“Let it be known and understood by all of you, and by the whole house of Israel,
that in the name and through the power and authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
Whom you crucified, [but] Whom God raised from the dead, in Him and by means
of Him this man is standing here before you well and sound in body.”
“Whom you crucified, [but] Whom God raised from the dead”
Peter and John’s statement to the high priest and Sadducees spoke to me. The enemy’s
plan was to destroy Jesus and it seemed like he was able to carry out his plan when
Jesus was crucified but that’s not what happened. Just when the enemy thought he was victorious
God intervened and changed the narrative. Jesus was raised to life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The enemy who seemed to have won, lost and lost in a spectacular fashion.
Like I said earlier, this spoke to me because when it seems like the enemy has the upper hand
he really doesn’t. God has a plan for us and that plan is of victory.
It may seem like the game is over and the enemy has won but it’s not over and he hasn’t won,
not by a long shot.
It may appear hopeless but keep trusting God. He will turn your bleak situation around.
Joseph experienced this truth in such an amazing way. This is what the word says about him,
“And the patriarchs [Jacob’s sons], boiling with envy and hatred and anger, sold Joseph into
slavery in Egypt; but God was with him,
and delivered him from all his distressing afflictions and won him goodwill and favor and wisdom
and understanding in the sight of Pharoah, King of Eygpt, who made him governor over Egypt
and all his house.”
Acts 7:9, 10
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. His situation was hopeless indeed. There were no relatives
in Eygpt, everyone spoke in a foreign language, and he was a slave so that meant he was treated like an
animal. The game seemed like it was over. It seemed like the enemy had won.
But the Bible tells us that “God was with him.”
And because He was with him Joesph was delivered from all his distressing afflictions. What the enemy had
planned for him came to nothing. The Lord saved him and turned his situation around.
And that’s the God we serve. He is helping us in the most difficult of situations.
He will always reverse what the enemy is trying to do. What the enemy has planned will not come to pass
in our lives. This is not the time to give up. We need to keep trusting. God will save us even when it
seems like victory is nowhere in sight. He will save us when things are at their worst. We are not defeated.
So if you are in a place where you feel like there is no hope and no chance of things turning around know
that God will turn things around in your life.
He can be trusted.
Bless you, friends!
“It is true that some Jews were not faithful to God.
But will that stop God from doing what He promised? No!
God will continue to be true even when every person is false.”
We mess up, we make mistakes, we rebel and disobey at times but those things won’t stop
God from doing what He promised us. Our failures and short-comings are not the things that
will stop God from doing the miraculous in us and through us. He knows we are not perfect.
He knows He is the only one who is faithful and true and He doesn’t expect us to be perfect.
Let’s stop holding up our weaknesses as a reason for not being used. God will use us despite our
short-comings. Nothing can stop His faithfulness towards His people. Not even sin!
I am not saying we should ignore the sin in our lives and just do what we want but I am saying
we should not think God won’t use us because we are broken and imperfect.
He will perform every good thing He promised us and that should give us joy.
He loves and cares for us in a way we can’t even begin to comprehend. Trust Him,
rely on His faithfulness!
Bless you, friends…
“Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘I am too old to have a baby?
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
No! I will return to you at the right time a year from now. And Sarah will have a son.”
Genesis 18:13, 14
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
The Lord was trying to show Sarah that her seemly “impossible” situation was not impossible for Him.
It really was impossible in human standards but not to God. He is bigger than anything we deem “impossible”.
What are you facing right now that seems “impossible”?
I am facing an “impossible” situation as well in this season. There doesn’t seem to be an answer to the
situation I am faced with. There is an option of just giving in to fear and hopelessness but this word
spoke to me.
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
I know God is challenging me to look to Him and trust. He has been speaking to me through that
verse. There is absolutely nothing in this world that is too big for Him to handle.
Where we make the mistake is trying to go on by ourselves in our own strength but that
won’t work. We will always fail when we try to do it in our own strength.
This is not a new struggle. I think of Moses who doubted God’s power and capacity. The Lord had
to remind Him how big He really was.
“The Lord said to Moses,
Has the Lord’s hand (His ability and power) become short (thwarted and inadequate)?
You shall see now whether My word shall come to pass for you or not.”
Your “impossible” situation may seem like a Mount Everest standing in your way but remember
there is nothing too big for God to handle.
Bring your fears, your anxiety, and your worries to Him. Put all your hope in Him.
There is nothing too hard for Him!
Bless you, friends…
“The just shall live by faith.”
I was challenged a few days ago as I thought about this scripture and what it meant for me.
It’s not talking about having faith occasionally and it’s not talking about faith as an event.
Instead this verse talks about faith as a lifestyle, as the driving force behind everything we
As I live my life there needs to be an expectation that God sees and is working things out
for my good. I need to believe He is faithful to what He promised and even though
things are hard, He will deliver me and that my best days are yet to come.
I am not where I am by accident, so there needs to be a conviction that God has led me here
and He is directing my every step. The things that are happening in my life are not a coincidence.
The things I am believing for will come to pass. He has a purpose and plan for the gifts and talents
He has given me. I was not an after thought when He made me so there is so much more in store.
That’s what it means to live by faith and that’s what I feel I was challenged about as I read that
When things don’t go the way we want or we encounter difficult times that’s when
it becomes harder to hold on to faith, to live by faith. The difficult things we face can distort our
vision. We can lose sight of how great God is and instead of living by faith the doubts, fear, and anxiety
lead us. Instead of faith we become discouraged and hopeless. We lose sight of the big picture and
go into survival mode. But that’s not the way God wants us to live.
The just shall live by faith.
In everything, He wants us to trust Him. In sickness, He wants us to trust Him for healing, in financial
turmoil He wants us to trust He will provide, in economic hardship He wants us to hold on to the truth
that He is our provider. When the door is closed He wants us to believe He can open the door.
When faced with a dark and grim life, He wants us to believe He has a future and an expected end
for us, that our lives will get better.
Don’t fall into the trap of getting by. As you work, or go to school have faith. He wants you to believe.
Because the truth of the matter is this;
The Lord is working on your behalf
The Lord is directing your every step
He is your Shepherd so you won’t lack
You were created for a purpose
Your life has meaning and relevance so even though it doesn’t feel that way, He is busy making sure
everything He planned and promised for you comes to pass!
Be expectant. Don’t take your life for granted. Don’t give up hope.
The Lord is in control and that’s all that matters.
Live by faith!
Blessings to you friends.
*I was reminded of something I wrote some time back and that is why I am writing this post today.
This post is dedicated to everyone who has made mistakes and think God has turned His back
on them. As you will read, that is not true. He loves you and will do all He can to get you back
“And when the morning was past, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became
his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.”
2 Samuel 11:27
This was one of David’s darkest periods of his life. He slept with Bathsheba and got her husband killed.
To make things worse he was blind to his sin. He never repented, he never confessed his sin. Somewhere,
somehow his heart became hardened. I want to stop here for a bit.
We all make mistakes, we all mess up in life. What we need to pray for is for the Lord to correct, and to intervene
like He did for David. He could have left him in his sin but He didn’t. He confronted him about what he
did and delivered him. Because He loved David, the Lord sent Nathan.
The Lord knew David wasn’t going to snap out of sin on his own so in His mercy and grace He stepped in.
We need YAH to step in for us always. We can’t fight sin on our own. We need Him.
David messed up bad but the Lord didn’t abandon him. He was patient with him even when he was blinded.
He was blinded for nine months but the Lord never left. When the baby was born the Lord sent Nathan.
We need His mercy and grace more than we know. We will fall, we will make mistakes but the Lord
will not abandon us when we do. He will pick us up, He will confront us and He will deliver us.
But the biggest thing we need to overcome is thinking the Lord’s plan for our life, His goodness, and His
mercy stops when we mess up.
That’s not true. There is hope. Let me show you why I think so,
“David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went to her and lay with her; and she bore a son and she
called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved [the child].
He sent [a message] by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and [Nathan] called the boy’s [special]
name Jedidiah [beloved of the Lord], because the Lord [loved the child].”
2 Samuel 12:24, 25
Out of the horrible mess David was in, the Lord turned it into something beautiful. And that’s how
good Yeshua is. David’s life was not over. The Lord didn’t take back all the amazing things He promised
him. I think of David’s other wives, Abigail to be precise. She was amazing. Surely YAH could have used
her to show David how great, and amazing He was?? He didn’t. Instead, He took a
horrible moment, a terrible situation in David’s life and turned it around into something beautiful.
There is a lesson here for all of us. The Lord can take what’s painful, what’s horrible and turn it into
something beautiful. David could not take the glory for what happened. All glory went to YAH.
It was very clear He had performed a miracle in His life.
Don’t throw in the towel today. You may be in distress, guilty, condemned because of something
you have done but the Lord can turn it around. He has not abandoned you friend. He has not
turned His back on you. And that is why He is our God!
No matter how dark your past has been, He can and will light it up. There is nothing too hard for
the Lord. Put all your hope in Him. Call out to Him. Don’t stay silent.
With that have a great weekend friends….
Blessings to you.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“When I was in trouble, I called to the Lord.
And He answered me.”
There is a place to run to when we are in trouble.
There is a Person to turn to when things go bad.
His name is Yeshua. He hears our prayers. He ALWAYS hears us.
Pray to Him with confidence. When you are in trouble call out to Him.
He wants to help you. He wants to carry you out of the pit you are in. Put aside the lie that says He is
not listening. It’s not true.
“I love the Lord, because He has heard [and now hears] my voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.”
Psalm 116:1, 2
He hears and He answers. That’s the way He does it. Don’t remain silent. Open your mouth and
pray to Him as long as you live……
We have an amazing purpose to live out that is given to us directly by YAH.
The thing is, the enemy is trying to do all he can to stop us.
As we pursue the dreams Yeshua has put in our hearts we must depend on
Him with our everything.
You may be discouraged and feeling overwhelmed because of the attacks but
take heart because the Lord is with you. Let me share a story with you that illustrates this
“And [that same] following night the Lord stood beside Paul and said,
Take courage, Paul, for as you have borne faithful witness concerning Me at Jerusalem,
so you must also bear witness at Rome.”
In this verse Yeshua promised Paul he would go to Rome and bear witness of Him.
But in the next verse we read something interesting,
“Now when daylight came, the Jews formed a plot and bound themselves by an oath and
under a curse neither to eat nor drink till they had done away with Paul.
There were more than forty [men of them], who formed this conspiracy [swearing together this
oath and curse].
Wow right?! Hours after the Lord spoke to Paul the enemy launched an attack against him!
In the natural Paul had no chance against this attack. There were forty Jews who were in on this
including the chief priests and elders.
But we need to look at what was really happening here.
The enemy thought he could stop the Lord’s purpose for Paul. he is so deceived that he thinks he
can stop YAH.
The Lord had promised Paul he would bear witness in Rome. Nothing would and could stop that
from happening. No matter the weapons the enemy used, they would all fail.
But the enemy thought he could challenge that!
The enemy’s plans for you will not succeed. Hold on to that truth with all you got.
The truth is this, he is a defeated foe and no plan against you can prosper because the Lord
is with you.
No matter the scheme, no matter the plan, no matter the weapon, they will all fail because the Lord
is protecting you and guiding you on your journey. His plan for your life will come to pass and that
is why I said you need to trust Him with everything you got. The enemy will try to deceive you into
believing he is winning but it’s a lie.
Trust the Lord’s leading, trust He is protecting you, trust He is in total control.
The journey we are on is long and there is plenty opportunity to get discouraged. But even when we
fall we must always remember that the Lord is with us. He is protecting us and directing our every step.
As I end this post I want you to see how powerful the Lord is. Look at the way he thwarted the enemy’s
‘Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul.”
The Lord used a young man! That’s all He needed. He didn’t break a sweat stopping the enemy’s plan.
The Lord has defeated the enemy and will continue doing so on our behalf with ease!
Don’t be discouraged. Keep trusting, keep praying…..
He will accomplish what He promised you.
Bless you friends!
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
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
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
Have a great weekend friends…..
I don’t believe YAH wants us to ever settle in one place. We are on a journey and the destination
is heaven. But something does happen in this life that makes us lose our focus. It may be disappointment,
pain, really good times and the list goes on….
There are a variety of reasons we lose our focus and stop moving.
YAh showed me something the other day. A bus stop came to mind and he showed me how I had gotten
comfortable there because as you know,
you can never really set up camp at a bus stop. A bus stop is not really a destination in itself.
A bus stop accommodates people who are going somewhere and people who are coming from
somewhere but not an actual destination and that’s the place I got comfortable at. I can’t explain it
but I just thought that was the destination but I was so wrong. The settling was so subtle……if it wasn’t
for the Lord I would never have snapped out of it.
I got comfortable. I confused the place I am at as the destination when all it is, is a
bus stop. You cannot have a life at a but stop. It was never intended for that.
A bus stop helps you get to where you are really going and on this journey we are on there will be many
“bus stops”. But don’t mistake them for destinations because they are not.
So the goal is to always keep moving in YAH.
There is so much more journeying to be done. Don’t lose focus of where you are going.
Don’t get so comfortable at the bus stop that you think it’s the destination.
Something like that happened in the word. Let’s take a look at it,
“That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole
city was gathered together at the door.”
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place,
and there He prayed.
And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him and they found Him and said to Him, “everyone
is looking for you.”
And He said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”
The disciples got it wrong. They thought they had arrived at their destination. Yeshua could have set up camp
there but He didn’t. He knew what He was called to do and because He knew, He also knew He hadn’t arrived
at His destination.
We can learn something from that story. We need to keep moving in what YAH has called us to do. You don’t
have to see the whole picture to move, you only need to move when He says move.
I don’t want to set up camp at the bus stop. The next bus is rolling in to take me to my destination but
there are many “bus stops” along the way. I need to constantly be aware of where I am and understand
the Lord is directing and guiding me.
What about you? Have you gotten comfortable at the “bus stop”?
Do you have an idea of Yeshua’s plan for your life?
Bless you friends