Is there a reason to be excited about your life?
That’s the question I have been meditating on for the past couple of days. My country has been
going through a tough couple of weeks and it has been hard to see a future when things look so dark.
But the darkness is not only in Zimbabwe, it’s all over the world. And the darkness wants to get us
off our game. It wants us so discouraged that we lose hope. But we need to keep trusting no matter
But it’s not just the tough times in my country that made me think about “what my life could be”
As I looked at my weaknesses, the things I am supposed to be doing that I am not doing, and
flaws that are too many to mention I got discouraged. I have messed up so much. I have blind spots
that I am relying on God to expose. With all those things against me I found myself asking,
Can I really be excited about my life with all the flaws that I have?
That kind of question demands an answer and an answer is what I got.
I do have a reason to be excited about my life because God is in it.
Not only is He in it but He created it. He is the author of my story. I have every reason to be
excited about my life. I need to pump myself up, raise the expectation, because He is in control.
He has crazy things in store for me. His word says,
“Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this.
He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream,
and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for His miraculous power
constantly energized you.”
Ephesians 3:20, 21
You may think there is nothing to get excited about in your life but that’s not true. Because God
is at the helm you can expect an amazing life even though things may be hard now.
Nothing may be working for you at the moment but remember this,
Keep trusting God. Hold on to His promises. Expect Him to move on your behalf and yes,
You have a reason to be excited about your life….. because He is in it.
Blessings to you friends.
“The just shall live by faith.”
I was challenged a few days ago as I thought about this scripture and what it meant for me.
It’s not talking about having faith occasionally and it’s not talking about faith as an event.
Instead this verse talks about faith as a lifestyle, as the driving force behind everything we
As I live my life there needs to be an expectation that God sees and is working things out
for my good. I need to believe He is faithful to what He promised and even though
things are hard, He will deliver me and that my best days are yet to come.
I am not where I am by accident, so there needs to be a conviction that God has led me here
and He is directing my every step. The things that are happening in my life are not a coincidence.
The things I am believing for will come to pass. He has a purpose and plan for the gifts and talents
He has given me. I was not an after thought when He made me so there is so much more in store.
That’s what it means to live by faith and that’s what I feel I was challenged about as I read that
When things don’t go the way we want or we encounter difficult times that’s when
it becomes harder to hold on to faith, to live by faith. The difficult things we face can distort our
vision. We can lose sight of how great God is and instead of living by faith the doubts, fear, and anxiety
lead us. Instead of faith we become discouraged and hopeless. We lose sight of the big picture and
go into survival mode. But that’s not the way God wants us to live.
The just shall live by faith.
In everything, He wants us to trust Him. In sickness, He wants us to trust Him for healing, in financial
turmoil He wants us to trust He will provide, in economic hardship He wants us to hold on to the truth
that He is our provider. When the door is closed He wants us to believe He can open the door.
When faced with a dark and grim life, He wants us to believe He has a future and an expected end
for us, that our lives will get better.
Don’t fall into the trap of getting by. As you work, or go to school have faith. He wants you to believe.
Because the truth of the matter is this;
The Lord is working on your behalf
The Lord is directing your every step
He is your Shepherd so you won’t lack
You were created for a purpose
Your life has meaning and relevance so even though it doesn’t feel that way, He is busy making sure
everything He planned and promised for you comes to pass!
Be expectant. Don’t take your life for granted. Don’t give up hope.
The Lord is in control and that’s all that matters.
Live by faith!
Blessings to you friends.
1: to diminish or destroy by degrees:
a: to eat into or away by slow destruction of substance (as by acid, infection, or cancer)
b: to wear away by the action of water, wind, or glacial ice flooding eroded the hillside
c: to cause to deteriorate or disappear as if by eating or wearing away inflation eroding buying power
The eating away of your faith doesn’t happen suddenly. It happens in degrees. It’s barely visible and
before you know it your faith is wrecked.
We need God’s help against this attack. The Lord is by our side always and no matter how many attacks
the enemy launches he will not succeed. Don’t lose heart in the fire. Don’t give up in the fiery storm.
He will save you every time! Keep hope alive.
And this is the thing, your faith may be as small as a mustard seed but that’s enough for the Lord
to work with.
Things WILL get better, the storm will pass. Hold on to your faith.
No matter how intense the storm gets ask Him to give you strength to keep holding on.
Bless you friends….
How do you respond when faced with a setback? How do you respond to failure?
If you are not careful you can draw the wrong conclusions from them. I am much better at this now,
but there was a time I used to draw the wrong conclusions a lot. The doubts caused by the failures and setbacks
wreaked havoc in me. The obvious response was to project all those negative emotions to the rest of my
life which was downright destructive.
There is a way to respond to setbacks and failures. Tearing yourself down because you failed is not the
way. It’s important to see failures and setbacks as “isolated incidents” Don’t let the doubts and other
negative emotions bleed into the rest of your life. You can grow after a fall, after a setback but make sure that’s
what’s happening. I am reminded of a quote that perfectly portrays what
I am talking about;
“Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your three other tires because you
got a flat.” – author unknown
That is so true. We need to learn to draw the right conclusions from our setbacks. A setback doesn’t mean
we are failures. We failed yes, but we can get back up. We have another chance to try again.
Don’t let your setbacks and failures define what your tomorrow will be like. Don’t let them define what your
life will be like.
Remember to view them as “isolated incidents”. The Lord will lift you up when you fall.
He is more than able to turn around any situation no matter how bad. Look to Him when
faced with setbacks. Call on Him when you fall.
Bless you friends…..
“My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and
curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region
of darkness and mystery].
Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever
they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.”
Psalm 139:15, 16
“and in Your book all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there
was none of them.”
I love this!! Your life is not random. The events that happen are not accidental. The Lord took care
when He made you. There was thought, there was effort, there was intent.
When your life gets crazy and you have no idea what is happening know that YAH knows everything
about your life. There is nothing that happens in your life that catches Him by surprise, nothing!
He is in control of everything. All your days have been written in His book.
I am so encouraged to know all the days of my life have been written by Him. Even when I can’t
make sense of what’s happening the Lord knows and that makes the difference.
When I am overwhelmed or discouraged about the way things are going the Lord knows.
When I seem to be at a dead end, there is actually more journeying to be done.
The Author of my story loves me and is good so I don’t need to panic or fret.
He has the best in mind for me.
Turn to Him in your confusion. Call out to Him when things don’t go according to plan.
He wrote all your days in His book. Not some but all!
So the darkness you in now will change. The problems you have will be solved. The questions, the
concerns and the pain will be fixed and answered. The Lord is not done with you yet.
His plan for your life is amazing so trust Him with it…..
Blessings to you friends…..
We have an amazing purpose to live out that is given to us directly by YAH.
The thing is, the enemy is trying to do all he can to stop us.
As we pursue the dreams Yeshua has put in our hearts we must depend on
Him with our everything.
You may be discouraged and feeling overwhelmed because of the attacks but
take heart because the Lord is with you. Let me share a story with you that illustrates this
“And [that same] following night the Lord stood beside Paul and said,
Take courage, Paul, for as you have borne faithful witness concerning Me at Jerusalem,
so you must also bear witness at Rome.”
In this verse Yeshua promised Paul he would go to Rome and bear witness of Him.
But in the next verse we read something interesting,
“Now when daylight came, the Jews formed a plot and bound themselves by an oath and
under a curse neither to eat nor drink till they had done away with Paul.
There were more than forty [men of them], who formed this conspiracy [swearing together this
oath and curse].
Wow right?! Hours after the Lord spoke to Paul the enemy launched an attack against him!
In the natural Paul had no chance against this attack. There were forty Jews who were in on this
including the chief priests and elders.
But we need to look at what was really happening here.
The enemy thought he could stop the Lord’s purpose for Paul. he is so deceived that he thinks he
can stop YAH.
The Lord had promised Paul he would bear witness in Rome. Nothing would and could stop that
from happening. No matter the weapons the enemy used, they would all fail.
But the enemy thought he could challenge that!
The enemy’s plans for you will not succeed. Hold on to that truth with all you got.
The truth is this, he is a defeated foe and no plan against you can prosper because the Lord
is with you.
No matter the scheme, no matter the plan, no matter the weapon, they will all fail because the Lord
is protecting you and guiding you on your journey. His plan for your life will come to pass and that
is why I said you need to trust Him with everything you got. The enemy will try to deceive you into
believing he is winning but it’s a lie.
Trust the Lord’s leading, trust He is protecting you, trust He is in total control.
The journey we are on is long and there is plenty opportunity to get discouraged. But even when we
fall we must always remember that the Lord is with us. He is protecting us and directing our every step.
As I end this post I want you to see how powerful the Lord is. Look at the way he thwarted the enemy’s
‘Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul.”
The Lord used a young man! That’s all He needed. He didn’t break a sweat stopping the enemy’s plan.
The Lord has defeated the enemy and will continue doing so on our behalf with ease!
Don’t be discouraged. Keep trusting, keep praying…..
He will accomplish what He promised you.
Bless you friends!
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
to soil, stain, corrupt, or infect by contact or association
Today I will be talking about the contamination that happens in our hearts. We really do need to be careful
what we hear, who we hang out with, what we watch, what music we listen to….
Because it’s through those things we can contaminate ourselves.
Let me share a story with you of something that happened this week;
I was with some people who were speaking really negatively about a situation concerning the country.
The more the conversation went on the more uneasy I became. I could literally feel the fear creep in to me
as they spoke. I wanted to get out of there but I didn’t. I stayed. (wrong choice)
There is so much in this world that can contaminate and pollute our hearts so we must be on our guard
at all costs (Proverbs 4:23).
What are you listening to on a daily basis?
Who are you hanging out with?
What are you watching?
It’s hard to hear Yeshua’s voice when your heart is corrupted. It’s especially difficult to move in faith
when fear has entered your heart.
It’s hard to pray for healing when all you have filled yourself with, is words of death.
Stay away from toxic conversations. Reduce the amount of news you watch or read if that’s what gets
you out of peace?
Stay away from things that make you fearful and terrified, anxious and worry.
Those are the things that contaminate and pollute.
Guard your self at all costs!
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 don’t believe YAH wants us to ever settle in one place. We are on a journey and the destination
is heaven. But something does happen in this life that makes us lose our focus. It may be disappointment,
pain, really good times and the list goes on….
There are a variety of reasons we lose our focus and stop moving.
YAh showed me something the other day. A bus stop came to mind and he showed me how I had gotten
comfortable there because as you know,
you can never really set up camp at a bus stop. A bus stop is not really a destination in itself.
A bus stop accommodates people who are going somewhere and people who are coming from
somewhere but not an actual destination and that’s the place I got comfortable at. I can’t explain it
but I just thought that was the destination but I was so wrong. The settling was so subtle……if it wasn’t
for the Lord I would never have snapped out of it.
I got comfortable. I confused the place I am at as the destination when all it is, is a
bus stop. You cannot have a life at a but stop. It was never intended for that.
A bus stop helps you get to where you are really going and on this journey we are on there will be many
“bus stops”. But don’t mistake them for destinations because they are not.
So the goal is to always keep moving in YAH.
There is so much more journeying to be done. Don’t lose focus of where you are going.
Don’t get so comfortable at the bus stop that you think it’s the destination.
Something like that happened in the word. Let’s take a look at it,
“That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole
city was gathered together at the door.”
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place,
and there He prayed.
And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him and they found Him and said to Him, “everyone
is looking for you.”
And He said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”
The disciples got it wrong. They thought they had arrived at their destination. Yeshua could have set up camp
there but He didn’t. He knew what He was called to do and because He knew, He also knew He hadn’t arrived
at His destination.
We can learn something from that story. We need to keep moving in what YAH has called us to do. You don’t
have to see the whole picture to move, you only need to move when He says move.
I don’t want to set up camp at the bus stop. The next bus is rolling in to take me to my destination but
there are many “bus stops” along the way. I need to constantly be aware of where I am and understand
the Lord is directing and guiding me.
What about you? Have you gotten comfortable at the “bus stop”?
Do you have an idea of Yeshua’s plan for your life?
Bless you friends