“Then Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God.”
Mary and Martha thought Yeshua would heal their brother but He never got to them in time. Lazarus
died and by the time He got there Lazarus had been dead for four days.
How hard that must have been for the sisters. They had put their hope in the Lord but He never
showed up in time. Lazarus had died end of story. Yeshua would have to pay his condolences
when He came but that’s not what happened. When He arrived, He challenged them in their faith.
The story was far from over.
“Then Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?
The glory of God Yeshua was speaking about was answer to prayer, breakthrough, Lazarus being
raised from the dead.
But the sisters needed to keep believing if they were to see the glory of God!
That spoke to me this week. If I am to see the glory of God in my life I need to keep believing.
What does the manifestation of God’s glory look like in your life today?
Is it healing, restored relationships, breakthrough of finances……
The sisters had put their faith in God. It was hard seeing their brother’s health fade away.
Where was the Lord? Had He forgotten about them? Did He love them as much as they thought?
(the bible tells us they had a close relationship)
But in a moment of time it seemed like their faith in God was misplaced. “He couldn’t even come on
But the Lord as we know had not forgotten. He loved this family and would do something amazing
He would bring Lazarus back from the dead and that is why He challenged them to keep believing.
We need to keep believing friends. As you put your hope in God you WILL see the glory of God
manifest in your life. That’s the message today.
The glory of God will be manifested in your life so keep believing. The Lord is faithful and won’t
back down on His promises. Even when it’s difficult believe and see His glory!
Bless you friends
“Later, Zechariah’s wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant. She did not go out of her house for five
moths. Elizabeth said, “Look what the Lord has done for me! My people were ashamed of me,
but now the Lord has taken away that shame.”
Luke 1:24, 25
I love this story for so many reasons. Elizabeth couldn’t have children and in her time people looked
down on her because of that. She didn’t decide to not have babies. She just couldn’t. It was out of her
control but I don’t think people understood that. They looked down on her because of it and that’s all
we need to know.
As I read this story it really spoke to me. As I look at my life there are a lot of things that haven’t
come to pass and sometimes it can be frustrating especially when it seems like the next person is
getting everything they prayed for and more. I have had to deal with people who thought there was
something wrong with me. I have had to deal with the shame of unanswered prayers which is so
hard. Where do you even begin explaining why God hasn’t answered your prayers in a certain area??
There have even been times I thought God had forgotten about me because certain things had not
If you are in a similar situation as me then this story provides hope. Elizabeth was being ridiculed, and was
the talk of the town because she couldn’t have children but God did something amazing. He answered
her prayers and gave her a child. He took away her shame.
I believe God will take your shame, whatever it is. Just keep praying, keep trusting God. What you praying
and trusting God for will come to pass. Don’t lose heart. This is the thing, people will always talk. There
is nothing you can do about that but you can do something about your response. Don’t be discouraged
by other people’s words. God will fulfill what He promised no matter what the next person thinks. His
promises are never dependent on another persons opinions and ideas.
Maybe all your friends have gone to university but for one reason or the other you are still waiting to go,
God will answer your prayer.
You may still be single and the majority of your friends married. Just know that God knows exactly where
you are. Don’t panic or fret. He will answer your prayer.
Whatever it is, know that God will come through for you. He will take away your shame. Keep your eyes on Him!
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!
Did you know your story is unique? The story God has written
for you is like no other. No one else has your story. That is how
great God is. He has given every man and woman a story and
that story is not the same. Our stories are all unique. That
blows my mind.
I posted these thoughts on my Facebook page but I want to go
deeper. It’s important to know your story is unique.
Without that understanding you will live your life comparing
yourself to others. God never meant us to live someone
else’s life. I will say that again,
God never meant us to live someone else’s life!
No one else has your story. Your story is unique.
God is not lazy. He never copies and pastes stories.
And that’s why you have to very careful when judging others.
Everyone is on a journey.
Let’s look at the story of Hannah and Peninnah.
” When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give to
Peninnah his wife and all her sons and daughters portions [of the
But to Hannah he gave a double portion, for he loved Hannah,
but the Lord had given her no children.
[This embarrassed and grieved Hannah] and her rival provoked
her greatly to vex her, because the Lord had left her childless.”
1 Samuel 1:4-6
Hannah was on a journey. At this point her story had
only just begun but Peninnah didn’t understand that. She didn’t
understand God had a different story for everyone. As hard
as it was to understand and accept God had written a unique
story for Hannah.
Peninnah came in at a critical part of Hannah’s story thinking it
was the WHOLE story. How wrong she was.
God had something amazing in store for Hannah.
Don’t despise where you are at this moment in time. God is
the One who has written your story and He is so faithful!!
Please remember that your story is original. No one else
has a story like yours. There is no need to compare your story.
Run YOUR race and not the next person’s.
Let’s encourage each other in this friends.
God bless you
Jabez was honorable above his brothers; but his mother
named him Jabez [sorrow maker], saying, because I
bore him in pain.
Jabez cried to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You
would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your
hand might be with me, and You would keep me from
evil so it might not hurt me!
And God granted his request.
2 Chronicles 4:9, 10
This is a very well known story. Jabez life was not going
well. Nothing seemed be going well for him.
The bible tells us, “Jabez was honorable above his brothers,
but his mother named him Jabez [sorrow maker]”
As he grew up those words became a part of him. Every where
he went those words were being reinforced!
But this is the thing, his mother called him “Sorrow Maker”
because SHE had a painful experience!
It’s crazy to think how her experience shaped the life of her
It’s sad because her truth was not Jabez’s truth. God did
not create Jabez to be a sorrow maker. That was not what
God had in mind when He made him.
Like Jabez, we have believed other people’s “truth”.
Just remember, thier truth no matter who they are
is their truth. It becomes your truth when you accept it.
For a season, “sorrow maker” was the truth Jabez lived
by. For a season he allowed his mother’s words to shape
him and define him.
What about you my friends? What “truths” have you
allowed into your lives?
For a long time I lived by other people’s truth’s. They
saw me a certain way and imposed what they saw.
But God showed me how to live by His truth! Taking advise
is okay, accepting correction is okay but I am constantly
reviewing what other people are trying to impose on me.
I want to live by God’s truth and not man’s.
The problem with living another person’s “truth” I found
is this, their truth always falls short of God’s truth. Their
“truth” always puts me in a box. It creates a very small
world to live in when God’s world is so much bigger and greater
than I can ever imagine!
Encouraging words from friends I accept, words that build
I accept, words that inspire me to be all that I am I accept
because that’s all in line with God’s truth. If it doesn’t
match up to His truth I probably won’t listen to it.
God wants us to break free of the negative words people
have spoken over our lives. We have to make a decision
to live by the real truth.
I am not saying stop listening to everyone. Instead I am
saying be more careful what you listen to. If it contradicts
what God has put in your heart then say no. Don’t just accept
anything anyone says.
Let’s get back to Jabez.
God’s plan for Jabez was to always bless, protect, and enlarge.
And when he realised what was happening he cried out to
God for help. And guess what, God granted his request!
Jabez was tired of living the way he was living. He wasn’t
happy with his circumstances. He didn’t want things to
remain the same any longer.
There was a time Jabez’s name was associated with sorrow but
God changed that and now it is associated with blessing!
What the enemy meant for harm God turned for good….
And He will do the same thing for you if you cry out to
So whose “truth” will you live your life by?
God bless you friends!!
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“Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter
of Bethuel the Aramean of Padan-aram, the sister of Laban the
What happens when you don’t have all the answers to the
problems in your life?
There will be times we will come up against impossible odds,
situations we will be completely powerless against.
Isaac was blessed with an incredible woman by God but she
was barren! God led Abraham’s servant to her family. There
is an entire chapter (Genesis 24) dedicated to the servant
finding Isaac’s wife! There can be no argument she was the one
but she was barren……
The only explanation I could think of for that was, God had a plan.
He wasn’t caught off guard by Rebekah’s barreness.
Let’s read the next verse;
“And Isaac prayed much to the Lord for his wife because she was
unable to bear children;
and the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife
At face value the impossible situation in Isaac’s life was
resolved so easily. Isaac prayed, God heared and answered
his prayer. Lesson learned!
But it goes much deeper than that. Let’s take a look.
“Afterward his brother came forth, and his hand grasped Esau’s
heel; so he was named Jacob [supplanter]. Isaac was sixty years
old when she gave birth to them. “
Jacob got married at forty right. According to their culture I
don’t think it took long for them to try to have a baby.
Let’s give it maybe a year.
If that is the case, Isaac prayed for nineteen years give
or take for a baby!
Isaac prayed much, the word tells us and he got his answer.
What is it like praying for something that long?
Who knows the things Isaac and Rebekah faced as they
trusted God for their baby?
Just know this, it took about nineteen years for Isaac to
get an answer to his prayer. He never gave up on God.
He never lost hope, instead he prayed much!
I am encouraged as I read their story because there are
things I have been praying for for a long time.
So let’s go back to that impossible sitution I was talking about
in the beginning of the post.
It’s not a mistake you are going through what you are going
through just like it was not a mistake when Isaac married
Rebekah even though she was barren.
God was very much in the know about that and He had a plan.
All I would say to you today is, don’t give up. God has a plan.
Isaac didn’t complain or murmur about his problem, he
Are you praying “much” in your impossible situation?
That could be the answer.
Be encouraged, be hopeful, because God sees what you are
facing. He has the answer and He will not let you down!
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It has been a week since I got back from Australia and
I have been racking my brain wondering what I should
share with you. It’s crazy!! At first I thought I would
share the places I saw, the fun things I did, but quickly
scratched that. It was fun going to the beach and sight
seeing but there was more that happened. The kind of
stuff that can change a man! Without taking anymore
of your time let’s get started.
This is why we went. The Kingdom Festival happens every
year and this year, my pastor’s wife was the guest speaker!
If you live close to the Gold Coast I strongly urge you to
attend Kingdom Festival 2016. In fact, wherever you are
in the world I ask you to prayerfully consider going to
Kingdom Festival 2016. Please click here to find out more.
On the first night of the festival we went for something
called “vision night”. This was where the pastor cast the vision
for Kingdom Festival. I was deeply impacted by the event.
The dinner was held at the Metricon stadium. God told
him Kingdom Festival will be held at the stadium. It seems
crazy but you know what, that stadium will be filled!
Kingdom will be held at the Metricon because God said
so and because His people believed Him!
The vision was so clear, so precise. That is what vision
is supposed to be, very clear, precise with no room for
misinterpretation! I was moved. The pastor had faith
and he was declaring what God showed him. That is what
faith is. It is being bold
enough to speak and declare what God has revealed
even when it doesn’t make sense.
I want to challenge you about your vision. Is it clear?
Can someone run with it after they read it? I am speaking
to myself as well. I am still unclear about what God has
in store for me but I want to be clear. I want my vision
to be as clear as day!
One of the speakers at the Festival had raised numerous
people from the dead (not at the Festival but in his life)
Lots of people were healed during the Festival because
of him. I am sharing this because I realized something.
The days of miracles is not over. We are living in the
end times and miracles are happening. Jesus said
greater things shall you do! I want to do those great
things. It is not for a special set of people but for
anyone and everyone! That is the revelation I got after
hearing the speaker.
I want you to understand something. Going to Australia
was a miracle for me. My church has a congregation of
about 3500 people right. So out of all those people I was
chosen to go. In a team of 6 and I was among those
who were chosen! I don’t take that lightly. God was everywhere
at the Festival.
He was in the people I met, in the word I heard during
the Festival, in every worship song that was sung, in the
fellowship of the saints. I can’t put into words what I
experienced. God put imparted something in me,
something I will fight to maintain! This was not just another trip.
I refuse to stay unchanged! God did some deep work
in me and I refuse to sit on it.
This was not a coincidence but a moment that was
ordained by God.
Don’t stop trusting in God friend! He wants to take you places.
He wants to show you how good He is. It’s not about how
clever you are, or how rich you are, which family you came
from, which country you live in. Are you available?
Do you trust Him? There is nothing stopping Him
from blessing you, from bringing the breakthrough,
from healing you! Run to Him!
As I finish I want to share a few more pictures with you.
There was a lot more to share but for the sake of time and space
I cut it short. I hope this post spoke to you.
And that is all I have to share. God bless you all….! 🙂
THOUGHT OF THE DAY.
In the year the field commander, sent by king Sargon of Assyria, came to Ashdod and fought and took it, God told Isaiah Son of Amoz,’Go, take off your clothes and sandals, and Isaiah did it. going about naked and barefoot.
Then God said, Just as my servant Isaiah has walked around town naked and barefooted for three years as a warning sign to Egypt and Ethiopia..Isaiah 20:1-3
This is one of the craziest stories I have read for sure!
Firstly, Isaiah is told to take off his clothes and sandals. We don’t read of any explanation being given by God. He simply tells Isaiah to take off his clothes.
The second craziest thing about this story is, Isaiah just obeys!!!! He never complained, dragged his feet, murmur, or sulk, he just obeyed! How amazing is that??
The third craziest thing about this story is Isaiah was naked for THREE YEARS!!!! Not three hours. But THREE YEARS……How crazy is that? Isaiah didn’t care what people would say. Was he uncomfortable?? I would like to think so, but what God wanted was Isaiah’s highest priority. Everything else came second to that….wow!
What an example of obedience we have. I was so challenged as I read this story. Am I obedient as Isaiah? Does my personal comfort affect my obedience to God? Will I obey God even if I don’t like it or if it feels uncomfortable? Will I be obedient to Him even if it means being ridiculed by people?
How obedient are you to God???
This is part of three of my series on Hebrews 11. Read part two here. As I start this post I would like to share a verse that got my attention,
[Prompted] by faith Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed along with those who refused to believe and obey, because she had received the spies in peace [without enmity]. Hebrews 11: 31
Rehab is a hero of the faith but I wonder if she sees the same thing?? If we spoke to her now would she say she is a hero proudly? A lot of people read her story and are inspired and it is good but let us look deeper into her life. She was a prostitute and that meant a few things:
– She slept with men for money. It didn’t matter if the man was married or a drunk, or abusive, as long as they had money she would sleep with them.
– She was looked down upon by society.
– It’s very possible she struggled with a low self esteem
– She was finding it hard to make ends meet and maybe that is why she became a prostitute.
– She lived in fear (it’s possible she was threatened by men she slept with)
– No one respected her.
– She may have broken a few families up. It’s possible wives found out their husbands slept with Rahab and left!
– She must have dealt with guilt and condemnation on a regular basis because of the things she had to do. .
– Did she try to commit suicide???
I would like to make something clear before we move on,
I look up to Rahab and in no way am I trying to tear down her reputation and what God had done for her. I am trying to paint a picture of what she probably went through to make you understand what God saved her from. Because despite all the bad she did and all the bad that happened to her, through faith she was saved. Her name is recorded among the Greats because she trusted God! Because of faith she saved her family and was found in Jesus’s lineage!! (Matthew 1:5)
We need faith and without it we can do nothing pleasing to God. Do I understand what faith is? Not really. What I do know is God did amazing things through the people who trusted Him. No matter what people labeled them, or where they grew up, they turned the world upside down!
This is what the word says about these great men and women of faith,
[Men] of whom the world was not worthy–roaming over the desolate places and the mountains, and [living] in caves and caverns and holes of the earth. (Hebrews 11:38 AMP)
Think about all Rahab could of gone through. How could God use her, one could think but in the end what matters is He did! No one is too far off for God to use!
You might feel like you are of no use and your life doesn’t count for something. You might think you have committed too much sin to ever do anything great or you may be plagued with guilt and condemnation but know God has a plan for you! He wants to do great things through you and that is why He wants you to trust Him. Only God can turn your life into something great but you have to have faith in Him!
Rahab did that. She stepped out in faith to God despite what she had done and what people thought and saved the spies. As she used her faith her life changed never to be the same ever. What an amazing testimony for her. I am going to look forward to meeting her and hearing her story! Her story is an example of what God can do with someone who has faith in Him!
Our faith in God can do things we never imagined ever. It can open doors only God can open. Have faith in Him.