Don’t carry that!


“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). 

Psalm 55:22

 

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

you helpless.

Turn to Him today!

 

Bless you, friends

 

Rolain

 

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Why my understanding of God’s greatness is compromised…..


“Then Elisha said, “hear the word of the Lord. Thus says

the Lord: Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour

shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a

shekel, at the gate of Samaria.

So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered

the man of God and said, “Look, if the Lord would make

windows in heaven, could this thing be?

And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but

you shall not eat of it.”

2 Kings 7:1, 2

 

Elisha spoke these words when Samaria was under seige by

Benhadad of Syria. There was no sign of rescue on the

horizon. They were trapped. But the man of God had a

word from the Lord. In the most impossible of

circumstances the Lord told them they would be set free!

 

We know God is the God who does big things but do we know

what that looks like in our lives?

It’s okay if we don’t see how that unravels in our lives. For too

long we have tried to envision what big looks like but it’s

impossible. We have calculated and made assumptions but we

have come up short.

 

Like Isaiah rightly states,

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways

My ways, says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways

higher than your ways,

and My thoughts than your thoughts. “

Isaiah 55: 8, 9

 

I have come to an understanding that I will never comprehend

what “big” and “great” really are but it’s okay. God has called

me to trust Him. I must understand we are not on the same

playing field. The things He does are so much greater than I

can ever imagine but that is why He is God!

That is why I worship Him and praise Him.

 

My goal in this post is to make you understand that

you will never get to a place where you understand what

“big” or “great things” mean. We hinder our progress when

we try to quantify what “big” is. We try and reason it out

in our minds which is a mistake. God is big and that’s that!

 

Let me explain where all this came from. I am trusting

God to go to Israel this year but things haven’t really

worked out for me financially. My back is against the

wall so to speak. I tried thinking about how I would

raise the money I needed but nothing came to mind. How

on earth could God make it possible for me to go but that’s where

I have made the mistake. I believe I am supposed to go

to Israel but my job is not to figure out the how.

My job is to trust. As I trust in the Lord He will come through

for me. If there is something I need to be doing He will reveal that.

But my job is never to figure out the “how”.

It’s to have faith and step out!

 

 

Yes, I don’t have the money but God will make a way.

In fact there are so many places I want to travel to and so

many things I want to do that are beyond what I am getting

paid but my paycheck is not my source, God is! He

will make a way if I trust Him. I can’t rely on my own

understanding. I can’t rely on my definition of what “big”

is…….. I don’t know what the true

defintion of “big” is, so I need to stop pretending I know.

My definition is limiting what God can do because my

understanding is incomplete and will always be…..!

 

The officer didn’t partake of God’s deliverance because

he didn’t think God was big enough. His understanding of God

hindered him from experiencing God’s power!

My understanding of “big” has been compromised by so many

things. One of those things is flesh. I am human, I am not perfect!

The world is constantly trying to get me to stop trusting in God.

It wants me to trust in other things besides God. I am being

conditioned to see first before believing. Aren’t we all?

I am conditioned to trust in my own strength. I am my own

answer I am taught but is that true? Is that what God says?

The government want me to put my trust in them. The world

has rejected God totally! And that’s the fight I find myself in. Do I

go against the norm and trust God?

In sickness, do I trust for healing? yes

When I have fallen, do I believe God will pick me up? yes

When the world writes me off as a nobody do I trust God

to do something great with my life? yes

I need to stop relying on my own understanding.

 

 

“You shall eat, not one day, nor five days, nor ten days, nor

twenty days, but for a whole month, until it comes out of your

nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you despised

the Lord who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying,

“Why did we ever come out of Egypt?

And Moses said, The people whom I am among are six hundred

thousand men on foot; yet You have said, I will give them meat,

that they may eat for a whole month.

Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough

for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for

them, to provide enough for them?

And the Lord said to Moses, “Has the Lord’s arm been shortened?

Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not.”

Numbers 11:19-23

 

Moses struggled to grasp how big God was and is. Moses had

seen God do some pretty incredible things. One would think he

would know how big God was. But according to the scripture I just

shared even his perception of “big” was still small. He couldn’t

comprehend the great things God could do and God understood.

He didn’t stike Moses down because he didn’t believe. He told

him to watch and see!

 

So to conclude, what am I saying?

 

We must understand that God is big but also understand we

don’t know what that really means and that’s okay.

We must be content in the fact that God is big!

So if you are trusting God for something big, outrageous, and

out of this world don’t give up because that thing is small to God!

He has bigger things in store for you and you don’t have to

exhaust yourself trying to comprehend how!!!.

Don’t let your paycheck determine what you can have.

You don’t have to let the economy determine how big you can

dream because the God we serve is crazy big!!!

 

And finally I would like to ask for your help. I want to go to

Israel so any kind of donations would help. If you feel comeplled

to give something towards my trip please email me and I will tell

you how to go about it. I believe God

will make a way for me to go as I step out in faith. He is really

really really big!

 

Here is my email,

rolain.errol377@gmail.com

 

Don’t let anyone or anything tell you what you can or can’t

have. God created the heavens and the earth and He is your

Father. He wants to bless you. Pursue what God has put in your

heart wholeheartedly! Trust Him to provide what you need.

He has great things in store for you. Amen!!   🙂

 

Rolain

 

photo credit: google images

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Christmas still relevant today?


I love Christmas!

But I have a question.

What does Christmas really mean?
(Deep in thought……)
Christmas is about Santa Claus
It’s about giving and spending time with family. It’s about food (lots of it) haha
It’s also about the birth of Christ! For Christians this is the main purpose of Christmas.
It’s that time of the year we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.
But as I reflect on Christmas a few things come to mind:
The 2014 Isla Vista killings – where a man shot and killed six people and injured thirteen others before committing suicide! I can only imagine what the families are going through!
The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines earlier this year which resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives! Hundreds of families will spend Christmas alone!
The death and loss caused by ISIS. There are people still fleeing for their lives. There are people still losing loved ones. There are lots of people living in fear because of ISIS.
The kidnapping of 200 girls by the Boko Haram.
Women and girls who have been trafficked and haven’t been rescued!
The list goes on and on!
As I thought on this I thought to myself,
Surely Christmas is more than gifts, food, Santa Claus, and family? Those things are important but what does Christmas offer to the person who has lost everything?
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭10-11‬ NKJV)
We were lost doomed to die but Jesus came and changed that. He reversed our death sentence to one of life! When I think of Christmas, I think of the hope it brings!  A hope that the world desperately needs. A hope WE desperately need!!
Christmas offers hope for everyone! No matter how bad things are, no matter how hopeless they seem, there is hope! Don’t be discouraged, don’t lose heart. You have been given a second chance!
Christmas is a beacon of hope to all that need hope!
Bad things have happened and are still happening but the birth of Jesus Christ is the answer to the pain and the terror that has happened.
When you think of the birth of Jesus Christ, His death and what He accomplished should come to mind! You cannot separate those two powerful, world changing events!
He came to give us life, peace, joy, a reason to live again, hope and a whole lot more!
If you are in pain, if you are alone, if your future looks hopeless know this:
There is hope for you……
You have a second, third, fourth chance!
God cares for you and looks after you.
Christmas represents HOPE for everyone!
Merry Christmas to you all.
Rolain

Blown away by God’s grace……!


I would like to share one of my favourite passages of scripture.  It speaks about God’s kindness and grace…. In your own time you can read the whole chapter because it is powerful but I will touch on a few verses that touch me the most:

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and in irons, 

Because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the most High. 

Therefore He bowed down their hearts with hard labor; they stumbled and fell down, and there was none to help.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. 

He brought them out of the darkness and the shadow of death and broke apart the bonds that held them. Psalm 107:10-14

I understand as humans we sin. We get ourselves into trouble by making really bad decisions. We all make mistakes.

The people in the passage I just shared got themselves into trouble. They made all the wrong decisions. They rebelled against God. They were bound and in chains because they rejected God……

Because of their actions they were abandoned with NO ONE to help! They had no one to turn to but……..

They cried to the Lord!!!!! They cried to the Lord in their trouble and He saved them from their distresses! God had every right to leave them but He didn’t. It doesn’t make sense to the human mind. They were on the wrong, they abandoned God…..but in His grace and love and kindness He heard and answered their prayers!!!! That blows my mind and reminds me how little I know God’s grace!!

And that is the trend we see in the rest of the chapter. We see people getting themselves into trouble and God coming to save them as they cry out to Him! For effect I am going to share another story!

Some are fools [made ill] because of the way of their transgressions and are afflicted because of their iniquities. 

Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivers them out of their distresses. 

He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction. Psalm 107:17-20

God loves you and cares for you not because you are perfect. He knows your every mistake but still loves you. He knows every mistake you are still to make, bad decisions you are still to make but He still extends grace to you. He has given you a chance to cry out to Him. That is how good He is……!!!!! He doesn’t give up on you. He is waiting on you to turn to Him! It’s scripture like this that humbles me. I don’t understand the beauty of God’s grace and love but I am thankful for it because without it I would be abandoned and dead! I would be in hell with no hope of rescue!!

The last part of the chapter is so powerful. It talks about men who do their business at sea! I would guess these men are sailors and have great experience and understanding of the sea. They are totally qualified to be out at sea. But something happens out at sea! They encounter a storm!!

[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. Psalm 107: 26-28

For a while they tried to rely on what they know to get them out of the storm but that didn’t work! How many of us have tried to get ourselves out of trouble? It says “all their wisdom has come to nothing”.

God is so good because even when they tried to solve a situation in their own strength and failed, God by His grace saved them!!!! As I end I would like you to think about His grace! It is so amazing! He wants you to rely on Him, on His grace. He knows you are human and He wants to deliver you. He wants to save you from sin. No matter what you have done, no matter how bad it is, know that He wants to heal you and set you free. He wants to break the chains that have bound you! It is not to late for you……Turn to Him and He will answer you!!!

Whoso is wise [if there be any truly wise] will observe and heed these things; and they will diligently consider the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord.   Psalm 107:43

Rolain

 

 

Is Your Life Balanced?



There needs to be a balance in our lives. A lot of Christians like to get stuck in one truth and that’s all they ever see. Some of us get stuck in prosperity or giving, or faith forgetting the other important things that make up Christianity. We need to strike a balance in our walk. It is not one or the other thing but it is all those things that make us successful.

 At bible school the lecturer made a very interesting observation. He said a lot of Christians pray and pray but don’t praise. He then told a true story about a traveling pastor who was sick. Every where this pastor went he asked people to pray for him but nothing changed. His sickness remained. One day the pastor went before God and asked Him why he was still sick despite the countless prayers being offered for him. God showed him a vision of measuring scales. On one scale was praise and the other was prayer. The scale which was prayer was filled and it far outweighed praise. God then told him that the reason nothing was happening was because there was no praise in his life. The man began praising God everyday and within no time he was healed of his sickness completely!!! That is the power of prayer and praise. The two go hand in hand.


Let me show you this principle in action in scripture. In Acts 16:23-36 we read about Paul and Silas.

In verse 25 up to 26 it reads, “but about the middle of the night, Paul and Silas were making prayers and songs to God in the hearing of the prisoners;
And suddenly there was an earth-shock, so that the base of the prison was moved; and all the doors came open, and everyone’s chains came off.
Notice, they prayed first but only as they praised God did the deliverance come through. A lot of the time we have prayed and prayed but with no answer while God was waiting for us to praise Him! There is power in prayer, no doubt but there is also power in thanksgiving and praise.

For another example we are going to look at 2 Chronicles 20. In verse 2 we read how Jehoshaphat got some disturbing news about a great army coming towards him. In his fear, he prayed to God for help. But notice that he didn’t get his deliverance then. The Lord answered his prayer but he didn’t get his manifestation then.  The manifestation only came when he praised God! The enemy still advanced after he prayed but it is only when he praised that the deliverance came.

It is the same with us. We should pray, we NEED to pray but it should be coupled with praise! Is your life balanced? Is your scale balanced? This is for all of us. I know that my scale is not balanced. My praise and thanksgiving is very low but I want it to increase!

Praise is acting like we have the answer – David Divelbiss

I have been so challenged by this word, I hope you have too. Let us practice praying and praising. Our praise is an act of faith towards God. It is our praise to God that releases our faith! Prayer is powerful, praise is powerful but together you become unstoppable!

God bless

Rolain