There is another level…….


“Arise [from depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you – rise to a

new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory

of the Lord has risen upon you”

Isaiah 60:1

 

There is another level to move up to in the new year.

This is what has been on my mind in the past few weeks. The level I have been on has been great

for the things I have done so far but that needs to change.

This isn’t about new year resolutions. This is about my life and your life.

Consider this, there is another level, a higher level to operate from than the one you are now.

In your relationship with God, there is another level you can go to. You can go deeper in your

relationship with Him.

There is a new level of revelation, a new level of sensitivity to His voice, a new level of hunger for

His word, a new level of prayer you can go to…..

In your career, there is another level you can go to, in your personal life, there is a new level of

growth you can go to.

I could go on and on but I think you get the picture.

We need to understand God has more in store for us, so we don’t stop dreaming, so we don’t

stop aspiring. No matter your age, it’s not time to slow down. It is time to pick it up, it’s time to

advance, it’s time to pursue, it’s time to engage because there is more, there is another level for us.

Our light is growing brighter and brighter.

 

“But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn,

that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in]

the perfect day [to be prepared].

Proverbs 4:18

 

So what about doubts, limitations, hesitations, fears and a host of other things that are holding us

back from going to the new level? They are not going to just sit back and let that happen without a fight.

I can’t ignore the fact that it’s because of those things I am still on this level. I have been too weak

to advance on my own. I failed countless times. So why would this be different?

Aren’t I doomed already? Aren’t we all doomed to fail?

 

That would be true if we were trying to do this in our own strength. YAH is with us and no matter the

amount of times we have fallen and failed He has picked us up and will continue to.

We can’t give up, we can’t lose hope!

YAH will take us to the new level if we truly look to Him.

Even though we haven fallen we still have hope! The things that have held us back will not be able to

hold us back for ever. YAH will win for us because He has already won the war.

Trust Him, cry out to Him for your life.

You don’t have to remain in the same place. It’s time to arise……..

 

“Arise [from depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you – rise to a

new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory

of the Lord has risen upon you”

Isaiah 60:1

 

Blessings to you friends!

 

Rolain

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will remain standing at the end of the day…….


As I look back at the year and look at all that has happened I can’t help but

thank YAH. There have been good things that have happened as well as bad things

but the thing that matters is that I am standing!

I was speaking to a friend of mine recently about the challenges he and his

family were going through. It was a hard year for them but once again YAH

came through.

I would like to share a scripture that I read this morning which I have read many

times but really came alive this morning for me which encouraged me concerning

the trials and storms we face,

 

“We are like a bird escaped from the snare of the fowlers;

the snare is broken, and we have escaped!”

Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 124:7, 8

 

No matter what kind of trap the enemy sets we are like the bird spoken about

in the verse. YAH always rescues us!

We always escape! The trap will not accomplish its purpose.

No matter how difficult a situation is, YAH will deliver us.

No matter how foolproof the enemy thinks his plan is it will not succeed.

 

As I look back at some of the storms I have been in I am amazed how I survived.

I was not supposed to survive but I did! It’s only by His grace that I am here.

 

Be encouraged friends. There is a way out of the deep waters you are in.

YAH has a made a way out. Don’t lose hope!

Trust Him in the storm you in.

 

Our help is in the name of the Lord!!

 

Rolain

 

 

He said, “Come”!


“As Jesus went into Capernaum, a centurion came up to Him, begging Him,

and saying, Lord, my servant boy is lying at the house paralyzed and distressed

with intense pains.

And Jesus said to him, I will come and restore him.

But the centurion replied to him, Lord, I am not worthy or fit to have You

come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant boy will be cured.”

Matthew 8:5-8

 

Our faith in God is so important we can all agree. The word says, “without faith it’s

impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6)

The story of the centurion reveals something amazing about the faith we are supposed

to walk by.

Before the centurion came to Jesus the pattern was this, Jesus would go and lay hands on the

sick person or the sick person would come to him.

But when the centurion went to Jesus and offered to go with him to heal his servant, the

centurion said no. He knew all Jesus had to do was say the word and his servant would be

healed!

 

Look at Jesus response to the centurion’s faith,

 

“When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you,

I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”

Matthew 8:10

 

The centurion’s faith was very unorthodox.

He didn’t look at what everyone else was doing.

He had a revelation of Jesus and held on to that.

He knew there was no limit to his faith in God even if it meant asking for something

that seemed impossible.

Jesus didn’t tell the centurion to fall into line and trust the way everyone was trusting.

He marveled at the unorthodox faith of the centurion.

 

Don’t hold back when it comes to trusting in God.

No matter how big, and impossible it seems, keep trusting Him.

Don’t let people tell you what to trust Him for and how to trust Him.

He wants you to exercise your faith in Him.

 

Let’s look at one more story,

 

“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea,

they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!”And they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not

be afraid.”

And Peter answered Him said, “Lord if it is You, command me to come to You

on the water.”

So He said, “Come.”

And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to

Jesus.

Matthew 14:25-29

 

Again we see someone exercise their faith in an unorthodox way. Peter broke all

protocol if there ever was any, concerning faith. At Jesus command he jumped out of the

boat and walked on water. When Peter asked Jesus to call him to walk on the water,

Jesus didn’t complain and tell Peter to tone it down! No!

He encouraged Peter to step out. When Peter started sinking this is what He said to him,

 

“But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried

out, saying, Lord, save me!

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him,

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt? “

Matthew 14: 30, 31

 

Peter’s faith wasn’t perfect but he still walked on water. His sinking is evidence of that.

But his rushed, raw, unchecked, bold, imperfect faith made him walk on water.

Jesus didn’t stop him from jumping out of the boat.

Jesus told Peter to “COME”!

 

Friends, it’s time to take the limits off our faith.

 

I was speaking to a friend a few days ago and he was telling me about the struggles

he was facing applying for university. He told me he was now looking at doing his

course on line because it was “easier”.

My friend is so talented and God fearing and I know God has great things in store

for him but I was afraid to tell him to keep trusting God to go to university. So I ended

my conversation and left it like that.

I made the mistake of looking at his situation through natural eyes and agreed with him.

I was meant to challenge him to throw off the limits.

I was meant to encourage him to trust the Lord for anything and everything, to make him

see that the Lord could and will open any door for him.

When I see him again I will do so and not hold back.

 

Are we letting the circumstances around us determine what we trust God for?

God wants us to trust Him for the impossible, whatever that may be.

Even if it seems crazy to the people around us, we must trust!

He will answer our crazy prayers. God loves it when we exercise our faith.

 

We must be like the centurion and Peter. We must be bold and ask Jesus for whatever

He has put in our heart no matter how impossible it seems.

We can’t be conventional with our faith.

We need to take the “training wheels”off our faith because what the training wheels

really are, are hindrances, and obstacles.

Let’s ask God to help us to break the box we have put Him in.

He doesn’t live in a box. He lives in a place where anything is possible.

Remember, we are the ones who see limits, not God. He doesn’t see

limits.

With faith there are no “out of bounds”areas, there are no areas that are “sectioned off”.

Everything is open game when we talk about faith.

Don’t shelve anything unless God tells you to.

My prayer for us is to throw off all restraints when trusting God.

 

God, help our unbelief. Now is the time to trust.

It doesn’t take great faith to move a mountain.

According to Matthew 17:19, 20 all it needs is faith as small as

a mustard seed to move a mountain!

 

Let’s not wait for our faith to be “perfect”

Let’s start now. God will come in and work with our mustard seed faith.

He will start moving with the faith we have now!

Amen!

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

Let’s get our focus right….


Good day to you all!

I hope and pray I find you all well.

I was watching something on “America’s got talent” the other day.

It got me thinking about how many talent shows they are now.

Do I even dare begin to name them all??  I think not.

But that show got me thinking.

I don’t think it’s possible to count the amount of talented people

there are in the world.

We have an endless supply of talented people.

There is always someone better, faster, intelligent, richer, and

stronger. There is no shortage of talent in the world.

 

We celebrate talent. We reward talent in ways people can only

imagine. Becoming talented has become the main goal.

We are no longer satisfied to be number two, three or four.

We have to be first. We must be recognized.

We must have the shoes, the car, the house, and more.

We focus on the external and forget about the internal.

We abandon character, integrity, modesty and other inner

things all in the pursuit of talent.

We have lost what’s really important.

 

“So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said,

“Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at

his physical stature, because I have refused him.

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the

outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:6-7

 

God had rejected Eliab! Samuel missed it. He looked at everything

on the outside and thought, “this is the man the Lord has

chosen.”

But the word says, God refused him!

 

God wasn’t impressed with the muscles and how many men he

killed in battle. He wasn’t impressed with how intelligent

he was. Eliab probably didn’t have a relationship with God.

He probably had a proud heart.

I don’t think Eliab worked on his inner man much.

I don’t think things like character and integrity were important

to him.  And because he didn’t work on the inner man God rejected

him!

Let’s look at one more scripture,

 

“You are blessed when you get your inside world – your mind

and heart – put right.

Then you can see God in the world. “

Matthew 5:8

 

Let God come in and put your inside world right.

God wants your heart.

He wants you to be a man or woman of character.

It’s okay to have talent, but don’t make it the main thing.

Blessings to you….

 

Rolain

Will you say “yes” to Him?


“Now there was in Damascus a disciple named Ananias. 

The Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he answered,

Here am I, Lord. 

And the Lord said to him, Get up and go to the street called 

Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus

named Saul, for behold, he is praying [there].”

Acts 9:10, 11

 

I hope we all know the story of Ananias. God spoke to him

to go to Paul. At that time Paul was causing great suffering

among God’s people. He was imprisoning them and killing

them.

So when God told Ananias to go to Saul it was not

surprising he had reservations about going to him.

 

“But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard many people

tell about this man, especially how much evil and what 

great suffering he has brought on Your saints at Jerusalem;

Now he is here and has authority from the high priest to 

put in chains all who call upon Your name. “

Acts 9:13, 14

 

But read what God tells him,

 

“But the Lord said to Him, Go, for this man is a chosen

instrument of Mine to bear My name before the Gentiles

and kings and the descendants of Israel; “

Acts 9:15

 

But I love how Ananias responded to God,

 

“So Ananias left and went into the house. And he laid his 

hands on Saul and said, Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, 

Who appeared to you along the way by which you came here, 

has sent me that you may recover your sight and be filled

with the Holy Spirit. “

Acts 9:17

 

Ananias said yes to God! That’s all that mattered to him at the

end of the day.

 

I share that story to show you that God uses simple, ordinary,

obedient people to carry out His will!

You don’t have to be anyone grand, you just need to be obedient!

I don’t know about you but I want to be used more by God.

I don’t want fear to stop me.

Ananias may have been afraid but that didn’t stop him from

obeying God.

We are God’s hands and feet in this earth.

So the question is, are we obeying His voice or are we

expecting someone else to answer His call?

Do we think we are too insignificant to be used by Him?

That is a lie from the enemy.

God loves you and wants to use you in a mighty way.

He is not waiting for you to become a millionaire to use you,

He is not waiting for you to get your life “sorted” out before

He can use you.

 

Please understand something, without God’s grace and favor

on our lives we wouldn’t be able to do anything.

But we have been filled with His holy Spirit and that

means we can do anything no matter our past, no matter

our skin color, no matter what people label us as.

Remember Gideon

Remember Moses

Remember Peter

Remember Mary

Remember Rahab

 

These people were not qualified according to the world’s

standards.

They were nobodies but not to God.

He saw them differently.

He saw greatness in them.

He validated them and that was the most important thing!

 

The word today is simple, God needs you!

He wants to use you.

You are His hands and feet.

He is looking to and fro across the earth to see who will say “yes”

to Him!

Will you say “yes” to Him today??

Bless you friends….

 

Rolain

 

 

When everything is crumbling and failing…….


storms

“God is our refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to 

temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. 

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change

and though the mountain be shaken into the midst of the 

seas, 

Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble

at its swelling and tumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of 

that]! 

Psalm 46:1-3

 

That is what we are going to do. We are going to pause and

think about what this scripture means for us in these trying

times.

This scripture properly describes the times we are in now.

Things are being shaken, things are crumbling and falling.

Nothing is stable anymore.

You can’t help but feel that things could just come to a standstill

at any moment.

With all that instability, how does a person live?

How do we survive in such circumstances?

 

The word has the answer.

 

“God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to 

temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1

 

In the face of such instability and uncertainty we don’t need to

panic. The Lord is our Refuge and Strength!

He is the only way we will survive this chaos.

If we look to man, a government and anything else beside

God for an answer we will fail.

Everything that is not founded on God will fail, that’s a fact!

 

No matter how crazy things get don’t fear. God is with you…..

Be encouraged friends.

He is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to

temptation]! A well proved help in trouble…..

Amen

 

Rolain

 

What I spoke in trouble…..


THOUGHT OF THE DAY

believe-in-god

“I believed (trusted in, relied on, and clung to my God), 

and therefore I have spoken [even when I said], I am greatly

afflicted. “

Psalm 116:10

 

Whatever you are believing for speak out.

Even in the most difficult of situations speak out what

you believing for.

The key is to always speak out what you trusting God for no

matter how impossible it seems.

Easier said than done. (it’s such a fight to speak out what God

has put in your heart)

Don’t let the circumstances around you silence you.

Open your mouth and speak.

As you believe, speak!

God bless you friends!

 

Rolain

Take responsibility for your life……


 

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Hi everyone!

I have a question I would like to ask you?

Are you responsible?

I would guess the majority of you if not all of you would say yes.

I too would like to think I am responsible. I pay my bills, I make

sure everything that is supposed to be working is working.

So to sum it up I think I am quite responsible.

But something happened a few days ago to make me question

that. Let me tell you about it…..

 

A few days ago…..

 

A friend asked me to go with him to get his car looked at by a

mechanic. My friend had a mechanic but he wanted a second opinion

hence his trip to a second mechanic.

The news wasn’t good. The mechanic told my friend about other

problems that needed immediate attention. The mechanic asked

my friend a few questions about some of the problems. From the

mechanic’s point of view some of the problems could of been

avoided if my friend took a little more interest in his car.

My friend defended himself. He told the mechanic he wasn’t good

with cars and didn’t understand them. That is why he had a

mechanic in the first place.

The mechanic asked him about another problem but my friend

had no clue how to answer.

Ever time he was asked something he would blame the mechanic.

 

After we left my friend and I started talking.

We drew a few crucial conclusions from what just happened.

 

Responsibility and accountability.

My friend didn’t know anything about cars but that didn’t mean

he had to give up responsibility to his mechanic. By doing that

he was giving up accountability. He was no longer accountable

for his car because he had given the responsibility to his mechanic

and that is why he had no answers for the second mechanic.

Crazy right!

 

Let me me take it a bit further. We do this in life.

It goes something like this,

 

I can’t be all that God wants me to be in my country because

of what’s going on. The government is not giving me opportunities

to succeed.

 

It’s my parents fault that I am where I am. They never let me do

anything.

 

My pastor never singles me out. If he did I would do better!

 

And so so on and so on……

 

We need to take responsibility for our lives.

God is our Lord and He wants us to take responsibility of our

lives. That’s why we have the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t want us giving

away responsibility to anyone else.

Remember, when you give someone else responsibility say for example

to succeed, you automatically give up accountability to that person.

 

It’s good to have mentors, coaches, pastors and teachers but they

are not responsible for who you will become. They have a say in it but

not the final say. You are the one who decides!

It has to start with you. You are the one who must take responsibility.

You are accountable for your life and no other man.

There is only one person qualified to be responsible for you

and that’s Jesus!

 

As I close I would like you to think about your life.

Have you given up responsibility for it to a system, government, or

people?

The only person you should be surrendering to is Jesus. He has an

amazing plan for your life. He created it!!!  Apart from Him there

is no one else you should be surrendering to. I am not talking about

revolting against leadership or refusing to learn from people.

That’s not what I am saying.

I am challenging you to take responsibility for your life.

You decide to learn, you decide to work hard, to go deeper into God, to

be all that God has for you. You do that. Don’t wait for someone

to come and do those things for you.

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Bless you friends….

 

Rolain

 

Acting wisely….part 3


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Hi friends…..

This is the third of a four part series on David. I hope you have been

enjoying it thus far. If you missed part one please click here.

If you missed part two click here.

 

And David went out wherever Saul sent him, and he prospered

and behaved himself wisely”

1 Samuel 18:5

 

What do you do when someone tries to bring you down?

What do you do when your boss always tries to stifle your

ideas?

 

I was in a similar situation some months back. It wasn’t my

boss I was dealing with but a fellow believer in Christ. They

were put in charge of a project I was involved in and from the

word go it seemed like this person had something against me.

Any ideas I had were shot down. They would accuse me of a lot

of things, things I didn’t do.

But to make things worse, I didn’t respond in the right way. I

fought back too. I talked about the person, avoided them and

many other shameful things. It seemed like I had become a

monster! I hated that season. There was a time in that dark

season I asked for God’s help. I wanted to act different, respond

different. I wanted to honor God in that situation. It seemed

like the enemy was enjoying what was going on but I wasn’t

enjoying it anymore and it was in that time that

God led me to the scripture I shared in the beginning.

David was in a similar situation. Saul was jealous of Him. He

wanted him dead. Can you imagine working for a boss who

wants you dead?

 

“And Saul cast the javelin, for he thought, I will pin David to the

wall. And David evaded him twice. Saul was afraid of David

because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul.

So Saul removed David from him and made him his commander

over a thousand;

and he went out and came in before the people.

David acted wisely in all his ways and succeeded, and the Lord

was with him. “

1 Samuel 18:11-14

 

This is the amazing thing about this story,

even though Saul tried to kill David,

David acted wisely in all his ways, he behaved himself wisely!

 

There is no record of David murmuring about Saul. There is no

record of David trying to pin Saul to the wall or of David having

a shouting match with Saul. The Word says, he acted wisely!

Even after being demoted David still acted wisely!

I learned a huge lesson that day. I believe God gave me an

answer. Has it been easy to apply? Heck no but I am trying.

I ask for God’s help when I am losing it.

I pray this will help you when you are in a similar situation.

There is one more thing I would like to show you that I thought

was very interesting about David,

 

“Then the Philistine princes came out to battle, and when they

did so, David had more success and behaved himself more wisely

than all Saul’s servants, so that his name was very dear and highly

esteemed.

1 Samuel 18:30

 

There is that phrase again, he behaved himself more wisely!

 

I can see it. Saul’s men where boasting of the great victory. They

were probably boasting about David but he didn’t get swept up

in all of that. David didn’t build himself a monument after battle,

he didn’t brag about his awesomeness! He didn’t talk about

the poor men who tasted his sword, no! Instead, David behaved

himself wisely! And because he did God esteemed him highy.

We need to learn to act wisely like David did.

Being humble is one way we can behave wisely. Watching how

we use our words is another way.

At the end of the day, God wants us to behave wisely. We honor

Him when we do.

And with that being said, I have come to the end of this post.

Blessings to you my friends……

 

Rolain

 

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