Why they failed to possess what God promised…..


“The Lord was with Judah, and [Judah] drove out the

inhabitants of the hill country,

but he could not drive out those inhabiting the [difficult] valley

basin because they had chariots of iron. “

Judges 1:19

 

“But the Benjamites did not drive out the Jebusites who

inhabited Jerusalem:

the Jebusites dwell with the Benjamites in Jerusalem to this

day. “

Judges 1:21

 

The Israelites failed to drive out the nations they were supposed

to drive out after Joshua died.

The Lord instructed them to utterly destroy the

surrounding nations (Deuteronomy 7:1-3) but somewhere

along the way the command from God was forgotten or ignored.

 

On paper the enemy was definitely stronger than Israel but

that was not a new revelation. They already knew that.

God had already proved Himself again and again that He

was stronger than the enemies who came against them.

So what happened?

Did they forget that God was more powerful than the enemy?

Did they compare their own resources and weapons against

those of the enemy?

 

Whatever they did robbed them of the promise God made to them.

They were promised land by God but were not able to possess it.

Was it fear?

Did they look at the iron chariots and let fear consume them?

Did they look at all the other tribes failing to possess their land

and think it was normal to fail? (read Judges 1)

 

Even though tribes were failing to possess the land didn’t

mean God had changed His promise.

He wanted Israel to possess the land. He didn’t want His

people to settle for less than he had promised.

He wanted them to dominate and rule.

But they settled.

They had to share the land with the enemy.

That was not God’s plan.

 

What have you settled for today?

No matter how hard things get, God does not want you to settle.

He wants you to possess the land. He wants you to walk into

EVERYTHING He has planned for you. The enemy on the

other hand would love you to settle.

 

Are you relying on your strength to fight the enemy? 

Look to the Lord’s strength as you face the enemy. When you

rely on your own strength to get you through a situation or problem

you are setting yourself up to fail. God is the One who is supposed

to fight your battles. When the enemy confronts you face to face

turn to the Lord for help. He is stronger then every problem

in your life. There is no problem stronger than Him and the

enemy knows this.

 

Are you following the crowd?

What kind of environment have you surrounded yourself

with? I spoke about this in my previous post. The people that

you surround yourself with have a great impact on your life.

Get rid of the negativity in your life.

Just because someone says something is impossible doesn’t

mean it’s true for you.

Always remember, someone else’s truth doesn’t have to be your

truth.

Your truth is what God has told you.

We make the mistake of accepting other people’s truth about

finances, health, family and so on when that truth directly

contradicts God’s word!

Let’s be aware of that.

 

The bottom line is this, God is stronger than the enemy.

We don’t have to fear, we don’t have to settle.

We can boldly confront the enemy knowing we are

not facing him alone.

You don’t have to downsize your dream.

God does not want you to downsize your dream.

The enemy on the other hand wants you to do that.

He wants you to fail.

He wants you to think small, he wants you to not expect much.

But it’s all a lie!!

 

God has so much in store for you.

There is no limit to what God has for you.

Make sure you pursue everything God has for you.

Don’t listen to the enemy.

Don’t listen to people who put limits on what you can trust God for.

Make sure you are following what God has told you.

Hold to that path rigidly!

God bless you friends!

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

 

Forty days of fear!


“And the Philistine said, I defy the ranks of Israel this day; 

give me a man, that we may fight together. 

When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine,

they were dismayed and greatly afraid.”

1 Samuel 17: 10, 11

 

One would think that would be the perfect opportunity for the

Philistine’s to attack Israel.

It would be an easy battle for them.

Saul and ALL Israel were dismayed and fearful.

But the enemy didn’t attack.

Instead of attacking, Goliath came out morning and evening

for FORTY days!

Yes, forty days!!

 

“The Philistine came out morning and evening presenting 

himself for forty days.”

1 Samuel 17:16

 

That is so crazy to think. It’s like the enemy enjoyed seeing

Israel cower in fear.

They loved seeing the Israelites in fear.

 

“David left his packages in the care of the baggage keeper

and ran into the ranks and came and greeted his brothers. 

 

As they talked, behold, Goliath, the champion, the Philistine

of Gath, came forth from the Philistine ranks and spoke the 

same words as before, and David heard him. 

 

And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from 

him terrified. “

1 Samuel 17:22-24

 

And this went on for forty days, morning and evening!

Who knows how long it would have gone on for if David had

not come along.

 

And this my friends, is one of the enemies most effective strategy.

He wants you to live in fear as long as possible.

He wants you to be paralyzed by it.

He wants you to be bound by fear to a point where you can’t

think and you can’t step out in faith.

 

You don’t have to go far to find it. Fear is everywhere. It’s the

headlines you read on your way to work.

It’s in the 8:00 news.

It’s littered on your Facebook page.

 

Because the Israelites were gripped with fear they could not

move in  faith.

Fear blinded them to the truth.

They forgot the Lord Almighty was stronger than the enemy

they were facing.

 

The enemy used fear to stop the Israelites from moving

forward in their purpose.

 

We can’t let fear win friends. If left alone it will steal

everything good in our lives.

 

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, 

of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us 

a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced

mind and discipline and self-control. “

2 Timothy 1:7

 

We need God’s help to overcome fear. God has brought me

so far as I look back at my life. I was so fearful but He continues

to take me to new levels of boldness. This is not an easy battle

friends. But we are not alone facing this enemy.

Fear’s hold on our lives must be broken.

The God we serve is stronger than every fear we face.

He is stronger than the author of fear!!

Take heart.

Blessings to you

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

Puzzles and life…..


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

children.

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

traditional puzzles.

I was worried I had forgotten to assemble a puzzle.

I would never hear the end of the story if I failed to assemble

the puzzles…haha

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

box.

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

a picture.

 

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.

 

Rolain

 

 

A wonderful opportunity for those who have messed up….


“As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace

in vain. 

For He says, 

In the time of my favor I heard you and in the day of salvation

I helped you. 

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of 

salvation. “

2 Corinthians 6:1, 2

 

We still have a chance. Today is a new day. The word is clear,

“NOW is the time of God’s favor”

“NOW is the day of salvation”

 

You may have messed up yesterday, but you have a second chance

today!

It’s not too late for you.

 

“Again He sets a definite day, [a new] Today, [and gives 

another opportunity of securing that rest] saying through

David after so long a time in the words already quoted, 

today, if you would hear His voice and when you hear it, 

do not harden your hearts.”

Hebrews 4:7

 

Today you have another opportunity to do things the right way.

Now is the time to get up and head in the right direction.

Don’t stay down.

God has not abandoned you.

Your dream may seem “dead” but it really isn’t.

 

No matter how bad you have messed up know that God has given

you a wonderful opportunity to start again today!

You don’t have to give up on your dreams.

You don’t have to “hang up the cape” so to speak.

There is grace today, there is favor today, there is forgiveness

today, there is opportunity today and there is a second chance

today.

What an amazing God we serve!

 

Rolain

 

 

What’s killing potential and dreams today??


“And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the 

Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. 

But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with

much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it 

nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone?

Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along

with me]! 

Luke 10:39-42

 

The story of Mary and Martha is very popular. There is something

I would like to zone in on that is highlighted in their story.

Jesus had come to their house and Mary decided to sit at the feet

of Jesus and listen to Him while Martha busied herself with

serving. The word says she was occupied and distracted!

 

And that is what I want to talk about in this post. Today we have

a lot of distracted people. “Everyone seems distracted”

As the years have gone by the amount of distractions has

exponentially increased. Just about anything can distract

you today. Your phone, television, your phone, Facebook,

your phone…..need I go on??

 

We may not want to admit it friends but we have a real problem

on our hands. Being distracted is a real problem and it’s

stealing and killing potential and dreams like never before!

As sons and daughters of the Most High we need to

understand that the battle is for our relationship with God.

The distractions are directly affecting our relationship with

Him and that is a problem. If not dealt with, we will remain

powerless and empty with no fire.

 

I must admit I have been so distracted. I didn’t take it seriously but

as I look back I can see how much ground I have given up

because I was distracted!

My time with God is not what it used to be.

My relationship has changed.

The amount of word I read has diminished drastically.

Distraction has stolen a lot from me and I didn’t even notice it!

I am frustrated to put it mildly!

I am angry because I treated distraction so lightly but the truth

is that distraction steals, kills and destroys!

It steals potential, it destroys dreams, it kills relationships and so

much more.

We need help friends. We can’t take it on by ourselves. We need

the Holy Spirit to come and help us. I asked the Lord for help

and He is helping me. I lose but I win at times.

 

Martha had Jesus come visit her and instead of stopping

everything she was doing to spend time with Him, she busied

herself with something that wasn’t really important.

Serving could wait.

I can’t blame Martha because I can see myself in that story.

Instead of spending time with Yeshua I got distracted with

other meaningless things that seemed important at that moment.

 

Let’s ask the Holy Spirit for help. We must

fight friends. Distraction cannot win, it must not win!

I want to be like Mary who chose to sit at Jesus feet.

What about you?

 

How do you deal with being distracted?

 

God bless you friends

 

Rolain

 

Do not fear change!


changing

 

     “The only thing that is constant is change”

 

How many of you have heard that quote before?

In my church it has become a mantra we live by. The one thing

you can expect in this life is change. We cannot escape change.

Change is a part of life but there is problem or ‘was’ a problem.

I never liked change!

I fought it with all I had. It was crazy.      🙂

 

As time has gone by my relationship with change has improved.

Please note, I have used the word “improved”.

I have gotten much better when change has happened.

And this year I decided I would step it up even more. Instead of

dreading change I would welcome it. I would go with the flow, I

would throw myself into the change that was happening instead

of resisting it.

 

As I look back at all the change that has happened in my life

I can see how difficult it has been.

From a change of friends, to a change in career, to a change

of environment and so on it’s been hard. I guess that is why

I didn’t like change.

 

It’s always been testing, it’s pushed me out of my comfort zone,

it’s made me change the way I think and the way I see things,

it’s pushed me to change how I do things.

 

I want to share a scripture with you,

 

And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied

on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything

in common;

And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and

their movable goods) and distributed the price among all,

according as any had need.

 And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with

united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including

the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and

simplicity and generous hearts,

Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all

the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily

those who were being saved [from spiritual death].”

Acts 2:44-47

 

What an amazing picture of the new testament saints. Things

were really going well for them.

  • They sold their goods and distributed the money among

those who had need

  • They assembled regularly in the temple with united purpose
  • They broke bread in their homes
  • They praised God and the Lord kept adding to their number     daily those who were being saved.

Like I said, things were going really well for them. Some amazing

things were happening in their midst.

Did the saints know things would change?

Did they think the way they were living at that moment in time

would always be?

 

But things did change. Let’s look at another scripture,

 

“And Saul was [not only] consenting to [Stephen’s] death [he was

pleased and entirely approving]. On that day a great and severe

persecution broke out against the church which was in Jerusalem;

and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and

Samaria, except the apostles (special messengers).”

Acts 8:1

 

After Stephen was killed a severe persecution broke out and the

church in Jerusalem had to scatter.

Was the change pleasant? No!

Was it something anyone expected? No!

 

But this is what I want you to see that God showed me about

change. In the midst of the change God was with the saints!

He never left them. Change in this context seemed

disastrous but God’s will prevailed!

 

God showed me He would be with me through whatever change

that came my way. No matter the change

I had no reason to fear because He was right by my side.

He always has a plan in the midst of change.

He won’t abandon me when change happens.

When change happens I need to look to Him to guide me,

help me and preserve me!

 

Be comforted friends. You might be going through change but

know that God is with you in the change and that’s what matters.

The enemy may have other plans for the change but

that won’t come to reality because Jesus is with us.

We don’t need to fear change anymore because we will never

be alone in it!

Remember this when you are going through a change,

Jesus being with you though the change is the most important

thing about change.

 

Bless you friends

 

Rolain

 

Does God really have a purpose for you??


such-a-time

This past week I was looking at my life and to be honest I was

discouraged. I couldn’t

believe how much there is still to be done!

My blog’s main focus is about destiny but

that doesn’t mean I got this destiny thing on lock down.

Like you I am walking this road in

total faith. I am discovering things, learning, falling, getting up,

dealing with disappointment,and so on.

The only thing I got is God and His word to guide

me (and that’s more than enough for me)

 

So there I was discouraged, upset and even fearful! (that

was new….!)

Why fearful? Fearful that I would fail to accomplish everything

God called me to do. I don’t want to die with any

potential left. I want to have used it all up here on earth!

I was fearful I could be wrong. Wrong about the idea of purpose

I have! (what a mess right?!)

Anyway, it was in that state I prayed to God. I called out to Him

to help me.

 

It was at that time He showed me something

pretty amazing, something I want to share with you about your

life and His purpose for you.

You are not where you are by accident.

It’s not a coincidence you are doing what you are doing at the

moment!

Let me not get ahead of myself.

 

In Daniel 2 we read about a vision Nebuchadnezzar had. His

vision predicted some very important

events that would take place in the future.

Throughout the book of Daniel we read of more visions. The

visions recorded play an important role in the

future scheme of things.

Was it a coincidence that Daniel was in Babylon when

Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar were having visions??

Daniel himself had visions at that same time. Was it luck Daniel

was born in that timeline?? Off course it wasn’t!!

 

That was not a coincidence at all. It was planned, it was deliberate.

God created Daniel for that time in history!

Daniel’s gift of interpreting visions was not an accident.

It wasn’t luck that Daniel was in Babylon when the visions started!

It was God!

 

When it comes to God there is no such thing as “coincidence”.

He is very purposeful when it comes to purpose!

He leaves nothing to chance.

 

I think about David who was born around the time of Goliath.

Everything would have worked out fine

for the giant if David had not been born but that was not the

case. God had a plan,

 

“Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel!

Give me a man and let us fight each other.”

On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were

dismayed and terrified.

1 Samuel 17:10, 11

 

“David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this

Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

1 Samuel 17:32

 

What a contrast! The armies of Saul were dismayed and terrified

but David was fearless and ready to fight!

He was born for that moment. It was not a coincidence or luck that

he was there. Like Daniel,

God had planned it. He was very deliberate.

 

The last person I will talk about is Esther! We all know her story

very well. She had no father and mother and

was raised by her cousin Mordecai. (Esther 2:7)

Esther had no parents and who knows the challenges she faced

because of that but one thing is clear,

God had a plan for her life. She was not a mistake (even though

she may have thought so).

She would save the Jews from Haman’s evil plot to extinguish the

Jews completely.

 

“When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back

this answer: Do not think

that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews

will escape. For if you remain

silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise

from another place, but you and your

father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have

come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther 4:12-14

 

I am much better now. I am at peace knowing that I am

exactly where He wants me to be. It may

not make sense but it does to God and that’s all that matters.

 

God is taking you somewhere friend. He has a plan for your life.

His plan for your life is different to mine but we can agree we are

here for a reason.

It’s not a mistake or luck that you are where you are.

God planned it.

It was very deliberate.

He planned your life to have meaning.

Don’t let anyone tell you that there is nothing in store for you!

According to scripture that is just not true!

 

The one thing Daniel, David Esther had in common was their faith

in God!

They trusted Him and loved Him.

Their lives were very different but you could see their faith!

Trust the Lord to guide and lead you in the plan He has for you.

He will not leave you stranded.

With Him your future is certain, with God your purpose will be

accomplished!

 

Bless you friends

 

Rolain

A season for God!


a-season-for-god

I want to ask you a question.

In the season you currently in, are you maximizing it for God?

Are you giving it a 100%?

Young man, young women, God wants you to maximize the

season you are in.

Stop thinking of singleness as a type of “transit” because it’s not.

God expects growth!

Like the men who were given talents to trade with and increase,

God expects the same. (Matthew 25:14-30)

The man who hid his talent was not the hero.

He was not rewarded for being wise.

Instead, he was scolded and rebuked!

 

Life doesn’t start when you get married. It starts now!

Whether you are married or single the expectation is still the same,

maximize the season you are in.”

I have entitled this post “A season for God” because I believe

we should be bringing Him glory in

whatever season we are in.

If single, if married, bring Him glory by living the life He has

for you! Enjoy it, thank Him for it!

Maximize the season you are in.

 

Priscilla and Aquilla (married)

Paul met this amazing couple when he went to Corinth (Acts 18:2)

They were tentmakers like Paul.

This couple opened up their home to Paul (Acts 18:3)

There were many couples in Paul’s time but the Word mentions

Priscilla and Aquilla!

They were maximizing the season they were in!

 

“Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an

eloquent man and mighty in

the Scriptures, came to Ephesus.

This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and

being fervent in spirit, he spoke and

taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only

the baptism of John.

So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue.

When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside

and explained to him the way of

the God more accurately. “ (emphasis mine)

Acts 18:24-26

 

Aquila and Priscilla had embraced the season they were in.

As a couple they were advancing the gospel. They were living

out what God called them to.

 

 

Timothy (single)

“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers

in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in purity.

Till I come, give attention to the reading, to exhortation, to

doctrine.

Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by

prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. “

1 Timothy 4:12-14

 

It is clear from reading Paul’s journeying that Timothy was very

important to him. Timothy was being mentored by Paul.

Timothy was fearless and his love for

God was very evident. He might of being a pastor!

Whatever the case, Timothy maximized the season he was in.

He played a key part in the spread of the gospel.

He was totally devoted to God. He didn’t hold anything back!

He threw himself into what God had called him to do. He was

on fire for God.

 

I shared these two stories so you could understand what I am

saying.

Whether single or married live for God.

Seek Him and His will.

 

If you are single I can’t emphasis enough how important it is

to get started with life.

God has so much in store for you right now!

Take your worry, take your concern and give them to God

because He really does care how you feel. He wants the best for you.

 

As I close will you join me in making a decision to make this

season we are in a season for God?

 

Bless you friends!

 

Rolain

I want to see….!


vision

“They said, “what did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

I’ve told you over and over and you haven’t  listened. Why do 

you want to hear it again? 

Are you so eager to become His disciples?

 

With that they jumped all over him. “You might be a disciple

of that man, but we’re disciples of Moses. We know for sure that

God spoke to Moses, but we have no idea where this man comes 

from.”

 

The man replied, “This is amazing! You claim to know nothing

about Him, but the fact is, He opened my eyes! It’s well known 

that God isn’t at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully

to anyone who lives in reverence and does His will. 

That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been

heard of-ever. If this man didn’t come from God, He wouldn’t be 

able to do anything.”

John 9:26-33

 

It’s important in your walk with God to see. How sad it is to

go through life not being able to see the things God is doing

in your life or to see where He is taking you. Take for example

the story I shared in the beginning of the post. The pharisees

were so blind to how amazing Jesus was. This was not the first

time they saw Him perform a miracle and not believe.

But the blind man who had never met Jesus before, on having a

brief encounter with Him saw so much, understood so much. For

the first time in his life he could see things so clearly!

 

What was going on here? Why were the pharisees so blind?

When I read this passage of scripture I said this prayer,

 

“Lord, open my eyes and help me see.”

 

I believe one of the things that stopped the pharisees from

seeing was pride. They were so very proud.

 

“They said, “you’re nothing but dirt! How dare you take that 

tone with us!” Then they threw him out in the street. “

John 9:34

 

The truth was right in front of them but they couldn’t see it

because of pride. It had hardened their hearts like crazy!

 

The story would of been much different if the pharisees were

humble. What would have happened if they walked in humility?

They would have seen so much more I believe.

 

Let’s bring this home.

If we want to see more of God, if we want to see more of what

God is doing we need to be humble. This is not the only thing

we need to do but its a start.

Pride will stop you from seeing the amazing things God has for

you.

It’s very clear that the pharisees couldn’t see because of their

pride. Let’s not fall into the same trap.

God wants to show us so much but we must have humble hearts.

Are you ready to see more?

Bless you

 

Rolain

 

 

 

He cares about purpose.


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“Those who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been healed.

Then all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, because they were overwhelmed with fear. So Jesus got into the boat and returned [to the west side of the Sea of Galilee].

But the man from whom the demons had gone out kept begging Him, pleading to go with Him; but Jesus sent him away, saying,

 “Return home and tell [about] all the great things God has done for you.” So the man went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Luke 8:36-39

 

The man who had been delivered begged Jesus to take him

but Jesus said no! What an asset he could of been

if he had gone with Jesus. What a testimony he had but Jesus

said no! The man was just beginning to get to know the Savior

and he would know so much more if he had gone with him

but Jesus said no!

 

It might be hard to understand but this is what the man

had been born for. He was to declare the great things the Lord

had done in his life and he did. Jesus cared about the man’s

destiny and wanted him to accomplish it!

 

“But the man from whom the demons had gone out kept begging Him, pleading to go with Him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell [about] all the great things God has done for you.” So the man went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.”

Luke 8:38, 39

 

Jesus wanted the man to accomplish his purpose. He wasn’t

being cruel. He knew what would happen if the man obeyed

and stayed. A lot of people would have their lives changed forever!

A lot of people would get to know Jesus through the

man’s testimony! That was his purpose. That’s why he had to stay!

 

 

Let’s bring it home.

Jesus has a purpose for you and He wants you to

accomplish it.

A lot of people will be saved when you do what He has created you

to do and a lot of people will get to know Him because of the great

things He has done in your life.

As I end I want to leave you with a thought,

are you walking in what God has purposed you to do? People

lives are going to be changed as you do…….

 

Bless you

 

Rolain