“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.
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.
They were more than forty [men of them], who formed this conspiracy [swearing together this oath
I know I have shared on this verse before but this week God has been speaking to me afresh concerning
this passage of scripture.
Paul had a clear word from God about where he was going. But we see that the very next day
an attack was launched against Paul and that is what I want to speak about.
The enemy is not afraid to attack the word God has spoken to you. The enemy wants to destroy the
work God has started in you. he doesn’t want you getting to the place God has planned for you.
he has declared war on you, on the calling God has on your life.
After reading Paul’s story I was shown how the enemy was attacking the word of God given to me.
When it comes to finances let’s just my faith has been nonexistent.
I would worry about how my needs would be met and how I would survive the month but God began
to help me through a group of men I am accountable to. He gave me scriptures to stand on and declare
and for a season I was energized and full of faith but somewhere down the line that stopped.
I started falling back into worry and fear and that is when God showed me what was happening through
the story of Paul. The enemy was attacking the word God had given me and I didn’t even realize it.
I will not let the enemy steal the word God has given me anymore and not just in the area of finances but every
area of my life. He has promised me health, long life, fruitful relationships, restoration, purpose realized
and so much more.
I don’t know where you are at today but know that the enemy is attacking the word God has given you.
“And he [satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every
tree of the garden?”
satan had the audacity to challenge the word Eve was given.
he is trying to steal the word God has given
Don’t let him steal it. The word God has given you is to carry you and protect
you. It is to act as a way out of the storm you are in. It’s your light in the darkness.
Without the word you are left vulnerable, hopeless, lost and defeated. The enemy knows this.
The way to stop the enemy from stealing the word God has given you is by reading His word and
declaring it! Don’t stop declaring and reading the word no matter how bad it gets, no matter how hopeless
it appears to be. That’s the mistake I made. I stopped declaring and the enemy took full advantage.
God’s word over you will come to pass. It will accomplish what it was meant to do and that is to
nullify the lies of the enemy, to break the chains you are bound by. The word will release you into all
of what God has destined you for. There is so much in store for you. It’s time to walk into it.
Take a stand against the enemy. God is with you.
Bless you, friends!
“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!
“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man,
that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He promised].
Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not
make it good?”
We have been let down on countless occasions. Heck, we have let others down on
countless occasions and the temptation is to look at everything through that filter.
But that is not the case with the Lord. He will never let us down. He will always keep
His word no matter what. He won’t back down or retract any promise
He made to you. The enemy might make you think God has given up on you but
He hasn’t. He loves you and won’t back down on what He promised you.
Don’t lose heart and don’t get weary in the waiting. God is faithful and will come through for
you. He has not forgotten about that problem you are having. He has not gone deaf to
your prayer. He hears you loud and clear and will help you. He is not a man…
He doesn’t belittle
He is not spiteful
He doesn’t abandon
He is not judgemental
Don’t think there is ever a time He gets tired of listening to you.
He is not a man…
Because He is not a man you can trust Him. He wants you to trust Him!
He will bring to pass every promise He has ever made to you. I know that’s a bold statement
but it’s true. It’s something I am coming to grips with as well.
You don’t need to worry.
He loves you and He is faithful to you!
Bless you, friends!
The fight we are in is not an easy one. The enemies we face are strong, intimidating
and formidable. Their goal is to take us down, to make us fail.
On our own, we are seriously outnumbered and outgunned. Do we have a chance?
Can we win when the odds are stacked heavily against us?
As I look at my own life and the challenges I face it can be intimidating and overwhelming
at times. There are times I can’t see a way out or an answer. There are times I feel
completely powerless and not sure how things will work out but this week
I have been thinking about victory. I believe the Lord has been showing me
I have a chance. Even though the enemy seems like a mountain blocking
my way I believe I have a chance, we have a chance!
No matter how gigantic the enemy is or how impossible our situation is we have
a chance because God is with us. Let’s look at a story that beautifully portrays this,
“Now four men who were lepers were at the entrance of the city’s gate;
and they said to one another, Why do we sit here until we die?
If we say, We will enter the city-then the famine is in the city, and we shall die
there; and if we sit still here, we die also. So come now, let us go over to the army
of the Syrians. If they spare us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us,
we shall but die.”
2 Kings 7:3-16
The lepers were in a dire situation. They had no weapons,
they were heavily outnumbered and had very limited options but God made a way for
them. Because God was with them the lepers had a chance. With everything against them,
God turned their hopeless situation around for good.
We have a chance against the hordes that stand in our way. God will not abandon us.
Have hope because you will win. The Lord will carry you through the valley of death.
He is faithful and can be trusted.
Be encouraged today!
Bless you, friends.
“And the people grumbled and deplored their hardships, which was evil in the ears
of the Lord, and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled; and the fire of the
Lord burned among them and devoured those in the outlying parts of the camp.”
Numbers 11:1, 2
The Lord was with the Israelites and expected them to respond in faith but that’s not what happened.
Instead of trusting Him when things got really difficult they responded in unbelief and fear and that was evil
in the eyes of the Lord.
Possessing the land of Canaan was an impossible task. Giants resided there.
But no matter how impossible the task was the Lord wanted His people to trust Him. He wanted them
to be confident in His power, strength, and faithfulness.
Sadly, that never happened. The Israelites shrunk back in fear. Because unbelief and fear filled their hearts
they couldn’t possess what God promised them.
The Israelites couldn’t move ahead because they didn’t have faith. Instead, they were pushed back because
of their unbelief. And that’s what unbelief and fear will do if you entertain them. They will push you back when
you are supposed to move forward.
“Then the Amalekites came down and the Canaanites who dwelt in that hill country and smote the Israelites
and beat them back, even as far as Hormah.”
The Lord doesn’t want us to be pushed back. The enemy wants that. God wants us
to move ahead in faith. It’s faith in God that will allow us to defeat the giants standing in our way.
It’s faith in God that will enable us to tell mountains to get out of the way as we make our way to the place
God has promised.
Because God is with you,
you can move forward confidently no matter how hard the journey is, and no matter
how intimidating the enemy is. Don’t let fear and unbelief dictate your response to God.
Always respond in faith!
Bless you, friends!
“So Potiphar arrested Joseph and put him into prison. This prison was where the king’s
prisoners were put. And Joseph stayed there in the prison. But the Lord was with Joseph
and showed him kindness. The Lord caused the prison warden to like Joseph.”
Genesis 39:20, 21
Joseph was having a really tough time in Egypt. Firstly he was sold into slavery by his brothers,
then he was falsely accused by his master’s wife which put him into prison. It’s important to
note and understand that the hardships he was facing did not limit God’s power in his life.
God didn’t stop moving in Joseph’s life because he was in a bad place. In slavery God was working,
in prison, being falsely accused, God was at work in his life.
No matter how bad things are in your life God is still working. The difficult things around
you don’t limit Him one single bit. He is not looking at what’s happening around you to move.
He is looking at your faith. Will you still look to Him when things are difficult?
Will you allow what’s happening around you to determine how big you dream? Are you going to
wait for circumstances to get better before you move in faith or will you start trusting Him where
you are right now??
I am fully convinced God is moving in your life even when the world around you is falling apart.
Don’t let the bad things that are happening around you determine how must live.
Put your trust in God and move with Him.
Bless you, friends…
“So Moses and Aaron gathered all the elders of the Israelites.
Aaron told them everything that the Lord had told Moses.
Then Moses did the miracles for all the people to see. So the
Israelites believed. They heard that the Lord was concerned about them
and had seen their troubles. Then they bowed down and worshipped
The Israelites were in bondage for a really long time. Things had been really
difficult for them. So when Moses and Aaron told
them that God was concerned about them and had seen their troubles they must have
But the hope they had quickly disappeared when the pressure intensified. The joy, the hope,
the faith they had was replaced with doubt, fear, and anxiety. They were not patient with the
Lord. They wanted the deliverance to happen that very instant.
“As they were leaving the meeting with the king, they met Moses and Aaron.
Moses and Aaron were waiting for them. So they said to Moses and Aaron, “May the
Lord punish you. You caused the king and his offices to hate us. You have given them
an excuse to kill us.”
Exodus 5:20, 21
That story spoke to me today. We need to endure as we wait for God’s promise
to materialize in our lives. His promise for our lives, our families, and our countries will be
contested against by the enemy. There is no way he is going to just sit and let you
stroll into what God has promised you. he is the adversary and by the very nature of
that name he opposes and fights against everything good that God has prepared for us.
The Israelites thought it would be a walk in the park but it wasn’t. They had to trust God with
all that they had. They had to believe His word was true. They had to endure.
God’s promise was true and He would deliver them and they needed to understand that no matter
how bad things got.
“He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold as a servant. His feet they hurt with fetters;
he was laid in chains of iron and his soul entered into iron.
Until his word [to his cruel brothers] came true until the word of the Lord tried and tested him.”
When the promise seems like a fantasy we must keep trusting, we need to endure. His promise
is true, it will come to pass. The Lord is not a man that lies. His word is sure and if He promised
it will come to pass. Difficulty doesn’t mean the promise won’t come to pass.
There is nothing that can stop the word of God from coming to pass.
Hold on in the storm. Endure, put your faith in Him.
He will fulfill what He promised you.
Bless you, friends…
“Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘I am too old to have a baby?
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
No! I will return to you at the right time a year from now. And Sarah will have a son.”
Genesis 18:13, 14
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
The Lord was trying to show Sarah that her seemly “impossible” situation was not impossible for Him.
It really was impossible in human standards but not to God. He is bigger than anything we deem “impossible”.
What are you facing right now that seems “impossible”?
I am facing an “impossible” situation as well in this season. There doesn’t seem to be an answer to the
situation I am faced with. There is an option of just giving in to fear and hopelessness but this word
spoke to me.
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
I know God is challenging me to look to Him and trust. He has been speaking to me through that
verse. There is absolutely nothing in this world that is too big for Him to handle.
Where we make the mistake is trying to go on by ourselves in our own strength but that
won’t work. We will always fail when we try to do it in our own strength.
This is not a new struggle. I think of Moses who doubted God’s power and capacity. The Lord had
to remind Him how big He really was.
“The Lord said to Moses,
Has the Lord’s hand (His ability and power) become short (thwarted and inadequate)?
You shall see now whether My word shall come to pass for you or not.”
Your “impossible” situation may seem like a Mount Everest standing in your way but remember
there is nothing too big for God to handle.
Bring your fears, your anxiety, and your worries to Him. Put all your hope in Him.
There is nothing too hard for Him!
Bless you, friends…
“The Lord made a promise to David.
It was a sure promise that He will not take back.
He promised, “I will make one of your descendants rule as king after you.”
Happy new year to you, friends! I hope you had a great holiday and are ready to continue walking
with God in this new year. God has done so much already and in this new year, He will
continue the work He started all those years ago. He has so much more in store for you.
It’s good to be back writing and I am expectant about what God has in store this year.
God’s promises to us are sure. He doesn’t take back what He has promised. He doesn’t change
His mind. When He promises, it comes to pass. When God promised David he would have
a son to rule when he died God is the one who brought it to pass in spite of David’s failings and weaknesses.
(remember the mess with Bathsheba)
If we are relying on our own abilities and strength to receive God’s promises then we have missed it.
He wants us to look to Him, to rely on Him. He is faithful to fulfill the things He promised us.
So as we go through the new year let’s remember His promises to us are sure.
There is no “maybe” or “might” attached to His promises. They are sure and that’s enough for us.
Enjoy your weekend friends.