad
attitude in the trials he was facing. His focus was on God who was His strength and help.
“Are they serving Christ? I am serving Him more. (I am crazy to talk like this.) I have worked much
harder than they. I have been in prison more often. I have been hurt more in beatings. I have been
near death many times. Five times the Jews have given me their punishment of 39 lashes with a whip.
Three different times I was beaten with rods. One time they tried to kill me with stones. Three times
I was in ships that were wrecked, and one of those times i spent the night and the next day in the sea.
I have gone on many travels. And I have been in danger from rivers, from thieves, from my own people,
the Jews, and from those who are not Jews. I have been in danger in cities, in places no one lives, and on
the sea. And I have been in danger with false brothers. I have done hard and tiring work, and many times
I did not sleep. I have been hungry and thirsty. Many times I have been without food. I have been cold and
without clothes. Besides all this, there is on me every day the load of my concern for all the churches.”
2 Corinthians 11:23-29
He also said,
“We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not
give up. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8, 9
“Always be happy. Never stop praying. Give thanks whatever happens. This is what God wants for you
in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16
Bad attitudes have a way of twisting how we see life. It blinds us from seeing God’s hand in our
life and gets us focusing on the negative. Instead of being joyful and being a light, a bad attitude sucks
the life out of us and makes us sharp and painful towards others. Instead of speaking words of
healing we cut down and kill with our words.
Ask for the Lord’s help when you have a bad attitude because it has to go. (I am speaking to myself
A person with a good attitude sees the total opposite. Even when the storm is raging the person with
a good attitude sees God always! He or she will always be optimistic when everyone else is being pessimistic.
It’s hard to move in faith when you have a bad attitude.
Remember the solider in the story of the four lepers in the old testament? (2 Kings 7:3)
He failed to believe the word from Elisha in a time of famine. That is an apt picture of how destructive a
bad attitude is.
And with all that I will conclude. Have a good attitude in life. You won’t get far in life with a bad attitude.
This is my challenge to you.
Blessing to you all.