Take a step, attempt, try……


I went to a camp recently with the kids that I teach. It was our first time going to this particular

camp site and the kids really enjoyed it. Compared to other camp sites this one had a lot more activities.

One of the activities we did was the climbing wall. It was really high and after the kids got their turn, I gave it

a shot and got half way up. My arms felt like lead and I had no power to pull myself up to the top.

I have to admit it was a bit intimidating before I did the climb.

The kids responses were varied. Some were afraid, some were hesitant, and some were happy.

 

Anyway, after the exercise the instructors got the kids together for a feedback session. After all the feedback,

the instructor said something that really stuck with me. He didn’t have a sheet that rated everyone

on how high they went and there was no prize giving ceremony for the people that made it to the top.

Instead, he congratulated everyone for attempting. In his eyes, attempting the course was winning.

The mere fact of putting on the harness and taking the first step up the course was the victory. It didn’t

matter to him who won.

 

That really struck me. There is so much emphasis today on being number one, and winning but could that

be a partial picture?

Is there a place for a first step, an attempt, pursuing, trying?

 

The journey we are on is long and hard. Yeshua is not looking for number one. His desire is for us to

finish the race. No matter how difficult things are take the step, attempt, try. If you fall, get back up and

try again. Just don’t stay in one place, don’t freeze, don’t give up. Rely on Him for strength.

 

Bless you

 

Rolain

 

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And the fans waited in anticipation….


THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

What a world cup this has been! There have been surprises at every corner and the team you thought

had a chance is probably gone home. Anyway, I was watching the France vs Belgium game the other

day and I remember the feeling and emotion I had. What a game it was, the suspense, the action, the

spectacle.

But then I saw something that triggered a thought. I saw something to this effect;

I saw fans standing in anticipation. In the frame I saw, there was no one sitting. The expectancy from

both sides was palpable.

They were waiting for a goal.

This is a great picture of how we should be waiting on the Lord. Your expectancy as you wait should

be palpable.

 

No one goes to watch a game like this, feeling meh;

 

 

Fans are energetic, excited, and expectant, something like this;

 

I learned a lesson seeing those fans. There is a way to wait upon the Lord. Having an attitude of

whatever happens, happens is not the way we wait. We should be waiting with an expectancy and

excitement that YAH will come through, that He is answering our prayers because He is!

 

“In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before You and wait

expectantly.” 

Psalm 5:3

 

Have a great weekend friends…..

 

Rolain

Why do you believe what you believe?


Whether we like to admit it or not, our beliefs play a very big role in how our lives turn out.

But as I thought on this a bit more I realized something very important, something that has

changed the way I look at beliefs.

 

We were not born with beliefs! 

 

That was an ah-ha moment for me. The light switched on!

We were not born with beliefs. We were not born with the idea of not being clever enough, or not rich enough,

not handsome or pretty enough and so on. We picked up those beliefs, we inherited them, we made a choice to

integrate them into our lives, the positive and the negative.

We don’t have to live with outdated beliefs about ourselves, life and the other things we deem as important.

The toxic beliefs we have picked up can be changed by YAH’s grace. You don’t have to live with toxic beliefs

any longer. There is an opportunity for change.

 

We didn’t know better and accepted and believed certain things but think about Gideon for a bit with me.

He had some toxic beliefs, outdated beliefs about himself.

 

“But Gideon answered, “Pardon me, Lord. How can I save Israel? My family group is the weakest in 

Manasseh. And I am the least important member in my family.” 

Judges 6:15

 

Someone told Gideon he was the least important. He accepted what people said about him and his

family at some point. He wasn’t born with those beliefs.

But thank YAH for His grace because He came and changed the negative beliefs Gideon had by using

him to deliver his people!

We need the Lord’s help friends. There are beliefs we have picked up that we don’t even know we have.

The Lord can shine the light and expose those beliefs.

Watch who you listen to. What are you accepting as truth about yourself?

Whose words are you accepting as truth for you?

These things all matter when it comes to adopting the right beliefs.

Blessings to you…..

 

Rolain

Be deliberate about what you think on daily.


What are you thinking about every day? Have you thought about what you think about lately?

I had to train myself with my thoughts. It’s crazy how easy it is to let your mind wander

to thoughts of defeat and hopelessness.

Just last week I was wrestling with thoughts of inadequacy. Someone said something to me and I

had to catch myself in the moment. I was not about to accept the words that were spoken to me.

I was not about to let that word take root in me.

 

You need to know the enemy is not taking a back seat when it comes to

your thoughts. He is trying to get you to think a certain way, in a way that is destructive. He is not waiting

for you to think negatively. He is being proactive in affecting the way you think.

So must we take a back seat then when it comes to our thoughts? No!

We need to be vigilant and proactive.

 

There are so many opportunities to think negatively these days. We need to be vigilant when it comes

to guarding our minds. Let’s look at what the word says,

 

“For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, 

whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and 

gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh

and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. 

Philippians 4:8

 

Let’s take this word to heart. This is our offensive attack against what the enemy is trying to do.

If we are going to protect ourselves against the world’s infiltration we need to be proactive about what we

think about. Like I said before, there is so much opportunity to think negatively about our lives and

everything going on around us. Let’s be deliberate about our thoughts. Have a plan!

 

ACT ON IT: Right down ten things (using the Philippians 4 model) that you can think about on a daily basis.

What do you think about when you think about your life? 

Write down three things you feel YAH has spoken to you about concerning your life. 

 

Bless you friends

 

Rolain

He remembers us…..!!


“Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in

Pharaoh’s hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.

Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.”

Genesis 40:21, 22

 

The butler was restored to his position just as Joseph said but he forgot to tell Pharaoh about him

for two whole years! I can only imagine what was going on in Joseph’s mind. Was he expecting to be

released the next day or the very hour the butler was released??

But hours, turned to days, and days into weeks, and weeks into months and months into years.

It must have been hard for him.

Did the thought cross his mind that YAH had forgotten him?

I don’t know.

 

But one thing is clear, even though the butler forgot about him, YAH had not. Joseph was very much

on His mind. It may have looked like he had been forgotten but he was very much on YAH’s mind.

After two full years Joseph was freed from prison and his life turned around in a way he never imagined.

 

Does YAH forget us? Does He get absent minded about His children?

Not a chance! We are always on His mind.

Man will forget but not YAH.

The butler let Joseph down but YAH never does! We can rely on that.

If you feel like YAH has forgotten you know that you are on His mind always. He will never forget you.

You are not forgotten.

 

Bless you

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

 

Give up outdated beliefs……


THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

As the year is coming to an end I have been thinking about my beliefs.

What we believe is really important in the bigger scheme of things.

Because the truth of the matter is, what you believe will always override potential.

No matter how much potential you have, what you believe will determine

what you do and can do in life.

I remember reading how circus elephants are trained. When they are young

they tie them to a tree or something they won’t be able to break. When

they grow up the trainers still tie them to that same object fully convinced they won’t

break free and the elephants despite their incredible size and weight  don’t break free

even though they could if they tried. They have been conditioned from childhood that

they can’t break the cord so they don’t try!

 

YAH has put so much potential in us but if we think we can’t do it then that’s exactly

what will happen, we won’t do it!

We need to get rid of outdated beliefs. Those negative beliefs will stop us dead in our tracks.

YAH has so much in store for us but we need to take a long hard look at the beliefs we hold

in every area of our lives.

The conditioning has been going on for a very long time and that is why we need to take time

when looking at the different beliefs we hold.

The way you will know a belief is wrong is by holding it up to the Word of God.

The word is TRUTH, not A truth but THE truth.

And realize that all it takes for a belief to be a negative belief is it to be inconsistent with the

word of God. It doesn’t need to be out rightly wrong or bad, it just needs to be slightly different from

what the word of God says!

 

I know there are some outdated beliefs I am still operating in, holding on to.

But I bring them to YAH and ask Him to change them with new beliefs, beliefs that

are based on His unchanging TRUTH.

It’s only by changing my beliefs that I can fully maximize my potential.

You can’t work at your maximum potential if your beliefs are wrong.

 

As we say goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018 let’s look at the erroneous beliefs that

we have been living with. Beliefs that we didn’t necessarily give ourselves but were kind of

given to us when we didn’t know better.

What beliefs are you living by today?

Let the Word of God be your measure.

Are the beliefs you living by propelling you or stifling you??

Are they in line with the Word of God or contradicting it?

 

As I close remember that self belief will always override potential.

YAH has a bright future for you (read Jeremiah 29:11) so get rid of outdated beliefs

that will stop you from walking into the amazing things He has for you.

 

Bless you friends….

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because He loves us, He commands…..!


I was thinking about God’s commands today.

Did you know God commands us to follow His commands?

(If you love me keep my commandments. John 14:15)

 

He doesn’t suggest we forgive someone who wrongs us,

He commands us to forgive.

(Bear with each other and forgive one another if any

of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the

Lord forgave you. 

Colossians 3:13)

 

He doesn’t suggest we live pure lives, He commands us

to be pure.

(As obedient children do not conform to the evil desires

you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who

called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written:

‘Be holy, because I am holy.  1 Peter 1:14-16)

 

He doesn’t suggest us to praise Him, no, He commands us to

praise Him.

(The people whom I formed for Myself will declare My

praise.  Isaiah 43:21)

 

I could go on and on but you get the picture. There is so much

God has commanded us to do.

But that word, “command” isn’t a word we like too much.

It’s so abrupt, so definite so final!

When we hear the word command walls come up. A lot of people

have commanded us before and it wasn’t a pleasant experience.

So when we hear, God commands, the defenses are raised

instantaneously.

 

But I want to show you what God showed me about His commands.

When God commands, it’s not because He is drunk on power and

wants us to feel His awesomeness!

He doesn’t command for the sake of making life hard for us like

others have done.

He is God and not man.

When God commands, He has our well being in mind.

 

Let me show what I mean.

This is a command. When you see the sign you know exactly

what it means.

This is not a suggestion. They are commanding you to keep

out because they know the danger it will cause to you.

That sign was made with you in mind. It’s a way of protecting you.

And when you see it you don’t complain because you know it’s to

keep you safe.

 

When a parent commands their child not to talk to strangers

it’s not because they love making things hard for their child,

but it’s to protect them.

It’s out of love they command their child!

 

And that is how we need to look at God’s commands.

He has you and me in mind when He commands. It’s because

He loves us, that He commands us.

 

We need to stop fighting His commands.

 

I was fighting one this week. I had an argument with someone

and instead of forgiving them

I brought up reasons why I shouldn’t. I tried to justify myself but

that’s not what God commands.

He commands us to forgive as He has forgiven us. It’s not because

He enjoys seeing me in pain but

because He wants to see me grow and move to another level in my

walk with Him.

 

Are you obeying His commands?

Do you try to run away from the things He has commanded you?

We have an opportunity to do the right thing.

His commands are for our benefit.

He commands because He loves us deeply.

 

Bless you friends

 

Rolain

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Unworthy!


As I got ready to serve at church today I had a thought;

 

I am not worthy to stand before the Lord.

I am not worthy to serve before His people.

 

Today is Resurection Sunday and it is a strong day!

Jesus conquered the grave and set us free and here I was

having these thoughts.

My mind immediately went to the movie “Thor”

Yes people, I was thinking about “Thor” during church!    😦

 

I thought about his hammer and how the only person able

to wield it had to be “worthy”!

There was a time in “Thor” when he wasn’t worthy. His dad

banished him from Asgard and took his hammer.

As he banished him to another world he sent the hammer

after him and spoke to it saying, “anyone worthy enough would

wield it”. Those are not the exact words but they were something

to that effect.

 

But this is the thing, can we be worthy?

Thor became worthy after he realised the errors of his ways.

By his own strength he became worthy but I think they got it

wrong there.

We cannot become worthy on our own. It’s impossible!

In fact, I don’t think it’s about that at all.

On this earth we will always be flawed. We will sin and struggle

with sin but it’s because Jesus Christ is worthy that we can

stand before Him!

 

“Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “

Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”

And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was

able to open the scroll, or look at it.

Revelation 5:2, 3

 

No one was worthy to open the scroll!

No one IS worthy still…..!!

No one but Him!

 

“So I wept much, because on one was found worthy to open and

read the scroll, or to look at it.

But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion

of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open

the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the

four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb

as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes,

which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him

who sat on the throne.

Revelation 5: 4-7

 

It’s a long passage of scripture and I encourage you to read

the whole chapter but the point is this. He was and is the only

One who is worthy! Our mission is not to become worthy but

we are to trust in the saving power of the cross every single

day of our lives. We are to trust in the One who is worthy!

That’s what this day is about.

Death, the enemy, thought he

had won but he was wrong. Jesus Christ was the winner.

He saved us and made us righteous. Because of Him we can

stand confidently!

 

I don’t serve because I am worthy because I am the man,

because I am perfect, far from it! I serve because God makes

me able to serve.

On this strong day I realised I am unworthy, yes! But because

of what He has done He has makes me able to stand.

I rely on His grace and mercy consistently because without it

I would be a dead man walking, I would have no future, no hope,

nothing!

He is the One who is worthy! Amen and amen!!

Happy Resurrection Sunday to you all!

 

Rolain

 

photo credit: google images

I want to follow you Lord, but……!!


 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.” The man’s face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:21-22‬ ‭MSG‬‬

What a sad story. Jesus called the young man to follow Him.

What an honor, what a privilege BUT the word tells us he was

holding on tight to a lot of things and he was not about to let

those things go….

 

Think about that for a minute.

 

There is no doubt that Jesus is calling us as well. So what

are some of the things you are holding on tight to?

We can’t be like the young man who was unwilling to let

them go.

I can think of a few things I am holding on tightly but I need

to let them go…..

Will you obey the call to follow the Lord by releasing those things

you are holding onto tightly??

That’s my challenge today.

Rolain